I spent several days last week in Austin, Texas with fellow bloggers at the BlogHer Food conference. We talked shop, ate a lot of great food, enjoyed more than a few margaritas, and spent time with old and new friends alike.
I brought my boys along and we turned the trip into a mini vacation. With my free time before the conference started we explored a little bit of Austin and it didn’t take long for me to fall in love and think ahead to when we can return.
The food scene in Austin is incredible and about midway through our stay I was wishing I brought some stretchy pants. You’d think I had enough Mexican food and barbecue to last me a long time, but I can’t stop thinking about the brisket from Franklin Barbecue and the spicy mango margarita from Chupacabra Cantina.
If I had to pick my favorite thing I ate in Austin, it might have to be the scoop of Mexican vanilla ice cream from Amy’s Ice Creams that my friend Kelley and I shared on a walk through the South Congress neighborhood. It was so creamy, and vanilla-y, and wonderful that I had to have another scoop of it at the airport before heading home.
The weekend wasn’t all about the food, however. I also received a lot of great inspiration and guidance for the future of this blog. I was starting to fall into somewhat of a slump before this trip, but now I’m re-energized and excited about what lies ahead.
Don’t worry, there will still be plenty of great baking and desserts recipes, but I’m hoping to add to that and share a little more about my life.
Definitely the best thing about a conference like BlogHer Food is the people you meet. It was fun to reconnect with good friends, meet other friends for the first time in real life, and make completely new friends too.
I did a lot of palling around with fellow Utah bloggers Kelley of Mountain Mama Cooks and Heidi of Foodiecrush (pictured below), but there are many, many others who impressed me and whose company I enjoyed.
Thanks Austin, BlogHer, and all of the attendees for a great weekend. A huge thanks also to my readers. By supporting this blog you help make trips like this happen.
Now, on to a very special recipe. I asked my facebook readers which recipe they’d like to see recreated and while the race was pretty close between this pie and the mexican vanilla ice cream, in the end this is what I was craving.
While on a special after-hours tour of Franklin Barbecue I noticed a piece of brown paper taped to a wall that served as their menu. And listed on it, bourbon banana cream pie. I didn’t get to try it or even see what it looked like, but this is how I’ve envisioned it.
Aside from a vanilla wafer crust, this is not your average banana cream pie. It started with the suggestion of bourbon and snowballed from there. I shook things up with brown sugar, brown butter, and a dash of cinnamon. And there’s enough bourbon that it’s a noticeable and wonderfully smoky presence.
I thought it was a fantastic pie, until a slice the next day blew me away. This pie is dynamite. Whether you’re in Utah or Texas, serving barbecue or something completely different, this pie can be the perfect sweet ending to your day. I know, it was a delicious bookend to my weekend in Austin.
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