Giving things a french name makes them sound fancier. It's a well known fact. Why do I have a need for a fancy name? It’s time for Paper Chef #24, hosted by Owen of Tomatilla!. It’s a fun event, kind of like an online Iron Chef… but with more time… and no tasting by the judges… and no Alton Brown… and four secret ingredients instead of one… and a theme… and you have a weekend to complete your dish or dishes… and, um, it’s completely different. Paper Chef has also been divided into Home and Haute categories, as some of us are not quite as talented as we’d like to be… I enter the Home category. For the last Paper Chef, the secret ingredients were: Vermouth (interpreted as any fortified wine or herb-influenced liquor), Cranberries, Sparkling drink (of any kind) and Something Wild, (interpreted however you like, could be wild in nature, could be zany-wild). I went a little nuts with this one and prepared a full 3 course meal plus a drink. But I won, so maybe that was the route to go, (or maybe I had a 50/50 chance because there was only one other competitor in the Home category, whatever). I had more time for that competition though because it was actually extended for an entire week instead of a weekend. This edition was prolonged as well, the ingredients were announced Friday and entries had to be in by noon Wednesday. Theoretically that’s lots of time. But because I thought I had lots of time, I didn’t think about it Friday or Saturday, and then I was away Sunday, Monday and most of today. So much for having lots of time… Multiple courses would not be a factor for me this time around, one dish was all I was up for. It’s a pretty decent one though. The secret ingredients for Paper Chef #24 were announced as rice, prosciutto, coffee and chilis, with a theme of “Peas/Peace in the
I’m choosing to interpret the theme rather broadly. I’m going to say that cooking this meal and eating it with whoever you are feuding with, would bring peace. Food brings peace. This meal brings peace.
Coffee & Chili Dry Rub
¼ cup Kosher salt
¼ cup Brown sugar
2 T Ancho chili powder
2 small birds eye chilis
2 T Finely ground coffee
3 finely chopped garlic cloves
Freshly ground pepper
Paper Chef + Steak + Coffee + Risotto + Chili
I am so impressed, that looks beautiful. And Food brings peace
that sounds about right!
I'm impressed too! looks delish!
damn this looks so good! way impressed, i can never roll things up so nicely.
oh and the rub sounds wonderful, bitter, sweet, and heat.....:)
Oh la la! Brilynn, you are amazingly creative! I think we should make that our motto "Food Brings Peace!"
I love the way you put everything together! I am a dedicated coffee-drinker and have alwasy been curious about using it in food...this sounds delicious! :)
I love the dry rub with chili and coffee-what an excellent idea Brilynn!
Your roulade looks great! I also am intrigued by the coffee & chile rub, I am printing it out now to experiment in future recipes!
that looks utterly delicious... and really should be since the ingredients sound perfect for each other.
I´ve also wanted to start incorporating coffee, and tea, to savory dishes.
Ming Tsai has some great recipes with tea I´ve been meaning to try for quite a while.
Wow you really are good at these paper chef thingies! I was impressed last time and equally as impressed this time.. way to go! The roulade looks fabulous and the risotto looks amazing.
Look gorgeous! And I have some steaks in the freezer, so I'll definitely try your rub. I have a question, though: I've never used brown sugar in a rub, what does this add/do?
What great philosophy-food brings peace. Good cooks are such generous souls.
Wow, very impressive! The ingredients in your coffee/chili rub are really intriguing!
Brilynn, Ur pics are sooooo good. I was stuck at that photo for quite sometime before moving on to the post !! :)
Very creative. I did that contest once but have totally forgotten about it. Yikes.
Ooh la la, that looks deliceaux!
oh woww..I've to try this. I usually make mine with pork ribs, and a little chinese licorice powder. Yours look really scrumptious, thanks for sharing, cheers !:)
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