Thursday, May 2, 2013

Foodie Friday -- May 3, 2013

Welcome to the May 3rd Foodie Friday.
It's been a great week at Rattlebridge.
We had the pleasure of attending our great niece's first birthday party
last weekend.

I always enjoy visiting with my family--especially my mother.

She gave me a set of beautiful pottery dishes and napkins, 
and I couldn't wait to use them in a Foodie Friday post.
Here they are, Mama!

Bandwidth decided to go with an asparagus theme for his "Picks of the Week."
Bandy loved everything about My Carolina Kitchen's
Asparagus Salad on a Bed of Arugula with Roasted Red Peppers & Kalamata Olives.
"Beautifully presented, colorful, and it looks delicious."

He made a grocery list when he saw Stone Gable's  asparagus roll-ups with cheese sauce. "This
dish is elegant, yet it's hearty enough to be a main dish."

Bandy enjoyed finding yet another delicious way to cook asparagus at Cooking with Sara.
"Sara's Asian asparagus is the perfect side dish for any entrĂ©e, and the ingredients
sound delicious!"

For more information about these recipes, and to visit these blogs,
please click on the highlighted names.

Thanks to all of the great cooks who participate each week. We look at each post and
marvel at the creativity and passion. We invite you to add your recipes to the "Consuming Passions"
group board at Pinterest, which can be found HERE.


To participate in Foodie Friday, locate the blue Inlinkz icon and follow the directions.
For a guide to the linky party, click HERE. If you have still have questions, click HERE
for a detailed Foodie Friday tutorial.

** By adding your link to Foodie Friday, you are granting us permission
to include a photo of your FF recipe (and a link to your blog post)
to be included in the "Picks of the Week" feature or on our Facebook page.

**Many bloggers add their recipes on Thursday evening. From these contributions,
Bandwidth and I will select random recipes for shout-outs on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook 
We would like to ask pretty please if Pinners will "pin" the "Picks" and FF contributions from the source blogs, not from Foodie Friday. Thanks!
Thanks so much for visiting us today. Bandwidth and I are inspired by your recipes--and by you. Food blogging is more difficult than any kind because of the sheer work that goes on behind the scenes--planning, shopping, prep work, cooking, taking photographs, culling those photos, and cleaning. We admire what you do and how well you do it.
We hope to see you again soon! Have a great, food-filled weekend.

Mlee and Bandy


  1. You and your sweet Mom are such beautiful ladies, MLee!! I love the pretty dishes she bought you. Your photos are spectacular! Thanks so much for you and Bandy hosting FF.

  2. Sweet post, 1st birthdays are the best! Asparagus is my all time fav vegetable, going to make all these recipes!

  3. Gorgeous photos...the plates, the napkin, the flatware...the CAKE! Love the photos of you & your mom! :)

  4. Thanks for hosting! Hope you both have excellent weekends!

  5. Michael,
    This is such a sweet post. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Oh my gosh - your pictures are beautiful!!! Those dishes - I am dying! They are just gorgeous! That cake with the roses - amazing! Loved the pictures of you and your mother! Awesome Foodie Friday! Thanks for hosting!!!

    Jen @ Yummy. Healthy. Easy.

  7. Beautiful dished and beautiful cake!
    Thank you so much for hosting!

  8. Thanks to you and Bandwidth for hosting. Your mom is beautiful! Love the dishes and the silverware. And the flower filled bundt cake! Happy to join you this week, Michael. xo

  9. Beautiful pictures! Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend!

  10. What a nice post - great photos, especially of you and your Mother. The photos of the cake with roses on the pedestal - beautiful!! The asparagus dishes - Yum! I have not cooked fresh asparagus in some time - need to work on that issue. I need to go back and take another look.
    Have a great weekend.

  11. thanks for hosting! appreciate the opportunity to share! have a great night!

  12. The photo of you and your Mother is so sweet and touching.

    Thank you so much for hosting and letting me join in.

  13. Great pictures! I a dish lover and these are so adorable. The party looks fun and what a cute photo of you and your mom. Happy Friday on Thursday!

  14. Your pictures are beautiful and your Mom looks so sweet. I entered a recipe and linked back to you. Not sure if I did it correctly because there is a mark next to the recipe name and when you click on it, it asks you if you want to delete. Also how do you enter a recipe on the Pinterest Consuming Passions. page. Thanks so much..

  15. Oh my goodness. Your pictures are amazing! They make me want to eat Raspberries and I don't even like them. Going to check out some more of your posts now. Thank you for the link up.

  16. What a gorgeous and delicious cake! Thanks for the party...

  17. Your pictures are beautiful and your Mom looks so sweet. I entered a recipe for Foodie Friday and linked back to you. My recipe is appearing, but there is a little mark next to the recipe title and when you click on it, it asks if you want to delete. Not sure if I did something wrong. Also how do you add a recipe to the Pinterest link on Consuming Passions? Thanks so much. And thank you for hosting Foodie Friday.

  18. What a wonderful photo of you and your mom ~ two beautiful women! The photos of your food shoot are incredible. Is that a painting in the background? The cake on that pretty pink stand, the new dishes, the linens, the berries............each one a delicious treat for the eyes.

  19. oh my, how adorable are you and your mom! i can see why you are kept woman too ;-)

    ok, this is a post that just keeps on giving, not only are you stunningly pretty, your only rival is that cake, well, umm, and your darn photographic skills... in other words this is one helluva a good looking post! ALL your shots are stellar, from your smiling faces down to the gorgeous cake, the freshness of the berries to the flirt of the napkin... and of course i rather covet the napkin rings~

    and then to see that gorgeous asparagus salad bandy selected, oh my, what a feast for the senses tonight! i think being by water all day, living in blue and green i am so easily enchanted with color, fresh, wild, vibrant color, you are making my taste buds dance tonight~

  20. You have me nearly drooling! Your photos have everything looking scrumptious and you and your mom so sweet!!

  21. Many thanks for having me today. I just love the new look for your blog too-it's gorgeous!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  22. Beautiful picture of you and your Mom!

    I shared my recipe for Macadamia and Dried Cherry Cookies. This recipe is gluten free, but it can be made with "normal flour" if you don't have an issue with gluten.

    Thanks for hosting!

  23. I love that cake stand!!! If I had that, I might actually bake something!

  24. The photo of you and your mom is so sweet and touching. I would have to frame it. Love the pretty dishes she gave you. They are perfect for that gorgeous cake and all of the fresh fruit.

    I'm flattered that you & Bandwidth liked my asparagus. Thank you for including it in your features and thank you both for hosting each week.

    I brought an old southern favorite - pimento cheese, and topped with a BLT, creating a new classic sandwich.

  25. Thanks so much for hosting the party every week! Your dishes and cake are gorgeous.

  26. Michael,

    I come to your site to view the photos, and I am never disappointed. . How beautiful everything is especially the cake WOW. Love the pic of you and your mom too..Have a great week.

  27. Thanks for sharing your mom with us. She is the most special treat on the page.

  28. Michael Lee, what a darling photo of you and your beautiful mama! Thank you for sharing that!
    And what a happy surprise to see my asparagus recipe featured. Thank you!!!
    Today I'm sharing a very fun and delicious breadstick focacccia! LOVE foodie fridays!

  29. I am so glad you got to spend time with your mom and celebrate a grand niece's birthday! Those are such very special times! Love all the photos per usual. :-) I've linked up my Green Chile Chicken Casserole, which is perfect for Cinco de Mayo or any time. It's so easy and so good, but basically just four ingredients with some seasoning. ;-)

    Thanks for hosting, Michael! Have a wonderful weekend!

  30. This week since the weather is so wonderful, at least here in Indiana, I am sharing so recipes for spring asparagus and a bright pink potato salad that I learned how to make as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama. Hint: the bright pink is from one beet. You can’t really taste the beet, but it sure is pretty!
    I’d also like to invite you to a blog hop I do with a couple blogger friends called Eat Make Grow. This month’s theme is Picnics! We’d love to have you share your portable food, picnic ideas and outdoor crafts with us.

    Link up, Buttercup!

  31. Thanks for the shout out on the asparagus! Today I linked up a sweet treat - cherry almond brownies.

  32. Thanks for hosting this wonderful party~ I always enjoy stopping by your beautiful blog~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  33. Seeing the photos of you and your mom brought back some of my best memories of my mom. Cherish every moment because our moms are our best friends without a doubt!

  34. Ohhh...I love this post. Your mom is a treasure for certain.


  35. I lost my mother in February, so am facing my first Mother's Day without her. Let me tell you, it is a struggle! So, it was lovely to see the picture of you and your mother and enjoy the lovely pottery that she passed along to you.

  36. Thanks for hosting! Have a great weekend! Blessings, D@TheShadyPorch

  37. Wow! Michael Lee, you and Ary Jean are gorgeous. You are both beauties. Tell her "Hi" for me. Love you!

    Hettie Lynn

  38. They are indeed lovely plates and the pictures of you and your mother are very sweet! Thanks for hosting such a fabulous party!

    A Pinch of Joy/

  39. OH no you don't, missy!! come back here with the recipe for that cake! and if you've already done so in comments, shame on me. Haven't had time to read them yet.
    And plz hug your mom extra tight!! My mom is not with me anymore and I would give anything to be able to share a moment with her like you just have with yours!!

  40. What kind of cake is that in the photo, if you made it I would love the recipe. It is beautiful and looks yummy!! Thanks!

    Mary L

  41. I don't know what's cuter? Your Mama or those napkin holders.

  42. MLee, how is it you have a great niece? Seriously?! You look like you're a twenty year old in that picture with your mother. Well, whatever it is, keep it up because you're simply stunning and thanks for hosting our Foodie Fridays.