Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Bon Appétit Giveaway!!

If there’s one thing that all December holidays have in common, it’s that people can’t get enough desserts. Between bake sales and Bûche de Noël, figgy pudding and sugar plums, December’s full of reasons to indulge in your favorite sweets. And to get everyone ready for the holiday season, Little Scarlet is having its second giveaway!

Bon Appétit has compiled the very best of over 50 years worth of dessert recipes in their new book, Bon Appétit Desserts: The Cookbook for All Things Sweet and Wonderful.

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With over 600 recipes, this master tome has something for every taste and every skill level. And to make things even easier, each recipe is graded on a “whisk” scale of difficulty, so you know right away if the recipe you’re looking at is easy (one whisk) or a pull-out-all-the-stops-spend-the-day-in-the-kitchen kind of recipe (four whisks).

Full of beautiful pictures and helpful hints, this book runs the gamut from cakes to pies, cookies to soufflés, ice cream to candy.

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If you want to make chocolate chip cookies or vanilla cupcakes, it’s there.

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Baklava cheesecake or Zabaglione Tart with Marsala-Lemon sauce? That’s in there too.

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And the chapter on bar cookies & brownies means you’ll probably never need to consult another cookbook for any bake sale ever again. And even if you don’t bake that often, this book is so comprehensive, it’s really the ultimate reference guide for that one day a year when inspiration strikes and you just need to make your own ice cream – from scratch. (Did I mention there’s a whole chapter on ice cream & sorbet?)

And if you don’t bake at all? Well, it’s also perfect for prettying up the coffee table!

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So now that I’ve got your attention, I’m going to sweeten the pot a little (oh yes, pun most definitely intended!) – as extra incentive to keep reading and ignore my total delinquency from time to time, the winner of this Cookbook Giveaway will also receive… a one-year subscription to Bon Appétit!!

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Here’s how to enter:

The contest will run through the weekend, ending at midnight on Sunday, December 12 (open to the 48 contiguous United States). So between now and Sunday, here are the different ways you can enter!
  • Leave a Comment on this post about your favorite holiday tradition, memory, food, most epic holiday disaster… anything you want!
And for extra chances to win, try these *one-time bonus entries* for a higher chance of winning:
  • Follow @Little_Scarlet on Twitter. Come back and leave a new Comment on this post saying that you’ve done so.
  • Become a fan of Little Scarlet on Facebook. Come back and leave another new Comment on this post saying that you’ve done so.
  • Follow Little Scarlet’s RSS feeds in Google Reader, or the RSS feed site of your choosing. And then just come back to this post and leave a new Comment saying you’ve done so.
  • “Buzz” this post (and Little Scarlet!) on Foodbuzz, by clicking here or here (and then click the “buzz it!”/“buzz'em” icon). And leave another Comment about it!
And if you just need to have this book and aren’t about to let a free subscription slip away from you, give yourself even better odds of winning with a *once-daily bonus entry*:
  • Leave another holiday-themed Comment on this post
  • Re-Tweet this post and Comment here with the link to that Twitter status (limit 1 eligible RT daily). To make it easy, you can either RT from our initial tweet (here) – or you can just copy and paste this: “@Little_Scarlet Bon Appetit giveaway! visit http://bit.ly/gyaulL to win the bon appetit desserts cookbook and a one-year subscription!”
Again, the contest will close at 11:59 pm, Sunday, December 12. The winner will be chosen at random by Random.org, and will be announced at noon on Tuesday, December 14. *Note: The winner will have to contact me by e-mail with their info by 10 pm Wednesday, December 15 in order to claim their prize (littlescarlet (dot) blog (at) gmail (dot) com) – otherwise, a new winner will be selected.


Good luck, everyone!!!

32 comments:

  1. Here's something I always remember about the holidays: never fail, if we had Thanksgiving at my grandmother's house, I got sick. Maybe that's part of what started the life long love affair with TUMS.

    I wish I could fondly look back on green bean casserole. But alas, we never served it. I didn't discover its joys until I was older.

    There was one Christmas that involved a certain pink princess apron and a unitard ski suit ;)

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  2. When I was a little girl, my mom would get up really early and make apricot filled butterhorns for Christmas breakfast. She made them every single Christmas until I grew up and moved out. I started making them the first year I was married and my husband DIDN'T like them!! I was crushed and the tradition died. My mom doesn't even make them when we visit, it's just cinnamon rolls made the day before. It's almost heartbreaking to see the tradition gone. An entire new generation doesn't know about those heavenly rolls.

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  3. I already follow you on twitter (@frugalantics)

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  4. Now that is a cookbook worthy of envy. I could definitely make several holidays worth of treats. As for traditions, we created new ones when we got married, the most important of these is the annual party we through for all our family and friends. We make or buy all of the food and drink (a 85:15 ration of made to bought). That is happening on the 19th this year.

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  5. I love all the holiday food with the family! (I liked you on Facebook also)

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  6. I have had my eye on this cookbook! Our favorite holiday tradition is making my husband's family's traditional spritz cookies. Between making the dough, pressing the cookies and decorating, it's an activity that gets the whole family involved.

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  7. I already follow you on Twitter (@cookincanuck).

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  8. OMG I remembered a real tradition!!! Hokay, so, my grandmother (Bob's mom) used to make these delightful cardamom cookies. They were like, the best cookie ever, and I would get hyped for them every year. Now, I carry on the tradition. And other people even get excited about it. WIN!

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  9. I buzzed you foo. What is buzz?

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  10. my favorite thing about the holiday food season is the mass amount of cookies and desserts around the house (and my mom yelling at me and my brothers for picking at them before they're all made)!!

    gotta love gingerbreadmen!!!

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  11. i buzzed the first hyperlink!

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  12. i buzzed the second hyperlink!

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  13. i like you on facebook!

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  14. you're in my rss feed!

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  15. Great giveaway! My favorite holiday "gift" was when my husband and I went out-of-state to dinner and to see Wicked last year - and then got trapped in a snow storm and had to pull over and stay at the first hotel we found. It was quite the adventure but a fun holiday to remember!

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  16. My favorite holiday tradition is stopping by my local bar to talk Santa Claus out of quitting his job. Every year. Whatta whiner.

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  17. My favorite Christmas is the one when I won some sweet swag from Little Scarlet.

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  18. Oh, we get to buzz the second link too? Ha...on it.

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  19. Also, I would link to the twitter status, but then people would know my identity. No good. If I do happen to win with this post, I can show you proof at that time.

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  20. Yorkshire pudding! Wait, louder ... YORKSHIRE PUDDING!! Hot and crispy and only made on Christmas day in our house. Salty from the drippings of the roast beef. Of course we make three or four batches, because we need to have it again for breakfast, this time cold, on the 26th. If too much disappears on Christmas night, post-it notes appear on select tin foil packages in the fridge before bedtime. These lay claim to the remaining pieces and warn early risers against eating the last piece.

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  21. I love everything about the holidays! The lights, the tree, the snow. The best part food-wise has always been the cookies. My mother has an incredible recipe for Russian tea cakes, which do look like snow with the powdered sugar. She has always done a lot of baking for the holidays, and those cookies are my particular favorite (along with my sister's standard but unbelievable chocolate chip cookies). Add to that our annual viewing of White Christmas and you have to be in the holiday spirit!

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  22. My favorite holiday tradition is the annual x-mass party thrown by family friends featuring Hoagie Haven hoagies. That and the cookies my mom makes.

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  23. So hard to chose, Yorkshire pudding, Indian pudding, I think there is a pudding theme here. But the best is the ROAST BEEF HASH on Boxing Day! Plenty of green pepper and paprika on crusted beef. And not to be left out a perfectly cooked poached egg on top!

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  24. I don't really bake, and making a standing rib roast is hardly cooking - still I have a food-related Christmas tradition that I love and adhere to unfailing: dropping a big orange into the toe of each stocking I (Santa) fill(s). Lights up Christmas morning like a fireball and pairs nicely with chocolate bells at breakfast time.

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  25. Wow! Little Scarlet, your readers have some amazing traditions that I'd love to borrow. Cardomom cookies and Russian tea cakes - I really need to win this book! I hope to start some new rituals for my family.

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  26. SGT Dwight D SmileyDecember 12, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    I love the movie Elf,eating cookies, and getting drunk on egg nogg.

    PS... I WINNNNNNNNN

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  27. I buzzed LS again because this blog is so awesome.


    There are two people in one house who follow you, so we want the win! Also, the puppy would follow you if he could...

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  28. I already follow you on twitter, and I like you on facebook!

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