E-Cookbook Sale!

NOTE: This deal is no longer available. However, you can still purchase this book here:

For this month only, Chronicle Books is having a sale on Diane’s book, “Seriously Simple Parties.” You can get a copy of the E-Book for only 2 dollars! Be sure to check it out, as it contains a ton of great recipes for all of your summer get-togethers!


Here are some of the details on the book:

From the author of Seriously Simple (more than 70,000 sold) comes another collection of enticing recipes and useful tips that will help make throwing a party just as much fun as attending one. Using straightforward ingredients, minimized prep time, and streamlined cooking techniques, hosts can serve festive meals with ease. Sample menus—organized seasonally for a variety of groups and occasions—and mix-and-match recipes for every course allow cooks of every skill level to make merry year-round. With great advice on everything from stocking a party pantry to setting an elegant table, plus vivid photos that will entice party planners into the kitchen, this book gives everyone a reason to celebrate.

Here’s what people have to say about this book:

“The PARTIES book is absolutely one of her best.  I’ve made nearly every one of the recipes, and as always, the ingredients are “seriously simple,” fresh and totally enticing, but more importantly for busy people, her instructions are clear, concise, and easy to follow.” –C.W.

“This book had so many great but easy recipes. Guest went crazy over food prepared for the brunch and wanted the recipes. This is a great book to give you easy but fancy and delicious meals. Highly recommend this book for those that like to entertain.”–J.N.


Passover Recipes – Sweet Treat on the Seder Plate

Every year Jews from around the world congregate to celebrate Passover with a Seder. The evening begins with the reading of the Haggadah, which tells the story of how the enslaved Jews escaped Egypt. Along with the four cups of wine, the table is adorned with a Seder plate that includes a number of symbolic items. There are bitter herbs to commemorate the bitterness of their enslavement in Egypt, a roasted shank bone to remember the lamb offering, and spring herbs that are dipped into salt water to remind us of the tears that were shed. But what gets most of the attention on the Seder plate is the sweet charoset.

Charoset is a symbol of the mortar that the Jewish slaves used. It is one dish that kids and adults alike look forward to each year for its sweet nutty goodness. Charoset is a sweet relish of fruit and nuts that is bound together with honey and a bit of Passover wine. It has many different spellings and just as many versions, depending upon the country where you live.

Ashkenazi (eastern European) Jews make a simple apple and nut mix. Sephardic Jews (Spanish, Asian and African) enjoy their charoset with roasted mixed nuts and dried fruit, and it is often cooked. It looks like fruit compote with nuts. Jews from other countries add chilies, spices and even chestnuts.

For the Seriously Simple recipe, click here.