Saturday, May 19, 2007

New foodblog event 'Fresh produce of the month'!

I decided I'll try to launch a foodblog event. There are lots of really nice blog events dedicated to a variety of exciting themes (herbs, cookbooks, desserts, special ingredients..). My idea is that for this event we will cook something prepared with an ingredient (fruit, vegetable or nut) which is at its peak season. Thus, the name of the event will be 'Fresh produce of the month'! What I like about this idea is that 1) It pushes people who want to propose a theme and to participate to go to farmers' markets, local produce sellers, and find the freshest produces of the moment, and 2) It may help and give some inspiration for recipes to people who grow gardens and suddenly have a ton of fruits and vegetables of the same type and don't really know what to do with them!
Actually, this is the reason I started to think about this event. When Lucas and I went to Los Angeles, we came back with a ton of lemons. The people who were hosting us had a lemon tree which was producing a huge amount of these delicious and great looking fruits, which were just rottening on the tree because no one knew what to do with so many of them! So of course I decided to get about 12 of them (they are as big as apples) and do as many things as I could with them..
OK, you have probably already guessed the theme of this first month: Lemons! Aren't lemons gorgeous fruits?
The smell of the flowers is amazing, and invites you to imagine the great flavor you can give to your dishes if you use lemons to prepare them.

So, this is the challenge: come up with tons of recipes involving lemon as a fundamental ingredient. Of course many things come to my mind, so I'm very curious to see what great dishes will other food bloggers think of!
So if you want to participate, please follow these simple rules:
1) Put a post on your blog with a recipe involving lemon. Add a link to this post on my blog and mention that it's an entry for the 'Fresh produce of the month' event. If you like it, feel free to place the logo of the event on your post.
2) Send me an email with a link to your post, your blog homepage and your name. My email address is chemcookitATgmailDOTcom. Specify 'Fresh produce of the month' as subject.
3) If you don't have a blog just send me an email with your recipe and if you have a picture of the food you made, that's even better. I will add it to the round-up as well.
The deadline for this first event will be in about one month, Sunday June 17th. I will post the round-up the weekend after. I'm looking forward to your entries!!
This month's logo:


Susan in Italy said...

Excellent idea, Chem! I'm thinking Greek Lemon chicken...

chemcookit said...

Thank you Susan! Mmm..... Greek Lemon Chicken? The name sounds exciting!!

Meeta K. Wolff said...

OHHH! This sounds great. I already have a few ideas spinning in my head!

Ruth Daniels said...

Fabulous idea, and so glad lemons are the first star. Being on South Beach, I can't tell you how many lemons we go through.

I must say, I'm really looking forward to Susan's Greek Lemon Chicken!

Thanks for coming up with the theme and good luck with the event.

Anupama said...

I was on Meeta's blog a minute ago and read about your event. Its a very fresh idea. I know just what I am going to send you.