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In the JOK Kitchen with Amy Atlas *Giveaway*

 

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Sweet Designs – Bake It, Craft It, Style It, by Amy Atlas, brings the sweets stylist to the stars into your home.  Amy created this gorgeous book of sweets to help us make every occasion unforgettable.  The book is filled with 15 chapters, over 100 recipes, and 75 DIY crafts.  Learn to melt chocolate, work with fondant, use fabric to colorfully accessorize a cake pedestal and create a sweets centerpiece people will be talking abut for months to come.  Amy also happens to have a kosher kitchen. Today, we talk to Amy to find out more about her delicious new book.

This book is both cookbook and craft-book, what made you decide to combine the two?

I’ve always combined desserts and crafts on my dessert tables. I’ve had so many people ask me over the years how to put my tables together so I created an approachable book that shows how to make desserts and crafts using every day items.

You are considered the sweets stylist to the stars, who was the first star you worked for and what was it like ?  

The first star that I worked with was Brooke Shields. We created a princess themed dessert table for her daughter’s birthday. The table was pink and glittery and full of princess themed sweets. It was like every first, very memorable!

You teach your readers how to “bake it, craft it, and style it”, I’m very interested in the “bake it”, but I’m not sure I can “make it”, any tips for those of us that are intimidated with crafts and styling?

The best part about this book is that there is something in it for everyone.  From the novice baker to the seasoned crafter to the busy mom, there is a bake it, craft it and style it that everyone can do.

What is your earliest memory of cooking?

Baking rocky road cake in my grandma’s kitchen.  She gave me my first baking lessons and I cherish those memories.

As a working busy mother of two, can you share any tips on how to get dinner and dessert on the table every night?

I try to cook meals on the weekend and then freeze them so I can pull them out quickly during the week when I have less time.  As a working mom, it is very hard for me to cook during the week.

What is your favorite recipe to bake with your kids?

The Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars from my book!

What is your connection to kosher food? 

My husband comes from a conservative family and was raised in a kosher home.  When we got married, we decided to keep a kosher home.  We also make Shabbat dinner on Friday nights. Our boys decided a few months ago that they wanted to get dressed up every Shabbat.  It is so sweet to see them love this tradition.

Do you have any special Jewish holiday memories?

Rosh Hashana is a big holiday for our family. Of course, our kids love Purim and that is a fun holiday in our home.

Thank you to Amy for sharing a bit about yourself and these recipes (they are dairy so they would be perfect for Shavuot). 

Chocolate Chipper Cupcakes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

***Giveaway*** Amy Atlas is giving away a copy of Sweet Designs to one lucky JoyofKosher.com member.  All you have to do to enter is make and review any dessert recipe on this site and then let us know in the comments below by linking to the recipe you reviewed.  You may enter more reviews for more entries, no limit.

Entrants must be 18 years of age or older, and must be US residents. Contest ends  May 8th at 9 am  EST. One winner will be picked randomly from qualifying comments.

 

Images – From SWEET DESIGNS by Amy Atlas. Copyright (C) 2012 Amy Atlas and The Stonesong Press, LLC. Photography by Johnny Miller. Published by Hyperion. Available wherever books are sold. All RIghts Reserved.

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21 Responses to In the JOK Kitchen with Amy Atlas *Giveaway*

  1. avatar says: Amy

    I made and commented on this recipe: http://www.joyofkosher.com/recipe/one-bowl-amazing-chocolate-cake/

    It’s a great and easy dessert!

  2. Yum, I made these banana fritters and they are insanely good! http://www.joyofkosher.com/recipe/banana-fritters/

  3. I’ve made and commented on the Challah Dough CInnamon Buns: http://www.joyofkosher.com/recipe/challah-dough-cinnamon-buns-2/

  4. avatar says: miriamt

    I made and commented on the Pesach Fingers. And Amy, the book looks like something I would love! I’m always baking, and I love to craft. http://www.joyofkosher.com/recipe/pesach-fingers/

  5. I’ve made the delicious peanut butter mousse pie and reviewed it!:http://www.joyofkosher.com/recipe/peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-mousse-pie/

  6. avatar says: Dianeba53

    The challah dough cinm buns were the ones I attempted-they kind of flopped but I think I must have added too little or too much of something

  7. avatar says: sheri g

    I made Amy’s “chipper chocolate cupcakes” they are so good! It’s an easy recipe, they come out moist and delicious and if you skip the frosting, they’re relatively low in fat! These are a winner!

  8. avatar says: sheri g

    oops, forgot to put a link in my reply above for the chipper chocolate cupcakes!

    http://www.joyofkosher.com/recipe/chipper-chocolate-cupcakes/

  9. http://www.joyofkosher.com/recipe/baked-pears-with-vanilla-yogurt-and-granola/
    I did it and my family enjoyed it.
    Simple and healthy – in that way desserts always should be :-) !!!!”

  10. avatar says: sara123

    http://www.joyofkosher.com/recipe/baked-apple-strudel-egg-rolls/ commented on this yummy recipe! My daughter would love the book!

  11. avatar says: sarider

    http://www.joyofkosher.com/recipe/chocolate-peanut-butter-bars/

    I made the peanut butter bars:) Not so much a pb perosn but these were just the right texture and taste:)
    Thank you very much Amy!

    You should have continued success in all your delicious baking:)

  12. I made this cake, it was sooo good and a good use of mushy bananas:
    http://www.joyofkosher.com/recipe/chocolate-chip-banana-cake/

  13. avatar says: Sjondi

    I made the Chipper Chocolate Cupcakes: http://www.joyofkosher.com/recipe/chipper-chocolate-cupcakes/ and I was utterly delighted with the results. The cupcakes were easy to make as you don’t have to bring anything to room temperature and I appreciate the fact that the recipe only made one 12-cup muffin pan of cupcakes. Many thanks!

  14. avatar says: Ari Ross

    I made the Deconstructed Apple Pie: http://www.joyofkosher.com/recipe/deconstructed-apple-pie/ . This was delicious and easy to make – see the page for my review.

  15. avatar says: BabsToo

    I made several of the hamantashen recipes during Purim and the Apple Pie Hamantashen was he biggest hit. We liked the dough and loved the filling. Next time, I wil chop up the dried apples a bit, but we loved it. http://www.joyofkosher.com/recipe/apple-pie-hamantashen/

  16. And the Winner is Amy (and it is not just because she has the same name as the author, I picked a random number). Congratulations Amy, we will be in touch to get you your prize. Thank you all for entering don’t miss your chance to win the Brisket Cookbook – http://www.joyofkosher.com/2012/05/win-a-copy-of-the-brisket-book/

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