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    May Recipe Choices

    Happy 2nd Anniversary Barefoot Bloggers!!

    Thanks to each one of you who make this group as great as it is!!

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    Kimberly from Indulge & Enjoy

    has chosen Spring Green Risotto

    which can be found in Back to Basics on page 147

    and should be posted on Thursday May 13th.

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    Penny from Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen

    has chosen Grilled Herb Shrimp

    which can be found in Barefoot Contessa Parties! on page 138

    and should be posted on Thursday May 27th.

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    February Choices

    February brings us another two incredible Ina recipes!  The first is an Ina classic and the second a new hit from Back to Basics.  I’m pretty positive you’ll love both of them!

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    Jamie of Jamie’s Green Kitchen

    has chosen Coconut Cupcakes

    which can be found in The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook on page 175

    and should be posted on Thursday February 11th.

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    Jill of Insanely Good Food

    has chosen Baked Shrimp Scampi

    which can be found in Back to Basics on pages 128-129

    and should be posted on Thursday February 25th.

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    November Recipes

    It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the types of food we cook and eat changes from season to season.  And if you feel the same way I do, you won’t be surprised that we’ve got a couple of fantastic recipes coming to you for November.  The first is one you’ll be proud to serve for your holiday dessert (not that you’ll need a special occasion to want to make this one!) and the second is one that will make you want to curl up on the couch with a good book while you’re waiting for it to cook.  I hope you enjoy these two recipes as we head into the hard-core holiday season!!

    P.S. – If you’re participating in A Week with the Barefoot Contessa, don’t forget to send me your photos and info for the round-up post!

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    Suzie from Munch + Nibble

    has chosen Crème Brulee

    which can be found in Barefoot in Paris on page 222

    and should be posted on Thursday, November 12th.

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    Lisa of Lime in the Coconut

    has chosen Company Pot Roast

    which can be found in Back to Basics on page 117

    and should be posted on Thursday, November 26th.

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    BRC: A Week with the Barefoot Contessa

    I realize this BRC has been a long-time coming but I think you will be pleased.  Let me explain…

    In August 2008, I challenged myself to cook and post one Ina recipe everyday for a week.  I think I came pretty close to achieving my goal of posting everyday and wanted to repeat this idea this past summer by opening up the invitation to the BB group to join me.  Somehow the summer slipped away though and here we are in the second week of October…not that I really mind though because this season usually yields some of my favorite types of food so choosing these recipes wasn’t all that difficult.

    I’d love for you to join me in this challenge!  Please keep reading for the instructions and recipes…

    1. Choose any or all of the recipes listed below and post about them during the week of November 2 – 6.  You don’t have the make all of the recipes during that week, just post about them. (HINT: schedule your posts early if you are unable to write a post everyday).

    2. There is no set posting day for any of the recipes. The idea is to post one recipe each day (if you plan to make all 5 recipes) but feel free to post multiple recipes on one day if you want to.

    3. I want to do a round-up post here on the blog so after you’ve posted, please send me one photo from each of the recipes you’ve chosen to post about.  In this email, please include your first name, blog address, and the recipes for which you are sending me photos.

    4. If you’re not a member of Barefoot Bloggers but have been hanging around here debating whether or not you want to join, I encourage you to join us for this challenge as well!  I think this will give you a decent idea about what the group is like and will also give you the opportunity to participate in the Musings posts that will go along with each recipe. Consider it a “trial run.” 🙂

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    A Week with the Barefoot Contessa Recipes

    Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars – Barefoot Contessa at Home, page 170

    Chicken Chili – Barefoot Contessa Parties!, page 232

    Caramelized Butternut Squash – The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, page 151

    French String Beans – Barefoot in Paris, page 160

    Roasted Potato Leek Soup – Back to Basics, page 63

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    Musings: Mango Banana Daiquiris

    Now, here’s an end-of-summer recipe! What did you think of these daiquiris? Did you make any changes or substitutions? The posting date is Thursday, August 13.