a giveaway: sucré macarons and two books to inspire you

Back in August 2011, I traveled to New Orleans for a food blogging conference. Shortly after arriving at the hotel, I met up with Jamie from Life’s a Feast, and we went on an adventure into an area of New Orleans that I was unfamiliar with. We were hunting a bakery  on Magazine Street, Sucré, and specifically, the delicate macarons made by Sucré’s executive pastry chef, Tariq Hanna.

Jamie knows all about macarons, and if you search her blog for “macaron”, you’ll find all sorts of recipes for them. I knew very little about macarons – including how to pronounce the word – until that trip to New Orleans, and to Sucré in particular. I bought an assortment of Sucré macarons that day, planning to take them home to my family. And I did take home some, but not as many as I had intended. Sucré’s macarons were almost too pretty to eat. Almost. In my hotel room later that day, I nibbled on one, sampled another,  and I was hooked.

sucré macarons

And now you have a chance to try them, too.

Sucré is going to send one of you, the winner of the giveaway, a box of their assorted signature macarons.

I love the idea of one of my readers getting a box of these colorful cookies delivered to their front door. But as I was thinking of doing this giveaway — and you know that giveaways are a rare occurrence around here — I realized I’d like to send something else along with the macarons.

I’d like to inspire a baker out there.

The reward of a chocolate chip cookie fresh out of the oven or a wedge of tangy citrus tart is just a small – but tasty! – part of why I bake. The primary reason I bake is because I am comforted by the process, by the mind-centering rhythm of gathering ingredients, mixing together flour and sugar and eggs, rolling pie dough or pressing a shortbread crust into a tart pan. For 30 minutes or an hour, or hopefully longer, I’m a chemist, creating a multitude of chemical reactions that result in something beautiful, something that makes people smile.

In addition to the macarons from Sucré, the winner of the giveaway will receive (at my expense) these two cookbooks:

bake it like you mean it


I don’t own the first of these two books, Gesine Bullock-Prado’s Bake It Like You Mean It: Gorgeous Cakes from Inside Out, but it’s on my baking cookbooks wish list. I do have the second of the two, Thomas Keller’s and Sebastien Rouxel’s Bouchon Bakery. That cookbook, oversized and glossy, is simply stunning. The photography is gorgeous and the recipes are detail-oriented and easy to follow.

So, to recap — one lucky reader will receive a 15-piece box of assorted signature macarons, courtesy of Sucré, and both of the cookbooks above, Bake It Like You Mean It and Bouchon Bakery, courtesy of me. How do you enter? Well, keep reading. And good luck!

~ the giveaway ~

to enter:

It’s very simple to enter — no hoops to jump through.  Just leave me a comment below answering this: Why do you bake or cook? What is it that draws you to the kitchen?

the fine print:

I’ll close comments on Sunday, March 17, 2013  at 12 noon EST, and I’ll randomly select one winner from the comments. Please, only one comment per person, and you must live in the continental United States to win the giveaway. For Sucré’s shipping purposes, you must be able to provide a physical address, not just a post office box number.


** 3/17/2013 UPDATE **

We have a winner! According to the random number generator, the lucky person is:

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Congratulations, Suzanne W. I’ll be getting in touch with you very soon. Happy baking!

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57 Responses to “a present for myself, and a giveaway for you: eat boutique jams”

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — December 9, 2011 @ 9:49 am

    Tough questions! I love giving peppermint bark over the holidays, or some homemade cookies. This year I’m trying to make homemade panettone, and I think that would be great one too 🙂

    These jams look wonderful!

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    I’m old school, I like to give homemade vanilla! It’s simple and classic and everyone uses it 🙂

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    Leigh — December 9, 2011 @ 10:13 am

    I totally laughed at the “twisted ankle” bit. 😉 I’m a cookie giver – it’s simple and fun. 🙂

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    Jen — December 9, 2011 @ 10:14 am

    I love giving little goodie bags of cookies, candy, and a holiday bread.
    And for Laura’s comment – I made homemade panettone last winter and it was amazing!

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    Jenny — December 9, 2011 @ 10:15 am

    I give away homemade vanilla too 🙂 and I give so many baked items out at christmas – Italian rainbow cookies, pignoli, a variety of brownies, pound cakes, pecan pies and right now I’m soooo behind. No one ever gives me anything homemade because they “think” I can do it better which is very disappointing. This would be a perfect birthday gift for me – my birthday is on the 16th!

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    Emily — December 9, 2011 @ 10:22 am

    My favorite food item is Chocolate Covered Cherries, they are my favorite type of chocolate and hold a lot of sentimental memories for me.

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    Melissa // thefauxmartha — December 9, 2011 @ 10:25 am

    I love giving away a good ole bag of puppy chow.

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    alyssa trobacher — December 9, 2011 @ 10:50 am

    I love giving jams actually! I am forever canning and preserving and its feels great to give away my bounty. I also love giving away baked good (I do regularly) and a specialty I’m known for is flavoured marshmallows, my family loves them.

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    The Southern Fried Bride — December 9, 2011 @ 10:55 am

    My favorite is homemade Christmas cookies!

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    Shae — December 9, 2011 @ 11:02 am

    I love giving candy for Christmas, whether it be fudge or divinity or caramels. Anything to use my candy thermometer which is a favorite toy in the kitchen. This year I actually bought the Blue Chair Jam Cookbook and it is amazing. I may be giving a few jars of delicious jam myself, but I’m not entirely sure I can part with them.

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    Deena H. — December 9, 2011 @ 11:46 am

    I LOVE to give my homemade butter toffee popcorn. 🙂

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    Tess — December 9, 2011 @ 11:56 am

    I like giving fudge! Or cookies.

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    heidi — December 9, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

    I make lots of things to give- candy, breads etc but the one that everyone asks for is the jalapeno jam.I love anything someone has taken the time to make, especially if it is an old recipe that has been handed down in the family.

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    Adrienne — December 9, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

    I love to give homemade dill pickles and jam after my summer canning. People really appreciate the thought and quality of homemade foods.

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    Amanda Thompson — December 9, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

    I love to give AND receive English Toffee!

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    Mb — December 9, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

    fancy chocolates!

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    amy marantino — December 9, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

    chocolate chip cookies

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    jenna — December 9, 2011 @ 2:30 pm

    Anything homemade…and I love to share the cookies I’ve baked!

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    sweetsugarbelle — December 9, 2011 @ 2:45 pm

    I’m a cookie giver all the way. But what I wouldn’t do to win these jams! Either. Or biy they’ll be at my houseplatters SOON!

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    Dawn — December 9, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

    I love to make caramel corn during the holidays but I have to give most of it away so that I don’t eat it all. It’s that good!! (if I say so myself!)

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    Sam H — December 9, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

    I love giving and receiving holiday goodies! My mother in law makes this amazing toffee, and in return my hubs and I make her truffles! LOVE!

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    Cindy B. — December 9, 2011 @ 4:29 pm

    My favorite food gift is Chocolates!!!!

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    Kathy — December 9, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

    My favorite foods to give or receive are dips, no doubt about it! Homemade dips are so much better than anything you can buy. They transport well, and the container they’re in can be wonderful, too.

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    Rosie — December 9, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

    Anything homemade! Most of the gifts I give are homemade. On the list this year: peppermint marshmallows, caramel sauce, and coffee syrups 🙂 Last year I made croutons for my dad, who absolutely loves them- haha.

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    Jen — December 9, 2011 @ 6:39 pm

    A plate of holiday treats, a variety of all the things I made. A big hit with the neighbors and relatives. I put a lot of love into my baked goods!

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    Lisa Evanoff — December 9, 2011 @ 8:53 pm

    My favorite is so simple, a bag of snack mix, homemade of course, and if you throw in M&M’s it makes it even better!

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    TK — December 9, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

    My friend makes the best cookies! Last year I received chocolate mint, ginger, and some yummy sugar cookies.

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    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — December 9, 2011 @ 10:43 pm

    I love to give fudge (and receive it). It’s my guilty pleasure this time of the year!

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    vaishali — December 9, 2011 @ 11:35 pm

    Chocolate coated red velvet cake balls from bakerella…have done it for 2 yrs now!!

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    Meryl — December 9, 2011 @ 11:42 pm

    I love giving homemade chocolate truffles, cookies, caramel sauce, and hot fudge sauce

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    Louis — December 9, 2011 @ 11:43 pm

    My favorite is homemade chocolate treats.

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    Kimmie — December 10, 2011 @ 1:07 am

    My favorite food to give is cookies. I bake up a storm during December to give an assorted spread of sweets to friends and family.

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    Margaret — December 10, 2011 @ 1:57 am

    Snickerdoodles are the best to give and to get! 🙂

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    Christy Rose — December 10, 2011 @ 9:02 am

    I have always liked to give homemade cookies, but I really want to try homemade vanilla!

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    Erin S. — December 10, 2011 @ 9:27 am

    I make an awesome chexmix that my family members beg me to make every year. It’s a family recipe passed on from my childhood best friend’s Mother. She gave it to me under one rule… I was to only make it between thanksgiving day-Christmas day. Perfect rule to make such a simple recipe so special.

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    Acey — December 10, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

    Homemade pickles are an awesome gift!

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    MaryAnn D. — December 10, 2011 @ 2:09 pm

    My favorite food gifts to give are some of my homeade jellis, jams & chutneys along with pizzelles (an Italian waffle cookie). My favorite gifts to get are recipes, homae cured olives home made panettone.

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    Jessica — December 10, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

    I love getting chocolate!

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    Debbie R. — December 10, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

    I love giving trays of homemade cookies. Love to bake at least 8 types of cookies, as well as some different candies, so the tray has alot of variety! Thanks so much for the giveaway opp – it sounds yummy indeed!

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    Karla — December 10, 2011 @ 8:11 pm

    I love giving homemade fancy mustards and preserves; they keep for awhile so I don’t worry as much about getting them there on a certain day or whether or not they’ll have time or inclination to eat them right away. 🙂

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    sara p. — December 11, 2011 @ 10:33 am

    I love to make Limoncello to give to my friends. I have a very prolific lemon tree in my backyard, so it works out perfectly!

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    DessertForTwo — December 11, 2011 @ 10:35 am

    I was hoping for a photo of the gold heels 😉

    My favorite food gift to give is homemade fudge. I love to receive any homemade food gift that’s not sweet (since my whole life is sugar). I love homemade crackers & bread.

    Thanks for the fun giveaway offer! 🙂

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    Nelly Rodriguez — December 11, 2011 @ 6:36 pm

    I love receiving spices from around the world!

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    Adrienne — December 11, 2011 @ 10:45 pm

    I love giving homemade glutenfree baking mixes. They’re a fun & easy project for people to do together, plus they help make last-minute holiday baking needs simpler.

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    Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies — December 12, 2011 @ 1:00 am

    I love to give and receive cookies.

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    sherry Lykins — December 12, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

    I like getting baskets with assorted snacks! Lilsis_75@hotmail.com

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    Velva — December 12, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

    I follow you on twitter and your facebook page.
    One of my newly discovered food gifts to receive and to give is ice cream. It’s a real treat to have ice cream to delivered to your door. I like it because it is an unexpected gift, and everyone enjoys it.


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    Linda Rogers — December 12, 2011 @ 7:19 pm

    I love to make Cowboy Candy as gifts for loved ones. And my favorite gift to receive is anything for my kitchen. I follow you on Facebook. Thank you : )

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    Paula — December 12, 2011 @ 11:35 pm

    I’m not entering the give-away, just wanted to say that those jams sound awesome. I love the flavour combinations and the labeling.

    I also have to say that I wish you had of posted a picture of your gold stilettos!

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    Di — December 13, 2011 @ 10:53 am

    I like to give jars of red pepper jelly with a log of goat cheese and a pretty cheese knife. I love to recieve anything pickled…pickled okra is a favorite!

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    Elizabeth — December 13, 2011 @ 8:35 pm

    Chocolate is always a great food to give/receive.

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    Jill B — December 14, 2011 @ 11:20 am

    I’m intrigued by the awesomeness of jams. I’ve not played with jams much but now find myself wanting to try.

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    Karen — December 14, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

    I love tea and only give it to those who love it as much as I do.

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    Sam @ The Second Lunch — December 14, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

    I too love giving tea to folks, maybe with some good honey, and a beautiful mug if I really like them. I also try to keep one or two extra canned jams or ketchups or salsas every batch to pass on to friends and family. And if I need something in a pinch, I’ll make a jar of granola to share! (In a Weck jar if they are really deserving).

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    Ardala Evans — December 16, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    I love to give and receive loaves of breads like pumpkin, zucchini, nut, banana, etc. They are great to put out for brunch or for a dessert!

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    Eileen — December 16, 2011 @ 9:59 am

    I love to give handmade chocolates as gifts. They are always welcomed too!

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