Welcome to FoodieOasis! My name is Jo Dale, and I am excited to share my passion for food and adventures in cooking and blogging with you. As a fun way to share food experiences with friends, about a year ago, Jeff (my husband) and I started inviting friends over for “Blog Tasting Parties” (BTPs). Whether an afternoon with appetizers on the patio or a full dinner, these parties feature a taste test where our guests are able to try different versions of an appetizer, entree, dessert, or drink and decide which one is their favorite. The tastings always lead to fun conversations and often divided opinions as to which version is “best”. Watch for upcoming Blog Tasting Parties. I will post info on prepping for the party, what happens at the party, and of course, the recipes! I also welcome ideas for themes for upcoming BTPs. Who knows, maybe you and your friends will adopt our idea and hold your own! If you do, I hope you will let us know how it turns out.
If you are like me, you have a crazy, overly demanding life/work schedule and too much stress. That means I regularly need to find places where I can take refuge, don’t you? Well, Webster’s dictionary defines an oasis as “something that provides refuge, relief, or pleasant contrast.” My kitchen and FoodieOasis are mine.
When I step into the kitchen or log in to blog, I leave the stress behind. On FoodieOasis, I post not only our BTP experiences, but also my other cooking adventures and experiments, recipes, techniques, restaurant experiences, food-related travel, and things that I have learned along the way. I look forward to sharing this oasis with you.