Review: Petit Amuse

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If someone wants to cheer me up, they know to surprise me with food. Whether it’s an exotic chocolate bar or a new type of jam, I love trying new products. Clearly, I’m not alone, as there’s an entire market of subscription food boxes that will send you a monthly supply of goodies. One new company, Petit Amuse, combines this model with the growing artisanal food movement. For $10 a month, you get a sampler box of items from small food producers.

The box gives you a taste of each item, so you get to sample one or two …

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Review: Tea Time: A Taste of London’s Best Afternoon Teas

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Are you as in denial as I am that the 2012 Summer Olympic Games are over? No longer can I fill my mornings with breathtaking recaps of Michael Phelps’s latest broken record, or spend evenings holding my breath (and staying away from Twitter at all costs) until the U.S. gymnasts stick those landings. Gone are the hours spent wondering just how London’s government agreed to have a beach volleyball court smack dab in front of Buckingham Palace, as well as my excuse to order a side of fries and a cider with every meal in solidarity with our athletes.

And …

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Review: Poptails: 60 Boozy Treats Served on a Stick

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Alcohol-infused ice pops. Wait, but alcohol doesn’t freeze…right? Actually, Erin Nichols shows that you can with her cocktail-inspired ice pop recipes. The secret? Cook most of the liquor off while retaining the flavor.

I was ecstatic to be chosen as the SKC contributor to review this book! My 21st birthday is in a few weeks, and I have been waiting for this day more than ever. Graduating from college as a 20-year-old really isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…especially when you couldn’t legally drink with your friends during college and still can’t drink with them after graduation

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The Cookie Dough-lympics: Triple Espresso Shot Cookie Dough Brownies

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What do bad boys, Red Bulls and cookie dough all have in common? They all bad for us, but yet irresistible. Despite the risks of heartbreak, elevated heart rate and salmonella, we can’t help but stay away.

Just as we can admit to having fallen for the bad boy or consuming one too many caffeinated energy drinks during finals season, most of us are also guilty of having slipped our hands into a bowl of unbaked cookie dough. Even while aware of the dangers of eating raw eggs, the combination of sugar, butter and other pantry ingredients is difficult …

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Review and Giveaway: Slushed! Winner

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Thanks to everyone who entered our Slushed! giveaway. We loved hearing about all your favorite frozen treats! But there can only be one winner…

Congrats to Francine!

Francine’s favorite treat is 1/2 spicy chocolate, 1/2 pistachio gelato. YUM. Shoot us your address to claim your prize!

Keep an eye out for more great giveaways here on SKC.

—The Small Kitchen College Team

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Review and Giveaway: Slushed!

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**Giveaway Closed 5/31/12**

My favorite thing to drink when it’s cold out is always red wine. I don’t know if it’s because of the time I spent in Italy, but ever since I got back from being abroad, red wine always seems like the perfect drink, whether it’s over a long meal, after a long day, before bed…

But when it’s warm out, I can’t even think about having red wine without getting sleepy and what I really want is a cool and refreshing cocktail. Give me an icy glass of muddled mint in a mojito and I’ll love you forever.

So …

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Review and Giveaway: Edible Cocktails Winner

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Thanks to everyone who entered our Edible Cocktails:From Garden to Glass—Seasonal Cocktails with a Fresh Twist giveaway! We loved hearing about all your creative cocktail flavors, and you’ve definitely inspired us. But there can only be one winner…

Congrats to Jacqui, who thinks a cotton candy cocktail would be fun and delicious. That sounds amazing—we’ll get right on that! Shoot us an email to claim your prize.

And stay tuned for more great giveaways at SKC!

—The Small Kitchen College Team

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Review: Never Cook Sober Cookbook

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Fusion food keeps increasing in popularity, as korean tacos and sushi pizza pop up on more and more restaurant menus. But Stacy Labbs and Sherri Field put a new twist on fusion food.  Both Labbs and Field are wine and liquor connoisseurs who fused (ha!) their interest with food and booze to produce Never Cook Sober.

Stacy Labbs took a bartending class when she was twenty-one and, from there, began inventing recipes.  Field is a homebrewer and wine maker who has a long-time appreciation for great spicy food.  Unarguably, an interesting compilation of booze infused dishes, Never Cook Sober, includes …

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Review and Giveaway: Edible Cocktails

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**Giveaway Closed 5/15/12**

During the summer I buy most of my produce at Chicago’s Green City Market—a fantastic farmer’s market that connects local producers and farmers to chefs, restaurateurs, food organizations, and the public. I love cooking with locally sourced ingredients and find that using seasonal, high-quality blueberries and tomatoes can turn a dish from dull to irresistible.

If seasonal ingredients tremendously improve the quality of food why can’t they do the same for alcohol?

In Edible Cocktails:From Garden to Glass—Seasonal Cocktails with a Fresh Twist, Natalie Bovis proves they can. Natalie gives you tips, …

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Review and Giveaway: Sir Kensington’s Ketchup Winner

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Thanks to all who entered our Sir Kensington’s Ketchup giveaway! We loved hearing about all your favorite foods for dipping. But there can only be one winner…

Congrats to VanessaMeryl!

Here’s what Vanessa had to say: Fries definitely! But that Bloody Mary sounds AWESOME! One of my life goals is to make or find a bloody Mary base recipe I really love! Testing those out is fabulous and dangerous

We’re happy to help you cross something off your bucket list. Shoot us an email to claim your prize!

And stay tuned for more great giveaways on SKC!

—The Small

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