Roasted White Chocolate Berry Tart (gluten free), a Virtual Baby Shower and a Trip to Kentucky for G.E. Monogram

by Irvin on October 17, 2012 · 15 comments

Roasted White Chocolate Berry Tart (gluten free) by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love

“How the hell did he know how to make a gluten-free tart without a recipe?” wondered my friend Brian, as I presented my Gluten Free Roasted White Chocolate Berry Tart along with my teammates, the awesome Heather of Farmgirl Gourmet and the fabulous Lisa of With Style and Grace. We were all visiting Louisville, Kentucky for GE Monogram and in a friendly “Iron Chef” competition to see who could whip up a better lunch between the food blogger teams. The secret ingredient happened to be potato chips, so for the savory portion, Heather and Lisa made a potato chip encrusted chicken over salad and tea infused rice, all the more impressive as Lisa was pregnant and not feeling her best. Apparently that mythical “second trimester” glow was exactly that – mythical in her case.

Lisa and Heather cooking up a storm on the induction stovetop.

Lisa and Heather cooking up a storm on the GE Monogram induction stovetop.

Lisa, of course, is pretty much ready to burst right now as the Kentucky trip was back in May. I say that in the most loving way, as even though she never did get her mythical second trimester glow, she does look gorgeous pregnant. I’ve known Lisa for several years via twitter and the magic of social media. But within the short span of three months, I ended up seeing and hanging out with her practically every other weekend, even as she was packing up and moving up to Portland. Ah the irony of becoming real life friends, just as she was moving away from the San Francisco bay area.

Lisa of With Style and Grace Blog at the GE Monogram Experience Center, getting ready to cook.

Because Lisa is ready to have her baby boy any day now, a group of food bloggers decided to host a virtual baby shower for her. I, of course, loved the idea of a virtual baby shower, especially the virtual part. I’m not one for baby shower games – you know, the ones that involve tasting baby food then guessing what that mystery green puree is, or sniffing at melted candy bars in the diaper. A virtual baby shower is just perfect for me, as I get to celebrate the eminent arrival of a much loved, much wanted baby…from afar.

Lisa cooking the potato chip encrusted chicken on the GE Monogram builtin griddle.

Lisa cooking the potato chip encrusted chicken on the GE Monogram built-in griddle.

On top of that, Lisa is one of my favorite people. Fun, witty, slightly bawdy at times, I basically want to hang out with Lisa whenever I have a chance. Getting a chance to cook with her on the GE Monogram appliances, including their induction stovetop (which I’ve never worked on before this trip) as well as their super speedy Advantium oven (a name that sounds totally comic book, but apparently uses halogen, ceramic, conventional and microwaves to cook food crazy fast) was super awesome. Heather and I had a blast with Lisa making a meal in 50 minutes all without the use of a knife (apparently it was a legal thing). Well the knife thing was kind of annoying, but we got around that.

Maggy of Three Many Cooks feeling up Lisa.

Maggy of Three Many Cooks feeling up Lisa. Don't ask.

Despite having a fab time in the GE Monogram kitchen, and making a fantastic meal, we didn’t win the Iron Chef contest, though, you know in the words of Chef Joe Castro and Chef Brian Logsdon who both were working the GE Monogram kitchen, we were all winners. Ahem. But the real winner is Lisa, who gets the best prize of all – a baby boy. I can’t wait to meet him. Happy virtual baby shower Lisa! I wish you and your husband Ben a mellow fuss-free child and many evenings of uninterrupted sleep…

Lisa of With Style of Grace, looking stylish and graceful.

Lisa of With Style of Grace, looking stylish and graceful.

This virtual baby shower is hosted by Maria of Two Peas and their Pod, Marla of Family Fresh Cooking, Gaby of What’s Gaby Cooking and Brian of A Thought for Food. The list of awesome people involved is fantastic. I sort of wish, like Gaby said in an email to all of us, that we could attend this baby shower in person so I could actually eat all the food that people are posting about! I’d even suffer through some of those baby shower games for it all.

Special thanks to GE Monogram for hosting me on this trip to Kentucky and allowing me to work on their equipment. Though they paid for my trip and accommodations, they did not compensate me for this blog posts and all opinions are my own.

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Sarvani @ baker in disguise October 17, 2012 at 2:02 am

I am so intrigued by this whole dish… first by the gluten free crust that has crushed potato chips in it.. wowza!! and then the white chocolate in the filling which roasts.. am really intrigued by how that will taste.. never had that before!! it all looks so tempting!!

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Rachel Cooks October 17, 2012 at 6:10 am

What fun memories and stories with Lisa! And this tart! Amazing.

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Ruthy @ omeletta October 17, 2012 at 6:38 am

that tart sounds fricking amazing. I dont cook with GF flours very often but I’ve been stocking up on some lately and looking forward to trying them out. All this and white chocolate, too! Thanks :-)

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Nik@ABrownTable October 17, 2012 at 9:18 am

I love berry tarts! I am going to have to try your rice flour crust soon.

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Sandy @ RE October 17, 2012 at 10:46 am

I loved this trip. It was so fun. Great post, recap, and recipe! I’m so happy for Lisa and Ben. Wish we could take all of these recipes and eat together IRL! Miss you, Bro!

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Aimee @ Simple Bites October 17, 2012 at 10:59 am

First of all, I’m amazed that this tart is even GF. You are the wizard! Can I trade you a slice for some pumpkin pie? My chickens laid the eggs for it. ;)

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 17, 2012 at 11:06 am

This is lovely! What a fabulous tart!

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Angie @ Big Bear's Wife October 17, 2012 at 11:31 am

I would suffer through any baby shower game for that White Chocolate Berry Tart. Love the photos!

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Lisa | With Style and Grace October 17, 2012 at 11:50 am

This post if filled with so many treasures, I don’t even know where to begin. These photos are cracking me up. Mostly because they’re all in the kitchen, the one place I had the hardest time in [stomach wise]. Oh me & that chicken… haha! I’m so happy to have spent all this time with you – so many wonderful [& hilarious] memories! I will also never forget this tart. I think it was the only thing I ate :)

ps. don’t worry, I’m with you on the games – I specially asked for NO games at my real life shower. I prefer talking, eating & drinking [soon]!

pss. if we weren’t saving Grace for our girl [hopefully, someday], we’d totally name him grayson :)

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Maria October 17, 2012 at 12:05 pm

What a fun trip! And the tart is gorgeous!! Perfect for celebrating!

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susan October 17, 2012 at 1:21 pm

That looks delish. the last gf crust I made, the kids loved, but I felt I could do better. I am going to take your lead and try yours. I like the idea of the white chocolate with the berries!

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Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet October 17, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Awww…what a great post Irvin. I love Lisa (and you) and I bet she’s glowing even more reading all of the lovely posts for her virtual party. It was a great time in KY meeting, and cooking with, you both. Those tarts were wicked delish! A big XO!

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Brian @ A Thought For Food October 17, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Remind me never to text you again. You’re going to quote me! ;-) Just kidding. Totally cool. In fact, I’m honored. That tart was delicious and you did an amazing job.

Love this post and your stories about Lisa.

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Aggie October 18, 2012 at 4:21 am

What a fun time together! I love how blogging events bring us together, great memories here. Awesome post.
The tart is absolutely beautiful!!

Congrats Lisa!

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Paula Cecere October 22, 2012 at 11:59 am

I’m so glad you, Lisa, Maggy, Sandy and Heather (and everyone else) had such a great time! Thanks for an awesome post. One of these days I will actually bake one of your amazing treats. Until then, I will just drool over the images…
~Paula

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