Fortunately, the good folks at the Foodie Blogroll have come to my rescue with Iron Foodie 2010! I literally danced around my kitchen when I got the email announcing the contest. 25 bloggers will be chosen to receive a box with 8 secret ingredients to incorporate into a signature dish which will then be voted on by the Foodie Blogroll community.
Consider this my official entry ballot :)
Q: Why do you want to compete in this challenge?
A: I am really excited to be pushed to be more innovative and creative in my cooking and, hopefully, use really unique ingredients that I might never have considered using before. Plus, I just really enjoy a little healthy competition - it only makes you better in the end!
Q: Limitations of time/space notwithstanding, whose kitchen would you like to spend the day in & why? Julia Child, Thomas Keller, Ferran Adria, James Beard, Marie-Antoine Careme, or The Swedish Chef?
A: Julia Child! I just saw her kitchen at the Smithsonian and was amazed at how organized and efficient the whole space was. Plus, I think it's pretty awesome that she had all her workspaces raised to fit her height. Cooking is such a personal experience, it only makes sense that your kitchen should reflect you!
Q: What morsel are you most likely to swipe from family & friends’ plates when they aren’t looking?
A: Um, pretty much anything that's left over. My husband calls me a hunter-gatherer!
Q: Sum your childhood up in one meal.
A: Grilled cheese and tomato soup on a TV tray after morning kindergarten while watching Sesame Street.
Q: The one mainstream food you can’t stand?
A: I don't like broccoli (although I'm slowly changing my mind). I also react pretty violently to white bread (metaphorically speaking, of course).