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We're sitting down with our favorite writers and cooks to talk about their upcoming cookbooks, their best food memories, and just about anything else.

Today: We talk to everyone's favorite food blogger, Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen, about the brand-new The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook -- plus, a giveaway!

It's finally arrived, the day we've all been waiting for: The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook has hit the shelves. You'd be hard-pressed to find a home cook who doesn't revere Deb Perelman -- and/or wish to chat on the phone about recipes with her. With the 100-plus recipes in her new cookbook (mostly new, with a few old favorites from her blog), Deb's signature chatty style and simple, home-run (and Genius!) recipes comes in print form for the first time.

We talked to Deb about her tripartite cooking influences, her famously tiny kitchen, and more:

1. Describe your all-time favorite meal.
This is where I'm probably supposed to bring up that one time at Per Se or something equally luxurious, but I tend to obsess more over smaller things that I miss, like this casual place we used to go to in Chelsea back when we lived there. Anyway, we'd always drink Sancerre and someone would order escargot and I'd always order this incredible crisp artichoke salad with pistachios and manchego. And we'd always split the roast chicken and the jus, the sauce, was the kind of thing you'd drink with a straw, if everyone at the restaurant promised they would look away at the same time. They had the most perfect bread, the most perfect butter, and the fries, I swear, they were fried in horse fat or something equally un-P.C. and I don't care because they were my platonic ideal of pommes frites and we've missed them terribly since the place got new owners/menus/is no longer worth mentioning. Sigh.

2. How was the book publishing process different from blogging? (Would you do it again?)
I wanted so much for it to be the same because I've been food blogging for six years and I can do this! I've got this! But it wasn't. I think there's a certain amount of panic that sets in for first-time cookbook authors, this idea that the stakes are raised which leads to forgetting everything they know well. Or maybe that was just my experience. I think overtested some recipes; it's a guarantee that on the sixth round, you'll do something that makes the recipe fall apart and you'll pull your hair out and wonder why you were crazy enough to think you should write a book. Again, probably just me! And it took forever -- almost three years beginning to end, at least double the time it would have taken me to put the same amount of original recipes on the site. Finally, it's difficult to put the amount of things you can squeeze into a blog post (8 large photos, 4-paragraph stories, recipes with three headnotes and two footnotes) onto a bookpage. Impossible, actually.

3. What (or who!) are some of your cooking influences?
I'd say they're equally divided into thirds: seasonal/Americana, French with a little Italian, and Jewish/Eastern European. Whenever I try to stay in one area, it doesn't work and I make hamantaschen that are closer to little free-form pastry tartlets, and beef bourguignon turns into a mushroom stew with a Strogonoff-like dollop of sour cream at the end.

4. Your kitchen is tiny. Like, teeny tiny. Do you think having an enormous space would change your cooking style? If you had a magic wand, what's one change you'd make to your current setup?
It's weird because the longer I work in a small kitchen, the less it bothers me. I am not sure at this point that it would change my cooking style, or at least my approach to cooking. I think in the back of my mind I'll always have that alarm that goes off when a dish requires more than two pots or bowls or expects that your oven has room for three trays because even if your kitchen were big enough to accommodate all of that, who'd want to make a big fuss over a recipe? And although I'd like a fridge that doesn't freeze things in the back and a big open kitchen that wasn't adjacent to my son's room (he will wake up if we so much as reheat spaghetti after he goes to bed), I still think my kitchen could be a lot worse. There's a dishwasher. There are bright white cabinets (which make the place feel brighter and bigger than it is) and a cute checkerboard floor. The counter is hideous in person but looks kind of cool in photos. And there's a window, my room has a view! I can pretty much handle all of the negatives because of that.

5. What is one dish in the book that you're really proud of, and why?
Oh man, you're going to make me pick a favorite child, aren't you? Just because it's fall, I'm obsessed again (re-obsessed?) with the apple cider caramels. I made them on such a whim and I knew the process (boiling four whole cups of fresh apple cider down to 1/2 cup of syrup, before adding the butter/brown sugar/cinnamon/sea salt/cream) was crazy but even now when I try them, I still can't believe I pulled it off. They look just like any other caramel, but they taste intensely like my idea of fall bliss.

The Giveaway!

Want to win a copy of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook? (That is, if you didn't pre-order a copy already...) Answer the question below in the comments section of this post by Tuesday, November 13th at 2pm EST:

What's your favorite SK recipe of all time?

We'll pick 5 random winners and contact you by email -- best of luck!

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about 2 years ago cookinginvictoria

I can never resist chocolate . . . chocolate souffle cupcakes with mint cream! So many of the Smitten Kitchen recipes are stellar!

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about 2 years ago lovemesaysfood

Wow, beautifully written cover of Smitten Kitchen - I'm always interested to hear people's influences in food it's so cultural. FAVE RECIPE on SK - Right now, baked orzo with eggplant and mozzarella! SURE hope we're lucky winners :)

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about 2 years ago meganvt01

Broccoli Parmesan fritters. I really crave them all the time - especially handy to make with leftover broccoli and a fav of my 3 year old.

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about 2 years ago irish1482

The peanut butter chocolate cake is probably the best cake I've ever made...Deb's instruction were so clear that all the steps seemed totally doable!

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about 2 years ago andreakb

I love Deb's recipes soooo much! But I think my favorite is her french onion soup. It got me through last winter. Once, while making it, my soup caught on fire in my broiler and the bread bits got REALLY burnt. I just scrapped the burnt bits off . It was still delicious.

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about 2 years ago casey29

Deb's site has been in my top 5 of favorite places to find yummy recipes for years. Pick one? Hmmm, just not possible ...the latest ones I've tried are spinach and cheese strata, raspberry lemon muffins, pepita granola, and monkey bread for a brunch. So good!

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about 2 years ago CarlaCooks

Deb's chicken pot pie is to die for. I am pretty sure my husband thought I was a domestic goddess after I made it the first time.

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about 2 years ago lizziebeth

... dulce de leche cheesecake squares - cheesecake and chocolate and caramel, is there anything better and all together!

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about 2 years ago mels1550

White Bean Roasted Red Pepper Dip. It has a great story to go along with it as well. And it's a great snack to whip up in a hurry for my kids to dip their veggies in.

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about 2 years ago cgunn

If I have to choose just one ... So hard .... The mushroom bourgignon. It is always a success

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about 2 years ago Matilda Luk

I loved so many of the recipes... the coconut muffins, the salads,... but Deb is my go-to when I need a killer cake recipe, whether it's an everyday cake (like the wonderful chocolate one baked in a loaf pan) or a special occasion one (my son always requests the chocolate one Deb used for her wedding cake-making adventure).

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about 2 years ago Amanda Nicole

I love red wine and I love chocolate and I love cake! So it wouldn't be a surprise to say that I absolutely love Smitten Kitchen's Red Wine Chocolate Cake recipe :] It's always hit wherever I bring it

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about 2 years ago Joanna Wang

The blueberry boy bait!

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about 2 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

So many interesting and wonderful-sounding recipes. What a great idea to ask community members for their favorites!! ;o)

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about 2 years ago annbaroq8

Ooh, it's hard to pick just one, but her blueberry boy bait has never let me down. (And like she says, how can you possibly resist that name?)

Congrats to Deb on the cookbook!

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about 2 years ago spoon

always the one i've made most recently -- which, since i baked this morning, is the blueberry yogurt cake.

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about 2 years ago Kaney112

Warm butternut squash and chickpea salad with tahini dressing -- just made it last night! So delicious!

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about 2 years ago Panfusine

Haven't tried any of her recipes yet, but the apple cider caramels seems to be haunting and enticing me.. Will probably start with that recipe!

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about 2 years ago arajpur

There are way too many too choose from -- I love everything I've made from her site! But I think I have to go with the peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.

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about 2 years ago Ninajunks

DefiNetely Pumpkin cinnamon rolls!!! My husband is a Chef, who doesn't eat orange stuff... Go figure.... He devoured these!!! Not to my pleasant surprise, since I wanted them all for myself!

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about 2 years ago Madeline9

I have so many favorite recipes from her site! But I just made her charred pepper sauce to accompany grilled ribeye steaks and both my husband and I were licking our plates clean :)

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about 2 years ago OliveH

Mediterranean Pepper Salad! I make it almost weekly during the summer.

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about 2 years ago jessicawalden

Mom's Apple cake. I took this to my boyfriend's family the first Thanksgiving we spent together. It let them know I was a keeper!

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about 2 years ago caroline.gillis1

Mushroom Bourguignon !

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about 2 years ago Fonnie0515

Its such a hard decision! But since I'm addicted to anything with oats I've always had success with the thick, chewy granola bars. I've had so many failures with granola bars, but I bake these up with apricots, coconut, pecans, dried cranberries and sometimes chocolate chips and they're always perfect. I even give them out as gifts and my family always asks me to make them when we're taking a long car ride.

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about 2 years ago threewindows

Potato and blue cheese tart.

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about 2 years ago Lynn R

Chocolate swirl buns!

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about 2 years ago Tashie

pizza with bacon, onions and cream. it changed the way that i made pizza.

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about 2 years ago anotheramber

The butternut squash and caramelized onion galette was AMAZING!

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about 2 years ago Ksenia

My most often made - and therefore, favourite - SK recipe is the crispy rosemary flatbread. I can't eat yeast, and this recipe is a godsend for satisfying my pizza cravings.

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about 2 years ago BMCourtney

Shakshuka! Perfect quick, easy vegetarian meal.

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about 2 years ago BMCourtney

Shakshuka! Quick, cozy vegetarian fare, perfect for the first cold days of winter.

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about 2 years ago kd923dd

My favorite SK recipe is her one for Chocolate Caramel Crack(ers)--absolutely divine-tasting, amazingly easy, and the perfect sweet treat. But I adore all of Deb's home cook slash adventurous chef eats!

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about 2 years ago Allison Klein

Very hard to pick a favorite, but the one I've made the most is definitely her Ginger Fried Rice

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about 2 years ago BurgeoningBaker

Peanut butter Chocolate cake

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about 2 years ago hungrybruno

My favorite SK recipe is the peanut butter chocolate cake, i think - the one with peanut butter frosting and chocolate ganache. I've only made it once but I've been looking for a reason to make it again. That, or the chicken and dumplings with tarragon and peas. YUM.

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about 2 years ago lyaz45

I'm going to make the bittersweet chocolate and pear cake tonight for the first time. I always go to her matzo ball recipe because I make soup for my 101 y.o. father in law every day!!

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about 2 years ago jenniebgood

It's very hard to choose and there are many, so I'll just choose my favorite of the moment: I am obsessed with her crackly banana bread (http://smittenkitchen.com...). I love how Deb puts a spin on traditional recipes by adding another ingredient, or a new technique. This was another recipe recently that just amazed me:
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about 2 years ago supershirl

Her raspberry coconut macaroons!

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about 2 years ago The Fiery Epicurean

There are too many recipes that I turn to...but my top two recipes I turn to several times per month are Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies and Lasagna Bolognese!

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about 2 years ago The Fiery Epicurean

It's difficult to decide one Smitten Kitchen recipe since I have so many I turn to on a monthly basis, but the lasagna bolognese is one that I hold dear to my heart! Also love Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies, have made this recipe countless times and everyone absolutely loves it!

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about 2 years ago TaraT

Strawberry summer cake. I can make it in my sleep I've made it so many times. Lurv.

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about 2 years ago fearlessem

Favorite is a tough one -- the one that comes to my mind first is her scalloped tomatoes recipe (that is posted as a Genius Recipe on this site...)

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about 2 years ago Ateh

apple cheddar scones!

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about 2 years ago Ateh

the apple cheddar scones :)

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about 2 years ago FoodieTina

blueberry pancakes!

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about 2 years ago allnaturalchick

I love the 44 clove garlic soup recipe. I'm from Gilroy, CA, which is the garlic capital of the world, and this recipe makes me so happy.

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about 2 years ago allnaturalchick

I absolutely love Smitten Kitchen's 44 clove garlic soup. I'm from Gilroy, CA, which is the garlic capital of the world, and I fell in love with this soup for it's layered flavors and textures and of course the deeply satisfying intense garlicky-ness of the entire thing!

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about 2 years ago Fairmount_market

carrot salad with harissa, feta, and mint!

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about 2 years ago Shawn ODonnell

hands down the Brownie Roll-Out Cookies. i love the texture and fudgie-ness of them. best served warm right out of the oven w/a scoop of vanilla ice cream that melts alongside. simple and delicious. yum!

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about 2 years ago summersavory

It's hard to choose just one, but I'd have to say whole wheat raspberry ricotta scones are up there at the top of the list.

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about 2 years ago fil_mishmish

There are so many Smitten Kitchen recipes to love but my current favorite is the broccoli slaw. It's the balance between the tangy buttermilk, crunchy broccoli and almonds, and tart cranberries that makes it so good. I credit Smitten Kitchen with my cravings for slaws and this is one of the best!

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about 2 years ago gorzd

raspberry snacking cake and butternut squash-farro salad...this week!

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about 2 years ago Beth Ellen

Arborio rice pudding...wonderful combination of vanilla and almond flavors, and raspberries are brilliant on top.

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about 2 years ago Ali6499

Margarita cookies! I've made them so often I forgot they were her recipe actually! Part of my Christmas arsenal. :)

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about 2 years ago jbban

There are many, but I'm going with the carrot salad with harissa, feta, and mint. Such perfect balance!

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about 2 years ago ATG117

that was supposed to say butternut squash and carmelized onion galette

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about 2 years ago ATG117

The butternut squash and carmelized onion is one of many favorites.
Love SK, loved this interview, and would love the cookbook!

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about 2 years ago Caitlin P.

Peanut butter brownies-yum!

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about 2 years ago judye

Strawberry summer cake

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about 2 years ago LLStone

She's got a lot of good ones, but I'm going to pick her mushroom lasagna as my favorite!

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about 2 years ago JuliasAlbum

My favorite SK recipe is triple berry buttermilk bundt cake - I've made it multiple times and love it!

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about 2 years ago JuliasAlbum

My favorite SK recipe is triple berry buttermilk bundt cake - I've made it multiple times and love it!

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about 2 years ago miamineymo

I like the Cubed Hacked Caprese...it's just so irreverent and easy.

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about 2 years ago heatherc

Zucchini latkes with the wasabi cream topping! They were a great addition to a friends latke party and something I return to over and over during zucchini season.

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about 2 years ago Slldecker

I love the Caramel Crackers, the Blueberry Crumb bars, and the Peanut Sesame Soba Noodles. Can't wait to get the cookbook.

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about 2 years ago Jessie Clyde

Carrot cake with maple cream cheese frosting. Delicious!

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about 2 years ago melissatuck

I have 3 favorite Smitten Kitchen recipes. Salted Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats (I will never make them plain again!!), Meyer Lemon and Cranberry Scones (there are ALWAYS some in my freezer), and Lasagna Bolognese (I am in love with the béchamel sauce on lasagna!). I love her pictures and writing style and this cookbook is now on my Christmas list!

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about 2 years ago passifloraedulis

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about 2 years ago passifloraedulis

I apologize for the multiple posts -- Food52 doesn't seem to work with Chrome!

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about 2 years ago passifloraedulis

I apologize for the multiple posts -- Food52 doesn't seem to work with Chrome!

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about 2 years ago creamtea

since we're having the Mushroom Bourgignon for tonight's dinner tonight, let's just say that's my current favorite.

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about 2 years ago passifloraedulis

Hm my comment didn't show up so I'm trying it again!

My favorite is the blue cheese drop biscuits. It's not the flashiest recipe in SK's repertoire, but I return to it over and over and over again. I make it without cheese, or with any combination of cheese and herb that I have left over in my fridge. It's an easy crowd pleaser and I ALWAYS have a batch in my freezer.

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about 2 years ago passifloraedulis

Definitely the blue cheese drop biscuits. I know it's not the flashiest of SK's recipes, but I return to it over and over and over again--using not just blue cheese, but any random combination of herbs and cheeses I have left over. I ALWAYS have spare biscuits made with her recipe in my freezer.

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about 2 years ago MaryHB

Favorite recipe: Crispy Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies. I work at The Local Butcher Shop in Berkeley, CA (local, whole animal butchery like no other in the U.S.) and we serve amazing chocolate chip cookies made with lard (did I mention they are mouth watering and incredible?!) It is a recipe hard to beat, but Smitten Kitchen's Crispy Chewy recipe definitely does the trick!

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about 2 years ago Aria

My favorite SK recipe is the balsamic glazed sweet and sour Cipollini, delicious & unusual.

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about 2 years ago Elisa B

I made SK's scallion meatballs with soy-ginger glaze for a party and they were just delicious. A real hit. :)

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about 2 years ago sherrie.percy.3

My favorite SK recipe is the Raisin-studded apple bread pudding! Bread pudding has always been my favorite and I absolutely love trying different ways to meke it. However, apples and raisins are the best combo! Thanks SK!

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about 2 years ago tingroo

My favorite SmittenKitchen recipe by far is chicken and dumplings. I made it for my husband once and in his mind, I went from "mediocre" to "incredible" homecook :o)

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about 2 years ago calendargirl

So hard to select just one, but today I vote for Cauliflower and Carmelized Onion Tart, it is the perfect weather for it and I love how one spreads mustard over the bottom crust -- reminds me how my mother taught me to spread a layer of jam on the bottom of an apple pie crust before adding the fruit.

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about 2 years ago Francesca Murphy

The apple Sharlotka is always a big hit.

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about 2 years ago amylou

The whole wheat goldfish crackers. With a toddler they are a lifesaver!

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about 2 years ago NWB

The carrot salad with harissa, feta, mint, and spices is my favorite. I believe she got it from a reader who got it from her mother, and I got it from Deb. Every time I have served that salad my guests want the recipe and it's now known as my carrot salad to my friends.

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about 2 years ago JudyH

I loved the rhubarb snacking cake.

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about 2 years ago Kristin Greene

The chocolate chip cookie recipe - they're moist, chewy, and have this amazing subtle crunch from the sugar. Yummm. They're also ridiculously easy to make.

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about 2 years ago kharise

The crispy chewy chocolate chip cookies! Just look at that 1st picture and see if you can resist.

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about 2 years ago LindaFN

The Gramercy Tavern gingerbread recipe. Big hit with the in-laws last Xmas.

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about 2 years ago Pam

crème brûlée french toasts

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about 2 years ago infinitespace

hazelnut brown butter cake!

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about 2 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Her breakfast apple granola crisp is one of those perfect, anytime treats that you love eating not only because it tastes fantastic, but also because it's chock full of nutrient rich ingredients. http://smittenkitchen.com... But even better than all that -- and the reason I've included the link -- is that Deb posted it shortly after her baby was born; in the post she includes photos of him, next to an apple, showing quite dramatically how tiny a newborn baby really is. I think of those photos every time I make this crisp. And they (and the crisp) make me smile, every time. ;o)

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about 2 years ago bethihearyoucalling

Carrot salad with harissa, feta and mint

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about 2 years ago LMW414

I'm Lauren, a lawyer and at-home chef. I learned to cook with my host family in Paris, France, but learned to bake with Smitten Kitchen during my last year of law school. My favorite recipe so far are her apple pie cookies. They are adorable and delicious. My husband and I serve them to our friends every Fall to celebrate the season.

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about 2 years ago enbe

I make the big crumb coffee cake for all morning events. It's one of those recipes that works with any fruit and I load it up with whatever is on hand. So delish. I had no idea it was that easy to make stellar crumb cake. And of course the chocolate stout cake is always a hit!!

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about 2 years ago Maja Lukic - Veggies & Gin

Chard and white bean stew: http://smittenkitchen.com...
Delish with a poached egg on top! I make it all the time in the winter.

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about 2 years ago mth4895

I have to thank SK for the swiss meringue buttercream recipe! I tried other recipes before to no avail. the recipe she posted on her blog started off w/smaller amounts to try first instead of the larger amounts other recipes had. even though I had a kitchenaid, I couldn't get the other recipes to work. thanks to SK, I can make delicious frostings that aren't too sweet. :)

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about 2 years ago nogaga

Her revolutionary chicken noodle soup!

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about 2 years ago nogaga

Her revolutionary Chicken Noodle Soup!

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about 2 years ago kjrnyc13

It's a three way tie between the apple pie cookies, the Mediterranean feta cheese dish with olives and tomatoes, and the pancetta-spinach-white bean pot pies. Love SM (I'm on it every day) and I have become a better, more confidant cook because of it. Love it and love Deb!

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about 2 years ago etm_nc

There are many to choose from - white bean and swiss chard stew and roasted cauliflower tart were delicious

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about 2 years ago Tali_M

The strawberry summer cake won me a boyfriend. (But the carrot cake comes in close second!)

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about 2 years ago etm_nc

There are many to choose from but I'd say white bean stew with chard or roasted cauliflower tart - both delicious!

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about 2 years ago Tali_M

The strawberry summer cake got me a boyfriend. (But the carrot cake is a close second!)

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about 2 years ago etm_nc

There are many to choose from, but I'd say white bean and swiss chard stew or the roasted cauliflower tart. Both excellent!

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about 2 years ago Casey Augeri

I made the hazelnut brown butter caked for my younger sister's birthday last year. It was a huge hit and we devoured it!

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about 2 years ago CheapBeets

The marinated red peppers with capers and fresh mozzarella. We make it all summer long with the fresh peppers in our CSA.

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about 2 years ago mollycumming

Fig, olive oil and sea salt challah!

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about 2 years ago emilies

chopped salad with feta and mint! made it MANY times this summer.

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about 2 years ago Morgan Cox

My favorite is one of her newer recipes- Banana Bread Crepe Cake with Butterscotch. It is seriously unbelievable. When I brought it to work, everyone was swooning over it! I felt like such a pro even though it was pretty simple!

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about 2 years ago samanthab

I can't pick a favorite, but I love American flag sheet cake. I've made it for two parties in the last 2 months. SO easy and good!!

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about 2 years ago wandajune6

I am in love with the cold rice noodles with peanut lime sauce. A close second? The summer strawberry cake. I've made it with many different fruits and have not found a version that doesn't disappear immediately!

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about 2 years ago slicknik25

it really is hard to choose just one as I use them all pretty religiously. pancakes 101 and blueberry pancake recipe for the mornings, maybe the stewed lentils & tomatoes or the chocolate cake? really is so hard to decide! Congratulations and thank you Deb!

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about 2 years ago mrsmaturin

So hard to pick, but I do love the strawberry summer cake.

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about 2 years ago MessyCookJo

My favourite is the Carrot salad with harissa, feta and mint. When Deb first posted it I was seeing it everywhere, so I had to try it for myself. It's killer and ppl are always in love with the combination of flavours.

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about 2 years ago the polish girl

I must admit I had a very hard time deciding which recipe was my favorite. There are way too many but since I'm a bit new at cooking or rather at baking I will pick Apple Tart with Salted Caramel. Now, don’t get me wrong but I have this “thing” about baking especially when it comes to making the dough, rolling it out etc etc. My baking never turns out, honestly, maybe once or twice in my life I baked a cake that actually resembled what a cake should resemble. I hate to admit but my husband is better at baking cookies then I am. But the tart didn’t look that hard to make and I could roll out the puff pastry so I tried it. And it turned out PERFECTLY, absolutely perfectly, sweet, salty, tart...melting apples in your mouth. The tart was a huge hit in our house even my 4 year old that does not like cooked apples was very much into it. Thank you Deb.

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about 2 years ago Sarah Simms

It is hard to pick, but it's either Pumpkin Bread Pudding or Spinach and Gruyere Strata. ha! I guess that means I like my bread!

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about 2 years ago taragel

My fave SK recipe is the chocolate peanut butter cake! Divine and a crowd pleaser!

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about 2 years ago Literary Equivalent

I make so many and love them, but braised pears with vanilla nearly stopped my brother's heart. He loves pears and just fell in love with it.

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about 2 years ago AEOHP

Her yellow birthday cake is the best! Also the everyday chocolate cake...and there are SO many others!

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about 2 years ago ringah

Long time food52 reader, and bonafied smitten enthusiast here. Fav go-to deb recipe has got to be the lemon-yogurt-anything cake. I have made the original and countless variations in both loaf and muffin form, and it is always great. Who are we kidding? All of Deb's recipes are time tested and delicious.

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about 2 years ago Madhuja

I love her blondie recipe! It is so versatile, you cannot go wrong with it!

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about 2 years ago magproctor

It's hard to pick just one -- I may have to go with the World Peace Cookies, which are incredible and which I've made on multiple occasions. But her Apple Cider Caramels are also extremely delicious.

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about 2 years ago Francesca Murphy

So far the Apple Sharlotka. I've made it several times and it's good also with apples + pears.

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about 2 years ago Cook with 2 Chicks

SK's recipes ALWAYS turn out great. If I HAVE to pick a favorite, I'd say Dijon-Braised Brussels Sprouts. Fabulous flavor!

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about 2 years ago akay2

Hard to pick a favorite since I've been a long time reader of her blog. Recipes I repeat often are her broccoli slaw, austrian raspberry shortbread, and her pulled brisket.

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about 2 years ago JennaBN

LOVE so many of SK's recipes, but our favorite is her Roast Chicken with Dijon Sauce. This woman is a flavor genius!

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about 2 years ago Maria M

What is my favorite Smitten Kitchen recipe? Hmm… that is hard. That’s like asking which of my children I love more (in which I would answer, I love them both equally of course :0)

But, o.k., I will choose one of my favorites, because this is such an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G giveaway

I absolutely love the Smitten Kitchen recipe for Key Lime Coconut Cake. Why? Because I can devour a whole Key Lime Pie by myself, and because who doesn’t love Coconut! I get rave reviews when I make it, and everyone is always asking me for the recipe. “I’ll never tell……” ;)

Thanks again for the amazing giveaway! Would love the cookbook

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about 2 years ago Maria M

Email: mmalavec(at)med(dot)umich(dot)edu

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about 2 years ago mikansan

Her red bean chili. (but I've swapped the beef with black beans.)

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about 2 years ago Whitinmaine

I've made the apple cake, but as an unfrosted bundt cake, 3 times this fall!

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about 2 years ago Angela Cammack

Smitten Kitchen is perhaps my favorite food blog of all time. More often that is actually appropriate to admit I find myself curled up in bed, taking a minute for myself at work, or standing at my kitchen counter perusing the recipes and photo spreads filled with a mixture of envy and inspiration. Though I have tried many of Deb Perelman's recipes over the past several months, and it is almost painful to pick just one to post here, my favorite (thus far) is her Winter Squash Soup with Gruyere Croutons. There is simply nothing like enjoying this delicious soup on a bitterly cold night.

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about 2 years ago clanzaweil

Favorite SK recipe? Yellow birthday cake with fudge icing. Best birthday cake combo ever.