Thursday, May 23, 2013

Foodie Friday

Welcome to the May 24th Foodie Friday, where good food is always on the menu.
Unless I am the cook.
My "Butterflies are Free" cake was one of the most unusual desserts I've ever made. I didn't figure out how to add the edible art until I'd used up the entire packet (you bend the candy butterflies, but not too much, or they will break).
My husband liked the cake, though. 

Yesterday, I posted about choosing kitchen counters. Today, Medana and I walked around stone yards in Nashville, looking for granite, marble, and quartzite. I took lots of photos and will post them Saturday. Here's a quartzite.

Let's amble over to the Foodie Friday "Picks of the Week."
A round-up of last week's Foodie Friday. To visit these blogs, just
click on the name beneath each photo.
Wives with Knives has a beguiling tale of Paris and pasta. Part travelogue, part food journal, and part photo-journal, you will be swept up into France as Cathy gives us a taste of her trip to the City of Light.

When I was going through the FF recipes, a photo of Salmon with Avocado Salsa caught
my attention. This beautiful dinner was made by Pat at Back Porch Musings. On the spot, I made
a grocery list, drove to Publix, then started cooking. My husband normally puts tartar sauce on salmon, but he skipped it and gave Pat's recipe a rave review. It was absolutely delicious!
I loved the Strawberry-Margarita Shortcake by Cooking on the Front Burner . What a
delicious way to end a spring or summer meal!

This week, let's kick off the party with a fun activity. Tweet or Pin at least three of your favorite Foodie Friday recipes. You can also give a shout-out on Facebook.

Thanks to all of the great cooks who participate each week. I look at each post to make sure it is working, and it is always such a treat to see what you've been cooking. I'd like to invite you to add your recipes to the "Consuming Passions" group board at Pinterest, which can be found HERE.

It is a small, private group, but Foodie Friday folks are welcome. If you'd like to "pin" with us and chat about food, just leave a comment on one of the "pins," and I will send you an invitation. Or you can email me.

To participate in Foodie Friday, locate the blue Inlinkz icon and follow the directions. The red "x"
will allow you to delete your link if you made an error; the "x" is visible to you only.

For a complete guide to this 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, I will select random recipes for shout-outs on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook 
I would like to ask pretty please if Pinners will "pin" photos of the "Picks" and all FF contributions from the source blogs, not from Foodie Friday. 
Thanks so much for visiting  today. I am always 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.  I am amazed by your ideas and creativity. .
I hope to see you again soon! Have a great, food-filled weekend.



  1. Thanks for hosting Michael. Your butterfly cake is gorgeous.

  2. Oh my - love your butterfly cake! So springy looking! Thanks for the feature on the Strawberry Margarita Shortcake. Deb

  3. darling cake, i have butterflies posting manana too, they could have had a party ;-) even cuter shot of your husband admiring your flutterby cake!

  4. Thanks so much for hosting. I am looking forward to seeing your counter top selections.

  5. Your "butterflies are Free" cake is AMAZING!

  6. Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend!

  7. the photo of the hubs studying your cake is hilarious! I can so relate! Happy Friday,

  8. Thanks so much for hosting and letting me join in. Hope you have a fun weekend. I am anxious to hear about your field trip.

  9. Thanks so much for hosting! Hope you're having a great week!

  10. Your dishes look so wonderful. I have to try the butterflies for a birthday celebration we have coming up.

  11. MLee,
    You have created a very pretty cake to eyeball and sample the delicious sweetness of this loverly dessert!!!
    Have a wonderful Holiday Week-end and God Bless you real good,

  12. Love your pretty cake with the flirty butterflies, MLee! Thanks for hosting your wonderful party!

  13. Oh isn't that the most darling cake? I couldn't bear to cut into it! (Love the shot of the good Dr. examining it closely!!) :o))
    Have a wonderful long weekend ML! xoxo

  14. I think your cake looks positively divine!

    Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

  15. What a lovely cake, Michael! Anyone would love that, but especially butterfly lovers. :-) I'm linking up some yummy Roasted Black Bean Sweet Potato Cakes that will enjoyed by anyone, but work for many special diets (e.g., vegan, grain free).

    Happy weekend!

  16. Your butterfly cake is beyond words! I have never seen anything like it..How beautiful..

  17. Beautiful Cake~ Simply Gorgeous~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  18. Oh, Michael - I LOVE YOUR BUTTERFLY CAKE!!!!!!!

  19. Dude. That cake is amazing. Edible butterflies? I love it! Thanks for hosting another great party! I am dying for those features!!! Hope you're having a great week! Enjoy your Memorial Day!

    Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

  20. Hi Michael, I love the butterflies on the cake! wow...never seen something like this before and believe me, I've eaten a good share of cakes! lol...beautiful and the fact that your husband liked it, even better. Happy Memorial Day weekend, Lizy

  21. This is a GORGEOUS Cake !! I've never seen something like it
    Thank you so much Michelle for another party, and I wish you a great weekend

  22. A darling cake that I wouldn't mind serving to my butterfly lovers. Thanks so much for hosting. I am looking forward to seeing your counter top selections.

  23. Your cake is beautiful Michael! Happy Memorial Day Weekend:@)

  24. What a beautiful cake. Love the pretty butterflies. It looks so happy.

    Thanks for hosting each week and good luck with picking out your kitchen countertops. Hope you and your family have a very nice Memorial Day weekend.

  25. Love the butterfly cake! Thanks for hosting! Blessings, D@TheShadyPorch

  26. Hi Michael Lee. Been ages since I've been here. Been so busy. Great to be back. Thanks for hosting.

    Anne xx

  27. My daughter loves butterflies, and your cake is so lovely!

  28. Hi Michael! That cake is aboslutely gorgeous!
    This is my first time here, and I'm so excited to look around. Thank you so much for the party, and I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

  29. Your cake is gorgeous! Where do we find edible art butterflies?

  30. Thank you so very much for featuring my BLT pasta salad, ML. It was a welcome sight when I got home after a very long flight. The little sugar butterflies are so darn cute on your cake. Who wouldn't love a slice of that!

  31. The butterfly cake is very lovely, ML...would be darling for a little girls birthday!

    I used edible papers for the first time just yesterday. I'll post my experience with them next week. This week, everything is Red/White/Blue.

    Thank you for hosting FF again this week & have a safe & meaningful Memorial Day,

  32. I am a wee bit late joining your delightsome party. I love this cake - it looks so whimsical, like they could take flight. I am looking forward to all the inspiring recipes. I hope you have a blessed weekend,

  33. So how do you make those butterflies? The cake looks delicious and so fluttery. '-)
    Enjoy your holiday weekend. Look forward to seeing your selections.

  34. Your cake is beautiful!

    Thanks so much for the salmon feature, Michael. I'm so happy you liked it.