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  1. Wednesday, February 5, 2014

    Recipe Index

    Recipe Index for All Recipes found on the food blog This Week for Dinner

    Main Dishes | Side Dishes | Desserts

    Soups | Salads | Appetizers | Breakfast

    Mexican | Italian | Asian | Swedish

    Thanksgiving

    Poultry | Meat | Seafood

    Sandwiches | Pasta | Pizza | Grains/Rice | Rolls/Bread | Dips | Sauces/Condiments/Dressings

    BBQ/Grilling | Crockpot

    Beans/Legumes | Corn | Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes | Squash

    Chocolate | Pies/Tarts | Cakes/Cupcakes | Muffins | Cookies | Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt | Frosting | Bars

      Vegetarian | Vegan | Gluten Free | Dairy Free

    Drinks

    Main Dishes

    Side Dishes

    Desserts

    Soups

    Salads

    Appetizers

    Breakfast

    Mexican

    Italian


    Asian (Indian, Thai, Chinese…)

    Swedish

    Thanksgiving

    Poultry

    Meat

    Seafood

    Vegetarian

    Sandwiches

    Pasta

    Pizza

    Grains/Rice

    Rolls/Bread

    Dips

    Sauces, Condiments, and Dressings

    BBQ/Grilling

    Crock Pot / Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot

    Beans/Legumes

    Corn

    Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes

    Squash

    Chocolate

    Pies/Tarts

    Cakes and Cupcakes

    Muffins

    Cookies

    Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt

    Frosting

    Bars

    Drinks

    Vegan

    Gluten Free

    Dairy Free


  2. Wednesday, November 27, 2013

    Gifts & Giveaways Cookbook Winners!

    Happy Day-Before-Thanksgiving!

    gifts and giveaways cookbook winners | thisweekfordinner.com

    It’s time to announce the randomly-selected winners from last week’s Gifts & Giveaways cookbook giveaways!

    For The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays (one signed copy of the book for each winner):

    • Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef, who said, “This cranberry sauce looks SO good!”
    • Alison, who said, “Would love to win!”
    • Cynthia Hayes, who said, “Love the Pioneer Woman”

    For The Fresh 20 (one copy of the book and one year subscription to The Fresh 20 for each winner):

    • 2wellsmade5, who said, “That’s funny I just bought bags of broccoli to make a soup this weekend! Yeah, I love new recipes. Thanks”
    • Gina Guthrie, who said, “Broccoli cheddar soup is a favorite of mine.”

    For Absolutely Avocados (one copy of the book)

    • Stella (Ex Libris), who said, “I have heard of using avocados in chocolate cakes and brownies, sounds really exciting to me, I’ll have to try it. This cookbook sounds really interesting. would love to experiment with some of the recipes! :-)

    Congratulations to all the winners! I will be in touch via email!

    For everyone else, if you want to buy any of the three books above, here are some links for you. They would all make great holiday gifts!

    And stay tuned for more fabulous Gifts & Giveaways posts…we’ve got some great stuff coming up!


  3. Thursday, February 14, 2013

    My New Favorite Cake Pan AND Brownie Recipe

    Happy Valentine’s Day! You know I couldn’t let this day go buy without a little chocolate, right?

    Before we get to the chocolate, though, I have a question. Why has no one ever told me how great cake pans with super square edges are? My sister Anne’s 8×8-inch baking pan has those super right-angled edges. Cate’s giraffe birthday cake this year was cut from an 8-inch square cake. I borrowed Anne’s cake pan knowing the squared-off edges would work better for cutting the pieces for the cake. Well, the pan worked fabulously for the cake…and then, last week, I used it for brownies and loved it! I had to return the pan, but you can bet your bottom dollar I will be buying one of my own, in the 8″x8″ and 9″x13″ sizes!

    On to the chocolate. I tried Ruth Reichl’s “A Better Brownie” recipe last week. Awesome recipe, people. Nate, who does not have a sweet tooth, said to me that night, “Jane, these brownies are dangerous.” If you’ve got Nate jonesing for a dessert item, you know it’s good. They are super chocolatey and moist but still light in weight and texture. Such a great combination of qualities that you rarely find in a brownie. (PS…Ruth has lots of “How To Make a Better XXX” recipes on the Gilt Taste website. Definitely a good read!)

    I’m putting the recipe here because in the past when I’ve simply linked to recipes, I’ve run the risk of the links disappearing for various reasons and forever losing recipes I love. Not that Ruth Reichl is going anywhere anytime soon…but who knows what those pesky links will do! I didn’t change anything about the recipe and I have absolutely nothing to add. Except that the recipe works beautifully as written.


    Ruth Reichl's "A Better Brownie"
     
    Author:
    Ingredients
    • ⅔ cup (5 ounces) unsalted high-fat butter (like European or European-style butters)
    • 5 ounces unsweetened excellent chocolate
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 2 teaspoons best-quality vanilla extract
    • 4 farm fresh organic eggs (Jane note: my eggs were not farm fresh, everything was fine!)
    • ½ teaspoon sea salt
    • 1 cup all-purpose white flour, sifted (Jane note: I just now realized I forgot to sift the flour - whoops!)
    Instructions
    1. Butter a 9x9 square pan and line the bottom with parchment paper. Butter the bottom again and lightly dust the pan with cocoa powder.
    2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
    3. Melt the chocolate and the butter in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until the mixture is smooth and glossy. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
    4. Beat the eggs and salt in a stand mixer. Add the sugar and beat on high for about 10 minutes, until the mixture has turned quite white. Add the chocolate mixture to the eggs, beating on low until just mixed.
    5. Gently stir in the flour until it just disappears.
    6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, place in the middle of the oven and immediately turn the temperature down to 350 degrees. Bake for 40 minutes; the brownies will be quite fudgy and a toothpick should come out not quite clean. Cool on a rack.
    7. Invert the pan, remove the parchment paper and invert again onto a cutting surface. Cut into squares.


  4. Wednesday, August 8, 2012

    A Peek at Martha Stewart’s Offices

    While I was in New York City last week, I had the chance to visit the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO) offices. Just like my trip to America’s Test Kitchen, it was really fun and interesting to get a behind-the-scenes look at a place that produces so much amazing content.

    This was just a hallway. Who knew hallways could be so pretty? Owen was a charmer the entire time and several people mentioned he should go into modeling. Welcome to New York, Owen!

    My first impression of the offices was light. Lots and lots of light. The offices occupy one floor of a building in Chelsea and there are windows all around. It feels open and airy and would be a great place to get the creative juices flowing. Martha’s office is on the corner overlooking the Hudson river and Chelsea Piers. Her office wasn’t huge and I probably wouldn’t have even guessed it was hers unless they told me. Sadly, Martha wasn’t there…she was busy getting ready to speak as the BlogHer keynote that morning (which I barely made in time! Three cheers for crazy NY taxi drivers!).

    I have really loved being a part of Martha’s Circle. It has provided some wonderful opportunities and I have loved every single person that I have worked with at MSLO. So I wasn’t surprised that everyone we met along the way was friendly and nice.

    The Everyday Food team was no exception. They were delightful and fun to talk to. We had a great conversation and they were excited because they were visited by baby Owen AND a cute little dog all in the same day. Puppies and babies…nothing better. Of course the team was cooking and I learned that there are only 13 employees who work on the Everyday Food magazine each month. That seriously blows me away.

    I had the chance to see the test kitchens and the craft room, all of which were stocked with all kinds of goodies. While we were hanging out in the Living kitchen, two pans of brownies came out of the oven. It was everything I could do to not stick my hand in the pan and run for the hills.

    The rooftop patio was a lovely escape, a great place to eat lunch, if you can tear yourself away from work, of course! The summer interns were enjoying a last-day-of-work breakfast, which Owen and I helped ourselves to (yea for east coast bagels!).

    While I was chatting with folks, I learned about Martha’s American Made Awards, which she announced later that day at BlogHer. American Made is a program where Martha and her editors recognize 10 “American Makers,” talented and inspiring entrepreneurs doing beautiful work.

    In addition to the 10, there will be an 11th American Maker who will have the chance to win the Audience Choice Award. Anyone who has a small business, shop or Etsy shop and is doing innovative, high-quality work can nominate themselves (or you can nominate someone you know who fits that category!) for the Audience Choice Award. The deadline to submit for the Audience Choice Award is August 25. You really should get on this because…

    The 11th American Maker will be honored at the American Made event in New York City’s Grand Cetral Terminal in October (Martha will be there!), will appear in the December issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine and will receive $10,000 to further his or her business! Super cool! I KNOW that many of you fit the category, so hop to it!

    I am so happy I got a chance to see Martha’s offices. It was a great visit! Thank you, Martha and friends!


  5. Friday, June 15, 2012

    Daily Do Overs

    I am pretty sure we all have moments in our lives we wish we could do over. Big or small, there are always those things you just can’t un-do. But sometimes we are given a chance. A chance to make it right, to do over that moment we wish had never happened.

    As I’ve been contemplating my own do-over moments for this post, my mind first went to cooking. Like the first time I made brownies as a ten-year-old girl. I was melting butter and chocolate and wanted to ask my mom a question, ran upstairs, and came back to a burned mess. My mom was patient and kind, helping me clean the pan and pulling together new ingredients to start over. Or the time I made my first roast beef dinner. Roast beef and mashed potatoes felt like the quintessential home-cooked meal when I was young, so when I was first married, I decided to try my hand at this classic comfort meal. Of course I invited a few friends over to eat with us. I was excited about my new home (i.e. dark basement apartment) and being able to entertain (i.e. squeeze around a tiny, hand-me-down kitchen table). The meat AND potatoes were dry as bones. Everyone was kind. They ate their meal and politely praised my talents and it was a fun evening of food and friends. I can remember each person who was there (hi Maren, Celeste and Rob!) and think of that night with fondness. And while I couldn’t re-do the particular food I served that night, as with any recipe, I was able to make it again and again and now have no problem whipping up a tender roast and creamy, flavorful mashed potatoes.

    As I continued thinking about these do-over moments, I realized that, as a parent, I have moments I wish I could do over all the time. More than in any other part of my life. Parenting is hard and I am far from the perfect parent. I would hazard to say that I have do-over moments every day with my children. Some are bigger, some are smaller, but I really don’t think a day goes by that I don’t have a time or two (or more) where I really wish I had handled things differently with my little ones. But the magical thing about parenting is that while there is ample opportunity for making mistakes, there is just as much opportunity to make it better and do it right.

    My life as a mother is full of Daily Do Overs.

    Take for example just this week…I was having a particularly busy day with work. The kids are home for the summer and trying to balance work with fun with household responsibilities is proving to be quite the balancing act. I had some work that I had to get done before we could head off to do errands, go to a playdate and then dance class. I was sitting at my computer completely focused on that work and not much else. The words “In a minute” escaped my mouth many times in a very rote way.

    Anna asked for a cup of milk. “I can get that for you in a minute, sweetie.”

    Type. Type. Type.

    Owen piped in with, “Waaaaahhh…I want my binky and someone to cuddle with me!” (Can you believe he’s using full sentences already? Wink wink.)

    Type. Binky in mouth. Type. DVD cases to play with. Type.

    Then Cate walked in. She asked if the shirt she had picked out matched her denim shorts. I quickly glanced at what she had chosen, told her anything matches denim shorts, and she left the room saying, “Okay!” She returned a few minutes later saying something about her zipper. Cate likes us to do everything for her, so I just assumed this was another case of her wanting me to do something that she could do herself. Without listening or paying attention, I just turned to Cate and said, “Honey, you can zip up your own pants.” She quietly left my side.

    With no time to spare, I finished up what I had to do and told the kids to hop in the car. Anna started asking/whining about her milk and I impatiently told her she would be fine. She started crying and then both girls obediently went out to the car. A pang of guilt hit and I realized how SIMPLE it is to just get a cup of milk. So, I poured a sippy cup of milk and took it with me to the car. She was delighted. Daily Do Over #1.

    At some point I looked back in the car and noticed Cate was wearing black leggings. I was perplexed, she had thought so hard about her cute outfit for the day. “Honey, why are you wearing your black leggings”

    Cate replied with, “My zipper was stuck on the shorts so I had to change.”

    {Heart pangs.}

    She couldn’t get the zipper up. She was asking me for help because she needed it. And I had been too busy and focused on my to-do list to even hear what she was asking me. When I didn’t give her the help she sought, she quietly found a solution. Which is sweet and I’m proud of her, but, man, did I feel like a crummy mom.

    “I’m sorry I didn’t help you fix your zipper, Cate. I didn’t realize it was stuck.”

    “It’s okay, Mom.”

    That’s the amazing thing about kids. They are so forgiving. And so good at forgetting. And moving on. Which is the saving grace of parenting. And the reason why it’s so important to just say sorry when we screw up and jump at any chance at a do over.

    When we got home, I went and found her shorts in the drawer (that she had put away like a good girl!) and got that zipper unstuck. Daily Do Over #2. Sure, I was a little late to the game, but at least I had arrived.

    A friend of mine named Rachel is a teacher. She was telling me about an experience she had once where she got to sit in on parent-teacher conferences with another teacher, one who was an amazing educator and a great mentor for her. Rachel worked at a private school for talented, over-the-top-smart children who have to go through a battery of tests to attend the school. In one parent-teacher conference, a set of particularly over-achieving, Silicon Valley parents asked Rachel’s mentor, “What is the number one thing we can do to help our child’s development and to help them succeed in school?”

    “Apologize to your kids.”

    Rachel said they were surprised, puzzled. I think they maybe even pushed the issue a bit. But the teacher held her ground. The best thing you can do for your child’s success is to say sorry when you make a mistake.

    I can’t tell you how relieved that advice made me feel. I may not be perfect, but I do always say sorry to my children when those “do-over moments” happen. And, when I can, I really do try to do the moment over.

    Like I said, it’s a daily struggle for me and, I believe, for all parents. But it’s a forgiving struggle. And I am so grateful for those Daily Do Overs. I don’t know what I would do without them.

    This post was sponsored by Frigidaire. When you share your own do-over moment at www.facebook.com/Frigidaire, Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children’s U.S. programs. Plus, Frigidaire® will help cover the costs for one lucky visitor to win the ultimate do-over.


  6. Tuesday, January 31, 2012

    Happy 5th Birthday, This Week for Dinner!

    Happy 5th Birthday, This Week for Dinner!

    It’s kind of surreal. I really, truly can’t believe I’ve been plugging away at this blog for five years. When I started the blog, I only posted once a week and, quite honestly, I only ever expected my friends Adrianne and Emily to bop on here to tell me what they were cooking for dinner (they were always better planners than me). Little did I know what I was getting myself into! It’s been such a fun ride and has opened up so many amazing opportunities for me. But what I’m most grateful for is all of YOU…for reading, for sharing, and for connecting, with me and with each other. This blog would not be what it is without you. So, happy birthday!

    Today I made Julia Child’s Best Ever Brownies to celebrate. And, in true Jane fashion, I undercooked them. I’m always undercooking things when I bake, it’s ridiculous! This morning’s experience reminded me of a comment my sweet husband Nate made when I started the blog: “Jane starting a food blog is like me starting a painting blog.” In case you’re wondering {despite his claims of a Renaissance year in fifth grade} Nate is not artistic, so yes, that made it a sarcastic, snarky comment. And yes, he thinks he’s funny {so do I, actually}. Well, the joke’s on him. I’ve still got a food blog! Neener neener. Although, apparently five years of food blogging has not helped fix my under-baking mental hiccup! But I digress…

    To celebrate 5 years, how about a giveaway from KitchenAid? Sounds good to me!

    I love KitchenAid. I love my stand mixer. I use it all the time. I love my measuring spoons. I use them all the time. And now…I love my hand blender! I use it…well, I’ve used it twice because I just got it! But it rocked. I’ve always wanted a hand blender and finally I have one! (Thanks, KitchenAid!) My hand blender’s maiden voyage was with cream of mushroom soup. It worked beautifully and the soup had a wonderful texture. And then, this morning as I was whipping up the brownies, I had a hand blender epiphany! The recipe uses a lot of bowls. It’s kind of annoying, actually. There’s a part where I normally beat the eggs in my stand mixer, but I just didn’t feel like getting it out and washing yet another bowl. And I didn’t feel like digging around my utensils for the hand mixer beaters, so I started to whisk by hand. After about 10 seconds, my arm was tired. And then it hit me…the hand blender has a whisk attachment! It was easy to grab from its special storage case, easy to use, and easy to clean. It was quite serendipitous since I was making the brownies for this very post!

    This giveaway is now closed. Thank you! And now you have a chance to get your own hand blender and have your own blending epiphanies! To celebrate TWFD’s big day, we are giving away  one KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender (retail $129.99)! It’s fancy dancy, complete with chopper attachment, blender attachment, removable pan guard (so you can use it in any pan without damaging the pan), whisk, blade covers, and a storage case. It’s super easy to attach and detach the blades and to clean the various pieces. It’s pretty much just plain old awesome. That’s all.

    To enter, just do what you always do! Leave a comment on this post before Midnight PT on Tuesday, February 7. One randomly-selected winner will be announced on February 8.

    Good luck! And make sure to eat some chocolate today. The blog wants you to. It is the blog’s birthday after all, you should probably just do it.


  7. Tuesday, May 17, 2011

    Grammy McCarthy’s Blueberry Muffins

    After writing about Grammy McCarthy’s brownies last week, I feel like I have to write about her blueberry muffins, too! Just like the brownies, she always has a batch ready for us when we visit. And whenever we make them here at home two things always happen:

    1. I have fond memories of time with Grammy and Grampy. Sure enough, the other morning as I was re-heating a few for our breakfast, I was immediately transported to Grammy’s kitchen.
    2. Cate constantly begs to eat more muffins. And when I say constantly, I mean CONSTANTLY. The girl is obsessed. And rightly so. They are darn good!

    So, here you are everyone, Grammy’s treasured Blueberry Muffins. Enjoy!


    Grammy McCarthy's Blueberry Muffins
     
    From Mary McCarthy, Nate’s beyond-lovely grandmother
    Author:
    Recipe type: Dessert
    Ingredients
    • 1½ cups flour
    • ½ cup sugar
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • small ½ teaspoon salt
    • 4 tablespoons butter, cold cut into small pieces or softened to room temp
    • 1 egg
    • ½ cup milk
    • 1 cup fresh blueberries
    Instructions
    1. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together. Work in the butter with a fork or pastry blender until well mixed. Whisk egg and milk together in separate bowl, then add to dry ingredients. Carefully fold in blueberries. Sprinkle tops with sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 mins. Makes appx. 8-9 standard-sized muffins.
    2. To reheat muffins the next day, but in a low oven (200 – 250 degrees) for 10-15 minutes or so. Take them right back to that perfect straight-out-of-the-oven moment. If you’re pressed for time, heat in the microwave for 10-15 seconds, then put in the toaster oven for a few minutes to “crisp” the outside up a bit.


  8. Friday, April 15, 2011

    Kitchen Disaster Follow-Up…and the Pampered Chef Giveaway Winner!

    The Kitchen Disaster contest is OVER. But before I get to results, a few lessons learned after reading ALL of your comments. Yes, I think most of these lessons we already know. But given the sheer number of disasters that were shared pertaining to one of the following topics, I think we could all use a refresher!

    • Eyebrows, arm hair, bangs and eyelashes are flammable.
    • Baking soda is different than baking powder. Salt is different than sugar. Garlic cloves are different than garlic bulbs. And, last but not least, powdered sugar is different than flour!
    • Fire, fire and more fire. Don’t know what the lesson is. Just know there was a lot of FIRE. I recommend an extinguisher for your kitchen.
    • Easy Mac requires water.
    • Boxed Mac & Cheese does not require water. Okay, it does for boiling the noodles…but then a colander is highly recommended!
    • Blenders have lids for a reason.
    • However, blenders with hot contents will blow those lids to Kingdom Come.
    • BBQs should not be placed right next to your house.
    • Things can and do explode in common cooking. Eggs, potatoes, eggplants, baking soda & maple syrup, glass pans coming into contact with the opposite temperature, and, everyone’s favorite exploding kitchen item, pressure cookers!
    • Water and hot oil do not mix.
    • Measuring utensils ARE in fact labeled, and said labels should be used!
    • Popcorn is dangerous, no matter the cooking method.
    • Birds don’t eat hard-as-rock bread, either.
    • Impressing boyfriends and cooking do not go hand in hand.
    • When a recipe goes awry, people are often scarred for life…and never make that recipe again, no matter what!
    • Metal really should not ever go in the microwave.
    • Cooking a turkey is often more trouble than it’s worth.
    • Kitchen disasters often result in fond family memories for years to come.
    • And, the best lesson of all? If you burn your kitchen down, you get to remodel!

    Surprisingly, only two stories out of the over 400 shared had to do with cutting oneself while using a knife. Although, now that I’ve said that, the knife stories will probably come pouring in!

    I know you all have lives and things to do. But, for real, I picked out the very best stories for you. These stories were either the grossest, most surprising, scariest or just plain funniest of the bunch. I’m sure I’m missing some. And I did enjoy every comment I read. But, really, you HAVE to read these. Thankfully the comments are numbered, so click here to go to the original post and scroll down to these goodies.

    • 10 (what’s that smell?)
    • 16 (carpets don’t made good hot pads?)
    • 26 (what’s the best way to clean cornstarch? certainly not this way…)
    • 42 (Grandma’s wisdom)
    • 61 (do fresh pies make good birthday cakes? I’ll let you decide…)
    • 97 (at least wood has lots of fiber)
    • 123 (milk by any other name…)
    • 127 (mother’s mysterious cooking habits exposed)
    • 139 (and what’s THAT smell?)
    • 153 (who? me?)
    • 168 (are you sure this isn’t Hollywood?)
    • 172 (poison? what poison?)
    • 197 (way to stab sister in the back…side)
    • 204 (oh, dear, wonderful Nicole…I am so glad you’re alive to tell the tale)
    • 206 (by far the grossest story shared…HANDS DOWN)
    • 207 (twice baked…brownies)
    • 219 (no need for iron supplements in this family)
    • 243 (lessons learned from Top Chef)
    • 246 (the source of the Japanese “No Dumping” Law)
    • 252 (are you sure your name isn’t Charlie Chaplin?)
    • 258 (will make you cry)
    • 268 (do you think they really stepped away to read This Week for Dinner? or is this a case of kissing up? hmmmm…)
    • 287 (who knew?!?)
    • 293 (so much for diligently researching your big purchases)
    • 295 (a professional confesses…it’s awful!)
    • 302 (love her final line…so funny)
    • 304 (who needs the fire department?)
    • 309 (scary!)
    • 315 (another Charlie Chaplin moment)
    • 321 (other uses for soap)
    • 389 (just like the fast food restaurants like to do it)
    • 399 (impressive!)
    • 406 (ha ha!)

    Also, if you want a little insight into our family’s week last week…read #47. That’s my dear husband. Apparently he had a different kitchen disaster in mind than the one I shared. 😉

    I did think of two more disasters of my own that I have to share. The first is when I was pregnant with Cate and sick as a dog, I had made some Rice Krispie treats. It was the only thing that sounded good that night. For some reason I was moving the pyrex casserole dish I had put them in and dropped it on the hard floor. Of course it shattered. And I started SOBBING. Literally. Our friend Dave Findlay was over with Nate. They both drove to the grocery store to get me new Rice Krispies. What sweeties!

    This one is definitely a confession. I put a cupcake recipe on this blog. And I put Tbsp. instead of tsp. And some poor unsuspecting soul followed what I wrote. And she had a major cupcake disaster on her hands. I fixed the recipe stat and emailed her and apologized…but never heard from her. I think she hates me. With good reason!

    ALRIGHT…on to the contests. First off, I did NOT win the $3500 shopping spree. But I came in a close second, so they’re sending me a consolation prize. So, THANK YOU ALL for your wonderful comments and being so supportive and helpful!

    And now, the winner of the Pampered Chef Easy Brie-zy Pizza Set is:

    Melissa, who continued on with the fire theme by sharing the following: Ha! These are great! Thinking about it, all of mine involve fire! Yikes! The worst would have to be when I was in college, though. I was getting ready for class and I stuck a pop tart (I know!) in the toaster to take with me on my way out the door. I went back into the bedroom to get dressed, when I smelled something burning. Sure enough, flames were shooting out the top of my toaster. I quickly unplugged it and took it outside onto my concrete steps, where I poured a glass of water over the whole thing. Not my finest moment, but at least I didn’t burn the place down!

    Congratulations, Melissa! I think you’ll really love the pizza set…I’ve heard their pizza stones are fabulous!

    Thanks again to everyone who participated and took the time to share such fabulous stories!

    And big thank you to The Pampered Chef for such a fun contest and great giveaway!


  9. Tuesday, March 1, 2011

    Girl Scout Cookie Time!

    It’s Girl Scout cookie time! I realized this week I have never blogged about these devilish little treats. Yes, devilish. They appear to cause most people to lose all self control. Sounds evil to me.

    While I can’t help but feel like I’m paying the rent for the Girls Scouts’ Fifth Avenue office in New York, I still can’t resist handing over $4 per box to those cute little girls in Brownie uniforms. By the way, how ingenius is that name? Brownies. Before the cute little girl even opens her mouth to talk cookies, you’re already thinking about…and craving…dessert. Of course we all buy boxes upon boxes of cookies.

    This year we exercised great control and only bought one box of Thin Mints and one box of Samoas. Although, in the back of my mind,I do know that our supplier has more cookies in her little back pocket, so we may end up indulging in a few more boxes. We’ll see…

    What’s your favorite Girl Scout cookie flavor? If you need a refresher on the flavors, click here. There’s about a billion (okay, 11) to choose from. Also, I’m dying to know if there’s anyone out there who CAN resist the temptation of these cookies? Do you exist? I think you don’t.


  10. Monday, October 25, 2010

    Sunday Supper with Pam Anderson’s ‘Perfect One-Dish Dinners’ (and a giveaway!)

    This giveaway is now closed. But please keep reading to learn about this cookbook because that’s what this post is all about!

    I recently had the choice opportunity of meeting cookbook author Pam Anderson and her lovely daughter Maggy Keet. Pam, Maggy and Pam’s other daughter Sharon have a really delightful food blog called Three Many Cooks and I’ve admired them from afar for a long time. I can finally say that we are “in-real-life” friends and boy am I happy about that!

    Pam’s published oodles of fab cookbooks and her latest book is Perfect One-Dish Dinners: All You Need for Easy Get-Togethers. Maggy sent me a copy when the book first came out and it is beautiful. It’s full of, you guessed it, one-dish dinners…and Pam also creates entire menu plans for easy entertaining. Being the meal planner that I am, I love it! Maggy emailed a bunch of food bloggers last week and invited us to join them for “Sunday Supper.” Basically, we all made dinner from the book and are writing about our experience on the same day…which is today!

    Our little family virtually joined the Anderson family for Sunday Supper yesterday. And it was fabulous. The food was amazing and it was so nice to sit down and have dinner as a family. (Nate works late a lot, so this doesn’t happen as often as we’d like.) I chose to cook the Coq au Vin Blanc, served with Baby Spinach with Beets & Goat Cheese. And we topped it all off with Chocolate Mousse. It was a very French meal that every last one of us was pleased with.

    The Coq au Vin Blanc was a great recipe. I already had a lot of the ingredients on hand and it was simple to prepare. And did I mention unbelievably tasty?

    The spinach salad was very similar to one of my Cafe Borrone favorites, so obviously I was super happy about that! (And, yes, the salad below is not dressed…we drizzled our olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette right before we ate it!)

    And the chocolate mousse? First of all, it doesn’t have cream in the recipe. That earns, oh, 100 points in my book. Second of all, it’s so rich it can kill. Another 100 points. My unusually high tolerance for ultra rich chocolate desserts is apparently genetic…Cate ate all of hers AND Anna’s. (And…I think she was awake a few hours later than normal last night!)

    Anyway, Pam has done it again. And I’m not just saying that because I think she’s the bee’s knees. Although, she is. But, really, her new book is wonderful. Nate was commenting during dinner about what a great concept the idea of one-dish dinners is. He’s right!

    Since I love sharing, and Pam does too, we’re giving away TWO copies of Perfect One-Dish Dinners! You know the drill, just add a comment to this post! You have until Midnight PT on Friday, October 29 to post your comment. Two lucky people will be randomly-selected and the winner announced on Saturday, 10/30. (Books must be shipped to a continental U.S. address.)

    Bonus! We’re including the recipe for the Chocolate Mousse in this post. Click more below to see the recipe!

    Bonus Dos! I’m also listing all the other Sunday Supper posts after the recipe.

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