Made with Love Mondays: Week of 4/2/2012

Featured Contributors from the last Made with Love Mondays

The Cooking Actress: Cheddar, Asiago and Scallion Beer Bread

Girlichef: Pineapple-Ginger Elixir

A Reluctant Foodie: Farro with Mushrooms and Sun-dried Tomatoes

Damn Delicious: Blueberry Tea Cake

LinsFood: Devil Curry

The Hobby Room: Blackberry Fool with Lemon Curd

I'm Cookin' in My Kitchen: Meatloaf Pinwheels w/ Spinach, Mushroom & Cheddar Cheese

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: Easter is less than a week away - and I excited for some special family favorites like roast lamb with mint sauce and warm hot crossed buns for breakfast. Thus, this week's optional theme is Easter. Celebrate the arrival of spring and share your favorite from-scratch recipes for the holiday.
  • 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: Asparagus - I'm so excited for this marvelous vegetables because it's only in season for a couple months every year and right now most grocers are stocked with bunches of these tasty spears!
  • 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 2, 2012 at 12:00 AM EST and will end on Sunday, April 8, 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. The Cheddar, Asiago and Scallion Beer Bread looks delicious! I heard about the beer bread but never tried one. Cheddar/Asiago/Scallion... sounds so good!

    1. I agree - it sounded delicious. I was a little surprised when Kayle from The Cooking Actress blog said she wasn't a big fan of it, but I'm still glad she shared :)

  2. So many delicious choices! I've bookmarked a couple...still trying to decide my menu for Easter. Thank you for bringing these all together. I shared a favorite bread that I love to bring to any family and/or holiday get together. =)

    1. I'm so glad you shared the recipe - those rolls look amazing! The best part for me is the crust ;)

  3. Oh, what yummy features!!! I shouldn't have looked this close to dinner...I might need a cookie to tide me over :)

    1. lol I don't blame you, Lizzy. I feel the same way each time I go food-surfing before dinner ;)

  4. I love all these recipes. All great cooks! Well done to all of them!

    1. I agree - the credit really does go to all the amazing contributors of so much from-scratch good eats :)

  5. All of these featured recipes sound wonderful. I had checked out the beer bread and the tea cake and would love to make them both! Great selection! Thanks for hosting!

    1. MJ, I'm so glad you discovered some new recipes - that's my favorite part of this series! And thank you so much for sharing your easy cornbread recipe - that's a winner for sure!

  6. I'm gaining pounds just drooling over the pictures! :)


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