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    Slow Food Challenge 2020

    As a kid I grew up in southern Michigan, Northern Indiana. Michigan is known more for cherries than apples, but there were some good ones grown in the area. On the drive between Grandma Lutz's farm and our house in Dowagiac, later in South Bend, Indiana, there was one orchard that my father...
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    THE AUGUST 2020 CHALLENGE IS . . . . . GREECE

    So inspired by this challenge I stopped by a place I've driven past a few hundred times, but never stopped to check it out. http://www.blackcherrymarket.com/ So I went inside to give it a once over. I will be back, they have some pretty good stuff there. I just picked up a few things. The...
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    FYI - Challenge list

    A rough draft of a fairly complete list of the monthly challenges. Still need to fill in a lot of the host's names. And it might be nice to have a link to a photo of the winning dish in each challenge. And maybe break each year into its own table. Hopefully some of you will find it useful...
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    THE AUGUST 2020 CHALLENGE IS . . . . . GREECE

    Nice choice! I mentioned egg and lemon soup in the Italian challenge, maybe I'll do a Greek version. And I did home made pita in the past, guess it is time to do it again. mjb.
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    July 2020 Challenge - Italy

    Good job Mike9 ! I was impressed with the number of entries we had this month, nice to see a higher level of participation. Oddly enough, there some things I didn't see, like more soups - lemon and egg, Italian wedding, minestrone. Veal or chicken scallopini. Maybe @mike9 will be in a fowl...
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    July 2020 Challenge - Italy

    Boy, that seemed like a lot of work. Not the Feast of Seven Fishes, but 3 seafood items are involved. Actually 4, given the anchovies. The Players You've already seen what went into the ricotta and the pasta dough. Shrimp, scallops and snow crab clusters. Anchovies, scallions, lemon...
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    July 2020 Challenge - Italy

    Looks like a good candidate for the 2020 Slow Food Challenge, mjb.
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    July 2020 Challenge - Italy

    Getting closer to an actual dish. Made some pasta dough. All purpose flour, eggs and salt. I do have some semolina, not sure if it is an 00 grind, I just went with the AP. Thought about doing it in the food processor, but decided for a ChefTalk challenge I should go old school by hand...
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    July 2020 Challenge - Italy

    I know! It is good to see the level of interest in this one. And I'm still hoping to get in two more myself. I forgot I had this: I am planning on ravioli of some sort later today. Maybe I'll use this, maybe not. A lot depends on how well it goes with a sprinkler system repair I need to...
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    July 2020 Challenge - Italy

    5 days to go. I said I had planned on 4, have posted 2 of them so far. Still want to do a pasta and a dessert. Thinking of a stuffed pasta, perhaps egg yolk or lobster ravioli. Not sure about dessert yet. But some possibilities for both dishes could involve ricotta cheese, so I made some...
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    July 2020 Challenge - Italy

    Unlike Mike9, I made something perfect for a cold winter day, even though it will be close to 100F in a few hours. I've done beef shanks before, I wanted to try a more 'authentic' osso buco using veal shanks. The Players First off, got some veal shanks. 18 bucks a pound, ouch! Partners...
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    July 2020 Challenge - Italy

    So the final week of the challenge. Glad I'm not judging this one, some great looking stuff so far! My plan was to do a four course meal: appetizer, pasta, meat, dessert. Two of them are done and documented. The first is the appetizer, carpaccio of beef. I had thought the dish was around...
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    July 2020 Challenge - Italy

    Boxed pasta, canned sauce, mass market sausage. I bet it was delicious! mjb.
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    July 2020 Challenge - Italy

    Over halfway through the month, and some really nice looking entries. I was expecting more pizza, chicken alfredo and spaghetti with meatballs :) I picked up some nice veal shanks yesterday, should have an osso buco done soon. Didn't get another pork belly yet, will pass on making pancetta...
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    What did you have for dinner?

    For the Italain challenge I was thinking of making some pancetta. Bought a piece of pork belly, but it seemed to have too much meat and not enough fat for the kind of pancetta I wanted. Thought about doing a red cook braise, but decided to try sous vide. A little salt, pepper and five spice...
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