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

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.)


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. (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.


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.


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

This contest is closed.


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!

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31 Oct 2012 - 7:20am

Marilyn Warren

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

happyanniversary!!!!! 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

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

31 Oct 2012 - 11:44am

Jenn McConnell

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

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!

31 Oct 2012 - 1:05pm

Denise Twist

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!

31 Oct 2012 - 1:05pm

Aaron Brown

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

Marilyn Warren

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.

31 Oct 2012 - 1:56pm


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!

31 Oct 2012 - 2:04pm

Stacey Reynolds

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!

31 Oct 2012 - 2:04pm


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. :)

31 Oct 2012 - 2:06pm

Cynthia Fuller

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.

31 Oct 2012 - 2:07pm


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!!

31 Oct 2012 - 2:09pm

Kim puhrmann

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

31 Oct 2012 - 2:13pm

Shannon Pike

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!

31 Oct 2012 - 2:42pm

Joelle in NC

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!

31 Oct 2012 - 2:52pm


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!!!

31 Oct 2012 - 3:01pm


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!

31 Oct 2012 - 3:13pm


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

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.

31 Oct 2012 - 3:13pm


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! nnMy 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! nnThank you for all your hard work and humor!

31 Oct 2012 - 3:14pm

Veronica Crawford

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!

31 Oct 2012 - 3:14pm

Erica Winnestorfer

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!

31 Oct 2012 - 3:17pm


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!! :)

31 Oct 2012 - 3:22pm


I love all good food. in fact, I have a slight obsession with it ;) nhaving 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. nthank you for your blog! I look forward to your posts.

31 Oct 2012 - 3:22pm


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!

31 Oct 2012 - 3:25pm


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!!

31 Oct 2012 - 3:57pm


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.nI'm a subscriber! Off to Tweet!nCongratulations on your blogiversary!

31 Oct 2012 - 4:17pm

Coralie Collins

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....

31 Oct 2012 - 4:38pm

Michele Jones

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

31 Oct 2012 - 5:05pm

Gayle Hesse

Happy Anniversary!nnJust this past weekend I made beef stock from your recipe - used it as the base for a borsht - which turned out beautifully.nnMy 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.nnLove your blog and the wonderful photos.nSuzie Q

31 Oct 2012 - 5:08pm

Katie Verschaeve

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

31 Oct 2012 - 5:09pm


Congratulations on such a great year, and Happy Anniversary!nnMy 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.nnImagining 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 :-DnnThank 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.nnKeep up the great work!!

31 Oct 2012 - 5:27pm


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!)

31 Oct 2012 - 5:39pm

Michelle Benne…

Happy anniversary! I've subscribed to your blog for so long, it feels like more than just one year! :) nnNeil 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. nnAnd tweet: :)nhttps://twitter.com/MichelleHeumann/status/263696408782176256

31 Oct 2012 - 5:40pm


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

31 Oct 2012 - 5:55pm

Lori Zachary

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!

31 Oct 2012 - 6:18pm


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

31 Oct 2012 - 6:51pm

Danielle Mattern

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!

31 Oct 2012 - 7:00pm


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

31 Oct 2012 - 7:02pm


Oh, and happiest Blogiversary to a most wonderful friend!

31 Oct 2012 - 7:26pm

Linda Schafer …

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.

31 Oct 2012 - 7:43pm

Elaine Boyle

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!

31 Oct 2012 - 7:56pm


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??? nnthank 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!!!nnp.s. when can we expect a cookbook to come out?

31 Oct 2012 - 8:33pm

Christiane KYPRAIOS

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

31 Oct 2012 - 8:39pm

Iseabail Wright

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!

31 Oct 2012 - 8:48pm


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

31 Oct 2012 - 10:37pm


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. :)

01 Nov 2012 - 12:00am

Sandy O

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.

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