Gluten Free Caramelized Cornflake Lemon Poppyseed Cookies and weekend with food bloggers but not making food

by Irvin on November 7, 2011 · 15 comments

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It’s been one of those weeks. I went to two different conferences, back to back. All day Thursday, as well as the morning and early afternoon of Friday, I attended the awesome Dieline Package Design Forum. Then from 5pm to 10pm on Friday (yep, I only got a 3 hour break in-between) as well as all day Saturday and most of Sunday I attended or went to the FoodBuzz Fest and related events, including co-leading a session on social media with the amazing Stella of Brave Tart (don’t worry there’ll be a recap of that as well, along with some stuff we didn’t get to during the session). On top of that I had two major deadlines for projects, meaning I was rushing home to work after the conferences, working until 3am, then crashing to try to get a little bit of sleep before I went back into conference mode. I met a ton of people, ate a ton of food and drank more coffee than I have all year long to stay away through it all so I wouldn’t miss a thing. My throat is incredibly sore from talking nonstop. So what did I do after it was all over? I went into the kitchen and baked me some cookies. Caramelized Cornflake Lemon Poppyseed Cookies – gluten free to boot.


Caramelized Cornflakes Lemon Quinoa Poppy Seed Cookies

You would think I would be exhausted after all of that. But somehow, after getting dinner with AJ – who I haven’t seen in about a week, I found myself browsing through some of my cookbooks, flipping through some of my new ones, looking at some of the old ones that I never use, and contemplating baking something. Caramelized cornflakes from the Momofuku  by David Chang. Lemon zest shortbread cookies from the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer: Best Bake Sale Cookbook by Gretchen Holt-Witt. French lemon poppyseed pound cake from the Flour by Joanne Chang. It was all churning in my head.

Turns out after talking about food all weekend long, and eating food all weekend long, what I REALLY wanted to do is make food. It’s the sort of thing that seems pretty obvious, but why is it that with all the food blogging conferences that I’ve been too, and with all the food blogging conferences out there, there doesn’t seem to be any breakout sessions where food bloggers, people who LOVE to make food, are actually making food with each other?


Attendants at the FoodBuzz Fest learning about design for food bloggers.

Now I’m not talking cooking demos, I’ve seen plenty of those, and I appreciate them. But I’m talking getting in the kitchen, rolling up your sleeves, wearing and apron (if you’re the sort of person that wears one, I’m not) and getting dirty. Chopping, stirring, sautéing, mixing, baking, canning, jamming, whatever your calling, whatever your love. Why aren’t we making food together in these conferences?


I loved watching Tyler Florence cook, but I wanted to be up there cooking with him!

Perhaps the logistics are too difficult. Or perhaps these food blogging conferences DO exist out there, I just don’t know about them. Either way, as much as I love talking about social media (and let me tell you I can talk about social media until the cows come home) or food photography (yeah yeah, I know I’m need to move that dial away from “P” and start shooting in manual) or writing with an authentic voice (actually this one is true, and can’t be said enough), the reason I blog is because I love to make food. Isn’t that the driving passion for most food bloggers?

Here’s the thing. These cookies I just made up on the fly – I wouldn’t have been able to do it without influence and power of my fellow food bloggers out there. They’re the sort of cookies that are truly made from the love of my bloggers, cobbled together BECAUSE I’m a food blogger.


Local food bloggers Suki, Arnold and Heather hanging out at Foodbuzz Fest

Take for instance the cornflakes that I used. They came from my friend Annelies who works over at Attune Foods. She’s awesome, and her products are awesome and she gave me a couple of boxes of cereal to just play around with. I ended up developing a few recipes for her company over there, and I had some leftover cornflakes for these. Oh yeah, did I mention I met her at the first Food Blogger Bake Sale a couple of years ago, when I had just been blogging for about a month? She’s been my BBFF (blogger best friend forever) ever since.


Don't ask me what I'm doing. I have no idea. Thank goodness Annelies puts up with me.

Or how about the fact that I recently fell in love with quinoa flour, mostly because I try to bake with the gluten free ratio rally once a month, and used quinoa flour for my lemon cornmeal pancakes? That combination of flavors is excellent in a pancake, but lemme tell you, they rock in a cookie form. The gluten free ratio rally is a directly result of gluten free bakers wanting to bake together (even if it is virtual).


Gluten free quinoa cornmeal pancakes with rosemary infused maple syrup for the gluten free rally.

The thing is, the only time I’ve actually ever baked with another food blogger, is when I went up and visited my friend Shauna of Gluten Free Girl and the Chef. She and I worked together on a few thing, including soft pretzels. We did a good first run, then volleyed emails back and forth, virtually baking with each other until we got it right. It was so much fun. One of these days we are going to do it again.


Shauna, Lucy and I attempting to make gluten free soft pretzels.

So these cookies, they are truly from the love of my food bloggers out there. I love you all. Thanks for coming here to San Francisco and talking with me and eating with me and running around town with me. I can’t wait until the next time we meet. Which might be next weekend, as I’m off to L.A. for the IFBC conference in Santa Monica. Anyone want to make food with me down there?


Caramelized Cornflake Lemon Quinoa Poppy Seed Cookies

The caramelized cornflake recipe I used for these cookies is adapted from the original Momofuku cookbook – by David Chang. Christina Tosi, the pastry chef at Momofuku, developed the recipe for the caramelized cornflakes and has recently published a pastry cookbook called Momofuku Milk Bar. She’ll be visiting San Francisco, talking and signing books over at the fantastic Omnivore Books on Wednesday, November 9th at 6pm and doing a book signing at William Sonoma in Union Square on November 10th at 6pm. If you are in town, go check her out!

Erewhon Cornflakes are naturally gluten free and without any additional sweeteners. Attune foods provided me samples to play with, but I did not receive any compensation from them and was under no obligation to write about them. All opinions are my own. Feel free to use any other brand of cornflakes that you want, but try to find plain cornflakes, not the sweetened or frosted kind, as they are too sweet.

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Laura November 7, 2011 at 5:33 am

Irvin, I will try these asap as I can’t eat gluten any more and one thing I miss eating is a good old cookie. Lemon and poppy seeds are my favorite.

I can’t wait to hear more about all the blogging conferences you have been to.

I have a question….months ago I saw a post about gluten free pizza and I didn’t bookmark it or print the recipe. Was it from you? Did you even write about gluten free pizza?

To more cooking and blogging!


Jonathan November 7, 2011 at 7:12 am

Wow, that sounds exhausting but awesome! I rarely have the opportunity to speak “food” with others beyond commenting on fellow food bloggers’ posts (wow, that’s meta), so I can only imagine what it would be like to attend a conference where speaking “food” is matter-of-course. Brain is boggled.

These cookies look fantastic. I’ve never baked “poppyseed” anything, so ramping up to the holidays, I will definitely be making these to share with family and friends.

Thank you, Irvin, and have a great week!


BlondeBomber November 7, 2011 at 11:21 am

I love this – thank you! It’s always great to see some gluten free option. I have a fave spot that is my go-to for all gluten free goodies – it’s definitely one of the best places to eat in New York . I will be making these very SOON! :)


Sabrina Modelle November 7, 2011 at 12:13 pm

It was so good to see you this weekend, although, I feel like it’s time to forcibly drag you and AJ to my house for dinner. We did the same thing after foodbuzz. Marc, Nathan, and Andy came over and we recreated Tyler Florence’s pork and spaetzle dinner and made a GIANT apple pie. It was just what the food blogger ordered. These cookies look awesome and your session with Stella was great. Love you to pieces, dollface.


anneliesz November 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm

How fun *would* it be to make food together at food blogger conferences- never baked GF before? Join in a GF baking seminar and learn about the joys of different baking w/ different kinds of flours, etc… I would imagine something like this might be a logistical nightmare, but how awesome would that be to learn from the people who excel in a particular style or cuisine type (hello Jun & filipino food or Ben & korean cuisine?) Between you and me and your readers, my favorite thing hands-down to food blogger conferences is hob-nobbing with other bloggers and the unexpected moments that can really define the conference (tiki drinks & indoor rain showers while talking about the future of cookbooks, anyone?) I’d love to see an evolution of food blogger conferences underscoring community and that each person is a teacher in their own right. Okay, off the soap-box I go. And BTW, *you’re* not the one growling in that pic from BlogherFood SF- I look like I’m trying to channel the honey badger…


Ellie@fitforthesoul November 7, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Heyyy Irvin! Okay first of all, I love your name–it’s so unique!
I met you briefly at the FBfest, and I’m sure you were exhausted. You were all over the place!
And your photography and blog layout/design is sooooooo nice!! I love the neutral color and atmosphere in your site. Keep rockin’!


Kelly @ Foodie Fiascof November 7, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I’m so glad I got to your blog safetly! I went to your wonderful panel at Foodbuzz and we were talking a bit after the dinner. When are you headed dow to LA? I’d love to meet up as I live really close to Santa Monica.


Stephanie @ The Travelling Tastebuds November 8, 2011 at 5:39 am

Why hello there Irvin! It is because of you I am tweeting instead of sleeping. Other than that very minor detail… it was very nice to have met you at the Foodbuzz Festival!!! You are an inspiration to say the least… and i love that photo of you trying to eat the camera ;)


ashley November 8, 2011 at 9:45 am

please please please convince someone at foodbuzz to host a session in a kitchen. conference sessions are great for new bloggers since they are very informative and presented by such great bloggers but i feel like we all spend hours talking about food and looking at pictures of food but not actually doing anything with food (besides sitting and eating). a kitchen session would be so much more interactive and informational. after years of going to conferences i’m so ready to get out of the chair and get into a kitchen.


Emily @ NewlyWife November 8, 2011 at 9:53 am

Those cookies look pretty darn tasty. Also, instead of wanting to make food, I think going to Foodbuzz made me want to find more people to make me food. The quest continues…


Adelina November 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Hi Irvin,

I did not get a chance to introduce myself at FoodBuzz, but had to come and visit your blog. Thanks for all the tips… can’t believe all the stuff you’ve been working on. Love your BBFF!!! too cute. I think I am all for a cooking gala of bloggers next time :)


Heather in SF November 8, 2011 at 10:14 pm

It was fin to see you Friday and I’m bummed I missed your panel, I hear you did a great job, yay!

We totally need to get people together to cook. My biggest obstacle to this is that no one has a big enough kitchen, wouldn’t it be fun to take over the CB for a day? A cocktail corner is a must too. Hope to see you around town soon.


Allison November 9, 2011 at 12:00 am

Yes, please! I would love to cook with you one of these days. How long will you be down here in LA? :D


Kristin Friedersdorf November 13, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Irvin– I absolutely agree about taking full advantage of the opportunity to cook at food conferences with other cooking/baking enthusiasts. I love learning about content and photography and all of that, but it really leaves me itching to cook. It’s funny because I just suggested that when they asked for feedback today at the end of the conference. Little did I know that you already had this epiphany on your blog! Let’s make it happen.


Robyn January 25, 2013 at 2:10 am

Remember, cornflakes are not gluten free unless you buy the ones specifically labeled “gluten free.” Most have malt flavoring, which is made from barley. Barley has gluten. Rice Krispies also have barley. The new brown rice ones are gf.


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