The Newlywed Cookbook Giveaway

I’m far from a newlywed and have been married for almost 12 years, but that hasn’t stopped me from enjoying Robin Miller’s The Newlywed Cookbook

Robin is the host of the Food Network’s Quick Fix Meals, as well as a nutritionist and a New York Times bestselling author.

 With over 200 recipes, The Newlywed Cookbook celebrates couples coming together over food, with recipes and tips for everything from quick and intimate meals to sit-down dinner parties with friends.

With her friendly guidance and recipes, she shows couples how to create breakfasts in bed, picnic lunches, and easy, fun dinners. From planning intimate, candlelit meals to hosting that first big sit-down dinner party, this collection gets newlyweds started off on the right foot, together. Makes the perfect companion to a wedding or bridal shower gift.

Robin also shares sample menus for special occasions and relationship milestones, including:

  • Thanksgiving (Sourdough stuffing with sweet Italian sausage; pumpkin pie with hazelnut crust)
  • Sunday brunch (Pecan-raisin sticky buns; spinach and cheese quiche with caramelized shallots)
  • Super Bowl party (Goat cheese quesadillas with green chile salsa; four bean vegetarian chili)
  • Valentine’s Day (Broiled lobster tails; asparagus with tomato vinaigrette, cumin basmati pilaf)

You don’t have to be a newlywed to enjoy her recipes and ideas. Some of her twists on basics and classics would be valuable for everyone.

Here’s a recipe she shared in the book (reprinted with permission)


Walnut-Fudge Torte – From The Newlywed Cookbook by Robin Miller

For the torte:

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 eggs, separated

1 cup granulated sugar, divided

1/4 cup butter, melted

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the filling:

4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate

1 cup heavy cream, divided

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the topping:

1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar

1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa

To make the torte:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Place walnuts in a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Process until finely crushed. Add flour, baking powder, and salt and process until blended. Set aside.

3. In a large mixing bowl, beat 4 egg whites until soft peaks form, about 2-3 minutes. Gradually beat in 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar and beat until stuff, shiny peaks form.

4. In a separate bowl, beat together egg yolks and remaining 1/2 cup sugar until thick and pale. Beat in melted butter and vanilla extract. Fold one spoonful of egg whites into egg yolk mixture. Fold in flour mixture.

5. Pour batter into two 9-inch round cake pans that have been coated with non-stick spray.

6. Bake 25 minutes, or until top is golden and cakes begin to pull away from the sides of the pans. Cool cakes in pans 10 minutes on a wire rack. Invert and cool completely.

To make the filling:

1. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or medium bowl over simmering water. Set aside to cool slightly.

2. Scald 1/2 cup of the heavy cream (keeping the remaining 1/2 cup chillded) by heating in a small saucepan over medium heat just until bubbles appear around the edges. Stir scalded cream into chocolate and whisk until blended. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

3. Transfer mixture to a medium mixing bowl and beat until light and fluffy, about 30 seconds (although the ganache is firm, it still beats up light and fluffy).

4. In a small mixing bowl, beat remaining 1/2 cup of chilled heavy cream until stuff peaks form. Fold into chocolate mixture with vanilla.

To assemble the torte:

Spread chocolate filling on one cake layer. Place second cake layer on top and press down slightly. In a small bowl, combine confections’ sugar and cocoa. Transfer mixture to a fine sieve and sift over top of torte (for a pretty presentation, sift a little confectioners’ sugar-cocoa mixture around the edges of the plate, too).


Here are 10 Favorite Recipes that I wish I knew how to make when I was a newlywed because each has turned out to be a favorite of my husband’s:

1. Loaded Baked Tater Tot Dip (vegan, GF) – Favorite baked potato toppings are loaded into an easy, creamy, and cheesy dip. It’s made with tater tots, sour cream, meatless meatballs, and cheese and assembly takes just 5 minutes. It’s a gooey, hearty, rich dip with extremely minimal work

2. Cinnamon Sugar Chocolate Pretzels (no-bake, vegan, GF) – Make in 5 minutes and he loves these things

3. Rosemary Chipotle Roasted Almonds (vegan, GF) – Spiced nuts of any kind are easy and always a hit here

4. Creamy and Crispy Hash Browns Frittata (vegetarian, GF) – Eggs and hash browns baked together is comfort food at it’s finest

5. Vegetable Lasagna Casserole (vegan, GF) – A healthier and much easier to prepare twist on classic lasagna

6. Avocado, Cream Cheese, and Salsa-Stuffed Puff Pastries (vegetarian and easy to keep vegan) – Stuff these with any vegetables, cheese, meat and bake for an impressive-looking but easy meal

7. Honey Dinner Rolls – My go-to dinner roll recipe that everyone loves and never lets me down

8. Soft Buttery One Hour Pretzels (vegan) – Bringing mall pretzels to your kitchen, in just 1 hour

9. Chocolate Chip and Chunk Cookies – My go-to, all-around, easy, and doesn’t disappoint chocolate chip cookie recipe. It only took 11 years of marriage to find it

10. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies (gluten-free) – No flour, no white sugar, and no butter and the best peanut butter cookies we’ve ever had. Took almost 12 years of marriage, but I have the recipe finally

One lucky reader will win a copy of Robin’s new book (open to USA and Canada only)

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114 Responses to “The Newlywed Cookbook Giveaway”

  1. Barbara — February 3, 2013 at 12:33 am (#

    I’m so happy I know how to make a good roast chicken. It’s an invaluable skill & such a crowd pleaser. Everyone loves it! My recipe is here:

  2. mbb — February 3, 2013 at 12:36 am (#

    looks like a great book!

  3. mbb — February 3, 2013 at 12:37 am (#

    i wish i knew how to make indoor baby back ribs…

  4. Ellen — February 3, 2013 at 1:37 am (#

    I am glad to know how to make bread and butter waffles-or as I call em’, housewife waffles:

  5. Rebecca @ Pavlova's Dog — February 3, 2013 at 2:53 am (#

    I can’t enter because I’m not from the US, but isn’t this cookbook great? I’ve seen it on some other blogs and just love the premise. Because getting married must seem like the ultimate transition into adulthood, where responsibility reigns and it’s just no longer cool to eat cereal for dinner. For the first few months, at least…

  6. Cindy Brickley — February 3, 2013 at 3:14 am (#

    I wish I could decorate cakes and cookies, I see so many beautiful and unique designs from my fellow bloggers, too many to mention. They are so inspirational and so are you!

  7. Eva @ Eva Bakes — February 3, 2013 at 4:19 am (#

    I wish I knew how to make my husband’s grandmother’s fresh noodles. To this day, nobody has figured out the exact recipe! She has long since passed but never shared this recipe with anyone.

  8. Bethany — February 3, 2013 at 4:58 am (#

    I wish I knew how to make a really great peanut butter pie – it’s my weakness! I’m tired of ones that are just peanut butter and cool whip mixed together

  9. Leah — February 3, 2013 at 5:00 am (#

    I make a mean white chicken chili!

  10. Melissa @ Kids in the Sink — February 3, 2013 at 5:32 am (#

    I wish I knew how to cook more meats. I’m good with chicken but i’m a vegetarian so some meats i want to cook for my husband i’m intimidated by.

  11. lynaeve — February 3, 2013 at 6:10 am (#

    lasagna! thanks for the chance

  12. Paula — February 3, 2013 at 6:14 am (#

    I am glad I learned how to make homemade yeast bread when I was in my 20’s–I made it for my husband while we were dating and and still love making it for him 16 years later!

  13. Francine — February 3, 2013 at 6:21 am (#

    I wish I knew how to make decent bread.

  14. Brenna — February 3, 2013 at 6:22 am (#

    I’m glad I learned how to make green chile chicken enchiladas. My husband is from San Antonio, so Mexican food is a must in our house!

  15. Samantha Remington — February 3, 2013 at 6:23 am (#

    Knowing how to make a good stew with dumplings is both delicious and economical.

  16. Emily @ — February 3, 2013 at 6:43 am (#

    What a fun cookbook! Now when do I get to buy yours? : )

  17. maryz — February 3, 2013 at 6:43 am (#

    I would love to know how to make my grandmothers cabbage rolls. Its always been a family favorite, but I never took the time to learn to make it.

  18. Olivia @ Liv Lives Life — February 3, 2013 at 6:43 am (#

    I’m so glad I know how to make a good soup/stew. There are few occasions that skill doesn’t come in handy!

  19. Anne — February 3, 2013 at 7:00 am (#

    One recipe my spouse is glad I know how to make is chicken in cream sauce, which he loves and which I love to make for him.

  20. Katrina — February 3, 2013 at 7:42 am (#

    I love making granola, it is so easy and healthy. One of my favorite recipies is Sweet Potato Granola-

  21. Valerie — February 3, 2013 at 8:03 am (#

    I want to master the fine are of making macarons- after only one success out of five attempts, they’ve become my Achilles heel.

  22. Diane @ Vintage Zest — February 3, 2013 at 8:20 am (#

    I wish I knew how to make the Spinach & Roasted Red Pepper Lasagna that is actually super easy!

  23. Julia — February 3, 2013 at 8:28 am (#

    I LOVE to cook (as many of you do, I’m sure!); it’s hard to choose just one recipe that I’m grateful to have learned over the years. My husband and I have been married for 2 1/2 years now, and of all the things we cook together, I have to agree that roasting a chicken is probably number one on the list. It is so wonderful to have for a small dinner party or a group of friends–especially if you can slooow cook it all day! Delicious!

  24. ariana — February 3, 2013 at 8:31 am (#

    Oh i would love to try this!

  25. Sarah H.P. — February 3, 2013 at 8:33 am (#

    I wish I had known how to make homemade pizza as a newlywed!

  26. Marthalynn — February 3, 2013 at 9:29 am (#

    I wish I knew how to make better GF bread – storebought is expensive!

    • Marthalynn — February 3, 2013 at 9:31 am (#

      I’m subscribed to your emails as acluisi at hotmail

  27. Sara — February 3, 2013 at 9:34 am (#

    I’m glad I know how to make this healthy fried rice. My husband loves it!

  28. Diana — February 3, 2013 at 9:35 am (#

    I wish I knew how to make a good Thanksgiving stuffing!

  29. Emily R. — February 3, 2013 at 9:38 am (#

    I wish I knew how to make large pieces of meat (roasts, ribs, whole chickens and turkeys, etc.). Would be great to have leftovers for our lunches, but we tend to think smaller.

  30. JaLynn — February 3, 2013 at 9:49 am (#

    I wish I could roast a chicken. It’s at the top of my cooking bucket list. :)

  31. Emily — February 3, 2013 at 10:11 am (#

    I wish I could make a good meatloaf. Mine always turn out too dry or flavorless.

  32. Peggy — February 3, 2013 at 10:43 am (#

    I wish I could make my grandmother’s (Nanny) rice pudding. It was the best I’ve ever eaten. I’ve tried for almost 40 years to recreate that recipe and I just can’t seem to get it right! The funny thing is, that other than that rice pudding Nanny was legendary for her bad cooking lol!

  33. Naomi — February 3, 2013 at 11:11 am (#

    Holy yum!

  34. Summer — February 3, 2013 at 12:05 pm (#

    Another delicious cookbook to add to my collection!

  35. Jessica — February 3, 2013 at 1:50 pm (#

    My favorite recipe to make is chicken piccata!

  36. Katie — February 3, 2013 at 1:53 pm (#

    I wish I knew how to make pad thai and shepards pie

  37. Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings — February 3, 2013 at 2:35 pm (#

    Hi, Averie! Everything looks good! Just one thing, the Loaded Baked Tater Tot Dip – it says vegan but it has cheese. Did you use some kind of vegan cheese, like soy cheese? Thanks!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 3, 2013 at 2:46 pm (#

      yes – use Daiya, soy, etc. Whatever cheese you want! I noted that in the recipe :)

  38. Louis — February 3, 2013 at 3:09 pm (#

    My favorite thing to make is spiced roast lemon chicken.

  39. Meryl — February 3, 2013 at 3:10 pm (#

    I prefer baking over cooking, and love baking anything chocolate!

  40. Caley — February 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm (#

    I wish I knew how to make jams/preserves/marmalade…it’s something I’ve always wanted to try but have been too nervous!

  41. Megan — February 3, 2013 at 5:52 pm (#

    I wish I could make a good soup

  42. Niki Baker — February 3, 2013 at 6:36 pm (#

    I wish I knew how to make a great pot roast (looked at many recipes but haven’t tried yet) and I’m really glad I know how to make the bestest soft yeast dinner rolls.

  43. Craig E. — February 3, 2013 at 7:01 pm (#

    I wish I knew some good chicken recipes.

  44. Molly — February 3, 2013 at 7:37 pm (#

    I wish I knew how to make bread.

  45. Marina@Picnic at Marina — February 3, 2013 at 7:37 pm (#

    I didn’t know how too cook at all when I got married :) I wish I had this book and knew how to make a chicken broth, a good one, my husband’s favorite now! :)

  46. Tina M — February 3, 2013 at 7:41 pm (#

    I wish I could make a good ham pot pie..Great giveaway..Thanks

  47. Angela — February 3, 2013 at 8:05 pm (#

    I’m glad I know how to make Chicken Pot Pie – such a comfort food and a great way to use up left over roast chicken.

  48. Priyanka — February 3, 2013 at 8:16 pm (#

    I know it’s easy, but I love being able to make kale chips. Mmmm.

  49. Leslie — February 3, 2013 at 8:21 pm (#

    Your recipes look really great, and I’m going to have to try out a that dip and hashbrown fritatta! Oh, and those cookies!! ….

  50. Linda Allen — February 3, 2013 at 8:33 pm (#

    My husband would love the hashbrown frittatas. Maybe add some saute bell peppers, onions and mushrooms to go with it, I love new recipes and I have learned over the years new recipes. Always looking, I love cookbooks :)

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