Monday, December 15, 2014

Party Pleasers!

No matter what or how you are celebrating this year, there is sure to be a Diana Henry recipe for you!

This week it is all about Party Pleasers!

Those recipes that are perfect for family gatherings, block parties, potlucks, cocktail parties, romantic dinners for two, or whichever way you like to celebrate in December. 


So pick your best Party Pleasing Diana Henry recipe to join in the fun. Post and link your party dish by Sunday, December 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 December Mystery Box Madness Challenge last week, be sure to click on the links and check out all of the wonderful ways our ten mystery ingredients got used. 

Note: Your hardworking IHCC hosts have been a little behind this month but we managed to finally decide on January's Cooking Club Themes. They are now posted on the sidebar, along with January's Mystery Box Madness ingredients. (Thanks Joyce for your suggestions--you can see we used a few!)  ;-)



Monday, December 8, 2014

Mystery Box Madness December '14

It's time for our second Mystery Box Madness.  The first MBM challenge was so much fun! It was so interesting to see which chefs were celebrated, as well as the ingredients chosen, and the way in which those ingredients were combined! This month's Mystery Box Madness ingredients are equally exciting and we can't wait to see how the ingredients lend themselves. 


chocolate
cherries
cinnamon
rolled oats
couscous
pomegranate
curry
coconut milk
lentils
hot peppers/chiles

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


So where's the challenge? - your dish must contain at least three of our mystery ingredients!!

Sounds like fun, doesn't it?!  So put your thinking cap on, get those cookbooks off the shelf, and make and post your dish by Sunday, December 14th.  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 Gifts From The Heart theme last week, be sure to click on the links and check out all the homemade treats with made from the heart!

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



Monday, December 1, 2014

Gifts from the Heart!

Xmas Shortbread

This week we're making Gifts From the Heart ... exploring Diana Henry recipes for food gifts and other goodies that are perfect for holiday giving.

Cakes, cookies, chutnies, jams, chocolates, pickles, special vinegars, mustards, even homemade liquors, are all perfect for seasonal gift giving.  Like most cooks, we love to give and receive homemade edible gifts for Christmas, and we're sure that within the pages of your Diana Henry cookbooks, or online, you will find loads of inspiration to make some special holiday treats for your family and friends.

So get those cookbooks out or look at any of the appropriate online sources, choose any Diana Henry recipe suitable for a  Gift From the Heart, and post your dish by Sunday 7 December.

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 Pot Luck theme last week, be sure to click on the links and check out all the wonderful dishes everyone made.



Monday, November 24, 2014

November Potluck at IHCC!

 Ahhhh... POTLUCK!!! It's our favorite week of the month! 

Potluck means  that YOU choose the recipe, YOU choose the chef!
 

That's right, choose any Diana Henry recipe you like, or if you prefer, take the opportunity to revisit a favorite 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


Oh the possibilities!!!

To join in just post and link your November Potluck dish from any one of our IHCC chefs by Sunday, November 30th.  


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 Sweet Cloves & Liquid Gold theme last week, be sure to click on the links and check out all the wonderful garlic and olive oil-filled dishes.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Sweet Cloves and Liquid Gold


A drizzle of liquid gold takes a dish to new heights, from the simplest of dishes to the most complex.  Olive oil is the very soul of cooking.  Of course, you can't really mention olive oil without, at the same time, mentioning sweet cloves of garlic.  It's as if olive oil and garlic magically combine to create meals that are almost mystical.  Let's not forget the olive, a powerful and central ingredient. This week, steep yourself in these ancient ingredients as you prepare dishes using Sweet Cloves and Liquid Gold.

Make a Diana Henry recipe featuring garlic, olives, and/or olive oil and post it by Sunday, November 23rd. 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 different ways our mystery box ingredients were used
 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Mystery Box Madness November '14

Mystery Box Badge

This week we're introducing our first ever Mystery Box Madness Challenge.  We have a Mystery Box chockful with wonderful ingredients:

harissa
eggs
saffron
pumpkin
maple syrup
dates
rose water
spinach
oranges
chickpeas

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


So where's the challenge? - your dish must contain at least three of our mystery ingredients!!

Sounds like fun, doesn't it?!  So put your thinking cap on, get those cookbooks off the shelf, and make and post your dish by Sunday 16 November.  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 Stock Your Exotic Pantry! theme last week, be sure to click on the links and check out all the glorious icy treats everyone made.


Monday, November 3, 2014

Stock Your Exotic Pantry!

A well-stocked pantry is one of the keys to successful cooking.  With an IHCC chef as globally influenced as Diana Henry, having a pantry stocked with more exotic ingredients comes in handy.

Collage Images from Images.com, Stirring the Pot, Couscous & Consciousness & Kahakai Kitchen

This week our theme is "Stock Your Exotic Pantry" and we are thinking about things like jams, dressings, sauces, condiments, herb and spice mixes, pickles, and/or preserved items with exotic flavors

Make a Diana Henry recipe to Stock Your Exotic Pantry and/or a recipe using an exotic pantry items (or items) and post it by Sunday, November 9th

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 What Came First? ...The Chicken or The Egg? theme last week, be sure to click on the links and check out all the cluck-worthy dishes everyone made.