Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Crosby & Taylor Giveaway

You are in for something good!!! Who doesn't love beauty as well as function in the kitchen? And when it comes to beauty, Crosby & Taylor always delivers. I personally now own the Fleur de Lis Measuring Spoon Set and Measuring Cup Set. I also have the Dragonfly Coffee Measure. I've had these for a few years now, and after using them almost daily, they still look like brand new!
Crosby & Taylor was formally known as Tin Woodsman Pewter and have been in business since 1985 creating wonderful items in Oregon. Not one thing has changed in the quality of their hand made products with their name change. You might already be familiar with their items since Paula Deen uses their measuring spoons and cups regularly on her TV show.
Today you are going to have a chance to enter to win the same combo I have recently received. The first one is a Pewter Spoon Rest in the Bird pattern. This spoon rest is 7 inches by 3.25 inches and displays a darling bird with a nest and three eggs in the handle. I absolutely love mine. The weight is quite hefty and is dishwasher safe, although hand washing is recommended.

The second item is the Petite Pewter Salt Pot, color - Pistachio. This little pot, 4 inches by 3 inches, is perfect for keeping next to the stove for that last minute seasoning in the pot. There is a little pewter bird face plate and the spoon resembles twining branches. It's just adorable! This item is hand-thrown and hand- glazed, hand washing is suggested.

Want to Win? Go for it!!
1. Leave a comment after visiting the Crosby & Taylor web site telling me what your favorite item is. Be creative; I may need a tie breaker!

2. For a second chance to win, sign up as an e-mail subscriber with Feedburner, Feed Blitz, or become a Google Follower (see sidebar.) Then leave a second comment telling me you have subscribed or that you are already a subscriber.
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3. For a third chance to win, blog or Tweet about this contest with a link here, then come back and leave another comment telling me about it.

4. For a fourth chance to win, "Like" Crosby & Taylor on Facebook, then come back and tell me that you have done that.

5. If you're not a blogger, be sure to leave your contact e-mail address like this to avoid spammers: pianananna(at)gmail(dot)com. If I don't have a way to reach you or you don't respond in three days, your name will be disqualified, and I will choose again, picking my favorite answer.

Good Luck!!

Open to US and Canada residents only, 18+.
Winners will be chosen by random.org.
Email addresses will not be shared with any third parties.
This Giveaway ends on February 1, 2011 at midnight ET

Crosby & Taylor provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose; nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Panini Grill

Behold my new Cuisinart Panini Grill! It is by far my favorite new addition to my kitchen. And if you've been following along, you know I've been doing my shopping at my favorite online store, CSNstores.com.
This grill is so easy to use. Just plug it in, a red light comes on, and then when the temperature is just right, it switches to a green light.

While it is heating up you can prepare your sandwich, then place it on the grill, and press down lightly. This model holds two nice-sized sandwiches.

In 3-4 minutes, you have a perfect panini. And look at the professional looking grill marks. Beautiful!

Here's how I make my Paninis:
Brush extra virgin olive oil on both sides of bread. I especially like to use deli rye, or dill bread, but French bread is equally good.

Layer thinly deli sliced beef, ham,or turkey, mild banana peppers, Swiss cheese, and horseradish mayo sauce. My husband also likes sliced olives on his. Then grill to perfection and enjoy!

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Stock Pots

After 40 years of marriage, a lot of kitchen items need replacing. Recently a cooking disaster, yes I still have them after all of these years, ruined my wonderful stainless steel stock pot. Time to searchfor something new, so I went to my favorite online kitchen store at CSN Stores.
Look what I found! This darling set of Reston Lloyd pots, called Calypso Basics! They come in the set of three and there is a choice of several vibrant colors. They're enamel coated steel, all with glass lids. This set is 1.5 qt, 2.5 qt, and 3.5 qt. Just right for my family of two.
I thought the yellow would look especially festive with my red stand mixer. It's a typical Michigan January, snowy and some days are pretty gray so a little color will boost my spirits in the kitchen. I'm making a lot of soups and sauces these days and loving these wonderful pots. My next plan is to purchase the large 8 qt. stock pot to match.
Can't wait to tell you what else I bought.! That's the next post.

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Apricot-Rice Bake

Today, January 9th, is National Apricot Day in the U.S. If you'd like to stay in keeping with the celebration, try this recipe. You won't be disappointed.

Vegetable Cooking Spray
2 t. margarine
1 c. uncooked long-grain rice
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/4 c. diced, dried apricots
1/4 c. diced dried pitted prunes
2 c. water
2 t. chicken-flavored bouillon granules
1/4 t. ground thyme
2 T. sliced blanched almonds, toasted

Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray, add margarine. Place over medium high heat until hot; add rice and onion. Saute until rice is browned and onion is tender.
Spoon rice mixture into a 1 1/2 qt. casserole that has been coated with cooking spray. Add apricots and prunes, stirring well. Combine water, bouillon granules, and thyme in a large nonstick skillet; bring mixture to a boil. Pour over rice mixture. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until rice is tender and liquids absorbed. Sprinkle with almonds.
YIELD: 8 servings

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

It's Chicken Soup Time

Winter blahs? It's time to sit around a nice fire and eat some warm soup or stew. That's my idea of comfort food. No fireplace? Turn on the little electric space heater and toast your toes! Chicken soup is great for reminding us of Mom and food made with love, while also helping with that nasty cold. This Chunky Chicken-Potato Soup is doubly good with homemade flavor!

3 medium baking potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 c. chopped onion
4 c. water
1 T. chicken-flavored bouillon granules
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. ground red pepper
1/8 t. pepper
2 c. chopped cooked chicken breast (skinned before cooking and cooked without salt)
1/4 c. skim milk
2 T. plus 2 t. chopped pimiento
1/3 c. low-fat sour cream
1/3 c. ( 1 1/3 oz.) shredded 40% less-fat Cheddar cheese
2 T. plus 2 t. chopped fresh chives

Combine first 7 ingredients in a large Dutch oven, bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
Place half of potato mixture in container of a blender or food processor, cover, and process until smooth. Add pureed mixture, chicken, and milk to Dutch oven; cook over medium heat until thoroughly heated. Stir in pimiento,
Ladle soup into serving bowls. Top each serving with 2 t. sour cream, 2 t. cheese and 1 t. chives.
YIELD: 8 cups

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