#75 The Contest Episode

Hot Kitchen - Salmon with Avocado Salsa, Smoked Gouda Mac n Cheese recipes

Snapshot of Episode #75 Dinner

Episode #75 was a very special episode of our cooking show, Hot Kitchen. We put out a call on facebook for our viewers to send us their favorite date night recipes. All of our participants won a free copy of our e-cookbook Date Night at Home and winning recipes were to be featured on the show and crosslinked through the blog and credits.


Our winners:
Chef Chris Nicholson’s Roasted Salmon with Tomato Avocado Salsa

Mamma Ozzy’s Smoked Gouda Macaroni and Cheese

John‘s Chocolate Souffle


The shoot went very well. We had some comedic moments when I realized I had forgotten a couple of ingredients, but thanks to a well stocked pantry we were able to make workarounds!


I’ll tell you about them because they are educational and really funny. The first workaround was that we needed a little sweet liqueur to drizzle over the souffles. When shopping I forgot to go to the liquor store- duh!! So with a little coconut milk, honey, coffee, and 151 rum, I magically made “coffee cream liqueur.” It worked perfectly, in fact it was a dead ringer for some nice coffee cream liqueres I have tasted.


The other workaround was that I forgot freakin’ jalapenos for the avocado salsa. (Really?!) By this time it was about one in the morning and the store was closed. However, I did just have a little pepper fest, so I actually had plenty of dehydrated jalapenos! I rehydrated the prettiest one, and it came back perfectly. The pepper was seeded, chopped, and added to the salsa with no degradation of flavor!


The result was incredible food and a flawless shoot. As a bonus I saved money by being creative and maintaining a stocked pantry.


The 151, by the way, is an absolute must in our Hot Kitchen. We don’t drink it; it is exclusively for lighting food on fire and as a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants liqueur maker.


Dried peppers are another absolute must in the kitchen. They are a pain because they must be rehydrated, but WOW are dried peppers a culinary lifesaver.

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