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OK’s 1st Anniversary, Tasting the Cherry Bounce & A Giveaway

OK’s 1st Anniversary, Tasting the Cherry Bounce & A Giveaway

Beyond the Books

Can you believe it?  Outlander Kitchen turns 1 year old today!

I can believe it.  This blog is a labour of love for me, and it’s also a lot of work.  But in the past 12 months, because of OK, I’ve met – online and in-person – a whole new group of friends, many of whom I talk to everyday.  Earlier this month, I traveled to Niagara Falls to meet a dozen of the 70+ women in an online Outlander book club that I joined just after launching OK.

And then just 1 week later, I found myself getting a big ol’ hug from Diana Herself at a book signing at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference.  (More on that next week.)

hug-
Getting a hug from Diana at the Surrey International Writers Conference

My Outlander Kitchen Facebook page has also become a big part of my days, and a space where I interact with Outlander fans from all over the world.  If you haven’t found us there yet, please come and take a keek at the extra photos, food ideas, and men in kilts that we talk about everyday.  You can also follow me on Twitter and check out my Board on Pinterest, or find even more pics on my Tumblr feed. (Shameless anniversary plug over.)

All of these things add up to a year that has made my life richer.  I’m busy, bursting with ideas and verra, verra happy.

BONNETS BALLS

The top-viewed post of the first year is Stephen Bonnet’s Salted Chocolate Pretzel Balls…which is the first character-inspired recipe I created, after a rather randy on-line conversation with some of the people I mentioned above.  The details of that conversation are locked away for eternity (who am I kidding?  it was on the net), but the recipe is a lot easier to find and these pretzel balls filled with Nutella or chocolate really are delicious.

Jamie and Frank Play Checkers

The second-most viewed post of this annus mirabilis is Jamie & Frank Play Checkers, where I set up the whisky and the sherry in shot glasses, and had the 2 men battle it out for Claire and Bree on the two-toned board.

That was quite an afternoon.

spatchcocked-quail RECIPE INDEX

The other page you should know about on OK is the Recipe Index.  There, you will find every recipe created in the last year, and beyond.  It’s organized by book, main ingredient and/or recipe type, to make it easy for your to find the perfect dish for every occasion.

And your family need never know they’re eating Outlander.

cherry bounce

There’s no greater example of the fun, experimental atmosphere I’ve worked hard to foster on OK than The Great Cherry Bounce Experiment.  People from all over the world have joined in, with their own combination of cherries, hooch and sugar.  Hogmanay is going to be verra interesting….

Annika’s picture above is just one of the beautiful photos sent in by fans to to the OK FB page.  See the whole album here.

cherry-bounce

If you are part of this grand experiment, you may want to take a wee nip from your own jar to see how things are coming along.  My Englishman and I both had a taste of each, and decided they weren’t sweet enough!  We’re trying to guard against making the cough syrup that Jemmy and Germaine tippled in ABOSAA, but I ended up adding about a teaspoon of sugar to each of my batches to up the flavour.  I’ll taste them again at the end of November, when I suspect I may add just a little bit more.

It’s better to be light handed and add the sugar in a couple of batches, than over generous all at once and end up with the kind of stuff that rotted George Washington’s teeth. (He was known to be fond of the Bounce.)

Or, you may decide you don’t want or need to add any more sugar at all.

OK apron signed by DG

Besides giving me a big hug, Diana was also generous enough to sign a couple of Outlander Kitchen souvenirs for me.  ‘Cause there’s nothing like a giveaway to really celebrate a Blogiversary, right?

1st prize is this Outlander Kitchen apron, signed by Diana Gabaldon.  (I love the way the aprons turned out by the way, and Herself’s signature is the icing on the cake!)

2nd prize is a DG-signed spurtle — which I wouldn’t use to stir my morning parritch, but I would display on my bookshelf, next to my Outlander collection.

DG signed spurtle

To enter:

  1. You must leave a comment at the bottom of this post, telling me what your favourite Outlander Kitchen recipe or post is, and why.
  2. For a 2nd entry, subscribe to Outlander Kitchen – Choose “Subscribe to RSS – Posts” or “Subscribe by Email” located near the top right of this page…just underneath the picture of DG’s books and the wooden spoon.
  3. For a 3rd entry, tweet the name and link of your favourite Outlander Kitchen recipe on Twitter.  Make sure to tag me @OutlanderKitchn (note the e is missing from kitchn) to ensure I see your tweet.

The contest is open until 6pm, PST (GMT-8), Monday, November 12th, 2012.  I will pick the winners with the help of a random number generator and make the big announcement on Tuesday, November 13th.

Good luck to all and thank you for your continued support and love for OK.  I can’t wait to dive right into year 2!

136 Comments

  1. Marilyn Warren
    October 31, 2012 at 12:20 am

    My favorite recipe is Chestnut Tarts from Dragonfly in Amber. I love chestnuts and this is one tasty tart. I now have a source of chestnuts and make it often. I also like to think of Jammie eating it and me there drooling over both him and the tart.

    • emily kearns
      October 31, 2012 at 9:12 am

      ♫happy♪anniversary♫!!!!! i’d have to say my (and my family) favorite recipe has to be mrs. bug’s cinnamon butter…or as we call it now in our house, “brown butter”. it’s become a morning and snack time staple. from toast, to pop tarts, or believe it or not, a filling for bonnet’s balls! (it worked!!) just delicious…so thank you for being a part my life for a whole year!!! you and your ideas are amazing, and i look forward to many more recipes and blogs for some time to come.

    • Patricia Loftus
      November 6, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      Happy Anniversary. Quite an accomplishment. My family devoured the Ginger Biscuits and Govenors Apple Crumb Pie. So Delicious.

  2. Jenn McConnell
    October 31, 2012 at 4:44 am

    My favorite recipe has got to be the Cherry Bounce, because who doesn’t love a little homemade hooch? I started mine a wee bit later so I will taste test it later. My 3 month mark is New Years, and my 6 month mark is my husband coming home from deployment, so I have multiple jars going!

    • Stacey Reynolds
      October 31, 2012 at 8:01 am

      I am going to start some experimenting with the hooch as well! Let us know how it is! Mine leaves pretty soon for deployment. Good luck on that homecoming!!! God bless!

  3. Denise Twist
    October 31, 2012 at 6:05 am

    I’m just glad I stumbled upon you early on in the process – Happy Birthday! You have the most creative mind and I have enjoyed testing many of your recipes. I can’t wait for Hogmanay!

  4. Aaron Brown
    October 31, 2012 at 6:05 am

    It has been one great year!! My favorites are a tie between Ginger-Nut biscuits and Mrs. Grahams Chocolate biscuits.

    • Marilyn Warren
      October 31, 2012 at 9:26 am

      I would go for the Ginger Nut just because I do love my ginger! Then again, you can’t lose with chocolate. Personally, I would make them both.

  5. Gisela
    October 31, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Happy Birthday to the best Cooking&Literature site I have ever read! I cant wait until you get the book out for us to grab!!!! Slainte!

  6. Stacey Reynolds
    October 31, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Well, I was torn with all of those recipes. But seeing as I am in glorious state of North Carolina, I can hardly betray her. Spending 2 years in a Muslim country, I had fever dreams about the fatty, piggy, tangy beauty that is NC BBQ. Now that I am back in Stephen Bonnet country ( the coast with the most) I will weigh in on Ronnie Sinclair’s Traditional North Carolina Vinegar Mop being the lovelies of the lovelies and the only way to eat your BBQ! Thanks for all of these outstanding recipes, for the time you put into humoring all of us, and connecting a bunch of cooky lasses that have a few things in common! I do love some Cherry Bounce! and wouldn’t that be lovely with some BBQ!

  7. ssleblanc
    October 31, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Probably my favorite post/recipe is the Bangers and Mash. It’s something I’ve made for several years, but I learned of carmelizing onions in the crockpot through this post. I’ve now used that technique for other things (most recently a huge pot of french onion soup). There are also a few recipes from favorite posts that I’m dying to try. The Puff Pastry Boar Tusk Bracelets and Corn Dodgers from DOA. I’d like to try Cherry Bounce but I don’t think I have enough patience for that. 🙂

    • Stacey Reynolds
      October 31, 2012 at 8:00 am

      that did look pretty awesome!

  8. Cynthia Fuller
    October 31, 2012 at 7:06 am

    I have wanted to make so many of your recipes, but have only made the hazelnut torte, which was delicious! With Christmas baking season coming up, I should have the chance to try out several more recipes…Congratulations on your 1st anniversary.

  9. Shari
    October 31, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Congrats Theresa! My favourite recipe is Roast Beef for a Wedding Feast. It was fun to make and the whole family enjoyed it, which is no small feat when feeding 6 people. Looking forward to another year of OK!!

  10. Kim puhrmann
    October 31, 2012 at 7:09 am

    I love, love, love Stephen Bonnet’s balls! I sorta wish they were called Jamie’s balls, tho 🙂 I shamelessly use the chocolate filling-which is my favorite part.

    Thank you so much for being willing to part with this crazy-amazing apron!

  11. Shannon Pike
    October 31, 2012 at 7:13 am

    I enjoy all your posts! Honestly, the O.K. posts are the ones I look for when I sign on. I particularly enjoyed your wee video about nettles. 🙂 One of these days I’m going to try some more recipes, but at the momment I have only made the wedding roast. I used venison, and it was delicious! Happy Anniversary, and well done!

  12. Joelle in NC
    October 31, 2012 at 7:42 am

    There are so many I _want_ to try but haven’t yet! I have tried DG’s enchiladas, though, and they were delish! Never thought I’d like enchiladas, but reading the recipe they sounded so good I wanted to try them. Glad I did!

  13. Shari
    October 31, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Happy blogiversary!! My favorite post is Jamie & franks game. The recipes are all great and I’ve tried several, but the way you put the quotes together on that post just blew me away!!!

  14. Donna
    October 31, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Congratulations Outlander Kitchen and Happy 1st Anniversary!! My very favorite recipe is the one that brought me here to you: Brianna’s Bridies!! I was searching for a recipe after reading the books and stumbled upon your lovely blog. I’m so glad I did! Thank you, Theresa, for your beautiful writing and wonderful recipes!

  15. Kati
    October 31, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Congratulations! I love the books, but your site brings a whole new level of participation in all things Outlander for me…and I thank you for it. As for my favorite recipe…I’m torn. Briana’s Bridies are definitely a favorite, but I LOVED the cherry bounce, and The Ginger Nut biscuits, and corn dodgers…I just love it all..lol.

    • Marilyn Warren
      October 31, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Oh yes, the Bridies are great. We had an Outlander party a few years back and thy were a great hit. We had the party after DG had a book signing in Abbotsford, BC. A real fun night! Corn Dodgers were great, but we didn’t have any Cherry Bounce, worst luck! We had the carrot cupcakes for desert. Yum.

  16. Marci
    October 31, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Congratulations OK, I can’t believe it’s been a year already. Every morning when I sit down with my cuppa and check facebook I check out OK just to see what you’re up to. I have enjoyed your page and blog verra much!

    My favorite recipe so far is how to make all the different kind of stocks. I make a lot of soups in the Fall and Winter months and plan to keep stock on hand for better tasting recipes. But I have to give a shout out to Madame Nesle de la Tourelle’s Slippery Nipple — so clever, so funny and so delicious!

    Thank you for all your hard work and humor!

  17. Veronica Crawford
    October 31, 2012 at 8:14 am

    BOO! A very Happy Halloween to you! I’ve been following OK for quite a few months now, and I’m truly enjoying every post and recipe:). I am a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse in New Jersey, and I usually try out your new recipes for my fellow RNs; they seem to have me baking delectable treats every other weekend when we work! A true favorite was the Craig Na Dun carrot cupcakes! Yummy! My next surprise will be Stephen Bonnet’s balls! Can’t wait to sink my teeth into them! Lol!

  18. Erica Winnestorfer
    October 31, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Happy anniversary! I just found your blog recently, and love it! I tried the Roast Beef for a Wedding Feast, and it was gone as soon as I put it on the table. Can’t wait to try more, thank you!

  19. Tyna
    October 31, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Happy Anniversary OK!!!!!! I just loving trying new recipes inspired by my favorite books!! Keep up the great work :):) My fav so far has to be scotch eggs! Easy to make, delicious, easy to bring to work….and packs a protein punch to leave me satisfied for hours!!! Love em!! 🙂

  20. amanda
    October 31, 2012 at 8:22 am

    I love all good food. in fact, I have a slight obsession with it 😉
    having to pick my favorite though…i go with Claires birthday carrot cupcakes. my favorite thing to do around here, in the fall and winter anyway, is to have some thing really good for breakfast.
    thank you for your blog! I look forward to your posts.

  21. Kate
    October 31, 2012 at 8:22 am

    I looooooove Outlander Kitchen <3 favorite recipe so far… ? Loved the Tortellini Portofino, and the Honey Buttermilk Oatbread. But how do you pick just one? Everything I've made from OK I've loved. Well done!! And Congratulations!

  22. KRhodig
    October 31, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Congrats!!!! I would have to say my favorite recipe is the crockpot chicken fricasse but my husband’s is probly Brianna’s bridies!! But I have shepards pie on the menu for next week so it might change to that!!

  23. denizb33
    October 31, 2012 at 8:57 am

    My favourite Outlander Kitchen recipe is the salt0rising bread, because I still haven’t ever tried making bread from scratch, and think it might be easiest to start with a non-yeast recipe.
    I’m a subscriber! Off to Tweet!
    Congratulations on your blogiversary!

  24. Coralie Collins
    October 31, 2012 at 9:17 am

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!! A favourite? Weel they all look so good but I would have to go with the wedding feast Roast Beef… or Bonnets (Shwweaty) Balls.. HAHA! My 10th wedding Anniversary is Nov 22 (hint hint) and this will be our Dinner In and by chance, Ryans favourite dinner too!!! Id love to try cherry bounce though….

  25. Michele Jones
    October 31, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Happy Anniversary! My favorite recipe would have to be Governor Tryon’s Humble Crumble Apple Pie. I do love a good apple pie and this one is to die for!

    I love your blog and it always amazes me what you pull out of all the wonderful books in the Outlander series.

  26. Gayle Hesse
    October 31, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Happy Anniversary!

    Just this past weekend I made beef stock from your recipe – used it as the base for a borsht – which turned out beautifully.

    My favourite recipe far has been the Cinnamon Scones (Mrs. Bug’s recipe, I think) which were so good I hid two from my DH and ate them for breakfast all by myself. Shameless lack of willpower, I know.

    Love your blog and the wonderful photos.
    Suzie Q

  27. Katie Verschaeve
    October 31, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Cherry bounce would be my favorite. My husband’s grandmother makes her version of it every year to have at Christmas.

  28. Jayne
    October 31, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Congratulations on such a great year, and Happy Anniversary!

    My favorite post is the first — Rolls with Pigeon & Truffles from Voyager. When I found this post, I’d just made a 450 mile move across country, leaving friends and family behind, and I was very down in the mouth and homesick. Reading the Outlander stories helped me feel everything was still “normal,” since I felt like Jamie, Claire and the online Outlander family had moved with me. Missing my kids so desperately, I imagined what it would be like to be Claire after Bree and family returned to their own time, and my heart broke for her.

    Imagining things from the Outlander series has become a favorite past-time for me. I particularly love anything that “brings the books to life,” and your blog does this so well! Often times, I find the description of foods from that time sound absolutely horrible. Then I look at the photos you post, and your food looks so delicious, and I realize the descriptions in the books aren’t quite as horrible as my own imagination is inadequate 😀

    Thank you for sharing with all of us throughout this year. You’ve given me some great cooking ideas and also made the Outlander experience that much more enjoyable.

    Keep up the great work!!

  29. Joanna
    October 31, 2012 at 10:27 am

    My favorite recipe posted was Mrs. Bug’s Overnight Parritch. I love oatmeal so this was amazing for me! (By the way: Congrats on your one year anniversary! I love this blog both here and on tumblr!)

  30. Michelle Bennetts Heumann
    October 31, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Happy anniversary! I’ve subscribed to your blog for so long, it feels like more than just one year! 🙂

    Neil Forbes’ Smoke Ear was a fun post, and I enjoy reading them all even though I’ve never actually made anything, but I think my favourite and one I’m actually going to try next summer is the Battlefield Blackberry Jam.

    And tweet: 🙂
    https://twitter.com/MichelleHeumann/status/263696408782176256

  31. Alyson
    October 31, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Happy Anniversary! I stumbled on your blog quite by accident and just kept on coming for more recipe ideas. I’ve been super impressed with the great care you’ve taken to carefully comb through all the books for the food parts, and then recreate the recipe! That’s dedication and creativity! This is the best part about reading–when the books make you say, “Hmm, what if?” You went one step beyond that.

    My favorite recipe is the one for Oatcakes at Lallybroch. I remember Jamie eating the oatcakes in Voyager and wondering what an oatcake was, and what it might taste like. Thanks to you, now I know.

    Thank you for sharing your creativity and inspiring ours. I’ll start the Cherry Bounce experiment in June when we get cherries again.

  32. Lori Zachary
    October 31, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I cannot possibly choose one favorite recipe!! Wedding roast, shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, homemade pizzas… Any one of these could be on the menu any night or nights of the week!! My husband’s favorite cookie: Mrs Graham’s chocolate biscuits. Thank you, Outlander Kitchen, for not only giving me an almost daily JAMMF fix, but for giving me new and exciting breakfasts, lunch and dinners for my family! Happy anniversary, and many more!

  33. tina
    October 31, 2012 at 11:18 am

    My favourite OK recipe is Fiona’s Cinnamon Scones. Everyone, even my picky DD LOVES them! keep up the good work!

  34. Danielle Mattern
    October 31, 2012 at 11:51 am

    My favorite recipe is Stephen Bonnet’s balls…who can resist choc and pretzel, one of my favorite combinations. However, I would love to try the cherry bounce….someday!

  35. ScribeLynn
    October 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Most favorite recipe on OK?? That would have to be Madame Jeanne’s Oatbread, pans down! LOL

  36. ScribeLynn
    October 31, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Oh, and happiest Blogiversary to a most wonderful friend!

  37. Linda Schafer Carlson
    October 31, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    I like them all, but my favorite would have to be Cherry Bounce. I have had several family versions over the years. Congrats on your birthday.

  38. Elaine Boyle
    October 31, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    I just recently discovered your blog, so haven’t tried many of the recipes yet. I think my favorites right now would be the Cord Dodgers and the cinnamon butter. Since these are my favorite books, I was happy to find your recipes! Happy Birthday!

  39. sattvahealth
    October 31, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    my favorite ok recipe…hard to decide!!! i think it’s a tie between stephen bonnet’s balls (even though i’m still working on a gluten free version) and the chicken fricawhatever! or maybe it’s the cinnamon toast???

    thank you OK for motivating me to try new things and to learn to love cooking. happy birthday to you and i look forward to all the incredible recipes to come!!!

    p.s. when can we expect a cookbook to come out?

  40. Christiane KYPRAIOS
    October 31, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Happy Anniversary ! My favorite recipe (so far) : Rolls with pigeon and truffles from “Voyager”. Looking forward to the cookbook… Christiane

  41. Iseabail Wright
    October 31, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Outlander Kitchen Happy Anniversary! I look forward to your blog everyday! Great well tested, creative recipes! A whole new way to enjoy our favorite books! My favorite recipe has to be Mrs. Graham’s Chocolate Biscuits! My men love them! Favorite post…Frank n Jaime play Chess! Fabulous photography! Fingers crossed for an Outlander cookbook, and cooking trips to Scotland! (would be so much fun!) Congrats! Luv ya, Iseabail!

  42. nmdragonfire
    October 31, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    My favorite post is “Jamie & Frank Play Checkers”. Such a great way to bring it all together!

  43. Liz
    October 31, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Congrats Theresa, your blog is lovely and I appreciate all of the hard work you put into it. I can tell the recipes and photographs are your labor of love. My favorite recipe is for Salt Rising bread. When I was a wee lass my mom and granny made it often and I miss the flavor and texture of it. I hope book 8 gives you much inspiration. 🙂

  44. Sandy O
    October 31, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    My favorite recipe is the quails (or are they partridges?) baked in clay. Although I haven’t had the nerve to make them, your experiences in making them entertained me greatly.

  45. Jennifer
    October 31, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I am not much of a cook, so I have not tried any of the recipes. I have two, working on a third, Outlander converts and if I can ever stage an Outlander party everyone will be required to bring an Outlander Kitchen recipe. (Me thinks I should be getting a batch of Cherry Bounce started for that….just in case.) What really tickles me is that you were so excited and into “Outlander” and being a creative person who likes to cook found a way to put the the two together to come up with Outlander Kitchen! Congrats on your anniversay! Always love your posts. All this talk of Cherry Bounce is making me feel it’s wine’o-thirty!

    Cheerio!

    Jennifer

  46. beth wycuff
    October 31, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Typical, but the balls are my clear fav. Bree went through hell to make his balls available. After Bree dropped the ball ( pun fully intended), OK picked it up and added a delightful twist and presented them on a platter for all to giggle at and take great pleasure in. These are to be enjoyed with a big dallop of “Take THAT!”

  47. Renae
    October 31, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    What a wonderful milestone, Outlander Kitchen. Congratulations on all your achievements and also for inspiring the less creative in the kitchen to develop a little culinary flair. That would be me. 🙂 I remember well when your creativity really hit home for me and that was with “Murtagh’s Gift to Ellen from Outlander”. Just like DG weaves her magic through words and imagination, you weaved a little magic yourself, through food and creativity, re-creating this scene and producing something tangible to hold on to – and eat! That combined with some of my favourite ingredients: prosciutto, asparagus, Parmesan cheese and pastry made it a winner for me! That was about the time I become an OK fan and know I will continue to be an advocate of your page for a long time to come. Here’s to many more milestones in the Outlander Kitchen!

  48. Allie
    October 31, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Happy anniversary! My favorite recipe is Rolls with Pigeon & Truffles from Voyager – mostly because it reminds me of the book, which is my absolute favorite of the series. At some point I’ll be brave and give it a whirl – I’m not the most confident cook. However, I do make Mrs. Bug’s Overnight Parritch regularly. 😉

    Thank you for a year of lovely writing, photography, and recipes!

  49. daisypierce16
    October 31, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Happy anniversary! I love all of your posts, but I think my favorite one is the Jamie vs. Frank Chess match. So creative, and intriguing!

  50. Charlene
    October 31, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    My favorite is the blog post recipe of Jamie and Frank playing checkers. Happy Anniversary! I so appreciate all of your hard work.

  51. Lorna
    October 31, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    My favourite, although it’s difficult to pick just one, is “Mr Willoughby’s Coral Knob”. Very creative & LOL funny. Not to mention fairly simple to make, yet delicious little delicacies. Congrats on the 1st year & for turning me into a DG & JAMMF fan!

  52. Bridget
    October 31, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    It’s hard to pick just one, so I picked 2. Gypsy Stew and Shepard’s Pie.

  53. Lindsck
    October 31, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Happy Birthday, OK! You _know_ what my favorite recipe is… Gypsy Stew! I love it because 1) I tried several foods I had never eaten before, 2) while not the quickest recipe, it is very simple to make, and 3) I really feel good about the ingredients – it’s something I can serve to my family and know that they have gotten a healthy balanced meal cooked with lots of love. Thanks for all the time and energy you put in to bringing all these recipes to us.

  54. Ada
    November 1, 2012 at 3:06 am

    Happy anniversary! What a great milestone and hopefully many will follow!

    There are many recipes I liked a lot and even more I still want to try. But my favorite recipe is Fiona’s Ginger-Nut Biscuits! Easy to make and even easier to eat 🙂 I just love the combination of ginger, cinnamon and the pinches of salt. The first time I made them, I liked the idea of making something that was eaten in one of my favorite books. I already surprised many people with those delicious cookies, even though it’s always hard for me to give them away, hehe.

    I’m looking forward to more inspiring recipes! Who would have thought reading a series of books made me spending more and more time in the kitchen. Thanks for that!

  55. bullrem
    November 1, 2012 at 8:16 am

    I have loved the challenge of following your lead in experimenting with recipes. My favorite experiment was the salt rising bread. I was successful on my 2nd try. I was so proud… My favorite for me to eat was Fiona’s Scones – OMG. My hubby’s was the Puff pastry Prosciutto asparagus – so far. My girlfriend and I made the bounce and yes a wee bit more sugar might do the trick. WOW it has a kick. I must say I have not tried them all, but I have throughly enjoyed reading them all. Who does not like reading recipes…..??? Thank you Theresa for all you do for us in this blog and HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY Anniversary… Also, Happy All Saints’ Day to you all. Helen in Ark.

  56. operarose
    November 1, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Happy birthday! I have enjoyed trying a number of your recipes, but the one I come back to the most is Roger and Bree’s pizza. In second place, Claire’s spoon bread (so tasty and versatile!) and finally, I also like Fiona’s cinnamon scones, which is probably the best scone recipe I have come across. Again, congrats, you have such great ideas and the recipes are truly wonderful quality: imaginative, fun and gourmet.

  57. Sandra Goldberg
    November 1, 2012 at 9:18 am

    My and my pitbull Fred’s favorite are Rachel Hunter’s Dog Treats for Rollo. Yams/Sweet potatoes are so good for dogs, and wrapped in chicken strips and dried in the oven make the best, most healthy and safest treats for my dog. So many store treats are recalled that I am afraid to feed them to him. Thank you so much for this easy and delicious recipe! I love your blog, read it faithfully, it keeps Claire and Jamie alive for me 😀

  58. Michelle D
    November 1, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Happy Anniversary! Love your blog!! My favourite recipe is Brianna’s Matchstick Fries. My whole family loves them!!!

  59. Jacque Watkins
    November 1, 2012 at 9:55 am

    My favorite recipe is Corn Dodgers from Drums of Autumn…I love cornbread, hush-puppies, corn-cakes, etc…also, corn dodgers are versatile and can sustain life for an individual who is traveling…much like “hard-tack” that the cavalry had…

  60. Jessica Godfrey
    November 1, 2012 at 10:16 am

    It’s not really a recipe but for sure it’s the Great Cherry Bounce Experiment. It reminds me of the choke cherry wine that my Momo used to make and my own Jemmy and Germaine experience when I was a kid. I can only hope my bounce turns out like Momo’s did 🙂 I would have to say that the fav recipe I got from OK was the corn dodgers. Delish! Bon Anniversaire!

  61. sonia
    November 1, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Feliz aniversario ,precioso sitio

  62. Ann Mlynarski
    November 1, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Claire’s vegetable stock because I am a vegetarian & usually don’t get many good receipes!

  63. Dana Cornell Bishop
    November 1, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    My favorite Outlander Kitchen recipe has got to be Scottish Eggs. They are so easy to make and when re-heated they make a fantastic quick breakfast when I’m in a hurry!

  64. AnneStrawberry
    November 2, 2012 at 7:56 am

    I love coming here and thinking about the adventures in Outlander and how our lives our very different yet the same in many ways. Reading your blog makes me reread the books differently, noticing the food and wanting to bring it into my kitchen. I think the bread recipes have been the best for me because every week when I make bread (with fancy yeast… in my Bosch) I’m so grateful for how easy it is, and marvel at how busy women like Claire and Mr.s Bug were able to take care of their flock with often so little materials and usually not enough time. Some of the recipes have been a huge crack up, too, like Dougal with the peaches and the pretzel balls! Thanks for sharing!

  65. AnneStrawberry
    November 2, 2012 at 8:02 am

    I subscribed by email!

  66. Kirsten M
    November 2, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Happy Anniversary! Love the scones! Congrats on your blog – a mix of two of my favorite things – Outlander and FOOD!!

  67. Jennifer
    November 2, 2012 at 8:23 am

    My favorite recipe is the Toad in the Hole. I had a good laugh reading everyone’s comments. Thank you for all your awesome recipes!

  68. Patti
    November 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Long story…my maiden name is MacLachlan and I’m proud of my Scottish heritage. I recently purchased a silver thistle charm from etsy. The artist mentioned the Outlander books, which I was not familiar with, but immediately requested from my library. I picked up the book today and while on Pinterest decided to search Outlander. One of the pins brought me to your blog. Spurtles are great. I purchased a lovely set, wooden with a thistle carved at the top, from a gentleman off of eBay last year. I plan to try the bread recipe that brought me to your website!

  69. Chelsea K
    November 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I absolutely love the recipe for Brianna’s Bridie’s from Drums of Autumn. It’s one of my favorite Scottish treats and I learned a lot about suet when reading this entry, knowledge that I’ve shared with many foodie friends! Congrats on the blogiversary and thanks for keeping me intrigued with your recipes and great photographs of men in kilts!

  70. peppertye
    November 3, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Ok, second time trying to post. My favorite recipe: ute-mcgillivray’s-smoked-eggs. I was so excited to try these, there was something so rustic about smoking eggs. I did try to smoke them, but when my son ran through the house screaming FIRE FIRE FIRE, and running to the kitchen door, pointing at the grill, I decided it was a bad idea for me. Before I could get outside to the grill, my husband had sprinted through the house and out the door to put out the raging fire inside and outside of my grill. The grill is on the deck beside the house. Obviously, I needed to find a different method since I was banned from trying to smoke anything in the grill again. :/ Then I saw a recipe by Alton Brown where he baked the eggs in the oven. Seemed like a safe way to get my smoked eggs, well, baked. It worked. I’m sure Ute, being a practical woman (axe not withstanding, she was provoked after all) would have approved.

  71. DJ
    November 3, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Happy Blogiversary Outlander Kitchen! Thank you so much for all that you do to keep us fans going and making the novels an even richer experience. I think that
    Bonnet’s salted pretzel balls are a favourite, as well as Brianna’s Bridies. Yum!

  72. Annika Åstradsson
    November 5, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Dear wonderful chef of OK, I cherish the day I happened on your cherry-bounce experiment and dove into I don’t know how many stores along the way home until I found cherries. (Wait, it was six I think, that’s how inspirational your description was) I deposited the cherries and lemon at home and went straight to town for a bottle of cheaper booze to use as base. The whiskey I had. After that excited beginning, obviously, I’ve followed your blog and gone back and forth among your recipes. I simply love this blog and on the FB page I adore the serene highland vistas and I absolutely loved the bookstore photos! Now, to pick a favorite… I don’t want to be disqualified by not playing by the rules, but it’s a close battle between two recipes. Number one however will have to be the “Oatcakes at Lallybroch”. I have had oatcakes similar to your recipe my whole life, but sometimes with long periods in between. And everytime I return to them I feel like I have come home to rest a while. Yes there may be real troubles out there or my head may be a mess from trying to balance and prioritize, but when I eat a warm oatcake (with butter, honey and cheese on the same one) I know that everything will work out and I am safe. I’m home. The second recipe is “Murtagh’s Gift to Ellen” and there are two reasons. First of all the bracelets appear in Outlander and this reminded me of the feeling of having just fallen in love with this spellbinding story and the characters, wondering at how awesome you had to be to create something like this. And my own jewel box is like Jenny’s – disorganized and full of memories. The other reason I love this recipe is because it’s genius in its composition. You added the bacon for the boar and asparagus for a genuine feel of forest and field where this delicate treasure can be found growing wild if you’re hiding and waiting for the boar. We have wild asparagus growing where I live and it’s a wonder to see such delicacies along a road when you know it takes year to make them grow properly in your garden. The photos of them were gorgeous as well. Right, I have also entered my email address so do put me down for two entries – this is a draw I desperatly want to be in. Stay awesome.
    Love
    Annika

  73. Faith
    November 6, 2012 at 6:30 am

    Happy Blogiversary!

    By far my favorite recipe is “Fiona’s Ginger Nut Biscuits.” My 3 year old daughter calls them “honey cookies” and just adores them. I get regular requests for these from the hubby as well. They are wonderful!

    • Faith
      November 6, 2012 at 6:32 am

      PS. already follow the RSS feed.

  74. rebecca
    November 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    so i have to just pick one? My personal favorite i suppose are the fish tacos…i love the tangyness of the slaw. and i love grilled/baked fish.
    Then there was the crockpot onion gravy..my 15 year old son was literally(no joke) licking his plate
    and the ginger biscuits, a new family wide favorite. My nephew said he needed 100 more.
    Your recipes are awesome and easy and Outlandy 🙂

  75. rrbuchholz1
    November 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    my favorite so far is the Cherry Bounce. LOVE to do kitchen concoctions and what is more perfect than this!!

  76. janie
    November 6, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Happy anniversary! My cousin Liz turned my mom( Of Aunt Helen fame and possibly the oldest fan of Outlander) onto the books. They even went to Scotland .I am still very bitter about this fact! Any way Liz gave me a copy of Outlander and now I am hooked and have read them all..Iwas looking at the recipes ..so many wonderful things to try. But one of my all time favs has to be Scotch Eggs..canna wait to mix up a batch!

  77. Wendi Librach
    November 6, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    How to choose just one??? OK…the Stephan Bonnet Pretzel balls win on not only yumminess, but on the hilarity-factor!!

  78. Betsy Bowers
    November 7, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Definately a favorite was Brianna’s Bridies. Not that hard to make but they are awesome when they are hot out of the oven! Making Fiona’s Ginger nut biscuits this weekend! Happy Anniversary!!

  79. Janell
    November 7, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Congrats on a great year! I love reading all the posts, but since soups are my favorite thing to make, I particularly love the tips for making broths and stocks. My husband’s favorite is the Roast Beef for a Wedding Feast. The flavor in that dish is incredible. Next on the list for me to make – Humble Crumble Apple Pie!!!!!!

  80. Gayle
    November 7, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Congratulations on your one year anniversary!!

    My favorite recipe has been the Shepard’s Pie from Echo. It reminds me of the NY pub style food I used to get before I moved. It is delicious and easy and the entire family enjoys it!

  81. Alylene Fields
    November 7, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I have learned so much from Outlander Kitchen, and so does my husband. He has enjoyed my attempts of replication. He especially likes the onion gravy.

  82. Claire McDonald
    November 7, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Congratulations on an incredible year!! It’s tough to pick one favorite thing. Your posts are fun and entertaining and your recipes are delicious! I will have to go with Fiona’s Ginger-Nut biscuits since they are simple to make, my kids love to help bake them and they are so full of deliciousness!! 🙂

  83. Elizabeth
    November 8, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Congratulations on your first year! I’m sure there will be many more to come. My favorite recipe is Brianna’s Bridies. I have several more I would like to try… first on the list are Stephen Bonnet’s Balls! 🙂

  84. Laurie Brett Pearsall
    November 9, 2012 at 9:22 am

    I love the Battle BBQ recipe. I think I’m a vinegar addict or something……..

  85. April
    November 9, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Congrats! First year down many more to come! I enjoy seeing what you have come up with! Very creative and fun!

  86. Candy Dolan
    November 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Congratulations on a blog well done and Happy Anniversary. My favorite recipe so far has been Brianna’s Bridies. The main reason is that I have never been able to make a very good pastry until now. Your method of keeping everything frozen and grating the butter into the frozen flour was the secret. I now use your shortcrust recipe for a fruit filling as well. Keep them coming, I have many more to try. My husband’s favorite is Claire’s Spoon Bread. Thank you. Candy Dolan

  87. Tiana Hodge
    November 12, 2012 at 5:21 am

    Congrats on your first anniversary. Very artistic on your part coming up with the Ok. I love all the recipes, love the artwork, but most of all , what makes my day is the postings of kilted men. Nothing like a nice glass of cherry bounce and looking at them. Keep up with good work, and I will continue to follow. Tiana

  88. Sandi Hudson
    November 12, 2012 at 5:22 am

    Actually my favorite post on your blog is this one! I just found this site so this post is my introduction to you blog and I’m really enjoying it.I’ll definitel be back for more 🙂

  89. Celeste Watkins
    November 12, 2012 at 5:22 am

    Brianna’s Bridies have to be my favorite But I’m wanting to try sooo many!! I want to try roger and Brianna s pizza I love your blog almost as much as I love outlander

  90. Sheryl O'Brien-Springer
    November 12, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Happy Anniversary! And as for the recipe…….would have to be Brianna’s Bridies. I can’t read that description without my mouth watering…..hot spiced meat, wrapped in a steaming puff pastry? mmmmmmmmm

  91. Gretta Secrest
    November 12, 2012 at 5:49 am

    A giant congrats to you, I love checking in on your page every day on Facebook. I have to say that Briana’s Bridies are my favorite. Not only are they delicious, but they are from one of my favorite parts of the book.

  92. loraine thompson
    November 12, 2012 at 5:57 am

    Happy Anniversary from the South Okanagan, BC.
    I love the recipe for Brianna’s Bridies!! I’ve always made some sort of meat pie for the family, and this is just great. So easy for the kids to take in their lunches, or just pop into the toaster oven and heat one up after school. We always have some in the freezer. Many thanx
    ~ loraine

  93. Elyse
    November 12, 2012 at 6:07 am

    Brianna’s Bridies are definitely my favourite! The vegetarian version. It’s the first recipe I searched upon discovering your blog. Congrats and thanks for all of the hard work you put into OK!

  94. Mary
    November 12, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Theresa: My favorites are Fergus’s Chestnut Tarts from Dragonfly in Amber and
    Fiona’s Cinnamon Scones from Voyager for Christmas Morning. I made them last year for Christmas; they were quite the hit! I loved the idea of freezing and grating the butter for the scone pastry–wish I’d thought of that! Keep the recipes coming and come back to the Niagara Falls area–would love to meet you in person. Happy cooking to you!

  95. Sarah Ball
    November 12, 2012 at 6:11 am

    Mrs. Graham’s Chocolate Biscuits is a favorite around here. I use dark chocolate chips for the topping and then have to fight my teenagers off so I can enjoy some of them!

  96. Cecilia Kresch-McGonnell
    November 12, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Love the scones. Yesterday I made Everyday Bread. Have yet to taste, but I’ll keep you posted. The loaves look lovely. BUT, my favorite is Mrs. Graham’s Chocolate Biscuits. Thank you for Outlander Kitchen. It has brought such happiness to my life and such inches to my waist;)

  97. Maria
    November 12, 2012 at 6:30 am

    I love to bake so I love all the bread and scone recipes. And the salted chocolate pretzels are on my to do list. Love this blog!

  98. Tracy Pressley
    November 12, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Happy Anniversary, I hope I’m not to late to enter.
    My favourite recipe is Crock Pot Chicken Fricassee. I made it during the winter here in Australia. It was absolultely delicious and my family loved it. They have asked me to make it several times since. It is almost summer here now but it is a meal that we enjoy, whatever the season.
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful Outlander Kitchen with us. Keep the awesome recipes coming!!! Cheers 🙂

  99. Mindy Reed
    November 12, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Mmmm…. All the recipes are so good! How do I pick!? I am going with The governors Humble Crumble Apple Pie though….. I get a LOT of requests for this from My husband…. Which make me verra verra happy!

  100. Jan H.
    November 12, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Happy birthday to a wonderful site! My favorite recipe is Salt Rising bread although I still would not consider myself to be a successful breadbaker. It is a taste from my childhood. Looking forward to many more recipes.

  101. Patricia King
    November 12, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Would love to win this! I haven’t tried any recipes yet, but I’m intrigued by the Pretzel Balls…

  102. heather ordonez
    November 12, 2012 at 7:07 am

    I don’t have a favorite, they are all so good. However, if I win I’m giving the gift to my mom for Christmas she is an awesome cook!

  103. Colly Travis
    November 12, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Happy Blogiversary! My favorite recipe was Brianna’s Bridies. My family loves them and we have come up with various other fillings for them.

  104. Sass Jackson
    November 12, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Happy anniversary!!! Briana’s Birdies!! Thank you for all the work you put in to entertaining and educating us! <3 <3

  105. Lorilei Cochran
    November 12, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Ginger Biscuits! I’m on a ginger kick right now! I liked your site some time ago, so hope that counts. As a part Scot/Irish/French/Indian Redhead (going grey) I cannot not love your sights and food and books. oh my

  106. Kathy Harrison Webb
    November 12, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Ginger biscuits and cherry bounce – I might have to taste test this week too! Was saving for New Years.

  107. Nicole Zanetti
    November 12, 2012 at 8:12 am

    I’m no cook myself, but I can’t get enough of reading your blog. I especially enjoy your choice of quotes to go along with the incredible pictures you post. Thank you for sharing your unique combination of literary review, cooking, and photography. And of course, the men in kilts…

    • Nicole Zanetti
      November 12, 2012 at 8:39 am

      I just realized I didn’t follow the instructions and tell you my favorite post: it was for Mrs. Bug’s parritch. For one thing, for a non-cook like myself it’s the only recipe that has seemed do-able. But I also loved the quotes that illustrated it. And, I miss Mrs. Bug.

  108. Kif Thacker
    November 12, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Brianna’s matchstick fries! I can just picture her making them and sharing them with all of the Ridge children. Happy anniversary! You have cost me a lot in trying different Whiskey, but boy have I had fun!

  109. Jennifer
    November 12, 2012 at 8:49 am

    My favorite recipe is probably Brianna’s Bridies. Absolutely mouthwatering! Happy one year anniversary! I love all your posts!

  110. Lisap
    November 12, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! Your blog has the most beautiful food pics I’ve ever seen and the care you take to tie the recipes in with the books makes it a pleasure to read. My favorite recipe is the shepherd’s pie–thankful it’s chilling down here is San Diego so we can make it again!

  111. Catelyn Sedgwick
    November 12, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Cherry Bounce for sure! Close second is Claire’s Vegetable Stock. 🙂

  112. Pam Marcus
    November 12, 2012 at 9:29 am

    I just recently found your blog on facebook and it has so enriched my FB experience. I can’t believe how many like minded people visit and respond to your site.
    I love reading about the Cherry Bounce off. I myself experiment with Lemoncello.
    Thank you for all the wonderful recipes and keeping Outlander fresh!

  113. sharonstewart1
    November 12, 2012 at 9:48 am

    My fave recipe has been the instructions on how to make broth.

  114. Corinne S.
    November 12, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    My favorite recipe is for the Lallybroch Oatcakes. They are super delicious and work perfectly for breakfast, a snack, or a post-workout energy bite! Plus, they’re very easy to make gluten free, which is a big consideration for me since I have to always eat gf. Thanks for the great recipe, and happy anniversary!

  115. Stormykym
    November 12, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I am gathering the courage to try making those salty pretzel balls!

  116. Crystal Longfellow
    November 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Brianna’s Bridies work great for teenage boys!

  117. Sue
    November 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Ah a Spurtle, oh the uses! First I would whip up some Cherry Bounce! Then……

  118. Devon @property_grl
    November 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    The corn fritters that were posted not too long ago are in my top favorites 🙂

  119. jamie heustess
    November 12, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I love the site….the recipes look so good…i am nervous to try them! But my first foray will be Madame Jeannes’ Oat Bread. Happy Anniversary!!!

  120. Elaine Boyle
    November 12, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I will be giving the scotch eggs recipe to my son – he just recently asked me how to make them.

  121. April Norton
    November 12, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Scotch eggs because they are great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

  122. Vicki Mueller
    November 12, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Puff Pastry Boar Tusk Bracelets w/ Prosciutto & Asparagus. It’s a combination of some of my most favorite ingredients and I just picture the bracelets and earbobs.

  123. Stephanie Wheeler Chesney
    November 12, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    The Jamie and Frank post still gives me chills when I read it! You did an amazing job with that post.

  124. Kacey Petit
    November 12, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    cherry bounce was fantastic. I can’t tell you grateful Iam for this blog. I have dreamed of trying the food and drinks that Jamie and Claire have experienced and now thanks to you I can. I thought life was great before, now I can immerse myself in DG’s world. Thank you agian for everything. I can’t wai to see what’s next

  125. Kris Holtan
    November 12, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Hello Theresa,

    Congratulations on your first year! I hope for many more to come. My favorite recipe is the Gypsy Stew. SO perfect his time of year to, and it reminds me of what my mother used to cook with the left-over Sunday Roast.

    Kris

  126. Suzanne Cole
    November 12, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Love “Ute McGillivray’s Beer Battered Corn Fritters” because “YUM”! Would have to say “Stephen Bonnet’s Balls” is best post.

  127. Sandi McLaren
    November 12, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    So thrilled to share DG and her incredible works with like-minded food lovers. Favourite has to be Ginger Nut Biscuits. Sláinte!!!

  128. Lynese Carline
    November 12, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Happy Aniversary! I love Mrs Bug’s Overnight Parritch. I used it eat instant porridge until I made this recipe, I’ll never eat instant again!

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