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Summer Recipe Contest Results

Notes from Jean at Delightful Repast

Our three summer finalists are a zesty lobster-accented soup, a party-worthy chicken dish and a naturally colorful cake—all delivering that “something a bit different” for company, as well as family, meals.

Though the long list of ingredients might make the Jerk Lobster with Mango Gazpacho sound like a lot of work, each of the components can be prepared ahead. Fifteen minutes before serving time, slowly heat the lobster in its spicy marinade while ladling the cold soup into chilled bowls. Though the instructions call for making the marinade and cooking the lobster first, we made the gazpacho first and got it chilling before proceeding with the recipe.  

The Grilled Cheese-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts, perfect on the grill on hot summer days, can also be cooked in the oven year round. With just a few minutes’ effort, the ubiquitous chicken breast is transformed into something family and friends will tuck into with enthusiasm.

Matcha, the finely ground powder of specially processed green tea leaves, has many health benefits. But when it comes to desserts, what really stands out about matcha is its vivid green color. With its natural green color, the Matcha Cake with Matcha Buttercream looks festive without resorting to artificial food coloring. Note: The recipe calls for 2 teaspoons of salt in the cake and 1 teaspoon of salt in the frosting; we used 1/2 teaspoon in the cake and 1/8 teaspoon in the frosting. And it calls for three 4-inch cake pans; but we used three 7-inch cake pans.   

While tasters enjoyed all three entries, our favorite was the Grilled Cheese-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts. Note: We would suggest pounding the chicken breasts to 1/4-inch thick, making them much more “rollable.”  

Thank you to everyone who entered, and congratulations to our winner. We cannot wait to see what you cook up next time! 

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