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Sunday, February 25, 2007

So you think you can cook?

Well, you just may be up to the challenge - Mom's Niche Recipe Challenge, that is! Mom's Niche Blog is looking for really great recipes in the following categories:

  • Appetizers
  • Entrees
  • Desserts
According to Mom's Niche,
Three semifinalists in each category will have their recipes published in the Mom's Niche Newsletter for all of the subscribers to make and try for themselves. The subscriber's will VOTE on the best recipe in each category and the winning recipes will be published again in the Easter issue of Mom's Niche News! Each of the winners in the three categories will receive a great Mom's Niche Prize Pack filled with goodies!!
You still have enough time to enter in all three categories. Deadlines are as follow:

Appetizers: February 26. 2007 - 11:59pm EST
Entrees: March 5, 2007 - 11:59pm EST
Desserts: March 12, 2007 - 11:59pm EST


Tracy said...

Bring on the recipes - we love them!!

Revka said...

I hope you have a lot of participation. It sounds like fun.

The New Parent said...

Boy--I wish I cooked. It sounds interesting. I'm pretty useless in the kitchen, except for simple things.

Revka said...

I, too, think this sounds like fun. You can always try your hand at making some of the recipes, Frank. I believe the foundation of good cooking is learning to follow directions to the letter. After you've learned how to do that, you can learn how to tweak recipes for your taste. However, if nothing else, just go drool over the entries when they are posted. :)

The New Parent said...

Drooling--ok, i can do that (laugh).

AG said...


We might have to enter this one. We have a supper club once a month with friends. We take turns hosting and cooking. Amy and I have the next meeting and our projected date is on St. Patty's day. Having a little Irish blood in the Grady line, we thought we go all out with that theme. The fun part is testing the recipes beforehand. I happened to see an episode on Food Network a few weeks ago that had Pub Grub as the topic. We have have been testing some of the recipes we saw there and they have been great! Onion Soup made with Guinness beer has been our favorite so far. Thanks for the link Revka.

AG said...

"I believe the foundation of good cooking is learning to follow directions to the letter."

I have to disagree with you a bit here Revka. If you are Baking... Yes. You must follow the directions to the letter because there is basic chemistry involved (i think this is why amy is so good at baking... she has a degree in Chemistry :)

BUT... for everything else I think it is trial and error. Having said that I will disagree with myself. :) At first it is good to follow as closely as possible because that is a good guideline and you can see what you like or dislike about recipes and can modify accordingly in the future. Amy and I Never follow a recipe strictly. We use them as a guideline. But this is after Many years of cooking...

What I'm really trying to say is... don't be afraid with cooking and don't be afraid to experiment... at the same time, be ready to try some really horrible dishes (i know i have).

But the best advice a chef gave me one time is... don't go crazy. Add a few ingredients and keep it simple. The rule is KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid)... or so he said. :)

Revka said...

Hey, Alan, I'm so slow sometimes that it took me a little while to figure out who AG is. Duh!!! Yeah, you guys should enter the contest. I'm sure you have something great to enter. Your supper club sounds like fun! I actually agree with your comment about tweaking recipes using trial and error. See, here's what follows the part of the comment you quoted.

"I believe the foundation of good cooking is learning to follow directions to the letter. After you've learned how to do that, you can learn how to tweak recipes for your taste." :)

I have finally gotten to the tweaking part, and it's a lot of fun. A lot of times, I will smell spices to decide what to add to a dish. Sometimes I combine bits of recipes to create my own "original" recipe, too. You are sooooo right about being prepared to eat some horrible dishes! (grinning) Thanks for the extra tips on going beyond the printed word.