Friday Favorites – Week 1


Hello everyone! Welcome to our first edition of Friday Favorites. I plan to host this event each Friday and I hope that it will help me to get to know my readers and create a more interactive site for everyone. 
To join the party, just link up a favorite post from this week, and be sure to include a link to my blog somewhere in the post so that others can join the party.  For this event, I’ll also be featuring bloggers.  Each week I’ll pick about 5 ideas from participants and followers OR I’ll choose a single blogger to feature for the week.  So if you’d like to be featured for Friday Favorites, just link your posts up here, OR become a follower, OR be a regular commenter. (Or do all three!)

I’m fortunate to have a lot of people that come by for a visit and several that follow and comment on a regular basis, so it was difficult to decide what to do for this first Friday Favorites post, but finally I decided to feature a single blogger.  So without further ado, I’d like to introduce you all to Chaya!


Chaya is the creator of Chaya’s Comfy Cook Blog AND Sweet & Savory.  Chaya’s also a contributer at Our Krazy Kitchen, where they have recipes, tips, and fun foodie round-ups. Chaya is a loyal follower and commenter, and she’s a regular contributor to my monthly Sweet Thursday round-ups.  She’s also a great friend and an excellent blogger! 

Chaya’s blogs chronicle her kitchen adventures, featuring tons of delicious and unique culinary creations. Chaya’s Comfy Cook Blog is dedicated to gluten-free recipes, while at Sweet & Savory pretty much anything goes.  To be honest, I never knew much about gluten-free food till I visited Chaya’s Comfy Cook blog, and her blog has definitely kept me open minded about it.  As you can imagine I’ve been most inspired by her gluten free desserts!  Chaya is a big fan of Nigella Lawson, Paula Deen, and Dorie Greenspan, and they’re recipes often serve as models for her gluten-free masterpieces.  Here’s just a couple of  yummy examples:

Chaya made these delicious looking Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Cookies adapted from a Nigella Lawson Recipe.

And these adorably cute little bundts were adapted from Paula Deen’s Basic 1-2-3-4 Cake.
And Chaya has so many other fabulous recipes from soups to sides to veggies, chicken, fish, and main dishes….pretty much anything you can think of: All Kosher and All Gluten Free!

So what about Chaya’s other blog? Why, I thought you’d never ask! Sweet & Savory has even more of Chaya’s delicious recipes.  The tagline says it all: “Over the years, my taste in food has changed, as have my recipes. This blog will chronicle the changes I continue to make, as I face challenges in healthier eating and in new methods of cooking.”

Well said! And from the looks of things, it’s turning out to be a fabulous journey.  I’m tempted to brag on Chaya’s recent chocolate chip cookie and brownie posts, but there’s so much more that I could mention, other than desserts.  One recipe I’d love to try is Chaya’s Moo Goo Gai Pan.  Looks delicious, huh?

And here’s one of her many pasta dishes: Quick & Easy Pasta. Yum!

So if you are looking for some new recipes to try, I recommend heading over to Chaya’s blogs!
Now let the party begin!  Enter a link to your favorite post(s) of the week.  Please enter the actual link for your post, not your blog url, and don’t forget to include a link to my blog somewhere in your post so that others can come by and participate.  Next week I’ll be featuring a few posts among the ones that are linked up here, so get to posting, if you’d like to see yourself featured here.  You’ll have until Tuesay of next week to add your links.  I look forward to seeing all your ideas!


  1. Sweet and Savory says

    Jerri, what a nice surprise. I came over after remembering about Friday Favorites and here I am and so nicely presented. I will hire you as my press agent.

    I was wondering why my visit count has gone sky high. I think, I have discovered the secret.

    You have helped me since I was a brand new blogger, stumbling around. You have always been kind and generous. Thanks for being here to introduce all of us to much more than cooking. I hope everyone checks your other websites.

  2. Vanillastrawberryspringfields says

    Oh me to so so thrilled to read this about Chaya…thumbs up and a hi5 to her -i love her and both her blogs too …she's way way talented and amazingly so…she bakes a storm and whips up dreamz…and manages her Hubbys gluten free dietbeutifully with ease n love ….u have to hop by her blog to see how muc ur missing…shes posts those 5 min recipes almost everyday and to top they are always delish too….
    cheers to my sweetest dear Chaya n Jerri too for featuring her here….

  3. barbara@hodge:podge says

    Thanks for the invite and for stopping by my blog!
    Looking forward to following along.

  4. CountryMama@The Cozy Country Home says

    Nice ideas for Friday Faves! I'll have to check back! I love the fact that you introduce us to so many other bloggers!!

  5. Kristi Flanagan says

    Jerri, thank you for inviting me to join your Friday Favorites!

    Punkin Seed Productions

  6. Thanks Jerri for the invitation! I love your site and can't wait to visit often!

  7. Hello! I just found you through Friday Follow and am really excited to find another great blog. I linked up and am getting ready to delve deeper into your blog. Please stop by sometime!
    -Heather @

  8. The Crazy Suburban Mom says

    This is bad bad bad for my diet! The cakes look great! Oh wow!!

    stopping by from harriets comment challenge!

  9. Oops. I wan't supposed to link up. I have to learn to read more carefully.

    I have thanked you in S and S. I will do Comfy Cook during the week. It is fun to do this. You have so much going.

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