hunger? hunger for some games? a hunger games food competition

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add it to the list….i’ve been a food judge now. brentwood library called me up a week ago to see if i’d like to participate in their teen food competition that is based around the book series of the hunger games and of course i had to accept. the kids were broken into teams. to earn extra ingredients they had to answer trivia questions from the books, with a microwave and a wide selection of ingredients they rushed the tables to grab what they needed to create wonderful treats for the judges to try.

selection of ingredients for round 1

selection of ingredients for round 1

teams hard at work

teams hard at work

the first round were appetizers. all the teams created pizzas with tortillas, cheese, and a variety of toppings and sauces. the winner of the round was team 3 with their bit size slices topped with mini pepperoni and banana peppers.

the winning app

the winning app

the second and final round was dessert. all contestants were required to decorate a small sponge cake. the winner created a chocolate-banana cake. i was most impressed with their idea of taking coco powder mix and adding it to cool whip to get a chocolate whipped cream. the second runner-up created an elaborate chocolate volcano out of cool whip and chocolate chips.

ingredients for round 2

ingredients for round 2

dessert time

dessert time

the kids were great and so serious about their cooking as well as their indepth knowledge of the hunger games series. my guess is there are some future food bloggers in that group!

2nd annual queen city fall whiskey fest

lift your jar to the sky

lift your jar to the sky

yes it’s that time of year again, when i go and buy whiskey in massive amounts and then add strange and exotic ingredients to it. the jars sit around my house for a month and then the festival begins. friends are invited over, tiny cups are handed out and the sipping begins. on the list this year were 14 hand-crafted concoctions from BBQ flavor to strawberry shortcake. while sipping, the crew devised a plan to mark the lids of the whiskies that they really liked, at the end of the night we’d see which whiskey gained the most marks and next year i’ll infuse it again as a gold metal winner. the winner you might ask? french toast! as one tester declared as she added some french toast whiskey to a mug of coffee……”i feel like i’m drinking breakfast!”

the master list of infused whiskies from 2013

mole

french toast

orange

orange-chocolate

strawberry short cake

mint-lime

BBQ

caramel

honey pie

vanilla-cinnamon

snikerdoodle

pecan pie

sweet basil

gingerbread