Sunday, October 3, 2010

Benvenuto Giada!

Welcome! Benvenuto Giada! This is our first week cooking with the lovely and talented Giada De Laurentiis and we couldn't be happier. That's right, we are going Italian.. and Californian, and rumour has it that Giada is also quite a fan of Asian foods. But let's be realistic here... Bring on the pasta!

In honour of our new chef at IHCC, we are having a Welcome Party. Crostini, antipasti, finger foods, and fizzy drinks... However you want to celebrate our new season and our new chef.

I added this for Heather. ☺
Break out the big smiles, this is bound to be an enthusiastic season!

Create some Welcome Foods to say Benvenuto Giada! from one of her books, below, or an online recipe. Links to online recipes are available on the sidebar.

Link up your fabulous Giada creation to Mr. Linky, below, on or by Sunday, October 10th, and let us know what you made!

New to IHCC and not sure about how the whole deal works? Just check out the Welcome post for all of the info.

*Benvenuto Giada!* Participants
1. Yvette-Bruschetta with Shrimp, Tarragon and Arugula
2. Roz ~ Prosciutto, Cheese and Basil Bundles
3. Beth Anne - antipasti
4. Natashya - Rice Pudding with Vanilla Bean, Orange and Rum
5. Joanna@Go Ahead & Snicker-Hearty Tomato Soup
6. Shelley
7. DebinHawaii--White Bean Dip & Pita Chips
8. Natashya - Zucchini and Olive Flatbreads
9. Lexi @ Big Momma and Me (Linguini with Sausage and Boursin)
10. Couscous & Consciousness - Roman-style Chicken
11. Michelle ~ Spiced Americano w/ Cinnamon Whipped Cream
12. Kim- Crostini with Sun-Dried Tomato Jam
13. Leana - Fried Ravioli
14. Kayte
15. Carla and Michael-Chicken Larb
16. natalia white beans and roasted eggplant hummus
17. Andrea at Nummy Kitchen -- Gorgonzola and Honey Bruschetta
18. Mary w/ Crab & Ricotta Cannelloni
19. girlichef~ Sage & Lemon Chablis
20. Lana
21. Andrea ~ Toasted Cecchi Almonds & Pistachios

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Deb in Hawaii said...

Great post--very fun and welcoming. ;-) I am looking forward to cooking all of Giada's different recipes.

Heather S-G said...

ROFL!!! ha ha ha ha...thanks, that was awesome...let the smiles abound! I actually cooked something Giada last night...and it was pretty good, so that's a good start! Way to welcome in our new chef, N! =)

Joanna said...

LOL, soo awesome! I also appreciate that enthusiasm picture :P Just wait... Luckily I scanned through my single G book and found lots of little appetizers to try :)

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Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina said...

I'm so excited about cooking with Giada's recipes....this should be so much fun, full of big smiles and yes, LOTS of Italian enthusiasm! Grazie mille, amici! Roz

Ty'sMommy said...

My Italian antipasto tray is up!

Kim said...

Very cute post Natashya! Can't wait to get cooking in the kitchen with Giada.

NKP said...

Good morning! My Rice Pudding with Vanilla Bean, Orange and Rum is up. I was going to do mini pizzas but we got home late - and cold. So rice pudding it was! I may still do the mini pizzas tonight or tomorrow.

Joanna said...

My soup is up! And yes, I loved it!

Anonymous said...

So excited about cooking Giada for the next 6 months and sharing with all of you! My link is up for the Bruschetta with Fontina and Greens.

NKP said...

Great, Shelley! Glad you are cooking with us!

Deb in Hawaii said...

My White Bean Dip & Pita Chips are posted. ;-) Yum!

NKP said...

Yum! Great stuff so far.

I did manage to do my Zucchini and Olive Flatbreads, they are up today. ☺

Joanna said...

Natashya, I must know what kind of bulb you are using in your lamps. That rice pudding photo looks great, even without natural light!

NKP said...

Joanna - I just use a goose-neck desk lamp (the kind that can swivel and bend around) with 100 watt incandescent bulb.
And, thanks!

Ty'sMommy said...

Natashya - your little pizzette look fabulous! I've been looking for something snacky to feed my parents this weekend, and this just might be it!

Kim said...

Natashya- That rice pudding looks amazing! I actually eyeballed that recipe too. Will definitely have to make it during the 6 months with Giada.

Couscous & Consciousness said...

Natashya - your rice pudding looks gorgeous (even though I don't like rice pudding) and your little pizzas look sensational.

Kim - thanks for your recommendation last week of the Giada's Kitchen book - I've just ordered it.

I've just posted "Roman-style Chicken" - not really an appetiser, since we just really don't do them around here. I am normally teaching at "appetiser-time", and by the time I finish work at 7.30 we're anxious to get straight to the main course!!


Kim said...

Just posted some addictive crostini with sun-dried tomato jam. They were so good!

Kayte said...

Okay, my first post for this group, I left the link but I didn't write the name of the recipe, how does one do that? I will do better next I made Pecorino Crackers for the Party Food theme. We LOVE them, make them probably twice a month around here.

Carla and Michael said...

Yay for Giada food. I love ethnic foods and Italian has to be one of my favs, even though I went outside the box for this first post. Thai? LOL.

Kim said...

Kayte - Don't sweat it, you did a great job linking up! If you'd like to add the name of your recipe, you can add it to the first line of Mr. Linky, the line where you type your name. For example:
Kayte - Pecorino Crackers

Feel free to link up however you choose though. We don't really have any rules. We are very happy to have you though!

Tina said...

Hot damn I loking forward to this 6 months! I am on vacation and don't have possession of my own computer but I sure will be joining in when I return to Florida. All of what you all have posted sounds amazing!!! Yum :-)

natalia said...

Ciao a tutti ! I should start visiting all of you because every recipe sounds wonderful !!

Andrea at Nummy Kitchen said...

Getting in just under the wire, but I couldn't miss the first week! I made Giada's Bruschetta with Gorgonzola and Honey, it was delicious. So excited to be cooking Giada's recipes with everyone :)

Heather S-G said...

What's a welcome party without alcohol!? No worries...I brought it!

Bibberche said...

I am sorry I am late - I have written the post, taken the photo, but had a lousy couple of days at work that threw me into dumps.
I am glad to see that Andrea from Nummy Kitchen had made the same appetizer. It really is quite delicious! Looking forward to much more to come!

Bibberche said...

Me again! My Twitter nick is Bibberche (surprise, surprise). Next time I promise to do my homework!