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crème fraîche cake with roasted berries and white chocolate buttercream + a le creuset giveaway

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

My children are curious ones, often on tip-toe or climbing up onto kitchen stools, trying to figure out what I’m always doing in the kitchen. Sometimes they jump in and help: throwing on their little aprons and grabbing spatulas and whisks, and other times they are content with just peeking into bowls and moving on. I find their interest in that space constantly ebbs and flows, and the…

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crème fraîche cheesecake with chocolate ganache and mint meringue + a giveaway from emile henry, mauviel, and lékué!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Hello! I have another exciting giveaway for you. Three more pieces of kitchen equipment that I absolutely love: Emile Henry mixing bowls, Mauviel Copper Sugar Saucepan, and a Lékué springform mold. The mixing bowls are pretty much a necessity in any kitchen, and this set is lovely, with three different sized nesting bowls. I use them all the time – for mixing, of course, but also for holding…

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ginger cake with pumpkin creme mousseline + #bakeamericacakeagain

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Today is the day! The Vanilla Bean Baking Book is now available! I’m so excited to share it with you. To celebrate, I have a new recipe and these #bakeamericacakeagain tattoos that I am giving away. The lovely FauxMartha and my husband helped me come up with this hashtag to celebrate both my book and the **Election** (remember to vote today, fellow Americans!) Details for the giveaway is…

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my favorite brownies + a giveaway

Thursday, October 27, 2016

I have two exciting things to share with you: this giveaway, for a Vanilla Bean Baking Book apron and tea towel, and a recipe for my favorite brownies found in my cookbook. Yah! I had some lovely help with these photos; my daughter above, and Ms. Molly Yeh, Melissa Coleman, and Zoe Francois. I got to hang out with them this weekend at Pinch of Yum’s amazing studio…

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a clean slate (giveaway)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

This week I took part in a ‘mini-cleanse’, which was much needed after weeks and weeks of baking and recipe testing. Recently the editors of Martha Stewart Living put out Clean Slate, a cookbook and guide focused on clean eating. The book describes clean eating this way: “Start with fresh produce, whole grains, and lean proteins; prepare them simply, and take the time to share and enjoy them.” It…

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An Eat Boutique Giveaway!

Monday, November 12, 2012

I was recently contacted by Maggie from Eat Boutique to do a giveaway, and I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Eat Boutique is an online shop that crafts seasonal, regional, and tasting boxes… by discovering the best small batch foods by boutique food makers. Maggie sent me a box of my own, and we eagerly opened it, enamored at all the lovely treats inside. Everything was amazing.…

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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…

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ms. zoe francois + a giveaway!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Last night I went to the Minnesota Food Bloggers event at Kitchen in the Market, and had a wonderful time meeting some lovely food bloggers and watching the amazing Zoe Francois teach us how to correctly throw pizza dough. We, of course, got to make and eat a pizza, and were sent home at the end of the night with lovely gift bags. Which brings me to the…