February 1, 2017

Recipe Showdown February 2017

Category: Recipe Showdown

Gone is the longest month of the year and in comes February, the shortest month of the year! 

With it, Jas over at All That’s Jas has nominated Patti from Garden Matter  and me to host February’s Recipe Showdown. (Thank you, Jas!)

Recipe Showdown - All that's Jas

This has been a cooking challenge in which Jas has kindly declared us the winner for using a smelly-like-feet ingredient that I don’t like: Gorgonzola. As much as I hated blue cheese, I did the challenge, alright! πŸ˜‰

The best part was, I had fun and I get to improvise the recipe with a little touch of Grubbs ‘n Critters. 
Circular Thyme Blue Cheese Cookies with Fig Jam in the Center

If you are still wondering what this game is, let me explain: Every month, an ingredient is given by a different game host. A new game host is selected based on a best recipe preferred by the host, and not based on its photo.

For this month, I am honoured to be hosting Recipe Showdown, a game that traced back to the region of former Yugoslavia. You also don’t have to be a blogger to play this game and as long as you love cooking and experimenting, this game encourages everyone who can post a recipe online to participate, not only bloggers.

The deal is to have fun creating new dishes as it’s all about eating and meeting new, foodie friends! So, are you ready for the ingredient? Let’s kick it off for February with:


One of the most common ingredient with a long history of culinary and medicinal use  and happens to be one of my favourite herbs! Just a tiny sprig and it changes the whole flavour of your food. Use too much of it and it dulls the taste.

It is however, pretty versatile and I thought I’d share two of my recipes which I have used sage in them: 

Sage and Chilli-Infused Potatoes

Oven Grilled Gambas Al Aljillo

Inspired yet? If not, we hope you could inspire someone else and tell them about this challenge. Then, simply share with us your best creation using this herb.

We won’t be strict – if you can’t find fresh sage, you can use the dried ones or substitute one that is closest.


Source: Google Image

Perhaps you already have few recipes with this super herb? Submit them all to ann at grubbsncritters dot com by the last week of February and they will be featured here on the first of March. Please remember to include one photo of the recipe and a link where the recipe can be found!

How to play  (Do not shoot the messenger!):

  1. The host site (in this case, me!) sets the key ingredient/food product that participants must use. The ingredient is given on the 1st of the month.
  2. Any time during that month, participants make a dish with the given ingredient and publish the recipe on internet with a link to the homepage of the game, and a link to the post in which ingredient is given (host site). 
    • The participant who has already published a recipe with a given ingredient, regardless of the date, can use it to share, following the same rules (link to the host site and the homepage of the game).
    • Participants have to e-mail the host page the following information:

             – Name
             – URL of the page where the recipe was published
             – Photo of the finished dish

  3.  The host site will publish all submissions with links in a post at the end of that month and select a winner/new host site for the next month. The host site can, if they wish, send a small gift to the winner
  4. The host site will share the post on their social media.
  5. Re-entering the same recipe and repeating the host site is allowed after 2 years (subject to change).


More details about those rules on the Recipe Showdown homepage.

Thank you for participating! Questions? Ask Away!

Share your creations on social media using hashtags #RecipeShowdown  #allthatsjas #grubbsncritters

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  1. Sage, love it! My wheels are turning now, thinking of a recipe. I’ll play too, not for the winning, because I can’t win for another two years. Thanks, Ann, for playing along. I think Patti opted out as her blog is not mainly food blog.
    Btw, did you send me your home address yet? You’ve got a prize coming…

    • She did? Oh that’s a bummer! Well, let’s see how many would participate in this then. Fingersx!
      You know I can be such a sucker for a cooking challenge. And I’m so very glad that you’ll be thinking of a recipe too! Sage is a lovely herb to use. Can’t wait to see what you come up with. I’m thinking if I should come up with another sage-y recipe!

  2. Love sage, and those two recipes above look amazing. I’m wondering if trying out a non-edible recipe is cheating?

    • HIya Safar! Thanks! Sage is such a special herb. I’d say, why not to your non-edible recipe. Go for it! It is still a recipe, so let’s do it. Now I’m curious what are you thinking of that would make it non-edible! Very interesting. Tweet me if you are posting it up – pingbacks don’t always work for me these days.

  3. Where do I submit my link and image for this awsome event. I would love to partivipate. Thanks

  4. Gen

    I’m IN! I love this idea! Your potatoes look uhhh-mazing!

    • YAYYYYYYYY!!! I can’t wait what you’ll come up with. Hit me with that sage for this Showdown, Gen! That taters, you’ll regret you ever made it because you’d want more! πŸ˜‰


  5. Hope I am doing the correctly: I would love to enter for the Recipe Showdown: February – Sage
    I have reposted the recipe on my own site, https://cookandenjoyrecipes.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/ess-vegan-shepherds-pie/
    Shared my creations on FB, Pinterest as well as Instagram using hashtags #RecipeShowdown #allthatsjas #grubbsncritters.
    As you indicated you have already received my email with all the informaton
    Please let me know if I am missing anything.

  6. Not use allowed, but if so, I am submitting a second recipe for the February Recipe Showdown.
    Shared my creations on FB, Pinterest as well as Instagram using hashtags #RecipeShowdown #allthatsjas #grubbsncritters.
    I have emailed you this one as well.

  7. Sounds like fun. I love sage but my husband claims he doesn’t like it. I’m not convinced yet…

  8. Hi,
    Your food looks amazing. I like the photo of the three leaves. I keep trying to improve my blog photography. I know Showers of Blessings.
    I met you on Danny Ray’s site Congratulations on being his featured blogger. I was his featured blogger too! Maybe you can check out my blog if you need a blogging tip or two. That’s what I write about. I also have regular blog parties like Danny. I’m actually having one now and would love for you to come. I blog over at MostlyBlogging.com

    • Hi Janice!
      Oh wow…you are like one of the blog gurus and utterly surprised by your visit and dropping a comment. πŸ˜€ Thank you for stopping by and your kind words. Which reminds me I need to credit that photo of the leaves from Google as it was not my own photography work! I also have to thank you for letting me know that Danny featured me. I did not get any ping back from Danny so I haven’t got a clue!
      I’ll definitely check out your blog and will come over. nice to meet you, Janice. πŸ™‚


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