cheese balls forever — and a giveaway

Great Balls of Cheese

Note: This drawing is now closed. I’m so excited about all of the new Fall cookbooks! Here is one that I’m really loving, because I clearly remember the day when I met author Michelle Buffardi, and she was telling me about her passion for cheese balls. Fast forward about two years later, and Great Balls of Cheese is a real book, in stores everywhere! Continue reading

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maple-bourbon-pecan macaroons and a giveaway


Note: This drawing is now closed. There are a lot of things I love about The Macaroon Bible by Dan Cohen, founder of Danny Macaroons. The biggest thing is that macaroons are naturally gluten-free. Another awesome thing is that they’re so simple to make. Lastly, I totally love that the basic recipe in the book for making coconut macaroons is so easily adaptable. I’ve been baking a lot from the book over the past year while we were getting it ready for publication, and you almost can’t go wrong with these recipes. If you feel like adding nuts, it’s no problem. Feel like Continue reading

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macaroon bible — behind the scenes

Macaroon Bible photoshoot

It’s that time of year again when all of the new Fall books start coming out. I get preview copies of them a little early if I worked on the book. But The Macaroon Bible is in stores now, and if I must say so myself, it’s pretty darned cute. The author is Continue reading

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big summer potluck does it again

Big Summer Potluck 4 -- 2013

Don’t look here for a comprehensive recap of Big Summer Potluck 2013. You won’t find portraits of the speakers or my thoughts on what they said. You won’t find photos of the cooking demos or a recap of what we ate. You won’t find Continue reading

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behind the scenes — Cookies for Kids’ Cancer

Cookies for Kids' Cancer

When it comes to cookbooks, there isn’t much more lovable than ones about cookies. Maybe I’m biased because I grew up in a household where cookie baking was the norm. My friends all knew, if you went over to Justin’s house after school, his mom was probably going to bake something from scratch? Was she a master baker? Not at all, but that’s why I guess cookies are so popular — anyone can bake them. And they’re perfect for sharing Continue reading

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