Monday, September 26, 2016

Hooroo Curtis! (Goodbye Curtis)


Can you believe we've been cooking with Curtis for 6 months already? Whew! Time sure does fly when you're having fun. It's been an adventure getting to know Curtis in the kitchen. Looking back we've ate something on the sofa, we've wet our whistle, we celebrated tomatoes and got fresh with fruit. We had a cookout on the barbie, got herbalicious, and put finishing touches on many Curtis recipes! I'd say it was a very tasty and delicious six months! Thanks Curtis!

This week make and post any Curtis Stone dish to say Hooroo Curtis (Goodbye Curtis!). Feel free to do a roundup of all your favorite Curtis dishes (they are always so much fun to see). Please post your recipe(s) by Sunday, October 2nd and link a picture 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 September Potluck theme last week, please click on the link to see all the delicious ways we celebrated our past and preset chef(s)!

**You have voted and it looks like we will be having a Monthly Featured Dish/Ingredient Theme each month, starting in November! Stay tuned and check the sidebar. November themes (and the new monthly feature) will be posted in the next week or so.


Monday, September 19, 2016

IHCC September Potluck! (And a Monthly Events Vote!)

Whoop! Whoop! It's time for...

Potluck!!!!


It's your chance to make any Curtis Stone recipe, or any recipe from one of our previous IHCC featured chefs:

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

What will you make?

Make and post your September Potluck recipe by Sunday, September 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 Monthly Featured Chef theme last week, please click on the link to see all the delicious Jacques Pepin dishes that were shared!


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***Monthly Events Vote***

We are looking for a decision on whether to continue to have a monthly event (beyond Potluck of course!) and what that event should be. 

Here are the options--please vote for one in the poll at the top of the page:

Option 1:
In October, we will feature Ellie Krieger as our Monthly Featured Chef and we will have rotated through all of our previous chefs for the Monthly Featured Chef Event. If we continue this event, we would need to start over with Nigella Lawson and repeat our roster of chefs. Would you like to continue the Monthly Chef Event, repeating the chefs for another year? 

Option 2:
We have also thought of another Monthly Event--a Monthly Featured Dish/Ingredient Challenge. In this challenge we would name either a popular dish (mac-n-cheese, chili, stir-fry, etc.) or a basic ingredient (pasta, eggs, chocolate, etc.). You can pick a recipe from any of our previous chefs for that month's dish or ingredient. It would be sort of a mini-challenge to find the best recipes out there for the different dishes and ingredients. 

Option 3:
Finally, we could stop having an additional monthly event and just have 3 to 4 weekly themes with our current featured chef (Heidi Swanson Oct. 3, 2016- April 2, 2017) plus Potluck week.

Please vote ONCE for which option you prefer!  
 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Montly Featured Chef: Jacques Pépin!


  Jacques Pépin is known the world over for his timeless recipes and passion for cooking. 

Join us as we celebrate Jacques Pépin, a true cooking legend. Share in the fun by cooking any of Jacques' recipes. Whether you chose a traditional French recipe, one of the classics,  or a quick weeknight meal it is bound to be a success. 



 Feel free to make and post any Jacques Pépin recipe by Sunday, September 18th. If you've cooked along with us when we cooked with Jacques Pépin, or have cooked with Pépin before, feel free to share your favorite Pépin recipes in your post. 

Please remember to leave a comment after linking your post 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 yo
 If you missed out on our amazing Finishing Touches last week, be sure to click on the links and check out all the fun ways to jazzed up our dishes!
****And now for an exciting announcement...Heidi Swanson dominated the vote and will be our newest chef at I Heart Cooking Clubs! We look forward to cooking all sorts of delicious, and Super Natural dishes, in the next six months!! New Heidi Swanson themes will be coming shortly and we start cooking with her on October 3rd.


Monday, September 5, 2016

Finishing Touches! (+ A New Chef to Choose!)

It's often the little things that make a difference, so this week our theme is...

Finishing Touches!


Make any Curtis Stone dish featuring or including some special finishing touches such as: a sprinkle of this, a dusting of that, sauces, dressings, croutons, condiments, or any other extras that finish your dish with flair!

Make and post your Finishing Touches recipe by Sunday, September 11th and link your picture and post 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 August Potluck theme last week, please click on the link to see all the delicious dishes that were shared! 


*** New Chef Voting ***    

Time certainly flies when you are having fun and it's hard to believe that it is time to vote for our next I Heart Cooking Clubs chef! We will be cooking with Curtis Stone through October 2nd, but then it's on to a new chef. 

In keeping with our boy-girl-boy-girl rotation, we have four fabulous women for you to choose from. If you are not familiar with a chef, click on the link on their name to learn more.


Claudia Roden: Cookbook writer, cultural anthropologist and expert on Middle Eastern cooking and Mediterranean food, Roden is known for the stories around her recipes and her many cookbooks.

Heidi Swanson:  Popular natural foods blogger (101 Cookbooks), photographer, and author of four popular cookbooks, Swanson is known for her inventive and delicious vegetarian recipes.  

Julia Child: Cooking icon and cultural phenomenon, Julia is the woman who brought French cooking and recipes to the home cook with her television shows and cookbooks. 

Delia Smith: English cook and television presenter, known for teaching basic cooking skills in a no-nonsense style. She is the UK's best-selling cookery author, with more than 21 million cookbook copies sold  

To Vote: Please use the poll in the upper right of the blog to vote ONCE for the chef you would most like to cook with. The poll will be up until 11:59 PM (EST) on Sunday, September 11th and the new chef announced shortly after

Happy Cooking!


Monday, August 29, 2016

August Potluck!

 

This week it doesn't matter if you're feeling snacky, craving a three-layer cake, or packing a picnic basket because we've got you covered! Choose any dish from Curtis Stone, or any recipe from one of our previous IHCC featured chefs, because it is time for our 

August Potluck!

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

What will you make?

Make and post your August recipe by Sunday, September 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 delicious Express Meals last week, please click on the link to see all the speedy fast weeknight meals we shared!


Also, stay tuned because there will be exciting information coming on our next IHCC Chef! We will be posting a voting poll on the right sidebar sometime in the next week. Voting for our new female chef will begin so that we have time to order books and prepare for what's to come in October.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Express Meals: 30 Minutes or Less!

Yep--we will do just about anything to not be sweating in the kitchen any longer than we have to be this month, so this week's theme has us in-and-out quickly!
Join us to cook with Curtis and make:
Express Meals: 30 Minutes or Less!


Breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack--just choose any quick-to-cook Curtis Stone recipe that takes 30 minutes or less to prepare!

Make and post your Curtis Stone Express Meals: 30 Minutes or Less recipe by Sunday, August 28th 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 *Special Edition* - No Cook Challenge theme last week, please click on the link to see all the delicious tomato-filled dishes that were shared!


Monday, August 15, 2016

*Special Edition* No Cook Challenge!


 One step outside and the heat takes your breath away.  The air is thick and the humidity lays on you like a wet blanket. Welcome to the dog days of summer.  The struggle to stay cool is real.  Not only do you not want to eat anything hot, but you also don't want to stand over a hot stove and cook. You take comfort in salads that can be assembled straight from the farmer's market, late summer tomatoes turned into batches of refreshing gazpacho, fresh fruit blended into cool creamy smoothies, and bits of this and that stuffed into a sandwich.

So put down those pots and pans because this week we are not cooking! That's right, we are officially on strike. This is a Special Edition of I Heart Cooking Clubs and we have issued a NO COOK Challenge!! 

To make things as fun as possible we have opened this challenge up to include all of our past chefs, as well as our present chef, Curtis Stone. Feel free to make any recipe from any of the chefs listed below, but the one and only rule is that you cannot (under any circumstances) add heat!

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

Make and post your *Special Edition* No Cook Challenge recipe by Sunday, August 21st and link a picture up below. Please remember to link a thumbnail image and 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 Monthly Featured Chef: Diana Henry last week, please click on the link to see all the delightful Diana Henry dishes that were shared!



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