A Year-End Appeal

Just a quick post to beseech you all to head over to Food52 and vote for my entry in the Charcutepalooza finals. I’m amazed and humbled to be one of the two finalists, and since the prize is a week in France learning butchery and charcuterie, it’s hard not to be anxious about the outcome.

Be sure to scroll down a bit; there’s a contest at the top of the page that’s charcuterie-themed but closed to voting. You want to vote for mine just below that, where you see the picture of my egg yolk raviolo. If you haven’t read my Thanksgiving post yet, please do so. I cooked my ass off to try to win this thing.

This year has been a great deal of fun, and has made me a better and more adventurous cook. If you had told me a year ago that I would be a finalist in an Internet food contest, I would have laughed at you. But this competition was one in which I could really be myself, without feeling any need to pander. Anybody having doubts about whether to speak their mind and be themselves in their blog should take comfort from this; I am the world’s worst panderer and tried hard to write each post as if it was just another description of a meal with nothing more at stake.

I’ve been stunned at the good wishes and support that have been pouring in over the last 24 hours. Your vote for my entry will be most appreciated, and if I win I promise to document the trip in vivid detail so you don’t miss a thing. Thanks for reading.

(Above is some seared duck breast with duck fat potatoes and leeks, celery root purée, homemade black currant mustard, and a friend’s carrot jam).

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  1. December 30

    You have my vote. Best of luck to you and thanks for all the laughs you gave me on twitter this year. I still think you could have another career as a stand-up comic 😉

  2. December 30

    Wow, that took a lot of log-in fails, password resetting and general annoyance. You had better win this thing! (good luck!)

  3. andrea
    December 30

    Voted. You totally should win this!

  4. December 31

    Nice work. Fantastic meal. Voted.

  5. December 31

    you are more than deserving. you go boy…

  6. Leesie
    December 31

    I voted for you! Buona fortuna!!! ::crossing my fingers:: a/k/a seaslife on twitter

  7. December 31

    Go, Peter!!!!

  8. December 31

    Late to the party: silly me, I just thought you liked to cook big meals…now I see you’re simply avaricious. Hah! I think you’re a shoo-in, and I did vote despite the flaming hoops through which we voters were required to jump. And when you go, get ahold of some tarbais beans and send me a few to grow in your honor. It’s the least you can do.

  9. Peter
    December 31

    Liz: I’m more of a sit-down comic, really.

    Kaela: I know. Thanks for braving the hurdles.

    Andrea: I sure hope so.

    Tim: Thank you.

    Claudia: As my publicist, it’s your job to say that.

    Leesie: Thanks to you too.

    Julia: I’m hoping to, anyway.

    El: Yes, I’m all about the greed. You figured me out. The beans will be at the top of my list.

  10. December 31

    you just got my vote! Congrats. Hope you win 🙂

  11. December 31

    I DID IT. Good luck!!!

  12. Peter
    January 2

    Eve: Me too. Thanks.

    Deana: THANK YOU.

  13. January 5

    I just read your entire post about your meal-my head is spinning and all I can say that how could anyone not vote for you! WOW!

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