Monday, December 3, 2012

He Has Fans

I got this email today.

Dear Innovative Chef,
First, can I just start off by saying how excited I am to write you a letter?! I have watched every single one of your shows, and I am so inspired by how you always figure out a way to get the food made regardless of what ingredient or cookery item is missing. Amazing!!

I would be honored if you could take the time to help me with my dilemma. And I'm practically hyperventilating with the thought that perhaps my problem recipe might be featured on your show one day!

Okay, so I would like to make Tomato, Beef, and Barley Soup. The recipe calls for quick-cooking barley and tomato soup.

I have old fashioned barley and home canned tomato juice.

In the recipe, I combine the cooked beef, soup, water, celery, and barley. I heat it to boiling, let it simmer for 15 minutes until the barley is tender, add frozen vegetables, and then cook for additional 6 to 7 minutes, and then the soup is ready to eat.

I assume it will take a lot longer with old fashioned barley, and I am not completely sure what I need to do to get the consistency of soup from my tomato juice. And can this be turned into a crock pot soup, or is that a bad idea?

Thank you, Innovative Chef! You're my only hope!!

Your number two fan.

How awesome is that?  I hope the innovative chef (and here) has time to respond to his number two fan's query, but if not I'll do my best to help out.  I really like that they recognized that I am clearly the number one fan.  Clearly.

Also, perhaps this post is bringing to your mind the promise I made of pictures of his turkey baking masterpiece.  Well, I think we all know by now that the camera and I are not always the best of friends. But really, his creation this year looked a lot like his creation from this year, so just pretend.  He used different materials, but it pretty much came out the same. 

I DID however, get a picture of my pie.  Shoofly pie, that is.  It was delicious.  I was really disappointed in the one I made a few days later for some friends, but they were sweet and ate it anyway.

1 comment:

  1. Hey! I'm a big fan, too! :)

    And that pie looks yummy. And it totally stinks when the one you make for your friends doesn't taste as good as ones you've made before. Sigh. I hate that.