Thursday Things

Here are this week’s Thursday Things:

1. I was asked to be a contributor in Kelly Lester’s new cookbook, Cooking With Trader Joe’s Cookbook, available in stores September 2012.

It’s the seventh book in a series of Trader Joe’s cookbooks and considering I love Trader Joe’s, this was a perfect fit for me.

My amazingly talented friend, Marla Meridith, did the photography for the book and it’s just stunning.

Kelly, Marla, and everyone who worked on the book did a stellar job with an extremely fast, aggressive, and tight timeframe to get this baby from concept to store shelves in months, which is unheard of in the publishing industry.

I’ll keep you updated with more details as the release date approaches. I’m so excited about it!

2. Mason Jar Drink Dispenser

3. Fill it up with Peach Mango Pineapple White Sangria

4. Blueberry Slump – I’d hardly call this a “slump” – blueberries, dough, and vanilla ice cream doesn’t sound like a slump.

I’ve never heard of a slump, which is defined as: A sticky biscuit dough is dropped onto blueberries in this classic New England dessert, which is called a “slump,” “grunt,” or “cobbler,” depending on who you’re asking.

5. I love NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia

It’s a must have in coffee.

6. My order from just arrived and I’m restocked now on life’s little essentials.

iHerb has the cheapest prices on supplements, probiotics, vitamins, nutritional yeast, spices in bulk like cinnamon, white stevia powder, and protein powder

Enter code AVE630 to save $5 on your order

I love that site. A little too much.

7. Oh the fun I could have with 5 pounds of Scharffen Berger 99% Cacao Unsweetened Baking Chocolate

I’m thinking Oreo Cookie-Stuffed Brownies for starters.

I use melted baking chocolate as opposed to dry cocoa powder for brownie baking because I think the resulting brownies are richer, moister, and just better.

All my brownie recipes are start out by melting chocolate in the microwave

Stirring ingredients by hand in one bowl

Pouring into the pan

As easy as a boxed mix, really.

8. Pots & Pans Cupcake Toppers

I could have a field day on the entire Bake It Pretty site

9. Paisley Cupcake liners – so fun and vibrant

If they don’t bleed, run, or fade, that would be amazing.

In order to appear fade-free, I double up the liners for photography because the liners I actually bake muffins or cupcakes in tend to fade quite dramatically.

Case in point Cheddar Cheese and Olive Oil Savory Muffins – had to double them up

10. Thanks for the giveaway entries (there’s 2 going on)

PB Crave Peanut Butter Giveaway

Magimix by Robot-Coupe Food Processor & Juice Extractor Giveaway

What are your Thursday Things?

If you’ve made anything, done, seen, or bought anything fabulous, feel free to link it up in the comments.

If you’ve read any new cookbooks, bought fade-free muffin liners, have a favorite chocolate, or any fun or handy baking products, I’m all ears.


55 Responses to “Thursday Things”

  1. Ellen — July 12, 2012 at 1:25 am (#

    Heehee, thanks to YOUR giveaway, I’m addicted to the Nunaturals vanilla stevia too! I guess the giveaways really do prove profitable to the companies…
    As for my Thursday things, how about a cookie that is distinctly cookie dough-y? Check it:

    And then I found on the SPoon Fork Bacon blog a cocktail that sounds suspect and is in fact an excellant summer refreshing cocktail:

    So good. Happy Thursday!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 12, 2012 at 2:06 am (#

      That’s funny that you’re hooked on the vanilla stevia now too :)

      Spoonforkbacon always has fun ideas and great pics!

  2. Paula — July 12, 2012 at 3:39 am (#

    Funny-I just received my iherb order (powdered stevia and vanilla drops). Iherb has such great prices (lower than ordering off the nunaturals website). Congrats on the cookbook contribution! I take my lunch to work every day so I think this would be right up my alley. Ohhh….a 5lb bag of good dark chocolate baking squares. So tempting until I jumped over there and saw the price!!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 12, 2012 at 10:53 am (#

      I know, I always wanna plug the NN site directly but based on price, gotta go with iherb. Ironic about your order, too! You will LOVE the book if you are a lunch taker. It’s all about on the go eats…you will LOVE it!

  3. Angela / Canned Time — July 12, 2012 at 4:11 am (#

    I’m running a giveaway for a couple healthy cookbooks right now actually in honor of my switching over to WordPress finally.
    It has wonderful ideas for healthy eating as well as the dietary restrictions.
    I saw a great post on Elana’s Pantry yesterday about how food isn’t ‘healthy’ just because its Gluten Free. Kind of like the whole ‘fat free’ craze and the food is full of all kinds of junk – just not fat.
    I’ll definitely be getting your Trader Joe’s book in September. Love TJ and those Mason Jar Pitchers.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 12, 2012 at 10:52 am (#

      Thanks, Angela about the book. And yes, just b/c something is vegan, fat free, GF, etc doesn’t make it healthy automatically. When I used to blog about raw/vegan/GF food people used to write in and say how they loved it and ate an entire pan/batch of dessert but it was okay b/c it was “healthy” — gah!! No, not exactly :)

  4. Lea — July 12, 2012 at 4:13 am (#

    Making brownies with baking chocolate is 100x times better, it really does make them so much gooey-er and more delicious. The Baker’s Chocolate One Bowl Brownie recipe makes the best brownies I’ve ever eaten. It starts with microwaving chocolate and butter together, you can’t go wrong with that =)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 12, 2012 at 10:50 am (#

      that is the recipe I base mine on!! over the years I have adapted the sugar and add in a few more things, but the 1-bowl, microwave & stir technique – yes perfect brownies every time and NO trouble!! Glad you are on board and seriously I tell people this all the time and everyone thinks it’s so complicated to make great brownies at home but it’s not!

  5. Heather (Where's the Beach) — July 12, 2012 at 5:26 am (#

    TJ’s cookbooks??? That’s awesome. Maybe one of these days they’ll put one in here. Just ordered more vanilla stevia and some protein powder yesterday. Hope it arrives quickly, my last order took forever for some reason.

  6. Laura Dembowski — July 12, 2012 at 5:34 am (#

    Sur La Table has the best cupcake liners. They do not fade, come in a bunch of different designs and are not made in China. They’re all I use.

  7. Christine (The Raw Project) — July 12, 2012 at 6:08 am (#

    So exciting on the book, congrats! Can’t wait to see it! Agreed on Vanilla NuNaturals, great in smoothies too. Great list on things. Mine is sprouting kamut berries, saving money still, and trying not to go crazy at work. :-P

  8. Bev @ Bev Cooks — July 12, 2012 at 6:45 am (#

    Averie that is soooo badass!! CONGRATS!

  9. Victoria @ The Pursuit of Hippieness — July 12, 2012 at 6:58 am (#

    iHerb delivery day is always like Christmas for me!! Hahaha

  10. Kelly Lester of EasyLunchboxes — July 12, 2012 at 7:14 am (#

    Averie!!! Double thrill to have glorious you (and your mouth-watering recipes!) in my book AND be at the top of your list today :) Thanks for letting your readers know about our book – I can hardly wait to sign it and send you your first copy!! ♥

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 12, 2012 at 9:50 am (#

      So exciting, Kelly! You should be so proud – CONGRATS! Cannot wait to hold it in my hands and turn the pages!

  11. jackie @ marin mama cooks — July 12, 2012 at 7:16 am (#

    OMG, I first saw this post and thought it was your cookbook entirely. I was a bit confused because that was not a photo of you though. Congratulations girl ☺ I had a feeling that you were and are headed for bigger things. I know I’ll be seeing your own cookbook up there pretty soon. I can’t wait to see this one when it comes out.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 12, 2012 at 9:50 am (#

      Thanks, Jackie, as always for the kind words. You’ve been saying this forever and every time I read it, I totally blush but am grateful for your vote of confidence :)

  12. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat — July 12, 2012 at 7:17 am (#

    I’ve never heard of the Trader Joe’s cookbooks, but living within a mile of one has made me a TJ’s addict! :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 12, 2012 at 9:49 am (#

      Really? I see them in stores all the time…probably b/c I live walking distance from an Urban Outfitters and they sell them there. U.O. has SUCH an eclectic little mix of books!

  13. — July 12, 2012 at 7:22 am (#

    Congrats! That is so amazing. I can not wait to pick up my own copy!

  14. sally @ sally's baking addiction — July 12, 2012 at 7:31 am (#

    CONGRATS on the feature in the cooking w/ TJs cookbook Averie! You must keep us updated on that. I’m so happy for you! You deserve all of the features in the world, honestly. Plus you always feature TJs product sin your recipes and posts. :)

    I love those little paisley cupcake liners! They are adorable. And I have the same polka dot cupcake liners you used for those yummy little savory muffins. Got them at Target!

    I’d love to fill that Mason jar drink dispenser with strawberry margaritas and call it a day. ;)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 12, 2012 at 9:48 am (#

      I got the yellow polka dot ones at Target, too I think – they have a better Wilton supply than most places, actually. And yes, I thought it was pretty ironic that of all things, it was a TJs book considering it’s my second home!

  15. Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy — July 12, 2012 at 7:44 am (#

    congrats! thats so exciting! and oh my gosh those cupcake liners and toppers are the cutest!! great post!

  16. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — July 12, 2012 at 7:48 am (#

    Congrats on the TJ’s book opportunity–that’s SO exciting, Averie! I’m stoked for you. Now you can treat yourself and your accomplishments to that gorgeous UO tapestry and that amazing mason jar dispenser up above (seriously awesome). Happy Thursday!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 12, 2012 at 9:46 am (#

      It doesn’t take much for me to convince myself to go shopping, believe me :)

  17. Katie — July 12, 2012 at 8:11 am (#

    I’ve made cookies. Lots and lots and lots of cookies.

    I’m working on a couple of posts that you are going to LOVE!!

  18. Anna @ The Guiltless Life — July 12, 2012 at 8:47 am (#

    I have never heard of a slump either but I love learning about new things like this! It actually sounds like divine comfort food…yum!

  19. lee — July 12, 2012 at 8:53 am (#

    Oh, I really like that mason jar dispenser from Pottery Barn. Mason jars will definitely be part of the decor at my and my fiance’s wedding…so I may have to see what the caterer thinks of these. =)

  20. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 12, 2012 at 9:08 am (#

    Congrats on the cookbook, can’t wait to check it out. Loving that mason jar dispenser!

  21. Jolene ( — July 12, 2012 at 9:27 am (#

    Congratulations on being featured in the cookbook! That’s super cool! I haven’t ever been to “Bake it Pretty”, but that’s where I’m headed now!

  22. Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — July 12, 2012 at 10:00 am (#

    I love that mason jar drink dispenser. So fabulous! I didn’t know you were featured in the book, how exciting and so perfectly in-line with you and your obsession with TJs! I can’t wait to see what recipe you created :)

  23. Melissa (Better Fit) — July 12, 2012 at 10:48 am (#

    Congratulations on the cookbook features! I’m curious to know what you chose to contribute.

    I love the mason jar dispenser! So cute!

  24. Amber K — July 12, 2012 at 12:21 pm (#

    I seriously can’t get enough of that vanilla stevia. Thanks for introducing it to me!

  25. Eileen — July 12, 2012 at 12:51 pm (#

    Hooray cookbook–good for you! Congrats!

  26. Sarah — July 12, 2012 at 1:35 pm (#

    Fun that you get to be a part of that cookbook (you know how I feel about Trader Joe’s).

    There’s something just not right about a dessert called a grunt, as far as I’m concerned…

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 12, 2012 at 5:38 pm (#

      And I cannot wait to see YOUR next book! You must be so excited!!! I would be! :)

  27. Deirdre — July 12, 2012 at 5:50 pm (#

    What a great Thursday things! Genius cookbook idea! Can’t wait to check it out…and you brought back those brownies. I blame them (and me) for five pounds…but I guess it was worth it. LOL.

  28. luv what you do — July 12, 2012 at 6:41 pm (#

    That is so awesome!!! I am a huge fan of Trader Joe’s and know that you support them and get crazy creative with their products. Congrats!

  29. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen — July 12, 2012 at 9:56 pm (#

    Congratulations!! I love Trader Joes, there is one right down the street from my apt. in SF =) That is so exciting!

  30. JulieD — July 12, 2012 at 11:44 pm (#

    Congrats on being a contributor to that Trader Joe’s cookbook! I love TJ’s. Just wish there was one near me. That Blueberry Slump looks amazing btw!

  31. CJ at Food Stories — July 13, 2012 at 7:31 am (#

    I recently bought a donut pan & it made the cutest treats … Love your Thursday Things … Happy Weekend :-)

  32. Marcia @Frugal Healthy Simple — July 13, 2012 at 9:12 am (#

    That cookbook would be right up my alley!

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