Monday, September 7, 2015

September 2015 Mystery Box Madness Challenge (+ A New Chef to Pick!)

Each month we choose ten mystery box ingredients from which to cook. It's up to you to select at least three of those ingredients and to chose a recipe featuring those ingredients from one of our twelve IHCC chefs!  We love to see which chef you chose to cook with, which ingredients you select, and the reason (or story) behind the recipe you share! 

Are you ready for September's MBM challenge?  

Here are our Mystery Box Madness Ingredients for September 2015:

Salmon (fresh, smoked, canned) 
Green Peas (dried, fresh, frozen or canned)
Parmesan Cheese
Apples (any color/kind) 
Blue Cheese 
Bread Rolls/Buns 

Your dish should contain at least three of these mystery ingredients, and you get to choose any dish from our current guest chef, Jacques Pepin, or any one of our previous eleven IHCC Chefs:

Nigella Lawson
  Mark Bittman
 Giada de Laurentiis
  Jamie Oliver  
Tessa Kiros
Rick Bayless  
Madjur Jaffrey
Yotam Ottolenghi
 Donna Hay
 Nigel Slater 
Diana Henry

Which mystery ingredients and chef are calling out to you?

If you are up for the challenge, make and post your dish by Sunday, September 13th. Please remember to link a thumbnail image and leave a comment after you link so that we don't miss out on your dish.

New to IHCC?  Need help linking up?  Check out our Welcome pageIf you have any questions please leave a comment below and we will get back with you.

If you missed our Le Plat du Jour theme last week, be sure to click on the picture links and check out "the dish of the day" recipes that everyone made! 


*** New Chef Voting ***
Time certainly flies when you are having fun and it's hard to believe that it is time to vote for our next I Heart Cooking Clubs chef! We will be cooking with Chef Pépin through October 4th but then it's on to a new chef. 

In keeping with our boy-girl-boy-girl rotation, we have four fabulous women for you to choose from.
Claudia Roden: Cookbook writer, cultural anthropologist and expert on Middle Eastern cooking and Mediterranean food, Roden is known for the stories around her recipes and her many cookbooks.

Ellie Krieger:  Nutritionist, television host, and healthy eating contributor to countless newspaper and magazines, Krieger has four cookbooks and countless online recipes that make comfort food better for you while still tasting great.

Diana Kennedy: Known as "The Julia Child of Mexican Cuisine"--Kennedy is the authority on Mexican foods, cooking, and traditions and has spent close to 50 years chronicling the authentic recipes for her many cookbooks.

Heidi Swanson:  Popular natural foods blogger (101 Cookbooks), photographer, and author of three popular cookbooks (with her fourth publishing this month), Swanson is known for her inventive and delicious vegetarian recipes.  

Please use the poll in the upper right of the blog to vote ONCE for the chef you would most like to cook with. The poll will be up until 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, September 16th. 

Happy Cooking!


Joyce Rachel Lee-Bates said...

Voted! So excited! :D

Zosia said...

I made an amazing clafoutis from Diana Henry for mystery box madness.

How exciting to see the choices for new chef! I voted too.

flour.ish.en said...

An extraordinarily ordinary bread pudding from Ottolenghi.

flour.ish.en said...

No looking for celebrity chefs exclusively. But these four fabulous women are not in the same league as previous IHCC chefs!

Joyce Rachel Lee-Bates said...

I cooked Nigel Slater's beans & eggplant dish with Parmesan crust. :)

Alicia Foodycat said...

Nigel Slater's mash with kale, rosemary and blue cheese from me!

Maybe you have to be British/live in Britain to understand Claudia Roden's extraordinary contribution to food writing? She's up there with Madhur Jaffrey as a national treasure and icon!

kitchen flavours said...

I've made Jamie Oliver's Blue Cheese, Hazelnut and Apple Salad! First time I've tried blue cheese and find that i quite like it!

Voted! :)

Deb in Hawaii said...

I made the same Nigel Slater dish as Foodycat this week--decadent mashed potatoes with kale, blue cheese and rosemary and served it with salmon. ;-)

Kim said...

I have been craving apple salads full of texture! Thanks Joyce for linking your salad so that I could make this recipe:)