Smoked Salmon Entries

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!

169 comments

  1. 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!

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

    That said though, Rochelle totally gets my vote.

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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 ;-)

  10. 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!

  11. 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.)

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

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

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

  15. 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 ;-)

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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! :)

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

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

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

  23. 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 :)

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. I vote for Rochelle B.

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

    Good Luck Rochelle!!!!

  27. 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!

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

    ~Meb :)

  29. 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.

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

  31. 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.

  32. 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!

  33. 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)

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

  35. 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?

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

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

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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)

  41. 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!!!!!!

  42. 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!

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

    I vote for Rochelle.

  44. 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…

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

  46. 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.

  47. @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.

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

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

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

  51. +1 for Stephanie K. After reading the recipe I had to run home and make it TONIGHT. And man, was it worth it!

  52. 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

  53. 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)

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

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

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

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

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