Behind the Scenes of our Community Picks

March  9, 2012

If you've ever wanted to take a sneak peek behind the scenes of our community testing process, this post is for you! First-time CPer Jenny B featured the testing process for her chosen Chocolate & Spice CP recipe, the Earl Grey and Five Spice Millionaire's Shortbread from Anitalectric, on her blog Centered by the Plate.

Jenny B takes us through the process of gathering ingredients (including spices that require a trip to the Asian grocery and some hard-to-find nut flours), and it's eye-opening to read along as she learns more about gluten-free cooking. We love how fun it is to see into the kitchens of our beloved community members!

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We hope you're inspired to claim a Community Pick recipe next time the call goes out -- there are still a few Canned Fish recipes for the taking!

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susan G. March 10, 2012
Multistepped recipes intimidate me, so seeing Jenny break it down made it look do-able. The recipe already had drawn me -- now I know I can do it! (Gluten free short bread and chocolate -- why not?)
Jenny B. March 9, 2012
Thank you so much for posting this! I'm honored!
Anitalectric March 9, 2012
What a gift it is to be able to see what your recipe looks like through someone else's eyes. Thank you for posting this! Reading the post has made me want to revisit my recipe again and tweak it with some ideas inspired by Jenny's testing process. Here is the comment I left on her blog:

"Wow! So exciting to see this recipe in action. I love that you went to Trader Joe's for the better deals on ingredients. I have many of the exact same ones.

And I love your recap of the Asian grocery! There are so many bonus goodies you can discover at every visit. FYI, if you have leftover tapioca starch, you can use it to make Amanda's chocolate pudding!

If you do repeat the recipe with another type of citrus, I would love to hear about it. What a phenomenal idea. Recently, I tried a lemon chocolate bar and it was dynamite. That would be worth trying.

The fact that you got to explore all these new ingredients and techniques is what I am all about, and what I try to get people into. You just made my day. xoxo Thank you, Jenny!

PS- coconut oil is magic. I put it in everything and even use it to moisturize my face."