Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Giveitaway, giveitaway, give it away now!

I think that it's time for another giveaway. A C. Mitchell Presents style giveaway. One of my new blog readers - who shall remain anonymous but her name rhymes with 'Pleffaknee' - was wondering why she hasn't been asked to be a guest chef. So, it's time for a new chef! But, I need to add Jocelyn - how have I not done this before??? This weekend I will get things organized - and post her recipe for DELICIOUS pizza and the questions that she has answered for me.

The newest challenge is this: 
A evening or day (your choice) of a cooking-fest with me! I love to cook with friends and family, so want to cook with someone who reads what I cook. If you are not local - please still enter - we will catch up someday and we can plan a cooking-fest then. 

Here's what you need to do enter:
Post a comment or send me an email (I would prefer adding a comment so that everyone can see the responses) of one of the recipes that I have added that you have tried or would like to try. That's it. 

The winner will come over to my abode and we will create a masterpiece menu together, cook up a storm and enjoy our feast.

Please provide your entries by Sunday - Thanksgiving eve. If you feel awkward b/c you don't know me - we'll work something out.

I am excited about this one!

Speaking of Thanksgiving - it's right around the corner. Chris and I are hosting this year - but it seems like we have a small group this year - and to be honest I am really looking forward to that. I am still thinking about my menu, but I think that I will be cooking:
Stuffing - with ground italian sausage and herbs
Mashed potatoes 
Grilled autumn vegetables - brussells sprouts, baby carrots, beets and butternut squash
Homemade cranberry sauce 
Homemade pumpkin pie 

Am I missing anything? I love to make Spinach Gratin for turkey dinners, but we're going to a potluck on Saturday night and I am bringing that with me.

Tonight's dinner is still in the oven. Buh - I hate eating late.

On the menu tonight: 
Summer vegetable gratin - yellow and green zucchini with fresh tomatoes 
Chicken meatloaf - ground chicken used
Mashed cauliflower - one of my new faves

Here is a recipe that I did last week. Cauliflower fritters. I found the recipe in a Rachel Ray magazine - and just tweaked it slightly. I wasn't sure how healthy is - and it is quite good for you. It is low in saturated fat and cholesterol. High in dietary fibre and vitamin C.

Cauliflower Fritters

1 head of cauliflower - cut into pieces and boiled until soft - about 15 minutes
1 egg
1/3 cup of flour
1 tbsp of butter
1/4 cup of chopped basil
1/3 cup of parmesan cheese
Kosher salt

Once the cauliflower is boiled to perfection, drain, and add to a large bowl. Mash the cauliflower and let it cool for about 5 minutes. Add all of the remaining ingredients. Mix thoroughly - I actually used my hands - and make small balls (about the size of a golf ball) - add them to a heated skillet that has a little olive oil, press them down in the center and brown on each side. 

And that's it. Chris loved them - he rated them a 5!

For tonight's dinner - I am going to boil the cauliflower - mash it all up - and just add a bit of butter, some fresh chives and some parmesan cheese. I am excited to give it a try again.

Ok - that's it for me for tonight. I can't wait to see some of the entries. 




Jenny said...

Looked like another yummy dinner!!
I make my stuffing with italian sausage as well....love it!! My fave part of the turkey dinner.

Beth said...

Oh, Pleffaknee. Always somethin' to whine about.


anyway. Here is my entry! (pick me, pick me, I'm EVER SO FUN!)

The recipe of yours I've tried, and adapted, and played with, and reveled in the most has to be your simple pasta sauce recipe, with the roasted tomatoes and fresh basil. I remember the first time you described it to me and let me taste it, I was really taken with the notion of a pasta sauce that tasted so fresh.

I've made it "my own" now with a number of touches, but the basis was from you, and it's something I make fairly often and really love.

Steph said...

Hi Cheryl,

This is my entry.

I would cook to have a giant love fest with you (oh goodness, how embarassing, i meant, love to have a giant cook fest with you).

There are a ton of recipes that you have told me about, and that you write down here that I would love to try.

In particular, I would love to make something that I have never made before. Recent items in that category that are fresh to my mind are homemade stuffing and that barley risotto (or any risotto for that matter).

Maybe I can even bring my recipe for that baklava you liked so much.

Jocelyn said...

Grilled peaches. I've made it twice since you (finally!)posted it. I don't care for coconut much, but the combination of flavours is absolute heaven!