Blog Brulee Masters Recap

What’s not to love about a French toast breakfast in a countryside setting? It’s simply one of the perks I enjoyed on my recent trip to Vermont attending the BlogBrulee.

Disclosure : My attendance at the Blog Brûlée was partially funded by Sponsors of the Blog Brûlée. Opinions expressed are my own. I was not compensated for my time.” 

This week I’m attempting to implement some  the food blogging tips I soaked up  on my jaunt up North.  I’m working off a list  that’s  as long as my right arm, and starts with a new  design for simplicity and less clutter! But today’s post isn’t about my to do list. Rather, it’s  a virtual thank you!  Let me start with a  BIG BOLD shout out to the founders: Regan Jones of Regan Miller Jones Inc., Gretchen Brown of Kumquat Blog , Deanna Seagrave-Daly of Two Teaspoons of Spice, and Robin Plotkin of Robins Bite.

Two days flew by. If only  I had a pause button to make it last a bit longer, and here’s why…

This meeting was so well planned and organized, because, ‘they really care.’ From the hand picked speakers (who are also the most dominant food bloggers on the internet), to what’s being served  for  dinner, nothing is left up to chance. It is by far the most memorable of all meetings I have ever attended in my career. 

Great events like this aren’t possible without support from sponsors.  So please let me give another BIG BOLD shout-out to these amazing brands! I hope to have the opportunity  to work with each and everyone of them, to feed your passion with recipes and tips for  healthy living. THANK YOU!









No Bake Sheet Pan Dinner

Pesto topped hummus surrounded by leftover barbeque shrimp and tempeh,   raw veggies, grilled pita wedges, watermelon and a few olives is a one way to enjoy a sheet pan dinner without turning on the oven.

Preparing most meals for two (my husband and myself), has resulted in an ultra casual dining attitude. Often times, our evening meal is more of a snack plate than  anything else. But that doesn’t mean it’s not healthy, filling or satisfying. Today’s post is my take on the Recipe Redux theme: sheet pan dinners. Inspired by Cooking Light’s, ‘The Moveable Feast’,   I took half a sheet pan, lined it with lettuce, added something for dipping to encourage veggie eating ( bowl of pesto hummus is a winner in my house)  and piled on raw veggies, leftover bbq shrimp and tempeh , grilled pita wedges , olives and a few watermelon slices. Basically, I used up what I had in the refrigerator. As you see, summer produce is still going strong around here!

I like that it  gives me the the freedom to breakout of the ‘eating at the kitchen table routine’. We’re squeezing the life out of  summer and enjoying it outside. When the weather turns too cool to eat outside, it would be a great meal to serve while catching up on your latest Netflix stream (I’m hook on Parenthood)  or tailgating at your coffee table while cheering  for your team. Below is the  recipe for how  I built my no bake sheet pan dinner. Be sure to check out the links at the bottom of this post to see how my colleagues are preparing sheet pan dinner recipes.

How do you like to  make a weeknight dinner special? What’s your latest Netflix obsession?

No Bake Sheet Pan Dinner(serves 2)

Serves 2     adjust servings



  • 1/2 cup Hummus
  • 2 tablespoons pesto
  • 1/2 head Romaine , cleaned and separated
  • 2 ounces  leftover grilled shrimp
  • 2 ounces tempeh
  • 6 radishes
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1 yellow bell pepper cut into strips
  • 2 watermelon slices ( about 1 cup)
  • 3 olives
  • 1 grilled pita cut into wedges


Line a sheet pan with lettuce leaves. Scoop hummus into a  bowl or platter .  Place hummus  on sheet pan and surround with remaining cold ingredients.



Recipe Notes


by Diane Boyd


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