Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A second anniversary giveaway

This giveaway is now closed.

Has it been two years?


It doesn't seem possible. Two years ago, I was anxiously fretting over our house closing and moving cross-country. I'd never lived through a winter of snow. Heck. I'd never lived through a single day of snow. Except for a brief ski vacation in Colorado, and that doesn't really count because I spent most of my time in the hot tub. I had no friends here. No connections. It was all a huge, daunting blank slate waiting to be filled.

And now...one (mostly finished) new kitchen, two winters of snow, and lots of amazing friends and experiences and food later...

I can even navigate the dreaded asterisk intersection with élan.

Thank you, my friends and readers, for joining me on this journey. I hope the next two years are just as delicious.

And now...{trumpet fanfare here}, to commemorate the second anniversary of A Bluebonnet in Beantown, I wanted to share something that I've wanted myself. So here it is. To be shipped to one lucky reader: one hardcover copy of Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston's Flour Bakery + Cafe (by Joanne Chang). List price $35.

How to enter:
- Leave a comment here, telling me what is your favorite baked good or dessert. This may be done only once per entrant for this giveaway.

- Contest is open to the residents of the U.S. only. Sorry to my international readers. You must be 18 or older.
- This contest ends on Tuesday, June 7, at 10:00 pm EST.
- Winner will be announced by Friday, June 10.
- Any entries after the deadline will be deleted.
- Only one person per household may enter. By entering, you agree to forfeit your prize if it's determined that you entered under more than one name/email.
- Winner will be chosen at random via Random.org generator.
- Winner has 48 hours to respond by email or another winner will be chosen.
- Leave your email address in your entry.
- If you don't leave your email address in your entries, make sure your profile is public.
- Please comment on this post only when entering.

Thanks and good luck to all!


  1. Happy Blogiversary!

    I found your blog through garden web, when I was researching ideas for my new kitchen (nearly complete, just need to add finishing touches).

    I would love to win this cookbook... it looks amazing!


  2. Warm Blackberry Cobbler, a la mode with French Bean ice cream. With all the culinary disasters foisted on us by Central Kitchens at Rice, it is the rare-but-legitimate irony that that is where my favorite dessert was prepared. Of course, not where us commoners ate, but instead served perfectly at the Cohen House. Still my favorite to this day!


  3. Gena, congratulations on your two year anniversary! Best wishes for the coming years. I love following your blog-your house, cooking, horrible winter weather . . .

    It is very generous of you to offer such a luscious cookbook. Oh my, the eclairs look delicious. I don't have the time to bake as much as I did last summer since I started working full time. I miss it so much. It's very hard to choose a favorite baked good item or dessert. A few of my favorites are cinnamon sweet rolls, chocolate cake, blueberry cake and bread just out of the oven.

  4. red velvet cake


  5. Yummy recipes in the book. And I
    also congratulate you on your anniversary, keep up the good work


  6. There's a little authentic french bakery in my hometown that makes dobash cake, also known as doberge cake. It sits proudly at the top of my list. :)

    Congratulations on your two year anniversary!

  7. I know they're simple, but I love m&m cookies - congrats on your anniversary!
    mkbrander at yahoo dot com

  8. I like persimmon cookies.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  9. OOoh. I've wanted this cookbook!

    I think my all-time favorite dessert is fresh blackberry pie...with cream.

    Congrats on your 2 year anniversary!!!!

    rhome410 at gmail dot com

  10. Fresh fruit pies in the summer time . In the winter of love baking of kinds of things. rengold69@yahoo.com

  11. Happy blogoversary. My favorite is my homemade mint mocha hazelnut brownies with vanilla ice cream.

  12. Happy Blogiversary! Picking a favorite dessert is like picking a favorite kid. I love them all! Although if pushed I could narrow it down to something chocalatey.

  13. i love most all desserts but there is really nothing quite like a perfect moist chocolate cake. happy blogiversary

  14. Pecan rolls are my favorite.


  15. This time of year my favorite baked good is rhubarb pie, with fresh rhubarb from my garden.

  16. Just one? Well, macaroons are pretty wonderful.

  17. I love chocolate chip cookies!

  18. favorite dessert is bread pudding! :)

  19. My favorite dessert is chocolate pudding.

  20. Favorite dessert? Hm. Strawberry and Vanilla Compote with banana. That is some delicious food.


  21. My favorite baked good is chocolate chip cookies! calvad at aol dot com

  22. I read this last week and swore this had already ended--but came back to see if you had a review of the cookbook since someone else recommended it as well. I swear I'm losing it because it appears the giveaway is still open. Yikes.

    My favorite is a great chocolate croissant to go with some fabulous espresso. Yum.

    And happy 2nd anniversary of blogging and surviving the snow! It appears I've moved away from it and I miss the idea of it already.

  23. My favorite is a chocolate truffle cake!

    melissamcnicol AT yahoo DOT com


  24. I love Brownie Sundaes, yummy! Thanks for the chance


  25. i like making cinnmaon rolls on the weekend.

  26. My favorite is Turtle Brownies!


  27. I have a recipe from a novel for Pecan Praline Cookies that is to die for. Everyone is always begging for the recipe.

    arobertson75 at comcast dot net

  28. I enjoy fresh baked bread with sweet butter.

    stormraven at gmail dot com

  29. Anything that is a baked good. I love to make cakes and cookies. Chocolate chip ones are the best!
    b dot ringer at hotmail dot com

  30. i like lafayettes


  31. Oh goodness. Brownies. Warm, cold, frosted, not, with nuts, without...it doesn't matter. They are all good!

  32. I love brownies with the cream filling inside and milk yumm
    Today is my birthday!

  33. I love homemade oreo cheesecake thanks for the chance eaglesforjack@gmail.com

  34. my favorite dessert is carrot cake cupcakes
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

  35. I love pumpkin pie. Or pumpkin cookies, pumpkin empanadas, etc. Happy anniversary!

    urchiken at gmail dot com

  36. My favorite baked good is chocolate pound cake

    nblexp ( at ) gmail (dot) com

  37. i love strawberry shortcake!

  38. I love fresh baked muffins for breakfast. My favorite is lemon poppyseed. (Thank you - this looks like a wonderful cookbook!) mcgillrmcgill(at)charter(dot)net

  39. My favorite dessert is Lemon Meringue Pie. garrettsambo@aol.com

  40. I love carrot cake and cream cheese icing.

  41. how did i miss this? terrible.
    hey, just saw your marble pic on susan serra's blog!

  42. Thanks for the heads-up, Deva! Does it make me lame if I think that's kinda cool?

    Mary, if you read this, I'd be glad to ship you some snow next winter. There will probably be plenty to go around. ;)


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