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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Virtual Throw Down: A twitter and blog extravaganza


Recycled Photo. (Do Not Bend.)

This is the first annual Virtual blog and Twitter Fried Chicken &/Or BBQ Ribs Throw Down. Here are the rules. (All rules are subject to change if we feel like it but since I took the initiative, I'm going to assume that all of you ratify this without any problems. If you do have a problem, speak NOW or forever hold your peace.)

1. To be part of the throw down, the post containing your entree has to be posted no later than June 29th and no sooner than Jun 26th. Each contestant will tweet about the post on June 29th, all day long, at least twice, then, and include the link to their post. Smak@Replies are encouraged during this tweet-o-rama. Retweeting by contestants will be highly encouraged. So, if you're in on this, you have to be following the other contestants. Comprendrez vous? Ce n'est pas?

2. There are two main courses that a contestant may chose to do: Fried Chicken or BBQ Ribs. Pick one per blog post. No extra points for doing both but you'll look macho? (Or is that maco?)

3. To qualify, at least one of the dishes, the recipes for one of these dishes, pictures of the making of one of these dishes and pictures of the finished dish, must be attempted. One dish per post. That is to say, Fried Chicken would be one post, BBQ Ribs another. Sides, bread, desserts are not required but will be very favorably looked on. Don't put both of these entrees in one post, please. That'll just confuse the secret committee. (See below.)

3. All Posts must also cross reference the other contestants entries, that is, blogs. Not necessarily the posts themselves but at least the blog links must be included in the posts. It is up to the individual contestants to have those posts at the top of the blogs. If possible, the individual posts should be linked to. Humor and smack allowed.

4. Really try hard not to recycle an old recipe even if it has been published in Rachael Ray's Magazine or in Food and Wine or some other high profile magazine. All photos should be fresh and interesting and cool. Or at least in focus. That's why I'm giving everyone almost a month to do this in.

5. All judging will be done by secret committee using arbitrary guidelines and much subjectivity. (That is, if the contestants can ever agree on who should be on the secret committee or even if there should be one.) Recipe completeness, easy of making, picture quality and overall structure of the post will all count for something. Say, 1 point. The winner will get the Famous NoPrize of Marvel Comic Book Fame. This is not being donated by No One. Any corporate sponsors? @Oprah? @dominosugar? @Anyone?

6. We're leaving Mr. Flay out of this. Please, no one tell him. OK? That's the last thing we need. Sorry, Bobby. But I don't want you showing up with your virtual van with your virtual assistants and virtual cameras making us all virtually famous. No one would want that.

7. There is no rule seven. This rule left intentionally blank.

To register to participate in this madness, please comment on this post and put the URL for your blog, the blog name and also your Twitter ID/Name. If you want participants to link to your post, please put that URL in. And then, on the 26th, come back to this entry and see all the participants that you need to link to. Thank you for your cooperation.

And this, see photo below that I cribbed from another post, will be what YOUR entry will look like after I'm done with it. Oh, yeah. Scored with that one. Oh, yeah. It is SO on.

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19 Comments:

Blogger Mark by Chocolate said...

I'll register. Life By Chocolate, http://www.lifebychocolates.blogspot.com twitter/LifeByChocolate

And my Website is http://www.lifebychocolates.com

You can also check Innsane at http://www.innyourdreams.blogspot.com

There, that's more than complete. That's the template people.

June 4, 2009 at 12:20 PM  
Anonymous shavemistress said...

Suggested Throw Down Rules
#1. You do not talk about 'Throw Down'.
#2. You do not talk about 'Throw Down'.
#3. When someone yells "Stop" or goes limp, or taps out, the Throw Down is over.
#4. Only two to a Throw Down.
#5. One Throw Down at a time.
#6. No shirts, no shoes.
#7. Throw Downs go on as long as they have to.
#8. If this is your first night at 'Throw Down', you have to Throw Down.

June 4, 2009 at 2:55 PM  
Blogger Mark by Chocolate said...

And afterwards, we make soap. ;-)

June 4, 2009 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger Mark by Chocolate said...

OK. I'm cool with all those rules except the one where you can't talk about Throw Down. Well, at least we have to write about Throw Down.

I'm taking my shirt and shoes off now. Also, the Throw Down has be be done by the 29th. And since we are having two Throw Downs at the same time and since we are having multiple people per Throw Down, I think we'll relax that rule too.

Going limp? Ouch. I hope not.

Now all we need is the rest of the participants.

You're being very martial today, SM. ;-)

June 4, 2009 at 4:18 PM  
Blogger Brenda Campbell said...

Ok I will bite... We make fried chicken and ribs a lot during the summer.

My site is Cre8tive Kitchen
http://www.cre8tivekitchen.blogspot.com

My twitter ID is @cre8tivekitchen

I am ready for a Throw Down! (minus Bobby Flay is good for me LOL)

June 4, 2009 at 5:35 PM  
Blogger Redo It GF said...

This TEXAS native, daughter of "The King of Barbecue" would be honored to Throw Down some ribs with ya'll!

http://glutenfreesanctuary.blogspot.com

My twitter ID is @lesliemac59

Mr. Flay won't know what he is missing!

June 4, 2009 at 5:59 PM  
Anonymous Jan Richards said...

Very fun...and sure, I'll try!

Just a few of my web connection points:

http://twitter.com/MrsRoadshow
http://www.jgrichardsresults.com
http://www.jgrichardsresultsblog.com
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcgr1/
http://friendfeed.com/jcgr

June 5, 2009 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger Katja said...

Afterwards we make soup. You say soap, I say soup.
I still need to send you salmiak- I have not forgotten.

Are there any ingredient rules?

I am:
http://www.gotlicorice.blogspot.com
twitter LicoriceShrine

website
http://www.marinamarket.com

fun times ahead!

p.s. I call flay Botox Bob after the last few photos.. and either he is sick or on dope he looks like he weighs 115 pounds. Obviously I wish him no harm but somthin's up!

June 6, 2009 at 2:20 AM  
Blogger Mark by Chocolate said...

There are NO ingredient rules. The only rules are articulated in the post.

June 6, 2009 at 10:57 AM  
Anonymous LunaCafe said...

Well of course I'm in! But I couldn't get my IE browser to open this post so I finally jumped to MauiJim's machine which has a firefox browser and now I'm here. Whew!

I intend to whup Bobby Flay's cute little ... :-)

My shoes are off (as usual), but my shirt stays on because I'm bashful. :-)

There's no way you folks can top my Fried Chicken and BBQ Ribs, plus I've already bribed Mark's wife (one of the secret judges).

Name: SMS Bradley at LunaCafe
Website: http://thelunacafe.com
Twitter: @LunaCafe

See you on the 26th! ...Susan

June 7, 2009 at 1:38 AM  
Blogger Joyce said...

Hi Everyone!

I should read the rules again but was coerced to join by persons to be left unnamed (Mark) LOL

My forum is: Grandma's GF Baking N Cooking

My twitter ID (or one of them) is: @SilknPearls

I will be doing gluten-free BBQ chicken because I do not eat beef or pork.

I am ready for a Throwdown! (Sans Bobby Flay, of course!)

Now, let me go read those rules again! LOL

June 7, 2009 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger Brenda Campbell said...

You all will be surprised at what good BBQ comes out of Pac NW! hehehe Although I have had a lot of practice and tutoring by my stepfather who is a Texas native... working on perfecting my rub and sauce as we speak...Good Luck everyone! So what kind of things do we need to bribe judges...got to think on that... LOL

June 9, 2009 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Mark by Chocolate said...

I'm making my BBQ sauce as we speak. Nice. Using fresh... (Shhh. No one tell Bobby Flay.... ;)

June 9, 2009 at 1:58 PM  
Anonymous LunaCafe said...

I'm posting fried chicken tonight, a little early because I'm ready and because my blog numbers are SHRINKING and need a little juice. I should have mentioned I've always been a rule breaker and trouble maker. :-) Here's the list I'm adding to the post:

Twitter Fried Chicken or BBQ Ribs Throw Down Contestants

LunaCafe
SMS Bradley, Pacific Northwest
http://thelunacafe.com
Twitter ID: @LunaCafe

LifeByChocolate
Mark LaPolla, New York
http://www.lifebychocolates.blogspot.com
Twitter ID: @LifeByChocolate

Cre8tive Kitchen
Brenda Campbell, Washington
http://www.cre8tivekitchen.blogspot.com
Twitter ID: @cre8tivekitchen

Gluten Free Sanctuary
Leslie McLinden, Arkansas
http://glutenfreesanctuary.blogspot.com
Twitter ID: @lesliemac59

Fresh Eyes
Jan Richards, Washington
http://www.jgrichardsresultsblog.com
Twitter ID: @MrsRoadshow

Licorice, Chocolate and Other Foods To Love
Andrea Rowe, Pacific Northwest
http://www.gotlicorice.blogspot.com
http://www.marinamarket.com
Twitter: @LicoriceShrine

Grandma’s Gluten-Free Baking N Cooking
Joyce Paige, Kansas
http://grandmasgfbakingncooking.ning.com/
Twitter: @SilknPearls or @GFGrandmaBNC

Let me know if any of this info looks askew. Looking forward to your wonderful creations!

Best...Susan

June 21, 2009 at 11:00 PM  
Blogger Mark by Chocolate said...

OK. A LITTLE early? ;-) That's fine. What a rule breaker you are. Thanks.

June 22, 2009 at 12:59 AM  
Blogger routerguy said...

Oh YEAH! I'm down with the Throwdown™.

You can find me on
flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/routerguy/sets/72157611377403776/

twitter: http://twitter.com/routerguy

web: http://therouterguy.com

June 22, 2009 at 6:43 PM  
Blogger Mark by Chocolate said...

Glad to have you. Throw that DOWN! ;-)

June 22, 2009 at 11:03 PM  
Blogger Mark by Chocolate said...

This is the set of links I am using:


LifeByChocolate
Mark LaPolla, New York
http://www.lifebychocolates.blogspot.com
Twitter ID: @LifeByChocolate

LunaCafe
SMS Bradley, Pacific Northwest
http://thelunacafe.com
Twitter ID: @LunaCafe

Cre8tive Kitchen
Brenda Campbell, Washington
http://www.cre8tivekitchen.blogspot.com
Twitter ID: @cre8tivekitchen

Gluten Free Sanctuary
Leslie McLinden, Arkansas
http://glutenfreesanctuary.blogspot.com
Twitter ID: @lesliemac59

Fresh Eyes
Jan Richards, Washington
http://www.jgrichardsresultsblog.com
Twitter ID: @MrsRoadshow

Licorice, Chocolate and Other Foods To Love
Andrea Rowe, Pacific Northwest
http://www.gotlicorice.blogspot.com
http://www.marinamarket.com
Twitter: @LicoriceShrine

Grandma’s Gluten-Free Baking N Cooking
Joyce Paige, Kansas
http://grandmasgfbakingncooking.ning.com/
Twitter: @SilknPearls or @GFGrandmaBNC

June 25, 2009 at 3:13 PM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

OK, a late but worthy entry!

The Sensitive Pantry
Nancy Kohler, New Jersey
http://www.thesensitivepantry.com
Twitter ID: @SensitivePantry

NJ Ribs coming right up! Literally 'cos they are in the oven. Oh, and gluten-free.

June 28, 2009 at 5:13 PM  

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