The Birth of Blog Brûlée + Brûlée & Pudding Recipe Roundup

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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

By now, you may have heard about Blog Brûlée, through posts on Healthy Aperture, Robinsbite or kumquat. But if not, here’s the down and dirty description:

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:

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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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I love Boyden Valley Winery’s tagline “Making Vermont Famous For Wine” and I’m eager to expand my VT wine horizons in September.
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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:

Blog Brûlée recipe roundup | Teaspoonofspice.com

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

Blog Brûlée recipe roundup | Teaspoonofspice.com

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?

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Comments

  1. How much fun! I am a big creme brulee fan but will always love banana pudding the most, staying true to my southern roots. That sounds like a really fun weekend! I have never attended a blog conference. I am sure it will be a blast with that line up of great speakers.

  2. So excited for the Blog Brulee and honored to be one of the inaugural members who will be joining! Such great sponsors and fellow bloggers – can’t wait!

  3. I’ve only birthed single children… one at a time. I’m fairly certain this is more like a twin or triplet birth :)

    Looking forward to finishing this journey — for this year at least — with you and enjoying a bit of brûlée in Vermont!
    Regan @ Healthy Aperture recently posted..[Gluten-Free Kitchen] Old Bay Popcorn & PeanutsMy Profile

  4. this must be the nesting phase…. when we are running around doing last minute cleanups, making checklists and freaking a little bit in anticipation. super excited and honored to be proud “parents” alongside you ladies.
    gretchen | kumquat recently posted..Old Bay Popcorn & PeanutsMy Profile

  5. Yay! I’m just so thrilled beyond words to be attending the very first blog brûlée conference! I can’t imagine all the hard work that went into planning, organizing….Thank you thank you thank you! As a new RD, this is going to be so insightful and fun! ;) Plus, I hear Vermont is beautiful!!
    Min recently posted..Mexican Oat Pudding with Spicy Nut ClustersMy Profile

  6. Deanna, what a fun and delicious round-up! Very excited to be part of this inaugural blogging event! Thank you!
    dianeboyd recently posted..Snack Right: Oatmeal Bars with Creamy Ricotta FillingMy Profile

  7. There is so much I am looking forward to with this conference! So glad I am able to be a part of it!,

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