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Brownie Bake-Off

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Brownies are a particularly spectacular treat because they’re great on their own—just chocolaty, handheld sweet squares—but they’re also amazing when totally pimped out: brownie sundaes, rocky-road brownies, chocolate-and-peanut-butter brownies, bacon brownies, mint-chocolate brownies. For this reason, and because there have been requests for a baking competition, the theme of our next cook-off is brownies.

You know the drill: You bring your best batch and we’ll all eat a whole bunch and crown the winner the best brownie baker in the universe.

Note: We’ll be eating everyone’s brownies but not a whole meal representing all of the food groups, so it’s probably a good idea to have a normal lunch beforehand. Like, a salad or something.

The Rules

  • Bring brownies. Competitors must bring some kind of brownie (duh).
  • Bring baked brownies. Please bake your brownies in advance. You’ll have access to the kitchen for heating, garnishing, and any plating that’s necessary, but you will not be permitted to bake your brownies at the event.
  • Bring enough brownies. You should bring enough brownies for about 30 people to sample. (Sample. We can eat only so many brownies.)

We’re limiting the number of competitors to 7, so if you’re interested in competing, sign up immediately via this contact form.

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Macaroni and Cheese Cook-Off Recap

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Mac & Cheese Cook-Off Time!

1 Mac & Cheese Cook-Off Time!

Katie explains the rules of the cook-off

2 Katie explains the rules of the cook-off

Mac, cheese

3 Mac, cheese

Wahkene fries his macaroni and cheese

4 Wahkene fries his macaroni and cheese

TJ, Scott, Jen, Katie, Liz, Bloody Mary mix

5 TJ, Scott, Jen, Katie, Liz, Bloody Mary mix

Wahkene's perfectly-fried mac and cheese bites

6 Wahkene's perfectly-fried mac and cheese bites

Michelle and Bob

7 Michelle and Bob

TJ and Katie perfect the details

8 TJ and Katie perfect the details

Liz's Mac Cakes, named for one of Liz's daughters, Maddie (who also answers to

9 Liz's Mac Cakes, named for one of Liz's daughters, Maddie (who also answers to "Bud")

The crowd awaits their next serving of mac and cheese

10 The crowd awaits their next serving of mac and cheese

Liz's adorable mac presentation

11 Liz's adorable mac presentation

Alison and Alexis

12 Alison and Alexis

Mal sampling Wahk's Mac

13 Mal sampling Wahk's Mac

Alison, Todd, Scott

14 Alison, Todd, Scott

Alison shows off her macaroni and cheese

15 Alison shows off her macaroni and cheese

Alison's Baked Macaroni and Cheese With Caramelized Onions and Sausage

16 Alison's Baked Macaroni and Cheese With Caramelized Onions and Sausage

Half of Michelle, Scott, Jessica, Julie, Billy, Tyler

17 Half of Michelle, Scott, Jessica, Julie, Billy, Tyler

Kate and Tyler plating their mac and cheese pies

18 Kate and Tyler plating their mac and cheese pies

Kate and Tyler's Mac and Cheese Scotch Pies With Mushy Peas

19 Kate and Tyler's Mac and Cheese Scotch Pies With Mushy Peas

Tony, Scot, TJ, Indra

20 Tony, Scot, TJ, Indra

Michelle, Tiffany, Alexis, Alison

21 Michelle, Tiffany, Alexis, Alison

Ira's ready to serve his macaroni and cheese

22 Ira's ready to serve his macaroni and cheese

Ira's Gruyere-Truffle Macaroni and Cheese is topped with spiced, crunchy onions

23 Ira's Gruyere-Truffle Macaroni and Cheese is topped with spiced, crunchy onions

Jen takes a break from the mac to enjoy a brownie

24 Jen takes a break from the mac to enjoy a brownie

Tim serves his mac and cheese

25 Tim serves his mac and cheese

Tim's Four Cheese Lemon Pesto Shells With Toasted Shallots

26 Tim's Four Cheese Lemon Pesto Shells With Toasted Shallots

The crowd awaits the final verdict

27 The crowd awaits the final verdict

Kate and Tyler win the board vote for their Mac and Cheese Scotch Pies!

28 Kate and Tyler win the board vote for their Mac and Cheese Scotch Pies!

Wahkene wins the popular vote for his deep-fried Wahk's Mac!

29 Wahkene wins the popular vote for his deep-fried Wahk's Mac!

Wahkene, Katie and TJ pose with the prize -- a pair of Emeril steak knives

30 Wahkene, Katie and TJ pose with the prize -- a pair of Emeril steak knives

Thank you to our always gracious hosts, Liz and Tony, and to Steve Freeman for taking these beautiful photos!

31 Thank you to our always gracious hosts, Liz and Tony, and to Steve Freeman for taking these beautiful photos!

How many different kinds of macaroni and cheese can you eat in one day? The answer is around seven. At the 2011 Macaroni and Cheese Cook-Off, seven contestants faced off, and guests sampled cheesy bites of every single entry before the winners were determined. The thing with mac and cheese is, it’s never bad, so choosing the best was nearly impossible. Continue reading »

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