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And the Winner Is…

February 23, 2012 by Joan Nova in Sandwiches, Soup | 11 Comments

Thank you to everyone who participated in my search to find something interesting to put in my cup and saucer set. I found it fascinating that the majority of the suggestions were ‘sweet’. I don’t know why that continues to surprise me. The internet is lopsided with recipes for desserts and other sweet endings (or in-betweens).

But, that’s not me. And since I have to eat what I make, I satisfied my palate.

Some of you did, in fact, suggest things that often appear on FOODalogue and I would have loved to mix n’ match a few, but that’s not the way it works with a contest.

The winner is Christo who gave me a perfect combination for both the cup and the saucer. It satisfied my taste and gave me an opportunity to play with multiple colors and shapes. Thanks, Chef!

This is, in fact, a favorite way to eat in the FOODalogue kitchen! Especially when accompanied by a beautiful Albariño wine.

So, roasted butternut squash soup and a variety of crostini it was with a whole lot of vegetables going on.

You’d never know it from the photos but I actually cut the bread in crescent shapes to mimic the scallops of the plate, but the toppings hide it. That was a wasted effort!

Toppings: L-R goat cheese mozzarella with roasted grape tomatoes; roasted broccoli with parmigiano reggiano, roasted artichoke hearts and black olives; sauteed mushroom and caramelized red onions.

Runners Up
Valerie of More Than Burnt Toast. I agree that the shape of the plate would lend itself well to empanadas, but my last post was empanadas, so no-can-do. :(

Eleanor of Wokstar, I liked the idea of miso soup in the cup, but would prefer an Asian-inspired salad on the plate rather than stir fry.

Christo: Message me your mailing address and I’ll ship off the goodie box to you next week.

< See the BEET round-up. Lots of creativity. >

NOTE: Some recipes found on FOODalogue are offered without ingredient quantities. They're meant as a guide to food pairings and techniques to be experimented with … in your own kitchen … to your own spice and taste levels … to your preferred portion sizes … and to however many people you’re cooking for. A perfect meal has multiple levels of flavor and textures, bright colors and tastes, and healthy(ish) choices. It's all about enjoyment. Enjoy the process, the presentation and the just rewards...eating!


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  1. Congrats, Christo! And wow, those are some gorgeous crostini! A great idea to put soup in the cup, too. This was a fun contest, thanks!

  2. Congratulations to Christo! And well done on utilising his suggestion. Soup and crostini never looked better Joan…love all your toppings.
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  3. doggybloggy says:

    whoot whoot – I WON – how cool and I, like everyone else who ever says this, never win so I am so, so, so very happy…..THANKS
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  4. Robin Sue says:

    Beautiful! I knew you would do something very colorful and flavorful. Wonderful choice!
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  5. Nuria says:

    Congrats to Christo! And buen provecho Joan :D
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  6. Congrats to Christo and what a delicious choice.
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  7. No surprise there with Christo winning! Wonderful medley of flavors, colors and a stellar presentation to boot. Well done Joan!
    chow! Devaki@weavethousandflavors
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  8. Arlene says:

    Kudos, Cristo. Love the way the colors set off the plate.
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  9. Those look scrumptious, congrats to Christo!

  10. bellini says:

    It all looks delicious Joan. Congratulations to Christo!

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