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Blogger Secret Ingredient

Thanks to Meghan at Travel Eat Love for passing the Blogger Secret Ingredient (BSI) honour on to me! Check out her site for last week’s winner and secret ingredient!

What exactly is Blogger Secret Ingredient? (Thanks Meghan for the roundup!)

• The host picks an ingredient, preferably one that is in season, readily available and not too expensive.
• The host links back to all the other previous weekly hosts.
• Participants create a unique recipe using the BSI and e-mail the host their recipes.
• You do not need to have a food blog to participate, and you do not have to submit a photograph (though, it’s preferred so I can show everyone your fabulous creations).
• If you don’t have a blog, you can e-mail the host directly and it will be posted on the blog.
• The host reviews recipes Sunday evening of each week and picks a favorite (Change of rules: I will review the recipe submissions on Monday evening, February 15th).
• The winner is posted Monday morning and receives a prize of the host’s choice (I will announce the winner next Tuesday, February 16th, see below for the prize).

What is this week’s Blogger Secret Ingredient, you ask? Drumroll please. . .


Lemon Zest!

I LOVE lemon zest – it’s the magical ingredient that makes this dish take me back to our trip to Italy in 2005 when we first discovered it… It’s useful in both savory and sweet dishes and packs such a flavour punch in any recipe. Can’t wait to see what you do with it!

The prize? A $25 gift card from Chefs Catalog.com. This was originally in my goodie bag at the Foodbuzz Festival last November but I have yet to use it so I figured what better use than to offer it as a prize for your creativity?

So how do you participate?

Simply send me an email by next Monday morning, February 15th with a picture of your dish (if you have one) and a link to your post (if you have a blog) or a copy of your recipe (if you don’t). I will review the recipes, announce the winner and post a recap of your recipes next Tuesday February 16th. In the meantime, if you are interested in hosting BSI next week, let me know in your email.

If you need inspiration check out BSI from past weeks:

Week 66: Travel Eat Love Coconut milk

Week 65: Run Beans Run Tofu

Week 64: Chicago Marathon Val – Mushrooms

Week 63: Biggest Diabetic Loser Cheddar Cheese

Week 62: A Fit and Spicy Life Balsamic Vinegar

Week 61: Peanut Butter Fingers - Nutmeg

Week 60: Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now - Garlic

Week 59: Home Cooked Em Cinnamon

Week 58: The Balanced Broad Flax

Week 57: Cookin Fanatic - Blue Cheese

Week 56: Foodie in the City - Ricotta Cheese

Week 55: Savvy Eats - Maple Syrup

Week 54: Sound Eats - Dried Fruit

Week 53: Mega Nerd Runs – Acorn Squash

Week 52: Healthy Tipping Point - Pancake Mix

Week 51: Live, Laugh Eat - Almond Butter

Week 50: Balance, Joy and Delicias! Cauliflower

Week 49: Healthy San Diego Living - Chickpeas

Week 48: Thought 4 Food - Yogurt

Week 47: London Foodie in New York – Chocolate

Week 46: Johnstone’s Vin Blanc – Oats

Week 45: Guilty Kitchen - Figs

Week 44: Ordinary Recipes Made Gourmet - Peanut Butter

Week 43: The Sophisticated Gourmet – Brown Sugar

Week 42: My Kitchen Addiction Lime

Week 41: Nutmeg Nanny Coffee

Week 40: Chayaís Comfy Cook Broccoli

Week 39: Healthy Delicious Plums

Week 38: Zoe - Feta

Week 37: ChezWhat- Potatoes

Week 36: Cinnamon, Spice & Everything Nice Blueberries

Week 35: Girlichef -Greens

Week 34: The Ungourmet Watermelon

Week 33: Bread + Butter Bell Pepper

Week 32: Burp and Slurp -Corn

Week 31: Say Yes to Salad Kabocha

Week 31 1/2: Simply Fabulous Now Cherries

Week 30: Thinspired Bananas

Week 29: To Be The Whole Package Almonds

Week 28: Kristas Kravings Lemon

Week 27: From French Fries To Flax Seeds Coconut

Week 26: Plentiful Plants Avocado

Week 25: Training Fuel Eggs

Week 24: Dinner at Christinaís Cabbage

Week 23: Hey What’s for Dinner, Mom? Strawberries

Week 22: One Bite at a Time Basil

Week 21: Just Sweet Enough Black Beans

Week 20: What I Ate Yesterday Kale

Week 19: What’s for Dinner Orange

Week 18: BranAppetit! Spinach

Week 17: Tales of Expansion Dates

Week 16: Biggest Diabetic Loser Zucchini

Week 15: Sweet & Natural Peppermint

Week 14: bella eats [and runs] Ginger

Week 13: Coffee Talk Walnuts

Week 12: For the Love of Oats Pumpkin

Week 11: Trying to Heal Sweet Potatoes

Week 10: The Inner Workings of a College Graduate Eggplant

Week 9: Itzy’s Kitchen Pears

Week 8: The Fitnessista Cranberries

Week 7: Tri to Cook Lentils

Week 6: Rhodey Girl Tests Polenta

Week 5: Eating Bender Butternut Squash

Week 4: Care to Eat Apples

Week 3: On a Lobster Placemat Mushrooms

Week 2: Hangry Pants Tomatoes

Week 1: sportsnutritionliving Quinoa

I can’t wait to read your recipes – good luck!!!

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5 Responses to Blogger Secret Ingredient

  1. Jenna @ Healthy, Happy. Well. February 12, 2010 at 10:45 #

    How fun! What a great idea. I’ll start thinking up some zesty recipes!

  2. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction February 12, 2010 at 20:55 #

    Great choice! Lemon zest is one of my favorites… I wish I had been around to see this one earlier. I will try to put something together this weekend.

  3. Biz February 14, 2010 at 12:24 #

    I just posted my BSI recipe – celery root and potato soup with lemon zest gremolata – thanks for hosting this week!

    http://biz319.wordpress.com/2010/02/14/happy-v-day-old-stoppin-grounds-and-bsi-lemon-zest/

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