If you didn’t catch my Facebook, Twitter or Posterous posts on the topic… I’ve been selected as one of the eight finalists for the 2010 Great Garlic Cook-off at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, CA.
That, in tandem with the kitchen remodel that is nearly done, I’m feeling the culinary spirit. It’s pretty refreshing. I’ve always enjoyed cooking and now with the idea of doing it in a competitive nature it has me motivated to read more about recipes and techniques as well as simply try new things.
Kitchen Before: From February 2009 when I saw it before I bought it.
Kitchen Almost After: Pretty much only painting and back-splash are left.
So this morning (in addition to getting this site back up and going) I’ve been researching some different recipes and options for Cilantro/Avocado Recipes. Why??
Well, after I discovered that I was in on the garlic festival, a very smart BA I work with suggested that I get people to host dinner parties where I practice my recipe. Brilliant if you ask me, what good is it that I can only cook the darn thing in my own kitchen. So, I’m on a culinary tour right now and at the first stop the other week I found a great group of ladies that love to laugh and love to eat. My garlic recipe was a huge hit, but they wanted more. So I have two culinary challenges on my hands. The first one (Cilantro/Avocado) is not worrying me. The second…’Peaches & Protein’ concerns me a little more.
For the Cilantro & Avocado challenge I’m planning:
- Appetizer: Cilantro-Lime Shrimp bites with Panko Fried Avocado & Cilantro-Lime Mayonnaise
- Salad: Avocado & Cilantro Salad with Lime Vinaigrette
- Entree: Grilled Chicken Tortilla Pizza with Roasted Veggies and Fresh Avocado
It’s time for me to head to the grocery store to get some supplies for testing. Full details of the challenge to come…