Monday, August 5, 2013

Foodie Friday "Mystery Ingredient" Recap Plus the Most Popular Recipes

It's a pleasure to bring you a recap of last week's "Mystery Ingredient Club" at Foodie Friday.
If you haven't heard about the MIC, here's a little background information. My co-host, Bandwidth, helped me develop this series.  We thought of it as CHOPPED meets "Where's Waldo."

I immediately sent out a call for players last month; I posted about the idea and several bloggers left encouraging comments.

So, how did the game work?
 I selected an ingredient--as it turned out, I selected three Meyer lemon ingredients--and shipped them to nine bloggers (Rattlebridge was the tenth). The club members could cook whatever they liked for the August 1st Foodie Friday. Their recipes would appear as thumbnails at the linky party, all mixed in with other wonderful recipes. If anyone wanted to play along, they could look for the "secret ingredient" in the thumbnails, either in the title or photo.

The results were fantastic!

I would have dearly loved to have sent every FF member a trio of ingredients, but the coffers wouldn't bend that far. However, regular visitors to Rattlebridge will have a chance to participate in the 2nd Mystery Ingredient Club, which Bandwidth and I are putting together now, with a launch date of October 4th (Foodie Friday).

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Meet the bloggers from the 1st Mystery Ingredient Club!

Home Is Where the Boat Is  made a Lemon Rosemary Coffee Cake,
blending great food and photography. This is a swoon-worthy cake!

Visit Home Is Where the Boat Is for the recipe and to "pin."
Stone Gable made a Spicy Crab Linguini with Preserved Lemons. Lemons and crab go together beautifully! Check back with Yvonne for a DIY on preserving lemons.
Visit Stone Gable for the recipe and to "pin."

Kitty's Kozy Kitchen made Lemon Chicken and Mediterranean Quinoa Salad.
I've never tried quinoa, and Kitty has captured my fancy! Good food is always
on the menu in Kitty's kitchen--her recipes will soon become your favorites.

 Visit Kitty's Kozy Kitchen for the recipes and to "pin."

Hyacinths for the Soul prepared a Meyer Lemon feast. You'll enjoy
Sarah's photos and tablescapes, each one seasoned with grace.

You can find recipes for Grilled Salmon with Preserved Meyer Lemons and
Preserved Lemons and Spring Vegetable Risotto with Grilled Pernod Shrimp.

You'll also find recipes for lemon blueberry muffins and Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Cake at
Hyacinths for the Soul for recipes and to "pin."

Wives with Knives prepared Moroccan Chicken with Lemon and Olives in an
exotic, gorgeous dish. Cathy is a superb cook, and her food writing is just as
wonderful as her photography.
For the recipe, visit Wives with Knives  and please pin all photos from WWK.
A Quiet Life celebrated Meyer lemons with a mouth-watering menu, stunning photography,
and a witty writing style.
Jain began with Moroccan Stews. Here's one:
You'll love Pan Roasted Line-Caught Halibut with Soy-Lemon Sauce.


What about the simple pleasure of a Meyer sandwich?

Here's a simple, delicious way to infuse lemon into bakery bread:
Two unforgettable salads graced the menu:


Also, a cucumber soup! 

Here's one of several luscious desserts
All of these recipes (and a hilarious story about a citrus tree) can be found at a quiet life.
Please "pin" from a Quiet Life.
a lip-smacking version of Meyer Lemon Halibut, along with lemony
Orzo--doesn't it look delicious?
and a stunning salad:

Visit Mountain Breaths for the recipes and to "pin."
The Gazebo House  made Israeli Couscous. Rett had so much fun celebrating the lemon!
Visit Rett's blog, The Gazebo House
to look at her photos and to read the recipe.
Lines from Linderhof cooked an authentic Moroccan Chicken Tajine:

Also on the menu was a Meyer lemon cake:
Visit Lines from Linderhof for the recipes and to pin.
Mari at Once Upon a Plate brought Moroccan cuisine to life with
apricot and orange Couscous ...
 ... and Chicken with Preserved Lemons and Green Olives.
You'll enjoy reading about Mari's adventures with an exotic cuisine. Her photography could grace the cover of a book.
Visit Mari at Once Upon a Plate for recipes.
Here's the line-up for the most popular recipes for the past two Foodie Fridays.

Last Week's Most Popular Recipes at Foodie Friday
August 1st

A tie for #3

The World's Best Madeleines

The Most Popular Recipes for July 26th Foodie Friday:


Well, there you have it--fantastic recipes from the mystery baker squad and
from the past two Foodie Fridays. I hope you will enjoy visiting these wonderful, friendly blogs, and I especially hope you will discover new "keeper" recipes.


  1. Love this! I am always looking for fresh ideas, this will be great.

    1. So happy to hear this! Happy recipe hunting!

  2. Michael Lee, I'm still cooking with lemons this week. We are in citrus heaven! Thank you for the kind words and features. I appreciate it!
    Thank you once again for the extremely generous gift package of Meyer lemon goodies. You've introduced us to a wonderful new ingredient that has become a staple of our kitchen here at Hyacinths for the Soul. ~ Sarah

  3. All great ideas from the MIC Michael! If you'd like to toss my name into the hat for the next time it sounds like fun! Have a great week:@)

  4. thank you so much for including me in your first mic, i had loads of fun and a story that will stick with me forever at sea dream. i loved trying new things, and still have plenty of recipes yet to try and i am craving that pound cake again on the label, it was so good i hope you give it a try too!

    wonderful to see all the golden-ness spread out in one big page, you just forgot the poorboy, go back and edit please! congrats to everyone for the first time out of the shoot!

    i can see why sarah had the most hits, look at her lighting, such gorgeous shots...

    thanks for memories, and the calories to boot!

  5. I feel just giddy when people like what I submit especially when I am in with such good company. Thank you so so much.

    Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon

  6. All those yummy lemon recipes!!

  7. All those wonderful recipes - they sound so yummy. Can hardly wait to try some. Thanks you so much and have a wonderful week.

  8. Each and every recipe will be going into a mini cookbook that I keep in a folder to try. I plan on making the pound cake from the recipe that was included on the tag. Last evening, I prepared a mini cheese/olive board for the two of us and added a flake of the lemon salt to the sliced cheese. It was fantastic. Thank you for including me in the mystery ingredient club.

  9. Lots of great ideas and recipes! Thanks!

  10. Now I know what I'm doing with the rest of my preserved lemons!!!! Oh what a yummy post! Thanks for including me in this group of fabulous foodie bloggers and my favorite... FOODIE FRIDAY!!!!
    Michael Lee, I treasure your blogging friendship!

  11. What a great experience this was, much fun to plan & then execute the various recipes. I want to try each one!!

    I should have sent you a photo...I wasn't thinking. {If you double click on any of mine, you can then capture them that way}

    I look forward to seeing what others come up with next go round for the Mystery Ingredient Club.
    Thanks again for including me!

  12. Please consider me for the mystery ingredient club, sounds like fun!!

  13. I have always wanted to preserve lemons (largely because they look so pretty in jars on the counter), but had no clue as to what to do with them thereafter. Thanks for all of these wonderful ideas. Keep me in mind for a future mystery ingredient club. It sounds like fun and, basically, I'm intrepid.