Fruit Bouquets and Where the Hell Has DL been?

Sorry to say it, but I do not regret the hiatus that I have taken from blogging. My life has been filled with a beautiful mess. My boyfriend, Kyle, and I rescued a dog from a terrible living condition in November, just before Thanksgiving. On December 10th, she popped out puppies, six to be exact. It was very crazy and the timing was not so convenient, since we left for NYC on the 14th.

Needless to say, with surprise puppies, a trip to New York, and starting a new (and awesome) job, life has kept me insanely busy. Our time has been completely consumed with many great life experiences, but has left us wondering where all the time has gone. Don’t get me wrong, I still cook on daily basis, however, there has just been no room for blogging. Now that we have found homes for all of the puppies, we are going to have a little bit of extra time on our hands.

Our trip to New York was pretty awesome. We were hosted around by the best, we saw so many cool things, we ate a lot of good food, and the competition went pretty well too. We didn’t actually place, but Dutch Lovin’ was one of the Food Republic’s Top 5 Picks. Other articles with coverage from the competition can be found herehere, and here. We made a lot of good contacts and had a lot of positive feedback on our dish. All in all, it was great fun and a huge success.

In other news, The Food Experiments are making their way back to Austin and the theme this year is smoke. As Texans, we are all very thrilled. I know I am at least! Unfortunately, I will be doing this competition without Kyle, but his replacement is going to do great. Kyle decided that he didn’t want to do it this year, as his birthday is March 12th and always very close to the competition. Kyle makes a good point, “I don’t think I should have to work so hard before my birthday.”

My new partner this year will be Pat, a very good friend of mine. Pat and I met years ago when we worked at Which Wich? together. Hands down, he was one of the hardest workers I have ever met. When I got a job at the Wine Cellar as a gourmet chef, I eventually got Pat a job there too. We were both professionally trained by Master Chef John Lopez. I have no doubt that he and I are going to do really well. We are looking forward to great food and a lot of fun. The experimenting has already begun and the creative juices are definitely flowing.

Now that we are semi-caught up, I made this pretty cool fruit bouquet for my boss’ birthday yesterday. I thought I would share it with you. I find that it is very easy to do and much less expensive than an edible arrangement. Plus, it’s more meaningful when you put the work in yourself.

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I built them starting at the bottom and in this order:

1. 5 Blueberries

2. 1 Kiwi Half Moon

3. 1 Cantaloupe Triangle

4. 1 Pineapple Chunk

5. 1 Strawberry, Cut Like a Rose

Valentine’s Day is just 2 days away, there is still time to make your own chocolate covered strawberries. I will be posting a recipe for that later today from the old website…stay tuned.

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