Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A Challenge for Chef Mark

Our favorite after-dinner entertainment is to sit down as a family and watch one of the Food Network challenges: Chopped, Cupcake Wars, Iron Chef, Worst Cooks in America, The Next Food Network Star. Any of the shows where the contestants must prepare a dish within the parameters outlined by the judges.

I'm always teasing Mark that he ought to get himself in front of one of those cameras. However, as much as I love him, I don't foresee that he will ever have a star on Hollywood Blvd. I wouldn't make a good star's wife anyway. But I like to tease. And the last time I did that he said, "Well, why don't you just give me 4 ingredients, and I'll make something with them?"

Well, OK then.

But I need help. After all, it is a panel of judges, not just as judge. So here goes. I'm going to submit a list of ingredients. These aren't as strange as some of the ingredients you will find on Food Network, but since I will be the one tasting...and since I am a picky eater...

After reviewing the list, please vote on 4 items. I will likely just tally the votes. Of course, with my really large audience...

beef tenderloin
fish (whichever is on sale!)
ground beef
pork chops
chicken breasts
canned tuna
pepperoni
ham
salami
ground turkey
zucchini
nappa cabbage
red cabbage
carrots
bell peppers
corn
tomatoes
pumpkin
green onions
lima beans
red onions
spinach
bean sprouts
alfafa sprouts
sun-dried tomatoes
basil
cilantro
apples
oranges
grapefruit
strawberries
raspberries
blueberries
pineapple
lemon
lime
sweetened condensed milk
honey
ginger root
walnuts
coconut
marshmallows
chocolate
oatmeal
peanuts
peanut butter
popcorn

Obviously, I shall document the resulting entree with side dish. That entree and side dish must employ all 4 ingredients you help me assign to Chef Mark.

7 comments:

5thsister said...

sundried tomatoes, spinach, zucchini because it is in season and ...

any of the proteins you've listed (although I favor the beef variety)

Oh have a blast with this one!

Alex said...

i think beef tender loin, peanut butter, popcorn,and pork chops cause' they all taste good!!! lol

CrossView said...

I can't narrow it down. I'm torn between giving "good" choices that would make something yummy or picking "bad" items that would make for a real struggle. So I decided that I think you should put them all in a hat and draw out four! ;o)

Cheryl said...

Ok, here goes...chicken breasts, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and pineapple. Wish I could taste what Mark cooks up!

tsinclair said...

That is tough - I find myself ranging between wanting to select tough choices and appealing choices based on my cooking abilities. :-)
I am going to suggest:
zucchini
sun dried tomato
apple
fish

Let us know how it turns out

Bunch of Barrons said...

Pork chops, sun dried tomatoes, carrots, basil. I was with some of the other commentors, torn between picking what sounds good and picking something that would be hard...like popcorn, tomatoes, and pineapple. haha. ;) Good luck!

@nnie said...

FUN!!!
I just picked 4 of my favorite things off the list:

fish
spinach
cilantro
strawberries

Soooo looking forward to this dish/post.