August 31st is International Bacon Day and my buddy Julie from Bread Booze Bacon celebrates this momentous day with something I thoroughly approve of – BACON MONTH!…
Or, in the alternative, why you don’t attempt to make pickles at 9pm on a Sunday night…
Some may have seen in my Insta that I had a bit of an ER situ a few weeks ago. I decided to attempt to make homemade pickles for a recipe I was developing and, sadly, my swanky Japanese mandoline decided it was going to bite me instead. Next thing you know, it’s a scene from ER in my house but sadly, sans George Clooney. The side of my right thumb had met the mandoline when the veggies that I was slicing slipped sideways and it was game on then. I’m trying to get things to stop gushing, the mandoline laid on my cutting board mocking me and I’m going “Ummmm… I think I need to go to the ER” when I realized that a bandaid or three wouldn’t do….
Sadly, this is a post I would never ever think I’d have to write. I try to keep things light around here. However, these past few weeks, I have watched a childhood friend and his family go through something that you only see about on news reports and tv shows.
On January 6, 2015, our friend Chris Tully went missing….
Where. Did. This. Year. Go?
Seriously – one minute it was planning for 2014 and here we are again for 2015.
So – like I do every year, I flash back, see what was accomplished and what’s still on my radar and lay a plan for the upcoming year. Thankfully, my instagram had pics of many of these moments.
In 2014, I am happy to say, I finally took a cooking class. I headed to Sur La Table in King of Prussia one morning in July for a cooking class and learned the proper techniques for making a divine chocolate soufflé and the best balsamic vinaigrette along with how to pan roast a chicken. Their classes at Sur La Table were inspiring to say the least and I am hoping to take a couple more in 2015, including a homemade pasta class because Santa left some pasta attachments for the trusty KitchenAid under the Christmas tree….
One fabulous thing about the food blogging community is the conferences. Where else can you get together with food bloggers and talk shop, right? You can interact one on one with some of your favorite brands, learn new things to help your blog reach its full potential and get serious recipe inspiration.
This year, I have an amazing opportunity to be a Brand Ambassador for the 2014 Food and Wine Conference at the Rosen Shingle Creek in my second home away from home – Orlando, Florida from July 18 – 20th. Food and Wine Conference is led by Isabel of Sunday Supper and I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this event after its successful launch last year. While I was in Miami last month, Isabel gave us some scoop on the conference and trust me when I say you do NOT want to miss it.
There will be panels on food writing (including one with one of the best food writing teachers, imo, Monica Bhide – I took a class with her this year and it was amazing), classes on food photography, lessons on mastering all things SEO and Social Media (including that elusive Google+ with the king of all things Google+ – Chef Dennis), workshops on Life/Work balance and so much more. Take a peek at this schedule! Not to mention they have some amazing contests that you can enter to possibly win a conference pass like the Idaho Potato Recipe Contest, the Safest Choice No Bake Dessert Recipe Contest, and a few others. Get your creative recipe skills in the kitchen and you might win a pass like my gal Nik of Nik Snacks did last year! …