The TV and radio show's host, Christopher Kimball, was also our host. He was excellent! So funny and a great storyteller. He highlighted different parts of the show for us (a relief for this newbie) and they did some live demonstrations of the show's typical parts.
One such part was a recipe experiment. The match up was between burgers made with store-bought ground beef and those made with freshly ground meat that is immediately cooked. They found the freshly ground meat was superior in ease of cooking, flavor, and texture. Who knew just letting the meat rest could make such a difference?
A prominent part of their show is comparing products (like 15 brands of mozzarella cheese) to find the best one. So they brought 3 brands of chocolate chips (you can see them on the middle table in the photo) for audience members to rate. The middle of the road chocolate (both in price and cocoa percentage) was actually rated best!
Another portion of the presentation was a smell test. Volunteers from the audience were asked to smell an unknown substance (that were touted as "common kitchen items") and identify it using smell alone. Maybe I'm strange, but I was thinking this would be so much fun at a party!
The volunteers were unsuccessful, but the first sample turned out to be maple syrup and the second was nutmeg. We of course came right home and started sniffing our condiment bottles and spice jars! And identifying them without looking is not as easy as it sounds.
Overall, I thought it was a wonderful evening. It was nice to spend time with family and enjoy a very thought-provoking presentation. Mr. G and I found one of their cookbooks at our local library, so we'll be cooking what catches our eye for the next two weeks to see if their recipes are really as great as they say! :)