Friday, July 3, 2009

Cooking - A Commonsense Guide - CLOSED


I love all kinds of cookbooks. In fact, I have a little bit of everything in my collection. But my favorites are ones that cover all kinds of cooking - breakfast, soups, main dishes, desserts. The more the merrier! So when I was out shopping recently and I ran across this cookbook, I knew I needed a copy for myself. And I decided to pick up an extra copy to give away as well!

Cooking - A Commonsense Guide is exactly what the title claims it is. A wonderful guide. Not only does it have lots of wonderful sounding recipes, but it is filled with lots of information as well. From different "Cookery Terms" to "Basic Kitchen Equipment", you'll also get full guides on different meat cuts, different vegetables and different pastas. This cookbook would be a great gift for someone that is leaving home for the first time, but even though I've been cooking for years, I know I'll find lots of useful tips as well!

And now a question for all of you - I am thinking about holding some sort of online cooking competition with some great prizes. But I'm interested to see if you - my readers - would be interested in something like that. The contest would have a theme, and you would enter your own recipe creation that you can blog about on your own blog as well. (And it doesn't have to be a food blog!) I would list all of the entries here, and the winner would be chosen by who gets the most votes. Please let me know if this is something you would be interested in - and gain an entry into this giveaway by doing so!

WHO can enter? Anyone, anywhere!

WHAT
is the giveaway?A copy of Cooking - A Commonsense Guide

WHEN can I enter? This giveaway is open from today until Friday, July 10th at 5pm MDT. The winner will be announced on Monday, July 13th.

HOW
do I enter? You have 3 chances to win:

1 - comment below with your most useful cooking tip.

2 - let me know in the comments if you would be interested in an online cooking competition. Details are above.

3 - tell someone about this giveaway. You can blog about it on your blog, tweet about it, or post about it on facebook. Make sure you include a link back to this post. After you have done this, come back and leave another comment letting us know what you did.

This giveaway is sponsored by Taste and Tell.
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38 comments:

  1. My favorite cooking tip: I chop up a couple of bunches of celery, put it in bags, flatten and freeze. I do the same with onions and carrots. When I need them for a recipe, I just open the bag and break off however much I need and toss it into the pot. It saves time and I don't waste food. Celery is not meant to be eaten by humans, but it is certainly necessary for some soups! It would go bad in my fridge if I didn't do this.

    I think an online cooking competition could be interesting.

    Terrific giveaway.

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  2. Freeze your leftover coffee...this way you can pop some cubes into your hot coffee to cool it down or to drink iced coffee...without watering down your drink!

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  3. And yes, I love a challenge, so I would be interested in participating :D

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  4. My favorite cooking tip is to put a lid on whatever you have on the stove. I didn't realize how "genius" that is until someone told me that, and it's a great time-saver.

    angelilee91@gmail dot com

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  5. Putting a piece of bread into my brown sugar - keeps it soft and moist forever!

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  6. One of my favorite cooking tips is to use butter wrappers to grease a baking pan. After the butter has softened a bit, just rub the inner wrapper on the pan:)

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  7. My best cooking tip: Relax. Sometimes when I'm trying something new I find myself getting flustered because I'm so worried about getting it right. When I just take a breath and relax, things usually turn out pretty darn good!

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  8. I think a cooking contest could be cool. I'd be up for it.

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  9. Cooking tip...Freeze onions. You'll cry less and smilk more =)

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  10. A lot of baking recipes call for eggs at room temperature. I rarely remember to get them out of the fridge ahead of time. So a shortcut I've learned is to put the eggs into a dish of really warm water. Let them hang out there for about 5 minutes and you have eggs at room temp!
    I think a cooking contest would be fun!

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  11. My best cooking tip....hmmm. I doubt that I could teach anything new to anyone, but something that I like to do is to use up everything and avoid wasting. For example, that little bit of cereal that isn't quite enough to make another bowl for someone's breakfast...it works great all crushed up and put into a batch of cookies, or waffles, or pie crust. I just like finding ways to avoid throwing things out.
    spondah(at)aol(dot)com

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  12. I'd love to take part in a contest/competition. I'd love to learn something new.

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  13. Best cooking tip? I always hated when my mom told me to add an ingredient "until it looks right" because if I'd never cooked a dish before, how was I supposed to know what it looked like!!?? Now, though, that tried and true tip proves helpful more often than I'd like, because sometimes you really do just have to follow your gut and "add a little more" or don't add quite as much of an ingredient to make all the difference in the world.

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  14. A cooking competition sounds good, but I usually lose interest when it comes down to voting. That always turns into a popularity contest of who can send the most friend and family members over to vote for them....instead of it being about what the actual entry is. Maybe you could put together some volunteer judges to look over things and choose winners instead? It might end up more fair.

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  15. My best kitchen tip--never cook bacon naked! ;)

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  16. A cooking competition sounds fun!

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  17. My best cooking tip is when making a cream sauce for dried beef or sausage. Put in two cold cups milk & a tablespoon of butter, when it is still cold throw in four tablespoons flour & just keep whisking it as it heats. It won't lump up & sauce is so smooth, if you put the flour in hot milk it lumps.
    plb8156@aol.com

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  18. I would love a competition - sounds fun
    plb8156@aol.com

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  19. steam veggies in your rice cooker

    meghan@mrsshopswell.com

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  20. Cooking tip- fresher eggs are harder to peel after hard boiling them. Therefore, try to find eggs that are closer to their expiration date.

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  21. My favorite cooking tip is that you can freeze buttermilk. I'm always forced to buy a quart of buttermilk and then I throw half of it away because it just sits in the fridge. Now I just put the buttermilk into one cup measurments and freeze them in a ziplock baggies. Great money saver!

    I also would love to do an online cooking competitions...how fun!!!

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  22. Always taste as you season so you get it just right!

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  23. My favorite tip is to smash garlic with the bottom of a can or glass to peel it easily. Everyone seems to know about this already, but it does save a lot of time and trouble! Not to mention it keeps my knives from getting too bent out of shape.

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  24. My best cooking tip is to taste, taste and taste some more when cooking stews, soups, sauces, chile, etc. to check the seasoning and add more herbs/salt as needed throughout the entire cooking time.

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  25. I would be interested in an on-line cooking competition!

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  26. My best cooking tip is to plan ahead. Plan meals for the week then know what you will make each morning so your meat can be thawed and you know how much time the meal will take.

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  27. I run a recipe blog at www.recipesformoms.com and a recipe contest would be fun!

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  28. I posted your giveaway on my sidebar at www.recipesformoms.com.

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  29. I would totally be interested in a competition..I am really not very good, but it would be a fun challenge!

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  30. I would be interested in an online food competition! Especially to see everyones creations.

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  31. My best cooking tip would be to have fun! Recipes are born out of variation or necessity. Sometimes people become handicapped by a recipe instead of inserting their own flair. I try to add more veggies are herbs and spices I know my family will enjoy. Some of my best dishes have been born this way.

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  32. Read your recipe through, both ingredients and instructions. Have had to rescue a few friends without ingredients or they didn't realize something had to marinate or stand for a few hours.

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  33. I told all my friends about this giveaway and blog on facebook.

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  34. My favorite tip, which is very well know, is a watched pot never boils. But, for some reason every time I boil a pot of water for pasta or such I forget to put a lid on it! I'm getting married in two months so I would get a lot of use out of this book! I'm pretty new to the kitchen so I've still got a lot to learn. And, I think a contest would be wonderful! It would certainly help me get creative in the kitchen :)

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  35. This is kind of a "duh" tip, but one I don't follow all the time. Read through the recipe before you start cooking. Most of the time I fail to do this, I end up doing something wrong or my plans are shot because there are steps that require more time than I have.

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  36. Oh yeah...I think an online cooking competition would be interesting.

    Maybe have the theme be based on a giveaway or the giveaway prizes or something...

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  37. My tip would be to not be afraid to improvise--add a new ingrediant to an old dish
    sylviawhit@gmail.com

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