August 20, 2010
Woodland firefighter's salad loses to ribs in cooking smackdown

By Niesha Lofing

Cue the booing.

Woodland firefighter Tara Daniels and her smokin' pear salad recipe didn't win the "Live with Regis and Kelly" show's Coast to Coast Firehouse Cook-Off.

Daniels was one of two firefighters in the final round of the contest, which airs this morning, but in the end it was Ross Signorino's "Rossome Ribs" that nabbed the $10,000 grand prize.

"It's a bummer," she said.

Daniels described Signorino's ribs as having a really sweet barbecue sauce.

"I didn't think they were amazing," she said. "Obviously I'm partial, but I thought my salad was a lot better."

If she won, Daniels was planning to donate $1,000 to a children's charity and take her sister on vacation.

But she is coming home with a $1,000 consolation prize, the bulk of which will be used to cover travel expenses.

Daniels said the loss won't keep her out of the kitchen, although it may alter her cooking repertoire a bit.

"I won't make pear salad," she said, laughing. "I'm not making ribs either."

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