Sunday, February 8, 2009

At Long, Long Last, Sweet Victory is Mine!


Such a good evening I had... I finally won Greg & Bonnie's chili cook-off! How, you ask? Rabbit Burgoo with red rice, fried okra and shots of bacon-infused bourbon (take that, Patrick Alan Coleman), that's how... Here's a shot of my mise-en-place. Or rather, the aftermath of it. Unfortunately, this is one of the last photos I got before the shutter on my camera started to stick. More shots to come, along with an elaboration on the night's events, once Hashi e-mails me the photos I took with his camera...

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's about time! Congratulations and I'm looking forward to the rest of the pictures. LGS

Anonymous said...

Yay! Congratulations! - Tina

Patrick Alan Coleman said...

Tommy,

Congrats! I'd love to try some of that rabbit burgoo (I've never had burgoo before), even with the bacon bourbon. Or, as I like to call it: "shark juice." Well done!

hugs/kisses

velocouture said...

congratulations!

so the bourbon was served alongside?

tommy said...

Thanks to all, and especially to Greg and Bonnie for putting this on every year! PAC: The "shark juice" was actually kind of interesting. Didn't really have a very strong bacon flavor, but it had a really nice buttery texture from the bacon fat (despite chilling and straining through many, many layers of cheesecloth, I couldn't get 100% of the fat out). VC: Yeah, the bourbon rode shotgun. The burgoo, red rice (which is really good if you've never had it: it's a southern thing, basically rice with tomato paste, onions, herbs and butter) and fried okra were all plated together, with the bourbon served alongside in shot glasses.

One interesting thing I discovered in all of this: For those who have occasion to rehydrate dried peppers like chipotles, save the water, strain it and reduce it down into a syrup. Endless possibilities there...

Anonymous said...

Congrats again Tommy. I don't know if we can hold another chili cook off now that you've won it. who will take your spot as number 2?

Anonymous said...

Great Job Tommy! Thank you for featuring our messy kitchen in this picture--I hope you enjoy your fabulous homemade tote!