Everyone loves a Give Away #1

** Update to say comments are closed and I will be drawing a winner as soon as Lily has her afternoon nap! **

I have just finished putting together a package for a fellow blogger whose work I really appreciate and who has been a big influence for me in the past month or so – she has made me feel all inspired again. And as I was putting it together I thought, you know who I also really appreciate? It’s the people who come and visit my blog, and who sometimes leave kind and supportive comments and the people who send me nice emails and the people who just visit and read what I have to rave on about at any given time. Well, that means YOU. So thank you. I really appreciate what this blog has given me over the years, so I thought I would have a series of give aways as a very small token of my enormous gratitude. I’m starting small so as not to set the bar too high; this week I am giving away a bundle of fabric and trim – bits of Japanese prints, novelty reproduction pieces and a nice piece of Kaffe Fassett as well as a copy of the book I illustrated for Klutz.

All you need to do to play is leave a comment between now and this Friday 12 noon Australian EST after which I will use the very funky random number generator to pick a recipient. Rather than just saying “pick me!”, please leave me a link to your favourite internet recipe. (Mine is Princess Meg’s Birthday Celebration Cookies, from Loobylu c. 1999. Yours doesn’t have to so gratuitously self-referential if you don’t want it to be!). Feel free to use tinyurl if the link is enormous.

Please make sure you include your email address in the comment information so I can email the lucky winner for a postage address.

10 days lying around in bed got me all sentimental about the important things in my life, and there’s no getting away from the fact that this blog is one of those things. xx

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353 Responses

  1. Kasia says:

    It’s great to hear you are starting to feel better. Amelia’s bedroom is like something out of a childhood dream. She looks like she has fun in there!My favourite recipe is for Dutch Apple Cake. Here is a link to a receipe that is close to the one I know:


    A lady at work makes this cake and our workplace always smells divine when she makes it.


  2. Renee says:

    http://onceuponaplate.blogspot.com/2008/10/samoas-girl-scout-cookie-clone.htmlThese are gooey caramel, coconuty, chocolate mock GIRL SCOUT samoas cookies.P.S. You must LOVE sweet stuff!Reneetreasuresofjoy@gmail.com

  3. Laurel says:

    I love your blog and adore your give-away.Here is a yummy, simple recipe for Smartie Muffins that everyone loves. Try stopping at just one!http://rustictarts.blogspot.com/2008/10/here-i-am.html

  4. elaine says:

    my current favorite is apple sausage pie, because it’s apple season in new england and i’m a little tired of apple crisp and apple sauce.http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives/007167apple_and_sausage_pie.php

  5. gigi wenger says:

    this is my favourite – reminds me of when i was a kid in switzerland – i love hazelnuts!!!herzensart.blogspot.com december 8, 2007gigi

  6. sena says:

    What an adorable giveaway! I love cupcakes and this is such a cute recipe. Check it out :)http://iheartcuppycakes.wordpress.com/2008/10/06/aye-1-caramelappleautumn/

  7. melody says:

    My favorite recipe right now is Linaloo’s apple muffins (note* I added a 1/2 tsp of baking powder to the recipe because I think she missed it in the top part). They are fabulous and turn out great every time. It’s a great blog to check out too!http://linaloo.typepad.com/linaloo/2008/09/autumn.html

  8. Mama Urchin says:

    We’ve been ill too but I’m hoping it doesn’t get as bad as you have been, poor thing. I love these shrimp and grits (http://www.outerbankspress.com/epicure/epicure04_1.shtml) for summer time.

  9. Tara says:

    Thanks so much for the thoughtfulness! It is us who appreciate you, though. You are inspiring and remind me that creativity can be a part of everyday life!I don’t have a specific recipe that stands out at this moment but I did recently come across a cooking blog that has the most delicious sounding recipes: joythebaker.com. I cannot resist cakes and cookies!!

  10. Bre says:

    Sorry to hear about you being sick! Glad you’re feeling better. Here’s one of my most dog-eared recipes: Caramelized cauliflower: http://orangette.blogspot.com/2004/09/tremendous-things-what-im-eating-and.html

  11. divrchk says:

    This is pretty good. http://www.kraftfoods.com/kf/recipes/bruschetta-chicken-bake-65546.aspxLove the giveaway!

    coreybc at gmail dot com

  12. annri says:

    We have an apple tree in our yard and since it’s fall over on this side of the globe, we’ve got a bunch of apples to eat. My sister sent me this recipe which we have made at least six time in the last three weeks! I add some chopped nuts and the muffins are just perfectly yummy!http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/RecipeDisplay?RID=R755



  13. Holy crap.You’ll be cooking for the rest of your natural born life!

    Just in case you thought you may need Just One More Recipe to add to the hundreds already posted:


    This slice is Old School. It requires condensed milk. Enough said.

    Glad to hear you’re feeling better – and I love the dollhouse – I used to have one just like it when I was a wee lass……

    Leah xxx

  14. Rose Barnsley says:

    The very best bagel recipe ever! Yummy! :o)Glad your feeling better, even if I don’t win I hope you have a shot at making these, making bagels is fun, and the result is always delicious! ;o) http://www.recipeslist.com/breadbakedgoods-recipes-list/bagels-recipes-list/heresabagelrecipe-recipe-for-free.html

  15. Elizabeth says:

    Try both these websites for beautiful presentation & inspiration and recipes to die for:http://cannelle-vanille.blogspot.com/2008/10/roasted-apple-and-vanilla-bean-souffle.htmland this -http://tartelette.blogspot.com/2008/10/bittersweet-chocolate-and-cardamom.html

  16. Rebecca says:

    O my goodness i purchased the set you illustrated for my nieces birthday the other month…i didn’t realise..well done it’s gorgeous!Anyway i love Gails fudgy wudgy cookies…immmm http://geegeedomdivas.blogspot.com/2007/02/yummy-cookies-kids-will-love-to-help.html

    She made us a batch once-yummo!

  17. Natalie says:

    This is one of our all time favorites-the lemon really does enhance everything:http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/meat-recipes/roast-chicken-with-lemon-and-rosemary-ro

    So glad you are feeling better-your blog is a great inspiration!

  18. Helen says:

    I love this recipe because it is quick, easy and requires no kneading AND is wholewheat:http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/08/dining/082mrex.html?ref=dining

    x Helen

  19. Laura says:

    I’ve followed you off and on for years, always amazed at your creative talent, as I can barely thread a needle.This recipe is good with either chicken or turkey cutlets (if your store carries them) and I usually leave out the flat leaf parsley. But it’s delicious:

    Chicken with Wild Mushroom and Balsamic Cream Saucehttp://tinyurl.com/5597ul

  20. Alison says:

    I am so happy to hear that you are feeling better. Pneumonia really is a nasty illness. I have been enjoying your blog for years. My favorite online recipe is the Nigella Lawson “Clementine Cake” I’ve made it several times to rave reviews from friends and familyhttp://www.nigella.com/recipes/recipe.asp?article=174

    Alison Acorn Cottage in Portland Oregonacorncottageartisanry@gmail.com

  21. paoyi says:

    without a doubt…. slow roasted tomatoes, courtesy of Orangette.http://www.bonappetit.com/magazine/2008/09/pomodori_al_forno?changecurrentdate=true&date=2008/08/05

    mmmm, so tasty.

  22. georgia says:

    Everyone *does* love a giveaway, and a Loobylu giveaway in particular!I’m kind of cheating with the recipe, I had to have a bit of a search to find it on the internet, when I usually just use the recipe book. It’s the best salad ever, and the photo on this site doesn’t do it justice.http://viciousange.blogspot.com/2007/03/spicy-roast-pumpkin-feta-olive-salad.html

  23. flowerpress says:

    Wonderful things blogs :-)I just made the baked ricotta cake from my local italian cheesemaking shop Paesanella. (BTW The recipe isn’t quite complete. I added 3 egg yolks to the filling where it says add eggs.)

    Here’s the link:http://www.paesanella.com.au/recipeideas05.htm(I made it plain, without the chocolate and cherries)

    It was great.CheersSusie

  24. Andi says:

    I have a partner who won’t eat mushrooms … so I just love preparing mushroom recipes when I have the opportunity (which isn’t that often).Try Jamie Oliver’s wild mushroom papardelle.Delicious!


    Glad you’re feeling better.Andi 🙂

  25. Fuji Mama says:

    What a fun giveaway! You are so sweet. My favorite recipe are these amazing dark and milk chocolate bars by Tartelette: http://tartelette.blogspot.com/2008/08/two-chocolates-some-salted-butter.html

  26. Linnea says:

    Yay for being up and out of bed!I have been making this spiced pumpkin bread quite often lately. I half the sugar, use whole wheat flour, and add chopped pecans. It’s really good :o)!


  27. Anna says:

    Even if you don’t pick me (pick me!), I’d love to share this recipe for Mexican tea cookies (aka pecan sandies) with you. I’ve made them a bunch of times now, and they always come out beautifully. They’re addictive, too!

  28. Nicki says:

    The perfect quick supper recipe during the spring to fall months….especially when you have chickens pecking around your back yard!http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/skinny-omelette-recipe.html

  29. Amie says:

    I couldn’t choose just one recipe, so here are two I made last Christmas and will definitely be making again this Christmas.Gingerbread’s Blissful Chocolate Balls and One Crafty Mumma’s Easy peasy no bake apricot balls. Delicious, just like your lovely blog!

  30. Jennifer says:

    Oh, I am so glad you are writing again! My favourite is this, a little spicy, very quick.http://recipes.chatelaine.com/recipe2/article.jsp?recipeId=9572

    But I don’t use the mint or cilantro, because they are gross! 🙂

  31. megan says:

    Well, I hardly ever follow just one internet recipe – but my favourite sugar hit is Biscuits for the Masses, which I managed to track down online here: http://daydreamdelicious.blogspot.com/2006/05/biscuits-for-masses.html

    (Be warned, for sweet tooths only – but oh so tasty)

  32. foo says:

    I love Giada’s recipe for Chicken Cacciatore, one of my favorite dishes. http://tinyurl.com/58dw3yAnything italian has to be good, right?

  33. Emma says:

    I love this pear cake (any recipe that starts with ‘my grandmother’s’ is bound to be good – especially if the grandmother is French!)http://chocolateandzucchini.com/archives/2003/10/my_grandmothers_pear_cake.php

    it’s my favourite recipe so far from my favourite food bloghttp://chocolateandzucchini.com/

    The Broccoli Mimolette soup is also very good

  34. Kim says:

    Yay, for a give away!How can you pick just one? WIth the coming autumn, right now I’ll choose a pumpkin cheese risotto. http://tinyurl.com/6phttb

  35. Lyndy says:

    Great to hear you are feeling better. I don’t have a link to a web but I can leave a small, easy and very yummy recipe here.Best Ever Cafe Scones4 cups self raising flourpinch of salt300 ml cream300 ml waterSift flour and salt and add cream and water, mix. Shape on floured surface 3-4 cm high. cut out your scone. Bake for 12- 15 mins at 220 degrees C.Serve with jam and cream. They never fail!!Enjoy!

  36. louisa says:

    ooooh purdy japanese prints and trims! just what i’ve been trawling the web for this morning! Christina’s flickr of beautiful prints this morning had me dreaming of sewing and the summer dresses i’ve been buying at bargain basement places in the city have me wishing i could sew a zillion pretty dresses for summer (for me and my blythes!) fortunately i’m not a cook and couldn’t pick a recipe to save myself so i consider myself unfortunately OUT OF THE RUNNING. i love the colour and life your blog brings my friends page.

  37. Finch says:

    My ice cream pumpkin pie – Delicious!It is SO GOOD. Honestly, I could eat pumpkin pie, ice cream, and lasagne for the rest of my life and be quite content. Combining two of those dishes = heaven. Plus, let’s be quite honest – ice cream + lasagne is probably vulgar.

  38. mcb says:

    How about soba noodle salad with salmon?http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/780/salmon+and+soba+noodle+salad

    I actually have the book, I must admit. I bought it for a gift but liked it too much and kept it!

    Hope you’re on the mend, Claire.

  39. AmyG says:

    Who doesn’t love a giveaway _and_ great recipes. I’ll offer up Strawberry Pie that I made with Grandma many moons ago:Strawberry Pie at http://badskirt.blogspot.com/2008/10/week-of-picnic-strawberry-pie.html


  40. Princess Meg says:

    Oh how things change in seven and a half years!I used to love anything with dried apricots in them, but now I love anything with ginger.

    This is currently my favourite recipe:


    My stepson is 6 and is learning to read. We like to make this recipe together and use our alphabet cookie cutters to spell out our happiness we then eat.

  41. ColleenM says:

    So glad you are feeling better! Right now my favorite recipes are for the cool weather we are getting.Chili – http://cathyzielske.typepad.com/my_weblog/files/chililicious.pdf

    Broccoli Cheese Soup – http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Broccoli-Soup-with-Cheddar-Cheese-104692

  42. Spare Ribbon says:

    I am really sorry to hear about your illness. I hope you begin to feel yourself again.My favorite recipe is this Asian Honey BBQ Chicken recipe. It is so easy and very tasty.


  43. Lin says:

    How can I choose just one recipe!? I get so many of the net nowadays.This one is definitely up there with my favs, and it’s actually one I didn’t find on the net – my Italian teacher gave it to me. So here’s the link to it on my own blog, http://linnyt123.blogspot.com/2008/08/miniature-tiramisu-cake.html. Cheers!

  44. Kate says:

    How delightful! So glad to hear you’re up and about – what a nice thing to do (spread Japanese kawaii love) when you yourself had to miss out on Japan…My favourite recipe is one for coconut macaroons. So easy and always easy to throw together from what’s in the cupboard.

    Thanks Claire – my fingers are crossed!!


  45. PC says:

    Glad you are feeling better!The sour cream in this cake makes it a little piece of heaven. Very easy to make. You may have to tinker with the topping. While the cake itself was great, it took me a few tries to get the topping just right. Enjoy!


  46. johanna says:

    What a nice idea. Now as well as your lovely posts I get to discover a whole lot of new recipes as well!This is one of my favourites:http://smittenkitchen.com/2007/05/my-kingdom-for-a-glass-of-milk/

  47. Elizabeth says:

    I followed your website before and then when I got a new computer, I lost my links. I was so glad to find you again today. :)My current fav. recipe is this one for Broccoli Cheddar soup: http://theblackapple.typepad.com/inside_a_black_apple/2008/10/were-having-lot.html.

  48. Melanie says:

    thanks for sharing your blog with the rest of us!i love this recipe: http://smittenkitchen.com/2007/06/pot-bellies-black-bottoms/

  49. Bethany says:

    No-Knead Bread by Mark Bittmanhttp://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/08/dining/081mrex.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

  50. Olivia says:

    I love all of the pioneer woman’s recipes, but my favorite one I’ve made so far is her lasagna.http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/06/the_best_lasagn/

    Thanks, Olivialivviebrooke@yahoo.com

  51. mylene says:

    hi claire! i would have to say that you are the most inspiring blogger (to me at least!). gosh, it’s your illustrations that really got me into crafting (softies proj)subsequently and really daring to discover who i am and be really happy about it. lol. like taking up screenprinting class and all and how helpful you were when i emailed you enquiring abt classes in melb. gosh. if i ever go back for holiday, can i visit u? likewise, please holler if you ever find yourself (big-p & girls in tow)in singapore!right.. recipe time.. hee – http://www.savoirfaire.ca/archive/5_recipe_12.2.html (i love this guy la. he makes good tv)

  52. Bird Bath says:

    maybe you would like to twist some pretzels?fun & easy! http://wwwbirdbath.blogspot.com/2008/10/pretzels.html

    glad to hear you’re feeling better.

  53. mojoandco says:

    My favourite dessert at the moment is Bill Granger’s Apple and Blueberry Shortcake. It was my eldest daughter’s first birthday cake! A very kind young man has posted it on his blog:http://totallyaddictedtotaste.blogspot.com/2007/03/apple-and-blueberry-shortcake-with.html

  54. Donna says:

    This is my current internet recipehttp://smittenkitchen.com/2006/10/cheddar-and-elbows-exalted/

    It’s great as is, but also delicious by reducing the cheese by 1/2 cup and adding a 1/2 cup of pureed pumpkin.

  55. roseann says:

    http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives/004302arroz_con_pollo.phplove this chicken and rice dish… thanks for your site, claire!

  56. Sile says:

    I just caught a little bit of this on The Food Network, and later in the day bought all the ingredients. So. Yummy. AND, good comfort food for that post-illness funk.http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/chicken-pot-pie-recipe2/index.html

  57. Jennifer says:

    Your blog is darling and I love the ideas I get from it! Thank you for all the inspiration.This is our family’s favorite Thanksgiving dessert recipe. My kids have also been known to ask for it on their birthdays. Enjoy!


  58. Angie says:

    Okay, maybe you know this recipe already because it is originally from Australia, but oh, boy! I made them ALL summer long. Delicious!http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/06/crash-hot-potatoes/

    I love your blog! I love your ideas! You are so inspirational :).

  59. Hooray for giveaways!! Love your blog and love these cookies, which funnily enough are baking in my oven right now!! They are a thankyou gift for a child minding friend. :DI even love their name: Big Fat Chewy Choc Chip Cookies!!http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Best-Big-Fat-Chewy-Chocolate-Chip-Cookie/Detail.aspx

  60. Julia says:

    WOW! That’s a great package!!Right now my favorite internet recipe is Paula Deans Zucchini bread http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/zucchini-bread-recipe/index.html I’m sure as the season changes and I run out of zucchini I’ll find another fave!

  61. amanda says:

    You have been an inspiration to me, Claire :)I’m not one to comment often on blogs but I’ve been meaning to mention something to you. Remember when you were chatting bits about being interested in travelling more… specifically driving across Canada? We did that last fall for five weeks and it was such a beautiful adventure. I have so many great memories from that trip.

    If you ever want to chat about it, interested in recommendations or see the pictures I’d be happy to share & talk your ear off 🙂

    hugs to you,- amanda

  62. Michelle says:

    Well, I’m kinda sentimental about your blog, too, since it was the very first one I ever saw oh, what, six years ago?! So very glad you’re back, and feeling well.My favorite recipe has to be the cutie pops from Bakerella, any of them! Check out the Halloween Spooky Pops!


  63. Leah says:

    Lovely idea. My favourite net recipe is the Barefoot Contessa’s pizzas on the BBQ. http://tinyurl.com/6k8y6c

  64. Connie says:

    although it’s not a recipe, i love to browse flickr for some beautiful cakes:http://flickr.com/search/?q=fondant+cakes

    for quick fondant [besides buying it at the store], just melt a 16 oz. bag of marshmallows in the microwave, stirring it every 30 seconds. then work some powdered sugar in until you get your desired texture. the less you use, the more shiny it would look. the more you use, the more softer it will appear. also, don’t forget to grease your counter and hands [with vegetable shortening] before working in the sugar as it gets really sticky!

  65. Charm says:

    I’ve bookmarked this post and am drooling at the thought of how many amazing recipes are going to be linked here!My recipe… a Nigella triple chocolate brownie!


    If i didnt have to actually link to a recipe I would have chosen the French Laundry Chocolate Fondant. It’s to die for!

  66. rachelk says:

    http://wednesdaychef.typepad.com/the_wednesday_chef/2007/09/nigella-lawsons.htmlThese a whirlygig buns are so good! I would be happy to send you some rapid rise yeast if that’s not available down there, regardless of if I win or not!!

  67. victoria says:

    Claire,You don’t need to include me as I don’t really have a favourite recipe link to share, but I did want to say WOW on the Klutz book. Now that you mention it’s your illustrations it seems so obvious. I wanted to mention how much pleasure we got from that book. We bought Ella a copy of it for our family holiday last year and she still plays with the letters, many of which she made for us!


  68. alixkate says:

    My two favourite recipes are both off smitten kitchen blog and both desserts :)cheesecake squares: mmmmmmm



    s’more pie: SO YUM!!


    alix – luvyabubye@hotmail.com

  69. Renee says:

    I am so glad you’re blogging again, Claire! I feel like you’re one of the original softie/artist/bloggers and I can see your influence in so much art and softie making out there.Anyway, I’m shamelessly leaving a message because I can’t resist a good giveaway – and yours looks great!My favourite recipe is the recent one at http://www.laptoplunches.com/newsletters/OctoberNewsletter_2008.html for lunchtime lentil soup. Divine!BTW, I discovered laptop lunches through your site.Keep up the inspiration words and work. Thanks so much, Renee

  70. Anika says:

    My favourite recipe is Chocolate Dream Bars. But my secret twist on this recipe is to freeze the bars after they cool – it makes the brown sugar caramelize in a most delightful way! And I usually mix a little peanut butter in the middle layer (provided I’m making it for people who are not allergic).I really like the dollhouse and stove in your girls’ room from your previous post. Where did you get them from?

    Thank you for all your inspiring posts!

  71. jen says:

    I’m going to plug one of my recipes. http://semanticallydriven.com/2008/09/yummy_banana_cake.htmlI'm also doing a giveaway – details on my homepage.

  72. elissa says:

    My favourite birthday cake recipe. I love it because the chocolate cake is moist, not too sweet, and the icing tastes like marshmallows.http://www.kitchenlink.com/cookbooks/2003/1400046653_2.html

  73. Eileen says:

    I love your blog! Especially your dolls. So many recipes to choose from, but this is one of my favorites:http://chocolateandzucchini.com/archives/2006/01/mango_apple_crumble.php

    Eileen in Seattle

  74. Renee says:

    I am so glad you’re blogging again, Claire! I feel like you’re one of the original softie/artist/bloggers and I can see your influence in so much art and softie making out there.Anyway, I’m shamelessly leaving a message because I can’t resist a good giveaway – and yours looks great!My favourite recipe is the recent one at http://www.laptoplunches.com/newsletters/OctoberNewsletter_2008.html for lunchtime lentil soup. Divine!BTW, I discovered laptop lunches through your site.Keep up the inspirational words and work. Thanks so much, Renee

  75. I’m glad you’re feeling better. My recipe is for Red Devils Food Cake,from Chris and Keith over on Design Sponge. I made it first to celebrate my daughter and my birthday. I made it again today to satisfy my chocolate craving. Yum.

  76. dee says:

    Claire, thank you for your blog.This is among my favorite recipes.


    This is good honest food. Its easy and quick to prepare, which counts for everything, if like me you are at home with a 3 & 1/2 year old a 2 year old and a 4 month old! Its not really summer time grub, but you can always trust Melbourne to give you a good stew day in November, before it gets mental hot.

    I make it a lunch time and leave it cook for four or five hours, and I usually add a few carrots. Sorry all the imperial measurements.

    – dee

    ps – serve with a pint of Guinness which, by the way is a great recuperation tonic.

  77. Ginger says:

    that give away looks divine.new fav recipe – Farmgirl Susan’s Green Tomato Relish found here http://digthischick.blogspot.com/2007/10/end-of-sexy-fleshy-passion.html

  78. bookgeekgirl says:

    My current favorite is pineapple upside down pumpkin gingerbread. Here’s the link: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Pineapple-Upside-Down-Pumpkin-Gingerbread-350121It has a lot going on, but it’s SO good. I make it in a 9 x 13 pan instead of 9-inch square (I can’t imagine how all the batter would fit in the smaller pan) and I also add chopped crystallized ginger to the batter. YUM!

    As one of my friends said when I took this cake to a party this weekend, it tastes exactly like fall should taste!

  79. amanda says:

    Yay! A giveaway! I recently posted about a delicious mint ice-cream recipe. It was divine at the end of my summer — perhaps it’ll be just as lovely at the start of yours?http://www.fucheese.com/blog/?p=97

    Of course, I got it from Orangette!

  80. Christie says:

    Hope this link works…it’s martha stewart carrot cupcakes & they are SO yummy, such a great lunchbox treat

    PLUS if I can make them, then they must be foolproof!!


  81. Jessica says:

    I make this caramel corn recipe all the time if I need something tasty and don’t have much time/energy/ingredients:http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Microwave-Caramel-Popcorn/Detail.aspx

    Not exactly gourmet, but yummy and great for kids to help make!

  82. Ana says:

    I am glad you’re feeling better! I’m excited to go through all of your readers suggestions too… so many of them sound so good.My favorite is a simple banana bread… because we always have extra brown bananas around that no one wants to eat. The recipe is from James Beard’s Beard on Bread, but I’ve modified is some. Here’s my version:

    Banana Breadmakes one loaf

    2 cups sifted all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 cup butter 1 cup brown sugar2 eggs1 cup mashed, very ripe bananas (the recipe calls for 2, but if I have 3 bananas I put them all in)1/3 cup milk1 teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar

    Sift the flour with the soda and salt. Cream the butter and gradually add the sugar. Mix well. Add the eggs and bananas and blend thoroughly. Combine the milk and lemon juice, which will curdle a bit. Slowly and alternately fold in the flour mixture, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Blend well after each addition. Pour the batter into a lavishly buttered (I have a non-stick loaf pan so I don’t use any butter) 9x5x3 inch pan and bake in a preheated 350 oven for 1 hour, or until the bread springs back when lightly touched in the center.

    Here’s a link to the original: http://untotheuttermost.blogspot.com/2006/12/banana-bread.html

  83. Kate says:

    Just five minutes ago I was thinking about this recipe http://www.pieknits.com/blog/2008/04/saffron_cookies.htmlI saved it ages ago but haven’t yet gotten around to making them, I just think the idea of having saffron in a biscuit is so decadent (and sunny)

    I also have this great recipe for a rhubarb and blueberry crumble that I love because there is no sugar in the rhubarb bit (just stuff like blueberries, grape juice and orange zest). But I have no idea where I got it from, somewhere online because I’ve copied it into a word doc…. anyone know where I found it?

  84. Rachel says:

    I was going to leave a comment about a week ago when I discovered your blog. I was having creator’s block. I recently got a new job as a project designer for a non-profit organization. I was hired to create, create, and create, but i seemed to be at a road block…..then i came across Loobylu! Such inspiring colours, stories and creations!so thanks for letting people into your life!

    and heres a recipe, Zucchini are plentiful in my area this time of year, i’ve already made this a few times! very good, best in a bunt tin.


  85. Lorena says:

    There are so many favourites, but this is our current twice-a-week staple – Baked Shrimp (Prawns for us antipodeans) with Fennel and Feta: http://noblepig.com/2008/09/27/lets-eatshall-we.aspx

  86. bean says:

    If you eat pork, this is delicious…Roasted pork fillet with balsamic pears and red onion.


  87. Stacey says:

    Glad you are feeling better. I love the KLUTZ line of books. My kids favorite right now is the Hand Art book. Here is my favorite recipe I’ve found recently on the internet(my poor cookbooks are getting very dusty since I find I’m more apt to find a recipe on the net than in a book nowadays).http://rosylittlethings.typepad.com/posie_gets_cozy/2008/01/swedish-pancake.html

    My husband made them the first time I printed it off and it’s now his “signature” recipe. They are really good with rasberry sauce and whip cream.

  88. Teacher A says:

    This is the best recipe for peanut noodles I’ve found (it has a nice soy and sesame element, so it doesn’t taste like your noodles are covered in peanut butter): http://smittenkitchen.com/2008/04/peanut-sesame-noodles/Also, as long as you’re not a shrimp-hater, these are very quick and tasty (and good for impressing mothers and in-laws): http://steamykitchen.com/blog/2008/03/19/how-this-food-adventure-all-started/

  89. Deb says:

    My current fave on the web is a baked sweet potato custard that i make for my family, but 5yo in particular who does not eat any fruits or veggies. it is sweet potatoes and bananas and some raisins – very healthy, low sugar and she eats 2 bowls of it! I had to make a quadruple batch this weekend as last weekend’s double batch was gone in 2-3 days!http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=164

  90. Melanie says:

    What a great giveaway 🙂 Since I keep hearing today how close Christmas is (is it really? I’m keeping my head in the sand!), I’ll give you my favourite Christmas-gift recipe – Cranberry Hootycreeks cookie mix in a jar:http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Cranberry-Hootycreeks/Detail.aspx


  91. Krissy says:

    One of my favourite recipes is a roasted veggie frittata that I made and blogged about here http://www.tooaskew.com/?p=1068.Really yummy and surprisingly easy to make.

  92. michelle says:

    So naughty it’s probably best to give them away. Not that I ever do……http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives/007330pistachio_white_chocolate_chip_cookies.php

  93. CreaLinda says:

    Mmmm, I’ve got my own recipes blog (in Dutch), so it was very hard to chose. I finally decided on an oven dish with apples, potatoes and minced meat:http://kindjesgroeprecepten.wordpress.com/2008/07/07/gehakt-met-appeltjes/

  94. Oh, yippee! Love giveaways and LOVE sharing this recipe, Cinnamon-Apple Cake, from Cooking Light magazine:http://recipes.epicurean.com/recipe/21786/cinnamon-apple-cake.html

    When I worked on a home and garden TV show a few years back, we had a guest who said this cake brought her good luck every time she made it: it got her an apartment, a fiance, a job…

    … it’s just brought me rave reviews and people stuffing their faces and then begging for the recipe, but who needs more than that? I already have those other things, and this is the only thing people beg me for… It’s so, so delicious.

    Glad you are feeling better and I am still glad you brought your blog back. It was one of the first art/craft/illustration blogs I discovered way back, so very long ago, in like 2006.

  95. Jennifer says:

    This is one I have made many times. I became an oven-roasted-garlic convert.http://creampuffsinvenice.typepad.com/cream_puffs_in_venice/2006/06/rigatoni_with_r.html

  96. Rachel says:

    Hello.Love your blog.I haven’t made these yet, but they look so intriguing and yummy.


  97. Cristy says:

    Glad to see that you are feeling better. I have been missing your posts.My favourite recipe is for this orange and almond cake with chocolate ganache that I made to replicate my wedding cake:


    Hope that you like it.

  98. Georgie Love says:

    Yay!This is a BRILLIANTLY tasty and RIDICULOUSLY easy to make one bowl chocolate cake. It’s fairly spectacular on both accounts.


  99. Melissa says:

    http://www.chow.com/recipes/13484This is a link to Jennifer from The Vegan Lunchbox’s Apple Tofu rice paper rolls – the dipping sauce is fabulous and the whole meal ideal for warmer nights.Man – a giveaway here is likely to generate over 1500 comments, brace yourself girlfriend!Take it easy and look after yourself :o)

  100. Brynne says:

    This olive cheese bread (don’t worry, you don’t actually have to make the bread itself, it’s just a topping that you bake onto a halved french loaf): http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/06/olive_cheese_br/om nom nom nom

    (If you love olives, both green and black, you will LOVE this. If you do not love olives, chances are you will still love it. I put that theory to a test at a recent dinner party and it was repeatedly proved to be correct.)

  101. Sharonnz says:

    Oh my goodness – you illustrated my current gift of choice for six year olds – how cool is that? We have one in high use in our home! I have to link to my favourite cookbook I use at home at the moment – Cynthia Lair’s Feeding the Whole Family: http://www.cookusinterruptus.com/menus.php

  102. Carmillia says:

    What a wonderful giveaway. Hope you are feeling better, pneumonia sounds nasty. It’s a pity you couldn’t go to Japan but I’m sure you’ll get to go one day! I would love to go there (I’d end up with a suitcase of cute Japanese things!)My favourite internet recipe is probably vanilla cupcakes with buttercream icing. Mmmmmm! Simple, but tasty, especially if you add real vanilla bean seeds into the mix 😀



  103. Julia says:

    I cook thanks to the internet, so choosing a favorite online recipe is a bit like wading through a five year old’s set of favorite drawings for me ;-). I finally decided on a duck recipe – perfect for the fall, very Czech, and incredibly easy to make.http://kolokolo.blogspot.com/2006/09/duck-sounds-so-complicated.html

  104. Jessica says:

    Kylie Kwong’s Crispy-skin duck with blood plum sauce – yum, yum, bubble gum!!!! http://www.abc.net.au/kyliekwong/recipes/s952372.htm

  105. Summer for me means the Mango, Prawn and Avocado salad with lemon and lime vinigrette. My mouth is watering…http://www.abc.net.au/queensland/stories/s1817196.htm

  106. suzy says:

    http://tinyurl.com/626rftMy favourite is Chickpea and Apricot cake. It’s yummy, and I always feel very virtuous eating it because of the chickpeas.

  107. Sarah B. says:

    How nice! I so enjoy your blog and do comment from time to time. I’m bad at picking favorites, but this is what I would make and eat lots of right at the moment if I could do so without repercussion!http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Chocolate-Peanut-Butter-Bars-IV/Detail.aspx

  108. Sarah says:

    My favourite recipe has to be the rich chocolate cake that I found one day on a packet of cocoa. It became our standard birthday cake recipe for may years and it’s amazing with far too much butter cream icingIt also becomes more and more moist if it’s not all eaten in one day 😉

  109. Lisa says:

    is it healthy? no.is it easy for kids to make? yes!It is Chocolate Tiffin.


  110. Cele says:

    Hi, Thought I’d send you a link to our favourite recipe for a special occasion. Mushroom Wellington from the “Cranks Bible”veggie cookbook.It’s perfect for a veggie Christmas with roast veg. Delicious I promise and we use frozen puff pastry so it is easier to prepare.The recipe makes Loads, so if you wanted to feed 4-6 half the recipe is ample. Hope you give it a try.http://www.nadineabensur.com/vegetarianrecipes/mushroomwellington.html

    Glad you are feeling better 🙂


  111. Amelia Hart says:

    The most amazing chocolate cake in the world comes all the way from Dorset, England. From my big sisters ‘blog Milk for the Morning Cake’http://tinyurl.com/5mrs3x


  112. carla says:

    Thank you for hosting a give a way that involves people posting fav recipes. I’ve found some new great ones.Love the blog too- I think it was the first I started reading too.

    Anyway- My favourite recipe is from Bakerella- her cupcake bites are super yummy & very very cute- great blog too



  113. Emma says:

    Wow that bundle of frabric and trim looks awful tasty! You’re so generous We get most of our recipes from magazines, as opposed to on the internet, but there is one site where you can access a lot of the recipes from Aussie food mags: http://www.taste.com.au

    One of my favourites I found on there though is for lemon curd shortbreads:http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/11961/lemon+curd+shortbread

    There’s no picture with the recipe, but you can see the ones I made here:http://www.flickr.com/photos/62743910@N00/2651718353/

  114. Jessica says:

    my computer is playing gameshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/database/yorkshirepudding_67385.shtml

    these are homey good things

  115. HildeC says:

    Oh, I think I just delurked myself, but as you say, everyone loves a Give-away. Me too :-Dhttp://tinyurl.com/5uwnsv


  116. Michelle says:

    This truly is the best banana cakehttp://starashanramblings.blogspot.com/2007/07/best-banana-cake.html

    Glad you are feeling better.



  117. carla says:

    this was easy, since i didn’t wanted to share a recipe in portuguese (my native language) i’ll have to share the only recipe in english i’ve ever used to bake.and it is: http://tinyurl.com/3ky5gohint: i didn’t used the rolled oats and used much more cinnamon than the recipe asks for, i loved it!

    veludo_rosa at hotmail dot com

  118. Ali says:

    Oh, Toblerone cookies. How can you resist?http://tinyurl.com/5ex6yr

  119. Jennie says:

    http://babyledweaning.blogware.com/blog/_archives/2007/3/10/2793721.htmlsorry if that’s too long – couldn’t get the tinyurl thingy to work. I love these lentil and cheese wedges and, more importantly, so does my little boy! You can grate in some carrot or courgette or any other veggies and either stick them in a loaf/cake tin or shape individual patties and they are a meal in one, great on-the-go food.

    I loyally follow your blog and checked back regularly while you were on hiatus to see if you were back. Your creativity inspires me! Glad I finally got around to posting and saying that, even if I was lured in by free goodies 😉

  120. jen (my there does seem to be a lot of us jens) says:

    Here’s my favourite from my husband’s blog:http://thiswillhurtme.blogspot.com/2008/03/my-photo-of-day_23.html

    Cake tastes the best when someone else cooks it for you…

    Glad to hear you are feeling better, sorry to hear about the cancelled trip!

  121. Rita says:

    Hello!Im one of your silent readers, from across the Ocean – Portugal 🙂

    I am a gingr cake lover, and this is a recipe Ive successfully tried before:http://appleamber.wordpress.com/2007/04/27/ginger-cake/

    keep up with your great blog 🙂

  122. Rita Carvalho says:

    These are brilliant anda absolutely delicious pan fried :)http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/plump-pea-dumplings-recipe.html

  123. Prue says:

    Alright, here’s one for my ego: my very own pizza recipe. I have no idea how to make the link an actual link… http://mylifeasthegoodtwin.blogspot.com/2008/09/pizza-recipe.html

  124. elisabet says:

    Mmm… I love this recipe for three reasons1)So so good2)Easy and quick3)Also, I’m an engineer… you’ve got to love a recipe like this:


  125. naomi says:

    Wow, you illustrated for chicken sox…we love those books!!And here is my favorite lemon slice recipe, no bake and so easy…which I totally love. http://www.bestrecipes.com.au/recipe/Lemon-Slice-L1204.htmlenjoy!

  126. Leonie says:

    Gratuitously self-referential indeed, but only because I felt the original recipe, awesome as it was, needed some tweeking.Warm Chicken Pasta Salad:


    Seriously tasty. I promise.

  127. Jeannie says:

    Thank you for sharing little bits of your life with all of us. Your perspective on motherhood and the creative process is such an encouragement and inspiration.A favorite recipe:http://foodiefarmgirl.blogspot.com/2007/04/give-beets-chance-caramelized-beets.html

    So simple and tasty!

  128. I love reading your blog and I do it for quite some years… Nice idea to make a give-away for your readers. My favourite recepie is “Pizza Pasta”:http://mara-zeitspieler.blogspot.com/2008/08/pizza-pasta.htmlMy friends are crazy about it!Sweet Greetings from Germany!Mara Zeitspieler

  129. bunny says:

    I currently found this. Haven’t tried it yet, but it looks and sounds oh-so-delicious!http://jenslifestampin.blogspot.com/2008/10/monkey-mix.html

    bunnybx at gmail . com

  130. Melissa says:

    I was so glad you started blogging again, I missed lurking and reading about you and your family. This was a recipe that let us use a lot of our vege patch produce, except I use lamb instead of beef (more like real moussaka).http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/17865/beef+grilled+vegetable+moussaka

  131. bec says:

    what a lovely idea 🙂 I agree – it’s the other lovely bloggers that keeps one going! 🙂

  132. st.ar says:

    EGGNOG MINI GIFT CAKES! http://lorraine-redkitchen.blogspot.com/2007/12/christmas-tradition-eggnog-cake.htmlNow I’m going to go back through the comments and find new recipes. Thanks for the sweet hook-up.

    stacy0804 at yahoo.com

  133. gin says:

    During this credit crisis, this dessert is more than appropriately named! Enjoy it while it’s warm, because Poor Man’s Pudding is best fresh from the oven, with a generous overpour of the bottom dwelling sauce 😀

  134. kylie says:

    mm I love a good slice. I love your blog great to see that you are feeling better.http://www.exclusivelyfood.com.au/2006/07/chocolate-caramel-slice-recipe.html

  135. Carly says:

    Hi Claire,I’ve been following your blog for years now, and recommended it to many others. You make beautiful things and I enjoy seeing them on your blog. I feel as though I know you because you draw readers into your life with your writing. I admire the joy through creativity you give your family.

    I have a recipe – it’s Nigella’s choco hot pots. Mmmm.http://www.oprah.com/recipe/food/recipesdesserts/food_20030718_chocolate

    Take care, I’ll visit soon,Carlyitchy_81 at hotmail dot com

  136. Gina says:

    Since this is a great way for you to find new recipes, I’m choosing this yummy lemon ricotta almond cake: http://glutenfreebay.blogspot.com/2006/12/lemon-ricotta-almond-cake.html But I really would have picked your own ‘dahl for the masses’ – I make it often and it’s fed me well since finding it on Kiddley when you first posted it years back.

  137. DJ says:

    Glad you’re feeling better! This is one of my fave recipes, VERY rich and chocolatey!http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/dessert-recipes/chocolate-raspberry-truffle-bars/article.html

  138. Noelle says:

    Well, butternut squash and pears are both in season here in Canada–but likely not for you? It’s a fabulous recipe for Fall when the weather turns chilly. Hope you enjoy it!Butternut Squash and Pear Souphttp://www.foodtv.ca/recipes/recipedetails.aspx?dishid=7195

  139. Abby says:

    I know you’re just rolling over into spring, in .au, but here we’re slipping through fall into winter, and one of my favorite fall recipes is this savory tart with squash and cheese and caramelized onions.http://smittenkitchen.com/2007/10/butternut-squash-and-caramelized-onion-galette/

  140. Niina says:

    Ooo how lovely a giveaway!Glad to hear you’re better, I have been missing your lovely posts 🙂

    I found this recipe a month or so ago for Chicken Rissoles that are meant to be extra tasty, and they really are! I am usually quite a picky rissole eater and these are just lovely


  141. Liane says:

    Glad you are on the mend! I come back to your site and to the Kiddley site over and over for inspiration..thank you!One of my favorite banana bread recipes is from smitten kitchen:


  142. stef says:

    Wow, this is already turning into a goldmine of recipes. I’ll add a favourite too – these are wonderful chewy slice and bake cookies: http://a-friend-to-knit-with.blogspot.com/2008/02/slice-and-bake_01.htmlI actually go back to this blog quite often for more easy and delicious cookie recipes.

  143. Katie says:

    Thanks for such a great giveaway!I have two favorites for you:

    Family Style Chicken. We’ve never roasted the vegetables, I can only speak to how delicious the chicken is. We make this recipe with about a 3 pound package of chicken thighs (skin on), and use the same amount of spice.http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/george-stella/family-style-chicken-recipe/index.html

    Mock Garlic Mashed Potatoes–my 1 year old loves them, which says a lot.http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/george-stella/mock-garlic-mashed-potatoes-recipe/index.html

  144. Viv says:

    The easiest and yummiest – and what we just had for supper tonight!Chicken with lime and coconut…


  145. Melissa says:

    I so never win these things but I have been a avid reader of you blog for years. I post from time to time and the link I am leaving is from another wonderful blogger Posy gets cozy you should really check her out if you haven’t already. Let us know if you try any of these wonderful recipes. Have a great dayhttp://rosylittlethings.typepad.com/posie_gets_cozy/2008/06/cherry-clafouti.html

  146. Pink Sky says:

    What a sweet giveaway! 🙂 I recently enjoyed these – easy to make and very tasty.http://www.oprah.com/recipe/omagazine/recipes/food_200601_pork

    I hope you are on the mend 🙂

  147. Laura says:

    Ina’s Lentil and Sausage Soup. So perfect and delicious for fall and winter:http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/lentil-sausage-soup-recipe/index.html

  148. Kathleen says:

    Thanks for sharing, Claire.it’s easy being a faithful reader with a great blog like yours !

    Martha Stewart’s Outrageous Chocolate Cookies http://tinyurl.com/5ned5h

  149. Jennifer says:

    Love your site! Here is one of my favourite recipes online….http://www.oswegotea.com/2006/07/ceasar-salad-keller-way.html

    Best Ceasar salad I’ve EVER had. Thomas Keller is fantastic.

  150. Portia O. says:

    What a sweet idea! This has inspired me to stop lurking. We are a vegan family, so of course the recipe is vegan:http://veganyumyum.com/2007/11/aloo-parathas/

    Yummy Aloo Parathas!

  151. I love this Chocolate Mousse Pie recipe!!!And I hope you enjoy it too!


  152. Amber Leigh says:

    Yay! You are back and better and what fun, a giveaway!I love to make little madeleine cakes for little tea parties with my sister.

    My favorite online recipe is:


    thank you!


  153. Wow. So glad you are on the mend. Have some cookies! These were a big hit at holiday parties, and better yet, very little time to make. Now I’m going to troll through these comments and pick up some tasty goodness. Thanks!Sugar cookies with pistachios and dried cherries


  154. nova says:

    My hands down favorite and go to recipe for easy fancy occassion fine dessert-try:http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/LA-BETE-NOIRE-235831

  155. Lisa D. says:

    I’ve been making this salad for every family celebration for over 10 years. The bowl is always empty – it is delicious. I only use half the amount of dressing, though. A full recipe makes too much.http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Winter-Fruit-Salad-with-Lemon-Poppyseed-Dressing-2/Detail.aspx

  156. Stacey J. says:

    Glad you are feeling better! I do enjoy reading your blog. Here is my favourite healthy cookie/bar recipe:http://www.allhomemadecookies.com/recipes/healthy/zucchinioatmealcookies.htm

  157. Stefanie says:

    This is from my grandma’s recipe stash Rhubarb Kuchen so good!http://tinyurl.com/6ag6sb

  158. Sam says:

    The best internet recipe I’ve found is this one for crepes. I have made it many times; they’re not difficult, and they turn out amazing! I often use less sugar than they ask for, and I leave out the brandy.http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/BREAKFAST-CREPES-108134

  159. Tina says:

    My family love this recipe (cream cheese lasagna), I omit the pepperonihttp://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1835,145191-243205,00.html

  160. Katie says:

    I’ve been into soups lately, now that it’s getting cold here in Colorado. So here’s a link to a great Tomato Soup:http://tinyurl.com/5r4l3h

    Thank you for Loobylu.com. It has been my favorite blog to visit for a few years now.

  161. annie says:

    oooooooohhh wonderful stuff!i’ve always been a peanut butter lover, you must try these!http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Delicious-Peanut-Butter-Cookies/Detail.aspx

    it might make you feel more better

  162. gesikah says:

    Glad you are feeling better. I know how awful pneumonia can be, I got it the week before my wedding. At least I didn’t have to worry about fitting in my wedding dress, I was too sick to stress eat. ;)Sorry I couldn’t pick just one and this is disgustingly self-promoting, but hey, it’s one of the reasons I started blogging again.

    Fish Tacos, Charlie Browns (Chocolate Oatmeal Boiled cookies), and Rosemary Bread


  163. Judy D. says:

    Glad you are feeling better!These biscotti are easy, and so good! Great to give away as gifts, if you don’t eat them all first.


  164. CitabriaG says:

    Hi! I read often but do not comment as such. Love the idea of the giveaway. I always see the fabrics you choose and try to figure out how to use such great prints. This recipe is from Real Simple/Real Life there is a new series the first episode was on TLC last week. It is a recipe for guacamole. I like to splurge and have it on turkey burgers with swiss cheese.


  165. Well, not to get too nostalgic either, but this blog is important to me, too!And here is my recipe, just in time for the holidays…

    Triple Gingerbread with Crystallized Ginger Icing!


  166. sanae says:

    What a great giveaway! Your blog is one of my very favorites and you’ve been such a comfort and inspiration over the years!I have a couple of favorites — the easiest and yummiest chocolate cookies:


    And this naan recipe is a family favorite:


    So happy to hear you’re feeling better!

  167. yvette says:

    love the blog and have been following it for years! so glad you’re back after the hiatus. i’ve made these about 5 times and they are always awesome: http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/chewy-cherry-oatmeal-cookies

  168. I didn’t know you illustrated a chicken socks book! I love your art! how lovely.My favorite online recipe is from good old Martha…the pumpkin bars are a dream! I am so lazy I never remember to write it down but keep it bookmarked for easy reference. I think I’ll make them today!


  169. Tuesday says:

    Ohhhhhh this coffee cake recipe, DEFINITELY awesome, I’ve made it about 10 times now….never fails (oh, but I *DO* double the yummy topping portion (not the cake portion though) because I LOOOOVE tons of topping you know :Dhttp://southernfood.about.com/od/coffeecakerecipes/r/bl30220a.htm


  170. Lex says:

    http://www.dooyoo.co.uk/recipes/baking/1013864/Hello!This recipe is officially for banana bread but I use it to cook the most excellent banana muffins. They can be made sugar free by substituting a few handfuls of chopped-up dates instead of sugar.

    Recipe makes six muffins – I usually double it to fill a 12-hole muffin tray.

  171. Christine says:

    It is hard to pick just one but this recipe is really good and really easy.http://recipes.pauladeen.com/index.php/recipes/view/southern_fried_chicken/

    I feel like I should be sending you free stuff for all the enjoyment I get out of your blog.

  172. Ann says:

    Something fast and easy..and the kids can help!Lollipop cookies via Martha



  173. stacysews says:

    Here’s my very favorite (and my family’s too):http://www.emerils.com/recipe/2659/New-New-Orleans-Pasta

    It’s better than anything you can get in a restaurant!

  174. danielle says:

    Sure this link is to an ugly site, but the taste of these Mocha Bars with White Chocolate Icing more than make up for it!http://www.odlums.ie/Recipes/R_MochaBars.html

    Yum yum!

  175. amanda says:

    I found this recipe on a fellow blogger’s food blog. It’s for a traditional Indonesian dessert. Pretty tricky to make but it’s well worth it to eat.http://last-bite.blogspot.com/2008/09/indonesian-traditional-food-biji-salak.html

  176. Lisa says:

    Thank you so much for the chance to win! I love reading your website and wish you and your family the best.And also World Peace Cookies.

    Although the recipe is from Dorie Greenspan, this link is to Smitten Kitchen, one of my favorite cooking blogs. Enjoy!


  177. Angie says:

    OOh, I’m excited!!Ok. Recipe. I love to eat so I have lots!

    Minty Brownies! I keep this link on my blog so I’ll always be able to find it to make it – the trick is to lay ‘After Eight’ mints on top when they’re fresh out of the oven and then use a cocktail stick to create a marble effect. GORGEOUS!


  178. Leonor says:

    Hi, thank you for the opportunity <3When I made this, I caused an uproar, they were so yummie that people started to ask me to do some every chance they got.Heres the recipe for Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies, at Martha Stewart’s:http://tinyurl.com/5mxzp7

  179. Jana says:

    Wow, what a fun give away! My favorite recipe site is Picky Palate.Check out the Pumpkin Spice Blossom cookies at http://www.picky-palate.com/search/label/cookies

  180. Lizette says:

    Here’s a favorite recipe for chocolate chip cookies from Joy the Baker. I read her blog and crave baking right away.http://www.flickr.com/photos/22540992@N03/2652325466/

  181. Rosie says:

    Hey theremust admit i’m not the normal poster but more of a lurker, so i’m really pleased to be given a challenge! had a hard time picking a yummy recipe, so i thought i’d go for something seasonally british tee heee http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/database/sloeginandblackberry_89779.shtml

    email is rosiereyk04@yahoo.co.uk

    love the blog btw and glad to see yer on the mend! Thanks everso

  182. Rosie says:

    Hey there!I must admit I’m not the noraml poster, but more of a lurker so I’m very much welcoming the challenge of picking a fav recipe!Had a hard time picking, so I thought I’d select something nice and seasonably British!


    Loving the blog btw and glad to hear yer on the mend!Thanks everso for all the inspiration

  183. melissa says:

    ooh, fun! not sure if this really counts, as it was originally in print, but the ny times chocolate chip cookie recipe IS as good as everyone says it is: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/09/dining/091crex.html. yum!

  184. Kelly says:

    It has been such a treat to have your return to the blog world. :-)I love this recipe for gingerbread men. The cookies are softer than most recipes so they don’t always hold their shape very well, but I think they make up for it with taste.


  185. natascha says:

    I’m glad you feel better.I can’t miss this opportunity so here is my favourite recipe these days:http://www.latartinegourmande.com/2007/06/03/cooking-with-chocolate-and-matcha-tea-cuisiner-du-chocolat-et-du-the-matcha/

  186. lorena says:

    Delicious and easy to make chocolate cake.http://www.crianzanatural.com/detreceta.asp?idr=8Thank you for your blog!

  187. Savannah says:

    http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,191,156185-231198,00.htmlA giveaway does sound fun. : DThe above link is called “Carmel balls” and they simply are delicious. ^^Rather addicting too…But anways, even if I do not win, I hope you enjoy them. ^^

  188. terra says:

    I love giveaways!I don’t have a favorite recipe online but I saw this one today and can’t wait to try it out. It is for Root Beer Brownies and Brownies are one of my favorite things.


  189. Kari says:

    Your designs are adorable! I love your blog!

  190. Jackson says:

    I tried– VERY VERY HARD– to come up with just one recipe from this site…but I can’t. I’ve made dozens of things off it and they’re all delicious beyond all reason. The Marlboro Man’s Favorite Sandwich, however, is fantastic, as are all the desserts…http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/

    *wants to go home and cook now*

  191. Lainey says:

    It’s so wonderful to have your blog back!Mmm – my favorite internet recipe by far has to be sweet! I have two biscotti recipe I use EVERY holiday season without fail.

    http://www.recipezaar.com/133925 (mint chocolate chip biscotti) and http://www.home-ec101.com/cookie-a-day-chocolate-biscotti/#more-662 (chocolate biscotti)

  192. Melissa says:

    I’m so sorry you missed out on going to Japan. Here is my favourite recipe. Messy, yummy and oh so addictive. Cake balls. Great for kids to help with too.http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Cake-Balls/Detail.aspx

  193. Katie says:

    I was browsing for biscuits and gravy recipes and found this. It looks delicious.http://www.browniepointsblog.com/2006/01/07/spicy-paprika-gravy-and-cheesey-biscuits/

  194. Karie says:

    Such fun and pretty looking fabric!

  195. tania says:

    whooo boy – this is going to be a big list!:)we love reading all your thoughts and ramblings and we should be thanking YOU!

    my current favorite recipe is apple/pear cake found here-http://allbuttonedup.typepad.com/all_buttoned_up/2008/09/its-saturday-lets-have-some-pear-cake.html

  196. Leah says:

    Hi Claire,Glad to hear you are feeling better. What a great list of recipes you’ll have after this! I’ll add to the list: http://www.recipezaar.com/133387. I originally found this 6 minute chocolate cake from Amanda at Soulemama, but the link to that one is not working. We made it this year for my husband’s birthday and it was amazing! We did a real butter cream instead of the glaze and it was devoured. Enjoy!

  197. Amanda says:

    What a wonderful giveaway – how could we resist. I have been a long time reader and love your blog. I am however not the best cook so thank heavens for the internet eh! I have the sweetest tooth on earth so it has to Mars Bar Slice – this recipe from the wonderful Exclusively Food blog.http://www.exclusivelyfood.com.au/2006/07/mars-bar-slice-recipe.html

    glad you are feeling betterAmandamooandboo1@optusnet.com.au

  198. Jenn says:

    From the fabulous Smitten Kitchen, these gorgeous Salted Oatmeal White Chocolate Cookies.

  199. Alanna says:

    These are seriously the best crab cakes – and easiest to make EVER!!!!http://www.wolfgangpuck.com/recipes/recipedetail_wp.php?Alias=RE_WP3057

  200. Monda says:

    Hot Cross bun pudding – totally a cheats recipe, but a really tasty one:http://tinyurl.com/6rdzgt

    Thanks for the link to Tinyurl – I never knew this existed before today, v useful indeed.

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now – I found you via a book on blogging of all things.


  201. sarah says:

    http://rosylittlethings.typepad.com/posie_gets_cozy/2008/10/sour-cream-appl.htmlBest. Apple. Pie. EVER!

    What a generous giveaway! You have been one of my biggest inspirations, so it’s nice to hear about what inspires you!

  202. roxanne says:

    I don’t have a favorite recipe, but I did take note of a soup I want to try and make on Inside a Black Apple’s Blog… It looks and sounds pretty good and I can’t wait to try it!!! =b oh, it’s the broccoli and cheddar one!!


  203. Emma says:

    I have been reading your blog for a couple of years now, and find it very inspiring!Here is my favourite recipe. I use it all the time to make cupcakes for my daughters various social activities, and because well, I just love cupcakes! They are super easy and everyone loves them.

    Luckily I found it online (I am a bit of a cookbook person myself).


  204. Sheridan says:

    Nigella’s dense chocolate loaf – best chocolate cake EVER…http://www.recipezaar.com/137303

    Long time reader, and big fan of your blog!

  205. Shellie says:

    My fav recipe is all of them on http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com. It has everything you could imagine. It’s regular people food.

  206. Good read, thanks for the information, it was really informative.

  207. marn says:

    Oh how fun! I’m glad you are feeling better. I know I probably won’t be the only person to post this, but I love Alicia’s Sour Cream Apple pie. I made it the weekend before last, and it was just perfect.

  208. Jennifer Rhoads says:

    I make Nigella’s chocolate gingerbread every Christmas. Moist, gingery, chocolate goodness.http://www.nigella.com/recipes/recipe.asp?article=362

  209. alianora says:

    Hooray for Loobylu!Here’s the recipe I’ve been drooling over for the past week:Peanut Butter Cups.


  210. Emma says:

    Free form fruit pie —> http://tinyurl.com/5f3z4wEasy peasey, and with summer’s glut of stone fruit just around the corner the variations are endlessly delicious!!

    ps pick me pick me!! I looove japanese notions and fabric and have been coveting that book!


  211. Emily says:

    So glad you are on the road to recovery, Claire! I would recommend this lovely cake and also suggest supplanting the white sugar for raw sugar –


  212. Erin says:

    These granola bars are the best!!http://tinyurl.com/Chewy-Granola-Bars

  213. Emjie says:

    For me it has to be the entirely naughty and luxuriously rich croisants with bacon and cheese filling – a great breakfast treat for any occassion. See the below link:http://emjietreasures.blogspot.com/2008/08/sunday-morning-croissants.html

    You sound like you are getting your mojo back. Well done!

  214. Fern says:

    Easy! Banoffee pie! So far I have yet to find anyone in Oz that makes it properly, it’s so simple and so delicious!http://www.nestle.co.uk/OurBrands/Recipes/OldFavourites/UltimateBanoffeePie.htm

  215. Randi says:

    Love the blog. And glad to hear you’re up and around :)recipe:http://tinyurl.com/5t83bl



  216. Elizabeth says:

    Try these two blogs for beautiful presentation & inspiration:http://cannelle-vanille.blogspot.com/2008/10/roasted-apple-and-vanilla-bean-souffle.htmland this -http://tartelette.blogspot.com/2008/10/bittersweet-chocolate-and-cardamom.html

  217. Claire says:

    Hi Claire -How fun! I’ve already found some amazing recipes by clicking randomly on people’s links. 🙂

    Mine is as follows… I’ve also listed the ingredients and recipe, just in case the link doesn’t work for everyone. (You may need to be a Wagamama member). ENJOY – it’s utterly scrumptious! xxx

    *lemongrass and chilli creme caramel*


    Introducing rice to crme brule may seem like a sacrilege to some yet the inherent creaminess of the rice works wonders both for flavour and texture. you can play around with other rices too, italian arborio produces a richer, more rounded result and basmati has its fans

    you will need200ml (7fl oz) milk2 lemongrass stalks, outer leaves removed, slightly bashed1 dried red chilli2 tablespoons sake1 cinnamon stick1 star anise50g (2oz) white sugar1 egg and 2 yolks2 x 150ml ( pint) ramekin dishes for the caramel4 tablespoons water50g (2oz) white sugar


    put the milk, lemongrass, chilli, sake, cinnamon stick and star anise in a pan and place over a low heat for 15 minutes, without letting it come to the boil. turn off the heat and leave to infuse

    preheat the oven to 150c/300f/gas 2. first prepare the caramel. put the water and the sugar in a small pan over a very low heat, without boiling, until dissolved. turn up the heat and boil until golden. carefully pour into the bottom of the ramekins

    whisk the sugar, egg and yolks in a mixing bowl until light. strain the unfused milk on to the eggs, mix well and pour over the caramel. place the ramekins in a roasting tray on the middle of the shelf of the oven and fill the tray with enough boiling water to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins. bake for 40-45 minutes until set, with a slight wobble, but not coloured. allow to cool completely in the roasting tray. turn out on to 2 plates and serve

  218. tulip says:

    What fun! I have to say this cupcake recipe has never failed and I love it so much!http://www.amysedarisrocks.com/recipes.htm

  219. Kirsten says:

    My favourite recipe: Lime-glazed cookies!http://desertculinary.blogspot.com/2005/07/lime-glazed-cookies.html

    Thanks for the years of fabulous blog-reading!

    xo Kirsten

  220. Lauren says:

    lovely!I love this mushroom stroganoff:


  221. ann says:

    so easy almost healthy banana cake, made while holding baby.http://www.recipezaar.com/67256

  222. Michelle says:

    Because I love ginger (and I hope you do too! :P)http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Big-Soft-Ginger-Cookies/Detail.aspx

  223. alison says:

    http://allbuttonedup.typepad.com/all_buttoned_up/2006/12/opening_up_the_.htmli make this ALL the time. like easily 2 times a month during prime apple season!

  224. Jennifer says:

    I’ve cooked less than ten times in the three years my daughter’s been in my life, but I’m a junkie for this food blog: http://everybodylikessandwiches.blogspot.com/

  225. Allison says:

    Hi Claire,I knew those illustrations looked familiar when I bought that book. I actually bought it as a gift for my daughter’s little friend as we have just moved interstate and it was a ggodbye gift. I really wanted to get one for my daughter as well, but they only had one in the shop. So, obviously I would love to get my hands on another one so she can send letters and cards to all her little friends back in Sydney.

    Here is a recipe that I have bookmarked http://www.cuisine.com.au/recipe/Marshmallow-biscuits

    They saved the day when I tried to make marshmallows and it turned out too runny. Got to love a Wagon Wheel!

    You were the first blog I ever read, so I also want to let you know how much of an inspiration you have been!

  226. Regan says:

    Every Christmas I make this panaforte- for eating and gifts. I like a Christmas ritual.http://www.cuisine.com.au/recipe/Panforte

  227. Emily says:

    This is a traditional South Texas recipe, where citrus orchards abound (and where my hubby comes from). The original link no longer works, so here it is on my blog, YUMMY grapefruit pie:http://tinyurl.com/653ftj

  228. Kristin says:

    My favorite: Pumpkin curry soup! Especially this time of year(in the midwest states), as the seasons change and it starts to get cold…http://www.mom-mom.com/curried_pumpkin_soup.htm

  229. Aleece says:

    Claire, I’ve been reading on and off for several years now, and keep coming back for servings of your amazing work and the way you write about it.We just tried this recipe this week and it was a hit, even with the kids:



  230. Luann says:

    Your’s was the first blog I ever read – I sent a link to my friend saying how cool your site was and she wrote back – It’s a blog Lu! I’m really glad you’re feeling better.Anyhow here’s a recipe that’s on the healthy side but one I’ve been addicted to lately:


  231. eugeniagina says:

    We love cinnamon!http://allrecipes.com/Search/Recipes.aspx?WithTerm=cinnamon

    I really miss reading your blog, so happy you write again! 😀

  232. i really like Bill Granger’s ‘Healthy Brownies’. i seem to go on about them all the time even thoguh i have only made them once. but they were good, and any recipe that makes me feel better about eating brownies is good in my books!http://www.smh.com.au/news/recipes/wholesome-lunchbox-snacks/2006/10/02/1159641253951.html

  233. yvonne says:

    while brussels sprouts may not be everyone’s favorite, i am a fan and i absolutely adore this recipe for cream-braised brussels sprouts, via orangette:http://orangette.blogspot.com/2006/12/best-thing-since-brussels-sprouts.html

  234. How about this ice cream cake? The variations at the end are the best part:http://candlestring.blogspot.com/2006/07/oreo-ice-cream-cake-tutorial.html

    Good to see you writing your blog again.

  235. Holly says:

    I’m gonna share two recipes because it’s so hard to choose! But I wouldn’t recommend eating them together (or even one for mains and one for dessert) because they’re both very rich!First is maraconi cheese. A classic but so tasty, especially with bacon and onion!


    And next is fudgehogs – a brownie-hedgehog hybrid, yum!


    ~HollyTwo Cheese Please

  236. Krista says:

    flourless chocolate cakeHi! It’s been too long since I’ve been for a visit. It’s been nice catching up, your family is beautiful, as are your creations.

    How fun to find a recipe of mine here in your comments!!

  237. leslie says:

    oh my god, so many comments already!! you will never have to buy a cookbook again : )now i know your mom bakes a mean chocolate cake but this one is sure to give her a run for her money, it’s AMAZING.http://smittenkitchen.com/2007/07/you-are-owed-chocolate-cake/

  238. Karen says:

    Ooooh! Gotta enter this contest! Love your blog and the gorgeous bunnies!I love lemon bars!http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/DOUBLE-LEMON-BARS-2209

  239. Cindy says:

    This woman has the best cupcake recipies ever, they are all good! http://cupcakeblog.com/

  240. Sally says:

    This is my favourite recipe for chocolate chip cookies – they are absolutely delicious and it is very easy to eat several in one sitting!http://www.traderecipes.net/2006/01/26/chocolate-chip-cookies/

  241. Gina says:

    Your competition looks gorgeous!I have sooo many faves but this is one that was a big hit in our house recently:


    This is such a great idea..so many lovely looking recipes to check out now!! 😀

  242. The recipe is on my blog its so delishous you use coconut flour …its these yummy moist brownies with chocolate cream cheese icing its so yummyhttp://joyfulhomemaker.blogspot.com/2008/08/low-carb-chocolate-brownie.html



  243. Sarah-jo says:

    oh me oh my I dont cook so dont have any fave recipes, please dont blame me its just I was raised by a domestic goddess and I vowed never to be a mans slave…..this included cooking and cleaning, sewing and darning socksI took wood work instead of home ec and shunned all things womanly

    It hasnt served me well nor my two lil children who only get home cooked meals at ‘daddies’ houseI did however learn to sew….does that redeem me?

    if not, I do have ‘that’ book, I bought it for my son to encourage his writing skillsas he really doesnt appreciate drawing/writingits a fabulous bookwould love another copy to give to my nephew as a pressie

    ok so after that essay lets hope the magic number generator pics moi hahaha


  244. Jenny says:

    I am so loving lemonade scones at the moment. So easy!http://aww.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=43183

  245. Meghan says:

    What a great idea and so generous. My favorite recipe link is…http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/vegetarian-tortilla-soup-recipe.html

    very yummy soup.

  246. caroline says:

    Wow with all these comments you’ll have the best recipe collection ever! Glad you’re on the mend and thanks for your generous give away. You’re blog always makes me smile xcaroline.lazenby@talk21.com

    a great twist on the brownie:


  247. Mo says:

    Cant resist a give away!Or italian food:)http://fiordizucca.blogspot.com/2008/06/insalata-di-melanzane-e-arance-in-salsa.html

    Luckily there is also a translation in English on the site! Its really delicious and such an original combination of aubergine, orange and mint & easy to make!!

  248. Sulz says:

    ohmigoodness! I love the Japanese prints so much! Thanks for having this wonderful giveaway!As for the recipe… I’m partial towards recipes which are fast and easy to whip up. I have an excuse – I am a student =P and have little time to fit books, crafting AND cooking (so cooking is not priority, although snacking is). Hehe. So here’s my favourite: http://www.taste.co.nz/home/recipedetail.aspx?ArticleID=3051It's simple, fast and yummy-licious. =)

  249. Cass Ward says:

    My daughter has that book, we love it.

  250. Michelle says:

    I’m so sorry you missed going to Japan! Glad you’re feeling better. Being so sick really sucks.My favourite recipe is for Sun-Sparkle cheesecake. My friend and I call it Tina Sparkles’ cheesecake (after Strictly Ballroom) and both our mothers made it in the 70s.http://goldencircle.com.au/recipes/documents/Sun-SparkleCheesecake.pdf

  251. Trixi says:

    Try this awesome pie!! Banana and toffee all mixed into one!Banoffee Pie



  252. This one, absolutely, hands-down – it is the best soup you’ll ever eat. http://www.sundrybuzz.com/2006/10/14/creamy-squash-soup-recipe/

  253. Cathie says:

    my favorite summer recipe is: http://smittenkitchen.com/2007/07/rat-a-too-ee-for-you-ee/ LOVE IT!! Hope you get a chance to try it out sometime – the site is also filled with fab recipes!Blessings,Cathie

  254. Jill says:

    Anything from http://www.deliciousdays.com/… LOVE that site. Totally deserving of a rich cup of coffee and a quiet house to stroll through their site.

  255. Angela says:

    Your illustrations are so adorable! I would love that book for myself (although I am sure my 6 yr old would too!).I have been loving this quinoa recipe to bring to gatherings (both vegetarian & gluten free):


  256. Amanda says:

    This is a great recipe for “French bread”. Short and sweet, but with such wonderful results. I use all unbleached white bread flour. So naughty! Here is the link. If it doesn’t work forgive me as I have never done this before. http://simple-green-frugal-co-op.blogspot.com2008/10/one-hour-french-bread.html

  257. Nytate says:

    I love reading your blog, I rarely have time in my busy life to keep up with my own, and it rarely does what I want it to do. I am a mother and a crafter, therefore I am. :DMy current favorite online recipe is for black light jello. Our girl scouts are going to have it at a glow in the dark party.


  258. Sarah says:

    Ready for the best pasta dish ever! http://smittenkitchen.com/2008/03/pasta-with-cauliflower-walnuts-and-feta/And I love the idea of making everybody link to a recipe…. I have like 10 more recipes to add to my “Cook This” list… Thanks!

  259. Natalie says:

    Alton Brown’s hot wings. We make these all the time and the kids love them (they eat theirs with BBQ sauce).http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/good-eats/buffalo-wings-recipe/index.html

  260. Lisa says:

    HiI don’t ever really never leave comments! but this time I thought it rude not to, as I’m always popping by and reading your blog! glad your feeling better and maybe this recipe will put the snap back in your celery!!It’s little ginger loaves with chilli Icing…send any bugs packing!!


  261. gingermog says:

    Ummmmm actually my favourite internet recepie was yours for torilla soup.http://loobylu.com/archives/000086.htm

    You also had one for a mean brocolli and sweet potatoe soup which is so easy to russle up and I still have it memorised. I can’t find it on your site now.

    I am glad your still writing.

  262. Jeni Smith says:

    I’m glad you’re feeling better!I LOVE soft, cakey sugar cookies and have recently been trying all sort of recipes I’ve found online. Here’s one:


    You put together an amazing gift!

  263. Greta says:

    It’s just starting to cool off a bit here in San Diego, and I’ve managed to catch a cold, so I made a nice batch of stew yesterday. I loosely followed a recipe in the Joy of Cooking, but this one I found online looks very similar to what I did: http://fortheloveofcooking-recipes.blogspot.com/2008/09/beef-stew.htmlQuite tasty, if I do say so myself!

  264. Jennifer says:

    I think that my favorite recipe from the grand ol’ internets is 1-2-3 Peanut Butter Cookies – it is easy and makes a tasty sweet for people who can’t tolerate gluten!http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1610,129179-244196,00.html

  265. rbiggs says:

    I was so glad to see you return after your hiatus! I wish that I had a recipe to link tofor my favorite dish! It is actually my family’s favorite dish.Tater tot hot-dish (casserole, but “hot-dish” is a Minnesota word!)1 pound of ground beef (or turkey) with a finely chopped onion. browned well1 can of cream of mushroom soup 1/2 a can of water. Stir together and pour into a baking dish and top with frozen tater tots.

    Bake at about 400 degrees F for 45 – 60 minutes or until the tater tots are golden brown.

    Easy, but always a hit at the Biggs house.

  266. Charity says:

    One of our favourite stand-bys is Pudding cake:http://www.thimble.ca/?p=852

    It’s fast and easy, and so good, especially when it’s cold outside. :0)

    Thanks for the giveaway, what wonderful goodies!

  267. erika says:

    I’m going to be self-referential, too.My favorite cheesecake is one I developed for a baking contest: Peanut Butter Brownie Bottom Cheesecake

    I absolutely adore your site and your designs.

  268. Elizabeth says:

    This is yummy! And good for you too:http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipes/8866

  269. Carey says:

    My favorite recipe off the internet right now is… Spiced Chocolate Peanut Butter. Really simple and yummy.http://chocolateandzucchini.com/archives/2006/10/spiced_chocolate_peanut_butter.php

  270. leslie says:

    the link to the book isn’t working any more- but it looks adorable! Hope I win so I can see more of what it’s about! 🙂

  271. leslie says:

    oops- I missed the requirement the first time!I like Chocolate Gobs this time of year…


  272. Carley says:

    I felt so sad for you that you had to cancel your trip to Japan, but I am glad to hear that you are feeling better. And what an awesome thing – this giveaway!My favorite recipe is for Chocolate Fudge Cookies with Toffee and Dried Cherries.


  273. Stephanie says:

    It’s the season for apple picking – and cider donuts! I don’t use a round cutter – I just cut them into one inch squares (with squares there’s no re-rolling the dough, and I like them small!)http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/CIDER-MINI-DOUGHNUTS-240597

  274. Louise says:

    My daughter and I love making this recipe for special treats and the icing part of the recipie works for so many other things as well.www.allrecipies.com/Recipe/Delilahs-Frosted-Cut-Out-Sugar-Cookies/Detail.aspx

  275. Suzanne says:

    Giveaways are always so fun! Love ’em…. :)My favourite cookie is Snickerdoodles. Here’s the recipe:http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Snickerdoodles-I/Detail.aspx

    I’ll be making lots this Christmas to give away to family and friends. 🙂

  276. Catherine says:

    Hmmmmm, my fave recipe? Well, this is embarrasing because I am a terrible cook and I am now just looking online to find recipes to improve my children’s lives :D…. I will post one that I want to try…http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/soy-ginger-chicken?autonomy_kw=slow%20cooker%20recipe&rsc=image_5

    Your site was one of the first craftyblogs I started reading years ago when I discovered this whole craft world on the web!

  277. Viva says:

    i have too many favs, but i love getting ideas from here.http://simplybreakfast.blogspot.com/

    Even if it just visual ideas!

    Like Catherine above, your blog was the first one that really connected we with the whole world creative people like me with kids, and finding the right balance between the both.

    Don’t stop

  278. Tricia says:

    I don’t have a link, but my favorite thing to do right now is slice an acorn squash in half, scoop out the seeds and fill it with a mixture of chopped apples, golden raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and a drizzle of honey. Bake in a dish with some water at 350 degrees until the squash flesh is soft but not too dry. It’s like eating pumpkin pie for dinner! I pair it with a nice salad. Yum!

  279. lollypopfizz says:

    http://www.thekoala.com/christmasrecipe.htmforgot to leave my link.White christmas is my fave festive recipe you cant beat none bake and with the festive season fast approaching no one will be disappointed with this yummyness x

  280. Melanie says:

    Hi! And thank-YOU for all the years of reading and inspiration you’ve given me!I couldn’t possibly pick an absolute favourite, but this recipe for wholemeal banana bread is being made at least once a week in our house at the moment. Where the recipe says vanilla yoghurt I just substitute whatever natural yoghurt we have in the fridge at the time. Which usually is a natural yoghurt mixed with passionfruit, which makes the bread extra-yummy!


    What a great idea! I’m going to browse your comments for recipes!


  281. Rose says:

    I really love this recipe via Smitten Kitchen: Alexs chicken and mushroom marsala. http://smittenkitchen.com/2008/03/alexs-chicken-and-mushroom-marsala/

  282. Melissa W says:

    I adore this foodie website and my favourite recipe of all is this one – http://chocolateandzucchini.com/archives/2008/06/pistachio_gelato.php

  283. Concha says:

    Definitely these dark toblerone chocolate cookies:http://www.waitrose.com/recipe/Giant_Toblerone_Cookies.aspx

    I’m a huge fan of your blog and having a blog myself, I understand waht you wrote about visitors. Hurray for pretty blogs!

  284. Steph says:

    I have to say that Amanda’s WHO Bread wins for me hands down.http://www.soulemama.com/soulemama/2008/03/who-bread-goes.html

    It’s so nice still warm, it smells like hot cross buns and with just a bit of margarine on top mmmmmm.

  285. sarah says:

    ok, so this is the most recent recipe I’ve found online + baked w/success – apple spice cupcakes w/caramel frosting. Took them to a dinner party on Sunday evening + got many a compliment. yum.http://thefinal310.blogspot.com/2007/11/apple-spice-cupcakes-with-caramel.html

    how rude of me to not even say hello first. whoopsies! so, Hello + thank you!

  286. Jenny says:

    Besides a fun giveaway, you have also created a treasure trove of favorite recipes! I can’t wait to try some of these, but where to begin?Here’s my favorite recipe, given to me by a college roommate from her mom.http://pomly.livejournal.com/17295.htmlI've made it countless times and it’s always so good. Enjoy!

  287. Love that Klutz book you did — I bought six of them earlier this year for my daughters to give as gifts at the many birthday parties they’re invited to. Now our store is sold out of them, and I’ll be elated to get another copy!

  288. Emmaline says:

    I read your entry, thought about which recipe to post and by the time I’d returned you’d practically gathered a recipe book! Like many others, i’m a long term reader, grateful for the inspirational blog and unable to resist the possibility of peeking at such a pretty package as you’ve compiled…Here’s a thoroughly trustable, emphatically brilliant recipe, that chances are you already know: Stephanie Alexander’s Lemon Tart, copied at the following blog:http://ourredhouse.blogspot.com/2007/07/lemon-tart.html(note the red house blog is a stranger to me; i just searched for a recipe i know oh so well!)

  289. Jhoanna says:

    Must admit that when it comes to cooking actual meals I pretty much suck (and hubby will vouch for that too!). But I do love baking and making desserts. I love, love ichigo daifuku and am planning to make a whole batch of these using this excellent tutorial: http://www.instructables.com/id/Ichigo-Daifuku-Japanese-Sweet-bean-and-Strawberr/Glad to hear that you are feeling much better 🙂

  290. Allison says:

    I’m a longtime Loobylu fan, it would be wonderful to win a token from you.I’ve used this recipe for poached eggs over rice & greens quite a bit –


    Not exactly a festive sweet treat (I go back to my childhood cookbook – or Nigella – for most of those) but a hearty vegetarian meal.

  291. kristen says:

    I do love the Pioneer Woman and Elise of Simply Recipes, but here’s what I am craving right now:My Chicken Corn Chowderhttp://www.thisclassicallife.com/weblog/index.php/archives/185

  292. Alison says:

    :oi haven’t cooked in so long. D: college = no timemy favorite (and not often looked at) is banana muffins! 😀 great for brown ones that no one wants to eat.http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Banana-Muffins-II/Detail.aspx




  294. Fioleta says:

    Your give away looks very generous.I get most of my recipes from http://www.recipezaar.com/, since I can search by ingredients. My favourite at the moment (they change every few months) is Cornmeal Blender Waffles – I usually add slices of banana to the mix after blending.

  295. theresa says:

    Now that I finally made a trip to the post office and posted a wee package to Australia today; I feel I can comment and leave my two cents for ya.This recipe and the book it came from has saved my life!It’s a big hit with everyone and the cupcakes are so tasty no one misses the dairy at all!!! I make a batch and stick them in the freezer (without frosting) and whenever I need to bring my kiddo a treat at a friend’s dairy filled birthday party, I can easily defrost a couple and make a quick frosting and off we go!



    So sorry to hear you missed your trip to Japan and have been so ill—what a bummer! Wishing you a wonderful trip in your future soon!

  296. Line says:

    Hi!I expect lots of other people have said this sort of thing 🙂 I’m a long-time reader (think I remember you posting that recipe for cookies in 1999). I don’t usually comment but I’ve always loved reading your blog.

    This is my favourite Jamie Oliver recipe:


    Hope you feel beter soon,


  297. Michelle says:

    Wow, I have been reading for over 5 years and this is my first ever post! Was sad when you had a break last year but am so happy you are back!My favourite online recipe has to be Portugese Tarts:



  298. Tammy says:

    Anything by Bill Granger is divine. His book Everyday is the best.http://www.bills.com.au/recipes/

  299. Janet says:

    I’ve been a long time lurker and reader of your wonderful blog.Glad your feeling better

    I’ve been slowly going down all your comments for this post and checking out everyone’s favourite recipes its been so much fun.

    This recipe is from another blog I lurk on…lol…these potato skins are so yummy my teenagers love these.


    Take care of yourselfJanet

  300. Marcia says:

    Dear Claire, here’s my contribution: scallion pancakes from Jen’s foodblog Use Real Butter. Her step-by-step pictures are fantastic, the recipe is very easy to make and the flaky pancakes are really delicious!Get well soon, Claire. Take your time to heal, Japan will always be there for when you’re ready to go. 🙂

  301. Jo says:

    Wow look at all your comments! great idea though now i have hundreds of recipe links to check out & i love a good recipe. you have inspired me to start my own blog & what i really need is a simple recipe to make it as pretty as yours LOL.Try these coffee choc friands YUM


  302. Kieran says:

    Heavenly Hash – You know you love it too!http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Heavenly-Hash/Detail.aspx

  303. Rosie says:

    Hiya! I’m another lurker. I love reading craft blogs & it has inspired me to get going on a few projects.Having little girls there are so many pretty things to make for them!I didn’t know you had done illustrations for a Klutz book. I love them! I have the pretty purses one put away for a rainy day. I’d just love to win your giveaway!Here is a gorgeous cupcake recipe.http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/1217/pretty+cupcakes

    Take care!

  304. Lou says:

    I am submitting a Shaker recipe ‘Canary Salad’. I just love this salad, it is a little bit different, definately colourful, tastes great, and no birds are harmed in the making. http://www.wickedlocal.com/bolton/archive/x1078260035

  305. chantal says:

    With a glut of courgettes you can’t beat this recipe, I originally found it on a self sufficiency blog but this is the same recipe:http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/database/bluecourgettesoup_1948.shtml

    Add all ingredients bar the cream and freeze bucket loads to get you through the dark months.

    Thanks too for all the inspiration you continue to give. You may remember I emailed you post my m/c after you gave birth to Amelia and you sent a lovely reply? Your blog enabled me to cope with babies at such a sad time. Well now i have 4, yes 4 boys. All born within 40 months and ending up with identical twins. I feel I’ve taken a journey that I didnt expect and has been really tough, but your blog has been a kind of parallel journey which i really appreciate. Glad you are on the mend. Sorry to blurt. 🙂

  306. Rathicca says:

    The pear and ginger cake from page 153 of Marie Claire Fresh is both delicious AND completely idiotproof. You can get it here: http://books.google.com.au/books?id=A_pY7UrsdzEC(Actually everything I’ve tried from this book has turned out great.)

  307. Mary says:

    This isn’t much of a recipe, but it’s so easy and fun with kids that I thought I’d pass it along.Make your own butter!


    Love your blog! And I love giveaways. Tee hee!

  308. Elise says:

    These are the cookies of my childhood. So crispy and delicious, I want one right now.http://funkyanddelightful.blogspot.com/2008/05/women-who-arent-mothers-day.html

  309. Sarah says:

    http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/06/the_best_chocol/This is a great cake and a fun website if you have never been there

  310. millie says:

    Everyone in my family loves this chocolate cake recipe from Pioneer Woman.YUM!


  311. kslaughter says:

    Here are a couple of my favorite soups: the first is for those of us up here having a beautiful autumn and the second is for y’all down there having a lovely, (I hope) springtime ; ).http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/recipedetail.cfm?objectid=4236CCB2-EA96-45FB-AD7965B57DF0F145


    Thanks for your generous giveaway~~all the best to you!

  312. Laura says:

    What could be better than cupcakes? NOTHING!From another one of my favorite blogs, the most delicious vanilla vanilla cupcakes ever:



  313. bea says:

    (sorry if this is a double-post – last try got unexpected error page)anyway, thanks for your writing and sharing

    best internet recipe:http://www.davidlebovitz.com/archives/2008/01/chocolatecovere.html

    matzo crack – caramelised, crunchy, chocolate smothered…delicious!

  314. Lovely you! Thanks for all of your years of blogging and for coming back after your extended break. ;)Here’s my favorite + easy homemade tomato soup recipe:


    Tip: I add basil and I substitute olive oil for 2/3 of the butter.

  315. Michelle says:

    I love canninng apple pie filling. All those potential pies lined up in the pantry make me happy.http://kathi-mygarden.blogspot.com/2007/10/making-apple-pie-filling-to-can.html

  316. LollyChops says:

    I love love love a good giveaway like this! Thanks with hugs on the side!

  317. sew funky says:

    http://alimento-nz.blogspot.com/2006/09/aimees-birthday-cake-2.html has to be my favourite easy to make chocolate cake! It’s on my recipe blog, which sadly needs updating!

  318. jennie lynn says:

    right now I’m going to say that my favorite internet recipe is the one I’m most excited to try next, and that is the deep, dark salted caramel sauce from the Smitten Kitchen: http://smittenkitchen.com/2008/10/paris-a-deep-dark-salted-butter-caramel-sauce/and you’re right – everyone does love a give away!

  319. Angie says:

    this is one of those recipes for using all the excess tomatoes I seem to grow each year! Great for a curry night or when you need a good chilli kick.


  320. moomins for president says:

    THis one is a take on the NY Cheesecake.this recipe is interesting because there are rather scientific cheesecake questions and explanations in the comments. My little tip would be to add heaps more lemon zest and a little orange zest too. Also substitute a bit of the cream cheese for sour cream and even add in a little cooked potato for a more Eastern Euro vibe. Plus vanilla. Add lots of vanilla essence.


  321. Juddie says:

    Hi Loobylu!I just adore fresh green beans, so here is a simple and delicious bean recipe with very few ingredients:


    Thanks for organising the givaway!

  322. Anary says:

    I love the site organization..the choice of colors are great…keep up the good job.My favorite treat and recipe..BRIGADEIRO…yummyhttp://www.maria-brazil.org/brigadeiros.htm

  323. ka says:

    I love these. They are great for snacking, parties, traveling. There are tons of recipes out there but this is the first one I thought of…http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/GLAZED-RED-PEPPER-FENNEL-ALMONDS-107680