Iron Chef Challenge for January

Hey guys, it’s Friday the 13th! You know what that means: it’s time to watch your favorite Jason movie and maybe make some tater pigs.

Due to pain I didn’t get this up as early as I normally like to (before everyone gets off work), so this challenge isn’t due until Sunday night. The rules!

1. Whatever you come up with has to be new, nothing from a cookbook or a blog, not something you posted last week that happens to involve the secret ingredient. It’s fine to use a recipe for a jump-off point, but make it your own!
2. Entries are due at 9 pm CST on Sunday (but it takes me awhile to read all of the entries so if you’re a little late it’s no big).
3. Have fun and be creative!

And the secret ingredient is…


Whether you are still recovering from an overindulgent holiday season or you’ve decided to shun the silly notion that January = diet, squash is a perfect food to play with in January. It’s versatile, there are so many varieties (people down under can use summer squash) available right now, and it’s guaranteed to make any dish warm and cozy. Some squashes can be a beast to cut through, here’s a photo guide on how to cut and peel a butternut squash (safety first).

Allez Végétalien Cuisine!

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18 Responses to Iron Chef Challenge for January

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  2. Steffi says:

    Spaghetti Squash Bread with Tart Cherries Thanks again Katie for putting this together!

  3. clouds says:

    Squash muffins with cranberry bits in them!

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  5. Thank you for the inspiration! I made a Kale-Lentil-Squash Chili!

    And thank you for the link to Stop Chasing Skinny! I love not dieting in January! :)

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  7. Danni says:

    I made two different creamy soups! Curried Butternut Squash and Apple Soup and a PB Carrot Bisque, which just so happens to contain squash!

  8. Zoa says:

    I made kolokythopita (Greek-type squash filo pie):

    Love these challenges, please keep them coming 😉

  9. Cadry says:

    Another fun challenge! I made Smoky Black Bean & Delicata Squash Tacos.

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  11. Richgail says:

    Hello! My first time joining the challenge. Here it is: Vegan Squash Burger Patties! =)

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  14. Lys R says:

    It’s also my first time this month!

    …I hope I’m not too late. I thought CST 2 hours behind me, not 1. Eep!

  15. caren says:

    Okay, sadly I’m terribly behind here, but sharing anyway :)

    I made curry love butternut soup. divine…

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