I had so much fun with that contest and had a great time interacting with the people from Lactaid, so when they contacted me a few weeks ago to be involved with their Gourmoo Cookoff on Moovision (which promotes recipes using Lactaid Milk and other low-lactose ingredients) , I immediately said yes.
Me? Be involved with spreading the news about a cooking contest? There was no way I was saying no : )
The Gourmoo Cookoff consists of five episode challenges: Appetizer, Side Dish, Entrée, Dessert and the Wild Card finale.
For this week, I’m hosting my own “Gourmoo Cookoff Dinner Party Challenge” to correspond with the Entree Challenge.
My mission? To watch the video below, share my thoughts about the dishes made, and tell you what recipe/dish that I would have entered into the challenge if I was competing. Fun, right?
I was actually pretty impressed with the dishes the contestants came up with! Laurie, Morena and Robert used seafood, which I would have never thought to do in a contest using lactose-free milk. I was really happy to see such colorful presentations. I know I’m bad about having meals at home sometimes that are all one color and just aren’t horribly attractive, but each dish had colors that popped and interesting ingredients to show off the versatility of Lactaid Milk.
After watching the video and hearing about each dish, I have to say that I was most intrigued by the Harvest Pot Pie (baked in a pie pumpkin – such a great idea!) and the Kim Chi, Scallop, and Bacon Pasta. I obviously didn’t get to taste the dishes, but those two seemed like the most creative to me and they used the milk in smart ways with their dish ideas.
I thought Laurie’s fish looked beautiful – I loved the crust (and the fact that she also had side dishes, which no other contestant offered), but I could see where the judges might miss where she used the milk since her main dish wasn’t super creamy or milk-based. But the creamed onions sounded interesting and are something I’ve never tried.
I love risotto, and I bet Robert’s dish was delicious with the creamy rice and crab meat, but I didn’t love his presentation. I think there were just a few too many pieces of vegetables on top – I like that he used some to add some color, but it would have been better scaled down just a touch.
Overall, I think the contestants did amazing! They each used the Lactaid Milk in different ways in their recipes and really showed some new ideas and techniques of using milk for those that are lactose intolerant.
I’m just impressed by all of them. I can’t imagine being in a cook-off like this, having it filmed and still getting your food ready.
Now if I was competing in this challenge, I have a tie of recipe ideas: either a super creamy and loaded baked potato soup OR a creamy pesto and alfredo pasta with peas and bacon.
I love everything about potato soups: fun toppings to add flavor and color, creamy texture, and the comforting feeling you get when slurping up a big bowl on a cold night.
But I also love a good pasta, especially with a thick alfredo sauce filled with milk and parmesan cheese and a little brightness from some fresh pesto and peas. Both would be easy to make and easy to serve – two of my requirements when cooking ; )
So, what does any of this have to do with you guys??
You have the chance to enter a GIVEAWAY!
Courtesy of Moovision, I am giving away a $50 gift card and an assortment of Lactaid Milk coupons to one lucky BranAppetit reader.
Leave a comment on this blog post about what entree featuring lactose-free milk YOU would make for this challenge.
For additional entries:
Tweet “I entered @BranAppetit’s giveaway for @Moovision’s #GourmooCookoff Challenge!”
The contest closes on March 8th. Good luck!!
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