Mystery pile #1

The first mystery pile has been purchased.  Thanks to everybody who submitted suggestions.

To freak Cambridge out, I sent her this picture from the supermarket.

She texted back and said that this was some upper level shiz, but that she could make it work.  Maybe next time.

Here’s what I wound up going with.  I went pretty tame for the first mystery pile.

  • A baguette
  • Applewood bacon
  • Basil
  • Dill
  • Chicken breast
  • Eggs
  • Swiss cheese
  • Lemons
  • High class $7 bottle of wine with the twisty cap
  • Shrimp

When Cambridge makes use of the pile, I’ll post her concoction.  :)

PERSONAL: Mid day lab pics from the wife.
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Update and pics from #AACon15. MST3K cast members were at my talk.
PERSONAL: Sorry to disappoint you, Julian.
About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • neatospiderplant

    Can I post what I would concoct with that or is that cheating?

    • Makoto

      Inquiring minds want to know!

  • Kim

    It’s like the Food Network show “Chopped” a la FtB. Love it. :D

  • lorimakesquilts

    Yay for bacon!

  • durga

    Oooh JT, have I mentioned how much I love red wine? What kind did you get?

    • Michaelyn

      If I know anything about JT’s taste in wine, I bet it’s cheap and tastes like grape juice.

      • Cambridge


  • dcortesi

    If you get inspired by this and want to add cooking to your many other skills, you could run a thread on cookbooks for beginners. Here’s a couple to start:

    Jaques Pepin’s Fast Food My Way series and books: the ingredients are few, the techniques simple, the cooking times short, the flavors great. And you can watch the old charmer’s videos online.

    Besser and Puckett’s The 5:30 Challenge: “5 Ingredients, 30 minutes, dinner on the table”

  • allenhall

    Pffft. You can do better than that. You need to think in more contradictory terms. Try this:

    Beet greens
    Chicken feet (yum)
    Chili sauce
    Sesame oil
    Taro root

    • Lou Doench

      Chicken feet make excellent stock.

  • Marcus Ranum

    Cook and eat the bacon, wash it down with red wine: done! Total time 5 minutes!

  • Parse

    If Cambridge isn’t limited to only the ingredients in the pile, I’d add mushrooms, and make a chicken marsala type thing. Maybe fry up the bacon and crumble it in as well, along with the herbs.

  • Ana

    I was thinking of what I’d do with it (it’s pasta. I ALWAYS cook pasta), didn’t recognize dill, translated it and found out in my country (ok, in the islands, but it still counts) it’s used to make something called “Holy Ghost Soup”. So, next time, get her some clotted cow blood and have a very herectical dinner! xD

  • neatospiderplant

    I’m going to say what I would do with this pile, but I’m under the assumption that I can only use these ingredients and that I have to use all the ingredients. If these aren’t the rules, my concoction would be slightly different.

    I would make bacon wrapped chicken breasts stuffed with basil and swiss, shrimp salad with a lemon and wine dressing served with baguette slices and high class wine.