Tuesday, June 2, 2009

There's a party in my tummy, so yummy, so yummy!

I like to eat. I don't have a particularly refined palate. My favorite places to go are barbecue joints, probably because I grew up eating Louisiana Cajun and soul food. In fact, when I received the mind-bending email that my book got picked up a couple of weeks ago, we celebrated by hitting Yelp.com in search of a new rib joint and driving out to try it. Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives? Yeah, if they show one in a fifty mile radius, we're there. Probably even a hundered mile radius.

Anyway, I do have an adventurous palate, even if it's not refined. I love trying out new cuisines. One of our recent new favorites is an Ethopian joint that serves some fierce doro-wat. I don't much care what country it originated in; if it's got meat and killer spices, I'm down to try it. Or if there's bread involved. I'm a sucker for good bread. Or if there's a cream sauce. You can sign me up for that. Oh, and a great pulled chicken. Wait...I lost my train of thought.

Oh, okay.

I like to cook nearly as much as I like to eat. One of my favorite recent purchases is Comfortably Yum by Luisa Perkins who I had the delight of meeting in April. My husband and I just started a hard core eat light plan today so I have to wait a month to try some of her recipes, but I have a very good eye for recipes and I already bookmarked my copy for what I want to try.

Of course, I also have favorite food and recipe blogs I like to go to. I figured today I'd share some of my favorite food related things. If you're a kitchen dabbler, you may want to check these out. My friend Jen (we trade meals twice a week so I KNOW what I'm talking about) is a great cook and she's especially good with tasty, healthy stuff. I'm linking you to her Southwest corn chowder recipe on her Skinny Habits blog, one of my favorite things she makes.

My friend Emily is also a great cook. She hasn't been cooking up her usual storm lately, but I really like her homemade macaroni and cheese. She's a fellow Louisiana girl so it's hard to go wrong with the stuff that comes out of her kitchen.

And I always find good stuff from Scribbit and Mama Manifesto, like this great easy recipe for ginger lime chicken from a couple of weeks ago. We tried it and really liked it.

So today's giveaway is simple again. I'll send you five of my favorite recipes for a soup, bread, chicken dish, side dish and dessert. None of this goes together but it's stuff I really like.

And I figure I'll give away some of my favorite treats: Hershey's 100 calorie chocolate covered pretzels, pecan praline fudge (homemade), mint chocolate fudge (homemade), a can of Tony Chacere's creole seasoning, and I'm sure there are a million other things I could think to give away but then I would have to camp out at the post office to keep up with the packages and my postal clerks are super nice, but not THAT nice. Not "I want to camp out and mail stuff all day long" nice. Probably that really would make them go postal.

So same rules apply: just enter by commenting and that's it. Enter every day because you can totally win more than once. In fact, since lots of my regular readers are missing from the blogosphere lately, you have a GREAT chance of winning more than once. Easy-peasy, it's all about the party!

Yesterday's winners using the random number generator:
Becky: Austenland
Kristina P.: Birght Blue Miracle
Heidi Ashworth: Previously Engaged
Don: In Her Good Name
Linda: the lipsticks!

Woot! Send me your regular address via email at writestuff dot jacobson at gmail dot com and I'll get your stuff out to you. Books will go media mail so give them a little extra time to get to you. And thanks to everyone who's dropping by to say hi.

24 comments:

Amateur Steph said...

Hooray for palettes. I do wish I were stuck where the food was awesome. Oh well. Maybe I can just win your giveaway and get some awesome recipes or homemade fudge (please, please oh please)

LisAway said...

I cried a little tiny bit because I didn't win any of yesterday's loot, but I'm okay now.

I love food, too! And I'm going to make the chowder (if I can figure out a good salsa substitute so it won't cost 3,000 dollars to make over here) and the chicken FOR SURE. And I already wanted Luisa's book, but now I'm not sure I can resist any longer. . .

You are a very powerful person, Melanie!

Laura Moffitt said...

I need to get in the kitchen more. I have like three things I can cook and I stick to them. But I am getting more adventurous I am making Lasagna for the first time tonight.

Carolyn V. said...

Oh my gosh. I am so hungry now! so....hungry...

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

I wish we could just hop around to restaurants together. But since my budget demands that I cook instead, I probably need your recipes.

Luisa Perkins said...

Wow, thanks! What a nice surprise! Let me know when you try some recipes. xoxoxo

kelberology 101 said...

One of my very best friends published a gorgegous cookbook last year. Check it out at: thegatheringoffriends.com

DeNae said...

7:52 a.m. and I'm craving me some barbecue. Gonna be a long day.

There are some fabulous eateries here in Vegas. So why do we spend every birthday at Red Robin? One of life's mysteries, I suppose.

I'm down for some good recipes! Sign me up!

Kristina P. said...

What?!?! I won!!

Does this mean I can't win some deliciousness?

Annette Lyon said...

I'm rather impatiently waiting for my copy of Luisa's book to get here. I need something new to cook that rocks!

Scribbit said...

That chowder sounds pretty good--we eat a lot of soups here even in the summer.

L.T. Elliot said...

You had me at "if it's got meat and killer spices..."

One of my favorite dishes is a Pakistani curry. Unfortunately, my sisters and lil' bro are the only ones who love it as much as I do and the hubby only tolerates it when I simply must have it. =P Silly dudes with their "lack-o-spices" palate.

Andrew & Sarah Clawson said...

Sounds like fun! Have you tried Indian food??? LOVE, LOVE it!!

nano*ink said...

Mmmm...recipes and stuff
I have a good chicken, mushroom, yogurt recipe that is yum and I think you would like. I will try to remember to send it. Actually, I was hoping to make it tonight, forgot to get the chicken out of the freezer...but hmmm - microwave help comin' up. cheers

Sandi said...

can't resist a recipe give-away!

Aubrey said...

This is my day... recipes AND fudge! (I hope.) I'm going to have to try that chowder soon.

Linda said...

whoohooo! I really don't remember the last time I have ever won anything! Time to have a party!
Hey, if you had a nice aunt from the north and a cajun uncle that made their own seasonings maybe you could give away one of them...hmmmmmmm.
I do NEED to get yours out in the mail.

Amber Lynae said...

Can someone please pass the party. I even saw chocolate included in this giveaway. Yum.....

Erin said...

You know you hit my soft spot: food. I love food. I adore food. I'm always hungry. Have you checked out the food blog Our Best Bites? (It's on my sidebar) It's amazing. Their french dip is my favorite recipe EVER.

I've got to stop thinking about food. I just ate lunch and now I'm starving again.

Heather of the EO said...

I go away and miss winning again. Dangit.

Love all the foodie info.

Eowyn said...

Phew! I got here in time today! I'm always about mint fudge. . .

This is a great give-away idea. I'm totally in need of some give-away ideas to reward my readers. . .

That Girl said...

Not a good post to read when I just started my diet.

Thanks, lady. I missed you too. ;o)

Jessica G. said...

Oh great, now I've got the munchies! Sheesh...

charrette said...

Mrs 4444 Cooks is a really fun food site too. I don't get there often enough, but her running commentary is pretty entertaining.