Project Food Blog
Me, the short story…

September 15, 2010

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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 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!

Milky Way Midnight Cheesecake

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…)

Greg (SippitySup) Angela (Spinach Tiger) and I

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.

Rachael (La Fuji Mama) and I


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…

Monochrome Rainbow Cookies
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.

French Macarons for the Share Our Strength Bake Sale

Daydreamer Desserts

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.

Dad and I
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!

S'mores Macarons

To be continued… (I hope)

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Joan Nova September 15, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Nice post – a few of your blogging friends are my friends too. I recognize the faces. :) Good luck in the challenge.


2 Nancy@acommunaltable September 15, 2010 at 5:13 pm

What a beautiful post!! I am having so much fun reading everyone’s entries. People often talk about finding your “voice”- each of the entries I’ve read so far (of bloggers I know) definitely expresses that person’s voice – and yours definitely does.

I don’t know what the final outcome is going to be but I do know this – all the bloggers I know in the contest are winners in my book!!

Good luck – can’t wait to see what the other challenges will be!


3 Erika - In Erika's Kitchen September 15, 2010 at 9:14 pm

I’m so glad to get to know a little more about you, Josie! I love reading all these entries. There are so many interesting people out there in the world – and now we have a way to find them!


4 Kate @ Savour fare September 15, 2010 at 9:42 pm

I’m really loving these entries just for the insight its affording me into people I’ve known for a while. You totally inspire me with your beautiful desserts, Josie!


5 Cathy/ShowFoodChef September 15, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Josie, you are so talented and your sweet spirit comes across immediately in your post and when I met you a few months ago. Loved your post. Much success!


6 Jeanne September 15, 2010 at 10:11 pm

You have made me hungry for dessert with all of those drool-worthy photos! And I’m laughing about Dwight – he’s one of my favorite characters! Great post and good luck!


7 Casey Angelova September 15, 2010 at 11:03 pm

I wish we could have been friends growing-up because I would have been at your house for dinner every night! Great post. Best of luck in the competition.


8 marla {family fresh cooking} September 16, 2010 at 5:16 am

Josie, congrats for entering this awesome challenge over at Foodbuzz. It was so fun to learn more about you in this post. I love your blog & I am so happy that we have gotten to meet for real. I hope to see you again sometime really soon. Our blog community is like none other. xo


9 Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite September 16, 2010 at 6:48 am

Josie you are an absolute inspiration in the kitchen and a joy to meet in real life. I wish you much luck in this contest – you deserve to go far!


10 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction September 17, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Lovely post! I always enjoy reading your blog, and I know you will do well with Project Food Blog… I wish you all the best!


11 pegasuslegend September 18, 2010 at 7:34 am

awe now this was a wonderful trek through your blog, loved the family values, your parents and background…your going to do fantastic and I wish you all the best …your blog is super special, and will satisfy any sweettooth~


12 sara @CaffeIna September 19, 2010 at 9:10 am

I really loved your post! It came straight from the heart and I love the way you talk about your mom and dad!


13 sippitysup September 19, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Okay. First let’s talk about me!

It was so sweet of you to include a photo of me. It was taken just a few short months after I broke my jaw and only a few short weeks after being un-wired and able to eat soild foods again. I was so skinny (I lost 28 lbs) that it actually shocks me. I almost did not go to the festival because I was self-conscious about my looks. But I did go (nervously), and I remember meeting you on the first night. You were standing on the stairs on the rooftop deck and I turned and we just started talking. A completely easy and natural conversation, as if we’d been friends for years. I had been so uneasy because I knew I was too thin (almost anorexic and even developing a few weird eating habits because of the whole ordeal.) But again, the way you and Angela (SpinachTiger) embraced me and made me feel that being too skinny was either A-Ok, or at least just a stop along the way, cemented what I had been feeling about the food blog community. That feeling is LOVE. I feel the love everyday.

Which brings me to you! You are a force. You have all the right moves. You are one of the nicest people I have met thru this whole adventure and you will get my vote during every challenge along the way. Not only for what you did for me, but because you deserve it. GREG


14 Fuji Mama September 19, 2010 at 6:19 pm

This post is a perfect example of why I love you! You’re beautiful spirit comes shining through when you write. You just drip with authenticity! GOOD LUCK! Can’t wait to read your future challenge posts (because Foodbuzz would be stupid to knock you out of the running)! XOXO


15 Lisa Orgler September 20, 2010 at 8:26 am

What a beautiful blog with lovely photos! I’m so glad I stumbled onto your site. Good luck!


16 Bonnie September 20, 2010 at 7:45 pm

What a beautiful post! It’s nice to meet you through your first entry. Your photography is beautiful and anyone who quotes Dwight Schrute is uber-cool in my book!


17 Whitney Moss September 20, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Right back at you sister, we should probably get to opening that bottle together soon! :)


18 Belinda @zomppa September 20, 2010 at 11:12 pm

I FINALLY figured out the feed on your site so now I can get updated! (I need a Mac). Thanks for your support, and you know you got my vote, of course!


19 Jeannie Cakes September 21, 2010 at 4:58 am

I love your blog… and just voted!!!

Thank you for visiting mine as well, and voting :-) Good luck!


20 Kim September 21, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Hey Josie! I too love reading about everyone’s bios through this first round. Also LOVED your interview with Mac recently. Will you please come over and show me how to make some of these macarons? They’re always so creative… I don’t know how you manage a full-time job, husband, three boys AND blogging! Whew, I’m tired just reading your bio!

Best of luck!!!



21 Magic of Spice-Alisha September 22, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Lovely entry post…Voted and good luck with PFB future challenges as well, looking forward :)


22 bridget {bake at 350} September 23, 2010 at 2:58 pm

This is GREAT, Josie!!! Good luck! I chickened out of entering, so I need to check out the voting!


23 Jen Cheung September 23, 2010 at 5:13 pm

hey ya! you have a lovely blog here. Stumble upon your blog through foodbuzz. :) I voted for your blog. hope that helps. feel free to drop by!!

have a lovely weekend
jen @


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