This past weekend was the Aetna Healthy Food Fight Cook-off in Dallas at the State Fair. My first public cooking experience! Woohoo! I had a great time. Lucas and his mom were so kind to document the day for me...
At my station, ready to cook! I used every last leaf from that basil plant.
Being interviewed by the host before we started cooking.
Toasting up some almonds.
Shelling some edamame...lots and lots of it. At home, I used already shelled edamame, but they weren't able to find it for the cook-off. After shelling the whole bag, I was still 1/3 cup short!
Lincoln hanging out while I cook.
Man, those are some cute kids.
Presenting the finished dish to the judges. Pretty sure I should have done much more talking then I actually did...that giant camera there was a little unnerving.
I'm glad I had the opportunity to participate. It was a lot of fun and definitely something that was on my bucket list (although, it has now been revised to WIN a cook-off...). I'm hoping next year that voting will not be a part of the scoring process. I went in knowing I didn't have the numbers in the voting category to have a chance to win (it was a ridiculous 25% of the final score), but am glad I went anyway. Thanks to everyone who voted, wished me luck, drove 7 hours in a car with 2 children, attended the State Fair on a hot and humid day with about a million other people, and otherwise supported me. I appreciate you :)