Saturday, January 28, my husband, his daughter (Tina) and I wanted to go to Old Car Heaven to look at some antique cars. We pulled into the parking lot <finally> and the lot was full....and then we saw a guy with a name tag and we asked him if there was a private event going on and he said it was the Food Blog South.....and I got excited!!! We asked him if you needed to know someone to get in and he said he'd get us in. You betcha I was psyched.....considering I'm a new 'blogger'!!!! His name is Ale Sharpton.....he is a Beer Writer. His sites are www.alesharpton.com and www.BeerConnoisseur.com . Once getting inside, we just wandered around like we 'belonged' altho we were the only people without name tags! What a hoot!!! I was in all my glory!!!
The first person I talked to was a very nice lady from www.watermelon.org and we chatted about how thrilled we are that all fresh fruit is 'free' in Weight Watchers world.....and I was so happy she knew about that. I got a recipe from her .... Watermelon Fire and Ice Salsa ... that I WILL be trying as soon as watermelon season gets here. It is 'free'.......pointless!!! Check out their website for recipes, info and creative carving pictures.
The next person I really chatted with ...... I got goosebumps!!! You've all heard of RecipeLion .... at least I hope you have! Well, I 'hob-knobbed' with Matthew Kaplan, the Editor of Prime Publishing LLC's Food Group. The also do FaveDiets and Mr.Food to name a few. I confessed to him that I permanently borrow some of their 'stuff' and tweak it to make it Weight Watchers friendly.......and waited for the lightening bolts to hit me......but he was so cool about it!
Abe and Tina sampled some olives.....not me! I love Olive Oil, but not overly fond of those little green or black things. I didn't get the guy's card and can't remember the name of the company. Abe said they were really good tho.
And then we have www.pecansproject.com ..... and I tasted (literally) one sugar-coated pecan and thought I was in heaven!!!! I also got a little jar of Pecan Butter......I *know* it's not going to be WW friendly.....I'm waiting for them to get back to me with the nutritional info on this.....but it is scrumptious!!!! You can order from their website....if you dare!
And who doesn't remember those GooGoo Clusters? Stuckey's stores always had them. They were there as well.....with samples......that stayed on the table!
Roland Foods was there......check them out at www.rolandfood.com .....they do quinoa, couscous, roasted tomatoes, oils and other things. Check out their products at their website.....and you can order from their site as well.
High Road Sorbet was there. Whole Foods Market was there. There were a bunch of different tables set up with cookbooks.....I had to really control the urge!!!
And then we chatted with a guy about the International Biscuit Festival in Knoxville .... May 17 - 19. There will be a bake-off, Biscuit Boulevard (a stroll of biscuit tasting), Blackberry Farm will prepare a "Foothills Cuisine" fine dining experience and much more. It actually sounds like a fun thing to do!!!
Soooo.......yes, I *crashed* Food Blog South 2012!!!!
Oh.....we did get to see the cars as well.
- Tweaked @ Chez Jan
- Welcome to Tweaked at Chez Jan de la Dayton....translated to 'tweaked at Jan's house in Dayton'! Sounds fancy, but it's not. If you choose to share a recipe, be kind and give me kudos for it. The pictures are NOT to be taken off this blog unless used in a direct link to this blog. Once upon a time I was a Weight Watchers leader....that chapter is closed. But I still like to eat and bake and don't like the weight that finds its way to me too easily. So I go find delicious-sounding recipes and tweak them. Some recipes, however, just don't turn out right if they're tweaked. I've not posted anything....so far.....that isn't WW friendly. That might change, and I'll warn you if I post something with 'scary' P+ values. For those who don't use substitutions, the ratio for Splenda granulated/sugar is 1:1 and the ratio for egg substitute/eggs is 1/4 cup of egg sub = 1 egg. Now.....let's have some fun in the kitchen!!!