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American Regional Final

We were given the option of 3 menus that we would draw from and cook. Each menu had one item we had never made before.

My menu was:
-Poblano and Potato Soup
-Mesclun Salad with Cranberries and Apples
-Tandoori Chicken (This was the item we had never made before)
-Rice Pilaf
-Sauteed Green Beans
-Peach and Blueberry Cobbler

We were partnered with people we had never worked with either. My partner was really nice and we worked really well together.  We got a 98! We were also the second team finished.

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The Final Line Up

 

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Poblano and Potato Soup

I mentioned before that I adore this soup. The only problem we had was the soup was a little to thick and it was under seasoned.

Mesclun Salad with Cranberries and Apples

Mesclun Salad with Cranberries and Apples

This salad is one of my favorites. I love the dressing paired with the apples. The only problem with it was the knife skills.

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Tandoori Chicken with Rice Pilaf and Sauteed Green Beans

Chef said that normally students mess up the Tandoori sauce by over-reducing it. We didn’t though! The rice pilaf and green beans were perfect.

Peach and Blueberry Cobbler

Peach and Blueberry Cobbler

I made a special whipped cream to go with the cobbler. It was loaded with Brandy. The cobbler was amazing. 

We also had to do knife skills. My knife skills suck. Really really suck. I use my knife to cut butter, that’s really it.

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So here is my tray. I got an 85. Which isn’t terrible, but I did better in the past. I had some issues withe potatoes (both the tourne and the allumete) I also didn’t mince the garlic enough.

Central Plains Pork Medallions

Tonight everything clicked. It felt like I finally knew what to do in the kitchen. I only read my recipes like 5 times (instead of 15). Everything flowed.

Menu
Corn and Wild Rice Cakes (Click for the recipe)
-Morel Mushrooms and Spinach
-Pork Medallions with Blueberry Sauce
-Brussels Sprouts with Mushrooms
-Macaroni and Cheese
-Prep Pizza Dough and Dry Rub for the Kansas City BBQ Ribs

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The Line Up

So I made the Corn and Rice Cakes (I also prepped the pizza dough). When I was sauteing the they started popping like popcorn. It was so scary! But Chef said the were cooked properly so I was really excited!

For those of you who don’t know Morels are really expensive mushrooms. They are weird, but when paired the spinach they weren’t that bad.

Corn and Wild Rice Cakes topped with Morel Mushrooms and Spinach

Corn and Wild Rice Cakes on top of Morel Mushrooms and Spinach

Chef said the plating was really nice. It was my idea 😀

Pork Medallions with Blueberry Sauce, Brussels Sprouts with Mushrooms, and Macaroni and Cheese

Pork Medallions with Blueberry Sauce, Brussels Sprouts with Mushrooms, and Macaroni and Cheese

The pork medallions were really nice especially with the blueberry sauce. I was surprised by how good the sauce was. I loved the brussel sprouts. They were really tasty since the had been sauteed

Our mac and cheese was amazing! It was creamy and amazing. We topped it with bread crumbs so it was nice and crunchy.