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BSI Contest–Blogger Secret Ingredient!

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Debbi from Debbi Does Dinner Healthy asked me to host this week’s BSI, and I gladly accepted since I’ve enjoyed participating in the past.  This is a contest created by one of my favorite bloggers, Biz of Biggest Diabetic Loser.  This contest has a new host every week and I’m hosting the 90th week.  Every week, the new host picks an ingredient that is affordable and easily accessible and all those that choose to participate send in their recipes that include the ingredient, either by a link to their blog post with the recipe, or by sending it (picture optional) in an email if they don’t have a blog.

I have chosen flour for this weeks secret ingredient.  Can you believe in 89 weeks of this contest, no one has ever chosen flour?  As an avid baker, this is one of the most common ingredients I use, but you can find flour in many savory dishes as well, from breads to breaded meats and as a thickener in gravies and stews.   There are no limits to what kind of dish you can create.  For this contest, you can even choose what type of flour you want to use, whether it be wheat, rice, sorghum, coconut, etc.  This may be a good opportunity for you to try a flour you have never used before! 

To enter the contest, send me the link to your blog with the recipe, or send the recipe via email to vraklis at yahoo dot com.  Entries are due by Sunday at 5 PM CST.  I will review the entries and pick my favorite.  The winner will receive an assortment of my homemade cookies.  If you’d like something with less sugar, I’ll send my homemade beer bread mix–you choose!

I’m so excited!! Who’s with me?

Here are our previous hosts:

Week 89: Debbi Does Dinner Healthy – Ground Turkey

Week 88:  Hema – Onions

Week 87: Quips, Travails & Braised Oxtails – Black Eyed Peas

Week 86:  Making Good Choices – Applesauce

Week 85: Non-Dairy Queen – Raspberries

Week 84:  Healthy Exposures – Bulgar Wheat

Week 83:  Clarity in Creation – Peaches

Week 82: Mo’s Kitchen – Rice

Week 81: Waisting Duxie – Swiss Chard

Week 80: Fuss Free Flavours – Capers

Week 79:  Jenn Cuisine – Honey

Week 78: Living Free – Cashews

Week 77: Affairs of Living – Artichokes

Week 76:  One Frugal Foodie – Sunflower Seeds

Week 75: Part of the Whole – Beets

Week 74: Dinner at Christina’s – Sour Cream

Week 73: The Chef in My Head – Goat Cheese

Week 72: 5 Star Foodie – Asparagus

Week 71: Eats Well With Others – Carrots

Week 70: Burp and Slurp – Brussel Sprouts

Week 69:  Fun Fearless Foodie – Parmesan Cheese

Week: 68:  Natalie’s Killer Cuisine – Cocoa Powder

Week 67:  Eat, Live, Travel, Write – Lemon Zest

Week 66: Travel Eat Love – Coconut Milk

Week 65: Run Beans Run – Tofu

Week 64: Chicago Marathon Val – Mushrooms

Week 63: Biggest Diabetic Loser – Cheddar Cheese

Week 62: A Fit and Spicy Life – Balsamic Vinegar

Week 61: Peanut Butter Fingers – Nutmeg

Week 60:  Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now – Garlic

Week 59:  Home Cooked Em – Cinnamon

Week 58: The Balanced Broad – Flax

Week 57: Cookin Fanatic – Blue Cheese

Week 56:  Foodie in the City – Ricotta Cheese

Week 55:  Savvy Eats – Maple Syrup

Weel 54: Sound Eats – Dried Fruit

Week 53: Mega Nerd Runs – Acorn Squash

Week 52: Healthy Tipping Point – Pancake Mix

Week 51: Live, Laugh Eat – Almond Butter

Week 50: Balance, Joy and Delicias! – Cauliflower

Week 49: Healthy San Diego Living – Chickpeas

Week 48: Thought 4 Food – Yogurt

Week 47: London Foodie in New York – Chocolate

Week 46:  Johnstone’s Vin Blanc – Oats

Week 45: Guilty  Kitchen – Figs

Week 44: Ordinary Recipes Made Gourmet – Peanut Butter

Week 43: The Sophisticated Gourmet – Brown Sugar

Week 42: My Kitchen Addiction – Lime

Week 41: Nutmeg Nanny – Coffee

Week 40: Chaya’s Comfy Cook – Broccoli

Week 39: Healthy Delicious – Plums

Week 38: Zoe – Feta

Week 37: ChezWhat– Potatoes

Week 36: Cinnamon, Spice & Everything Nice – Blueberries

Week 35: Girlichef -Greens

Week 34: The Ungourmet – Watermelon

Week 33: Bread + Butter – Bell Pepper

Week 32: Burp and Slurp -Corn

Week 31: Say Yes to Salad – Kabocha

Week 31 1/2: Simply Fabulous Now – Cherries

Week 30: Thinspired – Bananas

Week 29: To Be The Whole Package – Almonds

Week 28: Kristas Kravings – Lemon

Week 27: From French Fries To Flax Seeds – Coconut

Week 26: Plentiful Plants – Avocado

Week 25: Training Fuel – Eggs

Week 24: Dinner at Christina’s – Cabbage

Week 23: Hey What’s for Dinner, Mom? – Strawberries

Week 22: One Bite at a Time – Basil

Week 21: Just Sweet Enough – Black Beans

Week 20: What I Ate Yesterday – Kale

Week 19: What’s for Dinner – Orange

Week 18: BranAppetit! –Spinach

Week 17: Tales of Expansion Dates

Week 16: Biggest Diabetic Loser – Zucchini

Week 15: Sweet & Natural –Peppermint

Week 14: bella eats [and runs] – Ginger

Week 13: Coffee Talk – Walnuts

Week 12: For the Love of Oats – Pumpkin

Week 11: Trying to Heal – Sweet Potatoes

Week 10: The Inner Workings of a College Graduate – Eggplant

Week 9: Itzy’s Kitchen – Pears

Week 8: The Fitnessista – Cranberries

Week 7: Tri to Cook – Lentils

Week 6: Rhodey Girl Tests – Polenta

Week 5: Eating Bender – Butternut Squash

Week 4: Care to Eat – Apples

Week 3: On a Lobster Placemat – Mushrooms

Week 2: Hangry Pants – Tomatoes

Week 1: sportsnutritionliving – Quinoa


About Veronica

I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

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  1. Hi Veronica :) Gues Who? Lol, I am submitting my Zuchinni bread recipe. It has flour :) Check it out Let me know if I did this correctly.


    • Yes, you did it perfectly! Thanks for your submission–I will judge all the entries on Sunday night and post the winner then!


  2. Awesome! And I’m glad I found biz’s blog – she’s great!

    And I can’t believe flour has never been mentioned. I don’t care how good your other BSI’s are, if you don’t have flour, whatever you’re baking probably won’t be that good – not a huge fan of flourless cakes and such.


  3. Goodness. Flour is such an obvious ingredient – I am amazed no one thought if it before. Well done on clever thinking!


    • Thanks, Helen! I see you are from London and I hadn’t previously considered shipping overseas, but sure, why not?! I’ll have to check on shipping times because if it takes longer than 3 days to deliver, I’ll probably want to send the beer bread mix since it is very shelf-stable. So don’t let your location keep you from participating!


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  5. I’m with you!! I would like to submit my Russian Cheese Crepes (Nalesniki):


    • Yay! Thanks for submitting your entry. I hadn’t seen that one before–it looks scrumptious! I love crepes, but have never made them myself.


  6. A blog host huh? Cool! I see you are doing well as ever!
    What a great ingredient to choose!
    I would like to submit my Crispy New England Beer Battered Shrimp. It has become a family favorite in our house. The batter can be used on all types of deep frying. (fish, veggies, ect)


  7. Great BSI choice! I’m going to try to post something to enter!


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  9. Hi Veronica! Here is my BSI:flour submission… Thankyou for hosting :)


  10. I can see I’ll be returnign to this post several times. Looks like everyone is posting their favorites here :)


    • There are a lot of good ones–my job of judging grows harder and harder! I will be posting all the entries on Sunday, with pics, when I announce the winner so if you miss any you can catch them there.


  11. Erin from Long Island

    this is a tough one! I want to enter, I just gotta igure out what to use


    • Knowing you, I’m sure it will be brilliant! When you decide, send a pic too if you have one, or if it’s something you did on myspace you could just send me the link.


      • Erin from Long Island

        I was gonna do shortbread, but I dont want to be a copy cat! I will use something from Myspace. I have no time to experiment right now!


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  13. Here’s my entry for Lavender Shortbread Cookies for BSI: And thank you so much for your sweet comment, it meant a lot to me! :)

    Just out of curiosity, who is The Cooking Photographer?


    • Thank you Faith, and for linking back to the contest! Laura, The Cooking Photographer, is another food blogger that I initially met on myspace. She has since left myspace but we remain good friends. She has a wonderful creativity in the kitchen and most of the recipes are her own. You can check her out at



    What a great ingredient for this month’s challenge. Here is my entry. – Sugar-Free Almond Cornmeal Blueberry Shortcakes. :)


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  19. Hi Veronica,

    If it’s ok to submit an old post, I’d like to submit this recipe for Smores Cookies. They are so delicious that my boyfriend requests that I make them every time we have to make something to bring somewhere, and complains (!) if I make anything else lol!


  20. here is my post I am not sure if you wanted a link on the post or my event page let me know

    zucchini fritters


  21. Erin from Long Island

    I am finally getting my submissions in! I decided to do one sweet and one savory.

    First, a German-inspired chicken dish

    Second, since I am getting excited for fall, a pumpkin bread with a twist


  22. Veronica, I’m sorry missed the deadline. This sounded like a great deal of fun. This was my first visit to your blog, but it will not be my last. I love your recipes and approach to food. I’ll be back often. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary


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  24. Great site. I keep finding new and interesting things here.


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