BSI – Week 100!

I was wondering who Dave from My Year on the Grill was going to pick for the next BSI host this week – can I just say how happy he was to throw it back my way in honor of Week 100 of Blogger Secret Ingredient!  Check out the BSI Page to get the facts here.

I have to clarify though – I did not come up with this original event.  It started in the fall of 2008.  Each week a person would pick an ingredient, you would make a recipe during the week, submit it and see who won.  I’ve won three times! 😀  It was a great way to see how many different ways a particular ingredient would be prepared.

One week it was peppermint – way back in December 2008.  I remember checking back every few days to see if that hostess picked a winner and chose the next host.  Weeks went by, and I decided to resurrect it with Zucchini in Week 16!  And we’ve been going strong ever since.

Some weeks we have a more submissions than others.  I am hoping with the help of you guys, we can Twitter and Facebook this weeks event to get a great turn out and build the BSI momentum again. 😀

Most of my long time readers know I was an extremely picky eater growing up.  A cucumber was the only vegetable that crossed my lips.  Well, through the BSI, I have made the following recipes with ingredients I hate! No, it isn’t onions – I made Hannah do that one!

BSI – Beets.  Tony and I both can’t stand beets, although both our parents ate them when we were growing up.  I decided to see if I could make a hummus out of it – and we were both pleasantly surprised on how good this tasted – just a slight sweetness from the beets mixed well with all the garlic!

BSI – Sweet Potato.  I made sweet potato pillows in a red pepper sauce – these turned out delicious!  I even made another batch the day I made them to bring them to work – I big hit!  (note: some of these pics were taken when I had no idea how to use a camera!)

BSI – Capers.   Eew.  Briny balls of snot.  But I was able to transform them into spicy red potatoes with a lemon caper sauce – delicious!

BSI – Ground Turkey.   Again, not a huge fan of ground turkey because a: it’s usually really dry and b: I wonder what else might be ground with the turkey (i.e. rat parts, pig fat, fish eyes).   Not only was I brave and used ground turkey, I also make a Turkish dish – Turkish Borgei.  The result was a flakey crust, and spicy center – I need to make these again!

So by now I know you are waiting with baited breath wondering what this weeks ingredient is going to be:  CHILES! Did you guys know I liked spicy food??!!  You can use anything in the chile family:

  • dried chiles
  • jalapenos
  • poblano peppers
  • habanero
  • anaheim
  • ancho
  • cascabel

Since this is Halloween weekend, and I am a day late in getting the ingredient out – please submit your chile recipes by Sunday, November 7th.  The winner will be announced Monday, November 8 and a new host will be announced.  I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!  If you don’t have a blog, just email me your submission at bdl319@gmail.com and I’ll post it for you.  Please link your BSI to this post so I can make sure I get your submissions! 😀

It’s stormy this morning so I have to log off!  I had my usual egg bagel sammie

a chili stuffed potato for lunch

and black bean soup and grilled cheese for dinner.

Stats for Monday:

  • 1,460- calories, 177 carbs, 101 protein, 41 fat, 26 fiber
  • 24% of calories from fat
  • 45 minute walk with 4 pound weights

Have a great day!

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  • Helen
    October 26, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    As I sprinkled crushed red pepper flakes on my stirfry last night I thought, “This is totally something Biz would do!”

    I feel about hot dogs and sausage the way you feel about ground turkey. If I really want to eat it, I just can’t think about it 🙂

  • Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
    October 26, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Ah, sorry you had to struggle with ground turkey! I love the stuff and cook with it all the time. LOVE your choice of chiles! I have the perfect meal for it! I’ll list it by the end of the week.

    One thought if you want to keep BSI going strong, you could make a button that people could put on the side of their blogs, then they would remember plus advertise. I’ve gotten a lot of comments about people just forgetting about it, like I have done! I would make you a button but I have no button creating skills, someone else made mine! I’m sure you could find someone to do it for you! Even though you weren’t the original creator, it’s still your baby, just the adopted baby!

  • fittingbackin
    October 26, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    I grew up a picky, picky eater too! Chiles is a GREAT BSI choice – nice!

    I don’t like ground turkey either… I prefer 96/4 beef any day!

  • thehealthyjunky
    October 26, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I have a few good recipes that I could submit! Hopefully get around to it. That macaroni dish looks awesome. I want this for dinner tonight!

  • Jenn@slim-shoppin
    October 26, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    capers = brainy balls of snot!? I laughed so hard when I read that!

    I’ll put my thinking cap on for chiles!!

  • Kelly the Happy Texan
    October 26, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I love chiles! I make something called armadillo eggs where you stuff a pickled jalapeno with cheese, wrap it in sauasage (then cook it), then wrap it in biscuit dough then bake. It’s really good. 🙂

    I was a super picky eater as a kid. I’ve gotten better. I still can’t stand raw tomatoes or chunks of onions.

    Looking forward to seeing the entries for the contest.

  • Samantha
    October 26, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Chilies are a great choice! I’m sure there will be a lot of great submissions with that one.

    And ground turkey really grosses me…I’m not even sure why, but I have tried to make it a few times and I can never bring myself to eat it.

  • Julia
    October 26, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Love capers on my Lox, guess I will have a new view of them now. Also ground turkey, you definately know how to change our thoughts on ingredients LOL.

    Did you see I made a Bizzy Pizza last night?

    • biz319
      October 26, 2010 at 9:18 pm

      Glad you tried the bizzy breakfast pizza! 😀

  • Shelley B
    October 26, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    I laughed at Helen’s comment, because yesterday when I was roasting zucchini and onions to make her zucchini soup, I sprinkled crushed red pepper over the pan and thought of you!

    And I’m trying not to get grossed out at your description of ground turkey…which could also be applied to ground beef, for that matter. Ugh. You may have just turned me into a vegetarian!

  • actorsdiet
    October 26, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    love the color of the beets! looks like candy!

  • Beth @ 990 Square
    October 26, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Biz-be careful today–I just saw something on the news about how bad the weather is today in Chicagoland!

    • biz319
      October 26, 2010 at 6:45 pm

      Yep – crazy weather!! I didn’t even let Hannah go to school today. Our power is out too. 🙁

  • Skippymom
    October 26, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Can we use chile powder? The spice? I don’t have great access to the peppers so rarely use them, but I do have few recipes that include the spice.

    I didn’t realize we could all enter! booyah!

    • biz319
      October 26, 2010 at 6:44 pm

      Absolutely! The weekly event is open to anyone 😀

  • suzicate
    October 26, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Capers – Briny balls of snot! I’m laughing my butt off! That is one thing I’ve never tried. I always omit them from recipes and was thinking about buying them…you just changed my mind!

    • biz319
      October 26, 2010 at 6:44 pm

      Run, run as far as you can from capers! Well, unless you make my spicy red potatoes! 😀

      • Skippymom
        October 26, 2010 at 7:00 pm

        Capers are of the devil. PERIOD. [sorry] 🙂

  • Year on the Grill
    October 26, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    HMMM… Finding something of mine that doesn’t have chiles in it (I even put just a titch of Chipotle CHILE powder in my Butterscotch scotchies).

    But I can’t stand the pressure of picking a winner (and crushing the souls of those that are not picked)…. i am just too sensitive of a soul.

  • lisaiscooking
    October 26, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I love spicy food and the flavor of chiles. Can’t wait to see the chiles dishes!

  • Shannon
    October 26, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    oh my gosh, 100 weeks! crazy… i remember when i hosted lentils 🙂 it’s been too long since I participated… but brandi stole my chili idea. i knew I should’ve snuck it into the cake i made last night!

  • Pubsgal
    October 26, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Oooo, I might just have to break down and participate in the BSI. It always sounds like so much fun, and I can’t resist the ingredient – how appropos! Guess I’m not the only one who thinks “Biz would love this!” when doing stuff with hot chile peppers. 🙂

  • Dana - Food for Thought
    October 26, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Can’t wait to make something yummy with chiles 🙂

  • Heather
    October 26, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I haven’t had a chili potato is so long! Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

  • Christina (Dinner at Christina's)
    October 26, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Awesommmme! I was holding out with my dinner plans this week to see if I needed to change anything for your BSI. I am HAPPY to report that a dish I was planning has chiles – perfect BSI submission! 🙂 Thanks for hosting the 100th week Biz! 🙂

    • biz319
      October 27, 2010 at 12:25 am

      Can’t wait to see what you make! I need to make your baked chile rellenos again!

  • Alisa
    October 26, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Congratulations Biz! Whether or not you started it all, you are still the leader behind this event.

  • Erica
    October 26, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    It has been a LONG time since I participated in BSI…maybe its about time I hop back on the band wagon. I love jalapenos….I need to start thinking! Dinner looks great. I <3 black bean soup.

  • Spiceaholic
    October 26, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Excellent choice, my spicy loving friend! And thank you for keeping BSI going, I’ve always had fun participating. 🙂

  • Veronica
    October 27, 2010 at 12:31 am

    I always wondered how BSI started–do you know what blogger was the originator? I always thought it was you! I like that you chose chiles–we like spicy stuff here so this shouldn’t be a problem! In fact, my hubby just made beef stew in the crockpot and just because he could, threw in a habanero and another unidentifiable chile, seeds and all.

    • biz319
      October 27, 2010 at 2:04 am

      She stopped blogging in around July of 2009.

      Habanero beef stew?? I am in! 😀

  • cheffresco
    October 27, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Your posts always make me hungry! The sesame seed wraps look especially delicious!

  • Mandi
    October 27, 2010 at 12:54 am

    Man, those pics make me hungry! I have actually always loved beets, but never thought of making a hummus out of them before! I may have to try that one out!

  • sophia
    October 27, 2010 at 6:41 am

    I just saw someone commenting on BSI buttons…I think that’s a good idea! 🙂

    I would join more BSIs if I had the time!

  • Year on the Grill
    October 28, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Hey Biz… OK, if you pick multiple winners by categories, I am guessing I will be the only person to turn in a dessert recipe. Here’s mine…


    BTW, I am new to BSI, here’s my two cents worth… Button, sure, why not. Heather from Girlichef would probably be glad to help you with that. Also, a “winners” button would be more likely to get added to people’s sites that “just” a button. So, two buttons.

    And, much fun as it is to do a weekly contest, I think every other week would work better. Not enough time between the announcement and to do the contest justice. More advance notice may get better participation.

    • biz319
      October 28, 2010 at 8:47 pm

      Thanks for the info Dave! And I agree – I think every other week works well – may as well start it out like that going forward since I decided to make chiles two weeks because of Halloween. 😀

  • alfagee
    October 28, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    You picked one of my favorite ingredients! I’m honored to have an entry for the Centennial BSI.

    Here it is–Chipotle Chicken Corn Chowder


    • biz319
      October 28, 2010 at 5:55 pm

      Thanks Gayle! That sounds amazing! 😀

  • Jen @ keepitsimplefoods
    October 28, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Those pastries look delish- would they work with veggies in the middle instead?

    • biz319
      October 28, 2010 at 8:48 pm

      I don’t see why not – or maybe sub the turkey for soy crumbles??

  • Debbie
    October 30, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Those sweet potato pillows look delicious! Congrats on hosting this week…I would love to enter my latest post: http://www.squirrelbakes.com/2010/10/hubbies-texas-chili.html Thanks!

  • spabettie
    October 30, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    my first chili !! it was VER spicy with the chili powder AND the jalapenos… does that count as a chili also ? 😉


    Thank you!

    • biz319
      October 30, 2010 at 10:26 pm

      Absolutely! Thanks for the submission! 😀

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  • spabettie
    November 2, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    can I make multiple entries? (we use chilis A LOT)



    • biz319
      November 2, 2010 at 6:41 pm

      You can send as many in as you want! 😀 I heart chiles! 😀

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    November 2, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    …and this is my most popular recipe, african peanut soup using dried chile :


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    November 3, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    I couldn’t resist submitting another entry, for Apricot and Olive Chicken Tagine. It’s got a little kick from Harissa.


  • Erica
    November 5, 2010 at 10:38 am

    My submission: Mexican Meatballs- http://itzyskitchen.blogspot.com/2010/11/e-mexican-meatballs.html

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    • biz319
      November 6, 2010 at 2:15 pm

      Thanks!!! That sounds delicious!

    • biz319
      November 6, 2010 at 2:16 pm

      Wow, thanks again! 😀

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