After meeting Gina of Spcookie Queen and Visda of Eat, Drink, and just Be! at the Foodbuzz Bakerella event I really made some great blogger friends. Through Gina, I met Patty of Patty's Foods. Patty graciously hosted a Valentine's Day baking party at her home.
We began the afternoon with some appetizers, wine, and light talk about our favorite subjects - food, photography, and blogging. Patty made a festive heart shaped Point Reyes Original Blue Cheese Apple Quiche, Lisa of Authentic Suburban Gourmet made Stilton and Walnut Palmiers, Stephanie of Baking Barrister made Leek confit with crostini, Gina made Meyer lemon bread with blood orange jam and I made firecracker shrimp rolls.
Behind the scenesWe all chipped in to bake and decorate the cookies. Gina's daughter was there showing off some of her decorating skills she got from mama. While we were crouching over the kitchen island pipping icing with artistic flair like Jackson Pollock. Gina was tempering dark and milk chocolate to make our Valentine's chocolate bark. Like an expert cement mixer, she poured the chocolate on a baking sheet and we flung heart sprinkles, color sugar, and sugar pearls over the chocolate. The best part was when the chocolate bark was set, all 12 of our hands broke the chocolate sheet like a karate black belt breaking through a cement block.
Our photo setup
What is a blogger's baking event without a photo shoot. Patty had her Lowel Ego light set up on her table and we went to town. We styled the finished goods and each took a turn to snap away. Everyone was prepared and bought their dslr camera while I had my niffy iPhone. (Gina and Lisa even brought their own aprons! I bet they carry some sort of MacGyver measuring spoons on them too.)
I had such a wonderful and fun time with everyone. I can't wait for the next baking event.
Read Gina's version.
Read Lisa's version.
Read Patty's version.
Here's the recipe to Gina's Sugar Cookies.
Valentine's Day Chocolate Bark