Tuesday, December 04, 2007

The cat is out of the bag...

I'm a finalist in the next Pillsbury Bake-off contest. The article from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle is here.

I'm in the "entertaining appetizers" category. Since an appetizer has never won the Pillsbury Bake-off contest, I don't have high hopes of winning. But it should be a fun trip!

I thought I'd add that if you're interested throwing your hat into the cooking contest ring, my buddy Erin has posted some great tips on her blog on Rachael Ray's site. If you want to see them, a link to her blog is here. Just click on entries 7 & 8. Both are titled "Confessions of a Competitive Cook."

The only think I'd add to Erin's excellent advice is to keep the whole thing in perspective. I spent loads of time (and money) on entries for the 2006 Pillsbury Bake-off contest, and when I didn't get the call to be a finalist, I moped for days. How ridiculous to let a hobby do that to you. It's supposed to be fun. Since then, I've backed off in terms of the amount of time, money and effort I spend on contests. I may not win as often, but I'm enjoying myself a lot more.

4 comments:

Jenny said...

Yay Tracy!!
I am bittersweet about not going next year. Sad, but at the same time glad I get one more shot at it. Can't wait to hear all about your trip. Those bars look so good you made!

Joe said...

Woohoo! Congrats again Tracy!

Erin said...

Tracy:
Man, you are one talented woman. I clicked on the links to hear your band play and now you are my idol. I think I cook because I can't sing or dance. You can sing and cook. Do you dance too? Congratulations on the PBO. I can't wait to hear all about it. You did so well in the appetizer category the first time. Let's hope for the same again. Thanks for the support for my blog by the way! Erin

Emiline said...

Wow, congrats! I can't wait to watch it on TV.
Good luck! Maybe it's time an appetizer won...

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