Beet ‘n Squash YOU! Battle Napa Results + Next Battle Announced

Leela ( and I thank all of the contributors to our third Beet ‘n Squash YOU ! event.

I’m delighted to announce Mark Palmer’s Uszka in Barszcz as my pick.

Jigga what?!

Uszka means “little ears” and Barszcz is a clear beet soup, more commonly known as Borscht. Mark lovingly rolled out the dumpling dough by hand… all from scratch! To make the stuffing, he combined shredded napa cabbage and mushrooms that were reconstituted in homemade duck stock.


Next, he simmered some beets with more clarified duck stock (mmm!) to make the Barszcz for the plump Uszka to float in.

To kick it up one more notch, he tops the comfort dish with some crispy duck crackling. I kid you not.

Congratulations, Mark! Your dedication to make this lovely dish from scratch earned you the title of Battle Napa’s Winner! Please feel free to display the badge proudly on your new blog! I look forward to seeing more of your cooking endeavors.

Your entry is also placed in our Wall of Fame.

Please visit Leela, my partner in crime, to see all the beautiful entries and Leela’s Pick.

February is Battle Mushrooms!

The Prize: Gourmet, Dried Wild Mushrooms from Untamed Feast! (A proper introduction and more details to follow.)

These are top of the line, forest- to- table wild mushrooms harvested from my backyard on Vancouver Island. You DON’T want to miss out on this one.

Submissions Due: February 5th

I’m hosting. Step up and join the fun!

Please click here for detailed instructions.

  1. January 12, 2010 by Shao

    Congrats to Mark on his entry! Can’t wait until battle mushroom. Really wanted to participate on battle napa, but sadly I didn’t have time.

  2. January 12, 2010 by Eric Ackerson

    Kuddos Mark! That recipe looks beautiful!

    Can’t wait to cook the Battle Mushroom recipe I have floating in the old brain stem….

  3. January 13, 2010 by Nastassia

    Mark did such a great job, his entry looks amazing! I can’t wait for the next challenge…mushrooms here I come!

  4. January 17, 2010 by Darina

    Congrats on the new site, Melody. Lovely photos, as always.

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