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Iron chef, year four

December 31, 2009

The theme this year was apples. We started chopping, cooking, and juicing at 4 p.m. (and a few ambitious folk at 7 a.m.) We didn’t even eat until 9 p.m., but it was worth it. It was complete apple gluttony: streudel, pie, crisp, soup, pizza, wontons, spring rolls, gingerbread cake with apple sauce, stuffed baked apples, dried apples, and streudel.

The most innovative award went to friend John Wiggins, who created a drink of apple juice encased in white chocolate and horseradish floating in a shot of celery juice. It was a singular experience, that.

We drank it all together in a group, and took it in one swallow. When you crunched through the white chocolate shell, the apple juice burst in your mouth, and it was actually quite delicious. In fact, that is what my mom shouted: “This is delicious!”

That was before the bite of the horseradish overpowered the white chocolate and shot through the sinuses.

So that was fun. This was followed up by the most unique presentation of Scott’s flambeed apple pyramid, connected entirely by toothpicks.

A night to remember. Happy New Year!

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3 Comments
  1. Meredith permalink
    January 1, 2010 12:29 pm

    What a fun tradition! I really wish I could have tried that drink! ha ha! The face of your mom is priceless

  2. Lindsay Lewis permalink
    January 2, 2010 1:55 am

    I have enjoyed looking at this newer blog. Congrats on the big news. It will be an exciting adventure – Minnesota! Emily says you saw the flick, The Painted Veil. I loved how she fell in love with him because he was “good.”

  3. January 2, 2010 10:28 pm

    Meredith–the drink was truly amazing. My mom’s face says it all.

    Lindsay–welcome! Yes, loved “The Painted Veil.” Can’t stop thinking about it actually. Let’s watch it next time at the cabin…to ensure there will be a next time!

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