Take the food challenge

Posted: Thursday, August 26, 2004

Late one night, as I watched the Chinese womens volleyball team dispatch Germany three sets to zero in the 28th Modern Olympiad, I had a dilemma.

I felt like eating some smoked salmon, but a peanut butter and jelly sandwich also sounded good.

I struggled, internally, with this issue for some time. And then it dawned on me: Why not combine peanut butter and smoked salmon into a new, delicious treat!

I took a saltine cracker and spread peanut butter on the unsalted side. I assembled a pinch of smoked chinook on top of the peanut butter. It stuck there, as I had visualized.

I cut off a thick slice of cucumber and balanced it on top of the salmon, then perched a tomato slice precariously on top.

It was open-face and it was beautiful. The verdict? Delicious.

I call it The Modern Olympiad, and as 30 minutes passed, and I ate six or seven, I started thinking.

What different sort of concoctions can be made using the four following items: salmon (smoked or otherwise), peanut butter, cucumber and tomato. You can add anything you wish. These are just the staple ingredients. But you will be disqualified for failing to use all four.

The Empire would like to see what you can come up with. We would like to gather your ideas and publish them on our food page.

To participate, send us your recipe, a brief (100-word) explanation of how you invented your dish and the name of a witness who saw you eat it. The deadline is Friday, Sept. 10.

Include your name, phone number, address and an e-mail address if possible.

Mail it to Juneau Empire Food Challenge, 3100 Channel Drive, Juneau, AK 99801, drop it off at the Empire front desk, or e-mail it to korry.keeker@juneauempire.com.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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