Signed Simply Scratch Cookbook: 1 year later + a Giveaway!

Guess what you guys? The Simply Scratch Cookbook turns 1 today!

So, yes. O-N-E!

If books had life stages, then the Simply Scratch cookbook would basically be a toddler.


I seriously cannot even believe how fast this last year has went. Actually the last three years have flown by since starting the whole process and now that I can look back on it all, I have zero regrets. I’m glad I took the risk and rose to the challenge and wrote this book. For you, for me but most importantly for my daughters.

Since the release of this cookbook, believe it or not,  life went back to normal. I’ve tested, blogged and cooked my butt off trying to make up for the few months when my presence on SS was scarce. But I have a whole “Year In Review” post that I do at the end of the year, so I’ll spare you from the details. For now.



You guys, I’m so very proud of this book. Not only because it’s mine, but  because I know how much of my heart and soul (not to mention literal blood, sweat and tears) went into it.  A lot of people ask me if I’m planning on writing a second one. As of right now, no I’m not writing another one. Unless, the timing (among other things) is right.

But to be quite honest, I’d be happy with just writing this one book. I never started this blog to become super famous, to have my own TV show or cookware line. I love what I do, and nearly 7 years later I still find cooking, snapping pictures and blogging extremely fulfilling. So as of right now, I’m content with it all. Maybe just not with all the dish washing.

And yes, I keep a copy on my bookshelf with a few of my favorites.


And although I have no clue what that brown stuff is, it’s proof that I cook from my book ALL THE TIME. Which you may find strange, being that I should know my own recipes by heart, but I don’t. I’ve never had a good memory where recipes are concerned. I recently made my broccoli cheddar soup from memory and I’ve only made that a hundred or so of times. Huge moment.

Anyways, the basics chapter is gold. I have post-its up on SO many pages. Seasoning blends, pizza sauce, pizza dough, guacamole… the list goes on. That chapter is my pride and joy.


And because I’m still madly in love with this cookbook and because I want this book in your or your neighbor, best friend, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, mother, sister, brother, niece, co-work or loved one’s kitchen and life… I’m giving away THREE signed copies of Simply Scratch 120 Wholesome Homemade Recipes Made Easy! But not just signed… I want to personalize these books to you or to someone you want to gift the book to. I’ll pick three lucky winners and then we can iron out the details.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you all! My blog, the cookbook and me, myself and I would not be here if it wasn’t for you. I love and appreciate every single one of you, more than you’ll ever know!



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113 Responses to “Signed Simply Scratch Cookbook: 1 year later + a Giveaway!”

  1. #
    Carrie Howard — November 18, 2016 at 12:09 am

    I love the roasted tomato soup from your book and so does everyone I used to work with. I brought it often.

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    Erin — November 18, 2016 at 12:27 am

    My favorite thing to make is new things. With a well executed recipe. Like yours. 🙂

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    Heather — November 18, 2016 at 12:41 am

    Making cookies has always been my favorite, especially your dark chocolate Merlot cookies. Any excuse to drink a glass while working in the kitchen!

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    Donnisha Jones — November 18, 2016 at 12:48 am


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    Taisha Feldhaus — November 18, 2016 at 1:03 am

    I love any kind of comfort food 🙂

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    Shelby Brisendine — November 18, 2016 at 1:17 am

    I love making new recipes or improving classic recipes. I especially enjoy making pies and candy.

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    claudia davis — November 18, 2016 at 2:26 am

    I love cooking lasagna because I find it labor intensive yet relaxing. I like when I am done and cut into it and see all those luscious layers….I always think, wow, I created that and now I am going to wreck it!

    On the other hand, I love making meatloaf. Its the easiest thing to make yet so satisfying and multidimensional and comforting. Its like a hug in a loaf dish.

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    Phyllis — November 18, 2016 at 5:01 am

    I love to make cut-out frosted sugar cookies. I’ve made them with my children, and now I make them with my grandchildren-precious memories.

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    Leslie White — November 18, 2016 at 5:17 am

    I love cooking breakfast, but more importantly, anything that you can put an over easy egg on top. Whether it’s guacamole toast, black bean burgers or a hearty Italian red sauce, I’m in! By the way, I’ve been following your journey and I’m so amazed by your accomplishments. Keep it going and love your email recipes, too! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Leslie White — November 18, 2016 at 5:37 am

    I love to cook breakfast, but more importantly, anything that you can put an egg over easy on top ( i.e., guacamole toast, black bean burgers, or a hearty red sauce). I have so enjoyed following your journey and am amazed by your success. Love the emails, too! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Debbie the NY Baker — November 18, 2016 at 5:41 am

    Happy 1 year Anniversary! Well, I’m a baker, so I always appreciate your dessert recipes. Thanks!

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    Jaimie Logan — November 18, 2016 at 5:49 am

    I somehow discovered your blog and started to follow it because I love your recipes, photography and writing. It was so cool to also discover the Michigan connection; I am originally from Michigan but moved to Maine 20+ years ago. Nice to connect with Michigan every time I read your blog!

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    Marcea — November 18, 2016 at 6:42 am

    Congratulations! it looks beautiful. I’m a long time follower of yours. my favorite things to make are multi-layers of food. Like Nachos, Tacos and salads. 🙂

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    Denise — November 18, 2016 at 7:06 am

    I love cooking comfort foods. But my real passion is baking (and thus why I need help with cooking ideas!). Love your recipes and your photos. Great job!

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    Molly — November 18, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Well, I love to bake, its my favorite on an enjoyment level. But I also like to cook easy, but from scratch, recipes. It might be how I ended up here 😉

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    Sarah Moore — November 18, 2016 at 7:44 am

    I love to bake bread! Cookies and cheesecakes are a favorite too. I like to make healthy dinners using fresh ingredients. I guess I like any type of cooking!

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    Pam Kaufman — November 18, 2016 at 7:49 am

    Your cookbook looks like something I would really enjoy using. I am a simple, no frills kind of cook but love my food to look and taste good. Your book looks like it would be perfect. Thanks for the giveaway ( I hope I win one!!).

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    Pat C in Adrian — November 18, 2016 at 7:51 am

    My favorite thing to make is vegetable lasagna and dog biscuits for Scout and his friends.

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    Melissa B — November 18, 2016 at 7:53 am

    My favorite thing to cook is cheesy polenta with shrimp! But I love trying new recipes of any kind.

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    Melissa B — November 18, 2016 at 7:55 am

    As for baking, I love making yeast breads. The kneading is therapeutic to me!

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    Jeff — November 18, 2016 at 7:57 am


    I have not followed your blog that long yet is one of my go to food blogs where I find simple creative healthy recipes I can recreate and or enhance for my own use being a single guy one still has to eat.

    Thank you!


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    Maureen piskura — November 18, 2016 at 7:58 am

    I brought this book home from the library and renewed it a couple times. I fell in love with the Greek dressing recipe and made the Greek chicken salad for a family gathering. We all enjoyed it tremendously! Thanks for a wonderful resource.

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    Kelly — November 18, 2016 at 8:10 am

    My favorite thing to cook would be sweets! Particularly to share with others so I can be a bit more indulgent.

  24. #
    Melynda — November 18, 2016 at 8:23 am

    I have been following you for some time now and would love this book! I appreciate your scratch approach to cooking.

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    Andrea — November 18, 2016 at 8:40 am

    I love to cook anything sweet.

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    erin mcdaniel — November 18, 2016 at 8:41 am

    My favorite thing to cook is any new recipe!

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    Rachael — November 18, 2016 at 8:54 am

    You really do have THE best recipes. Your site is my go to for cooking and I love ❤️ reading your commentary. Glad to know I’m not the only one who has to follow recipes too. I couldn’t memorize if my life depended on it. Haha.

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    Christa — November 18, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Pasta and soup! Warm comfort food.

  29. #
    April V — November 18, 2016 at 9:01 am

    If I have some time I love to make a good lasagna..but if I’m worn out & it’s late I love a quick spaghetti!

  30. #
    Karen M — November 18, 2016 at 9:04 am

    I love to cook whatever my family loves! Pasta is a family favorite, homemade sauce with ingredients from our garden.

  31. #
    cindy — November 18, 2016 at 9:08 am

    I love making homemade bread.

  32. #
    Leslie Hitchcock — November 18, 2016 at 9:11 am

    I love cooking desserts, unfortunately, my whole network of friends and family seem to always be on diets…

  33. #
    Erika — November 18, 2016 at 9:23 am

    I love cooking with different flavors, like a curry one night, or an enchilada casserole another.

  34. #
    Lin — November 18, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Happy Anniversary! Yes time does fly!! I love cooking and knowing that my husband and I are getting made from scratch foods. Thank you for this giveaway.

  35. #
    Catherine Brown — November 18, 2016 at 9:49 am

    My favorite thing to cook these days are whole grain risottos with roasted root vegetables, herbs, caramelized onions and balsamic vinegar!

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    Diane Lord — November 18, 2016 at 9:53 am

    I love experimenting with pasta dishes–different sauces, different cheeses, different spices!

  37. #
    Mary-Walker — November 18, 2016 at 10:01 am

    I love your blog and the recipes you post. I need to purchase your cookbook for all the yummy recipes!

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    Nicia — November 18, 2016 at 10:02 am

    I’ve been dying to get your cookbook! I like cooking anything, especially things that stretch me as a cook or take me out of my comfort zone. I also love that I can make almost anything from scratch. 🙂

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    Katie — November 18, 2016 at 10:07 am

    I bake!! I consider myself a long time fan of yours (4 years?). Your red velvet cake, chocolate chocolate chip zuchinni bread, and pretty much every cookie/bar recipe you ever posted are among my favorites- esp the mississippi mud brownies and coal cookies!! Last night i made the one-pot broccoli cheddar soup and it was a huge hit. So thank you Laurie – I have so much more fun in the kitchen because of you!! 🙂

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    Barbara — November 18, 2016 at 10:26 am

    I love to bake and greatly appreciate the homemade versions of mixes you have devised.

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    Pat S — November 18, 2016 at 10:28 am

    My favorite is soup – especially now as the weather is colder. I borrowed your book from the library but would love to have my own copy – which would be shared with my daughter who prefers “from scratch” rather than processed foods for her family. Happy 1 year anniversary!

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    Sj Dc — November 18, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Happy Anniversary!
    I love experimenting with eggs…In all forms…with all other foods..

  43. #
    Gale C. — November 18, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Anything simple and delicious!

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    Marie U — November 18, 2016 at 10:57 am

    I love to cook soups!! My favorite is probably gumbo, but here at Thanksgiving, I love Turkey Pot Pie Soup & it uses leftovers!! 😉

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    Rachel Ackley — November 18, 2016 at 11:12 am

    I love to cook so choosing one thing is really tough for me. And of course it depends on the time of year, now we are getting into my soup, stews and casseroles time along with baking. Sorry i can’t tweet this contest out I’m not a tweeter

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    Nora — November 18, 2016 at 11:36 am

    My go to thing to cook is goulash but I love to try new recipes!

    p.s. I have to keep going to printed recipes for anything baked, can’t remember how much of what I used for the life of me!

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    Rebekah Gould — November 18, 2016 at 11:38 am

    I love making a fruit pies. All butter, flaky pie crust with fresh, crisp fruits – a match made in heaven!

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    Chelai J. — November 18, 2016 at 11:54 am

    My favorite thing to cook is mac and cheese. Everyone loves mac and cheese.

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    Katie — November 18, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    We love your book and use it all the time. We used it religiously when we lived in Romania and HAD to make so many things from scratch. Now that we’re back in the states, we recently completed our first Whole 30 and used some of your recipes (and blended a few of them with Whole 30 recipes to make them compliant). We love your book and rave about it to family and friends. Thank you for all the hard work to put into creating it! Keep up the good work!

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    Michelle — November 18, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    I am a soup junkie and this is the perfect time of year to try those recipes out!

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    Jen P. — November 18, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    My most favorite is savory comfort food from scratch…that’s why your blog is my favorite too!! Happy anniversary 😉

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    Steph — November 18, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    I love cooking ethnic foods!

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    Kim — November 18, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    baked ziti. it is so easy to make but everyone is always impressed by it!

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    danielle — November 18, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    you know how much I love this book!!!! thank you so much for it!

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    Jenice — November 18, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Would love a copy of your cookbook.

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    Blair Bacisin — November 18, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    My favorite thing to cook is something that can be shared with anyone! I love a good crowd pleasing appetizer or a comfort food meal.

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    Susan Broughton — November 18, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    I love to cook dishes with beans. peas, etc

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    Jacqueline — November 18, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    I love making the recipes I’ve been handed down from my Mother, Aunts and Grandnother with my daughters and putting our own spin on them – except for my Grandmother’s shortbread, we couldn’t improve on perfection.

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    Rebekah — November 18, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    My favorite thing to cook is Indian Food, samosa’s w/ chutneys. I enjoy cooking anything new also. I am interested in making my own tortilla’s and I am going to try my hand at homemade cranberry sauce and apple real soon 😉


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    DJ — November 18, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    I love making muffins and breads.

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    Emily Goodman — November 18, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    I love cooking chicken fried steak. I love cooking for friends and not using any recipe and them being amazed by how easy it actually is. I’ve been following your blog for 3 years. Your restaurant style salsa was the first thing I ever made. You’re the only blog I follow because you’re real and true to yourself.

  62. #
    Bianca — November 18, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    I love to cook but I love baking even more! Mostly muffins and cookies!

  63. #
    Christy Spurlock — November 18, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    I love making grilled chicken fajitas with Sargento Four State Cheese and Clint’s Mild Hot Sauce. It is the most requested item in my home.

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    E — November 18, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Dear Laurie,

    I know I said this before but honestly I cannot say it enough many times: I could not imagine my kitchen/ dinners without you! Before the cookbook (and even now), my cookbook is in the shape of a binder filled with printouts from your blog. I know some of the recipes by heart, some I tweaked to my own liking, some I love just the way they are.

    You remain such an inspiration of doing what you like and bring simple yet so important moments of joy that I cannot even begin to describe.

    Thank you for all this and please keep doing this as you have such a wonderful talent of cooking and writing that make all your recipes even more delicious!

    All the best,


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    Sonya — November 18, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    I would love the chance to win your cookbook! Your blog is one of my personal favourites. I love the fact that you’ve been posting new recipes daily, too. Very helpful and inspiring. My favorite recipe is your Italian Sausage Bucatini with Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce.

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    Stacia Bax — November 18, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Congrats on the one year anniversary

  67. #
    Elizabeth — November 18, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    My favorite thing to cook is chicken pot pie and other comfort foods! Yum!

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    Ayesha — November 18, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Congrats on hitting a year! Our family favorite is the classic lasagna with garlic bread sticks. The one meal that everyone will eat with no complaints. Thanks for sharing such great recipes.

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    Andrea — November 18, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    I love making soups or chilis, where I get to be creative about what to throw in the pot!

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    Christine — November 18, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    I have checked your cookbook out from the library and would love my own copy. Thank you for the chance for my own copy!!

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    Kirsten — November 18, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    I love making soups, pastas, curries, stir fries – anything saucy and delicious full of vegetables!

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    andrea — November 18, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Oh what a difficult question! I love tacos because of the versatility-you can put anything in them! Love to bake all kinds of cookies for my kids. Love soup. Love pasta. Btw, your cookbook is on my christmas list 😉

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    Emmy — November 18, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    I love to cook everything. Spending mindful time in my kitchen, cooking healthy, nourishing food for my loved ones is therapeutic for me 🙂 Love your recipes, Laurie!

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    C — November 18, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Thank you! I enjoy so many of your recipes!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — November 18, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    oh gosh…so many things! I love making cookies and bread the most!

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    BIANCA — November 18, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    cinnamon rolls!

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    Laura F — November 18, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    My favorite thing to make (which is actually a twist one of your recipes – ha!) is Venison Stroganoff using venison backstraps. YUM!

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    TaraO — November 19, 2016 at 1:17 am

    I love to cook any kind of pasta–but especially with homemade meatballs.

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    ashley — November 19, 2016 at 3:26 am

    Would love a signed copy for my fabulous mama. And my new favorite recipe of yours is the creamy cilantro lime chicken- so easy, so delicious.

  80. #
    Anneke — November 19, 2016 at 11:07 am

    We have a new kitchen and I love to cook more and more. You will make me very happy with the cookbook !!

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    Heather Grundon — November 19, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    I checked your cookbook out from the library and quickly made a few recipes. The orange ginger chicken was to die for! I had taken a picture of the recipe on my phone, made it several times before my phone died and I lost it. I would love to actually own it!

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    Holly — November 19, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    I love to cook Thanksgiving dinner.

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    Heidi — November 19, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    My favorite thing to cook? Food!! 🙂

  84. #
    kris — November 19, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    This time of year – anything and everything pumpkin! it’s a problem…

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    Lydia Webster — November 19, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    congratulations on the anniversary!

    my favourite thing to cook is elaborate, multi-course meals that take all day to prep, simmer and bring together.

    but for everyday, realistic life, the thing i find myself cooking most often is stir fry – tofu, any veggies i have hanging about the fridge and a salty, spicey sauce.

  86. #
    JCooper — November 19, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    We LOVE your balsamic pulled pork sandwiches!!

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    E — November 19, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Did not realize I had to name a favorite — I guess the one dish I probably made the most and implicitly like the best is the very same one that got me hooked on your blog in the first place: healthy sesame chicken.

  88. #
    Leslie — November 19, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    I enjoy making soup, no matter what the weather or time of year.

  89. #
    Annette — November 20, 2016 at 12:47 am

    My favorite thing to cook is Sweet Potato Hash using whatever’s in the fridge.

  90. #
    kesha — November 20, 2016 at 4:26 am

    I love making a yummy Lasagna

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    Maria — November 20, 2016 at 6:41 am

    I love cooking soup. It’s warm, comforting, and like a big hug right when you need it. Congrats on your cookbook, it’s lovely.

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    Michelle — November 20, 2016 at 7:46 am

    I love to make muffins and mashed potatoes!

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    Alicia — November 20, 2016 at 8:22 am

    I love that your recipes remind of the type of recipes my Mom creates. They are wholesome and as my mom would say made either love!

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    Alecsandrina Variny — November 20, 2016 at 8:49 am

    I love to bake banana bread. I buy the over ripe bananas at my local grocery store for 29 cents (about 8 bananas, I know, a bargain!). I add nuts or nutella and the kids and I enjoy it every morning. It says love .

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    beth salvatierra — November 20, 2016 at 8:50 am

    I love cooking homemade pizza.

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    Stephanie — November 20, 2016 at 10:58 am

    I love to cook anything new.

  97. #
    Catherine l. — November 20, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    My favorite thing to cook is homemade chicken n rice soup. My boys love it.

  98. #
    sara — November 20, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    i love to make comfort food that my family will enjoy!

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    Karen B — November 20, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    I love to bake always – still really learning to cook. I am working on soups now trying to get that flavor base just right.

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    Robin — November 21, 2016 at 8:27 am

    I love love love your website. It’s my most visited site for dinner recipes. Moroccan Spiced Lettuce Wraps is one of our favorites! I’d love a copy of your book. I’ve been eyeing it for sometime now!

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    Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) — November 21, 2016 at 8:39 am

    I’m not sure what my favorite thing to cook is…I think I like making pork tenderloins because they seem fancy but they are super easy. I also like making desserts because people LOVE dessert!

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    Sarah — November 21, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    I love trying new things all the time. Two favourites right now are homemade chicken fingers and chicken biryani!

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    MelissaD — November 21, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    The favorite thing I’ve made in the last few months is your broccoli cheese soup (with toasted ham and Swiss sandwiches) – no joke! The hubby raved about it!

  104. #
    julianne casey — November 22, 2016 at 11:23 am

    i love making braised short ribs – so simple but so delicious!

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    Jennifer Lenhart — November 22, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Love your website! Have so many recipes printed on loose paper in labeled folders in my kitchen. Would LOVE to have a book instead. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  106. #
    ali — November 22, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    homemade pizza!

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    Gail — November 22, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    I love to make pizza and love to make all kinds of soups – getting ready for a wonderful split pea from the silver pallete after the ham is gone – so delish – thanks for the giveaway and Happy Thanksgiving!

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    jan — November 22, 2016 at 4:27 pm


  109. #
    Alexandria — November 25, 2016 at 4:36 am

    I just found this site and I’ve made your Caramelized Brussel Sprouts twice—LOVE THEM!

  110. #
    Val B — November 25, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    I love anything I can make in my crockpot, and making treats for my grandkids.

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    Victoria — November 25, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    I love to cook vegetables!

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    Katie O — November 28, 2016 at 1:00 am

    I like trying new recipes that I think my family will enjoy. Our all time favorite cookies are your Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Toffee Cookies! I bought your cookbook when it first came out and I’ve enjoyed using it this past year. I’d love to have a copy to give to my son. Thanks for all the great recipes!

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    Laura Reynolds — November 28, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Hands down, soup!! I love having a pot of any type of soup simmering on the stove. The longer it cooks, the happier I am. I love your site!

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