What a whirlwind month this has been. I had to drop by and let you know what’s happening here. For starters, I’ve updated the look of the blog. It’s not a huge change…just a few tweaks to keep things, well… fresh. The big change is with the Fresh New England website. I redesigned the entire website and you are going to love it.
In addition to this dessert blog, you’ll now be able to keep on top of seasonal food recipes, food tips, videos and all sorts of New England merriment. You’ll also be able to search for local food businesses, farms, farm-to-table restaurants, specialty foods, classes, etc. in and around the region. And, if you’re looking for summer fun, the new events calendar is just what you need. If I do say so myself, it’s fresh, fun and fabulous!
 You can see the new website here.
I decided to bake something simple and easy this week – meringue. I love meringue in the summer because it’s simple, pretty, light and packable for picnics. It’s a great summer dessert. You can find the recipe here.
I also wanted to share with you some photos I took at last year’s Secret Garden Tour in Newport, RI. Every year different homeowners open up their personal gardens to the public. The homes you will visit are kept secret so you don’t know which gardens you’ll be touring until you arrive. It’s great fun and incredibly beautiful … truly a gardeners delight.
Okay, onto the giveaway. What kind of website launch would we have without a giveaway right? Get ready because this one is good!
The Fresh New England 2013 Fun Summer Giveaway includes amazing goodies from local New England shops and producers:
– A $100 gift certificate to the amazing Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge to be used in-person or in their on-line store
– A delicious gift box of Homemade Chocolate Brownies from Sweet and Simple
– A bag of the sensational Costa Rica: Las Lajas, Oscar Chacon, Micro-lot 1 Coffee from Chilmark Coffee Company
– A sampler case of the addictive Late July Organic Chips
– A gorgeous set of personalized paper placemats from Easton Place. Yes, the designer is going to personalize them for you!
-I’m also including an 1.76 lb (800 g) bag of dark chocolate Callebaut Crispearls as seen here. Not local but definitely festive.
There’s more. Follow @freshnewengland on Twitter between Tuesday and Friday, 7/23-7/26 to see what new prizes will be added. A new goodie will be added daily.
Tuesday’s addition: Lavender and Hibsicus Lemonade mix and Lavender kitchen hand creme from the Cape Cod Lavender Farm.’
Wednesday’s addition: A container of honey from The Boston Honey Company.
Thursday’s addition: A bag of Chapaqua Crunch Granola.
Friday’s addition: A Triple Nut Milk Chocolate bar from Lake Champlain Chocolates.
Here’s how you can win:
1. Leave a comment on this post before midnight on Friday August 2, 2013.
Make sure your comment links directly to a site where you can be contacted. Otherwise include a Twitter or email address. Only comments that include this information are eligible to win.
and
2. Sign up for an email subscription to the new Fresh New England.
Also, say what you love about the new @freshnewengland in your tweets for additional chances to win!
The winner will be selected at random and contacted on Saturday August 3, 2013 before noon (EST).
Be sure to check your inbox, messages or comments. If no response is received by August 5 at noon (EST), another winner will be selected.
If you’ve won before, it’s okay to enter again.
This giveaway will ship anywhere in the world.
As always, thanks for your for your friendship and support!
Bon appetit!
Fresh New England

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52 Comments
  1. Cool El! I’m totally loving the new site, the recipe, the photos, everything! I’m looking forward to having more time to peruse with a cuppa tonight. I hope I win!!!

  2. Congratulations on your fabulous new website, well done!

    I will now go to sleep with visions of you beautiful images. See you in my dreams,
    Merisi

  3. Both of the sites look amazing. Bravo! Did you hire someone to design them? I love the layout, colors, etc…

    Excited about the giveaway too!

  4. I just want to sit in those lovely gardens with a nice cup of tea. Thank you for your giveaway.

    lynne at fairpoint dot net

  5. I’m feeling so warm and happy after looking at your wonderful summer photos, El. 🙂 It is so cold and windy here today, definitely still winter. Shiver. 🙂 I’m delighted by your new site and am subscribing asap. 🙂

  6. I am going to hop right on over to the new site. For a wonderful gift like this, I would have to fly out and accept in person. How lovely.

  7. What a wonderful giveaway, El! I was so happy to read that even if you’ve won before you should enter 🙂

    Love the new site! Everything about New England and so beautifully photographed by you. Lovely!

    The secret garden tour must have been so beautiful. I love the toadstool table and tuffets 🙂

    Your beaded handbag is gorgeous!

    I’m happily already an email subscriber and follow on Twitter.

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