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This Month’s Best Food Post (October)

October 31, 2009 by Joan Nova in Blogging, This Month's Best Food Post | 7 Comments

me.croppedAs always, it’s tough to cull the ‘best‘ from so many good posts among my food blogging colleagues. And, as I said at the outset of this series, it’s purely subjective…it’s whatever grabs my eye at any given time. This month I was either indecisive or feeling generous. I narrowed it down to 4 exceptional-looking dishes and then couldn’t move on. So, here are all four for you to enjoy.

520Rosemary Roasted Beet Risotto with Ricotta Salata Cheese from Jackie at Pham Fatale. A beautiful presentation of ruby red risotto made with a combination of rice and pasta, a rosemary puree and a topping of ricotta salata.

6a010535f1c707970b0120a6268c20970c-800wiSaffron Rice + Pomegranate Salad from Holly at El-Hajii. What particularly intrigued me about this salad was using both rice and quinoa. Remember when I made the quinoa paella and said while delicious, I didn’t think it would substitute rice in my kitchen? I never thought of combining them. Genius!

Pollo-RellenoEnvueltos de Pollo, Tocineta y Ciruela (Prune-stuffed chicken wrapped in bacon) from Erica at My Colombian Recipes. I love combining fruit with savory dishes.  Adding the saltiness and crunch from bacon to an already winning combination has to be delicious.

benAnd last, but not least, Black Bean + Chorizo Soup from Ben at What’s Cooking? This is about the best black bean soup recipe I’ve ever seen. I love that he finished it with a little Mexican cheese and fresh avocado.

Do you notice a common thread among them? Upon reflection, I do. They all took their exceptional ideas a step further with unexpected ingredients and finishing touches. They please the eye and the palate. Great work!

NOTE: Some recipes found on FOODalogue are offered without ingredient quantities. They're meant as a guide to food pairings and techniques to be experimented with … in your own kitchen … to your own spice and taste levels … to your preferred portion sizes … and to however many people you’re cooking for. A perfect meal has multiple levels of flavor and textures, bright colors and tastes, and healthy(ish) choices. It's all about enjoyment. Enjoy the process, the presentation and the just rewards...eating!


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  1. Those all look extremely delicious! YUMMMMM.

  2. Thanks for letting me know and featuring my beet risotto. Unfortunately, the link doesn’t work :(

  3. Erica says:

    Thank you,Joan!All those other dishes look fantastic!

  4. doggybloggy says:

    Another nice collection – good choices!

  5. Ben says:

    Thanks for the shoutout! That soup was really good, you should really try it soon. And Erica’s recipe also caught my attention, I love food that is rolled in chicken :-p

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