Disclosure: Blog Brûlée is being partially funded by the generosity of brands mentioned in this post. I was not compensated to write this post. All opinions expressed are my own.
Gestation Age: 35 weeks
Due Date: September 12, 2014
Name: Blog Brûlée
Blog Brûlée is an invitation-only, exciting, experiential weekend in the mountains of Vermont the weekend of September 12 – 14, shared among a small, intimate number of healthy food bloggers and Registered Dietitian bloggers. The event is designed to provide education and professional development opportunities, as well as a forum for discussion and relationship building surrounding topics such as blogging and social media best practices, fundamentals of food photography, communication and marketing strategies, community niche development, brand identity and monetization.
For the past 8 months, I’ve been working with three esteemed dietitian colleagues and fellow healthy food bloggers, Regan Jones, Robin Plotkin and Gretchen Brown, on planning the first ever dietitian/healthy food blogger “How To A Build A Better Blog” weekend and man, it really feels like we are about to give birth (minus the physical pain.)
From deciding on a name (that was tough) to securing top-notch speakers to figuring out travel logistics, the process has been a learning experience for sure but now that we are a month away from the big weekend, we couldn’t be more thrilled (and admittedly a bit nervous.)
I want to thank our superb and generous sponsors for taking the leap of faith with us this inaugural year:
It’s no secret I’ve been a long time fan of Cabot Creamery and have had the privilege of working with them on projects for many years. These fine folks are truly the reason we got Blog Brûlée off the ground this year.
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Smugglers’ Notch is the gorgeous setting of our weekend retreat and I’m thrilled to get back to Vermont and discover all the resort has to offer year-round.
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Admittedly, I rarely eat lamb but I’m always eager to support family owned farms. Shepherd’s Pride lambs are raised on U.S. family ranches on a high-nutrient, 100% vegetarian diet, without any added hormones or antibiotics.
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I’ve been wanting to work with Davidson’s since learning about their pasteurized eggs at last year’s Eat Write Retreat where they were used in speciality cocktails (side note: I won the contest for naming one of the signature drinks!) And now, thanks to Safe Eggs, I can enjoy making and eating tiramisu, cookie dough and real Caesar dressing without batting an eye.
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Currently, my daughter is hooked on Kashi’s Crunchy Granola & Seed Bars and I always love a stroll down their cereal aisle to try their latest whole grain breakfast combination.
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Much like Cabot, the heart of Welch’s is their 1,000+ family farmer owners. And since Concord grapes originated in Concord, MA, it’s only fitting that Welch’s is joining us in New England this year.
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I had the pleasure of touring the soybean fields of Iowa last year on a editorial trip sponsored by The Soyfoods Council and learned A LOT about the humble soybean (we made flavored tofu!), from farming, to cooking, to products to delicious and nutritious eats. So, I’m excited our attendees will be learning about the versatility of soyfoods now, too.
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Now, onto the recipes! I’ve gathered an array of drool worthy brûlées, custards, puddings and mousses from this year’s Blog Brûlée attendees:
Oatmeal Brûlée – Diane @ Cape Fear Nutrition
Vanilla Bean Creme Brûlée – Gretchen @ kumquat
Polynesian Banana Pudding – Rachael @ An Avocado A Day
Brazilian Passion Fruit Mousse – Danielle @ Food Confidence
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Chia Pudding – McKenzie @ NourishRDs
Pumpkin Chia Pudding Parfait – Karman @ Nutrition Adventures
Cherry Fool Dessert –Deanna @ Teaspoon of Spice
Strawberry Mousse Parfait – Jessica @ Nutritioulicious
Banana Pudding For Breakfast – Kylie @ immaeatthat
Avocado Pudding – Meme @ Living Well Kitchen
Maple Pumpkin Mousse – Marisa @ Marisa’s Morsels
Maple & Green Tea Ginger Panna Cotta – Wendy Jo @ Just Wendy Jo
Super Easy Chia Pudding – Ashley @ The Fresh Beet
Have you ever attended a blogging conference? What’s your favorite type of creamy dessert?