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The Holiday Cold

Harold Dieterle talks Ted Allen, Mia's elimination, and curdled drinks.

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I'm going to make this short, because like everyone else, I have this cold that's been going around. If you get the winter cold, I suggest that you do what I did and treat yourself to one of those gift boxes of clementines. Winter is citrus season, and so the clementines are especially good at this time of year. But onto the blogging. First off, Holiday food is tricky because it's based so much on what you remember about the holidays. You know, for my family, we're Sicilian, so we usually eat a lot of fish and shellfish. And of course, there's always a ham. So I thought that it was cool that Ilan made some stuff for Hanukkah. I think that's the thing about the holiday, you have to make stuff based on what's going to taste good and what you remember specifically about your holiday.

That Quickfire Challenge, I have to say, I thought there were some real hits and some real misses. First of all, Betty's curdled lime drink? What was that? You can mix rum and lime and cream, but nobody wants to drink anything that's curdled. She really should have thought ahead about that one and used a blender to really get the thing emulsified. I wouldn't be able to drink it. I don't know anyone who would. Chefs can be a bunch of punks. And the judges generally fall into this category, and this is what I like about Ted Allen. I think he's an incredibly fair judge. Cooking with him, or around him, you get the impression that he's knowledgable. He's actually one of my favorite judges so far, because he's a very capable judge, and he never gets personal about it. He just seems to really enjoy himself and enjoy the fact that he's there talking about the food. This season's chefs are definitely pretty dramatic. And more so than Season 1. It's almost as if they're very aware of the fact that they're on television.


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As far as the Elimination Challenge goes, I thought it was really ridiculous that nobody wanted to listen to Mia. You know, she runs a catering company. That's what she does. And they all just kind of bulldozed right past her and said, "this is what we're doing." I think that if you're doing a catering event that size, you're going to have to serve more than four items. Imagine going to a party like that and having a menu selection that's not, you know, complete. And to try to make that food to-order at an event like that -- there are no good words to say about that. It's just crazy.
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I think Sam really did a good job. And you know, I've been defending Marcel for a while, and I really thought it was kind of absurd that he was making faces based on the fact that he wasn't the winner. I get it, it's competive and the kid really wants to win, but Sam really came forward as the team leader. He really stepped up to it and I think he deserved to win. haroldsblog_mia1_320x240.jpg

As for the whole elimination mess. I don't really know what to say about Mia. She really seemed to be having some sort of breakdown. And to be honest, I didn't really see her going all that far anyway, so I feel like her going home wasn't really all that much of a problem. Well, that's about all I have in me. I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm going to have a clementine and go back to bed.

Make Top Chef Mei Lin's Winning Dessert!

Learn how to make the dish Tom Colicchio called the best dessert in Top Chef history!

Mei Lin's Strawberry Lime Curd, Toasted Yogurt, Milk Crumble, Mint

Strawberry Lime Curd Ingredients and Directions
1c Strawberry Puree
3 Eggs (Whisked Together)
2 Tbsp. Sugar
1/2 lb. Butter
1 Tbsp. Cornstarch
TT Lime (zest and juice)

1. Cook over double boiler.
2. Add limejuice and zest to taste.

Lime Puree Ingredients and Directions
20 Limes Zest
Simple Syrup
Grape Seed Oil

1. Cooked in simple syrup.
2. Blend with grape seed oil.

Milk Crumble Ingredients and Directions
1 Cup AP Flour
1 Cup Panko
1 Cup Milk Powder
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Butter (melted)
1 Cup Bee Pollen

1. Combine.
2. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit until golden brown.

Yogurt + Lime Ice Ingredients and Directions
1 Qt Yogurt
1 Qt Crema
4 Limes (zest and juice)

1. Charge 2 times in Isi.
2. Disperse in bowl of nitrogen.

Toasted Yogurt Ingredients and Directions
1 Qt. Greek Yogurt

1. Char until dark.
2. Blend.

To Garnish
Fresh Strawberries and Mint

 

 

 

 

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