Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Gotta Break Some Eggs in Today's News-Post!

Woot! Gotta Break Some Eggs, my teen & tween-centric cooking site, is featured in today's Frederick News Post.

Here's a bit from the article by the lovely Katie Crowe:

"Each summer, The Kitchen Studio is at its busiest, offering eight weeks of summer-camp classes for tweens and teens. The summer classes scheduled for this year are already about 95 percent filled, Van Bloem said. This often results in many teens and tweens being left out from participating in classes held at The Kitchen Studio either due to availability, their location to the studio, finances, or other factors, Van Bloem added.

Knowing this, Van Bloem wanted to provide a vast cooking resource to those tweens and teens not able to enroll in classes. In 2009, with the launch of her interactive website,, she began to expand her teachings beyond the classroom. The website targets youths in grades 5 through 10 and is video and recipe driven.

Something new is added to the site nearly every day. On Mondays, a two- to three-minute cooking instruction video is posted, featuring Van Bloem making a specific tween-and-teen-friendly recipe. The next day, Van Bloem posts the recipe she demonstrated the day before on the site. Midweek, Van Bloem will often post a recipe geared toward Mom and Dad, she said."

Want to read the entire thing? Of course you do! You can read the complete article here. And while you're at it, bop on over to Gotta Break Some Eggs, or better yet, send your favorite teens & tweens in that direction.

And yup, we actually broke all those eggs in the pic featured in the paper. It was SUPER FUN!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Check it Out: The North Market Pop Shop

I've just started writing for The Frederick Gorilla-- yippee! Maybe you've heard of them? This saucy mag is available all over Frederick with splashy articles on topics relevant to those in Fred Co. There's also this fantastic new column, Epicuriosity, written by...ME!

This issue, I'm taking a visit to the super-fun North Market Pop Shop on Market St. between 2nd and 3rd. Here's an excerpt from the article:

"This snazzy, soda-lovin’ shop caters to the thirsty and sugar-deprived alike with a fantastic assortment of glass bottle sodas. The shop carries dozens of different brands and flavors of pop, from colas and cream sodas to bubblegum-flavored soda and fruit flavors.

We all know the supposed cachet of forgoing the can and going straight for the glass bottle. The weight in your hand, the way it stays cool for just a bit longer, really, nothing beats those sassy bottles, and we all know it."

You can read the full article here. You'll need to go to pages 20-21 for the story. Let me know what you think, and be sure to check out the North Market Pop shop in downtown Frederick.

Friday, June 1, 2012

On the Radio: Foodie & The Beast This Sunday!

This Sunday, June 3rd, I'm going to be a guest on Foodie & the Beast on AM1500 at 11am. How awesomely cool is that? Super cool!

The hosts, Nycci & David Nellis seem like they're super fun (you can watch taped versions of the show on YouTube) and I'm so excited to talk about The Kitchen Studio and Gotta Break Some Eggs! 

If you want to follow the show on Twitter, Nycci's handle is @NycciNellis, and they'll be using the hastag #foodieandthebeast.

We'll be having a great time, so be sure to tune in!