Thursday, May 26, 2011

New Blog Design AND a Cookbook Giveaway!

Dearest Blog Readers,

What do you think about the new look?!

You have been so nice to stick around with me through all the blog re-designs this past year.  I think I lost count of how many there have been since about the 6th one....*sigh*  You see, I get a whim in my head, either a color or a cupcake, a polka dot or a stripe, and I sit and sit and sit until I've browsed though 50 pages of a Google search, only to still turn up empty.  *Another sigh*  I tend to blog-stalk like nobody's business (that's what happens when your brain is on overdrive all day long and your husband works second shift, leaving you with alone time in the evening after the kiddos go to bed.  Doggone it if you're too tired to do anything productive after 8 pm!), so I've seen a million blog designs which have helped me know what I like and don't like on a cooking blog.  All my previous makeovers have been in an effort to appease my visual appetite without spending a dime on a blog design.

What I really love about this one (and my hope is that you love it too!) is that it is clean and fresh looking, allowing the pictures and recipes to really take center-stage.  My goal was to create a very open feel to it, making it easy to navigate through all the elements in the sidebars.  I've been dreaming of a whisk and a spoon image for awhile now...

All that, dear blog reader, to say is that I plan on keeping this one for a while.  You'll be happy to know that I now feel emotionally ready to write millions of blog posts a day (well, not really, but one could hope, right?!....) :)

I would {love} for each of you to become a FOLLOWER or SUBSCRIBE through an RSS feed (don't you just like that cute little coffee mug?).  One click on each link on the right will let you do both!  Of course, don't forget to LIKE The Culinary Enthusiast on FACEBOOK to get blog post updates and keep connected kitchen-to-kitchen, so to speak.

Looking foward to many more culinary adventures, good eats, and yummy treats with you!  Love ya!


Since I missed my blogoversary back in March, let's get together for a little cookbook giveaway, shall we?

Full-Flavored, FAST (30 minutes or less!) recipes by America's Test Kitchen.  My favorites are:  Grilled Chicken with Panzanella Salad, Salmon with Asparagus and Chive Butter, and Chipotle Grilled Pork Tacos.

Here's How to Play, any combination of the following 4 ways:
  • Become a Follower, and leave a comment saying that are are one of us now.
  • Subscribe to this blog through an RSS feed, and leave a comment about that.
  • LIKE on Facebook, and leave some comment love about that.
  • Tell what your favorite The Culinary Enthusiast recipe is, and leave some comment love about that.
You can do one, two, three, or all four....just make sure you leave a separate comment for each one.  Comments close on Tuesday night, May 31, at midnight.  Winner will be chosen at random and will be announced on Thursday, June 2.  GOOD LUCK!

This giveaway is now closed!

{If you're not the winner, but want to have this wonderful cookbook anyway, you can order from my Amazon Kitchen Store).


  1. I follow you on Google Friend Connect! :) I adore America's Test Kitchen books, so this is an awesome giveaway!

  2. New follower here and facebook!

  3. We LOVE the Bananaberry Muffins!! Enter me please!!! Mwah! (Love the bloggy look...fresh, clean...perfecto!)

  4. Favorite recipe from your site is definitely Yakitori Noodle Bowls! Love the asian cuisines!

  5. jennifer bailey followed

  6. jennifer bailey subscribed

  7. jennifer bailey liked you on FB

  8. My sister in law sent me the link to your ricotta cheese, but I think I will probably make the peanut butter granola first!

  9. I just found your blog through Money Saving Mom and added your RSS feed to my reader.

  10. Since I just found your blog, I don't have a favorite yet, but the Snickerdoodle Blondies look wonderful! Can't wait to try that recipe

  11. I liked your blog on Facebook!

  12. I can't wait to try the Ricotta Cheese recipe!

  13. Following you via Google Friend Connect. This looks like a very nice and useful cookbook with recipes we can actually use! Would love to win a copy.

  14. I just became a follower with GFC Looks like a nice blog
    joosbornenc at yahoo dot com

  15. I am following you! I am glad I found you, this looks like a fabulous blog!

  16. Love the new look - particularly the coffee mugs... really cute! My sis and I both made the buttercream frosting recipes for our Autumn & Jenna's 1st birthdays. We bothed loved it, although after seeing how much butter ACTUALLY goes into buttercream frosting... well, it's scary. But delicious. Love you!!!


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