Chit Chat Thirty Eighth Edition The Pillsbury Bake Off

So excited to share my trip to The Pillsbury Bake-Off in Nashville!

The Pillsbury Bake-Off

Insert live honkey tonk country music blaring in the background for these adorable contestants….Nashville is awesome! People were dancing and cheering this group on as they took their “Grand March” before starting the competition.

Some of you might remember that I competed in the Pillsbury Bake-Off waaaaay back in 2004 and 2006. This is literally where my love of creating recipes started. The excitement in this room is like no other. These women (and a few men) are so excited for a chance at a 1 million dollar winning recipe! Not only that, but they beat out 65,000 other recipes that were entered. That is a feat in itself.

There were contestants of all ages and we (the bloggers) got the chance to walk through the Bake-Off floor while they cooked their recipe and…..of course sample their recipes!! This really is one of the highlights of my year.

The Pillsbury Bake-Off

We got a sneak peek into the Bake-Off room the evening before the festivities started. Very organized and ready to go for the big day.

The Pillsbury Bake-Off

You know I had to squeeze the Doughboy! Love him 🙂

The Pillsbury Bake-Off

I had so many favorites while we were sampling sooooo many recipes. This gorgeous tart by Pamela Shank was a stunner! The three recipes linked below were some of my absolute favorites that did not win a prize. We were dying over how delicious they were. Check them out, definitely worth making!

Lemon -Poppy Seed Pull-Apart Bread 

Strawberry-Cinnamon Roll Belgian Waffles

Chicken Florentine “Gnocchi”

The Pillsbury Bake-Off

The Award Show was a total blast. Carla Hall from The Chew and Top Chef was the host. She was the perfect host and so funny. These ladies on stage are the 4 top winners in their category in the running for 1 million dollars. Scroll down to see their recipes.

The Pillsbury Bake-Off

We have Cuban Style Sandwich Pockets, Creamy Corn Filled Sweet Peppers, Peanutty Pie Crust Clusters and Chocolate Doughnut Poppers. Be sure to go HERE to see the full recipes and place your vote! The winner will be announced live on The Chew December 3rd. So exciting!

The Pillsbury Bake-Off

Had some fun baking with the new GE Advantium ranges. Jocelyn, Meagan and I baked the cookies 🙂

The Pillsbury Bake-Off

Nashville is one of the coolest cities with some amazing food! A few of us flew in a day early so we could do some sightseeing eating around Nashville. Amanda, Lauren and I hit up The Pancake Pantry for brunch….on a weekend. We waited 1 hour, lol! The line to get in is apparently this long almost daily. Was it worth it?! We enjoyed it for sure. The Sweet Potato Pancakes were our favorite.

The Pillsbury Bake-Off

After we had breakfast we kind of met up with more friends and had, well….another breakfast. The biscuit Love Truck was some of the best food I’ve ever had and that was on a full stomach. Dying to go back here when I’m hungry! In the top photo we have Julie, Lindsay, Angie, Chef Carl Amanda, Lauren and Me. There’s also the cutest unique gifts shop in the same parking lot as the truck. If you are in Nashville, you MUST go here. I believe they are only there Saturday and Sunday.

The Pillsbury Bake-Off

The fun didn’t stop, lol! Jeni’s Ice Cream was literally some of the best ice cream I’ve ever had. Best flavors and so creamy perfect. Please visit next time you are there. The middle photo is from Las Palatas. Gourmet Popsicles. No words can describe how much I loved it. Wish these places were in AZ 🙂

The Pillsbury Bake-Off

Right before we left for the airport we tried the coolest restaurant called Pinewood Social. Our breakfast was amazing not to mention this gorgeous Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet with homemade vanilla soft serve. They also had a bowling alley and swimming  pool area for their guests. Loved!!

Such a fun few days we had in Nashville. Loved every minute being a part of The 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off! Don’t forget to go VOTE for your favorite recipe!

See more posts about this year’s Bake-Off from my friends below!

Recipe Girl 
I Wash You Dry
Crazy For Crust
Inside Brew Crew
Grandbaby Cakes
Baker Mama
Foodness Gracious

Disclosure: Thanks to Pillsbury for inviting me to the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest. This was not a compensated opportunity, but Pillsbury did cover the cost of my travel and hotel.

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24 Responses
  1. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    It was so much fun to hang out with you at the Bake Off. I am still laughing about those cookies ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Amanda

    Such an amazing experience!! I will definitely be making some of those Pillsbury recipes at home!!

  3. @Travelpanties

    This looked like such fun! And I love the Doughboy too! Couldn’t resist giving him a squeeze!

  4. Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama

    The Pillsbury Bake-Off looked like so much fun this year! And I love Carla from The Chew- how awesome that she hosted it! ๐Ÿ™‚ I adore Jeni’s ice cream, by the way. I lived in Columbus, Ohio for over 8 years and remember when her store at the North Market was the only place you could get her ice cream!

  5. LyndaS

    What an experience to be able to taste the different dishes.

    Being that I am only about 2 hours away from Nashville, I am going to have to check out Jeni’s and Las Palatas.

  6. leslie

    How super fun!!!!! I can imagine the electric in the room. Everyone must have been so pumped up! Maybe someday I will get it together and enter.

  7. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

    Looks like it was such a fun time filled with lots of delicious things!

  8. Heather Christo

    What an awesome experience- I wondered where you had been!? glad it was such a cool place- i would love to go to Nashville! Thank you for sharing your trip!

  9. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    I loved following this event on social media and already voted for my favorite! That strawberry tart looks amazing! Such a fun event!

  10. Web Design Services

    You actually make it seem really easy together with your presentation however I find this matter to be actually one thing which I feel I would by no means understand. It kind of feels too complex and very huge for me. I am having a look ahead on your subsequent publish, I will try to get the hang of it!

  11. Love CompassionateLee

    This looks like such a fun event, (foodie paradise?)! Enjoy a restful weekend, Jenny ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    It was so much fun to hang out with you! I’m still full from all the food. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

    What a fun trip!! Looks like such a great, positive atmosphere – hard not to be with so many delicious things baking at once and filling the room with all those wonderful aromas! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Julie @ Table for Two

    Ahh so jealous you got to go! I hope I can go someday and hug the doughboy! ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo

  15. Christina @ Christina's Cucina

    Wow! That’s a lot of ovens! What an opportunity to be able to compete and then go back for fun! I was in a small competition last month and it was stressful enough! Can’t imagine if $1 mill was at stake!

  16. Andi

    What a fun opportunity! I would have loved to have been in that room – it must have smelled amazing – and then to have the opportunity to taste some of the winners – wowza! This competition is such a huge part of American culinary tradition. I love Nashville too!

  17. Angie | Big Bear's Wife

    How fun!! I loved watching all of the photos from the pillsbury bake off come through facebook and instagram! I bet it was loads of fun! So cool that you got to actually be in the bake off back then!!

  18. JulieD

    I had so much fun!! It was so good to see you and eat sooo much with you! Haha! Safe travels home from NYC!

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