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OK. Here it is. The first giveaway we’ve done on the blog. And it’s pretty cool. See, when I started gathering gift ideas for my chocoholic friends, one of the items I came across was this clever little cook book – 101 Things To Do With Chocolate, part of the 101 Series by Stephanie Ashcroft.

First, I thought, how can you narrow it down to 101?! Ha! I’m sure it wasn’t easy. There are so many recipes out there that use chocolate and while most of them sound delicious (see earlier posts for some I found that sound just plain odd) many of the recipes I’ve come across are rather complicated. And while that may be all well and good for those rare times when I want to challenge my baking skills, they just don’t work for the everyday.

But, this cookbook has got it. And by it, I mean extremely easy to prepare, easy to make recipes that sound delicous. You know those guilty pleasure kind of things that maybe your best friend’s mom would make when you were a kid. Things like Grasshopper Ice Cream Sandwiches, Banana Chocolate Chip Cake and Peanut Butter Chocolate Lush. Some are completely from scratch – flour, sugar, yeast, etc – and some have shortcuts starting with boxed cake mix, graham crackers or ready made crusts. Between the cover art and the sound of the recipes, it’s got this great 40’s-50’s retro flare that for some reason makes me think of my childhood which is odd since I wasn’t born until the end of the 60’s.

But back to the giveaway.

Here’s the plan. I have two copies of this great little cookbook to giveaway so I’m pairing each with a 4-pak of our Chocolate chips – one package of each type – milk chocolate chips, 54% dark chocolate chips, Sao Thome 70% dark chocolate chips and white chocolate chips. All you have to do to enter is post comments on any/all November blog entries. Each comment will be considered one entry. Since it’s a cookbook and Thanksgiving is coming, we’ll draw for our winners 9am November 18 and I’ll send an e-mail notifying them as such. Once I have the shipping address for the winners, I’ll send them out with their 4-pak of chocolate chips so they’ll be ready for to bake for the holidays.

In the meantime, check it out online. Stephanie has some other great titles to see in the series. And just think, perfect for the holiday gift list. Perfect for stuffing in a stocking. Perfect for giving with a baking kit.

So, enter to win with your blog comments!

PS – I do plan to make some of these recipes as I have a copy of my own and if I’m able to take a photo worth sharing, I’ll definitely post. Might even share the recipe but not too many as I don’t want to totally ruin the surprise of what’s in the cookbook.

PPS - You can always register for the LCC E-mail Newsletter and maybe win free chocolate that way too!
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