Chopped Jr.: Home Version Mystery Basket 5

Entree Basket:  Lamb Chops, Butternut Squash, Graham Crackers and Milk

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I haven’t had much experience cooking lamb, but had fun cooking these lamb chops! My plan is to bread the lamb chops in milk, eggs, and graham cracker crumbs.Then, I get them cooking! Now I have to start on my butternut squash. What can I do with it? I think about making a sweet mashed squash. So I get the water boiling and then let them boil for 20 mins.Thank goodness they are cut into small chunks. I only have 30 mins. you know!Now lets check on the chops. They are perfect, exactly 145 degrees! So now I decide I need to mash my squash with butter and  brown sugar.Next lets make something else to fill the rest of the space on the plate. A salad! So I use some of the stuff from the fridge in my salad. It turns out to be spinach, blackberries, carrots, and tomatoes. I toss everything together and quickly whip up a vinaigrette with olive oil, raspberry vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper. 1 minute left!! I need to get everything on the plate! 10,9,8,7,6,5,4 almost 3,2,1 done,0!! Time to dig in!

img_2287 Be sure to tune in to Food Network 8/29 at 7 p.m. to catch my episode!

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Fall Break 2017

It’s been a great first week of fall break!  We started the week off in Legoland.  It was a trip that my brother really wanted to go to, but I was excited to see what is was all about too!  The rides were fun and all the Lego models were cool.

My top 10 of the trip were

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Me and Lego Albert
  1.  Spending time with family
  2. Trading mini figures
  3. Coastersaurus
  4. Project X
  5. Ninjago
  6. China
  7. The Lost Kingdom Adventure
  8. Flying School
  9. Driving School
  10. The Dragon

My mom put together a highlight video here.

The rest of the week has been filled with family game day, movie night, fishing, bonfires and s’mores and of course some cooking!  I wanted to share these simple apple treats, so good and so easy to make with kids!

Apple Pie Desserts


Also Uncle Ben’s Rice has a great contest that encourages kids to cook with their parents.  It’s been fun trying all the different flavors, but my favorite has to be this Shrimp Scampi with Paremesan Butter Rice!  It sounds fancy but it’s super simple!

Shrimp Scampi


I cannot wait for the 2nd week of fall break!  It’s grandparent time with a visit with Laura Rogers on Midday Live on Friday!  If you make either of these recipes let me know by posting a photo or a comment on how you liked it!

 

 

 

Thank You!

Thank you to every body that watched my episode on Food Network! Congrats Paige, I can’t wait to eat at your restaurant one day!

I want to take a moment to thank a lot of people who have supported me a long the way! Penny Hughes designed,printed, and shipped my t-shirts!

Emily Hollen designed and printed my flyer.

Jackie Perdue made the photo booth at the watch party.

Betsy Ann Tracy made the popcorn bar at the watch party.

Hillvue Heights Church let me have the watch party in the worship center! Very cool! Also to the whole HHC crew for the prayers, encouragement and being there to make everything run smoothly!

Auburn School for supporting me and helping me make up the work I missed while doing interviews to promote the show. And all the teachers who have supported me all the way!

Also I want to thank all the people who helped me get the word out. First Laura Rogers for giving me my very first tv segment.

Tony Rose for letting me come on his radio show. He’s so fun!

Meryll and Lelan for making me feel at home on Talk of the Town!

The News Democrat and Leader and Chris Cooper for my first newspaper interview.

To the Beaver Morning Crew for having me on.

Lastly but definitely not least, my family and friends! My best friend helped me greet everyone as they come in. My grandma and her friend served the meatballs. My grandpa and his friend helped get everything loaded and set up in the church. Poppy made popcorn! Dad greeted everyone once they walked up. My brother has supported me and has been my biggest cheerleader. Thanks to all my friends that came😊. My mom has supported me, made me happy, helped me through this journey we call life, and just been the best all around mom ever!

This has been a great experience from start to finish and I thank everyone who has been a part of it!😊

Chopped Jr.: Home Version Mystery Baskets 6

Dessert Basket:  Cresent Dough Sheet, Dark Cherries, Marshmallows, Reese’s Pieces

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I love making desserts!  So I think I can make a sauce with my Reese’s pieces and marshmallows to make a thick creamy sauce to go on my dough! So while my sauce is cooking I start to prep my dough by  spreading melted butter on it and sprinkling some cinnamon sugar on it. Once that is done I spread some of the sauce on my dough then put three cherries on each one. Then I wrap them up and throw them in the oven! Then I start on the whipped cream! I put in heavy whipping cream, sugar, vanilla, and caramel topping! Once my pastries come out of the oven I start plating! I put one pastry on each dish and a dollop of whipped cream and drizzle some caramel on it and viola! I have made a cherry tart with a caramel topping whipped cream! I’m done with 3 minutes to go! Lets eat!

img_2322 Be sure to tune in to Food Network 8/29 at 7 p.m. to catch my episode!

Chopped Jr.: Home Version Mystery Basket 4

Mystery Basket: Chicken Breast, Naan Chips, Dandelion Greens and Pickled Red Cabbage. 30 minutes, Go!

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These are perfect ingredients! I know immediately what to do! I am going to make fried chicken salad! So I get the chicken cut so it will cook faster and I have an idea! Crush the chips and use them as a breading for my chicken! Give me chicken and my first instinct is to fry it up!

Then I get my greens wilted in butter, garlic, and seasoning! The cabbage juice is full of vinegar so I used it to make a vinaigrette for my salad. I check on my chicken and they are perfect: 160 degrees F. So I take them out any let them rest.

Then get my salad going again. I throw in some tomatoes and for mango for color and sweetness. 1 minute left!! So I get plating and throw the salad on the bottom, drizzle on the vinaigrette, add a few pieces of chicken and you know the drill 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1,0! Let’s dig in!  

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Be sure to tune into Food Network on August 29th at 7 pm central for Chopped Jr.

Chopped Jr.: Home Version Mystery Basket 3

Dessert Basket:  Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal, Canned Biscuits, Medjool Dates, and a red Tamarillo!

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I had never used red tamarillo before… so yea. Let's just taste it. Problem solved!

Nope, definitely not problem solved!! That thing is so sour! So I cut them up and add some sugar and it helps a little but it still needs something. So all I need is to make a dessert sweet enough to make the red tamarillo taste good! My idea is to make a cobbler type thing with the biscuit dough and add in the tamarillo! So I get the biscuit dough rolled out and in to the ramekins for the crust and brush on some melted butter on the bottom and sides to give it some buttery flavor. Now I have to fill it, top it with the rest of the dough sprinkled with sugar.  Boom…in the oven!

With the dates I think that I can make a sauce like thing to go on top with milk, sugar, and dates! So I blend all that up and I realize that I have 5 minutes left! My cobblers are done so I take them out and top them with my sauce right as I hear 10,9,8,7,6,4,3,2,1,0! Then I now realize that I didn't use Cinnamon Toast Crunch!😱😰   I must get better at getting all the ingredients on the plate before I head to New York!

Well, lets see how it tastes!  It's pretty good, I could have incorporated the cereal in my crust to add a nice crunch!

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Be sure to tune in 8/29 at 7 p.m. on Food Network to watch my Chopped Jr. episode!

Chopped Jr.: Home Version Mystery Basket 2

Entree Basket:  Dandelion Greens, Vanilla Cookies, Gummy Jolly Ranchers, Sirloin Tip Steaks

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Love this basket because it has my favorite ingredient:  BEEF! I need to get my steaks cooking so they have enough time to cook and rest. So I season them with garlic powder, a little bit of chili powder, salt, and pepper. Then, I get them on the grill! Next, I get started on my greens. I wilt my greens and kale in butter, garlic, salt and pepper.! Then, I check my steaks and they are grilled perfectly 145 degrees F! I take them off the grill and let them rest until plating. Then, I get the salad going again, and work on cutting up the veggies. Next, I make a vinaigrette  for my salad from the Jolly Ranchers. I cook them down and get a sauce like thing from it for my sweet element. I add a little bit of oil and vinegar into the vinaigrette. 5 minutes left!! I think I need to get my plates plated up! So then I put the steaks on the plates and get the salad on there and drizzle on the vinaigrette and then I realize that I haven’t used the vanilla cookies!! So I crush them into small pieces and using them as croutons for my salad. Then I hear 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1,0!! I think that my plate looks pretty good! Time to eat!

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Be sure to tune into Food Network August 29th at 7 pm central time to watch my Chopped Jr. episode.  What would you have made with this mystery basket?

Chopped Jr Home Version: Mystery Basket 1

To say that I love the Food Network, would be an understatement!  One of my favorite shows is Chopped Jr.  Last year I got the opportunity to audition for the show and I got started practicing mystery baskets in preparation, just in case I got the call.  I’m going to share some of my mystery baskets!  Experimenting with mystery basket combinations has helped my creativity in the kitchen and expanded my knowledge of different food ingredients!

Entree Basket:  Okra, Bugles, Tilapia, and Dried Cherries….30 minutes….GO!

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The first thing to pop in to my head was to make sure that the tilapia got cooked to perfection! So I run and get some aluminum foil and to place the tilapia on and season it up. So next I add some veggies to my tilapia to give it more flavor and color. Then wrap it up in my foil pouch and bake it! Then I get started on my salad! I cut up kale and throw it in the bowl, still checking on my tilapia ever now and then, I cut carrots,onion, and bell peppers! Then I get the fish out and it is PERFECT!!! So I have to make my vinaigrette with the dried cherries and crumble my Bugles for a crouton and then I hear 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1,0!!! Time is up! I ended up with baked tilapia with veggies and a kale salad with a cherry vinaigrette and Bugle croutons! Sounds good to me!!! Let’s eat!

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Be sure to watch for more Mystery Basket Mondays here on Jenna’s Kitchen.

Be sure to tune into Food Network August 29th at 7 pm central time to watch my Chopped Jr. episode!

Chopped Jr. Home Version

I'm overwhelmed by all the nice comments, t-shirt purchases and support I have received since my Chopped Jr announcement.

It's been a waiting game but is so worth it to be able to share all my experiences! On Monday's until air date I will be sharing my Mystery Basket Monday's!

After my interview, I created my Home Audition Video and I started practicing to sharpen my time management skills in the kitchen. My parents grocery store trips turned into a scavenger hunt to find the weird ingredients for my mystery basket creations! We made list of ingredients from past show to get an idea of patterns of how they put baskets together? We didn't solve the puzzle but got a lot of ideas for combinations and learned about new foods along the way! I had a lot of fun with my Chopped Jr Home Version. And most of the dishes were good or at least edible 😂!

Entrees were my favorite to practice! It was my mom's favorite too because she didn't have to cook supper!

I hope you enjoy my mystery basket creations and if you do your own version of mystery basket creation, I'd love to see them!

Be sure to tune in to Food Network for my episode of Chopped Jr. August 29 at 7pm central time!

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