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Tooting My Own Horn

On Wednesday morning, li’l ole me did a cooking segment on CH Morning Live in Hamilton. Their host, Brian, and I chatted about Real Women of Philadelphia and my cauliflower crème brûlée. The best part is when I call a spatula a whisk about half way through, hahahaha. I just wanted to share it with you, and give myself a pat on the back for managing to talk and cook simultaneously without chopping my fingers off. Here’s a link, for your viewing pleasure:

http://chch.com/index.php/morning-live-blog/item/4563-the-real-women-of-philadelphia

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The Hosts With the Most

Just swimming in a sea of Philadelphia gift bags

As you may have heard by now, the hosts of Kraft’s Real Women of Philadelphia Canada have been announced, and I am one of the lucky four. Along with appetizer host, Angela Amati, entrée host, Lyndsay Wells, and dessert host, Laurie Pearson, I will be leading Real Women’s Canadian online community as side dish host. There is a bitter-sweetness to this transition as we leave behind our time in Toronto, but I’m looking forward to what’s in store. The four of us will be introducing the community’s next contest on July 25th, so keep your eye on www.realwomenofphiladelphia.ca.

I can’t express how honoured I feel to have participated in the cook-off with such an incredible and diverse group of women. Each of you inspires me to be a better person and a better cook. Candice, Miriam, Sue, Elisa, Mandy, Danielle, Lisa, Kristen, JoHanna, Andrea, Leanne, and Althea, getting to know you has been a privilege.

Here are a few snap shots of the gala. The evening was absolutely spectacular, and everyone was dressed to impress. The winning dishes were announced as they were served to guests in the ballroom of the Thompson hotel. It was incredible to see 180 portions of my winning dish come out of the kitchen. Needless to say, the dessert finalists didn’t have much appetite, as they had to wait until the end of the meal to find out who had won.

I wish I had documented the experience more thoroughly, but my euphoria kept me from my camera. The lovely people at Eqal have uploaded photos here http://www.realwomenofphiladelphia.ca/post/awards-dinner-snapshots so you can get a better picture of the evening.

After getting the news on Wednesday night, we were in store for an early morning. We headed off to the Kraft kitchens at 6:30am on Thursday for a long day of filming. Luckily, there were plenty of snacks on hand to keep us going. I have no idea how everyone at Kraft stays so slim with all of those tempting treats calling to them.

The entire filming process was unbelievable. Everyone on set was incredibly talented and made me feel so special. I learned so much from the experience, and it was amazing to see the amount of thought and planning that went into creating our cooking videos. I can’t wait for all of you to see them. Thanks so much to everyone involved!

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Ladies Who Lunch…with Anna Olson!

Here are a few more updates on the happenings at the RWoP gathering in Toronto. I spent the morning catching up on the forums at www.realwomenofphiladelphia.ca before heading off to a lovely lunch at Scarpetta. We were accompanied to a private dining room by Anna Olson herself, and sat down to a beautiful table lined with copies of Anna’s cookbook “Fresh” which she later signed for us to take home.

The Thompson hotel’s head chef,Robert Mills, prepared a sumptuous meal of seared tuna, tender lamb, and chocolate tarte. The tables were turned when he came into the dining room to introduce himself and his dishes, as he had judged our creations at the cook-off yesterday. Everything was delectable, and in true “foodie” style, we were all snapping away trying to capture each course on camera.

Lyndsay was in full form channeling Lurleen by popular demand.

Anna moved down to our end of the table half way through lunch, and we chatted about food, travel, and of course, RWoP. She is even lovelier in person than on camera, and she personally signed each of our beautiful new cookbooks. I can’t wait to try her Blueberry Corn Toss, one of her favourite recipes from “Fresh”.

Other highlights of the afternoon included a trip to the St. Lawrence market, and a walk through the distillery district. Anna suggested we visit Soma, a chocolate shop that transforms their product from bean to bar on site. It was well worth the trip.

We finished off an incredible day by treating ourselves to the epitome of Toronto dining at Canoe restaurant. Each course was spectacular, and Chef John Horne surprised us with a tour of the kitchen. To say that the day was memorable is a major understatement. Gourmet overload!

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RWoP Hit Toronto!

The Real Women of Philadelphia have landed in Toronto, and we are having a blast. Last night we had a lovely dinner at The Counter at The Thompson hotel. Today we headed off to the infamous Kraft kitchens to prepare our recipes and present them to the judges. So far everything has been unreal. The Kraft kitchens are beautiful, and all of the staff involved with RWoP have made the experience so comfortable and welcoming. It has been surreal meeting all of the women that I have come to know and love at www.realwomenofphiladelphia.ca. Here are some photos of our time here so far.

I brought homemade sugar cookie oven mitts, and Lisa made lavender bath salts for everyone.

Miriam brought adorable whisks for us!

Here I am prepping my workspace

Take a look at the kitchen where Miriam and I worked our magic!

 

Here’s the judging room:

Lisa getting her cook on

Candice and Laurie are getting accquainted with their surroundings.

And finally happy birthday to Mandy, celebrating her 24th at the Kraft kitchen!

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