Monday, April 27, 2015

The Cooking Actress' 4 Year Blogiversary Mega GIVEAWAY (Closed)+ Reader Survey!


OH. MY. GOSH!! Today is The Cooking Actress' 4 year birthday! Where did the time go? 

4 years ago I was just throwing something onto the internet

3 years ago I shared a delicious Buckeye Cake and was already starting to put a semi-amount of effort into food photography.

2 years ago I'd started Something Saturdays and was sharing how far I'd come.

1 year ago, as I prepared to move to Ohio, I rounded up every original recipe on this blog. And we've made even more deliciousness since then!

So, first of all, I want to say: THANK YOU. Thank you for reading. Thank you for giving me a new piece of my identity that I love. Thank you for helping me grow and make delicious food. Thank you for giving me a way to meet wonderful new friends. Thank you for reading my silly ramblings and still coming back for me. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! It's because of all of you that I'll, hopefully, have many more blogiversaries to come!

Now, about you: some of you I know. Some of you I don't. And I'd like to change that! I want YOU to have a voice on this blog. I want to know what you like, what you don't like. What could be changed, what you'd like to see next, etc. SO-I created a little survey. I would completely love it if you would take the time to fill it out and help me make this blog the best it can be!




Oh yeah AND--as a thank you for taking the survey and being a reader--I'm giving 3 of you a bunch of cool stuff! Read on:



A bit about the items up for grabs in the mega giveaway:

Nielsen-Massey
Vanilla can be transcendent, and Nielsen-Massey (now available at Willliams-Sonoma!) makes that sort of product. They have been crafting the finest vanillas and flavors since 1907 and their quality is unparalleled (which is why they're preferred by home cooks and professional bakers and restaurants alike!)  You can find more stores near you that carry Nielsen-Massey here.
Waffle Pantry
Waffle Pantry is made up by a small team devoted to bringing high-quality Liege waffle ingredients and tools to bakers. They offer 100% authentic imported Belgian pearl sugar (vegan and vegetarian friendly!), derived from beet sugar. You may remember my love for liege waffles and pearl sugar is a MUST if you want to enjoy them! For more recipes that use pearl sugar and tips and tricks check out their blog!
Peanut Butter & Co
PB & Co and I have partnered up on multiple occasions (since 2012!) so OF COURSE they had to be included in this giveaway! Peanut Butter & Co has a delicious sandwich shop in NYC (which is where I fell in looove with them!) but they are so much more! They make 10 delicious varieties of all natural peanut butter (as well as a bunch of extras-things that go with peanut butter, etc.) that are available in tons of stores (you can find them near you at this link) and also can be purchased online
Golden Girl Granola
You may remember that I reviewed Golden Girl Granola a couple weeks ago. This granola is hand- made in small batches in Massachusetts, it's whole grain, wheat-free (and is produced in a gluten-   free kitchen), is non-GMO, and uses the finest, all-natural ingredients. And--it's TASTY! Click here to learn which stores carry Golden Girl Granola!
Star Fine Foods
I've had a relationship with Star Fine Foods for awhile and I am so excited that they jumped on board for this giveaway! Started in 1898, Star carries olive oils, vinegars, balsamics, olives, capers, vinegars, peppers, and more! They're also now the #1 selling brand of olive oil, wine vinegar and Spanish green olives in retail grocery stores in the Western United States and growing in distribution in the rest of the US. If you can't find them in your store--don't worry! You can shop online!
Uniquely Greek
A couple years ago I came clean about my Uniquely Greek addiction. Uniquely Greek Feta Cheese Spreads are made from a unique blend of domestic feta cheese, garlic, and cream cheese infused with fresh produce. They can be used in sauces, as a spread, etc. but my fave thing is to just dip some crackers in and eat to my heart's content! Learn where you can find it by checking out their store locator!


GIVEAWAY!

(CLOSED)

To celebrate my blog anniversary I am hosting this amazing giveaway and there will be THREE WINNERS! You could win one of these 3 amazinggg prize packages (each of which is over a $70 value!):

  1. (One) 1 lb. bag of Waffle Pantry Belgian Pearl Sugar with bowl scraper
    (One) 16 oz. jar of Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams
    (One) 16 oz. jar of Peanut Butter & Co. The Bee's Knees
    (One) 16 oz. jar of Peanut Butter & Co. Smooth Operator
    (Two) 14 oz. bags (in your choice of varieties) of Golden Girl Granola
    (One) 8.45 oz. bottle of Star Fine Food's Balsamic Vinegar of Modena - Gold Edition
    (One) 17 oz. bottle of Star Fine Food's Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    (One) STAR Olive Oil & Vinegar Cruet
    (Four) 6.5 oz. containers of Uniquely Greek spreads. A combo pack of the 4 varieties (Simply Spinach, Fire-Roasted Red Pepper, Kalamata Olive, and Spicy Buffalo)
    (One) 2 oz. bottle of Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
    (One) 4 oz. bottle of Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste
  2. (One) 1 lb. bag of Waffle Pantry Belgian Pearl Sugar with bowl scraper
    (One) 16 oz. jar of Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams
    (One) 16 oz. jar of Peanut Butter & Co. The Bee's Knees
    (One) 16 oz. jar of Peanut Butter & Co. Smooth Operator
    (Two) 14 oz. bags (in your choice of varieties) of Golden Girl Granola
    (One) 8.45 oz. bottle of Star Fine Food's Balsamic Vinegar of Modena - Gold Edition
    (One) 17 oz. bottle of Star Fine Food's Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    (One) STAR Olive Oil & Vinegar Cruet
    (Four) 6.5 oz. containers of Uniquely Greek spreads. A combo pack of the 4 varieties (Simply Spinach, Fire-Roasted Red Pepper, Kalamata Olive, and Spicy Buffalo)
  3. (One) 1 lb. bag of Waffle Pantry Belgian Pearl Sugar with bowl scraper
    (One) 16 oz. jar of Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams
    (One) 16 oz. jar of Peanut Butter & Co. The Bee's Knees
    (One) 16 oz. jar of Peanut Butter & Co. Smooth Operator
    (Two) 14 oz. bags (in your choice of varieties) of Golden Girl Granola
    (One) 8.45 oz. bottle of Star Fine Food's Balsamic Vinegar of Modena - Gold Edition
    (One) 17 oz. bottle of Star Fine Food's Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    (One) STAR Olive Oil & Vinegar Cruet
    (Four) 6.5 oz. containers of Uniquely Greek spreads. A combo pack of the 4 varieties (Simply Spinach, Fire-Roasted Red Pepper, Kalamata Olive, and Spicy Buffalo)

    Giveaway closes May 3, 2015, 11:59PM EST.  After the contest is over, I will send the winners an email (so please make sure you provide an email address or some other way to get in touch with you), and get you your prize package. The winners will have 3 days to respond or another winner will be chosen, all prizes will be awarded. The winner will be chosen via a random number generator, the first to be chosen has first dibs on which prize they receive, the 2nd chosen has 2nd choice, and so on. Open to continental U.S. residents over the age of 18. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.

    How to enter: (REQUIRED FOR ENTRY IN THIS GIVEAWAY) 
    Fill out this brief reader survey to tell me what you like, don't like, love, want to change, etc.! Any feedback is helpful so please be honest! Then just comment with the code that is generated after you complete the survey and you're entered! YOU MUST LEAVE A COMMENT WITH THIS CODE TO BE ENTERED INTO THE GIVEAWAY! 

    Additional (optional) entries: (you will receive one additional entry for each of the following--so if you leave a comment for all of them, you can have a total of up to 8 entries/chances to win!) MAKE SURE TO LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH ENTRY-these entries are optional, not required.
    **If you already like/follow any of these, it still counts. Just let me know you already follow each in separate comments**

    Disclaimer: Waffle Pantry, PB & Co, Star Fine Foods, Golden Girl Granola, Uniquely Greek, and Nielsen-Massey are providing product for the giveaway. I received no monetary compensation. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or host a product giveaway. My opinions, as always, are all my own. We are not liable for technical failures or typographical errors, or resolving identity disputes related to the winner.VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. 
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