Few Words & Food Photos

How was your week? Along with the rest of the world mine had some ups & downs. I really need to stop reading the news and those awful Facebook stories about dog abuse. Hey people-stop posting those awful graphic stories or I will unfriend you.

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To the rescue of the doom & gloom was some fun end of the week socializing with friends, children and my gorgeous gran-dog…..here is what got me through. Hope you don’t mind a food photo op or as some like to post, “food porn”.

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How about a full on flavor robust chili to warm your heart

OR

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A perfectly cooked steak and crispy salted potato strings

Seems like I am all about the beef this week, but that is what looked good in the grocery store; that is the way I roll. However, I had to make something extra special for Sam’s (the best son in law ever) 30th birthday…..

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wild American sweet pink shrimp

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Love my people. Love my dogs. Love to cook. Have a great week everybody.

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Click on the links in the captions for the recipes.

Food Fight Write 2015 Bloggers’ Summit

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Along with Kansas City Steaks the Saucy Mama Team sponsored a bloggers’ challenge cook-off

My blogging schedule is a bit off kilter due to traveling a bunch in the month of November. Bare with me as I hope to get back on track to my usual Sunday posts come December. In the mean time check out this photomontage of my recent blogger escapades. Here is a view of the 3 day 2015 Food Fight Write Bloggers’ Summit starting with a fabulous media tour and lunch with Shamu and friends at Seaworld.

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We learned lots of fun facts about how well cared for these beautiful animals are. How about some fresh ground organic avocado for the aardvark? We should all eat so healthy.

Naturally, we did eat well. Not only an abundant taste of the park at Seaworld, but also some very special locally grown offerings from My Yard Farm including a fresh picked spicy micro green salad featuring their juicy heirloom tomatoes. I am looking forward to growing my own come Spring.

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Happy Egg Co and Tuttorosso tomatoes started us off with breakfast one morning while later that day we grilled up some fabulous filet mignon courtesy of Kansas City Steaks. We also sampled several flavorful Saucy Mama products in preparation for a blogger throw-down. More about that later.

IMG_7793Always up for a good hayride, Long and Scott Farms welcomed us with open arms and interesting details about how to grow sweet corn and cucumbers. They also feature a giant 7-acre “Salute to our Armed Forces” corn maze. Automatically, I love them.

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Next up on the schedule (are you tired yet) is a visit to one of Orlando’s premiere destinations,  The Champions’ Gate Resort for Inspired Home workshops. This is a blogger’s paradise of collaboration and learning (think periscope, instagram and video) in addition to a mix and mingling of food, lifestyle and brand influencing.

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This is how a real brand influencer does it. So inspiring and professional and gets me right into the holiday spirit.  Kraylfunch.com

The summit culminated in The Bloggers’ Challenge giving each participant a chance to experience first hand the reality of cooking competition. How to develop a recipe and orientation to the Kenmore Pro kitchen arena were hot topics as well as tips on timing, presentation and judging. While a few of us were already competitive cooks most of the bloggers were not. It was a wonderful way for them to gain insight into this growing world of food sport and as influencers maybe encourage brands to sponsor competitive cooks just like Nike might endorse a pro athlete. Sign me up! And check out my instagram @goodgriefcook to see some fun gadgets received in my Inspired Home swag bag.

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Congratulations to my friends, Cho Wut Yee who took third and Rebecka Evans who took first in their first ever cooking competition. So proud of you ladies. ~Photo by Rebecka.