Blogger Secret Ingredient

by Alison on May 24, 2010

Thanks to Biz for asking me to Host the Blogger Secret Ingredient (BSI) this week and thanks to Helen for for hosting last week! Check out her site for last week’s winner and secret ingredient!

I have seen BSI posts, mostly on Biggest Diabetic Loser but I haven’t followed them that closely.  Upon being asked to host I went back and looked at tons of them and man have I been missing out!  Totally have a new blog obsession (uh oh) I am looking forward to going back and checking out the rest of the posts I have missed, what’s awesome is that they are all listed below so you can too! 😛  I’m also looking for someone to host next week, please email me or comment if you are interested.

So what, you ask, is this Blogger Secret Ingredient thing all about?

  • The host picks an ingredient, preferably one that is in season, readily available and not too expensive. (aren’t you just dying to know what it is?)
  • The host links back to all the other previous weekly hosts. (see below)
  • Participants create a unique recipe using the BSI and e-mail (or you can comment with link) the host their recipes.
  • You do not need to have a food blog to participate, and you do not have to submit a photograph (though, let’s face it a picture is worth a thousand words).
  • If you don’t have a blog, you can e-mail the host ( directly and it will be posted on my blog.
  • The host reviews recipes Sunday evening of each week and picks a favorite. (Sunday May 30th by 5pm Pacific time pretty please)
  • The winner is posted Monday morning and receives a prize of the host’s choice. (I have a sea salt sampler pack (Includes Brittany Gray, Pacific Sea, Hawaiian Coral and Alder Smoked sea salt) for the lucky winner)

What is this week’s Blogger Secret Ingredient, you ask? Well my garden overflows with it at the moment and I’m dying to find lots of good recipes for it, so with out further ado


I love Swiss Chard but anything done the same way all the time can get boring so please flood me with your ideas.

Chard goes by many names—Swiss chard, leaf beet, seakettle beet, and spinach beet to name a few. It is a beautiful large-leaf vegetable with wide flat stems resembling celery. The ruby variety is especially charming with its’ vivid red stem with broad dark green leaves. If you like spinach, you will adore chard. The flavor is mild yet earthy and sweet with slightly bitter undertones.

The word “Swiss” was used to distinguish chard from French charde or chardon by nineteenth century seed catalogues publishers and the name stuck. Chard is very popular among Mediterranean cooks but the first varieties have been traced back to Sicily. In the US the leaves are valued while European cooks value the stalks to the point of discarding the leaves or feeding them to animals. (such a shame)

Chard can be harvested while the leaves are young and tender or after maturity when larger have slightly tougher stems. Chard is extremely perishable, so keep refrigerator storage time to a minimum. Store unwashed leaves in plastic bags in the crisper for 2 to 3 days. The stalks can be stored longer if separated from the leaves.

If you need inspiration check out BSI from past weeks:

Week 80: Helen – 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

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Helen (Fuss Free Flavours) May 24, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Oh! I need to get myself some chard.

Thanks for hosting. My top top is to start writing the round up as the entries come in then there is not a mad rush on Sunday evening to get it written!
.-= Helen (Fuss Free Flavours) ´s last blog ..Roast Carrot Dip =-.

Sarah May 24, 2010 at 10:44 PM

I don’t think it’s in season here (UK) yet, so I don’t expect to get it in my veg box until next month. Oh well!
.-= Sarah´s last blog ..Plenty, take three: Fried leeks =-.

Alison May 25, 2010 at 6:38 AM

Really? I’m in Washington state and it is in season here, our average night time temperatures have been in the low 40s (its about the only thing I can harvest at the moment :P)

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