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Aug 28 16 3:34 AM

Sheepdoc: 
Thailand/Indonesia: Indonesian Ginger Chicken by Northwest Gal. Seriously, this was just about the best dish ever. My kids still bring it up - like this is good but remember that chicken? There was so much ginger and garlic in it that I thought no one would eat it but it was fabulous!
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Bahamas: Escabeche Hot and Sour Chicken Soup by Pan Nan. The kid who likes spicy stuff and I absolutely loved this soup. Very flavorful and good for you too. Was a great lunch. 

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And the also ran was the Fiery Thai Salsa by LazyMe. After my family loved it, I made it for a potluck where it was also loved. It is pictured above with the Indonesian chicken. 

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Aug 28 16 3:39 AM

Vickie wrote:

LifeIsGood wrote:
I'm busy looking at all of the selections here to build my menu for the upcoming week! image



And don't forget, LifeIsGood.  All the favorite (top 2) choices from each player will be listed on Page 1, sorted by region.  So that should make it a little easier to find new favorites for everyone to discover  image

That is awesome, Vickie. Thank you! image

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Aug 28 16 12:13 PM

And here we are again, back at the hardest part of every Quest/Tour! I don't get to cook nearly as many things as I did back in the day, and yet, it's still all but impossible to narrow the favorites down to only 2! Well, here goes...

From Greece, lazyme's http://www.food.com/recipe/shrimp-baked-with-feta-ouzo-and-cognac-503588?photo=386096

Shrimp is always a hit in my house, and this particular dish just has so many wonderful flavors in it. I'm still happy that I sprung for those bottles of Ouzo and Metaxa so long ago, because everything I've made with them has been a winner (starting with Elaine's Golden Greek beverage, which might have been the last ZWT?). Anyway, I digress...


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Next up is Annacia's http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/side/potatoes/syracuse-hot-salt-potatoes.html from NYC

They're just potatoes, right? Nope, they're perfect little potatoes that made me wonder why I don't make potatoes more often. Perfectly seasoned, and the butter and fresh herbs made these all the better. I could've eaten these all by themselves and been happy as a clam! 

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And since there's NEVER only 2 faves, here are my honorable mentions:
From Greece, 
  NWG's http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/drink/non-alcoholic-drink/caramel-frappe.html
artandkitchen's https://artandkitchen.wordpress.com/2015/06/25/ouzo-meatballs/comment-page-1/#comment-2447

From Thailand,
NWG's http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/side/rice-side/thai-jasmine-rice.html#page1:comment2164267

From PHILLIPINES,
artandkitchen's https://artandkitchen.wordpress.com/2016/07/17/tropical-dream-pineapple-shake/  (Not an approved Quest recipe, per se, but really good!)

 Aww, DH said that his favorite was my http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/main-course/seafood/mgs-thai-rainbow-curry-with-shrimp.html that I created for the Curry Challenge, along with NWG's rice. He initially didn't believe that it was my own recipe. Nearly 17 years together, and he's still surprised that I know how to cook enough to create my own recipe? image Eh, small things, right? image        

Okay, the longer I keep at this, the more faves that are going to come to mind, and I'm gonna end up listing every flippin' thing I made this year! imageimage


  A million thanks to all of you hostie-types who make this happen every year, and work tirelessly to create a new and different experience every time!  Well, that, and your supreme patience with all of us whenever things get a little "Romper Room" up in here. Come to think of it, I don't recall anyone earning the Quest ironing this year. Hmm, I guess I'd better be super, super good next year, just in case! imageimageimage
  
 A million more thanks to all the members of my awesome team! We might not have been the chattiest of teams (I think we all tired our poor brains out trying to pick a team name imageimage), but everyone's willingness to jump in and get stuff done, even in the eleventh hour, was a sight to behold. I would be proud to be on another team with any of you in the future!image

Hugs all around image!
Hope to see everyone back here next year! image
 


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Aug 28 16 12:27 PM

This truly is hard to pick only 2 dishes for the Best series.  I've been pondering since yesterday on which dishes I should pick for this session and the two that I have picked are ones that not only were well enjoyed by me but by those who were served all the awesome dishes submitted by such talented and dedicated people.  Because of all of you my family is eating better than most of those we know and they've become world travelers eating dishes that they would normally not have.  So I must pick and here goes it.

Right at the first bite I sighed WOW!  The flavors were clean, vibrant, juicy.  All the ingredients involved matched each other so well, it was like everything was dancing in my mouth.  I knew it was a winner when I kept on thinking about having more.  I could basically eat it everyday.  This one will be made again and again.  It was Delicious.  The winner is...............  

PanNan's:  http://www.food.com/recipe/thai-cucumber-and-pineapple-salad-503445

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When this one came out of the oven my family and I couln't stop picking at it.  It was scrumptious and so Delicious.  It's comforting, nostalgic back to childhood and just plain-ole-goodness.  My hips will pay but it was well worth it.  The winner is..............

JostLori's:  http://www.recipezazz.com/recipe/new-york-style-crumb-cake-atk-11453

Unfortunately I didn't take a picture of Lori's cake, but I hope she doesn't mind that I posted her picture on this post.  

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The two below deserve honorable mentions as they were delicious too:  


We Love Breakfast and sometimes having Breakfast for Dinner and this one was well enjoyed for the fact that the bread used was brioche and the cheesey top was yum, yum!:
Twissis:  http://www.recipezazz.com/recipe/eggs-rothco-24242

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And the other honorable mention was a grilled chicken dish that came out tender, juicy and very flavorful.  The marinade was simple but different for the fact that it used and egg. Not sure what that does, but whatever......it worked and it was Good!

NorthwestGal's:  http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/main-course/chicken/cornell-university-barbecued-chicken.html?p=3

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I had so much fun being a part of Culinary Quest!  I had never joined before and wished that I had been part of round 1, seeing that one of the places represented was the Azores which is where I was born and where my whole ancestory is from.  I would have loved to have been part of that!
I will most definitely want to join next year!  Because I'm new here, I'm not sure how the countries are chosen, but boy, whoever picks it knows what they are doing.
A huge THANK YOU for all those working so hard to gather and post so much information about each place and its food.  it's alot of work!  Hugs and Kisses for all of you.  I'm sad that it's over and just wish that I had more time in the day to cook so many more dishes that I was planning to make.  Cooking is my favorite thing ever and being here with all of you was a great experince.  I also wish we could all meet one day.  

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Aug 28 16 6:38 PM

love the Quest and look forward to it all year.  The Quests (& previous ZWT) have introduced my family to flavors and cuisines we wouldn't have tried otherwise. Many of these recipes are now regulars on my menus. However, I'm thankful for all I've tried. I've learned new techniques, shortcuts, experimented with new to me ingredients thanks to all of you, but most of all I enjoy your company.  Each and every player contributes to the Quest experience and makes the journey so wonderful.  The Guide team has a special place in my heart. They've become what I imagine the good part of having sisters would be like.  I'm already looking forward to traveling the world one bite at a time with each and every one of you again next summer!image

It's is hard to select just two recipes to include here. My criteria is fairly rigorous. It must be something that was so outstanding we had it multiple times during the Quest and  I learned something. My selections for Best of 2016 are:  

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Garlic Crusted Cod Fish by LifeIsGood

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This delish recipe from the Philippines takes a few pieces of stale bread, some garlic,  a handful of italian parsley and with a few whizzes of a ninja chopper works magic on a piece of fish.  Any white fish. I've used it now on cod, catfish, and tilapia and all were terrific. I need more fish so we can have it again! image

http://www.food.com/recipe/garlic-crusted-cod-fish-369973?soc=socialsharingpinterest by LifeIsGood

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Classic Delmonico Steak with Herbed Butter by Northwest Gal

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This steak is a piece of New York City history and one can see why it's been such a hit over time.  We added a touch of montreal seasoning the second time, but the herbed butter is the star of the show here. It works it's magic melting into that hot, juicy, savory steak and we ended up sighing with pleasure. Shouldn't dinner always be that way?  The leftover butter is excellent spread on crackers. image 

http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/main-course/beef/classic-delmonico-steak-with-herbed-butter.html?p=3 by NorthwestGal 

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My must include honorable mention is a wedge salad to serve with the steak. (also from Delmonicos)  The dressing is terrific! 
http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/salad/green-salad/parmesan-peppercorn-wedge-salad.html?p=26 by Mikekey

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Aug 28 16 8:36 PM

My #1 Favorite -  Peanut-Baked Chicken by Susie D.  (From Round 2/Thailand)
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This was so delicious, and everyone in my family raved about it.  I haven’t heard so many “Mmmm”s and “Awwww”s from my family for quite a while.  Within a few days, nearly everyone was asking for me to make it again (and I have!).  It’s one of those dishes that you wonder how it could be so good considering how simple it is to make. The peanut coating contributed a lot of wonderful flavor, and the chicken held up quite well during baking.  It was so moist and cooked to perfection, too.  When you have company over for dinner, this is the kind of recipe you want to have because it will impress and satisfy your guests.  But there’s no reason to wait for a special occasion to have this dish, it’s good enough (and easy enough) to have any night of the week.  


My #2 Favorite - Tropical Pineapple and Lime Pork Chops by Nancy’s Pantry. (From Round 2/Bahamas) 
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Oh my goodness, all the delicious ingredients in this recipe are so perfectly well paired.  The marinade is so delicious and flavors the pork chops quite nicely, and it kept the chops nicely moist.  It’s simple to make too, so there’s every reason to have this winning recipe as often as possible.  

Honorable Mentions
Greek Baked Eggs by JostLori (from Round 3/Greece) - This is so good, and I've made these so many times. It would be an injustice not to mention this delicious recipe.

Red Beans and Rice by Laura51 (from Round 2/Bahamas - Another one we all liked and everyone has asked (several times) that I make this again and again.

Sesame-Miso Vinagrette (Goma Miso) by Mikekey (from Round 1/Japan - It had such a wonderful silky texture and excellent taste, and I keep a bottle of it in my refrrigerator almost all the time now so I can toss it into a bit of chopped up lettuce with tomatoes and olives.  It's just so good!


My Favorite Memory

Big Apple Adventures challenge -  I chose Ellis Island for this challenge, and it was such an interesting topic for me.  As I delved into one particular topic, I kept uncovering even more interesting information that stoked my curiosity and interest. And at times, I felt so overwhelmed with emotion trying to imagine my ancestors who had immigrated to America from western and eastern Europe in the 1800s. And I learned a lot of new things that I didn’t know before about the immigration experience at the turn of the 20th century.  That challenge will stay with me for a long time!

I also thoroughly enjoyed reading the completions for the Bahamas Pirate challenge and the Indonesian Dance challenge.  All of the players’ completions were so interesting.

  Northwestgal

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Aug 28 16 9:22 PM

Nancys Pantry wrote:
Good Morning Everyone,

This has been a wonderful tour -- great players and, of course, lots of good food.  We had such great meals at my house, and like everyone else, I had a hard time choosing two top recipes.  After much reminicing about all of my delicious meals, here they are:

http://www.food.com/recipe/eggplant-casserole-melitzanes-me-kreas-sti-katsarola-169829 by Twissis

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This was comfort food at its best for me -- eggplant and a rich tomato sauce which I served over rice and gourged myself.


http://www.food.com/recipe/easy-greek-salad-515858 by JackieOhNo!


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It might be easy, but it was awesome and the dressing is to die for -- I think I licked my plate on this one.


There are many honorable mentions:

Raspberry and Ricotta Parfaits by Leggy Peggy
http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/side/potatoes/coriander-sweet-potatoes.html#page1 by Kathy D
http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/side/pasta-side/macaroni-pie-the-islands-macaroni.html by Baby Kato
http://www.food.com/recipe/spicy-coleslaw-84114 by PanNan
http://www.recipezazz.com/recipe/greek-style-squash-24290 by Diner524
http://www.food.com/recipe/grilled-artichoke-mushroom-pizza-431026#  by Lauralie
http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/drink/non-alcoholic-drink/caramel-frappe.html by NWGal


I could go on and on! : )


Thanks to all of our players -- without you, this game wouldn't be possible.  I had a great time and a wonderful team -- loved working with each and every one of you Ladies!  And finally to my Partners In Crime -- I love you Ladies --thanks for another great year!

I look forward to seeing all of you next year!!!!


 

Nancy thank you so much for the great review, photo of the pizza and honorable mention! We loved having you as our guide and Chloe our junior guide. image image image
We all followed each other signing up for reminders so that means we have to be a team next year and we have dibs on you!! image

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Aug 28 16 9:32 PM

Nancys Pantry wrote:
Thanks Lori. image   I sooo enjoyed working with our team of Ladies!  I'm so glad that all of you will be joining us for Quest again next year.     image

It's going to be hard saying goodbye to all of you. I will miss all my sisters! image

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Aug 28 16 9:35 PM

Vickie wrote:
My #1 Favorite -  Peanut-Baked Chicken by Susie D.  (From Round 2/Thailand)
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This was so delicious, and everyone in my family raved about it.  I haven’t heard so many “Mmmm”s and “Awwww”s from my family for quite a while.  Within a few days, nearly everyone was asking for me to make it again (and I have!).  It’s one of those dishes that you wonder how it could be so good considering how simple it is to make. The peanut coating contributed a lot of wonderful flavor, and the chicken held up quite well during baking.  It was so moist and cooked to perfection, too.  When you have company over for dinner, this is the kind of recipe you want to have because it will impress and satisfy your guests.  But there’s no reason to wait for a special occasion to have this dish, it’s good enough (and easy enough) to have any night of the week.  


My #2 Favorite - Tropical Pineapple and Lime Pork Chops by Nancy’s Pantry. (From Round 2/Bahamas) 
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Oh my goodness, all the delicious ingredients in this recipe are so perfectly well paired.  The marinade is so delicious and flavors the pork chops quite nicely, and it kept the chops nicely moist.  It’s simple to make too, so there’s every reason to have this winning recipe as often as possible.  

Honorable Mentions
Greek Baked Eggs by JostLori (from Round 3/Greece) - This is so good, and I've made these so many times. It would be an injustice not to mention this delicious recipe.

Red Beans and Rice by Laura51 (from Round 2/Bahamas - Another one we all liked and everyone has asked (several times) that I make this again and again.

Sesame-Miso Vinagrette (Goma Miso) by Mikekey (from Round 1/Japan - It had such a wonderful silky texture and excellent taste, and I keep a bottle of it in my refrrigerator almost all the time now so I can toss it into a bit of chopped up lettuce with tomatoes and olives.  It's just so good!


My Favorite Memory

Big Apple Adventures challenge -  I chose Ellis Island for this challenge, and it was such an interesting topic for me.  As I delved into one particular topic, I kept uncovering even more interesting information that stoked my curiosity and interest. And at times, I felt so overwhelmed with emotion trying to imagine my ancestors who had immigrated to America from western and eastern Europe in the 1800s. And I learned a lot of new things that I didn’t know before about the immigration experience at the turn of the 20th century.  That challenge will stay with me for a long time!

I also thoroughly enjoyed reading the completions for the Bahamas Pirate challenge and the Indonesian Dance challenge.  All of the players’ completions were so interesting.

Vickie thanks so much for the honorable mention! It's nice to hear your family enjoyed the rice and beans and ask for it again. image

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Aug 29 16 1:05 AM

Vickie wrote:
Players, please remember to include which region you enjoyed your favorite recipes. Having it included saves me a lot of searching time.  Thank you!

Vickie - I edited my Best Of on page 2 of this thread to include the regions.  And, the reasons for why I chose my top two!  Oops!


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Aug 29 16 1:57 AM

JostLori wrote:

Vickie wrote:
Players, please remember to include which region you enjoyed your favorite recipes. Having it included saves me a lot of searching time.  Thank you!

Vickie - I edited my Best Of on page 2 of this thread to include the regions.  And, the reasons for why I chose my top two!  Oops!


Thanks Lori. : )    Sorry, missed that this post was for Vickie -- so on her behalf - thanks. LOL

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Aug 29 16 8:58 AM

A huge thank you to the wonderful hosts! It was a wonderful time, as always. Despite the fact that I did less cooking this year, this was just as challenging a decision as ever!

Our hands down #1, coming from the Azores Islands, was Chourico a Cavalo - Chorizo on Horseback (a Sandwich for Every Meal)  by twissis. In fact, I made it again today. It was easy to prepare, and the combo of flavors from the sweetness of the onions to the spicy chourico was wonderful! (And no, no ill will about the melon, now fruit, salad image Glad you liked it!)

#2 will have to be Chourico and Quinoa Salad by Mikekey from the Azores Islands - DH loves anything with chourico/chorizo, so he was a big fan of this one. But really the richness and kick from the chourico combined with the fresh flavors of the avocado, tomato, and the like, was really nice.

The almost #2s, now honorable mentions, were... From Greece, Corn on the Cob with Mint-Feta Butter by lazyme, because the mint feta combo was fantastic with the sweet corn, and Loaded Greek Chicken Pizza by Nancy's Pantry, because it was such a fun twist on pizza, loaded with all sorts of goodies. From Thailand/Indonesia, Thai-Style Chicken Noodle Soup by LifeIsGood, because the herbs really made for a wonderfully fragrant and flavorful broth that elevated the soup.

Thanks to my fellow Pi Rho Maniacs for a fun time too!

 




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Aug 30 16 12:32 AM

Just want to add a "thanks" to Everyone who made my recipes during our adventures.  I loved your comments, your photos and helpful suggestions. I still have a long list of your recipes to make and I'll keep at them until they're all done!  I made Lauralie's red beans and rice yesterday and today is Diner's authentic Anchor Bar wings.  It just keeps getting better and better!

I had a blast and can't wait until next year!

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Aug 30 16 9:33 AM

We ate a lot of great food by these two were our favorite.  Northwest Gal (Vicki!!!) stole our hearts with both of these dishes !

Thank everyone for a great tour!!! 

From Japan - Zucchini Tempura by Northwest Gal 

http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/side/vegetable/zucchini-tempura.html?p=4

I'm not one who likes to deep fry and I made this with great trepidation. I made it twice during the quest and I'm making it again tonight!




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I love muffins, I love apples, and I've made many variation of the combination, but these muffins were extraordinary, full of lots of spice with a wonderful streusel and great texture!!! 
New York State Apple Muffins by Northwest Gal 
http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/bread/muffins/new-york-state-apple-muffins.html

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Aug 30 16 10:17 AM

Best of Quest 

Another quest has come and gone and I am not done cooking yet!  So far the best for me was a simple little salad from Mikekey that reminded me to eat my fruit.  I am not a big fruit eater, but if it's cut up in a salad I love it:

Mikekey's Wenatchee Salad (Like a Waldorf)

Narrowing down the choices for second was even harder, but I chose another simple recipe, but this time from my bestie, Linky.  It's for hummus.  I just love hummus and I had no idea it was so easy to get it right.  It just whirrrs up in like two minutes.

Linky's Hummus with Variations

I have to tell you guys that a few weeks ago my husband and I went grocery shopping and the lady behind us asked if we were having a party.  We just looked at each other because it was our regular shopping.  I think it was the hummus that threw her off.  Or else, we just party all the time at our house.

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