Friday, November 5, 2010


UPDATE:  great news...I was chosen to compete in the Iron Foodie challenge!! I'm one of the 25 and ready to unleash the power of my inner, Iron Chef!!

Marx Food's is teaming up with the Foodie Blogroll for the IRON FOODIE 2010 Challenge!  What a great honor it would be to be chosen to compete in this challenge and be given the opportunity to cook a signature dish using 3 delicious gourmet foods from Marx's Foods.  Yes, you heard it right here!  25 challengers will be chosen and each will receive 10 gourmet items with the instructions to use three of the goodies to create a signature dish.  Count me in!!

Marx Foods hosts a plethora of gourmet foods and kitchen gadgets. One of my favorite items is their Eco friendly Palm Leaf Plates that I reviewed a few months ago.  If you haven't checked out their site, take a trip over there today and get a look at their diverse selection of kitchen goods and gourmet foods.

As part of the challenge, I was asked to write about the person I would most like to spend the day with, in their kitchen and why.  How can I pick just one?  There are so many chef's that have shaped my love and desire for the culinary arts. 

Julia Child, spent most of her days in my living room teaching my mother and I how to tress ducks, stuff a turkey and boil the perfect egg.  I used to love watching her take on food with so much passion and finesse.  I could say that she lite the ember that started my love of cooking. 

My mother, fanned the flame of my culinary quest because of her passion in the kitchen.  She was a woman "before her time", making stuffed squash blossoms before anyone in our neighborhood, or any where else for that matter, knew the were even eatable. 

I spent a lot of time in the kitchen with Julia and my mother so I better follow the rules of the challenge and pick the person I would choose today.

Hands down,  it would have to be...Ina Garten!  Ina's biography inspired me and turned my culinary flame into a roaring fire.  Her grace, food knowledge and determination to follow her culinary dream, is what I aspire to create in my own life.  She is the consummate business woman and I could learn so much spending a day with her.  A day in the kitchen with Ina would be excellent!

Another question in the challenge...what morsel would I most likely swipe from a family member or friend's plate when they aren't looking?  It would have to be a french fry! Easy to swipe and worth every bite!

My childhood in one meal...perfectly cooked roast beef, mashed potatoes, fresh picked veggies from the garden, music and a lot of love!  Oh, and I can't forget dessert...home made tapioca pudding!  Comfort foods to the max!

The one main stream food I can't stand...I have to admit, there are very few foods I can't stand, even main stream/fast foods.  The one thing that really chaps my hide...I can't stand paying good money for mediocre food!

Thank you Marx Food's and Foodie Blogroll for the opportunity to be a part of this challenge! 

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  1. Hi, This is indeed a very great challenge! Wish you all the best!

  2. Thanks! I'm going to need it!! It's a very exciting challenge!

    You should give it a try!!! You have such a wonderful way in the kitchen, I think you would do very well and it would be so much fun to compete in the challenge with you!

  3. I love that cheesecake... and wish you well in the contest... keep dropping by and leaving me a comment. I want to vote for you when it comes to that


  4. Thanks Dave!! I would love the votes!! I'm also in a competition with Lea & Perrin's and the Food Network. I'll be posting my first "ever" food video on my blog this week but I'll give you a sneak can vote for me on the link after Nov. 14.

    I would really appreciate your votes for this compitition as well.

    I really enjoy your blog! Thanks for visiting mine!

  5. Great post and answers--good luck in the selection, it should be a fun and exciting contest. ;-)

  6. Hi-and thanks so much for visiting Fit Foodista! It's interesting, we've actually got three responses that are quite similar....great minds indeed! Good luck to you. I'll keep my fingers crossed for both of us :)

  7. Good luck in the competition, as you sift through the list of competitors, you'll notice I'm not there... this is sad news indeed, but I'll live to fight another day.

  8. no1duzitbetta...;( I'm sorry you didn't make it into the contest!

    You display real character and good sportsmanship by visiting my blog with congratulations!! I'm truly sorry!

    Sifting through the list of contestants sounds like a real pain! I've been waiting to see a list of the blogs that were chosen on the Foodie Blogroll but I haven't seen one published yet!

  9. The list has been posted and I've started visiting all of the competitors sites. What I see makes me think it will be a very stiff battle to the top!

    I am competing against 24 accomplished food bloggers and chefs who are all ready to unleash their talents and whip up some amazing dishes!

  10. Hi Rebecka! I was checking out the foodie blogroll today to see if I wanted to join up with it, and I happened across the Marx food Iron Blog challenge! I saw that YOU will be a challenger and I was so happy for you! I will be featuring this on my thoughts on friday link love at a moderate life and wondered if you could email me a short "interview" about how you got involved, what you will be doing and how you feel about it! I would really love that! All the best! Alex@amoderatelife

  11. Hi Alex, I've written the mini interview you requested but I need your email me at and I'll pop it over to you!!


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