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Do you watch Chopped? Maybe another cooking competition? Well, my family does and now for the past three years, my nephew and his wife have hosted a cooking competition, Chopped style, for his birthday. It has to be one of the funnest events ever. This year was no exception and during the competition my team came up with this winner: Bacon and Sausage Skewers with Pineapple and more.
The annual Spencer de Mayo (named for the nephew who’s birthday is May 4th) cooking competition is held at Harmon’s, a local grocery chain known for it’s delicious food options (including lots of local products), fresh produce and an amazing kitchen where they host cooking classes and private events. I love shopping there and I love the kitchen for cooking classes since they have EVERYTHING you can imagine.
Which brings us to this competition. There were four teams of 3 or 4 and we were competing in three categories; appetizer, main dish and dessert. There is even a trophy.
As on Chopped, we were given a mystery box of ingredients that we had to use, plus we could go shopping in the store downstairs for additional ingredients (there were gift cards provided). There were also a bunch of “freebie” ingredients on the counter for all to use. They varied from coconut milk to turmeric to fresh basil. They were all there for the taking.
I was teamed up with my brother and Hubby. This could get very interesting since neither were big fans of cooking.
When it came to the main dish, we killed it! I hate to sound like I’m bragging, but it was pretty darn good. Our mystery box contained the following items: jalapeno sausage, kimchee, bacon and red cabbage. Not a bad combo, although I’ve never been a fan of kimchee.
Bacon and sausage went together well and we decided that the kimchee would be used for a base to lay other ingredients on. Hubby grabbed some pearl couscous from the freebie station and I grabbed turmeric for the color (added it to the couscous to boost the yellow). Brother went to the store to pick up skewers and we set about making our dish.