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Old 09-02-2013, 07:17 PM   #31
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I have the very little time for the television, but I like the Food Network and Chopped.

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Old 09-02-2013, 07:28 PM   #32
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I love chopped. Am gonna watch it on demand tonight!
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:53 PM   #33
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I have learned very much of how to use difficult ingredients. When I watch the show, I write down notes.

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Old 09-06-2013, 11:23 AM   #34
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I love chopped! Food network is one of our favorite channels. It's something the whole family enjoys.
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Old 09-06-2013, 02:46 PM   #35
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I enjoy "Chopped". Although we don't have cable anymore, I still watch it online from time to time.

So what would everyone here make with the following ingredients?
  • Chocolate Stout Beer
  • Radishes
  • Squid
  • Candy Cigarettes
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Old 09-06-2013, 04:02 PM   #36
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I enjoy "Chopped". Although we don't have cable anymore, I still watch it online from time to time.

So what would everyone here make with the following ingredients?

[*]Chocolate Stout Beer[*]Radishes[*]Squid[*]Candy Cigarettes
I would grab a potato, onion and asparagus from the pantry, make a tempura batter, and make tempura squid and vegetables, including the radishes. Then I would make a dipping sauce with the beer, melted candy cigs, soy sauce, oyster sauce and sesame oil. I'd plate the tempura over shredded lettuce with a ramekin of dipping sauce on the side.
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Old 09-06-2013, 06:49 PM   #37
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I didn't know they still made candy cigs....
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Old 09-06-2013, 06:51 PM   #38
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I didn't know they still made candy cigs....
They still make them but they are called candy sticks now, and the packaging isn't made to look like cig packs.
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Old 09-07-2013, 05:58 PM   #39
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it has it's merits, but otherwise i find it annoying to try to make chefs use odd ingredients to come up with a dish that makes a singularly inclusive result in a short period of time.

much like making foie gras into a fajita...
I think, Tom, that's the point. Truly great chefs...Masters of the craft...have to be able to just come up with superb dishes on the fly. That is what has me so empassioned with cooking. Anyone can follow a recipe...certainly nothing wrong with recipes. Thank the good Lord for them!!!!

But there is something so .... so.... what's the word I want.... satisfying? in knowing you can take sometimes ridiculous ingredients and turn them into delicious meals.

I HATE canned anything. I HATE processed foods. So when my husband comes in and says "I bought spaghetti sauce, it was cheaper", I no longer wince...I take the cans and work my magic. I put heart and soul into turning that can into something everyone "snarfs" down. I love that.

I watch Chopped. Not all the time, but I enjoy it. I enjoy seeing the Chefs and how they work. I can tell which ones will fail...not by their food, but by attitude and how they work in the kitchen.

After one episode of that show, "Sweet Treats"????? oh I can't remember... with Ron Ben-Israel (love that man's creations btw), Geoffrey Zaccharian issued a challenge on Twitter. He listed ingredients and I went for it. I thought what I made was very good. But I was so down on confidence that I never submitted it. Shame on me. Family loved it.

THAT to me, is a sign of a professional chef. To be able to take crap, and make it heavenly.

Try not to watch the show...LOL..just watch the show...if ya get my meaning.

btw....I know I sound like an idiot. LMAO!!!!!

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Old 09-07-2013, 07:20 PM   #40
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Well said. I'm not a chef by any stretch of the imagination. But as a mom sometimes I have to cook with what I have, not what I'd like to have. It makes for some interesting combinations. And I know that show has taught me a lot.

And yeah you can always tell the ones that will fail by their attitude!

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I think, Tom, that's the point. Truly great chefs...Masters of the craft...have to be able to just come up with superb dishes on the fly. That is what has me so empassioned with cooking. Anyone can follow a recipe...certainly nothing wrong with recipes. Thank the good Lord for them!!!!

But there is something so .... so.... what's the word I want.... satisfying? in knowing you can take sometimes ridiculous ingredients and turn them into delicious meals.

I HATE canned anything. I HATE processed foods. So when my husband comes in and says "I bought spaghetti sauce, it was cheaper", I no longer wince...I take the cans and work my magic. I put heart and soul into turning that can into something everyone "snarfs" down. I love that.

I watch Chopped. Not all the time, but I enjoy it. I enjoy seeing the Chefs and how they work. I can tell which ones will fail...not by their food, but by attitude and how they work in the kitchen.

After one episode of that show, "Sweet Treats"????? oh I can't remember... with Ron Ben-Israel (love that man's creations btw), Geoffrey Zaccharian issued a challenge on Twitter. He listed ingredients and I went for it. I thought what I made was very good. But I was so down on confidence that I never submitted it. Shame on me. Family loved it.

THAT to me, is a sign of a professional chef. To be able to take crap, and make it heavenly.

Try not to watch the show...LOL..just watch the show...if ya get my meaning.

btw....I know I sound like an idiot. LMAO!!!!!

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