For this special holiday edition of the Paper Chef (there must be a holiday of some kind happening near this time no matter WHERE you are) the final ingredients are:

1)Cheddar cheese – any kind but I would recommend avoiding the rubbery mild American kinds and also avoid Keen’s or Montgomery from Neal’s Yard Dairy because cooking with them is a crime.

2)Olives – lots of room for interpretation here…

3)Spinach – pretty straightforward so far…

and 4) The special ‘topical or seasonal’ ingredient. Since this is the holiday edition, what is more appropriate than a gift? The gift of a choice. You may choose ONE of cream or potatoes as your fourth ingredient, but NOT both!

And. of course, as usual, any other ingredients you care to use – but you MUST use the four above.

Our judge this time is Sarah of The Delicious Life.

You may start as soon as you read this – but this time you get a second gift – the gift of time. I’m on vacation next week and so can’t do my roundup until I get back. So you get until Monday July 11th at Noon PST to devise your recipe, cook your dish and write it up! Then email a link to your entry to the email that is now listed at the top right on my blog. Spectacular whining, preferably with stupendously creative excuses left in the comments area, might normally get you an extended deadline but not this time.

Winner gets to put up the prestigious Paper Chef Winner icon (which will be supplied) and also gets to judge next month (if they want). Have fun!