I am so flattered to be hosting Week 52 of BSI!  :)  BSI stands for Blogger Secret Ingredient.  BSI has been going on in the blog world for almost one full year.  Each week, a new host picks an ingredient and anyone (food blogger or not) can submit a recipe.  BSI is such a cool blog-world activity. 


The rules


  1. The host picks an ingredient, preferably one that is in season, readily available, and not too expensive;
  2. The host links back to all the other previous weekly hosts;
  3. Participants create a unique recipe using the BSI and e-mail the host with their recipes.
  4. You do not have to have a food blog to participate, and you do not have to submit a photograph (although it is preferred).
  5. if you don’t have a blog, you can submit your recipe to the host, and she will post your recipe for you on her blog.
  6. The host reviews the recipe submissions by Sunday night of each week;
  7. The hosts pick a recipe that is her favorite; and
  8. The host post the winner Monday morning and sends the winner a token prize of her choosing.  


Here are the previous BSI ingredients:


Week 51: Live, Laugh Eat  – Almond Butter

Week 50: Balance, Joy and Delicias! – Cauliflower

Week 49: Healthy San Diego Living – Chickpeas

Week 48: Thought 4 Food – Yogurt

Week 47: London Foodie in New York – Chocolate

Week 46:  Johnstone’s Vin Blanc – Oats

Week 45: Guilty Kitchen – Figs

Week 44: Ordinary Recipes Made Gourmet – Peanut Butter

Week 43: The Sophisticated Gourmet – Brown Sugar

Week 42: My Kitchen Addiction – Lime

Week 41: Nutmeg Nanny – Coffee

Week 40: Chaya’s Comfy Cook – Broccoli

Week 39: Healthy Delicious – Plums

Week 38: Zoe – Feta

Week 37: ChezWhat– Potatoes

Week 36: Cinnamon, Spice & Everything Nice – Blueberries

Week 35: Girlichef -Greens

Week 34: The Ungourmet – Watermelon

Week 33: Bread + Butter – Bell Pepper

Week 32: Burp and Slurp -Corn

Week 31: Say Yes to Salad – Kabocha

Week 31 1/2: Simply Fabulous Now – Cherries

Week 30: Thinspired – Bananas

Week 29: To Be The Whole Package – Almonds

Week 28: Kristas Kravings – Lemon

Week 27: From French Fries To Flax Seeds – Coconut

Week 26: Plentiful Plants – Avocado

Week 25: Training Fuel – Eggs

Week 24: Dinner at Christina’s – Cabbage

Week 23: Hey What’s for Dinner, Mom? – Strawberries

Week 22: One Bite at a Time – Basil

Week 21: Just Sweet Enough – Black Beans

Week 20: What I Ate Yesterday – Kale

Week 19: What’s for Dinner – Orange

Week 18: BranAppetit! –Spinach

Week 17: Tales of Expansion Dates

Week 16: Biggest Diabetic Loser – Zucchini

Week 15: Sweet & Natural –Peppermint

Week 14: bella eats [and runs] – Ginger

Week 13: Coffee Talk – Walnuts

Week 12: For the Love of Oats – Pumpkin

Week 11: Trying to Heal – Sweet Potatoes

Week 10: The Inner Workings of a College Graduate – Eggplant

Week 9: Itzy’s Kitchen – Pears

Week 8: The Fitnessista – Cranberries

Week 7: Tri to Cook – Lentils

Week 6: Rhodey Girl Tests – Polenta

Week 5: Eating Bender – Butternut Squash

Week 4: Care to Eat – Apples

Week 3: On a Lobster Placemat – Mushrooms

Week 2: Hangry Pants – Tomatoes

Week 1: sportsnutritionliving – Quinoa


I decided to pick something a little different for this week’s BSI….




You guys know I am the pancake and waffle queen.  Love me some pancakes!  But pancake mix can be used for so many things.  For example, I used pancake mix in my Autumn Shepherd’s Pie recipe (not vegetarian).

Some tips on how to win this week’s BSI:


  • You can use any brand or type of pancake mix.  You can also use a gluten-free mix if you want to.  As long as the mix goes with the general theme of this week’s BSI, you’re golden.
  • I doubt I will choose a pancake or waffle recipe as the winner.  Maybe if you have an insanely unique pancake/waffle concept, I will choose you… maybe.  But the goal of BSI Pancake Mix is to use the mix in a new and creative way.
  • Please e-mail me when you post your BSI recipe on your blog. If you don’t have a blog, send me your recipe and picture via seebriderun@gmail.com.
  • The BSI winner will receive a small prize!
  • You have until Sunday the 18th at 8 PM EST to enter.


Can’t wait to see your BSI Pancake Mix entries!  Remember, e-mail your entries to me at seebriderun@gmail.com by next Sunday the 18th. 



  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 12, 2009, 10:33 am

    Woohoo I am so gonna try!

  • Diana October 12, 2009, 10:35 am

    Hmmmm pancakes.. I like. 🙂

  • Evan Thomas October 12, 2009, 10:37 am

    What a fun contest! I’ll have to get thinking

  • christie, honoring health October 12, 2009, 10:38 am

    Caitlin, Can I use my gluten free all purpose mix? I can’t find a whole grain gluten free pancake mix so I have to use the all purpose mix. All of the gluten free pancake mixes I can find are made with white rice and other non whole grain flours.

    • caitlin October 12, 2009, 10:39 am

      of course!! use whatever you can. 🙂

      • caitlin October 12, 2009, 10:39 am

        I will amend the post to state that it’s acceptable as well because im sure other people are thinking the same thing.

  • Lara (Thinspired) October 12, 2009, 10:51 am

    What a fun pick, Caitlin! So appropriate for your pancake love 🙂

  • Marisa (Trim The Fat) October 12, 2009, 11:00 am

    That sounds like a fun one!

  • Krista October 12, 2009, 11:01 am

    I love this ingredient choice. What a challenge!

  • Paige October 12, 2009, 11:07 am

    I’ve seen this on a lot of different blogs, but haven’t participated yet! I think I’ll participate this time 🙂

  • Erica October 12, 2009, 11:15 am

    Ow! So fun. I’ve been really bad about participating. I am going to start thinking now so I have no excuses!

  • Jenna October 12, 2009, 11:51 am

    that is soo cool caitlin!

  • Susan October 12, 2009, 12:03 pm

    Such a creative ingredient, I love it!! My mom uses bisquick for everrrything. I may have to hit her up for some ideas 😉

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) October 12, 2009, 12:11 pm

    I’ll have to think of something. I’ve only ever made pancakes with pancake mix!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat October 12, 2009, 12:16 pm

    Darn! I was going to make pancakes this week but it won’t be from a mix, only recipes. Can’t wait to see what others come up with though 🙂

  • Cassie October 12, 2009, 12:44 pm

    woo! i found a recipe for pancakes made in the microwave that i might be able to adapt for this! btw, i live in a dorm room, so a microwave will have to do lol. can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with!! 🙂

  • Sara @ Activegal October 12, 2009, 1:37 pm

    That is awesome! I have been looking around a while for whole wheat pancake mix – do you have a favorite??

    • Caitlin October 12, 2009, 4:30 pm

      I like the Hodgson’s Mills InstaBake the best! Very delish.

  • Emma October 12, 2009, 1:45 pm

    Awwww…I wish the BlogStalker were still active. This post reminded me of him, when he used to call you “Caitlin Pancake”. 🙂

  • Julie @savvyeats October 12, 2009, 2:05 pm

    I have so many ideas I want to try, but I’m out of town and won’t have my kitchen back until the Sunday 18th at 8 pm…the exact deadline! 🙁

  • Terri October 12, 2009, 3:45 pm

    OMG, Caitlin…unrelated to this post, but wanted to thank you for your great idea of coconut as an oatmeal add-in. I am sitting here eating oatmeal (maple brown sugar), coconut, walnuts and raisins and am in HEAVEN!

    • Caitlin October 12, 2009, 4:30 pm

      ooo yay!!

  • Madeline @ GreensAndJeans October 12, 2009, 3:58 pm

    yay! I love pancake mix so I can’t wait to see what you and everyone else comes up with!

  • Pam (Pamcakes and Eggs) October 12, 2009, 4:05 pm

    Hmmmmm I have some TJ’s pancake mix. Time to brainstorm…….. I know what I’ll be doing at work tomorrow…

  • Nicole October 12, 2009, 4:32 pm

    Love it! Great idea, Caitlin. I am going to start brainstorming now 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) October 12, 2009, 6:09 pm

    Ooooo I have a great recipe using pancake mix. I’ll have to make some and take some pictures 🙂

  • Nicole October 12, 2009, 7:46 pm

    Oh this one sounds difficult but fun!

  • Chaya October 12, 2009, 7:48 pm

    This is an interesting choice. I will have to think about it. We never have pancake mixes in the house but I will consider looking for a gluten free one.

  • Christina (Dinner at Christina's) October 12, 2009, 10:18 pm

    Wow, what a really creative BSI choice!! I’m excited, thanks! 🙂

  • BethT October 13, 2009, 6:18 pm

    D you prefer veggie recipes for this?

    • Caitlin October 13, 2009, 8:33 pm

      no preference!

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