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I’m Lovin’ It- Napa, CA and Cooking at the CIA

Last week I was treated to an INCREDIBLE experience cooking, eating and learning at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, as a part of  the Bush’s Beans Flavors from Around the World event with Connie Guttersen, Daisy Martinez, Jeffrey Saad and Michael Schulson

It was an experience I will not soon forget.

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Bush’s Beans sponsored me and 7 other wonderful bloggers (She Wears Many Hats, Mommy’s Kitchen, Dine and Dish,Real Mom KitchenReluctant Entertainer, Good Life {eats}, and Aggie’s Kitchen, ) to an amazing time at the Meadowood in St. Helena, and then to a full day of cooking AND eating at the CIA.

I’ll tell you,  I experienced so many new flavors, learned so many new tips and techniques from all the chefs that I  could NOT wait to get home and start cooking.  I think my family is getting a little tired of hearing what all I learned!

For today……..I’m going to share some pictures from the trip and over the course of the next few weeks, I will share recipes, techniques and much more!

We watched as each of the four chefs demonstrated techniques and their recipes.

Watching the Chefs

We learned new techniques

We cooked

we ate and we connected.

BOY did we eat and drink……I don’t think I have ever eaten so much in such a short time…..all such amazing food!  I can’t WAIT to share recipes, tips and more!

I’m Lovin’ (and missing)…………………

My Bush’s Beans family and friends

Bush's Beans, Chefs and Bloggers

Thanks again to the wonderful people at Bush’s Beans and Edelman for such an amazing time.

They were also so kind as to have a wonderful photographer there the day we cooked, so we didn’t have to cook with our cameras!  The first photo in this post is from my camera…….but ALL of the rest of the shot’s were from the very talented Faith Echtermeyer

Now it’s your turn!

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Let us know what you’re lovin’ this week!
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*Don’t forget to come back over the weekend for the I’m Lovin’ It Wrap Up post……were I feature a few of the great links!!

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Disclaimer:  Bush’s Beans paid for my incredible trip, but they did not pay me to write about them.  All of the opinions and thoughts are my own.

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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+


  1. Looks like you had a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing the pictures!

  2. Wow, that looks like it was so much fun! thanks for hosting this blog party.

  3. Oh what fun!!! My husband and I took a class in that very kitchen one year when we were on vacation. We learned to make yellow tomato gaspacho. So glad you had the opportunity to go to the CIA!

    e-Mom @ Susannah’s {Kitchen}

  4. Looks like you had a wonderful day – I really enjoyed the photos – you’ve showcased them beautifully. Thanks for hosting!

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  6. Woman you rock! So proud of you! And can I just say…you look so awesome while cooking!

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  9. Cheryl, Thanks for hosting this! I look forward to all the great links each week. The trip to Napa sounds like it was wonderful… It’s been fun reading about it from this great group of ladies. Have a wonderful weekend!

  10. Looks like so much fun! How did you make those photo collages? Love them!

  11. Cheryl this is just FABULOUS!
    I’m so HAPPY that you are getting to experience such NEAT things as a blogger!
    What an HONOR!
    I know the trip was FASCINATING in so many respects!
    It’s a whole different world on the West Coast…in Napa Valley! xo
    I know STEVE is LOVING all of this gourmet cooking action! ;o)
    Can’t wait to see some of the tips and recipes!
    And don’t think I didn’t spot your cute self back there TEXTING on your phone!
    Love it!
    And LOVE YOU!
    You ROCK my FRIEND!!!!!
    Gotta decide what PIE I’m going to feature!
    That’s coming up QUICK!!!!
    I have a hard act to follow from that Chicken Pot Pie last year!

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  13. Anytime you have the opportunity to meet with fellow bloggers in person, to share, learn and grow together is wonderful. Thank you for sharing some of your week with us.

  14. Looks like you had a blast! I’m jealous!

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  16. Love you, girl and so miss our time in Napa! What a fab recap!!

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  18. Love this post, Cheryl! I know y’all had an experience of a lifetime!

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  20. Wow, Cheryl! What a fantastic and unique experience you guys had.

    This is a fun meme! I am playing today. Thanks for hosting.

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  23. Wow! How much fun can a girl have! Looks like you had an amazing time, and it’s great to get re-motivated and rejuvinated in the kitchen right before the holidays. Glad you had a great time.

  24. I’m Loving THIS! What a great post Cheryl! I’m still on a cooking high…what a great time. It was so cool to meet you in person, hope our paths cross again!

    The photo collages are great! Thanks for posting about Picnik, new to me!

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