Thanks to everyone who participated in our latest Cook the Books selection, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Such wonderful dishes both sweet and savory, and excellent posts with your reviews, thoughts and feelings about reading (or rereading in many cases) this classic children’s book. If you didn’t get a chance to view the roundup and look at all the posts, here’s the link.
A very big THANK YOU! to our two fabulous judges, Natasha of 5-Star Foodie and her daughter Hannah, 5-Star Foodie Junior. It wasn’t an easy decision for them, but not only did they pick a winner, Hannah had comments for each person on their entry. Thanks so much ladies!
Here is what they said:
Natasha said: “Hannah and I just went over all the entries and I am including her comments below as well as the winner selection. This was so much fun!”
- Tina: “Yes, the Buckets were poor so that had to use just the very few ingredients that were in their pantry. They would definitely appreciate the beef roast, certainly better than the yucky cabbage soup“
- Camilla: “This is a whole tasting menu! The combination of nutella, pears, and Gorgonzola sounds really excellent. I love balsamic vinegar so if you add the chocolate it must be fantastic in that glaze.“
- Rachel: “The clickable nori wallpaper snacks look like a lot of fun!“
- Alicia: “The chocolate roses are very pretty!”
- Debra: “Yum! Cherry and chocolate combination is my favorite.“
- Claudia: “The flavored marshmallows are colorful and sound delicious with the chocolate.“
- Heather: “I wonder if I drink these whether I would fly up like the Oompa Loompa in the book!“
- Deb: “Oh this was the funniest part of the book with the giant blueberry! The truffles are very cool!“
- Jo: “I do love cake pops!“
Our Judges Verdict:
Hannah said: “All the entries were very creative and everyone did a great job!. I picked Camilla’s dishes as a winner because those dishes could have been on a 5 star restaurant menu!“.
Congratulations Camilla! …First time joining in CTB and walking away a winner! You can see all of the wonderful dishes Camilla made for her Wonka-inspired dinner here, at her blog Culinary Adventures with Camilla.
It’s now time to pass the Cook the Books hosting torch along to Jo of Food Junkie Not Junk Food and our April/May selection, The United States of Arugula by David Kamp. And, I’ll be back briefly in a few days to announce our next three CTB picks–so stay tuned. Happy reading and cooking!