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Old 10-12-2009, 09:35 PM   #11
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Here is a pic of the products I had to work with this week,

The ingredients

Butternut squash
Israeli croutons
millet
edamame
portabello mushrooms

The final product:

Butternut squash stuffing filled portabello mushrooms

The Cat licking the plate clean
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Old 11-03-2009, 03:26 PM   #12
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Pics,

Yeah, i know the basil oil surrounding the dish is an embarrassment, but i didnt realize it until after i had plated. And since I wasnt up for $10,000, but just a hand shake and a " that-a-boy" pat on the back, i left it as is .

Oh, and that scallion garnish on top is HUGE, like the little shop of horrors plant.
Looks good -- Dont get me wrong very appetizing. What about some kind of breading that will give it structure like a pie.
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Old 01-02-2010, 10:49 PM   #13
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slowly but surely... it looks really yummy :)... cool then
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Old 01-02-2010, 11:19 PM   #14
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Cat disliker!!!

You did'nt mention cat hair or litterbox paws in your recipe.What could I substitute for that.
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Old 01-02-2010, 11:33 PM   #15
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Having 5 cats, its almost impossible to avoid some kind of involvement from the cats when cooking.
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Old 01-03-2010, 12:23 AM   #16
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Larry, this looks like fun and what a great way for your wife to get involved in the cooking. Thanks for the great pics and keep them coming.
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That's so sweet. A good idea for bonding and learning too!
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Old 02-03-2010, 04:15 PM   #18
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I first tried grinding the millet into a ' flour', but that didnt work out all that well. I then tried to toast them in a pan. That didnt work out too well either. Finally, I gave in and rehydrated them in water ( which took some time, which was why i was looking for a faster alternative since my wife gave me an hour to complete the dish). After it was rehydrated, I mixed it in with the stuffing mixture.
Larry: fwiw, millet does need to be toasted dry in a hot pan before using it. It pops like little kernels of corn, and gives off a wonderful aroma. After it's popped, I remove it to a bowl and saute the holy trinity in the same pan. You can cook millet the same way you'd cook a rice pilaf.
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Old 02-03-2010, 10:33 PM   #19
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Are you a pro?

I cant even let my wife go to the store to get the things I need useing a list.The idea of her picking out the ingrediants on her own is unbeleiveable.Sometimes I dont even know what to do with the things she brings home that are kind of similar to what I really wanted.Congrats Larry!That sounds like a fun challenge,if you are a great cook.I will however sit on the sidelines and enjoy your posts on this subject.I would be totaly clueless.
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Well, my wife is in a similar situation. Sending her to the store to buy something, even if it is on the list written, she will always come back with the wrong thing. And I guess thats what makes these challenges interesting. I have yet to be " chopped" , but some things have definitely been better than others. Im looking forward to my next challenge.
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