Turtles, #topchef, and a Food & Wine giveaway


Here’s the thing. I love TV. I love cooking shows. And I love cooking competitions!

(speaking of which, have you voted for my Chocolate Almond Fudge bites yet? Only takes one click, I’ll still be here….GO. Now. Then come back!!)

Top Chef is one show that I watch each and every week. And each and every week I have no idea what they are making, but it looks and sounds beautiful. And I walk away from the show feeling like an incompetent cook. I mean seriously, 30 minutes to create those amazing foods? It takes me that long just to find my bowls, measuring cups, spoons, etc.

Anyways, yesterday the Quickfire challenge was brought on by Reynold’s Wrap. And EVERYTHING in the pantry was covered in foil. Seriously, how fun would that be as an April Fool’s prank to someone???

Any wrapped item in foil they chose (without looking obviously), they had to use in their recipe. No biggie right? Oh. Em. Geee.

One of the contestants made a sponge cake in a make-shift foil pan. I would never find myself picking the right ingredients for that. I would have grabbed scallops and had to figure out how to incorporate that into my cake.

They made some delicious food in such a short time, so I thought I would give you my version of a quickfire challenge. Yes, seriously, this is the best I could come up with. Totally high end baking right here!

But, it would be perfect for a gift, it’s quick and easy, and did I mention delicious?

I used a bag of mini Rolos, but next time I think I’d like more caramel, so try it with full size rolos! The trickiest part is balancing the rolo on the pecan half and then carrying the tray to the oven. Amazingly, mine did just fine, no casualties!

Now, on to the giveaway…

I tend to hoard magazines like it’s nobody’s business. Food & Wine is one of my favorites too! It’s so elegant. One lucky winner will receive a 12 month subscription to Food & Wine magazine. (I’m a bit jealous here)!

How to enter:

Easy. Just leave me a comment below letting me know your favorite Holiday recipe(s) or Top Chef challenge/moment. That’s it. One winner will be selected by December 26th!

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Turtle Bites

Turtle Bites


  • Pecans, halves
  • Rolos (unwrapped)
  • Chocolate almond bark (4oz), melted
  • sprinkles


  1. Line baking sheet with Reynold's wrap. Lay one pecan half with smooth side down on sheet. Top with a Rolo. Repeat for as many as you wish to make.
  2. Place in a 225 degree oven for 4-8 minutes, until Rolos soften (not melt). Remove from oven and press each Rolo slightly with a second pecan half to top. Allow to cool (about 15 minutes).
  3. Dip each turtle into melted chocolate, then immediately into sprinkles. I had a little assembly line with a bowl of the chocolate and a bowl of sprinkles.
  4. Place upright on foil, allow to set. ENJOY!


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39 comments on “Turtles, #topchef, and a Food & Wine giveaway”

  1. I always love Restaurant Wars! I still think Ed store the pea purée in a previous episode.

  2. Maureen

    One of my favorite holiday recipes is eggnog bread. I make is quite a bit because I get requests from a number of family members and friends. It does include 1 1/2 cup of eggnog which is so seasonal but it is good. I have used it for French toast on Christmas Morning too.

  3. I love it! These look so good. I need to get my act together with the Top Chef posting now that I’m caught up! I so loved that Reynolds Wrap challenge!

  4. I love Top Chef and never miss an episode! I love hearing the critiques the judges give – Tom, Emeril, Padma – their brutal honesty is the best!

  5. Kristen

    My favorite holiday recipe is green grab casserole!

  6. I loved the Top Chef challenge (a few seasons ago) where they had to make a dish that reflected their heritage. The chefs all went to Ellis Island to learn a bit more…I thought that was so neat!

  7. Eek, love Top Chef. How crazy that Kristen managed to bake that gorgeous cake with just foil!? Seriously, I would have grabbed some nasty ingredients for sure 🙁 sigh. These turtles look delish!

  8. Sarah L

    I haven’t seen Top Chef recently, but I really enjoy the show. My favorite holiday recipe is cranberry sauce. It’s so easy and so delicious.

  9. Meg

    My favorite holiday recipe is for these peppermint sugar cookies my sister makes. They’re dipped in white chocolate and crushed candy canes!

  10. Susan

    I don’t watch Top Chef…it’s past my bedtime, but my favorite holiday recipe is Fruit Cake – I LOVE IT

  11. I love the Restaurant Wars challenges. It brings back horrifying memories of working in a restaurant, but I have to watch each episode!

    My favorite Christmas recipe is spinach quiche on Christmas morning!

  12. Kimberly H

    My favorites are my mom’s salmon chowder for Christmas eve or an old German cookie with anise my family makes every year.

  13. Rebecca

    One of my favorite top chef moments was last years winter series. The shooting for ingredients, chipping at huge ice blocks, cooking in ski lifts. I thought wow, I would totally have given up (especially falling a million times) but they ended up making fabulous food each time.

  14. Lynne E.

    Oh my favorite holiday recipe/food is definitely broccoli casserole.

  15. Jen

    I loved the challenge–don’t remember which season, seen ’em all–when they could use no knives!! Time to get creative!

  16. Carrie

    Not really a recipe, but Lefse between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a must. This year, four different batches were made with 10 pounds of potatoes each. We got 5.5 – 6 dozen Lefse’s each batch. Lol, I’m the one that does the rolling, so my arms got a nice workout this year!

  17. Karla G

    Love Peppermint Eggnog Punch…with rum, of course!

  18. YUM….those turtles look perfect!!! My favorite holiday dessert is my Mom’s struffoli! The recipe is on my blog! We make it every Christmas!

  19. Here is the link to the struffoli recipe…

  20. I love making garlic mashed potatoes with my step sister for the holidays!

  21. My favorite holiday recipe is Almond toffee. So easy to make and everyone loves to get it as a gift from me.

  22. Laura Miller

    My favorite recipe is any purred veggie soup! roasted cauliflower, squash! bring it on!!

  23. Anne

    My favorite holiday recipe is stollen; in fact, I’ve got two loaves rising now, to be given to friends tomorrow night.

  24. Katherine C.

    Baklava, hands down! : ) It’s just so delicious.

  25. elisabeth

    My favorite holiday recipe is a basic sugar cookie dough – ‘cuz from there i can transform that dough into any shape i want and decorate for any holiday

  26. manda

    My favorite receipe is lentil soup.

  27. Kathy

    This one didn’t work well for me. Too tricky to get the candies to stay on the pecans as you put them into the oven, then if they stay in even slightly too long, you have a mess….

  28. My favorite holiday recipes are Sweet Potato Casserole, Snowball Cookies, and anything with peppermint in it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. Carol S.

    I absolutely love making Rum Cake during the holidays.

  30. Janet Murray

    my favorite holiday recipe is my neighbors cranberry sauce! The BEST!

  31. Kim

    Raspberry Almond Christmas Bars are my favorite!

  32. Thelma

    It’s not Thanksgiving or Christmas without sweet potato casserole with praline topping!

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