Tuesday, August 18, 2009

It's Giveaway Time!

Attention foodies, avid readers, Southern Belles and everyone in between: it’s time for my first giveaway!

I have been pondering about what to provide during my first giveaway as a blogger. Naturally, I thought of books, since I’m a writer and a voracious reader, and I know that many of you are, too. But, Hubby also pointed out how I like to discuss recipes and food with many of y’all, and how I tend talk about all-things Southern, often referencing Southern Living (A.K.A., "the Bible" for many ‘a Southern gal). So, I’ve brought all of that together and I’m giving away (drum roll):
Southern Living
All-Time Favorites Cookbook

It features more than 500 tantalizing recipes, gorgeous photography and would be the perfect addition to any kitchen. There are plenty of recipes for tailgating, supper clubs, cocktail parties – you name it. I’m really tempted to keep this one for myself, but I’ll be good and reserve it for this giveaway. :)

So, here’s the deal: The deadline to enter is Aug. 26. Leave your name and e-mail address in the comments section or e-mail it to me directly. Then, share a special recipe or dish that is near and dear to your heart. You don’t have to provide the entire recipe – I’m more interested in the story behind it. I think it’s always interesting to hear how food brings people together. I’d love to feature these stories in a future blog entry and I will definitely give credit where credit is due! (For privacy reasons, I won’t use last names or I can just reference your blog if you prefer.)

A name will be drawn at random and the winner will be announced in late August. Good luck to all of you!


EntertainingMom said...

oooh me me me me me!!!!!
I was so excited that I forgot to read the rules for entry... I'm off to do that now! LOL

sara said...

Oh, I SO want this! I have a growing collection of Southern Living cookbooks (love the holiday cookbooks especially) and would love to add another to the mix! My email is sdavis@gsmblaw.com.

One of my favorite recipes (and the most requested in our household) is the Milk Chocolate Candy Bar Cake - which is actually a Southern Living recipe! This cake is absolutely delicious, and the icing is so sweet but light and airy at the same time. Plus, how can you go wrong with a bag of chopped Hershey bars?? My mom (who is known to state, "I've never made a Southern Living recipe that didn't turn out good.") first made this for my husband for a birthday, I think - since then, he always requests it for birthdays, holidays, fridays, etc. I'm always happy to make it because I know it is his favorite dessert, and in today's busy world, it's nice that loved ones appreciate the little things in life like a terrific chocolate cake.

Here's the link to the recipe:


Jessi said...

OOH I love cookbooks!!!

I make great cheese grits. And while you southern ladies may think this is a given, I am a northern gal, married to a southern guy. He says I am making my way through learning the ways of the South. (I make Smoked Gouda grits and generally serve with Pork Chops stuffed with bacon and gouda - yummy!)

This cookbook would definitely further my study!!

Pug1 said...

Nice GIVEAWAY! pugluvr50@yahoo.com
One of my favorite recipes is simple and delicious!
It is spaghetti and homemade meatballs!!! This is one of my top dishes for serving guests. I find most folks like Italian food. I make my own sauce and meatballs. When I serve the dish I top it off with freshly shredded basil from my basil plant! Along with the main course is a crispy salad. We also have freshly grated Romano or Parmesan cheese...freshly ground pepper and a steamy loaf of bread...sometimes we have herbed olive oil for dipping too....we can't forget the semi-sweet Merlot....there is the atmosphere as well....candles burning and Italian music playing in the background!!!!! CHEERS! Michele

Amanda Profumo said...

Great idea! I'll be sending a recipe soon... I'd LOVE a copy of that cookbook!

Elizabeth said...

i love all SL recipes and would love to have this cookbook to add to my collection in my new house!

one of my favorite recipes is my grandmother's brownies. she always made them for me growing up. when i got older, i was given a cookbook with that recipe written in it. she had cut it out of a newspaper the night i was born while she was in the waiting room. neat story, huh?

QueenBeeSwain said...

this is ging to be so fun to do, I'm going to have to dig!


Jo said...

What a fabulous giveaway! I love Southern Living ~ my family always makes fun of me since I'm from the Midwest! :)

This is a hard decision. I love to cook so there are many ~ I'll email you the recipe when I decide which one.

Your tassel should arrive any day if it hasn't already. Hmmm ... I think we may have the same initials ~ what's your middle name?

tlm said...

I would love to add that cookbook to my collection!

Food is such a huge part of my family that I am having a hard time coming up with one recipe. We have so many traditions (chocolate pie at T'giving, egg strata on Christmas, ribs sometime in the summer, BBQ Pork Butt in the summer, the list goes on) One thing that my mom has always made every summer and has now become a shared experience with the whole family is making pickle relish. It isn't nearly as sweet as what you buy in the store and it is the perfect touch to potato salad, hamburgers, macaroni salad, hotdogs, etc. One day it will probably be my job to make it.

Molly Lou Gifts said...

I cannot believe that I almost missed this. I remember the day that you posted and I wanted to think about what I would choose and then it almost slipped by me. I would have been devastated.

Thanks so much for doing this...I am so excited about this giveaway and think it is a fantastic idea. I am really finding my love for cooking and just adore Southern Living. Everyone has a story and food is such a way to bring people together and make those stories and memories.

I think my favorite recipe is my grandmother's homemade macaroni and cheese. My grandmother is such a fantastic woman and has lived quite a life. She grew up on a farm in the midwest with just her father after her mother died of typhoid fever and then went on to raise two children alone after her husband died when my mother was just 8. She is so strong and has such a fantastic work ethic. She makes the best macaroni ever. I have tweaked it over the years by using reduced fat cheese, skim milk, and a little less butter. I also combine cheeses and use two different cheeses most of the time. My mother never made this growing up as she isn't much for macaroni and cheese, so it was always so special when I went to visit my grandmother. I remember the first time she let me help her make it for a big family dinner...she was making a triple batch to feed the masses. I felt like a such a "grown up" that I was able to actually help and not just watch.

Every family has one recipe that seems to be passed down through the years and I hope that my children will one day make it too. I know it's a winner because Picky Pete, I mean my son will eat it. :)

I am happy to share the full recipe if you want it. Thanks again for doing this...this was a fun little trip down memory lane.

QueenBeeSwain said...

aagggh- just realized I hadn't entered- I am going to have to call my Memphis bred and raised Nan- her garlic cheese grits are my hands down fav-Southern food! she only makes them now on holidays and I do not know the recipe, which is a good thing because I'd be the size of a barge if I did- basically just grits with cheese, butter and garlic!