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Around the Web and Giveaway Winner! — Before I announce the winner of the Nespresso Lattissima+, allow me to draw your attention to some fun BGSK stuff around the web. First, all this week I’m the featured blogger over at Edamam, a recipe-discovery engine. Check out the BGSK Edmam picks here, and stay tuned all week.

If you’re already eager to detox, pick up the January edition of O magazine to see In the Small Kitchen: featured in its pages as an awesome cookbook for twenty-somethings who want to eat at home more often.

I also put together this piece about festive but inexpensive finger food for Learnvest – with recipes for Lemon-Herb Popcorn, Butternut Squash Latkes, and more. Other finger food I’m drooling over include candied almonds from Budget Bytes; pancetta, blue cheese, pesto, and arugula crostini from How To Simplify; and bite-sized baked brie from Joy the Baker.

And…as for that giveaway! The randomly chosen lucky reader taking home the Nespresso Lattissima+ is…Bethany. Here’s what Bethany had to say:

Favorite special breakfast: Belgian waffles and caramelized bananas!

Thank you all for entering and sharing fantastic inspiration for holiday breakfast, perhaps the best meal of the year. I can’t wait to cook up some of your ideas!

Around the Web — Here’s what I’m reading on the internet and in print (!) this week! My Thanksgiving tips appear with photos in Glamour magazine this month, and I could not be more excited to hear what you think of my mashed potato trick and other recipes and ideas I shared with Glamour’s readers. Pick up a copy if you have a sec!

Also: a Facebook-only giveaway with Blue Apron you should go enter;

an incredibly gorgeous mozzarella sandwich by Naturally Ella that I’ve added to my beloved grilled cheese pinterest board;

and a genius tip for seeding pomegranates from YumSugar.

Have a great weekend!

Hello Fresh Giveaway Winner! — Thank you for sharing all the impediments that stand between you and a home-cooked meal over at the Hello Fresh Giveaway. Hearing about your hectic evenings has inspired me to start a new series called Super Fast where I’ll highlight recipes that take almost no time but are more satisfying and healthful than take-out or cereal.

I’ve got two randomly chosen readers who’ll be receiving their own week’s worth of meals: Laura and Sarah. Here’s what Laura had to say: “Biggest impediment for me is the fact that I travel 4 days a week and don’t have even a microwave to cook in! :( I love cooking and miss it so much.” And this, from Sarah: “Time! I love to cook and create new recipes, but some nights it seems like there just isn’t enough time in the world to get a good fresh dinner on the table.”

Everyone who entered should have received a discount code to get $30 off a Hello Fresh box. Congrats to Laura and Sarah!

Around the Web — Here’s what’s on my internet reading list: Rachel Mount Hofstetter shares how to make cookies without turning on the oven while it’s still hot this summer; speaking of summer’s end, here are 10 Recipes for Cool Summer Eating on LearnVest and a Labor Day BBQ menu both vegetarians and carnivores will enjoy; this Wired article about how two former McDonald’s executives are planning to make fast food sustainable and/or sustainable food fast; back-to-school Creative Brown Bag Lunches on iVillage; Martha Stewart’s Chocolate-Peanut Butter Icebox Cake, which would make a perfect Labor Day dessert; and, for your browsing pleasure, tons of tasty Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur recipes.

Around the Web — Here’s what I’ve been reading recently: This Kickstarter campaign to build a delightfully designed graphic cookbook; the blog The Forest Feast, whose gorgeous photography and whimsical drawings I can’t stop admiring; an interview with yours truly on the foodie profile site The New Potato; this recipe-themed kitchen artwork YumSugar rounded up, since it may finally be time to decorate our kitchen; and these cake decorations, hip and pretty gum paste flowers & lettering (first seen on Design*Sponge) that have me wanting to ornament every layer cake I bake.

America Makes Dinner — My Veggie Fried Rice with Shiitakes and Cashews is featured on Cozi as part of its America Makes Dinner project, which is all about getting home cooks into the kitchen with healthy, family-friendly recipes. Read more about the project, and see my Meatless Monday recipe on Cozi’s site here.

Around the Web — Here’s what I’m reading this week: The Kitchn’s tomato tips (including mine!); Alexis’s thoughts on healthfully going whole hog on Small Kitchen College; Cookie and Kate’s tutorial on coconut butter; South African toast, beans, and eggs on the West Elm blog; my summer farmers’ market menu over on LearnVest; and a fun NY Post piece about making the most of a tiny apartment–and a small kitchen.