Mango Mania 2017

The most devout mango lovers I know gather in a grove of moonlit mango trees to kickoff the start of each season. There’s tropical music, a bar serving every kind of mango cocktail, and of course there’s mango food galore.Each person brings their best mango dish for the recipe contest. Think chili cook-off in the mango underworld. The election process is suspicious. The ballot box may have been stuffed, and my ballot disappeared before it was complete. But this is Florida, after all.
Some standouts included a green mango salad, mango and shrimp lettuce cups, mango-chipotle pulled pork sliders (Toby is still talking about those), and some beautiful rice dishes laced with fresh mangos. After all that, making room for dessert is a challenge. How do you pass up a mango-cashew croissant? Or mango cobbler? And then there’s Carroll, making customized mango granitas with fresh lime zest, dousing each one with a squirt bottle of tequila.These exquisite little mango cheesecakes have a gingersnap crust and they’re garnished with mango leather and fresh coconut. They’re laced with cardamom. I’m kicking myself for not smuggling a few home in my purse. I think I could have fit a few more mango cookies in there, too. You know, for later.The Urban Gypsies serenaded us all night, and Toby joined in on the ukulele for some John Prine tunes.  

At the end of the night, the mango queen of St. Petersburg announced the winners:

Best Appetizer – Champagne Mango with Brie, by Meg and Lon
Best Soup or Salad – Thai Mango Salad, by Joe 
Best Entree – Stuffed Pork, by Gary 
Best Dessert – Mango Granita, by Carroll 
aaaannnnd…..Best of Show – Mango Mahi Larb created by Danielle and Toby Rose!   Woooohoooo!
I’ll be finding those black sesame seeds around my kitchen for a long time to come.
I’ll post some winning recipes for you soon, but for now, check out these previous winners:
Cheers to all you mango lovers, and happy mango season!







11 Comments Mango Mania 2017

  1. bt June 13, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Congratulations, Danielle! Great job on the Mango Mahi Larb. Very creative and unique dish!

    1. suwanneerose June 13, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      Thanks, bt! You’ll have to try it out soon with Los Mangos!

  2. Diane Bedard June 13, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Great post Danielle! Made me wish I was there 🙂 Keep up the great blogging.


    1. suwanneerose June 13, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      Thank you so much, Diane! Happy Mango Season to you!

  3. Julie June 13, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    What a fantastic reason for a party! I’m seriously drooling!

    1. suwanneerose June 13, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      I look forward to it all year. Mangos make me love summer in Florida.

  4. Nicole June 14, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Congratulations! Your dish looked divine.. P.S. did you ever find your ballot?!?

    1. suwanneerose June 14, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      Thanks, Nicole! Yes, Toby says he finished my ballot and submitted it because I was taking too long. Voter fraud!

  5. Kelley June 15, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Never a moment’s doubt you wouldn’t take the Blue Ribbon!

    1. suwanneerose June 16, 2017 at 8:45 am

      I’m glad you had faith in me, Kelley. Toby and I immediately had doubts when we saw Gary slicing these giant pork roasts wrapped in bacon and stuffed with mangos. It’s hard to beat bacon.

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