The 8x8 Cookbook, by Kathy Strahs -- Get it on Kickstarter Until 10/30!

Well, hello!! Lots has happened since I last checked in — most notably, my family moved from San Diego up to the Silicon Valley, I started a publishing company, and I’ve got a new cookbook coming out in time for the holidays!

That last piece of new is what is keeping me up at night, but also excited to start the day each morning. It’s called The 8×8 Cookbook: Square Meals for Weeknight Family Dinners, Desserts and More–In One Perfect 8×8 Inch Dish and you can reserve copies Kickstarter until Oct. 30 (the project is already nearly 80% funded, and has been named a Kickstarter Staff Pick!). I would love your support! Signed copies are available and make special holiday gifts!

The 8x8 Cookbook, by Kathy Strahs -- Get it on Kickstarter until 10/30!

In the book, I show busy families how to turn their “brownie pan” into a dinnertime secret weapon, with recipes like Honey Glazed Chicken with Roasted Root Vegetables, Baked Tortellini Alfredo with Pancetta, Peas and Lemon and Shortcut Chicken Enchiladas. And, of course, there are plenty of desserts, sides and brunches in there too! It’s the perfect size for serving a family or small group of 4 to 6, and doubles easily to 13×9 for a larger crowd.

Burnt Cheese Press

Not only did I write and photograph The 8×8 Cookbook (as I did with The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook), but this time around I am also the publisher. With Burnt Cheese Press, LLC I will take a fresh approach to food-related publishing, exploring new topics, giving voice to new authors and other creators, and connecting with food enthusiasts via new and emerging channels. It’s the entrepreneurial leap I’ve been looking to take for years, and so far it’s been rather intense but also incredibly fulfilling!


All-in-One Cake...mix both the frosting and the cake batter for this beautiful bundt all in one bowl!As someone who is known for being a bit of a tornado in the kitchen (ask my husband how many dishes are teetering in the sink after I’ve been cooking!), I was drawn to a C&H Sugar recipe for an All-in-One Cake that I saw in a magazine ad. “One recipe makes cake and frosting”, it promised. That was all the encouragement I needed!

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Guinness Bread

by Kathy Strahs on March 13, 2014 · 5 comments

Guinness Bread...warm homemade brown bread and soft butter is one of life's simple pleasures!With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, my eyes turned toward the random bottle of Guinness that’s been sitting in my fridge for…well, I’m not even sure how long it’s been there at this point. Long enough that I began contemplating ways I could cook with it, rather than drink it!

I found a terrific recipe for Guinness Bread on the Guinness website. It made a huge, sandwich-quality loaf of dark, lightly sweet bread that was far less cakey than other beer breads I’ve made. Warm brown bread with a good smear of soft Irish butter…definitely one of life’s simple pleasures.

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Spam Musubi …and Aloha from Hawaii!

March 6, 2014

You can tell I really miss our vacation in Hawaii by the fact that I have SPAM in my house! And now on my blog! Spam Musubi is a hugely popular treat in Hawaii and one of the few things my family and I didn’t eat while we were on Oahu earlier this month. Right […]

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Vanilla Beignet Bites

March 3, 2014
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“Warm little pillows of love” is the best way I know to describe these Vanilla Beignet Bites with Vanilla-Lemon Raspberry Jam. Lots and lots of love to share…look at the state of my kitchen counter by the time I was through: I’d never made beignets before — or any fried doughnuts, now that I think […]

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Valentine’s Day Chocolate Lollipops

February 11, 2014
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I love making treats for people — it truly makes me happy, not only to see the delight on their faces but also to let them know that they are special to me. I had the chance to take a fun chocolate class last week where I learned how to make Valentine’s Day Chocolate Lollipops […]

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Homemade Energy Bars

January 6, 2014
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Happy New Year! If you follow me on Instagram, you may recall I went a little Homemade Energy Bar crazy this past fall as I dove into my friend Camilla Saulsbury’s new book, Power Hungry: The Ultimate Energy Bar Cookbook (she also writes the Power Hungry blog). The bars in this cookbook are not only […]

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IDEA: Christmas Cookie Place Cards

December 23, 2013
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Looking for fun, festive (and edible!) place cards to set your holiday table? Allow me to suggest Christmas Cookie Place Cards! I found this terrific idea — and so many more — in my friend Julie Hession’s new cookbook, 100 Best Decorated Cookies. All you need is a cookie shape that offers space to include […]

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Pear-Walnut Salad

December 16, 2013
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I must have changed my mind at least four times before deciding to bring this Pear-Walnut Salad to last night’s holiday potluck. What put me over the edge was the sight of perfectly ripe pears sitting on my kitchen counter. My in-laws sent us a box of Harry and David pears — if you’ve ever […]

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Mexican Chocolate Crackled Cookies

December 11, 2013
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I’ve come to look forward to the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap at this time every year. I get to decide on a great cookie recipe (this year, I went with Mexican Chocolate Crackled Cookies!), make a huge batch of them, and mail them around the country to three other food bloggers (usually people I […]

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