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Did you know?  You can dine out guilt free, and help to fight child hunger at the same time.  The Great American Dine out begins today, and from September 20-26 2009, selected participating restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to Share our Strength, which assists community programs that provide help to children at risk of hunger.  Their accomplishments to date are very impressive, click here to view their grants at work.  Please consider helping them reach their goals.  To find out which restaurants in your area are participating, simply enter your zip code here.

Chef Aaron McCargo Jr is a strong supporter and the official spokesperson for Share Our Strength.  His love for all things culinary began at age 4, when he learned to bake using his sister’s Easy Bake Oven. A graduate of the Atlantic Cape Community College’s Academy of Culinary Arts, Aaron worked for several east coast restaurants, and is currently star of the Food Network Show Big Daddy’s House. In addition to serving as chef spokesperson for Share our Strength, Aaron regularly speaks to youth at community schools and events to illustrate that they too can succeed.  In his honor, Camden NJ Mayor Gwendolyn Faison presented Aaron with  keys to the city in 2008 and designated September 25 as Aaron McCargo, Jr. Day.  In our featured chef recipe today, Aaron rewards Dineout supporters with a comforting Creamy Asparagus and Crab Soup.   Eat out this week, and make the soup next week!

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He’s a well known celebrity chef in Canada, but for those in the US and elsewhere who aren’t familiar, we’d like to introduce you to this James Beard award winning culinary gem.  Michael Smith attended the Culinary Institute of America in NYC, worked for several restaurants both abroad and in NY, and is currently stars in Food Network Canada’s tv shows “Chef at Home” and “Chef at Large”.  He also is a cookbook author, and you will see him soon in a future Iron Chef episode.

Chef Michael currently lives in Prince Edward Island, (P.E.I.), a beautiful Province and Island in northeast Canada, close to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. He was recently named the PEI’s ‘Food Ambassador’ and will be a star of the PEI’s Fall Flavours food festival from September 25 – October 4, 2009.  Fall Flavors features over 150 culinary events, including delicious tasting workshops, ale and wine tastings, and interactive education including how to catch lobsters or harvest oysters.   We will miss the event this year but are already RSVP’ing for 2010!

You will love this chef recipe video from our friends at Le Gourmet Tv:   Michael shares a wonderful (and quick)  Smoked Salmon Penne Pasta with a a lemon, dill, dijon and caper cream cheese sauce.   You may download the printable PDF from Le Gourmet Tv here.  Try your best to use fresh dill, but if it is not available, typically 1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed equals a four-inch sprig of dill.  That said, add as much as you wish according to taste.

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Oh my!  Diva Average Betty simply rocks this one!  Watch her interview the holy trinity of celebrity chefs in this video from the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, including Ming Tsai, Stephanie Izard, and Michael Chiarello!

Not your average hostess, and no standard questions will be heard here!  Just hilarious foodie silliness as Betty brings out the lighter side of her favorite tasty chefs, check it out!

Hungry for more Ming? Our friend Jennifer from Daily Blender scored a great interview with him as well in Aspen, check it out here.

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