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Supper Club Press & Friends at the Table Cookbook Giveaway

It’s beginning to look a lot like…..

~The perfect time to start a supper club, or rekindle the one you are already in!

I’m excited to share a few pieces of press that are out right now. Shameless self promotion (I know)…but I am excited.

The article I wrote about the supper club trend is featured in the December issue of  Costco Connection magazine. If you are not a subscriber, click here to read the online version.


Virginia Living Magazine captures a look at my own supper club, complete with photos from an evening at my house with recipes from my book, perfect for holiday entertaining. Here’s a look at one of the pics:


Photo by Kip Dawkins

In the spirit of celebration, I would like to share a recipe from my book (one of my favorite salads actually) that I hope you will enjoy in celebration sometime over the holidays with your friends at the table. — And since we are in the season of giving, I  am  giving away copy of my cookbook, personalized and shipped to one lucky winner!

Here’s what you need to do to enter (you have 4 ways to increase your chances):

1. Leave a comment telling me you would like to win a copy of Friends at the Table. *If you are leaving a comment as “anonomous”, please be sure to include your email address in your comment so that I may contact you if you are the winner.

2.  Follow me on  Twitter and then tweet about the contest by copying and pasting the following: Entered to win a copy of Friends at the Table: The Ultimate Supper Club  #Cookbook #giveaway on Table Talk http://tinyurl.com/d4znz4w

3. “Like” the www.debishawcross page on Facebook and leave a comment here to let me know. If you already like me on Facebook, just leave a comment here telling me so.

4. Stumble this post on Stumble Upon and let me know you did here with a comment.

  1. Giveaway entry period begins Friday, December 2nd,  and ends Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 11:59pm. Drawing will be held Monday, December 12, 2011 at 9:00am (All times are Eastern Time zone) and announced the same day.
  2. Comments will be numbered by order received and random.org will generate a random number for the winner. Please note: If you want to enter more than once, the separate comments for each entry are required (a necessary step for keeping track of entry numbers).
  3. **Limited to residents of the  United States
  4. I am the final judge regarding any discrepancies, interpretations, grievances, etc about this drawing.
  5. Winner must respond and claim the prize within one week of the winning announcement. If a winner does not claim the prize during the specified time, a reserve winner will be drawn from the original entries.

Best of luck!

And now for the recipe I promised:

Photo by Ron Manville

Lobster Salad with Roasted Peppers, Miso Dressing and Goat Cheese


6 cups mixed field greens

Meat from 2 steamed (1 1/2 pound) lobsters, cut into 1-inch pieces

2 red bell peppers, roasted, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch strips

2 yellow bell peppers, roasted, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch strips

5 ounces goat cheese, crumbled

For the salad: Place the greens, lobster and peppers in a salad bowl and add enough dressing to coat. Toss well. Top with sprinkles of goat cheese.


4 tablespoons miso paste

1/2 cup rice wine vinegar

2 tablespoons grated ginger root

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Juice from 2 oranges

1 teaspoon tahini paste

For the dressing: Whisk together the miso paste, vinegar, ginger, garlic, pepper, orange juice, and tahini in a small bowl. Set aside.

8 servings



Book Tour Update and Extra Crispy Halibut


After a lot of fun in Nashville, my next stop along the Friends at the Table tour was Philadelphia.

I had a great time making Crispy Halibut with Zucchini Ribbons and Lemon Basil Sauce as a guest on the 10! Show. They have a really nice set and live audience, which adds to the energy in the studio. The set crew helped make my job easier, getting everything organized and ready to roll; including prep for the fish dish I was about to prepare. The burner was set a little high though, which made for some interesting moments on live TV. We laughed our way through  and had fun with it.

Have a look:



From the 10! Show, I had a break before my interview on the FIT show, a WHYY radio show hosted by Lari Robling, so I headed to the Redding Terminal Market for a quick walk through and a bite to eat.

Taking the advise of a fellow food blogger, I stopped at Dinic’s and ordered the roast pork sandwich with broccoli rabe and roasted peppers. Let’s just say the recommendation was spot on! This sandwich was killer.  Make sure you get one of these when you visit Philadelphia. Way better than any cheese steak you will ever eat!

It was a good thing I had 8 blocks to walk to the WHYY studios, but probably not the best idea, that I did the walking in these…

You can catch my interview on FIT this Friday, 5/13 (check the WHYY website for time).

Then it was off to NYC. I had less than 24 hours in the Big Apple, and I made the most of every moment there.

What made the trip even more special was that my best friend was able to  join me on this quick visit. We had dinner at Marea, which was spectacular from start to finish. The lobster with burrata cheese, eggplant, and tomatoes was especially nice.

The next morning it was up early and over to the Sirius/XM  office for Martha Stewart radio. I was a guest on Morning Living, discussing supper clubs: who’s in one, and how do they work? We also talked about  a few of the recipes in my cookbook: Cedar Planked Salmon with Chipotle Sweet Potatoes and Portabello Mushroom Bruschetta. I will have a link to the show set up on my main website next week sometime.

Though I definitely left my heart in San Francisco when we moved away, I also left a little piece of my heart in New York on this visit. Can’t wait to go back when I have more time!






Hello Nashville!

Just returned from Nashville, where I kicked off my book tour.

There probably aren’t too many people that head to the grocery store as soon as they get off the plane, but in my case, that is exactly what I did in order to prepare for my cooking segments the following day.

Got started with a visit to Tennessee Mornings, followed by a spot on Talk of the Town, where I made a recipe from Friends at the Table: Quinoa Corn Salad with Mint Vinaigrette.

Had a fantastic week, exploring the shops and restaurants of nearby Franklin and Leiper’s Fork. I fell in love with the beautiful rolling hills, and charming tree lined streets. Though I didn’t spot any of the celebrity local residents  like Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, or the Judds, I did discover a few menu items that were new to me.


Have you ever heard of the Meat & 2? I enjoyed barbeque, sweet potato fries, and turnip greens~so good!

It turns out there are restaurants devoted to the concept…..where have I been?

And then there were the fried pickles, also new to me, and surprisingly delicious! We had them mixed together with fried jalapenos, which created an amazing  flavor contrast that had me reaching back into the basket for more.

And then there was the  chocolate chess pie…it’s a good thing I brought my running shoes with me!

I also had the chance to experience Music City at its finest, attending a music showcase at 12th & Porter.

I finished off the trip with a cooking demonstration and book signing at the Viking Culinary Center in Franklin. Thanks to the wonderful staff at Viking for spoiling me! Walking in with all of the prep done is something I am not used to…at all.

I was so excited to meet food blogging friends Beth,  of Eat. Drink. Smile and Leah, of SoHowsitTaste

Spending time with my awesome publicists, Lola Honeybone (on my left, and yes, that is her real name!) and Beth Hood (on my right) completed the trip. They are the best!

I will be headed to the Philadelphia area, teaching another class at the Bryn Mawr Viking Culinary Center on May 5th. If you are in the area, I would love to meet you! You can find out more about this Cinco de Mayo inspired menu/event by clicking here.

I will also be teaching a class at the Garden City, NY Viking on June 25th; details to follow~