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.
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.