Master Chef Junior

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8sGlukeiDk

I don’t know about you but the DALS house is pumped for this premiere. (“The contestants may be small, but the challenges are huuuuge….”) Add some homemade Stromboli and we’ve got ourselves a Friday night.

PS: For no good reason, I’m giving away a copy of Dinner: A Love StoryΒ today.Β Leave a comment before tonight (Friday, September 27) at 8:00 ET, and you are eligible to win. Update: Keely (#9) is our winner. Thanks for playing everyone!

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286 Comments

Kathleen

I bought the kindle book, but now I think it would be much more useful to have a physical copy

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Megan

I would be thrilled to have the book. I search your website for ideas all of the time. Would love to have a hard copy of the book.

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Ashley

I asked for your book for my birthday, but no dice. Maybe I’ll have more luck with a random drawing than my carefully curated wish list!

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Amy

Really hoping that today is my lucky day — my family has loved everything I’ve made from your website. I think they would be just as thrilled with the cookbook as I would be. Thanks!!

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Adrianne

Just so you know. I have PINED after your book since it came out. I have asked for it on every birthday, mother’s day, Christmas, etc. The kids were going to get it this Mother’s Day but when they got to BAM, they were OUT. So, FINALLY, I ordered it FOR MYSELF Monday. It’ll be here tomorrow. I can’t promise I won’t cocoon and read it from “civer-to-civer” (as my mom would say). I’m SO STOKED.

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Lorile Herlihy

My eleven year old son would love to be on this show. Thursdays is his night to cook and he looks forward to it. Last night was salmon, rice and broccoli. He chose the salmon recipe online and did everything, with a little supervision. The mess is incredible, but the confidence is worth it. And the dinner was tasty!

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Beth

My husband and I just closed on our new house on Wednesday – it’s a place where we hope to start a family and cook many, many fantastic dinners. A copy of DALS would be a great housewarming gift!

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Elizabeth

Love the blog, love the recipes, and love the Jenny-Andy banter. And Burrito Bowls and Stromboli have made it to the top of my kids’ request lists – displacing hot dogs! Thank you!

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Erin Clifford

wish the winner could be in Canada. We aren’t a state but we’re friendly to y’all πŸ™‚

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Rachel

If I win the book I’m giving it to my sister who is in dire need of a kick in the cooking pants! But, of course, I’m going to read it myself first!

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Amy

I love your blog! Every recipe I’ve tried has been a hit. We’ve made the Stromboli a dozen times.

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angela

I love your blog! I recommend your blog to all my friends (most of which don’t have kids). I started reading years before we had our son. He’s 16 months now and always hungry, so new meal ideas from your book would be wonderful!

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Sam

After watching Ramsay, Joe and Graham’s kids on the “real” master chef, I sort of hope they return to be judges or something.

Also, I’d love a copy of that book!

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Kathryn

make dinner not war

thanks for putting it out there: small things like cooking and sharing food with each other is a big thing

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Maureen

I found your book at the library one day and fell in love with it. It was entertaining, insightful…and the recipes were great. Would love to have the book for myself!

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Reynaul

I am excited about this show too! I have been watching the Rachel vs. Guy kids cookoff on Food Network and that one is pretty good. Winning your cookbook would be awesome!

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Jenn Dziejma

We will be watching Master Chef Junior too- my 12 year old loves cooking and cooking shows.
Also, your book rocks. I borrowed it from our library but knew just a few pages into it that it was going on my “to own” list. I fell in love with it from the beginning and have told so many people about it. I would love to win a copy!

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Kati LeTourneau

I am consistently delighted and inspired by your blog. I’ve had the cookbook on my Amazon wishlist since it came out, but no takers yet! Alas, right now we are in a 1 (public health) income, 1 student + 2 kids in daycare, so no discretionary spending, so I’d LOVE to win a copy of your book. But, the 1 student is about to be done, so it’s first on the list when there are 2 incomes again!

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catie

my plan for tonight was pizza, but i think i’ll just roll it up like a giant joint & make stromboli.
would love a copy of your book β™₯

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Schuyler

I would LOVE a copy of DALS, and my girls are going to love this show, too. What a great message for kiddos.

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Mirya

I also bought the kindle book, but I would loooove a hard copy (although the kindle book is great to cook from on a tablet!)

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Emily

I would LOVE to win a copy of DALS. I own it on my Kindle, but would love to have a paper version since I use it so very often!

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David Tharp

I love your blog, and would use the book every week to plan our family dinners. Thanks for doing such a fun give away today!

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jmbh

I would love to give this to my new-mom friend! I use the recipes in my copy so frequently and happily.

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Julie

My daughters (ages 8 & 9) are SO excited for tonight. Watching Masterchef together is one of our guilty pleasures so when they learned of MC Junior, you can only imagine the screams of pure joy! I’ve already mapped out a plan to use this as a way to get them into the kitchen with more even more!

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Sandra Hasty

I have checked this out from the library so many times I would be thrilled (as would my librarians) to have it. I read it out loud to my hubby and it just warms our souls.

Thank you for all you do.

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Jessica

Thank you for the chance! I borrowered your book from the library & read it cover to cover, but I would love to own a copy & make more of the recipes.

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jackie

Just finished reading my library copy, but would love to have it on hand for anytime inspiration!

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Nikki H

This copy would be a gift for my nephew and his wife. They live in Brooklyn and I’d love for them to attend one of your book signing events!

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Jodi

I have been working in kids food marketing for the past 8 years and I think I may just want to start up a business with you πŸ™‚

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jess

I have been quite intrigued by the ads for that show too!
I would love to have a copy of your book. I use Time for Dinner all the time.

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Barb

I enjoy (and use!) DALS. I’d give this copy to a young family I know. (Thanks for so many great dinners!)

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Erin A

Would love my own copy. I’m sure the other patrons of the library would appreciate a turn at the book.

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Jenny W

I’d love to win a copy of your book. Your pomegranate pork braise helped my rekindle my kitchen mojo recently. I really appreciate it.

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Sara

I’d love a copy of your cookbook! Thanks for the great site. Tonight I’m making your pulled chicken recipe for 10, including 4 kids!

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Carrie S

No Good Reason Celebrations are the best kind! But – if I won a copy of your book we would have a reason to celebrate (and I like those too)!

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Newton

I am just as excited about Master Chef Junior– I love the “Whip like a man!” girl. Clear winner in my book.

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Tina Martinez

Pick me πŸ™‚ Love your recipes and can do attitude towards family dinners, thanks for all your thoughtful posts!

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Nancy N

I just found your blog, and I love it! Particularly the reality checks of actual family life and logistics. Refreshing.
Thanks for the chance!

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Betsy

One of my favorite sties. I made your Burrito Bowl recipe last night, once again…..

Would love to win a copy of your book!

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Woodley

I would love a copy of your book to give to a friend. In fact, I’m due one. πŸ˜‰ I won a little contest on DALS back in July 2010 and never received my prize of your book. I visit your site several times a week and my family loves all of the recipes I’ve made.

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Libby

Last week, I was devastated to see the last episode of this season of Master Chef (I’d be happy if no one won ever and I could just watch mystery box challenges and what Graham Eliot look up to the stars every time he tastes things).
Today… You bring me a new hope. I think I might actually have a shot at making it on this show. Except… I’m like 20 years too old.

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Lily

I’m a college student and I make family dinner for myself and my roommates, and I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have a copy of the book!!

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Bea

Happy Weekend! Hope you get to enjoy some of the beautiful weather in store for Westchester this weekend. πŸ™‚

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Ginger M.

Love your book, have browsed through it many times but I am not allowed to buy any more cookbooks πŸ™‚
Would love to own it though!

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cjr

I’ve had your book from the library for weeks- read it straight through! I would love to have a copy on hand.

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Rachel

It’s on my Christmas wish list in Amazon, but I wouldn’t turn down an early gift. πŸ™‚

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Jen

I check a lot of cookbooks out of our local library, but don’t buy very many. DALS is one of the few that is definitely worth owning!

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Katie

I own the book, but would love to win a copy to give as a gift to my sister, who is about to have her first baby and will need the book then more than ever! πŸ™‚

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Rachael

It’s shows like this that make me wish we had channels. Netflix is great for lots of things, but they never seem to have cooking shows beyond Cake Boss or something.

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Rachel Maier

Thanks for letting us know about Master Chef Junior – I didn’t know such a show existed? (I do believe I live under a rock.) Super excited about watching it! And thanks for your awesome giveaway – I love DALS!

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Elizabeth K.

I would LOVE copy of this book! I’ve already put it on my Christmas list though, so if I don’t win, I guess I’ll just have to wait a few months.

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Rachelle

I hadn’t even heard of that show, but now I might have to watch… My husband is not going to be too happy about it!

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Robyn

I lOVE that you’re giving away a copy for no particular reason πŸ™‚

We also love TV nights at our house….we get to watch something special and eat something really delicious.

Happy Friday!

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Diane

It is so fun to watch any kind of cooking show. I love your blog, and I would love to win/receive your book.

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Abbe L

neat concept for a show! no kids for me yet, but I love your blog nonetheless! would love to read your book.

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Colleen

Big fan of yours and of course cooking shows! I’m torn on the kids competition, its a lot of pressure for little souls. Chopped and all the like make me too anxious to enjoy watching, I don’t want to see kids dealing with that kind of stress.

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Leah

Forgot about MasterChef Jr tonight until you reminded me! Excited to watch — and maybe win your book πŸ™‚

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Gina

I would love to win your book! I’ve taken it out from the library and loved it so was hoping for a copy for Christmas!

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Jaclyn

Pick me pick me!! Have been following you for a while and you help me think of exciting meal ideas. Would LOVE your book!

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Tali

I would love to win a copy, it’s on my wishlist, so here’s hoping I get lucky (or eventually someone picks it as a gift).

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Gali

Thank you for this opportunity! I’m a newer reader of your blog and would absolutely love to have your book!

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Cassie

I’m super excited about Master Chef Junior as well! And of course would love to win your book!

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paulina

Just found your blog and love it! I am a poor law student who focuses on eating delicious, healthy food so would love your book!!

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Jessica

Thanks for the giveaway – I’d love to have a copy of your book, as I avidly read your blog! I can always use new dinner ideas! πŸ™‚

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Monica

I haven’t been able to use your recipes much after we found out my son has multiple allergies, but I have a friend who NEEDS your cookbook, so I’d love to win.

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Meg

I must say, we’re not big tv watchers in these parts but this show does look fun! Thanks for the chance to win a personal copy of your lovely book!

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Caitlin

I would love to have a copy of your book! I made the bbq pulled chicken for supper last night and was curious about the homemade sauce you mention in the recipe.

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Josh

I look forward to when my daughter is old enough to particpate in a Friday night stromboli and television or movie event. I loved those family times, everyone piled on the couch, excited for the big show! Would love to read the book, and cook from it.

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Lacey

I have your book already (and LOVE it!) but I would be so happy to win and give it to my mom for her birthday!

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Suzanne

I would love to win a book! I love your blog and always cook dinner for my family every night, but I am in desperate need of inspiration!

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Christina

Relatively new to the site, but I’ve been enjoying your posts and definitely believe in the DALS mission of family dinner. I would love a copy of your book!

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Debra B

My ten year old and I have borrowed your book from the library so often and we love preparing recipes out of it together for our family. We would love to have a permanent copy. Been reading your blog a long time now and love it!

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Taylor

It should be an exciting evening! I’ll have to watch it later. I haven’t commented before but I love your blog and have been looking forward to making some of your recipes for my new grad-school family!

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Megan

Jenny– I work as a first grade teacher. I have two sons and have a husband who works late. I need to tell you that I REALLY need your book. Your recipes are easy to follow and delicious to eat. I make your minestrone (the best!) at least twice a month, just took your rosemary white bean salad to my mother’s house for a post funeral gathering, and am so excited to put the Mongolian stir fry into weekly rotation at our house. I talk about food all the time and would love to spread the word about your book up here in Portland, Maine. (I already talk about your website quite a bit.)

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Naomi K.

Would love to win a copy of your book! I’m a fairly new reader but have already tried a bunch of your recipes for dinner the past few weeks. Keep up the wonderful posts πŸ™‚

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christina

Hey, thanks for the giveaway chance! I was having a less than stellar day, grousing about making dinner tonight and now, it doesn’t sound so bad…

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MemeGRL

Oh, pick me, please! I love my kindle version and would love to use it as a door prize for our Mothers & More open house to spread the word!!!

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Sarah WB

I would love a copy of the book! I really enjoyed it. We are also looking forward to Master Chef Jr. this evening.

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Nancy

Reading about your commitment to family dinners has caused me regret for the years while working that I did not make this a priority in my own family. My children are now grown. BUT you have also made me realize that it’s never too late! I can still cook family meals with your recipes and mine and invite my adult children and grandchild for a delicious meal made with love. Thank you. Nancy

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Amy Brooks

I love your book. It inspired me to keep track of all my dinners. Unfortunately it is on my Kindle. I really need the actual book!!

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Lisa

I’m so excited for that show!

I would love to have the book. I’ve recently come across your work and I’ve heard such great things and I’m itching to try the recipes.

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Laura Schneider

Thank you for all your passion towards what you do! I have been reading Real Simple & Bon Appetit for years and then I discovered your book. I really liked it -from the library. Would love a real copy. I have 6 year old twin girls who enjoy baking with our sitter and cooking with me on the weekends. Last week we made rice paper spring rolls right before you posted the 1/2 chicken question – you much be influencing me! Thank you!!!!

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Michele

Your blog is by far and away my favorite. I especially like the posts about deconstructing dinner. I would love to have a copy of your book.

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Sonya

We would love, love to win this! I have been wanting a copy of your book for a long time. Our house is equally as excited about this show. My 6&7 year olds love master chef so when they saw this they flipped!

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jami

Love your blog and especially love the reading suggestions! I have a 9-year-old and an almost-7-year-old, and it’s great to hear what your girls recommend!

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Maria

I enjoy cooking and reading recipes from the computer, but my cookbooks are most dear to my heart. I would love your book for my small and very well used collection.

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Meredith

Can you believe my local barnes and noble is out of your book? Crazy talk! I would love to win your book!

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Heather H

I enjoy reading your blog posts. Perhaps one if these days I’ll get onto writing my own dinner journal. I would love to read your book!

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Chris

Love your blog. Check it almost everyday (while at work…don’t tell) because it is like reading a story about my family. I laughed about the premier of MasterChef Junior because our family is so excited as well and set it up for DVR last week already.

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Karen

I’m a huge Gordon Ramsey fan and I’m excited for the masterchef jr show. I also love your blog and I would love a copy of your book!

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Caitlin

I am moving into a new (to me) house with a gorgeous kitchen – and can’t wait to start cooking!!

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Sarah W

I would love to win this book. I’m a new follower of your blog and I think dinner time is the most important time of the day. Thanks for the opportunity!

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Rachel

I would love a copy of your book, I contemplated the kindle version but that’s no fun for a cookbook!

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tdd

love, love, love your cookbook. i’ve been cooking for a long time, am not timid in the kitchen, and still have found so many things to love in DALS. would love another book though because i may have gotten one with bum binding…. my pages are falling out in small sections πŸ™

looking forward to your 2nd book also.

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Rachel

I can’t wait to watch this; I love MasterChef, so a pint sized version seems even more awesome! A copy of your book would also be awesome. πŸ™‚

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karen

just so you know, I love your book and almost made the meatballs this week again. will soon! hope you have a great weekend!

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Megan Anderson

I’m super excited about the show too! My whole family loves Master Chef, and my 7 year old is going to be over the moon excited to see her peers in this version.

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Marie

Not sure how I found your website/blog, but so happy I did! I was in a cooking rut and am now seeing the light after hearing how you “deconstruct” your meals. So much fun hearing how excited you get about preparing food for your family and a good reminder that the people you share a meal with is all that matters. Keep up the good work!

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Susan J

I would love to win a copy of your cookbook. Thanks for the giveaway and for your delicious blog!

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Kate

I just recently bought your book and love it! I laughed through the whole thing. I have made the apple gazette and – last night – the individual chicken pot pies. My kids absolutely devoured them and they were so easy to make. I am going to be giving your book to a couple of my friends – if I win this one, I think I’ll give it to my BFF. She can always use a laugh and some good inspiration. πŸ™‚

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Ronda

I would love to win your book, I refer your site to all my friends already so I would love to be able to use the cookbook too.

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Leslie

I’ve bought your book as a gift for others but haven’t gifted it to myself yet… I’d love a copy!
Thanks!

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Erica

I just found your site – via Cool Mom Picks – and I love it! I can’t wait to try some recipes here and would love the cookbook too, of course.

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Amy

Ooo! I would love to be your lucky pick! I checked your book out from the library and have been making one recipe every night. I’m dreading Oct 8 when the book is due back. Love your blog, too. I visit it daily. πŸ™‚

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Jenny

I love your book and would love to give this as a gift to my foodie friend! MCJ looks awesome–make me an absolutely stunning entree, kids!

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Margaret

I just found your blog and am totally in love with how easy and accessible it makes dinner for a busy mom! I would HEART your book!

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Susan Fine

Would love my own copy of DALS. I have the Redmond, WA library’s copy right now, but soon I must surrender it. I am also thinking that the book would be an ideal present for many families I know… Thanks for all your great work!

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annie

I love your blog, would love your book. Happy Weekend! PS I really appreciate the love you show to tomato sandwiches.

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Elsa

I love your approach, keeping the focus on togetherness and commensality instead of some externalized notion of a meal’s perfection. You know the truth: a meal that brings us together is perfect, whatever its elements.

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Carol

Can’t wait for the show tonite – my grandsons are good cooks. We would “share” your book!

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Erica Hawker

Going to make these stromboli tonight and I love your website. Thanks for making my night easier. Just DVRed Master Chef Jr for the family to watch this weekend.

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Judy B

Gotta get over to my DVR and program MCJ. My kids will flip! BTW, I’d flip for a copy of your book. Just sayin’. πŸ™‚

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Anu

A library copy of your book is sitting beside me right now and I’ve already picked some recipes to try before I have to return it. Love your writing and your blog, of course!

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Emily

I can NOT wait! But, because I’m a nice mom, I’m going to wait until tomorrow to watch it with my son. Prime time tv is never a good thing to add to the bedtime routine πŸ˜‰

Happy weekend!

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karen

I love your site and tried to buy your book at the awesome bookstore at Chelsea Market, but they didn’t have it. Suddenly that bookstore wasn’t so awesome. πŸ™‚
That is the ideal place for your book…give them a call.

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Kristin

I would love your book. I’ve checked it out at the library and its on my list of books to buy!

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Celine

Thanks for all that you write! Knowing that other families who love food, and work, and have kids, can do it and keep coming up with exciting interesting meals is always inspiring!

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Carissa

I’ve checked out DALS from my local library so many times it would be so incredible to finally have my own copy…plus it would allow more library patrons the chance to check out the library’s copy! πŸ™‚

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Isabel Z

We too are looking forward to tonight’s episode! Someone is going to be thrilled to win a copy of your amazing book. It’s on my wish list for Christmas.

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Melissa

Winning a copy of the book would be great. I gave some copies away for Christmas (to great reviews!) and forgot to hold onto one for myself, which is sad. With the school year back in full swing, I think your recipes would be even handier to have around.

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Kendra

I checked your book out at the library and read through it quickly…such and enjoyable read! It has renewed my hope in our family dinner. Thank you! Yes I would LOVE to win a copy!

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Lady Harriet

That show looks really cute! I assume the judges will be a bit kinder and gentler than they are on grown-up Master Chef!

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Tori

Ah! I just discovered your blog thanks to my friends obsession with Refinery29 and I just love it. I’m vegetarian but your deconstructed ideas are easy modify for any tastes/restrictions/allergies and of course you have a ton of veggie receipes anyway! love it.

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heidipie

I’d love to win your book. I’m sure we’d love to watch the show, too, except that so far I’ve managed to convince the kids that our cable subscription only picks up the baseball games, Jeopardy, and the Oscars.

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Mollie White

I would love to win this. My copy is getting great use, and I think this would make a great gift for my friend Angie who loves to cook, and now has her boyfriend’s son to appease at the dinner table!

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Leigh-Ann

That trailer definitely piqued my interest. But, seriously, no step stools? Poor little dudes! They seem unstoppable anyway.

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Leah

I love your web site, but I would probably give the book to my sister, who has two little kids and wasn’t the sibling who helped with dinner growing up!

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Sabrina

I check your blog for new stuff a couple of times a week, and always find myself just checking in for ideas and inspiration! Love you guys!

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Jennie Jin

I’ve already bought your book, and I love it. I’m not leaving this comment for your book, but because it’s sad to see that it’s for the 48 state residents only. I live in Hawaii and most of the times shipping cost exactly the same through post office. But I see many websites not shipping to Hawaii. As your fan, it is disappointing to see we, the HI residents, are not even eligible to win a copy of your book.

I am making your pizza with my two other friends and their kids tomorrow. It’s delicious. I like this dough recipe more than the simpler version that requires an 18-hour rise. Yours is much easier to handle. Love it.

Aloha from your fan in Hawaii

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Kerri Anne

Just bought the Kindle version of your book and I love reading it again! I checked it out of the library so I would love to win a copy.

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Carolyn

Whew! In under the wire with just 2 minutes to spare. I’m a huge fan of DALS and my children are even bigger fans of many of meals:)

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Cellabella

I’d love to win your book! I just recently discovered you guys and have become addicted to your recipes πŸ™‚ I’m also addicted to Masterchef, so I’m excited about the little chefs too.

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Madeline

I completely got my husband hooked onto Masterchef so we’re both excited about the new series. And thanks for the giveaway!!

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Marsha

I already bought a copy, but I would love to share it with someone! Love, love, love your blog! If you want to do some southern meals, let me know! I was born and raised in Georgia and make a down home, delicious pecan pie!!!

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itsbecca

Oh my god, I don’t watch a lot of television, so I hadn’t heard of MC Junior. This is fantastic. And if it’s a mark of even people turning more and more to home cooking than there’s hope for America yet!

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