Today we're taking a break from all the Christmas celebrations to discuss an odd group of friends, a strange pole and a 'show about nothing.' And by now, all you Seinfeld fans are smiling. It's been 15 years since the TV series left the air but it's still very much around in syndication, popular culture and a little made-up holiday called Festivus. Celebrated with a bare pole and an airing of grievances, it's a time to come together and say "I got a lot of problems with you people!" It's all in good fun, of course, and in its 9 seasons, quite a lot of delicious food came up on the show. So some of my blogger friends and I decided to cook the foods best associated with the Seinfeld years and give away some great holiday gifts.
To celebrate Festivus, my blogging pals and I are hosting a giveaway with some awesome food-related items sure to make any Seinfeld lover smile. With everything from the entire Seinfeld series boxed DVD set to live lobsters shipped to your house, baking sets from OXO, Wilson and King Arthur Flour and a 10 piece non-stick cookwear set from Kenmore, I'LL HAVE A LOTTA PROBLEMS WITH YOU PEOPLE (if you don't enter :) Check out the rafflecopter below for more info on how you can enter to win!
I can't think of Seinfeld without thinking of the Soup Nazi. If you're not familiar, I'll give you a little background. Jerry and George hear about "this soup stand" from Kramer. Apparently the soup is so good, it makes your knees buckle. There's only one problem: the man who makes the soup subscribes to incredibly strict rules: Keep the line moving, hold out your money, speak your money in a loud clear voice, step to the left and receive your soup. No complaints, no comments, no compliments. Or else...
Now, at first it might not seem like The Soup Nazi jives with Festivus considering his stance on complaints and the Festivus tradition of airing of grievances. However, while the Soup Nazi may not fit in, this extra spicy Mulligatawny Soup does. As Kramer points out, "It's an Indian Soup simmered to perfection by one of the great soup artisans of the modern era." It's also the soup that caused Elaine to be banned from the Soup Stand - "NO SOUP! COME BACK IN ONE YEAR!" So, accordingly, it's perfect for eating your feelings while airing your grievances.
When I chose to make soup, I had never had Mulligatawny. I had no idea what it was. After some intense Googling in the middle of the produce section of Big Y, I realized that no two recipes had the same ingredients. There were only a few constants--chicken broth, some kind of curry spices, an onion. Some recipes had chicken, others were vegetarian. One had a traditional mirepoix. A few had apples, one had tomatoes. Some had coconut milk. Lentils made a few appearances too. I was at a loss for what made Mulligatawny truly traditional and even Wikipedia was no help. So, I did what anyone would do: I bought it all, went home, heated up my Dutch oven, decided to put all the ingredients in and hope for a Festivus miracle. Judging by the deep spice of curry, the heat from the peppers and the creamy lightness of coconut, I'd say this was more than a success; it was a culinary feat of strength!
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Everything Mulligatawny Soup Nazi Soup (For You)!
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 T butter
2 T olive oil
1 medium white onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 T fresh ginger, minced
2 tsp flour
2 tsp cumin
1 1/2 tsp garam masala
2 tsp tumeric
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp curry powder
8 cups chicken stock
2 cups red lentils
2 apples, peeled, cored and chopped (I used granny smith)
1 can unsweetened coconut milk
cooked basmati rice or naan for serving (optional)
In a small bowl, mix together garam masala, cumin, turmeric, cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper, cardamom and curry powder. Set aside.
In a Dutch-oven or 7 qt pot, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add boneless chicken and brown each side. Cover the pot and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the lid and place the chicken on a plate to cool.
Melt the butter in the pan. Add the onion, garlic and ginger. Turn the heat to low and cook the onions until they begin to sweat and then caramelize, approximately 5-7 minutes. Add the spice mixture to the pan, stirring frequently so the spices do not stick to the bottom of the pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
Toss the chicken in the flour. Add back to the pan. Stir a few times and cook for one minute. Cover with chicken stock. Add lentils and apples. Cook for 45 minutes or until the lentils are tender.
Stir in the coconut milk and cook an additional five minutes. Ladle directly into bowls or serve over rice. Air your grievances if no one volunteers to do the dishes.
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One winner per prize. US Residents only (sorry Canadian pals. We still <3 you!)
The Festivus giveaway includes 1 (one)- Seinfeld Complete Season DVD Box Set. 2 (two) 1.5 lb live lobsters from Lobster.com (These will be shipped overnight coordinated with the winner) 1 (one) – 10 piece Kenmore nonstick cookware set. 1 (one) – King Arthur Flour Baking Set. 1 (one) – Wilton Bake Pan Set. 1 (one) – OXO Salad Kit. 1 (one) – OXO Baking Set. 1 (one) – Soup Maker Cookbook and 1 (one) – Pie Making Cookbook Set.
So many dishes to choose from... it's a FESTIVUS MIRACLE! Check them all out below!
- Susan from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen is making Marble Rye from "The Rye"
- Kim from Cravings of a Lunatic is making Calzones from "The Calzone"
- Renee from Magnolia Days is making Eggnog Frozen Yogurt from "The Non-Fat Yogurt"
- Isabelle from Crumb is making Cherry Almond Muffin Tops from "The Muffin Tops"
- Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake is making Challah Pretzels from "The Alternate Side"
- Shanna from Pineapple and Coconut is making Lobster Scrambled Eggs with Wasabi Hollandaise and Crispy Leek and Potato Cakes from "The Hamptons"
- Kelli from Kelli's Retro Kitchen Arts is making a Big Salad from "The Big Salad"
- Kelly from Kelly Bakes is making Mulligatawny Soup from "The Soup Nazi"
- Joan from Chocolate, Chocolate and More is making Cream Puffs from "The Gymnast"
- Marnely from Cooking with Books is making Apple Pie from "The Pie"
- Diane from Created by Diane is making Black and White Cookies from "The Dinner Party"
- Anita from Hungry Couple is making Chocolate Babka from "The Dinner Party"