Made with Love Mondays: Week of 5/7/2012

Featured Contributors from the last Made with Love Mondays

MJ's Kitchen: Rhubarb Mint Sorbet

The Cooking Actress: Perfectly Imperfect Mashed Potatoes

A Reluctant Foodie: Pasta e Fagioli

I'm Cookin' in My Kitchen: Feta Tart - Alevropita

That Skinny Chick Can Bake: Rhubarb Muffins

Canela Kitchen: Lemon and Blueberry Muffins

Savoring Time in the Kitchen: Rainbow Chopped Salad

I-Lost in Austen: White Chocolate & Raspberry Cannele

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: For the past number of weeks, Made with Love Mondays has focused on healthy ingredients like asparagus, pineapple, green salads and rhubarb. For for this week, let's change things up and share our FAVORITE way to use Bacon. 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: Strawberries - This delicious red fruit is finally back in season (well, at least near me in Virginia) and I've been stocking while prices are low. Pies, tarts, ice cream, breads - what will you make?
  • 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 7, 2012 at 12:00 AM EST and will end on Sunday, May 13, 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 feta tart does look amazing here! I can always count on this Monday theme to provide something new as well as tasty. Also, nice to come across some unknown bloggers as well. Have a great day!

  2. I love the rhubarb mousse, but all of these photographs are really good. All food from great bloggers!

  3. Javelin, Thanks for featuring my rhubarb sorbet! All of these featured posts look great! I linked up my waffle recipe with a note at the end on how to use leftover waffles - egg, BACON, and maple syrup! Have a great week and thanks for hosting!

  4. Thanks JW for this series, The Made With Love Mondays and for having me, all the recipes look great : ) Hope your trip to see your nephews was great, I leave tomorrow. Looking forward to lots of new recipes in the next month while visiting with family : )

  5. Always fun checking on your blog because there is some fun event going on. ;-) Going to check the sorbet now. I just put the ice cream maker bowl in the freezer. Time to make delicious ice cream/sorbet! Thanks for sharing all the great links!

  6. amazing foods from excellent bloggers..;)
    Tasty Appetite

  7. I love that there are more contributors each week and as usual, all the dishes look great!

  8. Another great collection! I thik my favourite's got to be the white chocolate canneles - the presentation alone is to die for!


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