Blogger Secret Ingredient!

Thanks to Karena for passing the Blogger Secret Ingredient (BSI)  honor on to me! Check out her site for last week’s winner and secret ingredient!

I have seen BSI posts here and there but have not  followed them 100%, so I am looking forward to catching up on all of the previous posts, which you can find links to below.

What exactly is Blogger Secret Ingredient? (Thanks again Karena for the roundup!)

  • The host picks an ingredient, preferably one that is in season, readily available and not too expensive.
  • The host links back to all the other previous weekly hosts.
  • Participants create a unique recipe using the BSI and e-mail (or comment and link to) 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, it’s preferred so I can show everyone your fabulous creations).
  • If you don’t have a blog, you can e-mail the host ( directly and it will be posted on the blog.
  • The host reviews recipes Sunday evening of each week and picks a favorite.
  • The winner is posted Monday morning and receives a prize of the host’s choice.

What is this week’s Blogger Secret Ingredient, you ask? Drumroll please. . .


coconut milk

Coconut milk! I use a lot of coconut milk in the winter. It adds a nice flavor to soups and curries making them feel a little more “gourmet” than just regular old broth does.  I look forward to seeing what you all come up with for this week’s Blogger Secret Ingredient. The prize? A Trader Joe’s snack pack yet to be determined but that will definitely include deliciousness!

If you need inspiration check out BSI from past weeks:


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

Please don’t forget about my raffle to raise money for The ALLY Foundation! Each entry is a $10 donation on my fundraising page: The prize is a $100 gift card to Williams Sonoma! The ALLY Foundation is doing incredible work protecting us from violent sex offenders, and I am proud to be running the 2010 Boston Marathon for them. Anything that you can donate will help!

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  1. RhodeyGirl’s avatar

    I can’t believe the BSI still exists!!! how fun!!!


  2. Jenna’s avatar

    What a fabulous secret ingredient! I actually have some coconut milk in my cupboard, so if I have time, I will definitely try to think something up. Otherwise, I am curious to see what others come up with so I can try out a recipe!


  3. Jess (Fit Chick in the City)’s avatar

    Wow! That is a long list of blogger’s with the secret ingredient. Very impressive!


  4. Karena’s avatar

    Awesome! I have leftover coconut milk in my fridge from Saturday’s dinner so this will mean it won’t go to waste! Very excited to see everyone’s recipes. :)


  5. Beatrice’s avatar

    I have never heard of this type of event, but I can see how it would be fun. It might be cheating to use a recipe you already came up with, but I recently did a post about “island oatmeal” made with coconut milk.


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      I don’t think it would be cheating! Feel free to post the link in the comments or email to me so that it can be included.


    2. Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)’s avatar

      You know, I’ve NEVER cooked with coconut milk but love recipes with it. I’ll be curious to see what people come up with! :D


    3. Biz’s avatar

      I only tried coconut milk within the past year – love it in Thai inspired dishes!

      Thanks for hosting this week – I updated my BSI page with your info. :D


      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        Thanks! If you have time definitely send a recipe idea over!


      2. Simply Life’s avatar

        Wow I’ve actually never seen this before! I’m so excited to see the results since I’ve NEVER cooked with coconut milk before!


      3. Heather @ Side of Sneakers’s avatar

        mm I love coconut milk!! I always forget to use it :)


      4. Allie (Live Laugh Eat)’s avatar

        AWESOME choice!!! I don’t have any here at school (we have 329043 cans at home). I’ll definitely think of something if I end up getting a can somewhere.


      5. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite’s avatar

        Well I am going to enter this:

        since it contains not just coconut milk but coconut oil!


      6. Biz’s avatar

        I posted my BSI recipe – spicy coconut soup! :D

        Thanks for hosting this week!


      7. The Chef In My Head’s avatar

        I’m actually making my way through all the fabulous blog(72) listed on BSI, backwards, and finding some really amazing sites. I love yours and I will be back again! Stop on by if you get a chance, I’m number 73-Goat Cheese. Happy Monday ~LeslieMichele


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