My real life has seriously been interfering with my virtual life hence the dearth of blog posts lately. I took over a volunteer position at my daughters' school and that, plus the book biz and various other projects have kept me from enjoying my cyber life as the Crispy Cook. However, one must still eat, so I have some recipes and cooking tips to share in some blog posts in the coming days. In the interim, here is a fresh cookbook giveaway and some announcements.
Last month I offered a copy of the retro Peter Pauper Press book ""The ABC of Gourmet Cookery". The winner, picked randomly from the comments left after the November Cookbook Giveaway post, is Ellie. Congratulations Ellie!
The cookbook featured in this month's cookbook giveaway is "Souffles: Forty Easy Savory and Sweet Recipes" by Ann Amernick and Richard Chirol (NY: Crown, 1989). Who doesn't love a souffle? And I'm sure we all could use a few new tricks to whip one up. This gently used book hails from Old Saratoga Books, the used and rare bookstore that my husband and I own and I would be happy to mail a copy to one of my Crispy Cook readers anywhere in the world. To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below and I will randomly pick a winner after the deadline of December 31, 2009, midnight Eastern Standard Time. Good luck to everyone!
I am also happy to announce a winner for the giveaway of some Betty Crocker fruit snacks and toys as described in this Crispy Cook blog post. The winner of this prize pack is Karin! Congratulations Karin!
I hope all my American readers enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving holiday. We had a nice feast and a relaxing day off. I basically reprised last year's Thanksgiving menu, minus several dishes because I simply didn't have a lot of preparation and cooking time this time around. I thought I was doing well with my organization, though, and had made a delicious sweet potato pie the day before, which I cooled and then covered with plastic wrap and stuck in my oven overnight to protect it from my dog Martha (she's a big girl and able to reach most surfaces in the kitchen). I also popped in some sticks of butter to keep soft for other baking projects the next day). Here's a photo of Martha in her hygienic hair net helping out in the kitchen.
On Thanksgiving morning I woke up early and with the help of my two daughters, started a highly smooth and organized feast prep with lots of appetizers made, gravies, stuffings and broths underway, and a gluten-free crust whipped up for my pumpkin pies. I preheated the oven to 425 so I could slip in my pies, and completely forgot about the stuff inside until toxic plastic fumes and burning melted butter set off the smoke alarm. What a mess! We had to open the windows, find the dog and cats amidst the acrid fumes and barricade them, and clean the oven before I could dare attempt to start roasting a 15 lb. turkey. Needless to say, we ate much, much later than planned and added another "crazy mom" story to the family folklore.
I also want to let people know that I am the current host of Cook the Books, the foodie book club started by me and two food blogger friends, Deb of Kahakai Kitchen and Jo of Food Junkie, Not Junk Food. Our current book selection is Anik See's book "A Taste for Adventure: A Culinary Odyssey Around the World". See traveled by bicycle through Malaysia, Singapore, Patagonia, Thailand, Georgia, Turkey, Armenia, Indonesia, Argentina, Iran, Mexico and Canada, and her observations about this intimate tour of these lands and the people she met in transit is absorbing reading.
To join us at Cook the Books, all you have to do is read the book, blog about it and something you cook up that is inspired by your reading. The deadline for doing so is Friday, January 22, 2010. I will post a roundup of blog posts and then the author herself, Anik See, will be our guest judge to pick a winning post. The winner receives a badge for their blog, addition to the Cook the Books blog roll and all the accolades one can put up with. Sound fun? Please do join us, we love reading everyone's thoughts about our book picks and seeing the creative entries from kitchens around the world.