Monday, March 26, 2012

Food Blog Forum and something brand new and bright blue

This post doesn’t involve baking from this weekend
but there’s something pretty sweet at the end I think you’ll like.


Okay, so I’ve been out of town for the last two weekends. First, Chicago for the Home and Housewares Show


and last weekend somewhere a little bit warmer.


I was in sunny Florida for a weekend conference full of learning and sharing with friends – and a bunch of food and fun thrown in.


Food Blog Forum Orlando. Put on by Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen, Todd & Diane of White On Rice Couple, Julie Deily of The Little Kitchen and Dawn Viola.

And sponsored by Disney, Kitchenaid, OXO, Land O’ Lakes, Whole Foods, Le Creuset and more.

The meeting was held at Walt Disney World and it was amazing. So well done. Julie from the Little Kitchen knows how to put together a great event. I was there with a bunch of great speakers. (See the whole group here) Alison Lewis (Ingredients, Inc.) and I spoke at round table discussions on writing a cookbook. I really enjoyed the round table set up because we were able to talk one-on-one with people and that’s much more my speed. I don’t think I’d be very good at getting up in front of a big room of people and talking. There would be a lot of umms and likes and pauses I’m sure.


On the evening before the meeting, we had a beautiful outdoor reception at the Grand Floridian. My sweet friend Jenny (Picky Palate) and I met some great girls. Nikki (Pennies on a Platter), Krissy (Krissy’s Creations), Julie (Table for Two) and Rachel (The Fabulous Foodie). Hi girls. Thanks for making Magic Kingdom such a blast!


We hit up a few rides and went on a search for Dole Whip and churros before the park closed. It was my first time trying either. So yum! Thanks for sharing these phone pics girls.


We spent all day Saturday at Epcot where the meeting was held.


It was definitely a special place to have a meeting. Not only were there great speakers, yummy treats, amazing prizes, like stand mixers and refrigerators, Le creusets and more but when we were done, we had a huge world to explore.


If only I could have seen it all. I’ve never been to Epcot. I had no idea how ginormous this park was. Actually, I still don’t know how big it is. But that’s okay because what I did see was perfect.


We had an incredible lunch extravaganza prepared by Disney chefs from the parks and hotels.


I focused on dessert of course.


Lunch gave us all more time to talk.

Here’s Lauren’s Latest, Julie, Krissy and Jenny.

And I finally finally met Elise from Simply Recipes. Yay! Hope we can chat more next time.

Alison and Jenny. Love you guys.

And sweet, sweet Julie. Again, great job on pulling this event together.


On Sunday we had a brunch hosted by Whole Foods. Incredible food means the cameras come out.


See what I mean. That’s Dawn in the back, Julie and Jenny, and then Lindsey (Love and Olive Oil) in the front.

This might be one of my favorite pics from the weekend. It just makes me giggle at how we all do the same thing as bloggers. It’s almost uncontrollable when you have a camera in your hand.


But in our defense, the flowers were pretty cheery.


I enjoyed this weekend so much.

Hi Emily (Sage Recipes) and Kiran (Kirantarun)! It was nice meeting you both. Hope to see you again. And you too Droolius and Simply Southern Baking.


Thanks for a weekend of great memories with old friends and new!


So now the fun part.

I’m having an amazing giveaway today.

If you read last week’s post, you may remember some of the new products I talked about from the Home and Housewares Show in Chicago. One of them was this Kitchenaid mixer in Crystal Blue, the brand new color from the Catalina Collection that I fell in love with.


Well, I met some of the folks from Kitchenaid in Chicago for the first time and and then coincidentally, we met again in Orlando the very next weekend as they were one of the sponsors of Food Blog Forum. It was a surprise to see them two weeks in a row. We talked about how much I loved the brand new color they debuted in Chicago and we thought it would be a fun giveaway here on

KitchenAidCrystlblueWant to brighten up your kitchen and be one of the first people to own a mixer in this brand new, bright blue color courtesy of Kitchenaid? I know I would. It’s such a happy color. And much more vibrant in person.

Enter for a chance to win this Crystal Blue 5-quart Artisan Stand Mixer from Kitchenaid!

  • Just leave a comment on this post here on the website and answer the following question.
  • If you could only eat one kind of sweet/dessert for the rest of your life, what would choose? And not just cookie or cupcake, etc. – but what kind if you can? I’m very curious.
  • Deadline to enter is Wednesday, March 28th at 5 pm ET.
  • SORRY, TIME’S UP! Winner Announced Below.

  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Wednesday evening.


oh and FYI – the Crystal Blue color should be available for purchase starting sometime in April.

Reading all of your sweet choices are driving me crazy. I have cravings now for way too many treats.

I don’t know if I could pick just one either. But warm brownies and ice cream are always a safe bet for me. No nuts. No whipped cream. No syrup. Plain and simple chocolate and vanilla. Warm and cold deliciousness.

Okay, ready for the winner?

It’s comment #6224 – Leann

Congratulations and enjoy your bright blue baby. Hope you make lots of amazing desserts and smile every time you look at it.

And big thanks to Kitchenaid for supplying the mixer in this beautiful blue.

Mandy G said...

I would pick chocolate chip cookies because they never get old! :)

March 26, 2012 02:55 AM
Jery said...

If I had to only eat one dessert for the rest of my life, I’d make it cheesecake! Classic New York, if I had to only have one flavor. Because I could still add toppings, right?? :)

Thanks for the chance to win! The Crystal Blue color is just amazing,

March 26, 2012 02:55 AM
Brittany said...

Mint chocolate chip ice cream without a doubt.

March 26, 2012 02:57 AM
Nora said...

I’m going with cheesecake bars! They’re profoundly delicious, and have enough variety within them (cookie bottom, cheesecake middle, and ganache top) that I can’t imagine ever getting tired of them.

March 26, 2012 02:57 AM
AnnaJM said...

I’d go with Ben&Jerry’s Half Baked topped with raspberries and banana.

Maybe some chocolate sauce on top as well.

Thanks for a great give away! :)

March 26, 2012 02:58 AM
Arturo said...

I think I would go with an ice cream sandwich made with chocolate chip cookies and rocky road ice cream. So good!

March 26, 2012 02:58 AM
elizabeth said...

my one dessert would be…. brownies, chewy and chocolately, no nuts! Love a good brownie!

March 26, 2012 02:58 AM
Minxi said...

Chocolate cupcakes with salted caramel frosting. OMG just typing that makes me crave one.

March 26, 2012 02:58 AM
Laura said...

Oooh this is such a tricky question to answer as a fellow dessert lover I think it would have to be lemon meringue pie as its like a slice of sunshine whatever time of year you eat it! Love love love your blog. :-) Lx

March 26, 2012 02:58 AM
Fran Sawyer said...

Probably French vanilla ice cream with nuts and fruits. so you can vary the fruits and nuts and don’t get bored with it.

March 26, 2012 03:00 AM
Cooktestant said...

I think I would pick Haribo Schnuller gummies…fell in love with them in Russia and haven’t been able to get my hands on them in the states! They taste the same as Haribo alphabet, but it’s just not the same!

March 26, 2012 03:01 AM
Alina said...

definitely Chocolate Creme Brulee

March 26, 2012 03:01 AM
E said...

I would probably go with the classic Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies. They are just too good.

Runner-up selection: chocolate peanut butter ice cream.

March 26, 2012 03:01 AM
Tamra L said...

It’s a pretty fair tie between homemade tiramisu and homemade éclairs filled with crème pâtisserie topped with chocolate ganache.

March 26, 2012 03:02 AM
Stephanie said...

I would have to pick something chocolate. Like a decadent chocolate brownie with carmel sauce and nuts and complete yummyness!!

March 26, 2012 03:03 AM
Marcela Cantu said...

Definitely cheesecake in any presentation!
I love it with strawberry topping and oreo

Thanks for this giveaway, just the perfect mixer any girl wants

March 26, 2012 03:03 AM
Mark said...

definitely a good vanilla bean creme brulee! MMMMM

March 26, 2012 03:04 AM
Holly said...

I would have to go with my Great Aunt Sue’s Caramel Pie.

March 26, 2012 03:04 AM
Lyman said...

I would probably eat Chocolate Chip cookies with Ghiradelli chocolate chips. SOOOO good!

March 26, 2012 03:05 AM
Laura W. said...

Strawberry shortcake. Lots and lots of strawberry shortcake.

March 26, 2012 03:05 AM
Bruinbr said...

Definitely a fudge brownie! The thicker and fudgier the better! Thanks for the giveaway!

March 26, 2012 03:05 AM
Kezia said...

What a difficult question! I would probably say something chocolate – maybe brownies.

March 26, 2012 03:05 AM
laura lok said...

only one sweet for the rest of my life wow tough question I guess I would have to say chocolate brownies.

March 26, 2012 03:06 AM
Jackie said...

Thats a hard one but if I HAD to pick one sweet treat the rest of life it would be a well-made soft chocolate brownie. No nuts, no frosting. Just gooey delicious brownie… and with NO edges! :) they should create a pan that makes edge-less brownies instead of all these extra-edge pans! ha!

March 26, 2012 03:06 AM
Jay said...

Sour cherry pie, because it’s hard to track down sour cherries here (New Zealand) that don’t cost a fortune and I can’t get past those delicious gooey ruby coloured gems. Smothered with whipped cream. Oh how I long for a KitchenAid *pine*

March 26, 2012 03:06 AM
Ren said...

It would be cream cheese frosting. Or possibly vanilla frosting. Or maybe Nutella. Or the Biscoff spread.

Or my mom’s famous strawberry cheesecake. (I get brownie points for being nice to her, right?!)

Or maybe more Biscoff spread.

March 26, 2012 03:06 AM
Nicole H said...

dark chocolate covered almonds. hands down!

March 26, 2012 03:07 AM
Eva said...

I would say chocolate chip brownies. I love chocolate…

March 26, 2012 03:07 AM
Kaela Loffler said...

If I had to eat only one dessert for the rest of my life it would be my grandma’s caramel popcorn balls! The caramel taste that comes with the many memories of making them with her is just too great to pass up!!

March 26, 2012 03:07 AM
trevor said...

I think a good old fashion chocolate chip cookie. Soft, chewy, chocolate and a glass of ice cold milk. Mmm…

March 26, 2012 03:07 AM
Liisi said...

I think I’d choose ice cream but it’s so hard to say which kind .. maybe chocolate chip cookie dough, then I’d get some delicious vanilla ice cream but also some cookie dough which i love!

March 26, 2012 03:07 AM
Heather said...

Chocolate cake for sure, super dark and fudgey!

March 26, 2012 03:07 AM
Lucy said...

If I could only eat one dessert for the rest of my life, of COURSE it’d be nothing else but red velvet cupcakes! It would be topped off with cream cheese and chocolate shavings. I’ll never be able to live without it!

Thanks for the giveaway! It’d be a great birthday present to me if I so happen to win! :D

March 26, 2012 03:07 AM
Sarah said...

Pumpkin cheesecake! I wait all year for it! I really love pumpkin everything, but if I had to choose, it would definitely be in cheesecake form. Yum!

March 26, 2012 03:07 AM
Amanda said...

I would go with Superman Sorbet. Different flavors in one spoonful, yes please!

March 26, 2012 03:07 AM
Lydia grosso said...

I hope that means with no weight gain!! It would have to be warm Cinnamon rolls with fluffy icing !!!

March 26, 2012 03:07 AM
Thilwen said...

I don’t know! Seriously, I know that I eventually grow tired of everything, no matter how delicious it is, if I eat too much of it. Even chocolate. However, chocolate ice cream sounds good, and if I could use different toppings for variety… ;-)

March 26, 2012 03:08 AM
Amiena said...

One dessert? Forever?!
Hmmm… this is hard!

Let’s go with a classic.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies :)


March 26, 2012 03:08 AM
Jennie said...

Pina Colada cupcakes are my absolute favorite flavor!! I could definitely live off them!

March 26, 2012 03:08 AM
Anonymous said...

I’d eat blueberry cheesecake! So yummy!!

March 26, 2012 03:08 AM
Megan said...

If I could only eat one dessert for the rest of my life, it would have to be chocolate brownies! I just love the gooeyness and just how good they make you feel!

March 26, 2012 03:08 AM
Ashley said...

Brownies with chocolate chunks and walnuts and peanut butter on top. That satisfies the chocolate and the peanut butter craving!

March 26, 2012 03:09 AM
Stacey said...

A fluffy vanilla scone. The one I am thinking about is served from a local tea house and their scones are the softest scones I’ve ever had. It’s not too sweet and when it’s fresh it’s just gooey.

March 26, 2012 03:09 AM
cindy said...

if i had to eat only one dessert for the rest of my life, i’d pick new york cheesecake!

love the new crystal blue color. so pretty!

March 26, 2012 03:09 AM
Mickey M said...

If it would have to be one thing..definitley peanut butter crunch ice cream…mmmmm so yummy..a must for all peanut butter lovers!

March 26, 2012 03:09 AM
MsK said...

Oooooh i am saving up for one!! But everytime i am Almost there another thing in my house breaks down! (washingmachine, fridge..)
If i could eat just 1 thing it would choose: -lemon meringue pie..oh yum think i have to make one up coming weekend!

March 26, 2012 03:09 AM
JuliaRivas said...

I have to say, Tiramisu, because, have everything that I love, coffe, cookies, chocolate, and a rich cream, love in every bite

March 26, 2012 03:09 AM
Fiona said...


Banoffee Pie with mascarpone cream!!!! nom nom nom.

No more words needed.

March 26, 2012 03:09 AM
Lynnette H said...

Lemon crunch cake!

March 26, 2012 03:09 AM
Filio said...

Every most is more mouthwatering than the last!
And if I had to choose just one, I’d say NUTELLA!

March 26, 2012 03:09 AM
Christina Kerscher said...

Well, to choose only one dessert for the rest of my life would (OF COURSE) be almost impossible, but if i really had to, I would choose a soft baked, chocolate and caramel chunk cookie. This would have about everything I love :-)

March 26, 2012 03:09 AM
Ingrid Jakobsson said...

I only Get to pick one?! Oh my!
Cookie dough ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s! Or redvines… But most of all I need a baby blue kitchenaid machine (that matches my kitchen!) to make homemade goodies :)

March 26, 2012 03:09 AM
Pamela Genio-Bates said...

It would be bibingka. It’s a Filipino rice and coconut cake that may possibly cause a heart attack, but it’s oh so good!

March 26, 2012 03:09 AM
Jessica said...

Mochi ice cream

March 26, 2012 03:09 AM
Jackie said...

Ummm… The momofuko milk bar cornflake marshmallow chocolate chip cookies are pretty unreal. I think I could eat them for ever.

March 26, 2012 03:09 AM
Julie castillon said...

Red velvet cake bites!!

March 26, 2012 03:09 AM
Linda said...

I would pick raspberry and chocolate macaroons. They taste lovely and are so pretty.

March 26, 2012 03:09 AM
Amanda said...

Salted caramel pie…..I love anything salty and sweet at the same time

March 26, 2012 03:09 AM
Ashley said...

I would have to vote for impossible cake (aka chocoflan). So yummy!

March 26, 2012 03:10 AM
France's said...

I would eat Creme brûlée with fresh berries and whipped cream :)

March 26, 2012 03:10 AM
Wendi Dougherty said...

Hands down, Creme Brulee. It’s my all time favorite. I try it at every restaurant that offers it, in any flavor. Has never disappointed me. : )

March 26, 2012 03:10 AM
Alicia said...

I would pick vanilla frozen yogurt topped with my favorite fruits.

March 26, 2012 03:10 AM
anna said...

I know this quite impossible because i’m in Malaysia but i give it a shot anyway. Beautiful colour and i cannot think of anything else beside meringue in the exact blue colour….my pavlova and my macarons surely need a new beating partner :P

March 26, 2012 03:10 AM
Krystal said...

oh jeeze. This may be the hardest question! I think I’d have to go with what my dad and I would make when I was a kid, Ice Box Cake. We did: graham cracker/banana/chocolate pudding or my favorite oreo crumbs/banana/vanilla pudding. It’s fast, delicious and reminds me of great times.

March 26, 2012 03:10 AM
Heather said...

Chocolate cake for sure!

March 26, 2012 03:10 AM
Kelly said...

Peanut butter and jelly flavored cupcakes. Yummmm

March 26, 2012 03:10 AM
Sadie said...

For me it would be Nutella cookies, cheesecake, stuffed pastries, etc… ANYTHING with Nutella! I can eat that chocolate spread for breakfast, lunch, dinner & midnight snack ;)

March 26, 2012 03:10 AM
Pia Kayo said...

Oh, that’s an easy one… Ube ice cream! Mmmmmmm…… :)

March 26, 2012 03:10 AM
Julie said...

anything with chocolate and bananas! sinful and healthy!

March 26, 2012 03:10 AM
Haley Howell said...

If it can only be one, I have to go with oatmeal peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies! It’s hard to choose just one though!

March 26, 2012 03:10 AM
Tammy K said...

Yellow cake with Chocolate frosting.

March 26, 2012 03:11 AM
Doreen teoh said...

A rich crusty top creamy custards flan with a big glass of cold water to wash it down!

March 26, 2012 03:11 AM
Heather C said...

Bread and butter pudding. There is nothing more comforting and delicious! I would choose it over any dessert any day

March 26, 2012 03:11 AM
Jenny said...

Haagan-daz coffee ice cream for sure!

March 26, 2012 03:11 AM
yye said...

At first I thought I would pick chocolate cake, but then I realized I didn’t have to tone down the chocolate with all the four and stuff and really good dark truffles would really be best.

March 26, 2012 03:11 AM
Jensina said...

It would be chocolate covered gummy bears. I adore that new blue color, I’d trade my mixer for that any day.

March 26, 2012 03:11 AM
Melissa said...

My mom used to make a no-bake cherry cheesecake when I was a kid. I haven’t had anything like it in over 20 years, but wow… if I had a chance, I’d for sure make up for lost time!

March 26, 2012 03:11 AM
Eileen Johnson said...

Believe it or not, pink cotton candy.. You can eat tons, plus it’s fun!!

March 26, 2012 03:11 AM
Stephanie T. said...

Chocolate covered bananas. Frozen or fresh!

March 26, 2012 03:11 AM
Julisa G. said...

I LOVE Chocolate Peanut Butter cookies! I ate them throughout my pregnancy and everyday since then and my daughter is 3!!! LOVE LOVE THEM!

March 26, 2012 03:11 AM
Jeanine said...

I would have to say the most moist chocolate cake ever with a white cake frosting :)

March 26, 2012 03:11 AM
Kelly said...

Peanut butter and jelly flavored cupcakes. Yummm

March 26, 2012 03:11 AM
Amy Joines said...

One dessert for the rest of my life?? Lemon Meringue Pie. Goes with any meal…..well I have even eaten it for breakfast!! Makes the summers brighter and brightens the dark days of winter. Extra tart though….so your eyelashes curl!!!

March 26, 2012 03:11 AM
Jodie said...

My all time favourite is Chocolate Ripple Cake. So moreish and guaranteed to make you fatter just by looking at it lol

March 26, 2012 03:11 AM
maria josep said...

Wow! you sure had fun! :D All looks delicious!

And about the giveaway… I think it would be moist and fluffy chocolate cake with a thin layer of cheesy-oreo frosting on top!

March 26, 2012 03:11 AM
Cuppythecake said...

Sugar cookies with almond flavored icing and rainbow sprinkles!!!

March 26, 2012 03:11 AM
Will said...

Butter Pecan Ice Cream

March 26, 2012 03:11 AM
christine said...

If I could only eat one dessert it would be chocolate molten cake with vanilla bean icecream and fresh strawberries and raspberries. Yum :)

March 26, 2012 03:11 AM
Vickie Alcoser said...

It would be Dulce de Leche Cheesecake. It’s a plain cheesecake topped with whipped cream and drizzled with Dulce de Leche and pecans!!! Yummy!!!!

March 26, 2012 03:11 AM
Michelle said...

Chocolate covered strawberries for sure!

March 26, 2012 03:11 AM
Minta said...

Hands down, chocolate chip cookies. my version has the perfect ratio of white / brown sugar so they are crispy on the outside yet chewy on the inside….I cannot be trusted around them!

March 26, 2012 03:12 AM
blkrox said...

Red velvet cake pops!! Oh nom nom nom =D

March 26, 2012 03:12 AM
Sandra Croes said...

I’d definitely go for a Ferrero Rocher Cupcake topped with a Nutella Buttercream.. Yum Yum…

Holy Moly Cupcake Shop, baking people happy! :)

March 26, 2012 03:12 AM
Julie castillon said...

Red velvet cake bites!

March 26, 2012 03:12 AM
Helen said...

It would have to be the caramel macarons from Bottega Loui in Los Angeles

March 26, 2012 03:12 AM
Laura S said...

I would go for DOBOS cake! yummy!

March 26, 2012 03:12 AM
Liz Huckleby said...

I’d choose the turtle cheesecake my husband makes for me fron scratch. He only makes it for special times like my birthday, our anniversary, etc, but it’s sooooo worth the wait! I can’t imagine choosing anything else and living without it!

March 26, 2012 03:12 AM
Kathy said...

I would pick red velvet cake!!!

March 26, 2012 03:12 AM
Abby said...

If I had to pick only one… I would choose a red velvet cupcake with classic creme cheese frosting. I love how unusual the flavor is, and its not a frosting I often have. Plus I can never resist a super thick moist sponge. Mmmmm…..

Thanks for this opportunity, I’d love a KitchenAid but could never afford one! Plus your trip looked amazing! What a place for a conference! xx

March 26, 2012 03:12 AM
Tiffanie said...

My favorite dessert is a cookie my grandma has made since I was a kid and I have not heard of anyone ever making it nor have I tasted another cookie like it. It is a chocolate chip cookie made with powdered oatmeal and grated Chocolate. I make them now at least 4 times a year. I love love love them. The perfect chocolate chip cookie with a little thickness.

March 26, 2012 03:12 AM
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