Aug 01 2011
This month I finally got my chance to host What’s Baking?, a group of food bloggers committing to baking around a theme once a month to change up our routines. I know you aren’t shocked to hear that when I landed July, a prime harvest month, for my host month, I immediately thought of asking the group to bake with local ingredients. Anything grown or produced within the baker’s region was fair game and I couldn’t WAIT to see what everyone baked.
Jaida from Sweet Beginnings got super creative and used a sauce made near her home in Texas to create her Roasted Raspberry and Chipotle Cheesecake with Lemon Glaze. Tart raspberry, bright lemon, and smoky-hot chipotle in a creay sweet cheesecake? Sign me up!
Catherine from Pursuing Domestic Goddessness went cherry picking and made a whole slew of things including this savory-sweet Cherry Foccacia.
Jade, author of The Mess Pot, hit up the local blueberry farm and made Blueberry Boy Bait. How intriguing does that sound and how delicious does that look!?!
A refreshing Strawberry Pie made for a mouthwatering post from Carrie on Carrie’s Sweet Life
These Peach Turnovers by Heather of Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks are sure to make your must-make list, especially with that caramel syrup to drizzle over top.
I Was Born to Cook, by Melissa, featured Stuffed Zucchini Boats using gouda–one of my favorite cheeses!! Definitely one of my kind of dinners.
Ammie, from Adventures in my Kitchen, also put squash to good use in her recipe for Zucchini Cornbread–looks so moist and is packed with both local produce and local dairy products!
In the most local showing of the group, Nicole from 7 Ate 9 Bakes used veggies from her own garden and from a family friend’s farm to make up the bulk of a delicious-sounding Ratatouille with Roasted Tomato Sauce.
Amanda really embraced the theme and incorporated 3 different local ingredients in her fabulous Nectarine and Blueberry Scones with Honey Butter Glaze, featured on her blog, Our Italian Kitchen.
Jey, from The Jey of Cooking, made a scrumptious and healthy Summer Vegetable Pie with Sweet Mustard Vinaigrette–perfect for a summer dinner or brunch!
Finally, I made these full-of-flavor Chocolate Beet Cherry Muffins.
I had so much fun hosting and now have so many new recipes to put on my must-make list. Thanks, girls! Jade is up next, hosting August’s What’s Baking with the theme Celebrate Summer. Our baking bloggers must make something that reminds them of summer or something in season during the summer. It’s about to get HOT in the What’s Baking? group!