In other news…

What happened to “Food Fact Fridays”?  I learned a valuable lesson Thursday night.  I was on the phone with my sister, who lives in NJ, and we don’t get to talk often.  When we do, it’s an evening of catching up and “what’s new with you.”.  At the same time as I was talking with her Thursday night, I was preparing my Friday post.  I am usually pretty good at multi-tasking, but apparently not talking on the phone and typing.  The problem, you see, wasn’t in the typing.  It was in the saving.  I thought I had saved what I typed before shutting everything down for the night.  Friday morning when I went to make the post…ummm…not on my computer…bummer…Did you need to know all that?  I don’t know.  I did feel like I owed an explanation.  So, to those of my faithful followers I apologize for being neglectful.

In other news, these are just a few things I wanted to share with you:

* Back before Easter, Geni over at Sweet and Crumby, ran a contest, partnered with McCormick, for a really nice gift pack of their products.  Two lucky winners were drawn.  Myself and Lianna at The Little Spork were the lucky recipients!  Yeah!  Lianna was a good girl and posted right away.  I have been a bad girl because my intentions were to make a recipe from McCormick and post it along with thanking Geni and McCormick for the wonderful prize.  I still intend on making something, but my thank you is long overdue!  My apologies Geni for being so lackadaisical.

"It's a major award!"

*Every year Pillsbury has a $1 Million Bake-off contest.  This year I decided to enter.  I was going to make something savory, but ended up entering with a pie that I make.  During the summer, Pillsbury selects 20 recipes to go head-to-head, two at a time, for online voting which will result in 10 finalists.  That will begin very soon.  The remaining 90 finalists will be chosen and notified by Pillsbury sometime after September 1st.  If my recipe is chosen for online voting, I will be notified 2 weeks in advance of when it will go live and then everyone has two weeks to vote for my recipe.  I will let you know if that happens.  Either way, being a finalist would be an awesome experience!  I will keep you posted.

*I love Asian cooking.  I have a wok and I can make a pretty mean pork fried rice.  I have even dabbled with making eggrolls.  Anyway, through twitter, quite a while back, I started following Rasa Malaysia which is an Asian cooking website.  Bee, the author of the website, is about to release her very first cook book.  Back in August on her website she was looking for recipe testers.  She selected about 88 testers out of about 350 responses.  I was very honored to be selected as a tester!  The book is about to be released overseas.  The U.S. release is set for September.  I am very excited because all the testers will be listed in the acknowledgements section of the book.  Once the book is released here, I can share with you the recipe I tested and my pictures of the dish.  Can’t wait!

*In some non-food related news, friends of mine back in NJ have started a new business venture.  They are lovely twin sisters and along with their equally lovely younger sister have started creating and selling accessories for Babies/Toddlers/Tweens/Teens/Women.  Their web store went live this week.  Most of their creations are handcrafted.  If you have a few minutes, please check out their site.  Not all of what they will offer is in the store yet, but they are adding new items almost daily.

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!


About thestubbiechef

I am married to the greatest man, Brad, who also happens to be the "bestest" friend ever! He loves that my hobby is food, because, well, he loves food! He encourages me and helps me out in the kitchen from time to time. Baking has become a new passion for me. It seems that I make pretty good pies. I like to make cookies as well. I tried my hand at cupcakes, but I don't have the patience to play the waiting game. I have always loved to cook. My Memom is my main influence. I had the pleasure of living with her on 2 separate occasions and learned a lot by just watching and helping. She was also the kind of cook who could open the pantry and throw together something pretty quick. I was so glad that I picked up on that skill. Some of my better meals have been the ones that I just "threw together" what I could scrounge up in the pantry and fridge. Italian cuisine is my first love, growing up in an Italian family and being from New Jersey. I also have dabbled a little in Asian cooking. I am getting pretty good at pork fried rice. My husband grew up in the south, for the most part, so I have been trying my hand at things like chicken fried steak, biscuits and gravy, and the likes. Living in Texas has opened doors into Mexican cuisine, but I think I will leave the tortilla making to the experts. I love to get new recipes and to share new recipes that I have discovered. That is why I wanted to start this blog! I hope to share my experience with others who also love to cook! I hope that you enjoy what you read and keep coming back!

Posted on May 15, 2011, in Food. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Oooh I’m so excited for you that you entered the Pillsbury contest, good for you! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you 🙂 That’s also really cool that you were able to try out a recipe before the cook book is released! I can’t wait to see your post for that 🙂

  2. Well I was born and raised in NJ so it’s nice knowing your sister is a fellow Jersey girl. And I am so excited you entered the Pillsbury contest. I watch it every year on The Food Network and I hope you’re a winner girl. And Congrats on winning Geni’s contest. I love her blog. I really enjoyed this post.. can you tell? lol

  3. Thank you for the shout out, but I was not expecting a post on it so no worries. I am very easy going and blogging is JUST FOR FUN! 🙂 Not stress. I always feel a little stressed when someone gives me an award and I don’t post about it for awhile. It’s sometimes hard to work in these types of things when you are really just dying to share your next best recipe. TAke care. By the way, on wordpress, it autosaves all the time. Was there no post at all saved? You may want to find out from WP if you can retrieve it from some kind of archive. My husband did that for me once…don’t know how!

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