Hello internet friends!
If you’re new here, let me fill you in on a not-so-secret secret, The last day of the month on Midwestern Bite pretty much always means Foodie Pen Pals and the Chopped Challenge. It’s my blogging claim to fame. I love it. My readers love it (at least Aly seems to like it anyway.) The Husband who gets to eat what I concoct loves it. He was especially fond of the brownie challenge. The ice cream challenge ranked pretty high on his list too (even despite the giant plastic rat I posed it with.) Oh, and Big Balls . . . cause it was funny and he got to pose for some hilarious pictures. Wait. No. The really funny pictures of him, blindfolded, were in the caramel apple butter challenge.
I’ve clearly been doing this awhile. In fact, you could even say I’m an expert. The fact I’m the only one who does the Chopped Challenge at all is irrelevant to my expert status.
Here’s the Haps. The Lean Green Bean organizes a cool program called Foodie Pen Pals. You sign up and get matched with two other pen pals, one who you sends you a fifteen dollar foodie box… and one that will receive a foodie box you send. That way you meet two new foodie friends per month. My twist since I started the program over a year ago has been to take the entire box of random goodies I receive and create a recipe from it.
Yes, the entire box.
Yes, last month I totally combined dried mushrooms, chocolate, mint and coconut. And it was totally tasty.
This month’s Chopped Challenge is actually from a box I received late a few months back. I sorta forgot to sign up for the program in May. Whooops. I won’t make that mistake in June. Luckily I had the late box from February to fall back on so I didn’t disappoint you all today.
Here’s what I received: