Knorr4 – Blogher11 Recap…PLUS A GIVEAWAY!

As you guys already know from my previous posts, a couple of months ago I entered the Knorr4 competition to come up with a recipe using Knorr’s new Homestyle Stock product. Lo and behold I made it to the final 8! A few weeks ago I was whisked to San Diego to take part in a live cook-off with the other 7 finalists at the Blogher 11 conference.

The entire experience was an absolute blast from getting to meet all of the other contestants,

Knorr4 contestants behind the scenes

(Yes – I may have taken some inappropriately timed behind-the-scenes photos while I should have been paying attention. But you should expect nothing less from me at this point. ๐Ÿ˜‰

To finally getting to do some cooking in a professional kitchen again (without having to go back to working grueling kitchen hours!),

Les Chefs
Said kitchen…

To meeting and having my food judged by the one and only Marco Pierre White! (Who, btw, complemented me on my plating and said I worked well with my hands! Swoon!)

Marco Pierre White
Chef Marco Pierre White!!!!

My Work Station
Gratuitous shot of my work station from my perspective.

Reese Dixon

My super sweet competitor Reese Dixon

And the outcome of the event? I won! Wooooo Hooooo! Well, me and three of my other competitors won. ๐Ÿ˜‰ For the next several months I have the opportunity to develop recipes using Knorr Homestyle Stock and couldn’t be more inspired. I mean, seriously, dude โ€“ how many different dishes can you dream up using stocks or reductions? Me โ€“ millions! Bazillions even! I’m already scheming up a mac-n-cheese dish that’ll be perfect for the tailgating season!

The best part is, I get to share the wealth with you guys! Leave a comment below telling me your favorite recipe that uses stock for a chance to win a Knorrยฎ Homestyle Stock prize pack which includes both the chicken and beef varieties of Knorrยฎ Homestyle Stock, a Knorr apron and $100 gift card! The sweepstakes will run until 10/6/2011 and the winner will, of course, be chosen by a random generator. I can’t wait to hear all of your dishes! Specific contest and entry rules are as follows:

No duplicate comments.
You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:
a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.
This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older and runs from 9/6 โ€“ 10/6.
Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail.
You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
The Official Rules are available here
Head to the BlogHer Roundup Page for more chances to win.

Oooo and as a special… treat(?)… Knorr put together a video from the live cookoff at the conference! Enjoy and bask in all my dorkiness. ๐Ÿ˜‰

*All photos were taken with my Droid, please excuse the photo quality! I swear I’m gonna post some legit photos soon! ๐Ÿ˜‰

167 comments so far:

  1. Cookie Rodriguez says:

    After checking out your site I had every expectation you would excel at the competition and Pierre’s compliment on your plating was no surprise either. My mouth still waters when I think about your seared Mahi w/chorizo…yum! Will be looking at the Knorr entries. All the best to you.

  2. Amanda says:

    aw! thanks so much, cookie! can’t wait to see you and Jenny on Oct. 5th! You’ll be playing music right? Can’t wait to get to here you play!

  3. Goooooo, Amanda! Woo hoo! I knew you’d rock it out. :-)

    My all-time favorite dish with stock is probably thanksgiving stuffing.

  4. Lisa Evanoff says:

    Congratulations on your win! I love anything with two of my favorites…dumplings and chicken

  5. Denise says:

    CONGRATULATIONS (: you so deserve it!

  6. Julie says:

    Woohoo! Way to take the gold! What an experience. :)

  7. Theorbo says:

    Congrats! So happy to hear that you won!

  8. Phillip says:

    Congratulations, Amanda! I like the sound of that Mac and cheese! Know what i think? I think you should find a way to add crispy pork belly to it and send it over the top! Mmmmmmm porrrrrk bellyyyyy…. ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. Amanda says:

    Aaaaaw! Thanks everybody!!!

    And Phil – if I can get my hands on pork belly down here it’s ON! I mean, there is always a bacon substitute if not, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Ashley H. says:

    I’d love to use the stock for chicken pot pie.

  11. Gravy. Starting with stock is my secret weapon. And I end up with a LOT more gravy than if I just used pan drippings.

  12. Mami2jcn says:

    My mom makes a delicious sausage stuffing with stock.

  13. Mami2jcn says:


  14. That is so cool, I would love to have seen you rock that contest. Congrats! And my favorite recipe that uses stock..well it’s a toss up between Moroccan Chicken Soup and Sopa Verde con Pollo.

  15. Karina says:

    Barley and lentil soup. My fav!!

  16. Susan Smith says:

    I would use Knorr’s stock to make chicken and dumplings

  17. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    i make homemade stuffing with chicken stock

  18. Jessie C. says:

    I’d like to make beef stew with Knorr stock.

  19. Debbie B says:

    my mother in law makes some really good chicken and
    dumplins! yum

  20. Amy Tong says:

    My favorite dish using beef stock is Beef Bourguignon. Flavorful and satisfying as the stock cooked up and concentrated into the sauce.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  21. Sooo happy for you that you get to do what you love (Creating Fantasticooo recipes) from Puertoooo Ricooo. My fave dish made with stock is mos def Risotto baby.

  22. Favorite recipe with stock? Most def a Risotto.

    Here’s my tweet for your peeps.!/VintageSugarCb/status/112301366503944193

  23. Georgia says:

    I could use this for my Grandmother’s homemade Chicken and Dumplings. Yumming for sure!

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

  24. Georgia says:

    Tweeted here too!/gmissycat/status/112529641029373952

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

  25. Steph says:

    id like to make chicken noodle soup !

  26. aubreylaine says:

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  27. karen M says:

    I use stock for our Chicken Pot pies, but I am going to try the upside down Chicken pot pie on the Knorr website,
    Congrats on winning!!
    karenmed409 at comcast dot net

  28. Carolyn G says:

    I make a mean arroz con pollo and that requires good stock!

  29. kay swederski says:

    congrats on your win. What a great giveaway

  30. Donna says:

    I look forward to making Chicken and Wild Rice soup.


  31. susitravl says:

    We love white chicken chili with Knorr chicken stock.

  32. Leann Lindeman says:

    I make a ground turkey, veg soup using chicken stock… I just made it the other night and it was delicious!

  33. When I add knorr to my pot roast everyone loves it.

  34. anna singer says:

    I look forward to making brocolli soup with knorr stock. Thanks for offering this sweepstakes!

  35. Debra G says:

    my family’s favorite is mexican chicken soup which has a base of chicken stock and this homestyle stock would be wonderful in it.

  36. MARY M says:

    I am going to try a Chicken and Dumpling recipe that I just bookmarked in my favorites and the upside down chicken pot pie on the Knorr site.

  37. lyndsey says:

    i love using knorr products as the base for my soups

  38. I like making any veggie soup with it!

    thanks also for a chance to win!

  39. Helen Keeler says:

    Our family favorite recipe to use the chicken stock is homemade potato soup with bacon and cheese.

  40. Erin says:

    Congrats!! My recipe would be my dad’s famous Broccoli Cheese Soup.

  41. Tonya says:

    I could definitely use some of this in my Loaded Baked Potato Soup!

  42. Congrats! Love Knorr, was raised on it!

  43. Suebob says:

    At Thankgiving, I make this confit with fennel, chestnuts, walnuts and shallots. You poach the chestnuts in stock. It is super good.

  44. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    I use chicken stock to make Chicken and Dumplings.

  45. true says:

    I use stock to make rice medley.

  46. Mary Ward says:

    My favorite recipe for the chicken stock is my baked potato soup.

  47. Tina M says:

    Vegetable, Red Lentil and Mini Turkey Meatballs Stew

  48. jessica edwards says:

    chicken ad sausgae stoup

  49. food grrrl says:

    congratulations!! i’d love to try using chx stock in a layered polenta/blue cheese/wild mushroom terrine i make….usually just make stock from scratch, but this would be way easier, yum!!

  50. Jaime says:

    Congrats on your win!!! I usually make 2 of my fave stock-based recipes for large family gatherings: Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumpling Soup AND Beef and Barley Soup! YUM!!!

  51. Kristen says:

    My favorite is good old fashioned bread stuffing…yum!

  52. sarah b. says:

    I would make my mother-in-law’s chicken & dumpling’s recipe. It’s one of my husband’s favorites!

  53. Selinda says:

    I have a chicken savory recipe that would be perfect with Knorr!


  54. sandra says:

    i like the Crunchy Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe

  55. I love cooking rice and quinoa with stock instead of plain old water. Thanks for the chance to win!
    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

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  57. Colleen P says:

    Love the video! I have a favorite family recipe for braised chicken and olives that uses stock. I’d love to try the new Knorr stock!
    cbeargie at yahoo dot com

  58. Jeannett says:

    I love everything Knorr makes!

  59. shirley says:

    Love Knorr, we use it all the time, Congrats!

  60. shirley says:


  61. Donna L says:

    I use chicken stock for homemade chicken noodle soup.

  62. Jon says:

    Chicken Soup!

  63. Sheila K. says:

    I use stock when I make French onion soup!

  64. Sunshyn V says:

    I use chicken stock to make my Mom’s chicken soup recipe. Always wonderful for those chilly months. :)

  65. Karen says:

    I use Knorr stocks when making any rice dish, especially when making my special risotto’s. It brings an amazing depth of flavor to each dish. Congratulations on you’re win!

  66. Myne Whitman says:

    All of my chicken dishes always stat with stock. And I use knorr too. :)

  67. I used the new Knorr stock to make Tipsy Tenderloin … it was soooooooooo good!

  68. Susan E. says:

    My favorite recipe for chicken stock is Broccoli and Cheese soup.


  69. Dahbou says:

    Congrats on your win! I’m looking forward to using Knorr to make my mom’s chicken noodle soup as well as a recipe for black bean soup.

  70. Amanda J. says:

    I have a package of Knorr’s in my pantry for quick soup dishes! My favorite is a Tortellini Chicken Soup

  71. sy says:

    Congratulations! I like to make beef and guinness stew with chicken stock.
    songyueyu at gmail

  72. sherri crawford says:

    chicken and dumplins- yum

  73. MvP says:

    I love to make homemade chicken noodle soup and I bet it would taste fantastic with Knorr. Congrats!

  74. Tabathia B says:

    It tastes great in chicken pot pie

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  75. Dee says:

    I would use this stock for my favorite chicken noodle soup recipe or maybe even lentil soup! :)

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

  76. Kerry says:

    I’d love to use this with my chicken pot pie recipe.

  77. Kendra Gillilan says:

    for chicken and dumplings and for soups

  78. Judith says:

    I would like to try a veg beef soup

  79. Maria says:

    I think I will try chicken with rice.

  80. Nancy Robinson says:

    We love Knorr.

  81. shel says:

    My grandmother’s chicken paprikash recipe; my whole family loves it.

  82. Sara Uttech says:

    Would like to make some homemade soup with the Knorr Homestyle stock!

  83. LaRonda LaMothe says:

    I would love to try Knorr, I love all their products

  84. Krys says:

    Congrats on being chosen as one of the Knorr Four. I have used the Knorr Homestyle stock concentrate and find it to be terribly convenient.

  85. I made it with white rice and tomatos red peper and some hot sauce it was great

  86. Natalie U. says:

    Knorrs tastes the best over pasta
    pedidentalasst at yahoo dot com

  87. Patrice says:

    What a wonderful opportunity for you! Congratulations!

  88. K Davis says:

    I love the chicken version.. it makes everything taste better! Thanks for the chance to win!

  89. Lyn H says:

    Once it gets a bit colder, look forward to using the Homestyle Knorr Stock to make some creamy Potato Soup and Cheddar Broccoli. I too have several ways I’m going to use this stock

  90. Crock roast is our winter favorite!

  91. Lynn says:

    Chicken and dumplings!

  92. Annie Adams says:

    chicken cacciatore

  93. Barbara says:

    Love Knorr products. Most recently purchased onion & garlic cubes.

  94. Bennie Stauffer says:

    We love winter at our house because it means lots of homemade soups with Knorr! Yum.

  95. My favorite recipe that uses stock is my grandma’s chicken and noodles. It’s like a cross between chicken noodle soup and chicken and dumplings, and it’s mostly made by slow cooking chicken breast in a crock pot with stock, onion, celery, carrots, fennel, etc. and really wide egg noodles. She made her own noodles, I just buy dry.

  96. ANGEL JACKLYN says:


  97. Norma says:

    I want to make Chunky Chicken Soup

  98. LAMusing says:

    I found a new Chicken Pie recipe I’d like to try using Knorr

  99. Diane Y. says:

    Making Grammy’s chicken noodle soup! Yummy!

  100. Yvette says:

    Iโ€™m going to try it with my home made chicken and noodle soup recipe. My mother in-law taught me how to make it about 25 years ago. I made some changes making in my own like using broth instead of water and boullion cubes. Iโ€™m excited to try this product. I think it will drastically reduce the number of cans I have to open!

  101. nanjhall says:

    I think this would work well in my chicken pot pie recipe.

  102. I like to make good old chicken soup to freeze for over the winter months. Super easy…just chicken, chicken stock, bay leaves, salt, pepper, sage, some veggies and noodles and voila! Big batches are easy to make and freeze for multiple delicious meals!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  103. Stacy says:

    I’m kind of boring, I just use stock for soup. I love the new concentrated stock though, and I can’t wait to start trying it in new ways.

  104. lynda t says:

    I love making Chicken & Dumplings with Knorr!

  105. Cathy W says:

    My chicken and rice soup.

  106. Jane Kelly says:

    I will use the chicken stock first in my Tortilla Soup recipe that our family loves especially with winter coming on and then use the beef stock in my French Onion Soup which is another favorite along with thin beef steak sauteed in the beef stock with onions and peppers on a sandwich for a quick movie night dinner. I love Knorr and all of its products.

  107. Peggy Coons says:

    I love the new packaging for the stock! I would use it in so many dishes – pasta, chicken & veggie throw togethers; soups and more!

  108. Nicole says:

    Sausage, Potato, and Kale Soup

  109. Amy @DYKTMP? says:

    Oohhh Amanda! I wanna win! Need more stock to make more yummy soups

  110. Amy @DYKTMP? says:

    Gonna tweet it! Congrats on the Knorr Four. Glad to have been a part of it. :0)

  111. I entered. Your turn – The Knorr 4 prize pack #giveaway from #blogher and What We’re Eating!

  112. Donowonder says:

    Have used all of the Knorr products for home and commercial use. All have a place in the kitchen. Usually very high value to quality. Why so much sodium in these new stocks? These could be perfect for older or new cooks to add that extra boost to their menu item. Salt is a no no.

  113. cindy says:

    i would make my mother’s chicken soup

  114. ewhatley says:

    One of my faves using chicken stock is Cranberry Stuffing.

  115. Christine Herrera says:

    Fantastic giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  116. Traci Goodwin says:

    i would love to try this with my chicken and cream cheese croissants it would be delicious i think.

  117. linda h says:

    I use stock for my 10 bean soup and my mac and cheesei

  118. Jen King says:

    I like to make beef stroganoff which all members of the family enjoy. Finding something that everyone will eat is a fete in itself!!

  119. Amber Porter says:

    Chicken and dumplings sounds great!
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  120. Amber Porter says:

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  121. Mari says:

    I make meatloaf using Knorr Stock.

  122. Jammie says:

    I love adding chicken stock to mac and cheese! sweepmorey at gmail dot com

  123. Kandi Smith says:

    I use chicken stock in my Chicken Vegetable Noodle Soup.

  124. Liz M. says:

    I love to make beef stroganoff, and the quality of the beef stock I use really makes a difference!

  125. Michelle Spayde says:

    MY fave recipe is Home Style Potroast! YUM!

  126. Melinda says:

    I wish I had found out about this product sooner, i just made 5 different soups an needed agood broth!

  127. Jen says:

    Love this new product!