As you all know, I recently threw my hat in the ring to be a part of a new cooking competition - this time featuring the inimitable Philadelphia Cream Cheese.
The premise for The Real Women of Philadelphia is to find Canada's next great cooking star and its not too late to enter!
Through a series of 8 challenges featuring appetizers, sides, main courses, and desserts, Canadian cooks are encouraged to create and present their best dishes featuring Philadelphia Cream Cheese via home video.
Two finalists will be selected each week, for a total of 16 finalists who will go on to compete in a live cook-off event hosted by Anna Olson in Toronto. Out of that, four winners will be selected to host The Real Women of Philadelphia Website by starring in their own cooking videos, participating as a contributing editor within the community, and contributing to an online cookbook, and each will take home $20,000.00!!
Although you don't have to do this, I plan to stretch myself by entering the competition each week with a new video as "The Determined Dieter" - featuring me going from Flabulosity to Fabulosity cooking with Philly Cream Cheese.
In the meantime, it is fast becoming evident that being a part of a contest such as this is not a solitary affair.
Not only have my entire family (and friends) been subjected to several tastings, the man I married was promoted to "production assistant" over the weekend which involved looking after his pampered star as I pranced around in white spandex and demanded another "take."
Next thing you know I'll be requesting my own green room and Evian water to wash my hair.
And yes, I realize I just dated myself with the Carol Burnett reference.
Lets get to the first video!
This week featuring "Philly Nibblers"
Moist little bites of cornbread that have been baked with Philly Light cream cheese instead of butter and filled with a creamy cocktail shrimp and Philly centre.
The recipe can be accessed via my profile on the site.
And here is the video.
(Please note that I accidentally say the cornbread takes 1 Tbsp of sugar (d'uh!) when the recipe I submitted actually calls for 1/4 cup.)
Live broadcasting people, it's not for the faint of heart!
Stay tuned tomorrow for a new recipe and an AMAZING tip.
Until then, be well everyone and Happy Tuesday!