Blog Her Food ’11 Update and National Pork Board Juicy News

One of the best things about going to a blogging conference is not only all there is to learn, but that you get to see your friends. And in my case, attending BlogHer Food last week in Atlanta, I also had a couple of other perks that made the trip fun. All of the speakers were fantastic, the vendors and the food were great, I got to meet some blogging friends I’ve never met before, and overall it was one of my best trips ever in the world of blogging. (Above photo credit by Amanda)

I’ll start off with the first night, when my friend Susan from Doughmesstic put together an amazing party at the Hard Rock Cafe (with all of these cool sponsors). She did a fantastic job with her 2 partners, and all of us bloggers benefited greatly!

The next day the learning sessions started. I have to brag a bit here about my 3 friends who were the panel on “branding.” These gals were great: Georgia from Georgia Pellegrini, Amy from She Wears Many Hats, and one of my roommates, Lori from Recipe Girl, whom I adore! (Smack!) They did a really great job talking about their personal experiences working with brands.

I attended a “Vlogging” session, which gave information and tips on putting video clips on your site. Yes, I’m thinking about doing some vlogging on RE. I have the perfect kitchen set up, so why not? This session was awesome, because they talked about all the details and how simple it really is! I took home with me some great ideas that I’d love to incorporate here on RE. In the meantime, I thought this slide was hilarious. So true … look at Julia Child’s wonderful helpers!

Another session that I thought was wonderful was Molly Birnbaum being interviewed. Molly lost her ability to taste after an accident, and she writes her latest book around her experience and as she slowly engaged a damaged sense of smell. It was touching and she was so humble. I loved her story and her new book is coming out, Season to Taste!

I was also so honored to attend a National Pork Board “Pork Crawl” with some pretty fabulous ladies. You might be wondering what that is! We rode around in a limo and ate dinner at 3 incredible restaurants, Dogwood, Pura Vida, and Rathbun, eating fantastic pork dishes cooked by some of the top chefs in Atlanta. We were spoiled, but more importantly, I have a very exciting giveaway coming up on RE, where I’ll be sharing some great products that you’ll be able to win. Stay tuned.

(Lori @ Recipe Girl, Angie @ Bakerella, Jenny @ Picky Palate, Jaden @ Steamy Kitchen, Sandy @ Reluctant Entertainer, Georgia @ Georgia Pellegrini, Marla @ Family Fresh Cooking, not pictured Carrie Minns @ La Pomme De Portland, and photo credit by Amanda @ Kevin & Amanda

One more thing about the National Pork Board. They have just released some new JUICY news that is going to affect the way we cook and enjoy pork from now on …

The JUICY news …

This week, the USDA confirmed that 145 degrees F as measured on a food thermometer, followed by a three-minute rest time, is safe internal temperature for pork chops, roasts and tenderloins.

This cooking method results in juicy, tender and flavorful pork—like that unforgettable chop we had at Rathbun’s Restaurant on the Pork Crawl. It was mouth-watering! (You can read more about it, HERE.)

Not only did I get to go on a Home Goods Shopping Spree (stay tuned next week for your chance to win a $100 gift card!), a great group of ladies had lunch with Ree Drummond’s sister, Betsy, Christy from Southern Plate, and darling Bakerella. Plus a bunch of wonderful ladies whom I adore!

I also got to meet Aimee’ from Simple Bites (photo credit of Aimee’). We both write for Tsh, for the Simple Mom Network. I also learned I’ve been saying her name wrong all this time. Instead of saying (Amy) you say it like, ‘M-ay,’ if that makes sense. The French way. I loved my chat with Amy, from Mom Advice and Erin, from $5 Dollar Dinners (who was on The View this week) I met both of these ladies at a blogging conference 4 years ago … see how relationships can grow and continue through blogs? (Above photo credit @ Simple Bites)

Blogging events are such a beautiful way to connect with people around the world with like interests. RE is more of a “lifestyle” blog, but I have friends in every niche, which makes it even more exciting.

I came back with new ideas, new friends, new experiences … and more I’ll be sharing here at RE.

Thank you for tagging along with me on my recap and I do have one last question for you.

IF I did get into vlogging here at RE, what kind of material would you like to see?

or … Have you ever been to a blogging conference and how has it changed you?

(The National Pork Board did not pay me to write this post today, but they did provide the dinners for the Pork Crawl.)

I also want to send you over to my friend Traci’s place today, because I’m sharing about my NEW BATHROOM JOURNAL … head over and check it out.

13 comments on “Blog Her Food ’11 Update and National Pork Board Juicy News”

  1. Pingback: Sisters in New York City - Reluctant Entertainer I Sandy Coughlin - Lifestyle, Entertaining, Food, Recipes, Hospitality and Gardening

  2. Omg; where did you get that fabulous photo of Julia Childs? Can I please use that?

  3. I adore you too (SMACK!) Had so much fun with you and Carrie and all the rest of the girls. Such a great time! Wish I was going to be there next week with all of you :( have fun!!

  4. Oh Sandy, it makes me think back to last Fall when we went to Blogher Food together. It sounds like an amazing weekend. I loved seeing all the photos. Thank you for sharing.

  5. So much fun! I can’t wait to see you next week!

  6. Reading these always makes me want to join in the fun! Looks like you had a blast. I always love visiting new bloggers you post about after you’ve attended a conference.

    I love the vlog idea! I haven’t seen too many, but I love ones that are hands on, show me how to do something, or take me on a tour while you explain what you did…ie…your garden area…take us outside and show us our progress, how you’ve done it, etc… Whatever you choose will be amazing!

    I have never been to a blogging conference. Maybe I’ll put it on my bucket list….oh wait I don’t have one..maybe I should make one and put this on it (C:

  7. Nice recap, Sandy! I like the idea of vlogging too. Our kitchens are starting to experiment with it. It’s a learning process especially if you prefer to be behind the camera. I am sure you will be great at it!

  8. Looks like SO much fun Sandy!!……and isn’t Aimee just the sweetest thing ever?!

    See you soon!!! EVO is just around the corner!

  9. It certainly was fun! And, like always, much too short. We need more time to visit, and chat, and just hang out. Love ya!

  10. Love this recap, Sandy! It was so great getting to see you again, can’t wait to see you next week! :)

  11. Oh I love your photos! Look at all those beautiful faces!!


  12. It was so great to meet you! Our dinner out was epic and one I’ll remember for a while. xox

  13. Sandy, I am glad you had such a good time! I will enjoy checking out all these bloggers that you went with.

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