Interestingly, Random.org spat out #30 and #60 today–that’s Nancy and Becky. In the words of Napoleon Dynamite, “Luckyyyyyyy!”
Any decent baker can pass on her recipes, but it takes an especially gifted one to create appealing 4-ingredient desserts. Three Many Cooks got lucky when Abby Dodge gave us her 126th recipe, the one dessert that didn’t make it into her new book Desserts 4 Today. Her unpublished Grand Marnier Souffle is here, but for the other 125 innovative recipes (including her famous Nutella Brownies) order a copy of Desserts 4 Today: Flavorful Desserts with Just Four Ingredients. For a chance to win one of the two copies we’re giving away, just tell us your favorite dessert. Contest ends Monday, October 25th at 6:00 PM ET.
#126 and Counting . . .
by Abby Dodge
Whenever I turn in a cookbook to my editor, it’s never the end of the story. My creative process isn’t like a faucet that can be turned off when the project is complete. The recipe ideas just keep on coming and, honestly, I’m thankful for that as it makes me ever hopeful that I’ll have the opportunity to write yet another cookbook, post the next blog update, write another magazine feature, or even guest post for my colleagues and gal pals at ThreeManyCooks.com.
Here’s an example of what I’m talking about. When I turned in the final manuscript for my newest book, Desserts 4 Today, you’d think after coming up with 125 recipes PLUS 5 or more ingredient “switch-ins” for every single recipe (that’s about 625 recipes, but who’s counting…) that I’d be tapped out ~ empty tank ~ bone dry ~ got nothin’, right? Not so. My mind kept churning out new flavor combinations and recipe ideas. So I took ‘em all out for a test drive in my kitchen. A few passed the taste test and they are now happily ensconced in my “sweets” file just waiting for the opportunity to take their star turn.
Fast forward to August 9th at ThreeManyCooks’ Food Blogger Bash #BigSummerPotluck. I was doing my little D4T dog-and-pony show and someone (I think it was Chris from thepeche.com) asked if there were any recipes that didn’t make it into the book and why not. I’ve been asked a ton of questions but, seriously, this was a first—for any of my books or projects. What a great question! I thought for a moment and then blathered on about this lovely, little Betty of a dessert ~ Grand Marnier Soufflé ~ that I developed post-manuscript and Chris and Pam simultaneously exclaimed, “It’s the 126th recipe”!
So, courtesy of ThreeManyCooks, my 4-ingredient Grand Marnier Soufflé bows for the first time. Please give her and her hosts, Pam, Maggy, and Sharon, a round of applause.
Here’s hoping you end every day sweetly!