Made with Love Mondays: Week of 3/19/2012

Please Note

Before we get to all the delicious food (shared by a record number of from-scratch foodies!), I want to let you all know I have updated the "Your Challenge" and "Guiding Principles" sections below with clarifications in keeping with the "Always fresh, Always from scratch" spirit of this challenge.

The clarifications are in bold and italics for easy review - please take note of these clarifications when sharing new food posts with Made with Love Mondays. Ok, enough of that. On with the FOOD!

Featured Contributors from the last Made with Love Mondays

Damn Delicious: Apple Fritter Muffins

Cookin' in My Kitchen: Homemade Butter and Compound Butter

The Cooking Actress: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

The Hobby Room: P. B. Apple Crisp

A Reluctant Foodie: Veggie Tacos

Sabrina from S&S Blog: Massaman Curry - Potato Curry for St. Patrick's Day

Smiley's Kitchen: Italian Cream Cupcakes

MJ's Kitchen: Spiked Sweet Potatoes

Tales of Pigling Bland: Green Tea Daifuku Mochi (Sweet Japanese Snacks)

A Reluctant Foodie: Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

Now, it's time to make something entirely from scratch!

Let's face it: boxed cake mixes make gorgeous cakes, food dyes can lend eye-appeal to most anything, and tossing in a handful of M&Ms will catch most any wondering eye!

But you know where I stand on food - make it from scratch (with love) or don't bother making it at all.

So each week I host Made with Love Mondays as a weekly challenge to promote, encourage, share, and celebrate foods make entirely from scratch. If you've invested the effort and love into making food from scratch, you deserve recognition and I'm doing all I can to make sure you get it.

Need Some Inspiration? Use Leeks!
  • This week's theme: I love leeks and right now is the peak season for this amazing vegetable - so let's take full advantage and make something from-scratch featuring these delicious (and dreadfully sandy!) plants. In all my online food-stalking travels, I have seen amazing cheesy leeks, leek soup, leek omelettes, leeks baked into biscuits - the possibilities are nearly endless! So if you're struggling for inspiration, the optional theme for this week is Leeks. Work this delicious ingredient into your recipe, make everything from scratch, and share the results with us.
  • Next week's theme: Just in case you can't participate this week (or because you like to plan ahead like me), here's the optional theme for next week: Pineapple - this amazing fruit is also currently in-season and many grocers are stocked to over-flowing with this juicy golden fruit. It the perfect time to feature all your fresh pineapple favorites!
  • Please note: Themes are intended to provide you with inspiration if you're not sure where to start - however a theme is NOT mandatory and you can always submit any from-scratch food post that meets the Guiding Principles listed below. 
  • Made with Love Mondays is a weekly challenge and the next challenge begins Monday, March 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM EST and will end on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 3:00 PM EST.
  • If you are unable to join us this week, subsequent Made with Love Mondays will always begin on Mondays and always end on Sundays. 

How to Join:
ANYONE can participate and EVERYONE gets promoted. The challenge is to make a recipe (any recipe) entirely from scratch - no shortcuts, no preprepared ingredients, no added extras. It doesn't matter if you've been making everything from scratch for years or if this is your very first time cooking. Either way, take the challenge and I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Your Challenge:
  1. Select a recipe (any recipe) and make it entirely from scratch (see Guiding Principles below)
  2. Blog about your experience and link-up your recipe post to Made with Love Mondays (click the "Add your link" button below)
  3. Add the Made with Love Mondays banner to your recipe post (grab the banner code below and paste it into the HTML of your post)
  4. Please limit your enthusiasm and link up no more than ONE post per week
Your Reward:
  1. A link to your recipe post will always be included in the Made with Love Mondays Recipe Archive
  2. A link to your blog homepage will be added to the Made with Love Mondays contributor list
  3. A picture from your recipe will be pinned to the Made with Love Mondays Pinterest board (if a picture is available)
  4. Each week linked-up qualifying recipes from the prior week will be featured in the next Made with Love Mondays blog post (posted on Mondays)
  5. I will send a weekly "thank you" tweet to all weekly Made with Love Mondays participants and re-tweet your challenge related tweets that include #MadeWithLuv
Guiding Principles:
It would be difficult to list every restricted ingredient or preprepared shortcut, thus please adhere to the spirit of "Always fresh. Always from scratch." Here are a few guiding principles:
  • If it comes out of a can, jar or box don't use it - UNLESS making or procuring the ingredient from scratch is nearly impossible (exceptions might include pasta, tomato paste, peanut butter, tahini paste, oils, Nutella, honey, puff pastry etc)
  • Do not use preprepared shortcuts or mixes of any kind such as pre-made biscuits, cake/muffin mix, pastry dough, frosting, jarred marinara, mac and cheese, etc
  • If you can find it fresh, don't use frozen
  • Check the ingredients label and use only ingredients with NO transfats (partially hydrogenated oils), high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) or preservatives
  • Do not use any artificial food dyes and no "candies" (such as M&M's, peanut butter cups, etc)
  • If you use other finished foods in your recipe (e.g. breads, apple sauce, cookies, etc), you must either a) include a recipe for the finished food in your post OR b) link to the recipe you used to make the finished food
More Details:
  • You can link-up recipes you have previously posted as long as they adhere to the from-scratch Guiding Principles and you have added the below banner code to the post
  • Your post can be submitted to as many other blog challenges or link-ups as you like - just make sure it adheres to the Guiding Principles and includes the below banner code
  • You may link-up ONE recipe per week with Made with Love Mondays
  • You do NOT need to participate every week in order to contribute to Made with Love Mondays
  • You do NOT need to email me your posts
  • You do NOT need to add label/tag to your blog

Add this banner to your post (use code below)

Grab Banner Code (copy/paste this code into the HTML of your blog post):
<a href="" title="Made with Love Mondays hosted by Javelin Warrior"><img src="" width="240" height="187" alt="JWsMadeWLuvMondays"></a>

Stay Connected
I've created a page for Made with Love Mondays and added it to the link bar at the top of this page. Now you can easily find other foodie contributors, browse previously added from-scratch recipes, and review the guiding principles for participation. You can even add suggestions or comments to the page.

Link-up Your Recipe:


  1. Nicely done, lots to choose from but being a Pisces can never make up my mind :(
    Take care.

    1. Thanks Gerry - I'm so glad you enjoyed. The credit goes to all the faithful contributors ;)

  2. Good Morning! I linked up a Leek & Asparagus Quiche that just screams SPRING and uses leeks =).

    1. Thanks so much Heather - the quiche looks fantastic and it uses leeks! Yay!

  3. What a great display! I'd love to try them all. There are such a great bakers and cooks around!

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed, Alida. I agree - there's so much creative talent!

  4. Thanks for featuring my sweet potatoes! ALL of your selections look scrumptious! Somehow I missed the Japanese snacks. Need to go check them out! Thanks for hosting!

    1. MJ, I'm so glad you were able to share your sweet potatoes and thanks for sharing your potato and leek soup. Yay, another leek recipe!

  5. Can't get leeks...Can't get Lemongrass : ) Can't find lots of things : ) There are tons of lovely pineapple though... : )

    1. I'm sorry to hear leeks aren't available near you - locally (and when I was in Cleveland) they seemed to be pretty readily available, but it just goes to show how much stuff can vary by location. I hope you can join next week's pineapple challenge =)

  6. Made from Scratch butter!? Now that's just showing off...

    1. But in a good way :) I've been wanting to try making my own butter for a while and I love Jenn's technique...

  7. What a delicious home made selection JW! And why would anyone eat out if you had these goodies! :D

  8. The mochi up there looks amazing,I definitely need to look into that recipe. Great picks for this post. I look forward to the results of your themes in the next few weeks, especially the pineapple-yum! Enjoy the day.

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed and I agree - the next couple of weeks are going to be great fun with leeks and pineapple!

  9. OH I LOVE this idea, I must go back to read the rules properly and join in as I ALWAYS cook from scratch!

    1. I hope you do have a chance to join the fun - and the rules are nothing too complicated, so feel free to join anytime...

  10. I wanted to link up my potato-leek bacon soup that I made a while back but it used frozen peas and corn so I couldn't really go with the optional theme this week. Hopefully the cookies will do! :)

    1. The cookies look amazing and I'm so glad you shared! FYI, this time of year it's hard to find fresh peas or corn (at least where I am) so frozen could be fine. The goal is really to try to keep your ingredient list as fresh as possible, within reason give the restrictions in your area...


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