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Mar
21
2014

The Pioneer Woman’s Ranch Trip with Land O Lakes

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What a fun few days at The Pioneer Woman’s Ranch with the Land O Lakes® Kitchen Conversation bloggers!

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Photo via Julie

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that I was at The Pioneer Woman’s Ranch last week!  Still can’t believe I was there, lol!

Kitchen Conversations brings together a really great group of food bloggers including myself, my pal Ree from The Pioneer Woman, Maria from Two Peas and Their Pod, Bridget from Bake at 350, Sommer from A Spicy Perspective, Brenda from A Farmgirls Dabbles, Julie from The Little Kitchen, Joanne from Fifteen Spatulas, and Jessica from The Novice Chef.

We arrived to the ranch last Monday evening and had a jam packed fun schedule ahead :)

The Pioneer Woman Ranch Sunrise

I woke up Tuesday morning to this gorgeous view.  The cows were mooing, birds were chirping and the sun rising.  I could have stayed out here all day!

Picky Palate and The Pioneer WomanRee is the sweetest around.  She showed us around her gorgeous ranch and spent the day chit chatting, laughing and eating with us.  Love love love spending time with her!  How fabulous is this pantry by the way?!  Love the ladder.

he Pioneer Woman Kitchen

Had to snap some pictures of her beautiful kitchen that’s on her Food Network Show.  That orange KitchenAid Stand Mixer is just sooo fabulous!

Breakfast

We had a big breakfast that featured many of our recipes.  It’s safe to say that we did not go hungry, lol!

Butter Tasting

Photo via Brenda

After breakfast we had a butter tasting session.  Loved spending time with these girls!  Left: Brenda, Maria, Jessica and Me.

The Pioneer Woman Ranch

We took a fun tour around Ree’s ranch.  LOVE this picture of her sitting with the cows.  We also got to tour Ree’s building they are renovating.  See Ree’s post HERE.

Butter Showdown

Photos via Ree

Up next was our Butter Showdown!  We had to pick two mystery ingredients and create a recipe using Land O Lakes® Butter.  We had a great time.

The Pioneer Woman's Charlie The Basset Hound

Charlie came for a visit Wednesday morning.  That sweet face just melted my heart.  What a sweetie he is!

Picky Palate and Two Peas and Their Pod

Photo via Ree

Had so much fun being roomies with Maria.  So excited that they are having another little boy.  Congrats Maria!

Dinner and treat

We had a lovely dinner featuring more of our recipes.  Ree made us her Cashew Crackle to snack on, talk about to die for.  It will be available later this year :)

The Pioneer Woman Ranch Sunrise

I’ll never forget the gorgeous early morning sunrises on the ranch and my time spent there.  I feel so lucky to be a part of such an amazing group of women!

Have a great weekend!!


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Mar
14
2014

Chit Chat Twenty Fourth Edition

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Happy Friday! It’s been a crazy past couple weeks, lots to chit chat about :)

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Last Friday I was on my way to NY to meet Amanda for a fun girls weekend.  We’ve had this planned for a while and I can not tell you how excited I was to go back to the city!  I had my magazines, Tieks and I was ready to go!  Oh and can I just say that I walked ALL day in my Tieks and they didn’t bother my feet even once.  They are the perfect traveling shoes.  So excited to collect more colors :)

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We met at the hotel Friday evening and headed out to dinner to “Parm.”  Not even kidding the best Chicken Parm I’ve ever had.  The baked ziti was to die for too.  Keep in mind that it is a very small restaurant, so call for reservations to prevent long waits.

71376a34a67311e39f0c127ea8075ce8_8After shopping it was time for some late night Max Brenner.  This 80′s Milkshake and S’mores Waffles are such a treat.  Theres’ nothing quite like it.

Breakfast

We had some amazing breakfast during our trip.  The picture on the left is from Laconda Verde and we had a Zucchini Fritatta and Lemon Ricotta Pancakes.  Those pancakes were some of the best pancakes I’ve ever had.  So excited to try and re-create them at home :)

The picture on the right was from the cutest little bakery/cafe called Sugar and Plumm.  We ordered those crunch french toast sticks topped with fruit and lots of butter.  Such a treat.

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We made our way to Chelsea Market after breakfast.  Seriously one of my favorite places to shop and eat ever.   Such a charming place.

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Had so much much fun walking around the city!  Time Square and the cute Oreo Wall in Chelsea Market.

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Later Saturday night we walked around Union Square.  So gorgeous at night!

Celebrity Sightings

These are my favorite pictures….while we were walking through Eataly in Union Square Saturday night, for a split second, I made eye contact with Scott Foley….of Scandal….of Felicity walking through the busy walkways!!  I stopped dead in my tracks and after I froze up I managed to tell Amanda who it was, lol!  We turned around and followed him (In the green puff jacket, this is exactly what he was wearing).  He and his friend walked very quickly into one of Mario Bataly’s restaurants so this is the best I got.  We were dying.

So, the picture on the right is a bit out of sequence, but after I left NYC, I had to fly into Atlanta and I saw Ian Somerholder of Vampire Diaries!  Not even kidding.  I was talking to my mom at the time and could hardly even talk, lol!  Can you tell I don’t do well around celebrities?!  I wanted so badly to ask for a picture with him, but just couldn’t do it.  Such a chicken!

Sweets

We also tried some fun treats while we were there.  Had an assortment of macarons from Dana’s Bakery like the left peanut butter and jelly then some amazing gelato from Amorino shaped like a flower!  Love!!

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Sunday morning, there was no question that we were going to Levain Bakery.  I mean look at that cookie!  Hot out of the oven, chocolate peanut butter heaven!

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After breakfast at Sugar and Plumm and getting our nails done we made our way over to this fun Bowery Mural.  Its a huge wall painted with these amazing colors.  It also just happened to match my Tieks, lol!

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Later Sunday afternoon we made our way over to Rockefeller center to watch the ice skaters and grab a bite to eat at Bouchon.  How perfect is this?!

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Can’t say enough about Ippuddo.  We had the best steamed pork buns and Ramen I’ve ever had.  You have to start lining up 1/2 hour before they start dinner at 5pm or you’ll be waiting a very long time.  We got there about 4:45 and got right in.  A must visit!!

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You know we had to go to Serendipity 3 for Frozen Hot Chocolates!  This time I tried the peanut butter frozen hot chocolate and it’s even better than the original if you are a peanut butter fan.  Delicious.  Keep in mind that even at 11pm there will be a wait.  We got there at 10pm and had to wait 45 minutes to be seated.  Good thing Dylan’s Candy Bar Shop is just down the street to browse through while you wait!

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Amanda and I stayed at the lovely Omni Berkshire Place Hotel and had the best experience.  They made sure we had everything we needed and then some.  Highly recommend them!!

So much fun packed into 2 days in the city.  There’s just nothing like a little trip to NYC!  Can’t wait to go back again :)

Have a great weekend!!


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Chit Chat Favorite Sweets and Eats in New York City

Chit Chat Favorite Sweets and Eats in New York City

Mar 7, 2014

Happy Friday! Chit Chat day here at Picky Palate.

I am on my way to NYC this weekend to meet one of my best traveling friends Amanda of Kevin and Amanda.  We have been traveling together for years and one of our favorites is definitely NYC!  Please be warned, my Instagram feed this weekend is going to have LOTS of food pictures and I mean lots.  If you are on a diet, you might want to unfollow me, lol!

I’ve put together some of my favorite places to eat while visiting this weekend.  I intend to eat every single one of these … Continue Reading »

Better Blog Retreat Re-cap

Better Blog Retreat Re-cap

Nov 8, 2013

Photo via Amanda

Early last month I had the opportunity to travel to Park City, UT for the Better Blog Retreat hosted by Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod and Heidi of Foodie Crush.  The pictures do not even do justice to the amazing time we had.  We laughed, learned, ate, exercised, got pampered and ate some more.  I feel so lucky to have spent the weekend with these amazingly talented women.  I truly love my job.  See bottom of post for a link to all of these gals.

I met these

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Where To Eat at the Orange County Fair

Where To Eat at the Orange County Fair

Jul 15, 2013 | Tags: , ,

Cullen says:  Having only moved to California 4.5 years ago, we’re not too privy on the history and tradition of the OC Fair.  This past week, our boys had a baseball camp right across the street so we couldn’t resist on doing a review of some of the food that sits hot and ready to be consumed by non-calorie counting people.  All rules are left at the gate when it comes to food at the OC Fair.  Over exaggeration is probably the theme when it comes to cooking or preparing recipes for the fair.  Here we’ll show you some of the food we tried.
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BlogHer Food Conference 2013, Austin

BlogHer Food Conference 2013, Austin

Jun 13, 2013 | Tags:

What a fun weekend in Austin, TX!  The BlogHer Food Conference 2013 was smack dab in the middle of downtown Austin where hundreds of food bloggers across the country gathered together to learn, socialize and EAT. When you see my pictures below you’ll definitely understand what I mean about eating.  Boy did we eat, lol!

If you follow me on Instagram, you got a live preview of my weekend.  For those of you who didn’t, take a peek at what we were up to!

First Photo-Left to Right: LoriSommerSandyHeather

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Food Blog Forum Orlando, 2013

Food Blog Forum Orlando, 2013

May 24, 2013

What a weekend in Orlando!  The Food Blog Forum took place at Disney World May 18th and bloggers from around the country joined together for a weekend full of food and fun.  You know I can’t resist Disney, so I gladly endured the 5 hour flight to partake in the fun.  So glad I did!

How gorgeous does FL look from the air?  Was so excited to get started with the festivities.

I was aboard the Disney Magical Express Shuttle Bus headed for my hotel.  So close!!

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Chit Chat Eighth Edition, Big Traveling Potluck

Chit Chat Eighth Edition, Big Traveling Potluck

May 3, 2013 | Tags:

This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend The Big Traveling Potluck which is a food blog conference/event that was held in Temecula, CA.  My friends Amanda and Angie flew down a day early and we may have had a dessert fest.  See below, lol!  Oh yah, what you see above is a chocolate chip cookie dough milkshake from the Shake Shack in Crystal Cove.  It overlooks the beach.  Such a fun spot.

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Gold Medal Flour Trip to Kansas City

Gold Medal Flour Trip to Kansas City

Jun 26, 2012

I had the opportunity to head to Kansas City with a group of wonderful bloggers to learn all about Gold Medal Flour who I’m partnering with this Fall.  What an exciting wheat filled 2 days we had.  This first photo was taken at a wheat farm.  How fun is that?  Let’s take a look at my trip.

We stayed at the lovely Raphael Hotel.  The room was adorable!

I kind of LOVE Room Service and enjoyed

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