Happy Fourth Birthday to Overtime Cook and a Big Giveaway!


It all started four years ago today. August 7th, 2011 was the day I published my first post here on Overtime Cook.I've written previously about how my blog got started. In short, I was bored (at least creatively) and needed a hobby. So I purchased the domain name overtimecook.com and posted my first recipe. Behold: Peanut Butter Truffle Stuffed Oreos. Not too bad for an iphone photo and a gal with zero experience! What started that day has become so much more than a hobby. It's become a life-changing passion. So much has happened in the last four years. Millions (literally!) of readers, a magazine column, a thriving food photography business, and lots of new friends. And now, of … [Read more...]

Top Ten Recipes of 2014


Wow. Seriously, just...wow. How else can I describe the last year?   I've said it before, but I'll say it again. I never imagined I would stick to the whole blogging thing. I thought it would be another one of my two-week hobbies, destined to go the way of all the fads before it. But you guys showed up, so I stuck around, and I'm so grateful for that. I see the numbers...well over 100,000 different people are visiting this blog every month. I can see on my stat tracker how page views in 2014 were more than double those in 2013. I see photos that you guys submit, I interact with you on social media, but it still boggles my mind when I am shopping in the grocery store and a … [Read more...]

Wishing You a Sweet New Year

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I know you're all probably busy in the kitchen, getting together your last minute dishes for Rosh Hashanah, but I hope you have a couple of minutes (seconds?) to read my new year's greeting to you. :) It's been an amazing year here on my little corner of the internet - and I owe it all to you - my lovely readers. I feel like I have tens out thousands of friends (whom I haven't met yet;), all over the world, and that makes me the luckiest girl in the world. Thanks for reading, and stick with me - because this coming year is gonna be even better! Wishing all of you a shana tova, a kesivah v'chasima tova, and a happy and sweet year full of the most amazing (and delicious!) things! -Miriam … [Read more...]

The Side Dish: Some Things I Thought You Might Like

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Like on the side: some links I love, some kitchen deals, and a review of the new cookbook The Big Flavor Grill! Hey friends. I'm trying something a little different here today. I'd love to say it's going to be a weekly series, but knowing me and how busy I get sometimes, I am not going to make any commitments. However, now that I've got a super talented assistant (I'm going to introduce her next week!), I am going to try to share more than just recipes. We'll aim for most fridays...let's see how that works out! Some weeks I'll share great kitchen deals, sometimes it's going to be cookbook reviews (maybe a few giveaways?), sometimes I will share roundups of great recipes and sometimes you … [Read more...]

My Weight Loss Journey with Start Fresh: Week 5

-love all,trust a few,do wrong to none.- (4)

So I finished my first month of my Weight Loss Journey with Start Fresh! So my total weight loss for the month... Did you enter my giveaway for a free month on Start Fresh? It ends tonight at midnight - don't miss it! I'll admit, it wasn't the easiest week for me. I had a day off for New Year's, I was out sick one day, and I was snowed in another. Being home and bored doesn't make for easy dieting. I was tempted to cheat a few times, but I had my plan and stuck with it! I started asking myself... "Am I hungry, or am I bored?" As you can imagine, I was bored most of the time. One of my delicious food discoveries of the week was my Skinny Mocha Frappes. I also made a version with just … [Read more...]

DIY Cookie Jars with Sharpies

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DIY Cookie Jars are so easy and make a great gift! Read on for instructions! This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #StaplesSharpie http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO. Today's post is a little different than usual. I'm not sharing a recipe for food, but rather, I am sharing a fun way to make something to store your food in! This may not come as a surprise to those of you who've seen my creative side in other aspects, but I love crafts! I don't usually have time for crafting (after baking, photographing, blogging, etc), but when the folks at Sharpies asked me to share a fun Sharpies related … [Read more...]

My Weight Loss Journey with Start Fresh: Introduction

Start Fresh - Week 1

I think most of you can relate to weight loss and all of its related struggles. Personally, this has been a big struggle for me for pretty much as long as I can remember. I am not among the few lucky people who can eat what I want and not see said calories in my clothes, or around my waist. It's been a struggle for forever, but it's been that much tougher since I started this blog. You might remember that I lost some weight in the summer and that I was really proud of that accomplishment. You see, I fought tooth and nail for every bit of that weight loss. I wasn't done then. I have more weight to lose. And hard as I tried, motivated as I have been, I haven't been successful enough. It's … [Read more...]

15 Recipes That Helped Me Lose 15 Pounds

15 recipes that helped me lose 15 pounds

***Before we start – have you signed up for my email newsletters? You’ll get new recipes, cooking tips, menu suggestions, kitchen deals  – and more! Click here to signup.*** I'm really excited about today's post, but also a little nervous. I love sharing funny little anecdotes with all of you, but I am usually uncomfortable sharing more personal information here. But today I am crossing that barrier to post about something I am very proud of. It started a while ago when I promised myself that I would buy myself the new (and insanely gorgeous) MacBook that I had my eye on for ages when I lost 15 pounds. And since then, I have been dieting hard, more motivated than ever to shed a couple … [Read more...]

Passover Prep: Clearing the Pantry!

I have a bunch of fabulous passover recipes waiting for you all (and a couple of amazing giveaways!) but first, I figured I would help you use up the chametz (non-passover) ingredients in your pantry. Here are some links to recipes that use ingredients you might have lingering...sorted by category! PS: did you enter my cookbook giveaway yet? You don't want to miss this one! Pretzels: Pretzel Crusted Chicken Fingers Pretzel Coated Chocolate Cookies   Oreo/Sandwich Cookies: Triple Chocolate Oreo Chunk Cookies Mocha Cheesecake with Oreo Crumb Crust Peanut Butter Truffle Stuffed Oreos Golden Crunch Pudding Cookies Cookies and Cream Biscotti Mini Cookies and Cream … [Read more...]

Purple and Silver Themed Party {Purim 2013}

Firstly, my apologies for my week long absence. Apparently staying up till 3 am too many nights in a row can cause a person to reach a level of exhaustion that I was previously unaware existed. I slept off my lack-of-sleep hangover, and now I'm back with a recap. Next up: recipes! Believe it or not, I forgot to bring my camera with me to my sister's for her Purim Seuda (party), but I got lots of question about the pictures I posted on Instagram, twitter and Facebook, so I decided to share my iPhone pictures of the party in case any of you want some tips and/or inspiration for future parties! First off, just across from the door, when people walked in, there was the dessert … [Read more...]