July 31, 2010
Woodland firefighter cooks up plan to get on "Regis and Kelly"

Woodland firefighter Tara Daniels phoned into Appetizers today to ask us to work some magic with our faithful followers.

Daniels really wants to win a chance to compete in the Coast-to-Coast Fire House Cook-Off on "Live with Regis and Kelly," which airs weekdays at 9 a.m. on KCRA-TV. If Daniels gets enough votes, she'll get a round-trip ticket to New York City and some spending cash for her four-day stay.

Daniels is sure that her smokin' pear salad will beat all comers, but she won't have a chance to compete if she doesn't get enough online votes by Sunday. Click here to get a look at Daniels' video.

Daniels, along with fellow firefighter Walter Scruggs, captured the title of Champion Firehouse Chefs at this year's California State Fair. She has been working at the downtown Woodland fire station for about five years, and she's been the chief cook for her crew during that time. In the video, Daniels' firefighting buddies debate whether it's the pears or the pecans that make this dish so tasty.

"I like to cook meals that are healthy," Daniels says in the video, "but they have to taste good, too."

If you think Daniels is ready to take on Regis and Kelly and the Big Apple, you can vote for her at the site above, but remember that the voting ends Sunday.

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