Cheering for Runner Up Status! and a BlogWorld Expo ’08 Party

It’s All Good
I'm not sure how much of a Welcome to Vegas this guy is, but he was waiting for me in the airport this afternoon!

I'm not sure how much of a Welcome to Vegas this guy is, but he was waiting for me in the airport when I arrived this evening 🙂

I arrived at the airport this morning to see a couple of Tweets letting me know that the finalists for the Whole Foods Budget Recipe Challenge had been selected. I was very excited and thought I’d check my mailbox first because the contest registration documentation stated that finalists would be notified mid-September. Logic told me that if an announcement was posted that the finalists were selected that probably meant mail was probably waiting in their boxes.

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The Whole Foods Budget Recipe Challenge — $3.98!!

NOTE: This post is one of the last published on this blog.  I’ve since moved to a new home at Justopia.com.  Come see more up to date postings here.

It CAN Be Done!

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Submission

This was a little too close for comfort, but the exciting news is that today is the day I am going to submit my entry for the Whole Foods Budget Recipe Challenge. I made the dishes last week and wanted to have another go at it so that I could get the correct measurements, good photos and prices nailed down before clicking the Send link.

The WholeFoods Budget Challenge Meal

The Whole Foods Budget Challenge Meal

So I woke up this morning, checked mail, watched CNN for a while to see the latest videos and info on Gustav and headed into the kitchen. My entry actually works quite well for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner, so by the time I was done putting it together this morning, I sat down to a fabulous brunch which, for UNDER $4.00, included an entrée, a salad and dessert. Ok, so it was just $0.02 shy of $4.00, but I can still state that it was under. The challenge does not require that entrants submit a meal, just a dish, but I am never complacent, so I challenged myself to see if I could produce a wonderful meal for $4.00 or less and achieved that goal. So, no matter what happens with the challenge, I have come out a winner with a year ’round meal that I am sure to put together often and I have my mom to thank for the suggestions and guidance as we tossed around ideas in the past week.

Read on for details of the recipes with photos so that you too can make this DEElicious meal for yourselves, friends and family.

Enjoy!

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The Whole Foods Contest, a Tesla Coil and a Surprise Contest!

In Food

Another DEElicious Dinner with Justopia! Piping hot chicken and pasta

I just sent out a Tweet that I’ve created the recipe for the Whole Foods Market, Food Blogger Budget Recipe Challenge! I will work on refining it this weekend so that I can submit it before the deadline. I re-read the contest rules again and it looks like they are contacting food bloggers to request them to submit recipes, but that the food blogging community is encouraged to talk it up and get others to submit as well.

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Shrimp Franpi? More Phelps Phrenzy, A Stronger Anthem and the Name that Exotic Food Contest Week 5

Dinner

Shrimp Scampi, Grilled Eggplant and Perciatelli with Parmesan

Shrimp Scampi, Grilled Eggplant and Perciatelli with Parmesan

How many of these names can I come up with? Shrimp Franpi is not as good as Frandarin or Franchurian Duck, but it works, kinda. Dinner was DEElicious though. It was simple on a day that I didn’t have time to prepare for tonight’s meal and Scampi with Grilled Eggplant and Pasta was the optimal choice. The most time consuming part of the meal was the peeling and deveining of the shrimp.

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Contests and More Contests

Don’t Forget!

Mouth Watering Grilled Nectarine with Coconut-Cream, Maple Syrup Sauce

Mouth Watering Grilled Nectarine with Coconut-Cream, Maple Syrup Sauce

Remember, instead of week 5 of the Name That Exotic Food contest at Justopia.com this week, we are having the finish the Tenten story contest. If you haven’t taken pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, you have just 21-ish hours left to get your creativity going to finish up the great story that Peekers started for us last week. In case you’ve forgotten, you can find the story you have to work with here in the Extra! Extra! Read (and Write) All About It! blog post from last Thursday.

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Building a Better Bagel and a Steamy Kitchen: Modern Asian Contest Entry

A Heart Attack on a Bagel

Uncle Melvin's #14

Uncle Melvin's #14

I used to have an uncle — well, I think he was my mom’s uncle, actually. But that’s not the point. Uncle Melvin had a deli. Not just any deli, but a Jewish deli in Jersey and he made a #14. Well, I am sure he made a #1 – #14 and beyond, but I was little and I don’t remember those kind of details when it comes to food. What I do remember is that the #14, a Corned Beef and Pastrami on Rye with Chopped Liver, Cole Slaw and Russian Dressing was my favorite ever sandwich! Sure I liked an Italian deli sandwich. And a Sloppy Joe at the Millburn Deli was to die for, but Melvin, that dear Uncle Melvin knew how to create a heart attack on rye that I still think of frequently.

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Extra! Extra! Read (and Write) All About It!

The Back Story

This Week's Name that Exotic Food Prize

This Week's Name that Exotic Food Prize

The full gallery of this week’s mystery food for the Name that Exotic Food contest can be found at the Cheftopia blog site.

The other day, regular viewer and Justopia Cooks participant, Tenten was telling us about how he came home from work and noticed his neighbor’s front door open and how he called the police and that they checked things out and found nothing worrisome. But then the next day Tenten, or 1010 or DimeDime as some affectionately refer to him (we think Tenten is male) told us that the neighbors dogs were outside not being attended to.

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