The Really Big Cooking Show

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  • November 8, 2012

Friday morning I woke up happy and realized that the next day was November 3rd. This was a very important day. Why you ask? Oh, only because I got free tickets to The Really Big Cooking Show. What’s The Really Big Cooking Show you ask? Oh, only the the coolest thing I could have done on November 3rd.


It was at Thanksgiving Point, in Lehi. About 500 people attended, and the guests/stars/presenters were some of my new favorite people. My friend/old roommate Kayla came with me. There were booth set up, some samples, sweepstakes, etc. Then the show started. They each did a cooking demo, and talked a little bit about their cooking style.

It started with Karen, the creator of the 365 Days of Slow Cooking Blog. I don’t use a crockpot very often..ok let’s be honest. I’ve used it once. But she gave some awesome tips on how to use one without getting dry chicken, soggy food and also how to make oatmeal in there. So I may have to bust mine out and see what I can whip up!

Next, the lovely ladies (and sisters) at Favorite Family Recipes. I LOVE this blog, AND I have their cookbook. Their most visited recipes are their restaurant copycats. (which are bomb) They gave some good tips on figuring out a restaurants recipe. And I bought what I need to make their Nothing Bundt Cake copycat recipe. :)

Third was Valerie Phillips, who is the author of a soup cookbook called Soup’s On. I felt bad, her quick and easy soup demo didn’t end well, the burners didn’t work and her soup didn’t get hot! I’m not sure I’ll really use her recipes. (at least the ones she showed) They both had a whole block of cream cheese in it! 

And last was The Food Nanny from BYUTV, Liz Edmunds! She was so great! She talked about her plan, which is actually pretty awesome. 

Sunday: Traditional 
Monday: Comfort
Tuesday: Italian
Wednesday: Fish
Thursday: Mexican
Friday: Pizza
Saturday: Grill

So it’s a plan, but not strict. She explained that the hardest part of cooking dinner is coming up with what to cook! I find that to be SO true. I actually enjoy cooking, but when I get home from work and haven’t thought about what to eat, I get discouraged and just want to eat cold cereal. When you have a “genre” of food to choose from, it is automatically easier to decide. AND another thing she does, which I want to start doing. You plan meals for two weeks, and go shopping for those two weeks. You’ll have everything you’ll need, nothing goes bad and you have your meals planned! 

I feel inspired and am excited to try some new things! Happy cooking!

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  • Tiahna says:

    I wish I could have gone with you! I am in a cooking (or non-cooking) rut. All food makes Kelly sick and I've been crazy busy, so its been easy to justify having cereal every night for a week. Not good.

  • Danna says:

    It sounds so fun and really informative. I feel the same way. I enjoy cooking but I can never decide what to make. I love the idea of buying for 2 weeks-a month ahead. Jenn buys all her groceries for the entire month! It's nuts!

  • Nate and Al says:

    Tiahna, maybe we should just pretend that cereal is gourmet?

    Danna, I don't think I could do a whole month. Your fruits and veggies get icky. (at least mine do)