Sunday, April 13, 2008

Platinum Chef Challenge 6

It's been a good cooking month for me. I'm playing around, and doing a lot more blogging events again which always forces me to be uber creative. Platinum Chef is the first one I did so it holds a special near and dear place in my heart. So you can imagine how overjoyed I was when I found out that my Butternut Squash and Barley broth won last month's challenge. Under Cara's new rules, this makes me the host this month - or at least the person in charge of picking the new ingredients.

The rules:
Based on the famed "Iron Chef," the Platinum Chef challenge has not 1, but 5 secret ingredients that you must combine to create your masterpieces. In the words of our founder:
"You might think they go together, and you might not. You might have used them before, or maybe not. Maybe you will have a recipe in mind, and maybe you will create a new one. Most likely, you'll put on your creative (chef's) hat and whip out something new and exciting."

To play, just create a meal using the five given ingredients and blog about it. Please link back to this post, and feel free to include the event logo in your blog. The meal can consist of 1 or 2 dishes - so you can use all the ingredients in one recipe, or make two. Example: main dish + side, appetizer + main dish, main dish + dessert, etc. But, if more than one dish is created, each dish must use at least two of the ingredients (and, any ingredient may be repeated and used in both dishes if desired). You can add whatever other ingredients you like. Email the link to your blog entry to At the end of the event, I'll compile all the entries and choose my favorite. I'll then ask that person to dream up the next five ingredients.

We definitely lost track of rounds a long time ago, but I love the number 6 because I'm a nerd (1+2+3=6, 1x2x3=6). So in order to make things little easier, I've designated this round as round six. I wanted to keep the ingredients seasonal and with spring around the corner, you'll notice a lot of green!

And round six's ingredients are:

*Capers - The news last week was touting the health benefits of capers, so Jon decided we needed them in every meal. Tart, sour, and the perfect addition to so many recipes!

*Leeks - the onion's milder, less assuming cousin. I adore leeks and throw them in most spring meals.

*Cream - heavy cream, light cream, creme freche, cream cheese....I leave it to your choice.

*Rosemary - an herb that complements almost any type of meal.

*Lemon - so bright, it wills the sun to come out and play!

If you want to play, please email me your entries by April 14th. Happy Cooking!


  1. awesome! I have been stalking your blog for this ;)

    Ryan will be so pumped... he loves capers and is always bugging me to use them more!

  2. That is wonderful! Congratulations on winning the challenge (I am not surprised)!

  3. April 14th!?!?!?!?! wow..... I gotta get thinking fast!

    Congrats on winning last month's challenge! The ingredients for it had me stumped!!!!

  4. I haven't participated before... so, I have a question. Do the recipes have to be original or can you adapt existing recipes for this challenge?

  5. I'm excited since this will be my first Platinum Chef Challenge! Congrats on your win last month!

  6. Yes Kate, it's true-- sometimes non-dutch-process cocoa is actually desirable for it's acidity (and color!! Like in red velvet cake). ;)

    I would love to participate in this but I hate capers with a passion :)

  7. *cough* chicken piccata *cough*

  8. Great ingredients...I'm thinking, I'm thinking....

  9. i'm terrible at stuff like this, but it will be fun to watch you.

  10. those are such fun ingredients! i'm a little exhausted after coming in just under the wire for the foodie joust, but i might be able to rouse myself to do something here - how can you go wrong with leeks and cream?

  11. congrats!

    i've never done one of these before, but i'm half tempted to give this one a try. we'll see how the next week goes....

  12. Sounds fun! When do I have to tell you I accept the challenge? I was right there with Ashley when I read the ingredients. Hmmmmm ... how to change it up??? I just might have a way!

  13. Congrats on winning the challenge!

    I love your blog so I have nominated you for the Blogging with a Purpose award--Check it out...