Monday, February 18, 2013

Lindberg Chopped Fantasy Game

One of my favorite shows is Chopped on the Food Network. On our trip to Georgia we did a Lindberg-version of this beloved show.  We divided into two teams - guys against girls.

Here were the basket items
Chicken breasts
Asparagus
Sweet Peppers
Cream Cheese
Artichoke hearts
Strawberries
Avocados

We each had to prepare a main dish and a side using the basket items in some way. We also had access to anything in the pantry, fridge or freezer of the Lindberg house.

Then one team had appetizer and one team had dessert.

The girls made
Grilled marinated chicken breast topped with roasted red pepper and caramelized onions with a strawberry balsamic vinegar roasted red pepper reduction
A warm grilled chopped salad with grilled asparagus, sweet peppers, grilled romaine (mixed then cold romaine) and grilled onions dressed with olive oil (no picture of this)
A spinach artichoke heart cream cheese spread on toasted bread topped with fresh tomatoes and avocados

The guys made
Grilled chicken topped with an avocado roasted red pepper cream cheese spread
Sweet peppers stuffed with cream cheese goat cheese and jalapeno
Sauteed asparagus with bacon and grilled bacon wrapped asparagus
Strawberry cream cheese and chocolate cake trifle (no picture either)

We were judged on taste, presentation, and creativity (in that order)

All of it was delicious...so we decided we all won.  It was fun to eat to different items and to be inventive with our mystery ingredients. It is a bit of a fantasy of mine to do chopped. I have a feeling we will be doing this sometime with friends in our house. Trouble is, I love the surprise of the mystery ingrediants, so it's hard to host it. But we'll figure something out.

Here are some pictures below






Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Wedding Bells

For those who may not have heard, my youngest sister is getting married this May!  Duane is a great guy...only downfall is that he lives in Kansas. My sister thinks then she needs to move to Kansas once they are married. While I can't argue with her logic, we will miss her very much.

Here are pictures of the cute couple


While Amanda is a giddy bride-to-be...this photo proves some things just don't change :)