December 7th, 2011
A winner has been selected: congrats to Catherine! Thanks to all the rest of you for reading and joining in the fun. Happy new year!
Being the cookbook geek that I am, I’m over the moon about this giveaway. I hand-selected each and every book that the winner of this contest will receive and, well, I’m jealous.
In fact, I’ve been carefully storing these books in my office and let’s just say that it’s been near torture to not grab ‘em, crack the spines and get cooking. I’ll just have to leave that to you!
Here are my current favorite cookbooks for the family cook included in this seven book bonanza:
December 6th, 2011
I know you’re all in holiday mode, but I’m going to take a quick break from the chrismakwanzika madness to return to a celebration from earlier this year—the Hungry Baby’s birthday.
December 6th, 2011
A winner has been selected. Congrats to Shiloa! And thank you to all the rest for reading and joining in the fun. Happy new year!
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Barilla. First and foremost, they make high-quality products that I use in my own kitchen. On top of that, they are a fourth-generation family owned business with a demonstrated commitment to family. The company has started “Share the Table,” a family dinner project; has commissioned a white paper on the benefits of the family dinner; has turned their site into a resource for making family meals a manageable reality; and has created Piccolini, a line of healthy pastas for children (see why my family loves Piccolini here).
Oh, and Barilla has given the One Hungry Mama community what might be the greatest gift of all time: foolproof instructions on how to cook and pre-cook (!) pasta perfectly.
Barilla believes that family dinner is vital to a healthy family life, and that food and the ways that we share it are what make a family strong. With values like that, how could they not be part of the One Hungry Mama 12 Days of Yum?!
I’m thrilled to let you know that Barilla is offering one of you lucky readers a pasta-rrific gift package including:
December 5th, 2011
Thank you to all who entered this contest. A winner has been selected: congrats to Mitzi! Stay tuned… more winners will be announced on the other 12 Days of Yum posts soon!
I’m thrilled to be launching the 12 Days of Yum with Green Toys, one of my favorite toymakers ever. That’s right people, ever. Why so enthusiastic? Well, first off, I’m a sucker for values-driven companies. I know from developing my own packaged food brand that it can be daunting to value sustainability and also be in the business of mass-producing packaged goods. But when you do it right, you do much more than just put fab new products into the world. You also create a model for a better way of doing business.
That’s exactly what Green Toys is doing. Plus they make great feeding gear and food and kitchen toys. Do they know the way to my heart, or what?
As part of the One Hungry Mama 12 Days of Yum, Green Toys is generously giving one of you lucky readers a package that includes their:
December 5th, 2011
Let the giveaway fun commence! From December 5-16—that’s right now!—One Hungry Mama is celebrating the holidays Oprah style. Everyday for these 12 days I’m giving away something from one of my favorite brands (and y’all know I’m picky)! Check the One Hungry Mama home page every morning for a new giveaway or scroll through all of them by clicking here.
November 30th, 2011
I’ve done bad things before, spent time on the dark side. But, while you’d be hard pressed to find someone who’d call me a goodie two shoes, I’ve also always had a good head on my shoulders. I’ve never been one for peer pressure and whenever I was bad, I was bad on my terms. See, I take chances and break the rules—I also always know why I’m dong it, what the repercussions will be and how it’ll pay off. In other words, I don’t go to the dark side of life just ‘cuz.
Last night was different.
November 25th, 2011
Let the holiday shopping season begin!
Check out the 2011 One Hungry Mama Holiday Gift Guide for affordable holiday gifts for the food lovers, big and small, in your life. You might even find a little something for yourself, too!
This year’s guide is low key—I wanted to spend more of my time giving you gifts than pointing you to buy them. But, let’s face it, buying gifts is fun, too, especially when you find just the right thing. In fact, I had so much fun picking stuff for the upcoming 12 Days of Holiday Yum that I couldn’t stop finding fab foodie-focused items. I also couldn’t help but try and make your gift buying easier. So the One Hungry Mama Gift Guide had to live on.
November 24th, 2011
Dear friends, loyal readers, re-tweeters and acquaintances, old and new:
Thank you for visiting, reading, commenting, caring and all of the things you’ve done, whether repeatedly or one time only, to make One Hungry Mama our shared kitchen away from home.
This year, instead of only posting about gifts I wanted to give gifts as a show of gratitude for the gifts you share with me every time you visit, try a recipe, post feedback or share One Hungry Mama with friends. So…
starting December 5th I’m going to give away 12 fantastic gifts, 12 days in a row.
November 23rd, 2011
Stop! There’s no reason to panic.
It’s all under control. It is, after all, just one meal.
I know, I know. It’s the meal, but so what? It’s just food. A perfectly cooked turkey is not what you’ll remember. Well, I mean, it’s not what you’ll remember most. What’s important—what you’ll really remember—is being with family and friends. That’s what it’s all about people: family, friends, love and thanks. Yes, food, too. Preferably good food (ahem) but, more than that, food made with love.
So don’t stress. Feel the love and joy. Put it into your food for your family and friends. If you need to pare, then do it—nobody need 15 courses. If you need to sip on wine while cooking and now (oops!) the pie crust is burnt, so what—it’s just pie. If you need to choose a super simple recipe because you haven’t even started thinking about what you’re going to bring to the potluck, no problem—here you go. An easygoing Cranberry Pear Upside Down Cake to the rescue!
November 18th, 2011
What’s that, you say?
You’re still looking for a Thanksgiving pie recipe?
You want something familiar, but not boring?
Something different, but not so crazy that you’ll leave a holiday craving unchecked?
Hmmmm. That’s a tall oder—not sure I can help.
Unless, of course, SALTED-CARAMEL APPLE PIE sounds good!
November 14th, 2011
I developed this recipe last Thanksgiving and have been waiting to share it with you!
I. LOVE. This. Stuffing.
An unexpected pair of ingredients—apples and pecorino—make this rustic dressing seem more highfalutin than it really is. A good thing. And the light touch of herbs, unusual for stuffing, helps achieve a wonderful balance of flavor. This isn’t the typical rosemary, sage and thyme show. Instead, it’s a simple harmony of sweet, nutty and savory.
That’s right, folks: this recipe makes humble ingredients sing. And I, for one, can’t wait to hear the song again.
November 11th, 2011
I’ve been a little quiet this week—there’s tons going on. The not so great news is that we’re back in mystery diagnosis land. The Hungry Baby is feeling more fatigued (and crabby) than ever, the poor thing, and we’re working more blood tests and specialists to get to the bottom of it. (The good news is that the worst of the scariest things have been ruled out.)
On a happier note, I’ve managed to be productive through another week of doctors and uncertainty. Something very exciting is in the work for you all for the holidays and I cannot wait to share. In the meantime, though, I come bearing pancakes.