Aluminum Chef—the winning recipes!

Shoot out finalists Terry Pam CharlieAs promised, we present the fabulous “shoot-out” finalist recipes from the Aluminum Chef competition held at Alumafiesta 2015 in Tucson.

Each one’s a winner! (Though attendee Terry Gadaire bagged the coveted and hard-fought title of Top Aluminum Chef).

Airstreamers, if you’re only making spaghetti on the road, these recipes are proof that your trailer galley is capable of handling more haute cuisine.

Recipes are featured in Outside Interests Issue 11, or you can also download a PDF of the recipes. Thank you, participants!

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Aluminum Chef 2015

So you think you can cook? Get ready for the annual Alumafiesta cooking competition, and vie for the title of top “Aluminum Chef”!

J5MM galleyYour challenge: Use the five ingredients listed below to make a delicious dish in your Airstream galley, which you will present to our esteemed Chef Judges during Alumafiesta in Tucson.

All of the creations will be tasted and reviewed, and the best will be selected for a second challenge we call the “Aluminum Chef Shootout.” If you’re selected for the Shootout, you’ll be handed five new ingredients on Thursday to prepare in your Airstream by Saturday. You won’t know those ingredients until we give them to you, so be ready to get creative!

All participants in the Shootout will get an award, and the Top Aluminum Chef will get a special prize.

Do you think you can master the challenge? Assemble these ingredients and bring them to Alumafiesta, along with a copy of your recipe—

  1. GINGER: fresh, ground, juice, or candied
  2. ALMOND: whole, sliced, ground, or extract
  3. RICE: white, brown, wild, or flour
  4. APPLE: fresh, dried, or juice
  5. ORANGE: fresh, peel, or juice

 

The Rules

All five ingredients must be used in one finished edible product.

All five ingredients must be discernible.

You may use an unlimited number of other ingredients.

Recipe being presented for judging must be prepared on site on Thursday, January 29.

Bring the recipe with your entry.

Recipes will be judged on presentation, creativity, and flavor.

Shootout participants will be given five new ingredients on Thursday to prepare in your Airstream by Saturday.

Final judging and awarding of the Aluminum Chef prizes will be on Saturday.

Decision of the Chef Judges on any matter is final.10942867_10150460309479986_1753177914_n

Good luck! Alumafiesta participants, here’s a link to your Get Ready Guide (that you received via email on January 9), that includes the Aluminum Chef rules and much more must-read info to boost your enjoyment at Alumafiesta. See you in Tucson!

 

 

Photos courtesy of Monica Bennett at Just 5 More Minutes

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Alumafiesta—Last chance to register

Alumafiesta More than one hundred trailers will be present at Alumafiesta in Tucson this year! There’s still room for a few more…but the time to sign up is NOW. Here’s why.

Alumafiesta registration closes Sunday, January 11.

You’re welcome to attend on a walk-in basis, but you’ll need to arrange for your own campsite—and it’s peak snowbird season in Arizona, when campgrounds are at capacity. To ensure your site in the sun, register online before January 11, 2015.

As usual, an action-packed program is promised: outdoor recreation, fun and fascinating offsite tours, fabulous food, and Airstream tech tips. Check out the preliminary program!

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Cirque Roots Performance!

cirqueChances are you’ve never seen anything quite like Cirque Roots—the circus-inspired performance troup that will entertain the crowd at Alumafiesta this winter.

Their amazing stage show is a fabulous swirling hodgepodge of partner acrobatics, clowning, miming, hoop dancing, juggling, comedy, and color. It’s beautiful, it’s breathtaking, it’s bizarre—and more than a little silly.

The Cirque Roots studio is a grassroots artist collective in downtown Tucson, “envisioned as a space to create and play through movement and dance.” Some of Tucson’s most unique entertainers practice and perform there. You’ll love this show—held in the main tent at Alumafiesta on Saturday night.

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Arizona State Museum

While you’re in Tucson for Alumafiesta you’ll have the opportunity to tour the wonderful Arizona State Museum. Located on the University of Arizona campus, the state museum is the largest (and oldest) of its kind in the Southwest and is the hub of southwest anthropology research and preservation.

The collections (and the renowned museum experts) are “among the world’s most significant resources for the study of southwestern cultures,” states their website.

The museum is home to the world’s largest collection of whole Southwest Indian pottery, and the collection of Native American basketry is vast, as well: more than 25,000+ rare woven items that include outstanding examples of rare and impressive baskets, sandals, mats, and more.

Some of the nation’s earliest and most rare examples of Navajo textiles are there, too—including one of the largest Navajo rugs ever woven.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg…er, saguaro. More than three million objects are held in the museum, including thousands and thousands of archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, photographs, rare books, maps, and even sound recordings. And Mexican folk masks. And vertebrate skeletons. What’s NOT in this museum?

Don’t worry, a tour guide will break it all down for you. Alumafiesta attendees will be treated to an exclusive curator tour with access to the conservation lab, pottery vault, and basket vault. In addition, you’ll meet the archaeologists, and a museum expert will lead a fascinating one-hour tour of the Paths of Life exhibit.

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Alumafiesta outing: petroglyph hike!

Saguaro National Park is named for (and home to) the nation’s largest cactus: Carnegiea gigantea, called the saguaro (pronounced suh-wahr-oh) in Spanish.

You know the saguaro, universal meme of the Southwest: the tree-like cactus of the Roadrunner cartoons that stands like a giant (growing up to 70 feet tall) with arms upstretched to the sun. Native to the Sonoran Desert, the saguaro’s blossom is Arizona’s state wildflower.

No doubt about it, the scenic Sonoran Desert is a magical place, and you’ll have a chance to explore it with your fellow Airstreamers during Alumafiesta.

Saguaro National Park is also home to a fascinating form of manmade rock art: petroglyphs, created by the prehistoric Hohokam people more than a thousand years ago.

The petroglyphs you’ll see on the Signal Hill Petroglyphs Trail were likely made during hunting and gathering expeditions, though no one is quite sure about the meaning of these ancient messages pecked into the rocky hilltop. Are they astronomical markers? Religious, or ceremonial symbols? Simply decoration? Explorer’s maps? Bygone graffiti? Shopping lists? It’s fun (and awe-inspiring) to view them and imagine what the ancient artists had in mind.

So, sign up at the Alumafiesta welcome table in the main tent for the Saguaro West Petroglyph Hike, a short, steep, half-mile climb to see dozens of these striking carvings. The petroglyph trail is rough and uneven in places, with rock steps—be sure to bring your hiking boots or other sturdy shoes to Tucson!

Other recreational outings will be on the program, too, so pack in general for outdoor adventure: footwear, sunscreen, hat, etcetera.

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