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For a little bit, I toyed with the idea of doing a non-chocolate dessert for Valentine’s Day, and then John basically said, “What are you thinking?!” And that, friends, is what your better half is for--to let you know when you’re completely off base.

We were recently asked to cook a fundraiser dinner for 18 people. While that’s straightforward enough (no one’s calling it “easy,” but straightforward, yes), there were quite a few food allergies in the group, plus one vegan guest.

It's filled pasta season in our home. Lasagna, canneloni, tortellini... all of them are good for warming up the palate and soul. With filled pasta, it's only natural to think of butternut squash in January. 

In our neighborhood, snow has given way to an icey, opaque shell. The heavy rains have passed, real winter has begun, and I couldn't be happier to stay indoors, occupied with research, cooking, and plotting future victories. We are nearly done outlining the new edition of JOY---a long, painstakingly-detailed outline---and our excitement grows as the "shape" of it comes into focus.

Since this is such a doozie of a recipe, I'll get right to the point. Making a yule log cake is a process, but sometimes nothing else will do. It's completely over the top, classic, and just a little cheesy. It's also delicious.

Of all foods that can be classified as "un-sexy"--beef stew, cole slaw, banana pudding--it is perhaps granola whose reputation is most chaste.

This week's cookbook giveaway is all about cookies. I own several cookie-centric cookbooks, and I love them all. Cookies are just plain fun to make and to eat. It totally makes sense that cookies are one of the first cooking projects for kids. But when someone comes out with a particularly playful and creative cookie book, my heart skips a beat.

This past summer, Amy Guittard, part of the fifth generation of the Guittard family to run Guittard Chocolate, contacted us via Instagram. She wanted to send us a big box of chocolate. Not being the type to decline chocolate, I gave her our address. A couple weeks later, a box arrived on our doorstep.

At a party the other day, a friend asked us if there were any trends in pies this year. The only thing I could come up with was that chess pies have made something of a comeback. Not that they've ever gone away. This is basically why I'm not into trends--I like what I like, so for me chess pie has never been out of style.

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Joy of Cooking App for iPad and iPhone

After three years of collaborative effort with our friends at Culinate and Scribner, it is our pleasure to introduce the Joy of Cooking for iPad and iPhone! Please check out this full-featured, digital version of the 2006 edition. In addition to the recipes and indispensable reference information our readers know and love, the app has many features that are brand new to JOY:

  • Built-in recipe timers (you can have multiple timers going simultaneously)
  • Search for and filter recipes by key word, ingredient, cuisine, season, technique, diet, and more
  • Create shopping lists from within the app
  • Convert any recipe to metric automatically
  • Give voice commands or have recipe steps spoken to you
  • Create menus in the app
  • Share recipes from within the app
  • Color photography

Truly a JOY for the 21st century! Download by directing your browser to www.joyofcookingapp.com. Don't forget to review the app!