Thursday, May 7, 2009

May Mystery Box Challenge and April Winners

A couple of months ago, my boyfriend challenged me to a mystery box cook-off. After watching one too many episodes of the Food Network show "Chopped" I was up for the challenge! This month's ingredients were beer, ham and rosemary. I made Rosemary-Garlic-Beer Focaccia with Smoked Gouda and Ham, however I was definitely outdone by our two winners this month (they were both so great I couldn't break the tie)! Both of these winners should email me their addresses so I can send out the Starbucks gift cards!

Check out the Navy Bean Soup with Guinness Cheddar Biscuits over at Health Delicious!

And Zara over at Crazy Mom made a kid friendly Cheesy Potato Casserole with Greens!

This month I let debaters have reign and pick the ingredients. At 8:30 on a Thursday morning, they decided the theme would be "Things that start with 'ch'" for the ingredient list. So here they are!

APRIL MYSTERY BOX: Chocolate, Chiles, Cheese

Since I introduced the March challenge a bit later in the month, a number of bloggers told me they would have to wait until April. So here is your chance! I am offering the winner of this month's challenge a gourmet traveler gift bag full of fabulous fare I take with me on my debate trips! Description of specifics will be posted mid-month but know that it will be well worth your time.

I invite you all to join me on this monthly adventure. Each month I will post the mystery box of ingredients. Your job is to create a dish that utilizes all of these ingredients and document the preparation and final product as well as a review of how it turned out. Post a link to your documentation in the comment section of the mystery box post. At the end of the month, all eligible entries will be entered to win a fabulous prize! The contest closes the last day of the month at midnight. While you can use other ingredients from your pantry, the dish must include the mystery ingredients.


1. All of the mystery ingredients must be used in one dish.

2. You may use other ingredients to complete the dish.

3. Post the link to your blog in the comments section of THIS post in order to be counted for the contest by May 31st at midnight.

4. Your entry should have the Mystery Box logo and a link back to this post in order to be eligible.

Good luck and get cooking!!!!


Anonymous said...

These are fun ingredients! Perhaps I can think of something interesting to make.

Tina said...

Poppin' in from SITS to say hello.

What a neat concept! I'm your basic meat & potatoes kind of cook myself.

LK- Healthy Delicious said...

nice ingredients for this month! much easier to work with, I think.

Passionate Eater said...

Dang it, I missed this Mystery Box challenge! I would have totally made chili with those items (yes, chocolate in chili is good). Maybe someone will do that!

LK- Healthy Delicious said...

c'mon people... enter!!

raquel said...

is it still open?

C.G. the Foodie said...

Contest closes tonight!

chow and chatter said...

what a great challenge love your idea


I get asked by readers if I am being paid to push products. The simple answer is no. In fact, most of the products I write about are ones I have found and purchased during my trips to the grocery store or on the road. Occasionally, a company will send a sample my way and if I believe the product will serve a need for my readers and I would buy the product myself, then I will share it with you. Sometimes I will write to a company after reading about it, if I believe it will help us lead healthier lifestyles. But even then, if the product doesn't pass my scrutiny, it won't make the screen of Uncovering Food. You can trust that every product or recipe posted here has passed through my lips, and that I wouldn't blog about it if it wasn't worthy of you... my favorite readers.