August 7, 2013

Lori of Recipe Girl + Giveaway!

Recipe Girl Cookbook

Today I am thrilled that my dear friend Lori of Recipe Girl has stopped in to chat about her awesome new cookbook. I have been a huge fan of Lori’s for years. Her website is gorgeous and she is has a truly extensive recipe database. Her new book is equally as wonderful. It is chock full of Recipe Girl favorites, and a whole bunch of new recipes too! If you want your own copy of her book she is generously giving one away…details below!

1) Your book is chock full of so many amazing recipes! How did you come up with all of them? You cover every course!
I dream about food all the time, so it was easy.  Just kidding, of course!  Since my website covers every meal of the day, I wanted my book to do the same.  It involved lots of brainstorming, reading for inspiration and testing/re-testing to come up with 195 recipes.

2) Tackling such an immense project must have been a big undertaking for you. How did you manage all the aspects of writing, testing, and preparing the book?
It’s definitely not easy to write a cookbook.  I sat down and mapped out a time schedule for my chapters, gave myself due dates, and stuck with it!  I used snippets from my own life experiences to use as inspiration for writing all of the introductions to the recipes, and friends and family were my taste testers and recipe testers too.
3) What was different about writing a book than you anticipated?
In writing a cookbook specifically, there are some very specific guidelines for how ingredients are listed and how recipes are written.  Consistency throughout the book is key.  The tight timelines that the publishers demand were pretty tough on my family.  They were really relieved when I finally turned in my manuscript!
4) Your Recipe Boy is a big part of your website. What are some of the family favorites in your book? Are there any that are real standouts for your family?
My 12 year old son Brooks (RecipeBoy) is my #1 taste tester.  As a family, we love the Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Manicotti, Beef Enchiladas and Pine Nut- Avocado Salad.  Our favorite dessert is the Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake.
5) I saw you recently moved! Is there anything about your new area that is influencing what you are cooking now?

We just moved from California to the Lake Tahoe area (Nevada) after having lived in CA for 28 years!  It feels like a more casual lifestyle there.  I wouldn’t say there’s a change in what we’re eating, but we’re grilling a lot and having more family-style meals.  Since we’ll be experiencing snow in the winter, there will probably be more soup made in my kitchen.

6) So, for real, what is your secret foodie indulgence? What do you reach for at the end of a long day (besides wine – haha) when you want to treat yourself?

If it were up to me, I’d skip dinner and have a really good hunk of cheese, crusty bread and olives (along with my wine).  But if I’m indulging, I’d go for pasta with a light cream sauce.  Cheesecake for dessert!

7) What is next for Recipe Girl?!!

I’m not entirely sure!  One of these days I’d probably like to write a book with my son, but he’s so busy with sports and school and friends, so I have no idea if that will ever happen.  I’m very happy writing for my website and others.  As long as I’m still creating and sharing recipes, that’s the perfect life for me!
To Enter to Win Your Copy of Recipe Girl:
1) Leave a comment sharing your favorite recipe from Lori’s website!
2) Contest runs from August 7th through August 14th at 7:00am. Winner to be announced in August 16th newsletter. Good luck!

161 Responses to “Lori of Recipe Girl + Giveaway!”

  1. Katie Lackey says:

    So hard to choose – I use teh slow cooker category the most!

  2. saramama says:

    I love her chicken tortilla soup!

  3. ilonaskitchen says:

    love the choco chip cookie dough brownies

  4. Tracy H says:

    I love her chicken tortilla soup! Yummmm!

  5. Sharon says:

    I just made her snickerdoodle bars. They are awesome

  6. Jennifer says:

    Wedding cupcakes’

  7. Emily says:

    I love her cheesecake cakes. And cinnamon roll pancakes. Amazing!

  8. jennifer says:

    the chocolate chip cookie brittle is greatness! 😀

  9. Hallie Hacker says:

    The sugar cookie recipe in the baseball cookie tutorial! The best recipe ever!

  10. Annie P says:

    I’m a sucker for her breakfast category. I really like the Amish Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Caramel Icing. It’s like the best of everything rolled into one roll and my kids love them.

  11. Emily B says:

    Chicken Tortilla Soup!!!

  12. Leahna Loomis says:

    I would love to try the cherry cobbler recipe, looks delicious!

  13. Alison Lynch says:

    I haven’t tried many yet, but the Citrus Garlic Chicken is on my list this week!

  14. Jeverne Kennedy says:

    that would definitely be the recipe for gluten free chocolate chip cookies,

  15. Heidi Slack says:

    Baked Pumpkin Donuts. Mmmmmmm.

  16. Alex says:

    I fell in love with Lori’s website after seeing the peanut butter cup brownies recipe! I also liked the lemon Easter cake (can’t remember the exact recipe now, embarrassingly enough)

  17. Tania Tilp says:

    I made the recipe for the lemon cheesecake cake and it was fantastic.

  18. Alicia says:

    Spicy chorizo tacos! YUM!

  19. Diane in Cincinnati says:

    Cheesy Baked Penne…yum!

  20. Liz says:

    Cinnamon Roll Pancakes 🙂

  21. Lauren W says:

    We love her cherry limeade sangria and the crock pot tex mex chicken and beans!!

  22. Tammy Sorrell says:

    LOVE the cherry-limeade pound cake. A summer staple at our house that combines two of my most favorite things in a buttery cake.

  23. Laura says:

    I love lots of her recipes, but I think my favorite is her creamy tomato tortellini soup. Sometimes I don’t even add the tortellini or I add a different pasta. It’s great with grilled cheese sandwiches for an easy busy night supper.

  24. Lisa Strait says:

    There are many that I have printed off and put in my cupboard, but have only tried the Berry Trifle. Delish, for breakfast, lunch & dinner!!!!!!!

  25. Helen M says:

    My family LOVED the cinnamon roll pancakes!

  26. Systites says:

    Tortilla soup! Yum-o

  27. Cindie says:

    The snickerdoodle bars were a big hit with my teenage boys! Thanx for a great recipe 🙂

  28. Denise says:

    My favourite recipe would have to be Stawberry, Rhubard Stuffed French Toast, yummo two of my favourite fruits together with toast, how could you loose?

  29. Pat says:

    My current favorite is the Candy Bar – Cookie Bars recipe. When I saw the picture I knew I had to make them. Yum!

  30. Leah says:

    Savory Griddlecakes!

  31. Heather says:

    Caramel Brownies are one of my favorites!!

  32. Terra Warner Agueda says:

    Definitely the Cinnamon Roll Pancakes. just simple to make yet turns the meal into something a bit extra special.

  33. Michelle S. says:

    I love her slow-cooked beef burgundy recipe, even during the summer!

  34. Stefanie Silvestri Scheffer says:

    Cavatelli with meatballs & spinach in a fresh tomato sauce

  35. Teawench says:

    Cherry limeade sangria. Cuz cherry & Sangria Summer and all that.

  36. Mary says:

    I most recently used her recipe for red white and blue cupcakes for the 4th of July. SO good and SO cute!

  37. Tammy Eblin says:

    I faithfully read her blog so there’s ko way I could choose one fav.

  38. trish martin says:

    Peachy and pecan quinoa salad!!! YUM!

  39. Lisa Rule says:

    The pumpkin cinnamon rolls w/the yummy frosting! Everythiing my family loves, cinnamon rolls, amazing frosting and pumpkin!! Going to be a Fall and holiday staple:) thanks for all the amazing recipes!

  40. Mary Ann says:

    The White Wedding Cake Cupcakes–delicious.

  41. Melinda says:

    I just found your site….so I have no favorite. I’ll try one very soon. I love pioneer woman, so I need to venture out. Thanks, melinda

  42. Susan Q says:

    Black Forest Pot Roast

  43. Treva Shawn Anderson says:

    Definitely the Tortilla Soup! 🙂 For the win! 😀

  44. Rhoda says:

    I just made the red velvet cheesecake cake for my husband. He loves it!

  45. Kerri says:

    Blueberry cheesecake ice cream!

  46. lily basadre says:

    From the comments, looks like I’m going to have to make that chicken tortilla soup! Hopefully I’ll win the book!

  47. Lorna says:

    My favorite are her pumpkin cinnamon roll pancakes! So yummy!!!

  48. Judy Lyle says:

    Easy Butternut Squash Ravioli with Rosemary Oil. Easy is always good and using wonton wrappers for the pasta is genius. I love Butternut Squash paired with rosemary…this is a great meatless option.

  49. M Law says:

    The Ham and Swiss Griddle Cakes that Recipe Girl posted back in March has been an absolute hit with my family. I have to admit we have modified it (Swiss cheese is not a favorite in my family). I often swap in green onions for the regular onions and often add in corn. Anyway that I make it, it is always a big hit. This is saying a lot because I have two teenage girls who are very picky. Thanks to Recipe Girl!!

  50. Patticakes says:

    Easy Cherry Cobbler Recipe!!! Whenever the recipe says easy that’s the one for me!!! Easy and delicious!!! Hope to win the book to try out some new recipes!!!

  51. Donna Pesek says:

    Love, love, love the Cilantro Chicken with Coconut Milk Rice. Yummy!!!

  52. Debbie Miguel Beal says:

    Love the Dutch Almond Tart

  53. SharonF says:

    The Easy Cherry Cobbler is one of my favorites.

  54. Sandi White says:

    I just found your site, so I’m looking forward to trying ALL of the recipes on the site and in the book. My family has been in a rut with the same boring meals for way too long, and we need to add some pizazz! I hope I win the book!

  55. Cathie says:

    Cookie Dough Brownies

  56. Angela says:

    Haven’t tried anything yet, but everything looks wonderful! Looking forward to trying something once my stove gets fixed 🙂

  57. Jessica D says:

    The tortilla soup is great! Can’t wait to try more.

  58. Joann says:

    tortilla soup is our favorite!

  59. FAL18 says:

    The ‘low carb’ recipe for balsamic and apricot glazed chicken sounds wonderful and looks easy to prepare. This is one i have to try in the next couple of weeks.

  60. Joann says:

    Cinnamon roll pancakes sound awesome!

  61. Karyn says:

    Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream delish!

  62. Amanda Jordan says:

    My first recipe of Lori’s was the pumpkin cinnamon rolls! BY FAR, the best cinnamon rolls ever!! I’ve been searching for her cookbook in stores!

  63. kim@hungryhealthygirl says:

    Tex Mex Black-eyed pea casserole!

  64. Laura says:

    Tortilla soup-yummy!

  65. Sylvia says:

    Cinnamon roll pancakes with cream cheese glaze!

  66. Brandi From Diva Recipes says:

    The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe caught my eye! what a great way to show your process of testing your own recipes. I myself really enjoy my cookies undercooked and gooey!

  67. Marcia S. says:

    Oh so many that I like! The White Wedding Cake Cupcakes, Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake, and Cinnamon Roll Pancakes among the many.

  68. TobyD says:

    Her Red White and Blue Sangria! A summer staple in my house for a couple of years now!

  69. HycieM says:

    Blueberry cheesecake ice-cream!!!

  70. Avery Karnes says:

    I love her 2-ingredient pancakes!

  71. Robin Thomas says:

    I like that she does gluten-free recipes along with her all her other great recipes.

  72. Lisa P says:

    I have used a ton of recipe’s but we did a strawberry- rhubarb crisp of yours that was to die early this spring.

  73. Lisa Ch says:

    Our family loves the pumpkin pancakes! Yummmm

  74. Nancy Hunter says:

    I love her recipe for veggie burgers!!

  75. Tawna says:

    I haven’t tried any yet, but would love too. I glanced thru the comments and they sound amazing!

  76. Alexanra C. says:

    I love her Red White and Blueberry Cheesecake Bars, I have made them for a few 4th of Julys now, sooo good and festive!

  77. Alicia Jeanne Wyatt says:

    the brownies with the cookie dough, love the old and the new. Now that I’m pregnant I sometimes just make the cookie dough part and have a little pig out on the sofa hmmm soo yummy!

  78. Jacquie Dudt-Mulzet says:

    The Pumpkin pancakes are SO delish- perfect morning treat. I’m craving them and plan to make them at the first signs of fall 😉

  79. Renee says:

    We Love pancakes so pumpkin pancakes are our favorite!

  80. Kathleen Pyle says:

    Easiest Pound Cake Recipe Ever

  81. Lauren Fleming says:

    Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake!

  82. Andrea Caster says:

    Two ingredient pancakes, but after reading about the butternut squash ravioli I can’t wait to try making that!

  83. Gina says:

    Love Recipe Girl…I receive her daily updates….oh, and her cranberry feta pinwheels are AWESOME!!!!!

  84. Jennifer Polis says:

    We love the pumpkin pancakes 🙂

  85. Laura Pace says:

    Pumpkin Coffee Cake!

  86. Angela Wildermuth says:

    Merrill’s Mother’s Strawberry Jam

  87. Jehan Vieira says:

    Red velvet cheesecake cake!!!

  88. Lezlie Blazzard says:

    We LOVE making her pumpkin pancakes, especially while up camping.

  89. Robin Chesser says:

    Has to be the blueberry cheesecake ice cream recipe!

  90. tzigane says:

    lots of yummy ones but i would go with the baked chicken taquitos~ something that even my kids would eat and like!

  91. Ashley - Baker by Nature says:

    Loved reading the interview! Lori is amazing, and so is her book! My favorite recipe is the cherry crumble – so good!

  92. Lauren says:

    My fav dish on her site is Baked Penne with Spinach, Roasted Peppers and Bacon.

  93. Vallimasoos says:

    Oven roasted Green beans!

  94. angel says:

    Pumpkin Pancakes !!!

  95. Kate says:

    I love the Baked Penne with Spinach, Roasted Peppers and Bacon

  96. Andrea says:

    I love her bacon and chive corn cakes! I cook them up with some chicken strips and warm maple syrup. Better than any chicken and waffles from a restaurant.

  97. Danelle Brink says:

    Baseball Cookies !

  98. Shannon says:

    PANCAKES!!!! We love all her pancake recipes.

  99. DeanS says:

    mine and probably my families favorite has been the ‘Dried Cherry Apple Streusel Pie’

  100. budliteprn says:

    Red velvet cheesecake cake

  101. Maria Torsney says:

    Cheesy baked penne

  102. Pinch of Lime says:

    Caramel Corn!

  103. cynthia says:

    The baked penne sounds amazing.

  104. Shelly Larson says:

    Snapper Tacos with Chipotle Cream – Love the Cooking for 2 options!

  105. Brittany G says:

    Pumpkin Pancakes– yummmmmmmo!! I love anything pumpkin! =)

  106. Mary Nell Marshall Kohls says:

    A Simple strawberry rhubarb crisp….YUM!

  107. Rachel {Young Homemakers} says:

    I haven’t actually tried too many *yet*. 😉 But so far my favorites are the walking tacos and the grilled bruschetta chicken. So yummy!!
    – Miss Rachel –

  108. Pauline Gudas says:

    Pumpkin pancakes

  109. DeeBy says:

    The Asian Lettuce Wraps!

  110. Amilia says:

    I absolutely love anything Cheesecake!

  111. Angie says:

    I love her Chocolate Chip Pumpkin bread!

  112. Regina P. says:

    Snickerdoodle Blondies are my favorite!

  113. Meghan says:

    Tomato Marscarpone Risotto

  114. Yoojin Lee says:

    i’ve made lori’s honey-molasses chicken drumsticks for me and the boy, and boy were they a success! so delicious!

  115. Katie S. says:

    I haven’t tried anything off her blog yet but the angel hair pasta w/ shrimp, asparagus and basil looks good. So does the barbecued chicken pizza!

  116. Connie Manwell Costa says:

    We love her Israeli Couscous with Pine Nuts and Parsley at our house!

  117. Steve says:

    Lori had a recipe for cranberry bliss bars that were better than Starbucks and her almond bark toffee recipe was incredible.

  118. April Lee Green says:

    Mushroom Grilled Cheese sounds heavenly. I’ll be making that later today! 🙂

  119. Elizabeth says:

    I love her Bacon Corn Griddle Cakes!

  120. Donna Schlosser says:

    Can’t go wrong with her Easy Cherry Cobbler!

  121. Lori Erwin Ferrigno says:

    Okay, there is not just one favorite from Lori’s website however some of them are the Cheesy Baked Penne (yummm!), the Gorgonzola Stuffed Burgers w/mushrooms & caramelized onion marm, all her quiches are so fluffy & moist & garlic chicken! Red Velvet Cheesecake is a winner any time as well as the Basement Brownies! Oh, and on those cooler mornings when we opt not to have a smoothie, the Pumpkin Pancakes are a morning favorite!

  122. Carolyn says:

    oooooo the easy cherry cobbler

  123. Laura says:

    I love Recipe Girl! I have pinned many of her recipes, but would love her cookbook. My most treasured recipe of hers is the Angel Food Cake! I have looked high and low for my mom’s recipe and can’t find it. I was so excited to have Lori’s..

  124. Leesa says:

    I would love her cookbook. Love tons of her recipes…

  125. denamcharris says:

    Cherry cobbler…. definely!

  126. Jenny Martin says:

    Yummo–the chocoloate chip pumpkin bread!

  127. Ana says:

    I love Recipe Girl recipes, one of my favorites is Cinnamon Roll Pancakes.

  128. Shannon C says:

    gotta love that grilled flank steak! thanks for offering the giveaway!

  129. Alisha J says:

    I use her perfect white wedding cupcakes for almost all cupcakes & cakes I make, It’s amazing! Also use her candy cane shaped fruit filled Christmas Cofffee cake recipe every year for Christmas morning breakfast.

  130. Anna says:

    caramel corn!!

  131. bobbi says:

    Cheesy baked penne sounds amazing!

  132. PJBUCK says:

    Balsamic Roast Mushrooms Tomatoes & Peppers I have been a professional chef for almost 40 years, specializing in remote Alaskan oilfield and construction camps and new veggie recipes are always welcome. This called for items I always have on hand and is quick, easy and a great change of pace for the crews. The feedback from them was great so this is now in my permanent “recipe brain”. Thanks so much 🙂

  133. Donna says:

    I love the white wedding cupcakes, and the kiddos love the walking tacos! I can’t wait to try the Cinnamon Roll pancakes!

  134. Sarah Tea says:

    Mushroom Grilled Cheese with Balsamic- Caramelized Onions- I am in love with this!

  135. pkhartz says:

    White wedding cupcakes are a weakness…YUM

  136. Elena Vassilieva says:

    I thinik it is Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp, Asparagus & Basil

  137. Andrea says:

    My fav is the Chicken Cutlet Baguette with Gremolata & Roasted Red Peppers. I found it online over the winter, and loooooooved it!

  138. Ann Cook says:

    I love Lori’s Kit Kat Birthday Cake! I made it for my husband and he absolutely loved it…not to mention so did I!

  139. Margo says:

    Pumpkin Pancakes for sure!

  140. Kei Stewart says:

    This is one of my favorite recipes Artichoke & Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken.

  141. Lauri Willingham says:

    I love her Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cheesecake!

  142. van pham says:

    Definitely the toffee chocolate chip cookies! yum!

  143. Katie says:

    Her Blueberry Refrigerator Jam is something I want to try so bad.

  144. Valerie A Clark says:

    My favorite is Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp, Asparagus & Basil

  145. ellisc57 says:

    I LOVE the white wedding cupcakes and icing! They are the best ever!!!I’ve used so many of her recipes and every single one was a hit with my family. She’s the one I go to anytime I need a recipe idea. Also the Almond Joy Cake is fantastic!

  146. MissLinzz says:

    My favorite is the creamy pumpkin pasta! almost that time of year to make it again!!

  147. Colleen A says:

    Cinnamon Roll Pancakes!

  148. Amy R says:

    We’ve made her root beer pulled pork over and over again! Delicious!

  149. Sandra H says:

    Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

  150. Leslie says:

    um…Cinnamon Roll Pancakes?! Yes pls, gotta try 🙂

  151. Eva Persson says:

    I want to try the Zucchini Beef Enchiladas with all the abundant zucchini I have.

  152. Melissa Goodsell says:

    bbq chicken and ham pizza

  153. Beth Reisfeld says:

    Definitely the creamy pumpkin pasta — looks delicious!

  154. Ande B says:

    Strawberry Cheesecake Cake. YUM!

  155. Nancy says:

    Cinnamon roll pancakes are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!

  156. miranda says:

    Rustic Tomato and Zucchini Tart

  157. Stephanie says:

    Creamy pumpkin pasta! Yum!

  158. Alice says:

    I made this,
    strawberry chicken salad with bacon and avocado and it was amazing!! 🙂

    a must eat for this summer!

  159. John Shadle says:

    I tried the rustic tomato and zucchini tart this past weekend and it turned out great. I always love to see what pops up in my news feed from RecipeGirl. Great dinner ideas for my family!

  160. Nancy L S says:

    I like the Blueberry Refrigerator Jam