Tales from the Trenches: Recipes & Stories from Family and Friends

Lavender Orange Biscotti

Lavender Orange Biscotti from The Dollop Book of Frosting + Giveaway

I am always a sucker for a good baking book and this week I am excited to share a great one: The Dollop Book of Frosting: Sweet and Savory Icings, Spreads, Meringues, and Ganaches for Dessert and Beyond. At first I thought this would be just be a ho-hum baking book but it really is so much more. Not only are the recipes for spreads and baking goods amazing, they are all different from ones I currently have in my cookbook collection. There really is something for everyone in here, especially if you are looking to add something new to your everyday sweets repertoire. Today I am featuring a fun little chat I had with the author, Heather Saffer and am giving away a copy. I am also featuring one of my favorite recipes from the book!

Whole Grain Mornings

Whole Grain Mornings with Megan Gordon + Giveaway

I am so excited to kick off the New Year spotlighting my friend Megan Gordon and her new book, Whole Grain Mornings: New Breakfast Recipes to Span the Seasons. I’ve known Megan since we began blogging around the same time. Fast forward four years and now we share an awesome agent, both have books out, and she has transitioned from English teachers to granola entrepreneur. I am so thrilled for her success, if you’ve ever tasted Marge Granola you’ll know her accomplishments are well-deserved. Today I am featuring a fun interview with Megan to give you a glimpse inside her book. Tomorrow I am going to feature my own review and a recipe I made from it over the weekend. You won’t want to miss it!

Weelicious Lunches

A Chat with Catherine of Weelicious Lunches + Giveaway!

An interview with Catherine McCord about her book!

Recipe Girl Cookbook

Lori of Recipe Girl + Giveaway!

Today I am thrilled that my dear friend Lori of Recipe Girl has stopped in to chat about her awesome new cookbook. I have been a huge fan of Lori’s for years. Her website is gorgeous and she is has a truly extensive recipe database. Her new book is equally as wonderful. It is chock full of Recipe Girl favorites, and a whole bunch of new recipes too! If you want your own copy of her book she is generously giving one away…details below!

Blueberries

A Very Blueberry Summer with Alison Sweeney

One of the things I buy the most at our local farmer’s market is berries. Strawberry, blueberries, raspberries, you name it, I love them. Since the season is fairly fleeting in the Northeast I buy as many as I can and preserve a whole bunch for winter. I also freeze a few bags worth, and then eat the rest! Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Alison Sweeney about blueberries and how she incorporates them into her active lifestyle. I really like Alison and her positive, healthy message on behalf of her work with the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council which is why I am sharing it with you today.

Celebrate Every Day

Celebrate Every Day with Jaime Richardson + Giveaway

As part of my ongoing author series, today I am interviewing my friend Jaime of Sophistimom about her new book, Celebrate Every Day: Recipes for Making the Most of Special Moments with Your Children. I love how she approached cooking and family life as a whole, suggesting music, books, and activities that are both beloved and educational for children in each chapter. Not only were her recipes mouthwatering, she reminded me of a lot of the books I enjoyed as a child as well as a few new ones I need to check out for my daughter. Be sure to enter the give away below so you can win your own copy of this amazing book!

Modern Mediterranea

Modern Mediterranean with Melia Marden + Giveaway

I get a lot of cookbooks in the mail each season. It is always a treat to admire the work of my fellow authors. Every so often one book really stands out and catches my eye. That is the kind of book that I cook from immediately and ends up on my bookshelf for a few years, maybe longer. This spring one of these cookbooks is Modern Mediterranean: Easy, Flavorful Home Cooking by Melia Marden. Her simple Mediterranean dishes are inspired by her childhood summers spent in Greece. The extraordinary color photographs by Lucy Schaeffer pack a stunning visual punch. I am thrilled that Melia stopped by for an interview today and I am even more excited to be giving away a copy of her book!

Gluten is my Bitch

April of Gluten is My Bitch + Giveaway

I know I am fortunate to not have celiac disease. So many people I know suffer from it and have to cut all gluten straight out of their lives in order to get better. So people handle the news by weeping in their kitchen while tossing all their favorite bread. Others, like April, take a more comedic approach. When April was diagnosed with celiac disease a few years ago she too shed a few tears. But then she started this cool blog, took the bull by the horns, and made gluten her bitch. Anyone and everyone will love this informative and hilarious book and I encourage you to enter to win it, even if just to give to your BFF with celiac. Trust me, they’ll be grateful!

Relish by Daphne Ox

An Interview with Daphne Oz + Book Giveaway!

I have been a huge fan of Daphne Oz ever since she started on The Chew. Her youthful energy and commitment to health is such an inspiration! I wish I had has it as together at her age as she does now. (Just saying that makes me feel so old!) Lucky for us, this week Daphne stopped in for a quick interview about her awesome new book, Relish: An Adventure in Food, Style & Everyday Fun. Anyone looking for an uplifting book filled with healthy recipes, solid life advice, and tips for home improvement this volume is for you!

Steamy Kitchen Cookbook

Jaden from Steamy Kitchen and Her New Book + Giveaway!

I love Asian cuisine but I don’t cook it at home that much. Luckily, that is all about to change thanks to Jaden’s new book, Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites: 100 Recipes that are Fast, Fresh, and Simple Enough for Tonight’s Dinner. It is like it was written for someone like me. I love Asian cuisine by am unsure of how to make any of the healthy dishes I enjoy in restaurants. Today Jaden from Steamy Kitchen, my go-to Asian cuisine blog, is stopping in to answer questions about her awesome new book and what we can expect to see on her wildly successful site in the future:

Thai Pizza

Jennifer’s Tips for Making Healthy Thai Pizza

Today my friend Jen from Savoring the Thyme is sharing her awesome recipe for spring pizza. I love her inspiring blog because it focuses on health and wellness and her recipes are awesome. She is a busy mother of two yet manages to make fitness, cooking, and general well-being look so simple when we all know that it is not! hope you enjoy her tips for making awesome Thai pizza. It is healthy, easy to make, and over the top delicious.

Hostess Cupcakes

Casey Barber and Classic Snacks Made From Scratch Giveaway!

This week my friend Casey Barber of good.food.stories is joining me to chat about her new book, Classic Snacks Made from Scratch. I mean, who couldn’t love a book like that?!! If I wasn’t concentrating on losing the baby weight I think I might work my way from beginning to end without a second thought. Everything looks delicious and harkens back to those alluring snacks of my childhood.