Sunday, August 16, 2009

Paper Chef 43--May I have the envelope please?

As the winner of last month's Paperchef challenge, it was my responsibility and honor to choose the winner of this month's challenge. You'd think that it would be easy, or at least I thought it would be. Then I looked at the entries, read the recipes and pondered my decision.

I was honestly impressed by all the entries and had a very difficult time selecting the winner. All the recipes were successful in incorporating the for ingredients and each had its own slant. Janie's Couscous Cakes with Hot Pepper Peach Reduction looks and sounds delicious, as does Lori's Rosemary Scented Toasted Israeli Couscous Timbales with Chili Peach Sauce . Jenny from the delightfully named I could even eat a baby deer submitted an innovative dessert, Trifle of Carmelized Couscous and Baked Peaches. Mikey entered an appealing Pork Tangine with Peaches and Tricia sent in a Cross-Cultural Casserole. Those were the entries from bloggers.

I was very pleased that we also had two entries from non-bloggers. These were also attractive, innovative recipes that I look forward to trying. Yannic submitted a Summer Salad Composed of Couscous Cakes, Peaches and Gorgonzola and Pauline sent in Spicy Couscous Beefburger with Olive and Rosemary Focaccia and Fresh Peaches.

Which would you choose? I am sure if you asked ten people you'd get a pretty even split among three or four of the entries depending more on the preferences of the voters than on the dishes themselves. For me, the recipe that best incorporated the four ingredients and appealed to my tastes was Yannic's Summer Salad. It sounds like a wonderful salad and the Gorgonzola seems like it would really pull the elements together. So I choose Yannic as this month's Paperchef challenge winner. Congratulations Yannic!

Thanks again for everyone who participated. All of the recipes really sound delectable and I look forward to trying them out. Thanks also to Mikey of Paperchef for all your work in generating the ingredients list and publishing the round-up. I look forward to next month's challenge.


  1. I think this was a great choice!

  2. Lori,
    Your entry looked delicious as well. It was a very difficult choice to make.


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