There is a little interactive challenge going on in the Foodbuzz blogging world called Project Food Blog, perhaps you’ve heard about it, or have even read a blog post or two on the topic. You can view my nifty profile here.
The purpose of this venture is to sift through a couple thousand food bloggers and ultimately select “The Next Food Blog Star”. What’s in it for the winner you may ask? Well for starters a cool $10,000 in cash, and the winner will also be featured in a special section on Foodbuzz for one whole year. Pretty sweet huh?
There are a total of 10 challenges and of course there will be eliminations along the way. All entries will be voted on by Dana Cowin Editor of Food & Wine Magazine, Nancy Silverton Founder of La Brea Bakery, Pim Techamuanvivit Author of ChezPim.com and The Foodie Handbook, and all Foodbuzz Featured Publishers aka my peers will also get to vote.
The very first challenge is appropriately titled “Ready, Set, Blog!” The goal? Describe me, my blog, and what makes us unique.
This blog wouldn’t have been possible without the love and support of my husband and three boys, a big thanks to them!
I am also thankful for the recipe ideas that have popped into my head at 3am in the morning as well as those that I have dreamt up during my 40+ mile commute to and from work. (Ahh the joys of being a daydreamer…)
And last but not least I wouldn’t think of leaving out my food blogging family. A tight knit community full of brilliant, wonderful, and loving people who share the same love and passion for all things Culinary, the unending desire to always improve upon ourselves, and the joy we find in helping others along the way.
Before I introduce myself, let me share a funny quote that comes to mind…
We make our own mattresses that don’t conform to the traditional sizes. Closest would be twin. -Dwight Schrute, The Office (One of my favorite non-food TV shows) I laugh every single time I hear it…
That quote kind of sums my blog and myself, I love thinking out of the box, experimenting with ingredients and flavor combinations, adding my own touch to traditional desserts or completely transforming them. With me you can always expect the unexpected.
Now a little about me… I am a fusion of cultures and traditions. My father who was Cuban was the cook in our home… an amazing cook at that! He loved the kitchen, I’m sure that’s where I got my love for the kitchen.
My sweet-tooth on the other hand I seemed to have inherited from my mother, who is Mexican. She didn’t really spend much time in the kitchen growing up, and never really “learned” how to cook (savory). But, she somehow managed to learn how to make Dulces (candies and preserves), Gelatinas (Gelatins), and with the help of a few recipes would make the occasional cake, and of course I don’t recall a Christmas without homemade Christmas cookies.
Being a Software Engineer by trade, I will admit I dread the word *Documentation* [blech]. Developing an application is way fun however, writing up documentation for it, not so much. On the other hand, when it comes to developing a recipe… documenting it in my opinion is half the fun, the other half is tasting it.
Although most of my waking hours are spent in an office, I manage to always make time to cook and bake and of course, share my sweet creations with all of you.
Writing this blog has brought me so much joy, it’s allowed me to meet some truly wonderful people, embrace my love for the kitchen (especially dessert), and hopefully make a few of you hungry for dessert!