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Old 01-18-2011, 01:40 PM   #1
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GCC - Chocolate Challenge Build Up

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Anybody up for this challenge?

Count me in IF there are a few days to do the challenge or if it is over a planned weekend. Meaning I know the date and time of the hours in advance. My work schedule won't allow for an impromptu thing or if I have to do it during weekday working hours.

Those not participating should have to judge it on presentation....which I am horrible at doing....so that will be amusing for me to struggle with!

Wait.....I misread this! So we are going to do chocolate? Cool! How long do we have to make it????

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Old 01-18-2011, 02:43 PM   #2
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...and contestants who would make a 5 course meal from a theme Ingredient. I propose that the theme ingredient be chocolate, in any form you want.
You mean all 5 courses should have chocoloate in them?
Now that's MY kinda' contest
I'll volunteer for the clean up committee.
I'll put the food away...
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Old 01-18-2011, 03:38 PM   #3
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You mean all 5 courses should have chocoloate in them?
Now that's MY kinda' contest
I'll volunteer for the clean up committee.
I'll put the food away...
I'm bouncy! And think I have thought out my recipes. My question is WHEN? Details?

MA, you are on my team as taster and assistant! Alexandros can serve.
You can help me pick the wine-pairings and table decor....because *whispers* my plating skills are lacking.

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Old 01-18-2011, 05:29 PM   #4
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Sounds interesting. I'm not a fancy wancy cook, but I'm willing to maybe give it a try. Can you research into recipes you want to try online? Chocolate isn't something I cook with often.
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Old 01-18-2011, 05:52 PM   #5
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[QUOTE=Goodweed of the North;960852]Ok. Let's set the date for Saturday, February 12. That gives everyone time to prepare their menus and purchase the ingredients.

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Contest participants must create five (5) courses including an appetizer, main course, , beverage, and desert. The main course must include a vegetable and a meat entry, though a combination of the two could be substituted.

For the main, do you have to use the ingredient in the veggie.

Is Cocoa a usable form of chocolate?
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Old 01-18-2011, 06:10 PM   #6
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Wow I have missed a lot here. Okay, if it is chocolate I am definitely a contestant! I can do three, five courses makes no difference. In fact I think I already have 5!
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:25 PM   #7
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Wow I have missed a lot here. Okay, if it is chocolate I am definitely a contestant! I can do three, five courses makes no difference. In fact I think I already have 5!

I can think of 5 too. Count me in, it would be fun to do.
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:44 PM   #8
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I'm totally in! Especially if everything needs to be posted (all at once) BY February 12. I think that should be the deadline! I also do not care whether it is 3 or 5 courses. I would like that there must be a meat entry and a veggie must be used rather than have the veggie used in the entry....perhaps as a side?

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Old 01-18-2011, 11:53 PM   #9
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Cocoa is a valid form of chocolate, as is white, and any percent dark or milk chocolate. Think savory and sweet and it becomes fairly easy to produce different items. You don't have to cook everything on the 12th. In fact, I think it would be hard to cook the meals on the 12th, take pictures, write up a critique and recipes, and enter it all on DC on the same day. Cook the meals as early as you want. Even make practice meals to test ideas. The entries have a final posting date of the 12th.

Do we have any volunteers for judges? And I'm requesting more ideas for how the entries are to be judged. Also, what format will be used to place the winner? Should we critique each dish and give ideas about what made it work or not? Or maybe, just say this one is extra yummy, and this one reminds me of fried worms. No, the fried worms comment can't be used. We have to be constructive and uplifting. The goal is to test ourselves, and to be creative.

I think this is going to be a lot of fun.

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Old 01-19-2011, 12:36 AM   #10
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For me, five courses would be an appetizer, seafood, palate cleanser, main and dessert. Three courses would be appetizer, main and dessert. Others might interpret them differently i.e. salad course, etc.

I think it would be best if a decision was made regarding the courses - number and that they are.

I am really having fun with this. Thanks, GW, this is what I needed!
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