Meyer Lemon Meringue Pie

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Ok, I promise, this is it with the Meyer lemons. You’re sick of them–after this post, and that post–I know, I know. And when Lindy drew lemons (that sort of look like Meyer lemons) into my banner this month, who knew I’d be writing so much about them? Unless this was Lindy’s master plan? What if she works for the Meyer lemon industry? What if her banners are prophecies and whatever she draws in them comes true? What if next month’s banner features me…DEAD?! This is like an episode of the X-Files!

But even Mulder and Scully would tell me to come off it and just get to the recipe for that gorgeous-looking pie in the lead photo.

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Floating Away

DeNiro did it for “Raging Bull,” and now I’ve done it for this month’s banner. That’s right, check out the new plus-sized me floating up there in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Once again, kudos to Lindy Groening for another stellar illustration, and to Justin for puffing the air into all those balloons.

I’m A Peanut

Yes that’s me up there in this month’s delicious new banner–another masterwork from Lindy–having baked The Great Pumpkin into a Great Pumpkin pie. (If you can’t see it, clear your cache and reload the site.) Thanks, of course, to the uber-talented Lindy and the ever-helpful Justin for making the site look great, as always.

Red, White and Blue

Pledge allegiance to this month’s banner, designed by our brilliantly patriotic illustrator, Lindy. Thanks to her and thanks to Justin for installing it. Now for a very important question: what’s Blue Nun??

The Peeps

Clear your cache and reload the site, if you dare. You’ll never look at Peeps the same way again!

Thanks to Lindy, Leah and Justin for their work bringing another awesome banner to life.

Candy Heart Banner

A round of applause, please, to my followers on Twitter who wrote most of the text for the candy hearts in this month’s banner–brilliantly illustrated, as usual, by Lindy. (Can’t see the banner? Clear your cache and re-load the site.) A special shout-out to my friend Katy who contributed THOUSANDS of ideas and to Amanda Hesser who came up with “You Had Me At Jello.” Make sure to subscribe to my Twitter feed (just go to www.twitter.com/amateurgourmet) and maybe you’ll see your ideas in next month’s banner.

And special thanks, as usual, to Leah & Justin for doing all the dirty technical work to make this banner possible. The A.G. Team is the best.

The A.G. Team

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You can all breath a collective sigh of relief: this, I’m pleased to announce, is the very last post of my 5th Year Anniversary Week. Ok, maybe I went a little too far profiling anyone whose visage ever graced these pages, but, I must confess, it was quite a kick taking such a long stroll down this blog’s memory lane. Our final gesture is to give some credit where credit is due–that is to credit The A.G. Team, the people who keep this blog running.

Starting on the top left you’ll see Leah McCombe who gave this blog its beautiful, useful, whimsical and memorable design; next, on the upper right, is Ben Lim who is my savior and saint–he responds to all my pesky IMs when the blog goes down (which it’s been doing quite a lot lately)–and, more importantly, he’s the one who programmed all of Leah’s design and brought this blog to life; beneath Ben is the irreplaceable Lindy Groening who illustrates our awesome, hilariously kooky banners each month (she really is amazing: if I dream it, she can do it!), and–finally–next to her is Justin Dickinson who started here as an intern and graduated to our design team where he seamlessly uploads Lindy’s banners as soon as she’s done with them.

I’m really proud to call these guys my A.G. Team and I’m so, so, so grateful for their generous, thankless work. (Well, I hope it’s not entirely thankless.) I decided to ask them all a few questions which they’ve answered for you below. Let’s hear what The A.G. Team has to say.

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Turkey Kong

Fans of Lindy’s banners are really going to dig this month’s riff on Thanksgiving. Click on over from your Reader; if you still see trick-or-treating candidates, clear your cache and load it up again. Thanks, again, to my awesome team of banner makers: Lindy, Leah, Justin & Ben. You guys are the best; gobble, gobble.