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As an engineer, I love solving problems and coming up with creative solutions for problems in front of me. That’s why I love whenever people give me food challenges. For instance, the Dark Chocolate Lemon Truffles are a recipe that came out of a challenge posed from one of my roommates. One day he challenged me to come up with a lemon pie covered in chocolate; therefore, I gave him a crunchy chocolate dessert infused with citrus flavors.

The reason I tell this story is that another of my friends who currently lives in France (hi Rachel!) has given me a challenge to come up with a cheap stove-top or microwave recipe that uses ingredients readily available to her. From this I came up with an idea.

Dear Readers,
Give me conditions such as:

  • dietary restrictions
  • tool restrictions
  • inexperience with cooking
  • flavors you love
  • food budget

and I will accept your culinary challenge. I will create a recipe you’ll love that meet the restrictions you give me. Now, I’m sure you’re asking “What happens if he fails?”. My response to you is that if I do, by some crazy circumstance, fail then I will present you with a surprise that will be sure to satisfy and make up for my defeat.

So please, challenge me (in the form of a comment in this post), and I will gladly accept it.

  1. rachel says:

    Yay! Yes, so recipes for a poor (literally) girl living in France with no oven. I like soups and dinners! Meat optional, since you know I get weirded out about buying meat here, but also… veggies are *super* cheap at the market. This is exciting!! 🙂

    also, yay for HIMYM

  2. Mary says:

    At the wedding, the most delicious looking food served were bbq meatballs, but I didn’t get to enjoy any because of the meat bit. I would love for you to come up with a vegetarian recipe that involves bbq sauce, and is delicious! (Major bonus points if what you come up with isn’t just “bbq tofu”; seafood would be okay!).

  3. T.R. says:

    Rachel – I think your’s is the first one I will try to accomplish.

    Elena – I realllllly look forward to coming up with one for you. 😀

    Mary – Challenge 110% accepted. Its funny that you mentioned vegetarian, because Will challenged me to come up with and outstanding Gluten Free Veggie Burger…

  4. Zak says:

    and I have a two-part challenge that may or may not be combinable:
    1) a triple-stuffed something, involving cheese and vegetables (triple-stuffed ex. turducken)
    2) use the tagine I gave you

  5. T.R. says:

    For the list, I could totally create a poll that I add somewhere on the blog (probably the left or right sidebar).

    And for the turducken, does it have to be just cheese and veggies? Or something more?

  6. Zak says:

    I was leaving the trifecta option open for your decision. I was imagining a meat, but all veggie is solid.

    And here’s a Crumbley Cable TV Challenge, in light of your impeccable yet underblogged taste for amazing TV shows:
    1) five course HIMYM tribute of getting me hooked on the amazing characters of that show
    2) a four course Jos Weden salute to your choice of shows: ideally Buffy, Firefly, Dollhouse, and Dr Horrible. (okay so Dr Horrible might not be precisely cable but close enough)

  7. Cheryl says:

    Oh just thought of another one. How about cooking for a crowd? Something that isn’t the same old speghetti or soup. I need something to wow a crowd of say 50 people.

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