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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

It’s getting a little hot in here

When I first heard on Twitter that I was named one of the 10 Hottest Women in Food by SlashFood, I seriously had to double-check the URL to make sure it wasn’t a spoof site, because you all know what happens when misspell a website name and end up in pornville.

Well, it was legit, and even after an hour, nobody on Twitter shouted “you’ve been punk’d!” Though if I really had really been punk’d, more than likely the person responsible would be missing a few teeth today.

The difficult part of all this is that now I really have to live up to the title…and it means that maybe being photographed in my neon hair rollers isn’t a good idea.


And I should stop slapping my head on Wonder Woman’s body.

I really am taking this honor very seriously, and have started off this week with a striptease class with 18 girlfriends at Rancho La Puerta.

Rancho La Puerta is known as one of the premier health and fitness spas in the world, and one of my biggest concerns about spending an entire week here was the fact that they serve a primarily vegetarian diet. No meat, almost no alcohol and no junk food.

Could I go a whole week without steak? bacon? wine? potato chips? Could I survive on just lettuce, sprouts and beans?

The first couple of days, the withdrawal symptoms became almost unbearable. I tweeted for help. I even texted Diane, who was to arrive the next evening to sneak in a stash of contraband chips and booze.

So, in our strip tease class, our instructor told us to imagine a guy sitting in the chair as she led us in sexylicious moves: sashaying our hips, flipping our hair, throwing an attitude, rubbing and teasing with our body parts. All for the imaginary friend sitting in the chair.

This is all I could think about:

and this:

Oh, and no I wasn’t joking about Diane smuggling in the goods. She came through. God, I love this woman. She arrived at 7pm last night with this:

I guess if this is what sexy is all about – I AM ALL FOR IT!!

58 Responses to “It’s getting a little hot in here”

  1. Cookin Canuck — 2/2/10 @ 7:36 pm

    Too funny! Well done, you vixen, you. BTW – you deserve the award.

  2. kamran siddiqi — 2/2/10 @ 7:41 pm

    Um, I’m sorry but they made a big mistake giving you that number… I think #1 was more realistic. Seriously…

    Anyways, I see no Doritos, Sun Chips, Oreos, Snickers, or Twix, OR booze. I see nothing *covering eyes.* I only see lettuce, sprouts and beans on this end. I swear!

    Now, if they find the remnants of this contraband and suspect that it was you. I could only imagine what you’d say if they caught you with a mouth full of Doritos, “I’m just munching on some delicious, plain lettuce. Yummmm…. (input sarcasm)” LOL

  3. Diana — 2/2/10 @ 7:41 pm

    Hah! I love your sense of fun. So proud of you girl!

  4. Don’t they say the most erogenous scent is pumpkin pie? And aren’t sun chips health food anyway? I KNOW wine is.

  5. Elycooks — 2/2/10 @ 7:56 pm

    Do you give FUN lessons? If so, sign me up, please.

  6. Olga — 2/2/10 @ 7:56 pm

    wow, congratulations! you are in great company.
    love the pink boa.

  7. divaindoors — 2/2/10 @ 8:05 pm

    You look hot in those pics from your strip class! Looking forward to hearing if it’s good exercise. I’m sure my hubby will want me to graduate with honors!

  8. Michael Love — 2/2/10 @ 8:14 pm

    Love your site…hysterical pics. Don’t ever give up bacon! Would love to link your blog as “Blogs I Like” in my sidebar, once I figure out what a widget is. Perhaps you would do the same for me. Trying to get the word out on my upcoming book, “Women Love Men Who Can Cook..”

  9. Single Guy Ben — 2/2/10 @ 8:19 pm

    Congrats on the honor! I love it, Steamy is bringing sexy back to food! Sounds about right. :)

  10. Angie — 2/2/10 @ 8:26 pm

    Congrats! You completely deserve your title! No need to top doing what you do, your cute in anything. That class looks so fun! I use to do the Carmen Electra strip tease exercise videos. They were fun, but I know doing it in a class would be so much more fun, so you can snicker and tease each other, all in good fun of course!

  11. Big Boys Oven — 2/2/10 @ 8:35 pm

    there you are, I am always right, you are defiinitely a BABE! Congrats sis! xxx :)

  12. Katie — 2/2/10 @ 8:41 pm

    Congratulations to you! How fun and wonderful! Glad you are having a good time with it!

  13. Jencrafted — 2/2/10 @ 9:02 pm

    You crack me up! Witty and just plain funny! Congrats! You deserve it!

  14. Tampa Cheryl — 2/2/10 @ 9:35 pm

    You look better than Linda Carter ever did in that costume! Congrats on the honor. I love the spa story. Thanks for sharing. I would dance for a cupcake, too:-). Are you going to share spa recipes next?

  15. my spatula — 2/2/10 @ 10:02 pm

    padma and giada need to step aside! you’re not only hotter, but funnier, sweeter and just plain BETTA! ;) congrats, jaden!!!

  16. So, Jaden, you think you can get me Katie Lee’s number? I hear she’s recently single and we already know she’s into to older guys. LOL! Congrats, dear, you deserve it.

  17. Kristina — 2/2/10 @ 11:02 pm

    Sun chips are TOTALLY healthy. It says so on the package. :-P And the wine – so good for your heart!

  18. Rachelle — 2/2/10 @ 11:28 pm

    I think wine is made from grapes … and therefor counts as a fruit.

    And corn chips are made from corn … which counts as a vegetable.

    And with all the calorie burning you did dancing … you’re definitely being healthy!

    Love it. :o)

  19. Oh grrrrrrrATE, just another thing to make your head get bigger……pffffft

    ;) Miss you on twitter…you’re not on as much as you used to be. I guess that’s expected when you are big time huh. {{hugs}}

  20. Hey … what a riot. But indeed, well-deserving?
    So can we expect more shots of glorious food PLUS the chef behind them in the near future? :)

  21. Chris — 2/3/10 @ 12:24 am

    You are a hoot! Congratulations on the recognition.

    Your friend’s food smuggling operation reminds me of when Cartman was in Fat Camp on South Park, hilarious.

  22. Woow, congratulations! All the best and keep fit!!

  23. eatingRD — 2/3/10 @ 1:09 am

    haha so funny! Congrats on the award, well deserved :) Looks like a fun class!

  24. Divina — 2/3/10 @ 1:41 am

    Congratulations. What a fun class to be with all the ladies.

  25. joey — 2/3/10 @ 1:54 am

    Very well deserved award…bravo bravo! :)

  26. You and Diane are such hot riots :)

    So….if there is a small bonfire the day before you leave it’s just you and Diane burning wrappers to the gods of salt and animal fat, right?


  27. Jaden! You rock star. I think part of the reason you were voted one of the hottest women in food is BECAUSE you post photos of yourself in giant curlers. People like people who keep it real (and real fun). Don’t go changin’! ;)

    How was the striptease class? My girlfriends and I have talked about taking one, but haven’t jumped in yet. Looks fun!

  28. sharon — 2/3/10 @ 2:06 am

    Congrats hot momma!! Your hubby must be so proud.

    Ha, I took a striptease class and the only thing sexy about it was the instructor! Looked good when she did it, but me? Not so hot. :)

  29. Erika — 2/3/10 @ 5:00 am


  30. Erika — 2/3/10 @ 5:01 am

    Thats weird my comment I just typed said only one word.. “congratulations” hmm is your something wrong here?

  31. Cenk — 2/3/10 @ 7:43 am

    Well deserved! Congrats Jaden.

  32. Jean — 2/3/10 @ 7:51 am

    Awesome! Just awesome!

  33. candice — 2/3/10 @ 9:43 am

    Congratulations! :) This was hilarious… smuggling in goodies (Twix!) and dancing with bacon strips. Awesome.

  34. Winnie — 2/3/10 @ 10:22 am

    You’re hilarious Jade. And hot!

  35. Winnie — 2/3/10 @ 10:23 am

    I did not write Jade. I wrote Jaden!

  36. Dr. Biggles — 2/3/10 @ 12:45 pm

    Whull, der!

    xo, Biggles

  37. Lien — 2/3/10 @ 2:18 pm

    Haha, too funny! The award is much deserved :)

  38. Siggy Spice — 2/3/10 @ 2:38 pm

    CONGRATS! I read the article yesterday! WAHHOOOO for you (((happy dance)))

  39. David — 2/3/10 @ 3:04 pm

    I remember being there and we were playing bingo with real M&Ms. Normally, you wouldn’t think a roomful of people would be so competitive when it came to winning a single M&M. Where was Diane when I needed her??

  40. Karen@Mignardise — 2/3/10 @ 3:24 pm

    Hi Jaden,
    Congrats on the award!
    So funny to see you at Rancho LaPuerta. I’ve been looking at their website all week, because I’m thinking of going for my…um…BIG birthday coming up soon
    What did you think?

  41. michelle — 2/3/10 @ 4:08 pm

    Congrats on making the hot list!

    Now that you’ve done a strip tease class you HAVE to try a pole fitness class! :)

  42. meeso — 2/3/10 @ 5:05 pm

    You are hilarious and very deserving cuz you are REAL, woman!

  43. meeso — 2/3/10 @ 5:07 pm

    You are hilarious and very deserving because you are REAL, woman ;)

  44. Dandy — 2/3/10 @ 10:18 pm

    Freaking hilarious.

  45. Jee — 2/4/10 @ 2:16 am

    Congratulations!! You totally deserve the honors –
    It also goes well with your blog – “steamy” kitchen!! The author is HOT!! ;)

  46. Ellen — 2/4/10 @ 4:13 pm

    Congrats-you deserve the honor of being on the HOT list!

  47. Jaden,

    So sorry I had to miss out on this great week with you. I think it’s fitting that Diane (also a very sexy woman in food) is there with you. And girl, you KNOW that woman would come through for you with the snack food!

    Congratulations on the vote from Slashfood. You’re on the top of my list for hot foodie women!

  48. Jasmine — 2/4/10 @ 8:39 pm

    Congratulations! And wow, striptease class? Guess we know what’s cooking for Valentine’s this year! :P

  49. cathy — 2/5/10 @ 5:57 pm

    Hi there! I’m an on and off lurker of your site, but puns are my biggest weakness in life and I just had to leave a comment. Congratulations and thanks for the laugh :)!

  50. Congrats on being listed among the top 10 women in food. That is so HUGE! As for Rancho, I hope you attended Joe’s Friday class on “Taking the Ranch Home.” And if you did, I please let us know if striptease is something you plan to add to your regular workout repertoire once you return to reality!! Personally, I skipped that class when I was at the Ranch … but made up for it at Yuichi’s Broadway show tunes dance class!

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