Friday, May 14, 2010

Uncle Ben invites me to meet Sneaky Chef, Missy Chase Lapine

The invitation read,

Uncle Ben and the Mom Central team would like to personally
invite you a special cooking event at the Viking Cooking School
located at the Milestone Culinary Art Center.

The Sneaky Chef, Missy Chase Lapine will be demonstrating some
easy rice recipes especially created for you by Uncle Ben.

Cynthia Smoot with Sneaky Chef, Missy Chase Lapine

Mom Influencers will also have the opportunity to participate
in a hands-on cooking class and with take-home meals for your
family, as well as Uncle Ben gift bags and samples of the Uncle Ben
Whole Grain White Rice. We know you will have such a GREAT time
meeting other moms and hope you will spread the word to your community!

How could I pass that up!? Here's a little peak at how the morning went:

Notice how the standard Mom Blogger accessory is a big-ass camera? Almost every blogger there had one hanging around her neck like the latest Summer must-have. It's a wonder we got any cooking done, I was so blinded by the flashes!

Here is proof that I actually did cook.

We divided up into teams and we had 4 recipes to make:
Pizza Rice Balls
BBQ Chicken Pizza on Uncle Ben's Whole Grain Rice Crust
Tuna Melt Casserole
Chocolate Rice Pudding

My new gal pal, Lea Ann (a.k.a. Mommy's Wish List) brought wine. I love her.

You can see that everyone was having fun tweeting, taking pictures and trying not to totally screw up these recipes!

The Mommy Blogger Gang.

The recipes were awesome and I love that you can now get the nutrients and vitamin benefits of brown rice - in a white rice form that your kids will eat! Genius!!

We were sent home with a fun cooking apron, sticky pads, pens, flash-drives and loads of the new Uncle Ben's Whole Grain White Rice in a variety of flavors.

According to Uncle Ben's, "Rice is the BACK!"
I say, "Hallelujah!"

PS: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Uncle Ben's and received the product necessary to facilitate my candid review. In addition, I received a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.


  1. Wow!!! I saw myself and thought dang my butt is GINORMOUS! I just love the video. You are so talented! Oh I am going to blog a little later about what I did today to get some of that healthy out of my system. You are gonna LOVE it!

  2. It was fun to meet you and other bloggers there at the event! Hope to run into you again!

  3. You're awesome, Cynthia! So great to meet you and cook with you - thanks for this incredible blog and pics of the day. Missy Chase Lapine

  4. Fun to meet you - awesome post! I have mine drafted, just not as quick at getting the pics downloaded!

  5. How funny that we all had our cameras! Great post and video. So nice meeting you! Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

  6. cynthia! GREAT job capturing th eevent. so fun to meet you!