Recipe Impossible Challenge: Joanne’s Edition

Joanne from Eats Well With Others and Marx Foods present “Recipe Impossible: Joanne Eats Well With Others Edition.”  Here’s Joanne:


My mother spends the majority of every summer trying to convince me that I’m pale. 

She’ll nag.  She’ll drop severely unsubtle hints.  She’ll hem and haw about how she’ll never be a young grandmother because I’ll never “catch a man” so long as you can see my veins through my skin (which, for the record, you most certainly cannot).

In short, she’ll try to do whatever she thinks it will take to get me to sit in the sun with her and allow ultraviolet radiation to permeate my skin, toasting it until it is just crisp enough for her taste.  Which is to say.  Tan. 

She would trade my olive hued complexion for a permanent shade of tan any day.

Well, do I have news for her.  This fall.  I have a plan.  And that plan is to eat winter squash until I’m blue…err…I mean.  Orange.  In the face. 


And you, my friends, are going to be my accomplices. 

Here’s how it’s gonna go down.  Ten of you are going to be sent a top secret mystery package from Marx Foods that is filled with 8 ingredients.  You are going to pair two of these ingredients with winter squash to create a dish that I’m going to be so floored by that I’m going to want to eat it in mass amounts until I reach my orange-complexioned goal.   It can be sweet, it can be savory.  Basically, it can be whatever you want as long as it’s original, includes two of the mystery top secret ingredients, and features winter squash. 

There will be two winners, one selected by a reader’s choice poll and one selected by yours truly, each of whom will receive a full sized order of three of the mystery top secret ingredients, whichever three the contestant wants.  And trust me.  These are some good ingredients.

Leave a message in the comments if you want to enter and then ten of you will be selected either at my whim or using a random number generator.  Please do this by October 10th otherwise you won’t qualify to participate!

I told my mother she should be careful what she wishes for…

Check out the recipes bloggers entered:

Winter Squash Recipe Collection

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30 Responses to “Recipe Impossible Challenge: Joanne’s Edition”

  1. 1
    Lea Ann says:

    Sounds like a lot of fun. Would love to participate.

  2. 2
    Joanna says:

    You guys are hysterical. I’m still working on my recipes for my dried mushrooms and now I want to do another challenge! I have some awesome squash ideas, but those mystery ingredients will certainly throw a wrench in the works.

  3. 3
    Shannon says:

    Winter Squash? Count me in 🙂 i’d love to have an orange hue… lol

  4. 4
    Randi says:

    This sounds like so much fun!

  5. 5
    Chantel Ellison says:

    I’ll take the challenge! Sounds like fun!

  6. 6
    Meghan says:

    Oh, man. I’m obsessed with winter squash lately–this sounds like a lot of fun!

  7. 7
    Jen Blacker says:

    I just got into cooking with squash last autumn. This would be fun!

  8. 8
    bellini valli says:

    I was so excited but I live in Canada:D

  9. 9
    Brandi says:

    I love a good food challenge 🙂 Secret ingredients are fun!

  10. 10
    natalie (the sweets life) says:

    too fun! I’m wanting to get more creative in the kitchen…this sounds like a good chance. I’d be interested!

  11. 11
    Jenna says:

    I think I must be crazy for entering . . . but it would be an exciting challenge. Can we use any type of winter squash (acorn, butternut, etc.)?

  12. 12
    Leslie Uhl says:

    I’m right there with Joanna! I would LOVE to do this even though I am in the throes of Mushroom Experimentation (and enjoying every minute!).

  13. 13
    Victoria says:

    Sign me up! I love winter squash!!

  14. 14
    Peeps says:

    Is there room for my wife an I to play? We enjoy this kind of challenge.

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    Reeni says:

    I want in! I love squash just as much as you! And my Mom does the same EXACT thing with the pale skin. Even though it’s olive. And olive skin isn’t all that pale. It’s just not tan. Is this an Italian Mom thing or what?

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    Rachel (Hounds in the Kitchen) says:

    Sounds like fun! I have some homegrown winter squash that is begging to be highlighted on the blog.

  17. 17
    Angela says:

    Another irresistible contest!! I <3 squash. I'm in. 🙂 I'm still working on the mushroom challenge, too, but I'm having SO MUCH FUN! Squee! 🙂

  18. 18
    Emily Jones says:

    Ooh, I would LOVE to enter the contest!

  19. 19
    Nicole O. says:

    Winter Squash is one of my most favorite things to eat in the world, I’d love to throw my hat in the ring!

  20. 20
    Jen says:

    Winter squash?? Oh how I love thee……pick me, pick me!

  21. 21
    Livia says:

    I love winter squash! Pick me, and you could be as orange as a Star Trek alien

  22. 22
    shannon says:

    Ooooh I’d love to do this!

    I love winter squash… there is a possibility that I may have even cradled spaghetti squash in my arms like a baby the first time I saw it in the supermarket this year. Just a possibility.

  23. 23
    janet says:

    This sounds fabulous. I can’t wait to see what everyone cooks up (and your further 12 weeks of winter squash)! If Canadians can enter, count me in!

  24. 24
    Deb (Kahakai Kitchen) says:

    Now see, my Mom always tells me to stay out of the sun! 😉

    I would love to participatein the contest–it will play into my Iron Chef, Chopped fantasies and I have been wanting to experiment more with the local kabocha squash that is showing up at the farmers markets again. Fun! 😉

  25. 25
    Chris says:

    George Carlin once said that “squash” sounds like someone sat on your dinner.

    But I won’t let that deter me, I have to help Joanne stay “non-Casper”. Throw me into the running.

  26. 26
    The Food Hunter says:

    Oh, I want in! Pick me , pick me 🙂

  27. 27
    Krystina says:

    I’d love to enter!

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    Cecilia says:

    Sounds like a fun challenge. Would love to participate.

  29. 29
    polwig says:

    Such an awesome challenge… missed it by one day… in any case I know carrots did the trick but didn’t know that squash did also… Yummy

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    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious says:

    Fun!! “Squash Orange” is totally my favorite brand of self tanner. 😉