Chocolate Chip Peanut Pie + WIN a Signed Copy of Something Sweet!

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Pie from my cookbook, Something Sweet, is indulgent and delicious, but also really easy to make! I've been teasing you guys for so long, first with a cookbook announcement, then a behind-the-scenes post, then I unveiled the cover and showed you some photos, but now, finally I'm ready to share a sample recipe from my cookbook! Make sure to scroll down past the recipe, because I'm also giving away a signed copy of the book! I'm especially excited to share this recipe because it's one of the first that I came up with for my cookbook, and it's so amazing, so indulgent, so delicious - yet ridiculously easy. If you, like me, are a lover of all things peanut butter … [Read more...]

Happy Fourth Birthday to Overtime Cook and a Big Giveaway!

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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...]

Air Fried French Fries and an Air Fryer Review and Giveaway

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Air Fryer Review - can fat free french fries taste as good as the real kind? ***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.*** Scroll to the end of the post for a giveaway! I first heard about the concept of an air fryer a couple of months ago, and was kinda intrigued. But as Hanukkah approached, and frying is weighing (hehe, excuse the pun) on people's minds, loads and loads of my more health conscious readers have been asking what I thought of air fryers. Do they work? Is air-fried food as good as fat-fried food? Well I couldn't answer these questions … [Read more...]

Mongolian Beef + Secret Restaurant Recipes Review and Giveaway!

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 Mongolian Beef is an easy and delicious restaurant style dish that you can make at home thanks to a great new cookbook, Secret Restaurant Recipes. I'm so excited to bring you an in-depth review of this amazing new book: Secret Restaurant Recipes by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek - and I'm giving one lucky reader a chance to win their own copy! Scroll down past the review and recipe for the giveaway.  Years ago, when Leah Schapira and I were just getting to know each other, one of our first conversations ever was about getting restaurant recipes. I told her that a local pizza shop makes a great techinah sauce - and she told me to beg for the recipe. And ever since then, I knew she has … [Read more...]

Red Wine London Broil Salad + A Taste of Pesach Review and Giveaway

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Red Wine London Broil Salad makes an elegant appetizer, a delightful side, or a lighter main - making it perfect for Passover or year-round. Adapted from the hottest new cookbook, A Taste of Pesach. The hottest new Passover cookbook is the newly released A Taste of Pesach, and I'm super excited to review it today. Plus, I'm sharing an awesome steak salad from the book, and one lucky person will win a copy!   A Taste of Pesach started as a fundraising campaign for a local Yeshivah. A bunch of women gathered their favorite Passover recipes together and mailed them out in the form of a pamphlet. Six years and tens of thousands of fans later, they've compiled the best of their yearly … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Bundt Cake with Chocolate Cheesecake Filling + Triple Giveaway!

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The favorite classic combination of Chocolate and Peanut Butter combine magically to form this delightful Peanut Butter Bundt Cake with Chocolate Cheesecake Filling! I know it's been a while since my last post, but trust me, it's worth the wait! Together with a blogging pal of mine, we've declared March 25th Chocolate and Peanut Butter Day! Welcome to the festivities, hosted by yours truly and Carla of Chocolate Moosey. To help you celebrate this monumentous (and totally made-up) food holiday, I've joined with a group over over 30 bloggers to bring you lots of delicious, calorie-laden, drool-worthy treats starring everyone's favorite flavor combination. For even more chocolatey, … [Read more...]

My Weight Loss Journey with Start Fresh: Week 4 and a Giveaway!

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So I've just finished my 3rd full week of my Weight Loss Journey with Start Fresh and I am feeling really good! Scroll to the end of the post for a double giveaway! That's right! I lost another 2 pounds, for a total weight loss of 9 pounds. This isn't about dropping 15 pounds in 15 days, or some other fad-diet, easy-off, easy-on, kind of diet. It's a sustainable, balanced plan that allows me to lose weight in a slow but steady manner. (Winning the race and all that...) On thursday night, I baked a cake. Nothing too extraordinary for me, right? But it was a new recipe (stay tuned!) which means I had to taste it. I can't publish a recipe without knowing if it's good or not. In the past, … [Read more...]

Homemade Button Candy and a Review and Giveaway of Kids Cooking Made Easy

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If you enjoyed the first two cookbooks in the Made Easy cookbook series, Passover Made Easy and Starters and Sides Made Easy, you're in for a real treat today because I am reviewing the latest book in the series: Kids Cooking Made Easy! Kids have been increasingly taking over the kitchen in recent years, and with amazing success (as evidenced by the wild success of MasterChef Junior). And now the hottest series in Kosher cooking has a brand new book geared at the younger set - just in time for Chanukah gifts for the wannabe young chef in your life! Want to win a copy? Scroll past the recipe for a giveaway! At a first glance:  As with the previous books in the series, authors Leah … [Read more...]

Thai Peanut Chicken Satay and a Review and Giveaway of The Prime Grill Cookbook

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If you keep kosher and live in the New York area, chances are, you've heard of The Prime Grill. This iconic kosher restaurant has been at the forefront of upscale kosher cuisine for over 10 years. And for those of us, like me, who have never been to this restaurant, they've released a beautiful new cookbook full of delicious recipes, including some signature dishes from Chef David Kolotkin. I'm super excited to review The Prime Grill Cookbook today! Scroll past my review for a sample recipe and a chance to WIN a copy! At a first glance:  Wow, now I really want to go eat in the prime grill! The food looks delicious and it's beautifully presented. Most importantly, the chef's desire to … [Read more...]

Golden Cauliflower and Plum Tomatoes and a Review and Giveaway of Starters and Sides Made Easy

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As you all know, I love cookbooks. Basically all cookbooks. But it's not every day that my good friends and colleagues publish a book, so this one has me extra excited! The dynamic author-duo of Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek have done it again. You may remember my review of their last joint effort, Passover Made Easy, and how much I loved it. Well, they have absolutely outdone themselves in their latest effort, Starters & Sides Made Easy. Ready to read what I thought? (Scroll down past my review for your chance to win your own copy!) At first glance: As with their previous book, Starters & Sides Made Easy is chock full of creative and inventive ideas, beautifully photographed … [Read more...]