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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.

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Cajun/Creole Crawfish Etouffee and Fried Fish

Menu
-Tomato and Haricot Vert Salad
-Crawfish Etouffee
-Fried Fish in Pearly Meal with Remoulade Sauce
-Smothered Okra
-Bread Pudding with Orange Sauce

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The Line Up

Who doesn’t love Cajun food?!

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Tomato and Haricot Vert Salad

I loved this salad! The white stuff on top is fennel, which if you’ve never had tastes like liquorice. You can even eat it raw (which I did for most of the night). We had to make the dressing twice because I over seasoned it the first time.

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Crawfish Etouffee

Now I am not a seafood fan, but I was able to eat this. The crawfish taste was so minimal. And it was rich and hearty.

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Fried Fish in Pearly Meal with Remoulade Sauce and Smothered Okra

So we fried catfish, which is notoriously fishy tasting. We soaked it in milk before cooking it so it would have less of that fishy taste (It was still fishy in my opinion).  The Remoulade Sauce was soooo good. I wanted to lick it off the plate. The Okra was Okra. It was still a little slimy.

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Bread Pudding with Orange Sauce

So two of our group members can’t have alcohol. So we substituted orange sauce for the whisky sauce. Chef said we made her a believer in orange sauce (and she loooooves bread pudding). This dish made me a believer in bread pudding!

Mid Atlantic Turkey Cutlets

Menu
-Navy Bean Soup
-Egg, Cucumber, and Tomato Salad
-Shaker-Style Turkey Cutlets
-Croquette Potatoes
-Roasted Spaghetti Squash
-Sauteed Green Beans

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The Line Up

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Egg, Cucumber, and Tomato Salad

Not my favorite salad, but I’m not a fan of eggs.

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This was an interesting soup. Very beany, it was yummy though.

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Shaker Style Turkey Cutlets with Croquette Potatoes, Roasted Spaghetti Squash, and Sauteed Green Beans

So I worked on the Turkey Cutlets and the Croquette Potatoes. I was terrified the entire time I made the cutlets. Chef even came over and watched me do most of it. I am not a meat person, I always over cook it. But these turned out really well! They were really good to! For those who have never had Croquette Potatoes you are missing out! They are mashed potatoes dipped in breadcrumbs and deep fried. AKA heaven in your mouth. I’ve never had Spaghetti Squash before, but this was really good. So sweet and tasty.

My Cutting board

My Cutting board

So word of warning, plastic melts. Yes we all know this empirically, but what you don’t realize, when you’re stressing over the turkey cooking, is that when you put the cutting board near the stove, it’s getting hot. There was plastic ALLLLLLL over the stove. It was really embarrassing.

Mid-Atlantic Braised Short Ribs

Menu
-Vichyssoise
-Waldorf Salad
-Braised Short Ribs
-Rice Pilaf
-Glazed Carrots
-Sauteed Spinach and Red Swiss Chard

Vichyssoise

Vichyssoise

Also known as Cold Potato and Leek Soup. I love this soup, but my group wasn’t a big fan.  It can be served warm, but you have to re-adjust the seasoning.

Waldorf Salad

Waldorf Salad

This is an iconic dish. It’s covered in mayo. It was not my favorite salad, but it was worth trying once.

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Braised Short Ribs with Rice Pilaf, Glazed Carrots, and Sauteed Spinach and Red Swiss Chard

I made the Short Ribs. I am not a meat person, but these were really easy.  They were so tender they fell of the bone. The Spinach and Chard dish was interesting. I’ve never had Swiss Chard before, but it was really good for a spinach dish. The Glazed Carrots and Rice Pilaf were good, normal dishes.

New England Roasted Turkey Roulade

Menu
-Mesclun Salad with Cranberries and Apples
-Roasted Turkey Roulade
-Cranberry Sauce
-Green Beans with Fried Onions
-Mashed Sweet Potatoes
-Blueberry and Peach Cobbler

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Roasted Turkey Roulade

A roulade is where you take the white meat of the turkey and pound it out, fill that with the dark meat and some spices, and then roll all that up in the turkey skin.

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Mesclun Salad with Cranberries and Apples

This is a nice salad. The apples pair nicely with the dressing.

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Roasted Turkey Roulade with Cranberry Sauce, Green Beans with Fried Onion, and Mashed Sweet Potatoes

MMMM Turkey Dinner!

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Blueberry and Peach Cobbler with Blueberry Whipped Cream

I made the Cobbler! It was really good! I also added some blueberries to the whipped cream so it would have a nice hint of flavor.

New England Boiled Dinner

I was a little scared to be back in a savory kitchen! The chef was amazing though. My group consisted of me, two girls from my intro to baking class and Dolly, a savory chef. We made Dolly do the dessert!

Menu
-Marinated Zucchini and Tomato Salad
-New England Clam Chowder
-New England Boiled Dinner
-Gingerbread Cake

The Line Up

The Line Up

Marinated Zucchini and Tomato Salad

Marinated Zucchini and Tomato Salad

I worked on the salad! It was a lot of cutting things nicely, which is not my strong suit. But the dressing was really flavorful and zangy.

New England Clam Chowder

New England Clam Chowder

Now I am not a sea food fan, but I made myself take a bite of this and I can see why people like it. It had a slightly “of the sea” taste but it was also rich and flavorful (Just not my favorite flavors).

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New England Boiled Dinner

Our meat turned out kind of dry and the veggies were a little undercooked but for the first night it wasn’t bad.

Gingerbread Cake

Gingerbread Cake

This cake was amazing! And Dolly was so proud of it!