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NoshGirl Chef #3: We Have a Winner!

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Happy Thursday! Almost the weeeeekend!

I’d like to give a hearty congrats to the winner of the third NoshGirl Chef ChallengeKatie, of Ruffles & Truffles, impressed voters with her recipe for Blackened Mahi with Strawberry Mango Salsa – with 37 votes! Voters loved Katie’s use of the two mystery ingredients strawberries and black pepper. Congratulations, Katie! Two authentic NYC black-and-white cookies will be making their way to your doorstep!

I would like to thank challengers Amy (Life After Lobster) and Anni (A Room With A View) for their delectable submissions of Sweet and Spicy Strawberry Ribs and Strawberry Grape Focaccia + Perfect Lemonade, respectively! All three the entries got a sizable number of votes – man, this NoshGirl Chef Challenge is really heating up!!

Interested in participating in the next NoshGirl Chef challenge? Email me!

NoshGirl Chef: Battle Strawberry and Black Pepper!

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Happy Monday, everyone!  Voting for the third NoshGirl Chef Challenge is now OPEN! As you may recall, the secret ingredients were strawberries and black pepper – and I love the variety of original entries we got!  Pop on over to their blogs to check out these scrumptious recipes!  Mmm, I do summer fruit!

1. A Room With A View‘s Strawberry Grape Focaccia + Perfect Lemonade

2. Ruffles & Truffles’ Blackened Mahi with Strawberry Mango Salsa

3. Life After Lobster‘s Sweet and Spicy Strawberry Ribs

Check out these creations on each contestant’s blog!  Then comment below to let me know your fave. If you’d prefer to keep your vote private OR if you have problems commenting on this post (wahhh, Blogger), email me with your vote and I’ll count it as well :).  You have until this Wednesday, 11:59PM EDT to vote!  Good luck, challengers!

Interested in participating in a NoshGirl Chef Challenge? Email me!

NoshGirl Chef: WASABI!

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As I had previously mentioned, I’m currently in the final round of the Marx Foods Ridiculously Delicious Challenge.  For the finals, we have to use the super-secret ingredient provided by Marx Foods to create a ridiculously delicious recipe! I’m so excited that the secret ingredient is fresh wasabi (I wrote about its unique properties here) and had such a tough time narrowing down my options to just one recipe.

So I didn’t…

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Marx Foods Ridiculously Delicious Challenge Winner Announced!

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Through a super-secret voting process (okay, it’s not that secret, you can read about how it worked here), my recipe for Fresh Wasabi Pasta with Pan-Seared Scallops in Brown Butter Sauce was chosen as the winner of the Ridiculously Delicious Challenge with 11 votes for the WIN! You guys, I am SO excited and thrilled that fellow entrants and the Marx Food judges thought my recipe was droolworthy!  And I’m SUPER DUPER excited about the prize – a case of pekin duck breasts,  two live geoducks, and a specialty sausage sampler, all three of which I wrote about for my first round entry.

I’d like to thank all of you for cheering me on during the various stages of the competition and keeping me going with such positive, encouraging comments! You guys rock, all of you. I have the best readers! 🙂 Thank you, thank you!

It has been absolutely wonderful working with the cool peeps at Marx Foods (if you follow me on twitter, you’ll know that I can’t eat fake wasabi anymore because of this challenge!), providing me with really awesome ingredients to play around with, from wild mushrooms to rare spices to authentic wasabi.  I hope I get the opportunity to work with them again this year!  Definitely check them out if you are ever in search of specialty foods – for perishables such as seafood or the like, they can overnight your order from Washington state. And stay tuned for more NoshGirl escapades as I put together recipe magic for the pekin duck breasts and sausage sampler, and figure out the best way to prepare a live geoduck. 😉


My previous Ridiculously Delicious Challenge Entries:
Entry 1: My Prize Picks
Entry 2: Spicy Cherry Truffles
Entry 3: Chilled Cucumber Dill Soup
Entry 4: Fresh Wasabi Pasta with Pan-Seared Scallops in Brown Butter Sauce