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For upcoming contests, I nominate:

1. your best celery
2. your best oregano

I have a perfect recipe for each that I'm chomping at the bit to share. Anyone else?

Anita is a vegan pastry chef & founder of Electric Blue Baking Co. in Brooklyn.

asked about 5 years ago
41 answers 1701 views
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ChefJune

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added about 5 years ago

Oregano? Come on1 it's a flavor enhancer, not a main ingredient!

I've been thinking blueberries. They're everywhere now.

or "outré grains" like farro, millet, quinoa, amaranth, etc. any alone or all together in a bunch.

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added about 5 years ago

Post them anyway, Anitalectric! You can always submit them later on if there's a good theme match!

We had a basil theme last year, so why not oregano?

I'd like to see another zucchini theme.

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aargersi

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added about 5 years ago

Best Recipe Inspired By A Song! (Checker thought that up not me)
Chili Cookoff
Bananas? I just said that because I am eating a banana right now

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pierino

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added about 5 years ago

I'm very cool with celery actually. It's a very Roman ingredient, so it's one I like to play with.

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ChefJune

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added about 5 years ago

Hasn't there been a chili challenge?

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added about 5 years ago

Has there been a vegan contest already? I second the vote for blueberries and raise you blackberries.

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added about 5 years ago

There have been some spectacular recipes posted using thyme in mind-expanding ways, so how about "thyme" or "using herbs in unconventional ways"?
(for example, http://www.food52.com/recipes... -- I keep the syrup on hand, always find it refreshing, and resist any change!)

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added about 5 years ago

I would love to do walnuts....

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aargersi

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added about 5 years ago

GAME! I forgot to say game! Game birds, antlered or tusked things that some kind soul shot and cleaned and shared ....

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ChefJune

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added about 5 years ago

game would be FABulous. One of my favorite categories! Walnuts are another fave... Pecans, Hazelnuts... the possibilities are ENDless.

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pierino

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added about 5 years ago

How about capybara? We seem to have one or more running around here in Paso.

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ChefJune

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added about 5 years ago

What the heck is a "capybara?"

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pierino

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added about 5 years ago

Capybara is a 100 pound S. American rodent. Apparently there's at least one roaming around here. This is the only way that Paso Robles makes national front pages, not to mention Twitter. Now if there was a Chupacabra, that would be serious news.

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aargersi

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added about 5 years ago

That's hilarious - when I read capybara my brain was thinking chupacabra.

I know - NUTRIA! They are destroying the bayous and levees in New Orleans and we need to get rid of them - why not cook them???

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drbabs

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added about 5 years ago

@aargersi, I thought of nutria when I read this, too!

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SKK
added about 5 years ago

@aargersi - when I lived in Morgan City, La people would go into the bayous and trap them for furs and eat them. Just can't bring myself to eat a huge rodent!

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SKK
added about 5 years ago

InPat'sKitchen and I had a long conversation about alligator - could we include that in the game contest?

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boulangere

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added about 5 years ago

Love the capybara idea. In Montana we have a surfeit of rabbits, though I also have 2 as pets . . . . .

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pierino

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added about 5 years ago

Alligator, love it SKK, and no, it doesn't taste like chicken. It tastes like alligator, but maybe closer to a fishy tasting pork. I like the tail meat the best.

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SKK
added about 5 years ago

Pierino, I like the tail meat the best too. Had it when I lived in Lousiana. We were way back in the Bayou Teche or some tributary and stopped in at a local store. The kids went to school by boat, everything was done by boat, and they had alligator and possum on the menu. I must say that the alligator was superior to the possum. Possum only took once for me, I have no desire for it now.

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inpatskitchen

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added about 5 years ago

Coon is very popular in Detroit..we use to sell hundreds for Thanksgiving, Xmas and The New Year...surrounded with sweet potatoes it tastes sort of like sweet beef...gotta get all the fat off first though...

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added about 5 years ago

Along the lines of the oregano theme, perhaps Your Best Solo Herb, or something - meaning only one herb to add flavor to the dish. And I am totally game for game, aargersi. Thank you for pushing my theme idea too!

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added about 5 years ago

I agree about Best Celery ........given our economy and the fact that celery is always cheap .. .... bring it on Food52!!!!!

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added about 5 years ago

Forgot to add, but I love the idea of best vegan recipe too!

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added about 5 years ago

Love the idea of a celery theme -- I am growing lots of it in my garden, so I would have lots of it to experiment with.

It would also be great to have a vegan theme.

Has there been a fennel contest yet? :)

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added about 5 years ago

HLA--cuckoo for coconut...or maybe just cuckoo? No need to actually run the avocado contest--we'll just concede and let your vast repoirtore of avocado shakes, creams and dishes be the entire EP list! ;)

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hardlikearmour

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added about 5 years ago

@ lorigoldsby. I definitely love coconut, and am a bit cuckoo to boot. I'm pretty sure I only have 2 recipes that incorporate avocado, but would definitely love to add to that!

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added about 5 years ago

How about your best 15/30/60 minute meal? Has that been done yet?

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Niknud

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added about 5 years ago

I'm with totalnoms - best weeknight dinner! I'm always looking for ways to mix up the routine and I'm inevitably always pressed for time by the end of the day. It would be great to see what a fantastic community like this could come up with. Probably more than frozen pizza or omelets I'm guessing....not that there is anything wrong with frozen pizza or omelets for dinner!

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added about 5 years ago

That's exactly what I was thinking- I'm usually struggling when I get out of work at 630 to think of an easy, delicious recipe that doesn't require 28934 ingredients I dont have and that won't take approx 3 days to make- and if we had a whole contest devoted to that... yum i'd be set for months!

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AntoniaJames

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added about 5 years ago

This is week 52 of the second book. Does anyone know what's happening next? :o)

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sdebrango

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added about 5 years ago

Would love to know what's next!!

32fb3935 151a 4db2 ac26 980d4c0d5cea  lorigoldsby
added about 5 years ago

I hope they are starting book 3! Since I missed book one and most of book 2,...I have some catching up to do!

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added about 5 years ago

second AntoniaJames Qn... what next?

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added about 5 years ago

Fall is coming...how about "your best first fall day" recipe? So many possibilities, so many different cooking methods...

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SKK
added about 5 years ago

Sam1148 asked the following question: For East Coaster: What's your best no power food and plan? This would be a brilliant upcoming contest.

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added almost 5 years ago

What about low fat? I think that'd be quite the challenge.
Or on a different note...how about cooking for 1 or 2? I live by myself and all recipes seem to be for 4 people. I don't like eating the same thing for 4 days and run out of freezer space!

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added almost 5 years ago

A frugal gourmet theme.. (I've been running kitchen from absolute scratch for the past 2 weeks, ZERO food material to start with, just 2 gas burners, a fridge & running water....I'm amazed as to how it is absolutely possible to feed a family of 4 (including picky kids) with ingredients that fit into a medium sized container!, just basic ingredients ...

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pierino

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added almost 5 years ago

But don't forget what happened to The Frugal Gourmet, Jeff Smith.

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added almost 5 years ago

How about cucumbers?