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Monday, July 23, 2007

The Great Bloggy Giveaway Carnival

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Well, I guess there's no better way to break in the new blog than to bribe people into commenting, is there? LOL!

Since this is my new cooking blog and all, I'm giving away one new copy of "The Soup Mix Gourmet". It's a big thick book full of recipes that all include, you guessed it, soup mixes.

322094: The Soup Mix GourmetThe Soup Mix Gourmet
By Diane Phillips / Harvard Common Press
Create delicious meals that beat the clock using dry soup mix or canned condensed soup, the short-cut ingredients that pack a knockout flavor punch. Dry and condensed soups have the power to turn a ho-hum dinner into a really great meal. In The Soup Mix Gourmet Diane Phillips shares her know-how for making the most of these timesavers, giving you hundreds of fresh new ideas and old favorites reworked for today. With a little help from your soup pantry, you can create fabulous, flavorful meals to suit every occasion.

Sorry, but I can only ship within the USA. I'll draw a winner Friday evening (Eastern Time)- please be sure to leave me your blog address or email so I can let you know if you've won.

TO ENTER: Comment below and tell me what your favorite homecooked meal is. If you leave me the recipe or a link to the recipe, you'll be entered twice! (EDITED TO ADD: If you don't tell me your favorite meal in your comment below, your entry doesn't count-- seriously! I just want to know that you actually read this entry, and didn't just drop a quick comment before going off to enter the next contest. I don't think that's unreasonable, do you? )

Don't forget to visit my main blog, Tiny Blessings, for another give-away. And, of course, be sure you check out all the other great give-aways during this week's carnival over at Rocks In My Dryer!


Diana said...

Looks like a fun cookbook! Count me in!

Lisa M said...

Count me in too! Looks great!

Happy Momma said...

YUMMY! Please count me in!

Amy Grant said...

Visit Rocks in My Dryer this week to choose from a blogload of give-aways!

ellinghouse said...

would love to win....

Monkey Giggles said...

Yum...yummy...sign me up

daisyaday said...

Bribery works as well as anything, doesn't it?! But I'd love to win!

I've bloglined you so I can come back and read when my blogging isn't so hectic visiting all the great giveaways.

I went from liking to cook, to hating to cook, to starting to like it again. Maybe because I'm cooking more what I like instead of what everyone else will eat.

Have a fun week!

Mama Money said...

Sounds great--count me in!

Amy said...


tegdirb92 said...

Wow, this is great!! I would love to enter this contest. Thank you for the opportunity.

Lorie said...

My favorite meal is Tomato soup and grilled cheese and second only in the summer, BLT's! Please enter me in your contest!

Melinda said...

Um.. I think my favorite is either potato soup or cornbread casserole. My DH likes one I make called chicken soup casserole.


Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Ooh, I love and adore cookbooks! I haven't heard of this one, but it looks great, so definitely count me in :)

Stephenson Family said...

This sounds like a great book! My favorite homemade meal is probably chicken wrapped in bacon. It's tasty and my kids eat it - that's a great bonus!

Sheri said...

I love cookbooks! My favorite homemade cooked meal would be Lasagna

LeslieAnn said...

Favorite homecooked meal...lasagna or spaghetti and meatballs with garlic bread.

Great giveaway!

Shannon said...

Please add me!

~Nancy~ said...

I'm in! My favorite home cooked meal is my homemade beef stew and cornbread muffins....but only when it is cold.
Thanks and be sure to enter mine for "Simple Abundance".

kel said...

My favorite is probably lasagna...or baked potato soup.
Please enter me.

Jill S said...

I don't have a link but I love meatloaf and mashed potatoes!

Midlife Mom said...

I love a good meatloaf with baked potatoes and sliced carrots with a piece of apple pie for dessert! Yum! Count me in the contest!

Trista said...

Im in!

Rachel said...

My grandmother always made baked steak, mashed potatoes, and the works. It still is my favorite. count me in for this one.

Mique said...

You can never have too many cookbooks or recipes- thanks! Hope I win ;)

queenbusick said...

Okay..fair enough to leave a recipe! This is on our freezer blog and is an all family favorite - we haven't had a family complain about this meal!

It's Sweet & Sour Kielbasa

Follow the blogs for fun entries!

Awesome Mom said...

I love chicken tortilla soup made in my crockpot. It smells so good all day while it is cooking.

Sarah said...

My favorite homecooked meal is a cheesy spinach & ham casserole that smells so good when it's baking. We love it!


Barb said...

This looks like a great cookbook! My favorite home cooked meal is probably that good 'ole stand by, spaghetti.

Barb J.

Nic said...

Oh, I love food more than most things in this world, but I'd have to say that my favorite meal is homemade Shrimp Etouffee. My husband is from cajun country, so when we started dating I added a few cajun dishes to my repertoire. Here's the recipe I use. Yum!

aahcoffee said...

My favorite recipe is roasted asparagus....Spray the cookie sheet with cooking spray, put the asparagus on it, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes. While it is cooking, in a sauce pan on the stove melt 2 Tbls butter...cook for about two minutes until it is a nice golden brown color. Add 1 Tbls of soy sauce and 1 Tbls of balsamic vinegar. Pour over the asparagus...so yummy!

MommaBlogger said...

Mmm, more cookbooks!

My favorite meal is Golden Au Gratin Potatoes, and just about anything I make to go with it. They are so yummy! We usually have it at holidays, so with a nice roasted turkey breast and a few other sides, we're good to go!

Kyra said...

Without a doubt, my Mom's pork chops!

Perri said...

Favorite comfort food: Meat loaf, mashed potatoes, peas, corn and hot rolls.

Makes me want some now!

Lori B said...

Sign me up.

Anonymous said...

Well, my favorite food is pizza and I can't have that anymore due to allergies.

However, I can share a delicious recipe for green bean salad: steam fresh green beans, make a viniagrette of olive oil, vinegar & a smidge of mustard. I add italian herbs, salt & pepper (shake all together in a jar). To this you can add diced onion, garlic, even things like chopped olives or anything of an italian nature. :) Chill, mix & eat!

Anonymous said...

Please enter me into the drawing! Thank you!

anodyne said...

I love cookbooks. Please include me. My favorite home-cooked recipe is my mom's lasagna. And this is it:

Brown 1 lb of ground beef. Drain off the fat and add 3 cans of tomato sauce and 1 or 2 packages of spaghetti seasoning mix (your choice on type and number of packets, but I use 2, and usually the "thick and zesty" type). Simmer this until needed.

Boil 12 lasagna noodles (this is about 3 more than you really need, just in case some tear) in salted water until soft. Drain.

In a 9x13 pan, spray the bottom with cooking spray. Place a layer of noodles, a thin to moderate layer of the sauce, a layer of swiss cheese, a layer of cottage cheese (large curd), a layer of mozzarella cheese, a layer of noodles, sauce, noodles, sauce. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella or parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.

The cottage cheese makes all the difference in the world. All my ricotta-eating friends say this is the best lasagna they've ever had and are shocked to find out it's cottage cheese instead of ricotta. If you try this recipe, I hope you love it as much as I do. :)

Robin said...

I don't think I could pick just one favorite meal, but if I had to then homemade crepes would definitely be right up there at the top of the list.

Here's a link to a crepe recipe, and a number of filling suggestions.


PS Adding you to my reader - I love food blogs :).

Chrissy said...

Fabulous idea. Please count me in.

My favorite meal is my special meatloaf with taters.
Recipe here:

Debi said...

Cookbook looks wonderful! I've got a big-time soup-lovin' husband!

My favorite meal? Geez...talk about a tough question!

Guess I'll go with meatloaf, broccoli, and these homemade rolls.

Peach said...

My favorite homecooked meal is roast, rice and dark gravy with corn on the cob, and smothered green beans.

Unfortunately for something I love so much, I have no recipe for any of these things.

Let's top it off with one of my favorite desserts, dutch apple pie.

I tried to find my recipe for this, but I searched and searched -- coming up with nothing. If I find it, I send it to you later : )

Count me in the giveaway and come visit me, too.

Nikki Rose said...

Please count me in.
If I were to win contact me through this blog please http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/Angelheart/

Thank you

stephanie@{Olive Tree} said...

Enter me please! I don't know that I can decide on a favorite homecooked recipe ... maybe a soup of some kind. I have a great recipe for Cheeseburger Soup that is fantastic.

Melissa said...

Yum! I'm always looking for ways to cook with soup!

happylittlemomma said...

Please enter me! I've always been partial to Mum's meatloaf!

Qtpies7 said...

I don't neccesarily like to cook or have a favorite recipe, but I have 7 kids, so I have to cook!
I do cook from scratch some and the kids and my dh love it. I think my most famous meal around here is either french dip braid or alfredo pizza.
I'd love to be entered into your contest. And I like the restriction, it eliminates some of the competition!

Ginny said...

I'm not a very good cook to be honest. I also don't eat so my favorite thing is roasted potatoes. I prefer red, but white work as well. All you have to do is cut the potatoes into chunks. Then put them in a roasting pan, fill with some oil & cook. I'm sure you already know hot to make them. I think the correct way is in the pan with like Turkey or something, lol. They take about an hour to make. So good! Sorry I don't have a good recipe for you, but I have been checking out your blog :)

KarenW said...

I have several favorites. Here's one I like to make in the fall and winter. It's called Cheeseburger Soup. http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/KarensKitchen/22466/

Angela said...

My favorite meal is a huge bowl of chicken/shrimp gumbo with rice and a spoonful of potato salad dropped in......Yum! Can't wait until it gets cold so I can have some!

Anonymous said...

if i'm cooking i like to make soup. you can't go wrong! if hubby is coking i love his lasagna. mmmmm!

Dora Renee' Wilkerson said...

I love Food. So, picking my favorite is so hard. I guess if it's my mother cooking I LOVE her chicken noodle soup (oh, is it good. It took me 32 years before my mother would share her recipe with me..lol..)

If, it's me cooking.. I love my Black Forest Pot roast.. Very good stuff.

Add me to your contest too. I love this kind of stuff.

Dora Renee' Wilkerson

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

I'm going to bookmark here and come back.

I LOVE cookbooks and recipes. I'll give you the link to one of my favorite new recipes (homecooked of course). It's crockpot easy and makes enough for 2 - 3 meals.

The link for Chalupa Dinner Bowls is towards the bottom. Yum.

Elle said...

I bookmarked you because your slow cooking Thursday feature caught my eye. My favorite home cooked meal is a chicken pie, not pot pie because it does not have veggies in it. I always serve fresh steamed broccoli on the side and then mix it all up together. I have to make two full size pies to feed the hungry, love this recipe Mom, sons I have. Please enter me for your cookbook gift. Thanks.

Dollymama said...

My favorite home cooked meal is chicken patties, which I make from shredded cooked chicken, shredded cheese, some bread crumbs, and a little oil. Mix it up and make into patties and cook them on the electric skillet. Yumm! Perfect with mashed potatoes. :)

Toknowhim said...

Enter me please...

Scuttle said...

how cool and what a fun cookbook I hope I win!!!!

B said...

Count me in ... my fav recipe is Stuffed Green Peppers!

6 small green peppers
1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup cooked rice (well, I do 1 cup cooked rice - I think this should say 1@ cup uncooked rice)
1/2 tsp. salt
dash pepper
1 slightly beaten egg
2 Tbsp. minced onion
1 can tomato soup

Steam peppers in 1 cup boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain. Cut top off pepper and remove the insides.
Brown meat. Drain ft, and rinse.
Add rice, salt, pepper, egg, onion and 1/2 can of soup. Mix well and fill peppers. Add small amount of milk to remaining soup. Pour over peppers and bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

We all love it in my house (although, admittedly, the kids leave the pepper as a bowl and do not eat it and the adults do LOL!)

Mercy said...

I know this sounds like I'm just buttering you up, but the truth is my favorite homemade meal is potato soup. Yum. And some fresh right out of the oven bread to top it off. Sour dough probably would be the very best!

...that would be on a nice cold winter day by the way.

Anyway, thanks for the opportunity to win!

Once Upon a Dream... said...

Oh, I'd love to win! Please count me in! By the way, I'm doing a giveaway at my place. Please stop by and visit.

Taco Soup

Suzy O. said...

Ok my favorite home cooked meal well it is not really a meal it is a side dish Texas Potatoes!

Scratchin' the Surface said...

I'd love to have this! oxxo

Renee said...

It is so hard to choose ONE favorite meal...but probably chicken enchiladas, if I had to choose just one. Hey, that is a soup recipe, too :0)
Please enter me in the drawing. I'd love to win the cookbook!

Mom said...

My favorite home cooked meal is lasagna. I know it's not gourmet, but I love it!

I love cooking and would really enjoy a new cookbook!


Spam said...

My favorite recipe is honey mustard steak.
My e-mail address is myspamfoil@gmail.com.

Karen said...

Yummo! Please count me in!

My favorite home-cooked meals are Buttermilk Chicken and Pot Roast:)

Sandy said...

Hi! My favorite meal is my zucchini noodles with spaghetti sauce on top, with fresh parmesean cheese. Of course I can't pass up a good steak.
Come visit me!
4 Reluctant Entertainers

Anonymous said...

I love things like this! Thanks for the chance at winning!!

Anonymous said...

One of my favorite meals is seafood enchiladas made cheap!

I use imitation crap meat and frozen shrimp. I mix sour cream, seafood seasoning and montery cheese together. I add these ingredients to flour tortillas and roll up in pan. I pour over mild enchalada sauce and put cheese on top. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes

bethany said...

I really like salsa chicken! Just drop a couple chicken breasts (can be still frozen) in the crockpot, cover with layer of salsa and cook on high for 4-5 hours. Put chicken on tortilla with cheese and lettuce! YUM!

Frazzmom said...

One of my favorites is "Chicken enchilada cassarole".

Ingredients: 3 cups of basic white sauce with 2 cans of mild green ortega chilis added, 1 package corn torillas, 1 rotisserie chicken shredded, 2-3 cups shredded cheese

Layer in cassarole dish- sauce, corn torillas, shredded chicken, shredded cheese. Repeat layers ending with cheese.

Bake at 350 until hot and bubbly. About 45 minutes!

The Fritz Facts said...

Fabulous giveaway! Count me in!

Our family loves the below recipe. We have it almost every week!

deb said...

Would love to win!! And will be back to check out your recipe blog! Thanks!

Dawn said...

Oh, don't ya just love the folks who aren't reading what's required first? LOL

Here's my favorite recipe:

Pepper Stuffed Chicken

* 1 Tbls Olive Oil
* 1 onion, chopped
* 2 red bell peppers, cut into strips
* 2 cloves garlic, pressed
* salt & pepper to taste
* 1/2 tsp. oregano
* 1/2 tsp. basil
* 1/4 c. Feta cheese
* 4 chicken breast (with skin & bone)
* 3/4 c. white wine (I use Apple Fruitesia from Shaws market)
* 1 T. butter

Preheat oven to 425 F.

In a skillet, heat the olive oil, add the onion, pepper, garlic, salt & pepper, and herbs and cook until onion is translucent and peppers are soft. Let cool. When cooled, add the cheese, tossing well to distribute.

In the meantime, prepare chicken. Loosen the skin of the chicken and stuff 1/4 of the mixture in between skin and flesh. Sprinkle the tops with salt & pepper and place in a metal baking dish.

Roast chicken for about 30 to 40 minutes (mine needed about an hour, and I checked them with a meat thermometer first) or until chicken juices run clear when pierced. Remove hte hcicken from the pan and keep warm.

Heat the pan on the stovetop, about med. high heat. Add the white wine and using a whisk, get all the browned bits. Let the pan juices reduce reduce to about half. Remove the heat, add the butter, whisk well, and serve over the top of chicken.

Now then,

Please enter me and then come on over and enter my giveaways! :)

Coming to a Nursery Near You

Kelli in the Mirror said...

Hmmm... I could eat soup and a big thick sandwich almost every day. There are so many possible variations.
For dinner, I like fattening creamy pasta dishes. :)

cre82learn said...

Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks for participating!Favorite meal is quick, easy and low fat!! I call it Chicken Salsa. Cut bite size pieces of chicken breat and cook in pan (in a little oil). Meanwhile, boil a pot of water and cook egg noodles. When chicken is done, stir in a large jar of mild salsa. Heat thru and spoon over noodles. very satisfying.

Lura said...

Please enter me into the contest!

deputyswife said...

I love to cook, and I love to eat! I suppose my most favorite (right now, because of summer) is BLT's with corn on the cob. I am in Iowa and this is the time for wonderful Iowa sweet corn. I will also be making corn chowder several times, because it is best when the corn is fresh!

I love looking for new recipes. I have bookmarked your site and will be back to see what you have! If you have time, I post my menus on Mondays over at my blog.

Thank you for hosting a giveaway!

Kendra said...

My favorite item today is homemade chicken pot pie. Please enter me in your drawing.
kblaidlaw at yahoo dot com

Tammy said...

One of my favorite home cooked meals is roast, garlic mashed potatoes and a vegetable. Mmmm....love those garlic mashed potatoes!

Sara said...

My favorite home cooked meal is my mom's Chicken & Rice casserole.

THe recipe is easy.

4 cups uncooked minute rice
4 chicken breasts
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup

Cook chicken breasts and cut into bite size pieces. Pour rice and an appropriate amount of milk (per package directions)into a casserole dish. Mix in the soup and chicken.

Bake for 30 - 45 minutes in a 350 degree oven, or you can microwave for 20 minutes

birdietwoshoes said...

My favorite would have to be... my mom's meatloaf with homemade mashed potatoes yum!!!

Count me in!! Thanks! Jen

Jenny said...

I love to cook with soups so hopefully this will count as homemase but we love the one dish chicken bake that is on the side of the stoffer's chicken flavored stuffing cannister. It goes like this...

1 pkg (6 oz) Stove Top Stuffing Mix for Chicken
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts,
1 can (10-3/4 oz) condensed cream of mushroom soup
1/3 cup milk

Preheat oven to 400°F. Prepare stuffing mix as directed on package; set aside.
Mix soup and milk; set aside.
Place chicken in 13x9-inch baking dish; top with soup and milk and then the stuffing.
Bake 30 min or until chicken is cooked through.

Jenny said...

I thought I recognized your avatar...from Tiny Blessings!

My husband makes the absolute best lasagna! That's my favorite!!

Thanks for the giveaway!

LivingforGod said...

My favorite homecooked meal is Thai curry. Please enter me in this giveaway. Thanks!

Janne said...

My favorite *comfort food* is chicken and dumplings. But soup is great! Last year we celebrated winter with a week of soups from around the world. The kids still talk about it. :)

Count me in, please!
And feel free to stop by my blog and enter to win free Scripture!


Andrea said...

Awesome! Please count me in!! :)

LvlyRita said...

Believe it or not, my favorite homecooked meal is my hubby's sushi!

Erin said...

Mmmm...what a fun book! I added you to my reader so I can catch up with you a litte later.

Favorite meal...anything from my mamma's kitchen :) We loved chipped beef and biscuits growing up, and I request it whenever I go home.

Krissy said...

Ooooh great giveaway! We love tacos here - with homemade hamburger taco mix and all the fixings on top. Also have beef roast, homemade soups. Oh sorry, I had to pick just one - an impossible task! OK wait, my absolute favorite is our "Americanized" enchiladas (a recipe I adapted from a friend). They always get rave reviews from our guests.

Sharon said...

I want in!!! lol :)
Thanks, Amy.

Well, my favorite meal is spaghetti. LOVE it. It gets me in trouble, though. (I can't resist it and gain too much!)

I'll say one of my favorites is the Honey-Lime Pork on the grill. It was in my MPM a while back, as well as Tasty Tuesday. The recipe is on my blog. It is SO GOOD!!

Bridget said...

My favorite meal would be fried chicken, my Mom's potato salad, baked beans and rolls.
I would love that cookbook. I am a huge collector.

shoeaddict said...

I've been upset that no one has followed MY rules, either! I'm from Louisiana and I love red beans and rice or my grandma's seafood gumbo. I don't have recipes.

Please enter me for the cookbook. I love soup.

just_being_mommy said...

Fried chicken
collard greens
buttermilk cornbread
mac and cheese

Sam said...

My favorite home cooked meal is tacos. I know that is boring, but that is my all time favorite comfort food. My husband loves it when I make chicken with home made alfredo sauce. It's really easy. I mix evaporated milk with flour and add garlic. That's it. I think it is even better if you start with butter, add flour to make roux then add the evaporated milk. Add cooked chicken, sauted mushrooms and serve over noodles with garlic bread. Now I am hungry!

Kim said...

Count me in! What a wonderful giveaway! Do you know how hard it is for me to list my favorite food??? I love food! I guess right now I would have to say anything with eggplant as I have just gotten one from the store and can't wait to do something with it.

Great blog...I'm bookmarking it so that I can come back later. ;)

Come on over to check out my giveaway.

Kristiem10 said...

Hmm, well, I'd have to go with meatloaf and baked potatoes. I make the same recipe my mom did when I was a kids, and it always brings me back.

michelle said...

One of my favourite meals is Tuscan Garlic Chicken from the Olive Garden web site. http://www.olivegarden.com/recipes/recipe_search/recipe_display.asp?id=99 I make mine with penne pasta instead of fettucine, and I found the recipe needs salt and pepper to taste.

michelle (at) northofthe49 (dot) com

thediaperdiaries said...

Count me in!

mom in the know said...

Love it!
chicken and dumplings.

Linda SS said...

That cookbook looks fabulous! Since I'm 1/2 Italian, I can't resist my favorite home cooked meal of spaghetti and meatballs. My mom's is better than mine, and my grandmothers was even better yet! Thanks for the chance to win:)

Sarah said...

Hi Amy, Wow imagine seeing your blog when I was going through the contests. I love to find new recipes to try.

God bless,

Katy said...

Great idea! My favorite meal is Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo prepared by my husband. I wish I could pass on his recipe, but I don't know it! I only know it's delicious! Please enter my name in your drawing. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I'm lazy and would make this every other day:
Instead of placing the chicken on foil balls, I slice 2 med. onions in half and use them to set up the chicken, and toss in some celery and baby carrots.
Hubby loves when I make a turkey sausage jumbalaya though. Hoping to win this soup cookbook- it looks great! gena(at)dmcg(dot)com

Penn Family said...

Great prize!! Count me in! :)

Our favorite meal is my mom's recipe for lasagna...so yummy!

Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry said...

My fave homecooked meal - King Ranch Chicken, Roast or Meatloaf.

Thanks for a great giveaway!

Laane said...

Favorite homecooked meal?

Homemade chickensoup,
potatoes, lettuce and fish.

The soup made:
cold water, whole chicken, slow to the boil, then let it simmer for hours.
Get everything of the chicken out,
get the meat, put it back in little pieces. Put a bit of vermicelli in, thin slices of carrot. Yummy!!

Feel welcome to enter my give-away at: http://laaneworld.blogspot.com/2007/07/give-away.html
Ending Friday night.