EttB #2: June Round-Up


We had more great entries for this round’s Eat to the Beat! If you didn’t get a chance to participate this time around, be sure to check out the guidelines and submit your entry for the next round-up in September. Many thanks to those who participated, and I hope to see entries from you and others for the next edition! If I missed your submission or you see any other problems, please let me know.

Now without further ado, I bring you the June round-up.

Val, who is definitely serving up More than Burnt Toast here, brings this gorgeous and no doubt incredibly delicious chocolate budino with ice cream to EttB. *drool* Val’s inspiration was one of my favorite songstresses, Sarah McLachlan, and her song “Ice Cream.” This pudding cake is made all the better with a big ol’ scoop of cool, creamy goodness.

Núria takes some of my favorite ingredients and makes this irresistible Spanish tapas of quail egg on sobrassada toast. This may be tapas, but I would be content eating a couple of these for dinner. Núria also shares the story of when she was in Mallorca (eating lots of sobrassada sausage!) with her then-boyfriend, who ended up falling in love and marrying someone else. Like the Hermes House Band says, “Life is life!” But of course, for Núria, it ended well and that was a great experience for her, since she ended up later meeting her husband. And of course because she got to eat all the yummy sobrassada 😉

Ivy of Kopiaste takes the Fool’s Garden song “Lemon Tree” to a whole new level with this tasty lemon marmalade. I have yet to make marmalade myself, but I think I may start with Ivy’s recipe, as I love anything lemon flavored. With all those rinds and juice it has got to be really flavorful…and perfect on a scone 🙂

Although Albert Hammond claims “It Never Rains in Southern California,” rain is exactly what prompted Susan, a favorite FoodBlogga of mine, to make this fresh cherry and peach upside-down cake. I have to agree that there is something great about baking a cake when it’s raining outside.  And I can take some thunderstorms if it means a piece of that!

“The first cut[let] is the deepest” kind of sounds like a Weird Al version of the famous song, doesn’t it? Hehe. But, in this case, Mollie’s mind just instantly went to that Cat Stevens (or possibly Sheryl Crow?) song when she started preparing these chicken cutlets for her delicious looking chicken parmesan. Mmm, this dish looks crispy and moist and cheesy and yum.

Peter, the Greek gourmand over at Kalofagas, definitely made me laugh with his entry. Though his dish ties in with Elton John’s “Rocket Man” the song posted on his blog is a spoken word version by none other than William Shatner. I admit, I do have some Shatner in my music collection, vis-a-vis the Ben Fold’s collaboration “Fear of Pop.” But I digress; this rocket (or arugula) pesto on spaghetti looks so delicious. I love, love, love arugula. And you know already how I love pestos!

Rachel, the Crispy Cook, was “tempted by the fruit of another” much like the popular ’80s band, Squeeze when she created this entry. “Tempted” is definitely one of my favorite ’80s songs and mango is one of my favorite fruits, so I, too, would be tempted by this beautiful grilled cardamon-glazed mango! Grilled fruits are one of my favorite new things!

Erika from Bean’s Bistro is definitely one of those ubercreative types. You can just tell by her EttB entries. This time, she makes “When Doves Cry” Cornish Hens with Port Sauce and Grapes. We all remember Prince’s “When Doves Cry” (and, we will no doubt now have it in our heads for days) and this is a perfect tribute to the song, and to purple man himself. Cornish hens are kinda-sorta like doves and the stuffing is bold (like Prince’s father?). And of course grapes are signature Prince-purple. NICE.

Stefany is not only joining EttB for a second time, but she is giving us 2 dishes yet again! And if that wasn’t good enough, Stefany is channeling a good old fashioned 1980s hair band, Poison. Surely  you remember the song “Every Rose Has its Thorn.” Stefany picked up a couple bottles of rose nectar and was on her way to EttB goodness. And, since “every night has its dawn,” Stefany gives us these buttery bites of goodness–Morning Rose Madeleines. Plus, she makes these great rose cupcakes. I’m not sure which one I’d rather have, so you can just ship one of each to me, Stefany. Thanks!

One of the reasons I love blogging events is that you learn all about new blogs, and Ben’s was one of those blogs (though not from this event).  His blog is full of amazing looking stuff, and this arroz moro is certainly no exception, considering my mouth dropped when I first viewed the picture. Ben enjoys salsa music and especially likes Cuban singer Cecelia Cruz. And of course Cuban music goes perfectly with that delicious Cuban dish!

Dear readers, I seriously cannot tell you how much I love key lime pie (okay, anything with lime). In fact, I’m sad to say I’ve never made my own, but after getting Erin’s entry to this event, I definitely need to give this recipe a try. Erin’s key lime pie goes hand in hand with a Kenny Chesney song of the same title. Like Erin, this makes me wish I were relaxing on the beach (eating at least 2 pieces of key lime pie).

Lindsey channeled the Beatles “Strawberry Fields Forever” when she made these gorgeous, juicy strawberry anise scones. These yogurt scones have actually been on my (mile-long) “to try” list for a while and I think the addition of the anise sounds wonderful. And even better, though you wouldn’t know it by looking at them, these scones are healthy, to boot.

Whenever Michelle at Big Black Dog sits on her porch sipping lemonade in the warm weather, the song “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini” pops into her head. By the way, is that even the title? I don’t know. What I DO know is that this lemonade looks fabulous. I’m not sure which I like better in this pink lemonade–the cranberry juice or the lime. I am a sucker for -ades of all sorts and this one looks so good and refreshing!

Kate at Paved with Good Intentions used inspiration from the Eagles to make this really schmany dessert of champagne ice cream. You remember in Hotel California where there are mirrors on the ceiling and the champagne’s on ice? Kate used Cava in place of champagne but, hey, I am all for adding any type of booze into my food, thanks. I can just see this with some chocolate covered strawberries (and, I’m not going to lie, I kept hearing this as “cham-PAHN-ya!” a la Christopher Walken in SNL).

Kelsey at Apple a Day ditches the apples for some berries and makes this gorgeous All-American Berry Bundt Cake. It’s stuff like this that really makes me want specialty cake pans. Mmm. This cake sounds so good (I love ANY form of fruit dessert), and it fits in perfectly with the song Kelsey chose, which is “All American Girl” by Carrie Underwood. The red and blue berries and white cake are totally festive.

And here’s my dish–chocolate milk cupcakes, inspired by Rufus Wainwright’s “Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk.” I have never really been one for moderation, so anything that’s “a little bit sweeter, a little bit fatter, and a little bit harmful for me” is right up my alley.

EttB #2: June Round-Up

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