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The Trickle - mixing business with pleasure

December 14, 2009 - Brian Ferry

Alternate title - they actually pay me for this stuff

Holiday Cookbook 09

I had several assignment options for the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 8. I chose one, then selected another based on my ability to squeeze it in before the first choice. Thus it was that, again, I attended, covered, and judged the Thorne's BiLo Times Observer Holiday Cookbook Contest. I'll dispense with the niceties and skip straight to the real reason I like that assignment. I get to eat stuff. And it's stuff made by talented and creative cooks/chefs who are putting their best food forward. I believe this was my third contest, second as a judge, but I could be wrong. I may have been to four. Early on I was skeptical about some foods. "What's this vegetarian category all about?" I got over that. I enjoyed all the foods, with the veggie category one of my favorites this year. The problem is, I'm lacking in cooking ability. I tend to stick to Minute rice and anything that can be grilled. I have also been known to manage Ramen noodles, macaroni and cheese from a box, and sandwiches. Yes, my cooking is largely based on my college experience. Still, I may try to follow some of the recipes that will be included in the forthcoming cookbook. I will not bother with the seafood lasagne, though it was my favorite this year. Of my eight readers, there may be some with some cooking expertise. So, if you like seafood alfredo, this lasagna should be in your list of recipes.

 
 

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