25 days of giveaways: nostalgia electrics popcorn & kettle popcorn makers

25 days of giveaways: nostalgia electrics popcorn & kettle popcorn makers

I became a big Nostalgia Electrics fan years ago when I bought one of their chocolate fountains (one of my favorite entertaining centerpieces!).  Little did I know until I moved in with my current roommates that they also make some seriously stellar popcorn makers!!!  I’m a pretty tough popcorn critic,...

25 days of giveaways: cooks standard 10-piece cookware set

25 days of giveaways: cooks standard 10-piece cookware set

Someone’s going to get a seriously amazing holiday present with this giveaway! It’s true.  Today’s giveaway is a gorgeous Cooks Standard Multi-Ply Clad Stainless-Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set.  It includes a 1.5-quart covered saucepan, a 3-quart covered saucepan, an 8-inch and 10-inch open skillet, an 8-quart covered stockpot, and a universal...

25 days of giveaways: beanilla vanilla gift set

25 days of giveaways: beanilla vanilla gift set

Last year at about this time, I was actually introduced to Beanilla by winning a giveaway myself.  And let me tell you….this company’s vanilla will change your life.  Or at least, it will definitely change your baking!! For today’s giveaway, Beanilla is giving away some of their favorites: One...

25 days of giveaways: nudo olive oil trio

25 days of giveaways: nudo olive oil trio

Today’s giveaway features a favorite of mine – Nudo! For those of you who haven’t still heard of it, Nudo is this amazing new company that allows you to adopt an olive tree, and then receive its oil.  It’s a collaboration between a group of small-scale, artisanal olive producers...

25 days of giveaways: cuisinart blend & cook soup maker

25 days of giveaways: cuisinart blend & cook soup maker

Look out, world!  The old-school blender has just been kicked up a notch. Allow me to introduce you to today’s giveaway — the new “Blend & Cook Soup Maker” from Cuisinart!  It is literally a blender that cooks!  The nonstick cooking plate “lets you saute ingredients, simmer, and even...

25 days of giveaways: williams-sonoma “italian food gift set”

25 days of giveaways: williams-sonoma “italian food gift set”

Whoever wins this one is more than welcome to invite me over for dinner…  :) Today’s giveaway is this beautiful “Italian Food Gift Set“, from the always amazing Williams-Sonoma.  It features the extraordinary Alfieri pappardelle pasta, Williams-Sonoma House Olive Oil, Peperonate (artisan-roasted yellow, green, and red peppers, golden onions,...

25 days of giveaways: harney & sons teas

25 days of giveaways: harney & sons teas

Years ago, my mornings were forever changed when I was introduced to Harney & Sons “Hot Cinnamon Spice” gourmet tea. Holy moly.  I grew up in a family of hot tea drinkers, and had tried hundreds of teas over the years.  But my first sip of this spicy, cinnamony...

Nutella Cheeseball

Yesterday was one of my favorite days of the month — book club!!! Since it was a cold day in December, and we were discussing Steinbeck, and…ok I really was just looking for a reason to buy some Nutella…I decided to improvise this little cheeseball to bring along. I’ll...

25 days of giveaways: nesco roaster oven

25 days of giveaways: nesco roaster oven

The Gimme Some Oven giveaways continue today with this sweet 6-quart Red Roaster Oven from Nesco. What does a roaster oven do, you might ask?  Well, it pretty much does everything your oven does except broil.  It bakes (with adjustable temperature controls up to 425 degrees F), steams, and...

25 days of giveaways: deni stainless steel food steamer

25 days of giveaways: deni stainless steel food steamer

Look out…this “25 Days of Giveaways” event is about to get steamy! Today we’re giving away this 3-Tier (9.5 quart) Stainless-Steel Digital Food Steamer from Deni.  The picture already makes me hungry.  What an amazing, gorgeous, and healthy way to prepare your food!!! This lovely little steamer does everything...

25 days of giveaways: copco travel mug trio

25 days of giveaways: copco travel mug trio

Whoever wins today’s giveaway is going to be one lucky duck.  :) The wonderful folks at Copco have donated not one – but two pairs of each of these travel mug trios for today’s giveaway.  So the winner will have these gorgeous and colorful cups for all of their...

Pesto Pasta With Chicken Sausage and Roasted Brussels Sprouts

So, I’m pretty sure Trader Joe’s now carries about 43 varieties of chicken sausage.  Ok, maybe just 10.  But still — SO MUCH CHICKEN SAUSAGE!!! Today felt like a good day to be a part of the fad, so I brought home some of their spicy Italian (I know...