This Roasted Cherry, Feta and Mint Crostini is an easy spring appetizer that's bursting with flavor.

I had no idea what to expect when I boarded a plane to Miami last week. For the first time I would be traveling to BlogHer Food, an infamous food blogger conference I’d heard so much about. For years I held off attending this event because of rumors about it being too big, too cliquey, too overwhelming. What was I getting myself into? 

Danielle Tsi Photography: Day 1 &emdash; © Danielle Tsi 2014

© Danielle Tsi 2014

People never believe me anymore when I tell them I’m shy and introverted. I’ve gotten so good at faking it that I even fool myself sometimes. I’ll walk up to people and start a conversation, a far cry from the gal whose hands and voice used to visibly shake at college parties. But the thought of 500 bloggers at one conference still made my palms sweat.

Roasted Cherry, Feta and Mint Crostini + BlogHer Food

Carrie from ‘Bakeaholic Mama,’ Carolyn from ‘All Day I Dream About Food,’ Me, and Erin from ‘Dinners, Dishes and Desserts’

It turns out I had nothing to worry about. From the moment I arrived in Miami I was surrounded by friends. Some of them I already knew in person, others I had only met through the wonders of the internet.

Roasted Cherry, Feta and Mint Crostini + BlogHer Food

We coordinated our outfits before lunch to ensure that no one wore the same color or pattern.

There was never a dull moment. It was refreshing. Refreshing to be able to talk about food and blogging and social media and kitchen antics without having to worry about being a bore. In our day-to-day lives we’re all connected through our computers yet at the same time we’re actually very isolated from one another. Even though we basically talked nonstop about blogging, all of triviality was stripped away and we were just people with common interests spending time getting to know one another on a more personal level.

Roasted Cherry, Feta and Mint Crostini + BlogHer Food

Katrina from ‘In Katrina’s Kitchen,’ Amanda from ‘I Am Baker,’ Cassie from ‘Bake Your Day,’ Me, Heidi from ‘Foodie Crush’

It was just… lovely. I didn’t know what to expect when I hopped on that plane but it turned out to be the most enjoyable food conference I’ve ever attended.

Would I recommend it to a new blogger? Probably not. I think if BlogHer Food had been my first conference years ago I would have been completely overwhelmed by the scale of it. Talk about sweaty palms and shaky hands. I think smaller conferences are the way to go when you’re first getting started. They’re more intimate and the workshops are more hands-on. I’m thankful that my first few conferences were smaller. But once you’ve been at it for a few years… this is the place to be. For so many reasons.

Roasted Cherry, Feta and Mint Crostini + BlogHer Food

© Danielle Tsi 2014

Roasted Cherry, Feta and Mint Crostini + BlogHer Food

© Danielle Tsi 2014

Roasted Cherry, Feta and Mint Crostini + BlogHer Food

© Danielle Tsi 2014

Roasted Cherry, Feta and Mint Crostini + BlogHer Food

I’m so incredibly thankful to Stemilt Growers for sending me to the conference. They were amazing, generous and wonderful to work with. Without them I never would have had this experience. Will I be at BlogHer Food again next year? You bet I will.

This Roasted Cherry, Feta and Mint Crostini is an easy spring appetizer that's bursting with flavor.

As a thank you to Stemilt, I’ve created a roasted cherry, feta and mint crostini. Stemilt is a family-owned fruit company that’s been growing, packing and shipping apples, pears and cherries since 1964. I think you all know by now that I love working with fruit which is why it was such a natural fit to work with them.

Roasted Cherry, Feta and Mint Crostini + BlogHer Food

Learn everything you’d ever want to know about cherries at www.stemilt.com and be sure to follow along on their social networks like Facebook and Instagram. They post lots of great farming photos so you can experience life on the farm firsthand. You can also check out their latest recipe ebook for more cherry recipes!

This Roasted Cherry, Feta and Mint Crostini is an easy spring appetizer that's bursting with flavor.

Roasted Cherry, Feta and Mint Crostini
 
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Serves: 20+ crostini
Ingredients
  • 1 baguette, sliced on the bias
  • 1 pound cherries, pitted
  • ¼ pound block feta packed in water
  • 1 bunch fresh mint leaves, either whole or sliced thin
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the cherries on the baking sheet and roast, shaking the pan every 4 minutes, until juicy and soft, approximately 16 minutes. Allow to cool.
  2. Turn the oven temperature down to 350 degrees F and toast the baguette slices until crisp and golden, 7-10 minutes.
  3. Drain the feta on paper towels. Slice into thin strips and layer on the bread. Top with roasted cherries and mint.

 

Disclaimer: I was sent to Miami for BlogHer Food by Stemilt Growers. As always, all opinions are my own!

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Comments

  1. Great photos! I miss Miami already! This crostini looks delicious.

  2. Awesome weekend, thanks for being there :)

  3. Such beautiful pictures! That crostini sounds very unique and very delicious, I shall save it for the next time I have dinner guests to impress. :)

  4. Too bad we didn’t speak much at the conference!!! I love your site. Great recap!

  5. These photos are killer! I especially love the last one. Loved hearing about your experience at BHF!

  6. Your photos are beautiful and I loved your recap of the conference, I wish we had a photo together! Next time! As it was my first conference I felt exactly as you described, overwhelmed, but I would do it again in a heart beat to be able to meet and chat with those I’ve only known through my computer LOL! I’m looking forward to a pic together at the Big Potluck in Sept!

  7. Can’t wait for cherry season to get rollin’ here, this looks so good. Love your photos!

  8. The Blogher conference does seem a bit overwhelming but also fun to meet everyone! I love the idea of roasting cherries, your crostini looks tasty!

  9. It was so nice to meet you in person!

  10. Jen I had so much fun with you last weekend! I hope our paths cross again soon!

  11. I’m so glad you were there! I had similar fears and I’m glad it turned out to be all for nothing. We didn’t get to rent that beach umbrella, but it was still pretty freaking fantastic!

  12. Crostini perfection, love the roasted cherries!

  13. Dude, like I told you in person, your photos are stunning. . so great to see you again, Jen!

  14. awww looks like the conference was so good. i hope to go some day…

  15. Lovely recipe, gorgeous images, and a great recap! It was so great meeting you at the conference :D

  16. I was a bit underwhelmed by my first (and only, so far) blog conference but it sounds like BHF was an absolute blast and like such an inspiring weekend.

  17. I LOVE cherries. BlogHer food sounds so fun – I wish I was there!

  18. Absolutely stunning photos! The mint- the way the light is hitting it- PERFECTION! I also really love the combination of sweet and savory, so deliciously simple!

  19. Blogging has definitely forced me to be less introverted! Fake it till you make it. So glad to hear you had so much fun!!

    These crostini are WHOA. I am so excited for cherry season and can’t wait to inhale these.

  20. Great recap and I love the cherry with feta, such a great pairing.

  21. Looks like a fantastic time. I am forever going to be sorry I missed it! :(

    And… feta makes everything betta. ;-) I love this recipe!!

  22. Miami was so much fun!! I wish there were more chances to hang out and chat with everyone – but Yardbird was so much fun!! I’m still craving the chicken. And now – these crostini!

  23. Well, Jennifer, I’m little more than a beginner, so I guess I’d better get onto figuring out where those smaller conferences and workshops are. I’m definitely like you – shy but most people probably wouldn’t know it. The thought of going to a huge conference like that by myself scares me to death, but at the same time I realise what a great opportunity it would be. Maybe I can allow myself a year or two to gather up some bravery!
    As for the crostini, I already knew that feta went really well with fruit and mint, but I never would have thought to combine it with cherries. What a lovely (and very beautiful visually) idea!

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