PC wins the thread as usual, though dcarch isn't far behind.
I'm a fan of both Prawncracker's and Dcarch's food, but I wouldn't say that either of them represents the "best" food on this thread. Everybody here cooks food that is wonderful in some way. What contest? One of the best things about this thread is the huge variety of cooking styles here.
I think some people's food photos are art in and of themselves (Prawn, dcarch and Keith_W immediately come to mind), others post good photos of some damn fine cookin' (RRO, Blether, Rico, Scotty and a whole bunch of other people), and another group post mediocre snaps of whatever food they drunkenly mangled last night. I love this thread because there's space for everyone here; that said, I think it's just natural for some posters to get more attention than others.
(btw, I belong in the third category.
Anyway, New Year's Eve dinner was grilled beef, a bit of a tradition in our little circle. Here's some photos.
Searing some ribs (seared ones are on the upper grill) along with bacon-wrapped, cream cheese-stuffed chiles and salsa ingredients. There's small potatoes with butter and herbs in those foil packages in the firebox.
Salsa ended up getting made in the blender, as our host does not own a molcajete. Guess what he's getting on his birthday.
Medium rare and just salted is how I like my beef, but the ladies in our group think that's barbaric. Here's some ribs wrapped in foil with rosemary. Our host won't even tolerate the smell of garlic and one of the girls can't stand onions so... Anyway, these were cooked to barely pink in the foil pouch. Waste of good beef if you ask me, but they smelled pretty nice.
Tri-tip/picanha is my second-favorite cut, after rib steak. Here I'm trying out a sort of Ducasse method modified for the grill, flipping often to get a good sear while keeping the inside nice and pink.
One of the tri-tips got the foil pouch and rosemary treatment as well.
Overall, the meal was pretty decent, enough that the guests managed to destroy the meat before I could get photos of the finished products.
This is my skillet. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My skillet is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it, as I must master my life. Without me my skillet is useless. Without my skillet, I am useless. I must season my skillet well. I will. Before God I swear this creed. My skillet and myself are the makers of my meal. We are the masters of our kitchen. So be it, until there are no ingredients, but dinner. Amen.