Cookbook Freebie Contest

Crowded Earth Kitchen Loves Freebies!

cookbook-cover-imageThe Global Recipe Project Cookbook

Contest Ends November 30th – THREE winners will be drawn!

Three ways to enter:
1) Reblog this post!
2) Tweet a link to this post, and include @CrowdedEarthKit
3) Share elsewhere and post a link in the comments
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Available on Amazon, 100% of the profits from The Global Recipe Project Cookbook will benefit not-for-profit organizations which feed people as a central part of their mission. Cooks and food bloggers from around the world have contributed to this amazing book. Over 170 recipes from 65 countries are included. Pick up a copy today, and support a worthy cause!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACheck out a few sample recipes from this cookbook:
Belgian Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
Chadian Chicken and Okra
Dutch Windmill Cookies
French Soupe à l’oignon
German Beef Rouladen
Swiss Fondue
8″ x 10″ (20.32 x 25.4 cm) 
Black & White Bleed on Cream paper
136 pages
CEK Publishing
ISBN-13: 978-0998191607
ISBN-10: 0998191604
BISAC: Cooking / Regional & Ethnic / General

Cookbook Giveaway!

cookbook-cover-imageThe Global Recipe Project Cookbook

Contest Ends May 30th

Two ways to enter:
1) Reblog this post!
2) Tweet a link to this post, and include @CrowdedEarthKit
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Available on Amazon, 100% of the profits from The Global Recipe Project Cookbook will benefit not-for-profit organizations which feed people as a central part of their mission. Cooks and food bloggers from around the world have contributed to this amazing book. Over 170 recipes from 65 countries are included. Pick up a copy today, and support a worthy cause!
8″ x 10″ (20.32 x 25.4 cm) 
Black & White on Cream paper
136 pages
CEK Publishing
ISBN-13: 978-0998191607
ISBN-10: 0998191604
BISAC: Cooking / Regional & Ethnic / General

Free Book Giveaway: Comment to WIN!

PromiseLodge-200x300Promise Lodge, by Charlotte Hubbard

Contest Ends June 15th

Comment to Win!

Every comment posted to Crowded Earth Kitchen between now and June 15th counts as one entry. Join the conversation – we look forward to hearing from you!

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Promise Lodge is a delightful novel. In Promise Lodge, Charlotte Hubbard spins a tale of sisterhood, independence, empowerment, and faith as three Amish women set out to establish a new community. At Promise Lodge, community members will be free to blossom, regardless of their age or gender. Readers will fall in love with the vision and determination of Mattie, Rosetta, and Christine. Readers will cheer for a second chance to unfold between Deborah and Noah, and will fond themselves turning over the wisdom of Preacher Amos as they eagerly turn each page.

Readers who like to dabble in the kitchen will be delighted to know that Charlotte Hubbard includes mouthwatering recipes from Promise Lodge at the end of the book! Happy Reading… and Happy Cooking!

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Can’t wait for the contest to end? You can purchase your own copy of Promise Lodge right here!

Free Book Giveaway Contest – Comment to WIN!

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The Glass Kitchen

written by Linda Francis Lee

Contest ended April 30th

Congratulations to our Winner: bluebird4UDaily

I loved this novel! Carefully written dynamics between female family relationships reminded me of The Owl & Moon Cafe, with added delightful whimsy reminiscent of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake and sultry  romance as the frosting on the cake!

Readers will cheer for Portia, swoon over Gabriel, and drool over recipes conjured up for surprise occasions throughout the novel. Read more about The Glass Kitchen on the author’s website.

Need a copy of this book right away? Click here: The Glass Kitchen

A Cook, A Book, and a FREEBIE for you!

This contest has ended.

Congratulations to Courtney H., who will receive a free hardcover copy of SAVING GRAVE!

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SAVING GRACE, by Jane Green

Hardcover book giveaway contest ended February 29th!

About SAVING GRACE

If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Grace Chapman seems to live a perfect life as a caterer in upstate New York, residing in luxurious seclusion with her famous author husband, Ted. But Grace has secrets, and Ted has a temper. Grace’s world is falling apart.

Enter Beth, a seemingly perfect personal assistant recommended by the Chapman’s own daughter. In short order, Beth is able to organize the Chapman household and placate the disorganized, angry author. As the plot deepens and Grace spirals, the reader sees what Grace cannot…

Beth doesn’t want to help Grace. Beth wants to become Grace.

Cooking becomes a lifeline as Grace struggles to save herself.

Saving Grace

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Free Book Giveaway WINNER and Poll!

Happy Holiday Season, Everyone!

We hope you enjoyed our 12 Days of Cookies extravaganza! Please vote for your favorite cookie in our poll, below:

To celebrate our 12 Days of Cookies, we offered a Rafflecopter giveaway contest featuring a free, author signed copy of How to Bake a Chocolate Soufflé. Thank you for all of your entries!

Congratulations to our randomly selected winner, Cherry at Cherry Mischievous!

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To order an author signed copy of How to Bake a Chocolate Soufflé ($11.99) for the bookworm on your gift list, click on the PayPal link below!

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Coconut Tuile Cookies

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Coconut Tuile Cookies with a traditional, curved shape

Don’t forget to enter the 12 Days of Cookies FREE GIVEAWAY DRAWING!

“What are you making?”

“A new recipe for ‘tuile’ – crispy little French cookies.”

“Well, if they’re French, I’m guessing they’re delicious and difficult to make!”

This little exchange made me laugh. Coconut Tuile Cookies are delicious, indeed! I suppose they can be a bit challenging to make, but unless you’re trying to win an award for technique, I wouldn’t let that discourage you. It takes a bit of practice to create the curved shape of traditional tuile. However, if you don’t mind being nontraditional, just leave them flat like most other cookies (see photo at bottom of post). Problem solved!

WIN_20151112_152705Ingredients

1/2 cup sweetened, shredded coconut

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1/3 cup sugar

1 egg white

2 drops coconut extract

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

WIN_20151112_153639Directions

Step 1) Place shredded coconut in a blender or food processor and chop for 2-3 seconds. You aren’t trying to create flour, you’re just breaking the coconut shreds into smaller pieces. Transfer coconut to a small mixing bowl.

Step 2) Add all remaining ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix well.

Step 3) Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread batter in small circles (approximately 3 inches across) as thinly as you can. I recommend baking only about 6 cookies at a time, if you want traditional curved cookies (see Step 5 below). If you don’t mind flat cookies, as shown at the bottom of this post, then you can bake as many cookies at once as you wish!

Step 4) Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 8-9 minutes or until edges begin to brown.

Step 5) For curved cookies, place a piece of parchment paper over a rolling pin. When your tuile cookies come out of the oven, immediately transfer them to the parchment paper on the rolling pin. Allow cookies to cool for several minutes on the rolling pin before gently transferring to a cooling rack.

Like many baked French delicacies, these tuile cookies are best enjoyed within a day or two of baking.

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Coconut Tuile Cookies without the traditional, curved shape (these are easier to make)

Young Baker Spotlight – Congratulations, Olivia!

Olivia LaceToday’s post is a big ol’ Crowded Earth Kitchen shout-out to Olivia in Emmetsburg, Iowa – CONGRATULATIONS, Olivia!

Why are we so excited about Olivia, you ask?

Olivia is a talented young baker who won both a Blue Ribbon and Junior Recognition at the County Fair with the Rustic Apple Cake she baked! That’s a pretty impressive 5th grader, folks. Olivia is ten years old, and completed her first year of 4H. When she’s a bit older, her baked goods may very well be featured in the Iowa State Fair!

Olivia’s mother Marilee says that Olivia has been helping her bake “since she could sit on the stool by the counter” and now loves to make zucchini cake, muffins, and cookies largely on her own. Olivia’s next big project is kringla (we’d love to see that featured on Crowded Earth Kitchen, wouldn’t we, readers?). Olivia can already roll out kringla almost as fast as her mom… next is learning to mix the batter on her own.

French Bread NotecardHere at Crowded Earth Kitchen, we believe that food traditions are important. Young bakers like Olivia are carrying forward these traditions into the next generation – awesome! Olivia will receive a set of European Bakery notecards for sharing her story with Crowded Earth Kitchen.

Readers, if you know of another young baker or young cook who should be featured on Crowded Earth Kitchen, please contact us! We’d love to share more stories like Olivia’s.  🙂

Share your favorite travel photo, WIN a set of French bistro note cards!

The Global Recipe Project charity cookbook is almost complete… but needs a few more photos from all around the world! If you have a favorite photo that you would like to see featured in the Global Recipe Project cookbook, we would be happy to credit your name as a valued contributor to this worthy project. What’s more, one contributor will be selected to receive a free set of French bistro note cards as a “Thank You” gift!

Contest Ends September 30th

Visit Global Recipe Project to enter!

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Share your favorite bakery recipe, WIN a set of European bakery note cards!

 Cookies and cakes and pies, Oh My!

Whether your favorite baked goods are cookies or cakes, brownies or pies, breads, scones, or something else entirely, please consider sharing a recipe with the Global Recipe Project! THREE Crowded Earth Kitchen readers who submit a recipe (not published elsewhere, please) will have their name and recipe featured in the Global Recipe Project charity cookbook and will receive a FREE set of European Bakery Notecards! High gloss, professional notecards featuring Bavarian apple pastry, Belgian dipped cookies, Dutch stroopwafel, and a French bread basket can be yours!

Simply click on the Global Recipe Project for more details, or message me with questions. Thanks and good luck!

Contest ends September 15th!

Bavarian Apple Pastry

Belgian Dipped Cookies

Dutch Stroopwafel

French Bread Basket

Celebrating 700 Blog Followers with a $7.00 Amazon Card Giveaway!

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Crowded Earth Kitchen is growing! We’re having a ball here, sharing fabulous recipes and fun stories with YOU, our readers! To celebrate our first 700 subscribers, we’re giving away a $7.00 Amazon gift card to one lucky reader just for helping us get the word out!

This contest is for Crowded Earth Kitchen blog followers only. Not a blog follower yet? No worries! Simply click here to follow!

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

There are three ways for Crowded Earth Kitchen blog followers to WIN! Pick one, or complete all three to triple your odds!

#1) Post a comment below!

#2) LIKE Crowded Earth Kitchen on Facebook!

#3) FOLLOW Crowded Earth Kitchen on Twitter!

Contest Ends April 30th!

September Book Giveaway!

Paper or Plastic

Paper or Plastic:  Searching for Solutions to an Overpackaged World, by Daniel Imhoff

Crowded Earth Kitchen will mail a copy of this important book to THREE readers this month!

Contest Ends October 1st

***Click HERE to Enter!***

It would be easy for a casually concerned consumer to read the title of this book, think of the reusable shopping bags hanging by the door, and feel smug.  In 168 pages, many of which include shocking full color photos, Dan Imhoff lays out the clear and compelling case that we have a long, long way to go before we can even begin to consider our global packaging waste problem solved.  Appropriately published by Sierra Club Books, this 2005 text remains highly relevant for people who wish to really understand the scope and scale of the damage our current packaging habits are wreaking upon our planet.  This book serves as an excellent resource for those who wish to really delve into the complex changes that will be necessary to facilitate environmental healing.

As an educator, it strikes me that this would be a wonderful book for classroom use at the high school and college levels.  The author does a brilliant job of back-loading a copious amount of research into hefty appendices and end notes; as a result, the text itself tells an important story without becoming dry, and is as easy to read as it is informative.

In the first section, “The Packaging Landscape,” the reader is guided through an explanation of the sobering scope and scale of waste created by our tacit obsession with packaging (an average of 300 pounds of waste per person per year!).  The second section, “The Search for Solutions,” walks us through an engaging set of case studies which range from high tech electronics companies to frozen confections.  Promising research and development initiatives are explored, as are foreign legislative policies aimed at mitigating our global packaging waste crisis (not surprisingly, the United States lags woefully behind global leaders in this arena).  The third section, “A Future Beyond the Box,” provides the reader with guidelines for distinguishing between bad wraps and better packaging.  We are also provided with thirteen very clear, simply explained steps each of us can take to do our part to help solve this often overlooked global crisis.

Paper Or Plastic:  Searching For Solutions To An Overpackaged World is as well written as it is important.  Each of us needs to read this book.

The Lost Recipe for Happiness – Book Drawing Tonight!

thelostrecipeforhappinessMarch Madness, Crowded Earth Kitchen Style, Continues! 

Freebies #2 and #3:  The Lost Recipe for Happiness, by Barbara O’Neal

Contest Ends:  March 14th (LAST CHANCE TO ENTER!)

How to Win:  Share and Retweet!

Crowded Earth Kitchen is giving away two copies of this engaging book!  The first copy will go to a randomly selected person who “Shares” a Crowded Earth Kitchen Facebook post.  The second copy will go to a randomly selected person who “Retweets” a Crowded Earth Kitchen Twitter Tweet.  Each “Share” and “Retweet” counts as an entry, so Share and Retweet as often as you’d like!  Have fun!

The Lost Recipe for Happiness was my first foray into Barbara O’Neal’s world of culinary fiction.  I love how recipes are woven into the story, often as very appropriate stand-alone chapters, and am looking forward to trying Abuela Maria Elena’s Posole in my own kitchen. I had barely finished the last page before going online to find more Barbara O’Neal books, and was thrilled to learn she has a new release (The All You Can Dream Buffet) coming out March 4th!

Page after page, readers will find themselves rooting for Jefa Elena Alvarez as she takes on her dream of an opportunity to head the kitchen of an up-and-coming Aspen restaurant.  Readers are given an inside glimpse of restaurant life including both the humor and the grit, the complicated and diverse backstories of kitchen staff, and the realities of working brutally hard in a shockingly wealthy tourist enclave.  Between her elegant, East coast – moneyed sommelier and Maître D’ Patrick, her talented, Mexican-immigrant master saucier Juan, brilliant but unpredictable chef Ivan, celebrity boss Julian, and adorable dog Alvin, Elena sure has her hands full!

The Lost Recipe for Happiness is literary meat and potatoes (or should I say, tamales!) rather than frosting and fluff.  Elena’s had a tough go, getting to this point in her life, and author Barbara O’Neal doesn’t sugarcoat the details.  Small parts of this book are downright dark, and readers may never think of the sugar skulls displayed in restaurants for El Día de los Muertos quite the same way again.  It’s the difficult details, though, that make the reader respect Elena even more for continuing to put one, sometimes painful foot in front of the other, moving forward toward a bright future in both her professional and her personal life.  Don’t be surprised if, at the end of this book, you have a craving for tamales.

***Watch for FIVE new book giveaway contests beginning tomorrow!***