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Daring Kitchen

It’s Official! As of June 15, 2010 I am a “Daring Cook” ...  or so we’ll see…  I don’t know how daring I can be, but I am really going to try hard. Let’s see if I can hack it. I learned about The Daring Kitchen from my fellow foodie and blogger friend, Olga Berman of Mango and Tomato who is a Daring Baker. She is an amazingly talented cook and she has inspired me to improve my skills. (Thanks, Olga!)

So, if you aren’t familiar with The Daring Kitchen, here are the rules:  On the 17th of every month, members, known as Daring Cooks or Daring Bakers, have access to a forum where a challenge with one new recipe is posted by an alternating host on the Daring Kitchen’s site.  It is the responsibility of each member to be active and check the website often and know when the monthly recipe will be posted. Each member then creates the exact same recipe, records the process and then posts about it on their personal blogs on a designated date.

  • There are a few rules that must be followed to ensuring you are kept in the secret cooking society:
  • You must participate in eight months of the 12 monthly challenges
  • Never post early on your blog
  • Always comment if you are unable to participate
  • Missing two challenges consecutively and not commenting (that you are unable to participate) results in no more access to the challenges or forums.
  • All challenges should be followed as the host defined them, however dietary restrictions allow for substitutions and omissions.
  • Keep all challenges secret from outside the Daring Kitchen private forums

There over 4,500 members worldwide including individuals from all over the world. The group began in November 2006 when Lis and Ivonne, partner in the Daring Kitchen, “baked the same recipe separately in our own kitchens. Then we blogged about our different results even though we followed the same recipe.  That’s what started the ball rolling… people reading our blogs asked to join in the next time we baked – it became a monthly event from there, gaining more and more people each month.”

If you haven’t already stopped by The Daring Kitchen – home of The Daring Bakers and The Daring Cooks – you should! There are lots of great feature articles, cookbook reviews and feature members. Lot’s of good, clean fun for everyone!

My first recipe will be July 2010! Wish me Luck!

The Daring Cook Challenges

July 2010: Nut Butters