Made with Love Mondays: Week 4/23/2012

Featured Contributors from the last Made with Love Mondays

A Reluctant Foodie: Adasi - Homemade Persian Lentil & Potato Stew

Girlichef: Homemade Croissants

MJ's Kitchen: Herb Bread

I'm Cookin' in My Kitchen: Savory Portobello & Zucchini Frittata

Damn Delicious: Strawberry Torte

That Skinny Chick Can Bake: Honey Oatmeal Bread

S&S Blog: Chicken Cacciatore

Veggie and the Beast: Pot Stickers with Gyoza Sauce

The Hobby Room: Homemade Chevre

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?
  • This week's theme: It's spring and as the weather starts to get warmer, many of us will be in the mood for something lighter, something bright and fresh. Thus this week's optional theme: Greens Salads. Be creative and share your favorite take on a greens salads - what do you mix-in, what homemade dressings do you use, etc?
  • 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: Rhubarb - did you know the arrival of rhubarb is a sign of spring? Known in some areas of pie plant, these amazing stalks are delicious in all kinds dishes. So for next week, be let's share our favorite ways to use rhubarb - pies, crumbles, preserves, compotes - how will you use it?
  • 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, April 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM EST and will end on Sunday, April 22, 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 (copy the HTML 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 
  6. I will 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, stocks 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 to your post (banner must link back to the Made with Love Mondays challenge page)
  • 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. I linked up my favorite strawberry spinach salad :) Thanks for the feature!!!

    1. Thank you so much, Lizzy! It looks delicious and very refreshing and light...

  2. Happy Monday : ) Yea, the "cookies" I mentioned?...although, a fantastic idea....they were an epic fail, lol. I wouldn't even eat one! Only one bite, and my thoughts wandered to an image of...a tumbleweed bouncing down a lonely barren stretch of desert, it truly was enough to send me running outta my kitchen! : ) Oh well...I will try again, it's a challenge now. The frittata came out wayyyyy better! Thanks : D

    1. Sorry to hear that Jenn - but I love your perspective on treating it as just an experiment. Because I really think the kitchen and cooking should be fun. And the challenge is really just part of the fun. Can't wait to see what you come up with next =)

  3. Javelin - Thanks so much for featuring my herb bread AND for leaving such a nice comment on my post! I hope you're having a great weekend and thanks for hosting again this week.

    1. MJ, thank YOU for adding so many delicious foods to this series - your herb bread looks fantastic and I'm so glad it's now part of Made with Love Mondays... And thank you for linking up a salad this week!

  4. Amazing food as usual. I especially like the homemade cheese, very interesting.
    I am very excited to take part and I have just linked my recipe.
    Thank you!

    1. Alida, I'm so happy you enjoy the series and were able to join this week - YAY!!! It's a pleasure to have your homemade cake and so happy you're sharing it with the rest of us...

  5. Thank you for awesome many awesome things to eat! I've shared a new favorite salad this week!

    1. And it looks AMAZING, Heather! You really packed in a lot of flavor and nutition - loving it...

  6. I can't believe some of those from last week are homemade, I mean homemade croissant? They look great. Thanks for hosting!

    1. I completely agree, Jody! Like your Chevre - amazing that you made it from scratch...

  7. I almost missed submitting to this week's Made with Love Mondays! So glad I made it.

    1. Ina Garten really does come up with simple takes on elegant food, doesn't she? This salad sounds fantastic and so glad you shared...


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