Friday, August 29, 2014

#AWBU2014 #foodiefriday

Panel session from #AWBU #foodiefriday2012

Ever thought about becoming a food blogger?

Have you been kicking around the idea of starting your own blog but not sure where to start? 

Have you been thinking, “hey, I’m a really good cook/baker/reviewer/foodie/eater and I should share what I know with others?”


Okay, your first step is to surround yourself with seasoned food and lifestyle bloggers and jump-start your idea. One way to get started is to attend a food blog conference.

You’re in luck.

Next Friday, September 5th, is the third annual Arkansas Women Bloggers #foodiefriday food bloggers conference being held at the Shewmaker Center for Global Business at
Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) in Bentonville.

That’s right, a food blogging conference in our very own backyard!

The cost is extremely affordable at $40 per person and takes place from noon until 5pm but you have act fact because registration ends on Sunday.

If you are worried that you have not even figured out what to call your food blog or that you are not a woman, don’t fret, because those are not prerequisites.  All you need to do is sign up and come with the expectation of learning a few tricks of the trade and getting started on building your community.

Will you come join us?

Foodie Friday Agenda Highlights

Sponsored by

Executive Chef Matt McClure, The Hive in Bentonville, will speak about his passion related to“Arkansas Bounty” and preparing dishes with ingredients found locally

Executive Chef Jerrmy Gawthrop, GreenhouseGrille and Wood Stone Craft Pizza in Fayetteville, will speak about Utilizing the Summer’s Bounty and Making the Most of Your Arkansas Garden 

Heather Disarro, Owner of Heather’s Dish in Little Rock, will speak about Creative Food Photography: Branding Yourself with Gorgeously Designed Food Photos (Interactive)

Sponsored by Great Day Farms

Jennifer Watts, Executive Director of Cobblestone Project in Fayetteville, will speak about Cultivating a Community Without Need

Ozark Beer Company of Rogers and The Farmer’s Table Café of Fayetteville, both Cobblestone partners and supporters, will be providing Foodie Friday attendees varied samples of the foods to be served at Harvest Party.

Hope to see (and meet) you there.

One more thing… if you really want to get full blogging exposure, sign up for the entire weekend of #AWBU2014.  Read about the full agenda here and then you may have to fret about which sessions to attend.

Eat well, my friends. Eat well.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Top 10 Northwest Arkansas food blogs you should be reading in 2014.

Hello friends!

Today is the day I get to share my absolute favorite annual post… the top 10 list of local food bloggers that I think you should be reading. 

Some make my list every year and are a constant source of inspiration. I am happy to say that this year there are three new ones that were not on my radar screen a year ago and I am glad to get to know them and make the introduction.  

Drum roll….

Friday, August 8, 2014

The sorrel is thriving.

sorrel herb plant in June (c)nwafoodie

In late late late spring, I planted sorrel.  Actually, it was more like early summer.  One Friday afternoon before closing time, I quickly popped into Bogles Garden City in Bentonville to see what herbs they had left.  You see, I had an empty planter without anything in it as well as a lushly vibrant pile of fresh compost obviously wanting me to come dig in it one more time. At Bogles, the herbs were all picked over except for a smattering of mint and a few sorrel plants.  Sorrel went home with me because the mint always misbehaves.

Sorrel completely intrigues me. Technically, it is considered a culinary herb although it more thought of as a green, like dandelion greens or spinach.  Sorrel is best when used for soups, pureed, with spinach, or with egg dishes.  Think of it like a slight savory herb with just an ever so whispery hint of lemon that quickly moves to overpowering if you use too much of it.  What intrigues me about sorrel is that seems old-fashioned.  Let’s face it, when was the last time you saw a recipe that calls for sorrel?

Friday, August 1, 2014

Five Foodie Finds for Friday, August 1st.

Five foodie finds for Friday, August 1, 2014 (c)nwafoodie

My little niece Jocelyn started kindergarten today and so begins her academic journey.  It thrilled me to see that instead of an elsya-princess-sophia-tangled-or-pink backpack, she chose a full-sized camo one.  Her simple reason was “because it’s nature and I like nature.”  You go, girl.

Needless to say, school is on my mind even though I don’t have any kiddos heading to class soon.  I can still get giddy about a lunchbox. Why should kids have all the fun?

Vintage thermos. Doesn’t this old-timey thermos just scream the Adirondacks? If you are into vintage quirkiness, you can score this 1950s beauty for a mere $70.  Want the vintage look without the hefty price tag and the decades oldness?  West Elm has the Heritage Traveling Collection for under $30.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ever wonder if blue cheese goes… bad?

Ever wonder if blue cheese goes bad (c)nwafoodie


What happens to it?

Does it get moldy-er?  Stinky-er? Does the smell get strong-er?

My latest blue cheese addiction is of the Danish variety.  It has a sweetness to it that is really working for me right now.  Don’t get me wrong.  Throw Stilton in front of me with a nice tawny Port and I am going to drop that Dane lickity-split and pledge my undying devotion to Mr. Stilty. 

However, until that little scenario swoons me off my feet, my fridge is still sporting the Sam’s Club honking-size package of Danish blue cheese.  Officially, we’re good.  The package tells me that we are good to go until August 11th. 


Yet I wonder.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

#Farm2Home14 inspiration.

#farm2home14 P.AllenSmith GardenHome ArkansasGrown bloggers taking it all in (c)nwafoodie

Hi there, friend. 
Whatcha’ been up to lately? 

I have been running around and slowing down, if that is even possible.

Something inside of me is blossoming, begging me to open up my eyes wider and marvel more.  Sometimes that means doing nothing other than savoring the moment while other times it means exploring.

Friday, June 20, 2014

I feel good… about supporting local.

#farm2home14 #support local P.Allen Smith Garden Home nwafoodie Dining with Debbie busvlogger

I feel good… about supporting local.

I feel good… about spreading the word about supporting local.

I feel good… knowing that you support local, too.

I feel good… that Arkansas has a great resource for finding local gems called Arkansas Grown.

I feel good… that I got a chance to hear all about it at the Farm2Home event at P. Allen Smith’s farm on Tuesday.

I feel good… about showing you this video where our fabulous local Northwest Arkansas bloggers and other fantabulous Arkansas state bloggers show off their dance moves… because they feel good about local, too.

What happens at Farm2Home, stays at Farm2Home.


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