Chili Con Queso Cerveza Crostini + Huge Cookbook Giveaway


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On a tall shelf in my kitchen sits my grandmothers copy of The Joy of Cooking. A thick, vintage, hard backed book with a faded red ribbon that marks the Candied Sweet Potatoes recipe on page 325 that she made every Thanksgiving. Flipping through the yellowed pages, reading her notes scrawled in the margin, I get to connect with her years after she’s left us. I get to cook with her in a way I never did when she was alive. Her note about adding sage to the stuffing, or freezing her pie crust for ten minutes before baking it, are conversations we were never able to have. If there is one type of book that I will always want in the print version, it’s a cookbook. I want to feel the pages, make my own notes, and someday pass it down to my future grandchildren. It becomes a conversation between decades, an engagement among generations, that connects people in a way that nothing other than food has the ability to do.

I’ve joined a group of fantastic bloggers to giveaway a dozen beautiful cookbooks. I own about half of these, some of my favorite cookbooks ever written. How to Cook Everything is essential, Bouchon Bakery is so beautiful it can double as a coffee table book, and the Cooks Illustrated Cookbook is a must own. One winner will win all twelve, a full cookbook library that will bring years of fantastic meals and unforgettable memories. Make the recipes, make your own notes, and keep them for generations.



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Chili Con Queso Cerveza Crostini


  • 1 tbs butter
  • 1 jalapeno, stemmed seeded and chopped
  • 1 poblano, stemmed seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • 1 cup shredded jack cheese
  • 2/3 cup IPA
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 3 tbs corn starch
  • 2 french baugettes, sliced into ½ inch slices
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, minced
  • 2 large avocados, sliced
  • 1 large tomato, diced


  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. In a pan over medium high heat, melt the butter. Add both types of chopped
  3. peppers cook until softened, stirring occasionally.
  4. In a food processor add the cheddar, jack cheese, beer, cream cheese and
  5. cornstarch. Puree until smooth, about 5 minutes. Add to the pot with the peppers,
  6. stirring constantly until thickened, about 6 to 8 minutes.
  7. Arrange baguette slices on a baking sheet. Place under broiler until lightly
  8. browned, about 1 to 2 minutes. Flip each slice and brown on the opposite side under
  9. broiler, about an additional 1 to 2 minutes.
  10. Spread each toasted baguette slice with a generous amount of chili queso dip.
  11. Sprinkle with cilantro, top with tomato and avocado, Serve immediately.

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88 thoughts on “Chili Con Queso Cerveza Crostini + Huge Cookbook Giveaway

  1. As a bibliophile and foodie, I’m insanely excited about this giveaway! I want all the books! And all the food!

  2. I have been wanting to purchase mark’s book for some time so if I don’t win I am lucky for the reminder. Its hard to pick a favorite but Alice Waters is my go to. Thank you!

  3. These look delish. My favorite cookbook is actually the one I made with my grandmother while she was alive. It portrays all the wonderful meals she made for our family while we were growing up!

  4. My favorite cookbook is CakeLove by Warren Brown. Every cake in that book is really labor intensive but o my the results make it so worth it!

  5. i have an unhealthy obsession with cookbooks. i have “way too many” (according to my crazy fiance). as far as i’m concerned, you can never have too many. i read them like novels! at the moment, my favorite is “what katie ate” by katie quinn davies.

    LOVE this giveaway! thank you for the opportunity!

  6. oh me too. . . me too. . . please – I can’t get enough wonderful recipes/recipe books! LOVE your blog Jackie!

  7. favorite one right noe is BAKEWISE by Shirley Corriher. My daughter is a pastry chef so I’m getting back into baking and this is a great book for understanding the chemistry behind baking

  8. How to Cook Everything is my favorite cookbook. It’s a great place to look for the basics and then improve upon them.

  9. My mother kept a book of recipes she ‘inherited’ from my grandmother. That is the first cookbook I ever used when first started cooking at the age of 9. My mother had broken her ankle so she couldn’t do much in the kitchen. She handed me that book and sat at the table to walk me through everything. Some of the recipes are unique to my family and some cover all the classic techniques and Western recipes my grandmother was to get her hands on back in Pakistan. I started my own cookbook years ago and recently borrowed the one that started it all so I can repair it.

  10. With warmer weather finally starting to come, my favourite cookbook currently is Fresh Food Superfast. I love that it’s full of lighter recipes. It’s definitely my favourite spring/summer cookbook.

  11. I think a tattered, hand me down copy of the Joy of Cooking is a kitchen staple 🙂

    This closet cookbook junkie is obsessing over this new book collection…and these Crostini!

  12. What a wonderful giveaway! My favorite cookbook too is my mom’s copy The Joy of Cooking with all her handwritten notes in it. I love using it, especially around the holidays.

  13. All of these cookbooks look amazing! My favorite cookbook right now is The Sprouted Kitchen by Sara Forte, with beautiful photography by Hugh Forte.

  14. I’m a big fan of your recipes and would love your book in my cookbook arsenal! My favorites are Cooking at home with Julia and Jacques and Ina Garten books!

  15. I’m loving The Bread Bakers Apprentice right now! Also am fond of The Beauty Detox Foods. Mmmm love it!

  16. I recently ordered “The Craft Beer Cookbook” for my brother’s birthday gift. I liked it too much though, so I had to order another. Great recipes!!

  17. I can’t possibly choose a favorite cookbook–I love reading about food/ingredients, different cultures and so forth!

  18. I have a different favourite cookbook every week, but my current favourite is What Katie Ate: Recipes and Other Bits and Bobs! I love your blog, and I would love to have some new cookbooks to try out!

  19. I love my Hell’s Kitchen cookbook from the restaurant in Minneapolis. I also love the King Arthur’s Flour Cookbook.

  20. The first book that came to mind was Timing is Everything. I’ve always kept it closest on hand for reference. Obviously I’ve had it since before I could just google how long to cook a particular cut of meat/veggie with my phone.

  21. I don’t usually use cookbooks, but I am working my way through The Craft Beer Cookbook, sticking to it and making more recipes out of it than I ever have from another cookbook (clearly, adding beer is just the right motivation!).

  22. I love Mark Bittman cookbooks, he really is an authority. But ‘The Joy of Cooking’ truly is a classic 🙂

  23. Unfortunately, neither my mom nor my grandmother ever wrote anything down. That set me on the road to cookbook collecting. I started decades ago with Betty Crocker and picked up volumes at estate/garage sales, auctions, used book stores. Friends blessed me with new/used books for every occasion imaginable. At last count….5,000 +/- and that doesn’t include cooking magazines, booklets, and pamphlets all dating from 1920s to 2014! No duplicates and I love each and every one!

  24. My current fav cookbook is The Paleo kitchen (though not 100% paleo so all these books are most welcome!)

  25. My wonderful Grandma made a cookbook with all the family recipes, it’s by far my favorite book of all time! I also find a lot of use from the Dorie Greenspan’s book, Baking.

  26. I think my favorite cookbook is a cookbook my Aunt Gail published, Cart Before The Horse. It was filled with awesome swedish recipes and tips for barn life. 🙂
    Also, your cookbook probably has been used the most frequently.. 🙂

    These crostinis are probably going to be my next appetizer, Jackie, nice job! Again! Every time! 🙂

  27. I already own Mark’s Book. A game changer. But I have a family wedding coming up…what a PERFECT gift!!!!

  28. My current favorite is the Animal Farm Buttermilk Cookbook. Such beautiful pictures and delicious recipes.

  29. It has been a long standing tradition in our family to gift cookbooks for major life events. When I got married, my aunt gave me How to Cook Everything. It’s a toss up between that and the BH&G cookbook that gets the most use out of the published books, however, my ultimate favorite “cookbook” are the stacks of handwritten spiral bound notebooks and 3 ring binders that my grandmother assembled.

  30. I love trying things out that I find online, but still find myself printing them out so that I can add notes in the margins…

  31. Oh I love all cookbooks. However, my current favorite is “Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One” by Joe Yonan. It is by far the best “cooking for one” cookbook out there. It is rich, flavorful recipes that are easy to follow and execute. His photography is also beautiful!

  32. I love to cook but actually don’t own many cookbooks at all. My favorite that I have so far is The Sprouted Kitchen, but Sean Brock’s Heritage is on the way from Amazon right now and that is probably going to be my new #1.

  33. The cookbook I use the most is definitely the America’s Test Kitchen Complete TV Show Cookbook. Tons of good stuff in there… I recently got a Thermapen and now I am working my way through the chapter on pork chops 🙂

  34. My favorite cookbook is the Food Porn Daily cookbook. The recipes are beautiful and everything I’ve made has been delicious. A salmon recipe from that book even became my boyfriend’s birthday dinner request, which was shocking!

  35. I don’t have any yet! Usually I just use some recipe websites, but hardcopies would be fabulous!

  36. My favourie cookbook is the one I used in my high school home economics class. I don’t remember the name of it because the cover fell off long ago from over-use!

  37. Favorite cookbook is Betty Crocker. My mom searched when I went off to college to find the same copy she has. It’s both of our go to for so many things.

  38. Mon livre de recettes favori, c’est ” Livre de cuisine de Boston école de cuisine de Boston ” de Fannie Merrith Farmer, c’est une base que je consulte souvent.

  39. Probably most used cookbook in my kitchen: The Border Cookbook: Authentic Home Cooking of The American Southwest and Northern Mexico by Cheryl and Bill Jamison.

  40. As far as favorite cookbooks go, around our house, we really love your cookbook, Jackie! My mom got it for my boyfriend Christmas before last, and we’ve made so many good things out of it. Mashed potatoes will never be the same, and I just made some of your beer bread this afternoon!

  41. Betty Crocker Why It Works: Insider Secrets to Great Food. I love Kevin Ryan. He knows so much about food.

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