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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

May 2007 Events

EVERY WEEKEND - Weekend Herb Blogging hosted by Kalyn's Kitchen. And when food bloggers need a bit of escapism, there's Weekend Baby Blogging. Your bases are definitely covered.

WEEKLY - Presto Pasta Night. Channel your inner comfort food muse and join in the new, fun weekly event. Hosted by Ruth at Once Upon A Feast, complete details to participate can be found right here.

WEEKLY - ARF/5-A-Day. Hosted by Cate at Sweetnicks every Tuesday night. Have you recently made a recipe with fruit and/or vegetables? Then this is perfect for you. Come on and join in the fun - complete details are right here.

ONGOING - World Bread Day - After Hours Party. For those that missed out on the recent 113-entry roundup for World Bread Day, this is your chance to join in the fun. Complete details can be found here.

MONTHLY - Weekend Breakfast Blogging. Saffron Trail hosts this event. Complete rundown is here.

MONTHLY - Cooking with Tea Contest sponsored by Tea Chef. Experiment with different ideas to develop the best recipe with that tea, then send it in with a picture. Every month new recipes are posted for community voting (look for the "Vote for this Recipe" links). The highest-ranked recipe will win a fabulous tea-related reward and the acclaim of the community!

MONTHLY - Carnival of Dining Out. Come celebrate your favorite place to eat in this new monthly event. Entries are due by the end of the month, and complete information can be found here.

MONTHLY - POTATOES ... How do you find them? Great? OK? Routine? Boring?
In any which case, just cook up something with this universal tuber, take pictures, and publish them along with the recipe & a write-up on your blog on the 1st of March. That would be your entry to the March edition of Jihva for Ingredients hosted by Vaishali on my blog Happy Burp. Wanna go for it?

NOW UNTIL MAY 4th - Food Fight #2. Mother's Day is coming soon and it's time to honor our mother's through cooking. Your challenge is to make your mother's favorite dish, and maybe post a few kind words about her as well. And if you don't know your mother's favorite dish, you'll need to call her or pester a relative who may know . :-) The deadline for all entries is Friday, May 4th. Roundup to be posted on Monday, May 7th. Complete details are right here.

NOW UNTIL MAY 6th - A TASTE OF YELLOW. "I'm asking all bloggers to participate in the blog event A TASTE OF YELLOW by making a dish containing some type of yellow food. This can be anything you like as long it features a yellow food. Some ideas to get you started are lemon, banana, saffron, corn, eggs, cheese. On the 16th May to coincide with LIVESTRONG Day 2007 I will post a round up of all the entries. Please make and post your entries using any yellow coloured food and send them to me at atasteofyellowATgmailDOTcom before the 7th May. The A Taste of Yellow has been approved by the Lance Armstrong Foundation as an official LIVESTRONG Day event . I am organising the event to raise awareness of cancer. However if you wish to make a donation you can do so by visiting the Lance Armstrong Foundation donation page." Additional information can be found here.

NOW UNTIL MAY 9th - MONTHLY MINGLE #10 - Spring is in the Air. "Your challenge this month is to go to your local grocer's or Farmer's Market and buy yourself a basket load of fresh Spring fruit and vegetables. Then get back home to your kitchens and create the ultimate Spring Dish. Asparagus, Spinach, Avocado, Summer Squash, Strawberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Apricots. The variety is exquisite and the ways to prepare them tantalizing. Folks, 'Spring Is In The Air' and I want you to feel it, hear it, smell it and taste it." Complete details are right here.

NOW UNTIL MAY 11th - American Idol Cooking Event. Create a dish/recipe/cookie/drink/etc that has been inspired by American Idol (it can be a loose interpretation of the title, or a cake of Simon Cowell’s head, whatever makes you think of “American Idol”). Blog about it by May 8 (be sure to include a link to our post). Send an email to yumsugar[at]gmail[dot]com with the subject "American Idol Creation" by May 8 and include your name & location, your blog name & permalink for your post, what you made and why, a 100x100 pixel image of your creation (optional). Roundup will be posted on May 11th.

NOW UNTIL MAY 12th - Weekend Cookbook Challenge #16. This go 'round, the theme is "Something New." "So try out a new ingredient, technique, book, utensil, whatever. Just get in that kitchen and cook!Find a recipe that fits the theme in a never before used or seldom used cookbook from your collection. Or if you would rather, use a recipe from a magazine, website or any source you'd like." Interested in joining in this fun event? Check out the deets right here.

NOW UNTIL MAY 15th - Big Burger Ballyhoo 2007. This new event comes to us by way of the Writing at the Kitchen Table team. We're asking people to dust off their aprons, de-rust their tongs and get bbq-ing and post about their favourite burger recipes. We are using the term 'burger' loosely. It can be vegetarian, vegan, falafel, venison, kangaroo...whatever! The only proviso is that Paul can cook it on a barbeque. There is a prize for the winner, as determined by Paul once he has completed his taste testing! Complete details are here.

NOW UNTIL MAY 17th - Blog Party #22. This time, the theme is the Wild, Wild West. "Doesn't matter if you're born & raised here in the United States, or from a country thousands of miles away. This is your chance to turn the foods of the West into appetizers! What does that mean? Well, really, it's whatever 'Wild, Wild West' means to you. Do you envision ranch hands cooking around a fire pit? Or do you, in fact, find yourself remembering the very clever, retro-punk The Wild, Wild West, a re-run favorite from my childhood? Does it get you thinking of the fabulous culinary strides the Western states have made over the last few decades, or do you see yourself going old school? For this event, I leave interpretation up to you. Create something amazing...in bite-size, with an accompanying cocktail/beverage...just make sure it has a Western spin." Complete details are right here.

NOW UNTIL MAY 19th - The Daily Tiffin has a Safety & Care - Kids in the Kitchen theme this round. In May we would like you to go into your kitchens, have a good long look at it and make a list of any hazards, traps, dangerous gadgets or material you see that might harm the little ones in our lives. The first thing you do - remove them. Then send us an email telling us about them. Even if your kitchen is a safe haven for children - tell us what measures you took to remove those lurking dangers. Complete details are here.

NOW UNTIL MAY 23rd - SHF #31. This round is hosted by Seven Spoons. The theme for the desserts is "Shades of White," with a posting deadline of May 21, 2007 and a submission deadline for noon Wednesday, May 23. Complete details can be found here.

NOW UNTIL MAY 27th - Hay Hay, It's Donna Hay #12. This go around, it's being hosted by new food blogger, Other People's Food, and the theme? Caesar Salads. "Then it came to me, with the last two months of fantastic, mouth-watering sweets, that I could really really use a salad. You know that feeling? You glut your way through a weekend, and you really just want some nice crunchy lettuce? Mind you, this caesar has bacon... but its crunchy, too, so... yah. :) So, ladies and gentlemen, send me your salads, your wraps, your pizzas and your stuffed things. Anything with the main elements of caesar, and I want to see it. You all are a crafty bunch and I can't wait to see what you come up with." Wanna join in the fun? You can get all the details right here.

NOW UNTIL MAY 27th - Vegetables, Beautiful Vegetables. Eat the Right Stuff is celebrating UK's National Vegetarian Week with a new event. “vegetables, beautiful vegetables” is a one-off (until next year!) event where food bloggers around the world are invited to show off their skills at creating fantastic vegetarian dishes. All the details can be found right here.

NOW UNTIL MAY 29th - Waiter, There's Something In My ... Stuffed Fruit/Vegetable. "Want to scoop the insides out of a cherry tomato and fill it with pate? Have you always had a yen to make baked apples stuffed with dried fruit? Maybe an aubergine with its flesh scooped out and mixed with couscous takes your fancy? You've come to the right place! Sweet or savoury, the choice is once again yours - but the fruit or vegetable must be stuffed, not merely coated with a topping or sauce." Complete details are here.

NOW UNTIL MAY 30th - Leftover Tuesdays #5. It's time for the May issue of Leftover Tuesdays where leftovers are recycled into wonderful and amazing new dishes! This month will be hosted by Project Foodie. So, take your cooking leftovers or even dinning out leftovers, make them into something new, and blog about your creation between May 23 and May 30th. Post your blog entry by midnight (PST) on Wednesday, May 30, and send me an email at pam @ projectfoodie.com (take out the space), with the subject "Leftover Tuesdays". Be sure to include the following, very important information: Your name and location, Your blog name and URL, URL for your Leftover Tuesdays entry, A 100 x 100 jpeg photo if you would like it included in the roundup. For the complete details check out the Leftover Tuesdays # 5 announcement.

NOW UNTIL MAY 30th - Browniebabe of the Month #2. "wheither you like to bake them with nuts, fruits, white or dark chocolate - join the event! all you need to do is bake a fudgy, nice and delicious brownie, then post about it on your blog (please make sure you include a recipe so others can bake your delicious stuff, too!)." Complete details are right here.

NOW UNTIL MAY 30th - "Make My Kid Eat." This one-off event is a way for parents with picky kids to share and collect recipes, with a chance to win some prizes on the way. Each entrant must submit a recipe that is made from scratch that might appeal to picky eaters. Each entry should feature at least one vegetable and protein, either together or as a main and side. Deborah will host a round up on or around June 2. She will then pick her favourite three and make them for her kids. The recipe which they receive the most favourably wins, but the runners up get prizes too! Complete details are right here.

NOW UNTIL MAY 31st - WILD FOOD - Edible Reptile. Bron Marshall is inviting all food bloggers to take a walk on the WILD side, to show your inner WILD self, get really WILD and reach out for that fear!! The chosen theme for the inaugural 1st round is… Edible Reptile! You can choose to create something new, share your first or a past experience cooking and/or eating any legal reptile meat sold as food i.e crocodile/alligator meat, rattle snake meat, frog legs etc. For those who don't have access to such products, or for the more shy at stomach, any meal, dish, dessert or treat that has been given the Edible Reptile treatment, theme, shape, name etc. is totally accepted! This is a fun event aimed at using ones' imagination, Bron knows you won't be silly enough to go out hunting endangered species, or serving up animals from unknown or illegal sources!! Complete details are right here.

NOW UNTIL MAY 31st - Meals Abroad. This new event is brought to you by Bon Vivant. Everyone has eaten something on vacation that defined their whole trip. Maybe it was something crazy, like beating frog hearts, or something romantic, like a picnic in the Alps. Maybe it was just something so wonderful that when you think about your trip, all you can remember is the perfect gelato you had at midnight in Rome. Post your favorite vacation food memory, with pictures, if you have them, by May 31, 2007, and I'll compile a virtual scrapbook. We will travel the world in true foodie style, a trip based entirely on what we ate, not what we saw. Send me an email at Chelsea@tresbonvivant.com with Meals Abroad in the subject line and include your name, the name of your blog and the permalink to your post. I can't wait to hear all about your vacation! Original announcement here.

NOW UNTIL JUNE 1st - TGRWT #2. TGRWT (They Go Really Well Together) is about flavour pairing of ingredients that wouldn't usually be put together, based on their volatile aroma compounds. It is a little bit sciency, but it is really just about experimenting with new flavour combinations to see how they work out, instead of using the same flavours all the time! This months ingredients are Banana & Parsley, so people can make a sweet or savoury dish that contains both of these. Full instructions are available right here. The event was created by Martin at http://blog.khymos.org/.

NOW UNTIL JUNE 3rd - Retro Recipe Challenge #7. For Retro Recipe Challenge #7 -- From Retro With Love -- recreate a dish with international flare using a recipe first published before 1985. After you've created your dish, post the recipe on your blog, along with the year it was published, its source (e.g., Gourmet), a pic and your review. Submit your entry to RetroRecipeChallengeATgmailDOTcom by Sunday, June 3 at 11:59pm EST. In the email, please include Your name or blogging nickname, your blog's name and URL, the recipe's title, the post's URL. Please attach a photo (no larger than 100x100 pixels) and include "RRC#7" in the subject line. Additional details right here.

NOW UNTIL JUNE 6th - Monthly Mingle #11. Hard to believe it's been nearly a year since this event started, but it is. This round, the theme is Big Birthday Bang! Information is here.

NOW UNTIL JUNE 8th - Deep Freeze Summer Challenge. This challenge calls for creativity, not only in the kitchen, but in the freezer. Roll up your sleeves, throw on a big sweater, and dive into the abyss of bags, boxes, and ice cube-filled freezer. All submissions must include ingredients from your freezer. You may use seasonings &/or oils, milk/cream, and/or eggs to assist you if needed. Your submission can be a full meal, or a single dish, snack, or other – it is totally up to you. Additional details can be found in the announcement post here.

NEW!! NOW UNTIL JUNE 25th - Sugar High Friday (SHF) - The Sweetest Thing. "So, I ask you. What is your favourite, most craved dessert? What do you want when you are on a diet or when you've been away from home for a long time? What dessert always catches your eye on a menu in a restaurant and you've had it made by a thousand different people but never made it yourself? I want to know. I want you to make it for SHF this month and post about it." Complete details are right here.

NOW UNTIL JUNE 28th - The Great Cheese Pairing Project. Hosted by the folks at Fork and Bottle, you've got plenty of time to join in the fun. Full details here.

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