Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Answers, The Winners and Gorditas

Drum Roll.

First, thanks everyone for playing. I had fun and I hope you did too! Look for more contests in the future.

Now, without further ado, the answers:

1. Here are the ingredients... now tell me what's cooking:

1 egg
1 tablespoon water
1 eggplant, cut into 3/4 inch slices
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated
2 tablespoons olive oil

ANSWER: Eggplant Parmesan

2. What recipe is the first post of The Good Cook? Hint: It was in April, 2009.

ANSWER: Rainy Day Roast Chicken

3. In what country is the original home of this tasty treat - Beef Stroganoff?

ANSWER: Russia

4. In what city will you find this renowned restaurant - Mesa Grill? (hint, pick one of 3 cities)

ANSWER: Las Vegas, New York, OR Bahamas

AND FINALLY, THE WINNERS: (another drum roll please)

#1 - Tamis from A Day In The Life - a Good Cook Apron

#2 - Correen from My Grandma's Recipes - a bottle of Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce

#3 - Kathy B from The World According to Me - a bottle of Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce

Congratulations to Tamis, Correen and Kathy B.

To claim your prize send me your shipping address and I'll get your stuff right out to you! Thanks for playing and yeah you!

Send your address to:

The sauce is coming direct from Country Bob's. The apron direct from me.


My family loves Gorditas. I love this recipe because it feeds a hungry crowd - littles, middles kidadults and adults alike!

Makes about 12 Gorditas:

3 1/2 cups Masa Harina (Golden Corn Flour - I like Bob's Red Mill)
2 1/4 cups warm water
1/4 cup shortening
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
Oil for frying

2 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3 tablespoons chili powder (I use a combination ancho and regular chili powders)
2 tablespoons oil
8 ounces chunky salsa plus extra for passing
1 head lettuce shredded
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 tomatoes, seeded and diced.
1 cup low fat sour cream (I use greek yogurt)

For the Gorditas:

Heat about 1/2 to 3/4 inch oil in skillet.
Mix all the ingredients and keep moist by covering with a damp paper towel. Using a small tennis ball size amount, flatten between the palms of your hands into a 4 inch disc about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.
Drop into hot oil and fry until golden on one side (about 3 minutes) turn and fry other side. Keep making gorditas and frying until all dough is used. Drain on paper towels and place in warm oven to keep hot. Sprinkle with a little kosher salt.

Here I was experimenting with making a stuffed gordita (on the right) versus a flat, unstuffed gordita. (Unstuffed worked better)

For the topping:

Combine cumin and chili powder in large bowl. Cut chicken into 1 inch pieces. Toss in cumin/chili mixture.
Heat oil in large skillet. Add chicken and cook until browned on all sides. Add salsa, bring to a simmer and cover. Simmer about 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Stir once or twice while simmering. Add water if salsa becomes too thick.


Place a gorditas on a large platter. Top with chicken, cheese, lettuce, tomato and a dollop of sour cream. Pass extra salsa on the side.

A Cook's Note: I served these with black beans and yellow rice on the side - but they really don't need any sides at all - they are that satisfying. If you have left over gorditas (without toppings), for breakfast the next day reheat gorditas, top with a slice of canadian bacon and top with a pouched egg. Yum.


  1. Congrats to the winners, and the food looked and sounded great!

  2. Yay! I'm a wiener :)

    Those gorditas look fabulous. I'll have to try that recipe for sure.

  3. Congrats to the winners! Sorry that I missed out on the giveaway, while I was on vacation. The Gorditas look wonderful!

  4. Gonna give the Gorditas a try for sure! I love them!

  5. Why do I always read this at lunch time when I am starved but there is not a single gordita in sight! (Except for the one on my computer screen!).

    I will have to try this one! I can easily make it vegetarian I think. :o)

    Congrats to the winners!

  6. These gorditas look so good right now. I am always looking for new things to cook, and this might be just the thing for the weather that is starting to cool.

    Congrats to the winners -

  7. I miss reading all your awesome recipes! Passed on an Over the Top award to you..stop by to grab it. Oh, the hospice job starts on the 21st!!! Whoo hoo!! I'm gonna be a big girl with a salary and benefits!!

  8. Buffalo, thanks for the food compliments!

    Kathy B: Yup - you're a winner!

    Margaurite, I missed your Tony Catcher Giveaway too. Next time for both of us?

    Kathy, let me know how you like them.

    Jen, you could sooo make these vegetarian,but the chicken (free range) is mighty good too!

    Nancy, As much as I adore summer I do love fall and winter cooking. These Gorditas really fit the bill.

    Mama Grits: An award? Awe.. thanks. I'll stop on over. Hospice Volunteer Director?? That is awesome. Congratulations. Now you make your husband take you out to dinner. Wait, you're a big girl with salary and benefits - you take yourself!!

  9. Yeah for me!

    I am making Julia's pork with cream sauce tonight, it is a repeat winner, thanks.!

  10. Tamis, I sent you an email regarding apron... glad you like Porc avec Sauce Nenette. It is a winner.. oh, that Julia...

    Garlic Boss: hello and welcome! Do try the gorditas and let me know how they went... I love feedback and appreciate any comments as to the recreation of my recipes... this one is one of my originals...

    ps. my photography leave much to be desired so let me tell you, if it looks good on the pic, multiply that by 5X.

  11. Wow - those Gorditas look so delicious! YUM!


  12. Oh.. I cant wait to see Tamis in your apron.. she will so love it, I know for a fact!

  13. Jen Jen - thanks. They were good and will definitely become a family staple.

    Jan's Place - you are going to have to post a pic of her in it!

  14. Wowsa! I got my 'winner of the contest' sauce. Pleased to let you know it was not just one bottle, it was two full-sized bottles of Country Bob's best! Loved the flavor, plan to pour it all over my next batch of bbq chicken...on the morning scrambled eggs...on top of my next meatloaf...I got plans for this sauce :)


Wow. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. I love feedback... what with being a cook and all. I will respond to your comments via email (if you do not have a "noreply" address or here, below your comment) As always, Bon Appetite!

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