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Apple & Cherry & Pumpkin – OH MY – It’s the Holidays, Let’s Make Pie!

Pies made with Breville Personal Pie Maker

Pies made with the Breville Personal Pie Maker

Ever hear the term “all the rage?” It’s often used to refer to current trending items or topics. Lucky for us, pies are “all the rage” every year. Fall is in full swing, and winter is creeping just around the corner and what better way to ward off those harsh cold nights than with pie? Particularly with the holidays in full swing, pies are more popular than ever this time of year and whether you’re a natural Martha Stewart in the kitchen or deathly afraid of baking, we’ve got you covered!

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Gobble, Gobble. 11 Essentials to Cook Up a Perfect Thanksgiving!

Willie Bird Fresh Pre-Brined Turkey

Willie Bird Fresh Pre-Brined Turkey from Williams Sonoma

Happy November everyone! Or Movember to some… Either way, Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Held in the golden warmth of fall, the trees filled with deep red and orange, the cool crisp air bringing in the scents of autumn combined with warm turkey roasting in the oven… People gather, laugh and enjoy a day where the only expectation is to be thankful.

But, let’s be honest, Thanksgiving is also kind of about food. Massive, enormous quantities of delicious, comforting, coma-inducing food. It’s the holiday where the majority of people let go of their inhibitions (diets) for a day of sheer gluttony. Roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberries, biscuits, pumpkin pie – these are only a few of the traditional holiday meal dishes. We want to help make your Thanksgiving one to remember. Whether you’re in charge of the feast or want to treat the person who is, here are 11 essential pieces for making the holiday meal everyone will be talking about!

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Give & Tell with Arjun Basu

Arjun Basu

When Arjun Basu gave Twitter a try three years ago, his first tweet wasn’t the usual mic check. Instead he wrote a story, edited it to 140 characters, and hit send. Intrigued and inspired by the limitations, Arjun’s stories, coined Twisters, now number in the thousands.

In addition to these pithy slices of life, Arjun has also authored Squishy, a book of short stories, and his first novel is currently making the rounds with publishers. Today he shares his own gift-giving stories with you, without any character limits. Thanks Arjun!

What are the best gifts you’ve given or received?

I think, first, gifts are situational. An amazing gift can quickly become useless. The idea of a gift is relative. For my last birthday I received socks among other things. Very funky socks. I have a sock problem (meaning, I love socks too much). I admit this. And my wife fed that problem. I was thrilled. Five years ago, I might have looked at the socks and asked “what are you, my mother?” In that same batch of gifts, I recieved the new Momofuku cookbook. Again, I was thrilled. Wait, I may have mixed up two different gift giving events. Good gifts kind of blur together…. Now, because of what I’ve just said, I have no idea what the best gift I’ve ever given was. I’m trying very very hard not to make a crude joke right here. But it’s very hard. I need to step away for a second.

What’s your favorite reason to celebrate with a gift?

I don’t think gifts need occasions. I mean, yes, a birthday without a gift is literally a day without sunshine but if I see something I like, I buy it. And it becomes a gift. Mainly I hate shopping. I hate the physical act of shopping, whether that means going to a store or even perusing the internet. That said, I love buying stuff on the internet that I come across by accident. Because then, I’m not “shopping.” I’m pretty sure I totally didn’t answer that question.
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It’s True What They Say – Anyone CAN Cook!


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I’m thankful everyday that my mama taught me how to cook. For other people, however, even boiling water is a challenge. We’ve all got to start somewhere though and sometimes all it takes a little push and a little luck. Okay, yeah, and maybe the right tools. Here are some essential pieces for mastering the kitchen to get your aspiring chef up and running!

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107 Illustrated Recipes: They Draw & Cook Coming Oct. 4 (Pre-Order Now!)

They Draw and Cook: 107 Recipes Illustrated by Artists from Around the World

Two years ago brother and sister, Nate and Salli, were on a family vacation.
“Nate was trying to recreate a favorite dish—fettucine with figs in a balsamic butter sauce—while Salli sat at the counter with her watercolors painting the crate of figs.” They realized how fun it was to illustrate food, and an idea was born.

Nate and Salli wanted to make a book of drawn recipes.

After collecting illustrations from a few artist friends, there weren’t enough recipes for a book so they built a blog. Word got out fast and a year and a half later, They Draw & Cook is the largest collection of illustrated recipes anywhere, from artists all over the world.

As you can see, they were able to make that book after all. They Draw & Cook, the book, comes out two weeks from today, but you can order it now at the special pre-sale price of $12. A wonderful gift for creative cooks of all kinds and just in time for the feasts of fall.

I’ve picked some favorites from the book below. Each illustration links to the original so you can go see it bigger and discover similar recipes.

I’m torn between Mom Mom’s Peach Cake and the Garlic Mashed Potatoes—which to try first?!

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How To Make Donuts in 4 Minutes

Mini Donut Maker

Mmmm donuts. Sweet, delicious donuts. Yes, we know it’s cake for breakfast, but we’re going to overlook that for the magic that is this Mini Donut Maker. It makes six ring-shaped puffs of doughy goodness without the mess and calories of deep frying.

It’s safe enough for little bakers too and is compatible with any store-bought donut mix. And the best part? They’re ready in four minutes. That’s only 240 seconds!

Sure an apple a day and all that, but nothing gets me out of bed on a Sunday morning like the call of a fresh donut.

We’ve got your back. It’s holiday crunch time, so we won’t post anything you can’t get on time. You’re all good with this one. Here’s Amazon’s Christmas Shipping Cutoffs.

Read more about it$24 at Amazon

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Mini Donut Maker

Cooking for Geeks

Cooking For Geeks book cover

There’s a lot to look at. We get it. To help you out we’re calling attention to a gift you may have missed, or one we think you shouldn’t. This is the Something for Someone Spotlight.

The whys inform the how-tos. Nowhere is that more true than in the kitchen. If you’re ready to bring your curiosity and obsession for details to your cooking, then you’ll want to add Cooking for Geeks to your wishlist.

With chapters like Initializing the Kitchen and Fun with Hardware, and topical interviews such as Local Food with Xeni Jarden (Boing Boing) and Scientific Testing with Adam Savage (Mythbusters), you’re sure to learn a thing or two.

Read more about it$20 at Amazon.com

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