Sunday, March 1, 2009

Blogger Finds

I thought that I would start to pay tribute to many of the bloggers whose sites I visit. I would like to take a moment to recognize them for their talents and their commitment to food and blogging. The best way I know to flatter them is to try some of their recipes, post them and let others know about them and their talents. I would like to say that I’ll celebrate them weekly but I have many of my own recipes I would like to try and share too. So how about twice monthly? Do you like it? Let me know in the comment section what you think of this idea. Keep it or throw it in the disposal? Also, when you see a link to another blogger’s site, please visit them, they are some of the best.

This week I tried Parmesan Crusted Zucchini Sticks and Banana Nut Bars. The Zucchini sticks came from Kevin of Closet Cooking and the Banana Nut Bars from Grace of A Southern Grace.

Here is the recipe as it appears on Closet Cooking. If I made any modifications they will be in red italics.

Parmesan Crusted Baked Zucchini Sticks with Marinara Sauce
1/2 cup bread crumbs (I used panko)
1/2 cup Parmigiano reggiano (grated)
1 teaspoon oregano I used Fresh
1 pound zucchini/courgettes (sliced into sticks and pat dry) I used 5.
salt and pepper to taste White pepper corns
1 egg (lightly beaten) I used 3 eggs
1. Mix the breadcrumbs, parmigiano reggiano and oregano in a bowl.2. Season the zucchini with salt and pepper.3. Dip the zucchini in the egg and then dredge in the breadcrumb mixture.4. Place the zucchini on a baking sheet in a single layer with the skin side down.5. Bake in a preheated 425F oven until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.

Here is the recipe as it appears on A Southern Grace. Again, if I made any modifications they will appear in red italics.

Banana Nut Bars:
1 cup freeze-dried banana dices I didn’t add the bananas. I wanted to but I didn’t have any on hand.
4 tablespoons Barney Butter I used MaraNatha brand of Almond Butter.
1 10.5-oz bag marshmallows

In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the Barney Butter and marshmallows for 1 minute; stir. Continue heating at 15 second intervals until the mixture is smooth. Dump in the cereal and banana dices and stir until well coated. Using a buttered spatula, evenly press the mixture into a 13x9-inch pan lined with wax paper. Let cool and cut into squares.

Both of these recipes are YUMMY and very easy to make. I will definitely be adding them to our family cookbook. Thank you to both Kevin and Grace for these wonderful recipes. Thank you for your willingness to share them and to blog about them. I hope everyone who reads this post will become a regular visitor to your blogs if they are not already.


Grace said...

aw, such kind words--thanks! in my humble opinion, these bars leave regular rice krispie treats in the dust, and i'm glad you liked 'em. :)

Sara said...

Both of these look great! I have a giant box of multigrain cheerios in the house, can't wait to make the bars.

Culinarywannabe said...

What a sweet idea! Sometimes I feel like I will never have to pick up another cookbook, I've gotten so many amazing recipes from other blogs!

Maria said...

Great job on the recipes!! I love Cheerios, I will have to try the bars!

Kevin said...

Thanks for the kind words! Your parmesan crusted zucchini sticks look great! I get a lot of my inspiration from other food blogs and I always enjoy trying out their recipes and posting about them.

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