It’s been… many months, but not yet a year. However, I was talking about my assignment for next month and we started to wonder what people who receive me as their assignment think. I’ll now (very quietly) admit that I’m occasionaly frustrated by the sheer number of chicken recipes found on many blogs, as I limit all forms of meat to almost none. What do other bloggers actually make from my blog, and what changes turn my recipe into something their kitchen and life handles easily?  Is anyone ever overwhelmed by the number of carrots I use?

May 2012

Zucchini & Mushroom Tart at Megan’s Cookin’

Great pick… sort of complex, but delicious. Possibly even more delicious with mushrooms! Switching out the evaporated milk for regular milk and not salting the zucchini probably made a looser, less luscious custard. But, her version has less salt and perhaps fewer calories.

The original: Minted Zucchini Ricotta Tart

April 2012

Cream of Buckwheat Cereal at Quick, Easy, Cheap & Healthy

She snagged one of my breakfast basics, and family-sized it. And added butter… Great choice, and I fully support evangelizing buckwheat.

The original: Creamy Buckwheat with Berries

March 2012

Pistachio, Cherry, and Dark Chocolate Bark at Katherine Martinelli

Katherine definitely made this a little more plain Jane kitchen friendly by using common dark chocolate baking chocolate/chips. But, she lost out on the dates, which added valuable nutrients and made these into a “no sugar added” dessert. I’ve got to say… her photography is stunning. For no other reason, check our her post.

The original: Pistachio Cherry Chocolates

February 2012

Artichoke and White Bean Spread at A Fit and Spicy Life

She simply increased the artichoke ratio (which I’ve done myself when I felt more like artichokes) and added a smidge more olive oil.

The original: Artichoke White Bean Spread

January 2012: month off

December 2011

I was forgotten… but two lovely bloggers came to my rescue!

First, Baked Sweet Potato with Black Beans at Amy’s Cooking Adventures

Amy loaded her potato up, and made a lovely meal in less time than it takes to make tea. Thanks, Amy, for your willingness to step up at the last minute.

The original: Sweet Potato and Black Beans

Second, we have my originally assigned blogger refocusing. Recipe Tester delved deep into my archives and made a truly snazzed up version of a seasoned egg by adding spiced duck consumme and noodles to her poached egg.

November 2011

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies at Sweet Beginnings

This is another recipe from the archives, but one worth pulling out. Her fun twist was to add cinnamon chips. Great combo!

The original: Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

October 2011

Peanut Maple Nuggets at Every Little Thing

Hmm… good choice. I should really make myself a batch of these. Stacy followed the recipe, too, so it looks like it worked for her, and she even gave them a better name.

The original: Peanut Maple Mini-bars

September 2011

Salmon Artichoke Patties at Sweetie Petitti

Just perfect for a quick dinner, according to her, and fun for those inclined toward condiments. Her suggestion: add little chopped onion. She’s right… if you like onion, it’ll make them even more delicious.

The original: Salmon Artichoke Patties

August 2011

Fruit Spring Rolls at The Life & Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch

Her version is a bit sweeter, with candied nuts and a sweet lime dressings. She also undermined my nefarious scheme to add more vegetables to dessert by dropping the lettuce while adding the classic vermicelli noodles (I never seem to have them in the pantry) to the filling.

The original: Fruit Spring Rolls with Sweet Nut Sauce

Overall? It looks like everyone was able to find something that appealed to them, from sweet to spicy, and fun was had by all.  Interestingly, it looks like people gravitated toward recipes with fewer ingredients.  Do you ooo-and-ah at the stunningly complex recipes while making those with five or fewer ingredients?