It has been an action packed spring and summer. I have been busy traveling, creating and testings recipes and crossing things off my bucket list.
When I think of a ‘bucket list’, I imagine a list of life long dreams. Places to see, things to do, people to meet and experiences to enjoy. What I didn’t see on that list was to be featured in a cooking video.
A few months ago, I was given the opportunity to apply to be featured in a cooking video for Swanson via Allrecipes / Meredith. I submitted my application with absolutely no expectation of being one of the ten Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassadors selected. My YouTube videos feature food, an ingredient or task at hand, not me. I am generally a behind the camera person, not in front of it. Not only did I not expect to be selected, I assumed these videos would be done in either Seattle or New York. Imagine my surprise when not only was I selected but informed that the video crew would be traveling across the United States and the videos would be filmed in our homes! YIKES.
Can you say, ‘Sweating Bullets in August’? Yep that was me.
‘Nothing ventured, nothing gained.’ so I pressed on and enlisted the help of my friend Brian for moral support and to act as my sous chef.
My assignment was to create a beef entree using Swanson Beef Stock. Rather than going for a recipe to suit a large family, I opted for a special dinner for two. A restaurant quality meal in the comfort of home. Oven Seared Beef Tenderloin with Herb Pan Sauce
For me, the hardest part was not the recipe creation, was wardrobe. Thanks to the ladies at Dress Barn for your assistance. Fortunately, my daughter in law, Amanda came to the rescue and hired makeup artist Rebecca Cruz to do my makeup and hair or I would really have been a basket case. There are so many things that go into a quality video that really have nothing to do with recipe development or food.
If I said, it was a piece of cake, no sweat, I would be lying. It was a ton of work getting ready.
However, this team was amazing and so professional.
Lights, cameras, sound – the real deal!
I thought my kitchen was big until it was filled with all this fantastic professional equipment.
This talented crew traveled across the United States, on a very tight schedule hauling all this equipment with them.
Not only did they put me at ease, they were so gracious and easy to work with.
Even if I couldn’t get into my refrigerator…..
This is the producer Dan Lombardi and me getting ready. What a talented man he is. Somehow, he manged to make this all seem normal. Dan made me laugh and had the amazing ability to just talk to me to help develop a natural dialog, instead of using staged script.
Thank you Dan, you have a true gift!
Julie Zwillich was our hostess.
She is an on camera host, producer and writer. Best of all, not only does Julie know production, she knows food! She was so encouraging and fun, she even got No Baking Papa to join us. You can just feel her energy and enthusiasm. One would never know that she was probably dead tired from having traveled from Colorado the night before.
Julie was sneaking around taking pictures and so was my friend Brian. Thank You!
Then there was one on one with the camera. Oh my…..
Why do I cook?
‘Hi, My name is Penny Hanstad from Eastvale, California. I have at least 20 reasons why I cook and they all have names……’
Would I do it again? In a heart beat.
Stay tuned for the videos this Fall.
The recipes that were developed by the talented team of Allrecipes Allstars for this campaign have been published on Allrecipes.com If you would like to take a sneak peek, I saved them all to a collection for people to check out.
Swanson Video Recipes