Monday, November 9, 2009

Thanks AND giving

First: Thanks.

Thank you for the great response to guest posting. Very honored by your comments and emails. Stay tuned this week for the outcome.

And now: Giving

November turns the corner into one of my favorite times of year for cooking. With holiday soirees and family parties, I have plenty of reasons and opportunity to experiment in the kitchen. And it serves as a great time to review my favorite cookbooks and explore new ones.

And one fantastic cookbook is from The Food Network. With over 250 recipes from one of my favorite networks/sites, this cookbook has great tutorials and photos accompanying recipes ranging from lamb to baked eggs with farmhouse cheddar. And don't say you were never inspired to learn to strip lemongrass. You can show all your stripping skills after you read this book (and I do mean the lemongrass!)

So I am sending a copy to one of you. Leave me a comment by Friday and once again, we will employ the magic hat to produce a winner. The magic you create after that is up to you... good luck.

105 comments:

People Who Know Me Would Say: said...

I love stripping lemongrass! Do you get Cooks Illustrated? It's a magazine (America's Test Kitchen) filled with recipes and at the end of every year they print a cookbook with all that year's recipes (like Southern Living does). You'd like it!

People Who Know Me Would Say: said...

Just ignore this one...I'm not sure my first comment went through, so I'm paying attention this time....

mommakin said...

ALWAYS in the market for a new cookbook!

Lee said...

Cool....love cookbooks. Don't use em, but still love to look at them. I have something for you on my blog!

courtney said...

Cool! I love cookbooks (and Food Network) Plus I have no clue how to strip lemongrass...

Unknown said...

OOoooh, this looks good. I have a cookbook addiction. I buy them from Amazon.com and it's a real problem. I'd love to win this one! I'm so excited for Thanksgiving and trying out some new recipes.

Little Ms Blogger said...

Ohhhhh....a cookbook....oddly enough it is not one I own (I own a lot). It needs a home....Pick me.

FancyPants said...

That would be awesome since I host about 40 people at our Thanksgiving and just in time for turkey day preparations!

Menopausal New Mom said...

Oh pick me, I need all the help I can get in the kitchen, other rooms in the house, not so much!

Doula said...

Awww this cookbook is actually on my "wish list" for Christmas!

Unknown said...

This is exactly what I needed! Wow do I love blogging!

Holly said...

I'm trying to collect cookbooks, because I only started cooking about a year and a half ago and I still need lots of help. I've pretty much got the basics down, so now I'd like to try out some fancy schmancy stuff. :-)

Dandy said...

I love the smell of crushed lemongrass!

Jules AF said...

ooo pick me. I love cookbooks. And by love, I mean LOVE.

The Peach Tart said...

I've been wanting this cookbook. Yum.

ellen abbott said...

I've been wanting a new cookbook so, yes, please, I'm in.

Unknown said...

I love cookbooks. All the pictures and sometimes exotic recipes. It makes me think I can do anything just reading them.

So yes, I would love to win a kickin cookbook!

Pandorah's Box said...

Oooo I would love this! I am hosting my very first Christmas dinner this year so it would come in handy!

Thanks for the opportunity!

Kato

sitting on the mood swing at the playground said...

Oh, I have the perfect spot for that cookbook!

Tami G said...

Mmmmmmmmmm - Thanksgiving!
My Favorite time of the year!
Lemongrass? really? you COOK with lemongrass?!!
I might NEED that cookbook!
ha ha

Tami G

Vanessa said...

I wanna get lucky.

Raoulysgirl said...

Awesome! I love to collect cookbooks!! And I don't have this one!!!

JenJen said...

I collect cookbooks and I don't have this one.
I love cookbooks with tips from the cook, and a list of substitutions.
Can't wait to see who is the guest post..wait. Not that I don't like reading your words...don't get me wrong.
Sigh.
I'm shutting up.

Anonymous said...

The stripping sounds like fun. What's lemongrass by the way? ;)

Sincerely Iowa said...

My husband and my kids apparently think I need to learn how to cook, so this might be just what I need!

MommyLovesStilettos said...

I'm teaching myself to cook before I move in with my boyfriend so I definitely need a cookbook. :)

The Four Week Vegan said...

I love the Food Network and I am always looking for new recipes to scare my children, I mean nurish my children.

Unknown said...

The Food Network does such creative and fun shows! I'm sure the cookbook is FAB!

McVal said...

Awesome! Stick my name in the hat!

Margaret aka: Fact Woman said...

I Love Food Network and would love this cookbook. Oh Your ricotta cheesecake recipe looks amazing. I can't wait to try it. I'll be doing the Progresso Gift drawing later today and I'll let you know if your name is drawn out of the magic hat.

strokeofliving said...

Okay, I'm throwing my hat into the ring. Why not?

Rita Templeton said...

Oooh, I want to be entered! I love the Food Network. And I love cookbooks. So this one ought to be great! :)

Barbaloot said...

Ooh-I love the Food network! Crossing my fingers that you draw my name:)

Tracie said...

I have so many cookbooks. I would love to add another one to the collection.

Melanie @ Whimsical Creations said...

Thank you for the chance to win.

Candice said...

Ooh, Ooh, Me, Me... *hand in air waving frantically*

Unknown said...

Is this a magical cookbook? Will it make me like to cook? No?
I could always give it to my husband...

Summer said...

Cookbooks are my FAVORITE!!! And, the Food Network always has some great ideas...

The Savage said...

Lemon grass is an awesome stuffer for whole roasted pig.... Guam style....

Emily said...

Yum. I love to try new recipes. Although generally I stay away from watching cooking shows on TV as they make me just want to eat everything in sight. Maybe I should just remove my fridge and put a elliptical in its place!

MommyLisa said...

I am always on the Food Network site for recipes...awesome.

Kristina P. said...

I love to cook! And to potentially burn my fingers off.

Alyssa said...

It would be my first cookbook! I would love to win this!

Chief said...

ooo...such yumminess

Unknown said...

I have always collected cookbooks, and now that I'm retired I have more time to browse through them and try out recipes. I would love another!

Herding Cats said...

Ohhhh! Pick me! I'm an aspiring disaster in the kitchen, and I could use some new recipes to blow up!

Liza said...

I'm in! My mother-in-law just signed me up for Food Network magazine and it's great! Love cookbooks, and love your blog!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Pick ME! Pick ME!! I need some cooking inspiration and I have never stripped lemongrass. :)

Jen said...

I would love that book. I have wanted one for some time. I hope that my name just jumps out of your magic hat!

MsDarkstar said...

I am not the primary cook in the house but this would make an AWESOME holiday gift for the person who is.

I'd never heard of stripping lemongrass...apparently I have some skills to acquire.

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

This is definitely my favorite time of year and the time I enjoy cooking the most.
:)

Jami - XOimagine said...

Awesome! What a great giveaway! I'm compiling a cookbook of my favorite healthy recipes that I clip from magazines. Have a great Monday!

brokenteepee said...

This goat loves to cook.
thank you

Connie K said...

Cookbook lover !! And Cook ! Great giveaway !!

Court said...

I want that! Fingers crossed! ;)

Marcy said...

Great giveaway! I would love to win! I'm always in the market for good cookbooks.

Cathi said...

Would love that cookbook....!! :) Have a great day!

brainella said...

Stripping lemongrass sounds painful. This is why restaurants exist...so I don't feel the need to do something that traumatic.

Baking is my thing. I'll bake you some brownies if I can have the cookbook... :)

Jen said...

Such an awesome giveaway JennyMac! And wouldn't you know that I don't own a single cookbook?!? So, I think I need one, and this one would be perfect to start my collection now that I have my own kitchen!

~ Jen

Mandy said...

Okay, if I don't win this cookbook, then I'll be ordering takeout from Cracker Barrel. Oh, who I am kidding? I'll probably order takeout either way but I can practice for 2010....

Thanks for offering up the chance!

Liz Mays said...

Oh yum! The Food Network knows what they're doing!

Andrea McKay said...

Well, I definitely need some help in the kitchen!

Just how big is this magic hat of yours, anyway?

Andrea
http://alittlebitrocknroll.blogspot.com

Heather@WHMB said...

Oooh, I love to cook! It totally relaxes me and I'm always trying new things. Cookbook wouldn't go to waste in my house! :)

Joshua said...

OH!!! I need this book. Need it, need it, need it. I do all the cooking in the house and am always looking for new stuff. I've actually poached a few recipes recently -- and always giving credit to the original -- over at http://www.phoo-d.com. I just made the granola bars she talks about yesterday. They were damn easy to make and taste fantastic. She can explain better than I, since it's from her family.

-Joshua

Eve said...

Ooh come on magic hat!! Push Eve to the top! You can never have enough cookbooks, and I am SO desperate for an American cookbook, and a bit of tasty "my mama use to make this" cooking.

Lady Di said...

Oh come on JennyMac...we can only strip the lemongrass??? Anyway, I have to agree that this time of year is my favorite for cooking and baking as well. In fact, just spent all day yesterday baking..yummy.

conquer The Monkey said...

obsessed with the food network, what a fantabbbuuu idea for a giveaway.

don't forget to share what your go to holiday recipe is!!!

Cheers,
Cameron

Simply Mel {Reverie} said...

Stripping and cooking sounds like a magical dance to me!

Amo said...

I love love love cookbooks because I have to have one in order to cook! I am one of those people who have to follow a recipe! So, i want it! I need it! Very exciting!

Carma Sez said...

I could use some big time help with my cooking - please sign me up!

Unknown said...

I LOVE foodnetwork! Pick em magical hat!

The Daily Connoisseur said...

I adore the food network... looks like a great cookbook! xo

Stephanie said...

Oh, I would love a new cookbook! Surely my husband would appreciate something concrete teaching me to cook. :)

Alicia said...

ohhh food network is like porn.... haa!! not really but close... its just so addicting! lol.... but that cookbook looks awesome!

Mrs. M said...

I'd love to win that book!

Meg said...

Umm... again, duh! I love cookbooks! Pages and pages of tasty things to make - yes, please.

Thanks for being such a giver. If I had a spare cent, I'd consider this whole giveaway concept... someday, someday ;)

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

There is no time of year that I'm inspired to cook. Hmmm...I wonder if that's because I don't have the right cookbook.

Tam and John said...

Cooking is one of my new passions so I try all your recipes! And I'm always looking for great new cookbooks!

Luna said...

what a great giveaway. i loke the food network and cooking. i hope i win this book.

Anonymous said...

Wait, if I win this, does that mean I have to cook????

lisa and laura said...

Yum! Who doesn't need new recipes. Great giveaway!

Have you commented on our Kindle contest yet??? Come on...you know you want to! AND you get an extra entry if you blog about it. Just sayin'.

Michele R said...

Looks like a great cookbook! And the perfect time of year to try out some new recipes.

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

I totally bought my Mom that cookbook and she loves it!

The Sharer said...

Two of my favorite things....the words of Jennomacinator and the Food Network!!!!! Ohhhhh magic hat PLEASE pick me!

S

Jen said...

Ooh, pick me! Me me me me me! I heart cookbooks :) (and I'm completely at a loss at meal planning lately)

Corrie Howe said...

Food Network! I fall asleep at night to them. It would be nice to have a cookbook since I don't always hear the end of the wonderful food.

ThatsBaloney said...

I never win anything.
You are my favorite blogger.

Does that help??
Pick ME!! :)

Laoch of Chicago said...

It is hard not to love lemongrass.

Lawyer Mom said...

Since content isn't a factor and it's comment only, here I am. Comment, comment, comment!

Unknown said...

I tend to make a menu a mile long and then have such a hard time narrowing my choices down. Maybe this cookbook will help???

Unknown said...

I already have this one on my wish list!

FunnyGal KAT said...

I've never tried stripping (lemongrass), but I'm certainly willing to try. What a great pre-holiday giveaway!

tiburon said...

Oh man how I would love this bad boy! I need all the help that I can get!

Sherri said...

Oh....that just looks like the best ever cookbook!

HalfAsstic.com said...

Ooooooh, I would love a new cookbook, JennyMac! Thanks!

mCat said...

I'll comment just cause I like ya, but for the love of all that's holy, I don't wanna win. A recipe book implies that I might cook.

Sunshine In The City said...

I would LOVE to win a new cookbook!!!

Stace said...

yay! i'm new to your blog via m-cat and shark bait. love LOVE the story about the 22 year old vet. you're a great writer! Pick me for the win!!

Tiffany and the Munchkins said...

I am such a cookbook junkie! I love getting/buying new cookbooks and planning meals for the next few weeks. :)

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Oh Pick me please, I'll send you something I make ... LOL :)

What an awesome book, I so excited to try out something from it and show it off. :)

No Longer 25 said...

Hmm I didn't even know you were supposed to strip lemongrass!! Looks like this book could teach me a thing or two. I also love the idea of cooking at this time of year - lots of warming meals.
Jade

Passion Fruit said...

I redecorated my kitchen a little just yesterday and finally made room for my cookbooks! Oh was I happy to bring them to where they belong at last! But I have no doubt they would love some company now that they have their own space.

Live.Love.Eat said...

That book looks awesome!!!!!!! One of my fav shows -the Food Network. I'd be happy to take this off your hands :)

Deanne said...

My family needs me to win this cookbook!

Kathleen said...

Looks like I discovered your blog just in time! Hope that magic hat produces my name! :) Love your blog, by the way!