Sunday, December 25, 2011

Winter Wonderland

While it's not exactly a winter wonderland here in Toronto - yet - we've never had a winter without one and I kind of look forward to the first big snowfalls.

Sure, it turns slushy and annoying after the first week, but the initial blanketing of the land gives such a magical hush. You almost don't want to walk in it, to keep the pristine nature of the snow.

For those of us in snowy winter climes - now is the time for some serious comfort food. Long braises, roasts, stews, casseroles, and lots of starch. Hot chile, hot chocolate, and anything else with the word hot in it is also appropriate.

But not all of us intrepid I♥CCers live in snowy locales, in fact some of us live in downright warm places.

For them I have two messages - a) please make up the guest bedroom for me, and b) feel free to make a dish that reminds you of ice and snow. Something ice cold like gelato or ice cream would be perfect.

So grab your Tessa Kiros cookbooks, whip something up with Winter Wonderland in mind, and post on or by Sunday, January 1st.

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I Heart Cooking Clubs *Winter Wonderland* Participants

1. Kim - Finnish Mustard
2. Heather~ Finnish Mustard & Baked Ham
3. Donna- cheese hand pies
4. Deb in Hawaii--(Vegan) Sausage & Potato Goulash
5. Natashya - Lasagne!
6. Andreas - New Year's Cake

Monday, December 19, 2011

Holiday Goodies

Holiday goodies draw you in...their festive colors, their sweet and spicy scents, the care with which they were can just feel the love. 

Cakes, cookies, brownies, chocolates, fudge, candies, breads, nuts, syrups and sauces...just to name a few.  Share the love with your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, or even Santa.  Holiday goodies make the best and most heartfelt gifts of the season.    

 Please make and post your Holiday Goodies dish by Sunday, December 25th.  Please link your post, using Mr. Linky below.  Please leave a comment after linking so we are sure to see your dish. 

If you missed the Potluck last week, please head HERE to see all the dishes we shared.

Don't forget...we are cooking the recipes of Tessa Kiros right now, so be sure to make sure you are sharing a Tessa Kiros recipe.
We wish you the happiest of holidays!

1. Michelle ~ Honey Cakes (Melomakarona)
2. Kim - Banana Bread
3. Heather- Double-Vanilla Meringue w/ Sugared Cranberries
4. Donna- Chocolate cranberry cookies
5. Deb in Hawaii--Raspberry Sauce
6. Couscous & Consciousness - Finnish Mustard
7. Natashya - Gravlax with Dill Cucumbers
8. Yvette- Chocolate Cake w/ Icing

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Monday, December 12, 2011

December Potluck with Tessa Kiros!

It's time for our December POTLUCK!

POTLUCK week means that it is your chance to make the Tessa Kiros recipe of your choice. Maybe it's something warm and snuggly for a winter's day, a quick & easy dinner creation for a busy December night, festive holiday fare, or sweets for your cookie plate?

It's all good and it's all up to YOU!

The only thing we ask (why yes, we are picky like that!) is that you pick a Tessa Kiros recipe and make and post it by Sunday, December 18th. Make sure you link up your POTLUCK creation using Mr. Linky below. Don't forget to leave a comment after you use Mr. Linky to link your post, just to be sure we don't miss your fabulous POTLUCK dish. If you are new to IHCC, just click on our Welcome post to get all of the details.

If you missed our A Study in Scarlet last week, be sure to head on over and see all of the gorgeous red dishes everyone brought!

See you at the December POTLUCK!

I Heart Cooking Clubs *December Potluck with Tessa* Participants

1. Heather- Pumpkin Jam
2. Deb in Hawaii--Rotini w/ Red Pepper & Anchovy Sauce
3. Kim - Garlic and Black Pepper Broccoli Gratin
4. Couscous & Consciousness - Chicken with Coriander & Spinach Rice
5. Michelle ~ French Fries with Salt, Pepper, and Oregano
6. Natashya - Milk Rolls
7. Andreas - Beans with Olive Oil
8. natalia

Monday, December 5, 2011

A Study in Scarlet

Red fruits and veggies are packed with antioxidants such as lycopene and anthocyanins which help fight heart disease and prostate cancer and could help reduce the risk for stroke and the leading cause of blindness in older people, macular degeneration.  Antioxidants also soak up damaging free radicals.  Don't forget to add red wine into that category!  Even lean red meats are a nutrient-dense protein and a source of iron, zinc, and minerals including vitamin B12, niacin, and vitamin B6.  As in all things- moderation.
So whaddaya say?  Are you convinced to break out those scarlet-hued foods?  Be it beef or apples, bananas, cherries, cranberries, raspberries, strawberries, beets, radishes, pears, tomatoes, onions, chiles, beans...or a bottle of pinot noir, chianti, burgundy, cabernet sauvignon, or merlot...or anything else that fits the bill...head into the kitchen and start seeing red!  We can't wait to see what you come up with this week!
Make and post your A Study in Scarlet post by Sunday, December 11th. 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.

Not sure what a permalink is? Check out our Welcome post.

If you missed the Bean There, Done That theme last week, be sure to head on over and see all of the delicious dishes everyone brought!  Don't forget, we're cooking through the recipes of Tessa Kiros right if you've linked up, be sure that you've used/adapted one of her recipes for your post!

*All images sourced through Google Images

I Heart Cooking Clubs *A Study in Scarlet* Participants

1. Michelle ~ Reddened
2. Deb in Hawaii--Cranberry Syrup
3. Yvette - La pizza rossa
4. Heather- Dark Chocolate & Cranberry Cookies
5. Couscous & Consciousness - Stuffed Aubergines
6. Kim - Kokkinisto (Reddened)
7. Natashya - Beet Gnocchi
8. Andreas - Peppers with Feta