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!


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78 Responses to yeah! (new site!) and a giveaway

  1. Winnie says:

    Love the new site, and what beautiful aprons!

  2. Gina 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.

  3. Dorothy says:

    Count me in for an apron!

  4. Naya says:

    Gorgeous! Congratulations Alana!

  5. 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.)

  6. heather says:

    Always excited to see the progression of great websites. Looking forward to seeing what’s to come! Looks wonderful thus far.



  7. heather says:

    Already a Twitter follower!

  8. 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!

  9. 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:)

  10. 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!

  11. Ines says:

    Beautiful aprons! I love the site design. Less is more!

  12. Stephanie says:

    Hooray! Looks fantastic! Congrats to you and Moho : )

  13. tea_austen 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!

  14. Mary says:

    Love the new site! Can’t wait to start reading. :-)

  15. 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. :)

  16. Liz says:

    It looks wonderful! Congrats :-)

  17. 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:)

  18. Jennifer Geracie says:

    Yay! I need a new apron! Thanks!

  19. 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.

  20. Ana June says:

    BEAUTIFUL Alana!! Can’t wait for the book. xox

  21. Katherine 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!

  22. Tricia says:

    I love the look. Clean, friendly, easy to read!

  23. Congrats on the new site – looks wonderful!

  24. 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.

  25. Sarah says:

    Love the new site, looks great :) I love all the aprons on Etsy, but the one pictured in this post is my favorite! Thanks!

  26. Dagny says:

    The new site looks good. I love the idea of being able to easily print your recipes.

  27. Paige Orloff says:

    Bee-you-tea-full, just like you!

    Congrats to all!


  28. Audrey says:

    Great new site! Beautiful aprons!! Congratulations!

  29. 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!

  30. susan says:

    Hello! The site looks great and I love the aprons (especially the brown/blue one!)

  31. Anne-Marie says:

    nice new site!
    love the aprons– would be torn between the rabbit one and the cells design.

  32. Rachel 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!

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. Heather says:

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

  36. 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….

  37. 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!

  38. Love the new site and love those aprons! Thanks for a shot at one!

  39. Keith Emerling says:

    Good luck Alana go get’em!!!

  40. Wren says:

    Love the site! Easy to navigate. And – SUPER love the apron!

  41. emvandee says:

    Lovely! It’s so clean and bright, I love your new design. Congratulations! I can’t wait to get my grabby little paws on that book.

  42. rebecca says:

    Oooh, I’ll take the red/pink one when I win! Love the new site — can’t wait for the book!

  43. Susan says:

    I enjoy your writing! Great site and aprons!

  44. So excited for you! Love your new site but of course I loved your old site too!

  45. Love the new design! And LOVE the aprons!

  46. 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.

  47. Shirley says:

    ooh nice site and beautiful aprons! I have yet to own one!

  48. 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

  49. Megs says:

    Everything is just so pretty, your site and the aprons included.

  50. Jackie 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!

  51. 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

  52. 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!

  53. Nancy 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!

  54. 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.

  55. Rebecca says:

    Love the site and the aprons! gorgeous:-) cant wait to use your recipes!

  56. janet says:

    yipeeeeee! can’t say anything but holy smokes! gorgeous! congratulations!!!

  57. 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!

  58. Marcie says:

    Looks great! I love your writing and your recipes, so anything that makes that happen is good. Thank you.

  59. Christina T says:

    Looks good so far! I like the clean lines and the visuals with the side menu.

  60. 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

  61. julie says:

    Love the new site! Love the aprons!

  62. Christine says:

    Terrific! Love the graphics and the content!

  63. 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!!!

  64. jennifer twichell-kenna says:

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

  65. 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.

  66. 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 :)

  67. 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!

  68. Goldfarb says:

    Saw some cheeks I recognized over at

    [I liked the origami apron best]

    Also, on the Twitter – what was the epicurious / npr speech? Add a link?

  69. 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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