#JustAddOJ Event

Thursday, January 24, 2013

A couple of weeks ago, I had the amazing opportunity to join other bloggers & foodies at The Kitchen NYC for this special #JustAddOJ event with special guests/judges - Mark Cotter from Florida Orange Juice, nutritionist Heidi Skolnik, and Food Network star Claire Robinson. (I'm still waiting on some official photos, so I apologize for the lack of quality of these iPhone pics.)
the judges :)
 In the beginning, we were treated with a special lunch consisting of foods cooked with Florida Orange Juice. Adding OJ to your recipes can help you reach your daily dietary guidelines you may not get otherwise and it can also be a replacement for vinegar. I learned that OJ can be a versatile ingredient since it has acidity but sweetness.

Later, we were paired randomly - forming teams of two and we had to undergo our own cooking competition! (Yikes! I am obviously an amateur cook - I definitely do the eating than the cooking.) Thankfully, my partner Carly is a culinary student. Our challenge was to create a dish and a drink containing at least one cup of Florida Orange Juice given one hour. We were also presented with two bags of ingredients and we had to use at least one of them from each bag for each the dish and the drink respectfully.

For the drink, which we named Bitter Orange, contained orange juice, ginger ale, and bitters. We rimmed the glasses with cocoa powder, paprika, and salt.
For our dish, we created a tilapia ceviche with a chamomile orange glaze and fresh tarragon alongside kale & beet leaves salad with toasted almonds and orange & lemon zest.
We didn't win, but I am definitely proud of our team and I'm still surprised I helped create this dish! It was such a nice time meeting other bloggers and really participating & seeing firsthand how easy it can be cooking with orange juice.
me, Carly (haha, we're in our awesome chef jackets) and the judges!
We got to walk away with a couple of cookbooks, including Claire Robinson's 5 Ingredient Fix and a cool measuring cup.

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Lisa said...

how fun this event looks so fun! you always attent the neatest events!

Selvaggia Capizzi said...

I am jelous! This is the kind of event I'd love to attend!!
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Lilli said...

Hi Audrey! Must have been cool! Nice pics, the dish you created looks good! Kisses and have a good day! xo

Daniella said...

You must of had such a fun day my dear! Great pictures, the food looks so yummy! :)

Take care,
Daniella xox

Annie said...

What an awesome event - love the photos and the food looks delish!

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Elisa Zanetti said...

cool event!

Slamdunk said...

Awesome, that must have been lots of fun Audrey. And, the prizes for not winning were an excellent take-home anyway.

Kathleen said...

This looks like so much fun!


Oh, how fun! I've seen her show! This looks like such a great event.

Harija said...

Great photos!

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Melanie said...

Oh how awesome!!! I really need to go to these things...They always looks like are so much fun and of course your going to learn something!

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Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings said...

This look like so much fun!!

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Couture Carrie said...

What fun, darling!
Delicious, too!


Susie said...

That tilapia looks incredible, as does the beverage. Always looking for great ways to prepare fish!

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Tiffany Kadani said...

That is seriously such a fun event!

Unknown said...

Seem like you had a great time at the event. Food looks delicious! How is that bitter orange drink? Looks liek a bloody mary lol.


Tereza {Drastic Plastic} said...

OMG, looks like you had an amazing day!

the desert foxx said...

im in class you are making me so hungry! stop!
haha, love your blog.

The Squishy Monster said...

How exciting, Audrey! I'm so sad that I don't have tv to watch these incredible food shows but I've caught some of Claire's work and it always looks so straightforward and fun. Cool day!!

Fashion-isha said...

This looks so fun. Since I'm vegan I drink OJ whenever I need a sweet drink. It's awesome!

Count To Four said...

wow seems like such awesome experience!



Midnight Cowgirl said...

Sounds like a great experience!

stylefrontier said...

the food looks good! it's okay that you didnt win but it is surely a great job audrey!

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Becky said...

This event looks like so much fun!

fabulouspetite said...

oh so jealous.. I love cooking and this looks like a fun event. The dish looks yummy.


MOSAMUSE said...

aww that looks fun!!


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