A Few of Our Favorite Things… Giveaway!

I’m so excited about today’s post, because I’m giving one of YOU a few of my favorite things. Now that December is here, I’m feeling all sorts of festive. I can’t quite decorate and bake to my heart’s content, thanks to this week’s (!!) move, but I can at least get into the gift-giving spirit!

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I’ve teamed up with eight other blogger friends for this post to bring you NINE giveaways. We’ve each chosen some of our favorite things – books, cooking tools, dishes and ingredients – so be sure to click through to each site to enter their giveaways!

Here’s where to find all nine giveaways:

  1. Savvy Eats – you’re here now. More on what I’m giving away below!
  2. Poet in the Pantry. Um, I’m dying over those Jeni’s flavors.
  3. The Little Ferraro Kitchen. Because who doesn’t want to throw a tapas party?
  4. Life As A Strawberry. That immersion blender almost made my list of favorite things, too.
  5. White Lights on Wednesday. So much cookbook goodness.
  6. The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie. All your pizza-making needs are covered.
  7. Food Babbles. Those glasses are adorable, right?
  8. Stetted. She’s got a whole selection of cooking tools for you.
  9. The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. This is perfect for hot chocolate season.

Curious about what exactly I’m giving away?

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Popcorn Popper

It’s no secret that I love popcorn. I’ve used this West Bend Stir Crazy Electric Popcorn Popper at least three times a week since college, and it is still going strong. I love how quickly it can make a giant bowl of popcorn, and that it requires less oil than the standard stovetop poppers (so I can totally justify eating popcorn three times a week). If you win, I recommend making some popcorn seasonings and throwing a party with a big build-your-own popcorn bar. It is such a fun variation from the standard cocktail party!

Cast Iron Skillet

My cast iron skillet essentially has a permanent spot on my stovetop. We rarely put it away, because as soon as we do, I’m pulling it back out again. Cast iron cookware is incredibly versatile, and it is just at home in the oven as it is on the stovetop. My skillet is from the antique mall (seriously, this stuff lasts for FOREVER), but this 10-inch skillet from Lodge is the closest match I’ve found.

Tacos by Mark Miller

I reviewed Tacos last spring, and it is still one of my favorites. I basically don’t make tacos anymore without consulting this book first. I’ve cooked probably 1/3 of the recipes so far, and I haven’t been let down by a single one.

Letterbox Chai Tea

Letterbox Fine Tea’s Ritual Black Chai is seriously my favorite looseleaf chai tea. My friend Kelly introduced me to this tea, which is made by a Milwaukee-based coffee company. For the longest time (or at least what felt like the longest time), you could only get it in select stores in the midwest, so I’d stock up whenever we went back to visit, or had Kelly send me tins from time to time. It is finally available at Sur La Table and on Amazon, so I can indulge in this perfectly-spiced chai anytime I’d like.

So what are you waiting for? Enter my giveaway by following the steps below, and then click on over to the other 8 blogs to enter their giveaways as well!

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Psst: This post contains affiliate links. I only ever recommend products that I truly use and love (case in point: these are seriously some of my favorite things!). Thank you for supporting Savvy Eats.

Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet (Giveaway!)

Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet

I’m so excited to announce that Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet (affiliate link), a cookbook full of fantastic slow cooker recipes, is being released today! Over 30 bloggers, myself included, contributed recipes to the book to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

All of the recipes, which were lovingly edited and compiled by Jennifer of Mother Thyme and Christine of Cook the Story, look fantastic. I’m especially excited to try the butternut squash chili, the raspberry-chipotle chicken tacos (made with raspberry preserves!) and the chicken with 40 (!!) cloves of garlic.  I contributed these pork meatballs in marinara sauce, which I made using last year’s canned crushed tomatoes, and we are loving them with spaghetti as an easy weeknight dinner. If you want to see the recipes though, you’ll have to buy the book!

(Psst: Want a free copy of Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet for yourself? Subscribe to receive Savvy Eats by email, and you’ll receive the book as a thank you gift!)

September is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign designed to mobilize the public to take action on hunger. One in six Americans struggles with hunger, so this is an important issue that we should all be aware of. If you want to help, Feeding America has a few suggestions on their webpage. And if you want to help and check out Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet, make a donation to your local food bank. Feeding America food banks across the country are giving the ebook version to their donors as a free gift. Donate and get your free ebook here. Alternatively, if you buy a hard copy of the book on Amazon, all proceeds will go to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida!

To help support the food bank further and get the word out about our cookbook, some generous brands have jumped on board as sponsors. San Miguel Produce, Grimmway Farms and Old Oak Farms by RPE Produce are making some big contributions to help end hunger. Each of these brands are contributing food to their local food banks, and giving $5 in donations for every print copy of the book that we sell, on top of the proceeds from the book that are already going to the food bank.

Plus, these brands, along with Hamilton Beach, have put together some fun giveaways to get you excited about the book! Check them out:

1. Each participating blogger is giving away two print copies of the book. This giveaway is sponsored by San Miguel Produce, Grimmway Farms and Old Oak Farms by RPE Produce. Visit all the blogger links below to enter on their sites and increase your chances of winning!

2. Many of us (myself included) are giving away a Hamilton Beach Set & Forget Programmable 6-Quart Slow Cooker. That’s right, one Savvy Eats reader will win this awesome slow cooker! This giveaway is sponsored by Hamilton Beach – check out the other blogger links to see who else is giving away a slow cooker as well.

3. One winner will receive free carrots for a year from Grimmway Farms, free greens for a year from San Miguel Produce, and a potato prize pack (40 pounds of potatoes, 1 bamboo bowl, 1 cutting board, 1 pepper mill, 1 measuring spoon set, 1 recipe booklet AND 1 “About Potatoes” booklet) from Old Oaks Farm by RPE Produce. This one is sponsored by the co-editors of the book, Jennifer and Christine!

Enter below (sorry, U.S. residents only!), and then scroll down to check out the links to all the other bloggers who contributed to this cookbook!

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To see all the amazing bloggers who participated in this cookbook (I’ve given you the name of the recipe they contributed too!) and to see where you can go to enter again and again to win all of these amazing prizes, visit Christine and Jennifer’s blogs.

Autumn Apple Chicken Sandwiches from Chocolate & Carrots
Balsamic Orange Roast Beef from a farmgirl’s dabbles
Barbacoa Tacos from My Baking Heart
Broccoli and Cheese Potato Soup from Big Bear’s Wife
Butternut Squash Vegetarian Chili from Nutmeg Nanny
Chicken Burrito Bowls from Two Healthy Kitchens
Chicken Cacciatore from Poet in the Pantry
Chicken, Potato and Barley Stew from Magnolia Days
Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic from Around My Family Table
Chinese Beef and Broccoli from Very Culinary
Creamy Buffalo Chicken from Mother Thyme
Cuban Black Bean Soup from Food n’ Focus
Cuban Seafood Stew from The Kitchen Prep
Harvest Chili from WonkyWonderful
Italian Beef Sandwiches from Yummy Healthy Easy
Lentil, Sausage and Kale Stew from Jeanette’s Healthy Living
Mango Chicken from Stetted
Macaroni and Cheese With Sugar Snap Peas from Brooklyn Farm Girl
Pork Meatballs in Marinara Sauce from Savvy Eats
Pork Tenderloin Florentine from All Day I Dream About Food
Pumpkin, Chicken and Spinach Tortellini Soup from An Edible Mosaic
Spiced Lentil Stew from Je suis alimentageuse
Sweet and Spicy Carnitas from Cravings of a Lunatic
Sweet Italian Sausage and Peppers from Sweet Remedy
Tex-Mex Scalloped Potato and Carrot Dinner from Cook the Story
Thai Coconut Curry Beef and Broccoli from Food Faith Fitness
Thai Pork with Vermicelli Salad from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Vegetarian Pumpkin White Chili from Kitchen Treaty
Whole Tuscan Chicken from The Little Kitchen

Psst: Want a free copy of Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet for yourself? Subscribe to receive Savvy Eats by email, and you’ll receive the book as a thank you gift!


Join us at our Twitter party celebrating the launch of the cookbook on September 18th! Join us at 9 pm ET/8 pm CT and follow along with the #slowNwholeCookbook hashtag. We will also be joining Courtney Crozier, a former contestant on The Biggest Loser, for her weekly #justcrunchem Twitter parties on September 11th, 18th and 25th from 8-9pm ET.