Monday, March 25, 2013

Yay! A Giveaway!

So you might have heard this already, but the day before my birthday, I reached (and passed) 200 "likes" on Facebook!  Normally, I'm not much of a popularity monger, and I started this blog as a hobby, but I do have to admit that it makes me pretty giddy that 200+ people like my ramblings.  It's a good feeling, and I have amazing friends that helped me get there.

I have a little gift for one of you lucky people who cares enough to pop on your computer and read From Scratch.  It's kind of like Oprah's Favorite Things, but I'm not Oprah, and I can't afford to lavish gifts on my entire audience.  I just checked Facebook, and Oprah has over 8 million followers.  When I hit that, I'll do much better, I promise.  Heck, I'll be reasonable.  I'll do better with just 2 million fans.  For now, you'll just have to settle on a chance to get one of my favorite things.  But I'm telling you, it really is a favorite of mine.

I'm giving away a copy of one of my favorite books: Too Many Cooks: Kitchen Adventures with 1 Mom, 4 Kids, and 102 Recipes, by Emily Franklin  From the book jacket: "Emily's Franklin's food memoir Too Many Cooks was born of two simple loves: food and children.  A foodie and former chef, Franklin wants to pass on her love of cooking to her kids to get them not only to enjoy what they're eating, but to know what they're eating."

This is my much-loved copy.  You'll get your own, shiny new copy if you win!

Emily Franklin's writing style in this book is right up my alley, and she mixes the stories of a year in her life with the recipes tied to those memories flawlessly.  I've read it over and over.  Given a little free time and some direction, I would totally stalk her and befriend her, because I feel like we would be kindred spirits.  Lucky for her, I have no free time.

Most of the recipes in this book are very easy and delicious.  I mean, they were written by a mom of 4 kids...she know's what's up.  Some of my favorites are a roasted red pepper feta dip, "Buttery Apricot Bars", "Gross-Looking but Very Delicious-Tasting Red Lentil Soup", eggnog pancakes with a Kahlua sauce, and banana packets.  I'm starting to drool just thinking about the recipes I've tried from this book.  Franklin travels a lot more than I am able to right now, but her writing brings you places with her family as if you were right there alongside them, cooking in her father's kitchen in Italy, or on an east-coast island for a birthday weekend away.  And she gives you the means to actually taste a bit of these places.  Did I mention this is one of my favorite books?

So, are you ready to find out how you can win this gem of a food adventure?  Here you go.  If you'd like a chance to win this book, sent straight to you from me, then all you have to do is comment on this blog post with something that you'd like me to blog about.  It can be an ingredient, a hot topic, parenting advice...whatever!  I'll throw all the names in a hat and have an unbiased third party (aka probably one of my kids) pull a name for the winner.  Much easier than a Hunger Games style battle, which is usually my go-to for making decisions.

May the odds be ever in your favor.  Oh, and in case I didn't say it before, thank you, thank you, thank you for reading From Scratch.  I love you guys!  :)

**Forgot to add this!  Contest ends at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, April 1st, 2013!!