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Holiday Fair Trade Giveaway!

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In the spirit of holiday giving, we are excited to bring you a giveaway from one of our favorite organizations. The good people over at Fair Trade USA partnered with us a few months ago for a giveaway, and now are back offering an incredible line-up of delicious products as a holiday treat for you all! (Truly — this one’s a jackpot!)

We love Fair Trade USA because they’re all about what we’re passionate about too — fair and just treatment of all people and the Earth. As we mentioned in our last post about Fair Trade, we didn’t always think about our purchasing power and what it was supporting. Most often, we made decisions to purchase things based only on price. But after learning more about where products come from and how they are made (as well as travelling to somewhere like Cambodia and understanding more about labor exploitation), we’ve gradually changed to trying to use our “purchasing power” to support things we believe in.

So, what better to think about in this holiday season than gifts that give back? Fair Trade USA has a wonderful Holiday Gift Guide, with all sorts of products from chocolate to apparel to body care to wine. Check them out for some great gift ideas.

And, on a semi-related note, we’ll be selling our benefit cookbook for Cambodia tonight (Thursday, December 12, starting at 6:00 pm) at City Market in Indianapolis for Yelp’s Totally Bazaar — come check it out for a huge lineup of local vendors for holiday shopping!

A huge thanks to Allison at Fair Trade USA for the awesome lineup of products below: 

TCHO SeriousMilk Chocolate Discs 39% – These discs are perfect for baking cooking and snacking. Malty with a rich mouthful of caramel and cream lightened with hints of honey suckle and vanilla.

Alter Eco Dark Coconut Toffee Chocolate Bar – This organic and Fair Trade Certified chocolate bar is crunchy and toasted, with a chewy bit and a smooth buttery finish

Green Mountain Pumpkin Spice – The sweet, creamy flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg make Pumpkin Spice just right for fall’s crisper days and cooler nights.

Glory Bee Fair Trade Honey – The honey produced in the Caatinga (scrub forests) of Brazil is like none produced anywhere else. Its rich, complex flavor carries the essence of this region in every spoonful.

Rishi Pu-Erh Ginger Tea – The zesty notes of orange and ginger complement the rich, smooth flavors of Pu-erh in this organic and Fair Trade blend.

To enter the giveaway, leave us a comment on this entry telling us a favorite new holiday recipe you’d like to try. For an additional entry, Like us on Facebook, and then leave a comment that you’ve liked us. We’ll choose one winner at random.

The Rules: Up to two entries per person, U.S. residents only. Commenting will close on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 11:00 pm, EST. Make sure to provide your email address in the comment form (we promise to keep it confidential!). One winner will be chosen at random and announced on Monday, December 17.

This giveaway is brought to you by Fair Trade USA, who donated these items!

~~~Winner~~~

Congrats to Shanna for winning this contest! Hopefully her grain-free biscotti turn out delicious :)

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145 Comments

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    Kel
    December 13, 2012 at 6:41 am

    This year I am trying out gingersnap cookies. thanks!

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    tiffany drape
    December 13, 2012 at 7:30 am

    new holiday recipe: truffles with greek yogurt!

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    Leslie
    December 13, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Peppermint bark!

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    Miriam
    December 13, 2012 at 8:05 am

    I’m planning on trying out your whole grain stuffing recipe. I adore stuffing but have never made my own!

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    Kaitlyn
    December 13, 2012 at 8:12 am

    This year I am trying out a new cookie recipe– Lebkuchen– a German Christmas cookie. This is the recipe I decided on: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/lebkuchen-vi/

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    erin
    December 13, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Planning to attempt homemade marshmallows!

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    Kaitlyn
    December 13, 2012 at 8:16 am

    I liked you on facebook :)

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    Melissa @ Kids in the Sink
    December 13, 2012 at 8:23 am

    i would love to try a gingerbread bundt cake, sweetened with honey and molasses!

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    Melissa @ Kids in the Sink
    December 13, 2012 at 8:25 am

    i likeyou on facebook.

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    beth w
    December 13, 2012 at 8:33 am

    I’d like to try ginger molasses. Had some great ones the other day–so chewy!–but I’ve never made them.

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    beth w
    December 13, 2012 at 8:33 am

    I “liked” you on Facebook.

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    Tasha
    December 13, 2012 at 8:35 am

    I definitely am more into the appetizers than desserts during the holidays, and I have a baked pecan-crusted goat cheese log recipe I plan to try.

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    Jessica
    December 13, 2012 at 8:43 am

    I want to make a variety of cookies! I want to try the chocolate black bean cookies that you posted.

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    Allison C
    December 13, 2012 at 9:15 am

    This year I’m going to try to make candy cane macarons and candy cane and chocolate truffles.

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    Miche
    December 13, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I plan on making a seasonal applesauce cake tonight! And probably some holiday cookies over the weekend…

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    Natalie
    December 13, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Awesome products. I wish Canadians could enter :P

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    Heather B.
    December 13, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I’m going to try pistachio cupcakes with honey buttercream.

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    Heather B.
    December 13, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I like you on facebook.

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    Jillian
    December 13, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I’m hoping to try homemade oreos this year. My step-mom made them last year and they were the bee’s knees.

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    Jillian
    December 13, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I like you on Facebook (and have!) :)

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    Miianda
    December 13, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I’m dying to try the peppermint ice-cream covered in hot chocolate!

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    Heather Hicks
    December 13, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I would like to try to make homemade toffee!

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    Carly
    December 13, 2012 at 10:42 am

    “liked” on FB and thanks for offering the give away!

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    Deanna Brzeg
    December 13, 2012 at 10:42 am

    I am surprising everyone at a party with egg nog cupcakes that I have never made!

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    Deanna Brzeg
    December 13, 2012 at 10:43 am

    I like you on Facebook!

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    Carly
    December 13, 2012 at 10:43 am

    I’m excited to try out a hot cocoa cookie recipe I found on pinterest!!

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    Jess
    December 13, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I have been working on a salted caramel hot chocolate mix and would love to try it with the fair trade chocolate or change it up with the toffee chocolate!

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    Elissa
    December 13, 2012 at 10:50 am

    I am going to make clementine cosmos on Christmas eve for my sisters, brothers and family coming to visit

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    Elissa
    December 13, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I like A Couple Cooks on Facebook

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    Shanna
    December 13, 2012 at 10:53 am

    I’d love to find a grain-free biscotti recipe in time for Christmas. : ) Love this giveaway, guys. And PS I already am a FB fan!

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    Veronica
    December 13, 2012 at 11:07 am

    This year I’m attempting dark chocolate sugar cookies – two of my favorite things! I also made apple butter for the first time this year – sweetened with brown sugar and maple syrup.

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    Rachel Tilly
    December 13, 2012 at 11:08 am

    New Holiday Recipe: Parmesan Basil Cheese Straws!!

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    Veronica
    December 13, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Also, I liked your Facebook page.

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    Rachel Tilly
    December 13, 2012 at 11:08 am

    I liked you on Facebook :)

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    Christine
    December 13, 2012 at 11:09 am

    I cant wait to try some challah recipes!

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    Christine
    December 13, 2012 at 11:09 am

    I like you on FB!

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    Kaitlin
    December 13, 2012 at 11:10 am

    This year I think I might try a new chocolate cookie recipe for the holidays.

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    Kaitlin
    December 13, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I also liked your facebook page.

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    Darbi
    December 13, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I have never made homemade pie. So I would like to make an apple pie for my family.

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    Cindy
    December 13, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Sweet potato bread!

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    Brittany
    December 13, 2012 at 11:41 am

    This year I’m going to try baking gluten free so my GF friends can enjoy in the sweets too :)

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    Brittany
    December 13, 2012 at 11:42 am

    And I like you on facebook! :)

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    Elin
    December 13, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I recently went to a party where a friend made these cheesy potatoes she said are one of her family’s holiday dishes. They were so good and I can’t wait to make them for my own family party.

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    Elin
    December 13, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I like you on Facebook!

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    Katrina
    December 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    I’m getting into baking for the first time this year. Cookies, breads, it all sounds good!

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    Emily R.
    December 13, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    I’ve seen some great non-traditional Christmas cookie recipes lately. Oh, and an amazing batch of butterbeer! Need to try making that. :)

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    Emily R.
    December 13, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Liked you guys on Facebook!

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    Alicia Cecil
    December 13, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Chocolate peanut butter upside down cake:)

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    Ashleigh
    December 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Cheesecake! Have not decided on the type yet :)

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    Kim
    December 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    i would like to try a different recipe for sweet potatoes since i use the same one every year

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    Michele R-S
    December 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Mexican Brownies with a touch of cayenne and sprinkled with Fleur de sel!

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    Michele R-S
    December 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I Like you on Facebook!

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    Brittany
    December 13, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Sea salt caramel pretzel bites!

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    Brittany
    December 13, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Liked you on facebook

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    Dana
    December 13, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I’m looking forward to trying out that hot chocolate affogato!

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    Dana
    December 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    And I like you on Facebook :)

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    claire faulkner
    December 13, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    eggnog cookies with eggnog icing – yum!

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    Heather
    December 13, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    The Peppermint Ice Cream Hot Chocolate Affogatto that y’all posted recently is on my list of holiday treats!!

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    Jill
    December 13, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I’m going to make my Dad’s snack mix.

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    Heather
    December 13, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I like y’all on facebook!

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    Sally
    December 13, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Crepes – for Christmas morning :)

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    Lin
    December 13, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I am going to make the country bread from your blog when I have a free morning at home, hopefully the weekend before Christmas.

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    Jill
    December 13, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I like you on Facebook.

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    Alyssa (Everyday Maven)
    December 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    This is a great give-away! I plan on making a Gingerbread (or Egg Nog) flavored Overnight Baked French Toast for Christmas morning breakfast but with all natural ingredients :)

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    Allie
    December 13, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    I would like to make peppermint bark!

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    Allie
    December 13, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    i liked you on fb!

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    Courtney B
    December 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    This is pretty classic, but I’ve never made one: a cassoulet. I’m hoping to make one before the new year begins.

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    Courtney B
    December 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    and I just liked you on FB!

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    Ashley Sewall
    December 13, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Hoping to make something fun from your website for family potluck!!!!

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    sara
    December 13, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I just came across a recipe for a pumpkin cheesecake that sounds amazing…would love to try that!

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    rebekah
    December 13, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    i am trying a cranberry-apple casserole for christmas morning. :)

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    Kelly
    December 13, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    This year it will be cherry hazelnut fudge!

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    Jade
    December 13, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    There are so many new recipes I always want to try out! I just tried out a new gingerbread recipe, and a new eggnog recipe. I’d like to make an apple tart.

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    Allison from Fair Trade USA
    December 13, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Thanks Sonja & Alex, and everyone reading this, for supporting Fair Trade! Hope you enjoy the items in this giveaway!

    P.S. No, this does not count as a contest entry ;)

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      Sonja
      December 15, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Thanks to you and Fair Trade, Allison! :)

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    Jane
    December 13, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    This year I am going to make spiced cider!

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    Sarah L
    December 13, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I’d like to make peppermint meringues.

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    rachel
    December 13, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    I just emailed my mom a recipe for a Yule Log. It’s so festive!

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    Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen
    December 13, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    This hot chocolate sounds amazing!

    http://www.cookingforseven.com/2012/12/peppermint-hot-chocolate/

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    Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen
    December 13, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I also like you on Facebook.

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    Kasey
    December 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Totally would make baklava!

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    Erin Miller
    December 13, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I’m making a vegan chocolate orange cake for Christmas day. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

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    sara
    December 13, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    I’m trying homemade egg nog!

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    Leslie
    December 13, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try making gingerbread. This is the year I will finally do it and stop with the Starbucks gingerbread.

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    Laura Johnson
    December 13, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    A chocolate cake! So simple but I’ve never made one before :)

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    sara
    December 13, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I am making Annies Eats candy cane bark cookies!

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    Annabel
    December 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I would like to make some blueberry cheesecake from scratch. Butterbeer also sounds really good.

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    Jessica M.
    December 13, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I’d like to try making a sweet/savory pie like cherry rosemary.

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    Bethany W
    December 13, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Eggnog!

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    Bethany W
    December 13, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    I liked you on facebook!

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    Eliza Haverstock
    December 13, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I want to try your chocolate-black bean cookies for a healthier holiday treat!

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    Beth
    December 13, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I’ve never made eggnog before and kind of want to, but then raw eggs creep me out. :\

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    Beth
    December 13, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Oh, and I liked you on FB!

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    Jessica
    December 13, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I am having a hard time this holiday season because I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. So I am searching for recipes I’m allowed to eat! I think at this point I am most excited to find recipes for sweets that I can eat one of and not kill the amount of carbs I’m supposed to have.

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    Sarah
    December 13, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    I haven’t decided yet, but I’m I’ll pick quite a few new things over Christmas break!

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    Renee
    December 13, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    At Thanksgiving, I tried a new stuffing/dressing recipe: Italian Chard and Sausage Stuffing. It was a huge hit! And I especially loved that I used chard from my garden!

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    Samantha
    December 13, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    I am looking forward to the peppermint ice cream on your site!

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    Katie
    December 13, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    This holiday season I’m most eager to try Dutch Babies!

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    Katie
    December 13, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Liked on facebook!

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    Rebecca
    December 13, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    I’m loving all the peppermint recipes I’m seeing lately – I would love to try some bars or cookies but I haven’t decided yet :)

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    Jennifer
    December 13, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I saw a recipe for brussels sprouts salad today that I really want to try-it sounds delicious!

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    Jennifer
    December 13, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    I happily liked you on facebook :)

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    payal
    December 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    mustard and soy sauce brussel sprouts

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    Emily P
    December 13, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    the pumpkin coffee looks delish! i’ll be trying a new gingerbread granola recipe this weekend :)

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    Amanda H
    December 13, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Peanut butter truffles! I havent tried it yet but I plan to on the 24th :)

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    Amanda H
    December 13, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    I liked you on Facebook, too!

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    Sara P.
    December 14, 2012 at 1:45 am

    I would like to make truffles this year!

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    SLF
    December 14, 2012 at 4:08 am

    I am looking forward to making a gluten-free gingerbread recipe for my cousin who has a gluten intolerance.

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    Maddie
    December 14, 2012 at 6:20 am

    This year I’m going to try to make gingerbread. I’ve never made it before and molasses is very strange for me but it’s about time! Can’t wait til exams are over so I can get back to baking!

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    Meagan
    December 14, 2012 at 7:52 am

    I am in finals this year so all my holiday planning has been put on hold, but ONE TEST LEFT and I can pick christmas dinner – – I think lobster and fennel stew? Or maybe takeout depending on how the last test goes haha. Thanks for the giveaway!

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      Sonja
      December 15, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      You’re welcome — and good luck on your test!!

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    Meagan
    December 14, 2012 at 7:53 am

    I like you on facebook!

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    Katie
    December 14, 2012 at 8:23 am

    So many holiday cookies I want to make!

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    Janice
    December 14, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I’m going to make whole grain stuffing and lots of your pickled red onions! Great giveaway! Thanks!

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      Sonja
      December 15, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      Yum! Good reminder on the pickled onions — one of our favorites :)

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    Janice
    December 14, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I like you on Facebook!

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    Julie
    December 14, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I don’t have just one recipe to try. I purchased your cookbook a few weeks ago and am aiming to try most of them before I give it to my daughter for Christmas!

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      Sonja
      December 15, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      Oh, wonderful — thank you so much for buying it! We hope you enjoy it — keep us posted on if you make anything! :)

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    Amanda
    December 14, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Vanilla bean egg nog bundt cake.

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    Kathryn
    December 14, 2012 at 10:09 am

    I would like to try making amaretti cookies at home. High in protein(almonds and egg whites) and they taste so good!

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    STH
    December 14, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I want to try some recipes for hot buttered rum–delicious in the cold weather!

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    Alyssa
    December 14, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Peppermint bark and peppermint cookies!

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    Mason
    December 14, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    I would really like to make a pumpkin pie…but I want it to be special. I saw a recipe for Apple butter Pumpkin pie. I think I’m going to try that. I found some really good Amish apple butter at a local store. Seems like it should mesh well!

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    Melinda M
    December 14, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    This year I’m trying homemade Oreos!

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    SharonF
    December 14, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    I’m going to make some cranberry, white chocolate biscotti. Sounded really good to me.

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    SharonF
    December 14, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    I liked you on facebook.

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    Vanessa
    December 15, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Awesome giveaway, thanks!

    I’d love to try my hand at marshmallows. :)

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    Vanessa
    December 15, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I like you on FB!

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    Anjana Siva
    December 15, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    My favorite holiday recipe is mini cheesecake.

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    Anjana Siva
    December 15, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I like your blog on Facebook.

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    Jessica
    December 15, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try making gluten free stuffing!

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    Jessica
    December 15, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    I liked you on facebook!

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    Marty
    December 15, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    I just found a new recipe for Hot Chocolate Cookies that I want to try out for the night my family goes driving around looking at Christmas lights. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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    Marty
    December 15, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Just liked you guys on fb! Thanks for the giveaway. My mouth is watering looking at that Dark Coconut Toffee!! (Marty Musser)

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    Megan | EatsDaily
    December 15, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    I saw a few recipes for homemade girl scout cookies that I plan on making!

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    Megan | EatsDaily
    December 15, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    I am a fan on Facebook! :)

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    Nicole
    December 15, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Spicy Lentil Soup…I adore lentils in most forms & fashion!

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    Calli
    December 15, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    I’m looking to try mint chocolate cookies!

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    Jess Wehner
    December 16, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Love your blog and love what you stand for! Thanks for sharing this site… a new holiday recipe I want to try: gingersnap cookies!

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    EH
    December 16, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Duck breast with cherry sauce.

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    Laurel
    December 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    I’m trying an old favorite, Snowballs (Mexican wedding cookies), but a dairy-free version.

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    Khadija
    December 16, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I love eithically sourced foods like these :)

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    Taylor
    December 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    One of my cousins loves cookie dough. So every year I take a cookie dough dessert to our family get together. In the past its been cookie dough cheesecake, ice cream, and cupcakes. Trying cookie dough fudge for the first time this year. :)

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    Taylor
    December 19, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    At my younger brother’s request, I am baking a salted caramel, dark chocolate tart this year. :)

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