Thursday, March 3, 2011

Citrus Love & A Cookbook Giveaway!

I mentioned in a recent post about Lemon-Lime Cream Pie, that we were going through cases of oranges from Costco like they were going out of style. They have just been so good this year, and as a midnight snack, Mr. H and I will peel two oranges and have those for dessert. Actually he does the peeling, I just do the eating :-) Our entire crisper drawer was filled to the brim with oranges so I decided to use a few to make this cake. I didn't even make a dent in our stash.

This cake comes from a cookbook I discovered last March called Frame By Frame Baking. It immediately appealed to me because it reminded me of step by step recipe blogs. There are step by step photos and instructions in this book so it's easy to follow along, but it's also visually appealing and the recipes are simple. The book has about 60 recipes sweet and savory recipes in it, and are divided into 4 categories- Cakes and Traybakes, Pastries, Small Cakes and Cookies, and Breads. There really is something for everyone in this book.

I liked this cake, but didn't love it. Firstly, I think I overbaked it a tad even though I followed the directions. It should have been taken out about 5 minutes prior to the time in the book and I have noted that in the recipe below. Because it was overbaked, it was a little on the dry side. Also, when you bake fresh oranges their flavor becomes bitter, like that of orange marmalade. I'm not a fan of orange marmalade but if you are, then you'll like this cake. Despite not loving this recipe, I'm sure there's another in this book with my name written all over it.

Also because this book was so appealing to me, I bought two extras, just for YOU! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me about your favorite cookbook. That's it! Be sure you leave me your name and email in your comment so I can contact you if you win. If you leave an anonymous comment with no contact info, there will be no cookbook for you! Because I'm feeling generous, everyone is eligible to enter this giveaway. Mr. H and I are going away on a secret trip this weekend for our 6th wedding anniversary. I'll announce the winner when we return home. Hope everyone has a great week!

Orange Madeira Ring adapted from Frame By Frame Baking

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  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the pan
  • 2 Tbsp. dark corn syrup or Lyle's Golden syrup
  • 2medium oranges
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. finely grated orange zest
  • 2-3 Tbsp. orange juice

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a tube/ring cake pan and spoon the syrup into the bottom.

Cut all the white peel and pith from the oranges and cut into slices.

Arrange the slices over the syrup in the pan.

Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.

Gradually beat in the eggs, beating well after each addition.

Sift the flour into the mixture and fold it in gently with a rubber spatula. Add the orange juice and zest and fold in until a til a soft consistency is achieved.

Spoon the mixture into the pan and smooth the surface.

Bake in a preheated oven for 40-50 minutes or a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cake should be risen, golden and firm to the touch.

Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then return out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

The cake can be served cold, or warm with extra corn or Golden syrup drizzled over it.

Ahh, citrus love!

161 comments:

Sara said...

Oooh, that cookbook (and that cake!) looks great! My favorite cookbook is Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan.

Julie @ Willow Bird Baking said...

this looks amaaaazing!!!!

Tia said...

yummy! looks fab!!! my fave cookbook is the fannie farmer baking book

Meg Johnston said...

Wow, that looks awesome! Can I enter if I'm in Canada?

My favourite cook book is Hello Cupcake!/What's New Cupcake by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson.

meg.forgoodnesscake@gmail.com

kelly said...

My favorite cookbook is "Sugar" by Anna Olson.
leduc.kelly@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Hi my name is Eva, i'm a hungarian girl, I live in italy.... sorry for my bad english, i don't speak it very well, but I understand :-) I just want to tell you that I love very much your recipes.

Corinna said...

I love orange cakes, thanks for the recipe and suggestions. My favorite cookbook was passed down from my Great Grandmother, "A Book of Favorite Recipes Compiled by American Baptist Women of West Charleston Baptist Church."

corinne said...

Congrats on your anniversary - my favorite cookbook is 1001 Chocolate Treats. So many things bookmarked in there, so little time!

Kim said...

This cake looks so good, I'm a huge fan of marmela, I think I would love it... Congrats for your anniversary! My favorite cookbook... So difficult to answer... I think it is The perfect scoop from David Lebovits, because this book is filled with iced treats recipes and everytime I make one, everyone is happy!

Betsy said...

My favorite cookbook is still my trusty Betty Crocker cookbook because my mom gave it to me many, many years ago =)Thanks for sharing!!

Betsy
b.piersall1@gmail.com

warmvanillasugar said...

This cake sounds awesome! My favorite cookbook is America's Test Kitchen's Healthy Family Cookbook. I've never had a bad recipe come out of it. It's a trusty one :)

My e-mail is: warmvanillasugar@live.ca
Name: Katrina Dingle.

I hope I win! This cookbook sounds awesome!

Kalei's Best Friend said...

Right now I am working my way thru Tates Bake Shop Cookbook by Kathleen King... I love her trail mix cookie recipe!.

I love the precise photographs u post on a recipe...Keep experimenting w/flavors...

Name: chris
email: swweetkalei@gmail.com

peachkins said...

That is a beautiful cake!
My favorite cookbook is Seasons by Donna Hay. Here in the Philippines we only have two seasons, the rainy and the dry season. Through the recipes at Seasons by Donna Hay, I get to experience all the 4 seasons that you guys have: Winter, Spring Summer and Fall. I would love to win this book because it would help me learn how to bake. I don't know how to bake yet and I'm planning to start by the second half of the year.

My e-mail is: peachyadarne(at)yahoo(dot)com

Smiley said...

That looks amazing! and compliments this odd craving for citrus I've had lately!

My favorite cookbook - sadly - is online blogs. I'm a college student living out of a too small apartment with a severe lack of cooking resources, mostly experience. So reviews and other people's mistakes often save my creations. I would love to inherit that book as my first real cookbook!

Thanks for posting such wonderful creations, and such wonderful give-aways :)
email: smerline88@gmail.com

Missy Lackman said...

Right now my favorite cookbook isn't actually a cookbook at all. It is your recipe index! I have made so many things over the past 2 weeks from you blog by husband, this week, has finally stopped asking "So, what new thing are you trying out tonight?" If I have to pick a actual cookbook it would have to be my local catholic parish cookbook from Saint Thomas, MO.

missy_lackman@hotmail.com

Stacie said...

It would be hard to narrow my cookbook love down to one, but I have a Cake Mix Creations book that starts all of these yummy cake recipes with a mix!

Mandy said...

My favorite cookbook is my baking from above one. Everything about it is great!

Allie said...

One of my favorite books is Practical Gourmet Small Plates For Sharing.

Love adding citrus to baking it makes it seem more healthy in a way haha.

Allie
crazystar32@gmail.com

Heather said...

The cake looks beautiful, but like you I'm not a fan of orange marmalade. My favorite cookbook right now is...really I have to pick.... fat witch brownies. I am making another batch today.
muddycreekcreations@gmail.com

Patti said...

The cake looks so sunshiny and inviting. Makes me want to run out and buy oranges even though they're outrageously priced right now. You're lucky to have a stockpile of them. :) I think this is just the thing I need right now though...it's still bitter cold here and this may just bring a little sunshine to my day.

Have a wonderful Anniversary!!!!

Maybe not my 'favorite' to read, but definitely my most used and loved cookbook is one my Mom gave to me when I moved out on my own 27 years ago...Pillsbury Kitchen's Family Cookbook. ♥ It has no binding and barely a cover. Most of the pages are stained and some 'glued' together but I can always rely on it.

mama_mint64(at)hotmail(dot)com

lisa said...

my absolute favorite cookbook so far is Cooking Light's Cooking Through the Seasons. The pictures are beautiful, and the recipes are both delicious and healthy!

ButterYum said...

My favorite cookbook - HAHAHAHAHAHA. Seriously, I have about 10 favorites! But I guess the one that has the most handwritten notes, stained pages, and is completely falling apart is my copy of The Cake Bible. I would have a very big problem is it was ever lost.

:)
ButterYum
PS - I'm not a marmalade fan either. I even bought some in England to see if maybe theirs was better than ours, but no.

Keeley said...

Happy Anniversary, Monica! We have the same anniversary: 3/6/05 and we're also going away on a "secret" trip this weekend. I'll be blogging about it next week!

I love all of Ina Garten's (The Barefoot Contessa) cookbooks! I also love citrus fruits and Costco and I, too, have a fruit drawer full of oranges (and lemons and limes). That's one of the only good things about winter!

Hannah said...

My favorite cookbook has to be the classic Betty Crocker.

talesfromatimeout@gmail.com

Andrea said...

My favorite is Ellie Krieger's So Easy.

Regina said...

I love your blog! Thanks for sharing all your great recipes! My favorite cookbook is Martha Stewart Cupcakes.

rgelhaus@hotmail.com

suburban prep said...

I like the Ina Garten Barefoot Contessa.
msgb245 at gmail dot com

zacharonimom said...

Oh my! My favorite cookbook?!?! I can't pick just one, but I can tell you my favorite "kind" of cookbook.....one with tattered pages, stained with spatters of food, ones that have been used by many to create a dish full of love! :0)

-Angie
@ www.angiehenley18@gmail.com

Tara said...

Cake looks delish! My favorite cookbook is the Rather Sweet Cookbook. I'm never disappointed in her recipes!
tnsatchell@gmail.com

Shannon @ Why Not On A Tuesday said...

I would have to say my favorite cookbook is one of Paula Deen's. I love her so! Thanks for hosting this giveaway; I would love that cookbook.

Shannon @ Why Not On A Tuesday
shannonsumrall09@gmail.com

Joyce said...

I have been following you in google reader, so this is my first time leaving a comment.

I have a love for cookbooks so much, we had to turn a closet into a space for my books
http://www.joygallagher.com/2009/03/for-love-of-baking-and-cooking.html and that still isn't all of them. smile...

Have a wonderful anniversary!! xo

joy2282003@yahoo.com

Kristin said...

My favorite cookbook is Southern Living's Farmers Market Cookbook. It has a ton of delicious, seasonal veggie recipes!

moonsword said...

Currently my favorite cookbook is "Vegan Cookie Connoisseur" by Kelly Peloza. Super excellent recipes and photography. Thank you for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I love all Martha Stewarts Cookbooks!

rmwilliams224@hotmail.com
marci williams

Anonymous said...

My favorite cookbook is from a small town in Iowa that the church ladies made. It's the best!

Lisa in Fort Worth
lisa0655@hotmail.com

Grace said...

Oooo! Please enter me!
I'm not really sure what my fav. cookbook is at the moment...haven't built up my supply yet!;) THAT though, looks like an AWESOME cookbook and I would love to have it!

You can contact me at my blog gracesgardenwalk.blogspot.com

Thanks for hosting!
~Grace~

LJ said...
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LJ said...

Right now my favorite cookbook is 'ad hoc' by thomas keller. the husband got it for me at my birthday dinner at ad hoc the restaurant. it's even signed by thomas keller! :)

libbi.ilyse@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

My Fav cook book is "Middle Eastern cookery by Arto deer Haroutunian" :-)

Salama Khalifa from Dubai - UAE
salamah-k@hotmail.com

Becky said...

Hmmm, I'm not a big fan of citrus, but at least the cake is pretty! My favorite cookbook would have to be The Lady and Sons Family Recipes! My mom and I went to Paula Deen's restaurant this past summer, and her cookbook is a great memento of a sweet trip :)

I stumbled across your blog from a link on 3B's, loving all the recipes!

rosienbloom@hotmail.com

Hannah said...

I really love an old cookbook from my elementary school that all the parents put togther. This one looks great to add to my small collection!

Christy said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! Mine was last weekend. :) I'm not much of a baker as I prefer the toss and taste method involved with savory cooking. However, I would very much like to expand into that realm. My long-time favorite cookbook is Martha Stewart's Good Food Fast (the first book). Thanks! (armyscrapwife (at) gmail (dot) com)

roky said...

Wow, looks great! I just want to tell you, I love your recipes. I think I love it ... Congratulations on your wedding anniversary!

Kitchen cabinets

Topher said...

Dorie's Baking at Home. Thanks!


Chris M.

zekks at yahoo dot com

kiara.n.adams@gmail.com said...

I love me a new cookbook! My favorite go to cookbook is probably 101 things to do with a tortilla. I use that book at least once a week!

chels.adams@gmail.com

*Sarah's Sweet Life* said...

My favorite cookbook is called "Death By Chocolate"! It is loaded with delicious chocolate recipes... perfect for a choc-o-holic like myself!

Crumbs N Crust said...

Hi

My favourite cookbook is " Rose's Heavenly Cakes" by Rose Levy Beranbanm. The cakes are just Heavenly ! LoL
Thank you for the giveaway.
Blessings

sarahe said...

I feel like it's cheating to use this, but definitely my go-to is Dorie Greenspan's Baking from My Home to Yours! (but I am a cookbook addict and have filled a five shelf tall bookcase plus 2 shelves of overflow!)

sarahw5484 at gmail dot com

Heather of Kitchen Concoctions said...

Even if this cake didn't taste that great to you it sure looks pretty!

Choosing my favorite cookbook is quite the ordeal since I have a massive cookbook collection. But right now I have my eye on Tea with a Twist.

And congrats on your anniversary! Have fun on your trip!

kitchen_concoctions at hotmail dot com

kelgirl105 at yahoo dot com said...

my favorite cookbook is from the local church. My grandmother put some recipes in there that were some of her signature favorites and it makes me smile every time I see one of them!

Amber said...

That looks like a fabulous cookbook, I would love it! One of my favorite cookbooks is my Hershey's book. It is full of delicious chocolate desserts and I bake from it all the time. I especially love that I can take certain favorites and include them in other recipes, like the dark chocolate topping for the Boston cream pie-I could eat it all day long!
Amber
rexburgartist@yahoo.com

Nicole said...

I am a HUGE fan of Barefoot Contessa cookbooks. Ina sure knows how to whip up lots of delicious and easy to execute recipes.

I love citrus cakes but have never gotten up the courage to try to make them. I will have to make this cake, it looks too good to pass up!

Have fun on your anniversary trip!

Nicole
nicolemhartford@gmail.com

Gerry said...

I have so many favorites, but probably would say "how to cook everything" is my number one.

Allie said...

I must say that it is very sweet of Mr. H to peel the oranges for you. Now that is true love! Its the little things in life that make all the difference :) I hope you enjoy your secret getaway this weekend!
My favorite cookbook is The Diner: The Best of Casual American Cooking by Diane Rossen Worthington. It is full of great comfort food recipes.

Kim Reasonover said...

First let me say I love your blog, the fabulous pictures and most of all the great things I've made using your recipes. My favorite cookbook is a small company sponsored cookbook from a place my mom worked some 30 years ago. The "PCA (Production Credit Association) cookbook" never fails me and I keep coming back to it over and over again. Thanks.

Kim
kimyjo@comcast.net

la mama said...

My favorite cookbook is America's Test Kitchen Cookbook. I love all the tips and variations for each dish. Everything I have made from there has turned out pretty good. I would love this cookbook though, I LOVE to bake!

Emilee said...

I don't have a favorite cookbook right now, but maybe this can become mine!

emileebumgarner@gmail.com

Tamsin said...

My favourite cookbook is the one I'm assembling from all my favourite recipes I've gathered from many many sources. I got a recipe folder for Christmas which I am hand writing my recipes into, as neatly as I can! That way I'll have tried, tested and loved every recipe that goes into it.

Rosemary Washington said...

Happy Anniversary!

My favorite cookbook is PASTA & CO BY REQUEST by Marcella Rosene. She's the owner of the popular Seattle eatery, and I love it when restaurants and gourmet food places are willing to give up their most requested recipes. The oatmeal scone is especially good.

Myra Horton said...

I am enjoying Good to the Grain: Baking with Whole Grain Flours by Kim Boyce.
Myra Horton

m.j.horton@sbcglobal.net

Heather said...

I love Simply in Season. It has lots of great recipes, isn't too complicated and is perfect for eating seasonally!

Heather@pagesbyheather.com

LeAnne said...

My favorite cookbook is the one my Moma put together for me 2 Christmases ago. It's full of family recipes (and a few from family friends). It's all of my favorites from my grandmothers and my mom. It's also one of the best gifts I've ever gotten!

-LeAnne (leanne.hays@gmail.com)

Nicole said...

Monica, you did it again, the cake looks beautiful.. the orange slices look perfect and the color is amazing. Right now my favorite cookbook is Ina Garten's newest book"how easy is that" I love everything that woman makes! have a beautiful weekend

nicole

cla517 said...

Mmmm. Citrus! I already copied the lemon lime cream pie to try. I'll have to put this one on the list too! And that cookbook looks great!

cla517 said...

Oops! I'm Cheryl Soler
cla517@yahoo.com

Christen said...

I've got so many that I love! My Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook is a good go to for everything book!

christenchalmers@gmail.com

jajb.lilly said...

Looks yummy! My favorite cookbook is A Passion for Baking by Marcy Goldman. Everythign I have made from it has been over the top and delicious!
Jenn
jajb.lilly@gmail.com

Channy said...

Hmm, I don't think I've EVER had a cake with oranges or even orange favoring. But it looked really awesome! :)

Channy said...

My favorite cook book would have to be a family one. Its this huge hard cover book that has hand written recipes starting from my great-grandmother (and some of the ones she put down were from her mother!) I've gotten to add 4 of my own and can't wait to pass it down :)

Noelle Ritter said...

I received so many when I was first married (four years ago) because "that's what you give the newly wed." I wish I had hung on to more of them, now that I LOVE to cook.

I can't seem to leave Ina's Barefoot Contessa "Family Style" alone! So good.

Noelle
noelle.m.ritter@gmail.com

Randi said...

Congratulations on the anniversary! :) I am a cookbook addict, but my very favorite would have to be the "Folker Family Cookbook." It's my own family's cookbook, which my VERY large family (my grandmother was one of sixteen children, and then they all had kids!) compiled a few years before my great-grandmother passed away. It's full of good home-food, like my great-grandmother's amazing chicken & potato chip casserole...come to think of it, I haven't made that in awhile...and my own contribution at age six, homemade playdough!

Randi
randi.wedekind@gmail.com

Momx6 said...

My favorite cookbooks is called Smilemakers in the Kitchen - a compilation cookbook by our children's home. I love your blog - I have tried more recipes from your blog than any other source - thank you!

Momx6 said...

Oops! bweaver@uaex.edu Belinda

Anonymous said...

My favorite cookbook is a homemade cookbook that was made over 50 years ago and passed down from my grandmother. Most of her recipes read like this: mix all ingredients and bake. So simple!
Sara Roderick.
Email: rodericksara@gmail.com

Allison said...

I have to pick one? Geez, thats tough. I really like Dorie's baking from my home to yours. The two Baked cookbooks are awesome too, but Dorie's is more versitile.
alibear167 at gmail

Heather said...

My favorite cookbook is Hello Cupcake. I love the creative ideas for making unique decorations. Thanks for the giveaway.
heatherspooner1981 at gmail dot com

Melissa said...

I would have to say my favorite cookbook is the America's Test Kitchen Family cookbook. I have really, truly, never disliked or been disappointed in anything I've made from it. I trust those folks! Thank you for the giveaway- your cake looks fantastic!

Taylor said...

My favorite cookbook is Baking From My Home To Yours by the one and only Dorie! Love it!

Anonymous said...

I have a huge cookbook collection, but I love any of Cooks Illustrated cookbooks. This cake is beautiful.

Mel J.
mkjacquot@gmail.com

Martina's Moments said...

I love whatever is my newest cookbook. Right now it's Mr. Sunday's Soup by Lorraine Wallace. Martina.
martinacats@embarqmail.com

Cindi said...

I'm with you...not a big fan of cooked oranges. But I am a big fan of cookbooks! My favorite book to cook with actually is a book called "Ingredients" by Loukie Werle and Jill Cox. Not a cookbook at all but instead a most excellent reference,picture book for all those tricky ingredients mentioned in cookbooks. Worth its weight in gold!

Cindi F.
stevientx@verizon.net

sharonjo said...

The cookbooks I seem to use the most are America's Test Kitchen Baking Book and their Family Cookbook. I also love Baking By Flavor by Lisa Yockelson.

Thanks so much for the cookbook giveaway!
sharonjo at gwtc dot net

Missy said...

I love a cookbook that I recently got from my church. It's just a compilation of a lot of good home cooking. I can't wait to try more of the recipes!

Missy
mehaver@yahoo.com

Sherry G said...

I love my Martha Stewart's Cupcakes book! I used to borrow it from the library but then I got it for Christmas. Yay!

The Pickrel Family said...

I love my cookbook from Williams Sonoma, "Family Meals"

Hennifer said...

This cake is beautiful! I love citrus.

My favorite cookbook was the one my mom had when I was growing up. I th ink it was a Good Housekeeping or something. I don't really know. I just miss it.

Becca said...

This looks like one heck of a cookie book, and I like pictures telling me how something should look. When I choose a recipe I'm a little skepticle if there's no picture cause I like to know how something is supposed to look. I don't have a favorite cookbook per say, more like a magazine: The taste of home. it has everything you could ever ask for and the recipes are easy, yet very tastey! :)

email: becca.looney@yahoo.com

Isabel said...

My name is Isabel. My email is Isabellaw1@yahoo.com. My favorite recipe book is Giada De Laurentiis, her deserts are so good.

roz said...

Wow 88 comments, that makes me down the line to 89th, so I hope you can find this some day Monica! :-D Citrus is on my mind too and I just made my second this week, with lemon and the first one was orange flavored as is yours. These are delightful aren't they? Favorite cookbook is too hard to figure out, but I do love the first group that I ever bought and still have them. Hope you're doing well. Roz

Darlene said...

My favorite cookbook is the Betty Crocker Cookie CookBook. Couldn't do Christmas without it, and it's all stained up to prove it.
Happy Anniversary! We celebrate 43years in June.

Darlene
6186pep@msn.com

Holtnotes said...

Happy Anniversary!!! My favorite cookbook has to be my Betty Crocker's Cookbook For Boys and Girls - 1957. It was the first of many cookbooks in my collection and helped jump start my love of cooking. I remember the pride I felt when I served my "candlestick salad".

Susan

Holtnotes@aol.com

itztofu said...

My favorite cookbook is Paris Sweets: Great Desserts From the City's Best Pastry Shops; I absolutely love French desserts, they're so creamy and delectable~!

Anonymous said...

A Swedish book called "7 sorters kakor" containing some of my most loved (and requested) recipes for cookies and cakes.

Maja from Berlin, Germany
varaskeifa@hotmail.com

Tiffany Rupp said...

One of my favorite cook books is "the green Arthur book", it's an Amish recipe collection. Back in my teens when I started cooking/baking more on my own, I was quite interested in the Amish, so this was my main book. I still use it(tho not as much, I really like looking on the Internet now), when making yummy filling food for my hubby and 6 children!
Tiffany Rupp
adamtiffany1@yahoo.com

p.s. Hope you have a wonderful get away for your anniv., we still make a point to always do that!

Sophie said...

Ooh! How fun. Those are the best cookbooks :)! And I'd like a slice of that cake, too. My grandma used to make an orange cake when I was growing up and I loved it. I love orange in baked goods.

My favorite cookbook is an old Betty Crocker cookbook I found at a Goodwill in Austin awhile back. It's awesome because it has a bunch of fun illustrations, and the recipes are simple but classic. I also have a vintage 7-up cookbook, which is pretty entertaining too :).

Oh, and you've got my email :D.

Maranda said...

This cake looks delicious!!!

My favorite cookbook would have to be The Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbook. I have never been disappointed in anything that I've made from that book.

I hope your trip is everything you want it to be!! xoxoxoxo

Kim Sloggett said...

My favorite cookbook is one that my Nanny (my dad's mom) put together of all her favorite recipes and others of my aunts and cousins on that side of the family. I lost mine in a move a few years ago, so I constantly call my mom for recipes from it. I'm hoping she'll just give me hers! I love the pictures you take and we have the same camera! I have a pretty large cookbook collection, so it was hard to pick just one! I'm over at www.mommateacherwoman.blogspot.com and am just starting this blog. I'm also at sloggettbloggett09.blogspot.com and whiskers2tailspetcare.blogspot.com!

kam said...

Hi! I am from Norcross, GA (suburb of Atlanta). I have NEVER posted anything - too intimidated but love to read about your recipes. I learned alot about cooking from the cookbook "Cooking A to Z" by the California Culinary Academy published in 1988.

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Matt, Jenn and Nigel said...

MY favorite cookbook is the one my grandmother made for me with all our family's recipes.
jennifer.lyn.lawson@gmail.com

Desi said...

Hello, my name is Desi. And I am a cookbook addict. So of course I would LOVE to win this cookbook!

My fave cookbook that I own is the Taste of Home Busy Family Cookbook. :)

But there are tons more that I would consider my faves that I don't own :(

Daniel Glukman said...

HI MONICA
it's daniel glukman from Chile (I've written you before by mail), MY Favorite cookbook it's one by an argentinean chef called Narda Lepes (it's in spanish), but she's awesome, it was my first cooking book and it ignited my passion for baking and cooking in general. I recently bought Cook by Jamie Oliver (I adore him), and it's quite a good book. I love cooking books with pictures, that's why I was disappointed with "how to eat" by Nigella Lawson.
I'd reallyyyyyy love to have your book (specially if you can add a personal note, cause I admire u!!!)
HUUUUUGS and happy aniversary
My mail is dgr@vtr.net

Ms. K.I.M. said...

This cake looks delicious! My favorite cook book is Sweets by Patty Pinner.

The McCorveys said...

Just bought a bundt pan...this would be a perfect recipe to try out! And thanks for having this giveaway! My favorite cook book is really more a blog...Joy the Baker. alie2121 (at) aol (dot) com

Kristen said...

My favorite cookbook is a little on. "Muffins A to Z" Some unique ones, some old standbys. You can whip up muffins on a whim!

Jill said...

My favorite cook book has to be something old fashioned and simple: Betty Crocker. When in doubt, Betty knows...
Jill
jmdrurypharmd@gmail.com

Dawn said...

My favorite cookbook would be the American Test Kitchen. As much as I like the pictures in cookbooks I also love when the recipe explains why ingredients are used and when they offer great tips. Whenever I've tried recipes from the American Test Kitchen Cookbook they always turn out great.

Anonymous said...

happy anniversary.

hummm i don't know that i have a favorite cookbook since it varies w/ what i am making and the season. though if i had to name one in would be king arthur flours whole grain cookbook.

jacquieastemborski AT comcast DOT net

Natalie said...

Favorite that I own is America's Test Kitchen...now I want the healthy one! I also recently borrowed the Flour Bakery cookbook from the library and love it!

Happy Anniversary :)

Joanna from Colorado said...

Hi! My favorite cookbook (currently) is the first one by the guys at the Baked bakery in Brooklyn. It's called Baked: New frontiers in baking. I have made the root beer bundt cake, the german chocolate cake, and the chipotle cheddar biscuits from it, all with great success (even at high altitude, here in CO!) They are on Facebook, and they even write back if you have a recipe question. It's so cool, but the recipes are great.
I have the second book by them, but I haven't had a chance to try anything in it yet. I usually take stuff to my friends at work or wait for a special occasion to bak because, though I love to bake, it's only my husband and me here, and we'd eat everything ourselves (cookies in the freezer have proven that)! :)
my email is: jesmith1702 at gmail dot com

Yasmine said...

Hi! Your recipes are great! My favorite cookbook right now is "How to Cook Everything" by Mark Bittman. It truly has everything you could want to cook!

Yasmine yarastu@gmail.com

Andrea said...

My favorite cookbook is a college choir fundraiser cookbook. It has lots of my favorite recipes, plus fond college memories.

andrea_zech@hotmail.com

Susan said...

Happy Anniversary!

I don't know if I can pick just one... but currently I am enjoying The Junior League Celebration Cookbook.

Susan www.ugogrrl.com

Roger and Bonnie said...

Congrats and have a great trip!!!
My favorite cookbook is an OLD cookbook of my grandma's from her little country church. it's called "Feeding the Flock" and it is choc full of southern recipes made with butter!!! yumm :)
this looks like a fantastic cookbook! thanks for the chance to win!!!

Bonnie Krebbs
bonniekrebbs@rocketmail.com

grace said...

what a refreshing creation! i, for one, could not get by without 'joy of cooking'... :)

egbkid said...

What a beautiful cake! Very Summery and looks delicious!

From the Kitchen said...

Monica: Happy 6th anniversary. I hope the two of you have a fabulous time!! I'd love to win the cookbook. You want me to name my favorite? Or my top 50 or so favorites? Oh dear! If I have to choose the one I use the most, it would be "Simca's Cuisine" by Simone Beck. It's quite old and I don't know if it's still in print.



Best,
Bonnie

Donna said...

My favorite cookbook is a three ring binder that I complied with many favorite recipes. The recipes are from family, friends, blogs and on line.
My other old time favorites are Betty Crocker & Better Home and Gardens.

I enjoy your blog and recipes

Theresa said...

My favorite cookbook is a Webelos (Boy Scout) Troup cookbook that was made for fundraising in 1981. It is full of recipes from my childhood.

Emily said...

My favorite cookbook is one made by my grandma and some of her elderly friends.

daniel glukman said...

HI MONICA
it's daniel glukman from Chile (I've written you before by mail), MY Favorite cookbook it's one by an argentinean chef called Narda Lepes (it's in spanish), but she's awesome, it was my first cooking book and it ignited my passion for baking and cooking in general. I recently bought Cook by Jamie Oliver (I adore him), and it's quite a good book. I love cooking books with pictures, that's why I was disappointed with "how to eat" by Nigella Lawson.
I'd reallyyyyyy love to have your book (specially if you can add a personal note, cause I admire u!!!)
HUUUUUGS and happy aniversary
My mail is dgr@vtr.net

Avril said...

Gorgeous cake Sweet Monica! Sorry you didn't LOVE it buy so glad you did make it for all of our pleasure to see it. :-)

Happy Weekend to YOU!
~avril :-)

mbc said...

Happy Anniversary, have a wonderful weekend away! My favorite cookbook of the moment is Pioneer Woman's! I also have a strong attachment to my grandmother's old church coobooks!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

ooooooooooooh! This looks like a cookbook worth checking into. I'm glad that you and Mr. H got away. ;)
Looking forward to hearing how things are going. Not so much that I expect to win this book, but I gotta tell you-- I just bought Rachael Ray's Look & Cook cookbook and that's a miracle in that I've never liked her cookbooks. This one has GREAT photos and step-by-step. You know how visual I am...not to mention quick dinners for a working girl like me.
xoxo

said...

At least the cake looks pretty, to bad you guys didnt like it. I love orange in food, chocolate.etc. and my hubby hates it :) My favorite cookbook is A piece of Cake and One more slice by Leila Lindholm. Every single recipe I've tried from her books have turned out amazing, you should check them out :)

Janice said...

I love cookbooks so I choose one from my shelf each month and make recipes from that particular cookbook. This month's favorite is Take It Easy by The Deen Brothers. It's a great cookbook, easy on the budget, and has a wide variety of choices. Love your blog!!

OvenDelights said...

Let me see.......my favorite cookbook has to be....wait I changed my mind its....I can't make up my mind! I would have to say its "America's Test Kitchen Baking Book"! Every recipe comes with step by step directions and pictures, not only pictures of the finished product but step by step pictures!

L&S said...

My newest favorite cookbook is one of those spiral-bound ones that was done by the Association for Preserving Cape Cod. It is all soups!! How clever!! Makes me want to make soup for supper tonight! Unfortunately, the cookbook is not available for me to buy--I borrowed it from the library. But I copied all the soups I thought I might try, including one that has GIN!! Who knew?!?

Joanne said...

I have so many cook books I love that it's hard to pick just one. If I have to, it would be "Aunt Maud's Recipe Book: From the Kitchen of L.M. Montgomery". L.M. Montgomery was an author, best known for The Anne of Green Gables books. She also had a large extended family and was a minister's wife. This book is a collection of her family's recipes and food she served friends and family. My favorite recipe being The Park Corner Cake.
Thanks for holding this contest!
JVMu1999@verizon.net

Jenny said...

I love to make cookies and I love Betty Crocker's retro "Cooky Book." It has lots of fun, old-school recipes in it. The citrus cake looks wonderful! What a great recipe for this time of year.

Hope you had a great weekend away.

olsonjenny@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Happy anniversary and congratulations!
My favorite cookbook is my mom's bondernof handwritten recipes. She left us 5 years ago and I love to make her recipes for my family, and remember all of the homey meals she used to make.
Annie Smith
Annie@simplearts.com

girlichef said...

Wow. Wow! This cake looks so amazing. I've been seeing many types of citrus cakes recently, but this is the first one with booze and actual fruit slices...a whole 'nother level. Love it. Happy Anniversary to you and Mr. H =) My favorite cookbook is Authentic Mexican by Rick Bayless. It's well-loved and cherished in my kitchen.

Nonna Beach said...

Anything with the clean, fresh smell and taste of citrus is fabulous - the booze...LOL My mouth is watering from those delicious photos too !

My fav cookbooks are the classic Better Homes & Gardens( I have 2 of them, 1 is a soft cover version (14th edition ) and the other is the 3 ring version ( 12th edition ).

Nonna Beach said...

Forgot to wish you both happiness always on your Wedding Anniversary...in this sometimes difficult world, keeping a marriage together and happy is so wonderful !!!

Hugs,
Nonna

michelle's 10 things said...

Thank you for sharing your recipes. I made the your Sopiapillias Cheesecake Bars. They were easy and a hit. I posted a link from my blog to your recipe. Thank you.

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Mariska said...

My favorite cookbook is "the Cake Bible" by Rose Levy Beranbaum

love your blog!
Mariska Kinsey-LaCava

Ms. Heidt said...

My favorite cookbook is Betty Crocker's Cook Book for Boys and Girls :) I teach Family and Consumer Sciences in a middle school and I love that my students can make the recipes!

Michelle
michelle.l.heidt@gmail.com

Kate said...

My current favorite is Paris Cutler's Planet Cake: Beginners Guide To Cake Decorating. I've just made the screaming baby fondant cupcake toppers for a pregnant friend - just letting her know what she's in for! Super cute book. Actually, does it count as a cookbook?

Great giveaway Monica, and have a wonderful anniversary :)

Souffle Bombay (Colleen) said...

Happy Anniversary!!!!

Wow picking a favorite cookbook is like picking a favorite food - HARD!!

Think the first cookbook to rock my world was the (original) Silver Palate Cookbook BUT I have to say I still reach for my very first real cookbook from time to time (and yest it is completely falling apart) The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook :)

See I couldn't list just one! lol

Meghan said...

My fav cookbook, gosh there are so many...um, er, I would have to say The Pioneer Woman Cooks.

It really does rock!

Pricilla said...

My favorite cookbook is The Secrets of a Jewish Baker. I wore through my first and am now on my second copy.
heh
thank you
kaiminani at gmail dot com

Lolly said...

Beautiful blog. Just came across it last night when I was searching for an Ambrosia Jello recipe, but at the time I didn't know what it was called.

My favorite cookbook has to be the one that's falling apart. My 1988 version of Betty Crocker.

Tiffany said...

My favorite cookbook is the $5 dinner mom cookbook! She makes great food on a budget! What a great option for a college student!

Domestic Nerd said...

One of my favorite cookbooks is The Good Egg by Marie Simmons. Great frittatas, quiches, ice cream, etc....so many things to make with a simple egg!

domesticnerd (at) gmail (dot) com

Shortcake said...

Are my chances over? If not, my current favorite is Pioneer Woman's cookbook. I have made so many great things out of it! My e-mail address is mrsdavis728@gmail.com. Thanks!

MelKilMD said...

I have a boss that doesn't like chocolate - I bet she would LOVE the orange cake. I have three of the Cake Doctor cookbooks, but I think the original Cake Doctor is my favorite.

Melinda
melinda@kilgore.com

Ingrid said...

OOoooooh, secrets!? No secrets allowed! :)

Despite not absolutely loving it I think you'll still agree that it is an impressive looking bundt cake. I'm very tempted to make it just to take it's pretty picture. :)
~ingrid

Meghan @ Domestic Sugar said...

congrats on your wedding anniversary! HURRAY!

My fav cookbook is the company's coming series. That's right... they are cheep, and well thought out. Simple too!
mnspooner (at) gmail (dot) com

April said...

My favorite cookbook is Pure Dessert, by Alice Medrich. I've already made several recipes, and she uses such pure and simple ingredients. Her recipes remind me of Italy or France. Such great things to cook in her book!!!!!

Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer said...

I just made my lemon zesty muffins this morining too. Love the citrus! This cake looks so fun and pretty. I love orange zest in cakes. Makes them so fresh and I need a hint of fresh spring around here...bad.... Looks lovely :)

Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer said...

Oops, my fave cookbook is my Great Gma's 4H cookbook from McGregor, MN. All the classic dishes with many homemade treasures. Oldy but a goody :)

heartnsoulcooking said...

WOW!!! I bet this cake smells AWESOME!!! My hubby would LOVE!!! this cake.
My favorite cookbook is the Wooden Spoon. I have learned so much about bread from this book.
Also have become a follower, come by and visit I love visitors.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, and have a nice trip.
I enjoy very much this recip with oranges, now we have plenty of them here in Portugal.
My favorite cookbook is :
The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook

Best regards
Fernanda

veloso.fernanda@sapo.pt

shirley said...

Umm, the cook looks great. We have noticed how great oranges have been this year as well. We have eaten more this year than ever before. One of my favorite cookbooks is Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Baking. I have yet to bake anything from it that did not turn out wonderful!

Sara said...
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Sara said...

I really like a new cookbook I just got from the Tartin Bakery in San Francisco. Yummm

sara_lewis01(at) yahoo (dot)com

Tatiyana said...

That cookbook is GORGEOUS!!! My favorite cookbook (this week anyway) is Fiesta at Rick's. It's full of great Mexican party recipes and even gives a timeline and suggested playlists to help you plan a party!
And in case you need my email, it's tatiyana@savorystiletto.com

Mystica said...

My favourite book is Yorkshire Cooking (part of a TV series). I have no idea of the author as the cover went a long time ago but the receipes are so simply explained that I go to it all the time.

mystica123athotmaildotcom

Jennifer said...

My favorite cookbook is a really old-school one called the Purity Cookbook. It has lots of classic recipes and it feels so homey and comforting to flip through it.

jen2886 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Ashlee said...

That book looks awesome! My current favorite cookbook is The Pioneer Woman.

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