Monday, September 18, 2017

IHCC September 2017 Potluck (for Kim) & Announcements

It's Potluck week and I need to start this post with some sad news. I know many of you have been missing the presence of our wonderful co-host Kim of Stirring the Pot. As she posted on her blog back in July, (here) Kim's mom's cancer came back and the doctors said it was terminal. Kim has been focused on spending time with, and taking care of her mom these last several weeks and sadly this past Friday, her mom passed away. Kim got to be there with her and hold her hand, and she and her family are doing as OK as can be expected. As sad as they are, she is taking comfort that her mom is no longer in all the pain she was in. 

Kim will be back to blogging and back with us here when she's ready. Until then, we will be thinking of you Kim and sending you and your family much love and support.


Since this is Potluck week, I'd like to suggest that we make it a Potluck in honor of Kim and her mom. Kim's mom was her biggest blogging fan and chief taster, so if you'd like to make a recipe or dish to show your support and love, I know she would appreciate it. When I lost my own mom two years ago, Kim did the same for me and it truly meant so much. 

If you'd like to take part, the usual Potluck guidelines apply--you can make any recipe from our current chef (Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall) or any recipe from one of our previous IHCC chefs listed below.


Nigella Lawson  
  Mark Bittman    
Giada de Laurentiis
  Jamie Oliver
  Tessa Kiros
  Rick Bayless
  Madhur Jaffrey
  Yotam Ottolenghi
  Donna Hay
 Nigel Slater
  Diana Henry
 Jacques Pepin
  Ellie Krieger
   Curtis Stone  
Heidi Swanson

Make and post your September IHCC Potluck recipe in honor of Kim and her mom, by Sunday, September 24th and link a picture up below.
 
Please remember to link a thumbnail image and please do leave a comment after you link up so that we don't miss out on your dish. 
 
New to IHCC? Need help linking up or just a refresher on how to join in the fun and become a part of our community? Please 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 Monthly Featured Ingredient/Recipe Challenge: Potatoes! theme last week, please click on the link to see what everyone made. 



***New IHCC Chef Announcement****

Since it's been on the side bar this week, I am assuming that you know that our upcoming IHCC Chef (Starting 10/2/17) is the Barefoot Contessa herself, Ina Garten. We look forward to exploring her tasty recipes.


As usual, the IHCC site will start changing its appearance a bit to reflect our new chef soon and we hope to have the October themes up this week. If you want to get started on your planning, our first theme is always one to welcome in the new chef and so you can start looking for any Ina Garten dish you'd like to make to welcome her to IHCC on October 2nd. 

Thanks for cooking along with us!




Monday, September 11, 2017

September Monthly Featured Ingredient/Dish Challenge: Potatoes!

For September's Monthly Featured Dish/Ingredient Challenge, it's time for Potatoes! 


Make any recipe where potatoes are featured or included from our current IHCC Featured Chef: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall or any of our previous IHCC chefs.  

You can use any kind of potato (Russet, Yukon Gold, White, Sweet Potatoes...) and you can choose fresh or frozen potatoes, or other potato products that strike your fancy. Also, feel free to share any of your favorite potato recipes from our IHCC chefs in your post!

Make and post your Potato recipe by Sunday September 17th and link a picture up below.

Please remember to link a thumbnail image and do please leave a comment after you link so that we don't miss out on your dish. 

New to IHCC? Need help linking up or just a refresher on how to join in the fun and become a part of our community? Please 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 Slide Into September theme last week, please click on the link to see what everyone made. 

 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Slide Into September! (And Our New Featured Chefs Voting Poll!)

September is here! For many of us, it is the signal to begin the transition into a fall frame of mind, even though we may still be trying to hold on to summer. 

So let's...  Slide Into September!


Make any Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall dish that makes the transition from late summer into fall. Whether that's cooking a comforting soup or stew, using up that last bits of summery produce, or using a mix of what's seasonal and local in your area--however you want to interpret this theme is up to you!

Make and post your Slide Into September recipe by Sunday, September 10th and link a picture up below.
 
Please remember to link a thumbnail image and please do leave a comment after you link up so that we don't miss out on your dish. 
 
New to IHCC? Need help linking up or just a refresher on how to join in the fun and become a part of our community? Please 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 August Potluck theme last week, please click on the link to see what everyone made. 



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The New Chef Voting Poll is Open!!!

The 17th round of I Heart Cooking Clubs will be starting at the beginning of October! This week we will be voting on our next featured chef who we will be cooking with from 10/2/17-4/1/18. For this next round of voting we are focusing on four talented female chefs: Lidia Bastianich, Martha Stewart, Julia Child, and Ina Garten

Participants may vote (please vote only once, please) for the chef they would like to cook with for the next six months. There is a link to each chef's website on their name below so you can get to know them and check out some of their recipes before you vote.
The voting poll is located at the top of our page, on the right sidebar. Please only vote once. Voting will be open from now until midnight EST on Monday, September 11th . At that time we will update the sidebar with the new winner! 


Lidia Bastianich is an Emmy award-winning television host, best-selling cookbook author, and restaurateur who specializes in Italian and Italian-American cuisine. 

Martha Stewart is a businesswoman, writer, cookbook author and television personality with a media empire who focuses on recipes, crafts and holiday party planning and decor. 

Julia Child was a beloved American icon who authored cookbooks, pioneered cooking shows, and taught Americans how to appreciate and master the art of French Cooking. She would have been 105 this year and her legacy lives on. 

Ina Garten is a well-known cookbook author and television host, known as The Barefoot Contessa and specializing in decadent but easy recipes of all kinds.

*Click on the chef's name for a link to their website, learn a bit about them, and browse their recipes


Monday, August 28, 2017

IHCC August 2017 Potluck!

POTLUCK!!!


It's time for our favorite week! The one where we can make any recipe from our current IHCC Featured Chef (Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall) or any recipe from any of our previous IHCC chefs listed below:

Nigella Lawson  
Mark Bittman    
Giada de Laurentiis
  Jamie Oliver
  Tessa Kiros
  Rick Bayless
  Madhur Jaffrey
  Yotam Ottolenghi
  Donna Hay
 Nigel Slater
  Diana Henry
 Jacques Pepin
  Ellie Krieger
   Curtis Stone
 

Heidi Swanson

Make and post your August IHCC Potluck recipe by Sunday, September 3rd and link a picture up below.
 
Please remember to link a thumbnail image and please do leave a comment after you link up so that we don't miss out on your dish. 
 
New to IHCC? Need help linking up or just a refresher on how to join in the fun and become a part of our community? Please 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 Say Moo! theme last week, please click on the link to see what everyone made.  



Monday, August 21, 2017

Say Moo!

 
Time to get out the milk and/or cheese and SAY MOO!

This week we are rejoicing in all the glorious goodness of milk and/or cheese!  Don't be afraid if you don't do dairy, feel free to grab any milk (almond, soy, coconut, etc) and any cheese (sheep, goat, and/or vegan, etc) and sub away! It all counts!

 Create and share your dish by Sunday, August 27th !

Please remember to link a thumbnail image and please do leave a comment after you link up so that we don't miss out on your dish.     

New to IHCC? Need help linking up or just a refresher on how to join in the fun and become a part of our community?  Please 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 Dippity Do Dah! theme last week, please click on the link to see all the delectable dips everyone shared! 

***images courtesy of www.theguardian.com and google.com

Monday, August 14, 2017

Dippity Do Dah!

This week we are singing Dippity Do Dah!

And we are celebrating dips and spreads!


So make any Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall recipe for a dip or spread this week! Whether you eat it with veggies or crackers, or slather it on bread for a toastie or sandwich, you are sure to find something fun from Hugh to get your Dippity Do Dah going!

Create and share your dippity dish by Sunday, August 20th!

Please remember to link a thumbnail image and please do leave a comment after you link up so that we don't miss out on your dish.     

New to IHCC? Need help linking up or just a refresher on how to join in the fun and become a part of our community?  Please 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 Monthly Featured Dish/Ingredient: Tomatoes! theme last week, please click on the link to see what everyone made.



Monday, August 7, 2017

August Monthly Featured Ingredient/Dish Challenge: Tomatoes!

For August's Monthly Featured Dish/Ingredient Challenge, it's time for Tomatoes!


Make any recipe where tomatoes are featured or included from our current IHCC Featured Chef: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall or any of our previous IHCC chefs.  

You can use fresh tomatoes, sun-dried, canned, tomato sauce or juice oo other tomato based products, Also, feel free to share any of your favorite tomato recipes from our IHCC chefs in your post!

Make and post your Tomato recipe by Sunday August 13th and link a picture up below.

Please remember to link a thumbnail image and do please leave a comment after you link so that we don't miss out on your dish. 

New to IHCC? Need help linking up or just a refresher on how to join in the fun and become a part of our community? Please 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 In the Raw theme last week, please click on the link to see what everyone made. 





Monday, July 31, 2017

In The Raw!


We're deep in the dog days of summer when the temperatures are soaring and the air is thick like a blanket. In lieu of firing up those ovens, or grills, it is nice to enjoy our food In The Raw!

Step back from the stove and grab a knife. Slice and dice up some veggies or fruits and assemble something using raw ingredients! We can't wait to see how you beat the heat!

 Create and share your dish by Sunday, August 6th!

Please remember to link a thumbnail image and please do leave a comment after you link up so that we don't miss out on your dish.     

New to IHCC? Need help linking up or just a refresher on how to join in the fun and become a part of our community?  Please 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 JULY POTLUCK theme last week, please click on the link to see what everyone made.



photo credit: theguardian.com

Monday, July 24, 2017

July IHCC Potluck!!

Lets...
Potluck!!!


Our favorite week! The one where we can make any recipe from our current IHCC Featured Chef (Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall) or any recipe from any of our previous IHCC chefs listed below:

Nigella Lawson  
Mark Bittman    
Giada de Laurentiis
  Jamie Oliver
  Tessa Kiros
  Rick Bayless
  Madhur Jaffrey
  Yotam Ottolenghi
  Donna Hay
 Nigel Slater
  Diana Henry
 Jacques Pepin
  Ellie Krieger
   Curtis Stone
 

Heidi Swanson

Make and post your July IHCC Potluck recipe by Sunday, July 30th and link a picture up below.
 
Please remember to link a thumbnail image and please do leave a comment after you link up so that we don't miss out on your dish. 
 
New to IHCC? Need help linking up or just a refresher on how to join in the fun and become a part of our community? Please 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 Get to Grilling! theme last week, please click on the link to see what everyone made. 


Monday, July 17, 2017

Get To Grilling!


Fire up those grills and get out your grill pans! 
This week we are going to Get To Grilling!

Please hit the books, or go online, and find that one recipe that is begging to hit the grill! Make and post your recipe by Sunday, July 23rd.

Please remember to link a thumbnail image and please do leave a comment after you link up so that we don't miss out on your dish.     

New to IHCC? Need help linking up or just a refresher on how to join in the fun and become a part of our community?  

Please 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 Just For Kicks theme last week, please click on the link to see what everyone made.



*Images in collage from The Guardian online

 

Monday, July 10, 2017

July Monthly Featured Dish/Ingredient Challenge: Just For Kicks!: Spicy Dishes

For July's Monthly Featured Dish/Ingredient Challenge, it's time to get your spice on. 
(At least as much spice as you like!)

Just For Kicks, we are making spicy dishes this week!



Make any spicy recipe or recipe where spicy ingredients are featured or included from our current IHCC Featured Chef: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall or any of our previous IHCC chefs.  

Not a fan of spicy food? Don't worry, you can make it to your preferred heat/spice level! Also, feel free to share any of your favorite spicy recipes from our IHCC chefs in your post!

Make and post your Just for Kicks! Spicy Dishes recipe by Sunday July 16th and link a picture up below.

Please remember to link a thumbnail image and do please leave a comment after you link so that we don't miss out on your dish. 

New to IHCC? Need help linking up or just a refresher on how to join in the fun and become a part of our community? Please 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 Salads & Sides theme last week, please click on the link to see what everyone made. 


Monday, July 3, 2017

Salads & Sides


Cookout season is among us and everyone is pondering what dish they will take. Salads & Sides are among the most popular for all cookouts and there are endless variations out there. This week we are hitting the books to find a new Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall  Salads & Sides hit so that we are prepared for the next time someone asks us to bring a dish!

What will you bring?

Please make and post your Salads & Sides recipe by Sunday, July 9th and link a picture up below. 
   
Please remember to link a thumbnail image and please do leave a comment after you link up so that we don't miss out on your dish. 
     
New to IHCC? Need help linking up or just a refresher on how to join in the fun and become a part of our community? Please 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 JUNE POTLUCK  theme last week, please click on the link to see what everyone made.


Monday, June 26, 2017

June IHCC Potluck!

It's time to...

POTLUCK!!!

 
It's our favorite week! The one where we can make any recipe from our current IHCC Featured Chef (Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall) or any recipe from any of our previous IHCC chefs listed below:

Nigella Lawson
Mark Bittman  
Giada de Laurentiis
  Jamie Oliver
  Tessa Kiros
  Rick Bayless
  Madhur Jaffrey
  Yotam Ottolenghi
  Donna Hay
 Nigel Slater
  Diana Henry
 Jacques Pepin
  Ellie Krieger
   Curtis Stone
Heidi Swanson


Make and post your June IHCC Potluck recipe by Sunday, July 2nd and link a picture up below.
 
Please remember to link a thumbnail image and please do leave a comment after you link up so that we don't miss out on your dish. 
 
New to IHCC? Need help linking up or just a refresher on how to join in the fun and become a part of our community? Please 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 A Pinch of This, A Dash of That... theme last week, please click on the link to see what everyone made.

Monday, June 19, 2017

A Pinch of This, A Dash of That...

Nothing perks up a recipe more than adding
a pinch of this, a dash of that...


This week make a Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall dish that is flavored with your favorite herbs and spices.

Make and post your A Pinch of This, A Dash of That... recipe by Sunday June 25th and link a picture up below.

Please remember to link a thumbnail image and do please leave a comment after you link so that we don't miss out on your dish. 

New to IHCC? Need help linking up or just a refresher on how to join in the fun and become a part of our community? Please 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 June Monthly Challenge: Asian Dishes theme last week, please click on the link to see what everyone made. 

 


Monday, June 12, 2017

June Monthly Featured Dish/Ingredient Challenge: Asian Dishes!

It's time for our Monthly Feature Dish/Ingredient Challenge:

June's Challenge is...


Choose any Asian-themed recipe from our current chef, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall or any Asian recipe from any of our past IHCC chefs!  

Nigella Lawson
Mark Bittman
Giada de Laurentiis
Jamie Oliver
Tessa Kiros
Rick Bayless
Madhur Jaffrey
Yotam Ottolenghi
Donna Hay
Nigel Slater 
Diana Henry
Jacques Pepin 
Ellie Krieger
Curtis Stone
Heidi Swanson

Also, feel free to share any of your favorite Asian recipes from past or present IHCC chefs in your post! 

Make or post your dish by Sunday, June 18th.

Please remember to link a thumbnail image and do please leave a comment after you link so that we don't miss out on your dish.

New to IHCC? Need help linking up or just a refresher on how to join in the fun and become a part of our community? Please check out our Welcome page. If you have any questions please leave a comment below and we will get back with you.

If you're curious how we went Fresh From the Field last week, please click on the link to see the recipes we made.

 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Fresh From The Field!


This week's focus is ingredients that are seasonal, local, and/or Fresh From The Field!

So head out to see what's seasonal in your neck of the woods, or take a stroll through your neighborhood farmer's market to see what looks good, or maybe you have something right in your own backyard! Either way, this week promises to be Fresh From The Field with Hugh and super delicious!

Make and post your Fresh From The Field with Hugh recipe by Sunday June 11th and link a picture up below!

Please remember to leave a comment afterwards so that we don't miss out on your dish!

New to IHCC? Need help linking up or just a refresher on how to join in the fun? Please 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 May Potluck last week, please be sure to click on the link so you can check back and see all the yummy recipes shared!


Monday, May 29, 2017

May IHCC Potluck!

It's POTLUCK time again!!!


It's that special week where you can make any recipe from our current IHCC Featured Chef (Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall) or any recipe from any of our previous IHCC chefs listed below:

Nigella Lawson
Mark Bittman
Giada de Laurentiis
Jamie Oliver
Tessa Kiros
Rick Bayless
Madhur Jaffrey
Yotam Ottolenghi
Donna Hay
Nigel Slater 
Diana Henry
Jacques Pepin 
Ellie Krieger 
Curtis Stone
Heidi Swanson

Make and post your May IHCC Potluck recipe by Sunday June 4th and link a picture up below.

Please remember to link a thumbnail image and do please leave a comment after you link so that we don't miss out on your dish. 

New to IHCC? Need help linking up or just a refresher on how to join in the fun and become a part of our community? Please 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 Escape to River Cottage theme last week, please click on the link to see what everyone made.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Escape To River Cottage!


For years, Hugh had a dream to move to a cottage in the country and live off whatever he could grow, gather, and catch.  He now says that his Escape to River Cottage is the best thing he ever did with his life.

This week we are celebrating Hugh's Escape to River Cottage by making any of Hugh's dishes from the River Cottage cookbooks or RiverCottage.com. Please make and post your Escape to River Cottage recipe by Sunday, May 28th

Please remember to link an image below and please leave a comment after you link so that we don't miss out on your dish!

Are you new to IHCC? Need help linking up or just a refresher on how to join in the fun and become a part of our community? Please 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 Pub Grub theme last week, please click on the link to see all the delicious pub fare we shared.