Friday, April 22, 2011

My Journey to Becoming a Real Woman...

Of Philadelphia, that is! As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have entered the Real Women of Philadelphia contest. If you haven't checked it out, you should. There is a Canadian version (which I've entered) hosted by the lovely Anna Olson (Fresh with Anna Olson- love this show!) and the American version is hosted by the Cream Cheese queen, Miss Paula Dean. It's a great way to get into the kitchen and let your creative juices flowing. It's also a great way to become slightly addicted to cream cheese. And how bad can that be?

My journey started off quite bumpy, and I almost decided to not participate at all. I did not know that the movie files for my new camera, would not be compatible with our movie making software. Then, when I tried converting the movie files, it cut out half of the content, so I was left with a big ole mess. On top of that, a cold that I had caught from Mr.B, turned into laryngitis, and I was unable to talk for a week.

Frustrated and feeling sorry for myself, I was set on quitting and forgetting about the whole thing. Only one problem.... I was miserable knowing I was missing out on a wonderful opportunity. The the voice of reason, or Hubby as I like to call him, reminded me of a second video recorder, that we've never really used. After a quick test, I was glad to see it was compatible with our software. So, though I did not make my previously chosen appetizer recipe, I did make a different one, that is our favorite Date Night Treat. Mexican Pinwheels are a creative twist on Nachos and sure to satisfy any of your party guests, or family.

Confident that I somewhat knew what I was doing, I was on a roll. I quickly decided on my next recipe, which would be a side dish recipe, since appetizer week was over. I went with our favorite, Creamy Dill Potatoes. With one slight change, the addition of Philadelphia Cream Cheese. I really have to say they are 100% more delicious, with the addition of the cream cheese. The slight tangy creaminess just brings them up to the level of AMAZINGNESS.

Since posting my 2 videos, my days have been filled with thoughts of other creations featuring cream cheese. I see ingredients and think of how I could add cream cheese to them, to make something wonderful. It's becoming a slight obsession, since I'm finding myself dreaming about cream cheese and being in cooking contests, LOL. All I can say is that I am so glad I listened to the voice of reason, AKA Hubby, since I'm enjoying this competition so much. It helps that the community of ladies participating in the contest along with me, are so wonderful, considerate and encouraging. So stay tuned for more updates on My Journey to Becoming a Real Woman!


Jeanine - The Baking Beauties said...

Yeah, Cathy! So glad that you figured out a camera that worked for you, and that you're able to join in. It's been a lot of fun, and I've met so many great ladies (and other food bloggers) that I never would have met if I hadn't decided to join the contest.
I think we all had bumps along the way. I had to film the first recipes twice because we decided to use our new camera that has video. Ends up, the video quality kind of stinks, and it turns itself off after a few minutes. Oops! So, TAKE 2! Hopefully filming, editing & uploading will get easier with each recipe. :)

Martha (MM) said...

Can't wait to see more!

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