Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Green & Black's

Recently I entered Green & Black's chocolate challenge put on by TLC's very own Curtis Stone. You may know him from his popular TV show "Take Home Chef".  The rules were simple, come up with a recipe using their chocolates, include 5 ingredients and type up an essay about your inspiration to go green. I entered a recipe that I had been working on during the spring (a basil + honey 70% truffle) and posted it with a delightful essay on how we live in an exciting time which has embraced environmental issues in a mainstream market. So, yesterday I found out I didn't win. However, Green & Black's sent me a voucher for some free chocolate, so I guess in a way I did win. I mean come on free chocolate for taking time to e-mail a recipe and an essay, you just can't beat that....well....ummm unless you actually won the grand prize. 

The 5 grand prize winners came up with some pretty interesting combinations. I especially liked Melissa Moore's creation of Roasted Jalapeno Peppers Stuffed with Brie Cheese and Raspberry Preserves. I think what I liked about her recipe was that the chocolate wasn't necessarily the theme. She used only 2 oz of melted chocolate to compliment the dish. Now some of the other winners, in my opinion, didn't do anything new or exciting. There was even one winner who paired basil, chocolate and shrimp.....I shudder at the thought. I guess they had one hell of an essay.


JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I am sorry you didn't win Aaron! You should have! Your truffles sounded amazing! So what are you going to do with your "winnings"?

Christina said...

Your recipe sounds great, nonetheless. And hey, free chocolate is awesome!

Vermonster said...

Yes, you SHOULD have won -- you always were such an awesome chef. Oh, the things you'd do w/Lipton noodles!

Hope you are well, too. Got to within 400 ft. of Denali's summit but had to turn back 'cuz we didn't wanna die. :p

Yer bud,