Thursday, April 3, 2008

Top Chef

Mike and I have always enjoyed watching Top Chef, but in light of the writers strike and now possible actors strike, our TV watching has been limited to reality based shows. Top Chef is in the "not stupid" category.

For last night's show, the remaining chefs were to pick their favorite movie and make a dish based off of that.

You can see recap of the show here.

So we decided to think about our favorite movies and what we would serve. This of course being non-reality, I would be able to cook amazing foods using amazing techniques.

My favorite movies are Grease and The Fox and the Hound.

After Mike stopped laughing, I told him what I would serve...

For Grease: a gourmet mini-burger, maybe with something other than ground beef, like tuna or some fancy thing the real Jennifer has never heard of. And fries made from turnips or some odd veggie. And a strawberry shake with something-something added. All of this would be in mini version, because apparently that signals up-class food.

For the Fox & the Hound: some wild game, like rabbit, heirloom veggies (although I have no clue what those are. To me heirloom means antique. I don't want to eat and old tomato!), and something that resembles mashed potatoes but of course is some other thing, like cauliflower or again, something I've never heard of.

Mike said his favorite movie was The Fugitive and he would serve dirt and bugs. He's no fun! So would you play with me??? What is your favorite movie and what would you serve?

Now since we are talking food, I have received permission to share the Lemon Bar recipe with you. However, it comes with a warning. These are too easy to make and too yummy that you might make them often and eat most of the pan yourself! In fact as I write this I am very tempted to make a batch, but I only have three eggs. Otherwise, I would!

The Lemon Bar Recipe:

2 cups flour
3/4 cup powdered sugar
6 oz (that's 12 Tbsp.) butter

Mix together (I use a pastry blender) and press into 9x13 pan.
Warning: the "dough" will be very powdery. Pam assures me this is okay and trust tastes wonderful!
Bake at 325 for 15 min.

6 eggs
3 cups sugar
1 cup lemon juice
Mix together, then add
3/4 cup flour
and blend well.
Pour on top of baked crust and bake for 40 min.

Cool, cut, dust with powdered sugar and then plate...or eat right out of the pan - doesn't's all good...except for the calories! So run on the treadmill while eating your second or third!


Deedee said...

I'll play! My favorite film? That would have to be Anne of Green Gables! A menu? Hhhmmmm........ How about a gourmet Chicken salad served on a bed of lettuce garnished with chopped up Canadian bacon. And for dessert it would have to be mini carrot cakes! And of course plenty of 'cordial' to drink! LOL! (now we see if you have ever read this one. ;O)

Mike said...

I believe that I said I would serve a handful of dog food and some leftovers from the dumpster behind a nice restaurant.

becca said...

My favorite movie as of Easter, is "The Sound of Music". I go through phases and this is my current kick. So, for dinner, what else? Wiener schnitzel with sour kraut with a sprig of an Edelweiss flower on top and some spaetzle cause it's SO yummy! Then blue berry pie for dessert to represent all the berries the kids supposedly ate before dinner when they were really visiting Sister Maria at the Abbey. Not very gourmet as I don't watch Top Chef, perhaps I should start!

Chris said...

My favorite movies are Pride & Prejudice, My Fair Lady, & A Few Good Men. I think A Few Good Men might make the most interesting food choices. I think I'd do a variation on an MRE and do something the diners had to partially cook themselves at the table using the little chemical heat packs that come in some of the newer MREs.