Monday, March 9, 2009

Foodie Freebie Friday: BIA Cordon Bleu

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed some culinary adventures of your own. As for me, it was busy to say the least. With a large dinner party we hosted Saturday, a cooking class I taught Sunday and with packing where I can, I'm completely drained. It's also finally hit me that we only have a few more weeks in our current home... which makes me a bit sad.

This is what our living room looks like after we sold our leather living room set and tv over the weekend...

And here is our dining room which will soon be sold (hopefully) in the next couple of weeks...

But some of my prized possessions which will not be for sale includes my serving and dinnerware. These have been staples when I entertain and I actually have more serving-, dinner-, kitchenware that I do clothes, shoes and accessories combined. I think close to half of what we're packing up and taking with us is cooking/baking related!

Entertaining is definitely something I cannot live without and with that comes the need of good, classic pieces of servingware. I prefer all white serving pieces because food placed on them have a nice, clean presentation. I also have these cranberry colored set (cranberry red is my fave color). I've found this set helps accentuate food that tends to look washed out or bland against all white servingware and also adds some festive color to the table.

For this week's Foodie Freebie Friday, I wanted to help readers build on their servingware pieces. I've chosen these particular white servingware pieces which are all by BIA Cordon Bleu.
Established in 1952, BIA Cordon Bleu is a leading manufacturer of porcelain and stoneware serving accessories, bakeware and dinnerware. Founded by a French engineer, Monsieur Jean Mouraille would make frequent trips to France to visit factories in search of the best French ovenproof porcelain. Today BIA manufactures and distributes a complete line of porcelain cookware and bakeware, serveware, and dinnerware, all with contemporary shapes, unique glazes, and classic decorations.

BIA porcelain and stoneware has been a cornerstone of the kitchenware industry for decades. Equally apropos in restaurants as at home, our collection includes brilliant white platters, a perfect backdrop for colorful meals from tapas to roast turkey. Staples like souffle and quiche dishes come in varying sizes and sets. And, classic casseroles blend well with existing tableware. BIA also makes specialty appetizer dishes that are often hard to find. Timeless pieces, contemporary flair and lasting's all here. -- Food Network

The Lion Head Soup Bowl set (set of 4) have a 16-oz. capacity and can be used under the broiler. This makes them perfect for French Onion Soup.

Once you've begun using these Oval Quiche bowls dishes (set of 6), you'll be pleasantly surprised to learn how very versatile they are. Not only can you bake in them, you can also use them for serving (the white porcelain blends in well with your other dishes). And for cleaning, they go right into your dishwasher. The set of 6 lets you make individual portions for everyone at the table.

Once you've begun using this Au Gratin dish (set of 2), you'll be pleasantly surprised to learn how very versatile it is. The oval dish measures holds 24-oz., great for casseroles, rice dishes, vegetable sides, cobblers and roasted chicken, too.

So this week's Foodie Freebie Friday, a lucky reader will be receiving their choice of one of the above BIA Cordon Bleu serving pieces! Interested? Read on!

Some guidelines:
- Giveaway is only for those who live in the United States. My apologies to my international readers!
- You must have a valid email address so that you can be contacted if you win.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment about:
- If you could host a dinner party for any four people (dead or alive), who would you invite and what would you serve?

Deadline: Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 12 midnight CST.

One Winner will be randomly chosen by Random.Org's Interger Generator based on the number of your comment and will be announced on Friday, March 13, 2009. Good luck!