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Two Year Blogiversary Giveaway
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Two Year Blogiversary Giveaway

Today is my second blogiversary! You can read the story behind why I started my blog here. I love interacting with you all – every comment makes me smile and it really makes my day when someone tries one of my recipes, so thank you!

To celebrate, you know I had to do a giveaway. I actually have two, one sponsored by me and one from CSN Stores, who as you probably know, has everything from modern dining room furniture to gorgeous bakeware.

First, I wanted to share the two cookbooks that have inspired me most in the past year. Cooking from 660 Curries by Raghavan Iver has given me enough confidence to try creating my own recipes with an Indian twist, like Indian Saag Naanburgers, Chicken Tikka Masala Naanwiches, Indian Spiced Salmon with Pineapple Chutney, and Indian Spiced Cauliflower, Potato, and Pea Soup. Cooking from  Mexican Everyday by Rick Bayless made me realize how much I like ancho chile powder, which I’ve used in my Mini Meatball Mexican Soup, BBQ Chicken Tacos, and Latin Crab Bisque. I love both these books and wish I could send you all copies.

Two readers will each win one cookbook and there are two ways to enter:
1. Leave a comment letting me know which cookbook you’d like.
2. Tweet about this giveaway and leave another comment letting me know you tweeted.

In addition, I also have an $80 CSN Stores gift card to giveaway. To make this contest extra fun, I’d like to do a little scavenger hunt. There’s one very common ingredient that I’m not a fan of and is not in any of my recipes. Think you know what it is? To enter to win the gift card, leave a separate comment letting me know. The winner will be chosen randomly from all the correct answers. If no one gets it, I’ll choose a winner randomly from everyone who entered. Fun, huh.

Entries must be in by 11:59 pm EST on Saturday, March 5. Sorry, only U.S. and Canadian readers only are eligible for the CSN gift card, but I’ll ship the cookbooks anywhere. Good luck and thank you for following me on my foodie adventures!

The fine print: I’m sponsoring the cookbook part of this giveaway myself and CSN is sponsoring the $80 gift card, but I received no compensation for this post and all opinions are mine. The winners will be picked with random.org on Sunday, March 6 and announced shortly thereafter.

113 Responses to Two Year Blogiversary Giveaway

  1. I think it’s celery that you aren’t fond of, I noticed you substituted for it in one of your recipes…Congrats on your blogiversary!

  2. ok, so i’ve looked at a bunch of pages, and i’d have to agree with celery (is that cheating? i didn’t mean to, just had to scroll down!)… onions, garlic, peppers sure, but it doesn’t seem to be in any of your soups!

  3. Both cookbooks sound great….i’d think I’d have to go with Rick Bayless on this one, but I’ve heard wonderful things about both books!

  4. i’ve been following your blog for a while and i love your fresh take on recipes! i would love the 660 curries book…there can never be too many ways to make a curry!

  5. Congrats on 2 years!! Though both cookbooks look great, I’d probably go with the Rick Bayless cookbook because I like Mexican food a little bit more than Indian food.

  6. Oh yay! Happy bloggiversary babe! I’m so glad to have met you through blogging. Here’s to many more delicious years! I would love the 660 Curries cookbook…I have a serious love affair with curry lately!

  7. Also, I think the ingredient you don’t like is black pepper. I quickly ruled out garlic, but I searched your archives and can’t seem to find any recipes where you used it – lots of roasted red peppers though!

  8. I really hope that the correct answer is celery. I’ll be so happy.
    I despise celery. It’s the only food I really hate. Nobody ever seem to understand.

  9. I’m a big Rick Bayless fan, so I’d go with the mexican cookbook. However, I was very disappointed when we went to his restaurant in Chicago last year. Maybe the cookbook will be a good redemption for him.

    I’m off to try to uncover the secret missing ingredient!

  10. I’m going to guess black pepper. It’s so strange, that was the very first thing that popped into my head and then I went searching for it and couldn’t find it in any of the recipes I scrolled through. If that’s it, I’m going to quit my job and become a psychic!

  11. Great giveaway & happy blogiversary. I really want that Rick Bayless cookbook… I love his recipes. I’ll guess rosemary only because it’s the one herb I don’t like and maybe you don’t either. :)

  12. Congrats! I know I always love looking back and seeing how far I’ve come in the time I’ve been blogging. It will be my 3 year this spring. I honestly haven’t noticed that there is a common ingredient you don’t like which is pretty surprising because I usually take note, so maybe the earlier posters are right and it’s celery. I always find it interesting to hear what people don’t like.

  13. I love rick bayless! I would love his cookbook! I have only recently discovered your blog and have found the recipes inspiring! Thanks!

  14. rick bayless is my chef idol–i’d probably keel over with delight if i ever met him. :) if everyone else is right and it’s celery you don’t like, i won’t be surprised–it tends to take over whatever it touches!

  15. I think the secret ingredient is licorice! I don’t like licorice, but recently tried some fennel and actually liked it in the recipe. Thanks!

  16. Happy Blog Birthday! Love your blog… Most amazing recipe’s and stories! Keep it up! I would like to win 660 Curries :-)

  17. Happy Bloggerversary! So funny so many people started blogs in Feb/March!! I would love to win those books : ) Honestly any of those books would be awesome- but I love Rick Bayless!

  18. Happy Blogiversary, and what a great giveaway! I’d honestly love either of those cookbooks. Curries are not something I have a ton of experience with and I’ve heard great things about the Bayless book.

  19. I just started reading your wonderful blog! I’d love to join in on this contest you have going on, and Bayless is an awesome chef and his food is AMAZING, so that would be my pick :) Happy Blogiversary!

  20. I would LOVE the 660 Curries cookbook. My husband and I are in love with thai and indian food, and I’ve been wanting a good cookbook to try making some of the curries we love at home. Thanks!

  21. You reminded me that my 2 yr blogiversary is coming up too since I started mine shortly after yours – I would have forgotten!! As much as I like Indian, I would have to choose Everyday Mexican to honor my time spent in Chicago :)

  22. I am thinking maybe yellow/white onion? I looked through a bunch of your previous recipes and it seems like you add red onion or shallots in places where yellow/white onion might work…

    Happy 2yr! Great giveaways :)

  23. Happy Blogiversary!! HooWoo!!
    I would love the Mexican Everyday. My husband LOOOVES Mexican and I don’t so much. If I knew how to cook more mexican foods I think I would like it better. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  24. Happy happy blogoversery! (I don’t think I spelled that right). I’d buy *your* cookbook, you know– your recipes have been great for both the years I’ve been reading ’em!

  25. I would love 660 Curries! I’ve really been wanting to try more Indian dishes, especially after watching Aarti’s Party on Foodnetwork. Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. Congrats! :)
    I actually have Mexican Everyday on my wishlist so I’d LOVE to win it. I’ve become a fan of Rick ever since he was on the Top Chef masters. He was so nice and clearly talented… since he won 😀 I’m actually thinking of going to his restaurant in Vegas (we’re going in May).

  27. I would love the curry book! I have been wanting to try some curry recipes but haven’t gotten the nerve to do it yet!

  28. I would say Celery or beef, but Celery would be my first pick. I hate celery too and am always trying to find substitutes or ways of leaving it out. Congrats on 2 years!

  29. I think it’s really funny that the two regions you are offering cookbooks of both often feature cilantro/coriander. That being said, I find myself often leaning towards Indian cooking (lots of great veggie stuff) and really lacking in the Mexican department. So for me, I would love to have a Rick Bayless cookbook. I love his show on WGBH Create.

  30. Kerstin, congratulations on your blogaversary?. If I won, I would prefer the book selection, especially Rick Bayless’ book. We love Mexican food, but I don’t have a cookbook for any recipes to follow. Thank you, and keep up the good work.

  31. I would love the Curry Cookbook. I’ve been meaning to get more into Indian food cooking at home – but I’ve been too intimidated – this seems like the perfect place to start.

  32. Thanks for the giveaway! I’d like the curries book as we’re just getting into making Indian food at home and I’m not happy with any of our other Indian cookbooks or online recipes!

  33. That’s a tough one! Celery is tempting, but I wouldn’t call it a *very common* ingredient, so I’ll have to go with black pepper for the win!

  34. Thanks for all the blogiversary wishes and to everyone who entered! The very common ingredient I don’t like is…black pepper! So, congrats to commenter number 52, Danielle, who guessed correctly and won the $80 CSN Stores gift card! The cookbooks went to commenters 54 and 81, Reeni and Amaranthian!

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