This Week's Contest Theme

March 18, 2011

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.

See what other Food52 readers are saying.

  • Rhonda35
  • ChefLindaS1999
  • Lori Lyn Narlock
    Lori Lyn Narlock
  • Heena
  • wssmom
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Rhonda35 March 22, 2011
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!
ChefLindaS1999 March 22, 2011
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.
Rhonda35 March 22, 2011
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!
Lori L. March 22, 2011
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.
Lori L. March 20, 2011
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!
adamnsvetcooking March 21, 2011
I second this
Rhonda35 March 19, 2011
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.
Heena March 18, 2011
Oooh! I wasn't planning on cooking anything big this weekend, but now I kinda have to!
ChefJune March 20, 2011
I'm with you, Heena. I have several flambéed favorites this challenge brought to mind.
wssmom March 18, 2011
Another excuse to raid the liquor cabinet LOL
Panfusine March 18, 2011
& make an extended trip to the local liquor store... After all its for the noble cause of culinary research!!
pierino March 18, 2011
I believe the term is "flambe" unless you are Rachael Ray and then it becomes Molotov Cocktail. Playing with matches is fun.
Panfusine March 18, 2011
Incinerated eyebrows... Can't believe I'm actually looking fwd to the possibility!...*HIC*
Hilarybee March 18, 2011
I'm not sure I should be trusted with fire...
aargersi March 18, 2011
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!!! :-)
AntoniaJames March 18, 2011
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)
boulangere March 18, 2011
You'd think we routinely cook together, AntoniaJames!
cookinginvictoria March 18, 2011
This is me too! Glad to hear that I am not the only one who cooks like this. . . . :)
AntoniaJames March 18, 2011
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 O. March 18, 2011
My user name is not "Burned Offerings" for a reason.
Slow C. March 18, 2011
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"... ;)
TiggyBee March 18, 2011
Cool theme...look out eyebrows and eyelashes!
mrslarkin March 18, 2011
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.
wssmom March 18, 2011
Iam so sorry I missed that! LOL
fiveandspice March 18, 2011
No kidding. I wish I had thought of that for my wedding!
Waverly March 18, 2011
That must have been something! PS. I love cheries jubilee.
fiveandspice March 18, 2011
Darn. There goes my accidentally incinerated Swedish apple cake out of the running... ;)
monkeymom March 18, 2011
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!
Food52 March 18, 2011
Yep, on the contest page, we say, "we want to see dishes you intentionally set aflame" -- emphasis on intentionally!
Food52 March 18, 2011
We just updated the contest title to make that extra clear -- thanks for asking!