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Aug 22, 2011

Iron Chef

Only two weeks to go to Labor Day, so we couldn’t let a Sunday pass by without trying to complete another item on our Summer List. One of our favorite activities from last summer was our first Iron Chef competition. We split our family into two teams, boys against the girls. Last year the boys won by preparing the judge’s (Grandpa) favorite fruit salad as an appetizer. This year the girls were determined to win.

Our list of common ingredients included chicken, zucchini (what else am I going to do with it?), and chocolate chips. Then each team got to choose a secret ingredient that was revealed to the other team this morning. The girls chose oatmeal and the boys chose Swiss Chard… really?!

The cook-off started at 4:30 with all three courses to be served at 6:30. We take a little more time than the TV show since we only have one kitchen. My sweetie is a much better cook than me, so we make the boys cook outside where they have the option to grill, Dutch Oven, or use the hotplate on the grill. They can also use the oven if needed (we try to be nice about these things, although after the chard thing they didn’t really deserve it).

Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner!
One of the best things about this competition is that we try to make something new and maybe a bit unusual. Grandpa is always a good sport and he eats everything. His all-time favorite food is homemade bread. Last year we made rolls as part of both meals. This year I forgot to make that stipulation, and the first thing my sweetie did was mix up a big batch of Dutch Oven rolls. The other rule is that everything has to be made from scratch with ingredients we have on hand or in the garden.

We were pretty sure we had a winner this year. The Drama Queen printed some recipes for Teriyaki Chicken and Tempura Vegetables. I know my dad loves Japanese food since he has a Japanese daughter-in-law. We also figured that a good bar cookie would top that off just perfectly.

We had planned a salad for an appetizer, but the guys got to the lettuce first, so Bossy pulled off a miracle by making Swiss Chard veggie sushi. She used thin sliced cucumber, carrots, and zucchini and rolled it into chard leaves with a little rice to hold it all together. It was surprisingly good (although the boys beat it out with their fruited salad. They used lettuce and chard, but then they added fresh strawberries and apricots (I still have a ton of them if you are interested!) carrots and nuts. They even made a homemade vinaigrette!

Ok, maybe they deserved that one. But our Teriyaki Chicken with rice and Tempura Veggies beat out their Zucchini Boats with Chicken and Pasta hands down. Not even their homemade rolls could save them. My sweetie agreed that our food was tastier!

So it was all up to the final dessert. The boys had a good one. Sport and the Dog Walker made Rice Krispie squares with chocolate chips stirred in. The little kids had already given it the thumbs-up! But in the end, my Coconut Pecan Chocolate Chip Oatmeal cookie bars were declared the winner.

We had a great time sharing our food, talking and laughing and just being together. Last year the girls (losers) were required to do the cleanup. This year we just earned bragging rights…I’m still not sure how that happened…next year I’m going to write down ALL the rules before we start! Thanks for being the judge, Grandpa!


















11 comments:

Debi Gerhart said...

Hi. Coming by from http://thespringmount6pack.com. Now following you.

Feel free to follow on the gfc that is there. I dont think the old one will be back. :( so I am just starting over.

Katie said...

Yay for the girls winning!! It all sounded quite delicious though!

2 weeks til my due date. This week is busy for me so I am hoping baby girl stays where she is until Saturday afternoon, but after that I will accept any good thoughts about her making her entrance! And I promise to post plenty of pictures! :)

Emma Frances said...

This sounds like so much fun! I'm from a family of eleven children and we would have a blast doing this! I'm telling my mom about it!! Also, thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting {randeashby.blogspot.com}. I wish I had surpassed my mum in Scrabble but she still beats me!!

GrumpyJaxMomOf3 said...

This sounds like a blast. You always have such fun ideas. I think it is great! Although it seems the girls would always lose since they still have to cleanup. You should make the boys sign a contract LOL ;)

Jillybean said...

What a fun idea!
We only have on child that likes to cook, so this wouldn't really work at our house. (However, he is actually a really good cook!)

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

How fun & what a great idea! Now I am hungry! :)

Treasures Evermore said...

What a great idea....food looks and sounds wonderful.

Holly said...

Oh my goodness! How fun was that? What an awesome idea to do iron chef. Thanks for visiting my blog and for the kind comment.

Amanda said...

delicious! awesome! love this family tradition!!!! and i love the show too!

M-Cat said...

What a fun tradition! I think I should start that at my house. Only it's just me and Splenda and I don't cook. So Splenda can make me two dinners and I can decide which is best!

Fun

Victor said...

Sorry for not visiting your blog for a while, been quite busy lately especially the trip with limited Internet access...

I love the idea of Iron chef competition. Glad you had fun.

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