Sunday, January 8, 2012

BRUNCH WITH BINGO: THE CUPCAKE DIARIES - A GIVEAWAY

 WELCOME TO BOOKIN' WITH BINGO'S
"BRUNCH WITH BINGO DAY"
I AM EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE TODAY'S
  BINGO BRUNCH CHOICE IS....
 
GIVEAWAY ENDED 
THE CUPCAKE DIARIES 
 BY KATHERINE KALLINIS 
& SOPHIE KALLINIS LAMONTAGNE


ABOUT THE BOOK: 
In this delectable cookbook and memoir, sisters and stars of the hit TLC series DC Cupcakes inspire readers with their recipe for success: equal parts determination, smarts, and the belief that if you do what you love, you can’t fail. 

When sisters Katherine Kallinis and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne took a leap of faith and quit their secure jobs in fashion and finance to open a small cupcakery together, they knew they were risking it all. But from when they were little, their Greek grandmother Babee instilled in them a love of baking and the fire to follow their dreams. From the moment they opened the doors to Georgetown Cupcake, crowds have been clamoring for their sweet, wholesome treats; they sell as many as 10,000 cupcakes a day. And for two seasons, fans have been following their escapades—including making a giant bra, a slot machine, and a wedding gown out of cupcakes—on the hit TLC series DC Cupcakes. 

Georgetown Cupcake’s meteoric rise is the realization of a dream rooted in the special bond that Sophie and Katherine formed with each other from childhood. The Cupcake Diaries is a tribute to that bond, the memories they share, and the important lessons they learned, both about baking and about life. The book follows the sisters’ personal journey that started in their grandmother’s kitchen years ago. They reveal secrets of their business success and include over thirty delicious recipes, including their bestselling Red Velvet cupcake and their grandmother’s delicious Greek Easter bread. The Cupcake Diaries celebrates what it takes—luck, courage, family support, and determination—to go from dreaming to doing.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Katherine Kallinis is co-owner and co-founder of Georgetown Cupcake, Washington, DC’s celebrated cupcake bakery. She is also the co-star of the hit series DC Cupcakes on TLC, which profiles the daily challenges faced by Katherine and sister, Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne, in running their fast-paced bakery.  

Katherine and Sophie’s first book, The Cupcake Diaries: Recipes and Memories from the Sisters of Georgetown Cupcake, shares Georgetown Cupcake’s award-winning recipes and recounts the inspirational story behind Sophie and Katherine’s decision to follow their dreams and open a bakery together. Since opening Georgetown Cupcake 3 years ago, the sisters have grown their business to more than 300 employees, 3 locations, with a new shop to open in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City in December 2011, and ship their cupcakes nationwide.
Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne is co-owner and co-founder of Georgetown Cupcake, Washington, DC’s celebrated cupcake bakery. She is also the co-star of the hit series DC Cupcakes on TLC, which profiles the daily challenges faced by Sophie and sister, Katherine Kallinis, in running their fast-paced bakery.  
 

Sisters Sophie and Katherine—and their cupcakes—have been featured on
The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC'S Today Show, ABC Nightline, The Martha Stewart Show, The Rachael Ray Show, CBS' The Talk, and The Nate Show, and in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, People, InStyle, Town & Country, Better Homes & Gardens, Real Simple, Ladies' Home Journal, Redbook, Family Circle, US Weekly, OK!, InTouch Weekly, and Star, among others.


EXCERPT FROM THE CUPCAKE DIAIRES:
INTRODUCTION:
We had been waiting for years for this day to come, and to say we had butterflies fluttering in our stomachs is putting it mildly. Technically, we'd been dreaming of this day since we were young girls baking cupcakes in our grandma Babee's kitchen in Hamilton, Ontario. Everything we learned about baking we learned from her. We would stand beside her at the kitchen counter as she worked her magic. We remember her in her royal blue dress with large white polka dots and one of her many Greek aprons with beautiful flower embroidery lining its edges, her hair tied back in a white kerchief. She taught us how to cream butter and sugar together to make cakes and how to properly knead dough to make bread. We watched her, mesmerized.

Babee passed away at the age of eighty-two, when we were in high school. We miss her every day, and we realize now what a wonderful gift she gave us. Not just cherished memories and delicious recipes, but an absolute passion for baking. How much of a passion? Well, we gave up our steady and stable jobs in fashion and finance to open a bakery! It took us two years to make up our minds to go for it (a lot of people told us we were crazy!) and six months to sign a lease on a tiny-yet-charming town house tucked away on a side street in one of Washington, DC's most historic neighborhoods.

Visit THE CUPCAKE DIARIES on the TLC website HERE to see more about this wonderful book and for a photograph of Babee.

RECIPES FROM THE CUPCAKE DIARIES:
NEW YEAR'S EVE STRAWBERRY CHAMPAGNE SPARKLER CUPCAKES
YIELD: Served in champagne flutes, makes 12 servings (36 mini cupcakes: 3 per champagne flute)
INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup fresh strawberries, diced
1/2 cup good champagne (sweet rosé champagne suggested)
2‑1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2‑1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (European style recommended)
1‑3/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2‑1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
seeds from 1 vanilla bean
1‑1/4 cups whole milk, at room temperature
To see the REST of the ingredients and the preparation for these delicious cupcakes, visit the TLC website where The Cupcake Diaries Section can be found HERE.


GIVEAWAY 
I AM EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO HAVE
A COPY OF THE CUPCAKE DIARIES 
 TO GIVE AWAY TO ONE FOLLOWER!
BEING GREEK MYSELF, I ALSO
WANT TO SAY,  "YASOU,
KATHERINE AND SOPHIE!" 
 
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--NO P. O. BOXES
---INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
IN CASE YOU WIN!
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COUNT AS MORE THAN ONE!

HOW TO ENTER:

+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON WHY YOU WOULD WANT TO WIN THE CUPCAKE DIARIES FROM WHAT YOU LEARNED ABOVE,  AND DON'T FORGET YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING INTERESTING YOU FIND AT THE GEORGETOWN CUPCAKE'S DC WEBSITE HERE

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GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
6 PM, EST, JANUARY 20
GOOD LUCK!
  

127 comments:

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I love baking cupcakes. It would be interesting to read their story and try their recipes.
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I want to win this because my youngest dd is obsessed with DC Cupcakes - it's TOP of her list for our trip in March

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We have a local sisters cupcake bakery here in town and it is fabulous. I would love to learn creative, wonderful cupcake recipes.

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I was very impressed and learned that Georgetown Cupcakes believes in giving back to the community. Knowing that they sent over 10,000 cupcakes to our military forces during the holiday season filled my heart with yummy goodness.

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I love cupcakes and would love to read their story about how their business got started and about their family.

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Maria D. said...

I love that Katherine and Sophie have their "menu" online and that you can download it as a PDF. I think that's really a good idea for any bakery.

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I love how they incorporate the background behind the cupcakes and their love of family.

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Pat L. said...

I saw this book in Kmart recently and it has some mighty tasty looking cupcakes.

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