There were so many great photos taken by the professional photographers at the Pillsbury Bake-Off, I just had to share them. Enjoy! 😀

Last night, the judges at the 44th Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest selected four category winners. One of these category winners will be named the $1 million winner tomorrow! The Eggland’s Best folks are especially excited because the winning recipe for Breakfast & Bunch category included EB eggs! Niki Plourde of Gardner, MA won with her Tomato-Basil Eggs Alfredo in Bread Baskets! Wahoo! Congrats to Niki! She was so thrilled to win! [rewind to the beginning of the…

Once the Pillsbury Bake-Off® ended, it was time for lunch. I sampled so many of the recipes at the Bake-Off, eating a full meal was just not appetizing to me. But, because I mostly indulged in desserts, I figured having some “real food” would probably do me some good. I checked out the spread at the lunch buffet, but I just wasn’t in the mood to eat. 😕 But, the dessert display eventually changed my…

Wow! Now that’s what I call a food event! I’ve never seen anything like it! The Pillsbury Bake-Off® was fun, exciting, and even somewhat intense at times– there was $1 million at stake! How the contest works: The 100 finalists have 4 hours to make their recipe and submit the final product to the judges. The finalists can make their recipe up to 3 times, and then they must choose the best “batch” to enter…

Wahoo! Just about caught up! It’s been a crazy few days here in Orlando, so I’m sure you can image how easy it is to get behind with blogging. I’m glad to be back on track! If you didn’t read CNC over the weekend, here are some links to catch you up to speed! On My Way to Orlando A Warm Welcome and the Hotel Backstage Dinner with Walt Disney Chefs Seasons 52 with some…

Last night, we enjoyed dinner at The Ravenous Pig, an American gastro pub in Winter Park. Dubbed one of Florida’s “Latest and Greatest” restaurants by Saveur, this new restaurant features great food and great drink in the tradition of the gastropubs of London. The Ravenous Pig’s extensive menu items range from pub fare to raw bar offerings to creative salads, house-made pastas, fresh seafood and bistro classics. Beverage options include eight American micro-brewed beers drawn…

The final session of the day was called “Entertain with Ease Using New Cooking Technologies from GE.” The group learned about induction cooking and watched a couple of cooking demonstration using this new technology, which works via a magnetic field to provide fast, efficient cooking. Fun facts: The GE induction technology has the ability to boil water in just 100 seconds! There are no open flames and the surface remains cool to the touch. The GE…

After the morning sessions, we moved to different room where we enjoyed an interesting lecture about The Science of Grilling from Dr. Sara Risch, a food scientist and consultant to food and packaging companies. Dr. Risch shared a number of chemistry facts to help us become better cooks and ensure food safety. We learned that many backyard grill masters don’t realize that applying a little science can actually make them better cooks! While listening to…

After the Flavor = Taste + Mouthfeel + Aroma + “The X Factor” session, the day continued with five more informative, food-focused seminars– 3 of which are highlighted in this post. (The other 2 are coming soon!) Today’s Recipe Box As you probably know, more and more people are preparing meals at home and are looking for recipe ideas that fit a variety of occasions– from quick breakfasts and easy family dinners to fun appetizers…

Yowsahs! 😯 We had quite the full agenda today! We started at 8:30 AM and went straight through until 3:00 PM this afternoon. I have SO much great stuff to blog about now. I’m not sure that I will get it all posted today, but I’ll definitely get it up as soon as possible. 8:25 AM and ready for the day! The first seminar of the day was called Flavor = Taste + Mouthfeel +…

Good morning! Breakfast was quite a treat this morning– mostly because I enjoyed it in BED! In all of my years, I’ve never enjoyed breakfast in bed at hotel. In fact, I’ve never even ordered room service, so this was really cool for me. I wish every morning could start this way! 😉 On the menu this morning: Spinach Quiche with Thinly Sliced Roasted Red Pepper Garnish and Asparagus And a Smoked Bacon Skewer House-Baked…

Tonight, we joined a number of Walt Disney World chefs in the backstage catering kitchen at Epcot for an overview of cuisines from restaurants all across the “Vacation Kingdom.” From fine dining to quick service, we received a taste of the classics as well as what’s new on the menu. Each dish was paired with a wine chosen by Disney’s sommeliers. It was a pretty awesome event! 😀 The group entered the catering kitchens through…

Seriously, how is this my job!?! Right now, I feel like the luckiest gal alive! The event hasn’t even begun, but I’m already have a fantastic time. When I arrived in Orlando, I was absolutely starving. Lunch just did not cut it today. I almost stopped at Starbucks to buy myself a snack, but I’m so glad that I waited. When I walked into my hotel room at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, I was…

Greetings from the sky! I think we’re flying somewhere over the Carolinas now. Hi, Kath and Erica! 😀 I just spent the last 45 minutes writing my Health post for the week. I always write a rough draft and then go back a day or two later to do the edits. It’s helpful to look at my writing with “fresh eyes.” My flight to Orlando didn’t depart until 11:00 am, so I had plenty of…

Ahhhh! I can’t believe that I am going to FLORIDA today! I haven’t been to Florida since Spring Break of my sophomore year of college. My girlfriends and I went to Panama City Beach for the entire week. Let’s just say, PCB is the perfect place for Spring Break. 😉 I think we all had a really good time! This trip to Florida, however, is going to be quite a bit different! I have work…

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