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April 28, 2008

What’s In A Name?

Filed under: cookbook ideas, keepsake cookbooks — Ashley @ 4:19 pm

When you get a Secret Ingredients Keepsake Cookbook, you have the ability to name your creation what ever you’d like to.  Of course you can always go with classic cookbook names like “Our Family Cookbook” or “Recipes from the Heart”.  But why not step it up a notch and make the name of your cookbook super creative? 

You can use the classic titles as a base, and then add your family name to personalize it; “The Davis Family Cookbook” or “Grandma Pat’s Recipes from the Heart” are just a few variations that come to mind.  You can always create cookbook titles based on what the cookbook is being used for such as “Christmas with the Harris Family” or “Who’s In the Kitchen?: Dan and Alice are getting married!”.  Or take a hint from your favorite cooking show and name your cookbook like a star: “Cooking with Lisa Hollenbeck”, “In the Kitchen with Bob Cole”, or “A Taste of Italy: Angela Manzetti’s Culinary Creations”. 

The sky’s the limit when it comes to creative cookbook titles.  Pick your brain and see what extra personal touch you can add to your Secret Ingredients Keepsake Cookbook

That’s it for me, until next time…
Ashley

February 8, 2008

Valentine’s Day Pudding

Filed under: cookbook ideas, recipes — Kate @ 2:15 pm

It’s almost here, everyone! Before you know it homes and offices will be full of fresh flower bouquets and tummys will be full of chocolate. Be sure to celebrate something on Valentine’s Day even if you are single!

Great food and chocolate are the perfect way to celebrate this pink and red holiday. Make your favorite guy (or gal) a meal to remember! If you are single, celebrate with other single people! My group of friends is getting together for champagne heart-shaped pizza to toast love in general. Be sure to save your sweetie’s favorite recipes for a future Secret Ingredients Cookbook.

Here’s a Valentine’s recipe to get you in the mood:

January 21, 2008

Family Recipe Demo on YouTube

Filed under: cookbook ideas, family recipes — Kate @ 5:07 pm

Here’s a great idea: Grab your Secret Ingredients cookbook, make a video of a family recipe, and post it on YouTube! This way your entire family will have access to a demo of a recipe that has been passed down for generations.

This is the Zappa Family Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe:

January 18, 2008

Recipe for Resolutions

Filed under: cookbook ideas — Ashley @ 2:01 pm

With the New Year come the dreaded New Year’s resolutions.  I’ll be nicer to my friends, I’m going to quit bad habits, I’m going to love myself more, and the most popular one… I’m going to loose weight, exercise more, and eat healthier.

I’m not one for resolutions, but if I was, my grandmother got me a great Christmas gift to uphold the “eating healthier” one.  She got me a Panini maker!  It’s so cool, and of course it came with its very own little recipe book full of great ways to make all kinds of Paninis.

Since the grill plates are non-stick, I don’t have to add any oil to my cooking surface, and as long as I use healthy bread options like whole-wheat, and grain it’s really easy to come up with quick healthy sandwich options.  You can make sandwiches with meat or awesome vegetarian ones with a variety of veggies inside.  It’s also a cool way to try out different types of sauces like aioli and remoulades.

I’m going to keep experimenting with my new kitchen gadget, and as soon as I hit gold, I’ll share with you all my really great Panini recipes.That’s it for me, until next time…

~Ashley

November 20, 2007

Working With The Best!

Filed under: cookbook ideas, customer service, tips & tricks — Ashley @ 2:00 pm

At The Secret Ingredients you get the best of the best when it comes to your customized cookbook needs. Here are just a few reasons why you’ll only get the cream of the crop at The Secret Ingredients.

1. Best Customer Service: We make it a point to keep an open dialogue with all of our customers as they work on their cookbook projects. We are always here to answer any of your questions before, during, and after you create a cookbook. As always, feel free to contact one of our Secret Ingredients Customer Service Representatives via email at info@heirloomcookbook.com, or via phone at toll free 866-697-3247.

2. Free Membership: Creating a Secret Ingredients Cookbook is a completely free service to you. Most cookbook websites require their users to pay membership fees simply to start a cookbook project; that’s money you’re spending before you’ve even seen or received a finished product.

At the Secret Ingredients there are NO MEMBERSHIP FEES, and setting up your account is easy. Just select the type of cookbook you would like to make and setup your account on the Get Started page. From there you’re all set to enter your recipes and customize your cookbook, free of charge.

3. Quality and Look of Our Products: From the high quality three-ring leather binders of our Heirloom Cookbooks, to the professional binding of our Keepsake Cookbooks you’re getting the best looking products on the market. You won’t find any flimsy spiral cookbooks here, and all of our cookbooks come with the best paper and are produced with the highest quality printing methods.

4. Variety of Products: The Secret Ingredients is no one trick pony.  We started with one signature product and quickly saw the need to add variety and spice for our customers.  There’s the Heirloom Cookbook that comes with the three-ring leather binder in three different colors. You can also choose from a variety of divider sets, font styles, and paper colors.  Our Keepsake Cookbooks come with several different cover options that you can customize yourself that are perfect for any occasion. The Secret Ingredients also offers Cookbook Kits. You get the same classic look of Heirloom Cookbooks but with the added convenience of the newest trend of DIY. Don’t forget, we also offer gift certificates.

5. The Sky’s the Limit: We have cookbooks that hold as few as 25 recipes or as many as 250. The size of your cookbook is completely up to you; the power is in your hands.

6. Cookbook Previews: When a customer finishes a Keepsake Cookbook, they’re sent a preview of their finished project. You’ll get an exact replica of your cookbook via email for your final approval before your files are sent to the printer.

***Coming Soon: Cookbook Previews for Heirloom books!

7. Quick Turnaround: Once your files are sent to the printer, you can expect to receive your order within 2-3 weeks. We also offer express shipping too.

8. Reordering Is Easy: Once your files are in your Secret Ingredients account, they stay there. That makes it that much easier to reorder more cookbooks in the future. Just contact a Secret Ingredients Customer Service Representative and we’ll be happy to help you with the reordering process.

**Don’t forget, when reordering Keepsake Cookbooks you have the option of changing your cover as well.

9. We only give you what you need!: Most cookbook websites make their users order in bulk; not here. If you only want one cookbook, you only have to order one. If you want 100 cookbooks, we can help you with that too.

10. Blog, Blog, Blog: The Secret Ingredients Blog is updated almost daily with helpful tips, company updates, and of course yummy recipes that everyone is welcome to try for themselves and add to their own Secret Ingredients Cookbook.

If you didn’t know working with Secret Ingredients meant you were working with the best, now you know.

That’s it for me, until next time…
Ashley

November 14, 2007

These are a Few of My Favorite Things

Filed under: Seattle, cookbook ideas — Kate @ 8:03 pm

The hustle and bustle of the Holiday season is already here.  I can feel it in every way.  Our team is busy getting cookbooks ready for the Holidays, and like you, I’m trying to find time to get my shopping knocked out so I can enjoy some of the festivities this season.  I’m in full Type A list mode!  I have 5 pages of lists going- shopping lists, “To Do” lists, and lists for travel plans. 

I always find myself craving certain foods this time of year, so in the spirit of “list making”, I thought I would make a list of my favorite things of the season:

  •  Sweet Potatoes-  I can’t get enough of warm sweet potatoes flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, and butter.  My friend, Mara, laughed when you looked in my fridge this weekend!  She found raw sweet potatoes, sweet potato pancakes, mashed sweet potatoes, and sweet potato pieces from Trader Joes!
  • Butternut Squash- Soup, ravioli, or baked with nutmeg and cinnamon- I love it any way!
  • Pumpkin- Especially Martha’s Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter.  Click here to read more about this recipe!
  • Bartlett Pears- Bartlett pears are my favorite fruit of the season.  They are so delicious and perfectly sweet.  I like to have one for dessert or late in the afternoon.
  • Honey Crisp Apples- I eat an apple every day for breakfast.  Some would say this is boring, but it makes me feel so good and healthy.  It’s the best way to start a day!  Honey Crisps are my favorite apple this time of year.  They are very crisp and lightly sweet.   
  • Macaroons- My friend Mindy made the best macaroons last weekend.  She made them with almond extract and dipped them in chocolate.  Yumm! 
  • Hot Chocolate- Living in Seattle has changed many things for me!  I now understand why this city is so famous for its coffee and coffee-drinking.  It is very necessary this time of year when days are short and sometimes gray.  I have a new appreciation for coffee, but recently I have gone back to my childhood favorite, Hot Chocolate.  What a treat!

What are your favorite foods this season?  Email us at info@heirloomcookbook.com and tell us!  Also, if you have any other food or recipe stories that you would like to share on our blog, please email or call us.  We would love to share your story!

Have a wonderful evening,
Kate

October 31, 2007

More Than Just A Cookbook

Filed under: cookbook ideas, tips & tricks — Ashley @ 1:27 pm

Every once in a while we come across a customer that makes their cookbook more than just a cookbook.  We encourage you all to do the same.

Heirloom Cookbooks in particular are great way to not only pass down family recipes, but legacies too.  Recipe pages aren’t just for recipes; use them to share your family’s history, or a favorite memory.  Some people like to put these kinds of things in the Notes section, but why not use a full recipe page at your own discretion.  Fill a recipe page with family jokes, quotes, a poem, or an inspiring scripture.

With several photographs, and hundreds of recipe pages to play with, you can turn your cookbook into a delicious display of incredible family history.

That’s it for me, until next time…
~Ashley

October 24, 2007

Mommy’s Little Helper

Filed under: cookbook ideas, family cookbook, tips & tricks — Ashley @ 12:34 pm

When starting your Secret Ingredients Cookbook Project you may be overlooking a very valuable assistant at the end of your apron strings.

People always talk about how great it is to get kids involved in the kitchen; it’s where young people can work on early math skills through measuring ingredients, and they can also boost their level of responsibility by learning how to provide for themselves in the kitchen when it comes to snacks and small meals. Well the same applies when creating a cookbook.

Kids can play an intricate part in choosing pictures, cookbook titles, and help with the wording for dedications.  Older children can also work on their typing and computer skills.  Kids will also be highly impressed by the amount of recipes that have been collected and are being passed down in their family.
Working on a cookbook with children can also inspire impromptu bonding sessions in the kitchen.

Don’t forget, creating a family cookbook is just that: for the family.  Don’t hesitate to get all family members involved.

That’s it for me, until next time…
Ashley

October 16, 2007

More Cookbook and Recipe Themes

Filed under: cookbook ideas, family recipes, recipe inspiration — Kate @ 4:25 pm

With each season comes new inspiration for themed potlucks, recipe sharing, and cookbooks!  Each month my group of friends has a themed potluck.  In September, we each brought a favorite recipe from our home state.  This month we are celebrating one particular fall favorite, pumpkin! 

The potluck is this Sunday, and I still don’t know what to make!  The obvious choices for pumpkin recipes are desserts, breads, and beer, so I am trying to think of something different.   I’m tempted to create my own pumpkin soufflé. (I’m totally obsessed with soufflés and always look for a reason to make one!) If anyone has any ideas, please let me know…

Although opportunities like this are wonderful for trying new things, you can’t help but worry about cooking something for the first time… for a crowd of people.  Ah!  My inner type-A perfectionist needs confirmation that everything will go well in the kitchen and taste wonderfully.  I completely understand that perfection comes with mistakes, and that’s fine when I’m cooking for myself- not for others!

It all comes down to this: You can never underestimate the importance and convenience of a time-tested recipe from someone you know can cook!  So, be sure to make a cookbook full of your favorite recipes and give copies to the ones you love.  Next time they have a potluck, dinner party, or need to make the perfect meal for a friend in need, they will thank you!

Have a great afternoon,
Kate

October 5, 2007

Be Creative: Tips & Tricks for your Cookbook Kit

Filed under: cookbook ideas, cookbook kits, tips & tricks — Kate @ 2:44 pm

Secret Ingredients’ new Cookbook Kits give you flexibility to make a cookbook fun, personal, and exactly as you want it!

Here are some ways to make your cookbook pages fun:

    • Fonts: Have fun with your fonts!  There are a lot of free font sites on the internet, so if you would like to expand your collection do a quick search. 
    • Digital Photos and Clipart:  Word processing programs let you add photos and clipart to your pages easily!  Why not adding a gold star next to all the healthy recipes?
    • Page Borders: Add borders to your recipe pages to give it an extra touch.
    • Stories: Add family stories, favorite quotes, and recipe tips to your pages.
    • Photographs: You may add photographs to your dividers by applying glue or sticker dots to the back of the printed photograph. 

The possibilities are endless!  If you are looking for an expandable cookbook project, our kits are the perfect answer.  You can add pages as you find great recipes

If you have questions or would like to hear more information about our new kits, please email us at info@heirloomcookbook.com.

Have a great weekend!
Kate


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