Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Foodie Friday Cafe

Welcome to Foodie Friday.
If you've got a food blog, chances are you take photographs of your dishes. You probably spend your time chasing daylight--specifically the white light that falls from morning until mid-day. But it's elusive during the drab days of winter. All of the famous foodies advise us to avoid  using the flash on our cameras...but my husband works long hours. I can't cook an entree at noon and refrigerate it for hours and hours. (I might food poison the poor guy.)

This weekend, time and light collided. My husband was home all day, and he was hungry. So I set the table and made an asparagus tart. You can find the recipe HERE.

I thought about all of you this weekend. Every week, over one hundred talented cooks add their recipes to Foodie Friday. You make it look so easy, but I know that each foodie post takes time, dedication, and hard work. Last week, 125 recipes were contributed to Foodie Friday, and each one could give Paula Deen a run for her money!

I'm happy to introduce a new series--The Foodie Friday Cafe.
Each Sunday, Rattlebridge Farm
will spotlight contributions from the previous Foodie Friday.
I can't wait to see what you've cooked up this week.

I hope you'll join us this Sunday, February 19th, at the cafe.

Here are just a few stellar offerings from the last Foodie Friday:
Red velvet parfaits (and more) from Home is Where the Boat is.

Roasted tomato and fennel soup from The Chickpea Chickadee.

I've always been afraid to make challah, but after looking at the step-by-step instructions at Elsa Cooks, I've changed my mind. Challah will soon be on the menu at Rattlebridge Farm.

These sweet macaroons were artfully displayed at U Try It.

Who could resist these heart-shaped goodies at The Gazebo House!

Just Call Me Maria knows how to make comfort desserts.

This sweet carrot soup looks heartwarming at Let Birdz Fly.

If the words "red velvet" are in a recipe, I get excited.
I loved these waffles at Hun...What's For Dinner.

Aren't these the cutest red velvet whoopie pies?
They were baked with love by Misadventures of Mrs. B.

Cuisine Kathleen is a veteran participant at Foodie Friday,
and her recipes and tablescapes are a joy to behold.

Lulu's Musing baked a Southern classic--a lemon-filled coconut cake.

If you are trying to diet, and you can't find low-cal dishes, Debbi Does Dinner Healthy has hundreds of recipes. These sandwiches were made in a slow-cooker.
This isn't dieting--it's living a healthy lifestyle. 

What could be better than milk and red velvet cookies? Alli N Son has the recipe.

Sidewalk Shoes made seared salmon with sesame bok choy and spinach.

These vibrant cookies would be perfect for Memorial Day and July 4th. You can find the recipe at Red Couch Recipes.

Thank you so much for stopping by Foodie Friday today. Your inspirational recipes make this day so much fun!

This week, please leave a comment and describe your recipe--what made you want to cook it? Would you recommend it for a party? Tell us ALL about it!

Be sure to check out the menu at the Foodie Friday Cafe
this Sunday, February 19th.
Pictures will be chosen from the from contributions to this week's Foodie Friday.

If you are contributing a recipe this week, click on the blue Inlinkz frog (below) and follow the instructions.

If this is your first time to participate in Foodie Friday, or if you aren't sure how to add a permalink, a short tutorial is available. If you are linking a recipe to Foodie Friday, a FF button can be found on the sidebar. If you'd like to add it, simply copy-and-paste the code beneath the button (located on the right-hand sidebar). Happy Recipe Hunting!


  1. Thank you for featuring my Roasted Tomato and Fennel soup in The Foodie Friday Cafe. I feel honored to have my recipe selected. I adore your blog and I'm looking to reading Foodie Friday Cafe posts on Sunday:)

  2. I so hear you about the light and real life! I know someone who has a studio to set up to take her shots! I just made yeast donuts and I know we won't wait till morning to try them out. I took pics, but it is dark! I don't mind doing a tablescape for fun, but, cook and not eat it till daylight? Sounds like a good book, Foodpires, we only eat in daylight! :)

    I am so honored to be featured with all those excellent cooks above, thank you, ML! I pale in comparison.

  3. wipe off your screen ~ I drooled through the entire page
    'hugs from afar'

  4. I'll look forward to TFFC~ everything is so enticing in a large image~ I see lots to tempt my palate! Thank you so much for featuring my mini parfaits~ I'm honored & hungry now in such delicious company! :)

  5. Thank you so much for featuring my whoopie pies! I just told my husband and his response was "Well, they were really good". I think he just wants me to make them again. ;)

    I love the look of the blog - very fitting for the upcoming season!

    Today I'm sharing what is, literally, the best pork roast I've ever, ever eaten. Ever.

  6. I like the idea of your Foodie Friday Cafe! I always get such great inspiration at your blog, Michael Lee!!

  7. That's some amazing collection of foods! Wow! I'd love to have my Paella featured!

    Great idea!

  8. I am beyond excited that you featured my red velvet cookies. Thank you so much! Happy Foodie Friday.

  9. Hi Michael Lee,
    I just love coming to your new Rattlebridge Farm. Your features for today were great. I am sharing my Bread Pudding, from my cookbook, Miz Helen's Kitchen Table, it is so good, hope you enjoy it. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week end!
    Miz Helen

  10. A simple chocolate sauce is made heavenly when you use the right chocolate. Finding artisanal chocolate is now easier as there are more Chocolatiers world-wide. I found a few Southern chocolate craftsman. Thank you for hosting - yummy party!

  11. Hi Michael Lee

    I love the new colour scheme. Green, red? All your photos are always beautiful. Thanks for hosting.

    Anne @ Domesblissity

  12. Ooh, so many wonderful dishes to try.

    My inspiration this week came from a desire to make a dessert my husband loves - Lemon Meringue Pie. But without the crust. And with a hint of strawberry.

    Thanks for hosting.

  13. Thank you for the shout out! :) It's my honor to be able to share my home made dishes and recipes with you every week.

    This week is a little bit special. I'm sharing my experience at Melisse-a Zagat rated & Michelin 2 stars restaurant. I dine out from time to time to get inspirations. Hope you like the review and what's on the tasting menu.

  14. Thank you for posting my salmon! Especially amongst all that yummy Valentine goodness!!

  15. I always look forward to your lovely posts, and this one is just gorgeous! What wonderful featured recipes, and I do love your asparagus tart. Thank you for sharing it, and for hosting.

  16. As Emeril would say, you've kicked it up a notch with the Foodie Friday Cafe. What a great idea and what an array of fine food.

    I brought creme brulee - an amazing elegant French dessert that is very easy to make. Sometimes we let our guests brulee their own with the torch. We never make creme brulee unless we're having guests - we have to share the six servings with someone. Would love to have you as a guest.

  17. What great photos... it is exciting to see all the great work being done out there... and inspiring!

  18. Lee,

    I love the switching of the backgrounds. When I become more familiar with this product, I'll try it too.

  19. Wow, that asparagus tart looks absolutely divine! Thanks for sharing and hosting :)

    I'm linking up a Grass Fed Beef Burger with Fruilano Cheese recipe. Have a great Friday!

  20. Thanks so much for featuring my Red Velvet Waffles from last week! Hope you have a great weekend and Thanks for hosting!

  21. Thank you so much for featuring my challah! I'm so excited! This week I am linking up tilapia cakes. Happy Friday!

  22. I brought Cream Scones. Thank you for hosting.

  23. How pretty your asparagus tart looks, ML! You always take the time to make everything so pretty!!

    I long for the sun to return to Ohio. I seldom try to photograph an evening entree, just because it is dark here by 5:30 pm, although it is getting better now. I didn't realize that you, too, would have the issues with lack of light.

    I'm honored that you thought my little ♥ shaped rice krispies worthy to be included in all those other great cooks. Thank you for the mention & thank you for always being here on Friday. I really like it when you do a review because I always miss someone.


    p.s. Yes, we DO have lots in common! Wish I could WRITE like you!!!!!!!

  24. I love the new look of your blog, just beautiful. That tart looks amazing!

  25. Wow what great standouts. I wanted to eat... each and every one of them right off the computer page. Your new Sunday Cafe looks wonderful. Also as I have perused down the links added I can hardly wait to go to alot of them. What TALENTED creative gals who come to participate. All great cooks I can tell. Thanks Mari for doing such a delightful party each week. I love to participate and enjoy!



  26. Yum! So many delicious dishes! just linking up makes me hungry!!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  27. Thank you for hosting and have a wonderful weekend!

  28. Good Morning Michael Lee,
    Your post for Foodie Friday Cafe is wonderful just filled with lovely photos and ideas! I always enjoy your photos, they are outstanading!

    Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a fabulous week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen