Baking with Betty: General Mills Test Kitchens

by Marla on August 31, 2010 · 41 comments

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Baking Workshop in Betty Crocker Test Kitchens

When I originally got the invite to Baking With Betty it took a few seconds to ponder my RSVP. I said seconds, well maybe one second. What was my brief hesitation? the fact that I would need to leave my heavenly Telluride mountains and lovely family for 38.5 hours. I quickly weighed Minneapolis & Colorado in my mind and knew stepping away from high altitude hiking for baking would be OK. My answer was of course, YES. The folks at General Mills are pros at event planning & had me all booked and travel ready within minutes. I was signed up for the Betty Crocker test kitchen blogger baking workshop.

General Mills Betty Crocker Test Kitchens

So as you guys know I am not so much the baker. I do love it when I slow down to do it. I prefer less precise, intuitive, quick cooking. I enjoy tossing food on the grill or in a steamy hot pan. I love to watch it skip, jump & sizzle. For those of you who know me I have a high energy kinetic kind of personality. Quick stuff works with my style. Baking however is an amazing skill that has thankfully been taught to me by Chef Rachel at Blackmarket Bakery. It is Zen-full, cerebral and of course yummy.

Baking with Betty Crocker food blogger workshop

When I actually do bake, I very much enjoy it.

Food Blogger party on boat on lake

Our first evening we had an introductory cruise on one of the many Minnesota lakes. It was gorgeous and super fun. I got to meet all the lovely bloggers and great PR folks from the General Mills-Betty Crocker division. (Fellow bloggers, please link up your re-cap posts below.)

Food Blogger event at Betty Crocker Test Kitchens When we rolled into the General Mills corporate offices we were greeted with history of the General Mills brands & a lovely breakfast. The headquarters are gorgeous. Filled with sunlight and amazing art everywhere. Everyone walks around smiling. Must be the brightness and constant smell & access to baked treats. I was impressed that they have a employee wellness program. Eat the sweets, burn ‘em off. Nice!

Photo of girl with cheerios at General Mills Headquarters

I made a few great new friends, including Megan from Megan’s Munchies.

Food Bloggers attend General Mills Baking Workshop Inside the total glam test kitchens we were separated into small groups. I spent the most my time with Amanda from I am Baker & Nicole from Baking Bites . Amanda is one of my co-panelists for BlogHer Food in San Francisco this October. Our panel is called New to Food Blogging: How to Stand out in a Crowded Food Blogosphere. She is a hoot & one super great gal. Join us if you are there! The three of us made quite the team. They baked, I photographed and cheered them on.

Baking with Betty food blogger event We rotated around the test kitchens. We baked with all kinds of products and of course tasted the creations. There were four different stations….cookies, brownies, Bisquick and cake. The test kitchen bakers prepared samples & then each blogger team prepared their own batch of goodies. There was plenty of room to get creative with ingredient add-in’s and food styling.

We baked sweets…..

Food Bloggers at Baking with Betty workshop We baked savories…..

Baking with Betty Food Blogger workshop in test kitchens We baked more sweets…..

Baking with Betty Food Blogger workshop

There was eye candy everywhere!

Food Blogger tour of Betty Crocker test kitchens & photo studios We also had a quick tour of the prop rooms & photo-food styling studios. Let’s just say those rooms put my 4X4 prop/styling/ photography area to shame. very inspirational & again, these folks all looked like the love their jobs.

giveaway graphic-Family Fresh Cooking

General Mills promotion gift for food bloggers

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much for entering & be on the lookout for more fun giveaways soon. Congrats to Tricia from {every}nothing Wonderful blog.

The Baking with Betty team gave us some great goodies that I would like to pass along to one of my readers. I am giving away lots of baking tools & a cookbook from the event. Head on over to my Baking with Betty giveaway page to enter this contest.

Baking with Betty Blog Post Links

Feel free to link up your blog posts that tie into this event.

Thank you to General Mills and Betty Crocker for sponsoring me to attend this event.

To see more photos from the event you can visit Matt Holland Photography.

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