Just about everyone who knows me will vouch for three major things about my personality:
1) I rarely, if ever, cook anything edible other than, say, the occasional bowl of cereal or, when I'm feeling super gourmet, some sort of random stir-fry/5th-grade-science-fair experiment hybrid involving pretty much every single ingredient that happens to be in my kitchen at that moment;
2) That the aforementioned lack of culinary skills does not in any way, shape, or form dissuade me from religiously watching just about every cooking show known to man, often DVRing the episodes and re-watching them later (as if the results of the show might have changed?), plate of take-out Chinese food in hand; and
3) That I have been, at times, known to be just a little, tiny, teensy bit competitive . . . although this one is somewhat up for debate. (And I WILL win that debate, I promise.)
All of which combined led me to literally squeal with excitement when I recently received an email from our good friends over at Abbott Pharmaceuticals. Turns out that the makers of Creon (you know, the drug that allows so many of us to eat all that yummy food in the first place) are sponsoring a new program called CFChef. And in my opinion, not a moment too soon.
CFChef is designed to help people with CF meet the intense and sometimes challenging dietary requirements of living with this disease. According to Abbott, the program (which can be found at www.Chef4CF.com) is there to serve both as an educational resource for patients and families as well as a sounding board for the sharing of information and recipes. Awesome.
So where's the fun part?
Turns out CFChef is celebrating its new launch by hosting a CF recipes contest. Now I want you all to close your eyes. Imagine your favorite Top Chef/Iron Chef/Food Network Star. Imagine s/he was cooking a meal for a CF audience and needed your help. You have 30 minutes and a mystery basket filled with dried pasta, brazil nuts, gas-station beef jerky, and ScandiShake powder (chocolate OR vanilla, just because I'm feeling generous). Your time starts...NOW!
Okay, maybe not.
But the contest DOES start now, and the rules are relatively simple. Just go to www.Chef4CF.com and enter your favorite CF recipe before Sept. 28, 2011. The top four winning recipes will be selected by a panel of experts including:
-Suzanne Michel, CF dietitian
-Boomer Esiason, Former NFL Quarterback, TV Personality, and CF Dad
-Michael Symon, Food Network "Iron Chef" (ohmigod, ohmigod, ohmigod!)
-Ali Christensen, CF Patient and "America's Got Talent" Contestant (Not to mention all-around sweetheart, as I had the honor of meeting her and her equally talented sister this year at the CFF's Volunteer Leadership Conference)
Tell me you're not super excited already. Go ahead, try and say it with a straight face.
Personally, I'm not much of a chef (and my recipe for "Piper's Special Stir-Fry Surprise" is just waaay too top secret to leak out onto the internet), but you can bet that I'll be encouraging my friends and family to enter! I'm also super excited to see (and to try!) some of the recipes that I know all my brilliant, beautiful Breathheads are going to submit. And if sharing and helping out the CF community while gaining personal glory isn't enough motivation for you, ask yourself when else in your life you're likely to have a chance to submit a recipe to a healthcare professional, a sport's star, a singer, AND AN IRON CHEF all at the same time? Yeah, that's what I thought.
Seriously though guys, this is an awesome chance to help out your fellow CFers, strut your stuff, AND have some fun in a program sponsored by one of the CFF's major corporate partners. What more could you honestly ask for?
So here's to community, cooking, creativity, calories, and, above all, to curing CF. Happy cooking, y'all!
- I am a 33-year-old wife, sister, daughter, friend, law school graduate, CFer, lifelong student of public service, blog writer, patient, Sagittarius, reader, Top chef fan, double-lung transplant recipient (twice!), and dog owner living in Colorado's beautiful Mile High City. I love all things colorful, funny, inspiring, or needlessly sarcastic. I share my city with about 2,500,000 other remarkable people, share my disease with 70,000 other beautiful souls, share my life with some unbelievable family and friends, and share my apartment with one very handsome guy and one really fat mutt with a kick-butt personality. We make it work.
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