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Old 08-16-2011, 10:45 AM   #51
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Sorry, everyone. I have had a pretty rough couple of weeks.

Okay, this is taking on a new form. I am going to open a new thread called "What's Your Signature Dish". You can start posting any time. Pictures are not necessary and recipes should be posted in their proper category and linked to the thread. Other than that, anything goes!
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Old 10-17-2011, 05:23 PM   #52
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So what's our next challenge? Anybody thought of anything?

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Old 10-17-2011, 06:35 PM   #53
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I look forward to reading all of the great idea's coming up.
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Old 10-17-2011, 07:24 PM   #54
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How about something like an Iron Chef challenge. Ingredients that have to be used for each course, and a list of what is in the pantry that can be used? For example, shitake mushrooms, tomatillos (or green tomatoes if tomatillos aren't available), shrimp, dark chocolate, and sweet potato? In the pantry, rice, pasta, eggs, milk, butter, EVOO, lime, lemon, cilantro, parsley, lemon grass, etc.? Everyone who wants to participate can offer 3 items that could be in the pantry?
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Old 10-17-2011, 11:00 PM   #55
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It's better not to restrict. No one will sign up for tofu + kumquats.
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Old 10-17-2011, 11:22 PM   #56
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What about a list of 15 ingredients, pick 5. And then pantry has xxx in it?
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Old 10-18-2011, 12:48 AM   #57
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To make one dish? Or a 3 course meal?
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Old 10-18-2011, 05:44 AM   #58
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PF--I don't know--my pantry has more than five ingredients in it...I was tossing out an idea. The other thought is to make sure the "key" ingredients are not expensive or hard to acquire. Make it a "stretch your brain" sort of thing with ingredients in the freezer/pantry. Not "I have to go buy this stuff to participate."
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Old 10-18-2011, 05:48 AM   #59
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It's better not to restrict. No one will sign up for tofu + kumquats.
Maybe it was just me, but I thought the mushroom challenge was fairly restrictive (and the participants did an AMAZING job).
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:37 AM   #60
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We had decided to get away from the competitive part of this challenge, and instead focus on choosing a secret ingredient or theme that will stretch the participant's cullinary skills by getting them to think creatively. The mushroom challenge and convenience store challenges perfectly exemplified this idea. The entries were well out of the box and yet were creative and successfull. No one made anything that was just bad. All recipes gave everyone new ideas for what can be done with common foods. I mean, we had ice cream and sweet rolls made from mushrooms, and they were great. We had coctails that featured mushrooms as well. Who'd of thunk it?

Succesful recipes are shared with everyone so that others may enjoy making and tasting them.

GCC isn't about making the best food so that we can hold up our heads and say - "Look at me!" It's about testing our limits, to help us become better, and show us new techniques and discover new flavors. Food becomes an art form, and the participants, the artists. It also teaches us how to present food in a way to make it more apealing.

The competition part was fun and allowed us to gauge our strengths. But I'm thinking that we might do away with competing against each other, but rather, have our entries rated on thier own strengths, maybe with critiques about what was great, and what was not so great. Each entry would be up for scrutiny by the DC community.

Whatcha think?

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