Food Friends

Greetings, All!  I am away in Idaho this week with my friends from Idaho Potato!  In lieu of posting a new recipe, I wanted to share some awesome recipes from my super talented friends.

I do hope you will check out their recipes, as I happen to think they are pretty great!  Besides being amazing in the kitchen, they are good humans and I am lucky to know them.  I can’t wait to tell you all about Idaho and the fun things happening there right now!  I’m updating and sharing pics on social media every day, so if you want to see what we’re up to, check out my Facebook page,  Instagram account or Twitter feed for the latest shenanigans.

Jenni is (of course), first on my list.  She is like a sister and a dear friend.  I chose to share her scrumptious poundcake with you because when I think of her, that is what immediately comes to my mind.  She was also kind enough to bake 2 of these sweet cakes and travel with them to our wedding.   I loved having something made by my Sissy on our cake table. The fact that it’s named Van Halen Pound Cake (my favorite band from teenage years) doesn’t hurt, either.

Pound Cake- photo and recipe by Jenni Field

Pound Cake- photo and recipe by Jenni Field

Get Jenni’s recipe here: http://pastrychefonline.com/2009/09/01/van-halen-pound-cake-2/

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Linda is a new friend that I met when I went to the food conference this year.  I was assigned as a brand ambassador to Idaho Potatoes and I spent the weekend with them.  Linda was part of that crew and she is an absolute delight!  Awhile back, she posted a recipe for her mom’s jam bars and I’m telling you,  I may have have drooled a little.  Immediately, I started an inventory in my head of the jam I had that could be turned into these bars.

Jam Bars - photo & recipe by bistro onesix (Linda)

Jam Bars – photo and recipe by bistro onesix (Linda)

Get Linda’s recipe here:  http://bistroonesix.com/moms-jam-bars/

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My friend Jamie is a triple threat.  She cooks, bakes and is an amazing writer.  She also owns and runs a beautiful hotel in France, so I guess that’s a quadruple threat.  Her recipes are really gorgeous and I love the delicate flavors of her desserts.   I happened to choose her coffee panna cotta to share for purely selfish reasons.  I love coffee.  It’s a sordid affair that I have no intention of breaking off in the foreseeable future.  If you love stories like I do, do yourself a favor and read some of her words…  then make this dessert!

Coffee Panna Cotta - recipe and photo by Jamie

Coffee Panna Cotta –  photo and recipe by Life’s a Feast (Jamie)

Get Jamie’s recipe here: http://www.lifesafeast.net/coffee-panna-cotta-with-with-bittersweet-mocha-sauce/

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My girl Betsy has balls.  No, really…  In addition to writing a blog, she has started her own business selling cookie dough balls.  I’ve eaten them, and I’m here to tell you- they are good! Betsy’s blog is all about dessert. If you have a sweet tooth like I do, you’ll find the answer to that craving in her catalogue of recipes.   Her chocolate macadamia tart is a favorite because it’s  straight-forward, not too fussy and it is melt in your mouth delicious! 

Chocolate Macadamia Tart - photo and recipe by Desserts Required (Betsy)

Chocolate Macadamia Tart – photo and recipe by Desserts Required (Betsy)

 Get Betsy’s recipe here:  http://www.dessertsrequired.com/chocolate-macadamia-nut-tart

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Kathy has written a number of vegan cookbooks.  When I need a vegan recipe, her blog is my “go-to”.   I’ve known her for a few years and unfortunately, the only time I get to see her and give her hugs is when we attend food conferences together.  She is a little ray of sunshine, and I’m amazed at what she can do with vegan food.  I’ve often shared her stuff for “Meatless Mondays” because as I said, she is my go-to source for meatless meals.

Fresh Corn Risotto - photo and recipe by Kathy Hester

Fresh Corn Risotto – photo and recipe by Kathy Hester

Get Kathy’s recipe here: http://healthyslowcooking.com/2016/07/27/vegan-slow-cooker-fresh-corn-risotto-using-my-favorite-corn-cobb-trick/

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Have you noticed that my photos don’t suck as much as they used to?  That’s because Denise has held my hand, video chatted and emailed me through buying a new camera and learning how to use it.   I can’t even begin to explain how much I value the knowledge she has imparted and I could go on for hours about how gracious she is to share what she knows.  She is also a fantastic cook!  She knows her way around the kitchen and her food is awesome.  I peruse the blog she writes with Lenny fairly often because I know her food is right up my alley and this Banh Mi Grilled Pork Salad does not disappoint.  Noodles + Fish Sauce = My Happy Place.

Banh Mi Grilled Pork Salad - photo and recipe by Chez Us (Denise)

Banh Mi Grilled Pork Salad – photo and recipe by Chez Us (Denise)

Get Denise’s recipe here: http://chezus.com/2014/06/26/banh-mi-grilled-pork-salad/

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 I hope you have enjoyed the food from these amazing ladies as much as I do!  Leave a comment and give them some love!  See you next week with tales from Idaho and LOTS of potatoes!

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