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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Cooking Light Cookbook Winners!

Wow, almost 400 entries in the Cooking Light Complete Cookbook contest! Very cool. I cannot believe all the strange, exotic food combinations that you all entered. If you haven’t read through the entries, take a look, it’s fun to see all the weird flavor combos that you all enjoy.

I’m announcing the winners right here in video form! In fact, this is the very first Steamy Kitchen home made video ever published (i.e. not X-rated)

Steamy Kitchen Cooking Light Winners from Jaden Hair on Vimeo.

And who are the owners of these lucky numbers? Read on….

The first winner is:

# 245 MamaMia Says:

My strange combo is spam and mango in a sandwich!

Actually, MamaMia, did you know that Spam is one my favorite foods in the whole world? I even wrote An Ode to Spam in the Style of Seuss

The second winner is:

# 59 patti Says:

going way back to old school ghetto style. vienna sausage, sticky rice and planter’s cheese balls (from the can). discovered this combo in elementary school when i couldn’t cook anything, so i just opened things up and ate.

oh, and green mangoes or oranges with salt and tabasco.

oh again…c/o my hawaiian friends…gummy bears dusted with li hing mui. try it with dried apricots too!

but i still do the fried rice with ketchup on occasion.

(i think i’m making myself nauseous)

I must say that I’ve never tried sticky rice + cheese balls combo. I wonder if we could make a sort of sushi out of it? What shall we call it?
(pssst…I eat gummy bears dipped in li hing mui too!)

And the final winner is:

# 114 Alejandra Says:

This is just such a wonderful question! OK here are my favorite weirdo-combos:

1.) Snickers bars chopped into little pieces and sprinkled onto a cream cheese-slathered onion bagel (must be onion), schmooshed into a sandwich and washed down with Orangina.

2.) Scrambled eggs topped with LOTS of mayo, white truffle oil, and cayenne pepper. Seriously, I mean LOTS of mayo. Like so much I can’t do it in front of other people.

3.) Alfalfa sprout, dill pickle slices, and mayo sandwiches on soft whole wheat bread. I ate this combination of sandwich every day for lunch and dinner for two months when I was in the fourth grade. My parents were kind of like “Well what other child requests alfalfa sprouts on whole wheat?” and just let me have it. Then one day i randomly woke up and requested chicken.

5.) EZ Cheez on Wheat Thins topped with one M&M (Each chip must be sprayed one at a time in fun little florets and peaks). This was my favorite snack when I got the “munchies” in college.

Oh and to the “ice chewer” above: I also have an odd love of Sunny D over crushed ice. MUST be crushed ice and MUST be Sunny D.

OMG and I forgot the biggest and weirdest of all!!! Despite the fact that I’m (oddly and coincidentally) working on a post about it now (but I’ll leave a sneak peak here). It’s a legacy from my grandmother: Cheddar cheese melted in coffee. You drop the cubes of cheese in along with the cream and sugar, then drink the coffee and when you are done you scoop the gooey salty sweety coffee-flavored cheese out and serve on a cracker (export sodas were a favorite). SO good!! I’ll have more about this on my blog soon (ish).

WOW, you’ve given us a great insight into your eating. I think the only one that’s weirding me out is the massive amounts of mayo. But hey, the Snickers bar in cream cheese on bagel sounds awesome.


Vote for which strange concoction I should try

We had so many awesome entries, and here are some of my favorites. Place your vote and I’ll even post a video. hehehe…I’ll make the concoction and see if the kids like it. They are SO going to hate me! I might as well earmark another $600 for future therapy bills, but maybe it will be worth it? I’m such a devious mom!!! And yes, I’m giving a nice prize to whoever wins this!

# 252 Kate Says:
Pea soup with ketchup ( my grandfather started me on this)

# 282 Terri Egelund Says:
Peanut butter, mayonnaise and sprinked sugar sandwich. Can’t get enough of them.

# 293 Melissa Reeder Says:
Mixing ranch dressing, Cheese Nips and peanut butter together and using a pickle to eat the mixture.

# 73 ayelet Says:
mine is cornflakes, milk and tabasco.

# 158
PB and Onion with Anchovies, or smoked oysters. Easy on the Pb, and stack it all on Dill Pickle Tasty Mini rice crackers.

# 178 tori lo Says:
this great aussie burger joint called ruby’s in nyc has this signature burger called the whaley’s which is a burger with beets, sweet chili sauce, a fried egg, and pineapple.


26 Responses to “Cooking Light Cookbook Winners!”

  1. courtney — 5/10/08 @ 3:27 pm

    Those are strange combos indeed!

  2. Grifola frondosa — 5/10/08 @ 5:08 pm

    If I didn’t know better, I’d guess these entries came from a past pregnancy or two, or three or (insert number here).

    Pickles and ice cream – hmmmm, seems almost normal doesn’t it?


  3. Kitt — 5/10/08 @ 5:16 pm

    What cute video! Congrats to the winners with the weird tastes!

  4. Siri — 5/10/08 @ 5:30 pm

    Ur kiddo is so cute and adorable Jaden and they are some strange cravings indeed!..:D


  5. Siri — 5/10/08 @ 5:30 pm

    Oh I forgot, Congratulations to all the winners..:)

  6. cindy — 5/10/08 @ 7:32 pm

    sorry, i won’t be responsible for children trying any of those concoctions! lol! my children would have never let me forget that if i had done it! hee, hee!

  7. Alejandra — 5/10/08 @ 9:19 pm

    YAY!!! I’m so excited to have won! And your little “announcer” is absolutely adorable! That video was fab. I’m going to have that song stuck in my head for the rest of the evening. Mana mana!

  8. argus — 5/11/08 @ 6:07 am

    Ha ha, great-looking and -sounding vid! You’re right to be proud of your dear self.
    Haven’t heard that song in yonks — used to be my fav. ^_^

    I’ve got a sneakin’ suspicion you already like most of the weird combo choices. ‘Fess up, auntie!

    P.S. Congrats to the winners!

  9. Liz Longenecker — 5/11/08 @ 10:04 am

    Your children are so darn cute it’s ridiculous

  10. Barbara — 5/11/08 @ 10:05 am

    Love the video! Congrats to the winners.

  11. Vu Bui — 5/11/08 @ 12:49 pm

    Congrats on your first video blog post! Looks great!

    Also, very cool site, I’m subscribing!

    I am looking forward to the video of your weird food, my vote is for #178. It may not be the strangest, but it’s the most interesting to me since it’s actually a menu item somewhere popular. Enjoy!

  12. patti — 5/11/08 @ 1:12 pm

    oh wow!!! i’m a winner!! thats fabulous!!!!!

    so now that you’ve got the video going, i’m looking forward to the next one…and the next…and the next!

    love your site!!

  13. brilynn — 5/11/08 @ 1:54 pm

    Seriously, you’re the coolest mom ever! And happy mother’s day!

  14. Lynn — 5/11/08 @ 2:12 pm

    Great job on the vid! Wow, yet another item to add to your burgeoning resume.

  15. kat — 5/11/08 @ 7:20 pm

    that is some crazy combos, can’t wait for the video! congrats to the winners!

  16. daphne — 5/11/08 @ 10:31 pm

    What a sweetie-Andrew I mean. Not too sure about the combos but love all those ideas!

  17. Sowjanya — 5/11/08 @ 11:16 pm

    Oh such a cute video. Congrats to the winners :).

    Happy mother’s day jaden :)

  18. katy — 5/12/08 @ 10:47 am

    the burger actually sounds good! the others are frightening, but i’m horrifically curious…

  19. I like how you felt the need to justify the fact the video is not x-rated…Like we’d think it was! Even funnier is the fact you put “this is the very first…i.e. not x-rated” as if future ones will be! :p

  20. blondee47 — 5/12/08 @ 6:06 pm

    I once went on a cruise dedicating to Cooking Light readers and all week long we had seminars and cooking instructions and all the menus that week including special “Cooking Light” sections to order from….

    loved it…..

  21. kate — 5/12/08 @ 7:37 pm

    this is really bad so bad i had to comment bout it!!it really is a mad falvour combo,it was started by me and quickly tried by my brother(who was a toddler and respected me and wanted to do all the stuff his cool sister was doing.)
    its an english scone with marmite and cream,really it should be the out of the can squirty cream,bt whipped cream is fine,jst as long as it is with marmite on a scone,hehe i would have loved for you to have to try this one.
    i love reading hw other are jst as random as me…maybe haaha!!

  22. Ann — 5/12/08 @ 10:22 pm

    Oh, lordy – think I’m a bit queasy after reading over the 6 contenders. Jaden, make sure to do a shot of Pepto beforehand. Oh my. Sheer entertainment. Love it. Amongst all your gloriously beautiful dishes, it’s fun to read about a wart once in a while. :)

  23. canarygirl — 5/13/08 @ 6:00 am

    Congratulations to the winners!!! And omfg I don’t think I could try any of those weird food combos up for voting! LOL :P

  24. amy purple — 5/13/08 @ 7:58 pm

    congrats to all the lucky winners!

  25. What a totally cute video! We love Andrew!! And wanna see Nathan hosting the next one! (Special request please!)
    Can’t wait to see you in your next “fear factor” eating video! Go! Go! Go!

  26. Elaine — 5/19/08 @ 12:34 pm

    Hey Jaden!
    Interesting new blog layout, very news bulletin-like :)

    And that video of Andrew announcing the winners, that’s so precious! hehe

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