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Vote in the Away from Home Cooking Contest!

Cooking while traveling: kind of an impossibility, right? Nope! That’s because at Extended Stay America hotels, every room has a kitchen. Not a mini kitchen, a real “kitchen kitchen” (equipped with pots, pans, bowls, utensils, a cutting-board, knives and an Away From Home Cooking cookbook — among other essentials.) That’s why I shared this video recipe, about three minimalist but delicious ways with polenta, here. Don’t miss it!

Introducing A Baker’s Dairy-Free Dozen: an eCookbook

A Baker's Dairy-Free Dozen: an eCookbook from Big Girls Small Kitchen

Are you ready to hold in your virtual hands a brand shiny new eCookbook, one that delivers both instant gratification and dairy-free sweets? Have you ever visited this old, dreary dairy-free desserts page as Passover approached or thought disastrously about substituting olive oil in for butter in brownies when hosting your newly dairy-free friend?

Then A Baker’s Dairy-Free Dozen: Desserts for Every Sweet Day of the Year is for you!


In its pages, you’ll find inspiration for simple, natural, and tasty dairy-free sweets that work every time. Beyond its pages, you’ll receive a free signed postcard for every eCookbook you buy, so you’ll have something to hold in your real hands (besides dozens of Crackly Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies) after all.

I’m so happy to share a couple of the layouts from the book below. There’s much more goodness inside, and I really hope you like it!

If you squint at the Table of Contents, you’ll make out recipes like Chocolate Mousse and Summer Pudding, Iced Carrot Cake and Glazed Orange Marmalade Muffins, plus essential resources about baking and dairy-free ingredients. (The actual book is high-res and zoomable and perfectly suited to swiping through on your iPad.) You can find out more about the recipes and the eCookbook format by visiting the new A Baker’s Dairy-Free Dozen page.

There’s an early-bird 15 percent discount from now ’til the stroke of midnight on Saturday. If you’re craving delicious, dairy-free sweets, you should give in right now by clicking here. If you like butter but your friends, cousins, or colleagues are lactose-intolerant or kosher, I’d love if you pass on the eCookbook news to them.

Thanks for your support, and happy baking!

The Dairy-Free Desserts eCookbook, Coming Soon!


Look up to your right, past the lemons and almonds and eggs. Yesterday I added a tab to the main menu: new! eCookbook. It was a sort of muffled announcement of something exciting, I’ve got a brand new BGSK eCookbook coming your way in just a few weeks. The title is A Baker’s Dairy Free Dozen: Desserts for Every Sweet Day of the Year, and its pages contain perfectly tested, ridiculously delicious, simple-to-make dairy-free treats that don’t use a lot of strange ingredients.

To make a long story, a lot of ingredients (pictured), and so much baking fit into one little sentence: I decided to work on a special issue dedicated to one type of eater, the dairy-free sweets lover. I hope this is the first of many pieces of focused, premium content I can offer to you guys in the future, whether you’re eager to see more vegetarian main courses or pages upon pages of breakfast inspiration.

This eCookbook launches in two weeks, on March 7, 2014. We’ll be offering 15 percent off for the first 48 hours, so mark your calendars and sign up for the newsletter to be sure you don’t miss the discount. And, so that you have an object to hold in your hands in addition to all the eStuff, we’ll be shipping real signed postcards to everyone who purchases the book (til we run out of postcards).


If you’ve arrived after seeing Barefoot Contessa, I’m so happy to have you! To stay up to date on all things BGSK, follow me on twitter, facebook, and instagram or sign up for the weekly newsletter. Happy holidays!

mike’s hard recipe inspiration, coming your way!

Hi all! Popping in today to give you a preview of a holiday recipe I’ll be sharing next week. It’s part of a partnership with mike’s hard lemonade. Though it’s definitely satisfying in the summer, there are fun new flavors in a mike’s party kit that make a bottle really lovely to drink around the holidays. One of those, the mike’s hard cranberry lemonade, was the festive wintry inspiration behind a dessert I contributed to a dinner party this weekend, and which I’ll be sharing with you next week, as part of this collaboration. Let me just tell you that it involves swirls. Pink swirls. Can’t wait to share!

Around the Web: Hunter Boots and Cup of Jo

Happy Thanksgiving! Big Girls, Small Kitchen has been getting some awesome pick-up around the web, and I wanted to share some links with you. Fitting on this day of thanks, since I’m so grateful for old and new readers. Thanks for being here!

Joanna featured my Blue Cheese Rotini with Spinach on Cup of Jo.

I’m wearing a pair of Belize Hayden Short Boots and sharing my pumpkin clafoutis recipe over on Hunter’s U.S. website.

Shana wrote a lovely profile on Greatist…we cooked some pasta together, and I especially love how she summarized my obsession with cooking at home.

I wanted to tell you about my partnership with Seven Daughters: I’ve been working with the wine company to develop fun cooking tips around wine, like adding whole bottles to your stews or sipping a glass of wine while you cook!

A sweet Slate piece about why, sometimes, you do need as many desserts as people at your Thanksgiving table.