(If you'd like to skip my babbling and just enter the contest, scroll down a bit til you see the entry rules in bold type.)
I've had this one for a couple of months now.
I have other cookbooks to give away, too. Books sent to me by the publisher. Books to share or keep.
They kind of stacked up during Christmas time and with all the cookies and everything else going on at that time, I just didn't have time to do anything with them. So, like I said, they stacked up.
And so now I've got a bunch of cookbooks that don't fit on my shelves and I've got to get rid of at least SOME of them, because I don't know that we've got room for another bookcase in the dining room. Unless we want to change the name of it to "the cookbook library" and eat on tv trays in the basement. That might be fun once and a while, but not forever.
And so I figured I could do a bunch of giveaways over the next however many weeks, until my stack is less ominous.
Therefore, to kick off this upcoming giveaway extravaganza, I thought I'd start things off today, this first day of Spring, to give it all a kind of festive, celebratory feel.
Or something like that.
Anyway. First up is the book you see above, Weight Watchers in 20 Minutes. The little pink circle sticker you see there reads "Includes POINTS values and new Weight Watchers momentum plan recipes." The book also includes plenty of full-page photos of many of the recipes. And I have to say, they look pretty tasty.
I'll just flip through the pages - by the way, the book is a hardcover "concealed-wiro" so it'll lie flat on your counter while you prepare your meals - and here are some of the recipes that catch my eye:
Lemon Pancakes with Fresh Raspberry Sauce
Spiced Oatmeal Brulee
Crab and Chive Frittata
Grilled Vegetable-Gruyere Sandwiches
Avocado, Tofu and Tomato Sandwiches
Kielbasa and Black Bean Soup
Corn and Crab Chowder
Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce
Lamb with Cucumber-Radish Salad
Veal Cutlets with Lemon-Caper Sauce
Sausages and Onion on Crispy Polenta
Parmesan and Potato-Crusted Flounder with Tomato-Cilantro Sauce
Warm Lentil Salad with Tahini Dressing
Orange-Poached Figs with Yogurt and Pistachios
Double Chocolate-Cranberry Pudding
The recipes sound delicious and look pretty simple. In fact, I think maybe I'll pick one to make for dinner tonight.
I made tacos last night, so I'm not in the mood for anything meaty (or turkey-ey, as I used ground turkey) or Mexicany...
What I'd really like is seafood...the kids like seafood too, so I'll get feedback from everyone which I can share with all of you out there.
Okay - I'll make the Sweet and Tangy Scallops. Haven't had scallops in ages and so this is a good excuse to get some. I'll probably serve them with rice or couscous and a salad.
I'll let you know how it turns out, and also how easy it is to make.
In the meantime, if you'd like to enter this contest, all you need to do is this:
In the comments section of this post, just answer one or some or all of the following:
Do you (or will you) have a vegetable and/or herb garden this year? If so, do you start your plants from seed indoors or do you buy it all as seedlings a bit later in the season and plant them? Or is it a bit of both? What's your favorite fruit or vegetable from your own garden every year? And if there are more than one, what are they? How do you like to cook them?
And just to start things off, here are my answers....
Yes, we'll be growing herbs and vegetables and fruits this year. We start (or, rather, Bill starts) the majority of the seeds indoors. If something doesn't grow well, we'll buy seedlings later on at the farmers' market. I can't pick one favorite - but one of the first vegetables we get is asparagus, which we like either tossed in olive oil and grilled or sauteed in a little butter with a squeeze of lemon. The kids love the early peas, which they eat right off the plant and if I want any I have to fight the kids for them. The peas rarely make it into the house in any quantity. My own personal heaven is when the tomatoes start ripening and I make vats of roasted tomatoes and freeze them for sauce in the winter.
Deadline for entering will be Sunday night, 22 March 2009, at midnight, eastern standard time. I'll pick and announce the winner on Monday, so please check back to see if you've won! I'll need a mailing address from the winner, which can be sent to me at jayne (at) barefootkitchenwitch(dot)com.
Only one entry per person, please!
And....let the games begin!