Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Baking is my Zen announces WINNER of the Cookbook Giveaway 8/18/10 –Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented

Credit: Book cover photo by Tina Rupp

Today,
Baking is my Zen’s

is…

By Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito

AND… a
Baking is my Zen T-SHIRT.


I’d like to take this time to say
“Thank you”
for those who have visited my blog and partook in the cookbook giveaway!

Those that successfully entered the contest were:
Aaron
Adee
Beth
Desiree
DJ (dorothy)
Jen of NJ
Jenny Rodriguez
JG (Jen)
Joan
Joanna from Colorado
Liz
Marzipan
Matt Rampey
Melissa
Nancy
Rebecca
Scooper
Sweetlife (bonnie)
Tania P


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JG (Jen) is the WINNER !


Congratulations Jen!
Enjoy the cookbook and the t-shirt!

Jen, please send me an e-mail at bakingismyzen@comcast.net so we can discuss delivery logistics.

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For your reference, below are the seven recipes (with photo tutorials) I have posted using the cookbook,









You can catch these two authors, Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito on a
THROWDOWN show with Bobby Flay,
today, 8/18, at 9 p.m. on Food Network.

Tired of the rat race, friends and co-workers Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito left the grind of jobs in advertising to follow their tasty dream of opening a bakery. This led to the creation of their Elvis-inspired banana cream pie that has fans flocking from all over to their Brooklyn bakery to get a taste of this dessert that is fit for a king! Can Matt and Renato cream the competition with their heavenly dessert, or will Bobby's take on the classic pie reign supreme? The judges will likely scratch their heads until they declare a winner at this Banana Cream Pie Throwdown!
Episode BT0807H

Tune In:
Aug 18, 2010 - 9:00 PM ET/PT
Aug 19, 2010 -12:00 AM ET/PT
Aug 28, 2010 - 7:00 PM ET/PT


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Now…onto bigger things in my life. I’ll be starting a pastry course at the French Culinary Institute in New York City in September.

Look forward to meeting Jacques Torres, Dean of Pastry Arts and meeting other like-minded folks. I’m so thrilled and excited to learn baking from the pros. Wish me luck! I hope to post about my FCI experiences and share new recipes and techniques with you.

Till then…



Peace in baking,



Carmen


Baking is my Zen…sweet nibbles for the soul

9 comments:

Aaron said...

Best of luck at the institite. I really did enjoy the series, and it was good to luck at the pictures again after screwing up the lemon-lime bars last night.

Out of curiosity...what is your favorite thing that you've made from their cookbook?

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Aaron, I've only tested the 7 recipes thus far. There is the typical 'chocolate fav', Brownies and Sweet and Salty Cake.

I must say, though, I didn't think I'd like the Tricolor cookies. They ended up being the receipe that I can't wait to make again. It's a little different...and beautiful as well.

Thanks for being a part of the giveaway.

Carmen of Baking is my Zen

Aaron said...

I agree about the tri-color. I skimmed that recipe in the book and decided I didn't want to do it...then I saw your pictures and can't wait to make it.

Thanks again for the series.

Faith said...

Congratulations to the winner. Nice giveaway

Jen_from_NJ said...

Congratulations to the winner! This was a great giveaway!

JG said...

Good luck at the institute! I'm envious, that would be amazing!

Melissa said...

You must be so excited about your upcoming class! I can't wait to hear about it :)

Lazaro Cooks! said...

Glad your giveaway was a success. Love the T-shirts by the way, very nice!

To answer your question, the eggplant in my dish was deep fried, so I let the salt extract as much moisture as possible to be left with a crispy finished product. No I do not wash off the salt, it leaves the eggplant pefectly seasoned.

sweetlife said...

Congrats to Jenn!!! Can't wait for your futher post....

sweetlife

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