Monday, May 23, 2011
BlogHer Food Conference
Thank you all so much for your kind words, encouragement and well wishes for my panel discussion at BlogHer Food this past weekend. It means so much to me that I have so many people that care about me and it truly helped me knowing you were all there with me (in my mind).

I believe the panel I was on went really well. We had so many people come up and thank us for sharing what we know about adapting recipes for special diets. It felt great knowing that we could help others learn more so they can cook for their loved ones. The discussion between the audience and the panelists went back and forth, so there was a lot of interaction. I loved talking with people about my favorite subject...recipe development and adaptation for special dietary needs. The hour and fifteen minute discussion went by so quickly. I wanted more!

Speaking of the panels, all of the discussions I attended were great. I really enjoyed hearing about Branding, Social Networking (speaking of which, I'm now on Twitter and have no clue what is going on -anyone with words of wisdom please feel free to help - oh and I have a button to the side here for you to follow me...let's just say I'm fashionably late to the party), Cooking Without Recipes, Working With Brands And Media and Professional Recipe Writing. I got a lot of information on all of these and I would love to share every bit, but that would take forever. If anyone has any questions, feel free to leave a comment with your email address or email me at sarena (at) thenondairyqueen (dot) com. I would be happy to share anything I learned.

The sponsors were great and shared tons of great products! Some of my favorites were National Peanut Board (I got white chocolate peanut butter!), Quaker (you know this girl loves her oats), Starkist (I got a Charlie the Tuna Shirt from them), Sharffen Berger  loaded me up with cocoa powder and chocolate bars, Bob's Red Mill gave out sample packs of quinoa and whole wheat couscous, Wasa gave out tons of crackers (I love the new rosemary flavor), Barilla had pasta tastings with some of their great sauces, POM Wonderful had their juices there (which we love) and Starbucks gave out to go mugs with Via and Iced Via (you all know I love Starbucks, so that was a score)! There were more than that and also tons of prizes that are still to be awarded, so that led to lots of excitement!

The event was really nice and it was so inspiring to meet people that care about the same things I do. I'm extremely motivated now, so my book is in full motion. My brain is in overdrive too. I have so many ideas and I'm excited to put it all in motion. This weekend was just the kick in the butt I needed!

On a crazy note for today, our camera is having an issue. So, my beautiful, light, fresh dinner from last night of warm bean dip with roasted chicken and fresh guacamole did not get pictured. Bummer situation after coming out of a food blogging conference. Oh well, I'm taking the girl in to see why she's not happy. This is the last week of school for the boys and parties are all week!

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