30 October 2011

muenster mash & the happy 100 giveaway!

Hey there kiddies!  Are y'all ready for my big huge ginormous news?  Well, chill out because I may have misled you a bit.  It's really only big news if you can't count or if you didn't expect me to follow through with this whole blogging bit.  Nevertheless, without any further ado, here it is - this is my 100th blog post!!!  Ok, so I know this may not be as exciting to you as it is to me and sensing that, I've decided to share the awesomeness of my accomplishment by hosting a giveaway!  See, now you're excited.  But this isn't just any old giveaway, no siree.  It's a Halloween costume contest!  So here's what you need to do to enter -

First, join my blog!  On the right hand side of the blog is a little button that says "Join This Site."  Click it and become a fan club member - you don't need to be a fellow blogger, you just need an email address and it's 2011, so you better have one of those.  I want to see your lovely, smiling faces every time I head to delirious kitchen!  Next, submit a picture of you in your super amazing Halloween costume along with a brief description (in case I can't figure it out myself) to me [] with the subject line "dk halloween giveaway".  Make sure it's this year's costume and not one from when you were little... no sucking up to my love of cutiepies playing dress up!  Also, make sure it's not too scandalous since the top three will be featured on an upcoming post.  Plus, my mom reads this and she doesn't need to see you all hussied up as a sexy watermelon or something like that.  The winner will receive a copy of my Super Spooky Halloween Megamix perfect for next year's Halloween bash and a batch of cookies with a handwritten recipe!  That's right, no matter where you live, I will ship you some seasonal cookies straight from the delirious kitchen (unless you live kinda near me; then I'll just drop them off to you because I'm poor and shipping cookies is probably pricy.)  Second and Third place will also receive prizes, they just won't be as awesome as the grand prize!  All submissions must be received by November 5th and the winners will be announced on Sunday, November 6th.

How will the winners be chosen, you ask.  I will be the sole judge of your costume awesomeness.  And trust me, I know a thing or two about putting together an amazeballs trick or treat ensemble.  Want proof?  Check out this killer figure skating costume I whipped up in 20 minutes last year -

will you be the next gold metal champion?

I hope that you're all as excited about this as I am.  What better announcement than a super awesome giveaway in honor of my 100th blog entry?!  (Y'all better not have thought I was announcing anything else today... if so, bite your tongue!)  Alright, enough of that.  Let's head back to the kitchen -

Last night, me and my gal pals battled the elements and headed to an epic Halloween shindig!  Because of how amazeballs this party was, I didn't get out of bed until 2:30 this afternoon.  Knowing full well that after hobbling around running errands, finishing up my costume, and making treats for tomorrow, I would not be in the mood to whip up anything fancy for supper.  So I decided to make what any reasonable lazy gal would make in this situation - a casserole!  I started with a trip to the Polish deli to pick up some smoked kielbasa.  I live in Greenpoint, a primarily Polish neighborhood so I'm privy to a lot of really great and inexpensive Polish cuisine.  Unfortunately, I don't speak a lick of Polish and the gals behind the counter at my favorite spot don't speak much English.  I think I got smoked kielbasa, but I really can't promise you that that's what I used... all I know is that it's smoked and was made of pork.  For my veggies I wanted to use kale but couldn't find any at the produce shop.  Instead I picked up some collared greens and what I believe are turnip greens though, to tell you the truth, I have no idea what they really are.  It's ok because I still plan on cooking them up somehow this week.  Yay for experimental mystery meals!  Tossed with potatoes and covered with cheese, this was a quick and hearty meal that's perfect for a chilly, lazy evening.  Plus, with all those mystery ingredients it was appropriately Halloweenie!

muenster mash
1 1/2 - 2 bunches collard greens, rinsed & chopped
1/2 medium onion, chopped
4 medium potatoes, diced
3 c smoked kielbasa, sliced
2 1/2 c grated muenster cheese
dash of mustard powder
2 tsp grainy mustard
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp minced garlic
salt & pepper to taste
4 c chicken broth
1. Bring chicken broth plus 2 c water to a boil in a medium saucepan.  Cook potatoes in boiling water until tender, but not completely cooked.  Drain and set aside, reserving 1/2 c liquid.
2. Warm sliced kielbasa in a large skillet on a medium flame.  Add garlic, onion, mustard and greens continuing to cook until greens are tender.  Toss kielbasa and greens mix with the potatoes, liquid and spices in a large oven-safe dish.
3. Top with grated muenster cheese and bake at 350 until the cheese is melted, gooey and slightly browned.  Top with extra grated cheese and dig in.

I can't wait to see all of your costume contest entries!  If you're in Brooklyn tomorrow night, join me and my besties for an evening of mischievous hijinks and tasty treats at K&M in Williamsburg.  Happy Halloween dear readers... and Happy 100th Posting to me!

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