Saturday, April 28, 2012

McCormick Video Shoot: Take 1 plus Give 1 Away

Many of you know that a few weeks ago I had what ended up being one of the best experiences of my life.  I love to cook, I love to photograph food, but McCormick and Allrecipes turned the tables and shot two separate videos of ME cooking a recipe, and eventually photographing it, along with some of my other online Mom friends.  I'm excited to share this new product with all of you!  I joked during the shoot that it truly could make everyone into an "Everyday Gourmet" because the recipes are foolproof and impressive.  My family LOVED this meal, and I'm convinced that yours will too. 
I'll blog about the second video in a future post.

McCormick's new line of Gourmet Spice Blends includes a Sweet Basil & Bruschetta Chicken and this was featured in the first video.  I was able to meet Lillian, one of my online foodie friends from NY, who visited me (I'm from NC) so we could cook it together.  She's on the right.

 If you're a busy mom (like me!) who sometimes has trouble cooking a delicious, relatively quick, wholesome meal in the midst of your work & home obligations, Girl Scout meetings, clubs, and soccer season then you are going to LOVE these kitchen helpers!  Lillian shared the Sweet Basil & Oregano Bruschetta Chicken blend with me in our video and it is phenomenal and sooooo easy!!

Here's what you want to look for in your local store--they may not be available now but will be in the very near future:

6 delicious blends
You can tell by the window on the packaging exactly what the ingredients are, but if you're unsure, you can read every ingredient on the back of the package.  What?  Stop?  Yes! I said you can actually read--and pronounce--every ingredient that goes into these mixes.  They are all natural and premixed in exactly the right measurements to create a relatively quick and easy home-cooked meal.  No measuring, no having to substitute one spice for one you're out of, everything you need is in there. With one of these bad boys,  fresh meat and vegetables, and a few simple ingredients we all have at home, everyone can put a fabulous meal on the table in about 45 minutes.  Our videos, when they are released, will show you how.  For now, enjoy your behind-the-scenes sneak peek of the making of the upcoming video from McCormick!

Notice how the chopped tomatoes are well coated with the spice blend

One of my favorite behind-the-scenes pictures--everyone works together to create one great shot

My kitchen--study this closely, there may be a quiz later!

Theresa & Jean, food stylists & Andrew, the McCormick rep
Lillian getting her mic from Cameraman David

Lunch Break

Our talented cameramen--Erik & David who promised to make me & Lillian look good ; )
David getting the "beauty shot"

This is one of the actual food pictures I took WHILE the camera was rolling
You may see this in the video ; )

What a fun experience!  I'm so excited about this product that I'm having the first GIVEAWAY.  Because I believe these mixes would be perfect for:

Newlyweds who may not be experienced cooks (good for gift baskets!)
New Moms who don't have time or energy to prepare a tasty meal
Single Guys who are hungry and miss their Mom's cooking
Single Girls who love to cook and share with their friends
College Kids who want to eat something other than fast food
Empty Nesters who value their newfound time and don't want to spend it cooking

See where I'm going with this? 
McCormick Gourmet Spice & Seasoning Mixes are for everyone, and I'm giving away TWO sets as pictured above to one lucky reader.  One for you, one to share with a friend, a total of 12 mixes.  All you have to do is this:

1. Follow this blog and leave a comment advising who you would share your set with and why
2.  Like House of Frolic & Mirth on Facebook, or share it on your Facebook page
3.  You'll get a bonus entry for pinning about the giveaway and letting me know on the Facebook page. 

Contest ends May 15th--good luck!!  I'm off to cook dinner now--and the hardest decision will be which mix to choose!

**Please take note--the Giveaway has already ended


  1. Very excited about trying these out! I have an hour commute each way from my office and we find ourselves eating later and later. The seasoning mixes sound like they would be a great time saver and convenient. If I won - I would share with my sweet niece Brittany. She is a sophomore in college and just getting interested in cooking. Next year she will be sharing an apartment with three girls and will be cooking most of the time instead of using the meal plan. This would be such a great tool for her and take all the guess work out of her meal planning. Great, great idea for a new cook!

  2. Very excited to try these out! I would share this with my sister-in-law who loves to cook almost as much as me.

  3. So excited about this new product! I have 3 grown children who have 3 totally different lifestyles. One is a bachelor, the other is a busy mom of 2 little boys, and the third one is learning to live on her own again since going through a divorce. Learning to cook for 1 person and managing her diabetes is just a few of the things she is figuring out. I think, if I won, I would share them with all 3 of them because I can see where they all would benefit from the simplicity and convenience of these mixes.
    Great idea and I can't wait to see them on the shelves of my local grocery stores.

  4. I'll be watching for these on the shelves at the local grocery stores here too. They sound great and I'm sure will be a big hit.
    If I won, I would share with my two daughters who are both great cooks.
    Thank you.

    Anna Mae Kantor

  5. I'm looking forward to your video and also to trying the new mixes. I love that you know what's exactly what's in them. I'm trying to stay away from pre-packaged foods that have ingredients in them that I cannot pronounce. That being said, I would definitely share these with my son. He is starting to have an interest in cooking and it's my perception that he does most of the cooking at his house. He has used other packaged seasoning mixes on chicken so this will be a great thing for both of us to try!

  6. I shared your blog on facebook :) I also put a link out there on twitter :)

  7. I hope these are Gluten free like so many of my other favorite McCormick seasonings! I would share with my granddaughter who has just started to have an interest in cooking. She is 6. :)

  8. Sounds like you had a great time! If I were lucky enough to win your giveaway, I'd share with my nephew...he's a great cook and is getting married in July...would make mealtime a snap for them!!

  9. Sounds like you had a great time. Really love McCormick spices and recipes. Will have to look for these new ones. If I win I would share with my favorite online foodie WitchyWoman. She would really enjoy those, I'm sure. She cooks around the world from her RV and has really gotten me more adventurous with cooking.

  10. I love spices of all kinds, so this would be right up my alley.
    I would share my spices with my sister-in-law, Judy, because I know she would love them too. Thanks for having the give-a-way!

  11. Can't wait till these come out in the stores. They look great! I would definitely share my extra set with my daughter, who has 4 children 7, 6, 3, and 2.

  12. I just liked you on Facebook AND I shared it on my Facebook profile.

  13. gfc follower
    I would share with my sister in law

    dlatany at gmail dot com

  14. I Like House of Frolic & Mirth on Facebook

    dlatany at gmail dot com

  15. I pinned this giveaway and left a comment on your fb page.

    dlatany at gmail dot com

  16. great job young lady!!!! Julie aka mauigirl

  17. I am following you on FB now and would like to share the set with my mom. I am traveling two days to spend with her for the month of May to celebrate not only Mother's Day but her birthday as well. We will be doing lots of cooking together : D Yay

  18. I chose Bourbon Spiced Pork with Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Apples as my favorite because I think it would make a tasty rib recipe and the Herbs de Provence Roasted Chicken & Potatoes for mom cause I think she would like that one...sounds like dinner to me : ) I shared the giveaway on My Facebook Page too

  19. I pinned your tasty giveaway : )and am headed to your Fb page to let you know : )

  20. Thanks everyone! There is still time, so keep sharing!

  21. I'm a new GFC follower -- I found you on pinterest. These seasonings look wonderful!

  22. I liked your facebook page as Rust Hawk.

  23. Oh dear, I forgot to add to my first post: I would share with my daughter. She is a novice cook and would love these!

  24. I pinned this post here and I am off to leave it on your facebook wall :)

  25. I would love to try these! I would share with my sis who is a busy working mom of two!


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