yeah! (new site!) and a giveaway


I’ve been waiting and waiting, and now it’s ready. It’s my grown up, easier for you to navigate, easier for me to work on without swearing at my computer Eating From The Ground Up.

Look around, and tell me what you think! And if you would be so kind, let me know if something’s not working for you, too.

Because I’m impatient and eager, we’re still in a bit of transition. There are some posts missing which will appear in the next few days and there’s a very lovely “print recipe” feature which will also be here soon. There are typos throughout (funny stuff happens when code turns into words), and I promise it will all be fixed. It’s all coming. But to celebrate, I wanted to get this giveaway started.

My friends Molly and Aurel of Moho Design have been working on this new site. Molly even hand-cut my little whisk up there out of paper. They’re pretty fabulous, those two. And they design more than just websites.

I know!  I keep buying these aprons to give away- one of these days I’m going to pick out one of my very own. They fit great, have a nice deep pocket for measuring spoons, and (in my case) are far more fashionable than the clothes I might be wearing underneath.

Because Molly and Aurel are also celebrating the live-ness of the new site (it was a bit of a haul with this one), they want to give you an apron. The only challenge for you is to pick which one you want. And Molly even promises to send you your apron in time for holiday giving (or wearing).

So let’s get this party started… you know how it goes! Leave a comment to say hello, and beyond that, it’s a free for all. If you like, you can tell me how the new site is working for you, or go over to Molly and Aurel’s etsy page and tell me what apron you want if you win. Also feel free to test out my shiny new twitter and facebook links over there in the sidebar, and if you’re into that sort of thing, like or follow as appropriate. Tell me that you did in your comment, and I will be happy to enter you yet again in the apron drawing. I’ll keep comments open until Tuesday night (the 6th) at midnight EST.

Thanks guys. Thanks for being here, and for working on this with me. Ready, Go!



  1. says

    Looks beauteous! One catch: The Salon Challenge section needs paragraph breaks. Love the playlists and dang it’s impressive seeing all the recipes in one place. …and were I to be so lucky as to add to my Moho collection with this giveaway, it’d be with the brown and blue apron.

  2. Michael Schneider says

    Nice, clean, uncluttered site design, Alana. If only we could get someone to implement a similar re-design on our lives, eh? (And the Twitter button works: I’m following you now. Not that I ever look at Twitter.)

  3. Lindsey says

    Nice clean lines in this new site. It would be nice to see a better shot of your face, though. Thanks for the chance to win an apron!

  4. Alicea Catuccio says

    The site looks so great and is really easy to navigate. I love the pictures and the overall feel – GREAT JOB! I would LOVE a Moho apron:)

  5. Michelle says

    The new site is beautiful and super easy to navigate. Congratulations! Also, the brown cells apron is the cutest thing I have seen it a long while. Great work all around!

  6. says

    Oh, Alana—it’s beautiful!
    I know how hard a site revamp can be, all the niggley behind the scenes bothers. It looks lovely, though. Congrats to you on your new home!

  7. Miranda Haley says

    It looks FANTASTIC! I love the recipe list — will never have cook’s block again. A few niggly editorial things: the heading for your pickle recipes says “Bickles” and the headings are not consistently capitalized. Not that I mind at all. :) Thanks for involving us all in your creative process this way. It’s been really exciting watching you go from tentative newbie blogger to full-on food writer over the past few years. :)

  8. Emily Kasten says

    It looks beautiful and amazing! I can’t wait to see you guys:) love you and am proud of all that you do-you are an inspiration!!! congatulations:)

  9. Letty says

    hello! i like the new site, especially the icons on the left, which led me to your mixtapes! i always listen to music when i cook.

  10. says

    Anna this looks lovely, I only stumbled upon your site yesterday, so I don’t have much to compare it to, but everything seems easy to navigate and beautifully designed. I’m looking forward to being a regular reader!

  11. Lizzo says

    Hooray for you, Alana! I love the new site, especially the recipes section, to which I expect to refer often. Congrats and love!
    I am already a facebook and twitter fan, and I am partial to the red and pink apron pictured here, though all their items are lovely.

  12. lin says

    Can’t wait to retire so I can read every bit of your blog and try all your recipes while listening to you mix tapes all day long! Alana your site rocks!

  13. says

    Hi! It’s Jolyan’s mom, Rachel, from MSB and Chez Nous, and thanks to Bess for linking us…I love your blog and website and am really happy to know about it! I knew about the book coming out from Audrey last winter (…yum..amaretto!). Merci et a bientot!

  14. Sabby says

    Hi! I like your new site it’s vey bright and I adore the new header. I was wondering were some of your recipes went though and why some links go back to your old website.

    • alana says

      Thank you Sabby! This will all get ironed out in the next week or so- then everything will be up and linked to the new site. Soon, soon!

  15. Fran Lartigue says

    The website looks fantastic. Boy could I use one of those aprons, with the way my kids make a mess all over me daily! Honestly any of those gorgeous aprons would look better than crusty baby food.

  16. Heather says

    Alana, the site looks AMAZING! I can’t wait for new recipes – I get so excited about every single one you post!

  17. Brigitte fKahnert says

    Alana! Love the new site! Have been a faithful reader for some time now.
    As you said, there might be typos. Here’s one:
    Below the picture of you and the veggies: ….chaos that ensues, not ensures….

  18. Caro K says

    Huzzah! Congrats, Alana. The new site is so easy on the eyes, really clean and warm–I can’t wait to get browsing through those recipes!

  19. Leslie says

    Nice clean looking site , am looking forward to watching it evolve…Those aprons are also lovely and different. Thanks for the chance to win one.

  20. janiemcintoshmcintyre says

    hi alana, i loved your old site so i guess i’m goin to love this one too! It’s a really cold, damp and snowy night here in scotland! x janie

  21. says

    The new site looks very sweet and user friendly. The old one wasn’t too difficult though :)
    I really like your recipes for kids snacks/treats. I run out of ideas at 8:00 at night when my little guy is hungry and I resort to “fruit snacks” or crackers with peanut butter. Hope you will have time to tell us about more snack ideas! And congrats!

  22. says

    oh Alana it is gorgeous! Congrats. Love it. Those moho lovelies really know how to do it!

    As for an apron — it would be magical to win one. I LOVE the brown & blue and the red & pink. Can’t choose just one. Hope you get one for yourself soon, too! xo

  23. Amanda says

    The aprons and their packaging are delightful… they seem too lovely to restrict to the kitchen. The design of the new site (the parts I’ve looked at) looks good- clean and fun. I love the cover art for your soon-to-be-book, too!

  24. says

    I am so excited for your new book. The blog looks great, nice and clean. I haven’t poked around to tell you about any issues so I’ll just leave it at that! My favorite apron is the brown cells. I think if I don’t win, I’ll end up buying it!

  25. Ashley C says

    I love the new site design! I understand why you couldn’t wait and I can’t wait for the ‘print me’ option, I love that, I always end up printing a bizillion when that option is there.
    I love the aprons also specificly The Brown Cells.

  26. Marya says

    LOVE it. The curved corners on the pics look great. It’s clean and crisp. Bump up the side menu maybe? For a second I was afraid you ditched your music section. Glad it’s still there! I “liked” and subscribed. Also visit M&A’s etsy page (WOW) and the brown cells apron would match my recent kitchen renovation colors. Would love to wear it while making pierogi!

  27. Elizabeth says

    Wow, it’s the rabbit apron for me. Or maybe the red and pink one…or maybe a rabbit on red and pink? These silkscreens are beautiful! Thanks for the exposure. And I like your new site, too. Best regards! Elizabeth

  28. elaina herndon says

    Looks Great! However I think the recipes could be organized better. I found myself trying to go through them and it would be nice to have them separated by veg/meat, and some spaces in between or something. Overall though so excited for you. And inspired to cook with your recipes!! ANd I would love an apron of course!!!

  29. jennifer twichell-kenna says

    Can’t wait to see everything up and running…. I’m missing one of your recipes already : (…..

    • alana says

      Oh, no! Which one? Everything will be up in the next few days- but tell me what you need and I’ll find it for you…

  30. megan says

    it’s so lovely! so very grown-up! i’m a huge fan. (also, i looked hard at those aprons last weekend…) you’re the best.

  31. megan says

    ack! “the new granola” sent me to “curds and whey”. no worries though, it’s actually kind of a fun surprise! i’m sure it’ll get fixed up all nice like real soon :)

  32. Kelly Bancroft says

    Alana, looks great! Made some turnip soup the other day and looked through your old site. Love the new recipe list! truly inspirational!

  33. nancy wilkinson says

    happy to see the book and new site, though feeling sentimental and grateful for all of your early efforts as things move ahead…come south come spring.
    love the aprons, love you.

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