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It is with deep sorrow that I write this post. The food blogging community has lost one of its brightest members, Lis, Co-Founder of the Daring Kitchen, Daring Bakers and author of the blog La Mia Cucina. Lis was a true leader in the blogging world, kind, funny and always ready to help a budding blogger. In fact she was one of my food blogging idols when I just started out and when I got the email that I had been accepted into the Daring Bakers, I felt like I had received a letter from a celebrity, I was star-struck. Lis always had a kind word, encouragement or a witty remark for anyone. It seems so wrong that such a person can be snuffed from this world so suddenly and so before her time. Lis, you will be missed.

I am not a Daring Baker anymore, once I started The Foodie Blogroll, my time was turned more towards developing that community that I didn’t have much time for my blog anymore, let alone the Daring Bakers project. No one understood that better than Lis, and when I told her about my new venture, she was so encouraging and helpful, instead of seeing me as competition. That is how things used to be in the blogosphere. But I digress.

So today I want to share with you some of my favorite DB challenges. I was never very good at baking, but my time with the DBs changed that! I met a lot of bloggers who I am still very close with today from that group and I lost my fear of baking. In fact, when I spend time in the kitchen these days (which is not usually for long periods of time as a new mother), I bake and that is thanks to the DBs and Lis.

By way of tribute, I would like to share with you my favorite DB challenges! None of them are gluten free, but they were fun! :) I hope you enjoy reading them, they are actually some of my funniest posts – seems perfect since Lis was such a funny and witty person.

Chocolate Valentino Cake (this one is actually GF!) that I made with my dear friend Judy

Eclairs 

Hazelnut Gateau with Pistachio Praline

Lavender and Honey Danish

Coconut and Dulce de Leche Opera Cake – my very favorite and most delicious DB challenge!

Yule Log – I make one every year now!

To see all of my DB challenges, please click this link!