3-Ingredient Challenge

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Lopate Show is hosting a 3-Ingredient Challenge! Think of three ingredients, and challenge New York chef and 3-ingredient expert Rozanne Gold and Leonard to brainstorm creative dishes you can make at home using just those three ingredients. Your three ingredients can be any combination that inspires you, and you don’t need to include the basics like salt, pepper, cooking oil & butter, and sugar.

Name your three ingredients for the challenge. Also: do you have any favorite recipes that use only three ingredients?


Rozanne Gold

Comments [40]

bruce from nyc

About 2 years ago I attended an award dinner with my wife(a culinary wiz in her own right)for my friend Chris Maher at Beard's Townhouse in the Village in NYC.
Chris a chef and actor residing in Taos,N.M.delivered a fabulous fete and the company was great.Kicker was that I was hesitant in attending because of my busy schedule!
Sure gald we went.Remember James Beard on TV in sixties.A forerunner to all cooking shows.

Jul. 16 2009 01:03 PM
Brad Spear from Pelham, NY

Ruth Reichl didn't know what to do with beet greens - does anybody? - I've asked the ghost of Jim Beard and he asked Craig Claiborne and said "Jimmy ad bacon." Oh yeah, I know the show is over but how about beet greens, celeric (celery root) and lambs tongue? Hell add a braise of fava beens and some red wine for a Met concert in the Park concert & I'll Get Dr. Hannibal Lecter to "BEHAVE."

Jun. 12 2009 08:36 PM
Chris from Upper East Side

Mozzarella, tomatoes, basil

May. 19 2009 12:57 PM

basil, olive oil, fresh mozarella

Aug. 27 2008 01:32 AM
Vomitous Puke from chinatown

spam, government issue block cheese, cod liver oil

Aug. 26 2008 06:27 PM

I find that raw celery has a strong, unpleasant flavor and tends to burn the mouth like pinapple. I was astonished to learn that most people find it bland. The only other person that I've found that agrees with me is my brother. Genetics?

Aug. 26 2008 01:56 PM
James from Northern Westchester County

What are the top favorite three produce picks at a typical Farmers' Market?

Aug. 26 2008 01:54 PM
Leonardo from Queens

You mentioned that some people do not like cilantro because of an enzime that affects some people by making Cilantro taste like soap.
Is there anything about celery - specially it's raw smell that may revolt certain people - in particular, it's somewhat of a strong smell that makes your stomach turn - though I can eat it fine in soup ONCE it's cooked

Aug. 26 2008 01:51 PM
Michael Lo from Rahway, NJ

sardines, cow's liver, tofu

Aug. 26 2008 01:49 PM
Betty Arce from Bronx, New York

Hey don't knock the "big green" avocados. They are delicious and I prefer them to the Haas. In Puerto Rico, where I'm from, the avocados are very nutty and creamy. I eat them just as is, with a little extra virgin oil, lime or lemon juicee, and some salt.

Aug. 26 2008 01:45 PM
Dalia from Ditmas Park

beets, carrots, broccoli

Aug. 26 2008 01:44 PM

Ok, ok, I'll swap the mint jelly for peaches.

Is there any good use for mint jelly? It just tastes like toothpaste to me.

Aug. 26 2008 01:44 PM
Scott Alexander from Brooklyn


Yellow Mustard
Balsamic vinegar


Aug. 26 2008 01:37 PM
sandra Boer from Bronx

3 of my favorite ingredients:




recipe please???

Aug. 26 2008 01:36 PM
Noah from Brooklyn

Avocado, Corn and Chocolate

Aug. 26 2008 01:35 PM
Rich from blairstown nj

It is August, and these are right outside my kitchen window:

1. Tomatos

2. Basil

3. Peppers

Aug. 26 2008 01:34 PM
Michael from Manhattan

Oh, Joanna, my tastes exactly! Did you know that it's pretty common to smear peanut butter in the curve of a celery stalk? Ugh. Nasty.

Aug. 26 2008 01:34 PM
Fowzy from east village

when i'm motivated, i cook lentils. when i'm lazy, i eat peanut butter. when i'm out, i eat pasta.


Aug. 26 2008 01:32 PM

Did I hear right? Did Leonard really just say "ungepatchke"? I love this show.

Aug. 26 2008 01:30 PM
Nancy from Brooklyn

Canned smoked sardines packed in olive oil, panko, and frozen peas

Aug. 26 2008 01:26 PM


Aug. 26 2008 01:26 PM
Joanna from Brooklyn

Three of my least favorite things

1. celery
2. coffee
3. peanut butter

Aug. 26 2008 01:25 PM
Lance from Manhattan


Aug. 26 2008 01:25 PM
Michael from Manhattan

1. Raw yellowtail

2. Cheddar cheese

3. Milk chocolate

Aug. 26 2008 01:24 PM
sara from manhattan

I'm broke...

Eggs, pickles, and vegetable broth.


Aug. 26 2008 01:06 PM

How about

Hanger steak, nopales and mint jelly?

I make rice with onions and sliced whole lemons (plus salt and oil).

Aug. 26 2008 12:38 PM
Paul from NYC

I would be very impressed if you can figure this one out:

1. Pork Brisket (trimmed from below the pork ribs)
2. Lingonberry Jam
3. Celery Root.

Aug. 26 2008 12:05 PM
Michael Lapinski from Brooklyn

Just got back from a vacation and my roommate ate all of my groceries. What can I make with capers, oatmeal packets, and seltzer?

Aug. 26 2008 12:05 PM
O from Forest Hills

strawberries, heavy cream & eggs

Aug. 26 2008 12:04 PM
Anne-Marie from Montreal, Canada

Eggs, potatoes, garam masala...

Aug. 26 2008 11:42 AM
shc from Manhattan

something involving jicama and/or daikon radish, cilantro, and fish

Aug. 26 2008 11:32 AM
Marc Naimark from Paris

I've got some cream cheese (fromage frais) in my fridge I need to use. I've also got quite a few scallions. And there's always rice in the house...

Aug. 26 2008 11:07 AM
bruce vogel

tomatillo salsa
tomatillos, garlic and chipotle pepper.
I coat the tomtillos and garlic in oil and roast. blend with a chipotle pepper and salt, & pepper. can add lemon, epazote and cilantro but it's fine without them too.

Aug. 26 2008 09:21 AM

Sundried Tomato Polenta, melted mozzarella cheese, with Francesco Rinaldi's (hot & spicy) "Diavolo" sauce.

Aug. 25 2008 08:20 PM
Sarah from Brooklyn

Using up 3 kinds of lunch meats? Roasted turkey slices, bologna, and ham slices?

Aug. 25 2008 05:21 PM
Emily from Brooklyn

Something that will pack a protein punch for vegetarians like me from eggs, tempeh and hummus.

Aug. 25 2008 02:03 PM
Benita from brooklyn

Dried shredded coconut, molasses, dried figs. I'm pregnant, I've have been craving all three.

Aug. 25 2008 01:42 PM
ch from NJ

pink grapefruit, cilantro, ginger...a few of my favorite things. Something besides a salsa?

Aug. 25 2008 01:31 PM
Jeff from ithaca

Pistachios, soba noodles, kombu.

Aug. 25 2008 01:30 PM
Sarah from Brooklyn

Canned salmon, rice noodles, and coconut milk. I have all 3 sitting in my pantry unused.

Aug. 22 2008 05:06 PM

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