Made with Love Mondays: Week of 4/16/2012

Featured Contributors from the last Made with Love Mondays

That Skinny Chick Can Bake: Asparagus with Bits of Bacon

The Cooking Actress: Mini Cinnamon Sugar Popovers

A Reluctant Foodie: Making Falafel at Home

Canela Kitchen: Raspberry Topped Almond Panna Cotta

Damn Delicious: Meatballs a la Pizzaiola

Veggie and the Beast: Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies

The More Than Occasional Baker: Tofu Chocolate Mousse

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: You know me - I love bread. But for some reason, for the past couple of week's I have been craving buns and rolls like never before. And so I'm hoping some of you will share some delicious from-scratch recipes as part of this week's optional theme: Buns/Rolls. Who doesn't love a warm, soft roll or bun with a little pat of butter? So let's share recipes - either a family favorite or a new recipe you've been itching to try...
  • 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: Greens Salads - 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. So for next week, be creative and share your favorite take on a greens salads - what do you mix-in, what homemade dressings do you use, etc?
  • 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. You have some tasty dishes up there! I'm especially smitten with the whoopie pies; they sound like a perfect treat for Mother's day. Thanks for sharing another wonderful roundup.

    1. They really do look delicious, don't they? I'm so happy Kate shared them with us all...

  2. I love all these dishes. All of them excellent! The asparagus look so good. I cannot wait for them to be in season in England too.

    1. I'm so happy you enjoyed, Alida - it's actually quite warm here in Virginia Beach this time of year, so I sometimes forget the rest of the world is not on the same schedule ;)

  3. I checked out a lot of your featured recipes for this week and they're awesome. Great selection! I don't have any buns or rolls to link up so I linked up an herb bread that one could probably make as rolls. I haven't tried, but, since I'm not a baker, I'm not sure if it would work or not. Anyhoo - thanks for hosting and hope your week is off to a great start!

    1. Thanks for sharing the herb bread, MJ! It looks delicious - and I'd be all about trying to turn that into a rolls recipe ;)

  4. this is some brilliant tasty treats to try out..thanks for sharing
    Tasty Appetite

    1. Jay, I'm so glad you enjoyed & it's always a great pleasure to see what everyone makes each week :)

  5. I like these links, especially the one from Dam Delicious-thanks for introducing me to that blog! Also, your efforts here in featuring and promoting posts from the big blogosphere are always appreciated.

    1. Damn Delicious really does know how to whip up something marvelous - every time I drop by her blog, I'm impressed with the wonderful creations...

  6. I love all these recipes Javelin thanks by include me:)

    1. You're very welcome, Gloria - thank YOU for contributing!

  7. Oh, how wonderful to see my asparagus featured!!! I'm going to see if I've made any breads worthy to share recently. Thanks, JW!

    1. Lizzy, thanks so much for sharing your Honey Oat Bread - I remember this one and it looks amazing...

  8. Dear Javelin, I have been thinking for sometime of taking part on your Made w/Luv Mondays so I added your badge to my chestnuts and chocolate cake of last week. Hope it's OK for next week.
    My last post is not suitable as it is made with shop-bought filo pastry.
    Well done for getting so much interest, you really have good ideas!

    1. Alida, I remember this cake and I'm so glad you shared! I'll shoot you an email so you can link it up to this week's Made with Love Mondays!


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