There is a show on the Food Network (Chopped) that puts experienced chefs to the test with a basket full of odd food parings; challenging them to create a dish that is attractive and delicious. They are also put against a time clock to make their culinary decisions and act on them before the time runs out. Then their dishes are placed in front of a panel of critics, ready and willing to give their opinion of the chef's gallant efforts to create something from nothing.
I think this show concept was created by a mom. Think about it. The similarities are blatantly obvious....
- dinner made from whatever is left in the kitchen ~ something everyone experiences when a trip to the grocery store must wait until payday at the end of the week!
- time clock is ticking ~ home from a busy day, it's 5:00, everyone is yelling 'I'm hungry' and looking at you for the solution...as fast as you can!
- meal presented to a panel of critics ~ ummmm....two words: feeding kids!
Can I get an AMEN from anyone? Or is it just me that relates to this show with real life experiences?
I remember early in my married life needing to come up with dinner before hubby got home and my choices were:
- canned biscuits
- canned tuna
- canned tomato sauce
Shopping wasn't an option. Hubby enjoyed (well...he said he did!) a tuna pizza on biscuit dough that night!
I am sure there are similar stories from every reader of this blog. We've all been in that place where we had to make something out of nothing...or something out of a little of this and a little of that and nothing that makes sense. I'd like to draw on all of that experience and have some fun at the same time. Are you ready to play?
Welcome to the first edition of
Chopped Home Style!
Here's how it will work. I'll present a basket of items in my kitchen that need to be used for dinner. Then it is your turn to make suggestions! A few guidelines to make it
- use seasonings, spices, herbs that are typically found in a home kitchen (one of our blends in the recipe would be fun but is NOT necessary to play *smile*)
- pull from staples typically found in a home kitchen (milk, flour, sugar, eggs, butter, rice, pasta, juice, etc...)
- use ingredients that are so unique the average person would have to run to the store to make the recipe (the idea is to see if we can create with what we have)
- Use all of the ingredients listed in some way, shape or form.
Ready to play???
Here is this week's basket:
red bell pepper
Use the comment section and tell us how you would use these familiar ingredients to make dinner tonight...in a hurry...for a
panel of critics hungry family!
I'll be back on Monday and tell you which idea I ended up serving my family!