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Iron Master Chef vs The CHOPPED Sisters 
Sep. 1, 2012 4:06 pm 
Updated: Sep. 9, 2012 9:42 pm

Ladies & Gentlemen ! Boys & Girls ! Diners of all ages ! Step right up for the Culinary Grudge Match of the Ages ! Live from own Kitchen Stadium it is Iron Master Chef (Me) vs The CHOPPED Sisters (them). It’s a CHOPPED/Mystery Box Iron Chef Throwdown. We are being given just 60 minutes to create as many dishes as possible using only the ingredients on the countertop.


And those ingredients are: Broccolini, Butter, Lobster Tails, Avocado, Wild Huckleberry Chocolate, Idaho Potatoes, Mango Salsa, Jalapenos, Lemon, Tomatoes, Salmon, Red Sea Salt, Salt & Pepper, Honey Wine Vinegar, Onion, Ground Turkey, Olive Oil, Seasoned Rice Wine Vinegar, Frozen Sweet Potato Fries & Watermelon.


The ovens are on. The grill is going. The water is boiling. The Clock is starting…..


The 60 minutes FLEW BY.......So what did we wind up with ?


The CHOPPED Sisters made Oven Roasted Salmon with a Mango Watermelon Salsa, Turkey & Onion Meatballs with Mixed Potato Home Fries and Lemon Poached Lobster Tail with Grilled Tomatoes, Sauteed Broccolini & Avocado Mousse.


Iron Master Chef made Oven Roasted Salmon with a Spicy Sweet Warm Watermelon Tomato Dressing, Turkey Mango Avocado Burgers with a Faux Guac, Sauteed Lemon Butter Broccolini with Lobster Bits and Honey Vinegar Sweet Potato Bake.


(Nobody was brave enough to try to work in the Wild Huckleberry Chocolate - look for it again next time)


The judges tasted. The judges conferred. The judges debated. The judges wimped out.


They called it a tie.


No wonder we let Mommy clean up.......


Come back next time when Iron Master Chef schools The CHOPPED Sisters again.


And you can read my daughter's version of "sour grapes" right here -< .

Iron Master Chef vs The CHOPPED Sisters
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The CHOPPED/Mystery Iron Chef Throwdown Basket
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The battle was heating up....
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CHOPPED Sister Caty gets busy with the turkey meatballs
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CHOPPED Sister Amity working on the salmon
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The plating was fast & furious
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HANDS UP !!! Time has expired
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The Final Dishes
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Sep. 1, 2012 5:07 pm
Can't wait! Sounds exciting!
Sep. 1, 2012 5:08 pm
Sitting on needles and pins here :)
Sep. 1, 2012 5:16 pm
This is better than anything on T.V....don't keep us in suspense too long..... I'm really curious about "wild huckleberry chocolate"...
Sep. 1, 2012 5:18 pm
Interesting ingredients. Who choose them? I can feel the hustle and bustle in your kitchen from here. Watch out, you have taught those girls well. It might come back and bite ya!
Sep. 1, 2012 5:23 pm
DM: Watch your back! Those girls look serious!
Sep. 1, 2012 6:22 pm
Wow, that is awesome! So great that you do fun things like this with your family! Very, very cool!
Sep. 1, 2012 6:26 pm
hmph. you lost.
Sep. 1, 2012 6:29 pm
My vote is for The Chopped Sisters. Sorry Doug...
Sep. 1, 2012 6:39 pm
Looks like a nice Kitchen.
Sep. 1, 2012 6:40 pm
I told you. Didn't I tell you. Well, we will wait for the rematch.
Sep. 1, 2012 7:39 pm
What fun! Can't wait for the rematch. They sound like great dishes.
Sep. 1, 2012 11:10 pm
What a great way to spend family time! Looks like a ton of fun! Who judges?
Sep. 2, 2012 5:34 am
That is really cool! Its something me and my kids would do! Great Job!
Sep. 2, 2012 7:50 am
Absolutely love it Doug!
Sep. 2, 2012 9:30 am
I love your throw-downs. But, seriously Doug... a tie means you lost! They just don't have the heart to tell you. LOL! The photo of you and your throw down competitors (aka, those darling gals of your) is just awesome!
Sep. 2, 2012 12:05 pm
I think the judges were the winners here. I'm coming to your house next Saturday night! It all looks professional quality.
Sep. 3, 2012 9:43 am
Good afternoon and my apologies for not getting a chance to get back to all of you. It's been a busy few days since the matchup. As my daughter put it so eloquently "What ? No bragging rights ?" has not stopped the verbal sniping from either side. The judges (Mommy & Brad) have been accused of favoritism and reverse favoritism. If I can figure out a way to accuse them of future favoritism I will do that too. We would all love to see everyone else give this a try with your grudge match ingredients and I promise you, we will back soon with Round 2. Thanks again for all your comments - hope you are all having a great holiday weekend.
Sep. 3, 2012 9:45 am
Excuse me Caty ? I can't hear you from my moral higher ground. You really know who won the other night. And I will give you that rematch and this time, you can make sure that there isn't any honey wine vinegar in the basket....
Sep. 3, 2012 9:46 am
And Caty - great blog - everyone should go read it
Sep. 4, 2012 6:27 am
Doug-what fun in the kitchen! Enjoyed reading your blog! Good luck on the rematch!
Sep. 4, 2012 7:43 am
Doug - I find it sooo interesting that you start your About Me section with: My mother ....and Caty begins hers with: My it is obvious to me mother deserves a lot of praise. Great blog and beautiful family. You and your wife are to be commended :) PS - Caty won!
Sep. 4, 2012 8:48 am
Hi Lela - it was a lot of fun. I am going to sneak some items into the rematch basket when no one is looking.
Sep. 4, 2012 8:52 am
Good morning Shearone and thank you. Caty & Amity did not win and you are now banned from ever making another comment on my blogs B-) - just kidding
J. Dub 
Sep. 6, 2012 8:11 am
Doug, do you understand just how great of memories you are making with your daughters? They will remember these times forever. As far as the food, everything sounds delicious!
Sep. 6, 2012 12:08 pm
Hi J. Dub - we do like to have fun in the kitchen together. My wife & I have always made sure to include the kids. They have come a long way from ez-bake oven tabasco bread.
Sep. 6, 2012 2:43 pm
How fun!! Loved reading:)Looks like you all had a great time. Food sounds yummy!! Let us know when you get around to making the wild huckleberry chocolate...
Sep. 6, 2012 3:47 pm
Hi & thanks grainfreegirl96 - thinking back I should have used the chocolate in the turkey burger. I'm hoping it shows up with some pork or steak in the rematch.
Sep. 8, 2012 2:36 pm
What a great time! Your daughter wrote a great blog too. Let us know when your wife gets her new job as a diplomat. Hmmm... a tie...right.
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My mother decided early on that her sons would never have to rely on someone to feed them so we all learned to cook at an early age. I really started to branch out when I moved out west to Denver, SF & Dallas. Combine that with extended business travel to Louisiana & my growing love of spices and you get a real mix of flavors.
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Love to make cajun food with my favorites being crawfish pie, alligator stew & alligator chili - I go nuts on Super Bowl Sunday
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We didn't have a lot of traditions per se but you could count on pancakes or waffles on sundays - dad making scrambled eggs twice a year on christmas morning & mother's day - veal parmagiana on christmas eve, Thanksgiving with Grandma Matthews and any menu of your choice on your birthday. We weren't a spicy family so I learned a lot of good strong basics in the kitchen from Mom that I have carried over into my cooking today.
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I love to experiment with variations of dishes I try around the country. My biggest success is here on allrecipes where I had 2 recipes published in the same cookbook - Southwestern Turkey Soup & Curried Carrot Soup. I think my corn muffins are a great starting point and my alligator chili has become a much requested Super Bowl favorite.
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There have been a few times in the past where I tossed everything and took everyone to a restaurant instead. I'm not too proud to say my cooking is awful when it really is.
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