“Cake Pop Holidays” by Bakerella Cookbook Giveaway

Yay it’s here! Angie Dudley (Bakerella) is the inspiration behind the worldwide sensation of cake pops. Her latest cookbook, “Cake Pop Holidays by Bakerella” is unreal, and I am thrilled to host a giveaway for her fabulous new holiday book. Her holiday cake pop projects include everything from Santas (above), Jingle Bells, Snow Globes, Gingerbread houses, Dreidels and more. My daughter and I are in awe with every page we turn. I got the opportunity to speak with Angie in March at a conference in Walt Disney World. She is as sweet, humble and as genuine as they come. I am honored to host a giveaway for her new book. For a chance to win a copy, leave a comment telling me why you would love to have a copy of Cake Pop Holidays by Bakerella. For more chances, do the following and leave a comment telling me you did. Good luck! Winner will be drawn on Friday, October 26th at 8 P.M CST. Good luck!

1. Like Ingredients, Inc on Facebook

2. Follow Alison Lewis on Twitter

3. Follow me on Pinterest

4. Tweet the following link: I entered to win the new Cake Pops Holidays Cookbook giveaway by @bakerella via @alisonlewis http://wp.me/ptHvn-9Ox

5. Follow Bakerella on Twitter

6. Like Bakerella on Facebook

 

Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies

My friend, Amy, sent me this recipe, and it has to be one of the easiest cookie recipes I have tried. Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies are so quick to prepare, and they’re truly divine. This is one of those recipes that just becomes a staple, and you keep making all of the time. They remind me of a crinkle cookie, but the mixture of semisweet chocolate morsels and chopped chocolate makes a gooey, chocolate combination. You can substitute dark chocolate for the semisweet for added health benefits such as heart health, weight loss, mood boosting, and others. Just enjoy them with a glass of milk.

Croque Monsieur Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Yay to April and National Grilled Cheese Month! I thought I would feature one of my favorite grilled cheese recipes, Croque Monsieur, from my latest cookbook “400 Best Sandwiches: from Classics & Burgers to Wraps and Condiments”. This French-style ham and cheese sandwich typically has Gruyere or Emmenthal cheese. It originated in France as a fast food snack in cafes and bars. It’s so easy to prepare, and it’s the ideal comfort food. Be sure to check out my lightened up variation as well.

Lazy Lasagna and “Substitute Yourself Skinny” Cookbook Giveaway

This summer, I was lucky enough to travel through Italy with several journalists from around the U.S. One of them, whom I hit it off with immediately, was Susan Irby. Susan is known as the “Bikini Chef”, the host of the well-loved Bikini Lifestyles on 790 KABC in Los Angeles, CA. This radio station actually spans the globe with listeners in Italy, France, Germany, Australia, Canada and many other countries worldwide. She was a blast to be with on the trip, and I’m so excited to share her current cookbook with you, Substitute Yourself Skinny. Susan is a 7-time author who helps people obtain their healthy bikini goals by focusing on lifestyle changes rather than a short term diet.

Her recipe for “Lazy Lasagna” really caught my eye. It’s perfect for when the weather is cool, and kids love it. For only 308 calories and 3 grams of fat per serving, everyone can feel good about eating a hearty slice of this family favorite. This is just one of many delicious low-fat and beautiful recipes in her book. I am excited to give away one copy of her book. Just follow the steps below for a chance to win a copy. Winner will be chosen Sunday, October 30th at 8 a.m.

1. Leave a comment below telling me your favorite healthy pasta recipe.

2. Follow Alison Lewis on Twitter

3. Like Ingredients, Inc. on Facebook

4. Follow Susan Irby, The Bikini Chef on Twitter

5. Like The Bikini Chef on Facebook

Last Minute Holiday Gifts: Dark Chocolate Chip-Peanut Butter Cookies

Wow, cookies are in abundance this time of year, and instead of racking my brain trying to create something new to give as holiday gifts, I decided to go back to a tried and true favorite. Dark Chocolate Chip-Peanut Butter Cookies are so incredibly fabulous. This recipe is adapted from a “Cooking Light” recipe that I have made many times. What I love about it is that it is lightened up a bit since it has no butter. Instead, it uses Canola oil, water and egg whites. These cookies come out soft and moist with just a hint of peanut butter. Feel free to substitute semisweet chocolate chips or even mini chocolate chips if you like. These are great to give as gifts to neighbors and teachers as well as to leave out for Santa on Christmas eve.

Candy Cane Gingersnaps & Cookie Cookbook Giveaway-“Cookielicous”

When I saw this cookie recipe for Candy Cane Gingersnaps, I was wowed. This recipe, as well 149 other creative cookie recipes can be found in the recently released book, “Cookielicious” by Janet Keeler, Food Editor of the St. Petersburg Times. This awesome cookie cookbook is a compilation of reader’s favorites and staff original cookie recipes. What a great holiday gift idea! Chapters include “Anytime Cookies”, “Sharing Cookies”, “Chocolate Cookies”, “Kids Cookies” and “Holiday Cookies” with recipes such as Lemon Raspberry Thumbprints, White Christmas Shortbread, Chocolate Walnut Puffs and more. If you would like the chance to enter to win this giveaway, leave a comment below telling me your favorite holiday cookie recipe. The winner will be drawn this Friday, December 3rd.

Special Snack Treat: Chunky Nut and Dried Fruit Granola

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One of my favorite things to snack on is granola. In town, Big Sky Granola is one of my favorites because it’s chunky like this Chunky Nut and Dried Fruit Granola recipe. I made this for a special treat for my friend who just had surgery, and she took one bite and said, “This granola rocks!” It is as good as it looks and full of wonderful ingredients.

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Martha Stewart Cookbook Winner

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I have been out of touch this week looking at some of the beauty like you see here, but I’m on the way back and would love to announce the winner of the “Martha Stewart Dinner at Home” cookbook. The winner is Kathryn who said, “This website was suggested to me just in time. I was nearly a total loss as a cook! Tight on time, weird ingredients and one too many noses turn up at my latest attempt to appease three kids frustrated us all. Alas, we began with the ribs and are happily eating our way through your blog. We’re in!” Thanks to all of you who participated as I loved hearing your comments. I have a busy week ahead shooting 4 shows next week for NBC 13 “Daytime Alabama”, a cooking class next week at Birmingham Bake and Cook and TV in Nashville in early December. Not to mention, Thanksgiving at my house. Glad I had a few days of rest.

Here’s to Fall: New Martha Stewart Cookbook Giveaway: “Martha Stewart’s Dinner at Home”

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I don’t know if many of you have traveled lately on Delta, but I’m typing this post 10,000 feet up in the air. How strange is it, that I can access the internet in the air but can’t turn on my cell phone. Anyway, it is pretty cool. If my blog posts are few this week, please understand that I’m not in my office this week.

In the meantime, I have my first Cookbook Give-Away for the new “Martha Stewart’s Diner at Home: 52 Quick Meals to Cook for Family and Friends”. It is a new cookbook just out in October 2009. I love mine!

Here are the rules to enter (It’s simple):

1. Leave a comment on my blog telling me what it is you like about my blog, and a way to contact you, if you’re the winner.

2. Deadline is Thursday, November 5, 2009

Martha Stewart's Dinner at Home: 52 Quick Meals to Cook for Family and Friends

Taste the Good Things in Life

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I recently put together a cookbook which is a compilation of recipes for college students or busy people who want healthy, easy recipes. It’s been a hit so far. If you’re interested, just send me an email. It’s $15 plus shipping. I will have it in my “Shop” on my site in the next few weeks. Thanks for your support, Alison