*** SPOILER ALERT ***  In this post I say who gets kicked off the show.

This week’s episode of the Next Iron Chef was decent episode.  The task was to make a three course meal for 20 people using roughly $2,500 in ingredients (they got 2,000 Euros.)  They were then paired up with a sous chef whom they had never met before to help them with their cooking.

As has often been the case with the show, the complications in the task fall flat.  Whether this was just a case of poor editing or having a strange sous chef really made no difference, I cannot say.  They did spend the majority of time on the chefs shopping which was, I will admit, rather interesting.

One thing that would have been more interesting to me would have been to give them a Dinner: Impossible-style challenge where they would have had to prepare food for a large number people using a team of sous chefs they had never met.

That’s good television.

In the end, the rough around the edges, never able to string together three good dishes (the judges’ words, not mine) Chef Chris Costentino was informed that he was not going to be heading on to the finale.  This judgement came as no surprise as he did not fit the Food Network image and appeared unable to cook with cameras in his face (something that never happens in Iron Chef America…)

The last episode is going to be interesting.  When the show started, I assumed Chef Michael Simon would be gone by the episode 3 and Chef John Besh an easy champion.  I underestimated Simon, there’s fight him.  Probably because he is born to cook.

Anyway, the dishes on this episode were to be remakes of American classics.  They were an interesting mix with Chef Costentino presenting a lobster roll, philly cheese steak, and grappa infused fruit.  Chef Simon did a lobster hot dog, veal meat loaf with truffled potateoes, and a root beer float.  Chef Besh did fried seafood, chicken and dumplings and strawberry shortcake.

If you have $2,500 and need to feed 20 people to win your shot at culinary fame, what American classics would you redo?

For my money, I am going with kobe beef/bleu cheese sliders and home made potato chips, chicken fried steak breaded in panko with a marsala wine/herb cream reduction, and individualized apple pies with vanilla bean ice cream.

So I’ve been sidelined with the flu the past two days, hence my quiet over the past few days.  Thinking about food is torture right now, though I can now throw together an entire cocktail party based on the BRAT diet.

I’ll try to catch up later this week.

Hi everyone,

I have added an “Editorial Calendar” to the site which shows what you can expect each day from the site.  If there is anything that you do not see or if you have any feedback, please email me.

I am also announcing Theme Weeks.  Every other week, I will be presenting four different recipes centered around one theme or ingredient.  If you have a theme, please shoot it my way.  I’d love to hear it.

Lastly, I want to start a recipe exchange amongst my readers and other food bloggers.  If you would like to guest post on Blog Well Done, if you have a recipe you would like me to try and then review online, or if you need a guest poster, please contact me.  I would love to have other passionate foodies post their recipes, secrets, and food tips.  In particulary, both vegetarian and vegan cuisine are underrepresented on the blog, so if anyone knows a good veg*n recipe, I’d love to hear about it.

Also, I am a food writer who never gets tired about writing about the latest dish, so I would develop a new recipe for your blog using guidelines you give me!

September 27, 2007 is Blog Against Abuse day where thousands of Bloggers sit down and write a post against abuse.  I do not plan to use this blog as a political forum because it is about food, a wonderful artform that transcends nationality, race, creed, and religion.  Still, I feel like every endeavor needs a certain amount of social responsibility.

So I decided to do a post.  All day, I pondered what type of abuse really concerned me.  Ever since my son was born, the topic of child abuse has hit closer to home, but I was stuck trying to figure out a way to tie child abuse into the mission of my blog.  Then I saw this article.  I looked into that little girl’s eyes and I knew she was pain.  Right now, if she is lucky, she is being tortured for someone’s sick pleasure.  If she is not, the man in the film may end her young life.

If you are religious, pray.  If you are not, hope. Either way, if you have kids or a young cousin or niece/nephew, give them a hug.  Call them if they live in a different state or country.  And tonight, tomorrow, next week, as you sit down to a good meal with your family and friends, take a moment to be thankful.  There are a lot of people in the world who cannot enjoy even that simple pleasure with their children anymore.

I know it’s off topic, but even after so many years, I still have to take a moment to remember those who worked to rescue others during 9/11, those who lost their lives during the attack, and our troops overseas.  No matter what your politics or food preference, we all want our soldiers to be safe.

If you are the type to pray, say a little prayer that our troops are okay and that one day we’ll have peace.