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Last week I mentioned that I would be having a little drawing, and today is the day!! Well, not the actual day for the drawing, but we’ll get started today.

I love to blog about food. I get excited about it. And I really love the food blogging community. I wish I could find a way to make money from it, but that’s most likely never going to happen. But I have been really lucky over the last few months, and although I haven’t received any money from the blogging world, I have been the lucky recipient of 3 new cookbooks. I don’t know where my luck came from, because normally, I am a very unlucky person. First was Pure Dessert won from Veronica at Veronica’s Test Kitchen. Then there was The Great Scandinavian Baking Book from Ari at Baking and Books. And lastly, but not least, was Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day from Jaden at Jaden’s Steamy Kitchen. How I won this one is beyond me, as there were over 300 entrants. See – talk about lucky!!

So I decided it was time to give back. I want to share the love!! I’ve been thinking about this for awhile, trying to come up with a good cookbook to give away, but then I came up with an idea to give away a one-year subscription to a food magazine. The good thing about this is that I will give the winner the choice of magazine, since I know many people already subscribe to some food magazines. The winner can choose from Cooking Light, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, or Every Day Food. It’s easy to enter – just leave a comment on this post. The winner will be randomly chosen next Tuesday, February 12th at 6pm MST. The winner will be announced one week from today.

Now, onto the food!! Like I said above, I love the food blogging community. Not only are there some really nice people and amazing blogs out there, there is also a lot of yummy food!! I won’t even begin to tell you how many recipes I have bookmarked right now. Let’s just say that it’s more than I will ever have time to make. If I didn’t love to look through cookbooks so much, I wouldn’t have a hard time choosing dinner from other blogs every night. And I make a lot of these recipes from other blogs. So I’ve decided to do a once a month feature where I will show you what I’ve made from other blogs. I really don’t need to do a whole blog entry for each of these, because really – the blog that I got the recipe from does a much better job of talking up the recipe than I can!! So here it goes!

Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore

I’ve mentioned before that I have a hard time making crock pot dishes look appetizing, so don’t let this picture turn you away from this Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore from Mommy Cooks. This is one of those throw everything into the crock pot and forget it meals, which I love!! I did overcook mine a bit, since we got stuck at a doctor’s appointment that took longer than expected, but it was a very satisfying weeknight meal.

Scrumptious Apple Pie

This Scrumptious Apple Pie from The Pioneer Woman Cooks! was exactly that – scrumptious!! If you remember the Cheater Chicken Pot Pie recipe I posted awhile back that used a store bought pie crust – this was the pie I made with the other pie crust. We loved this pie. The topping is amazing. We all know I love a crumb topping, but adding caramel just takes it over the top! I will be making this again, but I’m thinking that I would use the apple pie filling from the Sour Cream Apple Pie that I love, but top it with Pioneer Woman’s crumb/caramel topping.

Squashed Acorn Squash

Squash is one thing that I have really been into this year. I had some acorn squash at home when I saw this recipe for Squashed Acorn Squash from Cooking from A to Z and gave it a try. I used regualr brown sugar instead of the muscavado sugar called for in the recipe, and I didn’t quite cook my squash long enough, but this was a delicious and easy side dish!

Brussels Sprouts

This was one of my favorite side dishes that I’ve had in awhile. I am a recent convert to Brussels sprouts – in the last 3 years I have really fallen in love with them. I usually have to buy them frozen because I don’t see them fresh very often, so when I saw these fresh at the store awhile back, I scooped them up. A quick search through my bookmarked recipes turned up this recipe for Brussels Sprouts at Simply Recipes. This was delicious!

And this last recipe I’ve made not once, but twice because I liked it so much!! I saw this recipe for Butternut Squash Bread at Dine and Dish back in August of last year. I was intrigued from the beginning because I had never heard of a yeasted bread with butternut squash in it. I have had my share of potato bread, but not butternut squash bread! This is an extremely tender, delicious bread. You can only catch a hint of the butternut squash in the flavor, but the texture of the bread is wonderful, and it’s a great way to get some extra veggies in!

So there is the February installment of blog food that I’ve made. Make sure you check out the original posts from the other blogs!

And don’t forget to leave a comment to enter for a chance to win a year subscription to a great food magazine!!

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53 Responses to Blog Food and a Drawing!!

  1. ryles says:

    I love all the things you’ve cooked from other’s blogs..
    Mainly, that is where I get my inspiration from!!!

    I too.. LOVE the blogging community.. it takes me almost all night to get through my usual reads!

    What did we do before blogging?? πŸ™‚


  2. Kate / Kajal says:

    hey Deborah – dont say you’re unlucky !!! cuz i refuse to believe that. You are definitely talented and its because of that that you won those cookbooks !!

    Wonderful thing u have decided ti do …a years subscription …thats sweet πŸ˜›

    Love the lovely dishes you’ve got there:)

  3. SteamyKitchen says:

    ooooh!! a contest! count me in. the chicken cacciatore sounds wonderful.

  4. Michelle in Colorado Springs says:

    Please add me to the contest, I am now going to look at the bread recipe.

  5. PheMom says:

    Hi Deborah,
    I have to admit, I am LOVING blogging too! It is definately my life preserver this winter while we are under “house arrest” with the baby.

    I am a total “Good Eats” junkie and found out about National Sticky Bun day from there. Now that I’ve seen that Buternut Squash bread I am thinking I will have to try something with that for another roll – maybe with some chai flavors? Hmmm. We’ll see. At least it would assuage my guilt over all the cinnamon rolls I’ve been making (translate – eating!).


  6. ashley says:

    of course i’m most drawn into the apple pie… that’s always good for the waistline! πŸ™‚

  7. Sarah says:

    Count me in for the contest!

    I am also relatively new to food blogging, but found I grew quickly addicted to it and also to reading others blogs. It is so much fun! And I find so many awesome recipes to try out…things I would have never tried myself. Thank goodness for Google reader…otherwise I would be clicking from blog to blog all day long!

  8. chelley325 says:

    What a wonderful idea! I’m in!

  9. The Queen of Quite a Lot says:

    I love your blog and check it everyday. I just started Food blogging and am really digging it so far. I love finding new blogs and new recipes.!

  10. bbaking says:

    Oh yes the apple pie really does look scrumptious! I really would love a slice of the butternut squash bread dripping in butter, yumyum. If only squash wasn’t so difficult to comeby here( and expensive) I have decided to grow them this year to satisfy my craving!

    I too get so much inspiration from other food blogs, I think the different cultures we all come from inspire food that some of us would never think to cook otherwise. Yay to food bloggers, I second that.

  11. Peabody says:

    Run, don’t walk and buy a lottery ticket! That is some seriously good luck!

  12. Augustina says:

    I love food blogging too and have been so fortunate to have “met” lots of interesting and excited “foodies” over the last year! I’m gonna try my luck on your drawing.Happy blogging!

  13. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    This is a great series! I am looking forward to seeing more of the great recipes you have highlighted!

  14. How To Eat A Cupcake says:

    Who cares if Fat Tuesday is over! Mardi Gras is all week πŸ˜€

  15. Brilynn says:

    What a generous offer! And what’s better is that it’s a gift that keeps on giving, I love when a magazine shows up at my doorstep!

    I find myself more and more, trying recipes from fellow bloggers and they have yet to let me down.

  16. Ben says:

    Hello Deborah!

    First I want to thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment, I am glad you did that so I could find your amazing blog. I also love the blogosphere and sometimes wish that the day had more hours so I could read more blogs and try more delicious recipes. I also wish I was rich and had a huge family so they could eat everything I’d cook. Right now we are only two and sometimes we are overwhelmed with so much food :-p

    Well now I hope I win something, I am probably the most unlucky blogger out there and have never won a thing πŸ™ hehehe.


  17. Steph says:

    I am very new to the food blogging community, but every day I love it more and more. I love your blog, so many yummy things to make! Thank you!

  18. Enza says:

    The “Scrumptious Apple Pie” made my heart skip a beat!

  19. Melanie says:

    Well, I’m not nearly as lucky as you are but I will definitely enter to win the magazine. What fun!

    Also, I had never heard of the butternut squash bread – it sounds delicious. Is it a sweet bread? Is the flavor savory enough for sandwiches or to serve with dinner?

  20. Kathy says:

    I would love to receive any of those magazines! Sad to say, I don’t receive any of them! :o(

  21. Kevin says:

    Your apple pie looks so good! The butternut squash bread sounds good as well!

  22. jb says:

    Wow, can’t wait to try that butternut squash bread!

  23. zoebakes.com says:

    Hi Deborah,

    I hope you enjoy Artisan Bread In Five Minutes a Day and all the bread you bake from it!

    You should come by our websites and check out the errata sheet. It will update you on all the mistakes we didn’t catch while editing. Ooops!


    Thanks! Zoe Francois (co-author)

  24. Tiffany says:

    What a great new feature! I love it….here’s my entry for the magazines!!!

  25. slush says:

    I love the blogging community too. I find myself baking and cooking so many things I see on other blogs. Its really great to have so much inspiration.

  26. Bellini Valli says:

    One of the best things about blogging is all the fantastic recipes we find every day. I don’t think I have enough days in the year to make everything I see and want to try. I love to enter contests too πŸ™‚

  27. Melanie C. says:

    What a delightful blog you have! I have to admit– I am not so lucky either–but you give us all hope! How fun!

  28. glamah16 says:

    Ohhh! I’m in. Not only are you a great blogger but a supportive one to other bloggers. I love that aspect in you.

  29. Emiline says:

    Wow, what a great idea! I’m in.
    You are very lucky with all of the cookbook winnings. Congratulations!

    All of these dishes look great. You must always be in the kitchen.

  30. White On Rice Couple says:

    Oh do we also love sharing things. We have a bi-monthly “sharing the love” event too. But this will be the first that we are actually contestants! So Count us in!

  31. Emiline says:

    Tag! You’re it.
    No excuses.

  32. KJ says:

    oooh I love the sound of the butternut squash bread. I will have to try that one myself.

  33. Megan says:

    I started blogging to share my recipes but now I find myself wanting to make everyone else’s recipes I find on thier blogs. Call me a copy cat! >^..^<

  34. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Aren’t you a dear, Deb? That’s what I call generosity!

    And the idea of posting the food from other blogs is fantastic!

  35. Katy says:

    Love the idea of winning a cooking magazine, but I would have commented anyway because that butternut squash bread looks just awesome!

  36. Mary says:

    What a neat idea for a post! I am always looking at other blogs and trying out their recipes, or getting ideas for stuff I have laying around.

    I love the blogging community because it makes me feel less of an oddball for constantly looking at recipes. And all the food bloggers are so nice!

  37. stacielk says:

    Congrats on all the cookbook wins! I’d love to be entered into yours.

  38. Jenny says:

    What a nice spread of dishes. They all look fantastic. I need to cook up some more crock pot meals. Congrats on winning 3 new cookbooks. Can one have too many cookbooks?? No way!

  39. Polliwoggy says:

    You know, I just discovered food blogs only about 3 months ago, and I decided to start my own. Mine, of course, doesn’t compare, but it’s fun for me, and it’s the only way I can share my love of food, ’cause no one around here wants to here about food from me anymore! Thanks for this generous drawing. It’s very nice of you.

  40. Marie says:

    What a wonderful idea to show us what you have cooked from other food blogs! Love the idea of a contest as well! Count me in!
    PS I have discovered that food blogging is making me fat . . . but what a way to go!

  41. Maxfield Family says:

    From one food blog lover to another! Count me in!

  42. Bri says:

    I saw that pie on PW’s site and had to try it myself. It was pretty phenomenal. Of course, I took it to a family gathering and didn’t get nearly enough of it to suit me. Everyone else decided they liked it to and devoured every crumb. Thanks for your generosity with this contest!

  43. Katerina says:

    Wow! This is a popular post, please enter me too πŸ™‚

  44. chou says:

    I’m just starting to like brussel sprouts–it’s a slow road.

  45. eatme_delicious says:

    Ooo how nice of you to give away a magazine subscription! Enter me please. πŸ™‚

  46. chris says:

    Great blog. Maybe I’ll get lucky once too!

    zekks at yahoo dot com

  47. koopermom says:

    Count me in! I am just starting to read all of these wonderful food blogs! I am making new recipes every week. Its so fun and addicting!!!!!

  48. JaneFan says:

    The crock pot chicken sounds like a great weeknight meal. I’ll have to try it.

  49. Us vs. Food says:

    i’m in!

    i’ve been reading food blogs for a long time, but just started writing myself – and i love it! my actual job, the one that pays me, is suffering just the tiniest bit.

  50. Shepherd Family ACAL says:

    I have just recently found your blog, I am excited to have more ideas for my limited menu…

  51. Shepherd Family ACAL says:

    I have just recently found your blog, I am excited to have more ideas for my limited menu…

  52. Kitchenette Jen says:

    Count me in! I just found your blog not too long ago…along with about 50 others. I’m officially addicted to food blogging!

  53. eatingplum says:

    Wow, you’re so generous! I’ve never been lucky either…but what the heck, I’m in!

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