Platinum Chef Challenge – number ??

I’m back with a new Platinum Chef Challenge. I took quite the hiatus once it came for my wedding, the holidays, post holiday weight-loss and feeling grumpy,. etc. The bad news is I can’t remember what number this is in the series. The good news is I now have a logo, and I’m going to change the rules a bit.

For the newbies, Platinum Chef Challenge started as an activity on a cooking message board to encourage members to create a meal out of 5 selected ingredients. You might think they go together, and you might not. You might have used them before, or maybe not. Maybe you will have a recipe in mind, and maybe you will create a new one. Most likely, you’ll put on your creative (chef’s) hat and whip out something new and exciting.

To play, just create a meal using the five given ingredients and blog about it. Please link back to this post, and feel free to include the event logo in your blog. The meal can consist of 1 or 2 dishes – so you can use all the ingredients in one recipe, or make two. Example: main dish + side, appetizer + main dish, main dish + dessert, etc. But, if more than one dish is created, each dish must use at least two of the ingredients (and, any ingredient may be repeated and used in both dishes if desired). You can add whatever other ingredients you like. Email the link to your blog entry to At the end of the event, I’ll compile all the entries and choose my favorite. I’ll then ask that person to dream up the next five ingredients.

Sound good? If you’re still reading, I’ll bet you’re dying to know what ingredients I have chosen. So here they are:
*Butternut Squash

If you want to play, please email me your entries by March 10th. Happy Cooking!

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17 Responses to “Platinum Chef Challenge – number ??”

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    Danielle — February 20, 2008 @ 5:59 pm Reply

    I LOOOOOVE Cumin! I’ve always wanted to try a challenge and I think I may this time. Your blog is fabulous–it is one of my frequents!

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    Ally — February 20, 2008 @ 6:30 pm Reply

    Awesome! I’ll be participating in this one!

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    Joy Through Cooking — February 20, 2008 @ 6:37 pm Reply

    very psyched! two new ingredients for me :)Question – what did you change in the rules from before? I didnt see anything different but I could be forgetting. thanks for putting this together!

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    Cara — February 20, 2008 @ 7:19 pm Reply

    I used to not choose a favorite, that’s all!

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    Gretchen Noelle — February 20, 2008 @ 7:34 pm Reply

    Question…if I don’t have butternut squash, can I substitute a like squash?

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    Cara — February 20, 2008 @ 7:44 pm Reply

    Absolutely – I love all winter squash and don’t discriminate!

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    TPOX — February 21, 2008 @ 1:11 am Reply

    I think it’s #6! I can’t wait to post mine!

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    Kate — February 21, 2008 @ 4:05 am Reply

    I’m so excited for round 6!

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    Randi — February 22, 2008 @ 6:37 pm Reply

    hey cara – sounds great 🙂 do we have to use a vanilla bean or can we use extract?

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    Cara — February 22, 2008 @ 7:24 pm Reply

    I have yet to purchase vanilla beans, so I’ll be using extract 🙂

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    Cara — February 22, 2008 @ 7:24 pm Reply

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    VeggieGirl — February 23, 2008 @ 10:58 pm Reply

    ooh, what an intriguing mix of ingredients – sounds like a fun, delectable challenge!!

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    Gretchen Noelle — February 26, 2008 @ 4:25 am Reply

    Cara – I tagged you for a meme!

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    jeena — March 3, 2008 @ 12:51 am Reply

    Hi there my name is Jeena and I have started a food recipe forum that I thought you would like to join here Click here for food recipe forumI would love to see you on there to chat about food and cooking you can talk about anything you like and start your very own topics. 🙂 or see my main food recipe website Jeenas food recipe siteHope to see you soon Thanks Jeena x

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    Linds — March 9, 2008 @ 1:30 pm Reply

    Cara,your blog makes my day. Thank you for inspiring me in my own kitchen :)

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    Emiline — March 9, 2008 @ 10:11 pm Reply

    Sounds fun! I guess I’m too late because it’s due tomorrow. Maybe I can catch the next one.

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    Amara — March 11, 2008 @ 8:38 am Reply

    Bit late but I want to post my theories anyway. I would want to try something other than throwing them in a soup (its the barley, I have to free it from soup!) I’m feeling a butternut custard with the vanilla. I want it to be almost flan-like in texture, but with the squash filling it out a bit. With the others, I think I’d try to do a salad. Cumin and chickpeas are already buddies, and I think the barley would ad an interesting mouth feel to a salad. My three favorite salads are nothing like this sot its hard to figure out what else would be in there without tasting it…. I’m going to have to try it now aren’t I?Thanks for the inspiration!

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