It has been awhile since I last wrote, and it feels good to be back. For the last couple of months I have taken on a position as contributing writer to the Dallas Mom's Blog (DMB). It has a very strong following here in Dallas and I am really enjoying writing for them and getting to know the other contributors.
A recent opportunity that came up, which I was lucky enough to attend was a cooking night with celebrity chef Tre Wilcox. He is such a fantastic guy with a resume to impress! He was on Top Chef, Top Chef All Stars and Iron Chef just to name a few- I mean, I have lived on those shows, along with many of my friends reading this :) He now owns Tre Wilcox Cooking Concepts, which caters events, hosts cooking classes, and leads team building events. The night played out like an episode of Iron Chef. I was pumped, clueless, but pumped! We had 45 minutes, and a set list of ingredients that must be incorporated into two meals. I felt like I should run around the kitchen screaming at people about what to do next, but that didn't quite happen--much to my dismay. I realized that I am clueless in the kitchen. I lack creativity but I do not lack motivation! One of the "must use" ingredients was balsamic vinegar. After getting advice AND directions from my awesome team, I was appointed the person in charge of making a balsamic reduction. FYI, I make a killer reduction now that I know what it is!
We had a fantastic night, my team did not win the competition but we went down with a fight. I met some fantastic women that night who motivated me to learn to cook. I think I will have to return to the Tre Wilcox Cooking Concepts and feed this new passion- no pun intended. I will also start doing my grocery shopping at Sprouts. They sponsored and supplied all the cooking ingredients for the night. Not only was that incredibly generous, but the food was incredibly fresh. Has anyone shopped at Sprouts? I have many friends that do, and rave about it, I can't wait to start!
The last highlight of the night (besides the amazing meal and dessert provided) was a very interesting presentation by Robin Plotkin a registered dietician and contributing blogger for The Dallas Morning News. She spoke about the importance of hydration. This is a topic incredibly important in my life right now. I am nine months pregnant living in Dallas in the middle of summer. I need to stay hydrated, for myself and for my baby- dehydration can bring on preterm labor- no thank you! Robin gave some really great examples of how to jazz up water, and infuse it with not only fruit, but vegetables and herbs. Did you know avocados are high in water?? I didn't think so.