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November 12, 2009

Hey, you!  Yes, you. C’mon over here.

Hello, you über-visitor, you. Listen, it’s not like we’re needy or anything, it’s just that we love getting the chance to talk with with ya’ll.

So, here’s what we want to know: what do YOU want?  What Cookstr 10 newsletter would you like to see?  10 recipes for meatloaf?  10 recipes for things your kids will eat?  10 recipes for rutabaga?  Tell us! We have hefty need-to-please issues, which totally work in your favor.  And if you don’t get our weekly newsletter, which consists of 10 hand-selected recipes wrapped around a theme (such as soups, comfort foods for fall, or Thai-inspired dishes), you can get it by signing up on the site, which will also let you save your favorite Coosktr recipes and make comments, if you like.

So in the words of Jerry Maguire: Help us, help you.

Oh, and by the way, starting today, we’ll be archiving all the The Cookstr 10 newsletters on this blog, posting them on the day they come out, so you can search for them all right here, starting with today’s (pie, anyone?).

They will still be archived on Cookstr’s Facebook Page, too (and those go all the way back to the very first one, almost a year ago!), but now you’ll have two handy dandy places to find them.

69 Comments leave one →
  1. Mimi Drop permalink
    November 12, 2009 6:27 pm


  2. Kathy permalink
    November 12, 2009 7:45 pm


  3. November 12, 2009 7:47 pm

    chocolate (possible redundant but I don’t care)
    flourless cake
    fusion dishes
    chickpea dishes
    black bean dishes
    mousses/desserts incorporating mousse
    shortbread/desserts involving shortbread
    tapas dishes (but only ones easily made/served at home)
    cannot remember if I have seen CINNAMON

  4. Linda Beckman permalink
    November 12, 2009 9:07 pm

    Practical and nutritious vegetarian dishes, please.

  5. Jeff permalink
    November 12, 2009 10:03 pm

    Vegetarian dishes would be great! For instance, how to make a great meatless stock for soups?

    Also, Mediterranean and North African dishes? Winter recipes that can be made in a slow-cooker like a Crock-Pot?

    Thanks, Katie! As my daughters like to say…you ROCK! Keep it up!

  6. sgw permalink
    November 12, 2009 11:39 pm

    I’ll add a voice to the vegetarian requests. Leeks would be another idea.

  7. Mary Collins permalink
    November 13, 2009 1:58 am

    I love my slow cooker and any recipes for that marvelous little kitchen appliance are greatly appreciated. If you luv to slow cook to come join me at:

  8. Heather permalink
    November 13, 2009 1:58 am

    Another vote for easy/practical vegetarian
    Crockpot -I know Cookstr can come up with recipes superior to the usual yucky listings!
    Appetizers that can travel

    P.S -Love your blog!

  9. Eve permalink
    November 13, 2009 4:25 am

    Items to bring to a potluck.
    Items to bring to a school function like our “principal’s teas.” (Usually baked goods.)
    Breakfast items.
    Brunch items.
    Cooked or baked gifts to give at the holidays.
    Food to make and bring to folks with a new baby.
    Portable side dishes you can easily bring to someone’s house for dinner.
    Appetizers to make for a cocktail party.
    Birthday cakes for all types of tastes and preferences.
    Beverages (alcoholic and otherwise).
    Dishes that are flexatarian – can be tweaked to serve both veggie and omni guests.
    “Slimming” dishes to eat after the holidays (or during, to stave off too much indulgence.
    After-school snacks.
    Items featuring farmers’ market produce.

  10. Mina permalink
    November 13, 2009 6:01 am

    This site needs beautiful photos of the finished dish. I love the shots of the main ingredients but what I am really looking for is to make beautiful dishes

  11. Katie Workman, Editor-in-Chief permalink*
    November 13, 2009 1:04 pm

    These are all such good comments! There was a vegetarian-themed Cookstr 10 back in April, and here’s the link to it on our Facebook page:, but clearly it’s time for another. And this is all exactly the kind of food for thought we’re looking for, not only for the newsletters, but also for the kinds of recipes we adding to the site, and features we’re doing for our partner site, The Hungry Beast (part of the Daily Beast).

    Thanks, and keep the ideas coming! Next week’s newsletter is Thanksgiving themed, of course.

  12. Connie permalink
    November 13, 2009 1:15 pm

    I would love to see low carb recipes!!

  13. Leanne permalink
    November 13, 2009 2:15 pm

    How about some Native American dishes? Might be a cool Thanksgiving theme…

  14. November 13, 2009 3:03 pm

    Easy vegetarian recipies. and also the kind of – you are alone it is late at night and you do not want to order pizza or chinese -kind of recipies. almost yummy snackies for one?

  15. ali permalink
    November 13, 2009 4:02 pm


  16. Mardee permalink
    November 15, 2009 3:11 pm

    I would love to see the following – some have already been mentioned, but they’re worth repeating. 🙂

    Recipes that can be made in 15-20 minutes or less
    Breakfast/brunch recipes
    Ethnic recipes/Foods of the World
    Portable lunch ideas
    Potluck dishes
    Crock-pot recipes
    One-dish meals

  17. liz krohn permalink
    November 15, 2009 4:48 pm

    I’d love to see more recipes for just two people. Also I’d echo the vegetarian requests.

  18. carolan permalink
    November 30, 2009 6:48 pm

    Slow-cooker dishes. And a solution to why all my slow-cook dishes turn to muck.

  19. December 3, 2009 11:00 pm

    How about recipes with 3 main ingredients? Also, more dishes for two people. Joyce Goldstein has a great book entitled “Solo”, recipes for one, but a many of them could serve two. Just found your site-love it!

  20. Nicole permalink
    December 8, 2009 12:12 am

    I would love something on weekend meals that can carry you through the week. For example, you cook a pot roast on Sunday, and have leftovers in the form of pasta with roast, sandwiches, etc. Basically, a meal plannign feature.

  21. L. A. permalink
    December 17, 2009 10:31 am

    photos of the finished recipe

  22. Isa permalink
    December 17, 2009 8:44 pm

    I second (or tenth or twentieth) the vegetarian requests. But most important to me, recipes that use coconut milk instead of cow’s milk/cream – for the people in my family that are lactose-intolerant. I have substituted coconut milk in “cream” soups, and the results were even more delicious. I have also found that coconut milk can be whipped like cream. It’s hard, though, to find recipes for yummy desserts. Can you help?

    And congratulations on your anniversary! I’ve been a subscriber and devotee from the beginning. Never disappointed.

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