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Saturday, August 04, 2007

August 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 AUGUST 1st - They Really Go Well Together (TRGWT) #4. The idea of the event is to pair ingredients that have similar volatile aroma compounds. This month's ingredients are mint and mustard. Prepare a dish that combines mint and mustard (any type mint or mustard). You can either use an existing recipe (if there is any) or come up with your own. Take a picture of the dish and write an entry in your blog by August 1st with TGRWT #4 in the title. Readers will be particularily interested in how the flavour pairing worked out, so make an attempt at describing the succession of taste and aroma and whether you liked it or
not. A round-up will be posted with pictures. Complete details can be found here.

NOW UNTIL AUGUST 1st - Bread Baking Day #2: Bread with Fruit. For the second installment of the event started by Zorra of 1x umrühren bitte, the theme ingredient is fruit. Fresh fruit, dried fruit, frozen fruit, preserved fruit – you are limited only by your imagination. The guidelines are simple – any fruit, any type of bread. All of the details can be found here.

NOW UNTIL AUGUST 6th - Monthly Mingle. The fun gathering for foodies is back, this time with an Earth Food theme. Wanna join in the fun and frivolity? All you need to know can be found right here.

NOW UNTIL AUGUST 17th - Browniebabe. Browniebabes is back - melting butter, whisking eggs and sugar and handling a serious amount of chocolate in our kitchen. Make sure you take a picture before you eat them all up, then post about it on your blog. Once you’ve baked and posted about it, send an email with "browniebabe of the month" in the subject line to: onceuponatart AT yahoo DOT de by friday 17th of august with the following information: your name, your location, the name of your blog and its URL, a link to your post, a picture. The round-up will be posted by August 19th and a winner will be crowned and awarded a personal "browniebabe of the month" apron. browniebabes of this world - come and join! Complete details can be found here.

NOW UNTIL AUGUST 19th - Weekend Cookbook Challenge #19. This time the event is being hosted by Paige of Chef Girl, and the new theme is Dinner and a DVD. So dig out a cookbook, dust off your favorite movie (or TV show on DVD) and come join the fun. All the info you need is right here.

NOW UNTIL AUGUST 22nd - Food in Film. This new food event is being hosted by The Well-Seasoned Cook. So think about the films that you’ve enjoyed, perhaps even watched countless times. The movies don’t have to be about food or drink per se such as Babette’s Feast or Like Water for Chocolate (although they can be), but also think about flicks that lick at those food moments revealed with startling clarity, vague adumbration, or the light or dark reflections of the mood at hand. Entries can be dead lifts of dishes (mashed potatoes/Close Encounters of the Third Kind; rock cakes/Brief Encounter; even fast-food knock-offs from Super Size Me); or interpretations of food scenes that left an indelible mark (canned pineapple/Chunking Express; magic bread/Lord of the Rings; or chicken salad/Five Easy Pieces). Point is to make sure there is a connection between the recipe you are offering and the food or drink scene. Complete details are right here.

NOW UNTIL AUGUST 24th - Show Us Your Cookbooks. To celebrate summer reading, we’d like everyone to post a picture of themselves with their favorite cookbook. To be included in the roundup, all you have to do is post a pic of you holding your favorite book. Then notify me via email (yumsugar@gmail.com) by August 24 with the following information: Name you want me to use, Where you're from, What book you chose, One short sentence on why you chose that book, Permalink to your blog post (where the picture lives) OR if you don’t have a blog, then send the actual photo. Full details are available here.

NOW UNTIL AUGUST 27th - Sugar High Friday (SHF) #34. This popular monthly event is back again, hosted by The Passionate Cook. This go-round, the theme is local and regional specialties. Complete details are right here.

NOW UNTIL AUGUST 28th - Leftover Tuesdays. We're having a PANTRY RAID for this month's Leftover Tuesdays on Project Foodie. The challenge is to dig deep into your pantry - be it cold, dry or even the live garden pantry - find as many existing leftover items as you can and use them to create an exciting dish. Post your blog entry by midnight (PST) on Tuesday August 28, and send an email to foodiepam @ 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. Complete details can be found here.

NEW!! NOW UNTIL AUGUST 29th - Grow Your Own. To me, summer wouldn't be the same without the taste of fresh tomatoes straight off the vine. Last summer we had an abundance of grape tomatoes in August, literally bringing in 100 or more every evening. Our garden is much smaller this summer, but we still have fresh tomatoes and peppers ripe for the picking, as well as some herbs. All across the globe, people grow their own foods, whether they have a small urban garden on a balcony, a cheerful kitchen herb garden, one or two raised beds in the backyard, or a multi-acre farm. In my view, growing your own is the ultimate in "going local." So I've decided to host an event that celebrates the bounty of the garden. The rules are very simple: just make a dish that uses at least one item from your very own garden and post about it. I'm leaving the choices wide open because different latitudes will have different produce available. (Just so you know, I am insanely jealous of anyone who has avocado trees in the yard !) If you don't have a garden, you can use something that was gifted to you, but the giver must have grown the item herself/himself. Complete details can be found here.

NOW UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1st - TGRWT #5. Chocolate and Oranges, Chocolate and Bananas, Chocolate in Risotto... Chocolate in... MEAT? Some may be appalled by the very thought of adding meat to chocolate, or vice versa. However, science tells us that the two were just MADE for each other! Don't believe me? Well try it out for yourself and join TGRWT! This is how you can participate in TGRWT #5:
1. Prepare a dish that combines chocolate and meat. You can either use an existing recipe (if there is any) or come up with your own.
2. Take a picture of the dish and write an entry in your blog by September 1st with TGRWT #5 in the title. Readers will be particularily interested in how the flavour pairing worked out, so make an attempt at describing the taste and aroma and whether you
liked it or not.
3. A round-up will be posted here (with pictures). Please send an email to tunasushister@gmail.com with the following details:
Your name, URL of blog, URL of the TGRWT #5 post and a picture for your entry in the round-up. If you don't have a blog, email me your name, location, recipe and a brief description of how it worked out and I'll be glad to include it in the final round-up. Complete details can be found here.

NOW UNTIL SEPTEMBR 3rd - La Festa al Fresco 2007: Tutti a Tavola. Hosted by Ivonne of Cream Puffs in Venice and Lis of La Mia Cucina. The first La Festa al Fresco was last year. The premise is very simple: prepare a dish using a fresh, seasonal ingredient. You can prepare any dish you like. It can be an appetizer; a soup; a salad; a meat, fish or vegetarian dish; a dessert or even a beverage. The only rule is that it must feature a fresh, seasonal ingredient, preferably something that grows in your neck of the woods. Post about it by midnight on September 3, 2007. Send an e-mail to Lis (lamiacucina67@gmail.com) or Ivonne (creampuffsinvenice@gmail.com) and include your name, blog name and blog address. Also include a link to your post and 100 x 100 pixel photo of your dish.

NEW!! NOW UNTIL SEPTEMBER 10th - Monthly Mingle. The theme this time is Liquid Dreams. Cocktails, aperitifs, milkshakes, smoothies or lassi. Add a splash of alcohol or keep it pure. Shake it, stir it or blend it - just mix up a refreshing drink. Serve it hot or cold but I need it in a glass. Whatever you concoct make sure it satisfies all our Liquid Dreams! Complete details are here.