Happy Opening Day of the Olympics! There are few events in existence that can simultaneously unite the entire world, showcase elite athletes, and give the public two weeks of unparalleled entertainment, so it is with great pleasure that we help to usher in the 2012 London Summer Olympics. Around here, our brains are filled with all things relating to kitchen tools, bakeware, dinnerware and glassware, so of course we were curious - what does an Olympian eat? I'd venture a guess that they probably get to indulge from time to time, considering they exercise 7 days/week and burn mega-calories. But they also have to be conscious of what they're putting into their bodies, because food = fuel, and they need a lot of fuel! In honor of Opening Day, we thought we'd make a compilation of recipes we think would be great for athletes - or the home cook who's looking for some delicious, carb-filled indulgences. The best part - these recipes showcase ingredients that are in season, so they're available locally, and give a nice nutritional boost.
Peaches 'n Cream Pancakes from A Cozy Kitchen. Peaches are a wonderful addition to a breakfast of champions. And we're hoping for lots of team USA champions this year - maybe we should head to London and make them this breakfast?!
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Bacon Corn Hash from Smitten Kitchen. Again along the lines of a really spectacular breakfast - this dish highlights fresh corn, accompanied by a pretty stellar line-up of other ingredients. I think this would go wonderfully alongside peach pancakes.
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Provencal Potato Salad by Simply Recipes. Carb overload at it's most patriotic! And here we were thinking food wasn't patriotic. There is something so beautiful about this potato salad, but it also packs a serious carb-fueled punch.
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Cherry Barbecue Chicken Pizza by Pennies on a Platter. Another wonderful use of produce that's plentiful this time of year - cherries! This is an extremely inventive recipe, merging bold sweet and savory flavors, and adorning a wonderful carbo-crust. Sounds delicious!
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Summer Spaghetti by Pennies on a Platter. For vegetarian folks, or those seeking the lighter kind of carbs, this recipe makes a beautiful presentation out of in-season squash, tomatoes and fresh basil. Stunning, healthful, and tasty - what a knockout combination!
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Blueberry Cornbread by Recipe Girl. Certainly an unconventional use for perfectly ripe blueberries, but it sounds like a fun idea. Dense cornbread studded with bursts of berry flavor! This recipe is on the sweeter side, but we won't tell if you serve it as a "side" for dinner :)
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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Brownies by Two Peas and Their Pod. Something tells me that the addition of zucchini in this recipe doesn't exactly make them a health food, but we can certainly pretend! Zucchini is abundant these days, so this is a wonderful use for the sweeter side of squash.
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Sweet Tarts by Bakerella. These little beauties feature a mix of fresh berries, all local and in season. They are beautiful, nutritious, and so very delicious. But don't worry - there's still some carb in there - in the form of pie crust, which just might be the best kind of carb yet.
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All of this, of course, would be best prepared using porcelain bakeware, perhaps from Pillivuyt or Revol? And when you've done all of your cooking, you might like to present these dishes on Heath Ceramics or Jars Ceramics dinnerware.
Please enjoy! Both these recipes, and the wonder that is the Olympic games. I know we will!