Sense of community…

I belong to a page on FB for food bloggers to ask other food bloggers questions. It’s been a pretty good resource for things and it was a way to figure out who was going to BlogHerFood and what not. And we started a discussion about building community.

I get a lot of beginner bloggers asking me how to get traffic? How to build a community? They want to know how I get brands to work with me. They never like my answer of time and be yourself. There are very few overnight sensations in the food blogging world. Bakerella was because no one was doing what she was doing. She is the master of all things cute cake pops. I hate cake pops but love her site just to look at what things she can come up with. And then there is Ree of course. The woman built a dynasty. That won’t ever be me (I wrote about it here). I’m okay with that.

I find it funny when they say they want to build a community. I’m not totally sure they do. I think they want a cookbook. I think they want the traffic. I think they want to get things from their blog. I think they have grandiose ideas that they can make food blogging their job. And there are bloggers that can and do. But most of them are married with a nice first income and blogging is the nice supplementary income. Food blogging is a lot like teaching…it makes for a great second income. :D

A lot of people suggested that people do giveaways to drive up traffic to the site. I told them I was against that. Not against giveaways obviously as I am doing one every day this week. I am against it because if you have nothing to keep them around then they are only going to show up for the giveaway. And if you are doing out of pocket you aren’t going to be able to giveaway for too long and people will stop coming. Now if you have something interesting AND you give something away that can be a winning combo.

Speaking of winning combos I took the snickerdoodle cookie dough truffle dough and put it at the bottom of a crème brulee dish (which is today’s giveaway) and topped it with cinnamon crème brulee. Very good choice on my part. Yum!

To win today’s giveaway COLORcode Oval Fluted Creme Brule, White Chocolate, Set of 6 leave a comment telling me why you keep coming back to my site? Also be living in the USA. Comment by Tuesday June 19th 2012 at noon PST.


Snickerdoodle Crème Brulee

1 cup snickerdoodle truffle dough (if you already have it in balls you can just smash it down), divided by three
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract (or paste)
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ cup granulated sugar
3 egg yolks
Cinnamon sugar for top

Take 1/3 cup of snickerdoodle cookie dough truffle and place on the bottom of a crème brulee dish. Press down to make sure that the cookie is evenly distributed on the bottom of the dish. Put in freezer until ready to use. Repeat on all three dishes.

Preheat oven to 300F.

In a medium bowl whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until pale in color.

Whisk in the cream, spices, and vanilla extract. Whisk until fully incorporated.

Remove dishes from freezer. Evenly distribute brulee liquid among the three dishes.

Bake until the crème brulee is just set but a little jiggly in the center, about 25-30 minutes.

Let cool and then refrigerate for at least 4 hours (covered in plastic wrap).

Before serving sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top of the crème brulee and melt sugar under broiler or with a culinary torch.

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  1. I come back because you say things the rest of us are thinking. And, well, for the food.

  2. Why wouldn’t I come back to your site?! Unique and creative dessert ideas, funny writing, a cute dog?! If you were an NBC sitcom, you’d be Must See TV!

  3. you make me laugh. and, you have pretty photos! :-)

  4. I really appreciate your outlook on life and while it might not be for everybody – I think it’s great!

  5. I am a huge fan of good food. I love the recipes, I love the photos, and I appreciate your passion!

  6. Leigh Ann says:

    Sugary goodness + your honest attitude toward life + cute dog pictures = happy blog reader.

  7. Victoria says:

    I come back because you are real. And honest. You say so many things that I want to say to people but I don’t have the guts. ;)

  8. Penny Snyder says:

    Love your food & recipe ideas!

  9. Stephanie says:

    I come to your site to see your amazing creations.

  10. I just found your site and I love the creme brulee recipes you posted. Will be coming back for more for sure!

  11. I love the friendly nature of your posts and the awesome recipes!

  12. Stephanie Gregory says:

    This is my first time. But your recipes look fantastic so I will be back!

  13. I love your stories and your sometimes crazy recipes. You have a gift and I’m glad you share with us.

  14. Why! What a silly question. I come back here because I love spitting coffee on my laptop and for this recipe.

  15. mirela skinner says:

    I keep on coming back because you make me laugh and i love your recipes.

  16. christal c says:

    I keep coming back because you have interesting post about my fav food

  17. I keep reading because you are funny and you usually make deserts. Two requirements of pretty much anything in life, well for me anyway :). I randomly found your site 3-4 years ago and have been addicted ever since

  18. Melissa P. says:

    This is my first visit, but I’m sure I’ll be back after reading this recipe!

  19. i keep coming back because i love how real you are and the sweets you make!

  20. I check in because you are real people. I tell you that, in some way or other, almost every time I leave a comment. I appreciate the fact that you don’t mince words. What you see is what you get. I hate all the games too many gals play. Life is short. Get to the tootsie roll center already, right?!?!? That you, Peabody. The best part right up front.

    This little set is dreamy. Just what I need to make me reorganize the corner cabinet. (Um…again…!)

  21. why do I come back?

    Because your commentary on life is damn funny. And your recipes are amazing.

    Thanks for the give away

  22. Diane Baum says:

    I keep coming back….for the food baby!

  23. Valerie says:

    Your beautiful photos just pull me into your blog for more!

  24. I keep coming back because your recipes are great and love your commentary. One night I was in a very bad mood and came across your blog. The first post I happened to read was the one where you had dresses from costco and were wearing them to school for the whole year. I was laughing like crazy, especially about the part where children could tell what day it is by just looking at the color of the dress that you are wearing:) Since then I am your faithful follower:)
    Would love to win this set!
    Thank you for a great giveaway!

  25. Nikeiva Wims says:

    This is my first visit to your site (via Pass The Sushi). I hate Creme Brûlée (texture issue) but this recipe sure looks delicious so
    I’m going to give it a whirl. If you can make a Creme Brûlée fan out of me? I’ll definitely be a repeat visitor.

  26. Miz Vickik says:

    Honestly, I just discovered your site, but I will be back! I mean, anyone that can put snickerdoodle together with creme brule is all right in my book! =)

  27. I keep coming back for lots of reasons. Mainly, I like your recipes and secondly I like your outlook on life.

  28. Denise Donaldson says:

    I keep coming back, because you have awesome recipes. :)

  29. I found this site looking for a Creme Brûlée recipe for a dinner I was giving. There were many interesting things I found. Being retired I have the time to scan through and really find things that I want to try. The wife is happy that I am taking an interest in cooking, but says I have to clean up any mess.

  30. I come back because I have found your wit enjoyable, and your recipes delicious. In short, you deliver. :)

  31. I keep coming back because I like t see what recipes you have posted and what smart-arse remarks you have along with the recipe. I have made quite a few of your recipes and they are always a hit.

  32. Katie Z. says:

    You’re original and I love your attitude and stories. You aren’t afraid to talk about more than just whatever food you’re making and I love it when you’re not afraid to tell it the way it is! (You’re also one of my go-to people for guilty pleasure dessert recipes!)

  33. I keep coming back because you don’t sugar coat life. You put yourself out there and I mean your real self and you don’t really care if people like you or not for being who you are. I share that philosophy. And I love how you call people out for being fake. I think it, you write it :)

  34. I keep on coming back because I love your blog. I also like how you blog about your real life which makes me laugh sometimes.

  35. Nicole Briggs says:

    Didn’t realize there were so many versions of crime brûlée! Will have to try some out at my next holiday dinner!

  36. Carolyn Daley says:

    You come up with some unique recipes

  37. trisha mckee says:

    This is actually my first time to your site, but it won’t be my last. As for being yourself, that comes through in your writing. It isn’t tedious to read, and the recipe is awesome! I will be returning.

  38. Leslie B. says:

    The pictures! Always love seeing the great things you make.

  39. Debra F says:

    I love your site because not only do you have great recipes, but the photos that go along with them are fabulous. I’m the kind of person that won’t buy a cookbook if there aren’t full page photos for each recipe

  40. Sandra M. says:

    Lovely pictures and yummy recipes ! Very inspiring.

  41. Ginger b. says:

    I like that you are honest and write what people are rhinking but not in a rude way, KWIM?

  42. paige jagan says:

    I love the way you talk (type) you make everything sound so yummy!

  43. paige chandler says:

    I come back to drool at the photos. :)

  44. I come back for a few reasons…your wit, your stories, your recipes but overall I just really appreciate your honesty and the fact that you are you 100% of the time.

  45. I keep coming back because I like your post. Plus, your recipes are amazing yet don’t require bizarre ingredients or hours upon hours of prep time.

  46. ELIZABETH C. says:

    I love your recipes and you have a wonderful attitude.

  47. shirley zolenski says:

    I absolutely love your recipes

  48. Sherrie says:

    I keep coming back to your site to lick the over-sized dessert pictures on my laptop … I think of it as a fat-free alternative.

  49. I keep visiting because the recipes look so tasty! Also we both live in Seattle.

  50. Sheila Foley says:

    My neighbor sent me here…yum…plan to come back.

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