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cookbook-cover-imageThe Global Recipe Project Cookbook

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

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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

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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!

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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

Harvest of Blessings Giveaway Contest!

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Harvest of Blessings, by Charlotte Hubbard

Contest Ends March 15th

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Review

Nora Glick Landwehr, with her expensive clothes and flashy car, is the last person anyone would suspect of growing up Amish. She’s willing to trade her “English” possessions for a chance to return to the Willow Ridge community of her childhood… but will the community welcome her back?

Harvest of Blessings is a delightful novel to feature on Crowded Earth Kitchen, because the first place Nora finds welcome and respite is at Willow Ridge’s own Sweet Seasons Bakery Cafe. While busily baking pies, the older, wiser Miriam offers advice on how Nora might announce her return without disrupting the Amish way of things. I’m sure many of us can relate to comfort and solace found in the kitchen!

As Nora works to clear her name and earn a place in her family and community, she catches the interest of a local Amish man, Luke Hooley. Page after captivating page, we learn how Nora’s return to Willow Ridge brings unanticipated surprises.

At the end of Harvest of Blessings, the reader is treated to a collection of fourteen recipes from Sweet Seasons Bakery Cafe. Don’t miss the Pineapple Bread Pudding or Overnight Kale Salad with Apples… delicious!

Click here to order this book

**Congratulations to Courtney, winner of our previous giveaway contest!

Courtney will receive a free copy of SAVING GRACE by Jane Green!**

 

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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Pandora’s Lunchbox, by Melanie Warner

Contest Ended February 15th

Congratulations to winner Cathy Crockett!

Here are the easy ways to enter to WIN a hardcover copy of this novel:

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Review

As teenagers and college students are prone to saying around bites of junk food, “Just, Wow!” Based upon the author’s diverse writing background, including two years as a staff reporter for The New York Times, I was hopeful that Pandora’s Lunchbox would be well written and engaging. As a chemist and an educator myself, I was hopeful that this book would find and walk the line between depth of accurate food science detail and clarity of presentation for a wide audience. Melanie Warner delivered on both counts. And delivered, and delivered some more!

Pandora’s Lunchbox is as smartly written as it is impossible to set down. From her personal food “experiments” (Did this used to be a chicken nugget? Is that facial mask or avocado dip?) to her broadly painted historical overview to the interview vignettes which highlight her journalistic expertise, Melanie Warner illustrates the landscape of modern day processed food in stark detail. Ms. Warner begins by explaining what a processed food is not (“pasteurized milk…. frozen peas, canned beans… frozen ground beef shaped into hamburgers”) before succinctly clarifying what we are really talking about: “Aprocessed food is something that could not be made, with the same ingredients, in a home kitchen. Your home kitchen” (p. xvi).

Prior to reading this book, I thought I had a pretty solid grasp on the “no-no’s” of processed food. Little did I know! Pandora’s Lunchbox had me rethinking the origins (and wisdom) of my daily multivitamin, the journey of ingredients in my children’s “healthy” breakfast cereal, and even my store bought loaf of whole grain bread. As I progressed from chapter to chapter, I was both humbled by how little I knew and inspired to do better for my own health and the health of my family.

Pandora’s Lunchbox confronts the business realities of the food industry, where processing and preservatives allow longer shelf lives and lower costs, corporate shareholders demand high profits over high nutrition, and consumers respond to slick marketing and artificial flavors. Melanie Warner ends her well written book with 216 referenced endnotes, placing well organized facts gently and firmly in the hands of her readers. Read Pandora’s Lunchbox, and you will – to your benefit – never experience a trip to the supermarket quite the same way again.

Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal

Free Book Giveaway ends SOON!

[2/2/16 Update: Congratulations to Louise Reyna, winner of this giveaway contest!]

lemon cakeThe Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender

Contest Ends January 31st

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“My mouth – always so active, alert – could now generally identify forty of fifty states in the product or meat I ate. I had taken to tracking those more distant elements on my plate, and each night, at dinner, a U.S. map would float up in my mind as I chewed and I’d use it to follow the nuances in the parsley sprig, the orange wedge, and the baked potato to Florida, California, and Kansas, respectively. I could sometimes trace eggs to the county” (p. 95).

As a child, I loved reading The Chocolate Touch, by Patrick Skene Catling. To me, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is the grown-up, quirky distant cousin of a childhood favorite. Instead of a greedy little boy who learns it really is possible to have too much of a good thing when everything he touches turns to chocolate, Aimee Bender offers us Rose Edelstein, a precocious little girl with a most unusual and unfortunate gift. To Rose’s great dismay, she learns she can taste emotions cooked and baked into her food.

Rose’s peculiar and unshakable ability might be tolerable if she weren’t surrounded by such an odd cast of characters. But that wouldn’t make for an interesting story, would it? Instead, Rose lives with a detached and clueless father, a melancholy and secretive mother, and an older brother who blends into the background most extraordinarily well. Rose finds grains of sanity in her friendship with Eliza, whose mother can be relied upon to cook happy tasting food, and her unlikely alliance with George, the surprisingly normal friend of her very strange brother.

In The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Aimee Bender accomplishes the extraordinary… she gives her food characters the same depth and development as many fiction authors give their human characters. The textures, flavors, scents, kitchen environment, and baker of Rose’s favorite lemon cake are described in several pages of detail, and lemon cake is just one food of many to receive such grand attention to detail. Foodies and fiction aficionados alike will enjoy this eccentric tale.

Here is a link to purchase this book online:  The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

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)

Peanut Butter Buds

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

The number one rule of creating a spectacular cookie display for any holiday event is VARIETY! Think Chocolate and non-chocolate, nuts and no nuts, something red, something green, something intricately frosted, something oversized… and something really, really tiny!

I imagine everyone is familiar with peanut butter cookies topped with a great big Hershey’s Kiss – they’re one of the most popular Christmas cookies around. Today’s Peanut Butter Buds are the little brothers of those cookies… just as delicious, but super small. Each cookie is barely one bite – perfect for a guilt free snack!

Ingredients (makes 4 dozen mini cookies)

6 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

2 tablespoons butter, softened

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 egg

1 teaspoon rum

1 cup flour

1/4 cup of sugar (for rolling, not for mixing into the dough)

1 cup of Hershey’s Mini Kisses (or use chocolate chips)

WIN_20151117_220255Directions

Step 1) Cream together peanut butter, butter, and sugars. Add egg and rum. Mix well.

Step 2) Stir in salt, baking powder, and flour. Refrigerate for at least two hours (or overnight).

Step 3) Roll chilled dough into small balls, approximately the size of a large marble. Use no more than one teaspoon of dough per ball.

Step 4) Roll each ball in sugar and place on greased cookie sheets, leaving at least one inch of space between cookies. Press a chocolate chip or Hershey’s Mini Kiss into the center of each ball, as shown.

Step 5) Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 7 – 8 minutes, or until bottoms of cookies are just beginning to turn  golden brown.

Step 6) Gently transfer cookies to a wire rack and allow to cool completely before storing.

Speculaas Wreath Cookies

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Speculaas Wreath Cookies were the most popular cookie on my dessert table at a recent holiday event. I do hope you’ll give them a try! Speculaas are Dutch spiced cookies in a wide variety of shapes, the most common of which are better known as windmill cookies. Whether you cut them into wreaths or windmills, these delightful cookies get their signature flavor from a spice blend called Speculaaskruiden. It’s easy to blend yourself (see recipe below). In a pinch you can substitute pumpkin pie spice mix, though the flavor will be slightly different.

WIN_20151102_164629Ingredients (makes about 36 wreath cookies)

1 cup real butter

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

1 egg

2 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons Speculaaskruiden spice mix (see recipe, below)

For the icing:

2 tablespoons butter, softened

2 cups powdered sugar

2 tablespoons milk

2 drops green food coloring

Green sugar crystals (for decorating)

Small cinnamon candies (for decorating)

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Step 1) Cream together butter and brown sugar.  Add egg and mix well.

Step 2) Add flour, baking powder, salt, and Speculaaskruiden.  Mix by hand; dough will be stiff.

Step 3) Chill dough for at least one hour before rolling 1/4 inch thick on a floured surface.  Cut dough into wreath shapes, and carefully transfer to cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.

Step 4) Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 12 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack.

Step 5) While cookies are cooling, blend together butter, powdered sugar, and milk to make icing. Spoon 1/4 cup of icing into a plastic sandwich bag, and snip a tiny corner from the bag to make a homemade pastry bag. You should be able to easily squeeze icing from the bag and onto each cookie wreath, as shown above. If the icing is too thick, add a bit more milk. If the icing is too thin, add a bit more powdered sugar.

Step 6) After piping icing onto your cookie wreaths, sprinkle them with green sugar crystals. Place a cinnamon candy on each wreath. Beautiful!

picture1180 Speculaaskruiden Spice Mix (makes enough for three batches of cookies)

Stir together (if using powdered spices) or grind together in a coffee grinder (if using whole spices):

4 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon cloves

1 teaspoon mace

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon cardamom

1/2 teaspoon star anise

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon allspice

Store spice mix in a tightly sealed container and store away from heat and light.  Open container and smell whenever you need a smile.  🙂

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