Wow. What a month. This happened to be the 10th monthly challenge. As a refresher, the month, theme and host:
April gelatin, eastshores
May offal, GeneMachine
June pasta, petalsandcoco
July pork, ordo
August tomatoes, ChrisBelgium
September figs, ChefLayne
October cabbage, Butzy
November mushrooms, Slayertplsko
December cinnamon, GeneMachine
For this challenge, we had 28 people present 100 dishses. Most prolific were @ChrisBelgium with 15 dishes, @JonPaul and @Koukouvagia with 11 each. Anyone of the dishes they presented would have well represented the challenge.
I've been a bit lax in commenting on entries throughout the month, and I will not be saying something about all 100 here. Some of the highlights that struck me were @chefbuba and the pastrami sandwich with fries. Actually most of the dishes that I most wanted to eat at first glance were the simpler types. Like @French Fries potato pancakes, sour cream and smoked salmon, or the fries, sausage and eggs presented by Kouk. The one dish that I actually made at home was based on @phatch's potato and onion soup.
There is no way without seeing, tasting and smelling you can line up the dishes from worst to best. It is more like placing them in a circle, spinning the wheel and seeing where it stops. There are certainly no losers in these challenges. But the duty of the host is to pick the "winner" to carry on for the next month. The person I chose posted a simple dish that struck me right off the bat as something I'd like to try, a potato, red pepper and leek gratin. And just the other day his Rösti with a poached egg and hollandaise sauce struck me as something I really wanted to try on the spot.
So, I'm handing the reins over to @helloitslucas for February.
Good job, each and everyone of you. Marjorie would be proud of you all.