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Has anyone been compelled to try recipes from Top Chef?

As much as I love the show, I haven't seen anything that's sent me rushing to the website to print out recipes.

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  1. I have been intrigued by some of the recipes (more so on the first season) but upon reading them discovered ingredients I can't get around here, and didn't know what would be an acceptable substitute. Even Elia's nifty little beach breakfast thing called for some special fancy ham (although I am sure that in that case I could cheerfully make a substitution of whatever good ham I can get here).

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    1. re: revsharkie

      Yeah, that was the one I was intrigued to try simply because I couldn't really fathom it tasting good, but everyone else seemed to love it.

      A lot of the recipes are so needlessly complicated for every day kind of meals, but it would be fun to have a Top Chef watching party for the finale and make several foods that have appeared throughout the season.

    2. I MUST have the recipe for Michael's "Melted Candy Bar on a Stick."

      1. how 'bout elia's thanksgiving episode mushroom soup? the one that got her out of her funk?

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        1. re: tuttifrutti

          I'm thinking that her soup consisted of cream, cream, cream, mushrooms and cream. All that yummy richness that I love in restaurant food, which can make it so much tastier than homecooked.

          1. re: Clarissa

            It was roughly two parts cream to one part each mushrooms and chicken broth.

            http://www.bravotv.com/Top_Chef_2/rec...

        2. I want the recipe with the strawberry/mascaprone? cheese/proscuitto that was served during the holiday party episode but didn't see it online?

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          1. re: notmartha

            It was crumbled fried pancetta sprinkled over mascarpone that was piped into strawberry halves.

            1. re: frenetica

              Normally the mascarpone I got from a tub is very dense - hers doesn't look that dense. So not sure if she thinned it with something else...