Smoked Salmon Entries

August 4, 2008 | By | COMMENTS

As you can see in the post below this, I offered my readers, this weekend, an opportunity to win dinner for two at the James Beard House this Thursday. Since the meal is Nova Scotia-themed, I asked my readers to either make a recipe using smoked salmon or to place smoked salmon on the face of a sleeping loved one. The following are the entries I received; now it’s your job to vote for your favorite in the comments. Since it’s possible, I suppose, for sneaky entrants to vote for themselves many times, I’ll use my discretion in choosing the winner tonight at midnight. And so, without further ado, here we go…

Entrant 1: Heidi S.

Our first entrant ambitiously attempted both challenges; she made this nice looking smoked salmon tart:

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And she also placed a package of smoked salmon on her sleeping face. (The label says “Really Nova Scotian.”)

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Entrant 2: Stephanie K.

Stephanie K. not only made a smoked salmon sweet potato hash…

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…she also blogged about it here. Do we give her extra points for blogging?

Entrant 3: Rachael K.

Full disclosure: Entrant 3 is my friend and co-worker Rachael K. from Food Network. With that said, she’s fully entitled to enter and I think she makes an adorable showing here with her cat, Professor Pork Chop:

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According to Rachael, “He woke up very confused as to why his fir was so damn tasty.”

Entrant 4: Rochelle B.

Amateur Gourmet enthusiast Rochelle B. showed off her cooking chops with this “smoked salmon ‘clafoutis’ type thing”:

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And here’s a beauty shot:

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Maybe she can provide a recipe in the comments? (Also: maybe she can give me hair tips? Hers is cool!)

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Ok, those are our entrants. Who deserves to win? Time to put it to the vote; click comments and tell us your favorite!

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  • rossi

    Most definitely the Perfessor

  • zeep

    Agreed, Professor Pork Chop ROCKS.

  • http://sexygirlseat.blogspot.com Rochelle

    I’m voting for .. myself. Can I do that? :O)

    The link to the recipe can be found at my blog, here:

    http://www.sexygirlseat.blogspot.com/

    But damnit, that cat is cute.

  • http://www.rodinis.net rodinis

    The cat is cute.

    …but I’m going to have to give my vote to the pretty brunette with the cooking chops.

    My vote: Entrant 4.

    Cheers!

  • http://ruthannandpatrick.blogspot.com/ Ruth Ann

    Professor Porky should definitely win! That’s too cute to pass up!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/carpeicthus/sets/72157602136279120/show/ Ryan Brenizer

    Rochelle. Salmon clafoutis is a genuinely innovative recipe. The cat, while cute, is just a piece of salmon.

  • steve in texas

    rochelle b’s looks yummy. not so much the cat.

  • Ashley

    I vote for Rochelle!!!

  • Ashley

    I vote for Rochelle!!!

  • http://www.tomKblog.com tomK

    Isn’t clatouti code for quiche?

    Voting for the Rochelle girl

  • Sasha

    I’m voting for Rochelle… but mainly because, as her sister, I got to eat the dish yesterday for lunch and it was amazing.

  • Alisa

    While I am inclined to go for the cat, because it’s one of the cutest pictures I’ve ever seen, my vote has to be with Ashley, because despite the fact that I just ate lunch, I suddenly feel hungry for salmon clafoutis.

  • Alisa

    While I am inclined to go for the cat, because it’s one of the cutest pictures I’ve ever seen, my vote has to be with Ashley, because despite the fact that I just ate lunch, I suddenly feel hungry for salmon clafoutis.

  • Alisa

    While I am inclined to go for the cat, because it’s one of the cutest pictures I’ve ever seen, my vote has to be with Ashley, because despite the fact that I just ate lunch, I suddenly feel hungry for salmon clafoutis.

  • Matt H

    Rochelle B. is my vote. good luck Rochelle!

  • Joelle

    I vote for Rochelle! :)

  • Dave

    Rochelle gets my vote! Looks delicious. And the salmon thing.

  • Dave

    Rochelle gets my vote! Looks delicious. And the salmon thing.

  • Olivia

    This brings to mind the vaudeville saying “never follow a kid or an animal act.”

    That said though, Rochelle totally gets my vote.

  • Lolabix

    My vote is for Rochelle B. Why?

    1. Her salmon dish looks the tastiest.

    2. Her hair (as already mentioned) IS looking very cool.

    3. Her food blog is simply blogalicious.

  • beth

    I vote for Heidi or Rachael. Mostly Rachael because I loved her comment!

  • http://www.tryecoquest.com brian Eliel

    definitely Rochelle

  • liz

    I vote for Stephanie. Cats cloud the issue. Though the Prof is adorable….

  • Natalie

    I think Stephanie’s smoked salmon sweet potato hash looks sounds pretty darned awesome, so she gets my vote!

  • Mallory McGuire

    With so many qualified contestants it’s difficult to choose…but not for me! I vote for Rochelle Bilow and her delicious dish. She is a wonderful cook and I hope to see her out-cook the competition ;-)

  • Heidi the Food Yenta

    As I said to Adam when I posted this, I never win anything, and in keeping with that tradition, even I would vote for the cat. Had I known it was going to be a beauty contest, I would have taken off my Yankees vs. Red Sox cap and spent a few hundred dollars on hair coloring . Unfortunately, I had to make something that my annoying family would actually eat, and since my husband is a pescetarian and I’m allergic to dairy, this was about the best I could do. It was actually very delicious–even for my poor teenage son, who is stuck eating organic, non-dairy, non-meaty things at a time in his life when all he wants to do is eat junk/meat/cheese/etc.

    Feel sorry for me! My kitchen is a political hell!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/nostromoo Jamie

    My vote is for Entrant 4, Rochelle. I don’t really like smoked salmon, but that looks like the only dish I would try. (Also Ryan told me to vote for her.)

  • Nicole Staring

    Rochelle. Salmon clafoutis. While you’re right, and her hair is gorgeous, it’s her cooking I want tips on.

  • Nicole Staring

    Rochelle. Salmon clafoutis. While you’re right, and her hair is gorgeous, it’s her cooking I want tips on.

  • Nicole Staring

    Rochelle. Salmon clafoutis. While you’re right, and her hair is gorgeous, it’s her cooking I want tips on.

  • Mallory McGuire

    With so many qualified contestants it’s difficult to choose…but not for me! I vote for Rochelle Bilow and her delicious dish. She is a wonderful cook and I hope to see her out-cook the competition ;-)

  • Angeline

    I would like to vote for Rachael and Professor Pork Chop.

  • Jodi Kostelnik

    i vote for Stephanie K.!

  • Kim Montero

    The site being what is it, I am going to vote for Rochelle’s dish. The recipie written in her blog sounds wondeful. While the cat is cute and Rochelle’s hair has become a hotly discussed topic for some, her recipie sounds the most appealing to me.

  • ted k

    there seems to be some problems with comment entry, hope that can get fixed. I’m going with Rochelle for the food, not the hair.

  • elissa

    I vote for Stephanie K! Anything with sweet potatoes is a winner in my book!

  • Eric

    MY VOTE GOES TO ROCHELLE!

    LUV IT!

  • Melissa Marrone

    I love Rochelle’s salmon clafoutis. It looks amazing and I cannot wait to try it. I love reading her blog and can always count on her great recipes along with great stories. And because her hair always looks great. I should mention that I’m totally a dog person! :)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/leftyjames/ LeftyJames

    The cat photo is hilarious, but can the cat use the tickets? ;)

    I vote for #4 Rochelle B. and her “smoked salmon ‘clafoutis’ type thing” because it’s a great photo AND great food.

  • Kristi

    I SO WANTED TO PUT SMOKED SALMON ON MY SLEEPING CAT!! But I was away this weekend, so couldn’t get it done.

    And though I high-five Rachael for her like-mindedness, I must say that the clafoutis looks superb. Rock on, Rochelle – you have my vote!

  • Jim K

    A vote for Rochelle.

  • Erin H.

    Agreed — that’s a damn cute cat pic, but I vote for Stephanie K.

  • Elena M

    I vote for Rochelle!!!

  • Andie

    I vote for Rochelle… The dish looks so delicious and her picture it’s really a cute one…(plust points for her great hair!!)

  • Terry

    Professor Pork Chop is the clear winner in this contest. I think Rochelle rallied everyone she knows to vote for her.

  • http://www.thesmithsound.com Smitty

    Entrant 4, Shell-Monster gets my vote!

    The dish looks yummy and Rochelle, as always, looks gorgeous.

    Looks like it’s a great thing you have going for yourself, girl :)

  • Simi

    I vote for Rochelle.

  • http://minxeats.blogspot.com Kathy

    I’d vote for Rachael IF she let Professor Pork Chop eat the salmon. If she only teased him with it, my vote goes to Rochelle, even though I’d never touch a salmon clafoutis, because she’s inventive enough to attempt such a thing.

  • sara

    Rachel K and Professor Pork Chop. The cat is too cute plus it’s hard to sneak up on cats and put things on their heads.

  • Mish

    Voting for rochelle! she is the next rachele ray!

  • Bryce

    I vote for Rochelle B.

    She knows how to bring the sexy out in any dish.

    Good Luck Rochelle!!!!

  • Judy

    I vote for Rochelle!

  • Joe

    Voting for Rochelle Rochelle

  • Zoe

    Smoked salmon sweet potato hash hands down! I vote for Stephanie K.

  • Zoe

    Smoked salmon sweet potato hash hands down! I vote for Stephanie K.

  • girl runner

    The Purrfessor.

  • girl runner

    The Purrfessor.

  • Sarah

    That cat is cute, to cute, but it’s just salmon. And I have seen a million recipes for salmon clafoutis (seriously, google it) while I love it, I don’t think it deserves a vote…

    Steph K’s salmon and sweet potatoe hash look pretty good to me! SO she get’s my vote!

  • Meb

    I vote for Entrant #4! Her tart looks *really* good! Plus she’s really hot too. Yay Rochelle! :)

    ~Meb :)

  • http://hungrybruno.blogspot.com Adrienne

    I vote for the Stephanie and the sweet potato hash – that sounds delicious!

  • sarah

    professor lox face wins hands down.

  • flip

    Why does that sweet cat have lox on its neck? That cat is not happy to have fish ON its body. Of course he woke up confused to have fish on his fur. Not funny.

  • Greg

    I vote Rochelle.

  • Taren

    I vote for Rochelle!

    Looks great :-)

  • dave

    I vote for rochelle b/c i went to high school with her. nothing personal, just business!

  • Greg

    I vote Rochelle.

  • Tobias

    Stephanie K. Can’t go wrong with salmon and sweet potatoes.

  • Carrie

    One big huge vote for Rochelle! Looks amazing!

  • leia

    I vote Entrant 4: Rochelle B.

  • http://jessicalikesfood.blogspot.com/ jess

    I vote for Rochelle

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/leftyjames/ leftyjames

    Apologies if this turns out to be a double post, but it looks like the first one didn’t take for some reason.

    The cat photo is hilarious, but can the cat use the tickets? ;)

    I vote for #4 Rochelle B. and her “smoked salmon ‘clafoutis’ type thing” because it’s a great photo AND great food.

  • Tony

    Most definitely Rochelle…most definitely…

  • Tony

    Most definitely Rochelle…most definitely…

  • Sarah

    That cat is cute, to cute, but it’s just salmon. And I have seen a million recipes for salmon clafoutis (seriously, google it) while I love it, I don’t think it deserves a vote…

    Steph K’s salmon and sweet potatoe hash look pretty good to me! SO she get’s my vote!

  • http://oncemorewithknitting.blogspot.com Megan

    I vote for Stephanie because I’d like her to come to my province!

  • http://sexygirlseat.blogspot.com Rochelle

    1. Of course I alerted my friends and family to the contest; wouldn’t you? I certainly expected the other contestants to do the same.

    2. Heidi, if I had hundreds of dollars to spend, it’d go into a Kitchenaid mixer, and not my hair.

    :O)

  • John, Vancouver BC

    My vote is for #4 Rochelle

  • whitnee

    rochelle gets my vote!

  • whitnee

    rochelle gets my vote!

  • http://ive-never.blogspot.com Crystal

    I’m voting for Professor Pork Chop.

  • DiggyG

    Stephanie K,

    although the cat photo is adorable.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/robfuel/ rob

    Rochelle for innovation.

  • summer

    Ro!! who can resist a beautiful girl with beautiful food?

  • summer

    Ro!! who can resist a beautiful girl with beautiful food?

  • summer

    Ro!! who can resist a beautiful girl with beautiful food?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/robfuel/ rob

    Rochelle for innovation.

  • Liz

    Stephanie for sure!

  • http://ive-never.blogspot.com Crystal

    I’m voting for Professor Pork Chop.

  • http://www.foodinmouth.com/ danny

    kitty one.

  • CatW

    Stephanie K. all the way!

  • ReneeRichelle

    gotta go with Rochelle!! can i come over for dinner sometime?! that looks amazing!!!!

  • Nathaniel

    Professor Porkchop all the way! I can haz salmon? Kitteh!

  • matzoman

    go Rochelle go!

  • fussyhostess

    Stephanie has my vote.

  • matzoman

    go Rochelle go!

  • Bubby Wiprud

    I Vote #2.

    By golly, #2′s Stephanie K’s heavenly hash is so unbelievable good and orange that I went out and bought new ornage forks to match so that every time I make it the forks and the hash will both be the same exact color. I mean, how good is that, I ask you?

  • José Muñiz

    Stephanie. Easy.

  • vwc

    Rachael’s cat.

  • Anonymous

    most definitely professor pork chop. too adorable!!

  • Celie

    I vote for Rochelle! :)

  • Megan S

    I vote for Rochelle B.! That looks delicious!

  • A.J.

    To me the choice is obvious…. Rochelle aka contestant #4. Her dish looks just as delicious as she does.

  • Sarah

    I vote for Stephanie! I don’t even eat fish, but if I did, it would sure as heck be in a hash!

  • Anand

    Rochelle’s salmon is the greatest! I vote for her

  • OneWingedAngel

    I def. vote for Rochelle B., and agree with A.J.’s comment 100% : )

  • Richard Ruiz

    I vote for Rochelle Too

  • Krista

    I vote Rochelle’s!!!

  • Krista

    I vote Rochelle’s!!!

  • John in Alabama

    Rochelle, Rochelle, Rochelle

  • Krista

    I vote Rochelle’s!!!

  • http://patknitting.blogspot.com/ Pat

    My vote goes to Stephanie.

  • http://sugarbombs.wordpress.com/ Adam

    1 vote for Rochelle

  • dann baker

    Stephanie!

  • Keivyn

    Entrant 4: Rochelle B. def the best one!!!

  • Keivyn

    Entrant 4: Rochelle B def!! looks delicious !!!!! yummm….

  • Al Cutri

    I vote for Rochelle!!!! I’m a food expert and I’ve had her food, let me tell ya…the smoked salmon ‘clafoutis’ equals smoked heaven.

  • Bobby Mace

    I’m going to have to vote for Rachael K.

    Let’s be honest. Based on the rules of the competition, she should win. Her picture is adorable (as well as a great picture), and she actually followed the rules.

    Rochelle’s dish might look tasty, and her hair might be nice, but she didn’t do either of the two things asked of her. She did not submit a recipe, and she did not take a picture of salmon on the face of a sleeping loved one.

    Heidi’s dish looks good too, but she did not provide a recipe, and the salmon is not on the face of a sleeping loved one…it’s on her own face.

    Stephanie is closest to following the guidelines, since she blogged about it, but even that’s pushing it.

    Not only SHOULD Rachael win, since her entry is by far the greatest, but she’s the only one to stay true to the competition. You don’t win a boating contest by biking, and you don’t win a recipe/picture-of-salmon-on-a-sleeping-loved-one’s-face contest by entering something else.

  • Nick

    Rochelle B. gets my vote…

  • Vanessa

    I vote for Stephanie K!

  • Vanessa

    I vote for Stephanie K!

  • Andy T

    For some reason it didn’t make it to the post, but Rochelle’s recipe is here: http://sexygirlseat.blogspot.com/2008/08/rogue-clafoutis.html

    And it handles the contest in an interesting way. One more vote for Rochelle here.

  • Andy T

    Also, the recipe is linked to from her Flickr photo, exactly as the contest asks. http://www.flickr.com/photos/keukness/2728169243/ Adam just missed it.

    And who’s to say Heidi doesn’t have a strong enough sense of self-worth to be her own loved one? I say all entries are fair (though I’d like to see Heidi’s recipe, since the dish does look intriguing)

  • Erin

    ROCHELLE!!!

  • R Frederick

    Enough with the hair! Sure thats not Rachael Ray in a wig? And as far as cats go, well I’m a dog person. I’m votin’ for Stephanie. Actually wish I had some of that Smoked Salmon Hash in front of me right now. I’m hungry!!!!!!

  • otto

    I vote for Stephanie K!!!

    She has an awesome blog and her recipe is the best!

  • Lauren

    Rochelle’s recipe looks delectable. She really seemed to take a traditional food and add her own flavor to it! I’m definitely impressed.

    One vote for Rochelle!

  • http://www.tabibito.biz Susanna

    The cat wins hands down. Hell, it deserves to win a year’s supply of cat food!

  • http://klosekraft.typepad.com/klosekraft/ Stephanie

    I suppose I should throw in a vote for myself. Seems all the kids are doing it…

    Stephanie

  • Collin

    Not only can Rochelle cook, but she can sing, dance, and act, too. World’s next Food Network quadruple threat?

    I vote for Rochelle.

  • anonymous

    I have to say that Heidi the Food Yenta made a smart-looking tart AND met her family’s finicky food needs AND put a plastic package on her face, so she gets my vote! Her creativity and practicality outweigh youth, beauty, cosmetics and sexiness in an ideal food world, before there was Food Network. I shudder to think how Julia Child’s entry in this contest would have been ignored, but alas, it would not have been ignored in another time…

  • destiny

    I vote for Stephanie’s heavenly hash.

  • destiny

    I vote for Stephanie’s heavenly hash.

  • Sarah

    Rochelle B!

  • Serine

    Definitely one more vote for Rochelle! The food looks great and who can argue with a rockin’ cook with equally rockin’ hair?

  • Sonia

    I vote for Rochelle! Those pictures of her salmon dish look gorgeous.

  • Piggy

    Sure the kitty is cute…but no where near as cute as mine so my vote won’t be swayed by its sweet little face…I vote for Rochelle B.

  • Stephanie

    I vote for Rochelle!!! She’s always whipping up something fabulous! ;)

  • Stephanie

    I vote for Rochelle!!!! She’s always whipping up something fabulous!! :)

  • english speaker

    @Bobby Mace:

    1. The instructions say “prepare” a recipe — not “submit” a recipe

    2. The instructions offer two options to win: preparing the recipe and submitting a picture of the dish and your face, together. . .OR, submit a picture that depicts smoked salmon upon the face of someone sleeping.

    Note the key word here. . .”or.”

    3. You have the right to vote, of course. But it seems a little grand of you to proclaim that someone SHOULD win.

    In other words, read the instructions, stop pontificating, vote, sit down, and shut up.

    Pud.

  • Kristen

    Rochelle is the CLEAR winner here

  • Kristen

    Rochelle is the CLEAR winner here

  • Hillary

    I vote for Rochelle… I can’t decide which is sexier– her hair, her food or her food blog…

  • Dan

    I’ll put my vote in for Rochelle…I wish I could cook that well. Plus she’s very pretty.

  • Melynda Meszko

    I definitely think Rochell should win! Not only does her food look delicious, but she has the greatest picture (in my opinion).

  • James

    I’m voting for number 4 Rochelle

  • Bob

    +1 for Stephanie K. After reading the recipe I had to run home and make it TONIGHT. And man, was it worth it!

  • Sara

    I’m voting for Stephanie K., because my missus says so.

  • Sara

    I’m voting for Stephanie K., because my missus says so.

  • CK

    I’m casting my vote for Professor Pork Chop!

  • Ryan

    Just to be helpful, since I think the spam catcher made for a lot of double posts all-around, as near as I can tell with the doubles filtered out the votes now stand at:

    Heidi: 2

    Professor: 17

    Stephanie: 19

    Rochelle: 62

  • Mandi

    the cat! the cat! i’m sorry it’s just too damn cute for me not to vote for it.

  • Jo Marie Cook

    Rochelle Rochelle, beautiful work, girl. You’re inspired.

  • Mary

    Rochelle B! For innovation, beauty, and a fabulous blog!

  • Dana

    Professor Pork Chop gets my vote

  • http://sexygirlseat.blogspot.com Rochelle

    I should mention that my first point was in response to a rather indignant comment that seems to have since disappeared .. wonky comment page, today, it seems.

    At any rate, I do want to make clear the fact that I seriously do love all of the other entries – the kitty is ADORABLE, Heidi definitely went the extra mile, and Stephanie’s really was innovative and creative. :O)

  • patrick

    the professor. classic.

  • http://www.jackietex.blogspot.com Jackie

    Yummy! I put my vote towards Stephanie K.

  • http://www.amateurgourmet.com The Amateur Gourmet

    Thanks to everyone who voted; the polls are now closed! We have a winner, announced in the following post….

  • jane

    Stephanie’s hash sounds different and delicious.She’s got my vote

  • jane

    Stephanie’s hash sounds different and delicious.She’s got my vote

  • cybercita

    i’m voting for rachel, because when i saw the entry about the contest, my first instinct was to drape my cat.

  • Seth

    I vote for Stephanie.Hash should be served with *every* meal.

  • Donna

    While the cat is cute, my vote goes to Stephanie and her salmon and sweet potato hash hands down.

  • Donna

    While the cat is cute, my vote goes to Stephanie and her salmon and sweet potato hash hands down.

  • Donna

    While the cat is cute, my vote goes to Stephanie and her salmon and sweet potato hash hands down.

  • Tae

    Without a doubt–Stephanie K!

  • Tae

    Without a doubt–Stephanie K!

  • Tae

    Without a doubt–Stephanie K!

  • http://www.PortfolioStudio.net Paul “Pops” Knudsen

    ummm… that cat with salmon garnish looks MIGHTY TASTY!

    I vote for Prof.PC