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Sunday, May 27, 2012

My 200th Blog Post and My 1st Ever Giveaway

UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed and the winner will be announced shortly. Stay tuned.



Thanks everybody for participating. The winner for this giveaway is - 




Comment #16 - Miz Helen - "Hi Trisha,Congratulations on your 200th post! I have followed your blog for a long time and always enjoy your post. This is a great cookbook that would be a perfect addition to my collection of well over 200 hundred cookbooks. My favorite of all of those is the one that my Grandmother wrote in her own hand writing, it is awesome! Thanks for sharing with us!
Miz Helen"


Congratulations Miz Helen!


Can you believe it? This is my 200th post. I'm pleasantly surprised. When I started out, I thought I would be able to keep going for a while, but was wondering how long that would be. Turns out I ♥ blogging. I also absolutely love checking out other blogs, getting to know the bloggers and checking out their wonderful creations. Its been really inspiring.

Of course, my primary source of inspiration comes from the piles of recipe books that I own. I can tell you that this habit started a long time ago. I remember right from my college days, I would gather my pocket money and spend it on recipe books, specially the ones with fabulous pictures. In those days, I didn't really check the index out too keenly. I must also tell you that back then, I wasn't too keen on cooking. I took special interest only in sweets and cakes. So my first few books were mostly about desserts. I still remember my Mum getting frantic each time I came home with yet another book. I could spend hours admiring them but never really got into the kitchen to whip up something. So her concern was "what ever was I going to do with my ever growing pile of cookbooks, considering I never used them?" Well Mum, I'm glad to report that I now use every single one of them and I'm really happy that I picked them up when I did.

Its now more than 10 years later and I still have a thing for cookbooks. Needless to say, there is also loads of information, recipes and pictures on endless sites and food blogs. So my growing stack of recipe books is in check, though I still add to it regularly.

I thought I would take this occasion to give something back. I want to say "Thank you" to each and every one of you who stop by regularly or just the once, those who follow my blog publicly or silently - in the shadows - I would really like to know you better, so if you are one of those who just stops by once in a while or leaves me anonymous comments, its time for you to step out of the shadows :) and also all you wonderful folks that take time out to leave me comments, I do love comments, so please keep the love coming. And it doesn't end at that. I'm going to give you the opportunity to participate in my first ever giveaway. I recently came across this beauty of a book on desserts and one lucky ready will have their very own copy.


This gorgeous book is something one should have handy. Its filled with wonderful dessert recipes covering a wide variety of goodies like meringues, souffles, mousses, pies, chocolate desserts, puddings, frozen desserts, fruit desserts to name a few, complete with gorgeous pictures and all.

How to participate - 


This giveaway is open to all. Participation in this giveaway is very simple.

1) You need to follow this blog, and comment on this post and let me know that you're a follower. If you already follow the blog, simply leave a comment and let me know.

I'd also love to hear a little about you. So please include the answer to this question in your comment - How many cookbooks do you have and which one is your favorite? I can't wait to hear from you. If you don't want to answer the question, you can still participate, just leave a comment on this post. :)

2) You can increase your chances of winning by following me on twitter and tweeting about this giveaway, following My Hobbie Lobbie on Facebook and blogging about this giveaway. Once you've done this, please leave me a separate comment for each of these. This allows you 3 additional chances to win.

3) The giveaway ends on 10th June 2012. The winner will be randomly picked and announced soon after. Please make sure I can get in touch with you. If you don't have a blog, please leave me an email address so that I can contact you.

Good Luck!!!


Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored giveaway.

40 comments:

  1. Congrats on your 200th post! My favorite cookbook at the moment is Around My French Table...by Dorie Greenspan :)

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  2. Congratulations Trisha :) It's hard to believe how time flies by so fast! I'm a follower and my favorite cookbooks are vintage ones. I love the older copies of books where grandma's wrote their notes in them. I'm always on the lookout to find "new" ones wherever I go!

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  3. Wow, what a milestone! Good for you. I have about 10 cookbooks, and my favorite is Baked Explorations.

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  4. I follow this blog via RSS feed. I have about 15 cookbooks, my favorite cookbook is the Pioneer Woman's new book.

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  5. Congrats Trisha on your 200th post. I like bread baking books a lot.

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  6. Thanks Trisha by invite me, yes Im a following of you:)
    I love cook bboks I thinks I have about 25 but have a lot of mazaine food stoo, I love all abour baking, cakes and breads are my favorites!

    Congrats by you 200 Post!!

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  7. Looks like a beautiful book. My favorite right now would be Dorie's book, Baking With Julia. I joined the baking group and have loved every recipe so far. I'm having a giveaway too, please come sign up!!!

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  8. I follow you on Twitter and I follow your blog!

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  9. Hi Trisha! Thanks for visiting my blog. Congratulations on your 200th post! I am like you and have loads of cookbooks. Hard to choose a favorite, but definitely one that tops my list is a cook book by Vincent Price (remember him in the creepy movies?) and his wife where they visited fine restaurants all over the world and got the chefs to share their recipes:)

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  10. hi trisha thanks for visiting my blog! nice to see you again! I rememebr you being one of my first few visitors, when I first started out and didn't have much followers at all, and you even asked whether I had a fb page but I didn't then. It's amazing how far we've all come huh! The giveaway is really generous, I don't have many cookbooks so I can't choose a favourite. I like tojsut get inspired by many sources, though In At The Deep End by Jake Tilson is very inspiring I find,not really for the recipes, but the beautiful graphics!

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  11. Congratulations on your blog-iversary! I have loads of cookbooks, as does my husband. My favorite usually happens to be the one I'm reading at the time, so today I have two: Sprinkle Bakes and The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook.

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  12. Congrats dear on your 200th post! I too have a bunch of cook book collected over for many years. My fsvorite would be non complicated and healthier dessert and bread baking!

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  13. Congrats on your 200th post!

    Looks like a great bakebook to keep!

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  14. What a wonderful book to have in the kitchen. :) I'm your newest follower.

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  15. Hi Trisha,
    Congratulations on your 200th post! I have followed your blog for a long time and always enjoy your post. This is a great cookbook that would be a perfect addition to my collection of well over 200 hundred cookbooks. My favorite of all of those is the one that my Grandmother wrote in her own hand writing, it is awesome! Thanks for sharing with us!
    Miz Helen

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  16. Congratulation on this milestone Trisha & thanks so much for dropping by! This book looks great to make desserts at home. Nice giveaway!

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  17. Congrats on your 200th post Trisha...what a special milestone! Came here from Tanvis and would love to enter your delicious cookbook giveaway. I have over 300 cookbooks in my collection, and my favourite one currently is Le Cordon Bleus Chocolate Bible.

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  18. Congratulations Trisha on your 200th post. Thanks for visiting me and for letting me know about this wonderful giveaway. Just love desserts!!! I thought I was following you, but I wasn't. Now following you :)

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  19. I am a follower! I have...far too many cookbooks to count! I think my favorite is Dorie Greenspan's Baking from My Home to Yours

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  20. I'm guessing I own about 30 cookbooks. But it's funny, I stick with my few favorites. It would be hard to choose one favorite, although it would likely be one of my Barefoot Contessa cookbooks. She always has a great selection of recipes, I've always had success with her recipes, and the photos are beautiful!

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  21. Thanks for visiting my blog & congrats on your 200th post

    I have about half a dozen cookbooks but my current favourite is my ring binder that I am filling with magazine cut-outs and print-outs from the web & photocopies of recipes from cookbooks of friends

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  22. Congrats on your 200th post! Blogging has been a fun way to meet many new friends around the world -- who'd a thought? Thanks for inviting me to your giveaway. I'm your newest follower. :) , To answer your cookbook questions, I own about 40, my favorite of which is my trusty, well-worn Betty Crocker's Cookbook.

    Blessings! ~Lisa

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  23. Thanks for the invite Trisha......... Congrats to you hope u come with 200th million post and you prosper in blogging to new levels. I am following you on twitter also I ahve hardly 3 to 4 cookery books with me and I like them but yet to find my favorite book dear! you take care

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  25. Congrats on your 200th post, Trish! I have about 20 cookbooks and my favorite is my newest Food & Wine one.

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  26. I'm following you on twitter, facebook and GFC. :)

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  27. Hooray. Giveaway. I probably have about 40 cookbooks and one of my favourites is the original Moosewood cookbook. I love that it was written by hand.

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  28. Hi Trisha,

    i'm punitha from http://www.southindiafoodrecipes.blogspot.in

    Wow, what a milestone! Good for you.
    At your free time do visit my blog Trisha....

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  29. COngrats on your 200. I just completed mine a week back and completely missed it!! Following you now!

    I have lots of cookbooks, don't know how many but my favorite is this cookbook by Jiggs Kalra. Its very poorly designed but the recipes are always spot on!

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  30. congratulations on 200 posts! I too am an avid collector of cookbooks, even though I seldom use them :)

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  31. my heartiest wishes dear..wishing you all success in blogging..:)
    already following you..
    Tasty Appetite

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  32. Hey Trisha! Congrats on this achievement, I haven't quite reached 200 yet. I personally, like, bought with my own money own about 5 or 6 cookbooks. I'm really into the Momofuku Milk Bar book right now. It's so unique! But for the classics, I really like the Williams Sonoma Dessert book. It taught me a lot of the basics.

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  33. Followed! I have a lot of cookbooks (seriously, an entire bookcase filled with them), but one of my favorites is my Martha Stewart Baking Cookbook. I get inspired just flipping through the pages.

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  34. I am a follower Trisha for a long time! Congrats on your 200th post. I have many cookbooks so many i don't even know their number. I love them all!

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  35. I'm your newest follower and I have way too many cookbooks! Unfortunately, I get most of my recipes now from various blogs but I do have a few cookbooks that I refer to more often than others. When I'm looking for an old favorite, I turn to my Southern Living cookbook. When I want a quick dessert, I turn to Small Batch Baking. I'd love to look through this easy dessert book! The cover looks divine (:

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  36. hey, I'm new follower and desserts are my all time fav things to make. x

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  37. Congratulations on 200 posts! So glad you're putting your cookbook collection to good use. I need to use mine more. I probably still use my Betty Crocker cookbook that I got over 30 years ago the most.

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  38. Thanks for visiting my blog! I can't wait to explore this one. How many cookbooks do I own? Over 100...I love reading through them and getting ideas. My favorites are the ones that tell a little story with the recipe--something about the person who shared it with the author, a childhood memory associated with it...things like that. Which ONE is my favorite? So tough to choose! I guess Michele Urvater's Monday to Friday Cookbook; this one inspired me to cook "outside the recipe," to learn techniques and try variations.

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