Month: March 2012
So here it is! The moment for which you’ve all been waiting. To get everyone up to speed, to celebrate my 1 year blogiversary (which was yesterday) I decided to have a give-away. Nothing celebrates my anniversary more than giving away presents! And the winner will get not just one, but TWO items!!!
If you are a regular reader, you know that I am here in the great state of Michigan. So I wanted my give-away to focus on items that are local goods or Michiganian in nature. Plus, since this is a food blog, it has to be food-related, but not necessarily a food item. To be honest, sending a food item seemed a little weird. But enough talk; let’s get to the prizes!!!
First of all, there’s this beautiful Michigan oven mitt. It shows the Mitten State in all its mitten-shaped glory (and if you’re from Wisconsin, there’s no way that Wisconsin looks like a mitten. . . maybe a boxing glove if you squint a lot). One side has a map of the lower peninsula and when you turn it over you get the upper peninsula! It also has a list of the state symbols on the bottom. Fabulous!
Second is a cookbook that can put the spotlight on one of our locals. It was difficult to pick one since we do have a number of great restaurants in town that have their own cookbooks, including several Zagat rated establishments. Also, there are books from the always spectacular Zingerman’s, which is definitely one of the places to visit if you are in the area for the day.
The book that I chose is eve: Contemporary Cuisine, Méthode Traditionnelle by Chef Eve Aronoff. You Top Chef viewers may remember her as a Season 6 alum. She has worked in the industry for over 20 years, starting from prep cook eventually working her way up to executive chef / owner. With several years of culinary experience behind her, she attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris where she received degrees in French Cuisine and Wine and Spirits. Using her background in classical French cooking as a foundation, she draws on African, Cuban, and Vietnamese cultural influences to shape her own unique style. She has been a champion of the Slow Foods Movement which focuses on a commitment to the environment and also stresses the importance of working with locally sourced artisans and farmers. In addition to all that, she was even invited to prepare a meal for the James Beard Foundation where she was able to highlight her cooking philosophy which features bold flavors, contrasts, and textures.
Luckily I had the chance to go to her restaurant eve before it closed (too soon, if you ask me!). I witnessed first hand her wonderful mien of cooking, while at the same time celebrating the union of two of my best friends (shout out to Cari and Jeremy-with-a-Y). By the way, her Ginger Lime Martinis are top-notch! Her current venture is Frita Batidos, which features Cuban-inspired creations that harken back to times she spent growing up in Miami while visiting her grandmother. Her food is amazing and her passion definitely becomes apparent in how she writes about food and how she connects with food. And if that quick bio doesn’t make you want to add this book to your culinary library, I don’t know what will!
Alright, here’s how you enter:
- Commenting on this post gets you one entry
- If you post in the comments, AND subscribe to my blog you get one
- Liking my Jereme’s Kitchen Facebook page gets you one
- Liking my Daisy Cakes Facebook page gets you one
So that’s four chances for you. You can let me know on your comments if you already subscribe, but I will probably check anyway. I will have to go ahead and say that any member of my family will have to be excluded from this give-away, but they probably won’t read this anyway. Plus anyone who is affiliated with Jereme’s Kitchen or Daisy Cakes (thinking about changing the name) will also have to be excluded. But since that involves just me, I can police that fairly easily 🙂
Y’all have until Friday, April 6 to enter, but maybe I could extend it a day. The winner will be chosen at random and I will make the announcement (or contact the winner) the Monday after Easter (April 9). Although I may be distracted because I am planning on winning that 1/2 a billion dollar Mega Millions jackpot 🙂 I know I’m going to win — I can feel it!!!
Good luck everyone!
Just a quick post / announcement — today is my Blogiversary!!! I can’t really believe it’s been one year already. Hope that I can still try to keep things going! I will probably make some changes to some things, like adding more things to the blog roll or, adding more links, or adding a resource page or two.
And great news — I’ve finally figured out what to do for my anniversary give-away. You’ll have to stay tuned tomorrow when I post what it is (I have to actually go out and pick it up). And it will probably involve Facebook!
And Happy Black Forest Cake Day!
Mental note — do not make pancakes while Hot Fuzz is on the tele. The concept itself wasn’t bad, and I am referring to the breakfast, not the movie, although I love the movie. Anyhoo. . . I wanted to make a nice anniversary breakfast and came up with some Apple-Pecan pancakes (since I had to use up an apple and had some pecans in the freezer). Plus I had an apple syrup / extract that was leftover from a pie that was made a couple of weeks ago.
Although a little charred, they didn’t taste bad. They just needed a little bit of extra syrup 🙂 At least these pancakes are great makeshift doggie treats.
Happy March everybody! It’s another big month for foodie holidays — including my 1st blogiversary (can’t believe that it’s been a year already, not that that’s a foodie holiday). I was thinking about having an anniversary giveaway but I’m not sure yet. Maybe I’ll post something on Facebook (11 likes so far! check out the bottom of the side menu)! More on that later, but check me out on Facebook anyway. Anyhoo, here’s what we have in store for this month (check out some of these links): Celery Month, Flour Month, Frozen Food Month, Noodle Month, Nutrition Month, Peanut Month, and Sauce Month. Now here are some of the special days that we can celebrate in March:
2 Banana Cream Pie Day
3 Cold Cuts Day, Mulled Wine Day
6 Frozen Food Day, White Chocolate Cheesecake Day
8 Peanut Cluster Day, Agriculture Day
10 Blueberry Popover Day
12 Baked Scallops Day
13 Coconut Torte Day
15 Peanut Lovers’ Day, Pears Helene Day
16 Artichoke Heart Day
19 Poultry Day, Chocolate Caramel Day
20 Ravioli Day
21 French Bread Day
23 Chip and Dip Day, Melba Toast Day
24 Chocolate Covered Raisins Day
25 Lobster Newburg Day
26 Waffle Day (in Sweden), Nougat Day
27 Spanish Paella Day
28 Black Forest Cake Day, 1st Blogiversary!
29 Lemon Chiffon Cake Day