GIVEAWAY CLOSED!! The winner is momof2girls who said:
momof2girls said... I love eating with my family at Rainforest Cafe in Las Vegas. The kids are entertained by the decor and the food is great.
What a whirlwind of fun!!
As I mentioned, I was chosen as one of 3 finalists chosen for Swanson's Chicken Ultimate Football Challenge. I went to Philidelphia, PA and Camden, NJ to participate in a cook-off, trying to win the title. I'm so glad that Laura of Real Mom Kitchen was one of the other finalists, and I had a travel buddy since we both are in Utah!
The trip started off a little rough. We were supposed to fly out at 7:10am, but our flight was delayed. We were a little worried because we had a connecting flight in Chicago, and if we missed that connection, we wouldn't make it to Philadelphia in time for dinner. But luckily, our second flight was delayed, and we were able to run from plane to plane, just in time. (But then as we got on the runway, the flight got delayed for another 45min-1hr...)
Tinto. I think I was more excited about this dinner than I was for the cook-off. Tinto is one of Jorge Garces' (the Iron Chef!!) restaurants in the Philadelphia area. And it was very cool, because it was restaurant week, so we got to sample many of the dishes there! We were greeted by many employees of Campbell's and their other brands - and they were all wonderful company for the night!
I loved everything I ate. In fact, everyone raved about almost all of the food. The sea bass had mixed reviews, but no one complained about anything else! My first course was La Peral Cheese (semi-firm, bleu, pasteurized, cow & sheep's milk), and Chorizo Pamplona (smoky pork sausage, hint of garlic). For my second course, I had Beef Brochette (hanger steak, cider, guindilla aioli, crushed peanuts) and Duck Montadito (duck confit, serrano ham, black cherry, la peral spread). And for dessert, I went with the Bananas y Azafran (chocolate cake, caramelized bananas, saffron crema). That cake - which was more like fudge - was so rich. I don't think any of us finished our piece! I was trying to think of what my favorite dish was, but it was all so amazing. Easily one of the best meals I've had.
Early the next morning, we headed to the Campbell's headquarters in Camden NJ. We were taken to the Campbell's Kitchen for a light breakfast and a few introductions before the competition began. I was so surprised and delighted to learn that their test kitchens are set up just like any home kitchen would be. In each kitchen, they had different appliances and cookware - the stuff most of us cook with at home. They really do aim to make sure their recipes can be duplicated in the home kitchen!
We had a few minutes to familarize ourselves with the kitchen we were assigned and to go over our recipes.
And here was my competition:
Laura from Real Mom Kitchen
and Cathy from Hazzard in the Kitchen (wearing her game face!)
We all finished in the hour and a half time limit.
Laura's Quick Chicken Enchilada Nachos
And finally - onto the giveaway!!
This giveaway includes:
*1 Pepperidge Farm Cheese cutting board & kit (there are also cheese knives underneath the board)
*1 Campbell's cookbook - Potluck for All Occasions
*1 Pace Family Recipe Round-Up Cookbook
*1 box of Godiva truffles
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*This giveaway will go from today until midnight MST on Tuesday, February 1st. The winner will be announced on February 2nd.
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*This giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere!!
*Disclosure: I was sent on a shopping spree at the Campbell's store, courtesy of Campbell's Kitchen. I'm just sharing the love with all of you!! My trip to Philadelphia and Camden was also paid for by Campbells.