The weekend’s here and we want to send you some Table 1095 love with a cookbook giveaway. This one is for all you food truck lovers out there. When I’m having a bad day at work, shucking it all for a food truck is one of the fantasies I have. Rachel and I have even gone so far as to toss around a few names and ideas.
You can make these yourself. Just tell us why you want the book. We’ll pick two lucky winners and announce them Monday! Happy baking!
First congrats to Patricia, who is the winner of our I Love Corn cookbook giveaway. Thanks to all who entered and stay tuned for more great cookbook giveaways coming your way.
On to today’s recipe, which I put together after attending a really fun mixology class that a friend of ours bid on at a charity auction. It was in this historic home in the Berkshires that I would kill to spend the night in. (Lucky Rachel. She and John did spend two nights there for their honeymoon. Yes, you’re welcome.) Anyway, we got to hang out at the beautiful estate as the sun was setting and then moved indoors for this class. I am not a drink maker — ever, not at all, never. It’s a long story that I’ll share some day but now just know that any drinks that I consume are made by my husband, who is, fortunately, a superb mixologist.
As we sipped the first drink — a white Cosmo that was quite lovely — the innkeeper brought out some bruschetta, which, I’m not going to lie, were tasty but not fabulous. It got me thinking: I should make these someday. Someday happened on Saturday when we were going to a friend’s house for dinner and I was in charge of the appetizer. But before I go to the recipe, let me show you one of the drinks I made. It was a watermelon margarita and it was damn fine. So today you get two recipes, and I guaranteed this bruschetta will satisfy.
We interrupt our usual weekend silence to announce to you all today the winners of our various Turning the Table contests. If you see your name below, please send us an email at email@example.com with your mailing address so we can get your beautiful books in the mail to you! And as always, thanks for joining us here, all of you.
Claire Henry wins our Pinterest promotion, earning herself the lovely They Draw & Cook: 107 Recipes Illustrated by Artists from Around the World from a popular blog by Nate Padavick & Salli Swindell.
Girl on Raw wins our Twitter prize, which means she’ll be checking the mail daily to see if her copy of How to Squeeze a Lemon: 1,023 Kitchen Tips, Food Fixes and Handy Techniques from the editors and contributors of Fine Cooking mag has arrived.
Steven Adelstein is the lucky winner of our Facebook giveaway, which means we’ll all be wanting to stop by his house to see what he whips up with our Tex-Mex Package, including a copy of Quick & Easy Mexican Cooking: More Than 80Everyday Recipes by Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee from Chronicle Books AND The Homesick Texan Cookbook by the popular blogger Lisa Fain.
And last but not least, Shirley Simpson is our Grand Prize winner, which means she just might need a hand hauling her box o’ books inside once it arrives since it includes Melissa Clark’s book Cook This Now, Jamie Oliver’s Meals in Minutes, AND Fast Breads by Elinor Klivans.
Happy cooking to all of you!
*In case you’re concerned or interested, winners were selected using random.org, your one stop shop for random number generation.
So, it’s that time of the year when two of our favorite things come together: gift giving and meal sharing. These aren’t wholly separate entities either. Preparing a meal for people you love is nothing if not a gift and so, too, is receiving their satisfaction as they scrape their plates clean. The generosity of spirit that seeps through food–whether taking the time to nourish yourself, spending the weekend in the kitchen baking cookies for neighbors, or sitting down at a meal lovingly prepared by another for you–comes to the fore in the holiday season as we remember to pause and take stock of our good fortune which can be so easily obscured during the daily grind of the rest of the year.
We’re so happy to have a second copy of Melissa Clark’s fabulous new cookbook, In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite, to give away to one lucky reader. We did a full review of the book here, but if you want a brief recap here’s what you need to know: You want this book.
Clark is a wonderful writer (New York Times columnist of A Good Appetite, award-winning book author, for starters) who introduces her terrific recipes with short vignettes from her past. Sometimes they’re about family memories; sometimes they’re about how she created this particular recipe — whatever they’re about, they’re funny and down to earth. This is a cookbook for real people in real kitchens.
Our favorite part? She doesn’t obsess about every little detail. If she’s missing a certain ingredient, she wings it — with obvious great success.
Winning couldn’t be easier. Just leave a comment below and we’ll pick one lucky winner to receive a free copy of the book. Winner will be chosen at random on Thursday and announced on Friday.
—Janet and Rachel
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Yes, readers, the holidays are upon us soon, and Chronicle Books, a real favorite of ours here at Life Told in Recipes, is having a lovely little contest where we can all win. Here’s how it works. We create a list of books we would love to win (see below). Then you just comment on the books and why you’d like to be a winner. Then on Dec. 13 Chronicle picks a winning blog AND one reader from that blog who has commented. We both then get a happy shipment of the books on this list.
How great is that!!!! Could it be any simpler??? This is the proverbial win-win for us all so spread the word to your friends etc.
Without further ado our list of top faves:
Cake Pops by Bakerella (yes we already did one giveaway of this book but we had so many interested readers, that we would love to spread the love here some more)
Farmers’ Market Desserts by Jennie Schacht (the more dessert cookbooks the better, we say)
Whoopie Pies by Sarah Billingsley and Amy Treadwell (ditto to dessert cookbook comment)
Savory Baking Pastries by Mary Cech and Noel Barnhurst (clearly a baking theme is emerging here)
Cupcake Kit by Elinor Kilvan (because the more cupcakes in the world, the better for us all)
The Big Book of Appetizers by Meridith Deeds and Carla Snyder (who doesn’t love throwing a dinner party with lots of great appetizers?)
Delicious Dips AND Skinny Dips by Diane Morgan (we could go low or high-fat if we had both of these wonderful books)
Soup’s On by Leslie Jonah and Frank Frankeny (nothing is better for warming the heart on a wintry day than homemade soup)
At Home with Friends by Michele Adams, Gia Russo and Victorial Peisor (tips for fab entertaining)
Blackbird Bakery’s Gluten Free Baking by Karen Morgan (we’re curious about this and what better way to try out the idea)
Time for Dinner by Pilar Guzman, Alanna Stang and Jenny Rosentrach (everything every busy parent needs to know to put quick, healthy meals on the table seven days a week)
Commonsense Kitchen: 500 Recipes Plus Lessons for a Hand-crafted Life by Tom Hudgens (appeals to our obsessive recipe collection natures)
Latin Grill: Sultry and Simple Food for Red Hot Dinners and Parties by Rafael Palomino, Arlen Gargagliano and Dan Goldberg (who doesn’t love spicy food?)
Love in Spoonfuls: Fast and EAsy Ways to Make Nutritious Food for Your Baby (The Divine Miss M deserves this!)
Book of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks by Bethany Keeley (one of us is a grammar freak)
Mom’s One-Line a Day: 5-Year Memory Book (one of us is a new mom who STILL talks about how her mother, the other one of us, didn’t do a baby book about her; this is the revenge gift)
Baby Face Nesting Blocks (another gift for the Divine Miss M)
and a few Moleskins planners and notebooks because they are the coolest books ever for keeping track of life’s stuff.
So that’s it. We want to win because we want YOU to win! So comment below and spread the word…..
Happy Haulidays to all!
Janet and Rachel
Yes, lucky readers, hot on the heels of our Bakerella cake pop cookbook giveaway — Congrats to you, GiGi — Rachel and I are now giving away a copy of the Barefoot Contessa’s brand new cookbook, How Easy Is That?
I posted about this wonderful book and gave a sneak recipe yesterday here, in case you need urging … which I would personally find surprising since Ina Garten is incredible and if I didn’t author this blog, I would be entering multiple times to try to win this book.
Anyway, we have one copy of this amazing cookbook to give away so get ready, get set, start clicking. Just leave your comment below with your email and we will pick a random winner on Monday. Good luck!
If you haven’t joined the Bakerella cake pop cookbook giveaway frenzy, you still have a few days. Just click here and leave your name and reason for wanting the book and we’ll announce the winner on Monday.
In the meantime, I am going to lure you with Bakerella’s baking wonderfulness with this photo of her fabulous chocolate cheesecake bars. I may not be able to make a perfect cake pop, but I can make cheesecake and these things were sinfully good.
You can get the recipe here. Make them. Now. You know you want them.
Regular readers know Rachel and I are fans of Bakerella, the Cake Pop Queen. We first wrote about her as a Blogs That Make Us Hungry feature here and last week, I publicly embarrassed myself chronicling my own cake pop flop here.
But my failure as a cake pop star should not be taken as the norm. If you love Bakerella and desperately want to learn how to make cake pops in your very own home, this could be your lucky week. Just leave a comment with your email about why you want to make cake pops and we’ll choose one lucky winner to receive Cake Pops, Tips, Tricks and Recipes for More than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats from Chronicle Books. My own inadequacies aside, the book is filled with helpful directions and pictures to ensure that you are a cake pop star and the envy of all you see. Let the giveaway begin!