The Leftover Diaries: Volume V

Breakfast Tacos

 Time is off the essence and these days it seems like everyone is rushing to get somewhere. A sit down breakfast can be a tall order when you are on the move, so take breakfast to go!

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Hump Day Updates

Is it a coincidence that we’re making it a point to post on hump day during Love-Inspired Week?  Of course it is – get your mind out of the gutter… Mom.  We were very excited to see that the  **DOUBLE POINTS WEEK** Love-Inspired Dish is on pace to break the single week voting record, so if you haven’t voted yet, make sure you do so you can be a part of 52WCC history.

   Now that all of the weekly challenges have been posted on Reddit, we are happy to open the voting for our own MARCH MADDNESS event –  Double Points week!  Check out the poll on the sidebar – voting will stay open until next week. (Anyone remember this from the Slam Dunk contest two (?) years ago?  What a cool idea)

Think food blogging is easy?  Are you one of those people who likes to read our posts and laugh at our typo’s and misuse of the English language?  Think you can do better?  Well this may very well be your opportunity.  52WCC is thinking about branching out and adding a guest columnist to add to our already diverse offerings of recipes, techniques and food news.  We are looking for original ideas that could be used as recurrent columns – if you have a sweet tooth you may want to write about desserts or if you’re an avid cook book collector you may want to write some cook book reviews. If you think you have what it takes to earn the title of food blogger, shoot us an email at and let us know that you’re interested!

Market Watch: Volume I

As the mild winter slowly gives way to the promise of spring, we debut a new recurring column here on 52WCC that will focus on the fresh and seasonal foods found at your local  markets.  Whether you’re a farmer’s market grazer or a frequent visitor of a small ethic market, check in often to see what we are doing with the fresh foods that are showing up at our markets and what to keep an eye out for when you hit the markets by you.  As always, feel free to share your cooking ideas with us through the comments section of the blog or our facebook page.

Click ahead to check out today’s feature – Chive Blossoms!

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The Leftover Diaries: Volume IV

After the Pan Frying Challenge I had to leave town for a few days and had to leave my beautiful fresh (never-frozen) scallops behind.  I threw them in the freezer so at least they would keep a few days longer, but once I returned I realized that the beautiful texture that one gets with fresh scallops would be ruined after a weekend in the chill chest.  Not having to worry about the texture of the scallops, I set out to use the flavor of the scallop in a different sort of way, which led me to the above – Scallop manicotti.

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Road Trip Eats: Quebec Winter Carnival

Because I currently live in the frozen tundra known as Vermont, I had the unique opportunity to take a quick jaunt up to Quebec this weekend for the annual Winter Carnival (Carnaval de Quebec).  Since the late 1800’s, the city of Quebec hosts a three-week festival celebrating winter activities, Quebecois culture and the creepiest mascots you’ll ever see.

Our pictures are worth…

A thousand views!

Thanks to everyone who keeps coming out and checking out the site.  Never did we think that we would have had so many people come out to the site to check out our photos and recipes and participate in our contest.

To celebrate the thousandth view on the site we’ve set up a Facebook fan page!  LIKE the page using the icon on the sidebar  or by searching for 52 Week Cooking Challenge on Facebook and you’ll be able to get updates on blog postings and post your own responses to our challenges.

We’re looking forward to using our Facebook page as a better way to connect with everyone!  See you there!

Greetings from Quebec

Hello friends and greetings from Canada.  While Rob is spending the weekend down in balmy Baltimore, I’ve hit the road to experience the frozen wonder that is the Quebec Winter Carnival.  I’ve brought my camera and will diligently photo-journalize the trip (mostly the food, but I’lll try for a few shots of the Bonhomme – the third creepiest mascot of all time) and publish it next week in a new (albeit infrequent) 52WCC segment about road trip cuisine.

I took the time out from eating poutine and drinking Caribu (the drink, not the favorite hunting target of Sarah Palin) to do two things: (1) to remind you that there’s only one day left to vote for your favorite dish in the SOUPS CHALLENGE and (2) to let you know that voting has opened up today on FEBRUARY’S DOUBLE POINTS WEEK (below) and will remain open until next Sunday.

Have a great weekend and take care of America for me while I’m gone.

– Will