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HomeGrown Gourmet #8

May 1, 2008

Homegrown Gourmet Logo

Well, it’s Homegrown Gourmet time again! I must say, I was sooo excited to be chosen! Huge thrill, especially since it was the first time I had participated. The Hot Brown is a very traditional dish in these parts and with it coming up on Derby (2 days!) it just seemed right.

My “Yay” was quickly followed by an “oh, crap” because now I have to pick this month’s ingredient.

I thought about trying to be creative or original and look up something that is only in season in May or see if May was a special month for something in particular, but my stomach won out.

I’m going in with a food that is my most favorite food on the planet.

Something that I can eat anyway you give it to me.

Chunky, smooth, baked, in a sauce, in an ice cream, in a cookie, in a pie.

You name it.

I’ll eat it.

So without further ado.

This month’s ingredient is…

Dancing Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter!

That wonderful, flavorful, creamy, gooey, sticky, scrumdiddliumptious stuff.

And it doesn’t hurt that my hubby is a peanut butter hound as well who has been harassing me for a while to make this idea he has for “the ultimate peanut butter cookie”. We shall see.

So bake it, broil it, mix it, any way you make it! I wanna see!

Nuclear Peanut

Nitty Gritty
1. Anyone can play!
2. A theme will be picked by the host. Participants will make a dish that follows the theme and that somehow represents their home region – town, state, area. Representation can feature a local ingredient, be a traditional dish from your area, or be a creative twist.
3. Participants will have 3-4 weeks (host discretion) to complete their recipes and post them to their blog (or email the pics and text), and notify the host. The host will then post the results and then let everyone know via email or message board the results are up!
4. An explanation of your dish is required; it can be a story about the local custom or ingredient, how you came about eating/making the recipe, or an explanation about how your creative dish fits the theme.
5. Fresh and local foods are encouraged!
6. When the round is done, the host will announce their favorite dish by updating their blog. Favorite is completely subjective to the host- no one expects the host to make and taste test all the dishes, it is just something that strikes the host’s fancy! The creator of the fave gets the honor of hosting the next round, if they so choose!

To participate in Homegrown Gourmet #8, whip up your tastiest dish highlighting the fantabulous joy that is peanut butter! Post about it in your blog and tell the world what makes your recipe Homegrown… be sure to link back to this post. Then send me an email at katieATcassadywebDOTcom with “Homegrown Gourmet 8 in the subject line. Please include the following in your e-mail: your name, your location, your blog name and URL, and a permalink to your entry. Don’t forget to attach a picture (preferably 250 x 250) of your dish to the email. (Not a blogger and still want to enter? Why aren’t you blogging already? Come on, you know you want to do it. All the cool kids are doing it these days… what? still no? Ok, email me all the details and I’ll post for you.)

Deadline for the event is WEDNESDAY, May 28, 2008.
Let the mixing begin!
Peanut Butter resources…

Some inspiration…

EDIT: If you have a peanut allergy or peanut butter is not available in your area, my second choice was raspberries which are coming into season. Hey, if you’re really creative you could combine the two…