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Do It Yourself + A Giveaway!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
A few weeks ago I was sent a review copy of America’s Test Kitchen‘s latest cookbook, D.I.Y. Cookbook. I was terribly excited about this because I’m a huge fan of the Test Kitchen, and over the last few years I’ve slowly been making more ‘staples’ from scratch: bread, granola, sauces, vanilla extract, etc. This cookbook is right up my alley with over 100 such recipes for me to experiment with. There are chapters on stocking the pantry, canning, pickling, making cheese and yogurt, curing meats, brews and spirits, and snacks and sweets. It’s a wonderful little book.
We started with some fun things, candied ginger, marshmallows, granola bars, and ketchup. They were all A+. I’ve never cared for marshmallows OR ketchup, and after making them at home I fell in love with them. Everything was so much better. Next up on our list is going to be peanut butter, goat cheese, maple cream, and root beer.
And, aren’t you lucky! The Test Kitchen is giving away one copy of D.I.Y Cookbook to my readers. All you have to do is leave a comment below and I will pick the winner Sunday evening. Good luck! The winner is Caley from caley en casa!

 

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    Paige Cooper
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Everything looks delicious!

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    Daniel
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I love your creations, Next on my list is the Blood Orange Pie

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    Tess D
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 10:53 am

    can a girl from New Zealand enter? everything looks absolutely delectable, wowee! i’m drooling on my keyboard here 😛

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    Mojca
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 10:55 am

    D.I.Y. Cookbook – sounds great. Home-made treats usually taste much better, aren’t difficult to make and are healthier, too. Would love to explore more using this book.

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    Susan Geyer
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Do LOVE DIY books. I would rather make it myself than buy it! It’s the farm girl in me! 😀

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    Shanna
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Very cool. And can I just say that I love the photos of your daughter holding the book? So much cooler than the book alone.

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    Abby
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I love making things at home, it feels like such an accomplishment to make and not buy something!

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    Christina
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I would love to win a copy of this book!

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    Christina
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    I would love to win a copy of this book!

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    Barbara
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    This is a book I’d love to read. Thanks for the offer.

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    Katie Katie
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    This is my dream book! I’ve JUST started dabbling in all sorts of DIY food things, I want to learn more.

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    leaf (the indolent cook)
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    From Australia so not sure if this giveaway applies, but either way, it looks like a fabulous book! Love how they are recipes for what are commonly regarded as “ingredients”.

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    Shannon
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    ooh, making crystallized ginger?! fabulous idea. and marshmallows have been on my list FOREVER 🙂

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    Anonymous
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    I could certainly have fun with this. Love, love your little girl’s eyes.

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      dorothy stainbrook
      Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      Trying the comment again, without being anonymous…”I could certainly have fun with this. Love, love your little girl’s eyes

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      Dorothy
      Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      Sorry, can’t figure out how to get my gravatar on the comment

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    Megan
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    So exciting! This is something I would love to have in my kitchen… I need to start making these staples myself, as I’m sure they taste so much better. Thanks!

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    Amy
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! I make a lot of my own stuff here. I like knowing what is in my food and it feels good to know I’ve made the things we eat when everyone else is eating them from a package. brian amy 10 at hotmail dot com

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    Barbara
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    I love making things at home, I would love to win a copy of this book!

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I love making stuff like this at home too and even bought some canning supplies a few months ago! This book sounds great. Awesome giveaway!

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    Elizabeth Nappier
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    The kids and I love making things at home! What a great book!

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    Kim
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I’m addicted to candied ginger.. I could probably save so much money making it at home!

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    charlotte au chocolat
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Candied ginger, marshmallows, ketchup- I’m in! 😉

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    thereinventedlass
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    This would be a great thing to own!

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    dianefluin
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    What a great winter project this would be, to go through this book page by page and try everything!

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    Life Through A Lens
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    America’s Test Kitchen never disappoints!

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    Andrew Steger
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Want this book! I made their ginger beer last week. It was so delicious.

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    John Barrie
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    This looks so awesome. I am glad that cookbooks have moved beyond simple recipes.

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    Nebraskim
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    This book is on my wish list. I would love to have it for my collection.

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    Molly
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    What a great giveaway! Thanks so much for hosting it.

    cheapbeets@gmail.com

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    Megan @ Cooking Whims
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Oh my! This is right up my alley! I’d love to own a book like this! (email: cookingwhims@gmail.com)

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    Matt Zimmermann
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Sounds like another great book from the ATK team. Be fun to try making some staples.

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    Courtney
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    America’s Test Kitchen is my favorite! They inspire me to cook and their podcasts get me through all my long drives! They are definitely a show for the home cook.I love so many of their recipes!

    Courtney.McGowan1@gmail.com

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    Courtney
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Your photos make ordinary kitchen staples look so dreamy! I love trying to make as many homemade things as possible. Sounds like a helpful book 🙂

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    MeOsha K. Bell
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Oh I bet this is an awesome cookbook. I wouldn’t even know where to start. I’d probably be up all night making multiple items.

    meokij@yahoo.com

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    Carmel
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    SO glad they finally made this book. I have been using the DIY section on the Feed for awhile and have made some incredible things (even butter!). Glad to hear the excellent review.

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    Sarah Fredrick
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    DIY Root beer. Nice! Can’t wait to see that one.

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    Alexandra
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Yay! Cook book giveaway! I love making the basics by hand; it’s so fun and yummy.

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    gail
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    thanks for this giveaway!
    gkuroda(at)gmail(d0t)com

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    Diane77
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Please enter me in this very nice giveaway. Thanks.

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    squirrelbread
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Can it, cure it, churn it, brew it… yes, please!

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    Karis Ann
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Love the look of this cookbook! I’m going to an America’s Test Kitchen demonstration next weekend at a Food & Wine Festival and I’m really looking forward to it.

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    Laurie Jesch-Kulseth @ Relishing It
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    This looks like a great book — would love to check it out! 🙂

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    Caley
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    i’d love this. thanks!

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    kitoko
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Love Christopher Kimball, Cooks Illustrated and everything connected to it! Your photography is beautiful too.

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    TL
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    My gf and I were just texting each other this morning about doing a DIY night every 2 weeks, since we don’t have time to go take a craft class at our local CC 🙂

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    Christy
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I also love the Test Kitchen. They are great and the recipes are always winners. I love making everything myself when I can.

    jinxy112 at gmail dot com

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    grete
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    I don’t like marshmallows either, but love the idea of roasting s’mores. Maybe DIY marshmallows is the secret.

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    Scott Beck
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    You are beautiful, wonderful, spectacular, awesome and the most amazing baker and chef in all the world!

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    Scott Beck
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    You are beautiful, wonderful, spectacular, awesome and the most amazing baker and chef in all the world!

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    Nicole
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I want to start doing more DIY stuff!

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    christie w
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    WOW it all looks AMAZING! I Love America’s test Kitchen. Everything I’ve made has been top notch. Thank you for the giveaway!

    christiewanderer (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    molly
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    the candied ginger looks incredible! i’d love to win a copy of this book!

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    Ana @ fit, fun & delish!
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I also believe in making things from scratch as it is much better for your health… less processed foods! One of the recipes that got me into baking is banana bread from America’s Test Kitchen. Somebody gave me a copy of a page of this book and it’s the best banana bread ever! I would love to win a copy of the entire book. 🙂

    Good luck everyone!

    Ana – anafrias09 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    fresheric
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Looks great, I would love a copy of this.

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    K and/or K
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Throw my name in the hat please! I want to make home-made ginger ale soon.

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    mila's mama
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Glad I checked your blog today!!!

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    Alexis
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Yes, please! I would love to win!

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    Marilyn
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I’d love a book like this! I’m working on branching out in canning beyond basic jams and tomato sauce.

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    amber
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    That book looks awesome!

    -amber
    amberchristine84(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Virginia
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    I love to prepare things at home instead of buying them!
    Virginia
    unsicomoro@libero.it

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    Shannon Phillips
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Wow, what a beautiful book. Looks like fun!

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    luke and pamela
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    those marshmallows! test kitchen! i love it all.

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    jen lee
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Love this blog and love this book! 🙂

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    Marnely Rodriguez-Murray
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Gorgeous book and I love making homemade treats! Specially mallows!!!

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    Maddie
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    i’ve always wanted to try making homemade marshmallows!! they are life changing.

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    booklady70
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Pick me!. Pick me! I’d love to have a copy of this book.

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    Christy@SweetandSavoring
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Oh, I’d just love this! Money has been so tight lately that it would behoove us to make more things from scratch 🙂

    Cute photos!

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    okiemom
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Please…pretty please pick me! I really enjoy your blog and love making things from scratch! I would love to share this book with my 10 year old son. He loves to cook and this book looks like it would be easy for him to follow with the awesome step by step photos!

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    Jana H.
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Looks awesome! Thanks for the giveaway.
    jerandjana(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Grace skemp-Dymond
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    How fun!! I have always wanted to make homemade cheese!

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    Linda
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try making granola bars; this sounds like a great way to reduce dependency on buying prepared foods.

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    aubrey thompson
    Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 12:16 am

    you little girl is adorable! Im 16, a dairy and gluten free baker, but I am constantly inspired by your blog to adapt your beautiful to my needs! I made your apple scones, just as is, for my family the other day and they were so wonderful! I had to make a second batch just for my brother, who ate them all up in a 12 hour time span! Anyway thanks so much for all the inspiration:)

    Aubrey

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    lauren guilbeau
    Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 1:15 am

    great giveaway!
    lguilboATgmailDOTcom

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    akolb14
    Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Make your own marshmallows? I’ve got to have this!

    -Amy K

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    Jenn T
    Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 3:29 am

    I would love this book!
    jenn.tudor(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    Sarah Joy
    Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 4:19 am

    Wow, I am salivating! I would love to own this cookbook and would really use it! sarah joy staude (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    thestellabella
    Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 4:23 am

    I just saw mention of blood orange pie in another comment. Going to go search ASAP!

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    Gigi
    Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 4:39 am

    Here’s to made-from-scratch goodies! ATK always has amazing recipes and great explanations behind what they do.

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    Meghan Finley
    Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 5:22 am

    I’d love this! Definitely a brilliant addition to any kitchen

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    Anonymous
    Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 6:19 am

    Starting to make lots of things from scratch now that my teenager has developed allergies and sensitivities. Always looking for new ideas to tempt her and make her forget she is going without. Annalooloo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    vered
    Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 7:05 am

    and what if im from israel? can i win too?????? want it so much!
    veredkoc@gmail.com

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    milliestar
    Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Oh what a delightful giveaway – I have my fingers and toes firmly crossed!! milliet@xtra.co.nz

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    Anonymous
    Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 9:44 am

    What a great giveaway. I would be extatic to get this DIY cookbook. My daughter attends a Waldorf preschool and they encourage making fresh food from scratch so this would be an amazing tool to have.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Brittany – nmcbrittany@gmail.com

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    Kathi
    Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    this may have to go on my Christmas list! I too am not fond of ketchup and homemade marshmallows seem so much better. thanks for the chance 😀

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    Cinder
    Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    I would love this book! Thanks for the giveaway.

    cw33stone(at)aol(dot)com

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    Rebecca
    Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    yes yes yes awesome! DIY cooking is my favourite. Anything which could be bought ready-made, I’m determined to go through the complicated process of baking/making/cooking (I’m looking at you, croissants, marshmallows and baklava) to understand the food better. This looks perfect.

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    Heidi @foodiecrush
    Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Is it Sunday yet? I’m a huge fan of ATK and DVR it every weekend to scour through the week. I WANT IT!!

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    homegrownjoy
    Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Fantastic giveaway! I’d love to win this cookbook. I’ve been looking to make more basic items from scratch this year–I find they make really great gifts at Christmas. How delicious would homemade hot cocoa and homemade marshmallows be?

    littlenotecrafts@gmail.com

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    kankana
    Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I always prefer to make sauce at home and recently I tried vanilla extract and it smells SO GOOD!
    This books sounds fantastic and I truly TRULY wish to win the copy (fingers and toes crossed 🙂 )

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    tealeaver
    Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I love test kitchen also, and this cookbook looks amazing! I would love to have a copy! Thank you for the chance. tealeaver@yahoo.com

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    Debi
    Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Would love to win a copy of this book! Thank you!

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    Lisa
    Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    I love making staples at home. Thanks for hosting the contest!

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    Grandma Bonnie
    Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I am always buying candied ginger at the health food store. I would love to learn how to make it myself. That is one awesome book.

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    Lola
    Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 8:17 pm

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    Lola
    Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    I love watching America’s Test Kitchen and trying new recipes. I can’t wait to try recipes from their new cookbook. The ones you made look yummy! 🙂

    I forgot to include my info on my last comment.

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    Faygie
    Friday, October 12, 2012 at 12:48 am

    I’ve really been trying to make more things myself, so I would LOVE to win this book!

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    Bessie
    Friday, October 12, 2012 at 1:52 am

    That book looks super cool!

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    CarrieB
    Friday, October 12, 2012 at 2:04 am

    Oh, love the Test Kitchen!

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    Kimberley
    Friday, October 12, 2012 at 4:56 am

    Huzzah candied ginger and homemade marshmallows!

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    thelittleloaf
    Friday, October 12, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Wow, that’s a lot of comments! Would love to win this, but also just wanted to stop by and say how amazing all those things you made look, especially the marshmallows 🙂

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    Hanaâ
    Friday, October 12, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I love ATK and would love to try their DIY Sriracha Sauce!

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    Anonymous
    Friday, October 12, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    I would love a copy of this book! Thanks for running this giveaway 🙂

    Melissa

    punkers111 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    Jessica
    Friday, October 12, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Looks delicious!!

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    The Hungry Crafter
    Friday, October 12, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    I”m a big fan of ATK myself (I think if you are a Boston foodie, you have to be) — this book is definitely getting added to my Christmas list post haste!

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    Nik Sharma
    Friday, October 12, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    I just found your blog today and absolutely love it. I love ATK though I am a little sad about missing Christopher Kimball’s book signing in D.C. which is coming up in a few weeks.

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    Fanny
    Friday, October 12, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    I would love to win.

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    Kaye
    Friday, October 12, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    ATK is a go to for all my food questions. WOuld love to win this book, but if not, it’ll be on my Christmas list!

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    Anonymous
    Friday, October 12, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Ooohh would love that copy!

    modinima@gmail.com

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    Amy Polinske
    Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 2:48 am

    Oh, those granola bars look amazing. Is making your own ketchup easy? I am very intrigued…
    Amy

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    Anonymous
    Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    …would love to win a copy of this book.

    Dana

    mail2dana at gmail dot com

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    challiedog
    Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Been looking for that perfect book to replace grandmas trusty cookbook. One that fits a more modern world while still keeping things healthy. This sounds like just the book.

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    Deb
    Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    I am so excited about this books publication. Cooking from any America’s Test Kitchen recipes is always fool proof and full of great tips.

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    rose
    Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I LOVE VANILLA! I also love inspiring recipes and photos…so thanks for sharing a great book. Rose

    rkaszuba (at) excite (dot) com

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    Joan
    Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 2:34 am

    Would love to win this book to give to my foster daughter. She is always cooking in the kitchen with me. She sometimes is better than I am at some of the recipes we try!!

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    janice
    Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 3:02 am

    DIY rootbeer and ketchup?!?! Count me in.

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    Beth
    Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    I love America’s Test Kitchen! They always have such great recipes, and this cookbook looks amazing!
    Elizaj27@yahoo.com

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    la domestique
    Monday, October 15, 2012 at 3:23 am

    I hope I’m not too late to enter this fantastic giveaway! Love America’s Test Kitchen and the book looks very useful.

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    Anonymous
    Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    We like all of America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks, and we enjoy being able to add new recipes for holiday gifts.

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