Thursday, January 9, 2014

Foodie Friday Recipe Party -- January 10th

So glad you're joining us for the January 10th Foodie Friday.
The cupcake photo (above) was taken a year ago for a Downton Abbey party. Did you
see last Sunday's season premier? If so, what did you think about it?
Were you affected by the Polar Vortex? That's a new term--one I never want to hear again.
Here in middle Tennessee, temps hovered at zero. When the thermometer finally
crept up to 17 degrees, I thought I was in the tropics. Oh, happy day.
Speaking of happy . . . .
Last week's Foodie Friday recipes were awesome. You can take a peek HERE. 
Here are the 5 most-viewed recipes.
(If you're visiting from Pinterest, you will need to "pin" the Top 5 Recipes from the source blog.
Click on the link that's above each image. Thanks.)
Thanks to everyone who shared recipes.
. . . .
In case you missed the Mystery Ingredient Club announcement, here's a recap:
You're Cordially Invited...
What: The 3rd Mystery Ingredient Club
When: February 6th and 7th
Where: Foodie Friday, Rattlebridge Farm
What is the Mystery Ingredient Club?
Are you a fan of the cooking show Chopped? The participants are given
a basket that's filled with outlandish mystery ingredients, and it's up to the chefs to
create a dish.
That's what you'll do at our MIC.
An ingredient is announced, and /cooks are invited to use their imaginations.
You can read about the guidelines for the premier event HERE.
Additionally, you might want to take a peek at the First Mystery Ingredient Club and the second.
(Note: If you're visiting from Pinterest, be sure to click on the above links, scroll down to the bottom of each post and click on the members' names, and you'll find deliciousness to "pin.")
For the first two events, I reached out to several bloggers and asked if they would participate, then I mailed them the secret ingredient/s. The parties were delightful.
Quite a few bloggers suggested that the event be open to anyone who wished to participate. Everyone will purchase the ingredient, use it in a recipe, and share the finished product at the MIC/Foodie Friday Linky Party on Feb 6th and 7th.

Mary at Home Is Where the Boat Is suggested the ingredient for the 3rd party.
Can you guess what it is?


The mystery ingredient is . . .
Dark Chocolate.
Here are the guidelines for the Mystery Ingredient Club
1. Find a recipe that includes dark chocolate. Purchase any type of dark chocolate: Bars, cocoa, or any type that sparks your imagination. I'm buying salted dark chocolate at Publix.
2. Create a blog post and add it to the Foodie Friday/MIC linky party on February 7th. You aren't required to have a backlink. (See updated Foodie Friday guidelines.)
3. If you are participating, please let me know by leaving a comment. (Thanks to
the bloggers who left enthusiastic comments last week. Can't wait to see what you'll bake.)
Participating bloggers will be featured in future posts.
If you are contributing a recipe to this week's Foodie Friday, locate the blue Inlinkz icon in the lower, left-hand portion of this post. Click on the icon and follow the directions. After you complete the process, you will see a red "x" beside your name. This allows you to delete your link if you made an error; the red "x" is visible to you only. Pretty please do not pin images from the FF thumbnails. Visit the source blogs. Thanks. For a complete, UPDATED guide to this linky party, click HERE.

You are cordially invited to pin with us at Foodie Friday's Consuming Passions board on Pinterest.

Update 1/10/14: I'm testing a feature at the linky party. The thumbnails will be randomly shuffled. Let me know how you feel about this feature.

Thank you so much for visiting. You and your recipes make my world a happier place.






  1. Glad you survived the Polar Vortex and hope you're warming up! We were in the single digits, not quite as cold as you were and with warmer temps plus rain on the way. I'm in training & readying my taste buds for dark chocolate like it's a Winter Olympic Sport for the MIC Club :)

  2. We are still having some of the Polar Vortex, but will be warming up this weekend, it might be warm enough to have a Bar B Q. All the food looks beautiful and delicious. Thanks for the party and enjoy your weekend!
    Miz Helen

  3. Michael Lee, I love your blog! The pics are outstanding.
    I did see Downton Abbey and I'm a fan. Sure like this kind of television. Very well done and enjoyable to watch.
    Thank you for Hosting FOODIE FRIDAY.
    Great fun.
    Blessings to you this year.

  4. Glad the weather is warming up for you. We hit the 40s for a few days but now back to 60s.
    Stay warm and healthy!
    Thank you for another foodie Friday!

  5. Michael Lee, it was really cold here too. So happy it has warmed up, and now we are getting rain. Supposed to be in the 70s this weekend. That's good because there are a lot of dead plants that need to be cut back. I've a lot of work ahead of me. Ha! Can't complain though because we didn't have any ice or snow like much of the country had to deal with.
    Gorgeous cupcake. Wish I had one to indulge my chocolate cravings that I'm having just looking at the photo. Looking forward to the next Mystery Club. I'll be in Chocolate Heaven. Can't wait to see what everyone shares.
    Thanks for the feature. ~ Sarah

  6. Hi Michael Lee, yes I did watch Downton Abbey this past Sunday. Isn't the casting great and the acting superb? I think Mary's really going to take charge. Thanks for hosting your wonderful party. Hope your temperatures warm up. It's foggy and cold here in the Dallas area. xo

  7. Thank you Michael for the feature…thanks for hosting!!

  8. Those cupcakes look great! I'll have a cupcake followed up by a strawberry please:@)

  9. Thank you for including my black-eyed pea soup in your round-up. I am so glad the weather is warming up for you. I saw how frigid it was and thought of you. Just east of you I'm sure I lost all of my rosemary bushes. Thank you for hosting each week. Dark chocolate sounds like the perfect mystery ingredient for next month.

  10. Already planning my dark chocolate treats!

  11. Hi Michael Lee,
    I agree with you about polar vortexes -- one was enough for me, too! We're having a thaw this morning, though, and I think 33 degrees never looked so beautiful!
    Stay warm -

  12. Hello Michael! Thanks for hosting!! :)

  13. thank you for hosting! Have a great weekend! :)

  14. I will mark the calendar for the Mystery Ingredient. Hope your are warming up in TN. We had a day here in Southern IL where the high was -5. Ugh! Thanks for hosting!

  15. Best part of the week - recipe day Friday! Thanks for hosting my friend. Also wanted to mentioned I was in Walmart a little while back and saw your book - Gone With The Handsomer Man - took a pic, not a good one mine you, put if you want me to send it over let me know. Diane

  16. oo - I plan to participate in the Mystery Ingredient! I will start figuring out what to share.

  17. Thank you for the party :) have a great weekend