Monday, July 27, 2015

July 2015 Potluck!


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

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

It's all up to you!

To join in the July Potluck fun, just post and link your dish  by Sunday, August 2nd

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 The Mother of All Sauces! theme last week, be sure to click on the links and check out all the dishes everyone made.

Monday, July 20, 2015

The Mother Of All Sauces!

The five mother sauces are the basis from which all sauces are derived. 
Which of the classic five mother sauces is the Mother Of All Sauces to you?

Béchamel- A smooth white sauce made from combining butter and flour, then whisking in milk.  Béchamel is the basis for cream sauces and can be served with pasta, veggies, fish, eggs, and meat.

Hollandaise- Hollandaise is an emulsification of butter and egg yolks. A sensual and lusty sauce with a pale lemon color it is delicious paired with eggs, veggies, and beef.

Velouté- Veloute is a stock-based white sauce that can be made with the stock of chicken, fish or veal. The sauce is then thickened with a white roux. Very similar to a béchamel, except stock replaces the milk. It pairs well with with hearty chicken dishes, veggies, pastas, and some veal dishes.

Tomato- A sauce made from tomatoes. Sometimes pureed tomatoes serve as a thickener and other times a roux is made to thicken the sauce. Tomato sauce is best served over pasta, veggies, polenta, chicken and/or veal.  

Espagnole- Espagnole is brown sauce made with a roux and brown stock, in short gravy.  It pairs well with roasted meats like beef, duck, lamb and veal.

Which Mother Will You Master? Make and post any Jacques Pépin recipe featuring at least one of the classic five mother sauces, or make a Jacques Pépin dish featuring one of the "small sauces" (the 'children' derived from their famous mothers) by Sunday, July 26th. Please remember to link a thumbnail image and please 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 Fast Food Jacques's Way theme last week, be sure to click on the picture links and check out all the dishes we whipped up in 30 minutes or less!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Fast Food Jacques's Way!

Nobody wants to be stuck in the kitchen this time of year! Lucky for us, Jacques Pépin has many recipes (including two cookbooks devoted to the subject) that can be on the table in 30 minutes or less.

So this week we are making Fast Food Jacques's Way! 


Make any Jacques Pépin recipe--from online or one of his cookbooks--that can be made in 30 minutes or less. Something sweet, something savory...whatever quick-cooking Jacques recipe that you choose. 

Make and post your dish by Sunday, July 19th

Please remember to link a thumbnail image and please 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 July Mystery Box Madness theme last week, be sure to click on the picture links and check out people used July's ten MBM ingredients! 



Monday, July 6, 2015

Mystery Box Madness: July 2015!

 

Each month we choose ten mystery box ingredients from which to cook. It's up to you to select at least three of those ingredients and to chose a recipe featuring those ingredients from one of our twelve 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!

Here are the Mystery Box Madness Ingredients for July 2015:
 
Chicken
Seaweed
Sesame Seeds
Parsley
Mozzarella Cheese
Pasta
Mango
Brown Sugar
Zucchini
Mint
Your dish should contain at least three of these mystery ingredients, and you get to choose any dish from our current guest chef, Jacques Pepin, or any one of our previous eleven IHCC Chefs:

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

Which mystery ingredients and chef are calling out to you?  

If you are up for the challenge, make and post your dish by Sunday, July 12th. 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 Out of France theme last week, be sure to click on the picture links and check out all the international dishes everyone made! 


Monday, June 29, 2015

Out of France

We all know Jacques Pépin is the master of French cooking but he is definitely a versatile chef and he has a plethora of recipes from other cuisines in his repertoire.

So, this week at IHCC, we are headed...

Out of France!
 
                                                               Collage Photos courtesy of http://www.freeimages.com/
 
Make any Jacques Pépin recipe that is not French or of French origin--American, Asian, Mexican-inspired--the world is your oyster! 

Make and post your Out of France dish by Sunday, July 5th. 

Please remember to link a thumbnail image and please 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 June Potluck theme last week, be sure to click on the picture links and check out all the wonderfully welcoming dishes everyone made! 


Happy Traveling! 

Monday, June 22, 2015

June Potluck!


Here at I Heart Cooking Clubs we are going on six years of cooking wonderful recipes written by our favorite chefs! Potluck week is our week to celebrate all our chefs, past and present. Whether you chose to revisit a favorite chef or stay current and cook with Jacques Pepin, there is sure to be a recipe for you! Either way, I'm sure you'll find a recipe for success!


Chose a recipe from any of the twelve chefs below 
Nigella Lawson
Mark Bittman
Giada de Laurentiis
Jamie Oliver
Tessa Kiros 
Rick Bayless
Madjur Jaffrey
Yotam Ottolenghi
Donna Hay 
Nigel Slater
Diana Henry
Jacques Pépin

The choice is yours!

To join in the June Potluck fun, just post and link your dish by Sunday, June 28th.

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 Get This Soiree Started then head back to check out all the delicious party dishes we made!


Monday, June 15, 2015

Get This Soirée Started!


Here at I Heart Cooking Clubs we love a good party so let's............

 Get This Soirée Started!

Any party dish is fair game this week. Hors d'oeuvres, canapes, dips, small bites, mini desserts, or any type of drink are all great ways to start a soirée. How will you Get This Soirée Started? Please make and link your party dish  Sunday, June 21st. 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 our fun July Mystery Box Madness please click the link to read about how we chose our mystery ingredients and see how we used them in the challenge!

Note: This week's theme was supposed to be Avec des Glacons (On the Rocks) but we noticed there were only a small handful of drink recipes in Pepin's books so we decided to replace it with the soirée theme.  July's soirée theme was replaced with a new theme, Out of France. Please see sidebar for changes. We apologize for this error. We just assumed Pepin had cocktail recipes.