Blogging Bittman

By: Alison Sickelka

We're not the only ones who love Mark Bittman's minimalistic approach to cooking. While you wait for the premiere of his show (Sunday at 10:30 a.m. EST), check out top food bloggers favorite Bittman recipes:

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For a healthy breakfast, the folks at The Kitchn turned to Mark Bittman's cornmeal pancakes. They were so surprised by how good the pancakes were that they turned to the recipe again for dinner later that week.

Olga at Sassy Radish became so obsessed with Mark's description of fried onions and schmaltz in his recipe for kasha varnishkes that she decided to try the recipe out herself. She skipped the schmaltz, though, and went with unrefined sunflower oil instead to "impart a unique flavor on the dish" and started her own tradition.

Bobbie, the author of Fresh and Foodie, consistently uses Mark's cookbook How to Cook Everything and in her opinion, it's the best cookbook out there. She agrees with Mark Bittman's description of his banana bread recipe as the ultimate and describes it as "outrageously moist inside with a tender crust on the outside."

Luisa at The Wednesday Chef decided to give Mark's recipes another go and was thankful she did. She put his recipe for stuck-pot rice in the "top five of rice dishes."

Heidi from 101 Cookbooks was pleasantly surprised to discover that Mark's How To Cook Everything Vegetarian cookbook was more than just a guide to cooking vegetables.

"Mark Bittman is clearly excited about all the other ingredients that come into play when you start to phase out some (or all) of the meat in your diet. It is a cuisine that lends itself to a wonderful range of grains, legumes, salads, and produce."

She gave his recipe for Autumn Millet Bake a go and loved how it could be prepped in advance.

Deb at Smitten Kitchen says Mark's recipe is the only recipe you'll ever need for blondies. She loves how simple and easy it is, and how in true Minimalist form, Mark offers endless variations on the original recipe.

Clay and Zach at The Bitten Word were inspired by Mark Bittman's video for actually grilled cheese sandwiches that they decided to try it out. They added a Southern twist by using pimento cheese in their sandwiches.

Do you have a favorite Minimalist recipe?

Be sure to tune in Sunday, March 6th, at 10:30 a.m. EST as The Minimalist takes on pasta.

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