The threats have been made, the mobilization process begun. Yes, the gefiltes have been swimming into *glassShallot's dockside headquarters one by one. And I must say, I'm hearten-ED to see how many of our fine finned friends have decided to give their lives for such noble research. That's right, this is Episode One of the Great Gefilte Fish-off (read the first post and introduction to the virtual hunt for America's best gefilte here). And I can today report the reception of five notable recipes. Be aware, as you read this: hardworking *glassShallot employees are currently carting in sacks of ripe carp by the dozen, and the kitchen-testing process will get underway as soon as humanly possible. For those who haven't yet entered, what, pray tell, is wrong with you? Surely you're tough enough to handle some scale slime for the sake of a tasty Rosh Hashanah snack. Or maybe you're just not capable of something so virtuous? Maybe that's just the kind of person you are: weak, scared, lame, lacking any semblance of compassion in your spoiled, halibut-like heart. To those potential competitors, I can only say this: You will go down in your everyday lives and rue the day you shunned gefiltes. Frightened, as well you should be? Get yourself together, man and woman, and be the biggest baddest sturgeon on your stoop by submitting your recipe here again! Homeade gefiltes will rise. Oh yes: rise they will.