The contest details, including the nifty Trailer Treasure that our winners get to pick from, were first posted way back in April. Of this year. We were thrilled to have six entries that made good use of the required ingredients: bosc pears and avocados. We eagerly anticipated getting all the recipes cooked up and expertly taste-tested in a reasonable amount of time, but then life happened and one of us moved out to The Sticks.
So after MUCH ado and many months more than we figured on, all entries have been sampled, and our choices were tough.
The 2nd place prize goes to Laura Connelly's faBU Scout Stew!
After tiptoeing around the pot in which we'd tossed all of Laura's ingredients, the Editor, Karrie Sue, and I all dug in to this ingenuous update on a favorite of the Bodhisattva's from way back when her own mom used to regale us kids with thrilling tales of Girl Scouting.
Since Laura's a bona fide RN, we were relatively sure of our safety in sampling this scarily simple concoction, even if we weren't entirely convinced at first read of her culinary tastes.
I'll be talking more about Laura's version of Girl Scouts Gone Wild Stew next week, but in the meantime you can actually try it yourself from the recipe on the Discussion Board. Be prepared to have your little green socks knocked off.
And the WINNER IS...
Jerrie Lynne's Avocado Pear Salsa!!!
First, I had to set aside my knowledge that Ms. Jerrie Lynne is an ACTUAL chef. But you know me. I didn't hold that factoid against her. Then I had to overlook that not only is JL freakishly gorgeous (I mean that in the best way, Jerrie), but she was the first one to jump on this contest. But I'm big like that. This here contest was a genuinely objective, aggravatingly persistently earnest competition. Hence the months and months til now...
Truly, every single recipe had its pros and cons. Such is life. The benefit of all that time passing from contest announcement to Award Day was that the Editor and I put plenty of mental processing hours into our final choice.
So here it is, and why?
Not only was every single ingredient sitting right there in my trailer -- no special trips anywhere for anything -- but it was, as the Editor noted in his signature matter-o-fact style, "the easiest thing you made."
And it tastes good enough to serve as an appetizer, the main course, dessert, AND bring to the church potluck. This is *some* hellacious salsa from one hellacious mamacita.
Jerrie Lynne's Avocado Pear Salsa
1 ripe avocado, peeled and cut into smallish cubes
2 ripe bosc pears, peeled and cut into small cubes
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tbsp chopped red onion
1 med. fresh jalapeno, finely chopped
1/2 small can diced green chiles (Hatch is great)
1 tbsp citrus juice (lime, lemon, orange, etc)
salt and pepper to taste
Combine all in a pretty bowl and serve with freshly fried flour tortilla chips.
Fried Flour Tortilla Chips
canola oil, 375*
Cut tortillas into wedges (or any other shape!) and fry in hot oil until golden. Drain on paper towels. Salt when warm, or for a dessert, shake them in a bag with cinnamon sugar.
And you would've loved the photo I shot of the salsa and chips, but it got lost in the move. So here's a pic of Karrie Sue giving you a big thumbs up for winning!
Y'all get in touch to pick your prizes! Jerrie Lynne gets to go first, then Laura.
Over the next few weeks, I'll be writing up my experiences with each of the six entries for this contest.
Seriously. No, really. Before Christmas, I promise.