WEEK TEN CHALLENGE: MOVIE OR BOOK INSPIRED

Sorry for the wait this week but hopefully you’ll find our offerings as delicious as ever as food and fiction meet in the ultimate culinary showdown.   Which dish will be the book that you can read over and over, or the movie that keeps you coming back for more: the Goodfellas Pasta Sauce with Braised Meats and Homemade Meatballs or the Winterfell Beef and Bacon Pocket Pies? Continue reading

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And the (week nine) winner is…

Congratulations to Rob!

His Stuffed Kona Coffee Crusted Rack of Lamb with Sweet Fig Mustard and Kona Coffee Jus was the winning dish in the COFFEE DOUBLE POINTS WEEK Challenge!

As always, thanks to everyone who came out to the site to vote.

Sorry for the lack of updates these last few weeks, your humble cooks have been busy with work and school and more work and more school but will be back in full force in the upcoming weeks.

Be sure to sign up for email alerts, LIKE US on Facebook and vote for the MOVIE/BOOK INSPIRED Challenge! Pictures and recipes will be up tonight/tomorrow morning!  Be sure to check back in!

WEEK NINE CHALLENGE: COFFEE

Coffee – it’s not just for breakfast anymore – it’s for **DOUBLE POINTS WEEK**as well. And thanks to the stimulatory effect of its main chemical – caffeine – coffee can also be found as a common accompaniment at many other daily meals.  According to the National Coffee Association, 54% of American adults drink coffee every day and 25% drink it occasionally.  As high as this number may seem, in terms of per capita consumption America ranks only 23rd in the world (Finland is #1 with 12kg per person).  Unfortunately, the statistics are unclear as to how many American adults cook with coffee, but it’s clear that not enough people do.  The rich and robust flavors of coffee are as excellent in savory dishes as they are in ice creams and tiramisu.  Hopefully we can give you a couple of ideas to build off of in order to add coffee to your cooking repertoire.  Which one of these dishes is going to be keeping you up all night: the Chipotle-Espresso Braised Short Ribs with Jalapeno-Cheddar Grits and Red Eye Gravy or the Kona Coffee Crusted Rack of Lamb with Sweet Fig Mustard and Kona Coffee Jus

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And the (week eight) winner is…

Congratulations to Rob!

His Coq au Vin was the winning dish in the SLOW COOKING Challenge.

Sorry for the lack of updates these last few weeks, your humble cooks have been busy with work and school but will be back in full force in the upcoming weeks.

Be sure to sign up for email alerts, LIKE US on Facebook and check back in tomorrow morning for recipes and pictures from March’s DOUBLE POINTS WEEK COFFEE Challenge!

WEEK EIGHT CHALLENGE: SLOW COOKING

Introduced to the American public as the “Crock Pot” in 1971, slow-cooking has been a staple of modern Americana.  It’s no coincidence that at a time when the American economy was reeling and the women’s liberation movement was in its quick ascendancy, that the popular form of cooking would involve a process that could both tenderize cheaper cuts of more flavorful meat and also facilitate keeping the cooks out of the kitchen for the day.  While the use of the slow-cooker may have waned since the early days of its introduction, the process (whether in a crock pot or in a dutch oven at low temperatures in your hot box) still remains a powerful tool in the kitchen armementarium, especially for those with a lot of of other responsibilities on their plate.   If you’re new to the slow cooking scene, be sure to check out a quick primer from our friends over at BGSK before you go on to vote for your favorite submission of this week: the Coq Au Vin with Dressed Egg Noodles and Braised Leeks or the Green and White Chicken Chili.

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And the (week seven) winner is…

Congratulations to Rob!

His Stuffed Lobster and Crispy Accordion Potatoes was the winning dish in the LOVE-INSPIRED DOUBLE POINTS WEEK Challenge!

 

As always, thanks to everyone who came out to the site to vote.

Be sure to sign up for email alerts, LIKE US on Facebook and vote for the March DOUBLE POINTS WEEK Madness on the poll to your right.  The winning week will be announced on Wednesday of this week!

SLOW-COOKING challenge pictures and recipes will be up tonight/tomorrow morning!  Be sure to check back in!

Hump Day Updates

Is it a coincidence that we’re making it a point to post on hump day during Love-Inspired Week?  Of course it is – get your mind out of the gutter… Mom.  We were very excited to see that the  **DOUBLE POINTS WEEK** Love-Inspired Dish is on pace to break the single week voting record, so if you haven’t voted yet, make sure you do so you can be a part of 52WCC history.

   Now that all of the weekly challenges have been posted on Reddit, we are happy to open the voting for our own MARCH MADDNESS event –  Double Points week!  Check out the poll on the sidebar – voting will stay open until next week. (Anyone remember this from the Slam Dunk contest two (?) years ago?  What a cool idea)

Think food blogging is easy?  Are you one of those people who likes to read our posts and laugh at our typo’s and misuse of the English language?  Think you can do better?  Well this may very well be your opportunity.  52WCC is thinking about branching out and adding a guest columnist to add to our already diverse offerings of recipes, techniques and food news.  We are looking for original ideas that could be used as recurrent columns – if you have a sweet tooth you may want to write about desserts or if you’re an avid cook book collector you may want to write some cook book reviews. If you think you have what it takes to earn the title of food blogger, shoot us an email at 52WeekCC@gmail.com and let us know that you’re interested!

WEEK SEVEN CHALLENGE: LOVE-INSPIRED

Whether you’re a hopeless romantic or a hapless relationship-phobe, it’s hard to not recognize the cultural significance of Valentine’s Day, the obvious inspiration for this week’s **DOUBLE POINTS WEEK** Love-Inspired Challenge.  Though the holiday has it’s roots in the brutal murder of an early Catholic priest, we have historically chosen this day in February to shower our beloved with flowers, chocolate, candy made from Pepto-bismol and, of course, fancy food.  Which one of these love-inspired dishes is going to inspire you to try your hand at a homemade V-Day next year (and just maybe lead to a special dessert… so to speak): the Strawberry Caviar with Fresh Creamand  Shortbread Toast Points or the Stuffed Lobster with Crispy Accordion Potatoes?

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And the (week six) winner is…

Congratulations to Rob!

His Moqueca e Pão de Queijo was the winning dish in the BRAZILIAN Challenge!

Thanks to everyone who visited and voted!

This week is February’s **DOUBLE POINTS WEEK** so keep an eye out for when we post our LOVE-INSPIRED dishes and pictures.

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