Perfect Pairing Winners!

We were so excited by the amount of entries in the ModCloth Cooks Perfect Pairing Contest! Thank you to all who submitted an outfit/recipe pair. They were all so unique, creative, and delicious. Adorable outfits matched with amazing recipes like Shark Steak with Swiss Chard, Chili Rellenos, Norwegian Kladdkake, Peruvian Ceviche, and Kenyan Sukuma Wiki made the decision very difficult, but we are happy to announce our winners…

Congratulations to Laurel for her “Orange You Glad It’s Almost Summer” pairing! Laurel’s delightfully simple and surprisingly citrusy orange blondies matched with a breezy, zesty summer outfit stole our hearts. Laurel will receive up to $100 towards her winning ensemble!

In second place is Kelly‘s “The Secret Orchard” pairing! Her Victorian style, apple-and-rose infused outfit mirrors the intricate rose petal apple pie recipe she chose, and she even created a glog on Glogster to show us how it would look.

Our third place winner is Janet, who not only proposed a colorful outfit and creative recipe, but also sorted out city planning disasters with her “Urban Architect Get-Up and Gingerbread Citizens!”

For the complete winning outfits and recipes, keep reading…and don’t forget to check out the ModCloth Cooks Kitchen Sale!

First Place Outfit – Orange You Glad It’s Almost Summer

Country Grove Top
Treasure Island Shorts
What’s the Story Earrings
Step Right Up Wedges

Recipe

Orange No-Chocolate Brownies

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
4 eggs
2 teaspoons pure orange extract
1 teaspoon grated orange zest

Glaze
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon grated orange zest

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan and set aside. In a mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, and salt. Add butter, eggs, orange extract, and orange zest and beat with a hand-held electric mixer until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until light golden brown and set. Remove from oven and pierce top of entire cake with a fork. For the glaze, combine all ingredients in a bowl, stirring until smooth. Pour glaze over cake. Cool cake and cut into squares.

Second Place Outfit – The Secret Orchard

Sweetheart Roses Earrings in White
Rose Around the Ring in Antique Silver
Two Servings a Day Belt in Black
Victorian Tank in Anne Bronte
Rose Trellis Skirt
Secret Garden Peep Toes in Black

Recipe

Rose Apple Pie

7 medium apples, peeled, cored, and sliced 1/8 inch thick
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 9” frozen pie shell
1-1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 refrigerated pie crust
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 egg, separated
2 Tablespoons butter
4 teaspoons cornstarch

In a large bowl, combine the apples, lemon juice, sugars, cinnamon and nutmeg and toss to mix. Allow the apples to set for 30 minutes to 3 hours at room temperature. Transfer the apples and their juices to a colander suspended over a bowl to catch the liquid. The mixture will release about ½ cup of liquid.

Allow pie shell to sit at room temperature for 15 minutes to defrost. Preheat oven to 425oF. Line the pie shell with foil and fill with dried beans. Bake for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, unfold the pie crust. Using a sharp knife, cut about 30-40 1-to-1½ -inch leaves (use the tip of the knife to “draw” the veins on the leaves). Cover and refrigerate. When pie shell is done, remove the beans & foil. Cool crust on a rack for 3 minutes, then brush bottom and sides with slightly beaten egg white. When you’re done, add the reserved yolk to the remaining egg white. Beat slightly, cover and refrigerate.

Spray a 4-cup heat-proof measure with non-stick vegetable spray, add the liquid and butter and boil in the microwave on high for about 7-8 minutes, until caramelized and syrupy. Meanwhile, transfer the apples to a bowl and toss them with the cornstarch until all traces of it have disappeared. Pour the hot syrup over the apples, tossing gently.

Make 3 layers of apples by placing them flat on the bottom of the pie shell. Over the layers, arrange the apples, on edge, overlapping the slices in concentric circles, starting from the outside. Keep adding more apples, using the tip of a knife to help insert them between the other slices, until you have used all of the slices. Pour any remaining apple juices evenly over the apples.

Brush the baked pie crust rim with the egg. Brush the bottom of each leaf with egg and place the leaves on the border, tilting them and overlapping them slightly. Cover the pie loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes before baking to chill the pastry.

Place a baking sheet, covered with foil, in the oven before preheating. Preheat the oven to 425oF. Set the pie on the baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Cover pie with foil and crimp it in 3 or 4 places to create a dome. Continue baking for 45-50 minutes or until apples feel tender but not mushy when pierced with a cake tester. Remove foil and bake for 5 minutes or until the top of the apples is golden brown. Remove pie to a rack.

Third Place Outfit – Urban Architect Get-Up

Connect the Rex Tee
Stenographer’s Skirt
Baker Street Booties
Santa Clara Scarf
Pool Party Wayfarers

Recipe

Gingerbread Citizens

1/4 c. butter
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. dark molasses
3 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. salt
5 tbsp. or more water
Tube white icing

Blend butter and sugar, then add molasses. In separate bowl sift flour together with baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and dash of salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture in small amounts alternately with water, adding additional flour if the mix is still too wet. Knead the dough then wrap in cling-wrap and place in fridge for 10 minutes.
Roll out thin and use favorite cookie-men cutters and knifes to create both citizens and a utopia to contain them – skyscrapers, terrace houses or whatever strikes your urban heart. Bake in moderate oven (350 degrees Farenheit) for 8 minutes, watching the tops turn a gentle brown. Let them cool, then decorate as demographically desired!

Thanks again to everyone who submitted a pairing. We’ll be featuring some of the entries in future ModCloth Cooks posts!

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21 Responses to Perfect Pairing Winners!

  1. Anna 05/14/2009 at 11:51 am #

    Congrats girls!

  2. Char 05/14/2009 at 11:54 am #

    These are the winning outfits and recipes? Eww. Really?

  3. Katie 05/14/2009 at 1:24 pm #

    Cute outfits, ladies! I’m just wondering, though…how did you all get your pictures taken *in* the outfits? Haha.

  4. Katie 05/14/2009 at 1:25 pm #

    Or do you three work on the website? Rofl, I’m a nerd…

  5. Tiffany 05/14/2009 at 1:26 pm #

    Yay! Congrats Janet, Laurel, and Kelly, but curses too because I am on a diet and these recipes look scrumptious. Will take all of my power not to bake the gingerbread citizens tonight while doing laundry.

  6. Ellie 05/14/2009 at 1:27 pm #

    haha yeah they do katie. :)

  7. Rachel 05/14/2009 at 1:54 pm #

    i like the 3rd outfit/ recipe combo best :)

  8. Chelsea K. 05/14/2009 at 2:03 pm #

    Wow! I am definitely going to have to make those orange brownies! YUM!!

  9. Maggie 05/14/2009 at 2:17 pm #

    Katie – we all work for ModCloth! 1 is Molly, 2 is Maggie, and 3 is Alicia!

  10. Joy 05/15/2009 at 3:02 am #

    So… all three winners of the contest were Mod Cloth employees?

    How… very in-house. Congrats.

  11. Molly 05/15/2009 at 5:00 am #

    Hi, Joy,
    We’re just modeling the winning outfits! None of the contest winners work for ModCloth!

  12. Adrienne 05/15/2009 at 6:26 am #

    I think Kelly’s outfit is so cute! I tried to put together an outfit with the similar kind of vibe to it, but she did much better.

  13. Daniel S. 05/15/2009 at 8:52 am #

    Orange You Glad? They’re so tasty!

    …can we get some more in the office, please? :D

  14. Lizzy 05/15/2009 at 1:26 pm #

    Char I agree with you. There were so many more entries that were way more creative and appealing than the ones chosen.

  15. Emma 05/15/2009 at 4:01 pm #

    congrats ladies! :)
    does anyone know when the glogster contest winners will be anounced?

  16. Christine 05/15/2009 at 8:43 pm #

    Congrats girls, these recipes look delicious! I would have never thought to put orange in blondies! Trying soon!

  17. Delilah 05/18/2009 at 5:17 am #

    So… was the glog actually taken into consideration when judging this contest??? While it is nice to see someone go above and beyond, you did not ask for a glog in the rules, and I don’t think any outside webpages should have been viewed due to the risk of creating an unfair bias when judging. Just my humble opinion!

  18. Shelbz 05/18/2009 at 4:41 pm #

    The 3rd outfit is kind of a fashion disaster. It doesn’t clash.

  19. Chels 05/22/2009 at 4:51 pm #

    I’m not diggin’ these outfits…

  20. Jenna 05/31/2009 at 8:13 am #

    congrats! I luuuuv these recipes!!:)

  21. Caroline 06/05/2009 at 11:40 am #

    How did 1 get first place? The outfit doesn’t look good and isn’t flattering.

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