The Contests

This Week's Contest Theme

March 18, 2011 • 30 Comments

Your Best Dish You Set on Fire

Between now and next Thursday at midnight, we want to see Your Best Dish You (Intentionally) Set on Fire! For more details and to enter the contest, go here.

A disclaimer: Please be very careful in your recipe developing! We don't want anybody losing their eyebrows.

Comments (30)

Default-small
Default-small
532719_3658538260807_1195156242_32905581_1657496368_n_2

over 3 years ago Rhonda35

I love all of the comments and stories regarding unintentional kitchen fires! I'm not a firestarter, preferring to burn my hands again and again and again as I cook. We all have our tendencies toward certain types of kitchen accidents and that is mine. In Dorie Greenspan's latest book, she mentions catching her parents' kitchen on fire during her very early years of cooking. I'd love to hear that whole story!

Default-small

over 3 years ago ChefLindaS1999

The truth is I did not intentionally set the turkey on fire but boy, did it burn! Here's the story! When I made my first turkey for Thanksgiving, I did not clean it properly and left the wrapped package inside. After about an 1 and a 1/2 hours cooking I smelled something burning and opened the oven door to see the turkey flaming! I yelled for my husband, as he was taking the flaming turkey out of the oven he dropped it, our dog promptly grabbed it and ate it on top of my brand new comforter on our bed.

532719_3658538260807_1195156242_32905581_1657496368_n_2

over 3 years ago Rhonda35

ChefLindaS1999 - I am so sorry this happened to you, but it sure makes for a very funny story years later!! I cannot stop laughing about the dog on the bed - ugh!

Img_1879_-_version_2

over 3 years ago lorinarlock

That must have been a site! It also reminds me of the squirrel story on This American Life. If you haven't heard it before, you might like it.

Img_1879_-_version_2

over 3 years ago lorinarlock

Given my propensity for clumsiness, I'd be lucky to lose only my eyebrows. So, not only will I not be contributing a recipe on this topic, I don't think I'll try any either. But, I can't wait to see the results!

Default-small

over 3 years ago adamnsvetcooking

I second this

532719_3658538260807_1195156242_32905581_1657496368_n_2

over 3 years ago Rhonda35

You asked "Is it just us or is it hot in here?" and my reply is it's just you two hot gals heating up the kitchen again! ;-)

Love this contest theme - Cherries Jubilee was my favorite dessert as a child - I loved the drama of it AND the boozy cherries over good vanilla ice cream.

Sunshine_in_my_glass

over 3 years ago Heena

Oooh! I wasn't planning on cooking anything big this weekend, but now I kinda have to!

Junechamp

over 3 years ago ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I'm with you, Heena. I have several flambéed favorites this challenge brought to mind.

Me

over 3 years ago wssmom

Another excuse to raid the liquor cabinet LOL

Dsc_0122.nef-1

over 3 years ago Panfusine

& make an extended trip to the local liquor store... After all its for the noble cause of culinary research!!

Zester_003

over 3 years ago pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

I believe the term is "flambe" unless you are Rachael Ray and then it becomes Molotov Cocktail. Playing with matches is fun.

Dsc_0122.nef-1

over 3 years ago Panfusine

Incinerated eyebrows... Can't believe I'm actually looking fwd to the possibility!...*HIC*

Hilary_sp1

over 3 years ago Hilarybee

I'm not sure I should be trusted with fire...

036

over 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

How fun! Mr L does love the blowtorch ... can the flame be outside on the grill? Not that I have anything specific in mind. OK going to check lighter and match supplies. Start burning! Safety second people!!! :-)

New_years_kitchen_hlc_only

over 3 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Will be sitting this one out, but watching with great interest . . . am eager to learn how to harness the pyrotechnics. (My usual method of cooking with fire goes like this: Start cooking. Respond to text from son and then check email on phone or listen to the voice messages from calls you ignored while driving home, or run into the other room to set the TV to record the Giants game and start watching PreGame Live, or go outside to pick some thyme and take care of something needs to attention in the backyard, all the while leaving whatever is cooking on "high." Return to kitchen when the smoke alarm goes off and/or big clouds of black smoke come billowing out of the kitchen and dining room windows.) ;o)

Dscn2212

over 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

You'd think we routinely cook together, AntoniaJames!

Cimg0737

over 3 years ago cookinginvictoria

This is me too! Glad to hear that I am not the only one who cooks like this. . . . :)

New_years_kitchen_hlc_only

over 3 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

I used to have a potholder someone gave me with "Dinner will be ready when the smoke alarm goes off" on it, but unfortunately I burned a bunch of big black holes in it (the kind only flames will make), so it was useless after about a month. I'm not kidding. ;o)

Burnt_offering

over 3 years ago Burnt Offerings

My user name is not "Burned Offerings" for a reason.

Scplogoblog

over 3 years ago Slow Cooked Pittsburgh

My favorite flambe is my 1997 edition of Joy of Cooking. Wish I could figure out how to upload a picture, but didn't feel right about calling it a "recipe"... ;)

399571_2853636453848_1694221275_n

over 3 years ago TiggyBee

Cool theme...look out eyebrows and eyelashes!

Mrs._larkin_370

over 3 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Good golly. I just had a déjà vu of the Cherries Jubilee at my wedding reception, wheeled in on tables and all done very dramatically to the theme of Star Wars.

Me

over 3 years ago wssmom

Iam so sorry I missed that! LOL

Sausage2

over 3 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

No kidding. I wish I had thought of that for my wedding!

Logo-fb

over 3 years ago Waverly

That must have been something! PS. I love cheries jubilee.

Sausage2

over 3 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Darn. There goes my accidentally incinerated Swedish apple cake out of the running... ;)

Monkeys

over 3 years ago monkeymom

I assume you guys want our "Best Dish You Set on Fire ON PURPOSE!". I've had many of the other kind. This will be really fun!

Avatar-460-white

over 3 years ago Food52

This is from your friendly editors at Food52.

Yep, on the contest page, we say, "we want to see dishes you intentionally set aflame" -- emphasis on intentionally!

Avatar-460-white

over 3 years ago Food52

This is from your friendly editors at Food52.

We just updated the contest title to make that extra clear -- thanks for asking!