An Unfortunate Affinity to 70s Soft Rock, and Sweet Potato Biscuits

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Mmmm sweet potato biscuits… /homerdrool

Here’s an annoying fact: I get music from my parents’ generation stuck in my head. All. The. Damn. Time. Perhaps it’s because my mom listened to music constantly when I was small, but regardless of the cause, the end result is the vast majority of the 70s soft rock genre has wormed its way into my subconscious like an earwig on a coke bender. Air Supply, Chicago, Bread, the Carpenters, the entirety of the Yacht Rock canon. It’s all very good music, to be sure, but it’s little out of context in the land that is Steph’s Brain… And it’s become one hell of a distraction. Read more >>

Spring 2014 Le Creuset Giveaway

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As a break from what seems to have become my regular emo drudgery these days, I’ve got something fun to post today. One of my favorite topics: cookware.

When Garrett and I were writing Melt: the Art of Macaroni and Cheese, we both made crazy use of our huge collections of Le Creuset cookware. We each have a ton of it, for many reasons. First, this stuff is bulletproof. We’ve both abused the hell out of our cookware – especially through developing and testing 75 recipes – and it all still looks brand new. Second, it’s gorgeous. I mean, he-llo beautiful gorgeous. Just look at that image up there. ^^ If I wasn’t genetically predisposed to have a whistling disability, I’d catcall that fine-ass cookware.

Le Creuset knows about our obsession with their stuff, so they’ve generously offered Garrett and I some goodies to give away to our readers: a 3-quart casserole dish with lid and four 6-ounce Au Gratin dishes, both in Cherry Red. Deadline is Friday, April 25th at Midnight. A winner will be announced on Tuesday, April 29th. You can enter using the Rafflecopter widget thingie below. For the Rafflecopter-challenged, you can click this link right here and then leave a comment on this post to let us know that you entered.

Click here to tweet automatically: Hey! @sstiavetti & @garrettmccord are giving away free @LeCreuset cookware! Time to do a happy dance.

Also, we’ll be touring and doing cooking demos of dishes from Melt: the Art of Macaroni and Cheese at Le Creuset stores near the Bay Area. We’ll also be giving away more cookware – huzzah! Be sure to come visit if you’re nearby:

  • Saturday, April 19 at 1pm: Le Creuset at Vacaville Premium Outlets (Stephanie and Garrett)
  • Saturday, May 3 at 1pm: Le Creuset at Livermore Premium Outlets (Stephanie and Garrett)
  • Saturday, June 7 at 1pm: Le Creuset at Gilroy Premium Outlets (Stephanie)

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