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    Since its been a while since I’ve checked in with my beloved Barefoot Bloggers, I thought I would take the opportunity today to do so and chat with ya’ll (which I feel weird saying since I’m from the Northeast but the word really fits here) about a few things.

    100 Members Strong

    As the Barefoot Bloggers group approaches its 4 month mark, I’m ecstatic to announce we are now 100 members strong!! Congrats to Val of More than Burnt Toast for slipping into to this special spot on the list! Obviously, since The Barefoot Contessa has been a mainstay on the Food Network for so long, I had expected some excitement about this blogging event, but the enthusiasm that has been shown for Ina’s food by the members of this group is overwhelming and this is truly a testament to all that is Ina Garten. I want to thank each and every one of you for your support of the group and for your courageousness in putting yourselves out there while testing so many recipes you wouldn’t normally have tried on your own!

    The Rules

    Please keep in mind that in order to continue participating, you need to be making both recipes each month. There have been a number of people that I’ve removed from the list due to non-participation and lack of response to my “reminder” email. It pains me to have to remove people, but I’m trying to keep this as fair as possible to everyone participating each month. Keep in mind If you need a refresher on the rules, check out the Reqs & Info tab at the top of the blog.

    If you know in advance that you will not be able to make a recipe for whatever reason, please shoot me a quick email to let me know. I really have no problem with your missing a recipe, just please let me know! 🙂 Don’t forget though, that you can post the month’s recipes up until the end of the month and still receive credit for the recipe.

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    4 Responses

    1. I just wanted to thank you for all of your work in behalf of the group. It’s such fun and I truly look forward to those special Thursdays.

    2. Great to have an update!

      When do we find out the next recipes? I was hoping it would be soon since we’ve completed the others (and I’m just curious and getting ready for several parties!)

    3. Great reminders. I’m sure keeping everyone organized can be be a thankless job sometimes. I fell behind this month, so am catching up this weekend!

    4. I am the 100th member. Congrats on all the success of this event. I am looking forward to this months challenges!!!!!!

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