Sunday, November 27, 2011

Ultimate Sunday Fun Day Foodie Holiday Giveaway!

So we've survived Black Friday and even Small Business Saturday. With a lot of shopping opportunities over, what do you have in store for Cyber Monday? I'm still working on my shopping list for some special folks but if you have some foodies left to shop for (or heck, to buy for yourself!), here's my Foodie Holiday Gift Guide that offers a few tasty ideas. But wait! Be sure to scroll down and read on... because one lucky reader will be receiving a large holiday package containing one of each of these gifts and it's as easy as 4-3-2-1! Yes, that's a total of 4 cookbooks, 3 food inspired family games, 2 kitchen tools, and 1 gourmet spice set! Will you be the lucky winner of this Ultimate Sunday Fun Day Foodie Holiday Giveaway?!

4 Cookbooks - what foodie wouldn't want a cookbook? There are quite a few I recently came across and love. One has beautiful, artistic photography and a modern take on cuisine, another uses non-traditional flavors to jazz up classic recipes, another captures fail-proof recipes from my favorite cooking magazine series and lastly, one livens up the party with some delicious libations!

THE COOKBOOK is a sumptuous tribute to the unforgettable experience of dining in the restaurant, where the latest culinary techniques are married with classical French cuisine. The book features more than 125 sophisticated recipes, arranged by season, adapted for the home cook, and accompanied by stunning full-color photographs by Francesco Tonelli. ELEVEN MADISON PARK is sure to be one of the most talked-about cookbooks of 2011.

Following the success of the hit television series Everyday Exotic, Chef Roger Mooking and his producer Allan Magee bring together the most delicious of his 52 inspiring episodes. Using the concept of one main exotic ingredient, Roger demystifies the ingredient through its flavor and aroma, empowering the reader to embrace them in their cooking. Mix in your standard midweek recipes and you have new classics that your entire family will love. So discover your own inspiration for plating each recipe in the accompanying beautiful presentations found within each vibrant and colorful photo throughout the book.

Cook's Illustrated Cookbook
Cook's Illustrated Magazine has stood the test of time and distinguished itself among the pack by having a singular focus--developing recipes that work the first time and every time; it's as simple as that. For the first time since the magazine's inception, more than 2,000 of Cook's Illustrated's landmark recipes have been carefully compiled into a wide-ranging compendium that shows you how to make your favorite dishes better. A must-have collection for fans of Cook's Illustrated (and any discerning cook), The Cook's Illustrated Cookbook will keep you cooking for a lifetime--and guarantees impeccable results.

DIY Cocktails
Black Rose, Blood Orange Tequila & Soda, Kentucky Apple Sour: the newest trend in cocktails is creating your own! Now, the editors of have concocted the only guide that teaches you to create your own infallible thirst-quenchers. Using a simple system of basic ratios, you will learn to Mix new flavor combinations, Master advanced mixology techniques and Serve the perfect drink every time.With only nine ratios to master, you'll shake, stir, roll, and build literally thousands of unique and exceptional cocktails. All you need is a good thirst, an active imagination--and this guide!

3 Foodie Family Fun Games: Aside from sitting down to the dinner table with loved ones, my family loves playing games together. Here are some food-inspired games we enjoy together, which are great for adults and kids alike...
The Anagram game that will drive you bananas. In this unique word game, players use tiles to create words crossword-style. The first player to use all their tiles is the winner. With multiple ways to play, this game is perfect for beginning spellers, as well as more advanced players. No pencil, paper, or board required. If you love the online game, Words With Friends like me (I'm borderline addicted lol), this game is definitely for you!

An Apple a day for us all to play. Create a continuous word snake by adding your word to the head or tail. Originally designed with younger players in mind, APPLETTERS features three levels of play to amuse children and challenge adults. The free-standing tiles are easy to handle and can be used to play three different games. It's the domino game where you don't connect the DOTS... You connect the LETTERS! A fun word game for all.

Stone Soup is a yummy memory matching game with Spice. From the classic tale of cooperation comes this simple game where players work together to “cook” a soup by making matches of ingredients. Match all the ingredients before the Fire under the kettle goes out and everyone wins. Players work together to "cook" a soup by making matches of ingredients. This cooperative game fosters memory, social development, helping others and cooperation.

2 Kitchen Tools: It's just as important to have the proper tools in the kitchen as it is quality ingredients. Here are some tools that make cooking and baking just a little bit easier...

After receiving one from the FoodBuzz Tastemaker program a few weeks ago, I knew friends and family would love this for themselves too! I ended up purchasing a few to give as gifts and one to include in my big holiday foodie giveaway. This egg beater is just awesome. I love the ease in using it for everyday things like mixing up pancake batter, eggs, and pretty much anything I normally would use a hand mixer for. It's my favorite kitchen tool for breakfasts and I think everyone should have one!

This is one tool every kitchen should also have. I love tools I can use for both sweet and savory dishes and this is definitely one of them. From zesting citrus fruits, grating hard cheeses, ginger, garlic, onion, nutmeg or even chocolate, this zester/grater makes it all so easy. You'll find yourself grabbing this more often than you think and is a must for any foodie to have in the kitchen.

1 Set of Spices: These spices make being in the kitchen a little more fun. I love incorporating new and different flavors in my cooking and these spices make it possible. I think the foodie on your holiday shopping list will appreciate these too!
 I've loved this local company ever since I stepped foot into their headquarters and had a chance to meet the folks behind it all. It's one company that I fully support and it's no wonder their spice blends and rubs fill up my cupboard throughout the year. In fact, they helped me prepare one of the best Thanksgiving turkeys I've ever made and I look forward to making another turkey soon using their great products! You probably didn't realize it, but some of the store brand gourmet products found at Crate & Barrel and even Williams Sonoma are created by Urban Accents too. I definitely encourage folks to check out their site and for my big holiday foodie giveaway, I'm highlighting their Pride of Prague Hungarian Paprika Blend, Moroccan Road Roasting Blend, Mesa Rosa Chipotle Southwestern Smoky Blend and their award-winning Mango Masala Seasoning Salt. These will definitely spice it up in your kitchen!

Thanks to my foodie friends at the above companies and publishers, they will be sponsoring this week's Ultimate Sunday Fun Day Foodie Holiday Giveaway. A lucky reader will receive a huge package on their doorstep containing one of each of the items featured above! That's 10 foodie gifts (4-3-2-1) that you can keep for yourself or give to those foodies on your holiday shopping list this year. Will you be that lucky reader that will be enjoying this foodie-licious holiday package?! Read on for more details...

Some guidelines:
- Giveaway is only for those who live in the United States - my apologies to my non-United States readers!
- You must check back in a week when a winner is announced and email me to claim your prize if you win.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment answering:
What food related item are you coveting this year on your holiday wish list?!

Deadline: Saturday, December 3, 2011 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 Sunday, December 4, 2011, next week! Good luck!