Category Archives: Product Giveaway

We Have a “Clodagh’s Kitchen Diaries” Cookbook Giveaway Winner!!!

Book CoverClodagh’s Kitchen Diaries

Congratulations to Debbie whom the Randomizer selected as the winner for this prize!!!  A big “Thank You” to everyone who entered this giveaway!  Thank you, too, to Kerrygold USA for sending me this cookbook and for allowing me to offer it to one of my readers in this giveaway.

Smoked Trout-Horseradish Pâté

Irish Soda Bread seemed to be the winner of your favorite Irish foods, with Colcannon being second.  When I was creating appetizers for my St. Patrick’s Day Feast menu for culinary school, I debated making something using that classic recipe, but it turned out that Irish Brown Bread was a better fit for the Smoked Trout-Horseradish Pâté that my friends enjoyed during our recipe testing get-togethers.  I hope that you have some terrific plans to celebrate the day and to explore the world of Irish cooking!

Buon appetito!

“Clodagh’s Kitchen Diaries” Cookbook Giveaway

Surprise gift box

One busy night after school, I came home to find a package waiting for me.  I knew I hadn’t ordered anything, so I was kind of surprised to see the big yellow box from Kerrygold.  I wondered if this was a butter delivery, which would have been terrific.  It was, instead, a St. Patrick’s Day party pack from them.  I’d recently completed my culinary school menu project, in which I’d created a menu for a St. Patrick’s Day dinner party, and had used a quite few pounds of their butter to test recipes, so it was especially interesting timing to receive this package.

Cookbook by Clodagh McKenna

Inside the box was a special treat – a cookbook by Clodagh McKenna.  For my project, I had featured the wide array of delicious products and produce that come from the Emerald Isle, so I really enjoyed leafing through the pages and seeing the dishes that she has created that match up with the seasons of the year.  I’m just sad that her show “Clodagh McKenna’s Irish Food Trails” didn’t seem to air in the NYC PBS market.  I realized, however, that I’d learned so much about Irish food and history in my research for my project that this book would find a better home on one of your bookshelves, so, thanks to the folks at Kerrygold, I’m offering it here to one of my readers.

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 Irish food?  (and see why corned beef and cabbage is not the national 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 Friday, March 8, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. EST, 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 cookbook giveaway. I’m going to put all the entries into an online Randomizer (like this one) to come up with the winner.

Buon appetito!

We Have a Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook Giveaway Winner!!!

Liddabit Sweets - cookbookLiddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook

Congratulations to Cristal C whom the Randomizer selected as the winner for this prize!!!  A big “Thank You,” too, to everyone who entered this giveaway!  From my brief tally of the responses, it looks like Anything-with-Chocolate might be the sweet of preference for everyone.  Peanut Butter-Chocolate combinations were a huge favorite, which is one of mine as well.  Liddabit Sweets has a candybar just for that: The King.

Liz Gutman & Jen King – Liddabit Sweets

I wish I could have given out copies of this book to everyone who wanted to have one as this is such a terrific edition to one’s cookbook library.  Liz and Jen are going to be on tour with their book (and treats!).  They are fantastic people and fabulous candymakers.  Check this list to see if they will be coming by your way.

Buon appetito!

Liddabit Sweets Cookbook Giveaway

Cookbook display at Liddabit Sweets eventCookbook display at Liddabit Sweets launch party

It’s here!  Last night, I headed over to 61 Local for the launch party of the Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook and to see Liz and Jen, whose delicious candies are a special treat in which I indulge from time to time.  It was terrific to see them, hang out with some of their other fans, and to get my hands on this book, a product of all their hard work and wisdom as candymakers.  Better yet, I have a signed copy (by both Liz and Jen) of the Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook to give away to one of you readers.

Liz Gutman & Jen King – Liddabit Sweets

What I really enjoy about buying their candies (aside from getting to eat them) is the liveliness and joie de vivre that they bring to their confectionery.  Naming a candy bar after Dorie Greenspan, one of their ardent supporters and mentors.  Coming up with better-for-you alternatives to popular mass-market candies, made with locally-sourced ingredients and not all that unpronounceable stuff.  Creating caramels that melt in your mouth but are different enough to make your tastebuds say, “ummm, ahhhh, now this is what candy should taste like!” I’ve not only sampled many of their treats, I’ve also gifted them to others to enjoy their craftsmanship as well.

Liddabit Sweets at The Brooklyn Local

These ladies are confectionery geniuses and are really super nice people to boot so it is my pleasure to support all of their hard work via my pocketbook and this website.  I grew up with a mother who explored candymaking for a while when I was a child.  Lollipops, if I remember correctly, came out disastrously awful.  Still, I learned a lot about how to work with chocolate and about making toffees and caramel from her experiments.  It gave me a lot of admiration for those who can get it just right and can turn out incredible-tasting products.

Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook

This cookbook is not just about recipes.  It also gives you pages and pages of techniques, instructions, and real-life tips on how to make candy, layered with their pithy advice and stories about how some of their popular creations came about.  There’s lots of hints as to how to fix things when they go wrong and how to avoid having that happen in the first place.  They demystify the process of pulling together sweet treats in your own home kitchen, drawing from their expertise and experiments in creating delicious candies.  I’m sad to let this cookbook leave my hands, but I know that it will find a wonderful home with one of you.

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 candy?

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, October 15, 2012 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 cookbook giveaway. I’m going to put all the entries into an online Randomizer (like this one) to come up with the winner.

Buon appetito!

We Have a “Desserts In Jars” Cookbook Giveaway Winner!!!

Desserts in Jars book

Congratulations to Daniel M whom the Randomizer selected as the winner for this prize!!!  Thank you to everyone who entered this giveaway!  From my brief tally of the responses, it looks like Cheesecake might be the number one choice of dessert from this group.  I was surprised that it wasn’t something more chocolate-oriented.  It was interesting, too, to see how many times Tiramisu and Crème Brûlée appeared on the list.

The Mermaid

For the Key Lime Pie lovers among you, if you find yourself in New York City, drop by the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop (or track down their truck) to try The Mermaid, which is a soft-serve ice cream sundae with key lime curd, crushed graham crackers, and whipped cream.  All your favorite tastes from the pie but in ice cream form.  It is one of my very favorite things that they make.  I hope that you have a delicious dessert in your future!

Buon appetito!

Cookbook Giveaway: “Desserts in Jars” by Shaina Olmanson

Desserts in Jars book

Thanks to Shaina Olmanson, who was also at Big Summer Potluck, I have a signed copy of Desserts in Jars to give to one reader.  As I mentioned in my post for her White Chocolate-Lime Puddings, Shaina has revamped classic dessert recipes, including frozen treats, as well as creating delicious new combinations.  Aside from being draw into the gorgeous photography in this book and the tempting recipe titles, there are many handy tips for working with jars in cooking, how to transport desserts, which kinds of jars work in what situations, and serving and entertaining tidbits.  This is a great all-around dessert book, whether you are serving sweets in jars or not.

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 dessert?

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 Thursday, August 9, 2012 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 cookbook giveaway. I’m going to put all the entries into an online Randomizer (like this one) to come up with the winner.

Buon appetito!