Made with Love Mondays: Week of 5/21/2012

Before we get to all the delicious food, I'd like to share some happy stats about Made with Love Mondays. This series has featured 29 different bloggers and over 100 from-scratch recipes. And last week the series featured a record 14 contributors. That's awesome because that means I got to discover 14 new from-scratch creations. And I can now share those 14 creations with everyone else.

So a HUGE thank you to all the contributors of this series - I can't wait to see what you will create next!

Featured Contributors from the last Made with Love Mondays

LinsFood: Smoky Masala Linguine

The Cooking Actress: Whole Wheat, Thin Pizza Crust

Savoring Time in the Kitchen: Parsley and Chive Pull Apart Rolls

Amy's Cooking Adventures: Poblano Pesto

Blue Kitchen Bakes: Anglesey Cakes

Smiley's Kitchen: French Strawberry Tart

S&S Blog: How-to-Make-Love-to-Mushrooms Pasta

The Hobby Room: Blackberry Pie

The Chocolate Log: Rhubarb and Rose Nonnettes

That Skinny Chick Can Bake: Strawberry Trifle with Mascarpone Cream

Girlichef: Strawberry Arugula Salad w/ Hazelnuts & Blue Cheese

Cake, Crumbs and Cooking: Blueberry Banana Cake

My Little Italian Kitchen: Homemade Fish and Chips

Damn Delicious: Strawberry Yogurt Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel

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 easy to crack open a bottle of Hidden Valley Ranch or twist-off the top of a jar of mayonnaise, but do you have any homemade favorite dressings? This week, share your favorite homemade dressings - it could be vinaigrette, flavored mayonnaise, copy-cat recipes, etc. Be creative and as always, this theme is optional.
  • 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: Raisins - Recently, I've been craving raisins like never before: raisin scones, cookies, bars, pies, etc. So next week, help me out and share your favorite recipe prominently featuring raisins!
  • 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, May 21, 2012 at 12:00 AM EST and will end on Sunday, May 27, 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're desserts make me hungry. Now I'm craving for some. I will also suggest that before buying ingredients, people should "Check the ingredients label and use only ingredients with NO transfats (partially hydrogenated oils), high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) or preservatives". Fructose is not safe and it should be avoided.

  2. Congrats on a successful run with your new series : ) I have really enjoyed being a part of it and watching it grow. I love seeing all the new recipes each week along with the Food Fetish Fridays : ) 2 thumbs up JW!

    1. Thanks Jenn - it's been a lot of fun and I'm just happy to be inspired by everyone's creations.

  3. Javelin - What great recipes last week!!! Need to go check them out! Congratulations on the stats - that's exciting! I've linked up this week with another made from scratch recipe. Enjoy and thanks for being such a great host!

    1. Thanks for sharing the soup, MJ. I've really never found a cold soup that I love, but this asparagus garlic soup does sound intriguing for sure...

  4. Wow JW, great round up and so many delicious entries. Never mind made with luv, I could eat it all with luv.

    1. lol same here, Choclette - there are so many scrumptious good eats each week!

  5. Yummy food, great display as usual. Thank you for hosting!

    1. My pleasure, Alida. You and the others really do the hard part - creating such delicious from-scratch food!

  6. I'm so glad that this series is taking off! I know you're really an encouragement to people who might be on the fence between cooking the easy way and cooking the healthy way because the from-scratch recipes always look so good. Now I'm off to read some of these recipes . . .

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words, Jody. I do hope the series has had a positive impact on others ::fingers crossed::

  7. As usual, I want to EVERYTHING on the list! When, oh when, will Willy Wonka's technology come to fruition!? ;P I linked up some homemade buttermilk ranch today...with goodies for dipping in it!

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the roundup - the credit goes to all you awesome bloggers. And I love that you brought the ranch!


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