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We Have a “First Prize Pies” Cookbook Giveaway Winner!!!

First Prize Pies bookFirst Prize Pies

Congratulations to Kristen whom the Randomizer selected as the winner for this prize!!! A big “Thank You” to everyone who entered this giveaway! Thank you, too, to Allison Kave and her publishers at for providing me with this cookbook and for allowing me to offer it to one of my readers in this giveaway.

S'mores pieS’mores Pie – well, the tail end of it, anyway

There was no clear winner in the pie selection.  Actually, the entries this time were really limited, which was surprising, as I had hoped that more pie fans were out there.  If you do get a chance, however, I’d recommend stopping by Smorgasburg to try Allison’s pies in person.  Also, fingers crossed, they’ll be bringing back the Pie Shake this season.  Yes, that is a cross between pie and milkshakes, and it is truly indulgent!

Buon appetito!

First Prize Pies Cookbook Giveaway

First Prize Pies - a bit of S'mores PieA bite of S’mores Pie from the Paper Magazine Pop-up

Happy Pi(e) Day!!!  As the child of an actuary (who was a math major in college and who got a perfect score on his math SATs way back in the day), Pi(e) Day was mentioned in our household long before it became a sort of national food holiday.  I’m a huge, huge fan of pie, more so than of cake.  There, I said it.  One of my favorite local NYC pie bakers is Allison Kave of First Prize Pies.  Her cookbook release party was this week, and, so, in honor of that and of today’s special celebration, I’m giving away a signed copy of her book: First Prize Pies – Shoo-Fly, Candy Apple & Other Deliciously Inventive Pies for Every Week of the Year (And More).

Bourbon Ginger Pecan PieBourbon Ginger Pecan Pie

The photo above is from the cookbook launch party on Tuesday evening, where there were samples of this pie and of the S’mores Pie for which Allison is also well-known.  The Bourbon Ginger Pecan Pie is the pie that really started it all, when it won the top prize at the 1st Annual Brooklyn Pie Bake-Off.  This win, along with the encouragement of her boyfriend, helped inspire her to start her business.  NYC-ers have been thanking her for doing this ever since, wiping the pie crust crumbs from their mouths as they utter their gratitude between umm-ing and ahh-ing over the deliciousness of her creations.  The cookbook contains recipes for her pies as well as helpful tips on how to make and work with different types of crusts, which always seem to daunt folks who shy away from making dough by hand in their home kitchens.

First Prize Pies - Allison KaveAllison Kave of First Prize Pies

I have one copy of First Prize Pies – Shoo-Fly, Candy Apple & Other Deliciously Inventive Pies for Every Week of the Year (And More), signed by Allison herself at her cookbook launch party, to give away on this website.  To try her pies, you can swing by Smorgasburg on the weekends (check website for times and locations).  In addition, keep your social media streams on alert and ears open for when she and Keavy Blueher of Kumquat Cupcakery announce that they’ve signed the lease on their new dessert and cocktail venue Butter & Scotch.  Those two are a sweets-lovers dream team.

First Prize Pies cookbookSigned cookbook to give away

The Giveaway Rules (There have to be some of these, you know.)

Eligibility: U.S. mainland residents only

To Enter: Write a comment on this post with the answer to the following question: What is your flavor of pie?

You must also have a valid screen name (NOT “Anonymous”) with a corresponding email address to enter this giveaway. I’ll need to be able to click on it in order to contact the winner. If you list “Anonymous” or do not have a valid email address with your comment, you will be disqualified. I do not share these addresses with anyone, and they are only for the purpose of entering this giveaway.

Deadline: Is Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. DST, based upon the date/time stamp on the comments. (I’m going to be very strict about this and make no exceptions.

The Outcome: Only one winner will be chosen for this cookbook giveaway. I’m going to put all the entries into an online Randomizer (like this one) to come up with the winner.

Buon appetito!

We Have a “Make Your Own Soda” Giveaway Winner!!!

P&H Soda bookMake Your Own Soda” book

Congratulations to Jeremy whom the Randomizer selected as the winner for this prize!!!  A big “Thank You” to everyone who entered this giveaway!  Thank you, too, to Anton Nocito and his publishers at  for providing me with this cookbook and for allowing me to offer it to one of my readers in this giveaway.

Concord Grape Soda - P&H Soda Co.Concord Grape Soda by P&H Soda Co.

Root Beer seems to be a favorite of most of the folks who entered this contest, which was interesting to me, as I don’t really like it, except as an ice cream float (aka “Brown Cow”).  Sarsaparilla is one of the flavors that Anton makes, which is also a base taste in root beer.  I’m a huge fan of his Concord Grape soda which makes its appearance briefly at this time of the year, when the grape harvest arrives in this area.  I had a glass last week at the monthly New Amsterdam Market, which was the perfect way to kick off the day meandering around the vendors’ stalls, which I highly recommend the next time the market takes place the end of this month.

Buon appetito!

“Make Your Own Soda” Cookbook Giveaway

Anton making sodas at book signingAnton Nocito mixing sodas at his book release

One of the great things about the local NYC food scene that’s blossomed over the past several years, is seeing the growth of many talented individuals and their businesses.  One of these that has kept me hydrated and refreshed during my market excursions is P&H Soda Co., owned by Anton Nocito.  His seasonally-inspired syrups, which he turns into sodas at New Amsterdam Market and other venues, are some of my favorites in the city.

Anton making sodasAnton whipping up sodas

Growing up, soda was a special treat for me and my siblings, so I really savored every one that I was allowed to have.  Anton’s creations are wonderful and unique with flavors that would not have been among the selections that I was given as a child.  His Sarsaparilla made me re-think my dislike of root beer.  Hibiscus has become my new favorite flavor, not just in soda form, but also in Dough’s terrific donuts, so I thank him for opening up my mind and my tastebuds to it.  He’s even worked out a way to make a Candy Cap Mushroom and Toasted Almond Egg Cream.  It’s really delicious, believe me!

P&H Soda book“Make Your Own Soda” by Anton Nocito

I have one copy of his soda- and syrup-making cookbook, released earlier this summer, to give away on this website.  You can also read an interview I did with Anton here.  If you are in the NYC area, you can drop by the New Amsterdam Market this coming Sunday, as well, to sample his sodas for yourself and to become an instant fan.

The Giveaway Rules (There have to be some of these, you know.)

Eligibility: U.S. mainland residents only

To Enter: Write a comment on this post with the answer to the following question: What is your favorite flavor soda?

You must also have a valid screen name (NOT “Anonymous”) with a corresponding email address to enter this giveaway. I’ll need to be able to click on it in order to contact the winner. If you list “Anonymous” or do not have a valid email address with your comment, you will be disqualified. I do not share these addresses with anyone, and they are only for the purpose of entering this giveaway.

Deadline: Is Monday, September 30, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. EDT, based upon the date/time stamp on the comments. (I’m going to be very strict about this and make no exceptions.)

The Outcome: Only one winner will be chosen for this cookbook giveaway. I’m going to put all the entries into an online Randomizer (like this one) to come up with the winner.

Buon appetito!

We Have a “Great Vegan Bean Book” Giveaway Winner!!!

The-Great-Vegan-Bean-BookThe Great Vegan Bean Book

Congratulations to Angela whom the Randomizer selected as the winner for this prize!!!  A big “Thank You” to everyone who entered this giveaway!  Thank you, too, to Kathy Hester for providing me with this cookbook and for allowing me to offer it to one of my readers in this giveaway.

Rosemary-White Bean-Garlic DipRosemary-Garlic-White Bean Dip

It was very interesting to see the bean dishes that everyone listed in their responses.  Hummus seemed to be a popular dish.  One of my favorite recipes to make for parties, picnics, and gatherings is a version of this made with white beans: Rosemary-Garlic-White Bean Dip.  I use cannellini beans, but you could also substitute in Great Northern Beans, too.  This just shows again how versatile this foodstuff is and how many ways beans can be prepared, making them an ideal addition to one’s diet.

Buon appetito!

“The Great Vegan Bean Book” Cookbook Giveaway

The Great Vegan Bean Book-1The Great Vegan Bean Book

Earlier this week, I’d posted a recipe for an Indian Chickpea Yogurt Salad from the new cookbook by Kathy Hester: The Great Vegan Bean Book.  This book is full of lots of terrific recipes using different kinds of beans in innovative and delicious combinations.  When Kathy put the word out for bloggers to help her by making recipes from the book, I was sure to join in, as I’d had a chance to see how creative and interesting these are.  The recipes are vegan, with accommodation for soy-free diets and other options for adjusting them to fit more specialized tastes.

Indian Chickpea Yogurt SaladIndian Chickpea Yogurt Salad

It’s really the range of recipes and the variety of tastes that makes this book a great meat-free protein guide.  I have one copy from the publisher to give away to a reader on this site.  This is a terrific resource for anyone who would like to broaden his or her diet to include more plant-based, animal-friendly foods.

The Rules (There have to be some of these, you know.)

Eligibility: U.S. mainland residents only

To Enter: Write a comment on this post with the answer to the following question: What is your favorite bean dish?  (see this post for Chef Cesare Casella’s tips on cooking beans)

You must also have a valid screen name (NOT “Anonymous”) with a corresponding email address to enter this giveaway. I’ll need to be able to click on it in order to contact the winner. If you list “Anonymous” or do not have a valid email address with your comment, you will be disqualified. I do not share these addresses with anyone, and they are only for the purpose of entering this giveaway.

Deadline: Is Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. EDT, based upon the date/time stamp on the comments. (I’m going to be very strict about this and make no exceptions.)

The Outcome: Only one winner will be chosen for this cookbook giveaway. I’m going to put all the entries into an online Randomizer (like this one) to come up with the winner.

Buon appetito!