Mangalitsa, say whaaaat?

I have no idea how I’m able to type right now. Don’t be surprised to find typos, omissions, grammatical errors on this post. I just got word. And what a word.

I’m beyond myself!

Remember a few weeks ago I presented you with a recipe utilizing Mangalitsa ham on halibut? Do you, doyou?

Well, that beautiful ham came to me courtesy of Santa Marx, all I had to do was make something with it and share the recipe. What I didn’t know is that they were going to review the recipes submitted by all foodies and choose their favorite…

Can you guess yet? Do you know where this is going????? I can’t tell you how excited I am about this. Well, I can. I’m at work. I checked my emails and there was one telling me the roundup of recipes was up. That was it. Nothing else. So I went to see them all. As I read through the post I saw it. The announcement for the favorite. I couldn’t believe my eyes.

YES! See what the good awesome folks at Marx had to say:

And the best mangalitsa recipe is…
The Marx Foods staff judges had a very difficult time deciding this one…all the submissions were excellent.  Ultimately Chef It Yourself’s mangalitsa halibut recipe won them over by a nose.  Congratulations Anamaris!  We’re sending a mangalitsa boneless mangalitsa neck your way, a cut perfect for rich winter braises.  Email Justin with your address and date that you would like the mangalitsa neck.

To all who submitted recipes, thank you!  The caliber of your creativity was beyond impressive, to say the least!

I have to say, I love cooking and I enjoy my cooking, but there’s nothing better than having others like your cooking. Thanks again to the Marx Foods team for giving me the opportunity to try this amazing product and MIL GRACIAS¬†for the props! I’d like to encourage you to visit their site, they really do have amazing products AND go see the other recipes with this ham, I’ve been drooling over them for weeks now.

Super-excitedly yours,


24, 24, 24: An 8 + 8 + 8 interpretation

The contest:

Foodbuzz is a major site that caters specifically to food bloggers and the people who love to eat. 24, 24, 24 is one of the contests they sponsor and a medium to ignite foodie creativity to the umpteenth degree. This monthly contest showcases 24 unique meals organized by 24 of their featured bloggers and celebrated around the globe during a 24-hour period. Cool, eh?

I was invited to submit a meal idea. Still drunk with glee from my first Top 9 appearance (did I tell you I made it all the way to Top 2?!!! I did!), I am submitting an idea. This is the outline for, if you have ANY suggestions to improve it, please send it my way.

From the FBZ entry form:

The name of the proposal: 24, 24, 24: An 8 + 8 + 8 interpretation

Describe your proposal a little more. Please don’t forget to describe:
a) The food! Tell us the proposed menu, or type of cuisine.
b) The people. Tell us who you plan to share your meal with.
c) The location. Where are you having this meal?

24 = 8 Friends + 8 US regions + 8 Pairings. Hubby and I will turn our home into a travel car to take 6 of our gastronomically inclined friends on a culinary tour throughout the US highlighting foods by region of origin and pairing those dishes with US wines.

Describe how you plan to cover this meal. Tell us about:
a) The angle: what makes this meal unique?
b) The visual and written elements you plan to incorporate (pictures, recipes, video, music)

I’ve always been impressed by sommeliers, all that knowledge and the uncanny ability to tell you what to drink with what you’re eating. Personally, I have no clue as to¬†what drink goes well with which dish, but I will be ignorant no longer!

The planning will begin by determining the ingredients that will represent the regions, then¬†learning about how to pick complimentary wines for each choice. I will ask the guests to make the wine selections based on my newfound knowledge. Then, during the party, each of them will give the rest of the guests a description of¬†the wine’s notes and how they compliment the meal, what should we be looking or tasting for. To make this even more interesting, the wines must be under $24/bottle (ideally well under $20, but that doesn’t quite tie into the 24 thing).

I will then share the recipes and pairing ‘strategy’ with the Foodbuzz world, documenting the evening with photos.

What do you think? Would you like to come to dinner?

On the list!

The Foodbuzz list, that is. I made it on to the Foodbuzz Top 9 list today. WOO. to the HOO! I may have to start asking you to go vote for me, cuz I like the spotlight!

You can click on the picture to be directed to the site or just click on any of my Foodbuzz widgets. Go and vote for me!

Cookingly (and slightly grinningly) yours,