Steamy Kitchen Recipes | RSS Feed http://steamykitchen.com Steamy Kitchen Food Blog: fast recipes, simple recipes, with fresh ingredients to create delicious meals. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:39:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Food Blog Forum, Asheville NC http://steamykitchen.com/37495-food-blog-forum-asheville.html http://steamykitchen.com/37495-food-blog-forum-asheville.html#comments Sat, 06 Sep 2014 18:49:15 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=37495 Four and a half years ago, Diane crossed the Mexican border with “contraband” that I had requested via text from Tecate, Mexico. She arrived at my door late at night with a small rolling luggage piece in one hand and a single, red backpack in the other that I immediately tore into. Beef jerky, 2 bottles of wine, Doritos, chocolate ...

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Four and a half years ago, Diane crossed the Mexican border with “contraband” that I had requested via text from Tecate, Mexico.

She arrived at my door late at night with a small rolling luggage piece in one hand and a single, red backpack in the other that I immediately tore into.

Beef jerky, 2 bottles of wine, Doritos, chocolate bars. Oh, you were thinking of another type of contraband, were you?! We were spending a week at the legendary Rancho La Puerta, otherwise known as the “#1 World’s Best Destination Spa” (Condé Nast Traveler 2014).

It’s a wellness spa for mind, body and soul. It’s a vice-free spa — all vegetarian, no alcohol. I didn’t adequately prepare myself for the week of no vices, so it was like going cold turkey (eh….literally) on my meat-rich diet and “healthy” nightly dose of red wine.

It was over a delight of contraband consumption (perhaps overdose?)  that Diane and I came up with creating Food Blog Forum, a not-for-profit yearly event where we teach food photography, monetization strategies and writing skills to our community of food bloggers. I’m proud to say that we’ve just returned from our 7th event in Asheville, North Carolina!

 

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Three days of fun, friendship, networking, learning, laughing, EATING (of course!) and drinking. Our speakers talked about creating a tribe, writing for traditional media, food photography, negotiation skills, PR relationships and working with brands. Our hosts, The Biltmore Estates, is the true essence of graciousness and grandeur. We were treated like kings and queens throughout our stay, including a tour of the “big house” itself.

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Oh, and by the way, when you’re in front of a lawn this luscious, what do you do? Here in Florida, we don’t have nice squishy grass. It’s hard, scratchy, full of red ants (ouch!). So when my boys visited Biltmore Estates in Asheville, North Carolina, they were in awe of the soft lawn and decided to roll in grass for the very first time in their little lives.

hah! Major FAIL! The day of the conference in the Biltmore Estates Antler Hill Barn with over 100 attendees:

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Come check out Todd and Diane’s photos from the event at their site including the opening party hosted by the DoubleTree at Biltmore, Asheville Farm Tours, Restaurant Tours and the closing party at The Biltmore Estates:

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More photos from Instagram #FBFAsh hashtag (there are nearly 1,000 photos from the event!)

 

We love Asheville!

Here’s a list of the restaurants, shops, farms, producers that we got to experience during our trip in Asheville:

French Broad Chocolates / The Market Place Posana /  Ultimate Ice Cream  /  King James Public House  / The Cantina /  The Junction  / Biscuit Head  / Red Stag Grill  / 12 Bones  / Curate  / Green Sage  / Asheville Bee Charmer  / Crooked Condiments  / Smoking J’s Fiery Foods  / Annie’s Bread  / Green River Picklers  / Looking Glass Creamery  / Farm & Sparrow  / Blue Kudzu Sake Co.  / Blue Ridge Mountain Creamery /  Sunburst Trout Farms  / Hickory Nut Gap Farm  / Buchi Tupelo  / Honey Café  / Isa’s Bistro  / The Lobster Trap  / Bouchon  / Nightbell  / Early Girl Eatery  / Seven Sows  / Rhubarb S / trada  / Zambra  / Chestnut  / Chai Pani  / Sante Wine Bar & Tap Room  / Asheville Distilling Company (Troy & Sons)  / Biltmore  / Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore  / Highland Brewing Company

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ExploreAsheville TWITTER: @Foodtopia, INSTAGRAM: @VisitAsheville BiltmoreTWITTER/INSTAGRAM: @BiltmoreEstate
KitchenAid®TWITTER/INSTAGRAM: @KitchenAidUSA DoubleTree TWITTER: @DbltreeBiltmore OxoTWITTER/INSTAGRAM: @OXO

Food Blog Forum 2015

Guess where next year’s Food Blog Forum will be held at? Here’s a clue:

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Come see if you are right!

More Food Blog Forum Asheville Posts

White on Rice Couple

Big Bear’s Wife

Love and Olive Oil

Simply Southern Baking

That Susan Williams

Kelly Senyei from KitchenAid

Feast and West

Cake n Knife

Love ‘n Flour (Day 1 and Day 2)

Southern Kissed

This Cookin’ Dad

Melangery (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

Running in a Skirt

How Dairy You

Development of Taste (Part 1, Part 2)

Sugar Dish Me

Army Mom

Jeannine’s Cuisine 

Mountain Xpress

Carolina Epicurean

(if I’ve missed your post – PLEASE LET ME KNOW!!!)

 

 

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What Americans are Eating and Cooking http://steamykitchen.com/13339-what-americans-are-eating-and-cooking.html http://steamykitchen.com/13339-what-americans-are-eating-and-cooking.html#comments Sat, 22 Jan 2011 14:33:57 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=13339 See what Americans are eating and cooking on a very comprehensive insight and trends report from Allrecipes. (on Food Blog Forum)

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Food Blog Forum Atlanta http://steamykitchen.com/11197-food-blog-forum-atlanta-2.html http://steamykitchen.com/11197-food-blog-forum-atlanta-2.html#comments Wed, 15 Sep 2010 16:36:50 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=11197 By far one of the best things about food blogging is being able to cultivate nuggets of moments where Scott and I can work side by side. We’re quite opposite in talents (he’s a computer programmer and professional poker player; I’m click-n-pray and way too spazzy and emotional to have a poker face), interests (he loves scotch, I think it ...

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By far one of the best things about food blogging is being able to cultivate nuggets of moments where Scott and I can work side by side. We’re quite opposite in talents (he’s a computer programmer and professional poker player; I’m click-n-pray and way too spazzy and emotional to have a poker face), interests (he loves scotch, I think it tastes like turpentine with hints of lighter fluid) and even eating habits (I live to eat, Scott eats to live).

Blogging has given us a way to work together (I mess up the blog, he fixes it) and we started Food Blog Forum events as a way to travel and speak together.

You see, Scott use to be a professional trainer and speaker, his gift is being able to lead thousands of people in personal and business development. I’m always still in awe when Scott gets up in front of the group and so naturally is able to throw out insight, ask hard questions and affect change.

You might wonder, how does personal development fit into blogging seminar? Quite well. Everyone in the audience was there to learn, and the purpose of Food Blog Forum is to teach as much as possible in a day. It would be easy if learning only required taking notes (I would have breezed through college if it was!)

But learning is so much more – from being in the right physical state (sitting up, alert, breathing well) to the right mental and emotional state.

And that’s what Scott does best. I tell everyone that Scott is 50% of Steamy Kitchen, even though it’s my face on the site!

Well, enough lovey-dovey, I want to share with you some photos!

Our event was hosted at The Shed (best fried tomato goat cheese slider ever) and we even live-streamed half of the event online (we are working on making the video downloadable.)

This is Lindsay, the most talented web designer in the world. She’s responsible for how professional and polished Steamy Kitchen looks (and also my cool logo). I wish I could have snapped her husband in this pic too – they are way adorable. I told them to hurry up and make babies!

I finally, finally got to meet Debra Smith of Smith Bites (and her husband, though not pictured). She and Rod helped me develop a little jingle that I use in the intro of my videos. Incredibly generous, warm and loving people. And on the right is the reason why we were in Atlanta in the first place….Gwen of Bunky Cooks…more on her later!

One of my favorite Atlantans is Broderick of Savory Exposure!!! How can you resist that smile!?

One of the secrets to my success has been working closely with brands and media outlets. I wanted to share my perspective along with panelists John Kessler of ACJ, James Andrews & Lauren Thomas of Everywhere agency in Atlanta (they rep Macy’s Culinary Council)

Then the ladies took over the stage to talk about Personal Branding – my hero Virginia Willis and very talented Alisa Barry of Bella Cucina shared with us their stories and strategies in creating a brand for their work. We also shared our “personal mottos” that we live by…mine is “magical moments”

But the real stars of the show were Todd and Diane – they spent the afternoon teaching about food photography, food styling and workflow. These two are simply amazing and I’m lucky to count them as part of my “family.”

Plus, they brought Scott a tupperware full of freshly baked Snickerdoodles. Score.

As with every single one of the food blogging conferences that I’ve been to, the most cherished time was meeting new friends, hugging old friends. There were quite a few couples who came together, here are the Holzers

And the Binders from Cowlick Cottage Farm (awww)

Smiles like this just make me happy…

Meet Amy of She Wears Many Hats (quick! go see her Chocolate Cherry Walnut Cookies!)

I was also very lucky to meet The Teacher Cooks (on the left), who’s been a long time reader of Steamy Kitchen and teaches junior high and high school (bless her!), Beth of Eat Drink Smile (this gal is beeeeaaautiful!), Debra of Smith Bites and Dr. Winnie of Healthy Green Kitchen.

If you haven’t had a chance to read and cook through Virginia Willis’ Bon Appetit Y’all, head out to the bookstore or library! All I can say is Fried Catfish Fingers with Country Remoulade and Coca-Cola Glazed Wings.

Bakerella was in the house too! I think we have blog-lust for each other *blush*

Wait! Who are these two goofballs!?

Not only did Diane, Todd, Scott and I host an all-day seminar, but we sandwiched it in between two amazing parties at Viking Cooking School and Store and J-Vo’s Spice Market where we had more food than we could possibly imagine.

The chefs at Viking even taught us how to make potstickers in their teaching kitchen.

But it was this man, Chef Kevin Rathbun, who blew everyone away with his pork belly tacos.

Pork. Belly. Tacos.

I think I ate 5 of them when no one was looking.

The biggest thanks really goes to Gwen and Roger of Bunky Cooks. Gwen contacted me months ago about bringing Food Blog Forum to Atlanta. She and her husband coordinated everything and were the most amazing local hosts. They thought of every single detail and truly made the weekend a fun affair.

What a community! Read about Food Blog Forum on our fellow blogger’s sites!

p.s. All those beautiful photos on this post? Diane took them! All of the blurry, grainy ones? I took those. Thank goodness I didn’t teach the photography session! 😉

p.p.s. Yes, we’re doing more FBF events! Come chime in the convo and tell us where you want the next event to happen!

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White textured backdrops for food photography http://steamykitchen.com/10895-white-textured-backdrops-for-food-photography.html http://steamykitchen.com/10895-white-textured-backdrops-for-food-photography.html#comments Wed, 18 Aug 2010 14:40:43 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=10895 Adding texture to simple props is a simple and inexpensive details on Food Blog Forum.

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Adding texture to simple props is a simple and inexpensive details on Food Blog Forum.

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Control the Light! http://steamykitchen.com/10596-control-the-light.html http://steamykitchen.com/10596-control-the-light.html#comments Sun, 25 Jul 2010 13:32:36 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=10596 Story on FoodBlogForum

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$3,700 vs $350 – which camera took which photo http://steamykitchen.com/9943-which-camera-took-which-photo.html http://steamykitchen.com/9943-which-camera-took-which-photo.html#comments Sat, 12 Jun 2010 09:19:29 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=9943 Story at Food Blog Forum

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