The Newlywed Cookbook ~ a preview

{photos by Sara Remington}

I'm so excited, honored and grateful for all the calls, emails, tweets and posts from friends and family whose copies of my first book, The Newlywed Cookbook: Fresh Ideas and Modern Recipes for Cooking With and For Each Other, landed on their doorsteps in the last few days, just in time for Christmas. We didn't expect the pre-orders to arrive until the last day of December, and books to hit the book stores  until the first of January.

Surprise, they are here! In bookstores {like Barnes and Noble}, online {Amazon} and wherever books are sold, as they say. I'm overwhelmed and beyond delighted by all the people who've told me they've found the pages to be beautiful, delicious and inspiring.

My New Year's wish and hope is that everyone who loves to cook ~ whether they be a newlywed, oldywed, almost wed or never wed, a twosome or a family ~ could have their own copy to dig into {this book is about so much more than cooking; it's about really living!}. In the meantime, here, a preview of a few of my favorite spreads and recipes, to wet your appetite. Please, enjoy, share and treat yourself to something truly satisfying with someone you love.

{get dirty, get growing and get green!}

{farm fresh. in every color, shape and size you dream of}

{a fat stack you won't soon forget}

{a luscious egg sandwich, pretty please}
{swirls of spaghetti, darling? Just one of the ways to treat the ones you love}

{well hello there. you're not quite like any other chocolate chip cookie I've ever seen}

 {let's run away together, just for the day}

 More previews, recipes and a schedule of when and where I'll be signing books to come.



Weekend Project: Peanut Butter Chocolate and Pretzel Fudge

{a DIY candy bar}

Okay, ya'll, you know there's nothing more generous to give at the holidays than the gift of your time and something decadent handmade in your kitchen. It's time to up the ante. The food-lovers in your life are way beyond chocolate. It's peanut butter, chocolate and pretzel time.

This year, I created ten delicious, hipped-up riffs on some classic homemade holiday food gifts  for Cooking Channel, and my favorite is this Triple-Decker Peanut Butter and Pretzel Fudge topped with ganache and sourdough pretzels. I'm not normally a fudge gal. Not for the making of nor the eating of (caveat, this is cheater's fudge, the kind made with melted chips). But this is so easy it hardly befits the Weekend Project category. All you need is an hour.

I like to think of it as a chic DIY candy bar, the kind my buddies at Baked would make. In fact, one of their books would be the perfect pairing for this gift if you want to up the ante yet again.

Click here for the recipe. Now hit the kitchen.

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Sarah Copeland is a food and lifestyle expert, and the author of Feast: Generous Vegetarian Meals for Any Eater and Every Appetite, and The Newlywed Cookbook. She is the Food Director at Real Simple magazine, and has appeared in numerous national publications including Saveur, Health, Fitness, Shape, Martha Stewart Living and Food & Wine magazines. As a passionate gardener, Sarah's Edible Living philosophy aims to inspire good living through growing, cooking and enjoying delicious, irresistible whole foods. She thrives on homegrown veggies, stinky cheese and chocolate cake. Sarah lives in New York with her husband and their young daughter.