It’s My Party and I’ll Give Away Things If I Want Too!


Birthdays.  I have to say I’m not too fond of them anymore!

There’s too much life to live and not enough years to do everything.  I have way too much left to accomplish.

Sadly, I spent the past year telling everyone I was thirty-seven but I was only thirty-six.  Today, I am thirty-seven.  I feel twenty-five, except for the fact I can no longer read without glasses.  God forbid I go to a restaurant without my specs, I can’t see the menu.

It would be nice to be twenty-five again but with the wisdom of everything I’ve learned since.  I think everyone wishes for that.

I do not like Birthday gifts.  I’m a giver, not a receiver.  I get so much more pleasure out of giving a gift than getting one.

So to celebrate the beginning of my thirty-seventh year I want to give!  Give to you who visit here and for some crazy reason keep coming back.  Somehow, I haven’t scared you away.

One of the reasons I started this blog was to inspire others to cook.  I have lots of friends who don’t cook at all.  You know who you are!  I hope I have at least gotten a few random folks to pick up a wooden spoon and make something……ANYTHING really.

So on that note, today I am going to GIVE AWAY eleven, yes eleven (I hate even numbers) of my favorite FOOD BOOKS. 

Some are cook books and others are food related, but all are GREAT BOOKS!  I hope you love them as I do.

All you have to do is leave a comment (one entry per person please) here today (by 11:00 PM Pacific Time) and the winners will be chosen by Random Integer Generator (RIG) and posted here tomorrow.  Winners will be matched to the books below in the order RIG spits them out. 

So easy and good luck!  And Happy Birthday to me!

The Cake Book by Tish Boyle.  This is one of my favorite go to baking books.  I have made several cakes from this book and all have turned out well.  Remember this one?

The Art Of Simple Food by Alice Waters.  If I had to sum up this book in one word, AMAZING might do.  The recipes are full-flavored renditions of what Alice serves at her very famous restaurant, Chez Panisse in Berkeley.  The techniques section is very helpful and the Chocolate Crackle Cookies are too die for!

Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book Of Food And Drink edited by David Remnick.  This is not a cookbook.  But instead is one of the best reads about food and drink, written in a very passionate manner.  I love this book and recommend it to every foodie out there.

King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion The Essential Cookie Cookbook by King Arthur Flour.  I bake something out of this book several times a month.  I love it’s use of all the whole grain flours.  It’s another big favorite of mine.


1080 Recipes by Simone Ortega.  I love cooking authentic Spanish food with tapas being one of my favorite.  This books covers everything you ever wanted to know about Spanish cooking and with great recipes too.  You’ll love this one.

Pure Dessert by Alice Medrich.  The recipes in this book are one of a kind, focused on using fewer but finer ingredients.  The results are wonderful with impressive recipes you will make again and again.

The Elements of Cooking by Michael Ruhlman.  Need I say more, it’s written by Michael Ruhlman.  Author of The French Laundry Cookbook.  Let’s just say this is your new-go-to-book when it come to definition of cooking terms, chef’s secrets and all kinds ratios for making sauces and cakes and just everything.  This is your new cooking reference book.  Move over Joy of Cooking, there’s a new guy in town!

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman.  This book is hip.  Everything I’ve ever made is inspiringly delicious.  All around amazing book.

The Food Snob’s Dictionary by David Kamp.  Finally a book that describes everything your foodie-obsessed friends are talking about! Love this one.

Martha Stewart Cookies by Martha Stewart.   Well I love Martha and her cookies.  I love this book and I hope you will too!

The Bread Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum.  I’ve saved one of the best for last.  This book has taught me everything I needed to know about baking bread.  The techniques, the terminology along with wonderful recipes.  This is one of my favorites.

I can’t wait to see who the winners are!

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235 Comments

  1. HoneyB 1

    I can only wish I were 37 again! I’m 45 soon. I’m thinking, only 5 years away from 50. Man, that sounds OLD. But I’m not, really! What an awesome way to celebrate your birthday. One of the good things about getting older is realizing it is more fun to give than to receive!

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  2. Congratulations Cathy!!! I hope you have a great day! I can not believe you’re giving away 11 great books! I want them all, lol! Enjoy the year 37!

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  3. Katie 3

    Happy Birthday Noble Pig! I hope 37 is a very good year!

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  4. Happy Birthday to you!! May you have more exciting and delicious years to come!! And yes you are so generous to giveaway 11 great cookbooks!!

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  5. Philly 5

    Happy Birthday !! Have a Wonderful day

    #1

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  6. Deeba 6

    HAVE A WONDERFUL 37TH BIRTHDAY CATHY!! You are the first one who likes giving gifts on their birthday…how generous are you? 11? Each one of those is wonderful. Let me say something; even if I don’t get picked by the RIG,I’m gonna send you a cookbook from my part of the world. Do mail me you address & if possible, tell me what sort (if any) of Indian cuisine grabs your attention!! HAVE A GREAT 37th…it’s really not so bad you know, I turned 40 & it’s so much easier to remember how old I am!! LOL!!

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  7. Lori 7

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Gosh, I wish you a perfectly lovely day, and a very happy year. I do the same thing; I’ve been saying I’m 50 for nearly a year now, and when I actually turn 50 this November (in Marrakesh, real cool) it’s going to be anticlimatic. I kind of remember 37, I think it was great. It’s all a blur now. :)

    Happy birthday, for real.

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  8. Kari 8

    How very generous of you! Happy Birthday! I’m getting ready to celebrate my 38th birthday later this month. It’s funny, I always think I’m a year younger than I really am. And, yes, I agree, I still feel about 25…if only I still looked 25, LOL! Thanks for offering the giveaway of so many great books.

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  9. Happy Birthday!I think you HAVE to let me be a winner today… why? Cause it’s my birthday today too! And I like to receive presents almost as much as I like to give them 😉

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  10. Missy 11

    Okay first, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    Second, those books look amazing. I added each and every one of those suckers to my wishpot.

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  11. Fran 12

    Happy Birthday Cathy!!!! It seems like just yesterday I was 37….well, 12 years ago! I hope you have a fabulous day!

    Your birthday books looks delish! What a nice thing to do.

    Fran

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  12. Teri 13

    Oh man, I started drooling when I saw these cook books. There’s always room for one more cook book on the shelf as well as another bottle in the “wine cell” and another glass on the table.

    Teri

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  13. Happy Birthday!! Great people seem to be born in August and I should know, I am surrounded by several of them. What a great way to celebrate. If I win, I pick your blog, bound please :-)
    Happy Day!!

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  14. Diani 15

    Happy Birthday to you! Your blog is a bright spot to my mornings!

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  15. Hope you have a great birthday!

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  16. Barbara Best 17

    Happy Birthday Cathy,
    All the cookbooks look fabulous and would look great among my collection.
    Have a wonderful day.

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  17. Sue 18

    Happy Birthday to you, and aren’t you nice to us. Thanks

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  18. Heidi 19

    I hope you have a great birthday. I love, love, love cookbooks. Even if I’m not in the mood to cook, I still peruse and read recipes. My husband says I’m funny that way.

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  19. Krys 20

    Just found your website and LOVE LOVE LOVE it.
    You are a fantastic writer and your sense of humor is wonderful. I really get a kick out of your stories about your boys, keep it real, nothing better and oh so funny. Thanks for the inspiration, wine reviews, recipes and laughter. Best regards. Krys

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  20. Annie 21

    Many returns of the day!!!! The “back half” of 30 was a good age for me because I finally slowed down and took a deep breath, realizing what was really important and what was simply fluff. Have some cake!

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  21. have a great birthday!! :) make a good wish and eat a yummy yellow box cake with chocolate icing. or maybe that’s just my favorite.

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  22. Barbie with a T 23

    Happy Birthday Cathy! I am not quite twice your age yet, but I can tell you that the second half of my life has been twice as good as the first half, if that is any consolation. All of the above books sound very interesting. Thank you for thinking about your readers once again!

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  23. Happy Birthday! Maybe this what what I was supposed to remember today….

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  24. Happy Birthday! I love your blog!

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  25. I found your blog because there was an absolutely yummy looking recipe listed (I think it was your blueberry crumblies which we’ve made many times) and then I got completely wound up in your buying a winery. I’m living vicariously through you:)

    Happy birthday – I hope you have a marvelous day and please never stop sharing recipes. I’m finding allthis great food thanks to you:D

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  26. Madelyn 27

    Happy Happy Birthday!
    WOW! 37 – I remember that – 20 years ago!!!!
    Whew!
    Many happy returns!
    ~Mad

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  27. Lore 28

    Hope you have a great b-day Cathy! Maybe you could write a list of things you want to do for your birthday and then just go out and do them, should be fun 😀

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  28. Happy Birthday Cathy! I remember loving my 37th year. (seems like yesterday!) I know yours will be outstanding!

    I hope you, the wild boar and the hooligans do something fun today to celebrate!

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  29. Max 30

    Happy Birthday to you ~ !!! I happen to love birthdays and I celebrate 2; one when I was born and the second is the date of my last cancer diagnosis (I tricked ’em!) which happens to be in August.

    Live out LOUD, more importantly, LOVE OUT LOUD!!!

    Again, Happy Birthday! Cheers! to you!

    p.s. I hate even numbers as well; won’t use them on the microwave (this always makes my husband grin).

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  30. Bunny 31

    Happy Birthday Cathy!! Awe at thirty seven your still a pup! My life didn’t start till I turned 40. I’m a later bloomer hee hee. At 53 I don’t feel old and I don’t think old , my body does sometimes ! Getting older just means you have more life experience from which you’ve attained lots of wisdom….from all the stupid crap you’ve done and learned from! Ha Ha!!
    I hope you have a wonderful birthday!!

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  31. Happy Birthday Cathy! I am right behind you as mine is coming up, but ahead of you as I have almost 20 yrs on you. This is a promise- the 40’s are awesome, so good things await you my dear.

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  32. Happy Birthday! I want to cook- I really do. And I would more often if I didn’t live with the 2 pickiest eaters in the world. Maybe one of these cookbooks will help out with that.

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  33. Amy 34

    Congratulations! I think I turned 41 this year and keep asking my children… “how old am I this year?”… I also tell them some day I will be old an gray sitting on a porch lobbing water balloons at all the perky breasted joggers who trot by!

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  34. Katie 35

    Happy Birthday!! You are so sweet to be giving stuff away on such a special day. Age is just a number, I never would have guessed your age – you can act/feel like 25 anyday.

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  35. Sassy 36

    Happy Birthday Cathy, I agree with you, it is more pleasureable to give, and this is a great giveaway.

    Have a great day!

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  36. Katie 37

    Happy birthday to you!! You are so sweet to be giving stuff away on your special day! You totally threw me off – I never would have guessed your age – you can act/feel like 25 anyday – age is just a number.

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  37. melissa 38

    Happy Birthday, I love cookbooks…..

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  38. Happy Birthday! And thanks for thinking of us on your day :)

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  39. Lisa 40

    Happy Happy Birthday to you!! I know what you mean about the age thing, I still think I am in my thirties until someone corrects me and tells me I will be 43 in a couple of months!!! I just know they are wrong, I certainly dont feel it!!!

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  40. Jules 41

    Happy happy day to you! Hope it’s grand!

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  41. Happy Birthday Cathy! Now give me my book please.

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  42. Happy Birthday Cathy!
    My day is off to a rotten start, and I could really use a free book.
    Here’s a way my mom taught me to tell my age (now that I’m 30). I say, “I’m twenty-ten”. It sounds younger. And funnier. So you could say you’re “twenty-seventeen”. Make people do the math.

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  43. Jeff 44

    Happy Birthday! You have great taste in cookbooks, as well as food. I love the blog.

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  44. laura 45

    Even if I don’t win, I’m going to use this list as a reference point; they all look great!

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  45. Tipper 46

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Random generator pick me pick me!

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  46. Louise 47

    37 must have been a very good year, since you’re going to repeat it! Enjoy!

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  47. Katie 48

    Happy Birthday! I LOVE cookbooks, I sit and read them like novels. Man that bread book is going on my amazon wishlist!

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  48. Rayrena 49

    Happy Birthday! I also spend the year telling people that I’m a year older than I really am. My husband turns a year older than me a couple months after my birthday so I tend to say that I’m his age by mistake.

    I’ll be 38 in October so I’m officially closer to 50 than 25!

    Hope you have a wonderful 37th year on earth!

    BTW, I’m embarrassed to say that I haven’t read ANY of those books. What kind of food lover am I?

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  49. Well, happy birthday to you. This is my first time here. What a great day to choose to visit. Just looking for some cooking blogs. Your’s looks interesting.

    BTW, I turn 37 in October. Sympathy to you and me as well.

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  50. Rachel 51

    Happy birthday! Love the blog!

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  51. I never remember how old I am anymore….32,33,38,26…its all the same!

    Happy happy day!

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  52. RayJay 53

    Happy Birthday! I love this blog!

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  53. Paula 54

    Happy Birthday!! Have a super day! lucky us to get the gifts;)

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  54. Kathleen 55

    Happy Birthday. I have your blog bookmarked and check it every morning. Very entertaining. Hope you have a good one.

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  55. Connie 56

    Happy B-day, Cathy. I love coming her for my daily bloggy fix.

    I’m eyeing on Simone Ortega’s book but I don’t have a luck for any giveaways but who knows. Have a great day.

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  56. Carla 57

    Happy Birthday! How generous of you.

    I never remember how old I am anymore either, I constantly find myself stopping and thinking when someone asks. Time seems to fly by faster the older I get.

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  57. Linda 58

    Happiest of Birthdays to you!

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  58. Carol 59

    Happy Birthday Cathy!
    I have to agree with you-I have much more fun giving than receiving.
    After the 20s go by-birthdays can tend to be not so fun anymore……at 53-and I have to think and do the math when giving my age-geesh…..but I look age now as just a number…..
    That’s a wonderful collection of cookbooks you have there-and what a nice thing to do!
    Make it a special day!
    Carol

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  59. Harmony 60

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY CATHY!!! My inner being is younger than my actual age too! Every couple of years or so it gets a little old…but for the most part, never my actual age! I hope you have a wonderful day! We could never not come back to you, no matter how bad you try to scare us. 😉

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  60. Jennie 61

    Happy birthday!!

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  61. Julie 62

    I always forget how old I am. I still think of myself in my early 20’s. Oh well. I hope you have a fabulous birthday.

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  62. Happy Birthday!!

    Those books look really interesting – I see several of them that I will need to be putting on my Amazon wish list!!

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  63. Misty 64

    Have a GREAT day Cathy. You deserve it. I love your blog. I really really really love your blog!

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  64. Oh! To look 28, feel like 20, and have all the wisdom of life I have now at 47. That would be AWESOME.

    Hope you have a happy B-Day. :)

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  65. Beverly 66

    Happy Birthday! What a generous giveaway. Hope the rest of your birthday is wonderful!

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  66. Chinya 67

    Happy Birthday!

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  67. Lindy 68

    “So they say it’s your birthday, duhnunununununu, well it’s my birthday too, duhnunununununu . . . “

    Happy Birthday! I read your blog everyday. LOVE IT. :) Enjoy your day!

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  68. Happy 37th!!!! Dang, you are just a babe… A smart babe with her act together no less!
    I also wish I was 26 with all my current knowledge… As they say, youth is wasted on the young…
    I am 46!
    Cool book selection! I’ll take the Alice Waters off your hands, gladly!

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  69. marianne 70

    i don’t remember how i found your blog, but the reason i keep coming back is for the inspiration to cook. i love baking, but the cooking is a bit harder for me. would love any of the books, especially the baking ones. thanks for the opportunity

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  70. Nell 71

    What a wonderful way to start a new year! I hope you feel 25 for many, many years to come! Happy Birthday Cathy!

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  71. dawn 72

    Awww Happy Birthday sweetie! I know you don’t like to get presents, but someone better spoil you with love on your special day. :-)

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  72. Happy Birthday Cathy!!! Wishing you a great day and year!! I totally agree w/ what you said about aging! Luckily, I still *feel* 25 too!

    And–you have definitely inspired me to cook! I have made a lot of recipes from your site. And I’m STILL drinking those limoncellos!!

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  73. jan 74

    I absolutely love your blog! the best! thanks

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  74. Karly 75

    Happy Birthday! And you must be nuts…getting the gifts is the best part! 😉

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  75. dlyn 76

    Happy Birthday Cathy – hope it is a great one. A fun giveaway is a great way to celebrate!

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  76. Happy Birthday to you! I like giving better than receiving too. It’s much more fun, isn’t it? Great choices of cookbooks. Aren’t you the generous one today?? Have a terrific bday…

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  77. Erinn 78

    Cathy,
    My 40th is looming – I have less then 4 weeks left as a “thirty-something”.
    Enjoy your day and your year! Happy, happy birthday! And remember 40 is the new 30, right?

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  78. Happy Birthday Cathy! I hope you have a great day and you do get something really great even if you don’t like getting gifts!

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  79. Ali 80

    sah-weet! I don’t have any of those. 😉

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  80. Bevin Gaines 81

    Happy Birthday, indeed. I am 25 and I wish I had the wisdom of 37 – because what I do got is a lot of bad decision making. But, enough about me – great list, have a happy year – and remember, you’re not getting older, you’re getting sexier 😉

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  81. Marcy 82

    Oh wow, sounds like fun, I love cookbooks as well so heres my entry!

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  82. Tracy 83

    Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you…Happy Birthday dear Cathy…….Happy Birthday to you!

    And many more…

    The book selections look great, thanks for the chance to win one.

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  83. Katie 84

    Here’s my entry! I am so in need of updating my cookbook store!

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  84. Maureen 85

    Happy Birthday! Enjoy and celebrate with something yummy.
    I will be 37 for only 2 more weeks, then 3-8!

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  85. Happy Birthday! Today is my 2nd anniversary!

    I love cookbooks, and don’t own any of the ones you listed. My H has actually had to physically stop me from buying more cookbooks as they currently take up almost 2 shelves in our pantry!

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  86. April in CT 87

    Happy Birthday Cathy!! I hope you have a wonderful day.

    What an awesome variety of cookbooks and how generous of you to do a give away. :)

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  87. jancd 88

    Well, Happy Birthday!! 37 is a wonderful age and you should go out and celebrate. Jancd

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  88. Claudia 89

    * giggles * The Snob book must have been written JUST for me. :)

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  89. Whitney 90

    Happy Birthday! My next birthday is 25 and it made me smile to think that you wish you could be 25 again. I have been fearing it because time seems to be flying by but your little comment might have changed my perspective.

    I am just starting to really get into cooking and would love a book to enhance my education.

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  90. Kraysian 91

    Happy Birthday Cathy!!
    I absolutely love your blog and have learned so much! Keep writing :)

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  91. lisa 92

    Happy Birthday! This is very generous of you. I have my fingers crossed for the Bread Bible.

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  92. Linda 93

    Happy Birthday!!!!
    Enjoy your blog very much.

    Great selection of cookbooks!

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  93. Brooke in WI 94

    Oooo A cookie book! I love cookies! Especially dunked in cold milk. Mmm

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  94. sharon 95

    Happy Birthday! I’m glad you still feel 25 and I’m sure you don’t look a day older than 25 either! :) This is a great collection of books, thanks for your generosity.

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  95. Leah 96

    Happy Birthday!
    So happy to have found your blog.

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  96. Kathy 97

    Happy birthday!

    I love your blog and blame your witty entries for a marked decrease in my productivity at work. Keep the good stuff coming.

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  97. Greg 98

    Happy Birthday! Everyone likes a good contest :) Talk to you soon!

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  98. Happy Birthday! I really enjoy your blog.

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  99. Happy Birthday Cathy. I hope that today is everything you hope for:D I just noticed that the security code is hard to read…must be the lighting….wink…wink..in fact it just said that the test does not match….where are those glasses….

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  100. Erin 101

    Happy Birthday! I hope you enjoy your day. Can’t wait to hear how you celebrated!

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  101. Anna 102

    Happy Birthday Cathy! I made your stuffed mushrooms last night and they were delicious!

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  102. Happy Birthday Cathy I hope it brings you much love and laughter. I’ll have a birthday toast for you later today! :o)

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  103. Teri 104

    Happy Birthday Cathy! This is just one more reason why I can’t stop reading your blog! Emily my daughter say’s one day she hopes we bump into you because she knows that we could easily be friends, but then we would talk too much and she doesn’t like to share me THAT much!

    My family gets upset with me because they never know what to get me for my birthday so they like to take me shopping, then I always end up buying something someone else wants without fail! I really hate celebrating my birthday (then again I’m uhhhhh 47 now, that was hard to say!) So since Emily is now an aspiring chef, if you gave me a book… I would only give it to her! Because I know she would enjoy it, which is probably why YOU are giving these away on your birthday. Enjoy your day… You deserve it!!!

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  104. mary g 105

    I have used several of the recipes from your blog and they have all turned out great!! Thanks for the wonderful job you do.
    Happy Birthday!!
    Mary

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  105. Sandie 106

    lol @ you lying about your age, silly rabbit!

    I turned 40 this year and I’m loving it. While I nearly had a breakdown while turning 35 (I figured I was approximately halfway to death), the past 5 years have been very liberating and enjoyable. I had another baby at 37 (who turns 2 this fall) and honestly, I feel better at 40 than I have at any other time in my life! (Besides now I get to hang the “Forever 39” magnet on my own refrigerator – the same magnet I gave my mother on her 40th birthday some 23 years ago!)

    Have a very happy birthday my blogging friend, and if I should happen to win one of these cool cookbooks, it’ll be a very merry celebration!

    (P.S. I’m with you… much better to give gifts than to receive them!)

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  106. Happy birthday! I’m better at giving than receiving myself.

    ooooh, I can always use another cookbook. . .

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  107. Happy Birthday! I do the same thing LOL: tell people I’m a year older. Takes away the pain, somewhat. 😉

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  108. Happy Birthday! I hope all of your dreams come true.

    I know what you mean about not feeling your age. I don’t even remember how old I am sometimes. People ask me my age and I have to think about it. 40 looms too close on the horizon!

    I admit to loving gifts and having people make a huge fuss over me on my birthday, but giving stuff is good too! I am a nurturer (Cancerian trait I suppose) so I make it a mission in life to cook for people!

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  109. Tim 110

    I love a good recipe/food book. :)

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  110. Lindsay 111

    Happy Birthday! I’ll drink to many more tonight

    Getting any one of these books would totally brighten up my week :)

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  111. Brenda 112

    Happy Birthday to you…Happy Birthday to you…Happy Birthday Dear Noble Pig… Happy Birthday to you…!

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  112. Cassie 113

    Happy Birthday to you! I hope yours was as good as mine! :)

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  113. uhm, no need to enter me in giveaway… Cause I don’t have only ONE of those books. I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that actually. I have cookbook issues.
    But I did want to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Especially since my very own 35th birthday is just a week away and I’m none too thrilled about that. Boo hiss to getting old.

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  114. I’m in. I can always use another cook book!
    Happy birthday! My 37th is in a few months.

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  115. Wendy 116

    Happy Birthday! I am not posting to win a book, only to say that once again you are an amazing “giver” and a great friend. Thanks for making us all laugh with your stories.

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  116. Shaye 117

    Happy Birthday!

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  117. Well then it is kinda like you get an extra year, right?

    Happy Birthday, lady!

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  118. Julena Jo 119

    Happy Birthday!
    It gets better and better. You’ll have to trust me on this. 😉

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  119. Sara A 120

    Really enjoy the blog.

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  120. Tom Bacon 121

    Happy Birthday Cath,
    You forgot to tell us what you are having for your birthday celebration. First I got hooked on Google Reader, and now on Noble Pig.
    Tom, 70 from Walnut Creek, and still cooking.

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  121. Daisy 122

    Wow. I think you need to have lots more birthdays. I could totally get used to being a receiver… and facilitate your urge to be a giver! 😉

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  122. Alisa 123

    Happy Birthday! Have a great day and I hope those boys of yours spoil you rotten.

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  123. Tiffany 124

    Happy Birthday! What a great selection of books. I’ve really enjoyed you blog these past few months. Keep up the good work!

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  124. Kyddryn 125

    I may need the Bread Bible to live. Just sayin’. This is a cool idea, and I may have to borrow it for my next birthday.

    Meanwhile…ahem…

    Hippo Birdie, two Ewe
    Hippo Birdie, two Ewe
    Hippo Birdie, Deer Ewe
    Hippo Birdie, two Ewe

    Shade and Sweetwater,
    K

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  125. Ana 126

    Happy Birthday!!

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  126. Am I too late? I can’t tell…if not, I would love the cake book or 1080 recipies! Happy Birthday, either way!

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  127. Stephanie 128

    I love cookbooks. I read them like others read novels….Stephanie

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  128. CB 129

    Happy birthday to you! and many more…
    /Clara

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  129. Stephanie 130

    So sorry! I forgot to wish you “Happy Birthday”!!!!!Stephanie

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  130. Egghead 131

    Happy Birthday. Join the ranks of all who forget just how they are, how many years they have been married and how many children they have. Oh you wouldn’t forget the children part. That is engraved permanently.

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  131. Viticulture Vern 132

    I want one!

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  132. mitchsmom 133

    Happy Birthday!!! We are the same age :) I love my place in life at this age/ stage, hope you do too.

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  133. ALF 134

    I also don’t like even numbers which is why I set the alarm for 6:33am. My husband makes fun of me.

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  134. Happy Birthday! I love that you have 135 comments! I bet you everyone is going for the cookie book. Or the bread book. Or any of the other 9 books!

    I shall send the Flying Pigs from the Pond with their finest grass to wish you a happy birthday!

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  135. Tammy W 136

    Oh Oh Oh Happy Birthday. Boy I am a food book addict. I’m sure all six of my kids appreciate that though.

    Thank you for the opportunity!

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  136. Jenn 137

    Woo Hoo – I love Birthdays!
    Have a great day and eat some chocolate!

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  137. You are just AMAZING, Cathy. This is so generous, darling!
    And you and my sister almost share birthdays (she turned 15 yesterday).

    xoxo

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  138. Kathi 139

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Cathy!

    You’re the same age as my daughter and oh how I’d love to be your age again! Although I’m not sure I’d like to go through the “teen years” of my children again. “THAT” was exhausting, but survivable. I love reading your blog, your experiences, take on life and mostly your yummy recipes! I’d love to have one of your cookbooks. If I’m lucky enough to be chosen, could you autograph it for me? Again, Happy Birthday, enjoy, enjoy!
    Kathi

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  139. Linda 140

    I am relatively new to your site/blog. I love your candidness and the little comments you make as you’re presenting your recipes. I love to cook. I like to follow recipes exactly the first time. Then I tweak it and make adjustments each successive time I use it again. I look forward to your emails as I find them entertaining and informative. I hope I am one of your winners. Since my husband is of Hispanic descent, I am hoping for the Spanish food book. It is difficult to find an authentic Spanish cookbook in English for a “gringa” like myself. I will continue to enjoy your commentary whether or not I win however. By the way, I’m your age + 20 years. I assure you, like everything in life getting older has its up and down sides. Ha ha! Just make it a point to enjoy your life whatever age you are. I always try to see the glass as half full. Negativity just takes way too much energy. Well, I guess I’ve rambled long enough. Take care, keep writing and God Bless you on this your th year! Many happy returns of the day as well!

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  140. Happy Birthday, Cathy!! Hope it’s a fun and relaxing day!

    How sweet of you to GIVE on your birthday!! I have that Secret Ingredients book too – been having fun skipping back and forth through all the vignettes :-)

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  141. Bridgett 142

    Happiest Birthday! I am with you…I get more pleasure out of giving. Mainly to enjoy the look on their faces when you know they like it.

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  142. cassie 143

    i entirely agree about the receiving vs. giving thing
    i love to give little gifts, even little things … don’t get me started on my obsession with sending a dozen cards a week to friends and family members

    … praying for the cake book

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  143. Ruth 144

    Happy Birthday!

    im hoping i’m on time to reply, im in england and have no idea what time it is by pacific time! oops.

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  144. Carolyn 145

    Oh, I love cookbooks! And Happy Birthday. I love stopping by your blog every day to see what’s up.

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  145. Sandra 146

    You don’t like receiving gifts? Oh man! I love receiving gifts! It’s my love language! These cook books look awesome! HAPPY BIRTHDAY and thank you for this wonderful site!

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  146. Michelle Ewing 147

    Happy birthday Cathy! I’m a rarely new reader and the day I stumbled uponed it I made two recipes, better than money and the blueberry crumblies! We love them so much!! I’d love to see what books inspire you!

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  147. Have a very Happy Birthday! You’re still a young little piglet. :-) Best Wishes, I’m not saying that just to win a cookbook. but I’ll be really happy if I DO win.

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  148. melly~ 149

    wow! what a give away! I wish it were your birthday every day! 😉
    and I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you’re actually in your thirty-eighth year now. You’re born, you live your first year and have your first birthday then you’re in your second the whole year up to your second birthday. You see? You really are older than you think. 😉 Don’t fret though – I’ll always be older than you. I’m turning 30 ten this year. And I am falling apart. I think I had my first hot flash yesterday. Feel sorry for me? A new cookbook would help!

    Happy day, Cathy. And many more.

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  149. abrah 150

    Whoo-hoo I’ll be 37 this year too! A book you may enjoy, if you haven’t discovered it already — The Book Lovers Cookbook… takes recipes from various fiction books, plus excerpts from the books… (yes, you need gifts too!)

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  150. Tanya 151

    Happy Birthday!

    I’ve been eyeing that New Yorker book for a long time. I’m crossing my fingers.

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  151. Suzette 152

    Happy Birthday!

    I know what you mean about birthdays. This week I celebrated a monumental one. I deliberately took vacation so that I would not be in the office on my birthday. I just hate office birthday celebrations. Dinner with three or four good friends is great. Sharing birthday cake with 20 people who are just there for the cake…not so much. I think it was Bette Davis who said “Getting older is not for sissies.” She got it right! But, that’s what makes the accomplishments so much sweeter. When you can rise above the aches, pains and failing senses, and still have a full, satisfying life, then you’re the winner! I do pretty well…for an old broad. And that makes me happy.

    Hope your birthday is everything you want it to be.

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  152. Candy 153

    Giveaways ROCK!

    This is a great idea. My current favorite cookbook is the Washington Inn Cooks for Friends, which is all the recipes for the great food served at the Washington Inn in Cape May New Jersey.

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  153. jules 154

    Happy 37th…it only gets better..until the hot flashes start!

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  154. jessy 155

    Happy 37th B-day!!

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  155. Alicia 156

    Happy Birthday Cathy!!! I have a friend who honestly thought she was 36 two years in a row. She was serious and argued when I tried to tell her she was only a year younger than me until she did the math..haha!

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  156. Ruthanne (in Seattle) 157

    What a great idea Cathy. Happy Birthday to you and I hope you have a terrific few days celebrating.

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  157. Cami 158

    Today is also my father’s 73rd birthday, so Cathy, I would say that you are in excellent company! You Leo’s are the best!!! Happy Birthday to you, from yet another person who lives to eat!!!!

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  158. jodycakes 159

    I know comment number 159 is a WEINER!!!
    I feel lucky!!!
    GREAT SELECTION OF BOOKS…thank you for considering us in the blogosphere world!!!

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  159. Melissa 160

    Happy Happy Birthday Cathy! I am celebrating the last few weeks of my 37th year and wondering how 38 will be. I’ll let ya know. :)
    Hope you have a wonderful day with The Wild Boar and your cute hooligans!

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  160. Happy birthday! 37 isn’t bad. I’m turning 40 is 6 months. I’ll let you know how I handle this jacked up age.

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  161. ER's Mom 162

    Congrats! May there be many more!

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  162. gingela5 163

    Happy Birthday! I was 25 last year and I don’t think it’s much better than 37.

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  163. Lennie 164

    I can’t believe all the comments! Wow!!

    Here is the best thing to say about birthdays: they mean you’re healthy. You keep havin’ them, you keep on living!

    So HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Trust me, you get older but you never really FEEL older!

    ==Lennie

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  164. Gigi 165

    Happy Birthday to you!
    I agree, I do not like Birthday gifts. It’s hard for me to receive but oh so easy to give. I love giving of any kind.
    Although, I do love, love, love cookd books. I really don’t know what my family will do when I die? Probably end up at Good Will.

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  165. Wowee! I just turned 40…hitting my prime! :)

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  166. Hey Happy Birthday! I’m leaving 37 behind next week :( (but if you ask my step-daughter, she still thinks I’m 34. I’m ok with that!)

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  167. magpie 168

    Happy Birthday!

    My mother was 47 for two years. She skipped 46, like you skipped 36.

    And I don’t have ANY of those cookbooks!

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  168. Shirley 169

    Wishing you the happiest of birthdays, Cathy!!! I love giving presents as well … finding just the right things for folks I love and even folks I don’t know at the food bank, etc. Giving is the best way of receiving. I confess that I do like the celebrating part of my birthday though. That could go on for a good month if you ask me. LOL Thanks so much for this giveaway … very cool.

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  169. Vicki 170

    Happy Birthday! My dad decided that once he hit 40, he’d start counting backwards. He’s 20 now. :-)

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  170. pam 171

    Happy Birthday!
    I turned 50 this year, which is supposed to be the new 40, right. So, I guess you’re really the new 27!

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  171. Wow! The Bread Bible looks awesome! I need a new recipe, my old one just doesn’t seem to be working lately!

    *crosses fingers and hopes to be a winner*

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  172. pamela 173

    Happy Birthday to you!! What a lovely way to celebrate! May your generosity be returned!

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  173. Laura 174

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! you could be my age LOL 41 going on 20 most days! and 41 feeling 90 somedays… sigh… anyway I like you love to give its just soooooooo FUN!
    HUgs LAura

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  174. Melissa 175

    Happy Birthday!!

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  175. sommer 176

    Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful fun filled day! Already you have given me the gift to be inspired to cook again, and be excited about it. So thank you for that!

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  176. Mrs. L 177

    About those reading glasses…wait until you have to have them in every room in the house AND in your purse…. (and for me a pair at work too!)

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  177. Debbie Couture 178

    Hi Cathy, Thanks for writing your blog. Hope you are having a happy Birthday! I love cook books. Take care, Debbie

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  178. Allison Z 179

    Holy Toledo, so many comments! Cathy…you should sign the inside of the book I’m sure they’d love that

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  179. AppleTree 180

    Ohhhh. Great selection.

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  180. ciara 181

    happy birthday! hope it was a good one. my hubby turned 45 on sat. wow, 11 cookbooks! maybe i’ll be lucky enough to win one, because my cooking skills need to evolve. lol :)

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  181. Robin 182

    yay! I love food books!

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  182. Susan Aronoff 183

    have a great birthday! all these cookbooks look amazing, i want to read them all!

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  183. Flea 184

    Oh, I’m hungry now! The hazard of visiting your blog on an empty stomach …

    Happy birthday! For some reason I thought you were in your very early 30’s. You’re still young, you know. Old is some place in the mid-80’s, I think.

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  184. Catt 185

    Oh, how I love you and your website! I have made the bake sale bars for my church family, but I really aspire to make (and eat!) An Unfair Advantage.
    You crack me up and are my first laugh every day. (especially that court thingy, the good girl SHOULD win in the end!!)

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  185. Rebecca 186

    Cathy, I stumbled across your website one day and I’ve been coming back ever since. I have tried some of your recipes and enjoyed reading your thoughts. Have a Happy Birthday and thank you for sharing with all of us.

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  186. DoryLou 187

    Happy Birthday Cathy!

    Like you, I’m not really into my own birthday. If it’s someone I care about, however, I’ll go all out! There’s no better feeling than giving someone the perfect gift, tailor made for them. So I hope someone special gives you something great!

    I hope you have a wonderful day!

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  187. Dr. John 188

    Well this contest got you a lot of comments. I don’t need a book but I am thankful for the recipes you run. They give us a little push and the pictures really help.
    ‘O! Happy Birrthday.

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  188. Linda Williamson 189

    Wow!! Now that’s what I call a giveaway!! Happy Birthday!!

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  189. rachel 190

    Damn Cathy, there’s a lot of comments on this post!

    Happy Birthday! It’s all about how you feel right :-) As you know I just turned 30 but still feel about 21, just smarter and with kids 😉

    I think I just drowned my keyboard drooling over those books. Any book that has anything to do with food and I’m all over them!! :-)

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  190. Karen 191

    Happy Birthday Cathy!
    My husband’s father (who is deceased) used to give gifts on his birthday to all his kids & grandkids. That way, they always remembered HIS special day!
    I love your book choices.
    Karen

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  191. Cindy 192

    That’s funny. I keep thinking I’m 47, but I’m only 45. I would love any of those books. Happy Birthday!

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  192. Tracy 193

    oh my goodness, what great books. I have been reading your blog for awhile now and absolutely love it. I am enrolling in pastry school soon, so those books would be awesome! Thanks for the give away on your special day! Happy Birthday!

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  193. Kathy 194

    Happy Birthday! I would very much like to be 37 again. I am sure that I would do it much better the second time around. As for inspiring others to cook, the day I found your blog, I also found your recipe for beef brisket which started me on my journey to make one new recipe per week. My family and their stomachs thank you. And they loved your recipe for clafoutis.

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  194. Kassy 195

    First off..Happy Birthday! I think your blog is great! I visit it often :)

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  195. Gertrude 196

    Happy Birthday to you. Hope you will have a wonderful birthday.

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  196. Happy Birthday to you Happy Birthday to You – Happy Birthday to Cathy Happy Birthday to you. This is way better for everyone versus me singing – Trust me. Have a great one!!

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  197. Happy 30 something??? I have so enjoyed your posts. I subscribed to your site a few months ago from another xangan (Alice) and I have enjoyed so much your recipes and cooking tips. Your other witty posts have quite often had me laughing hysterically. There are probably a lot of us out here that enjoy your wit and talent…but forget to tell you. Thanks, Candy

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  198. Happy birthday, darlin’!

    Even though you hate it, I say any day that celebrates the day you showed up in this world is indeed worth celebrating.

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  199. Shawnee 200

    Happy Birthday! I have enjoyed reading your stories. Keep them coming!

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  200. Happy Birthday Cathy !!!!… OMG.. now I feel so old *yikes *lol*

    Just keep pretending your 5 years old… thats what I try to do :)

    Its going to be a good year for you… you have a vineyard to plan for !!!

    Cheers 😀 ALL THE BEST !!!!

    PS: Dont even begin with the glasses… wait till you’re my age, all of the ancient years of 45… and its all true what they say…. I didnt believe all the stories, fact or fiction, I’ve been in denile for a year,but home has hit the roost.. I may now need not just one pair of RX, two, maybe, but depending on what I am doing at work and how comfortable I am with my visual acuity… maybe a 3rd set

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  201. tj 202

    …”Happy Birthday!” I agree, it is so much more fun to give than to receive but I so love even numbers…lol…

    …Here’s hoping your day is spectacular and full of laughter and love!

    …Blessings birthday girl… *<:o)

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  202. Terrie 203

    Happy Birthday! It’s funny: I’m newly 49 and keep thinking I’m 21…

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  203. happy, happy birthday. and I agree about even numbers I usually give things in odd numbers; they are so much more interesting.

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  204. Cheryl 205

    Happy Birthday. Hope it’s a great one.

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  205. Happy Birthday!!!

    I got a ticket this weekend and thought of you, so I came to re-read that post and saw this so decided to take a chance and comment.

    so happy birthday to you! don’t mind me while I’m wishing for court justice as you blow out the candles!

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  206. Kim M. 207

    I’ve been reading you for about 2 weeks. Love your blog!

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  207. Happy happy birthday baby! Your just a sweet young thing! Well, there is that dark side, but…you make the most wonderful goodies. So what’s your special birthday dinner going to be?

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  208. Debra Hannah 209

    Boy! You have great taste in books!! I have enjoyed your blog so much!! Great recipes, but even better writing! You really make me laugh!!!
    Happy Birthday!

    Debra in Kansas!!

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  209. Chou 210

    What a compliment. I always wanted a sister. :) Happy birthday to you–may 37 be more wonderful than 36. If it helps, I can’t even crawl out of bed without specs for fear of encountering closed doors that look open to my myopic eyes. Sigh.

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  210. carson 211

    I visited here the for the first time today, thinking this blog was about pigs! Silly me! But a great find, nonetheless. If I win, I will feel very very guilty since this is my first visit, but what the heck…let’s tempt fate.

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  211. shelly 212

    Ooh ooh pick me. I never win anything.

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  212. Laura 213

    Haha you have a bazillion comments. And no wonder–what a great selection and how nice of you.

    I won’t lie, I am a giver and a receiver. I love giving gifts but I also love getting them. Happy birthday, I hope yours is a great one!

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  213. Sarah Sue 214

    Hi- I am a new reader, but I very much love what I have seen so far. I would love to get a new food book to add to the burgeoning shelf. That bread book looks amazing! (here I am, literally judging a book by it’s cover – Mama would be proud…)

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  214. Tara 215

    Count me in!

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  215. Candice 216

    Mmmmm the bread bible would be amazing. And I want to cook everything vegetarian. And I have your blog bookmarked I read you every day :)

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  216. Cheryl 217

    I just recently found out about The Bread Bible and would love to have a copy of it:)

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  217. Robin 218

    Happy Birthday. My number is the best random number EVER.

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  218. Stacy 219

    Happy Birthday my friend. You know I still wouldn’t crack the book, but I love this site anyway. I am off to my bowl of cereal!!

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  219. Kerrie 220

    Happy Birthday. You share one with my son. What a wonderful selection!!

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  220. Nell 221

    Happy Birthday!!!

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  221. Karen 222

    Happy Birthday, Cathy! I love the selection of cookbooks here that you’re giving away. Thank You!

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  222. stinkypaw 223

    Happy Birthday to you my dear! I think I remember being thirty-seven… All the best and hope you enjoyed your day!

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  223. melissa 224

    Happy Birthday, my dear! I’m only a few years behind ya. And yes, it would be great to be 25 again, but with the wisdom. Ah, the wisdom.

    I truly hope you have had a wonderful day. You deserve it.

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  224. heather 225

    well, happy birfday!

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  225. dana 226

    felicidades! :)

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  226. Earlene Boyd 227

    I just discovered your blogsite, and I hope I am picked for a cookbook. I collect them, and have many, but none of the ones you showed. I’ll be checking in everyday, to hear from you.

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  227. Happy Happy Birthday Sweetie!!! Wishing you all the best for a great new year! 😀

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  228. grace 229

    i’m disappointed that i missed the contest, but i’m more disappointed that i missed the chance to say “happy birthday” on your actual birthday. i guess i’ll have to settle for “happy belated birthday,” which i hate to do. i hope you get everything you want [within reason–would you really want to go back to 25? i’m here to tell you, it’s not as great as you recall… :)]

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  229. Deborah 230

    I’m a little late, but I still wanted to wish you a happy (belated) birthday!!

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  230. Wow, 230 comments. Damn B-day girl, you are popular!!!

    I think I missed the fabulous book giveaway deadline but want to wish you a SUPER HAPPY B-DAY nonetheless.

    With the big OR plans I’m guessing you, the boar and the little men have an exciting year ahead of you!

    Happy happy!

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  231. Elle 232

    Happy Belated Birthday, Cathy!

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  232. I’m always a day late and a dollar short.

    Wait, maybe I’m just FASHIONABLY late.

    In any case, sending you happy birthday wishes!

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