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September 21, 2011

test for blake


MORE WORDS!!!! This is 7 of the 8 of us at the Knorr4 Cook-off which was hosted at BlogHer'11. Just looking at the picture makes me want to run back and experience all of it again. AH-MAZE-ING. For real.
It was such an amazing experience and to any of you bloggers out there, please go to BlogHer'12. PLEASE! You will NOT regret it. There is such a comraderie between everyone. We just get each other. We know what it's like to try to build your name, keep the kids happy, stay sane and do what you love.

Knorr and BLAKE IS MESSING WITH MY POST!!!!!!! did an amazing job. The day of the competition started out fantastic, but by the time I was prepping my food I had become nervous. Jan, from A little Glimpse (the one on my right) was so kind and just kept reminding me to take a deep breath.

We were able to use the kitchen to prep all of our dishes. I was getting sick to my stomach because I had specifically prepared something that was delicious, full of flavor, but most importantly, easy for every day cooks. Around me, wow, the dishes were amazing. Tons of fresh ingredients, some I'd never even worked with before. I kept thinking, "Ok, um I really should have gone for something more impressive!" Then I would think, no, this is what I'm all about. I want to teach people that you can start off slow and easy, but still impress your friends, family and loved ones.

By the time we made it out to the Knorr booth I was feeling anxious to get cooking. It's funny because once the cameras turned on and we were cooking our recipes I actually felt completely fine. Not at all nervous. Well, not true. At the beginning everyone was introducing themselves and one contestant had a whole crowd of supporters while the rest of us didn't know a soul at BlogHer. That threw me for a second. Everyone erupted in cheers for her and I leaned over to Crepes of Wrath and said, "wow. Nothing like having the crowd cheer for your competitor." But, let me make it clear... I wasn't bugged. I just had that moment of, "I have no one here in person cheering me on." AND THEN....
Amy from Super Healthy Kids showed up and gave me a little thumbs up and a smile. Friends, I suddenly was perfectly fine. I remembered who I was, why I was there and that I had all of you cheering me on from all over the United States. (Thank you so much for your sweet comments, emails, texts, and tweets) Love you all ;)

Away we all cooked. I loved it. Can I have my own show? Knorr, why don't you think about that? It would be awesome. We could teach recipes through the internet vs. cable. Call me ;)
I had met Sydney, an amazing chef that competed on Chopped, and he let me talk through my whole recipe with him. I felt like I had already had a dry run. The cameras watched our every move. Einav asked us questions. We cooked. We cooked some more. Then it ended and we all took a huge, deep breath.

Want to watch me in action? I know you do!!! Click HERE see how it all went down and what I have to say about Knorr!

So, then we waited around, did some interviews and got hit with exhaustion. All of us kept saying that once we were done we were suddenly so tired. We had all been nervous etc. Anyway, then they announced the winners.

Oh guys, I thought I had no chance. I had 100% decided that my prize was just getting to come so I kinda just chilled. Then Einav announced my name. You can kind of see it in the video, I say, "Shut the front door!" Haha. I'm so embarassed. What a dork. Oh well. Too late now. Can't be taking that back. I was just so shocked!!!!!!

This experience was AMAZING. The chefs are so talented. Knorr is a quality company and Oglivy is one of the best PR companies I've worked with (And I've worked with a lot being on the Simply the Sweet Life team).

I can't tell you how much I believe in Knorr. It's a company that truly cares about their products and wants to help consumers to know how to use it and become better cooks.
I'm so excited to have the opportunity to get out there and talk to people about what I believe in, Reinventing Family Dinner. It's so important. I would give anything to teach the world that cooking does not have to be a chore. It doesn't have to be hard, time consuming and expensive. Being in the kitchen helps families create healthier food choices and healthier lives. It does. You think more about what you're eating and how much. It's the best place to bond with your loved ones. You get to teach your children how to cook, about math and science and you get to spend quality time together which opens up the door for your children to talk to you. Really talk to you.

Here's what I love about the Knorr Concentrated Homestyle stock. Since so many of you have asked why I prefer it.
*More flavor vs the tasteless water that other stocks can be
*Ease of use. You can use it without diluting it like I did, or you can add it to ANY liquid
*Ease of storage. Hello!! No more cartons and cans taking up so much space in your pantry.
*Quality. It's quality stock. Period.


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So grateful for this experience. I am so excited!!
I hope you'll all stop by and say hello. I love hearing from people. (What blogger doesn't?)

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