Saturday, September 27, 2008

My Inaugural Giveaway!

Ok everyone, it's giveaway time! Why..? Because it's fun to see people get excited about FREE stuff! To borrow an idea from the one and only Bakerella, giveaways sure do make people happy! But there is a catch... you must leave me a comment below this post and tell me what your favorite Thanksgiving side dish is, and why. You have until October 4th, and the winner will be announced on the 5th! Yup, one lucky winner will be sent Mario Batali's newest cookbook, "Italian Grill"! Just make sure you leave me your email address so I can let you know if you've won! I will also post the lucky winner here on LaDue & Crew. So c'mon everyone, start thinking of all those yummy dishes... you may just win a new cookbook with some new holiday traditions packed inside!

The winner will be chosen using the random.org integer generator.

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16 comments:

Donna said...

Hey, Janet, it's me, Donna (your cousin) Your blog is so COOL...anyway, my favorite side dish at Thanksgiving is called "Onion/Cornbread shortcake" It's my favorite because everyone that tastes it says it's the most unusual and delicious dish with onions they've ever tasted and they always ask for more. And that makes me very happy becuase I love to cook and entertain and love when people enjoy my cooking!

Janet V said...

I have to be real honest on this one - I truely think your dinner rolls are one of the best I've had. I'd love your recipe - they are so different from the regular yeast rolls. Second place would have to be a deep fried turkey.

grammym said...

Hi Janet, You know the mommabird has got to say Sweet Potato souffle.If your sister hadn't painted the family room in BRIGHT RED nail polish on Thanksgiving Day, 1975; we wouldn't have the overcooked sweet potatoes to create this recipe. If you love to cook, you can create your own signature dish from what seems to be a disaster. Every one enjoys this dish.

Kathy Leavenworth said...

Hi, Janet! I would have to say my favorite Thanksgiving side dish is my mom's stuffing. It has a little bit of everything in it and is a meal in and of itself. I always change it up a little each year and it always tastes good!

Paige said...

Hi Janet, that is very tough for me to pick just one. I started cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the first time 9 years ago. It was a process of elimination for me. The first year I think I cooked about 5 different stuffing recipes, trying to find the perfect one. Same with all my dishes, I tried several. After that first dinner I made notes about who like which dishes and the favorites. The following year I kept all the fav's and tried a few more new recipes. Finally after 9 years of getting it narrowed down to the the absolute favorite recipes, its hard to pick a number one out of the bunch. Maybe the fresh homemade rolls where the recipe comes from that cute restaunt that used to be in Glendale (The Tea Room or something like that). Sooo yummy! I'm also very fond of my stuffing.

Gaylee said...

Okie dokie, since my wonderful mamabird stole mine (sweet potato souffle), I guess I must think of another..ok I have two that are tied....mommy's cranberry chtney stuff (that seems to change a lil yearly and I wuv them all) or brussell sprouts love em love em!!!!!!!! with butter..and shallotsmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...

BarbB said...

I would also have to say sweet potato soufle because, not only is it so good, but Thanksgiving is the only time we have it. Also, I don't cook it...someone else does...and that makes it even better.

Renee said...

Janet, I love your blog! It is so cool! I am hoping to be as talented as you someday. My favorite Thanksgiving side dish would be my Mom's stuffing. She would make it with a spicy sausage and other secret ingredients. I have tried to make this recipe time after time but it never came out the same.

Cheryl MG said...

Hey Janet, Wow this is a tough one! Since, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love all the yummy food and enjoy getting together with people I love, eating all day and hanging out. A favorite of mine is a pie called Old Fashioned Sugar Cream Pie. My mom always served it for Thanksgiving when we lived in Indiana. Then when we moved to Arizona in 1979 she could no longer find a store in Arizona that made this same pie. A few years back after she retired and had extra time on her hands, she found the receipe on the internet. It tasted just like I remembered as a child. So, now this is a special treat for me at Thanksgiving and my children are also enjoying the Old Fashioned Sugar Cream Pie. I know it's not really a side dish, but my moto is: Life's Too Short, Eat Dessert First :)

Tami.Helmick@state.co.us said...

My favorite Thanksgiving recipe is generated from sweet memories of growing up in New England. It is steamed brown bread. Since I was a little girl I had the priviledge of making brown bread every year with my Grandma in her antique bread steamer mold. With the buttermilk and molasses added, it tasted like more of a desert than bread for us kids.

Spot said...

Okay Squirt, a side dish-really? I can't say Marians child birth enducing roast? I guess I'll have to go with Anthony's grandad's sweet potaoes. I finally figured out how he made them 4 years ago and have mastered them each year.
I have thankfully weened Anthony away from those nasty marshmallowed ones!Now get your big little sister that book!

Anonymous said...

Hi! I have to say that my all time favorite Thanksgiving side dish is the super secret family recipe: kolachkis, they are just sooo delicious. Between you and my mom, I think you both make the best ones. Even though they're considered a "dessert", My dad likes to sneak them (well more like blatantly take when everyone's looking) any time they're out. They make for a lovely thanksgiving side dish and I love the smell they leave in the kitchen when they're cooking, I think it makes everyone happy when they are cooking, and that's why I love them.
-Tatiana(your niece)
Just in case:
iheartoptimusprime@gamil.com :)

Lynda C said...

I think my favorite side dish is the cranberry/orange relish, I absolutely love that stuff, of course we must not forget the dressing, taters-n-gravy,waldorf salad, and the yummy punkin' pies with mounds of real whip cream. Would you say I love holiday dinners and the time spent with family and friends around a beautifully set table and always thanking god for the bounty of all there?! I love holidays!

Anonymous said...

I have so much fun with your blog because it is about real people and a blended family who has come so close-nit. Almost everyone knows the statistics on the survivability of any relationship these days, but through the love, vision and shared commitment of you and Larry, you and your family have a long and happy future. Like many of the people who are fortunate enough to be called your friends, I too have a passion for food.
When you ask me for a favorite “side-dish” for thanksgiving it is like asking the impossible, but as a favor to you I can narrow it down to three dishes (which I do not prepare every year). The first is Sweet Potatoes served in an orange cup, the second is Corn Crème Brule and the third is (and this one is so simple) Broiled Citrus Salad with Grand Marnier and Brown Sugar. I am pretty well noted with the members of my family as being “a little out-there” when it comes to not serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner but these dishes go well with a baked, roasted or fried bird.
Keep on blogging and we love the photos, news and recipes.

Ray J

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