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It’s time for another edition of food from other blogs, and also another giveaway!!

We’ll start off with the giveaway, since there is a lot of food, and it might take awhile!!

I have been trying to come up with something good for a giveaway for a few weeks now. I thought of giving away another magazine subscription, or picking out some of my favorite kitchen utensils. But then today I started thinking about what I want my cookbook of the month to be for April, and I decided that I want a new cookbook. But here’s the thing – I have quite a few on my wish list, but I want to hear what your favorite cookbook is. But there’s a catch – you can’t name a cookbook that I already own. (You can check out my cookbooks here.) At the end of the contest – which will be next Tuesday, March 25th – I will go through the list, and choose next month’s cookbook of the month from that list. The person who “chose” my cookbook of the month will receive a prize that is still to be determined. Another random winner will be chosen from the comments, and that winner will receive a copy of the April cookbook of the month. Sound complicated? It’s not – just give me a suggestion of a cookbook that I need to add to my collection. You can only win if you give a cookbook suggestion, and only if I don’t already own it. Got it?

Now here goes with the food, and there’s quite a bit of it!!

The first is Grandma Capune’s Banana Cookies from Vanilla Garlic. I was a sucker for that old recipe card, and I had some bananas to use up. What’s better than cookies to use them up with?? Mine aren’t as puffy as Garrett’s, but I’m sure they were equally as good!

The next recipe comes from one of my favorite blogs, Other People’s Food. I often feel like Katie, because without the recipes from other people, I would be lost! This Mexican-Style Penne with Chicken was easy and full of flavor. This recipe made Katie a convert to chicken thighs, which I’m glad to hear because I am also a chicken thigh fan!

When I saw this Super Simple Pumpkin Coffee Cake over at Megans Cooking, I knew I would be making it. It is made from a boxed coffee cake mix, but I will gladly admit that I am a lover of this particular brand of coffee cake mix – Krusteaz. I had all of the ingredients in my pantry already, and whipped this up for a Sunday breakfast.

I have been a dip addict lately. And when my husband and I decided to throw our own little Superbowl party with just the two of us, we made lots of dips. This Roasted Garlic and Red Pepper Hummus from Picky Palate was one of the dips on our table. Jenny is like my celebrity blogging friend – she is a cooking contest queen, and I recently saw her on an episode of The Ultimate Recipe Showdown on the Food Network.

The next dip, this White Bean Dip from Gourmet Girl, satisfied a munchies attack for my husband and I one Sunday afternoon. This recipe is so great, because not only is it tasty, but it’s fast, and I always have everything on hand! In fact, just typing about it now is making me crave some more!

These are the cookies that have been making rounds around the food blogging world. They originally come to us as Lemon Sugar Cookies over at Pinch My Salt. Then I saw Patricia make a lime version. And then the lime version popped up again at eat me, delicious. I had every intention to make the lime version, but when I saw some Meyer lemons at the store, I couldn’t pass them up because it is very rare to see them here. And these cookies were a perfect way to use the Meyer lemons!

Awhile back, I got really into coupons. I was a coupon clipping queen. But I now realize that I had no idea what I was doing. Maybe I did save some money, but I ended up with a pantry full of items that I don’t usually use!! Among those items is about 15 cans of cream-of-something soups. I actually used to use them quite often, but over the past year, my cooking habits have changed a bit and I don’t really care for them anymore. But when I saw this Old-School King Ranch Chicken Casserole on Homesick Texan, I saved it to try to use up some of those cans. And I have to admit – both my husband and I really loved this dish!! I did sub flour tortillas for the corn tortillas, and I used a can of cream of mushroom and a can of some sort of cheesy kind of soup that I can’t remember now. She also has a “Fancy-Pants” version that doesn’t use the canned soup, if you would rather try that version.

And last, but certainly not least, are these Orange Bars from Quirky Cupcake. I was actually sitting at work, trying to think of what to make for a co-worker’s last day, and then I saw Laurie’s blog post. Hers are Blood Orange Bars, but unfortunately, the store I stopped at didn’t have any blood oranges. I knew where I could find some, but my husband was with me, and he doesn’t have the patience to go to multiple stores!! (But I guess I don’t usually, either!) These were a complete hit at work, and not a crumb remained.

That’s all for this month, but don’t forget to enter a comment with the cookbook I just need to own!!

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59 Responses to More Blog Food – And Another Giveaway!

  1. lovesweetlove says:

    Ooh, what a fun contest! One of my favorite cookbooks right now is “Chocolate and the Art of Low-Fat Desserts” by Alice Medrich. It has truly scrumptious desserts, but with less fat so I don’t feel as guilty eating them.

  2. Courtney says:

    i would have to say my favorite cookbook is by Peterson called cooking. it is pretty detailed and great foods to show off with.

  3. Claire says:

    That’s a lot of blog surfing! I think I’d suggest sara Foster’s Fresh EveryDay. It’s got lots of wonderful recipes, especially some that would be great for the arrival of spring.

  4. Mary says:

    I really really like the Vegetables Every Day cookbook by Jack Bishop. It’s one of my all time favorite. Another one I really like is the Betty Crocker Indian cookbook.
    All that food looks super delicious!

  5. koryshar says:

    Knowing that you like Giada’s Everyday Pasta, my favorite of her cookbooks is her first one, Everyday Italian. I have tried more recipes than not from that one. I know she has a new one coming out this year as well.

  6. Catherine Wilkinson says:

    Seriously, how do you do all this??? I need your vitamins. I love your cookbook idea! This might make me organize them finally!
    I keep looking for Meyer lemons here, but nada…lots of blood oranges, but I’m over it.
    I really want to try those cookies.

  7. Jackie says:

    I would like to suggest my current obsession, Nigella Lawson’s “How to be a Domestic Goddess.” Yummy recipes. Simple instructions. One other one I’ve been reading (as if it’s a novel) is “Sweet Gratitude: Bake a Thank You” by Judith Sutton. Both are wonderful.

  8. Jenny says:

    Thanks for posting my hummus dip. I love dip too, so yummy!

    I love James McNair’s Build A Better Burger Cookbook. It has winning burger recipes from the last 10 years, they all look amazing. I’m a huge burger fan, so it’s on my favorite list!

  9. Rachel says:

    Oooh cookbook recommendations! I love:
    Barbara Fairchild, The Bon Appetit Cookbook
    The Colonial Williamsburg Tavern Cookbook
    Staib, Black Forest Cuisine
    Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking

    The last three have great photos, and they all have amazing recipes πŸ™‚

  10. Michelle in Colorado Springs says:

    One of the ones that I am using a few times a month now is Biscuits, Pancakes, and Quick Breads: 120 Recipes to Make in No Time Flat by Beverly Cox

  11. jb says:

    You’ve got to check out Apple Pie Perfect, by Ken Haedrich! 100 different recipes for apple pie. Yum!

  12. Ryley says:

    Those all look soo yummy!! I bet your cookies weren’t as fluffy because you didn’t add more flour! Adapting recipes to Utahnese sucks!!

    As for cookbooks.. I’m the new generation that never uses them! We have the internet now!! πŸ™‚ But I do have TONS and TONS of them.. I really like my Lion House Cookbook. There are a TON of recipes in there. Some good.. some not so good.. But it’s my go too place when I want something different.. there really is EVERYTHING in there.

    Funny story.. We go there every year for our work Christmas party and I LOVE the chocolate cake. I wanted the book so I could have the recipe for it. When I got the book I flipped right open to it. And it acutally says to use a box cake mix!! I was totally bummed…

    Thats all! πŸ™‚

  13. Mandy says:

    all the yummy food!!! I just wish I could sample them all. For the cookbook, how about Nigella Lawson’s latest- Nigella Express. The recipes are simple, fun and I have heard many rave reviews about.

  14. slush says:

    I am so stoked you tried the Orange Bars and like them! YAY!

    As for cookbooks, I think you have every one that I have, but the next on my list(as a Dorie worshipper) is, Paris Sweets by Dorie Greenspan.

  15. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Deb, I’m so glad to hear you like those cookies – I’m dying to make them with lemons, too!
    And now those orange bars are on my list.

    As for the book, I think “Jamie at Home” would be a good idea. πŸ™‚

  16. steenbok68 says:

    First I was going to suggest Nigella Lawson’s Nigella Express, but I see that’s already suggested.
    Next I was thinking of Jamie oliver’s Jamie at home, but again, already suggested.
    Well, an other one of my favourites is Donna Hay’s Flavors.
    I am curious now which one you will be getting.

  17. Melanie says:

    One of my favorite cookbooks with many of my tried-and-true recipes is Lion House Entertaining.

  18. Aran says:

    First of all, thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog today. Second, those lemon sugar cookies look delicious and third, my suggestion for a new cookbook is Tartine by Elisabeth Prueitt. If you have never seen it, you should go look at it. Beautiful bakery in San Francisco and the book is gorgeous. very detailed and beautiful photos. So there it is!

  19. Gigi says:

    I love this “round up”. What a great collection of recipes, it’s kind of the best of week food! Awesome job. And I’m thinking about what cookbook to submit so I’ll get back to you on that later. You have a lot of great cookbooks already. Hmm …what to pick?

  20. Ginny says:

    My new favorite cookbook is Padma Lakshmi’s Tangy Tart Hot & Sweet: A World of Recipes for Every Day! It is really good!

  21. Caroline says:

    I would recommend The Sweet Life by Kate Zuckerman. Its got great desserts!

  22. Katia says:

    I’m so glad you tried the white bean dip. Thank you for the link!

    My cookbook suggestion is Sarah Foster’s Casual Cooking. I love her style, she gives many options for each recipe which is very nice.

  23. Kevin says:

    What a lot of great looking food! I especially like the banana cookies and orange bars.

  24. ashley says:

    you need The Pastry Queen by Rebecca Rather and Alison Oresman. one of my faves!

  25. michelle @ TNS says:

    oh, man. so many cookbooks…i’m going to go with dorie greenspan’s “chocolate desserts by piere hermes” or charlie palmer’s “new american kitchen.” i don’t know if they’re my absolute favorites, but they’re prettying fricking awesome.

    also, i want some banana cookies.

  26. Joy the Baker says:

    Demolition Desserts by Elizabeth Faulkner. It’s a very creative dessert book. I love it!
    Now… off to surf all your blog links!

  27. ikkinlala says:

    My favourite cookbook is The Complete Harrowsmith Cookbook. I’ve been using the original three Harrowsmith cookbooks all my life, and when I moved away from home my grandparents gave me the compilation. I love the wide variety of recipes and how unfussy most of them are. Not all of them are perfect, but my family has found that many are great.

  28. DawnsRecipes says:

    Well, the warm weather will be here soon, which means it’s grilling season! (Not that snow has ever stopped me from using the grill.) Steven Raichlen’s books – “BBQ USA” and “How to Grill” – are, in my opinion, the best books around when it comes to grilling. If you only get one, “BBQ USA” is the one I’d go with. They’re both very inexpensive through Amazon.

  29. linda says:

    One of my favourites is Modern Classics book 2 by Donna Hay. It has lots of yummy recipes, with a lot of (modernized) classics. They are all beautifully photographed, the pictures invite you to make the recipes.

  30. JMom says:

    I think you need a Filipino Cookbook in your collection πŸ™‚ which is awesome, by the way. I wish I had that many cookbooks!

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  31. Catherine Wilkinson says:

    I’m commenting again, but I’ve finally decided on my favorite cookbook. It is more instruction and charming rebukes than recipes, but those are great too. It is “La Bonne Cuisine” by Madame E. Saint-Ange, and it was first published in 1927,
    it is amazing. You will learn more about real French technique and cooking than from anywhere else.

  32. Patsyk says:

    Thanks for stoppying by my blog today! πŸ™‚

    Right now, I am LOVING Ellie Krieger’s The Food You Crave. I’ve made probably 6-8 recipes from it and not a bad one in the bunch. All quick easy and healthy… to offset indulging in the fun stuff! πŸ™‚

  33. kimberleyblue says:

    I love this roundup idea – and I love the contest idea!

    My suggestion is the “Larousse Gastronomique Recipe Collection” – every kitchen deserves it, I think! It covers pretty much everything.

  34. Mansi Desai says:

    I would suggest “Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone” even if you are not a vegetarian, this book will surely be a great addition to your collection! she has so many great recipes, from basics to gourmet and internation cooking, this one is definitely a keeper! I love it!!

  35. eatingplum says:

    What a creative contest! Although I haven’t cooked everything from this cookbook, I would recommend Bouchon by Thomas Keller. You MUST try their french onion soup. It is INCREDIBLE and actually much better than the one served at his restaurant. I think you have a list of really great cookbooks on your shelf already, and most of them have great recipes. But everyone needs a special book, like this one!

  36. Brilynn says:

    The Bon Appetit cookbook for everyday use and generally great recipes. It has both fancy stuff and quick recipes and I’ve made tons of stuff from it.

    And since you already have one Dorie book, may I recommend another? Or two? How about Paris Sweets or the Cafe Boulud cookbook?

  37. Suzana says:

    The cookbook of the month is such a brilliant idea I’m thinking of stealing it! πŸ˜‰

    My suggestion is my current (cookbook) obsession The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters.

  38. glamah16 says:

    So many cookbooks. I’m going to suggest a classic that has been around awhile because your a excellent baker. Rose Levy Barenbaums The Cake Bible.

  39. Emiline says:

    Wow, this is fun!

    First I have to say that I’m quite familiar with King Ranch casserole. I was raised with it, and I’m from Texas.

    Ok, I’m going to recommend Carole Bloom’s, The Essential Baker. You might know the green cover with the chocolate madeleines? I think it’s a bestseller. This cookbook is packed with baking recipes. So many recipes, I don’t know which ones to try! I only wish there were more pictures.
    I like how each recipe is divided up. There are lines that divide the ingredients and steps, so it’s really easy to read. Let me just tell you a few recipes from the book.

    Fresh Nectarine Pandowdy, Key Lime & Coconut Cake, Macadamia Nut Blondies, Pistachio and Dried Cherry Biscotti..
    I’ll probably make the carrot cake this weekend.

  40. Dani says:

    Hmm, I’m going to say Colorado Collage. There is also Colorado Cache and Creme de Colorado, which are very yummy as well.

  41. PheMom says:

    I have had Paris Sweets on my “have to buy” list forever, but I saw someone else already suggested it. In the spirit of recommendations, I think it looks fabulous. Since someone else beat me to the recommendation, I will just second the notion.

    Another one on my list is Donna Hay’s Instant Entertaining – it came out in 2006. I don’t have it either, but I’ve seen some of the recipes (you can search them on Epicurious) and they look fabulous!

    I have several on my google wishlist, because I have no more room (an entire cupboard in the kitchen with probably over 100 cookbooks – DH won’t let me get more!)

  42. eatme_delicious says:

    I have to recommend the Rebar Modern Food Cookbook. It is without a doubt my favourite cookbook. Everything I’ve made from it has been outstanding. Each dish is so packed with flavours, and often flavours you might not think to put together yourself but go together really well. It is mostly a vegetarian cookbook, but covers everything from salads to soups to main courses to appetizers to side dishes to breakfast food to delicious desserts and even dog biscotti! Some of my favourites are spring fettucine with asparagus and a lemon-vodka cream sauce, bhangra burrito with chick pea potato curry and spinach, vegan french toast with coconut milk and banana, etcetc. Anyway have fun choosing. πŸ™‚ Even if you don’t pick this cookbook for April, you should still check it out! Can you tell how much I love it?

  43. Megan says:

    This one sonunds so decadent.
    Chocolate Epiphany: Exceptional Cookies, Cakes, and Confections for Everyone by Francois Payard (Author), Anne E. Mcbride (Author)
    Glad you liked the super simple coffee cake!

  44. Aubrey says:

    My, my… I’m going to reccommend the two books that have changed the way I think about cooking most and taken me from creative-minded domestic success to a dinner party queen/my husband’s choice over almost any restaurant.

    1)The Complete Meat Book by Bruce Aidells & Denis Kelly – tons of methods you can soar with on your own as well as GREAT recipes that while precise are easy to follow and hard to screw up.

    2)The Zuni Cafe Cookbook by Judy Rogers – her salting and other preparation methods took my meat from good to four star restaurant quality and her inventive side dishes are also superb.

    Have Fun!

  45. Michelle says:

    oh girl – you know I had to enter the drawing! what days will you be in New York? You know its only a 4 hour drive to DC? I’d love to come see you! But i’ll also be in Utah for a few weeks in May/June. so I’ll get to see you anyways! (hopefully!). All your recent stuff looks so yummy!

  46. Gabi says:

    I have hundreds of cookbooks so it’s hard to pick one- and yes I’m always buying new ones I come across- they’re like shoes you just can’t have too many. πŸ™‚

    One of my favourites has become “The Pastry Queen” by Rebecca Rather- it’s full of recipes that remind me of the things I see you like to cook on your blog. Lots of fun baking great photos and down home cooking like that King Ranch Casserole.
    Take care

  47. Elle says:

    Since I love to bake I have two suggestions…oldies but goodies. My first place to look for chocolate baking (and other things chocolate)is still Maida Heatter’s Book of Great Chocolate Desserts (1980)It might be the all time ultimate chocolate cookbook. For other baked goods I start by looking at Marion Cunningham’s great rendition of The Fannie Farmer Baking Book from 1984. It has Basic Pie Dough Formula, how to make a pastry bag out of parchment paper, liquid & dry measure equivalents and more…right on the end papers! What’s inside is also excellent…some basic, some not.She often starts with a master Recipe and then lots of variations…what Dorie Greenspan calls ‘playing around’ now.

  48. babycakes says:

    I would say the bread bible (rose levy beranbaum). i just love this book. so many good recipes !!!

  49. koryshar says:

    Deborah, I know I already gave an entry, and I’m not trying to gain another but I had to tell you about my latest cookbook purhcase, which I am crazy about. I just got it in the mail this week and found out about it from Alicat over at her Devine Domesticity blog. It is called “Sticky, chewy, messy, gooey” by Jill O’Connor. It’s by-line is “desserts for the serious sweet tooth”. I’ve seen her recipes for Gooey Caramel Butter Bars (which are fabulous) and her Quicky Sticky Biscuits on the internet blogs. Good luck in your cookbook hunt!

  50. Megan says:

    I changed my mind. I think the Sweet Melissa Baking Book.

  51. Carla says:

    Right now my favorite cookbook is Ellie Krieger’s The Food You Crave, I have cooked my way through most of the cookbook and haven’t really had any failures.

    I noticed someone already suggested it though, so I don’t know if we’re allowed to use someone else’s suggestions. Gale Gand’s Short and Sweet is a perfect baking cookbook for when I need something I know will not fail me in a quick fix, if you are wanting a baking book.

  52. ~ AH ~ says:

    I suggest Goddess in the Kitchen: 201 Heavenly Recipes, Spirited Stories & Saucy Secrets. It’s more than just recipes, there’s stories as well. Makes for great fun.

  53. Kelly-Jane says:

    I’ll go with another Dorie as well, Sweet times is great! or maybe a UK book which is one of my current favourites, Modern China by Ching-He Haung =)

  54. Shari G says:

    I think your next cookbook should be “Baking: From My Home to Yours” by Dorie Greenspan so that you can join the fun TWD (Tuesdays with Dorie) blog group! I’m a new member, but I’m already looking forward to Tuesday.

  55. Annie G says:

    (1) I am not a vegetarian but I have loved the Moosewood Low Fat Favorites cookbook for a long time. The recipes are great and you don’t have to be a vegetarian to love them.

    (2) The New Basics by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins.

    (3) Great Good Food by Julee Rosso.

    These cookbooks have been around and withstood the test of time. Enjoy!

  56. Shirlie says:

    Great contest idea! I think you should consider Lindsey Shere’s “Chez Panisse Desserts”. There are a ton of fruit based desserts and the instructions are clear and straightforward. If I had to recommend another choice, I would say Mark Bittman’s “How to Cook Everything.” It is a comprehensive text (no pictures) and very thorough. Thanks!

  57. Brianne says:

    I have to put in a last minute vote for “A Perfect Scoop” by David Lebovitz as I’m currently working my way through it and everything I’ve tried has been a hit. After I brough some in a month or so ago, the ladies at work have even started requesting ice cream instead of cake, cookies, brownies, cheesecakes etc for their birthday.

  58. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    What a fun idea for a contest! My vote would be for Sherry Yard’s The Secrets of Baking. Wonderful recipes plus it covers in detail all of the basics for putting together fabulous desserts.

    I’m with you on the canned soup. I used to use them a lot, but now keep only a few cans on hand to make a casserole almost exactly like the one you posted.

  59. JZ @ Tasty treats says:

    Hey Deborah, I would suggest Betty Crocker’s Ultimate cake mix cookbook….It has more than 200 recipes including cakes, cookies, bars, rolls and muffins which can be made with cake mixes. It also has many frosting tips, ideas and recipes. Who knew you could do so much with cake mixes! For a true quick-bakes fanatic, this is the book to have!! If you would like to experiment with Indian food, Complete book of Indian cooking- 350 recipes from the regions of India by Suneeta Vaswani would be a great buy!

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