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Home Baked Comfort

I got this recipe book in the mail today and can’t wait to try it out. It has recipes from famous bloggers Smitten Kitchen’s Deb Perelman, La Tartine Gourmand’s Beatrice Peltre, and Bakerella’s Angie Dudley. It also features recipes from bakeries like Baked, Brooklyn, NY; Tartine Bakery, San Francisco, CA; Pearl Bakery, Portland, OR; Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop, Austin, TX; and Flour Bakery + Café, Boston, MA.


Take the Rodelle Challenge!

Ready for your holiday baking? Take the Rodelle Challenge and I’ll enter you in a contest to win a gorgeous vanilla bean pod. You can use this pod to make your own vanilla, scrape out the flavorful beans, or do whatever you want!

Just follow the directions over on the Rodelle website. “Like” Rodelle on Facebook, and tell them your best or worst baking story. Then, come back here and tell me why you want to win the vanilla beans. Oh, and did I mention that by posting on their Facebook wall, you are entered to win a Kitchen Aid mixer? Two chances to win stuff, people! GO FOR IT!

My winner will be chosen at random on November 18th, 2011. One entry/comment per user. United States only.


GLEE Book Giveaway!


Wanna win a copy of the new “Glee” book, Don’t Stop Believin’? Just leave a comment here telling me why you want to win. I’ll do a random drawing next Friday, 10/22 to pick the winner.

RULES! One comment per user. Dupes won’t be counted. Please enter a valid email address so I can contact you if you win. Only U.S. residents, please. Sorry.


Firefly Book Winner

Congrats to Brian, whose last-minute entry scored him a win! And for everyone else, you can purchase Firefly: Still Flying here when it comes out on May 25th.


Book Giveaway!


Hey Firefly fans, I’ve got a giveaway for ya!

Firefly: Still Flying : A Celebration of Joss Whedon’s Acclaimed TV Series – Set 500 years in the future, Firefly centers around Mal Reynolds, captain of the ship-for-hire Serenity and its eclectic crew of galactic misfits. This third official companion to the much-loved cult TV show is packed with unseen photos, costume designs, behind-the-scenes secrets and much more, including brand-new Firefly short stories by the show’s writers!

To enter, just leave a comment telling me why you want to win. Only one comment per person will be counted, and make sure you leave a valid email address, as that’s how I’ll contact you. This contest will be open until Friday, May 21st. US residents only, sorry.


Mr. & Mrs. Fitch


Last night I was pleased to be invited to a performance of the off-Broadway play Mr. & Mrs. Fitch. The play stars John Lithgow and Jennifer Ehle, as married NYC gossip columnists finding themselves out of things to write about. The two find inspiration in an unlikely way, and then have to deal with all the positives and negatives that their inspiration brings.

The show is quite light fare, laugh-out-loud funny at times, liberally peppered with literary and cultural references, and a terribly fun way to spend an evening. Lithgow and Ehle have a great time playing the Fitches, and if you’ve ever wanted to see John Lithgow in his boxers, this is the play for you. We spotted David Hyde Pierce sitting directly behind us — he seemed to really enjoy the show, laughing a lot. We enjoyed it, too. Thanks to my girls at Showtime for the tickets. I definitely recommend Mr. & Mrs. Fitch if you’re looking for something to see off-Broadway. The space at the Second Stage Theater is pretty cool, too. I think maybe it was a bank or something at one time — there were these tremendous walk-in safes near the box office, complete with the big spinning wheel on the door. Neat!


What’s Your Poo Telling You?

A couple of years ago, Maggie and I were shopping and I picked up a silly little book called What’s Your Poo Telling You?. It’s exactly what it sounds like, complete with drawings. Most people crack up when they see it; my godson is horrified by it and hides it almost every time he comes over.

Anyway, the people that made the book have now created an iPhone app called The Poo Log. Yes. Your Shit– There’s An App for That .

The people at AvatarLabs are giving me the app to review, so look forward to me keeping you constantly updated on my poo. (Just kidding!)