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HI and welcome to my blog….I have always loved food and after the past year, I have found that I have a passion for it…cooking, eating, and now teaching!!  Every Girl Gourmet is the end result, but the path to getting here started with a thought…”why not me?”

After watching season 2 of MasterChef (a reality cooking show on FOX), I decided that I had a good a chance as anyone to win the thing, so I auditioned (with my beef tenderloin stuffed with Hatch green chili, leeks and mushrooms and a Port cream sauce)

….and low and behold, I got the call to go to L.A. as a Top 100 semifinalist.  I packed enough clothes to last a year, kissed the husband and kiddos good-bye and told them that we would go to Disney when I got the winner’s check.

My fellow contestants and I all checked in to a “luxury” hotel (thanks FOX!) and started the process of interviews, shopping trips and take after take of walking into a dusty, dirty warehouse ready to cook!!!  After watching many of my co-contestants succeed and fail…and many days of wearing the same outfit (my feet will never be the same)….I cooked my infamous “Decadent Apple-Caramel Spice Cake” (spice cake filled with tart granny smith apples, cream cheese frosting, sugared pecans and salted caramel drizzle) and headed into my destiny with the judges!! And oh yeah, I had sculpted figurines of each judge out of white chocolate and fondant to go on top!

Gordan Ramsey, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliott are pretty much my age (well maybe not Graham..he’s still a young pup)…so, I felt like I was going to hangout with friends. But, I knew that my cake hadn’t had the proper time to cool and was looking pretty sad….actually, it looked dreadful, so I was nervous that they would hammer me on the presentation.  I knew that it was going to taste great, and with my sculptures of the judges, I felt I had a pretty decent chance!!

(Notice the forks in their hands??? They came back to eat more after I had left!)

Thankfully, the guys had a great sense of humor about things and after many laughs and lots of eating of the cake, I got all three judges to vote “yes” to giving me the coveted apron!!

There wasn’t a whole lot of time to bask in the moment of success because next came the hamburger challenge (Ancho Chili Meatballs with cilantro mashed potatoes and roasted carrots and Pablano peppers), which although was clearly eaten and enjoyed….did not move me onto the next round….WE all agree that the results were rigged or the judges were intimidated by my cooking prowess and so they sent me home, so the other cooks would stand a chance!!! HA!! Totally joking!!! Whatever the reason, I was sent packing (actually, my bags had been prepacked just in case I was getting voted off the island…so not much was to be done when we got back to the hotel, but wait for them to tell me what flight I was on the next day!! UGGHHH!).

I may never know what exactly kept me from the winner’s title (hence, no Disney vacation this year!), but what I do know is that I had an amazing time, met some incredibly talented people that can cook like no one’s business, and that I LOVE FOOD!!! After going through the “what ifs” and “should haves”, I came to the conclusion that God sent me out there for a reason….it wasn’t to win apparently, but none the less a reason…and then it hit me….EVERY GIRL GOURMET was the reason!!

You see, I am EVERY girl and if this girl can cook yummy food, so can you!  I am not a trained chef, but I love food…experimenting and creating meals that make my family happy and bring us together!  It is not always successful, but it’s the journey that gets me into the kitchen and the excitement  that I feel when I come up with something that my husband and kids enjoy!!  No one has ever gotten mad at me for making them something good to eat!!!

So my new mission has been set….reach as many people as I can and get them excited (well, let’s start with curious and see where we go from there!) and then get them in the kitchen.  Every Girl Gourmet is here, so let’s get cooking!!!

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