July 2008 First Thursday: The Roundup

Here it is: the first ever round-up, for the first-ever First Thursday event! Nine brave souls took the challenge, followed the recipes, and produced some (mostly) delicious albeit beige food. Thanks to everyone who participated! Pat yourselves on your collective back. To everyone else: FOR SHAME! You know who you are.

Next month, we kick off themes. For August 2008, we combat the scourge of beige with colorful produce. Our theme: A seasonal fruit or vegetable with which you’ve never worked before.

On to the recipes!

Sometimes, we must fail so that others may learn. Although frankly, I’m not sure how any dessert featuring chocolate and hazelnuts could be a failure unless it was also laced with cyanide (and there would have to be a LOT of cyanide).

Despite the COMPLETE ABSENCE of cynanide, Fig & Cherry is less than thrilled with the Self-Saucing Chocolate Puddings from seemingly omnipresent Aussie foodie Donna Hay’s June/July 2008 magazine.

Rebecca at Foodie with Family raids her cupboards and bookshelf to come up with some homemade tortillas from the King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion. Not one to rest on her floury laurels, she topped them with bacony refried beans, beef, guac, lettuce and hot sauce.

Kudos for working bacon into a recipe that has nothing to do with bacon!


The dynamic duo behind Fotocuisine pulled a little Trading Places to create this 40 clove garlic chicken with pasta carbonara.

They earn bonus points for (1) using a full half-pound of bacon, (2) spitting in the face of Rachael Ray and using the Better Homes and Gardens’ Big Book of 30-Minute Dinners, and (3) not being afraid to feature close-up photographs of Christey’s frighteningly misshapen thumbs.


Ann of Redacted Recipes claims to be scared of me although I’m not sure why; I told her I was TOTALLY FRAMED on that arson thing. Maybe it’s because she brazenly flouted the rules, using a recipe from Martha Stewart’s website instead of a cookbook or magazine.

Still, I would think twice about committing aggravated assault against her if she’d make me some of these ravioli with egg yolk and truffle butter.


[eatingclub] vancouver braves a tart dough ordeal to bring us this pine nut and ricotta tart from Mario Batali’s Molto Italiano.

No animals were harmed in the making of this tart, although a rolling pin was severely mangled and some ires were raised.


Maybelle is a very lucky little girl who gets to eat things like curried chicken stew with potatoes, courtesy of Curried Favors: Family Recipes from South India by Maya Kaimal.

I can say now that she’s lucky; as a child, this would have horrified me and I would have pitied her. In fact, this child is probably already a more adventurous eater than I will ever be. Rock on with your curry-eating little self, Maybelle.


The prodigious Joelen joins this culinary adventure with a recipe from the no-fail Here In America’s Test Kitchen.

She’s going meatless with some stovetop mac and cheese. As we all know, if you’re going to cut out the bacon, you need to make up for it with lots and lots of cheese. And she uses the First Thursdays badge in her post, which makes me feel important. Thanks!


Pannifer’s Food and Such injects a much-needed shot of color into the roundup with some asparagus pesto with penne rigate spaghetti.

Her cookbook of choice, Truly, Madly Pasta: The Ultimate Book for Pasta Lovers, has quite the twee title, no? Then again, who am I to judge? Oh, right, the judgmental blog owner! That shit is twee. (But that doesnt mean I’d turn down a plate of this pasta.)


Greedy Gourmet highly recommends BBC Good Food Magazine, and has never found one of its recipes to be a flop yet. Least of all this leek and bacon risotto.

Is it creepy that I think I have a crush on her flatware? It’s REALLY nice flatware.

0 thoughts on “July 2008 First Thursday: The Roundup

  1. but but… i have no kitchen. i’m on the road. or i certainly would have.

    raviolo’s with egg yolk and truffles? sign me the hell up.

    allow me to say that i am on my way to ‘le cirque’ for lunch. and i’m NOT paying, thank god…

    good job to all who entered. we can all say that we knew michelle when she was just a fledgeling blogger before she starts getting 50,000 hits a day and has no time for any of us. hey, it could happen. she IS that good…

  2. All I can say about being scared of you is that I am not alone. In addition to several comments agreeing (in so many words) that you’re a little intimidating, I also received a LOT of email from others too frightened to go public (okay, I made that last part up).

    I’m off to support my fellow smackdowners.

  3. Loved the round up commentary… and glad to be a part! I’m looking forward to some color next month and hopefully I won’t disappoint :)

  4. ann, yeah, i saw them. how has my self-made myth become so overwhelming in so short a time?

    claudia, thanks for the backup. also? it’s no joke, you could totally take me. so could ethel.

  5. Good job on everyone who participated. We now have mac n cheese and chocolate, so how can we go wrong? Hold on to your hats, I’m going to bring it in August. Michelle scary? Maybe… but so is Slimer from Ghostbusters.

  6. Multiple choice time. I actually cooked up my first-ever risotto on Thursday, but I didn’t send it in for the Smackdown because:

    a) My husband dove head-first into the serving bowl before I could take a photo
    b) I was too busy Celebrating Our Freedom (i.e., gorging on beer and grilled animal products)
    c) I’m a fucking lazy cow
    d) all of the above

  7. Awesome! I totally wanted to participate, you *know* I did. But my freaking computer was broken by my son, and then that vacation thing…but you KNOW I am going to be in on this next month. :)

  8. I hang my head in shame. I really have little excuse for not participating.

    Can I at least say that I don’t know if I could make anything better than what I see here?

    You’re so right about that chocolate and hazelnut thing. Even if it had the cyanide, you know you would die happy.

  9. Nice entries! I’m so pissed I missed it, but holiday four day weekends take planning when you’ve got a herd of kids. I don’t think we really stopped doing stuff until Sunday night, right before bedtime!

    I’m in for next month! (but planning ahead this time.)

  10. adam, wait, did you just compare me to a ball of ectoplasm?

    carolyn, is it (b)? you and your frigging patriotism.

    excuses-making people, there is no try. there is only do or do not.

  11. Oh, I did do. Sweated half to death, too. I’m not sure how it would have photographed but two dishes were okay and one is a big disappointment. You’d think something with 3 heads of garlic would have a bit more flavor. Oh well. Bainbridge Island chicken can bite me.

  12. You’re a gracious host, Michelle, and I love seeing all these new links! Can’t wait to take part next time. Even if I hadn’t been working for weeks on end… something was “off” with me, physically, and I *gasp* didn’t feel like eating. Or cooking. Or thinking about food at all. I found out what it was, thank god. But :(. It’s taking me a bit to get my senses back. Anyway. Next time.

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