Just over two years ago I embarked on a journey to write and photograph first cookbook. When I started the process I did not realize how this process would challenge me to grow as a writer, recipe developer, and photographer – yet it did. The book itself began as a creative seed, growing organically without a clear vision of what it would become years later.

As I poured myself into the manuscript, the book started to take form into a work I could be proud of. From the beginning I knew I wanted to write a cookbook I myself would want to cook from. I wanted each and every recipe to be accessible, easy, and build culinary confidence in the kitchen. Now, with the finished cookbook in my hands, it is far more beautiful and wonderful than I could have ever imagined and hoped for. It is said that writing a book is like being pregnant – pregnancy weight gain and all. It’s hard to imagine what the book will look like and understand the depth of how it will change your life until the book is actually released on publication date – just like delivering a baby. But now that I have it in my hands, I’m wrecked with the kind of pride and love a mother has for her newborn baby.

Separated by chapters themed around everyday life moments, I wanted readers to be able to look at each recipe and find inspiration in the everyday happenings like birthdays, game days, or what to make on Christmas morning as the kids are just waking up. The recipes are personal and comforting yet memorable and joyful. Each recipe is also accompanied by a color photo photographed by me.

You will not find glamorous party or table settings in this book or picturesque scenes out of a trendy magazine or catalog. No, not in this cookbook. Instead, you will see glorious family-centered food like Banana Cream Pie, Thumbprint Jam Scones, Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cookie Frosting, Chicken Marsala, Hearty Beef Stew, and so many other wonderful recipes. There is even a visual step-by-step photo tutorial on how to frost a cake because as simple as frosting a cake may seem, there is a right way to do it so you don’t have crumbs showing everywhere and have cake pulling off.

Tuesday, June 5th, is the official publication date of the book. I’m so eager to share my cookbook with you and the world. Excited by the anticipation of hearing the special everyday moments people will celebrate with the recipes in the book, my hope is that the book will be a blessing to you and your family.

To celebrate the release of the cookbook, William Morrow (my publisher) is partnering with Kitchen Explorers to give copies of Savory Sweet Life: 100 Simply Delicious Recipes for Every Family Occasion to 3 of our readers.

To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is share a recipe you made to celebrate an everyday life moment. Contest is open to US residents 18 and over, one entry person. Winners will be chosen at random and will be contacted by email. Contest closes on June 5, 2012 at midnight, PST.

And for those of you who prefer to buy the book, you can support PBS and order the book through the PBS Store and have it delivered by June 5th!

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  • Sandra

    Tomato Basil Mozzarella Salad from Sweet Savory Life. All time favorite salad and make it all the time!

  • http://cupcakemuffin.blogspot.com sara

    What a great giveaway! My boyfriend and I just made burgers and potato salad for Memorial Day to celebrate moving into our new apartment!

  • wenders

    Restaurant Style Salsa. We love it. Made it over the Memorial Day weekend and we’ve been enjoying it over our flat iron steak sandwiches and of course with tortilla chips! Yum!

  • thu

    my favorite thing to make is a lovely tres leches cake with lots of beautiful fruits on top!

  • Beth G from SJ

    I made Pam Anderson’s famous baked beans! Sooo good!

  • Lisa

    Candy Bar Krispie Treats
    1 stick butter
    2 regular size caramel/nougat candy bars
    1 bag marshmallows (about 40 marshmallows)
    5 cups crisped rice cereal

    Lightly butter 9×13 pan using butter stick. Melt remaining butter and candy bars over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir over low heat until melted. Add crisped rice cereal, stir gently. Press into buttered pan. enjoy!

  • Lauren

    I make cupcakes for family special occasions. Everyone loves them!

  • kristin g

    always savory sweet life’s best chocolate chip cookies – anyday, whether bad or good, will be better with these cookies!!

  • http://www.bonappetithon.com Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon

    It’s a guilty pleasure but I have to confess….deviled egg spread.

  • erin

    banana bread!

  • Sandi D

    I like to make blueberry muffins. The kids love them with eggs and fresh fruit for breakfast. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Lynsie

    I love your Strawberry Almond Stuffed French Toast! It makes everyday mornings into extraordinary mornings!

    • Bobbie Roy

      I would love to try some of these recipes everyone is mentioning. If they are in this cookbook, I would love to have one. If I win it, GREAT. If not, where can I buy it.

  • http://foodiemcbooty.com Miss McBooty

    Any house guest of ours deserves a memorable meal upon their first night’s stay, especially when that guest is a CAT! Yes, I made a lemon-tarragon roasted chicken for a friendly kitten who was staying with us while he recovered from surgery. You could tell that he was very uncomfortable in his “cone of shame” but I like to think he forgot all about the vet once the chicken came out of the oven.

    You can see photos and the recipe here: http://foodiemcbooty.com/how-to-roast-a-chicken/

  • http://www.angiessouthernkitchen.com/ Angie ate Angies Southern Kitchen

    I made a three layer yellow cake with chocolate coffee icing dee`lish.
    You can see it here ~ http://www.angiessouthernkitchen.com/2012/05/birthday-cake-happy-birthday-baby/

  • http://www.brighteyedbaker.com brighteyedbaker

    I just made a Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and a Chocolate Glaze on top to celebrate a birthday!

  • http://sally-drinkingfrommysaucer.blogspot.com Sally

    Every year on vacation, we make this special dessert — for no other reason than to celebrate the everyday (and, okay — the fact that we’re at the beach!)

    In a pan (size of your choice) layer: ice cream sandwiches, fudge sauce, cool whip, and your favorite topping (i.e. toffee chips, mint chocolate chips, etc.). Make early in the day, cover with foil, and freeze. It will be set-up by dinner time! Delicious! Enjoy!

  • Lucy

    My favorite go-to recipe when we just want to celebrate the simple things in life is homemade macaroni and cheese (with LOTS of cheese).

  • dorothy

    My Husbands’ Mothers” Irish mac and cheese..
    Family love’s it…

  • sharon k.

    My kids consistently ask for The Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Rolls, whenever asked what special treat they would like for their birthday breakfast, Easter brunch, Christmas morning, etc.

  • http://www.ambersconfections.com Amber

    In my family, we always celebrate with a homemade dessert – usually my mom’s cream puff cake or one of my grandma’s fresh baked pies.

  • MaryB

    We made Meyer Lemon Risotto for my birthday dinner. So good!

  • CarolinaGirl

    My go to, just because, celebration recipes are chocolate sheet cake or carrot sheet cake. My family loves both! Can’t wait to see your cookbook!

  • Carrie

    Since Father’s day is coming up…we make my husband breakfast burritos on Father’s day. They are his favorite and are easily customizable for every member of the family!

  • http://doulasetc.wordpress.com Jessica

    Made pico de gallo to celebrate the last day of school and kickoff summer <3

  • Daisy

    Russian potato salad. Quick to make, and tastes delicious!

  • Jennifer

    Thin Mint Brownies for my Girl Scout troop bridging

  • http://aitonainen.blogspot.com/ Amy J

    I just discovered a recipe for Baked Eggs in Roasted Tomatoes recently and my husband and I are in LOVE with it. Looking forward to making it for family at our next brunch gathering…and keeping it as a special dish to be shared :-)

    Here is the link to For the Love of Cooking’s recipe:
    http://www.fortheloveofcooking.net/2012/05/baked-eggs-in-roasted-tomatoes.html

  • Kelly E.

    Brown butter chocolate chip cookies!! I just made two batches today. Thank you so much for the chance to win!

  • http://anotherhousewife.com/ Jenniemarie @ Another Housewife

    I made Savory Sweet Life’s Teriyaki Salmon and Watermelon Feta to celebrate the start of a new school year by having a Fancy Back To School Dinner!

  • Maria in NJ

    when it is one of the family members birthday I always let them pick what they want me to make them for dinner…my kids always picked something Italian…so I am going to say a big pot of meatballs and sausage with a side of pasta…me I would go with cupcakes! thank you for the chance to win Alice’s cookbook!

  • Florence S

    I love making a blueberry lemon bread as a reward for taking walks.

  • Amy

    I make my mom’s family famous dip recipe for Mother’s day and it was gone in a flash!

  • Jill

    I made a pineapple upside down cake for my husband’s birthday!

  • Julie Pietras

    I love to make my Grandma and Mom’s hummus recipe. Now my Polish husband is the number taste tester of the hummus.

  • LisaL

    Celebrated the sun shining in Seattle this past weekend – grilled copper river salmon with lemon herb butter.

  • gail

    made cake pops for a going away party

  • Cellabella

    I always make homemade pizza for special occasions as well as an every day treat – I make the dough the day before, let it rise, and then top it was tomato sauce or pesto, and whatever seasonal goodies are available!

  • Alice J.

    For every birthday (well, mom and dad’s birthdays), Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, I always make a rum cake. It is my parents’ favorite type of cake because it is fragrant and moist and not too sweet. I love it because it is easy to make and always turns out beautifully! I usually omit the traditional rum glaze to avoid the extra sweetness and make a seasonal fruit salad to go with it.

  • Diane

    I always make 3 chip Chocolate Chip cookies for special days and /
    Or Chocolate Cheese cake!

  • Roseanna

    I just made a vegetable quiche for a work party. There was a contest and winners got a home-made breakfast. So yummy!

  • sandra

    I made rib eye steak on a cast iron pan and finished off in the oven to celebrate the close of our escrow last week!

  • Laura M

    We made dumplings to celebrate a good week at school last week!

  • stacey

    For potlucks I’m asked to bring guacamole and I’m always asked for the recipe to Alice’s chicken curry salad, yum!

  • http://www.discoverystreet.blogspot.com Ruthy T. (@DiscoveryStreet)

    I love so many of alice’s recipes…but my fave is her bulgogi recipe!

  • Kate

    I make a my mother-in-law’s garden pizza. Cresent roll dough baked on a cookie sheet, then spread with a cream cheese/mayo/dill mixture and topped with small bite-sized pieces of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and radishes. It’s colorful, healthy, makes a ton, and everyone loves it.

  • Charlene

    tomato basil mozzarella salad

  • Cindy M

    I love to make croissant french toast w/ fruit sauce – so easy and so good. Especially good on the weekends. YUM!

  • Daisy

    I love your drop cracked sugar cookie recipe! It’s my go-to recipe whenever I’m in the mood for something sweet :)

  • http://www.4evermom.blogspot.com Mom24@4evermom

    I recently made chicken maple apple sausage to celebrate Mother’s Day brunch. Delicious!

  • Deanna

    Hershey’s cocoa brownies.

  • Shannon

    Indian lentil and cabbage stew. Perfectly hardy and delicious, my favorite meal for whenever it’s cool or damp.

  • Herlin

    I bake whole wheat breads every weekend

  • Wilma

    A dish that a few of my friends always ask for on their birthday is flan. Sweet, creamy & delicious!

  • Becca Smith

    I love making Zucchini Bread to celebrate summer!

  • Bic Nguyen

    I love to make Alice’s chocolate chip cookies. I always get rave reviews when I make them. I started putting mint chips in them & fell in love with the recipe all over again. Thank you so much for sharing that recipe!!!!

  • Naj Abdullah

    I recently made meatballs and home made Mac and cheese to celebrate some family visiting us for the first time.

  • Kat

    I can’t wait for corn to be in season to make a roasted potato salad with fresh corn I made for a family birthday party last year – can’t stop thinking about it.

  • Joan

    I used to only make Colcannon for St. Patrick’s Day but my family love it so much we sometimes make it just because we love it and can’t wait for March.

  • Teslaca

    For a friend’s birthday I always make chocolate eclairs using three recipes in The Joy of Cooking. They always come out great!

  • Nancy

    I like to make spicy pumpkin pancakes on Saturday’s after a long week. They are easy and the real pumpkin makes them moist and delicious. Plus they make my house smell like fall anytime of the year!

  • JessicaKW

    We make Cornell chicken kabobs every time we get our whole family together in the summer. They are so good and just enough work that it feels like a special occasion whenever we make them.

  • Nancy

    I like to make spicy pumpkin pancakes on Saturday’s after a long week. The real pumpkin, I use canned, makes them moist and delicious. And they make my house smell like fall anytime of year!

  • Ilana

    I make Korean Hot Wings for my family’s everyday special occasions. It’s a very easy recipe but it is time consuming to make so I save it for “special” occasions such as when my older kids come home from college. For my family, this dish turns any day into a special occasion.

  • Kel

    Yah! Congrats! In the summer I make homemade ice cream to celebrate the good fruit coming in.

  • Susan

    It’s been too long since we celebrated something, but one treat we all like is chocolate cake with strawberries and sour cream chocolate frosting.

  • DARCEE JOHNSON

    Every Tuesday is ‘Taco Tuesday,’ and my favorite is when we have my husband’s simple guacamole with the meal…..3 avocados, about a Tbsp fresh lime juice, and salt and pepper to taste. DELISH!

  • Jennifer S

    I made my son’s favorite BBQ to celebrate his accomplishments at school!

  • Ryan

    Strawberry Almond Stuffed French Toast

  • Ramya

    As an Indian, my favorite go to recipe to celebrate something is Kesari (semolina pudding).

    1 cup semolina (dry roasted for 2-3 mts), 1-1\2 cup sugar, 3 cup water, around 1/4 cup clarified butter, handful of cashews & raisins roasted in little clarified butter, 1/2 tsp ground cardamom & a pinch of yellow food colour(optional)

    In a thick bottomed vessel, boil the water. when it comes to boil, add semolina & stir so no lumps are formed. when all the water is absorbed, add sugar, cardamom and food colour if using & stir until the sugar is dissolved. add the clarified butter, cashews & raisins. stir & remove from stove. Enjoy.

  • michele

    Hi Alice, I really appreciate your entries. Thank you for offering your cook book as a gift. One of the things I like to make to celebrate fall is a big pot of hot chocolate for all of us. I got the recipe off of a cocoa box. I had to alter it to give to all my kids. The other bonus to the recipe is the chocolate makes a really good syrup so we use it on ice cream too! So we use it to celebrate summer :) Here’s the recipe http://snackattacks.blogspot.com/2011/03/chocolate-syrup.html

  • Gwyn M

    I usually bake cupcakes for any special occasion, but in the summer when it’s too hot to be in the kitchen all day and buttercream can get a little wilted, I turn to Fruit Pizza (Sugar cookie “crust”, cream cheese topping, and fruit).

  • Amanda S.

    I can hardly wait to get my hands on this book! If I win, I’m giving this copy to my friend. :) I love to make pineapple upside down cake and have made it for many birthday celebrations.

  • http://predictablyhungry.blogspot.com Vanessa

    I made chocolate chip pretzel cookies! I posted the recipe here (it’s kind of long to share in a comment): http://predictablyhungry.blogspot.com/2012/03/chocolate-chip-and-pretzel-cookies.html

  • Jen

    Bacon Wrapped Dates
    20 pitted dates
    1/4 c goat cheese
    20 oz pecans
    10 slices bacon, cut in half
    1/2 c balsamic vinegar
    1 tbsp white sugar

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
    Slice open dates, and stuff each with about 1/2 tsp cheese and a pecan. Wrap each date with 1/2 slice bacon. Put on baking sheet and cook 15-20 mins in the oven, until the bacon is crisp and evenly brown.

    In a saucepan over medium heat, mix the balsamic vinegar and sugar until thickened. Pour over the dates to serve.

  • http://kristinpotpie.wordpress.com/ Kristin

    Can’t wait to see your new cookbook!

    Our favorite recipe to prepare for Father’s Day is this fun seafood boil!

    http://kristinpotpie.wordpress.com/2010/06/28/scrumptious-seafood-boil/

  • Becky Rader

    I am known for making fresh strawberry pie. The teachers at school are looking forward to having it as school comes to a close this week.

  • Mariah

    Zucchini cakes:

    Use the side of the grater to slice two zucchinis mandolin-style. Spread out on top of paper towels and salt for 10 minutes. Blot off salt and any water & then flip and repeat with salt on the other side. Grate carrot & add with zucchini into a bowl. Add fresh-grated pepper and one egg. Form into small patties and fry in olive oil, flipping once slightly crispy. Serve up!

  • Kimberly P.

    We grill up king crab legs, fingerling potatoes and corn on the cob for Father’s Day. All is dipped in warm garlic butter sauce.

  • Christy Wilson

    Lemonaide Pie
    1 can of eagle brand milk
    8 oz cream cheese
    1 small bowl cool whip
    lemonaide powder to taste
    1 graham cracker crust

    soften cream cheese add eagle brand milk and lemonaide and mix well
    fold in cool whip and put into graham cracker crust
    refridgerate for 1 hour before serving

    this is always a family favorite

  • Camille Olcese

    We celebrate every Saturday with pancakes, made from scratch, topped with fruit (strawberries or blueberries or applesauce, sometimes even cranberry sauce on pumpkin pancakes) and sweetened yogurt. Today it was banana pancakes topped with strawberries and yogurt. Bliss!

  • Jordyn

    I love making casseroles. Spicy Macaroni and Cheese with Chicken is a particular favorite!

  • Joyce Richardson

    Cake mix cookies. 1 container of coolwhip, 1 egg and 1 box of any flavor of cake mix. 350 for 12 minutes. wet your hand and roll into balls. The mixture will be sticky. Yummmmmmy, good kids project too.

  • Callie wood

    My 3 year old son and I made some coconut brownies together to celebrate the end of yet another successful day (success meaning nothing got broken and no one ended up in the hospital!) Any day without those two things when you are a stay at home mother with boys is definately a successful day! Praise God!

  • Caria

    Sour Cream Pound Cake – best one made was when my grandmother brought fresh butter and fresh eggs across the country and made it for my high school graduation. My friends talked about that cake for years!

  • http://www.hadleypottery.com Jennifer Hojnacki

    Guacamole always feels like an indulgent celebration when we have a particularly good day.

  • http://www.menusandmealsformoms.com Aimee @ Menus and Meals for Moms

    My favorite family treat is my Caramel pound Cake. My children just love it and request if for their birthday cakes:)

  • Bucky P

    I make each Saturday special by making my famous chocolate chip pancakes!

  • Miranda

    A recent favorite of ours is Alice’s Pad Thai, which has already been requested twice by my 4 year old daughter for our weekly family night!

  • Lethea B

    Strawberry Shortcake is a great way to celebrate special summer days=)

  • Cori

    Banana chocolate chip cake is my favorite is always requested when my sister comes to visit.

  • EileenQ

    Chicken tacos with all the fixings are always the way we celebrate the good life!

  • http://farmtotablegeek.com frankie
  • gokimbergo

    Well, I have several go-to recipes for certain occassions – burgers, flank steak, grilled salmon with lemon caper sauce, cherries jubliee (a must during the holidays). But the all-time favorite in my house is the birthday breakfast I make while all are still sleeping: Brownies. Not just any brownies but Giradelli’s. Once baked and cooled, the birthday boy (I’m surrounded by boys) is awaken in bed with a pan of brownies and all of us singing Happy Birthday.
    A simple tradition.

  • Lisa

    Our family’s celebrate everyday life and all special occasions is white cake with peanut butter frosting.
    Yum!!
    1 cup creamy NON-GENERIC peanut butter (the peanut butter taste will only be as good as the type of peanut butter you use), 1 stick BUTTER, 2 cups confectioners sugar, and 2-3 Tbsp cream OR milk. I cream the first two ingredients together, added the sugar and then added the cream at the end and just whipped away in my electric mixer. Spread on white cake…our favorite!!

  • Beth

    Jello Cake
    1 large box white cake mix
    1 small box orange jello
    3/4 cup veg oil
    3/4 cup water
    4 eggs

    Glaze
    1 cup powdered sugar
    3T frozen orange juice

    Mix all together and beat 8 minutes bake in greased tube pan/ bunt pan 45 min @ 350
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    This is one yummy cake.

  • Lauren

    I made a thai salad with shrimp, pomelo, and coconut: http://thaifood.about.com/od/thaisnacks/r/Thai-Pomelo-Salad-Easy.htm

  • Rae

    Chicken, Broccoli, Ziti. It’s my comfort food when I’m cooking for myself and no one else.

  • http://zinnrunner.com Alison

    My mom is a huge fan of lemon meringue pie. For mother’s day this year I tried to switch it up and make lemon meringue cupcakes! They turned out okay, but I learned a lot of lessons for next time!

  • Liss

    I make ronis, my great grandfather’s pasta sauce recipe for special occassions and even everyday meals- it tastes like memories.

  • David

    I make homemade pizza crust and let the family go crazy on the toppings.

  • http://countrychicchronicles.wordpress.com Michelle

    A red Sangria is the best way to celebrate life.

  • http://www.yaelsyummies.blogspot.co.il/ Yael

    I made sourdough bread using a starter I made recently. How yummy!

  • Kera M

    This is my recipe for crepes.
    What you need:
    1 cup all purpose flour
    2 eggs
    1/2 cup lactose free milk (I am sure any milk is fine)
    1/2 cup water
    2 tables spoons olive oil
    dash or 2 of salt.
    extra butter or olive oil for the pan

    Mix all ingredients, you might want to use a mixer to make it a soupy constancy. Heat a small pan on medium. Put butter or olive oil in pan before each crepe. Pour in 1/4 cup batter. Heat for 2 mins on one side, flip and eat! Also add sliced strawberries when serving.

  • Michelle

    I made banana bread while awaiting the birth of my first child–my husband snapped a photo of me with my apron-clad belly and mixing bowl, and my mother-in-law said, “It won’t be long now, she’s baking.” I went into labor the next day.

  • Maria

    I would make flour’s famous banana bread for my babysitter when he would watch our son! My husband was in the navy so between deployments and working ALL the time getting a babysitter was a very special moment for us! So the baby sitter and our son were both happy b/c this is delicious!

    Here is the recipe link

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giadas-weekend-getaways/flours-famous-banana-bread-recipe/index.html

  • Gretchen

    Chicken Spaghetti Casserole..a favorite comfort food.

  • Deana Johnson

    Cold Asian Noodle Salad! Pasta plus veggies =a healthy kid friendly meal

  • Melinda

    Always cheesy potatoes. Everyone looks forward to them either at family gatherings or work potlucks!

  • Lesley W

    I made an Italian pasta salad for a potluck at my old job – it was a hit! I get requests for it from friends and family often!

  • Kate

    My family celebrated the beginning of summer (and our garden’s first fruits of labor) with Green Goddess Enchiladas, avocado salad and a sopapilla cheesecake dessert. It was really great to just go out the back door and get the kale, lettuce, herbs for the meal.

  • stacey

    I made Mark Bittman’s amazing “easiest & best shrimp ever” to celebrate the gorgeous weather we had yesterday. If you like shrimp, you must try it this way. SO GOOD. http://markbittman.com/sunday-supper-the-simplest-and-best-shrimp-di

  • Beth

    A family favorite when celebrating birthdays is lasagna that I make from a Southern Living cookbook from the 80’s.

  • Anne

    comfort food…mac and cheese with broiled breadcrumbs on top

  • Kim B

    I made a homemade Ice Cream cake for my son’s birthday, Mint chocolate chip and oreo crust! Yummo!

  • Angela

    We just celebrated the end of the school year by grilling up Teriyaki beef kebabs…beef chunks marinated in 1/4 c. each vegetable oil, orange juice, soy sauce and 1 t. each garlic power & ground ginger (reserve half for basting), then skewer with red onion, mushrooms and pineapple. Baste with reserved marinade as they grill.

  • Anne R.

    Tonight I’m making homemade chicken fingers and oven fries, as requested by my 3 year old son, and a rhubarb cake if I’m feeling ambitious because its my husband’s favorite.

  • Laura S

    We love to make homemade guacamole. You just need fresh avocados, olive oil, salt and pepper and minced garlic. My two year old loves it!!

  • Susanna Aliotta

    Homemade strawberry ice cream to celebrate the start of summer. Yummy!

  • Michelle from Missouri

    We just celebrated my son’s high school graduation <> and had a family BBQ with Jerk Chicken, Burgers, my Mom’s Potato Salad, and fresh fruit & veggie trays. We had a great time with good food and family!

  • Julie Church

    Just yesterday I made a blueberry pie to honor the memory of my mother. I used to sit on the kitchen counter top and watch her make pies, just to get the raw pie dough scraps! So, twice a year, blueberry and apple seasons, I make one pie and remember her, as I use her pie pans and pastry cutter. :)

  • Maryann S.

    We just celebrated my Mother’s 86th Birthday. Had a great family cookout with Grilled Dirty Chicken, (my Aunt’s recipe), steamed green beans, Pancetta Fettuccine, (my Daughter-in-Law’s recipe), fresh fruit salad, (my other Daughter-in-Law) and Mother’s favorite Coconut Cake. A great celebration with one of everyone’s favorite at the request of GG. :-)

  • Kandace

    I make my grandmother’s cornbread and cucumber & onions in the summer to remember do many happy summers I spent at her house.

  • Melanie

    We love Ugly Dip in our house! It is diced tomatoes, onions, cilantro, jalapeños, can of diced green chilis, tiny can of chopped black olives, lots of shredded pepper jack cheese, and a packet of good seasons Italian dressing (prepared). I think it’s real name is confetti salsa, but it is ugly and scrumptious!

  • http://www.theparkwife.blogspot.com The Park Wife

    I grew up in the deep South, so there is never an occasion that I do not make my famous Deviled Eggs.

  • Linda R

    Every year I fly to a friends house in Phoenix, Az and ring in the New Year with lots of friends. I cannot come to her house unless I make my famous caramel brownies. I’m always cooking something to bring somewhere. I made gazpacho for a Memorial Day celebration. Every year for Easter I make butter lambs and a lamb cake.

  • Kathy

    I make Trisha Yearwoods “crack” and her baked spaghetti.

  • Meryl

    Mexican Chocolate Icebox Cake for my husband’s birthday.

  • Louis

    Seared filet mignon with roasted, spiced potatoes for our anniversary.

  • Johanna

    we love a fruit parfait, I love to use something a bit healthy to just celebrate life with my family!

  • Natalie

    I made chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting for my twin boys’ birthday party. They were delicious!!!

  • marybeth

    Just made smores last week, because summer is on the way.

  • Kelly

    I make packet shellfish for my son who loves clams and shrimp, and enjoys helping me prepare them. Also gluten free peanut butter cookies for my mom because we love her. And last taco bowls for a special weekday dinner full of toppings and fun.

  • Alex

    creme brûlée with fresh berries anytime :)

  • dorothy

    who won the cookbooks

  • Anna

    Swedish tacos
    Make 1 lb of ground beef in a pan with taco seasoning.
    Put 1 brick of cream cheese in the bottom of a baking dish
    Put the ground beef on top of the cream cheese.
    Put a can of pineapple and some shredded cheese on top and put in 350F oven for 30 minutes.
    Enjoy!

  • Melody Alberti

    I make “thanksgiving in a crockpot” it’s 1 pack of chicken breasts, 1 can peas and carrots, 1 chicken broth cube, 2 cups water, all season, 1 chopped onion…cook on high for 4 hours (it will be done sooner but I like to let the flavor soak in longer) then add a package of stuffing on top add more water if needed to soak into stuffing, stir well. Cook for another 15 minutes Serve with cranberry sauce.

    I like pumpkin cheesecake cupcakes for dessert or pistachio cake

  • http://www.facebook.com/misty.milneswilson Misty Milnes Wilson

    Spinach Enchiladas

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees

    Saute:
    6
    cups Spinach (I used fresh from our garden and chopped vertically and
    horizontally), 4 cups finely chopped onions and 3-4 tablespoons of
    butter in a pan until the onions are translucent and the spinach is
    cooked down. Put onions in first for about 1 minute then add spinach

    Set aside

    Mix together:
    2
    4.5 oz cans green chilies, 1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, 1-2
    teaspoons Cumin, salt and pepper to taste, 1-2 cups frozen corn,
    spinach, onion and butter mixture.

    In a casserole dish:
    Add about 1/3 cup of mixture to each corn tortilla and roll. Set seam side down.

    In a separate bowl mix together:
    2-3 cups of heavy cream, 1 4.5 oz can of green chilies and salt and pepper to taste.

    On top of rolled enchiladas add:
    Enough shredded cheddar cheese to almost cover the top of the enchiladas and then pour cream mixture over that.

    Bake for 15 minutes uncovered, Bake another 15 minutes covered. Let rest for about 5 minutes before serving.

    I served mine with black beans. You could also serve with a raw cabbage salad.