Buitoni Roasted Butternut Squash Agnolotti

    Last week I ran a contest to win a wooden cutting board and free coupons from Buitoni for their delicious new agnolotii products. Today I am announcing the winners, who were chosen randomly. Congratualtions everyone! Your goodies are on the way!

1. Elena Volovich 

2. Debbie Fabre

3. Logan Ferree

Second News!

    I did the unthinkable and went to a casting call for TV cooking show hosted by Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson. It is called "The Taste" and it is a new cooking show for ABC. I have never done anything like that in my life, so it was totally impulsive…and I am so glad I went. I made new friends, I was in NYC trying something out of the ordinary, I got to "compete" in a casting "mini" show, and I even met a Facebook friend on the long line that I have never met face to face but we talk back and forth on FB and Twitter. 

    I thought I'd share with you some of the pictures I took. I wasn't allowed to take shots inside the audition, but the line outside was a story in and of itself! I arrived at 9:30 am and found my place in line behind 194 other people (I was #195). Soon the line grew to well over 300. They were simultaneously running casting calls in LA and Chicago, as well as in NYC.

New Food Show ABC

    This is Laura Curtis, a research and development chef for Balducci's….she was called back for a second audition.


    These were my very fun line-mates behind me. One is a food and travel writer for SheKnows.com.


    I walked to the front of the line and took a pic of the people just about to go in.

    This guy is a student at International Culinary Institute…this is his third or fourth food show audition.  


    So….how did we get our food there and keep it warm or cold before serving it to the judges? Some came with crockpots. But when they got into the audition, there was no way to plug them in.


    Others rolled in with coolers….and hot plates just in case!


    The lady in the middle of this picture was chosen. She went home ecstatic. I have to watch the show and see her in action! The ones chosen will go to LA for the month of September to film and the show should be on the air this Fall. Good luck everyone!!!!!!!!!! See you on the next line!



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  1. Debbie Fabre July 16, 2012 at 9:44 am -

    Thank YOU!!! I am so excited to win this.

  2. Hillary Davis July 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm -

    Congratulations Debbie!!!!! I hope you enjoy them!!!!!!! Nice to meet you! :))

  3. diabeticFoodie July 16, 2012 at 11:03 pm -

    Good for you, Hillary! What did you cook?

  4. Steve Davis July 17, 2012 at 8:39 am -

    I was glad to take part of this with such talented chefs!!

  5. Kristen | Pixelated Crumb July 17, 2012 at 1:07 pm -

    Congrats on trying out, Hillary. They would be lucky to have you!

  6. Niv Mani July 18, 2012 at 6:35 pm -

    I Made a Big mistake in not taking my camera along. It wd have been fun to click pics.were you picked to be on the show?
    good luck!
    # 154

  7. Elena V July 22, 2012 at 12:17 am -

    Congratulations and thanks for picking me as a winner, I got the package and loved the cutting board, thank you!

  8. Hillary Davis July 23, 2012 at 12:09 pm -

    a tiny fish appetizer. Not as appealing as a dessert, though. And almost no one made dessert!!!

  9. Hillary Davis July 23, 2012 at 12:10 pm -

    And it was fun to meet you!!!

  10. Hillary Davis July 23, 2012 at 12:10 pm -

    Kristen, so sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :))

  11. Hillary Davis July 23, 2012 at 12:11 pm -

    Hi #154! No not picked. But it was such a fun experience…..!

  12. Hillary Davis July 23, 2012 at 12:11 pm -

    I love the cutting board too! I am going to try and do lots more giveaways, so stay tuned!!!

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