35,000 Member Celebration Giveaway



Time for a giveaway to celebrate 35,200 members! I have for you a little old school and a little new school selection: a set of four of Martha Stewart’s cookbooks and new copies of Aarti Paarti and Carla’s Comfort Food. (Sorry that the Martha’s Living Cookbook is a little crinkled on the book jacket – I tripped over it the other night after I got them lined up ready to take a picture. Let this be a lesson to you, don’t drink and cookbook (or don’t turn the light off at your desk and try to get to the stairs in the dark).

In addition to this set of books, I am going to gift one of you a one year subscription to Eat Your Books (EYB).

I’ve been writing reviews for EYB for about six months. Recently, I took the position of Cookbook Promotions Manager – writing reviews, contests, author events and more. I’ve slowly been adding my collection onto my bookshelf – I believe I’m over 600 now and still have thousands to go. One reason I’m anxious to complete my bookshelf is because I have purchased the same book not only twice, but sometimes three times. The cost alone of not buying duplicate books will be recouped in no time.

Of course, you can open an account with EYB for free to enter contests – but for $30.00 a year – a little over the price of a book – you receive incredible value including access to forums and other members’ reviews of recipes. I’m copying this explanation of what EYB does from their website for you here:

“Eat Your Books is a website for people who love cookbooks and love to use great recipes. If you have a cookbook collection, you probably get a lot of pleasure from browsing your books – but there are times when you haven’t got time to look through them all to find a recipe. Or maybe you feel you’re not using them as effectively as you’d like, sticking to familiar recipes or not branching beyond the current favorites.

Eat Your Books can help you find recipes in seconds, we’re the only website to have indexed the most popular cookbooks, so you can include them in your online searches. You might also like to use recipes from other sources, with Eat Your Books you can do a single search across ALL your recipes no matter where they are.
With Eat Your Books you can create your own personal Bookshelf and you can find recipes across:

Your cookbooks – tell us which cookbooks you own. If we haven’t indexed a favorite book, use the EYB indexing tools and do it yourself.

Your food magazines – add that stack of magazines, all the most popular magazines have been indexed.

Great food blogs and websites – add Food52, David Lebovitz, Smitten Kitchen, 101 Cookbooks and many more.

Your own personal recipe clippings – bring some order to your clippings files by using the EYB indexing tools.

Your favorite online recipes – using the EYB Bookmarklet – add any online recipe to your collection.

Eat Your Books is NOT a recipe site, so you won’t find the recipes here, but you will be able to find them and if there is an online version of the recipe there will be a link to it.”

The benefits to cookbook authors and publishing companies to work with Eat Your Books are multifaceted. EYB not only indexes the books for their members but we also promote the books through a weekly roundup post, monthly roundup post and newsletter, giveaway posts and author articles. As a member of EYB, you will receive all this information as well.

Giveaway:  To enter this giveaway: leave a comment here telling me something about your collection. You may return and enter daily with a comment. For a second entry, you can share this post on Social Media at any time during this giveaway. For purposes of shipping the books – this giveaway is open to US addresses only. If you live outside the U.S. and want to enter for the EYB membership chance – do so – if you win – I will gift you the EYB membership and pick another winner for the books. Accordingly, if you are outside the U.S. just leave a comment to that effect on your entries. A random winner will be chosen on October 5th. Good luck!



Butter & Scotch – Watchamacallthat Pie – Recipe & Giveaway


Butter & Scotch Recipes from Brooklyn’s Favorite Bar & Bakery by Allison Kave & Keavy Landreth (also known as the @DrunkBakers on twitter, love that – and we’d be great friends as I’m @icywit on twitter – get it, drunk bakers – icy wit – bar/ice…is this thing on?) was released earlier this month. This is one cool book – Brooklyn hipster cool but totally loveable.

To define Butter & Scotch is a conundrum: it’s part bakery, part bar food, part drinks and all great. The authors begin with The Basics – Cakes, Pies, Toppings & Cocktails – really what else is there? In The Basics, “core recipes” are shared that they adapt for many of their desserts and drinks: crushed toffee, candied pecans, cocktail syrups and more are covered here.

Next up, Brunch. Ok, if we must – Magic Buns (with many photographs of the process of preparing and folding the dough) is the first recipe in Brunch – I love these gals. Biscuits, oatmeal (how did that get in there?), Smoked Trout Benedict, granolas and brunch drinks follow. My favorite drink is the Manmosa – it’s as if  Blanche Devereaux has been reincarnated and named a drink. And let’s not forget the pickled vegetable recipes – for the Bloody Mary, of course!

My favorite time of day, Happy Hour! Smores Bars, Kings County Corn Bowl Sundae and Boozy Floats. And the drinks: Menta Make a Julep, Rhubarb Sour, and the Grilled Pineapple are just a few. We’re going back to New York next month for a wedding – I hope to see a Hot Buttered Scotch in my future and if I’m pressured, I wouldn’t say no to a Smores Bar.

The chapter devoted to the night menu has fun pairings for example, The Mary Ellen – a Dry Vodka Martini and a Classic Hot Fudge Sundae. Late night is for Sesame-Chile Popcorn, Pimento Cheese and Jell-Ohh Shots!

I do love this book – it’s quirky and delicious and every hipster, hipster wannabe or just all around cool person needs Butter & Scotch in their lives.

The Watchamacallthat Pie screamed to be made. For having four recipe components, it was quick work and wow is it good. Andrew, my son, sacrificed dinner to have a second piece (not really – but he did have a second piece).


Andrew, has declared that he wants this pie for his birthday every year. It was so easy – he can have it much more often. Special thanks to the authors and Abrams Books for allowing me to share this recipe with you. The recipe can be downloaded here.


Note: I made a little extra crust because Andrew loves Rice Krispie treats and I made it in a spring-form pan to show off the crust. I’m not sure if it looks great or rustic – either way it was yummy.

By the way, check out Allison Kave’s first title –  First Prize Pies – great book – another must have!

GIVEAWAY:  The lovely folks at Abrams sent me an extra copy of this book to share with one of you! To enter you may leave a comment daily on this post telling me something fun! For a second entry, please share on your Social Media channels and leave a second comment telling me you did so. The giveaway is open to US addresses only and a winner will be chosen by Random Number Generator on October 5th. Good luck! 

Honey! Honey! Honey! Review and giveaway.


Honey is one of my favorite ingredients – I use it to soothe a sore throat, sweeten tea, slather it on biscuits and dozens of other ways. If sauces are too acidic, a teaspoon of honey works wonders as does adding a little to a dish that is too spicy. I love to add a drizzle of honey to chicken as a glaze – it truly elevates the dish. Cheese platters always seem a little more special when you serve a honey component to complement an offering. Another trick I use is to make oatmeal or whole grains a little more tempting for my son is to drizzle a little honey on top.

Honey Ridge Farms has a wonderful selection of honey flavors as well as cremes, vinegar and other products at incredible prices. I’ve been using their products for a few years and love their quality and taste. The variety of flavors are great and I think I’ve tried them all – my favorites are lemon and blood orange.

Recently, I had the opportunity to review Cal Orey’s The Healing Powers of Honey which not only shares valuable information on how honey can help in a variety of ailments but also includes dozens of healthful recipes and home cures. Some of these home cures include helping with acne, allergies, anxiety and more. I had no idea how valuable honey can be to our health.

The book includes spa and beauty treatments utilizing honey, recipes sprinkled throughout (as well as an entire recipe section), and a resources chapter to locate various sources of honey products.

I was inspired to try Honey Ridge Farm’s Clover Honey Creme in a glaze in my banana bread today. I added peach preserves (home made) and the result was delicious.


Banana Peach Bread with Honey Creme Glaze

Banana Peach Bread with Honey Creme Glaze


  • Banana Peach Bread Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons of butter, softened
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 to 3 overly ripen bananas, smashed
  • ¼ cup of peach preserves (I used my homemade version)
  • 1 1/3 cup of flour
  • ¾ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon of baking powder
  • Glaze Ingredients
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of Honey Ridge Farms clover honey crème
  • 2 tablespoons of milk


This recipe is so easy and I have never had a banana to go waste in my house.

Mix all the bread ingredients in a bowl. Place the batter into a prepared 9 x 5 pan and bake at 350 for 45 to 55 minutes. Check for doneness.at 40 minutes (I can do this by feel but you insert a toothpick to see if the crumb is baked or wet).

For the glaze: Mix together the glaze ingredients and drizzle over the warm bread.


A SWEET GIVEAWAY:  To share the honey love, Honey Ridge Farms is offering one of you a prize package consisting of two types of honey creme, honey vinegar (so good), a wooden dipper and a copy of The Healing Powers of Honey! To enter this giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite use for honey. For an additional chance, please share this post on social media. You may enter daily until a random winner is chosen on October 1st. This giveaway is open to U.S. addresses (excluding Hawaii and Alaska).


Special thanks to Honey Ridge Farms for providing me with samples of their marvelous products and for sponsoring this giveaway.