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Tropical Fruit Whipped Cream Salad
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Lobster Roll Picnic In The Park
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Crazy Candy S’mores, Indoors Microwave Recipe
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Cozy in California
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Step Into Crista’s Garden
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Oreo Chocolate Pudding Peanut Butter Popsicles
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Creamy Cauliflower Pasta
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Changing of the Guard, From Peas to Beans
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Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog, Perfect for Summer Grilling
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Simple Pea Garden Pasta
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Greens and Radishes Salad with Lime Dressing – Bon Appétit Pizza Party!
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PSA: Cocoa Husks + Rhododendron = NO! DONT DO IT!
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What I LOVE: Seltzer Water + Drink More Good
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Family Recipe Italian Pasta Salad – Perfect for Summer veggies!
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Radish and Lettuce Picking In the Garden
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Baked Brown Sugar Apples – Great Way to Use Up Apples
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Our trip to Doha, Qatar – Part 1 – Food and friends!
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Bok Choy and Bacon Macaroni and Cheese
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Amish Potato Stuffing Recipe
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The Great Big Bacon Picnic, What a Ride.

Tropical Fruit Whipped Cream Salad

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This Tropical Fruit Whipped Cream Salad is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DOLE Canned Fruit.

Ok so, Tropical Fruit, you might think of in a salad.  
Whipped cream in a recipe title with that ends with salad?  That might make you click this post.  

This Tropical Fruit Whipped Cream Salad is one of my favorite desserts to make in a rush for those friends that stop over for dinner, to a kids birthday party where you need a treat for adults, or just for you because you’ve had a bad day and you deserve a treat.  If the last choice is your option, I also would recommend eating this on a couch, with cozy socks on, cats on your lap while watching Law & Order.  

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Lobster Roll Picnic In The Park

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Seamless for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you live in NYC then you know Seamless simply as your “best friend”.  Need lunch in a hurry? Order from Seamless.  Craving Sushi? How about Thai? Or that great Mexican restaurant that puts your favorite guacamole on your burrito? Order Seamless. Or how about that Grandma pizza that your favorite pizza joint makes but you’re too lazy to walk there? Order Seamless.

Seamless is upping their game up a notch and doing something fun this week with the Seamless Picnic Day.  As part of Seamless Picnic Day, Seamless has teamed up with Luke’s Lobster to offer a fun and break from work picnic experience for pickup or delivery in Manhattan (Midtown East, Midtown West, East Village and the Financial District)  for only $12.    What everyone needs for lunch break is a picnic in the park (hello sunshine, friends and food!) so if you are near Flatiron Plaza or Columbus Circle,  stop by to pickup your Seamless Picnic Day Basket in these parks.  All you have to do is order Seamless from 12PM-2:30PM on July 29, grab a friend and experience the Seamless Picnic Day. 

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Crazy Candy S’mores, Indoors Microwave Recipe

Who’s ready to get their S’mores on?  Get your S’mores on.  Get your S’mores on.  Getcha Getcha Getcha your S’mores on.   This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LetsMakeSmores #CollectiveBias #sponsored

In NYC I don’t exactly have the normal campfire setting (woods, campfire, tents…bears?), but you don’t always need a campfire to make S’mores.  That’s right, you can’t keep a city girl away from S’mores.    S’mores makes a quick and delicious dessert for a rooftop party, friends get together, or a delicious dessert after you eat dinner and pause House of Cards half way through.  So let’s make S’mores, day or night!

S’mores is such a fun treat because everyone can customize their own.  You need your basics: graham crackers, chocolate bar and marshmallows but then the creativity comes in.   I love creating a tabletop full of additions, from more chocolate (!), fruits, nuts and spicy jalapeno peppers (my favorite!).     Also you need to make it cute.  Decorate it with napkins (it’s going to get messy in there), plates, and fun signs to get the party started.

My favorite signs:
Get Your S’MORE On!
S’MORE Love!
And Love You S’MORE for your special someone…

Have fun and get creative and then get your hands chocolaty and dive in!

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This is what you’ll need:
Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars
Honey Maid Graham Cracker Squares
Kraft’s Jet Puffed Marshmallows

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Creative Additions:
Sprinkles
Hershey’s Peanut Butter Cups
Hershey’s Chocolate Chips
Chopped Bananas
Nuts – peanuts, walnuts
Fruits – strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cherries, peaches
Chopped Jalapeno Peppers

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Directions:
Place graham cracker on microwave safe plate.
Add chocolate and marshmallow on top.
Microwave for 5-8 seconds.
Add creative additions now.  
Put graham cracker on top and smoosh together to make the S’more.
Enjoy!

Let’s get started to build one of my favorites.
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I might or might not have ate a few pieces of that chocolate while making this setup. 
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Now start to build your own.  My favorite is double the chocolate with a bit of spice. I add in a handful of chocolate chips and then chopped jalapenos.  If you’ve ever had a chocolate bar with peppers baked in, then you’re going to love this!

Don’t you just love a cupful of chocolate chips? I need this to sip every morning to wake me up. ;)
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Goodness gracious, I’m in love.
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Want another fun S’more?  Add in a Mini Peanut Butter Cup, chopped banana and some almonds.  It’s the perfect salty and sweet.
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Now go on and have a fun weekend and get your S’more on!

Look for the S’mores display at Walmart where you can pick up all your supplies!  What’s your favorite way to enjoy S’mores?
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Cozy in California

Tracking PixelNeed a vacation? Me too!  Make sure it’s comfy!  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gold Toe.

I’m sorta obsessed with socks.  I have a giant drawer full of them that I can’t really close.  If you open it up, you’ll see a rainbow of patterns and colors, and every holiday possible in sock form.  For Christmas, I’m guaranteed to get at least 3 pair of cat socks, so you can imagine I’m always equipped with cats under my shoes.  I treat socks a a luxury item so I try to buy the best.  From buying handmade wool socks on Etsy to buying the softest socks in the store, I always need comfy and Ultra Soft, Oh. So. Soft.
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Step Into Crista’s Garden

Hey guys,
I’m missing the Blogher conference in NYC because I’m in Los Angeles right now working on a top secret fun job, but while I’m gone, I wanted to share with you Crista’s garden.  This is a ongoing “peeking” feature that I’ve been wanting to grow that showcases people’s growing spaces, from big gardens to plants that live on NYC fire escapes. I hope you enjoy!  And if are interested in getting your garden featured, leave a comment and I’ll contact you!  And to everyone at the Blogher conference, I hope you are taking lots of pictures and having fun!   Brooklyn Farm Girl will be featured doing the Voices of the Year ceremony, so if you can, grab some pics for me!

So now without any more yapping, meet Crista from peace.love.quinoa
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Can you tell me about peace. love. quinoa and how it relates to growing your own?  How did you come up with your blog’s name?
When I first conceptualized my blog, I struggled with a name for it – I honestly thought a name would come to me easier than it did. After listing out the things that are important to me, the things that define me as a person and would eventually define my blog’s brand, I found three words: peace, love, and quinoa. The three words sounded good together and quickly became my blogs name.

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Oreo Chocolate Pudding Peanut Butter Popsicles

These Oreo Chocolate Pudding Peanut Butter Popsicles will bring all the boys to the yard.

Ok, not just boys. Girls, children, cats, dogs, gnomes.  Practically everyone.    Once you make a batch of these, they will be gone right away and then your family will be requesting a new batch.  So you’ll make another  and they’ll be gone right now.  And then you have to have a popsicle intervention because these are that good and addicting.

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What’s not to love about these?
Oreos – check
Chocolate Pudding – check
Creamy Peanut Butter –  check

I mean once you have the 3 most important food groups in a a recipe, you’re pretty much set to be satisfied.

If you really love these popsicles and the ingredients then I hope you’ll pin these in Peanut Butter & Co’s Pin-To-Win Sweepstakes.  It would mean alot to me, plus I want everyone to enjoy these tasty beauties.  

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Creamy Cauliflower Pasta

You’ll love this creamy cauliflower pasta dish because it’s cheesy and full of vegetables.  Plus it’ll be done in 15 minutes.  Isn’t that a win win situation?  

Our cauliflower was picked in the beginning of June so I’ve been waiting to share this recipe with you!  We love harvesting cauliflower.  We love that one plant equals one head of cauliflower, so it’s always a little bit more special as you really have to take care of that plant.   Some years we’ve had success with cauliflower and some years it gets hot too quickly and the cauliflower ends up the size of a tennis ball.  It’s one of those plants we always have to decide at the beginning of seed planting calendar if we should grow that year, but somehow it always wins.

Plus, if the cauliflower grows, I’m one happy girl. I even do a little dance for it, but I won’t show you that.
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I just love how it’s a bundle of joy, all wrapped up.   
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Changing of the Guard, From Peas to Beans

 The transition from June to July is always a large change in the plants.  Collard greens gets replaced by pumpkins,  broccoli and cauliflower gets replaced by soybeans and cucumbers.  Lettuce gets replaced by cantaloupe.  Watermelons get added into the raspberry bins.  And our beloved sugar snap peas get replaced with beans.. lots and lots of beans… to replace lots and lots of sugar snap peas.

This year the sugar snap pea plants did great, but they’re always done well with producing a bunch of peas.  They’re one of the most consistent plants with good yields in both Spring and Fall.
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Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog, Perfect for Summer Grilling

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WhatAGrillWants #CollectiveBias

This post should really be titled:  #WhatABoyWants #WhatAGrillWants because Boys Want Grilled Food.  All The Time.  With Summer in full gear are you having outdoor get-togethers around the BBQ? If you’re on a rooftop in NYC and look around you’re guaranteed to almost always find a rooftop full of friends around a grill, laughing and sharing hot dogs.

I really love Mexican food, I mean look at the recipe index I have for it.  So when it comes to hot dogs it might not surprise you that I wanted to try to give them Mexican flare.  Imagine one delicious Hebrew National beef frank, covered with shredded cheese, salsa, tomatoes and jalapenos on top, inside a taco shell.  My mouth is watering just thinking about this.
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Simple Pea Garden Pasta

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Ronzoni, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #RonzoniSummer  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

There is a strong possibility that while you are reading this I am daydreaming about this pea pasta for dinner. During the Summer time when it’s peak garden season this is our go to dinner that we have a few times a week.  Once we start harvesting sugar snap peas by the pound (right now there’s over 10 pounds worth in my fridge!) then we start to sing “It’s pasta time..”.  
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Let’s start at those fresh ingredients, just picked from the garden.  There’s sugar snap peas, chopped lettuce, radishes and one gorgeous tomato.  I counted the roma tomatoes a few days ago and there’s over 200 on the plants ready to turn red. July is going to be tomato time!
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Greens and Radishes Salad with Lime Dressing – Bon Appétit Pizza Party!

Do you know what I think we all need? Pizza Night!
How many times do you have pizza night? For how much we love pizza,  we don’t have it nearly enough.  Homemade pizza is the best, especially since Matthew is a pizza crust making master. 

But unfortunately homemade pizza takes time to make, and we don’t always have those extra minutes to let the dough rise and roll it out.  That’s how I fell in love with a new frozen pizza, made a salad straight from our garden and started to declare it pizza night in our house once a week!
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PSA: Cocoa Husks + Rhododendron = NO! DONT DO IT!

I’m hoping you came to this page because you were thinking about adding cocoa husks as mulch for your Rhododendron plants.  Because you love your Rhododendrons so much you looked this up on almighty Google before doing the mulching deed.  So now I answer your question..

Can I add cocoa husks as mulch to my Rhododendron plant?
NO! DON’T DO IT!  
ABSOLUTELY NOT!

Our 3 year old beloved Rhododendron plant had some weeds starting in the container, so we decided to add some mulch around it.  It sure gets hot on that roof, so we thought it would help lock in that moisture too.   That day in the garden though we didn’t have our phones on us to first look if this was a good idea.. so we did it.  Cocoa husks acts like great mulch for lots of plants and it’s fantastic as compost material, so this would be ok, right?

Two weeks later, we home from a short few day trip and this is what we see. Our baby, almost dead.
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What I LOVE: Seltzer Water + Drink More Good

In this new series, I’m sharing current things that I love.  Maybe it’s cats, maybe it’s a new restaurant, maybe it’s a new cookie, maybe it’s… anything!

What do you call it:
Seltzer Water?
Carbonated Water?
Fizzy Water?
Bubbly Water?
Club Soda?
Sparkling Water?

Ever since we gave up soda almost 5 years ago, we are seltzer water monsters.   We love our SodaStream maker.  We love it so much we have 2 machines – for home and for work.  We also have always 2 carbon dioxide cylinders on hand, so we never run out. When the rare occasion happens that we do run out and we have to go a day without it, we’ll cry about it all day long.

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Family Recipe Italian Pasta Salad – Perfect for Summer veggies!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Newman’s Own for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

When it’s hot out all I crave is fresh vegetables.    That’s why this Family Recipe Italian Pasta Salad is one of my favorite dinner meals of the moment.  

The last few days have been hot.  It’s that humid dry heat that melts you when walking to work to the point of where you have to dry yourself off before stepping into the studio.  There you work in the AC until it’s time to go home.   Now it’s time to sweat again.  Once home, I don’t want to even think about turning our oven on.  I also don’t want to even think of drinking or eating anything hot, so that’s why chilled pasta salad is the winner! Family Recipe Italian Pasta Salad_1

One thing that I do enjoy about the Summer is that it means fresh vegetables are being picked in the garden by the handful.  Our tomatoes have taken off and are already close to outgrowing their 54 inch tomato cages.
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Radish and Lettuce Picking In the Garden

As we gear up for Phase 2 of the garden (that’s Summer time), our Spring plants are in full bloom and ready to be picked. If you open up our fridge right now you’ll see bags and bags of wrapped greens, peas and more.

Soon we’ll be transitioning our containers to the Summer soybeans, watermelons and cantaloupes which means many of our leafy greens need to be picked. Radishes are usually planted 3-4 times a year and the first harvest is already ready. As soon as the radishes are picked, then the new seeds are planted immediately after (literally minutes later!). The radishes reside next to the carrots which we’re all anxiously waiting for.

First up, the lettuce.
The seeds were planted on March 31 and transplanted outside to their containers on May 7.  Remember when they were just babies?
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Well look at them a month later…! They are bigger than my head!
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Baked Brown Sugar Apples – Great Way to Use Up Apples

Do you know the apple song?  It goes something like this:

Apples, Apples, you are so pretty. Apples, Apples, you are so yummy.  Apples, apples, come over here. Apples, Apples, get in my belly.

Have you heard of it before?  Oh, no?  That’s probably because I just made it up.

Goodness, I love apples.  My favorite is Fuji, I say no Fuji apple left behind.  But sometimes I’ll be in the apple aisle (usually where I hang out), touching all the apples, oohing and awwing at some new varieties, googling what each one taste likes (I’m in the aisle a long time) and I end up with a variety of apples in my cart.  Honestly, Granny Smiths aren’t my favorite to eat raw, but I think they’re one of the best to bake with.

That’s why when I saw the Granny Smiths starting to age on my counter top I begun thinking of what to do with them.   I hate when anything goes to waste.  Seeing a lettuce head go back in my refrigerator (that we grew!) turns me to tears.  Seriously.  And don’t get me started on tomatoes that are forgotten about.  I’ll save that for my next psychiatrist visit.  So there’s some Granny Smith apples, slowly starting to fade.  I can see their end soon.  But we can’t let that happen.. we must save the apples!

So when life gives you almost at the end Granny Smiths, you give life baked brown sugar apples!

Oh goodness gracious, these are delicious.   It’s like eating warm apples in a pie, but without the crust.  The apples are covered in a brown sugar butter glaze and they are just the key to my apple loving heart.  Serve with some whipped cream or ice cream on top and you have your new favorite dessert!  If you have leftovers, I will warm them up in the morning, chop them into bite size pieces and throw on top of my oatmeal.  MMMMM.  

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Our trip to Doha, Qatar – Part 1 – Food and friends!

I have been waiting to make a trip post for weeks but I was unsure how to do it, so I’ve decided to break it up into sections.  The first part – food and animal friends!

In March, Matthew and I were traveled on a  journey across the world to Doha, Qatar.  While there we would be teaching a GIF, VIDEO, ANIMATION, EVERYTHING COOL workshop to students at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar.  The trip was amazing and so much more. We were in Doha for almost 2 weeks so got to see alot which means I have a ton of pictures to share.  Instead of making one looooooong post, I’m going to break it up into sections which will be more concentrated.  

The flight to Doha was about 13 hours and thankfully nonstop.  We flew with Qatar Airways which had a night flight which worked nice to sleep on.  On the flight there and back our row of 3 only had 2 (us!) so I was able to take up to  2 seats, eat some decent airplane food and catch up on nearly the entire season of Downton Abbey.   

Almost there…
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Bok Choy and Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Happy June 1st everyone!  Can you believe it’s June already?  The garden season began months ago (officially with seeds) but when the hot and humid weather hits then it really seems like it’s garden time.  That time is now!  The garden is in full bloom right with all of our Spring and many of our Summer plants growing (cucumbers and cantaloupe seeds inside).  

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Every year we grow a few heads of bok choy.  Do you remember the size of last year’s bok choy?  This year is no exception.  We decided to plant the bok choy in the long kale and onion box this year instead of the usual container.  I was worried they wouldn’t grow as big, but they always like to show how great they are… and here they are:
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Amish Potato Stuffing Recipe

This Amish Potato Stuffing recipe is like sleeping on clouds.   

What does that even mean? I don’t know.  But it sounds nice, and this recipe is extra nice, so let’s just say that, ok.

When I was a kid we would always hit up the weekend markets.  These markets were a mixture of flea markets outside with regular food vendors inside.  I come from near Amish country in Pennsylvania so on the way there it wouldn’t be strange to pass a horse and buggy going by.  Once at the auction first you would browse the treasures outside ($2 rainbow ceramic pie pan!) while working up a appetite.  Next stop would be the Amish stands outside where you could buy fruits and vegetables at discounted prices (hello 4 for $1 corn on the cobs).  Finally you’d go inside and grab lunch or head to the butcher to buy meat for dinner that week.    There was a popular place inside one of these markets that sold a chicken breast stuffed with potato stuffing. Not only was it stuffed with it but it was also laying on a bed of it.   It was one of my favorite meals.  We would buy a couple to eat throughout the week but as soon as we got home mom or dad would make me one right away.   

Last week I was craving that potato stuffing so I made a batch of it and boy (and girl) was it delicious.  As soon as I mixed everything into the saucepan, the smell of nostalgia hit me. Isn’t it amazing how sensitive we are to smell and how just a little whiff of something can make us recall  memories so quickly?   That’s what happened with this potato stuffing.  I was in my kitchen in Brooklyn, but in my mind I was a kid being served by mom and dad back in Pennsylvania.  

I served this Amish Potato Stuffing alongside some chicken and it was the perfect meal.   The stuffing is so easy to make that I ask next time you are craving it, skip the boxed stuff and make this.  You’re going to fall in love and that’s what I want you to do!

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The Great Big Bacon Picnic, What a Ride.

After you attend a picnic called “The Great Big Bacon Picnic” you say things like “What a ride” afterwards.  You’re in a different state. You’re not the same person you were when you walked into that picnic.  Your taste buds are going wild.  You tell yourself you can’t eat anything else.  You need a nap.  

Brooklyn’s FIRST bacon festival, The Great Big Bacon Picnic, happened May 16th and May 17th.  The event featured three different sessions of inspired bite-sized bacon dishes with the best in craft beers and local craft spirits, giving bacon lovers a truly unique culinary experience.  Also, The Great Big Bacon Picnic had the FIRST EVER “Bacon Bar” – yes, a bar supplied only with different varieties of bacon.  I won’t tell you how many times I stopped by that bacon bar.  
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(This is 1/3rd of the bacon bar!)

There was even a “Boss Hog” awarded to Bareburger who received the highest percentage of Licks (votes) for all the sessions.  Other awards went to Streets who had a Tuna-Bacon-Truffle Roll With a Roasted Jalapeño- Avocado Creme Fraiche and a Kimchi Aioli. Goodness, that was good.  For Creativity URBO won with their Smoked Bacon Stuffed Oreos which was well deserved.  I wanted to go back for Oreos every 2 minutes but I feared they would tell me “no more!”. 
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For more information contact Pamela at pamela@pamelareed.com.