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Just a few fun little newsworthy nibbles for you today. First, announcing the winner of our two-cookbook giveaway! Congratulations to Jenna, commenter number three. You are the winner of two lovely new cookbooks: In the Small Kitchen by Cara Eisenpress and Phoebe Lapine of Big Girls, Small Kitchen, and The I Love Trader Joe’s College Cookbook by Andrea Lynn. It’s true that your number was chosen randomly with the help of random.org. But I also think it’s fabulous that good old Italian meatballs were the first thing you learned how to cook. I’ll be in touch with you directly to discuss book shipment.

Next up, I’m happy to share that Blogher.com is syndicating my post Lobster: A Love Story on their site this week. That post ran here on Umami Girl last month, and then the awesome ladies at BlogHer got in touch with me about running it on the food section of their site. If you’re not already familiar with BlogHer, I think you’d enjoy getting to know it. BlogHer is the largest community of women who blog. Forbes and Katie Couric named the founders among the seven most powerful people in new media — and having been part of the network since 2008, it’s easy to see why. The range of voices that BlogHer helps to put forth into the world is wide, deep, and just really pretty freakin cool.

And last but not least, I’m excited to be one of the new contributors to Gojee.com being announced today. Gojee is a terrific (and borderline pornographic) new project that draws recipes and photos from some of the best food blogs out there into one very appealing search engine. You can type in what you’re craving or what ingredients you have on hand (and perhaps most importantly, what you don’t like to eat), and Gojee will help you sort through their growing database of relevant dishes created by their member bloggers. You can check out my profile and recipes (falafel, salt and vinegar potatoes, and eggplant and brown rice salad, to name a few) and see who else is contributing delicious content. (Even though I sort of despise the term “drool-worthy” and promised myself I wouldn’t use it here, I’m having a hard time keeping that promise.) I’m happy to see many of my favorite bloggers on the list of new contributors and equally happy to have been introduced to a few new-to-me gems.

And that’s it for today! See you soon.


Hi there, I'm Carolyn, and I'm delighted you're here. I'm a NYC-area food, travel, yoga, coffee, wine, running, music making and book obsessive with a great family and a love for sharing it all with you. Grab a drink and come on in. Learn more.