So, I have a little story to tell. I almost didn’t go.
I live in Birmingham, Alabama and I had a 10 hour drive to Kissimmee, Florida. My husband and I had recently separated and I was stressed out, worried about things at home, etc. Although we were on the brink of divorce, Mark was my biggest fan and pushed me to go. I left home, got to Montgomery and came back because I didn’t feel strong enough; I was scared. I couldn’t stop thinking about all of the crap we were going through and wondering if I was being irresponsible by going. I spent about an hour at home being a pansy ass and decided to get my shit together and go. Time to be a big girl.
I’m so glad I did.
Our challenge was to make an amazing 6 oz. filet and incorporate one of Saucy Mama’s Sauces. My first idea was to make a caprese filet with fresh basil, mozzarella, tomatoes and a balsamic drizzle.
But…I had a problem; there was no balsamic sauce.
I found this out 10 minutes before the clock started.
So, I obviously had to change my game plan.
I hyperventilated a little, thought I might kinda sorta throw up, and was obviously in a state of panic. So my husband (ex) made the executive decision to go get me a glass of wine so I could calm the hell down. Good move, Mark. And, yes, he was there with me the day of the competition despite our divorce. He was my biggest advocate and help, I don’t know if I could have done it without him.
The end result was this. I used Saucy Mama Sesame Ginger sauce, but added a few things to make my own concoction. I also grilled some asparagus and caramelized shallots and green onions. All of this topped with some beautiful microgreens given to us by a local farmer there in Florida. The steaks were provided by Kansas City Steaks, and they are amazing- seriously one of the best steaks I’ve ever had.
My last minute idea ROCKED.
I had absolutely no expectations whatsoever, except to gain experience and to meet some awesome people. I had an amazing time, and although at first I was intimidated to compete with all of these talented bloggers, I quickly became comfortable and realized I was in my zone.
All of the bloggers did outstanding and I felt honored to be there.
Here’s my recipe – please keep in mind that I don’t have a copy of the written recipe that I turned in, but this is very close, if not exactly the same. Tweak as you wish.