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Blogging Friends – A Giveaway for You!

Strawberry Cream Cookies

I started the Dine & Dish blog in November 2006. Back in my beginning blogging days, I was a very eager, typical new blogger. I cooked and posted on my blog almost every single day. I spent hours reading through blogs and learning the ropes, so to speak. I spent a lot of time networking with other bloggers, reading through magazines getting ideas of what I could blog about, and generally working on an attempt to build my blog up to be one with a decent reputation in the blogging world. Of course, back then, there weren’t as many food blogs as there are today. The network was quite a bit smaller and seemed a little easier to navigate.

Some of the bloggers I feel the most connected to today are ones who I met when I first started blogging. One person, in particular, is my friend Kate over at Kate in the Kitchen. Kate and I first connected on a crazy whim. Being a new blogger, I had over eagerly committed on my blog (and in a published letter to the editor of Food & Wine) to try the Food & Wine 100 Must Try Tastes. Soon after I posted this ambitious goal, I got an email from Kate saying that she was going to try the same thing. We had an immediate connection with common goal and eventually grew to become friends beyond blogging. (I must note that I quit the Food & Wine challenge part way through… some of the items were extremely expensive and impossible to get my hands on living in the Midwest. I was naieve, to say the least!)

Kate is one of those people who has managed to stay true to herself with her blog. She is a talented writer, an excellent and creative cook, and has a genuinely warm heart that comes through in all that she does. She hasn’t fallen prey to what I call the “blogging game” and has managed to still be successful. I admire her a lot for her ability to balance and to keep her blog organic to who she is.

Kate has generously offered up TEN cookbooks from the Taste of Home Annual Cookbook collection for me to give away on my blog. TEN cookbooks! That means over the next couple of weeks you will have the chance to add some of the best Taste of Home cookbooks to your collection.

For this first giveway we are giving away the Taste of Home Annual cookbooks from 2000 and 2001. There are going to be two winners for this particular drawing. All you need to do to be entered in the giveaway is leave a comment on this post. You must include a valid email address… just makes sense so we can get a hold of you if your name is drawn from the Random Number Generator.  It would be great if you would head over to Kate’s as well and give her a shout out… tell her thanks for offering up these great books! While you are there, stop and browse a little but be prepared to have your bookmarks locked and loaded to go… she has a lot of great recipes you’ll want to save to try!

Comments must be left by midnight on Friday, November 21st. Winner will be notified on the next day.

Oh – and stay tuned. You never know when a new giveaway for some of the other cookbooks might pop up. To keep abreast of it all, make sure to subscribe to Dine & Dish by email or follow me on Twitter. Some of the giveaways are going to be quick, and some may last a little longer… you will want to be the first to know!

This recipe is from the Taste of Home Best & Loved Cookies and Bars cookbook that is on newstands now. Delicious!

Strawberry Cream Cookies from Taste of Home

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Seedless strawberry jam


In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla. Add flour and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle. Shape dough into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, make a 1/2-in.-deep indentation in the center of each ball; fill with about 1/4 teaspoon jam. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 5 dozen.

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  1. I love Taste of Home! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

  2. Stephanooch says:

    Ooooo! Can I have a cookbook please?

  3. These cookies look great…they kind of look like thumbprint cookies and my husband loves those!

  4. Thank you for your generosity!

  5. Taste of Home recipes tend to be reliable and simple to make. I love them! Still using the same ToH peanut butter silk pie recipe I found almost a decade ago.

    This is a terrific giveaway, especially during the cookie season!

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  6. I have heard that the recipes from Taste of Home are great and so time friendly – What a great give away!!!

  7. I love Taste of Home recipes…every recipe is a winner! Love your website-it’s so inspiring! Happy Holidays!

  8. wow! this is an awesome giveaway!! i would LOVE to add this cookbook to my collection….thank you for sharing this giveaway!

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  9. Thanks for the great giveaway! the cookies look amazing!

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  10. I’ve never tried a Taste of Home recipe so I’d love to win one of their cookbooks – thanks so much to you and Kate for the giveaway!

  11. Taste of Home is one of my favorites! Real cooking by real people. Thanks to you and Kate for the giveaway!

  12. Hi,
    This is my first time visiting the blog. As I read through the post, it was so exciting to learn of a giveaway on cookbook. It sounds like a great idea. I would love to be the winner. But if not, I’ll def be visiting this site again.


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  13. Thank you both for the chance to win this. Keep up the excellent work!

  14. Oh those cookies look delicious and so easy to make…my favorite kind of recipe!

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  15. Before I started blogging I used to read in other blogs about “blog friends” and allways thought it was a bit too much, you know what I mean? I thought that was no way people could connect in such a way trhu blogs. Of course now I start to undestand it, and think it’s great that a lot of connections and a few good friendships come along the way with posting some recipes in a blog. Anyway you can’t go wrong with strawberry and cream!

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  16. Those cookies sure do look and sound good. I’ve been exploring over at Kate’s wonderful site. Thanks for sharing!!

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  17. I love these cookies, my favorite! I am into baking right now, I may have to try some new recipes!

  18. Ta da! A comment :-D

  19. What fun! (I apologize if my comment duplicates… something weird just happened!). I’ll go and visit her blog next, I’m very intrigued!


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