Halloween Giveaway


So this is fun. For those of you who’ve picked up a copy of my book, a) THANK YOU and b) you might’ve ogled the Franks-n-Beans recipe which we have been known to scare up for our Halloween launch party (alongside a healthy selection of bourbon, of course).  In honor of the ritual and the season, longtime partner Applegate, maker of some of the best franks out there, has agreed to partake in a little giveaway contest. Comment below and tell me what you’ve made from the book (or hope to make from the book soon) to be eligible to win enough franks to throw a legit Halloween party and then some. One winner will be chosen and will win two packs of Applegate’s all-natural hot dogs (your choice), a copy of How to Celebrate Everything (if you already own, I will send to a friend), along with some freebie coupons and good old-fashioned Applegate swag. Contest ends on Sunday, October 23, 8:00 PM ET. Good luck! Update: The winner has been notified. Thanks to everyone for playing.

Photo by Chelsea Cavanaugh for How to Celebrate Everything.

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94 Comments

Amanda

Just seeing this post makes me crave some frank n beans- might have to jump on that soon!

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Connor

Franks and Beans, obviously! Just waiting for it to get chilly enough in South Louisiana :)

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Annie

I’d love to try the crowd-pleaser summer slaw to see how it compares to the one I always make!

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Leah

We went apple picking last weekend and promptly made the brown butter apple pie. So good!

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evie

We (my 12 year old daughter and I) are loving Celebrate Everything. Last week she made Phoebe’s gnocchi for Sunday dinner and really wowed our company. I made the berry pie for dessert and it was so good and gone. We almost never finish a pie or cake in our house, but this one didn’t last long. I grilled up some Picnic chicken this week and although Thursday is leftover night, there won’t be any chicken in the mix. My daughter also made a batch of snicker doodles to take to a football party and we both agreed that the sea salt takes this cookie up a notch. This is my favorite cookbook right now. I’m loving the recipes and the family stories.

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Lori

Today it finally seems like fall here in Kansas City– 50°, drizzly, beautiful leaves! The franks and beans would be awesome, along with a fire pit and s’mores of course!

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Sarah

I would love to try the frank-and beans recipe. Especially with Applegate dogs, yum! My little one is still only 1 year old so there won’t be much to “launch” this year as trick-or-treating will probably lose its charm after 15 minutes or so, but I would love to make a big pot of this to munch on as we hand out candy!

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Kay

I would love to make the triple berry pie if I can figure out a way to make it gluten free.

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Mary

Yay for Halloween launch parties! We always have “Witches’ Brew Stew” for dinner (spinach soup) as a little healthy nutrition before gorging on candy, but I think pigs ‘n blankets might be a good way to round out the green soup.. I really want to get my act together and surprise my family with a “Yay! It’s Wednesday!” cake soon, inspired by your book… My 7th grader is struggling with Spanish and has a ton of school work this year. He loves all food and would be encouraged by a surprise after-school piece of cake! We celebrate half-birthdays in our family and are getting ready to make chocolate chip cookie dough truffles this weekend for my 9.5-year-old… :-) Thanks for the encouragement to celebrate everything!!!

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Alisa Smirnova

I assembled your donut cake for my boyfriend’s birthday using his favorite donuts that are sold by our old apartment. He was surprised, and a new ritual was born. Also made Ratatouille, not from your book, but the reference made me watch the movie and make their recipe! Thanks for a great third book, Jenny. I read it in two days.

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Amie

I hope to make the homemade gnocchi with basil and cheese. I love gnocchi but have never dared to make it myself!

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LaurenB

this book is on my holiday wishlist…I can’t wait to dive into it and start cooking!

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Reynaul

The snickerdoodles! My 5 year old loves a cookie in his lunch for a treat so these would be perfect! Plus he loves the Applegate hotdogs too so that would be a bonus! :-)

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Peggy

Those Franks n Beans look great!!
I love your first 2 books, and am so looking forward to getting time to read your latest =)

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megan

i haven’t cooked anything from the book, but it’s at the very top of my queue at the library :) and i am looking forward to making fun meals for my family of 4 (we have two girls: age 2 and 6). i usually take cookbooks out of the library, try them out for awhile and then decide to buy….it’s a nice way to test drive books to make sure i will use them! thanks for all you do Jenny – I truly love your simple, meaningful recipes.

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Christian

Rosas mud cake! With peanut butter frosting from smitten kitchen blog
Yum!
Franks and beanns would be a great Halloween dish

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Awads

I love those Applegate hotdogs b/c i never feel guilty when i go back for seconds! Low-cal and healthier than anything else in the deli section.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made the Mud Cake (and now i’m making two for the school’s fall festival cakewalk, complete with the dumdum perimeter!). I’ve also made the apple fritters and chickpea pizza.

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Bea

I am looking forward to making the picnic chicken, the gnocchi and the sour cream chocolate chip nut loaf. I am also planning to make the entire Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve for my family. What a relief it is to finally have found the perfect menu for December 24th. In the past few years, we went out to our favorite restaurant and it was loud and crowded with awful service and cold food. I can’t wait to be HOME this year. Thanks Jenny! Happy Halloween!

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Heidi

I made the one pan lemon chicken with asparagus and chives (twice!!). So good. Only problem is there is a misprint in the book and it is listed on the wrong page (283, not 263 as listed).

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Danielle Deskins

We are big Applegate fans and I know my kids would love Franks ‘n Beans! I would love to try your Challah bread. Bread is always something that defeats me, but I love to keep trying! Thanks for the giveaway and best of luck on your book sales!

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Elizabeth

Franks and Beans!
Triple Berry Pie!
Anything and Everything… always love your books :)

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Julianne McCahill

Loved the book!! Christmas is coming up and I’m definitely going to make the Cranberry Marinated Beef Tenderloin!

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Madeline

My sweet tooth is raging, so I’ve been eyeing the snickerdoodles and mud cake!! And we are having a hot dog and beer (Frank an’ steins) Halloween party, so applegates would be a delicious addition!

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Barbara

I’m still waiting for the book, but based on my experience with your other recipes, I bet they will all be wonderful. We love chickpeas and I see several people have mentioned a crispy chickpea with yogurt sauce recipe. That sounds great!

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Becky

I am finally reading my book! It arrived before my 16 day road trip, traveled with me all the way, but I barely read it. I know I will want to try many of the recipes!

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Sarah

We loved the crispy chickpeas, and I’ve made the sleepover pancakes twice this week. I might have to make more chickpeas tomorrow since there’s leftover sauce . . .

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Sherri

I love your new book and have read it cover to cover! The most powerful sentence for me is on page 170-171. Like you, I think about this sentence a lot as we navigate these our crazy, busy days of soccer, cross country and band (school and homework too)…The sentence is a quote from your mother! “You just make sure that when those girls walk in that door every day they never doubt that home is the most comforting place for them to be”. Wow! That sentence drives every “Wednesday cake”, every Sunday dinner and dessert, every “streamers on your door for holidays and birthdays” and all other rituals that reinforce the words “home and family” to our children.. Comfort is a great “gift” to give our families. I’m looking forward to trying the mud cake! Sounds easy and delicious. Thanks!

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Kim

The Apple Fritters are my new favorite weekend breakfast, and I’m baking Snickerdoodles for dessert tonight. Yum!

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Anu Kadam

I would love to try the recipes for the Snickerdoodles, mashed potatoes and the mud cake!

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ABT

I love your book–It is a small peek into your holiday rituals which reminds me to make sure to cultivate my own. I loved the ham recipe as well as the Thanksgiving menu which I plan to make.

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Leslie

So far I’ve made the cider braised meatballs, Abby’s gnocchi with homemade pesto (phenomenal!) and Rosa’s Mud Cake topped with strawberry frosting for my daughter’s 2nd birthday. And we’re just getting started!

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Lindsey Trego

I’m all about everything fall lately, /0 I want to make the brown butter apple pie!

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Meredith

Chicken chorizo chili! Although the franks and beans would be a close second! And parmesan mashed potatoes sound pretty interesting too!

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Jennifer

I would love to try most everything in the book but the ritual we really need to work on is Thanksgiving so I love that section in particular! For whatever reason, as much as I love holidays, thinking about hosting Thanksgiving makes me want to plan a long run or bike ride instead! Thanks for the inspiration to celebrate all things — love the idea of the “Wednesday cake” too!

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Angela

I’m hopeful for trying the gnocchi this weekend with my middle schooler!
Looks like a great time together activity

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emma

i want to make any recipe in your book! these recipes you’ve gifted us with are in all our rotations, for our family and for others.

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Megan

I think my kiddos would love the crsipy cheakpeas with yogurt sauce – that’d be my first one to try :)

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Jamie

I want to make a Happy Wednesday Cake soon. It’s a great idea. Thanks for the giveaway.

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gayle snelson

I can’t wait to try the grilled pork chop recipe on the big thick ones my husband likes.

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Robin

I made Rosa’s Mud Cake for an Oregon State University Football Tailgate. it was my friend’s mom’s birthday and i put candles and school color sprinkles on it! it was a great cake and beautiful!

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Susi

I don’t have a copy of the book yet, (I, too, have it on hold at my local library) but am looking forward to being inspired by your stories and reliably delicious recipes! I have Dinner The Playbook and cook from it often! Thank you for always keeping it positive and “real”!!

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Eliza

The snickerdoodles are amazing – the salt is such a simple but brilliant addition! Also the pork meatballs were a hit with the whole family. Franks and beans and mud cake are on deck for us next!

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Annamarie V

So many great recipes, don’t have the book yet so have not tried any but the truffle popcorn and the sour cream chocolate chip nut loaf sound really good.

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Margot

I admit, I had to have the book the day it was released and have yet to make anything. We had popovers at a restaurant last weekend and loved them, so I think I will try those. And the chorizo chili.

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Nancy Icenhower

My husband and I are recent empty nesters having just sent our son off to college but reading your cookbook was a sweet reminder of all of the traditions and celebrations both big and small we have shared as a family and has given me a whole new set of ideas and recipes to entice him along with his roommates to come for a visit . Our house has been a little too quiet, can’t wait to fill it with the chatter of young people.

My husband and I just recently enjoyed your salmon in parchment the sauce put it over the top. Would you believe me if I told you we are actually making pumpkin waffles this morning with Applegate turkey bacon

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Mona

I’ve made so many recipes from the site and from the first book, and one recipe in the new one I want to make is shrimp tacos with avocado butter. Oh, my, that sounds good!

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jackie

My 7yr old loves franks & beans (only applegate of course!). Still trying to convince my 3yr old about beans : )
I love your blog and the books. Thank you for all the book recommendations too!

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Rhonda Texter

I’ll probably make Rosa’s Mud Cake first, because you just can’t go wrong with cake. Happy Halloween!

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gretchen fonda

a friend of mine recommended your book because i was so frustrated making two meals every night-one for my kids and one for my husband and me. anyway, i have been so happy and my family too, with the meals i have made. one of our favorites is the turkey chili. my family adores chili, but in the past i have made a chili that took me about 2.5 hours with all the chopping and cooking. it was quite tasty, but i was tired of the lengthy preparation. then i made your turkey chili and VOILA! not only was it super easy to throw together, but it was DELICIOUS! thank you, thank you, thank you for making my life as a mama of 2 a whole lot easier and tasty for all :)

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Kim

I’m looking forward actually to the franks and beans on Halloween. I have a two year old. I also wrote down a lot of quotes for my bullet journal to keep me thinking about celebrating the daily, small stuff. I just love this book.

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Amy Gibbs

I love the book! I have made some pickled veggies. I’m planning to make the cold brew coffee. Just bought at french press!

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JoAnne Winter

Love, love LOVE Applegate and DALS! I already have the first two books and would be so excited to get the third. Plus, I have an absolute hot dog FIEND living in my house, so the dogs would be most appreciated.
Happy Halloween y’all!
– JoAnne and her trio of hungry ghouls

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Christina Simon

My 13 year old son loves franks and beans. I’d love the book to make that and tons of other recipes you’ve created!

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Mairen

I am a lady who loves pie, and berries. Therefore, what isn’t to like about triple berry pie??

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Isa Blasio

Your popovers are on my food project list, and your spicy shrimp tacos are on my dinner mixup list. Don’t know why but popovers always seemed so daunting I’m glad you included them!

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Liss

Rosa’s Mud Cake of course, and the franks and beans is on our list for Monday. Paired with cider and spiced rum for the grownups :)

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Susie

I have your first cook book, but don’t have this one yet. I just took a peek at the index, and apple cinnamon fritters sound so perfect for the lovely fall weather we’re starting to have in Tennessee right now!

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Randee Donovan

I didn’t get the book YET, but I know what we’re having for dinner Friday night- Franks-n-Beans with franks from our local butcher shop that makes some goooood stuff!

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