The time is fast approaching for me to head to Toronto for the Real Women of Philadelphia live cook off and I have to tell you, the excitement is mounting!
Being the long time foodie and internet/television junkie that you know me to be, getting selected as a finalist is the realization of many dreams.
As such, I am trying to live within a spirit of gratitude and to really live every moment of this experience including the days leading up to it.
With enough *ahem* years under my belt, I know how easy it is to let the important moments of our life slip through our fingers without really taking the time to immerse ourselves in an experience - so I am immersing. Having fun shopping, and planning, and dreaming, and cooking.
Tomorrow night my mom is hosting a dinner party for four of her friends that I am going to cater featuring some of my favourite Philly creations.
We will be starting with:
Crostini di Polenta with Tomato Basil Cream Sauce
Twice Baked Lobster and Truffle Baby Potatoes
The entree will feature rice pilaf, baby carrots in butter, and my winning recipe for
Creamy Pistachio and Mango Chutney Pork Tenderloin
And finally, dessert!
We will be having Crispy, Creamy Apple Turnovers
I plan to take lots of pictures and maybe even film a little bit of the dinner.
And the nice thing about my menu (as is always the case with my dinner parties) is that just about everything can be done in advance.
The polenta can be made, wrapped and rolled - ready for frying - the day before and the sauce can be made earlier in the day without the cream cheese and re-heated.
The potatoes can be completely put together in the morning and then just simply popped into the oven a half hour before guests arrive.
The tenderloin can be stuffed and tied in the morning and then simply seared off and roasted when the potatoes come out of the oven. And the apple turnovers can be assembled ahead of time and popped into the oven while your guests eat dinner.
All in all, this will be a spectacular meal and a fun way to celebrate and enjoy the moments leading up to my departure for Toronto.
While I am there I will be taking lots of pictures and filming the experience.
And set your calendars for the evening of July 6th which is when the live cookoff takes place and when the four finalists are announced. I will be providing links to that prior to the event.
So happy cooking everyone, and here's to reaching for your dreams. We may not always get there, but the journey toward them is certainly worth the ride!