What a great week this has been, and we have all of you to thank! Here’s what’s going on in the Kitchen this week:
Kitchen Talk on Twittter (@fbkitchen)
The Kitchen is open! On Monday, March 7, 2011, from 10:00-11:00 am CST, bring a cup of coffee or tea and join us on Twitter! We’ll answer your Amish Friendship Bread questions, swap recipes, talk about our March Bake & Take, and more. This is your chance to meet other people who love Amish Friendship Bread. Feel free to pop in for a second or stay for the whole hour — it’s up to you!
AND, we’ll have a special Kitchen Talk giveaway for a solid beechwood Oxo wooden spoon (with a curved handle and hole to hang on the wall near your mixing bowl!) during the chat, so do come join us!
Use hashtag #fbkitchen, @fbkitchen http://twitter.com/fbkitchen.
Friendship Bread: A Novel is less than a month away from publication! Mark your calendars: April 5. April 5. April 5. Did I mention April 5? LOL — I’ll be doing weekly book giveaways (the galleys, the published hardcover once it’s released, the audio version, the Nook version, the Kindle version, even the large type version!) and sharing the great reviews as they come. Here’s one from Amazon Vine, their early reader program: 5/5 stars! “You will just HAVE to pick the book up and read for yourself. It is all woven together so beautifully that I was left speechless at the end, couldn’t have asked for anything better. Now that is how it is supposed to be done!”
Some of you may have seen Michelle aka Supermom’s video of the book and the bread — not only does she say so many kind things about the book (thank you, Michelle!), it’s also a great 101 primer for starting your starter from scratch. She goes through all 10 days and bakes in the end, with video and blog documentation. “I was inspired after reading Friendship Bread so I decided to make some Amish Friendship Bread starter and reach into my community to share this dough and form friendships.”
What’s Baking in the Kitchen This Week
We’re baking some new Amish Friendship Bread variations along with some old favorites in the Kitchen this week:
Darien and Friendship Bread Kitchen Assistant Jill are baking up: chocolate chip pistachio, pumpkin spice, lemon cranberry, and rhubarb (rhubarb has been on our list forever!).
Virtual Friendship Bread Kitchen Assistant Susan is baking up: Oreo, raspberry chocolate macadamia nut, and Girl Scout Mint Cookie (we can’t wait for this one!).
March Bake & Take
We’re really excited about this one! For the month of March, we’re calling out to our Kitchen friends with a proposal: bake for someone you are grateful for, not just family or friends but neighbors, your mailman, casual acquaintances, newcomers at church or school, your librarian, the front desk receptionist … someone who makes your life easier or better but whom we often forget to thank. Details here AND you could win a Kitchen box full of goodies when you share your story!
Our surprise one-day contest for a galley (advance copy) of Friendship Bread and a dry packet of non-dairy starter from Armchair.com surprised us! Over 200 comments from all around the country (Canada, too!) telling us people’s favorite Amish Friendship Bread variation. To read those entries, click here. We’ll be doing another three more giveaways like this during March, so friend us on Facebook to hear about the next one!
Tip: Check the Contest block in the sidebar to your right for the latest contests, including recently concluded contests, and (shhh!) secret contests for Kitchen friends that we don’t overtly publicize but you’ll find them if you’re spending time with us. And, why yes, we do have one going on right now! Click here to enter!
Happy baking and thank you again for being a part of the Friendship Bread Kitchen!