Pumpkin Cheddar Muffins, Book Review and a Giveaway

by Rachel Gurk on November 14, 2011 · 210 comments

in Breakfast, Giveaway, Quick Breads, rach reads & reviews

This is my first post as part of Virtual Potluck. Please click the tab above (labeled “Virtual Potluck”) to learn more about us and explore the rest of our group! Also check out Donna’s lovely site to see the rest of the posts from Virtual Potluck and enter all the great giveaways! I’m so excited about this group and the things we have planned for our readers.

What is the first thing you do when you pick up a new cookbook?

Do you read the information on the back?

Look at the pictures?

Check the table of contents?

I’m a flipper. I flip through the pages to see what catches my eye. Then I delve in deeper.

One of the first things I noticed about Baked Explorations by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito was the friendly layout, deep, rich colors and wide variety of recipes.

Other things I loved:

  • There are sections about kitchen tools/equipment and terms/brand recommendations. Both include very educational and helpful information, especially if you are a new baker.
  • The authors have a sense of humor which makes the cookbook really enjoyable to read.
  • Each recipe includes a “Baked Note,” which is helpful information about the recipe or an educational/interesting tidbit about that particular dessert. I love this feature. It makes this book different than any other baking cookbook.
  • Huge variety of recipes from Black and White Cookies to Monkey Bread to Strawberry Jello Salad.

Things I wished were different (because I’m always going to give you my honest opinion!):

  • I wish there was more pictures. I’m a very visual person and I love my cookbooks to be jam packed with color photographs. I’m greedy–I want a picture of every recipe. However, the photos definitely make up in quality what they lack in quantity–they are gorgeous. (Photos by Tina Rupp.)
  • That’s all I have. It’s a good book!

The book’s stats:

  • Complete Title: Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented
  • Authors: Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito
  • Photos by: Tina Rupp
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang
  • ISBN: 978-1-58479-850-7
  • 35 color photographs/75 recipes/208 pages
  • Authors’ bio (from publisher): “Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito left their day jobs in advertising five years ago to open their bakery, Baked, in Brooklyn, NY, to immediate praise from fans across the country. The authors have been featured on Oprah, the Today show, the Food Network, and Martha Stewart. Their first book, Baked, was an IACP award nominee. Lewis and Poliafito live in New York City.”

Some recipes that I really want to try: 

  • Whiskey Pear Tart
  • Chocolate Mint Thumbprints
  • Orange Creamsicle Tart
  • Sweet and Salty Brownie
  • Maple Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

I mean, really. How good do those all sound? In reality, I should just say that I want to try:

  • every
  • single
  • recipe
  • !

So, if you even have the smallest sweet tooth, make sure you order the book. I mean, you can try and win it (please do!), but you’re going to want this one no matter what. For reals.

The recipe I tried was Pumpkin Cheddar Muffins and they did not disappoint. They are positioned in the breakfast portion of the book, and let me tell you–they are good. Especially if you’re someone who doesn’t love super sweet breakfasts.  They have the perfect balance of sweet and savory with a touch of cayenne to keep things interesting.

The authors suggest topping with pumpkin seeds which would look beautiful and add a great crunch, but I used all mine for these recipes and didn’t have any left.

Pumpkin Cheddar Muffins
Recipe from Baked Explorations by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito

1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin purée
3 tablespoons sour cream
2 large eggs
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 cups all-purpose flour
1.5 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1.5 teaspoons salt
1.5 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 1/4 cups (about 4 ounces) grated sharp cheddar
2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds, optional

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly spray each cup of a standard 12-cup muffin pan with a little bit of vegetable spray and use a paper towel to spread the oil evenly along the bottom and up the sides of each cup.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin and sour cream. Add the eggs and butter and whisk until combined.
3. In another large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cayenne pepper, salt, black pepper, and brown sugar. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the well, and fold until just combined. Fold in three-quarters of the cheese.
4. Dive the batter among the muffin cups. Sprinkle the remaining cheddar and the pumpkin seeds on top of the muffins. Bake them for 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Let the muffin pan cool on a rack for 10 minutes before turning out the muffins. Serve them warm.
5. Muffins taste best when eaten fresh, but they can be made ahead of time and reheated in a 200-degree oven.

Verdict: So tasty! I loved the flavor complexity of these muffins. They would be really great with the pumpkin seeds on top to add some textural variety.
Husband’s take: He never tried them. I think know he was a little freaked out by the cheddar-pumpkin combination. My parents were visiting and tried the muffins though and loved them. My mom asked for the recipe. Here it is mom!
Changes I would make: Not a single one. These aren’t low-fat, with a whole stick of butter plus the cheese, but they are a great treat. They would be fantastic for a brunch. Also–I have a good helping of butter on them for the pictures, but they really don’t need it. They are very moist and delicious without it. But…a little extra butter is never a bad thing.
Difficulty: Easy!

UPDATE: GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER IS BIG FAT BAKER. CONGRATS! I contacted you via email. 

GIVEAWAY DETAILS: One winner with receive a copy of Baked Explorations. BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! I contacted the authors, and guess what? They are some really nice dudes. They offered to throw in a boxed mix of their fabulous Deep Dark Chocolate Brownies (SERIOUSLY–perhaps the best brownies EVER). Sorry, only open to US residents. To learn more about the authors, check out their website (they own a bakery in NYC): http://bakednyc.com/.

To Enter:

Comment on this post.

For Extra Entries (MAKE SURE to leave an extra comment for each or they won’t count!):

1. Follow @not_rachaelray on Twitter
2. “Like” Not Rachael Ray on Facebook 
3. Subscribe to my RSS feed or add your name to my email list (please confirm when you get the email asking you to do so).
4. Tweet about this giveaway! You can use this if you want: “Enter to win Baked Explorations from @brooklynbaker & @not_rachaelray! http://wp.me/p1AwA6-vY #virtualpotluck #giveaway”
5. Share this giveaway on your Facebook page.
6. “Like” BAKED on Facebook.
7. Visit any other Virtual Potluck blogger (see all the posts here) and enter at least one other giveaway. Everyone participating is giving away a different book! Come back and let me know which one you entered.

 

That’s up to eight chances to win! Enter by Friday morning and I’ll choose a random winner on that same morning–probably around 8 EST (11/18). Winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email before I choose another winner. Prize will be shipped by me. Good luck!

Disclosure: I was sent a free book to review and free brownies to try. However, all opinions expressed in this post are, as always, 100% my own. I was not compensated for this post other than the free book/brownies.

{ 208 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Joyful November 14, 2011 at 12:52 am

The muffins look and sound amazing!

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2 Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet November 14, 2011 at 12:59 am

Goodness….they look so amazingly good!!! I can almost taste them. Great post!

xoxo
Heather

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3 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray November 14, 2011 at 9:38 am

Comment. Comment. Oh my goodness, comment! I have wanted this book for aaaaages. :D

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4 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray November 14, 2011 at 9:39 am

Obvs I follow you on Twitter.

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5 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray November 14, 2011 at 9:39 am

And I like you on Facebook.

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6 NanaBread (Jeanne) November 14, 2011 at 9:40 am

I’m not a big fan of super sweet things in the morning, so these sound perfect. I’ve never thought about combining pumpkin and cheddar, but now I totally want to. Thanks!

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7 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray November 14, 2011 at 9:40 am

*And* I subscribe to you via RSS Feed!

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8 NanaBread (Jeanne) November 14, 2011 at 9:40 am

I’m following Not Rachel Ray on Twitter. Are you?
@HeyNanaBread

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9 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray November 14, 2011 at 9:41 am

Just tweeted about the giveaway.

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10 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray November 14, 2011 at 9:41 am

I also entered a giveaway contest over at Miss in the Kitchen (for the Boyardee cookbook!).

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11 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray November 14, 2011 at 9:42 am

And I like Baked on Facebook.

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12 megan @ whatmegansmaking November 14, 2011 at 9:43 am

This looks like an awesome cookbook! Would love to try it. :)

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13 megan @ whatmegansmaking November 14, 2011 at 9:43 am

and of course I follow you on twitter.

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14 megan @ whatmegansmaking November 14, 2011 at 9:46 am

and I subscribe via rss :)

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15 Elizabeth November 14, 2011 at 9:46 am

Wow, looks like a beautiful book! Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)

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16 Erin November 14, 2011 at 9:48 am

I follow you on Twitter

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17 Elizabeth November 14, 2011 at 9:48 am

I’m a Twitter follower now, looking forward to reading your tweets! :)

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18 Erin November 14, 2011 at 9:48 am

I like you on Facebook

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19 Erin November 14, 2011 at 9:49 am

I subscribe to your RSS feed

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20 Erin November 14, 2011 at 9:49 am

I tweeted about your giveaway

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21 Erin November 14, 2011 at 9:50 am

I also entered over at Miss in the Kitchen

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22 Erin November 14, 2011 at 9:51 am

I shared the giveaway on my Facebook page

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23 Jim November 14, 2011 at 9:56 am

Muffins look great, two of my favorite foods combined!

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24 Cindy November 14, 2011 at 10:00 am

I love the color pix of the muffins!

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25 charissa November 14, 2011 at 10:14 am

omg. i need this book!

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26 charissa November 14, 2011 at 10:14 am

follow u on twitter

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27 charissa November 14, 2011 at 10:14 am

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28 charissa November 14, 2011 at 10:15 am

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29 charissa November 14, 2011 at 10:15 am

tweeted about giveaway

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30 charissa November 14, 2011 at 10:16 am

shared giveaway on fb

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31 charissa November 14, 2011 at 10:16 am

liked baked on fb

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32 Amber @ Amber's Confections November 14, 2011 at 10:19 am

I follow you on Twitter!

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33 Amber @ Amber's Confections November 14, 2011 at 10:19 am

i like BAKED on FB.

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34 charissa November 14, 2011 at 10:21 am

entered cooking with books sugar baby book giveaway

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35 Amiee November 14, 2011 at 10:22 am

This book sounds fantastic!! I have a family Thanksgiving thing this weekend I am going to make these muffins!

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36 Amiee November 14, 2011 at 10:23 am

I like you on FB

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37 Amber @ Amber's Confections November 14, 2011 at 10:23 am

I like you on Facebook!

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38 Amiee November 14, 2011 at 10:23 am

I subscribe to your rss feed

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39 Amiee November 14, 2011 at 10:24 am

I shared about the contest on my FB page

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40 Amiee November 14, 2011 at 10:25 am

I liked Baked on FB

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41 Jason November 14, 2011 at 10:27 am

I want these!

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42 Amiee November 14, 2011 at 10:29 am

I entered Farmgirl Gourmet’s giveaway

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43 Lauren November 14, 2011 at 11:01 am

These muffins look SO good.

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44 Lauren November 14, 2011 at 11:02 am

I also subscribe to you by RSS

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45 Ley Willis November 14, 2011 at 11:15 am

I’m not a baker. Just like your husband is not a vegetarian. But i try. I can make cake out of boxes very well… but when i try to bake say, beer bread muffins? nope. hard. as. rocks. maybe i’ll try this

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46 Ley Willis November 14, 2011 at 11:15 am

Followed @not_rachaelray on Twitter

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47 Ley Willis November 14, 2011 at 11:16 am

like you on facebook

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48 Ley Willis November 14, 2011 at 11:16 am

subscribe via email

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49 Ley Willis November 14, 2011 at 11:17 am

Tweeted from @goturcrazy “Enter to win Baked Explorations from @brooklynbaker & @not_rachaelray! http://wp.me/p1AwA6-vY #virtualpotluck #giveaway”

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50 Ley Willis November 14, 2011 at 11:18 am

“Liked” BAKED on Facebook.

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51 Ley Willis November 14, 2011 at 11:21 am

Entering miss in the kitchens and 30aeats giveaways!

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52 Tammy Valley November 14, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I love cookbooks. Can’t wait to try the recipe too! Thanks for the chance to win!

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53 Tammy Valley November 14, 2011 at 12:01 pm

I follow you on FB

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54 Tammy Valley November 14, 2011 at 12:01 pm

I am already a subscriber to your emails.

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55 diabeticFoodie November 14, 2011 at 12:02 pm

These muffins sound great, although I’d probably make a few changes to make them a bit healthier. Love the idea of pumpkin and cheddar together. BTW, I’m a flipper too!

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56 Matt Weber @ Thyme In Our Kitchen November 14, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Love your summary of the book. I’ve been on a pumpkin streak so I think these will be made soon!

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57 Shannon M November 14, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I love Baked! This recipe looks amazing!

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58 Shannon M November 14, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I “like” you on Facebook

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59 Shannon M November 14, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I “like” Baked on Facebook

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60 Shannon M November 14, 2011 at 12:10 pm

I entered FarmGirl Gourmet’s cookbook giveaway :)

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61 Jamie @ thrifty veggie mama November 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I love cookbooks!

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62 Jamie @ thrifty veggie mama November 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I follow you on Twitter

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63 Jamie @ thrifty veggie mama November 14, 2011 at 12:30 pm

I follow on RSS

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64 amy j November 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Omgosh..these look delicious. I can’t wait to make these. Heading to Sprouts today to purchase all the ingredients.

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65 Belinda November 14, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Love Sprouts!

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66 Cassie November 14, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I would love to win this cookbook. These look SO good.

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67 cassie November 14, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I follow not Rachel ray on FB.

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68 cassie November 14, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I follow not Rachel ray on twitter.

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69 cassie November 14, 2011 at 12:48 pm

I subscribe via RSS feed.

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70 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel November 14, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Love new recipes and new cookbooks! I’m with you – lots of pictures will pull me in. Lack of or none at all will turn me off. There have been books on my lists before that I completely turned down due to no pictures!

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71 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel November 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm

I follow you on twitter

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72 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel November 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm

I like you on fb :)

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73 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel November 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm

I get your feed

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74 cassie November 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm

I tweeted giveaway

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75 cassie November 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I like baked on FB.

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76 cassie November 14, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I entered to win the book from farmgirl.

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77 Geri November 14, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Those muffins sound perfect. I’m not afraid of a cheddar/pumpkin combo :)

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78 Geri November 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I just “Liked” Not Rachael Ray on Facebook

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79 Geri November 14, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Just liked “Baked”. Good thing you offered a link, there were a lot of choices!

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80 Susan in the Boonies November 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Your muffins look delicious.

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81 Susan in the Boonies November 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I follow you on Twitter

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82 Susan in the Boonies November 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I like you on Facebook.

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83 Susan in the Boonies November 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I am subscribed to your RSS feed.

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84 stacy November 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I can not wait to try this recipe! sounds delicious.

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85 Susan in the Boonies November 14, 2011 at 1:16 pm
86 Kelly Fischer November 14, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I went to Brooklyn (from Portland, OR) in August and vistited the Baked Bakery just to meet those fellas. I have been obsessed with their recipes since I saw them on Martha a couple years ago. I don’t have this cookbook yet, and would love to have it! I “liked” your FB page, “liked” Baked ages ago, subscribed to your blog, mentioned you on my FB page, and commented. Please pick me!

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87 Rachel November 14, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Wow, how fun to visit the bakery! Please leave a separate entry for each of the actions you took, otherwise I cannot count them as entries—and it sounds like you need this book! :)

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88 Susan in the Boonies November 14, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I “like”d Baked on Facebook.

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89 Geri November 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I just followed you on Twitter :)

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90 Rachael November 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm

looks like an awesome book

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91 Rachael November 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I subscribe to your RSS feed

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92 Tammy Valley November 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I entered Little Miss Kitchen’s, Farmgirl Gourmet’s, and Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine’s giveaways.

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93 Geri November 14, 2011 at 1:22 pm

And now I just tweeted about the giveaway. Whew, this is keeping me busy when I’m supposed to be working <_<

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94 Geri November 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm

I visited Farmgirl Gourmet and entered the giveaway there.

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95 Belinda November 14, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I am going to do a mini version of these muffins for our Thanksgiving Morning breakfast/brunch! They will be perfect! I ‘liked’ baked on FB; subscribed to email; shared link on FB; tweeted post; posted comment here and will now go to another’s giveaway to register with them! This is F U N!!!

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96 Rachel November 14, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Make sure you leave separate comments for each of the methods you used to enter, or I can’t count them as multiple entries! :) PS: Mini versions sound GREAT, especially with how dense and rich these muffins are. Great idea!

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97 Belinda November 14, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Thanks Rachel! It’s kinda a trick that I use for muffins. Older ladies watching there weight (lol) will eat 2-3 mini muffins where they won’t touch a regular size one; they would rather starve ;) Doing the mini version, they can ‘sample’ heehee!!! Really looking forward to trying them. Prob do a trial run Thursday on my day off!

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98 Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen November 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Insane giveaway!! How cool that they are throwing in some goodies?!

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99 Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen November 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm

We tweet!

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100 Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen November 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm

I “like” you!

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101 Belinda November 14, 2011 at 1:40 pm

I ‘liked” Baked on FB

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102 Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen November 14, 2011 at 1:40 pm

I’m a subscriber- wouldn’t want to miss a thing!! ;)

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103 Geri November 14, 2011 at 1:40 pm

And last but not least, I subscribed via email address submission. Thank you very much!

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104 Belinda November 14, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Following ‘not_rachaelray’ on twitter now!!!!! yeah!

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105 Belinda November 14, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Tweeted about new cookbook/recipe/contest on twitter!!! My followers will love it!

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106 Belinda November 14, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Friended ‘baked’ on FB

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107 Belinda November 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm

I subscribed to your emails. Looking forward to this!

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108 Belinda November 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Following your tweets now! Where have you been? lol or….why am I just now finding you!!!

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109 Belinda November 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Visited Farmgirl Gourmet, signed up! Gotta try those sticky buns!

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110 Belinda November 14, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I am a flipper/photos draw me in. Basic recipes are key, leaving room for those of us who just have to venture off into our ‘variations’.

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111 Vanessa Nix Anthony November 14, 2011 at 2:00 pm

These look amazing! Totally my style. Would it be overkill to eat these with FarmGirl’s butternut squash mac and cheese? See ya round the #virtualpotluck on Twitter!

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112 Lindsay @ biking before bed November 14, 2011 at 2:01 pm

What a cool idea for a virtual potluck! I have never tried the cheddar pumpkin combo before.

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113 Lindsay @ biking before bed November 14, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I already like you on Twitter.

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114 Belinda November 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I have not gotten a confirmation email back yet for subscribing to emails!

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115 Sheri November 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm

These muffins rock. So good. Maybe you’ll join us for Baked Sunday Mornings? We’re working our way through the book! http://bakedsundaymornings.com

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116 Belinda November 14, 2011 at 2:16 pm

I shared a link on my FB page about contest & recipe!

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117 BJ November 14, 2011 at 2:16 pm

I visited Farmgirl Gourmet and entered her giveaway.

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118 Stephanie November 14, 2011 at 2:35 pm

The muffins look so yummy.

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119 Stephanie November 14, 2011 at 2:42 pm

I entered the 30AEATS (Susan Benton) giveaway.

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120 30AEATS (@fromagechick) November 14, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I’m a picture gal too! I loved Cooking Without Borders, but it also lack many photos. I am all in on this recipe, in moderation, as I adore cayenne, cheese and the pumpkin combo!

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121 Lisa November 14, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Yum! I love Baked!

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122 Lisa November 14, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Like you on FB!

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123 Lisa November 14, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Liked Baked on FB

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124 Lisa November 14, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Already subscribed to your emails :)

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125 Patmom4 November 14, 2011 at 3:56 pm

WOW! I’m a “flipper” too and those recipes look awesome! Plus, My DIL is a baking fiend, trying out new recipes all the time and posting them in her blog about baking and having a new baby :-) Hope I can give her this book for Christmas!

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126 Geni November 14, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Hi Rachel! These muffins look fantastic and I have really, really wanted that cookbook. I have flipped through it several times and have put it on my Christmas list!

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127 Geni November 14, 2011 at 4:00 pm

I Like you on Facebook! :)

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128 Geni November 14, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Just tweeted!

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129 Michelle November 14, 2011 at 4:04 pm

VP is a great idea! I can’t wait to try some of these recipes.

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130 Michelle November 14, 2011 at 4:05 pm

I have already left a comment on Miss in the Kitchen’s page.

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131 Michelle November 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm

I also left a comment on the page with the Sticky Cinnamon Scrolls.

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132 Geni November 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm

I visited Cooking with Books and left a comment (virtual potluck participant). :)

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133 Michelle November 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm

I also left a comment on Theresa Greco from Foodhunter’s Guide chose the book Dolci: Italy’s Sweets
I am posting Anonymously because I don’t have a profile and their pages want a profile.
I like yours it lets me use a name and email.

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134 Patmom4 November 14, 2011 at 4:10 pm

I have commented here, “Liked” Not Rachel Ray on FB, added my name/email to your email subscription, shared this giveaway on my FB page, “Liked” BAKED on FB, and visited FarmGirl Gourmet and signed up for her contest :-)

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135 Michelle November 14, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Also left a post on the Shanghai Carmel Apples from the Sugarbaby cookbook.

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136 Patmom4 November 14, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Um, wait, I was suppose to post separate? U Liked Not Rachel RAy on FB.

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137 Rachel November 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Yep! Glad you caught that–I was going to reply to your other comment and let you know :)

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138 Patmom4 November 14, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Thanks :-)

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139 Patmom4 November 14, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I added my name/email on your email subscription.

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140 Patmom4 November 14, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Shared this giveaway on FB.

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141 Patmom4 November 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm

I liked BAKED on FB.

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142 Patmom4 November 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm

I visited FARMGIRL GOURMET and signed up for her contest :-)

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143 Michelle November 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Just “liked” on FB

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144 Kathy November 14, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I know what you mean about husbands and trying somthing different…I put coffee flavoring in my brownies and my husband wouldn’t eveb try them!

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145 Lynn @ Sit. Stay. Cook. November 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I “liked” Not Rachel Ray on Facebook.

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146 Lynn @ Sit. Stay. Cook. November 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm

I LOVE this recipe. I’m a big fan of cheddar and pumpkin, but haven’t had them together. Now I will :)

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147 amanda @ fake ginger November 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Those look awesome! I’m not sure I’ve ever paired cheese with pumpkin but I can see how it works!

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148 amanda @ fake ginger November 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm

I follow you on Twitter!

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149 amanda @ fake ginger November 14, 2011 at 5:12 pm

I like you on FB! (you’re getting so close to 1000!!)

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150 amanda @ fake ginger November 14, 2011 at 5:12 pm

I subscribe!

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151 amanda @ fake ginger November 14, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Just liked Baked! :)

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152 Tara | FOODIE November 14, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Oooh, those look really good Rachel. I think the combination of cheddar cheese and pumpkin actually sounds really good. Oh, and I’m a flipper too :-)

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153 Avril November 14, 2011 at 9:00 pm

What a fascinating combo – pumpkin and cheddar….why not! I’ve been eyeing this lovely cookbook for awhile now. I want it more than ever now! :-)

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154 Avril November 14, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I am now a VERY happy follower of yours on FB :-)

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155 Avril November 14, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Hooray! – I am now following BAKED on FB too! :-)

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156 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen November 14, 2011 at 9:25 pm

These look so delicious, I have been so into all of the pumpkin recipes this year!

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157 Nutmeg Nanny November 14, 2011 at 9:30 pm

This cookbook looks great! I’m with you on the pictures. I love my cookbooks jam packed with pictures. I think it’s because I visually need to see what the recipe should *fingers crossed* look like :)

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158 Donna @ Cookistry November 14, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Those muffins look so good. I would have never thought of cheese and pumpkin, but it makes such perfect sense, doesn’t it?

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159 Genevieve (MamaOnABudget) November 14, 2011 at 11:09 pm

These muffins sound AMAZING!!!!!

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160 The Food Hunter November 14, 2011 at 11:21 pm

I’m a flipper too…glad you flpped to this great recipe :)

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161 Erin November 15, 2011 at 12:16 pm

I shared this recipe on Facebook, and one of my friends made it. He said there were none left! Looking forward to making it myself!

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162 Erin November 15, 2011 at 12:18 pm

great blog also!

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163 Erin November 15, 2011 at 12:21 pm

liked you on Facebook!

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164 Erin November 15, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Liked BAKED on Facebook!

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165 Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos November 15, 2011 at 1:33 pm

This is one of the cookbooks I adore and have bookmarked this recipe to try!

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166 natalie (the sweets life) November 15, 2011 at 4:15 pm

I’m so intrigued by this recipe!! I’ve flipped through the book a few times and would LOVE to own it!

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167 Athena November 15, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Gorgeous muffins.

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168 natalie (the sweets life) November 15, 2011 at 4:16 pm

i follow you on twitter too! :)

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169 Athena November 15, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I now follow you on Twitter @GoddessFoodie

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170 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts November 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Wow – these muffins look great! Different flavor combination, but sounds delicious!

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171 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts November 15, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I follow you on facebook

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172 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts November 15, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I follow you on twitter

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173 jessica w. November 15, 2011 at 8:51 pm

you have me drooling over those muffins!

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174 jessica w. November 15, 2011 at 8:51 pm

I Follow @not_rachaelray on Twitter

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175 jessica w. November 15, 2011 at 8:52 pm

I “Like” Not Rachael Ray on Facebook

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176 jessica w. November 15, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I am already Subscribed to my RSS feed

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177 jessica w. November 15, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I “Like” BAKED on Facebook

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178 jessica w. November 15, 2011 at 8:54 pm
179 jessica w. November 15, 2011 at 8:54 pm
180 jamie d November 15, 2011 at 10:40 pm

friends with susan benton at 30A eats & that’s how i found you. now following you on twitter & liked you & baked both on fb. think the “virtual potluck” is a super creative idea!

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181 Julia November 16, 2011 at 10:47 am

Oh how I love pumpkin everything!!

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182 Michelle November 16, 2011 at 10:49 am

Just left a comment on Diabetic Foodies Laziz Tkka Masala.

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183 Michelle November 16, 2011 at 11:36 am

I just left a comment on 30aeats steak and potato recipe.

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184 Michelle November 16, 2011 at 11:37 am

And I liked VP on fb.

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185 Desi November 16, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Your muffins look yummy! And I’d love to win this cookbook… thanks for the chance to win!

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186 Desi November 16, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I’m already subscribed to your blog via email :)

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187 Desi November 16, 2011 at 12:25 pm

I also entered the How to Cook Indian Food giveaway here – http://www.diabeticfoodie.com/2011/11/laziz-tikka-masala/

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188 Kelly Fischer November 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm

I “liked” your FB page

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189 Kelly Fischer November 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm

“liked” Baked ages ago

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190 Kelly Fischer November 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm

subscribed to your blog

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191 Kelly Fischer November 16, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Mentioned you on my FB page, Bake Shop.

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192 Doni Reece November 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Those sound very very interesting. I might have to try pumpkin/cheese muffins.

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193 Alex November 16, 2011 at 4:40 pm

They look so delicious!

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194 Alex November 16, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I followed you on twitter!

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195 Alex November 16, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Also, I liked Baked on fb!

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196 Rachel Blom November 16, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Thank you for letting me enter this giveaway.

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197 Rachel Blom November 16, 2011 at 6:05 pm

I entered Farmgirl Gourmet’s giveaway :)

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198 Rachel Blom November 16, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I liked Not Rachael Ray on FB.

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199 Rachel Blom November 16, 2011 at 7:18 pm

I liked BAKED on FB

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200 Susie Mills November 17, 2011 at 8:15 am

WOW this will make a great addition to my family Christmas Holiday brunch! I can’t wait to try them – thank you!!!!

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201 BigFatBaker November 17, 2011 at 10:01 am

OMG I have been wanting this book forever! All of the recipes sound so good and homey. The pumpkin muffins look amazing, and I’m sure they didn’t disappoint! Great giveaway!

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202 BigFatBaker November 17, 2011 at 10:05 am

I follow you on Twitter :)

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203 BigFatBaker November 17, 2011 at 10:07 am

I like you on Facebook :)

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204 BigFatBaker November 17, 2011 at 10:08 am

I liked Baked on Facebook

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205 BigFatBaker November 17, 2011 at 10:09 am

I shared this on my Fanpage (BigFatBaker) :)

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206 BigFatBaker November 17, 2011 at 10:10 am

I commented on another Virtual Bloggers post!

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207 Aubrey November 17, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Those muffins look delicious, really lovely photos!

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208 Sara P. November 18, 2011 at 12:01 am

This book, and the brownies, look amazing!

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