Color has always been an important ingredient in the FOODalogue kitchen … lots of red, green, orange and purple on the plate because, you know, eating healthy is a colorful thing.
But, this month’s challenge for the Creative Cooking Crew was to “create a complete and cohesive dish with only one color”. I chose white because I wanted the multiple challenge of preparation, presentation, photography (<it wasn’t easy) and also to prove that all white food is not bad for you. Think fish, mushrooms, cannellini beans, white asparagus, cauliflower, and wine! Continue Reading
I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing …
That was the challenge this month. Wouldn’t you like to sit at a picnic table with this wonderful array of food?
“Build a sandwich around 3 ingredients that start with the letters B.L.T.” that was the directive for this month’s challenge. And you know we’re not talking bacon, lettuce and tomato! Continue Reading
What would you do if you were challenged to prepare a dish that included nut butter, vinegar, green apple and bacon?
Think about it. Could you pull it off?
Could you think out-of-the-box like the 13 members of the Cooking Crew who participated in this month’s challenge.
Feast your eyes on some beautiful, tasty and, of course, creative recipes. Continue Reading
The Creative Cooking Crew’s challenge for this month was a virtual mystery basket and, like the popular program “Chopped”, we had to use the items in the basket along with whatever we wanted from our own pantries to complete a “creative” dish.
The basket ingredients were: green apple, bacon, vinegar and nut butter. I immediately thought of some kind of Pad Thai-based dish. Predictable? Perhaps, because of nut sauces in Asian cuisine. But, I generally decide what to make for the challenge by whatever comes to mind first — and what I want to eat! Continue Reading
What’s comes to your mind when you think of meat and potatoes?
I bet most people would say a Sunday roast or, perhaps, a slow-cooked stew or meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Undoubtedly, beef would be the most popular answer — so I went with ham.
When I announced that I would be co-hosting a cooking challenge group, I knew immediately I wanted to get my son (the ‘visioneer’) to create a logo that brands and signifies our objective: modern, fresh and, most importantly, creative cooking. In fact, he gave us 3 logos with different images and varying shapes and sizes so that each group member could choose what best fits their blog – or mood. I’m going to feature all 3 in this round-up … just because.
Here’s our first challenge.
“Choose one of your favorite rich, heavy, fatty animal-protein-based meals and give it a healthy VEGAN spin.” That was the challenge. Continue Reading