Monday, November 29, 2010

E: Tate’s Bake Shop Cookbook & Chocolate Chip Cookies

I hope the rest of your Thanksgiving weekend was wonderful! Ours was excellent & busy, busy. We went to brunch with friends, worked out, went to a football party, started to decorate for Christmas, ran lots of errands , baked & cooked, and cleaned up the house. What did you do?

To me, Christmas time means cookie time! So, I was super excited to receive a copy of Tate’s Bake Shop’s cookbook, written by Tate's founder Kathleen King, with a forward by Ina Garten (disclaimer: I received this cookbook for free).

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According to Kathleen, “All the recipes in this book should take less time to make than it would to go to a store to buy a commercially prepared baked good,” so they're perfect for the busy holiday season when baked goodies are in high demand.

The cookbook is filled with amazing recipes for muffins, cookies, breads and so much more! There is even a section with healthier baked goods. A few of the recipes I can’t wait to make:

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But first, I had to try Kathleen’s traditional chocolate chip cookies recipe. I am always making up batches of my big oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and never seem to return to the good ole’ original.

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I followed the recipe exactly, except I used chocolate chunks instead of chips. The dough:

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And the thin and buttery, delicious outcome:

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These are FANTASTIC. The Tate’s cookbook would make a great Christmas present, as would so many of their other goodies. Like what you see? Make sure you come back on Wednesday for a Tate’s Bake Shop AWESOME giveaway.

Other items of note:

1. Congrats to Holly of the Healthy Everythingtarian for winning our I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Giveaway!!! Holly- send us an email at itzyskitchen at gmail dot come so we can get your winnings to you!!

2. A big congrats to Heather of Mile 26 and More for making it into the pages of this months Women’s Health!!

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3. And another big congrats to Miss Sarah on the birth of her BEAUTIFUL baby girl!!

4.  Does anyone have any good ideas for a side dish that is easily transportable? Maybe a crock pot recipe? Something you made for Thanksgiving! Links welcomed!!

Hope you have a good Monday!!


Lauren said...

Those cookies look fantastic but then, everything you bake always ends up coming out fantastic! You are just fantastic my dear! :)

I love the idea of easy baking. It is probably the only kind of baking I can handle actually. ;)

Hmmm, transportable side dish? Salads always work well and are easily transportable. But if you are looking for something more exciting, what about crock pot roasted veggies?

Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said...

That cookbook looks great-- I love the idea of baking with tahini!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

Wow sounds like you had a busy busy weekend! Hope you have a great week as well :-) I always love trying out new cookbooks--so fun! As for a portable dish--people go crazy over this all the time:

Heather said...

I just baked my old-school chocolate chip cookie recipe this weekend, too! (Great minds think alike) :)

Thanks for the shoutout - your too sweet!

Paige (Running Around Normal) said...

I love anything that is touted to take less time! That cook book sounds great. So do the cookies :)
Have a good week, Erica!!

fittingbackin said...

Those cookies look awesome! You + a cook book is a great idea - can't wait to see what all you make!

Portable side dish? This is amazing, but not healthy at all - not sure what you're going for:

Slowcooker mac & cheese:

I made it for a friend's housewarming and it went QUICK!

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather said...

That cookbook sounds so good, expecially the oatmeal tahini cookies - Yum!

Unknown said...

i need a cookie cook book! i'm always wanted to spice things up and get away from the usual and ordinary.

havea great day

oh and for portable side dishes, what about a fruit and nut cous cous or quinoa dish?

Faith said...

I'm glad you had a good weekend! I've been busy with Christmas stuff too -- I absolutely love this time of year! :) Chocolate chip cookies are my all-time favorite so I'm glad you started with them! They look fantastic!

Katie said...

Oh my gosh! Before Tate's was "Tate's," it was called "Kathleen's" and my parents and I went to the bake shop almost EVERY DAY to get some of her delicious cookies at the original store in Southampton, New York. It's still there now (as Tate's) and we still go all the time! Can't believe the cookies you made turned out exactly the same!

Pining for Pinterest said...

WOW that looks awesome! I always love to look at try new things out of cook books :)

Christina said...

oooh cute book! i prefer choc chunks over morsels. i feel like you can taste the chocolate more!! and about's a maybe. my cousin's birthday is that day and i'm not sure what the exact plan is yet :)

Bridget said...

Mmm cookies! I made some oatmeal pecan choc. chippers yesterday too and they were awesome! Love trying new cookbooks!!

Esi said...

Sounds like a great book. Everyone should know how easy it is to make things from scratch instead of the processed junk you get at the store. Hope you had a good long weekend!

Renee Paj said...

Yum to the cookbook. LOVE Ina. Love baking.

I posted a stuffed mushroom recipe that transports pretty easily. Check it out

But also, Ina has a recipe for a mac and cheese ( not low cal or low fat ) that is wonderful and also transports easily.

Dawn Dishes It Out said...

I don't know how you do it but you always choose the best recipes. The goodies you make always wind up looking amazing!!

Corey @ the runner's cookie said...

Choc chip cookies with milk have to be my all time favorite cookie!
I've made this side dish a couple times and loved it:
I think you'd be able to throw it together in a slow cooker too!

Kelly said...

Yum. I always love trying new recipes for chocolate chip cookies. Lately I've really been meaning to try the recipe from the Ad Hoc cookbook as they are supposed to be oh so good.

Jenna said...

Okay, now you are making me want to bake tonight, even though I have pie and cheesecake sitting in the fridge!

Julie said...

my sister RAVES about tates cookies! apparently she eats them all the time in the city haha so i could imagine those chocolate chipies being delicious :) can't go wrong with a good old chocolate chipper

so many exciting announcements!

hmmm transportable dish? can't you serve cookies for a side? haha :)

Anonymous said...

I made Angela's (Oh She Glows) Mandarin & Maple Quinoa for Thanksgiving. Doubled the portions to have enough from everyone and it was a hit!

Beth @ DiningAndDishing said...

Any book with a forward by Ina Garten must be good!

Happy Thanksgiving Erica - glad to hear you and you family enjoyed yourselves :).

I just made portobello layered mashed potatoes and transported them to work - no problem! Very veggie friendly too :).

Sarah said...

You are so kind, thank you for the shout out!

How about a root vegetable mash? That would be delish and easy to transport. Cook's Illustrated has a great recipe, I think in last month's issue?

Anonymous said...

Yummy!! Those cookies look amazing!

Lea @ Healthy Coconut said...

Wow, you weren't kidding when you said you were busy. Compared to my weekend, then I was pretty lazy, lol!

I baked recently using tahini, I caked the pomegranate nut oaties using oats and tahini. I really like the texture of tahini when I use it in baking.

Can't wait for you to share more of the recipes from the cookbook.

Unknown said...

ah, our thanksgiving was pretty low-key, but i had a great time with the parents :) how about a roasted veggie side/salad that can be served at room temp?

The Blonde Duck said...

I get Women's Health and read that on the treadmill! How cool!

teresa said...

chocolate chip cookies are my favorite! what a great book!

Pound said...

tis the season for cookies and cookie swaps!

Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

what kind of side dish? i may be able to help...I have a one pot/easy meal post going up tomorrow, check that out but lmk

congrats to the Womens Health girilie...that's so cool

and to holly for the win

and lovin the cookies and book review!

Georgie @ Georgie Goes Healthy said...

I made Butternut Squash Quinoa a few nights ago and it is a really great side dish!! It also is definitely easily transportable. Hope you like it!

MizFit said...

My child insists the cookie is shaped like a heart (the one youre holding).
Ive given in and up and now told her YOURE RIGHT!

and yes.
we know never to ask me for foodstuffs :) Id say bring chilled shrimp.

Barbara Palermo said...

That cookbook looks great and your cookies look fantastic!
Portable side dish? No idea, sorry!

Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete said...

That book looks amazing, and the cookies look even better! Droooooooooling Tiffeh! :D

Holly said...

I'm glad you had a great Thanksgiving weekend, Erica! Those cookies look SO GOOD. I haven't made CC cookies in so very long....don't know why? Maybe for Christmas?!

I LOVE this couscous/black bean/cilantro dish!

Krista said...

Cookies, cookies...YUM! It seems that from now until Christmas there are goodies all over the place.

Sounds like a fun, although busy, weekend! Per usual, we were at the rink/soccer dome for most of it but I did squeeze some Christmas shopping in there, too!

Janetha @ meals + moves said...

All of those recipes look great, especially the sunflower quick bread! Yum. I saw Heather in the magazine, too. It was so cool to see! I hope your week is off to a great start :) P.S. So sad I missed the baking exchange boat! I think my sickness+vacation caught up to me. Next time ;)