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  • Excerpted from our Making Dough cookbook by Russell van Kraayenburg.

    YIELD: 4 (6-inch) mini pies  |  PREP TIME: 3 hours  |  BAKE TIME: None


    1½  pounds Orange Cookie Crumb Crust, mixed as on page 66, baked in 4 (6-inch) pie dishes, and completely cooled

    2 cups orange peels (from about

    6 oranges)

    1½ quarts whole milk

    1 vanilla bean

    3 ounces (¾ cup) cornstarch

    12 ounces granulated sugar

    1 teaspoon salt

  • Quirk published the debut cookbook from Russell van Kraayenburg. Haute Dogs.

    Now, every time we have a cookbook come out, we always try to do a little something fun. Contests, giveaways, blog tours... you know, things like that. The food blog community is just so full of fun, excited people, that we love launching these kind of fun campaigns to get them involved.

    For Russell's book, we put together a fun Haute Dog Blog Tour, and a handful of blogs joined up to make an Ecuadorian Street Dog together. One blog made the salsa, another made the condiments, and so on. Today's final stop hits Russell's website, Chasing Delicious, where you can learn how to make the actual hot dog. But all the rest? Read on. 

    Huge thank you to everyone who played along. This was a lot of fun. 

  • Hey there Quirk fans! Welcome to the Quirk DIY Book Club

    I'm excited to announce this exciting new feature here on the Quirk Books blog. What are we doing? Well, every month we're going to select a book from our library of fun DIY titles, from cookbooks to craftbooks, and do two very awesome things with that title. 

  • We're psyched to announce our new Quirk Perks program!

    Starting this month, we're going to be dishing out monthly deals on an array of our books, from science fiction to cookbooks, horror novels to craftbooks, all from our communties Planet Quirk and Quirk DIY.

    The plan? Two eBooks a month, one in each community. You'll be able to get these eBooks through the retailer of your choice. Your Kindle, Nook, iPad, whatever! 

    You'll be able to find these individual monthly deals via our Quirk Books communities, Quirk DIY and Planet Quirk, so be sure you're following them on Twitter and Facebook. 

    Quirk DIY: Twitter + Facebook

    Planet Quirk: Twitter + Facebook

    So what's on tap for the first batch of Quirk Perks? Check it out! 

    BREAKFAST FOR DINNER by Lindsay Landis and Taylor Hackbarth ($3.99): Inside Breakfast for Dinner you’ll find more than 100 classic breakfast recipes made with a twist. Enjoy hearty dishes like Bacon Fried Rice, Breakfast Ravioli, Pizza over Easy, and Cornmeal Pancakes with Beer-Braised Short Ribs—to name just a few.

    This cookbook is a breakfast lover’s dream come true. Note, that this promotion also includes the incredible enhanced eBook edition of Breakfast for Dinner, available in the Apple iBookstore. 



    PRIDE & PREJUDICE & ZOMBIES by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen ($3.99): The New York Times bestselling mashup that launched a literary genre, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies features the original text of Jane Austen’s beloved novel with all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie action. 

    As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton-and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy.

    What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers-and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead.


  • (image via flickr)

    It’s funny how most of my favorite camping memories are about food. Like the time, two days into a camping trip in Big Sur, friends pulled profiteroles from deep inside their cooler like a magician pulling a rabbit from a hat. They warmed rich, creamy chocolate sauce on the fire and drizzled it over the ice-cream-filled pastry puffs. We devoured the unexpected treat around the campfire, licking every last bit of gooey, rich chocolate goodness from our fingers. Decadent, delicious, unforgettable.


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