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Old 03-12-2011, 11:48 AM   #21
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The appetizer is ingenious, both a soup and a dip for a sampler of crispy mushrooms. Nicely done, LPB! Plus 10 points for your sportsmanship restraint from overly using your oven skills to blow this contest away.
Wow! Awesome ideas! Like spork, I love the appetizer. The steak on the mushroom made me smile on the turnabout from what is normally seen. Loved it! And the truffles made my mouth water! I'm not a coffee drinker usually, but the drink looked awesome too. Great job!!!!
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Old 03-12-2011, 12:22 PM   #22
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...and another 2 yums up for you, LP! EVERYthing looks amazingly scrumptious and beautifully presented. I'm going to make that mushroom soup...looks so colorful and healthy and I love the side of crispy tempura fried mushrooms...clever compliment! wtg
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Old 03-12-2011, 02:41 PM   #23
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Did I mention yet that I'm impressed? The portabella cap with bits of steak on top, all upside down compared to what everyone else does, well that was genius. And I loved the dessert. Just goes to show you that us Northerners, well, we are second to none in the cullinary arts. You don't have to be from South of the Mason/Dixen line, or from New York, or Paris. There are great cooks everywhere. This challenge showcases our creativity.

Thank you LP, and everyone else for giving us your best. Great job LP. You're one of the best.

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Old 03-13-2011, 03:56 AM   #24
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I just realized that I have only posted 2 recipes out of four. I can't do it now and if you want to judge me down on that it is fine. I will get them up as soon as possible.
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Old 03-13-2011, 07:21 AM   #25
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I don't think having the recipes up is as important as the descriptions and the pictures.
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Old 03-13-2011, 11:42 PM   #26
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Okay, okay guys, take it easy. Here is my menu, with pics and critiques. I am going to post the recipes in their normal categories and link them here....just in case anyone is silly enough to want to make them

I say silly, because I really let my passion for food and love for mushrooms let my creativity walk a little on the whimsical side. I hope you like them as much as I loved putting this all together.

Appetizer - Spinach & Mushroom Soup with Mushroom Tempura Croutons

Main - Mushroom and Steaks with Mashed Sweet Potato and Broiled Tomato with Spinach Pesto

Beverage - Porcini Latte

Dessert - Truffle Truffles in Dirt

I am giving the menu to you here as a bit of a teaser and will put each course up separately as fast as I can compile them.
What is porcini powder & where do you get it?
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Old 03-14-2011, 12:17 AM   #27
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What is porcini powder & where do you get it?
Basically, all porcini powder is, is dried porcini mushrooms ground into a very fine powder which can be used as a seasoning. I get it from a gourmet store I have dealt with for a long time.

I love this link - Porcini powder (aka the Secret Weapon on my spice rack)

Here's a Google Search for where you can purchase it and prices.

Hope that helps!
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Old 03-14-2011, 01:09 AM   #28
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I now have porcini powder, dried porcinis and dried candy caps showing up in a couple of days.

Can we have a re-do on the challenge? :)
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I now have porcini powder, dried porcinis and dried candy caps showing up in a couple of days.

Can we have a re-do on the challenge? :)
Sure, you can redo the chocolate challenge.
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Sure, you can redo the chocolate challenge.
Or let's combine and have a chocolate and mushroom challenge - at least I won't have to think up a dessert
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