Oh my goodness, was I ever excited when I saw this on the Aetna page yesterday! I was notified last week that I was in the top three, meaning I would be given travel and hotel accommodations. Of course since the event is in Dallas, my travel situation entails driving about a mile and a half to the state fair. My cooking time is 5pm on Sunday, October 16th. So, if you happen to be at the fairgrounds this Sunday, I would love for you to stop by the Aetna tent. It is in the East Park/Gateway Plaza.
I am going to do a trial run of my quinoa recipe this week. Part of the scoring process is “presentation,” so I’m also going to practice plating my bell peppers. The rest of the judging is based on taste, nutrition, and voting score. Let me know if you would like to come over for a sample!
Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me and encouraged others to vote. I know the website was difficult at times, and you are busy people, so I really appreciate it. 🙂 I owe you all lots of jam-jams and pumpkin rolls.
On another note, I mentioned this a week ago, but now have a fun new contributor logo to share. I am writing the occasional article for Glass Heel, a networking site for women in the professional world. Look over to your right, click on the Glass Heel logo, and you will be taken to an awesome site full of resources and articles for the working woman, moms, soon-to-be moms, the cooking enthusiast, volunteers, animal lovers, and a variety of other topics.
Here is the first article I wrote for Glass Heel: Four Ways to Become a Professional Gift-Giver. I will have another one posted later this week.
*Just wanted to add that I found out one of the other people in the top three is a published author of over ten cookbooks, has been on several food network television shows, and cooks professionally. This Sunday will be interesting to say the least. I am in way over my head.