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Hungry Girl Today: 01.26.11

HG TV Show Heads-Up: The very latest episode of Hungry Girl debuts THIS Saturday at 4pm ET/1pm PT on Cooking Channel... It's called "Pasta la Vista!" and it's exploding with noodle-icious recipes and need-to-know pasta info! Click NOW for the preview, and tune in or set your DVR to record the episode!

Hello Hungry,

What brand of blender did you use to grate the mozzarella stick in the first episode of the Hungry Girl TV show? Thank you!

Appliance-Happy Annemarie

Hi Annemarie,

Isn't that a cool trick, blending string cheese?! It really makes the cheese go a long way! To answer your Q, I use the Magic Bullet Platinum Pro. It's a premium version of the original mini blender, and it is SUPER-POWERFUL. It's great at pulverizing ice cubes for blended drinks and grinding up Fiber One cereal for faux-frying. Sadly, Magic Bullet discontinued the Platinum Pro last year. (You might still be able to snag one from Amazon or another site.) Click here to BEG the powers that be at MB to bring it back. Luckily, there are many similar versions out there that cost a lot less and can definitely handle grating up sticks of light string cheese. Just break a stick into thirds, toss it in, and process until shredded or grated. Using this method with string cheese is great for so many recipes, since the cheese is pre-portioned and melts really well. Check out our Pepperoni-Poppin' Veggie Calzones and Three-Cheese Chicken Cannelloni for proof. Thanks for your email... and for watching the show!

Dear Hungry Girl,

I'm new to HG and want to understand your writing philosophy. When you rave about products in your emails, is that paid for by the food companies? Please explain!

Hungry Newbie

Dear Newbie,

Welcome to HG, and thanks for emailing! Even though I've answered this Q before, I like to address this topic every now and then, because it is VERY important to me that all of the subscribers understand the way Hungry Girl works and how much I value brand integrity. The content you see every day in the HG emails -- the products featured in the News stories, Chew the Right Thing recipes, Weekly Weigh-In reviews and recipes, etc. -- is all "editorial" (not advertisements), and NONE of that is paid for, bartered for, sponsored... nothin'. I name names (instead of being vague or general) because I truly enjoy some specific products more than others, and I'd rather tell you which ones are good so that you won't need to waste money on the bad ones! Hungry Girl does accept advertising, but that's completely separate from the email content, and it's ONLY for foods and products I like and would write about anyway. I have turned down many food companies that wanted to buy ads on HG because I didn't like their products. When we do feature an ad campaign, it can appear in several forms -- as a separate "dedicated" email (with the words "Side Dish" in the title, and you'll rarely get more than one a week!), a "Guilt-Free Groceries" or "Hungry For More..." section (those are always clearly offset from the email and say, "Brought to you by..."), a "News You Can Use!" blurb at the bottom of an email, or a banner ad at the top of an email. Ads are typically written in the HG voice because I work with advertisers to provide content that's fun, entertaining, and useful. That's why the ads usually include coupons, specials, TOP ATE lists, and/or recipes. I hope that clears up any confusion. Have a great day!

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