This month, for Taste and Create, I am paired up with Equal Opportunity Kitchen. Sometimes it’s difficult for me to figure out what I want to make from my partner’s blog, but this month it was a no brainer. The moment I saw her Pecan Pie Muffins, I knew I had to make them. Son has been a huge fan of my mother’s Pecan Pie and Pecan Tassies (little mini pecan tarts) since he first tried them, so it was obvious that I would have to make these for him.
The verdict? Everyone should make these. Took me maybe thirty minutes (including cooking time!) to whip them up, and had I allowed Son to eat them all, they would have been gone just as quickly. In fact, due to the demands of Son’s co-workers and my family, I’m going to make another batch very soon! They are sized perfectly for good portion control… that is, assuming you can eat just one. These mini treats go great with a big glass of milk.
Yay for parties!
Last night, I was very lucky to meet some of the most awesome SoCal (and Seattle!) bloggers out there. I was invited to a party hosted by Todd and Diane of White on Rice Couple, just for us food bloggers. The food was amazing, of course. I couldn’t get enough of their pork sliders, egg rolls, flatbread pizzas, several different types of salads, and ohmygod the fish! (Although no fish eyes for me. ) Not to mention that garlic cheese spread… Todd and Diane, I want that recipe! I also hear the cocktails were delicious, but neither Son nor I drink alcohol, so we stuck to water, soda, and Vietnamese coffee. (Vietnamese coffee, where have you been all my life? Oh my goodness SO GOOD.) Todd was kind enough to give us a tour of their amazing garden, which we later harvested herbs from for dinner. (Isn’t that awesome? When I
grow up get a house, I want a garden like theirs.)
As great as the food was, the people at the party were even more awesome. Son and I got to meet all sorts of cool food bloggers that we hadn’t yet discovered (Yay! More food blogs to add to my feed reader!) and meet a few that we already looked up to. One of the first people we met, after Todd and Diane of course, was Brooke from Food Woolf. She is by far one of the kindest, most adorable women I have ever met. Leah from Spicy Salty Sweet was there, as were Toni from Daily Bread Journal and WC from Wandering Chopsticks. We discovered that Marvin from Burnt Lumpia and his wife know of a great sushi place in an area Son and I frequent quite often (we’ll definitely be meeting you two for sushi one of these days!) Sarah of The Delicious Life and TasteSpotting joined us, as did Julie from Julie’s Kitchen. Matt from Matt Bites (one of the sweetest guys ever) was there with his partner (I hope you two like the sushi-making kit!), as was another Matt that I have looked up to for a long time – Matt from Wright Food with his wife, Danika. You know how sometimes people just aren’t what you thought they would be when you meet them in person? Not so with Matt and Danika. They are two of the most charming people you could ever meet.
Todd and Diane were the best hosts we could possibly imagine for a food blogger party, and we all went home full of good food, satisfied, and happy. Not to mention, we all made some great new friends! Thanks so much, Todd and Diane!
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