Sunday, April 13, 2008

Youth cook-off...

Last Wednesday I planned a youth cook-off for our combined activity. It was so much fun. I gave both teams the same 10 ingredients...chicken breasts, hamburger, potatoes, carrots, butter, can biscuits, pasta, cheese, angel food cake and strawberries. They each had one hour to cook and prepare an appetizer, a main dish and a dessert. I also gave each team $5.00 to buy extra groceries from their host home just to mix it up a bit, not knowing what they would come up with.They had to be fast thinkers to decide what items would be used for what and how to cook it and well as what to purchase to make it better.This is team George that used my kitchen to cook.This is team Greer who used the Greer's home. It was so fun to see how their minds worked and watch them work as teams to make decisions.
Both teams met at my house and I had the young men leaders judge the food. They even posed for a prayer shot. I think they were praying these dishes wouldn't make them sick. LOL! They got lucky and the meals were all really good. They were judged on creativity, taste, and appearance. Plus the teams had to leave the kitchen's clean.
I forgot to get a close up of our teams appetizer. It's the one on the bottom left of this picture. They cooked the biscuits, cut them open faced, buttered them, browned the hamburger, added cream of chicken soup and cheese, put it on the biscuits, topped with mashed potatoes and garnished with grated carrot. Ours won for best appetizer.Team Greer made loaded potato skins for their appetizer. Team Greer's main dish. Theirs won for best main dish.
Team George's main dish
Team George's dessert. Ours won for best dessert.

Team Greer's dessert

Team Greer's garlic biscuits
George team bought a box of vanilla pudding, milk, cream of chicken and cool whip.
Team Greer bought pineapple, mandarin oranges and a jar of alfredo sauce.
Seasonings and cooking oil were free of charge. These kids all had a blast together and it was fun as leaders to watch them create their meals together. Both teams were so proud of their accomplishments. After the judging, everyone devoured all the food. It was such a great night!


maren said...

What a fun activity.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great night for your youth group. I am an avid reader of your blog, thanks for sharing such nice things.

Congratulations on your son being home.


Kimberly said...

That food looks so good. Looks like ya'll had a great time!

Pam said...

OK I so need the recipe of the team George main dish and those garlic biscuits! I am drooling over here!

Patti said...

Your food posts always make me hungry! Good job to Teams George and Greer!

Nikki *Ü* said...

That sounds like so much fun!! And the food looks pretty good too!!! I'm impressed! These young men should be great cooks on their missions! :o)

Marilyn said...

That sounds like a great idea-I will be passing that along!

Amy Mowbray said...

Hey Jolene,
I'm so glad Chad is finally home. I know you guys must be really happy!


Jacquie said...

What a great evening. The food all looked so yummy!

Andi said...

All the food looks amazing Jolene! And I'm sure all the youth had fun cooking everything. What a great idea. I want the recipe for Team George's main dish...looks like something my hubby would like...and me too!!!

Cassandra said...

First of all...I am so happy that Chad made it home safe and sound and was able to spend some of his hard earned money!

I really wish Mia's youth group did fun activities like that! Are you sure you don't want to move to California?!

Valerie said...

it looks totally yummy! can you imagine doing an Iron Chef with the kids?! bwa!!!!

Susie Q said...

What fun! IT looks like something they enjoyed but also learned from! Perfect combination!
You are just the best aren't ya? : )
Uh huh, you ARE!

I love all those pictures of Chad and the family. I KNOW how happy you are he is home. Have you stopped hugging him yet?? Nah....*smile*


September said...

Jolene, it looks like you guys had a blast!!! Yum, the food looks so great!

I'm so relieved Chad is home finally. :) :)



Cecilia Mills said...

Jolene, you always have the coolest ideas for youth activities!!! Too bad I just got released on sunday, but I'll pass that on to the next leaders! Everything looks so yummy, you made me hungry! Wow, that even rhimes!!!LOL

Janna said...

What a great idea!
I am really impressed.
Are you sure you didn't help at all?

Jane said...

How fun!! I am going to suggest this to my group! I love this idea. We have a pretty big group about 70 ym/yw but we could just spread out to more homes.