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Paralegal Hooked on Competitive Cooking

Paralegal Hooked on Competitive Cooking

It’s no secret that the Editor-in-Chief and Head Bottle Washer at Practical Paralegalism is an uninspired cook who is very lucky to be married to a man who loves to try new recipes. Otherwise, our family would have cereal or Happy Meals every night for dinner.

So I was really impressed (and maybe a little jealous) of paralegal Laureen Pittman, employed by The Teresa Rhyne Law Group in Riverside, California, who is a regular on the national cooking contest scene, including the 44th Annual Pillsbury Bake-Off to be held in Florida this spring. Her recipe for Herb Chicken Sliders with Raspberry Mustard is among the 100 finalists competing.

The grand prize for the winning recipe? $1,000,000. (I think I got the right number of zeros.)

The 46-year-old mother of two reports her love of cooking began with her dad and now has blossomed into “real food.”

“I love comfort foods. I like to cook everyday dishes and add something to make them stand out. For instance, I make a killer meatloaf that has carrots in it (it’s a great way to keep the meatloaf moist and get the kids to eat veggies!).”

Pittman’s dream is to meet Emeril. She has competed in Good Morning America/Emeril’s Comfort Food for the Coast, Good Morning America/Emeril’s Best Burger Ever Challenge, and the Food Network’s Ultimate Recipe Showdown.

The names of the recipes Pittman has submitted for national contests are mouth-watering, including Upside Down Apple Caramel Biscuits, Orange Chipotle Cream Sauce, and Honey Peppered Pork Burger with Fresh Peach Relish. (I need to find these recipes for my husband.)

Practical Paralegalism commends Laureen Pittman on her successful competitive cooking and wishes her the best of success at this year’s Pillsbury Bake-Off.

3 Responses to Paralegal Hooked on Competitive Cooking

  1. Oh, wow, even the titles of her recipes make me hungry! Sounds beyond yummy!

    We've started cooking just about everything from scratch in our kitchen to avoid an assortment of things that should have never been put into foods at all. We've also began to try our hand at gluten free baking sense my stomach has decided it doesn't care for gluten.

    It's great to see how many people are cooking again! Best of luck to Laureen!

  2. Hi! So flattered that you'd write about me and my hobby! Love the blog! I'll keep you posted on how things go in April. Oh . . . and I wanted to mention that I work for such a wonderful attorney (and friend) who allows me the flexibility to pursue my cooking interests–and she's very supportive (I also bring a lot of food to the office . . . bribes are good!). Thanks, Teresa!

  3. Hi, Laureen ~ You made my day by commenting. I think your colleagues are really lucky!

    Hey, Natalie ~ I understand the dietary restrictions, having some myself. I admire both of you for cooking from scratch 🙂

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