Friday, June 20, 2008

Recipe Remix III

It's time for another round of Recipe Remix!!!!!!!!!

We’d like to thank everyone again who participated in rounds 1 and 2. It is thanks to all of you that we are able to come back for another round! The creativity we have seen keeps us going and hopefully has inspired readers and participants alike to be more creative in the kitchen.

The latest installment of Recipe Remix revolves around summertime!! Yes, we are talking about cookout favorites/staples! For us, cookouts are one of the best things about summer, nothing better than getting together with friends and family surrounded by yummy summer favorites!

We have chosen the following cookout/grilled foods for “remixing”:

- Hot Dogs
- Grilled pizza
- Grilled Desserts
- Hamburgers
- Pasta or Potato Salad
- Kabobs

As in past Recipe Remixes, we are giving you all an option of 6 different to choose from as you please. Your goal is to take one of these choices and create a variation of it that is not the “everyday.” For instance, maybe you have a great idea for a gourmet hot dog, or an asian inspired pasta salad, or a killer grilled pineapple dessert recipe. As you can see by the roundups from past Recipe Remixes - the possibilities in these categories are endless!

Once you have created your own version of the dish chosen from the above list (we ask that this is a new blog entry, and not one from the past), blog about it, linking back to this post and/or inserting one of the logos into your entry, and post a picture your dish on your blog as well - so we can see the awesome yum-factor of your dish of course! As always, if the dish is not your own creative work, please reference your source in your blog post.

After you have blogged about your creation, please send us an email with “Recipe Remix: (Dish you have chosen)” in the subject line and the following information in your email:

o Your name,
o Your location
o Your blog name and link to your blog,
o The permalink to your blog entry for this challenge,
o A picture of your creation,
o A short explanation for why you chose the dish and how you were inspired to create the variation of it that you did

If you do not have a blog, feel free to email us with the above information (sans blog permalink of course!). Recipe Remix starts today so get cooking!

The summer is a busy time for us all, especially myself and Dani, so for this round, we are extending this to be a full summer installment of Recipe Remix. So, in that vein, all entries are due by Wednesday, September 3rd. We will aim to post the roundup within 2 weeks of the deadline.

Since we are splitting the duty of Recipe Remix co-hosts (and hence are splitting the roundup duties), please email your submission via the below schedule:

If you have chosen any of the following dishes: Hamburgers, Pasta or Potato salad, or Kabobs please email Robin at: RecipeRemix-Robin at hotmail dot com.

If you have chosen any of the following dishes: Hot Dogs, Grilled Pizzas, or Grilled Desserts, please email Danielle at RecipeRemix-Dani at cox dot net.

We have been so impressed by all of the creativity we have seen so keep up the good work! Have a wonderful summer and Happy Remixing!!!

And of course, please feel free to use our logo when you post your blog entry!!

Monday, June 9, 2008

RR 2: Breakfast Roundup!

For our second installment of Recipe Remix we are continually impressed with the entries that are coming our way. You all have shown so much creativity and this is the kind of stuff that keeps us going with this challenge. Thank you all for your participation. We look forward to announcing the next installment soon!

French Toast

French toast just isn't for the "French" anymore! As you will see by our entries, these French toast recipes are inspired by all different cultures and regions!

From Washington D.C. Amy from Tart Reform has joined us for the second round of Recipe Remix with an absolutely delicious looking Peanut Butter and Banana French Toast. She made it using fresh challah bread she had made previously. Peanut butter and bananas are a great combination to begin with, but sandwich it into some French toast and this must have been a little slice of heaven. Definitely a breakfast Elvis would have enjoyed!!

Bananas and French toast seem make a great combination as Kristy located in South Carolina, from her blog, Kristy’s Recipes shares a delightful Upside-Down Banana Pecan French Toast which she made for Mother’s day. I have to say, Kristy, that your guests must have loved this one. It sounds like a great new version of French toast I’ve got to try out soon!

From Canada, Ricki enchants us with this lovely French Toast Souffle with Summer Berries from her blog, Diet, Dessert, and Dogs. Ricki actually had an aversion to French Toast prior to this recipe and loved the fact that she could use this challenge as an excuse to make it into something she would really enjoy. She also baked this instead of frying it to make it much healthier. Thanks for the great spin on the classic French Toast, Ricki!

Jen, from Mrs. Watermelon’s Recipes, a fellow Rhode Islander, joins the fun of this Recipe Remix round with her Apple Cinnamon French Toast. Mmmm…it reminds me of a French Toast / apple pie combination! Can it get much better than that??? Jen was happy to report her and her husband both gave this recipe an A!

When I saw this next entry come in I thought it was way too good to be true. Yes, Chicago’s own Elly from Elly Says Opa made a Baklava French...errr...Greek Toast! Seriously, these are the kinds of dishes that keep Dani and I going with Recipe Remix. Elly’s version looks absolutely astounding, kind of in a “I wish I had smell-o-vision on my computer” way. Great job, Elly!

Nearby in Boston, MA, Stephanie from Confessions of a City Eater takes a staple lunchbox sandwich and turns it into a delicious breakfast of Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast. This is another great idea and a perfect example of why French Toast doesn’t just have to be French Toast! Thanks for the entry, Stephanie, I plan to make this for my hubby who is a huge PB&J fan, very soon!

We are joined by Australia’s own Dell of Cooking and the City whose Bacon Stuffed French Toast looks like it might clog a few arteries but also looks like it’s a great combination. Dell loves French Toast so she is always looking for new variations of it. Thanks for this great one, Dell!

Another international participant pays a visit to Recipe Remix, this time from Trinidad! Sarina Nicole of TriniGourmet brings us Oatsy Orange French Toast. Not only does this recipe sound great, but look at the photography! Thanks for joining us this round, Sarina! Your variation just looks divine!


Sweet, Savory, Stuffed....either way you slice it...crepes are versatile in nature and we love the entries we received for this one!

We really got a lot of international participation for this Recipe Remix challenge. Arfi from HomeMadeS is living in New Zealand but was homesick for Dardar Galung, Indonesian Green Crepes stuffed with Sweetened Coconut Threads. These are beautiful and look delicious! Arfi also has some great pictures on her blog too.

Stephany, a local Rhode Islander, from Realistic Eats shows us that crepes aren’t just for breakfast! She brings us a savory crepe dish with Mushroom, Spinach and Ham Crepes with Bechamel Swiss Cheese Sauce. She was actually inspired to make this dish by another blog she’d read that said crepes are some of the more economical meals you can make for yourself. This looks fantastic. Stephany, and thanks for joining us!!

Elsye from Japan brings us Crepes with Applesauce in her blog Dari Dapur Saya. I wish I could just eat these now. They look delectable and the homemade apple sauce is an extra special touch! Thanks so much for showing us another variation on crepes, Elsye!

Continental Breakfast

We had one entry for the Continental Breakfast challenge, Mindy from Mindy’s Deli in Venezuela. Mindy made a jalapeno cheese loaf for the event. I am really excited about this recipe—I’m a big fan of jalapenos and since I’m also new to eating onions, I can totally see this paired with a good old-fashioned Western Omelet! Thanks for your spicy recipe Mindy!

Breakfast Sandwich

For our breakfast sandwich remix, we see Sefa of Food is Love in Germany entry. Other than beautiful pictures of her amazing presentation, I love this recipe also once again because of the use of chilis in it. I love chilis and love when there are new recipes for me to use them with—especially a breakfast recipe. Sefa’s description of her dish is:
“I'm not a big fan of sandwich like my hubby. But still, sandwich is one of my choices whenever I'm in hurry. That's why I chose to remix egg breakfast sandwich for my entry. I want to make something that combined the taste of Arabian and Indonesian (as representation of my better half as Arabian and me as Indonesian). That's why I used pita bread (known in Germany as Arabic Bread) instead of toast and added red chili for the omelet. But, I want my egg breakfast sandwich at least to have American taste by adding Tabasco in the omelet.)”
This is an exotic take on a usually quick, to-go breakfast that I will be trying shortly! Thanks Sefa!

Robin of Made With Love in New England made a Grilled Chourico Breakfast Sandwich. Robin chose to make breakfast for dinner and use a lot of flavorful ingredients, such as spicey brown mustard, chourico sausage, multi-grain rolls, and an onion-garlic butter--this also screams summer time breakfast!!

Pancakes—who doesn’t love them? They are quintessentially one of THE breakfast foods, but they are so easy to turn into a monotonous one! Check out the following remixes from our culinary friends.

Retno of Kedai Hamburg in Germany made Pancakes with homemade pineapple jam. What I really like about Retno’s recipe is that her pancakes are very much more like a crepe, than a traditional pancake. Crepes are wonderfully yummy, especially when paired with the right filling or topping. The homemade pineapple jam sounds delicious and will be making an appearance this summer for sure! Thanks Retno!

Danielle (me) of Make No Little Meals in New England made Sweet Potato-Banana Walnut Pancakes. I was inspired by two different recipes—sweet potato pancakes and Tyler Florence’s sweet-honey banana mash. The flavors of Tyler’s dinner side dish were so wonderful that I thought they could be applied to a sweet potato pancake that I had once at a local restaurant chain. They are not as sweet as you might think—give them a try if you are a fan of one or both of these main ingredients! (PHOTO TO COME)

Kate of Paved With Good Intentions turned her pancakes into dessert—Yes, that is right! Hey, you’v heard of breakfast for diner so why not breakfast for dessert?! Kate made fantastic blueberry pancakes and topped it with ice cream for a Pancake Sundae! I would never have thought of this in a million years, but it totally works! Great job Kate!

Ayin from Flower in the Kitchen in Norway made a great crepe-like pancake recipe: Dill Pancakes with Smoked Salmon. This recipe is a great recipe for a brunch—or in my opinion even for a breakfast for dinner option. The dill in this recipe screams summer time to me—and for those of you that don’t like smoked salmon, (like me) I am totally digging the sound of this stuffed with lemon-dill chicken! Thanks Ayin!

Robert of Amicus Cupcake made pina colda pancakes—can we say perfect for a summer time breakfast?! His blog entry is wonderful—he recounted his trial and error process pretty well for everyone to read. The end result looks fantastic and is making me crave a frosty tropical drink! Great interpretation for his FIRST BLOGGING EVENT! Great job Robert!

Finally, Dulcedo presented us with a wonderful rendition of Gourmet Magazine’s Banana Macadamia Pancakes with Orange Butter. The story presented is wonderful, and the food looks amazing! I’m a big fan of flavored butters and think that recipe is really one I’m planning on trying very soon! Thanks Dulcedo!

Saturday, June 7, 2008


We promise that the roundup is indeed coming. Dani and I have both been sidetracked recently with life! Dani is getting a dog and I have spent my last two weekends at bridal showers. We hope to have the roundup posted next week!

It's coming, we promise!

Also, stay tuned for the next installment of Recipe Remix to be announced in the next couple of weeks!

Monday, June 2, 2008

The roundup is coming...

Hi all...since the deadline for RR was moved back to last week, we hope to get the roundup up and at 'em by the end of this week. Thanks for your patience!