Cool Stuff – G’s Favorite Things

Keys to the Kitchen

I’m giving away a pretty awesome book today guys and gals. It is by the talented, formidable Aida Mollenkamp, and it just hit bookstores everywhere. It is one of the most comprehensive technique cookbooks I have seen in quite some time. And you will love it. To begin with, there are 300 juicy recipes and beautiful color photographs and illustrations. But what’s more it is a substantial technique primer. It […]

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Come In, We’re Closed

Do you ever wonder what the best restaurants in the world feed their staff before they feed you? I have worked in some of these places and eaten many a staff meal and can attest to the wide range of what cooks and servers eat behind the scenes. While cooking in France, we ate roasted pigeon and vegetables from the garden, while cooking in New York City we each were […]

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Afield

Today is day 3 of my cookbook giveaway week. There are so many wonderful cookbooks out this fall! “Afield” is one of my favorites. I know Jesse Griffiths personally because he also lives in Austin and owns the amazing store Dai Due, devoted to sausage, charcuterie and all things delicous. I am often one of the many patrons standing in line on a Saturday morning waiting for a bite of […]

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Weelicious Cookbook

I first met Catherine McCord this passed April at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. I was holed up waiting to tape Jimmy Kimmel Live and trying not to be very social until it was all over. But for some reason I decided that Catherine McCord would be the right person to see during my self-imposed isolation. So she came on by and we had a little prosecco together and […]

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Decorating Cookies

This week I’m giving away a cookbook every day so that you can start collecting your holiday gifts early! So check back for more fun giveaways this week. Do y’all remember when I had a girly outdoor weekend almost a year ago in Texas Hillcountry? And do you remember how we made some pretty amazing cookies? They were the result of a cookie class that my friend Bridget Edwards taught […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Canning & Preserving for the Fall

What is your favorite thing to can? I love canning because it can save foods that I can’t finish in time—ripe tomatoes or a super-sized backyard harvest—from going to waste. Plus, canning your foods even brings out deeper flavors from your fresh ingredients. But most importantly, it makes your food last for a super long time. I make everything from fruit preserves to pickled veggies to the cranberry relish on […]

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Win My $2,000 Shopping Spree Giveaway

I’m working on a batch of new items in my Open Sky shop this fall, from an amazing herb garden kit, to the best red pepper harissa you’ve ever tasted. In honor of all of the exciting things I have in store, we’re hosting a giveaway that is pretty killer. For the remainder of this month you can enter to win $1,000 to spend in Open Sky AND another $1,000 […]

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My Favorite Grilling Gear

With Labor Day almost here, I thought I’d share some of my favorite grilling gear with you. These are my go-to meats, sauces, rubs, and gear for many occasions. If you haven’t laid your eyes on this Exotic Burger Collection, it is quite spectacular: Wagyu beef, venison, elk, lamb and bison. And I’m giving away $125 worth of it to a winner to be announced in 2 days, so enter […]

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My Favorite DIY Kits

 What are some for your favorite DIY projects? I’ve been working away on my next book and a lot of it entails a fun set of DIY projects. Then it got me to thinking that I have some wonderful DIY Kits in my shop right now that you ought to know about. I love ’em 4-eva. Now is also the time to tell you that any person who joins my […]

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Weck vs. Mason Jars

I have a jar obsession. Really it is getting serious. But after a lifelong commitment to the mason jar, my love is wavering and I have a new crush. Have you heard about Weck jars? Here are some of the ways I’ve used them recently: To poach loquats. To make herbal sugars. And here is how I’ve used my first love, the mason jar recently: Homemade maraschino cherries. Here are […]

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