A Year in the Making & A Giveaway!

17 Jun

It’s been a pretty good week over here in Beantown.

Boston has officially become Championship City thanks to the Bruins winning the Stanley Cup this week. THANK GOODNESS. I’m not a huge hockey fan by any means, but I’ve been GLUED to this Stanley Cup series and have been washed up in Bruins pride.

This week also marked my ONE YEAR BLOGIVERSARY! It’s pretty crazy that it’s already been a year. It feels like I’ve only been doing this for a day. I started this blog after I got married because suddenly I didn’t have a wedding to plan anymore and had a BOAT LOAD of free time. With grad school coming in the fall, keeping up with this blog, and life in general, life’s going to get a whole lot busier. And now, because I like bullet points, let’s talk about all the awesome things that has happened because of me starting this little ol’ blog:

  • I’ve met some amazing people. A-MAZING. People that I consider to be my best friends. People I talk to every day now and make my days at work bearabl
  • I’ve become way more confident in my cooking and baking abilities. Granted, I still feel like I have a long way to go, but I’ve grown exponentially as a result of this blog. I was one of those girls that used to be too lazy to take some frozen orange chicken out and make it. Now I make it from scratch. I’m hoping in my next year of blogging I can do more experimenting to create more of my own recipes
  • Most Popular Blog Post: Apple Cinnamon Pop Tarts.  Does this surprise anyone, really? I mean, 1 it’s pop tarts, and 2 the recipe is from the Flour Bakery Cookbook. DUH. You people have good taste
  • I never thought that I would be part of such an amazing food blogger community. Even though I have WAY too many blogs on my Reader, I still try very very hard to read all of it because I truly enjoy being part of this community and going to blogger events.
  • My family almost expects me to make something magnificent every time an event happens. I still haven’t decided if this is a good or bad thing
  • I like to giveaway stuff to my readers. One, because sharing is caring and two, it proves that people other than my husband and mom reads this blog.

Which brings me to……

A GIVEAWAY!!! The lovely people over at America’s Test Kitchen provided me with a copy of Cooking for Two 2011 to try out and they have graciously offered me another copy to give to one of my readers!!!!

Let’s face it, a good number of recipes are usually for 4-6 servings of something or other. That is difficult if you are a household of 1 or 2. There are some recipes I make that give us leftovers for DAYS (mainly because again, I’m too lazy to scale it down. It’s the math). What’s great about this book is that it’s perfect for 2 people, or even for 1 person that wants some leftovers for the day.

My favorite section is the dessert section, for reasons that are not so obvious. Many many times I find myself wanting to make a dessert but not wanting to have any leftovers. If I bake a whole cake, I’m most likely going to eat it. Same with pies, cookies, muffins, cupcakes, brownies, WHATEVER. Cooking for Two includes a whole section on desserts for two, in which a smaller pie is made, or only 4 muffins are in a recipe, which drastically cuts down on leftovers, and keeps my waistline intact. I plan on using those recipes as a baseline to create multiple different flavors.

I love this recipe for Linguine with Arugula-Mint Pesto. Most of the ingredients are pretty basic, and I happened to pick up most of those ingredients from the farmer’s market, so the flavors were tripled. This couldn’t be a simpler meal to make, and it took no time at all. While the spaghetti is cooking you could be making the pesto and then all of a sudden BAM, dinner is ready.

So I’m really excited that one of you will be able to get a copy of this amazing cookbook.


To enter the giveaway, leave a comment telling me what you are looking forward to doing the most this summer, food or non food related. Please make sure to include your email address in the form so I know how to contact you!

Entries will be accepted until Thursday June 23rd @ 3PM. Any comments left AFTER that time will NOT be counted.

Winner will be announced on Friday June 24th.

For EXTRA entries:
– Follow me (@Kitchenmisfit) & America’s Test Kitchen (@TestKitchen) on Twitter and Tweet: I want to win a copy of Cooking for Two thanks to @KitchenMisfit & @TestKitchen http://wp.me/pVDUw-iq and leave a comment saying you did that
– Like Tales from a Kitchen Misfit & America’s Test Kitchen and leave a separate comment stating you did so.



Linguine w/ Arugula-Mint Pesto

Recipe from Cooking for Two 2011

  • 1 garlic clove, unpeeled
  • 4 oz baby arugula
  • 3/4 cup tightly packed fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tbsp chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • salt
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 oz cooked linguine, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water
  • 1/4 grated parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
Toast garlic in skillet over medium heat, shaking pan occasionally, until fragrant and color of clove deepens slightly, about 7 minutes. Let garlic cool slightly, then peel and chop.
Process garlic, arugula, mint, walnuts, lemon juice, sugar, red pepper flakes and 1/2 tsp salt together in food processor until smooth, about 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl with spatula. With machine running, slowly drizzle in oil until incorporated, about 30 seconds.
Add pesto and Parmesan to pasta and toss to combine, adjusting sauce consistency with reserved pasta cooking water as desires. Season with salt and serve with extra Parmesan. I also served mine with some fresh heirloom tomatoes I got at the farmer’s market!

69 Responses to “A Year in the Making & A Giveaway!”

  1. Emily @ A Cambridge Story June 17, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    This is an excellent giveaway – my husband and I always have too much food from recipes, especially desserts (dinners we can at least bring for lunch!). This summer I’m looking forward to lots of BBQs and drinks on our patio!

  2. Emily @ A Cambridge Story June 17, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    I follow you and ATK (@acambridgestory)

  3. Emily @ A Cambridge Story June 17, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    Tweeted (also the email listed in this comment is correct – the others had a typo)

  4. Renee {Eat.Live.Blog.} June 17, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    I cannot wait for my 2 trips to Racepoint Lighthouse, where I completely unplug! AND, of course, I am ALWAYS looking forward to delicious meals with fabulous blogger-friends! Congrats on the 1 year!!!!

  5. Renee {Eat.Live.Blog.} June 17, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    Tweeted 🙂

  6. Renee {Eat.Live.Blog.} June 17, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    And I like you both… Naturally 🙂

  7. Megan June 17, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    This summer I am looking forward to getting this ball rollin’ on wedding planning, and hanging out with wonderful friends like you and Kathy! I’m also dying to try desserts for two! 😉

  8. Megan June 17, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    Tweeted!! 🙂

  9. Megan June 17, 2011 at 9:48 am #

    And obviously already like both of ya. 😉

  10. Kathy June 17, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    Um. Yeah, I’m with Megan on this – SUPER looking forward to hanging with you two. Also, probably gettign more on the homemade ice cream bandwagon, I think that’s a pretty good idea.

  11. Kathy June 17, 2011 at 9:53 am #

    Already like you both (as if you didn’t know!) <3<3<3

  12. Kathy June 17, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    Tweeted (cause I live on twitter and Gchat, with you) 😛

  13. Breanne Chase June 17, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    Happy ONE YEAR BLOGIVERSARY! I love grilling in the summer, from burgers and hot dogs on the grill, to pizza!

  14. DanThaMan June 17, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    OOoh there are a few things. Tubing and hot weather yay! And also my garden. I got a new garden space in my yard and I have like 6 kinds of tomatoes and I am so excited to see what they are like. I am also excited because my peach tree has little peaches on it!! I bought it 3 years ago, it was a foot tall and looked like a dead stick and now its huge. Yay.

    • kitchenmisfit June 17, 2011 at 10:10 am #

      I am incredibly jealous of your garden space. I WANT A GARDEN ::whine::

  15. Breanne Chase June 17, 2011 at 9:59 am #

    I follow both and just tweeted (Twitter name is @bhentze)

  16. Breanne Chase June 17, 2011 at 9:59 am #

    I like Tales of a Kitchen Misfit on Facebook!

  17. Breanne Chase June 17, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    I like America’s Test Kitchen on Facebook!

  18. libby June 17, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    spending more time with my grandchildren and cooking yummy treats with them

  19. Amanda J. June 17, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    I’m looking forward to all the food festivals!

  20. Amanda J. June 17, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    I tweeted….(@mssluna02)

  21. Amanda J. June 17, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    I like both of you on Facebook.

  22. Molly June 17, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    It sounds like there are three congratulations in order: one for your first year of marriage (it gets better and better every year), the second for your first year of blogging, and the third for grad school. Good stuff! This summer is so full of showers, weddings and parties, I’m most looking forward to getting to sit outside and do some grilling with a few friends.

  23. Melody June 17, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    Congrats!! =) Since this is my last free summer ever (tear!) I’ve made 3 goals: to cook new things, to read more, and to spend the most amount of time with family!

  24. Shaina June 17, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

    I was so stoked about your 4 scone post. I thought the scaled down recipe was great idea.

    I am most looking forward to kayaking on the Charles, one of my favorite summertime activities!

    • kitchenmisfit June 17, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

      I’m glad you liked it! We had so much fun kayaking on the Charles. We still have a BuyWithMe that we can use this summer so I can’t wait to use it!

  25. Jenn June 17, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    Another giveaway – yay! This summer: I’m looking forward to taking advantage of nice (hopefully) weather: Hatch Shell for July 3, Martha’s Vineyard, etc. YAY SUMMER!

  26. Jenn June 17, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    I just liked America’s Test Kitchen! Brookline Village used to be my T stop and I looked for the kitchen every day and never found it. Even applied to work there a few times…

  27. Jason L. June 17, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    What a wonderful cookbook concept!! Personally I’m looking forward to two firsts! My first trip to Cancun and my first all-inclusive resort!! What, what!

    • kitchenmisfit June 17, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

      How exciting! My husband and I are going on our first tropical vacation to Bermuda in August and we are very excited!

  28. Smedette June 17, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    Awesome giveaway! I’m looking forward to grilling…everything.

  29. Jason L. June 17, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    I made a tweet with the requested info! @quix

  30. Jason L. June 17, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    I just Liked you on Facebook (was already Liking Test Kitchen).

  31. Mary G June 17, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    I am looking forward to a vacation, I haven’t been on one since 1996

  32. Hanaa June 17, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

    I’m really looking forward to participating in the State Fair’s baking contest this summer! Thanks for doing the giveaway :o)

  33. Laura Charron June 17, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    I’m looking forward to working in my garden, getting my work room in order so I can start sewing again AND engaging in my annual battle of eat better/ccok better — so is my husband!

  34. kate siegel June 17, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    Thanks for the chance to win the cookbook!

    In 3 weeks, I’ll be in Washington DC, meeting a bunch of people I know only thru the interwebz. And they’ve pulled together an awesome party (that has it’s own hashtag). We’re foodies and 1 attendee is the bev mgr at a local-source restaurant, so you KNOW the spread will be amazing. On deck: BBQ, coconut cream pie, berry cobbler, honeysuckle ice cream, jelly shots, adult popsicles, Pimm’s cup, Cheerwine …

    Yeah, I so can’t wait!

    PS: I’ve also tweeted. 🙂

  35. Lisa June 17, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

    Happy Blogiversary! I hope you enjoyed this time sharing with us, I have enjoyed reading your articles and trying some of your recipes!

    I would love to be an entry for the giveaway, I am most looking forward to going on vacation with my family to Daytona Beach, FL next month. We always eat some great steaks and seafood while we are there, and indulging at the lunch bus on the beach for hot dogs and nachos! Yum!

  36. Lisa June 17, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    I Like Tales of a Kitchen Misfit 🙂

  37. Lisa June 17, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    I Like America’s Test Kitchen TV too! 🙂

  38. JulieD June 17, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    I’m actually really looking forward to making pesto with the basil in my herb garden. Thanks!

  39. K. Seale June 18, 2011 at 12:27 am #

    Thanks for the giveaway! I am most looking forward to a beach trip planned and some good ol’ fashion county fairs (and peaches, corn and watermelon).

  40. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic June 18, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    I am looking forward to cooking with lots of fresh produce from the farmers markets!

  41. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic June 18, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    I already follow you and test kitchen on Twitter, I just tweeted about the contest!

  42. Diana @ VeggieNextDoor June 19, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    Please consider this to be my entry into the contest! I am most looking forward to my annual family trip up to Lake Ontario. Not only do I get to see my favorite people, but we spend the long weekend outdoors with lots of hiking through the woods and on the beach!

  43. Chris June 19, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    Looking forward to the beach and making popsickles!

  44. Mrs Wheel June 19, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

    I am looking forward to spending time with family, especially the nieces and nephews who will be visiting while school’s out.

  45. Carly June 20, 2011 at 12:57 am #

    I am just looking forward to doing nothing! No school, work, just a week of cooking and doing nothing. ahhh

  46. Allison June 20, 2011 at 4:52 am #

    Totally looking forward to sitting on the back porch, grilling burgers, slipping a bite or two to my pup, eating fresh watermelon, and sipping a porter or two, all with my wonderful boyfriend.

  47. Taryn June 20, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    What a great giveaway! I would LOVE this book. This summer I am most looking forward to spending time with my boyfriend and my family and COOKING and being outdoors!

  48. Taryn June 20, 2011 at 9:16 pm #

    I already follow both you and Test Kitchen onTwitter!

  49. Taryn June 20, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

    Aaaaaaand I just tweeted about the giveaway!

  50. Diane M. June 21, 2011 at 1:44 am #

    I like Tales from a Kitchen Misfit on facebook.

  51. Diane M. June 21, 2011 at 1:46 am #

    This summer I am looking forward to taking a trip to Rome with my mom and a trip to Paris with my husband. I cannot wait to see new places and enjoy new foods!

  52. Diane M. June 21, 2011 at 1:46 am #

    I like America’s Test Kitchen on facebook.

  53. Diane M. June 21, 2011 at 1:49 am #

    I follow @Kitchenmisfit on Twitter.

  54. Diane M. June 21, 2011 at 1:54 am #

    i RT the contest.

  55. Amy June 21, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    I can’t wait for a trip to visit family and friends back home.

  56. tiffany June 21, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    That cookbook sounds great! I am most looking forward to our summer vacation! Can’t wait.

  57. Mark Poisson June 22, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    Looking forward to a two week trip back to New England (USCG stationed in VA). I have missed all the great regional food and can’t wait to dive into some lobster, chowdah’, red skin hot dogs, whoopie pies, italian sandwiches and so much more. I will be partaking of the three “F’s”… family, friends and food the three most important things in life!

  58. Laurie June 22, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    I am looking forward to making new flavors of ice cream this summer!!

  59. Laurie June 22, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    I like both Tales from a Kitchen Misfit & America’s Test Kitchen on facebook!!

  60. Jennifer June 22, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

    I am excited to taste real Italian food as I travel through Italy for the first time!

  61. Lance June 22, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    Looking forward to becoming a better cook this summer!

  62. Ashleigh June 22, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    Yum that meal looks tasty!

    I am most looking forward to relaxing on the beach!

  63. Manon June 22, 2011 at 10:56 pm #

    This summer I’m looking forward to being able to run again after breaking my ankle in January!

  64. Manon June 22, 2011 at 11:07 pm #

    You’ve been tweeted!

  65. Manon June 22, 2011 at 11:07 pm #

    Aaaand Facebook’d!!!!


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