Blueberry Scones + UPrinting giveaway


I am not even ashamed to admit that I love a good bargain. I clip coupons; I buy $15 desks. When Jeni's celebrated its new Nashville location with free scoops of ice cream last week, we were front in line. And when Whole Foods had a $1.99 sale on organic blueberries June 17, you know I bought a whole case. A whole case. Organic blueberries, which typically go for more like $4 or $5 a pint, are definitely on my top five list of favorite fruits. They are packed with antioxidants. They're delicious by themselves, and even better with cream. They're great to freeze for morning smoothies; they're great to eat with milk and cereal. And, on top of all that, they remind me of Tim---because he wrote about them in one of the first ways we got acquainted. So really, I guess you could say it was my bargain-loving instinct---and the 12 pints of blueberries that accompanied it---that we can thank for this recipe, a pretty basic adaptation of a simple blueberry scone. Mixing the … [Read more...]

Thinkfood Cookbook Giveaway!

****This contest is now CLOSED. You may still comment, but the giveaway is over. Congratulations to Becca, winner of the cookbook! If you don't mind my interrupting our regular postings of recipes (and birthday gelato tastings), I'd like to take the opportunity to tell you about a random little cookbook I was a part of---you know, so I can send you a copy. … [Read more...]

Birthday Giveaway Three (or, how far we’ve come)

It’s pretty easy to see things I’ve inherited. I have my dad’s olive skin, my mom’s round face, the bump on my nose found in both sides of my gene pool. I like good conversation, working in the garden, making a big meal to eat with people I love. And, sometimes, when I laugh very hard or hear myself telling a story like it's a routine, I think how my grandma used to do those things. … [Read more...]

Birthday Giveaway One (or, basil and peaches!)

(This giveaway is now closed, and the winner [Alicia!] has been contacted. Thanks to all who entered!) You know what it's like when you start noticing what you appreciate about something, be it food or a place or a person you've just met, and then it goes and gets better? Almost as if your thankfulness were the cause, that thing suddenly pulls out even more of its charms: that dark chocolate's topped by sea salt, that person makes you laugh especially hard, that neighborhood looks much more lovely when the sunlight hits the trees a certain way. You already knew you liked it, but now. Oh, now! Now you're sold, smitten, goooone. Well, that's what summer's gone and done, since I wrote that last post. And has it ever. … [Read more...]

It’s Not a Blog Party, but It’s a Blog Party!

Food Loves Writing turns two on Wednesday. How did this happen? Doesn't it feel like just yesterday that we were having its one-year party in Downers Grove, and a bunch of you were coming out to say hi, and we were hot and sweaty, but mostly we were eating and laughing, happy, I was happy, thankful for all the blog had done and brought? Yet here we are, and while this second year has been a lot different from the first, it's been no less good, no less filled with surprises, no less something to be very thankful for---because you've been there, each one of you. So to celebrate this August 4, while I'm not having a real-life blog party, I'm having a virtual one! You're invited. … [Read more...]

The Biggest Giveaway Yet!


**This giveaway has ended, and the three winners have been contacted! Congratulations to all who won and big thanks to all who shared your inspirations!*** I have met some of the most generous people and companies since starting this blog, and that's never been more true than today, when two of them are donating prizes in this post, including a $100 gift certificate! … [Read more...]