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October 5, 2010 in 24x249 comments

Foodbuzz 24×24: To the Land of Giant Pumpkins

laser carved pumpkin

Every month, Foodbuzz features 24 posts by 24 bloggers showcasing that month’s theme or simply a really cool meal. October’s 24×24 theme is the Kids Table. For my Kids Table meal, I took my sister, 8-year old niece, and 10-year old nephew to Johnson’s Giant Pumpkins, a farm that features lots of neat autumn-themed displays and activities. My post is in the form of a photo essay, so be prepared for a longish load time.

teepee

Lots of things to see and do at the pumpkin farm. This native American teepee was a lot bigger on the inside than it looked from the outside! Read more on Foodbuzz 24×24: To the Land of Giant Pumpkins…

October 4, 2010 in project food blog, shameless plug2 comments

Voting Open for Project Food Blog Challenge #3

Note: My web host was down from 6:30 p.m. October 4th until…well, technically it still is, because my main content folder is still missing. I was able to access the site through the back end and cobble my last two posts back together, but you’ll notice the site is missing a few features and images. My apologies to everyone who tried to view my PFB post on the 4th and 5th and thank you for coming back!

Thanks to all of you who voted for Shiny Cooking in round 2 of Foodbuzz’s Project Food Blog challenge. I’ve made it to round 3, whose theme is a “luxury dinner party.” Voting is open until October 7. If you believe my literary dinner party featuring dishes from George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy series merits a vote, please vote for Shiny Cooking!

The link places your vote and goes to a page where you can easily browse through all the entries in the competition. Everyone gets 100 votes to spend, so I encourage you to keep clicking and check out some of the other amazing dinner party entries and vote for them as well. Read more on Voting Open for Project Food Blog Challenge #3…

October 3, 2010 in project food blog32 comments

Project Food Blog Challenge #3: Winter is Coming — A Literary Dinner Party

Thanks to all of you who voted for Shiny Cooking in round 2 of Foodbuzz’s Project Food Blog challenge. I made it to round 3, whose theme was a “luxury dinner party.” Project Food Blog is now over, but still: wrap something warm about you while you continue reading, because winter is coming.

currant sorbet, served in tiny flutes as a palate cleanser

When the third challenge came up — and they all come up suddenly, by the way, the way everything we know about for ages does — to host a luxury dinner party, I was still undecided as to a theme. As I researched fancy-schmancy vegetarian main courses suitable for autumn that might use vegetables still growing in my garden, I came across a showstopper from the now-defunct Gourmet magazine: Pumpkin Stuffed with Vegetable Stew.

Wow. This I could work with. The stew fit perfectly with my itch to host a party consisting entirely of foods described in George R. R. Martin’s book series A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIAF). Here’s how the party all worked out, along with some totally serious and not snarky tips for throwing a successful dinner party. Yeah. Enjoy the snark-free ride while you can. Read more on Project Food Blog Challenge #3: Winter is Coming — A Literary Dinner Party…