While washing the dishes, I told Mellie that I was surprised that absolutely everything we tried was delicious. I was sort of expecting a couple things to stand out as either the best or the worst, and it turned out that everything was highlighted as its own particular uphoria. It was a very nicely done Throwdown at Mellanie's place, and I'm looking forward to the next adventure.
While I may not participate as a cook in the future, I offered to bring a dessert that has been at hit at my family parties (but I'm not telling you what it is because, in the words of Alton Brown: "That's another show", and I'm saving it for fall). I want to offer her something, even if I don't feel that I would be useful in the kitchen. I was just glad to have been invited to this unique, friendly culinary competition and to watch all the creative minds at work as they established their menus. Thanks everyone!