Oh, Big Easy

Sunday night was the season finale of The Amazing Race.  I don’t think I was the only one to be a little verklempt about going into the final episode without the Globetrotters.  Flight Time and Big Easy were such good sports and showmen and just so darn likeable that even when Big Easy spectacularly blew the Kafka challenge in Prague and they were eliminated in the previous episode, I still sort of expected them to be at the starting point for the finale anyway.  How could we go on without them? 

Well, we did manage to soldier bravely on, thanks in part to guacamole, Jambalaya/Paella, and homemade ice cream. 

Before Kate and Aaron arrived, we were talking about danger foods.  You know–the food you simply can’t keep in your house or you’ll eat ALL of it?  Rob said homemade ice cream was his downfall, and I admitted that for me, it’s chips and salsa or guacamole.  Enter Kate and Aaron, who plop down a giant bowl of guacamole and a bag of chips, directly in front of me on the coffee table.  Dip, munch.  Dip, munch.  Uh oh! 

I did manage to tear myself away from the guacamole for long enough to dish up a plate of their yummy dinner.  Was it jambalaya, or was it paella?  I’d call it a successful fusion of both, one pan featuring sausage, and the other with shrimp.  Lightly spicy, with bits of bell pepper, the rice was cooked to a perfect crust on the bottom.  Then there was that bowl of guacamole still in front of me, for a postprandial snack. 

Rob’s homemade ice cream was the last word in ice cream.  I tend to be suspicious of the homemade variety.  Too many times, it’s been over-hyped as the ultimate dessert, then when the ice cream maker is proudly opened, I end up with a mushy bowl of something resembling, heaven forbid, ice-milk–thin tasting with annoying ice crystals in it.  Well, we had none of that ice-milk sadness.  Both the eggnog flavor and the Reese’s peanut butter cup flavor were as rich and creamy as anything Haagen-Dazs ever churned out, but with much fresher flavors. 

I could only spare room for a few bites of the ice cream however, because there was still a little bit of guacamole in the bottom of the bowl. 

And congratulations to Lindsey, the lucky winner of the Amazing Race betting pool.  May she take her winnings to Vegas and parlay them into a cool million.

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