Wednesday, May 2, 2012

McCormick Gourmet: Take Two, Herbs de Provence!

The window reveals what's inside--and it's all natural

Since I was asked to be in two videos to help launch the McCormick Gourmet Recipe & Seasoning Mixes, I wanted to share the experience in two separate posts.  Earlier, I detailed my first video shoot with my online and fellow foodie friend Lillian, who is from New York.  We made McCormick's Sweet Basil and Oregano Bruschetta Chicken, a delicious pasta dish.  The second video shoot I participated in took me to meet my online foodie friend & mom of 4 almost grown boys, Valerie from California.  I'll show you Valerie in just a minute.

I don't know about you, but when you're asked to look "like a mom" for something that will be filmed for others, I went into crazy "WHATAMIGOINGTOWEAR??" mode.  Sort of like the time I appeared on our local TV affiliate to cook. You can read about that in a previous post.  I tried on many different outfit combinations, made my husband photograph me wearing them all, and decided on this one.  It's a little funky, somewhat trendy, and very me!  A fashionista I am not.

Anyway, I traveled to Valerie's kitchen in the video in order to share McCormick's wonderful recipe & seasoning mix for Herbs de Provence Roasted Chicken & Potatoes.  Just say it with me--it's so fun!  "Herbs de ProVENCE."  I probably said that 10 times in my feigned French accent during the shoot, which I'm sure may have gotten annoying.  But it was fun!  Back to the recipe--I really want you to know how wonderful these mixes are.  As I stated in my other post, they make a gourmet meal very simple to create at home in a limited amount of time.  No matter what your skill level is in the kitchen, you and your family could benefit from these handy little packets.


I was able to make this meal & photograph it in my own home before sharing it with Valerie, and I have to say, it's my favorite of all the mixes I tried.  It is essentially foolproof--so much so even my brother can make it if he tried (love you, bud!).  My whole family liked it!

During the filming, we were fortunate to work with the same folks who helped create the previous video.  Here are some snapshots of the day of filming:

Just out of the oven

Jean uses her secret weapon to make the food
look especially appetizing on camera. 
I need her in my kitchen!


Valerie & Andrew (McCormick rep)
photographing on set

Valerie's constant accessory
She & I share a love
for food photography!

David setting up the beauty shot.....
of this, which turned out like.....

David & Erik, Cameramen Extraordinaires ; )

You have to see Valerie's beautiful face! 
And compare her outfit with mine--we did not plan to match,
but I think we work on the same wavelength.

Look for McCormick's Gourmet Recipe & Seasoning mixes.  They're coming to a store near you very soon!
Six delicious varieties: 
Sweet Basil & Oregano Bruschetta Chicken
Bourbon Spiced Pork with Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Apples
Garlic & White Wine Chicken Scaloppine
Herbs de Provence Roasted Chicken & Potatoes
Creamy Parmesan & Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Penne
Smoked Sausage & Pepper Creole Jambalaya

I like to say that they can make "every day gourmet," even if you swear you can't cook.  If you notice, the varieties appeal to a wide range of preferences.  Trust me, you'll look like a superstar and I'm not one to stand behind a product I don't wholeheartedly believe in. 

I'd love to hear which one is your favorite, and don't forget to enter my McCormick Gourmet GIVEAWAY which ends May 15th!


  1. I had so much fun with you that day Jen! I can't tell you how happy I am to have had the opportunity to meet in person and cook together after all this cooking chit chat we do online. It was really a blast. Great pictures and great post!

  2. I think it's too hard to choose a favorite : ) but okay okay...Herbs de Provence Roasted Chicken & Potatoes, I choose this one because I think my mom would like it too...

  3. Hi Jennifer! Thanks for visiting my blog, and now I'm glad to find your blog! I have been following Valerie's blog and so happy to see you worked with Valerie. I read take 1 too. This is such a special experience!


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