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Hello Fresh Giveaway!

Hello Fresh Pork Chops

This giveaway is now closed – 9/12/12.

When I ask friends and fans what stands in the way of getting a home-cooked dinner on their tables, what I hear is that grocery shopping can be a real impediment. If you’re working late or you don’t live close to a supermarket, the thought of shopping and cooking can be a huge downer. I do my best to write about meals that don’t require too many ingredients, and if you stock your pantry, you’ll often be able to make a grilled cheese sandwich or a bowl of tomato soup.

Until there comes a day when you can’t. And that’s what brings us to today’s giveaway, for a product that solves the supermarket shopping and dinner decision problems in one fell swoop: Hello Fresh.

Hello Fresh sends three creative recipes and all the ingredients necessary to make them to customers’ doors every week. Ingredients are sourced locally, and the company does its best to have all fresh, quality ingredients (though not everything is organic). When you receive a box, you simply follow the gorgeously printed instructions, and in about half an hour, you’ve got a home-cooked meal. It’s a fine midpoint between doing all your own shopping and planning, and ordering take-out every night, and I’m happy to say I’m giving away two boxes today. 

Nespresso Pixie + Aerrocino Plus Giveaway!


This giveaway is now closed.

Caffeine cravings don’t stop just because it’s summer, and that’s why I’m gracing this busy weekend with a giveaway for an awesome – yet tiny and portable – espresso maker from Nespresso. It’s called the Nespresso Pixie, and you’ll get one in a lovely dark red if you win! The other half of the giveaway is an Aerrocino Plus, which will foam up your milk for cool iced lattes all summer long.

In honor of father’s day and this beautiful weekend, enter to win this wonderful espresso gadget below!

Giveaway: Full Circle Home


This giveaway is now closed. 

Because I’ve embraced Earth Day in a big way this year–green pizza and a round up of how foodies stay green in the kitchen–I figured I’d round it all out with a giveaway, thanks to our friends over at Full Circle Home.

Anything that makes cleaning a little more pleasant sounds good in my book. (Cleaning’s not my favorite job.) Full Circle uses only sustainable and renewable resources–scrub brushes made with sleek bamboo and sponges from cellulose–so today’s giveaway is an awesome way to pick up on my Earth Day obsession in a clean, green way.

The Naptime Chef Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to all of you who entered The Naptime Chef cookbook giveaway! We chose a randomly selected winner to receive Kelsey’s fabulous book.

Congrats to Jamie Ann!

Here’s what Jamie Ann said about making dinner in under 20 minutes:

My quick go to is pasta with some pesto and chicken. Always a hit!

(If you didn’t win, grab The Naptime Chef: Fitting Great Food into Family Life by Kelsey Banfield here.)

The Naptime Chef’s Sausage Soup & a Giveaway!

 When we first “met” Kelsey, The Naptime Chef online (I think it was through Food52, where she ruled the dessert contests for a while), we immediately connected over the parallel between cooking for quarter-lifers (our niche) and cooking with a little kid around (hers).

When we first actually met her, over pretzel croissants and hot chocolate at City Bakery, we figured out exactly why that parallel was so telling. See, new moms are pressed for time, because they’re juggling an extra aspect of life, aka a child. Quarter-life cooks are pressed for time because we’re juggling a developing career, roommates, and busy social schedules.

The food that both of these life moments require is not too fussy but still interesting, not terribly time-consuming but still not based on mixes or weird shortcuts, and ultimately satisfying to feed to others, whether a young family or a group of friends.

Kelsey’s site has been fantastic as long as we’ve known her. It’s full of creative recipes that solve the everyday problem of how to get great simple meals on the table. Her book, which came out last week, is ingenius. I flagged a disproportionate number of recipes: creamy malted pancakes;  ricotta crostini with balsamic caramelized onions, honey & sea salt; dutch oven pulled pork; and mint chip meringues in addition to a bajillion others. The photography is moutwatering, the layout casts the book as a place you want to spend time, and the recipes are a cinch to follow.

I was drawn immediately to this soup. In part, it was because I happened to have every single ingredient in my pantry and fridge except the basil, and yet I don’t think I would have put it together to turn tomatoes, sausage, spinach, and stuffed pasta into a satisfying and healthful soup. But Kelsey did. Ingenius, I tell you. And you probably have most of the ingredients right now too.

One more thing: I’ve got a copy of The Naptime Chef: Fitting Great Food into Family Life to send to a lucky reader. To win:

And even if you don’t win, you can grab Kelsey’s book online. Can’t wait to  hear what you guys cook from it!

From my kitchen, admiring naptime chefs, to yours,



Chicken Sausage & Ravioli Soup
Makes 6-8 servings
Adapted from The Naptime Chef

2 tablespoons olive oil
12 ounces organic chicken sausage (I used a pack with Italian flavors)
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 dry white wine
1 cup chicken broth
3 cups water
One 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes with their juices
Handful fresh basil leaves, torn
About 10 ounces fresh cheese ravioli or a 10-ounce bag of cheese tortellini
6 cups (about 8 ounces) fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Warm the olive oil in a heavy stockpot over medium heat. Chop the chicken sausage into bite-sized pieces and add them to the pot (if you can, remove the casings–but if they don’t come off easily, don’t worry about it). Add the onion, garlic, salt, and pepper, and cook until the sausages are beginning to brown and the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.

While stirring, add the white wine and scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Simmer everything over medium heat until the wine has reduced by half, about 2 minutes.

Pour in the stock, water, and crushed tomatoes, and add the salt and most of the basil. Give it a stir, bring the soup to a simmer, and cook for about 5 minutes, so the flavors combine. Add the ravioli, and cook until it rises to the top, about 3-4 minutes for fresh ravioli. Drop in the spinach and cook just until the leaves are wilted, about 2 minutes.

Ladle the hot soup into big bowls and top with grated Parmesan. Garnish with a few extra basil leaves.

Giveaway: ModCloth Ready-to-Wear Winner!

Thanks to all of you who entered our ModCloth Kitchen Ready-to-Wear Giveaway! We chose a randomly selected winner to receive this fabulous apron and potholder set.

Congrats to Rose!

Here’s what Rose had to say:

I’m known for my banana bread, and unfortunately on a tighter budget than usual, so I plan on baking mini-loaves and some sort of handmade gift for everyone. 

From our kitchen, albeit small, to yours,