** Editors note: this post is being fictitiously hosted by Ted Allen of the Food Network smash hit TV show Chopped. **
It’s that time again. The time when it’s every Non Chef for themselves. The time when we each have to dig deep inside with our paring knife and release the fierce competitor from within. The time to get our wild game face on and duke it out against ourselves! That’s right. IT’S FOODIE PEN PALS AND THE CHOPPED CHALLENGE TIME!!
The air is ripe with anticipation. Non Chef Joanna of Midwestern Bite won against herself last month . . . but can she do it again?
Let’s ask her. Joanna, can you do it again? Your adoring fans want to know. No, they need to know.
Well, Ted, like The Little Engine that Could once said: I think I can, I think I can, I think I can . . .
Seems you’ve been reading to your son a bit lately. Do you think Sweetey Petey will be a distraction to you, or your motivation?
Oh, my motivation. Absolutely. Unless he sees my purse. He loves my purse. In any case, I’m gonna win this for him. Mama loves you Petey!! Mama is gonna do this for you baby!!
Touching. So touching. Before we get started on the Challenge, tell me, who did you send your Foodie Pen Pals package to this month?
Well, that would be Katie Fraga of Happy Lini. She’s great! She’s out in California. I love this program so much because not only do I get to meet new people, but see new sights. I have a cousin out in California, but I’ve never been to the west coast before. Katie has some lovely pictures on her blog that really make me want to travel! She posts delightful looking eats, craft projects, Mantra Monday to kick off the week with some inspiration and even does a series she calls Artist of the Month. I’d rather she hadn’t posted about artist Bianca Green though.
Oh no, why is that?
Ted, it cost me $36 bucks!! I just had to have the typewriter print Katie featured on her blog.
It’s good she could enrich your horizons like that. Let’s move on with the challenge shall we? Who did you receive your Foodie Pen Pals package from and what did you get?
Aside from the nicest six page note, she sent me such a wide variety of foods I was astounded!
Local Caputo potato gnocchi and Nannina tomato basil pasta sauce! Local Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce! Local Toffee Crunch Carol’s Cookie the size of my fist! Stacy’s Pita chips in salted and also cinnamon sugar! Snyder’s chocolate dipped peanut butter pretzel sandwich cookies, Nutella to go, a lollipop, three packs of jelly beans whose profits helped needy children!
Of course I dug right in, Ted. I had to taste everything so I could start planning my Chopped meal.
I see that Joanna, but is there any food left to cook with? That cookie seems, well, it seems gone.
And the Pita chips are barely crumbs! Those pretzel sandwiches . . . one, two, three, FOUR! Do you only have four left? And just a handul of jelly beans. Joanna, Joanna, Joanna. I don’t see how you can ever win now. You’ve eaten most of the food before the competion has begun. Frankly, I’m appalled. In all my years of hosting TV and fictitious blog challenges, I’ve never seen such recklessness!
No worries. I have a plan. A small plan.