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)

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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).

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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”

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    Susan Broughton — February 3, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Recipes I would like to learn is anything that is made as a usual dish in Newfoundland Canada. My mother is from there and she died at a younger age and I was unable to get any of her recipes. The one that I did get was Corned Beef and cabbage with Pease pudding and I have it at least once a year and more on special occasions. When I was older I had a step mother who was from the Philippines and we lived there a total of 4 years and I wish I knew some of the recipes that we had while we lived there when my Dad was in the military.

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    Leslie — February 3, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    I want to learn how to make a roast chicken. In fact, I have printed out the directions, but I haven’t had the nerve to try it yet.

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    Renee G — February 3, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Although I’ve done a lot of cooking – I’d love to know how to do a perfect prime rib. I’m just to chicken to try making one.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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    T.R. — February 3, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    The recipe I wish I “knew how” or had the courage to try is any bread recipe. My favorite go to would be an old fashioned lasagna or spaghetti. You can’t go wrong.

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    Stephanie — February 3, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    I have always wanted a good recipe for brasciole. My relatives don’t have anything written down. (I really should go shakedown Grandma!)

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    Debbie Bray — February 3, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    wish I knew how to make bread

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    La Torontoise — February 4, 2013 at 2:01 am

    Averie, I join the ‘wish I knew how to make bread’ club:-)

    nnedkov [at] yahoo [dot] com

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    La Torontoise — February 4, 2013 at 2:01 am

    Averie, I join the ‘wish I knew how to make bread’ club:-)
    nnedkov [at] yahoo [dot] com

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    Lori — February 4, 2013 at 3:07 am

    I wish I would have known how to make my meals with nutritious foods rather than eating so many things out of boxes!

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    chris — February 4, 2013 at 3:19 am

    I would like to know how to make stevia sweetened maple syrup and “honey.” I would also like to know how to make the LOW sugar KIND bars (specifically madagascar vanilla flavor).

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    Em @ Love A Latte — February 4, 2013 at 3:35 am

    I love almonds and those ones look amazing!!! I love that they are vegan and GF! I will definitely be giving those a try :)

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    Ilene — February 4, 2013 at 3:52 am

    I love the balsamic chicken freezer meal from Julias Healthy Italian. It is so good and so easy.

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    Karen — February 4, 2013 at 4:32 am

    I wish I knew more American recipes like beef stew and chicken and dumplings. With a strong German background, I can cook German, but my American husband also likes the classic American comfort foods.

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — February 4, 2013 at 4:37 am

    I wish I could just make amazing steak! Michael and I looove steak (although he’s pretty awesome at making steak but he needs a grill, which we don’t really have access to in nyc)

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    Sarah — February 4, 2013 at 4:48 am

    I wish I had a good recipe for scones

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    Denise Wilson — February 4, 2013 at 5:31 am

    My babci’s cabbage soup.

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    Amanda — February 4, 2013 at 5:41 am

    I love egg drop soup! It’s so easy and yummy. http://sophiesmindset.blogspot.com/2012/12/egg-drop-soup.html

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    Cori — February 4, 2013 at 5:50 am

    I’m glad I know how to make Chicken Marsala. It’s our favorite!

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    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — February 4, 2013 at 6:11 am

    6 month anniversary today :)

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    Eleanor — February 4, 2013 at 6:31 am

    I wish I knew how to make homemade cinammon rolls!

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    Eleanor — February 4, 2013 at 6:31 am

    I wish I knew how to make homemade cinnamon rolls!

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    Natalie S — February 4, 2013 at 6:36 am

    I’m so happy I know how to make chicken noodle soup from scratch!

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    Lori — February 4, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Saag paneer! I have tried and tried, but can’t get it to taste like our restaurant fave. I would settle for “edible.”

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    Shaunna@mamas13minutemile.com — February 4, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Spaghetti. We have it once a week!

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    saniel — February 4, 2013 at 7:43 am

    freezer meals-cassaroles. something i can make ahead of time, freeze and hubby can cook or warm up and eat. thanks

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    Elizabeth F — February 4, 2013 at 8:27 am

    I am glad I learned how to roast a turkey from my mother
    35 or so years ago as I end up making it every year as every
    one wants to come to my house

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    Sara — February 4, 2013 at 8:35 am

    I wish I knew how to make fresh bread!

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    Rena — February 4, 2013 at 8:37 am

    I wish I had known how to cook healthier when I first got married. I used to think the more butter the better but it s simply not true!

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    Megan O — February 4, 2013 at 9:06 am

    I wish I knew how to do more things “make ahead”- so I could pre-make stuff on the weekends to pop into the oven or on the stove on weeknights!

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    Shannon — February 4, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I wish I had a good recipe for chicken pot pie.

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    Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — February 4, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I’m so glad I know how to make a good pan of enchiladas. They’re my fiance’s favorite, and I can make them anytime, making him the happiest man alive!

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    Sara — February 4, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I wish I knew how to make a beautiful pie, any flavor! Mine always come out so ugly!

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    Maisk — February 4, 2013 at 9:35 am

    The first dinner I made my husband was chicken strogonoff and mushroom soup just like my mom made. I’m so glad I learned that because its still one of his favorite meals and they are both really easy! Oh and baklava…I won over my inlaws!

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    Jamie — February 4, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Taco Casserole!

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    Jacqui — February 4, 2013 at 9:54 am

    I wish I knew how to make A LOT of recipes!! I am not really much of a cook… baking is my forte :-) So any cookbook that could guide me through cooking would be amazing!

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    Abbe@This is How I Cook — February 4, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I know a lot of newlyweds so this looks like a great gift. Let me also mention that I made your chocolate chip cookies over the weekend and they were divine! Though I swore I would forever make Alton Brown’s the chewy-well-now I can’t decide which I like better. Probably whatever one is in front of me!

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    G.G.,as in Gaby Guillen ;) — February 4, 2013 at 10:14 am

    I’m extremely glad i know how to make the best homemade vanilla ice cream( that tastes just like the store bought one,you know )!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the giveaway and heres the link for the recipe -http://www.marthastewart.com/355960/no-churn-vanilla-ice-cream
    You’ll be glad know how to make ice cream……or at least your kids or something? Gooood luck peeps :D

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    G.G.,as in Gaby Guillen ;) — February 4, 2013 at 10:21 am

    I’m also glad i know how to make pies!!!!

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    G.G.,as in Gaby Guillen ;) — February 4, 2013 at 10:28 am

    I wish i would know how to make swiss rolls that won’t rip when rolled >:( Theyre so hard to make guys!

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    Mary Mckeon — February 4, 2013 at 10:37 am

    I’m so glad I learned how to make individual baked alaskas. Always a fun presentation!

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    kelly — February 4, 2013 at 11:35 am

    I am not a Newlywed yet but I love the concept of cooking together and this would help my bf and I to cook more meals together and what a fun concept!! =)
    I really wish I knew how to make the perfect steak salad. I don’t like steak, but if it’s cooked right and sliced super thin I love it in my salad. I have never cooked it myself but would love to give it a go.

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    Caitlin — February 4, 2013 at 11:37 am

    I wish I knew how to grill!

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    katie o. — February 4, 2013 at 11:39 am

    black bean tacos! they are an every week thing for our family :)

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    Brianna — February 4, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    I have a lot of recipes that I love but the one that I make most often is so simple, just Crunchwrap Supremes (like Taco Bell’s)! SO GOOD.

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    Brenda — February 4, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    I wish I knew how to make really good chicken noodle soup. I like it to be really flavorful and have a thick broth and have not yet found a really good recipe. Will have to keep hunting!

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    Julie — February 4, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    I’m not married yet but I know I’ll need to learn how to make eggs benedict when when finally get hitched- that’s his favorite breakfast.

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    jacquie — February 4, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    i wish i knew more ways ways to use whole grains and legumes.

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    Melissa C. — February 4, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    I think my husband would like it if I could make a great pot roast.

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    Jenny — February 4, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    I wish I knew how to make zhong zhi

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    Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen — February 4, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    My hubby is obsessed with fajitas. And although I try, I know he’s be thrilled if I could make the best he’s ever had. I will continue to try…

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