Recipe testing madness & hot raw chefs
Hey guys! I know, I know, I still haven’t posted about my trip to Toronto in early June, my mini-trip to small-town Kansas the following week, OR my trip to Minneapolis last week. But I am one busy girl! I’m testing all 150 of my cookbook recipes – twice, in fact – in about a 3-4 week period. Whew!
With no helpers and, as you can see, a very tiny apartment kitchen with a terrible lack of counter space (my dehydrator lives on a cart next to my living room!), I feel like I’ve been doing dishes for weeks straight. Plus, I still have daily workouts to do, a nonstop flow of emails to attend to, social media pages to take care of, and this little blog to write, when I can find moments to post. Oh, and sleep, when I can manage it. My free time nowadays is nil, so forgive me if I’m less present than usual. It’ll all be worth it in the end!
Also, I was reminded this week that, oh yeah, I turn 26 on Sunday, so I suppose I should take a rest for that little thing called a “birthday.” I’m going to try to slow down the food prep for just a couple days to spend some quality time with Matt. (I’m sure I’ll still eek out a few recipes this weekend, though!)
I wanted to take a minute, however, to let you know that the next Hot Raw Chef Contest is going on right now! You know – the amazing competition I won with my video for raw caramel-fudge brownies that allowed me to get certified in Raw Food Nutrition at Living Light in May? This time, the contestants had to create a recipe with only 5 ingredients that can be made in 5 minutes or less.
Go check out this year’s contestants and vote for your favorite; there are so many great entries! I urge you to take an especially close look at the following chefs’ videos, all of whom I consider personal friends of mine and who I know are wizards in the kitchen:
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Video #4 – Andrea Primm – Spicy Sunflower Seed and Bell Pepper Pâté: Andrea is a leading raw food chef and instructor in Wichita, Kansas, just across the prairie from KCMO.
Video #12 – Corinne Rice – Sweet Peach Pie w/Lavender Hazelnut Crust & Blueberry Lemon Sorbet: Corinne attended the 105degrees/Matthew Kenney Academy just a couple months after I did, and I got to meet and hang out with her in February.
Video #18 – Cristina Archila – Pear Napoleon w/Pistachio Crumble & Fig Confit: Cristina was my classmate in Level II at the 105degrees/Matthew Kenney Academy; we worked together on our academy specials. She’s an incredible raw food artist!
Video #20 – Shannon Marie – Banana N’ice Cream Split: Shannon Marie is a total magician with raw desserts, so you’ll want to see what she came up with here!
Video #26 – Kiersten Kerr – Watermelon Gazpacho: Kiersten was another of my classmates in Level II at the 105degrees/Matthew Kenney Academy. This girl’s energy and attitude can’t be beat.
Video #29 – Elizabeth Fraser – Blueberry Cobbler: Elizabeth is a prolific chef and raw food educator with a never-ending enthusiasm for all things raw!
Video #30 – Samantha Gibbs – Party Cucumbers: this awesomely “rawkin’ mom” dedicates herself to creating healthy treats for her family and teaching others to do the same.
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So head on over to HotRawChef.com and help make someone else’s dream come true, the way you helped me! Voting ends July 15th.
Ok, I’ve already spent well over an hour writing this post, so I gotta go, but have a GREAT weekend!