Product Giveaway – Memorial Day Cookout Pack


I am not sure quite what it is this year, but the holidays and special occasions seem to be sneaking up on my almost before I can even get my arms around them.  I can’t believe that Memorial Day and the start of the summer 2011 cook-out season is already here. Grilling and eating outside is one of the things I miss the most about living in a big city where there are no backyards and finding a place to cook out of doors can be a challenge. Fortunately, some of the food markets have come along to help me to gather together some great product finds to help me celebrate them.  I’ve decided that it makes sense to pass some of these treats along to you, too, for your cook-out menus.

I profiled Cyrilla of Nuts+Nuts earlier this week and featured her incredibly delicious farm-direct imported cashews.  I’m going to kick off this giveaway by offering up 4 packs of her Spicy variety.  These would be perfect on their own to get any party started.  Or why not add them to your famous Chex Mix recipe to perk it up a bit?  There’s lots of ways I can think of to use them for your cookout.

Schoolhouse Kitchen‘s wonderful Spreadable Fruits, Mustards, and Chutneys are not only a tasty addition to any pantry but are also great to use in cooking, as I’ve mentioned in the past.  I have a jar of her Sweet Smooth Hot Mustard and Squadrilla Chutney to give away to the winner.  A dollop of Squadrilla Chutney on a Turkey or Chicken Burger or a teaspoon or so of Sweet Smooth Hot Mustard mixed into smashed egg yolks to replace some of the mayonnaise for your Deviled Eggs?  How does that sound to pep up your next party or gathering!

The third item I’m putting into the giveaway is one of my new favorite food finds.  At the Hester Street Fair a couple of weekends back, I sampled these fantastic caramels from Herbin’ Spoonful.  Mackenzie, the creator of these delicious sweet sauces, was nice enough to give me one jar of each of flavor.  There’s the lightly perfumed, floral Lavender; the warm, spice-infused Chai; and the punchy-hot Habanero.  Your ice cream sundaes and grilled fruit won’t know what hit it.

Buon appetito!

The Rules (There have to be some of these, you know.)

Eligibility: U.S. mainland residents only

To Enter: Write a comment on this post with the answer to the following question: What is your favorite cookout dish?

You must also have a valid screen name (NOT “Anonymous”) with a corresponding email address to enter this giveaway. I’ll need to be able to click on it in order to contact the winner. If you list “Anonymous” or do not have a valid email address with your comment, you will be disqualified. I do not share these addresses with anyone, and they are only for the purpose of entering this giveaway.

Deadline: Is Monday, May 23rd Tuesday, May 24th at 12:00 p.m. EDT, based upon the date/time stamp on the comments. (I’m going to be very strict about this and make no exceptions.)

The Outcome: Only one winner will be chosen for this entire package of goodies. I’m going to put all the entries into an online Randomizer (like this one) to come up with the winner.


  1. Greg C.
    Greg C.05-22-2011

    My favorite cookout dish is kebabs – in any variety whatsoever.

  2. Barbara Fox
    Barbara Fox05-22-2011

    Mine is a big ol’ fat juicy T Bone steak!

  3. amy d
    amy d05-22-2011


  4. kolpin

    i love root beer baked beans!

    kolpin4680 at gmail dot com

  5. Nancy Meyer
    Nancy Meyer05-22-2011

    I like steak and grilled veggies!

    nancymeyer1 at gmail dot com

  6. Darcy B
    Darcy B05-22-2011

    We love to cook hamburgers and hot dogs–with 3 teens our cook outs always end up with lots of extra people stopping by.

  7. monte

    My favorite cookout dish is BBQ Ribs !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Yona

    I love grilled hamburgers and good potato salad.

  9. jenreco

    My favorite cookout dish is cheeseburgers with a heaping spoonful of spicy guacamole and grilled peaches for dessert.

  10. Emma Peel
    Emma Peel05-23-2011

    Barbequed chicken, yum!

  11. Cindy Merrill
    Cindy Merrill05-23-2011

    My hubby makes a fantastic cabbage slaw, with green & purple cabbage,red onion, green pepper and tomato, cilantro
    with balsamic and cider vinegars, and extra virgin olive oil, with a few gratings of peppercorns to add extra flavor! No Mayo needed. Great side dish for just about anything at a cookout.
    On a hot day, this is so refreshing- I can simply add a few chunks of cooked meat and I have a nice lunch right there!

  12. Gianna

    I love grilled mushroom swiss burgers with bacon.

  13. Carolsue

    My favorite cookout dish is pork chops and roasted veggies!

  14. AEKZ2

    My favorite cookout dish is grilled corn on the cob with soy sauce.

  15. Alissa Greising
    Alissa Greising05-23-2011

    My favorite cookout dish is Grilled Salmon with Grilled asparagus.

  16. Sarah

    My favorite is grilled chicken legs with vinegar sauce.

  17. Roxann

    My favorite is baby back ribs.
    ladyt64 at gmail dot com

  18. vivian


  19. dddiva

    Grilled veggies- almost any kind.

  20. Christal Couturier
    Christal Couturier05-23-2011

    I like corn on the cob

  21. Happi Shopr
    Happi Shopr05-23-2011

    Salmon is my fave

  22. Jennifer B.
    Jennifer B.05-23-2011

    I did a redfish with garlic cloves once that was divine. That would be my favorite.

  23. susan smoaks
    susan smoaks05-23-2011

    my favorite cookout dish is baby back ribs smothered in sweet bbq sauce

  24. Diana

    we love to make chicken kabob that are marinated in yogurt curry first. so good.

  25. Sand

    I love BBQ chicken.

  26. Scott

    Ribs off the smoker.

  27. Greeneyebob

    My favorite cookout food is portabello mushrooms with oil and feta cheese…

  28. Diane Baum
    Diane Baum05-23-2011

    My fave is chicken and veggie kabob marinated in greek dressin

  29. Jessica

    I love grilled shrimp kabobs!

  30. sarah

    I love grilled corn on the cob

  31. Christine

    My favorite cookout dish is Chicken or beef shish kabobs with SchoolHouse Kitchen Chutney on the side with corn on the cob with Old Bay Seasoning and butter

  32. Denise S
    Denise S05-23-2011

    My favorite cookout dish is BBQ chicken.
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

  33. Ann F
    Ann F05-23-2011

    My favorite cookout dish is Broccoli salad (It tastes much better than it sounds)

  34. Deborah Rosen
    Deborah Rosen05-23-2011

    My favorite cookout dish is whatever I’ve harvested from my garden that day (I do love grilled veggies and fruits!) but since it’s too early for that….cheeseburgers!

  35. Rachel Melson
    Rachel Melson05-23-2011

    I absolutely love grilled ribs with a homemade cola infused BBQ sauce! Wait, I love ANYTHING grilled, including a grilled banana split! PLEASE let me win this basket!!!

  36. Rachel Blanks
    Rachel Blanks05-23-2011

    A grilled turkey burger with caramelized onion jam!

  37. Ed Nemmers
    Ed Nemmers05-23-2011

    Skirt Steak!

  38. Susan C
    Susan C05-23-2011

    I love barbecued franks!
    smchester at gmail dot com

  39. Jaque R.
    Jaque R.05-23-2011

    I love hot dogs! A cook out wouldn’t be complete without them. :-) Thank you.

  40. jgordo17

    Broccoli Casserole for sure!!

  41. Brittany Rebello
    Brittany Rebello05-24-2011

    mmm kebobs with steak, shrimp, and pineapples!!!

  42. Tonya Dean
    Tonya Dean05-24-2011

    I love grilled cheeseburgers!


  43. Suzanna60

    Boneless Pork Chops and Veggies so good

  44. Jane H
    Jane H05-24-2011

    I love ribs on the grill even though they are incredibly messy to eat. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win.

  45. Veronica Garrett
    Veronica Garrett05-24-2011

    My favorite cookout dish is Johnson’s Bratwursts.

  46. Angela H
    Angela H05-24-2011

    My favorite cookout dish is steak & pepper kabobs.


  47. kathy pease
    kathy pease05-24-2011

    i love good ole bacon cheeseburgers

  48. heather c
    heather c05-24-2011

    Either a low-country boil (everything in it!) or a burger and potato salad. Depends on my mood, I guess. :-)

  49. DanV

    My favorite cookout dish is veggie burgers

  50. Lori Hart
    Lori Hart05-24-2011

    My favorite is roasted corn on the cob

  51. The Experimental Gourmand
    The Experimental Gourmand05-24-2011

    Thank you for all these terrific comments! This giveaway is now officially closed to new entries as of 12:00 pm EDT today. I’ll reach out to the winner and post the results when I have a reply.

  52. susan

    I love hamburgers and corn!

  53. April Bever
    April Bever05-24-2011

    I love brisket

  54. Angela Kinder
    Angela Kinder05-24-2011

    As far as my favorite cookout dish, it’s a toss-up between brisket and pork shoulder. Both are delicious when cooked right!

  55. Thao

    I love making hamburgers