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    Bob Terwilliger Guest

    Default The "One Bite" challenge

    On the most recent episode of "Top Chef", two chefs were told that they'd
    have forty minutes to come up with seven "one-bite" servings, and that the
    chef who prepared the winning bite would advance to the finals to compete
    for $200,000. (It should be noted that the seven judges had already sampled
    their way through three full dinners, with each dinner being inspired by
    childhood memories of three guest judges.)

    If you were given that kind of opportunity, what would you make?

    Bob



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    l, not -l Guest

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    On 25-Mar-2011, "Bob Terwilliger" <virtualgoth@die_spammer.biz> wrote:

    > On the most recent episode of "Top Chef", two chefs were told that they'd
    > have forty minutes to come up with seven "one-bite" servings, and that the
    >
    > chef who prepared the winning bite would advance to the finals to compete
    > for $200,000. (It should be noted that the seven judges had already
    > sampled
    > their way through three full dinners, with each dinner being inspired by
    > childhood memories of three guest judges.)
    >
    > If you were given that kind of opportunity, what would you make?


    Given the childhood memories and dinners, I'd go for dessert. Creamcicle
    squares - 1inch squares of the highest quality vanilla ice cream, with a
    1/8th inch coat the best, OJ I could get.
    --
    Change Cujo to Juno in email address.

  3. #3
    Bob Terwilliger Guest

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    l wrote:

    >> If you were given that kind of opportunity, what would you make?

    >
    > Given the childhood memories and dinners, I'd go for dessert. Creamcicle
    > squares - 1inch squares of the highest quality vanilla ice cream, with a
    > 1/8th inch coat the best, OJ I could get.


    I was thinking dessert too. The competitors were in the Bahamas, so I was
    thinking of something like the vanilla pudding I made last Christmas, topped
    with a disk of caramelized mango. Either that or a demitasse of hot
    chocolate with an apricot anti-lava cube, though the timing on the anti-lava
    is tricky, and I'm not sure there would be enough time to get it frozen on
    the outside but still liquid in the center.

    Bob



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    Ed Pawlowski Guest

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    "Bob Terwilliger" <virtualgoth@die_spammer.biz> wrote in message
    news:4d8d52d3$0$712$c3e8da3$[email protected] .com...
    > On the most recent episode of "Top Chef", two chefs were told that they'd
    > have forty minutes to come up with seven "one-bite" servings, and that the
    > chef who prepared the winning bite would advance to the finals to compete
    > for $200,000. (It should be noted that the seven judges had already
    > sampled their way through three full dinners, with each dinner being
    > inspired by childhood memories of three guest judges.)
    >
    > If you were given that kind of opportunity, what would you make?
    >
    > Bob
    >


    I thought about it when they made the challenge. I still don't have a good
    answer, but it probably would have cheese in it.


  5. #5
    sf Guest

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    On Fri, 25 Mar 2011 19:43:36 -0700, "Bob Terwilliger"
    <virtualgoth@die_spammer.biz> wrote:

    > On the most recent episode of "Top Chef", two chefs were told that they'd
    > have forty minutes to come up with seven "one-bite" servings, and that the
    > chef who prepared the winning bite would advance to the finals to compete
    > for $200,000. (It should be noted that the seven judges had already sampled
    > their way through three full dinners, with each dinner being inspired by
    > childhood memories of three guest judges.)
    >
    > If you were given that kind of opportunity, what would you make?
    >

    I can only hope I've given my children more good childhood food
    memories than I have from my childhood. There is no way on God's
    Green Earth that I could come up with seven ideas and almost
    everything I'd come up with would be inspired from a box. Hm. Maybe
    I could if boxes or popcorn or hot dogs roasted over coals in the
    fireplace count. Maybe I could *if* I was a creative cook and a
    professional chef, which I'm not. LOL

    --
    I love cooking with wine.
    Sometimes I even put it in the food.

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    sf Guest

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    On Sat, 26 Mar 2011 03:38:14 GMT, "l, not -l" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    > On 25-Mar-2011, "Bob Terwilliger" <virtualgoth@die_spammer.biz> wrote:
    >
    > > On the most recent episode of "Top Chef", two chefs were told that they'd
    > > have forty minutes to come up with seven "one-bite" servings, and that the
    > >
    > > chef who prepared the winning bite would advance to the finals to compete
    > > for $200,000. (It should be noted that the seven judges had already
    > > sampled
    > > their way through three full dinners, with each dinner being inspired by
    > > childhood memories of three guest judges.)
    > >
    > > If you were given that kind of opportunity, what would you make?

    >
    > Given the childhood memories and dinners, I'd go for dessert. Creamcicle
    > squares - 1inch squares of the highest quality vanilla ice cream, with a
    > 1/8th inch coat the best, OJ I could get.


    You have *7* desserts you could create from? I'm impressed. I had a
    lot of Jello.

    --
    I love cooking with wine.
    Sometimes I even put it in the food.

  7. #7
    Bob Terwilliger Guest

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    sf wrote:

    >> On the most recent episode of "Top Chef", two chefs were told that they'd
    >> have forty minutes to come up with seven "one-bite" servings, and that
    >> the chef who prepared the winning bite would advance to the finals to
    >> compete for $200,000. (It should be noted that the seven judges had
    >> already sampled their way through three full dinners, with each dinner
    >> being inspired by childhood memories of three guest judges.)
    >>
    >> If you were given that kind of opportunity, what would you make?
    >>

    > I can only hope I've given my children more good childhood food
    > memories than I have from my childhood. There is no way on God's
    > Green Earth that I could come up with seven ideas and almost
    > everything I'd come up with would be inspired from a box. Hm. Maybe
    > I could if boxes or popcorn or hot dogs roasted over coals in the
    > fireplace count. Maybe I could *if* I was a creative cook and a
    > professional chef, which I'm not. LOL


    I didn't make it clear: The two chefs were tasked to create the "bite" for
    seven different diners, i.e., seven SERVINGS, but only one RECIPE. Making a
    cake and cutting it into seven pieces would have met the rules of the
    challenge.

    The childhood memories came into it because the three guest judges were
    asked, "What would you want to eat for your last meal?" Then each of the
    remaining competitors (there were three of them at that point) was given the
    assignment of cooking the meal described by one of those judges. It was a
    bit arbitrary that each of those judges chose something from their
    childhood, and in one case it was a childhood memory which was *not* from
    her mother's cooking: Michelle Bernstein, one of the guest judges, said she
    wanted fried chicken and biscuits for her last meal, because she used to
    love those things as a child even though her mother NEVER cooked them, and
    she only got to have them when they went out to eat. (Personally, I don't
    think I would want a meal from my childhood recreated for my last meal, but
    that's just what those guest judges chose.)

    The "One Bite" challenge came about AFTER those "last meals" had been
    consumed. One of the competitors didn't have to take part in the challenge;
    that person was already through to the finale. The two remaining competitors
    were fighting to eliminate each other.

    The "One Bite" competitors were not in any way obliged to stick to the
    "childhood memory" theme at that point; they just had to make something
    which represented the epitome of their personal cooking style and which
    would hopefully be memorable (in a GOOD way). But they had to prepare seven
    servings of whatever they chose to make.

    Bob



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    l, not -l Guest

    Default Re: The "One Bite" challenge


    On 26-Mar-2011, sf <[email protected]> wrote:

    > > >
    > > > If you were given that kind of opportunity, what would you make?

    > >
    > > Given the childhood memories and dinners, I'd go for dessert.
    > > Creamcicle
    > > squares - 1inch squares of the highest quality vanilla ice cream, with a
    > > 1/8th inch coat the best, OJ I could get.

    >
    > You have *7* desserts you could create from? I'm impressed. I had a
    > lot of Jello.


    Probably a lot more than seven if I put my mind to it. As a child, I was
    fortunate enough to attend family gatherings every Sunday; those gatherings
    were always at one or another set of grandparents' home. Both of my
    grandmothers cooked for "field hands" most of their lives; no meal was ever
    served without a choice among the various offerings. There were generally
    three each of meats, starches, vegetables and desserts. Typical of
    desserts might be the remainder of yesterday's coconut cake, freshly baked
    chess pie and a variety of cookies which might be served with (home canned
    or store bought canned) fruit. In season offerings might be crisps, tarts,
    pies (regular or fried pocket pies), etc. to utilize the seasonal fruit and
    berries.

    Speaking of pocket pies, that can be another terrific one-bite dessert; just
    make the crust of a size to hold a tablespoon or so of filling. My maternal
    grandmother used to do that with pie crust scraps; fill them with a bit of
    whatever home-canned preserves were already open; pan fry in a bit of butter
    and sprinkle with a pinch of sugar.

    From my mother's oven would come her take on a St. Louis favorite - Gooey
    Butter Cake. A dessert so rich that a 2x1" serving is as much or more
    than most could handle 8-)
    --
    Change Cujo to Juno in email address.

  9. #9
    Janet Wilder Guest

    Default Re: The "One Bite" challenge

    On 3/25/2011 9:43 PM, Bob Terwilliger wrote:
    > On the most recent episode of "Top Chef", two chefs were told that they'd
    > have forty minutes to come up with seven "one-bite" servings, and that the
    > chef who prepared the winning bite would advance to the finals to compete
    > for $200,000. (It should be noted that the seven judges had already sampled
    > their way through three full dinners, with each dinner being inspired by
    > childhood memories of three guest judges.)
    >
    > If you were given that kind of opportunity, what would you make?
    >
    > Bob
    >
    >


    Guacamole on a corn tortilla

    --
    Janet Wilder
    Way-the-heck-south Texas
    Spelling doesn't count. Cooking does.

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    sf Guest

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    On Sat, 26 Mar 2011 03:53:58 -0700, "Bob Terwilliger"
    <virtualgoth@die_spammer.biz> wrote:

    <snip detailed explanation>

    > The "One Bite" competitors were not in any way obliged to stick to the
    > "childhood memory" theme at that point; they just had to make something
    > which represented the epitome of their personal cooking style and which
    > would hopefully be memorable (in a GOOD way). But they had to prepare seven
    > servings of whatever they chose to make.


    Ah, okay, thanks. I sure misinterpreted it - thanks for clarifying.
    It sounds much more do-able your/their way than mine!

    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

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    sf Guest

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    On Sat, 26 Mar 2011 09:56:51 -0500, Janet Wilder
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Guacamole on a corn tortilla


    Do you remember the first time you had freshly made guacamole? I
    loved it immediately. Same thing with San Francisco style burritos.
    I order mine w/o rice and with whole beans. It was a real bummer for
    me the first time I came in contact with a SoCal (wet) burrito >
    sitting on the plate, drowned in a red sauce. Bummer of a meal. I
    was so craving a burrito I could hold to eat, but that style hadn't
    spread south back then and I didn't know there was more than one
    style.

    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

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    notbob Guest

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    On 2011-03-26, sf <[email protected]> wrote:
    > loved it immediately. Same thing with San Francisco style burritos.


    So it was you SF twits that screwed up the burrito. Figures.

    nb

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    sf Guest

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    On 26 Mar 2011 17:57:00 GMT, notbob <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On 2011-03-26, sf <[email protected]> wrote:
    > > loved it immediately. Same thing with San Francisco style burritos.

    >
    > So it was you SF twits that screwed up the burrito. Figures.
    >


    Apparently the style was so *popular* that it spread. If it wasn't,
    we'd still be the only place where it was served.


    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

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    Julie Bove Guest

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    "notbob" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > On 2011-03-26, sf <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> loved it immediately. Same thing with San Francisco style burritos.

    >
    > So it was you SF twits that screwed up the burrito. Figures.


    Heh. The only burritos I've ever seen that you could pick up are the frozen
    ones. Or the breakfast burrito.



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    Julie Bove Guest

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    "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > On 26 Mar 2011 17:57:00 GMT, notbob <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> On 2011-03-26, sf <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> > loved it immediately. Same thing with San Francisco style burritos.

    >>
    >> So it was you SF twits that screwed up the burrito. Figures.
    >>

    >
    > Apparently the style was so *popular* that it spread. If it wasn't,
    > we'd still be the only place where it was served.


    I don't think it has spread very far. You can't get those things here. Or
    anywhere else I have lived. Unless perhaps you are eating fast food.



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    Janet Wilder Guest

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    On 3/26/2011 12:41 PM, sf wrote:
    > On Sat, 26 Mar 2011 09:56:51 -0500, Janet Wilder
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Guacamole on a corn tortilla

    >
    > Do you remember the first time you had freshly made guacamole?


    Yes! I make a pretty good guac, myself, especially when I've been to
    Mexico and bought some yummy avocados there. They are *the* best.
    I
    > loved it immediately. Same thing with San Francisco style burritos.
    > I order mine w/o rice and with whole beans. It was a real bummer for
    > me the first time I came in contact with a SoCal (wet) burrito>
    > sitting on the plate, drowned in a red sauce. Bummer of a meal. I
    > was so craving a burrito I could hold to eat, but that style hadn't
    > spread south back then and I didn't know there was more than one
    > style.
    >


    I'm not sure what a San Francisco style burrito is. You don't mean a
    fried burrito? That's a chimichanga (sp) Do you mean just a burrito on
    a plate with some melted cheese on it?

    If it's just beans or other food wrapped in a tortilla around here they
    call it a taco.

    --
    Janet Wilder
    Way-the-heck-south Texas
    Spelling doesn't count. Cooking does.

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    notbob Guest

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    On 2011-03-26, Julie Bove <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I don't think it has spread very far. You can't get those things here. Or
    > anywhere else I have lived. Unless perhaps you are eating fast food.


    Basically, the SF burrito is characterized by costing $6-8 and is
    typically the size of a mutant zucchini cuz it's filled with a pound
    of tasteless rice (10) and half pound of non-refried beans (30).
    I'm sure it has some meat in it somewhere, but who can really tell.
    It has spread far and wide across areas with a large illegal
    population cuz it will feed a family of four for an entire day. The
    first time I saw one, I thought the lady was cradling a newborn in her
    arms.

    nb

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    Steve Pope Guest

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    notbob <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Basically, the SF burrito is characterized by costing $6-8 and is
    >typically the size of a mutant zucchini cuz it's filled with a pound
    >of tasteless rice (10) and half pound of non-refried beans (30).


    This is a myth, but a popular one.

    Steve

  19. #19
    Dimitri Guest

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    "Bob Terwilliger" <virtualgoth@die_spammer.biz> wrote in message
    news:4d8d52d3$0$712$c3e8da3$[email protected] .com...
    > On the most recent episode of "Top Chef", two chefs were told that they'd
    > have forty minutes to come up with seven "one-bite" servings, and that the
    > chef who prepared the winning bite would advance to the finals to compete
    > for $200,000. (It should be noted that the seven judges had already
    > sampled their way through three full dinners, with each dinner being
    > inspired by childhood memories of three guest judges.)
    >
    > If you were given that kind of opportunity, what would you make?
    >
    > Bob


    Broiled Roquefort cheese on a pear slice.
    The meat from some stone crab with the mustard sauce on toast point.
    A perfectly grilled scallop on a skewer
    Steak Tartare
    A White Castle slider
    Roasted fresh corn on the cob with fresh lime & pico de gallo powder.

    Most have a bite of raspberry chocolate mouse.

    Dimitri





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    sf Guest

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    On Sat, 26 Mar 2011 14:12:23 -0500, Janet Wilder
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I'm not sure what a San Francisco style burrito is. You don't mean a
    > fried burrito? That's a chimichanga (sp) Do you mean just a burrito on
    > a plate with some melted cheese on it?


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco_burrito

    <http://passionateeater.blogspot.com/2007/08/leaving-my-in-san-francisco-5-taqueria.html>
    I'm firmly in the El Farolito Taqueria camp.

    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

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