The other day I got an e-mail from a gastronomic scholar, requesting information about the Moxie Recipe Contest. Who knew a person could get a Master’s degree in gastronomy from a program co-founded by Jacques Pepin and Julia Child? Maybe I should get a Tee Vee. This scholar and foodie asked me what I thought about the current Boston trend of cooking and bartending with Moxie.
I said I was excited and happy about the trend because first and foremost, I am a Moxie girl with a big heart for home. If a can of Moxie in Puritan & Company’s next batch of lamb belly and oysters is going to increase the social and economic capital of Lisbon, I’m all for it. As my friend Jay likes to say, “Bring it.”
It may also increase the interest in my Moxie Recipe Contest and since this is my 2013 promotion, I must “always be marketing” (ABM). Here is the status of the Moxie Recipe Contest as of this moment:
- The name of the contest will be “Make Mine with Moxie, Please” with a tip of the baseball cap to a piece of iconic Ted Williams Moxie memorabilia.
- The contest will take place on Friday afternoon, July 12, at Chummy’s MidTown Diner, located at 580 Lisbon Road. Chummy’s is owned and operated by brothers Tim and Ben Berry; they’ve got moxie and they serve breakfast all day long. What’s not to like about that? Their diner also has a horseshoe-shaped bar for sipping coffee and an upper-level dining room which features the paintings of local artist Frank Gross.
- There will be 3 recipe categories:
- Moxie Savory (main dishes, meat dishes and casseroles)
- Moxie Sweet (desserts, pies, pastries)
- Moxie Kitchen Sink (everything else, including dressings, sauces, and garnishes)
- The first 25 entrants will receive a “swag bag” including gifts from Wicked Whoopies, Better Than Average, LLC (jams, jellies, and sauces), and Raye’s Mustard. More interesting and tasteful gifts will be added between now and the contest date.
- A panel of celebrity judges has been selected and a few of them will be well-known to people who watch Tee Vee. How’s that for a tease?
- There will be prizes for the first place winners of each category, plus a grand prize for one overall winner.
There are additional details developing and I’ll write about them in future blog posts; they’ll also be featured on The Moxie Festival’s Recipe Contest page.
I tried cooking with Moxie the other day; I made a batch of the easiest lentil soup ever and I added a 16 ounce can of the magic elixir with the other liquid ingredients. It added an interesting tang to the soup and it reminded me of some baked beans I bought at Barnie’s on Main Street in Lisbon Falls. Barnie’s is a variety store located at what locals recognize as the “Kitty Corner Store.” Every Saturday, Barnie makes a batch of baked beans based on his Memere’s secret recipe. They are bold and nostalgically tasty; I think they would be delicious with a bit of Moxie added to the other secret ingredients. I’d like Barnie to create a Moxie version of those beans and enter them in the Recipe Contest.
I’m not going home this weekend, so I won’t be able to pick up baked beans and talk to him personally. Can someone get a memo to Barnie (AM2B) and let him know what I’m thinking?
Barnie, bake some beans with Moxie this weekend; your Memere would want you to!