As 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.
Rosemary 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.
Saffron 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!
Envueltos 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.
And 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!