Weekend Things

Time for an installment of Weekend Things:

1. The Atlantic Wire named my cookbook one of the summer’s best. The story also got picked up by Yahoo! News

Needless to say, I’m thrilled!


This is what they said about Peanut Butter Comfort


2. There are too many to name, but a special thanks to Bridget, Lori, Valerie, Jackie ,Katie, Sally, Mercedes, Nikki, Jenn, Karly, Dawn, and everyone who’s blogged about my book, Tweeted or Instagrammed about it, or made recipes from it.

If you’ve made something from it, I’d love to know. Write and post on my Facebook wall or email, or tweet me. I’d like to do a collage and feature the recipes everyone has made so please post those pics.

3. This Thai-Style Iced Tea from Bon Appetit sounds so good. Spiced tea, vanilla beans, and sweetened condensed milk can do no wrong.

4. Yoga and Culinary Adventure in Northern Italy – Sip, savor, and stretch in Fobello, Italy. Enjoy a daily feast of yoga, hiking, and food adventures. Each day will start with a invigorating yoga class. Spend afternoons meeting the local baker, learning to cook risotto from the local master, hiking in the surrounding hills, or visiting the nearby, famous wine region In the evenings we will learn from local wine experts and relish shared meals. Starting at $2195 plus airfare for the week.

Wow. What I wouln’t give. Yoga, baking, cooking, hiking, and wine. And Italy. All in one trip.

5. I love balsamic vinegar and balsamic reduction. I could probably drink it. I’ve heard of balsamic vinegar tasting flights like you’d do with wine. Sounds excellent.

balsamic reduction

This Cook’s Illustrated chart compares balsamic vinegars.  Not surprising, the winner was a $60 per ounce 25-year old aged balsamic. However, third place went to one that’s only $3.39 for almost 17 ounces. I love a good value and tips like that.

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6. Todd and Diane did a post about their Junk Food Confessions and listed their top 5.

My comment: Coffee, chocolate, champagne, (hardly baked) cookies, super fudgy brownies.

Soft and Chewy Smores Cookies - Recipe at averiecooks.com

7. I tried some new Urban Remedy Snacks. It’s the same company I used for our 3-Day Juice Cleanse.

They have kale chips, raw cookies, raw brittles, and brownies. Of all of them, the brownies were my hands-down favorite. They’re flat, thin, and more like a soft chocolate cracker than a brownie in both texture and taste, but very good. Raw, vegan, gluten-free, and healthy, too.

8. If you’re looking for a homemade healthier brownie option, try Healthy Fudgy Brownie Bites (vegan, GF, grain-free) – NO added sugar, NO butter & NO flour used. They taste like the real thing – but healthier.

Or the Healthy Dark Fudgy Avocado Brownies (GF) are so rich, fudgy, dense, and satisfying.

Healthy Dark Fudgy Avocado Brownies (GF) - You Can't Taste the Avocado in These Healthier Brownies at averiecooks.com

9. Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, pinned my 100% Whole Wheat No-Knead Make Ahead Dinner Rolls with Honey Butter to her I Want to Eat This Now Board

10. I met her at Big Potluck but didn’t get a picture with her. I wish I would have!

Thanks for the entries in the Peanut Butter Comfort and Food Processor Giveaway

What are your Weekend Things? Top 5 Junkfood Confessions?

Favorite brownie recipe? Trips you have planned? Into balsamic vinegar?

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

49 comments on “Weekend Things”

  1. Congrats on the Atlantic Wire/Yahoo! News feature – YOU ROCK!

  2. Congrats on your cookbook–yay! That trip does look amazing!

  3. Congratulations on the Atlantic Wire recognition (and the Pioneer Woman Pin!)! Well-deserved. :) xo

  4. I am SO happy for your success Averie!! I can’t wait to get my hands on your cookbook!

  5. Averie! congrats on your recognition! You make it looks so easy, but I know from experience this is hard work and you are forever creating great stuff! I never leave comments, well hardly ever anyway on blogs, but I just had to with this news. I am glad we can share in your success! Very Sincerely: Molly K. Hoisington

  6. Congratulations on all of the success witg your book! You deserve it! I love balsamic vinegar too. I have a cheap kind I cook with but Rao’s is my favorite. I could literally drink it. Picked it up on a whim one day and am so glad I did.

    Junk food confessions: Peeps, gummy worms, canned frosting, sweet potato chips, and golden oreos.

  7. Congratulations Averie. I’ve looked for your book here in DC but couldn’t find it (*maybe it’s sold out already)
    I have plan to do a Pinterest Contest based on Peanut Butter recipes that I’ll email you about when I get the details. Peanut Butter rules!!!
    I even used it yesterday to remove gum that someone stuck on the side of my car……awesome stuff and an awesome book…..can’t wait until your next one ;)

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