Driscolls Berry Moments

November 6, 2011

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On November 4, I was fortunate to be able to participate in a Virtual Tasting Event put on by Driscolls Berries.  This was in essence a live twitter party in which we syncronized our twitter accounts by logging into a Driscoll’s Platform using hashtag #driscollsmoments.  We then joined a live video stream to watch Chef Rick Rodgers preparing not only the recipes we received earlier, but also giving fabulous tips for cooking your holiday turkey.  The event was coordinated by Steven Gilberg of @winetwits,  and I really was delighted to see all the techology working together to make it a truly fabulous event!  We received our goody bag almost two weeks earlier which included berry coupons, a Thanksgiving 101 Cookbook by Rick Rogers, a berry strainer, a flash drive with tons of recipes and an apron, all put together in a reusable Driscoll’s tote bag.  With recipes in hand, I invited a few of my close friends that could attend and set about to have my little get-together which seldom happens at my home anymore.  My dining room has been taken over with jars, ready to be labeled for my markets, and gifts, papers, and crates in queue ready to be shipped across the country at a moments notice.   I ask everyone that comes in through the front door to please close their eyes and remember what my home used to look like before I started my business three short years ago!  And, I have to say, that I was really thrilled to partner with Driscolls as I use their berries exclusively in all of my jams.  At 8:00 pm on Friday night, my friends came over, we enjoyed our appetizers and I logged into the Driscolls website for our event.  Bloggers and Social Influencers from across the country (several of which I am honored to know!) were tweeting about their party and we were all joined together to watch the live cooking event.  It was really, really lovely is all I can say.  Chef Rick Rogers is a hoot and I would have him over anytime.  I picked up a few turkey tips which is always wonderful, and now I will put them into action this Thanksgiving.  His book is available on Amazon, ahhh… I will always have a soft spot for those Jersey boys.

I selected three of the recipes I received to prepare for my party, I want to share them with you here now as they are perfect for the upcoming holidays.

I also invite you to enter the Driscolls Sweeter Moments contest for your chance to win a Viking Cookware set worth over $1,300 and second prize chances to win $100 coupons to purchase fabulous Driscolls berries.

 

 

 

 

Acorn Squash with Raspberry Sauce

 

 

 

 

Wild Rice and Raspberry Dressing

 

 

 

 

Muffin Monday – Apple Buttermilk Muffins

Apple Buttermilk Muffins

I have been wanting so much to participate more in the blogging world as I not only like to make my jams, pickles and chutneys, I love being able to use them both to bake with and to cook with in my own kitchen.  I also find that my customers appreciate it when they can taste and take away a recipe at my farm stand.   Twitter is an amazing, I have met so many lovely people online that share so many of my interests.   I recently met Anuradha of Baker Street and she is doing something really fun called Muffin Monday.  I just could not resist joining in this week as I knew I could use some of my very own Apple Pie Filling in this recipe and kick it up a notch!  The original recipe comes from Women’s Weekly.   In Anuradha’s own words, the Muffin Monday is an initiative by Baker Street.  A culinary journey of sharing a wickedly delicious muffin recipe every week. Drop in a quick note to join her on her journey to make the world smile and beat glum mornings week after week.