Blogger Secret Ingredient: Week 15

Welcome to this week’s Blogger Secret Ingredient contest!  When Andrea of bella eats [and runs] asked me to host, I was more than happy to accept.  I love seeing the unique recipes everyone comes up with week to week.  It’s like watching a collective blogger cookbook being written!

Before we get into this week’s BSI, let’s do a recap of BSI’s past:

Week 14: Andrea @ bella eats [and runs]Ginger

Week 13: Amy @ Coffee Talk – Walnuts

Week 12: Lindsay @ For the Love of Oats – Pumpkin

Week 11: Melissa @ Trying to Heal – Sweet Potatoes

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

Week 9: Erica @ Itzy’s Kitchen – Pears

Week 8: Gina @ The Fitnessista – Cranberries

Week 7: Shannon @ Tri to Cook – Lentils

Week 6: Sabrina @ Rhodey Girl Tests – Polenta

Week 5: Jenn @ eatingbender – Butternut Squash

Week 4: Andrea + Erin @ Care to Eat – Apples

Week 3: Rose @ On a Lobster Placemat – Mushrooms

Week 2: Heather @ Hangry Pants – Tomatoes

Week 1: Christie @ Sportsnutritionliving – Quinoa

And the BSI for Week 15 is…



It’s the holidays – I couldn’t resist!  What other time of year would this be appropriate?!

So here’s how it works:

1. Make something delicious with peppermint – any form of peppermint you’d like!  Peppermint extract, peppermint candy canes, peppermint chocolates, etc.

2. Link back to my blog when you post your recipe on yours.  Let me know it’s up by e-mailing me at or leaving a comment on one of my posts.  If you don’t have a blog, no worries!  You still count.  Just shoot me an e-mail with your recipe.

3. Please submit your recipe by Sunday, December 14 @ 7:00 PM EST.  I’ll post the winner later that night!

I’m very excited to see the sweet and minty treats you all come up with.  And bonus points from me if you make something with whole grains and unrefined sweeteners!

Now go get busy in the kitchen!


32 Responses to “Blogger Secret Ingredient: Week 15”

  1. 1 Andrea [bella eats] December 8, 2008 at 10:26 am

    WOOHOO!!! How fun…I debated mint for my BSI week too! 🙂 You’ll be a great host…I can’t wait to see all of the fabulous recipes that pop up this week!

  2. 2 Meghann December 8, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Peppermint? Wow this must me a tough one! I might have to break into the candy cakes hanging on my x-mas tree for this. 🙂

  3. 3 Krista December 8, 2008 at 11:10 am

    Can’t wait to try a recipe with this one! Great choice!

  4. 4 Sharon December 8, 2008 at 11:26 am

    I think I might try for this one, seeing that I will be done exams this saturday – enough time for some… cooking/baking!

  5. 5 Tina December 8, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Oh boy, I need to think up a good recipe!

  6. 6 VeggieGirl December 8, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

  7. 8 sweetandnatural December 8, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Andrea [bella eats] – Great minds think alike! 😉

    Meghann – What about something with that peppermint ice cream you like so much?

    Krista, Sharon, Tina – Can’t wait to see what you ladies come up with!

    VeggieGirl, Hangry Pants – I heart the holidays. 🙂

  8. 9 catms916 December 8, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Oooh I can’t wait to try out a peppermint recipe! I’m drinking peppermint herb tea right now while I brainstorm ideas. 🙂

  9. 10 Erica December 8, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    Great choice! I love your blog- beautiful pictures 🙂

  10. 11 Lindsey (Mrs. LC) December 8, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Oh what a great ingredient for this time of year! I made a couple of Christmas cookies last week that included peppermint, and my hubs has been begging me to make my peppermint bark again. Hmm…one of those recipes or something different?

  11. 12 Jessica December 8, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Perfect holiday ingredient and I just so happened to make the most fitting candy last night! I just posted it thus I’m probably your first entry!

  12. 13 Amanda - RuntoFinish December 8, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    oh i’m dying to see what everyone comes up with.. I’m not that creative, but I ensure enjoy trying the recipes

  13. 14 Hangry Pants December 8, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    I fixed the link. 😀

    Oh and I know my recipe doesn’t count because I didn’t create it, but I never use mint, so that’s really all I got.

  14. 15 sweetandnatural December 8, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    catms916, Lindsay (Mrs. LC) – Can’t wait to see what you make!

    Erica – Thank you!

    Jessica – Thanks for the entry! Those look yummy. 🙂

    Amanda – RuntoFinish – I’m excited too. I love minty goodness!

    Hangry Pants – You’re speedy Miss Heather. 😛

  15. 17 ttfn300 December 8, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    hmmmm…. i was worried when i saw the leaves… i’ll have to get my thinking cap on 🙂

  16. 18 eatingbender December 8, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    GREAT CHOICE!! I hope to be able to contribute this week 🙂

  17. 19 livelaughlyss December 9, 2008 at 2:03 am

    i think this is the first week i’m going to submit a bsi entry! i’m so excited! 🙂

  18. 20 Katie December 9, 2008 at 7:40 am

    Ooooh! This looks so perfect! I’m totally submitting my peppermint truffles I’m posting this afternoon!

  19. 21 Melissa S. December 9, 2008 at 9:16 am

    great pick for this weeks BSI!!!

  20. 22 runjess December 9, 2008 at 10:31 am

    Great ingredient! I used it twice on Sunday, so I’m going to go ahead and enter those recipes:

  21. 23 sweetandnatural December 9, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Megan, runjess – Thanks for the entries ladies!

    ttfn300, eatingbender, livelaughlyss – Looking forward to seeing what you all make!

    Katie – Those sound incredible!

    Melissa S. – I had to go seasonal!

  22. 24 biz319 December 9, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    I am going to have a hard time with this one too – got to put my thinking cap on for this ingredient!

  23. 25 Natalie December 9, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    sounds good! I am in 🙂

  24. 26 sweetandnatural December 10, 2008 at 8:33 am

    biz319, Natalie – Hooray! Looking forward to your recipes!

  25. 27 Biz December 10, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    I just posted my peppermint marshmallow recipe – let me know if you want me to email it to you too!

    Happy Hump Day!

  26. 28 sweetandnatural December 11, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Biz – I got it! Those look DELICIOUS!

  27. 29 Erica December 13, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    I’m sorry I stink! I couldn’t come up with anything 😦

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