Monday, March 23, 2015

March Potluck!

Feeling lucky??? 

OK, Are you feeling Potlucky??? 


It's Potluck week!!! That happy week where you can choose any recipe from any of our IHCC chefs! That's right, choose any Diana Henry recipe you like, or if you prefer take the opportunity to revisit any one of our previous ten IHCC chefs: 

Nigella Lawson
Mark Bittman
Giada de Laurentiis
Jamie Oliver
Tessa Kiros
Rick Bayless
Madjur Jaffrey
Yotam Ottolenghi
Donna Hay
Nigel Slater

It's all up to you!

To join in the March Potluck fun, just post and link your dish  by Sunday, March 29th

Please remember to link a thumbnail image and leave a comment after you link so that we don't miss out on your dish. 

New to IHCC? Need help linking up? Check out our Welcome page. If you have any questions please leave a comment below and we will get back with you. 

If you missed out on our Suitable for the Screen theme last week, be sure to click on the links and check out all the dishes everyone made.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Suitable For The Screen


No matter whether comedy, mystery, drama, thriller, musical, fantasy, westerns, sci-fi, or horror is your genre of choice, we all love a movie night at home or a night parked in front of the TV.

And a good movie night deserves good food - whether it be delicious snacks (popcorn, spicy nuts, chocolate, etc), or something more substantial that you're happy to eat in front of the screen.

This week we're exploring the theme Suitable For The Screen, and you will be sure to find a Diana Henry recipe that fits the bill.

So get those cookbooks out or look at any of the appropriate online sources, choose any Diana Henry recipe that you'd like to nosh on while you're watching your favourite movie or TV show, and post your dish by Sunday 22 March.

Please remember to link a thumbnail image below, and leave a comment after you link so that we don't miss out on your post.

New to IHCC?  Need help linking up?  Check out our Welcome page.  If you have any questions, please leave a comment below and we will get back with you.

If you missed our Mystery Box Madness theme last week, be sure to click on the links and check out all the wonderful dishes everyone made.



Monday, March 9, 2015

Mystery Box Madness: March 2015!

 
Each month we choose a variety of ten mystery box ingredients from which to cook.  It's up to you to select at least three of those ingredients and chose a recipe featuring those ingredients from one of our eleven IHCC chefs We love to see which chef you chose to cook with, which ingredients you select, and the reason (or story) behind the recipe you share! Are you ready for March's challenge?

Here are your March 2015 MBM Ingredients:



Bacon
Mushrooms
Thyme
Cucumber
Cumin
Leeks
Apricots
Pistachios
Ricotta
Orange Flower Water

Your dish should contain at least three of these mystery ingredients, and you get to choose any dish from our current guest chef, Diana Henry, or any one of our previous ten IHCC chefs:

Nigella Lawson
  Mark Bittman
 Giada de Laurentiis
  Jamie Oliver  
Tessa Kiros
Rick Bayless  
Madjur Jaffrey
Yotam Ottolenghi
 Donna Hay
 Nigel Slater

Which mystery ingredients and chef are calling out to you?

If you are up for the challenge, make and post your dish by Sunday, March 15th.  Please remember to link a thumbnail image and leave a comment after you link so that we don't miss out on your dish.


New to IHCC?  Need help linking up?  Check out our Welcome pageIf you have any questions please leave a comment below and we will get back with you.

If you missed our Heavenly Scent  theme last week, be sure to click on the picture links and check out all the wonderfully aromatic dishes everyone made!

And, if you have a suggestion for future Mystery Box Madness ingredients we would love to hear it! Please leave a comment on this post below.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Heaven Scent (+ An Exciting Announcement!)

Certainly we eat with our eyes, but equally important to our senses is our sense of smell. Our noses capture those enticing aromas that trigger our memories, make our mouths water, and pull us into a dish. 

You might even say that those aromas are Heaven Scent

Images in collage from Freeimages.com

This week we are making those Diana Henry dishes that are aromatic and heavenly smelling. Sweet or savory,  ...what heaven scent aromas will capture you?

Post and link your aromatic dish by Sunday, March 8th.   Please remember to link a thumbnail image and leave a comment after you link so that we don't miss out on your dish.
 
New to IHCC?  Need help linking up?  Check out our Welcome page. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below and we will get back with you.    

If you missed last week's February Potluck, be sure to click on the links and check out all of the wonderful dishes everyone made. 


***Exciting Announcement***

World-renowned chef Jacques Pépin is turning 80 this year and we want to celebrate! 


To honor the master, we will be cooking along with Pépin at IHCC for the next six months, beginning on April 6th, and lasting through October 4, 2015--and we invite you to join us!

There is a little something for everyone with Pépin's vast collection of over 20 cookbooks, plus his numerous online recipes. Not only can we learn the art of French cooking and practice classic techniques, Jacques Pépin cooks a variety of other cuisines and even has recipes for quick and easy dishes perfect for busy nights. A chef's chef, he is revered and admired by so many and we are excited to cook along with him!

Photo from Kahakai Kitchen (& Jacques Pépin's recipe for Tomato Chowder with Mollet Eggs can be found here.)

If you aren't familiar with Jacques Pépin, check out his biography, The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen, (it's a fascinating read with recipes) or look him up online--many of his videos are on YouTube, including some of his classic pairings with Julia Child. April's Jacques Pépin themes are now up on the sidebar so you can start planning. (April's Mystery Box Madness Challenge ingredients will be coming soon!)  

As Chef Pépin likes to say, "Happy Cooking!"



Monday, February 23, 2015

February Potluck!

Oh, yes ... we all love a Potluck around here!
Pot Luck Badge

And, what's not to love, when Potluck means not only do you get to choose the recipe, but you also get to choose the chef.

That's right, choose any Diana Henry recipe you like, or if you prefer take the opportunity to revisit any one of our previous nine IHCC chefs:

Nigella Lawson
Mark Bittman
Giada de Laurentiis
Jamie Oliver
Tessa Kiros
Rick Bayless
Madjur Jaffrey
Yotam Ottolenghi
Donna Hay
Nigel Slater

That makes for a veritable smorgasbord of English, American, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican, Indian, Middle Eastern and "modern Australian" recipes to choose from.

To join in just post and link your February Potluck dish from any one of our IHCC chefs by Sunday 1 March.  Please remember to link a thumbnail image and leave a comment after you link so that we don't miss out on your dish.
New to IHCC?  Need help linking up?  Check out our Welcome pageIf you have any questions please leave a comment below and we will get back with you.

If you missed our Curds & Whey theme last week, be sure to click on the links and check out all the fabulous dishes everyone made.


Monday, February 16, 2015

Curds & Whey!






 Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey;
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her,
And frightened Miss Muffet away.









*artwork courtesy of http://www.mothergoose.com

   This week we are making Diana Henry dishes featuring or containing Curds & Whey, or their more modern interpretations--yogurt, labneh, cottage cheese, feta, ricotta, and other cheeses. (And hopefully dishes that are free of any curious spiders!)

   Post and link your Curds & Whey dish by Sunday, February 22nd.  Please remember to link a thumbnail image and leave a comment after you link so that we don't miss out on your dish.
 
New to IHCC?  Need help linking up?  Check out our Welcome page.  If you have any questions, please leave a comment below and we will get back with you.   


  If you missed last week's February Mystery Box Madness, be sure to click on the links and check out all of the wonderful ways our ten mystery ingredients got used.  

 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Mystery Box Madness: February 2015!



Each month we choose a variety of ten mystery box ingredients from which to cook.  It's up to you to select at least three of those ingredients and chose a recipe featuring those ingredients from one of our eleven IHCC chefs We love to see which chef you chose to cook with, which ingredients you select, and the reason (or story) behind the recipe you share! Are you ready for February's challenge?

Here are your February 2015 MBM Ingredients:


Cabbage
Mustard
Yogurt
Freekah or Bulgur Wheat
Za'atar
Tomatoes
Sausage (any kind)
Carrots
Basil (fresh, dry, any kind)
Almonds

Your dish should contain at least three of these mystery ingredients, and you get to choose any dish from our current guest chef, Diana Henry, or any one of our previous ten IHCC chefs:


Nigella Lawson
  Mark Bittman
 Giada de Laurentiis
  Jamie Oliver  
Tessa Kiros
Rick Bayless  
Madjur Jaffrey
Yotam Ottolenghi
 Donna Hay
 Nigel Slater

Which mystery ingredients and chef are calling out to you?

If you are up for the challenge, make and post your dish by Sunday, February 15th.  Please remember to link a thumbnail image and leave a comment after you link so that we don't miss out on your dish.



New to IHCC?  Need help linking up?  Check out our Welcome pageIf you have any questions please leave a comment below and we will get back with you.

If you missed our Eats Meets West theme last week, be sure to click on the picture links and check out all the healthy, happy belly dishes everyone made!

And, if you have a suggestion for March's Mystery Box Madness ingredients we would love to hear it! Please leave a comment on this post below.