Monday, January 17, 2011

California Dreamin'

A daydream is a meal at which images are eaten.  Some of us are gourmets, some gourmands, and a good many take their images precooked out of a can and swallow them down whole, absent-mindedly and with little relish.  ~W.H. Auden

This week at I Heart Cooking Clubs, we're all a bunch of daydreamers.  We're picturing gold sandy beaches, warm breezes, and palm trees. We're thinking about the surf, the sun, and The Golden Coast.  That's right, we're California Dreamin'

Which Giada recipe speaks California to you? There are so many recipes to choose from (grilled meats, fish and seafood, salads, sammies, sushi, and more). We can't wait to see how you're inspired! Just pick and choose your Giada recipe and post it by Sunday, January 23rd.
Don't forget to link your post of the week's with Mr. Linky below, so we can all enjoy your fabulous creation! Remember to leave a comment after, each week that you use Mr. Linky to link your post, just to be sure we don't miss anyone.

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If you missed any of the dishes we Roasted last week, be sure to head on over and see all of the delicious recipes that were shared! 
Don't forget, IHCC is only cooking through the recipes of Giada De Laurentiis right if you link a post up, please be sure that you've used/adapted one of her recipes. Otherwise we do have to remove the link and we really hate to do that. It makes us feel mean! 
I Heart Cooking Clubs *California Dreamin'* Participants
1. Michelle- Lemon Vinaigrette
2. Nico - Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cantaloupe Salad with Roasted Garbanzo Beans
3. Kim- Stuffed Baby Peppers
4. Deb In Hawaii--Fregola Salad w/ Fresh Citrus, Red Onion & Avocado
5. Couscous & Consciousness - Spaghetti with Shrimp & Lemon Oil
6. Lana - Lemon Risotto
7. Natashya - Raspberry-Vanilla Smoothie
8. Meredith- Spinach and Pine Nut Pesto
9. natalia - Orecchiette with Greens, Garbanzo Beans and Ricotta Salata
10. The Chef In My Head-Sweet & Spicy Almonds

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Deb in Hawaii said...

A very dreamy post Kim! ;-) Now to decide what to make!

NKP said...

Ahhh, feeling warmer already! Lovey post, Kim, I could use some California right now!
We are having a seriously cold day today, woke up to -22°C (-7.6°F) with a wind chill factor making it -27°C (-16.6°F)!!!!!!
If anyone needs me, I'll be under the covers. Wake me when it's spring!

Heather S-G said...

oh yeah...on SUCH a winter's day! I'm totally caught in the dream. Very dreamy Kim :)

Michelle B said...

Great quote to start off this theme, Kim! I enjoyed the recipe I tried this week and love that it is versatile.

Nico said...

I made a lovely spring salad that features a favorite winter veg :)

Kim said...

Giada's baby stuffed peppers are out of this world delicious! They're all gone and I'm craving them already :)

Deb in Hawaii said...

I made Giada's Fregola Salad with Fresh Citrus & Red Onion and added avocado and baby arugula to increase the sunny California vibe. Unfortunately I had a few execution issues (caused by me) so tough to give a fair appraisal. ;-)

Bibberche said...

I am feeling so much California love right now that I had to reciprocate and pour it all back into Meyer Lemon Risotto.

NKP said...

Good morning! My raspberry-vanilla smoothie is posted. Yum!

Meredith said...

Sooo being new at this and meeting Mr. Linky for the first time,I messed up my link for the post.That's ok,cause it still takes you to the page.Hooray for getting it together,next week it will have a recipe title too!Loved this pesto and mahi mahi ain't so bad either.

natalia said...

Ciao !Even if it's not freezing I'm glad to be in California with you !

The Chef In My Head said...

Oh Lana, the Lemon Risotto sounds amazing, i will be trying that for sure!! Everyone's recipes look fantastic! ~Leslie