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Seriously Delish

If you’ve been waiting as excitedly as I have for Jessica’s (How Sweet It Is) cookbook to be released, you’re probably in how-sweet-it-is-heaven right now. For those of you who don’t have her book yet, just know that if you like her blog, you’ll adore her cookbook!

For starters, Seriously Delish is drop-dead gorgeous. Jess’s photography is breathtaking (and mouthwatering), and because I know you’re wondering – yes, there is a picture for nearly every single recipe in the book. And as for the recipes…let’s just say, Jess leaves nothing to be desired because there is literally something to entice everyone. But maybe what I love most about her book is that her genuine voice – the same funny, sweet girl we all know and love from her blog – shines through brilliantly.

Jess has a real knack for creativity in the kitchen (think Chorizo & Balsamic Brussels Nachos, Spicy Zucchini Nuggets with Honey-Chipotle Ketchup, Cinnamon Sugared Bacon (!!), and Chocolate-Almond Butter Popsicles with a Smoky Almond Crunch). And even when she remakes a classic, she does it with flair and makes it uniquely her own (like Mini Crab Cakes with Sweet Corn & Blueberry Salsa, Parmesan-Pistachio Kale Chips, and White Cheddar Apple Crisp). Even something as ordinary as caramelized Brussels sprouts becomes extraordinary when sautéed in coconut oil and topped with shaved Parm cheese (like in Jess’s recipe for Crispy Salt & Pepper Brussels Sprouts, which was the first recipe I tried from her book).

Seriously Delish is a fresh new set of beautiful, approachable recipes for the food lover who cooks just because they’re hungry, just to feed their family or friends, or just because it’s a random Tuesday night. In short, it’s a cookbook for everyone who enjoys good food.

Here are a few recipes from the cookbook that I’ve tried so far…

Sweet Potato Hash, Scrambled Egg, and Herb Goat Cheese Freezer Breakfast Burritos

Sweet Potato Hash, Scrambled Egg, & Herb Goat Cheese Freezer Breakfast Burritos

Jess is absolutely right when she says there’s nothing better than being able to eat a real breakfast – like the kind you’d make on the weekend – on a weekday morning. And she’s a genius with these burritos. There are all kinds of flavors going on in there (sweet, savory, and cheesy), and they all come together perfectly. I love the use of smoked paprika here; its smoky flavor simulates bacon, so even though this dish is vegetarian, you’ll be thinking bacon and eggs as you eat it. Looking in my freezer and finding it stocked with a stash of things like these burritos makes me a very happy girl.

Roasted Blueberry-Basil Brie

Roasted Blueberry-Basil Brie

If you’ve never made baked brie before, you’re missing out on one of the world’s best – and easiest – appetizers. The only thing better than gooey melted cheese is gooey melted cheese topped with sweet/tangy fruit. In this recipe, roasted blueberries are an ingenious compliment to the earthy flavor of brie, and fresh basil brightens up the dish perfectly.

Creamy Blue Cheese-Avocado Dressing

Creamy Blue Cheese-Avocado Dressing

This dressing is thick and creamy with a balanced flavor profile and bursts of robust blue cheese flavor. It’s like the best blue cheese dressing you ever had (or you’ve never had until now). I’ve eaten it dolloped on top of a huge bowl of salad greens, as a dip for pretzels, and as a condiment on a turkey sandwich. I might have even simulated the buffalo wing experience; added a couple dashes of hot sauce to the mix, served it with celery sticks, and eaten the whole batch (with help from a friend!) in one sitting.

Accidental White Wine Baked Cod

Accidental White Wine Baked Scallops Cod

I am crazy about scallops. When I first looked over Seriously Delish, so many recipes called to me from the very beginning, but I immediately knew I had to make this one sooner rather than bookmarking it for another day. (Plus I loved the story that Jess told about how this recipe came to be!) Ironically, I had everything on hand except for scallops (I like to buy them fresh when I’m planning to make them, so they aren’t a fridge staple for me), but I did have frozen cod on hand. I thawed the cod and cut it into large chunks (about 1 1/2 to 2 inches) and followed the rest of the recipe exactly as written. I’ll be making this again with scallops and again with cod, and probably again with shrimp. Did I mention I want to make it again? ;)

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Lover’s Brownies

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Lover’s Brownies

We’ve all had brownies before. Most of us probably even have a favorite recipe or box mix (hey, I’m not judging; I know box mix brownies are killer!). No matter where you stand in your quest for the perfect brownie, you need to try these. You can’t see from my picture, but there’s a Buckeye-like layer of peanut butter between the brownie and the chocolate ganache on top…and it makes these brownies. Rich and decadent, they are an aptly named chocolate/peanut butter lover’s paradise. Make them the next time you need a celebratory treat, and then try to hold off making them again until you have another special occasion; good luck holding out! (Bonus, the recipe is available here!)

I’ve also tried Jess’s recipe for “Sour Cream and Onion” Popcorn, which was pretty fabulous and completely reminiscent of my favorite potato chip growing up. (She nailed the flavor!) And I’m not done yet; I can’t wait to make Roasted Cherry, Coconut, & Quinoa Breakfast Bowls, Strawberry Soda (Floats!), Crab Cake Cobb Salad Stacks, Cheesy Polenta with Garlic Butter Mushrooms, and Mocha-Coconut Tiramisu, to name just a few.


Because I love Jess’s beautiful cookbook so much, I’m incredibly excited to be able to give away a copy of it to one lucky reader! (Thank-you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for their generosity!)

To participate in this giveaway, just leave a comment on this post telling me who you love to cook for. (No matter who it is, I’m sure there’s a recipe for them in this cookbook.)

For extra entries, you can do any of the following (please leave a separate comment for each):

You do not need to have a blog to enter this giveaway. For shipping purposes, this giveaway is only open to U.S. residents. This giveaway ends on September 18, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST. Once the giveaway ends, the winner will be randomly chosen and notified via email. The winner will have three days to respond with his or her mailing information, otherwise a new winner will be randomly chosen. Good luck to all!

Disclosure: I received a free review copy of Seriously Delish (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; September 2014), and the publisher is also providing the cookbook for this giveaway. As always, opinions are my own. This post contains Amazon affiliate links to products I believe in, which means that even though it doesn’t cost you anything extra, I will receive a small amount of money from the sale of these items, which helps me keep this site alive – thank you for helping to support An Edible Mosaic!

Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. cindy jones says:

    I like edible mosaic on facebook

  2. cindy jones says:

    I love cooking for my family

  3. And, I follow you on facebook as well.

  4. yikes..I didn’t answer the right question..therefore, I will combine two so as not to have an extra entry (cheating) haha..I want to try her recipe for BBQ Chicken French Breads. Further I like her fb page How Sweet It Is. thanks.

  5. I love to cook for my mom..friends and family

  6. I love to cook for my boys and my friends.

  7. DAWN RENEE' says:

    I love to cook for my friends who are my family! And they love it too and new creations are always well received.

  8. Sharyl Wolter says:

    This recipe is on my hot to do list! homemade graham crackers… totally trashed up.

  9. Sharyl Wolter says:

    I love to cook for my sweetie, Mark!

  10. Sharyl Wolter says:

    Following How Sweet It is on Twitter.

  11. Sharyl Wolter says:

    Following An Edible Mosaic on Twitter.

  12. Sharyl Wolter says:

    Liked How Sweet It Is on Facebook.

  13. Sharyl Wolter says:

    Liked An Edible Mosaic on Facebook.

  14. you bet I already like How Sweet on FB!

  15. for my shiny new husband

  16. I Follow How Sweet It is on Twitter as suburbsanity

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  18. I Like How Sweet It Is on Facebook as debbiekaye

  19. I’m dying to try the cheese-smothered-stuffed-poblanos

  20. Like An Edible Mosaic on Facebook as debbiekaye

  21. I love to cook for my husband. He always appreciates whatever I bring to the table!

  22. I love to cook for my hubby.

  23. Following How Sweet It is on Twitter.

  24. Following An Edible Mosaic on Twitter.

  25. Liked How Sweet It Is on Facebook

  26. Liked An Edible Mosaic on Facebook.

  27. I have some respect to cooking scallops because I always over or undercook them. Can’t wait to try the Accidental White Wine Baked Scallops!

  28. Kristina N. says:

    And I like How Sweet Eats on Facebook as well :)

  29. Kristina N. says:

    I like you on Facebook!

  30. Kristina N. says:

    Jessica’s bbq chicken is so easy to make on the weekends. I definitely keep that one around when I’m in a pinch and know I have a busy week coming up.

  31. Kristina N. says:

    I love cooking for everyone and anyone, but especially my husband! He’s not a big cook, but loves food so it’s always great to see him in awe of what I cook.

  32. and follow how sweet on twitter! @nicolehering :)

    thanks for a fun giveaway!

  33. also follow you on FB!

  34. oh boy…i’ve been following how sweet for years now and have tried a few recipes I still swear by (and accidentally repin :)) although, i am hosting a wine tasting on saturday and must say that brie is next on my list. must have this cook book!!

  35. Laura McCabe says:

    I love to cook for my soon to be husband and 8 yr old step daughter. I follow How Sweet it is on Facebook and love jess’ website.

  36. The recipe I know would be a hit would be the Ginger Garlic Steak tacos.

  37. In a general sense I like to cook for my family. Usually it is just my husband but many times I will bring in dinner to my parents.

  38. I love to cook for my husband!

  39. I love cooking for my fiance and occasionally for friends (when we’re not all crazy-busy)!

  40. I look cooking for out-of-state guests and visiting family members.

  41. I follow How Sweet It is on Twitter on Twitter where I am @AnnaZed.

  42. I follow An Edible Mosaic on Twitter where I am @AnnaZed.

  43. I like How Sweet It Is on Facebook on Facebook as Margot Core.

  44. I like An Edible Mosaic on Facebook as Margot Core.

  45. I make the Seriously Delish Mom’s Awesome Gravy all the time!

  46. I love to cook for my step-son. @5 years old and an athlete, he’s my best customer.

    1. make that 25 years old, a bit of a typo there!

  47. I would love to try the Peanut Butter Skillet Cookie Sundae

  48. I like how sweet it is on facebook too!

  49. I like your page on facebook!

  50. I love jessicas recipe for roasted chickpeas- have made them a few times- theyre yum!!

  51. I love to cook for my family- my husband and 2 girls! Thanks for the chance. Your pictures are incredible and Id love a copy of jessicas book :)

  52. I don’t have a go to recipe from her site but it’s one of my go to’s to find recipes Next on my list to try are her light and airy crab cakes

  53. I follow jess on twitter

  54. I follow you on twitter

  55. I like Jess’s bag on Facebook

  56. I like your page on Facebook

  57. myself and my husband

  58. I love cooking for the hubs. (And myself!) I’m lucky he loves just about everything!

  59. I love to cook for my future husband!

  60. I love cooking for my mother and sisters!

  61. Liked How Sweet it is on Facebook

  62. Liked Edible Mosaic on Facebook.

  63. I love to cook for my SO. He’s my rock, and trying to cook a lovely dinner for him is the least I can do!

  64. Denise Elmer says:

    I love to cook for my son-in-law. He loves everything I make!

  65. I love her salmon with caramelized shallots, except I use trout because I don’t like cooked salmon. The recipe is a definite keeper.

  66. For everyday meals, I cook what I like. I like to bake baked goods and sweets to share with others.

  67. I follow Edible Mosaic on facebook

  68. I love cooking for everyone, anyone, any time, anywhere.

  69. Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming says:

    I Follow How Sweet It is on Twitter

  70. Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming says:

    I follow An Edible Mosaic on Twitter.

  71. Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming says:

    I liked How Sweet It Is on Facebook.

  72. Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming says:

    i looove her chocolate chip cookie recipe!!! one of them uses whole wheat and coconut oil!

  73. Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming says:

    i love cooking for my parents!

  74. I love cooking and baking for my grandchildren.

  75. I like how sweet it is on facebook

  76. the how sweet flank steak recipe is insane. it was my first flank steak attempt and the only one I’ve used since!

  77. definitely family :) just me and the fiance at home, but it works!

  78. I love cooking for my husband because he will eat anything and I like annoying him by asking “how is it?” After his first bite.

  79. I love cooking for pretty much everybody, but I think I MOST love cooking for ME. There’s nothing like having the skill to make yourself exactly what you want. :) Thanks for the giveaway opportunity1

  80. I love baking for my friends and family

  81. I like how sweet it is on Facebook

  82. I love the chocolate cream cheese cookies!

  83. I love cooking for my hubby!

  84. I follow an edible mosaic on facebook

  85. I follow an edible mosaic on twitter

  86. I love cooking for my family

  87. Follow how sweet it is on twitter!

  88. Follow how sweet it is on Facebook!

  89. Celeste B says:

    My current favorite recipe is Chicken Pita with whipped jalapeno goat cheese and tzaziki. Can’t wait to make it again.

  90. Celeste B says:

    I like How Sweet Eats on FB

  91. I really want to try her Vegan Coconut Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread

  92. Celeste B says:

    I love to cook for myself and my husband.

  93. I follow How Sweet It Is on twitter

  94. I follow An Edible Mosaic on Twitter

  95. I like an Edible Mosaic on facebook

  96. I like How sweet it is on facebook

  97. I am loving cooking for my 17 month old, I am loving watching her reactions to all the new foods. I have had this book on my wishlist, it looks so good

  98. Love cooking for friends!

  99. Love to cook for my family. Very beautiful cookbook.

  100. I love cooking for my family at Christmas! It’s stressful, making sure all the dishes are cooking at the right time, but at the end we’re sitting at the table and having fun, telling stories. Worth it!

  101. Liked How Sweet It Is on Facebook!

  102. Liked edible mosaic on Facebook!

  103. I have not tried any of Jessica’s recipes yet, but have been bookmarking a lot of them! It’d be great if I won this giveaway!

  104. I love cooking for my little family!!

  105. Christina says:

    I follow How Sweet Eats on FB

  106. Christina says:

    I follow An Edible Mosaic on FB

  107. Christina says:

    I love cooking for my husband. I just got married a little more than 3 weeks ago and I’m having so much fun making new recipes for him. I love Jessica’s blog and I would love to have a copy of her cookbook!

    1. Christina, HUGE congrats to you and your new hubby! Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness together.

  108. And the banana chocolate chip cookies from the blog are the most amazing cookies ever!

  109. I love cooking for my husband and our families. Nothing makes a gal feel better than people loving the food you’ve put out for dinner

  110. Jessica Bern says:

    I would LOVE a copy of her cookbook! Love HER and blog, fabulous recipes!! I have been following her for 4 years now, she’s amazing!!! I will be following your blog and like you on Facebook also! Thank you!!!

  111. joselle merritt says:

    I love her roasted chicken ramen. Ramen with egg has been a staple in our house for years and this is nice to have to change the old standby. I liked “How Sweet It Is” on fb and I am already a FB fan of An Edible Mosaic (thank you!!). I love cooking in general and I divide my love between a picky younger child (love those recipes she eats) and my unpicky older daughter (who loves my experiments).

  112. Her white pizza grilled cheese is one I’ve had my eye on lately, but I swear I have hundreds of her recipes saved to try!

  113. I love cooking for my husband and with him! I enjoy sharing the experience of cooking and eating a good meal together.

  114. I follow you on Twitter

  115. I follow How Sweet it is o Twitter

  116. I like How Sweet It Is on FB!

  117. I love cooking for my hubby. He’s super picky, but I love him anyway ;)

  118. We have been making Jessica’s “Easy Thai Chickpea Curry with Coconut Rice” every week now for the past few months, so it’s definitely a staple in our kitchen.

  119. I love cooking for my family & also friends when they come over to visit.

  120. Christine says:

    My favorite “How Sweet it is” recipe is toasted sesame ginger salmon. That glaze is to die for.

  121. Christine says:

    My favorite person to cook for is my husband.

  122. I love making Jessica’s smoky white bean chili and her pizza dough is also incredible!

  123. I love to cook for my husband! Thanks!

  124. Follow How Sweet It is on Twitter (@butterfly1979_)

  125. Like An Edible Mosaic on Facebook.

  126. Like How Sweet It Is on Facebook

  127. I love to cook for my husband and two children. LOVE Jessica’s blog and recipes. This would be awesome to win!

  128. I enjoy Cooking for my family everyday, and a new cookbook would be fantastic! I follow Jessica’s blog as well.

  129. I’m obsessed with Jessica’s blog! I would love a copy to give to friends or family (since I already have one :)). Her Oatmeal peanut butter snack squares are my favorite

  130. I like cooking for my family when I visit then

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