Friday, January 8, 2010

Friday Giveaway: I Like You

Welcome to the first Friday Giveaway of 2010! To kick off a new year of giveaways Host-It Notes is offering up 2 copies of I LIKE YOU: Hospitality Under the Influence by Amy Sedaris. It's an editor favorite around here, and likely the most hilarious entertaining book you'll ever read. Enter to win by becoming a Host-It Notes follower via Google Friend Connect (scroll down and look for the logo on the right of the screen), or email, subject line "I Like You." Contest ends at midnight on Monday the 11th and winners will be chosen in a random drawing. Become a follower and you'll be automatically entered into future contests!

Comedian, actress, writer and hostess extraordinaire Amy Sedaris may be funny, but the tips in this book are no joke—the woman takes her hospitality seriously. I LIKE YOU is a must-have collection of recipes, suggestions for party size and theme, tips on making your guests feel comfortable, and even a few crafts. Not convinced? Get a taste of Amy's hotshot hostessing skills by indulging in her delightful cupcake recipe below. Worried your name won't be on the winning ticket? You can buy a copy of your own here.

Tattletail's Vanilla Cupcakes
Turn oven on to 375 degrees F.

You will need:
Unsalted butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, baking powder, salt, flour, milk

Put 1 1/2 sticks of butter in mixer and beat at medium speed until somewhat smooth. Pour in 1 1/2 cups of sugar and beat well. Add 2 eggs. I like to crack the eggs on the side of the bowl while it is moving, which can be really stupid. I like to take chances. Yes, I have had to throw away my batter because I lost eggshells in the mix. Yes, it was a waste of food and yes, I know how expensive butter is, but what can I say? I'm a daredevil. Mix well. Add: 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla, 2 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 2 1/2 cups of flour, and 1 1/4 cups of milk. Beat until it looks like it is supposed to and pour into individual baking cups, until they are about 2/3rds full. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Should produce 24 cupcakes; I get 18 because I'm doing something wrong, although my cupcakes were voted 2nd best in the city by New York Magazine.

Tattletail's Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
In a bowl combine: one box of confectioners' sugar, one stick of unsalted butter, one teaspoon of pure vanilla extract and 1/4 cup of milk or light cream and beat for a while. Really whip it, don't be afraid to get in there. I occasionally add food coloring and sometimes substitute pure almond extract for vanilla.

If you do choose to add pure almond extract instead of vanilla, you're on your own. I don't know the measurement for it, but I do know it's less that the amount of vanilla you would add.

Excerpted from I LIKE YOU by Amy Sedaris. Copyright (c) 2006 by Amy Sedaris. Reprinted with permission from Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY. All rights reserved.

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