Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

New Port Richey woman looks to new recipes after Paula Deen's contest

NEW PORT RICHEY — Josee Lanzi might not have been chosen by Paula Deen to promote Kraft cream cheese products, but don't count her out.

Just because the New Port Richey resident didn't walk away a winner Thursday night during a competition's broadcast on TV live from Savannah's historic Lucas Theatre, she's not putting down her oven mitts.

"I wanted to be the next Paula Deen," she said in a telephone interview Friday as she sat outside the Dockside Seafood Restaurant & Steakhouse in Savannah, waiting on an oyster Po' Boy. "I'm not giving up. I'm going to do it."

Chipper and enthusiastic as always, Lanzi, 41, seemed unwavering only 14 hours after her dream of being the next entrée host for Real Women of Philadelphia was shattered when competitor Kirsten Shabaz, of Minneapolis, Minn., with her Savory Garlic Beef and Broccoli Turnovers, was crowned this year's queen. Lanzi was one of four finalists in the entrée portion of the competition, chosen for her Chicken Cordon Blue Rotini recipe. She competed in a cookoff on Tuesday in front of cooking superstar Paula Deen and other judges, but winners weren't announced until the special event.

The competition also included appetizers, side dishes and desserts categories, all of which had to be whipped up using one of Philadelphia's new cooking crèmes as an ingredient. With each recipe they submitted, they had to create videos showing their personalities and cooking flair back in their own kitchens.

The 16 finalists were flown to Savannah for the big events hosted by Deen and were treated like royalty, Lanzi said, dining in fabulous restaurants, indulging in spa treatments and enjoying a trip to Deen's home.

"I sat there and dreamed of what I could have," said Lanzi, who when not cooking works for Raymond James Financial in St. Petersburg.

"I think I might want to talk to a couple of local TV shows and see if I can do a cooking and fishing segment," said Lanzi, who with husband Brent, is an avid angler.

After cooking with cream cheese products for the better part of 15 months six days a week, she's going to change up her kitchen routine for bit, but only for a little while.

"I'm going to take a couple of weeks vacation," she said of including cream cheese or cooking cream in every meal.

After that, though, it's back to the recipe drawing board. She has decided to enter the next Philadelphia cookbook competition that's about to kick off.

She won $500 in the competition last year and was included in the Real Women of Philadelphia Cookbook with her Rosemary Roasted Potatoes with Lemon Herb Cream Sauce.

In all, Lanzi has created 125 recipes using Philadelphia products.

"They have to be a completely new recipe," she said. "I guess I will only have two weeks off. … I'm going to get a bit more creative."

New Port Richey woman looks to new recipes after Paula Deen's contest 07/01/11 [Last modified: Friday, July 1, 2011 8:45pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of July 16, 2017

    Blogs

    Seems like Broward County has started a domino effect. It was the first school board to commit to filing a lawsuit against the state and its controversial education bill, House Bill 7069. Then, the St. Lucie County School Board signed on, too. A running tally of school boards that have reportedly expressed interested in …

    Kali Davis (left), training director for Springboard to Success, helps to coach Justin Black (center), who will be starting his third year of teaching PE at Melrose Elementary, as he works to instruct students in a math lesson during the Spring Board program of Summer Bridge at Woodlawn Elementary School in St. Petersburg.
  2. In advertising, marketing diversity needs a boost in Tampa Bay, nationally

    Business

    TAMPA — Trimeka Benjamin was focused on a career in broadcast journalism when she entered Bethune-Cookman University.

    From left, Swim Digital marketing owner Trimeka Benjamin discusses the broad lack of diversity in advertising and marketing with 22 Squared copywriter Luke Sokolewicz, University of Tampa advertising/PR professor Jennifer Whelihan, Rumbo creative director George Zwierko and Nancy Vaughn of the White Book Agency. The group recently met at The Bunker in Ybor City.
  3. Kushner to testify before two intelligence committees

    Politics

    WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner is set to make a second appearance on Capitol Hill — he will speak with the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, one day after he is scheduled to speak with Senate Intelligence Committee investigators behind closed doors.

    White House senior adviser Jared Kushner is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee and the House Intelligence Committee. [Associated Press]
  4. Rays blow lead in ninth, lose in 10 to Rangers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rays manager Kevin Cash liked the way Alex Cobb was competing Friday night. He liked the way the hard contact made by the Rangers batters went away after the second or third inning. So as the game headed toward the ninth, there was no doubt in Cash's mind that sending Cobb back to the mound was …

    Rays starter Alex Cobb can hardly believe what just happened as he leaves the game in the ninth after allowing a leadoff double then a tying two-run homer to the Rangers’ Shin-Soo Choo.
  5. Exhumation of Dalí's remains finds his mustache still intact

    World

    FIGUERES, Spain — Forensic experts in Spain have removed hair, nails and two long bones from Salvador Dalí's embalmed remains to aid a court-ordered paternity test that may enable a woman who says she is the surrealist artist's daughter to claim part of Dalí's vast estate.

    Salvador Dal? died in 1989 leaving vast estate.