Friday, January 13, 2012

Bits O' Brickle

What do you get when you mix 2 Type-A people who watch a little too much Food Network programming? You get me and Jeff who are having a cooking competition this weekend that is 1/3 Throwdown with Bobby Flay, 1/3 Iron Chef (America), and 1/3 Top Chef.

Here's how it's going to be: We have a secret ingredient that we must incorporate into our dish. the ingredient is Bits O' Brickle, which my family has revered for years. We shamed Jeff roundly when he didn't know what the hell we were talking about when we had a lively discussion about B.O.B.'s merits in front of him. It's essentially crushed up Heath bar, but in a sportier guise and with a nickname to boot. That's the Iron Chef part.

Since B.O.B. lends itself to sweet applications exclusively, we will both be making a dessert. It just so happens that our good friend Frank is having a birthday this weekend. In honor of Frank's birthday, Jeff and I are both going to create a dish using B.O.B., which Frank and his wife, Joyce, will judge without knowing which dish belongs to me and which belongs to Jeff. That's the Throwdown part.

In the course of making this dish, we can do any prep we want prior to Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m., when we will leave for Frank's birthday dinner. When we come back to Kitchen Stadium, we will have 13 minutes to prepare and plate Frank's dessert. We must make 2 servings. Frank and Joyce will score our desserts based on three categories: (1) Taste, (2) presentation, and (3) originality.

And, check back here for videos of my victory lap and tips on how to best bring out the natural flavors of B.O.B. I am going to win this competition, and I am going to crush Jeff like a Heath Bar headed for the brickle bag.

It's probably true what they say about me: I need a job.

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