“I've always loved to cook! I made my first meal at age 12 for my mom, it was spaghetti and meatballs, she loved it! Since then, I've always cooked for myself and now my hubby! To me, if you know how to cook you'll always be in good shape with being able to eat good. Ordinary Recipes Made Gourmet was built to celebrate my love for food and for my mom who didn't like to cook and without knowing it, she taught me. She was a great lady!”

Not surprisingly, the blog guides you though easy recipes using simple ingredients and often ending with astonishingly sophisticated results. Like the Ice Cream Carrot Cake, Chilli Lime Shrimp Kabobs or Cinnamon French Toast. She's also inspired a slew of recipes with her Blogger's Secret Ingredient competition, hinging on peanut butter. “I got fixated on peanut butter...Peanut butter is unfortunately one of those ingredients we always have in our cabinet, but seldom do I use it except to spread it on bread. Pretty sad huh? So...I want to see how others use it..”

The results — conjured up by a host of food bloggers and then posted on her blog — are mindboggling. Just to name a few, there's Crockpot Asian Peanut Butter Pork, Peanut Butter Dog Treats, Baked Tofu Satay with Peanut-y Noodles, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Biscotti and Peanut Butter Banana Stuffed French Toast. The winner: Three layered Idle Hand Bars from Elizabeth at Guilty Kitchen, with one layer of nuts, cocoa and cracker crumbs, a second made of mainly peanut butter and vanilla, and finally a topping of chocolate chips and pink Himalayan salt.

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