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    Musings: Greek Panzanella

    With so much peak-of-the-season produce around us, it’s the perfect time to try Ina’s Greek Panzanella.

    We’ll be looking for your post about it by Saturday, July 31.

    So, will you be enjoying it as a meatless meal or a summery side? Making any substitutions? What did you think of it? You know we can’t wait until the 31st to find out.

    July Recipe Choices

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but it is H.O.T. here in the Northeast…but that doesn’t mean I’m opposed to turning on my oven for a great recipe here and there.  I think you’ll really enjoy these recipes even if the oven is required for one of them!

    A couple of things to note:

    1. For July, August, and September, we’re going to keep the posting day as the last day of the month.

    2.  I’ve had trouble contacting people for the second recipe of the month and since it’s so late, I’ve gone ahead and chosen this one.  I hope you all don’t mind!

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    Maria of Close to Home

    has chosen Blueberry Muffins (Coffee Cake or Streusel – recipe below)

    which can be found in BC Family Style pg 174 and Back to Basics pg 244, respectively,

    and should be posted by Saturday July 31st.

    Since Ina has two blueberry muffin recipes, I thought it would be fun to post both of them; you can make one or both.  If you make both, we’d love to see one comparison post that includes both recipes.  Similarly, if you’ve made one of these recipes in the past and make the other this month, please write about your experience with both recipes in your post.

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    Tara of Smells Like Home (by default)

    has chosen Greek Panzanella

    which should be posted by Saturday July 31st.

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    Blueberry Streusel Muffins

    • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
    • 4 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1 tsp Kosher salt
    • 2 cups buttermilk, shaken
    • 1/4 lb (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
    • 1 1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
    • 2 extra-large eggs
    • 2 cups fresh blueberries (2 half-pints)

    For the Streusel Topping

    • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
    • 4 tbsp (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, diced
    1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Line muffin tins with paper liners.
    2. Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in to a large bowl and blend with your hands.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, butter, lemon zest, and eggs.  Stir the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture with a fork, mixing  just until blended.  Fold the blueberries into the batter.  Don’t overmix!  With a standard (2 1/4″) ice cream scoop or large spoon, scoop the batter into the prepared cups, filling them almost full.
    3. For the topping, place all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade and pulse until the butter is in very small pieces.  Pour into a bowl and rub with your fingers until crumbly.  Spoon about 1 tbsp of the streusel on top of each muffin.  Bake the muffins for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown.

    July Recipes

    Hopefully you are finding yourselves in the middle of some beautiful weather as July begins!  I know those of us here in the Northeast are hoping that there is never a repeat of June’s weather and that July will bring some happy days.  In any event, Ina’s recipes always make ME happy and I think July’s recipes will definitely make YOU happy.  Enjoy!!

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    Cat of Delta Whiskey

    has chosen Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes

    which can be found in Barefoot Contessa Family Style on page 58

    and should be posted on Thursday July 9th.

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    Aggie of Aggie’s Kitchen

    has chosen Peach & Blueberry Crumbles

    which can be found in Barefoot Contessa at Home on pages 197-198

    and should be posted on Thursday July 23rd.

    This recipe is not available on the FoodNetwork website:

    For the fruit

    • 2 lbs firm, ripe peaches (6-8 peaches)
    • 2 tsp grated lemon zest
    • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup fresh blueberries (1/2 pint)

    For the Crumble

    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
    • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
    • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 lb (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, diced
    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Immerse the peaches in boiling water for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until their skins peel off easily.  Place them immediately in cold water.  Peel the peaches, slice them into thick wedges, and place them in a large bowl.  Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, granulated sugar, and flour.  Toss well.  Gently mix in the blueberries.  Allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes.  Spoon the mixture into ramekins or custard cups.
    3. For the topping, combine the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.  Mix on low speed until the butter is the size of peas.  Rub the mixture with your fingertips until it’s in big crumbles, then sprinkle evenly over the fruit.  Place the ramekins on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and back for 40 to 45 minutes, until the tops are browned and crisp and the juices are bubbly.  Serve warm or at room temperature.  If you want to make these early, store the unbaked crumbles int he refrigerator and bake before dinner.  Serves 5 to 6.

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    May Recipes

    I thought I posted this on Friday, May 1st but apparently it never posted!!!

    Happy May everyone!!! Can you believe that this month marks the 1 year anniversary of Barefoot Bloggers?!  Before I get to the good stuff (the recipes!), I just wanted to thank each and every one of you for the fabulous jobs you do keeping up with the monthly challenges.  I truly think Ina would be so proud of the justice you’ve all done to her recipes!

    To that end, I’d like to do a little round-up of your favorite BB recipes from the past year.  So…send me a photo and blog link of your favorite (just one!) and I’ll combine them into one cohesive  post here.  Please send your entry by midnight (wherever you are) on Tuesday, May 5th.

    [Update: Submit your favorite recipe by midnight (your time) on Wednesday, May 6th.]

    And now onto the recipes!!

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    Kate of Warm Olives and Cool Cocktails

    has chosen Tuna Salad

    and should be posted on Thursday May 14th.

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    Eva of I’m Boring

    has chosen Outrageous Brownies (add-ins are ok!!!)

    which can be found in The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook on page 172

    and should be posted on Thursday May 28th.

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    Barefoot on a Budget Challenge!

    May’s BoaB Challenge is

    Bruschetta with Sautéed Sweet Pepper and Creamy Gorgonzola

    which should be posted by Sunday, May 31st.

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