I am a retired teacher with time on my hands. I love to cook and bake. For the past eight years my hobby has been entering recipe contests. I have done very well and have been to several cook/bake offs although I have never won a grand prize. The ititials of my blog CCC are the same as the site where I get contest information, Cooking Contest Central (CCC).
While there are 1000's of food blogs that post recipes this blog will review other cooking blogs.
Photo A Day http://redsie05.blogspot.com/ is hosted by Red who lives in Montreal. A lawyer, Red enjoys baking and photography. In her spare time she enjoys reading books byJanet Evanovich, Nora Roberts and John Grisham.
The English Kitchen http://theenglishkitchen.blogspot.com/ is hosted by Marie who lives in Chester, England with her husband (Toddster) and her dog (Mitzie). She moved from Canada to England 10 years ago.
Technicolor Kitchen http://www.technicolorkitcheninenglish.blogspot.com/ is hosted by Patricia who has been cooking/baking for 20+ years. Besides cooking she enjoysphotography and uses a Nikon D40 to photograhand post her recipe creations. She and her husband are avid soccer fans.
I already have a Kindle and love it. When I go on a trip I load some books in my Kindle (there are 1000's of free downloads in addition to purchased books) and away I go. Here is a chance to win your own Kindle. It would alsomake a great Christmas gift.
It took 5 months, 3 surgeries and 7 weeks of daily radiation but my last xray showed no cancer. I will not know for sure until my next mammogram in January 2011. Then I need to have a mammogram every 3 months for the next 5 years. I WAS IN THE BATTLE OF MY LIFE BUT I WON. Please, please get your mammogram every year. If cought early you will, in all probability, have a successful outcome.
In the next day or two I will update the blog.
In the meantime Noble Pig is giving away a $250.00 GC.
I have undergone 3 surgeries in the past 4 weeks and am happy to report the all the cancer is gone. I still have to go through 5 weeks of daily (M-F) radiation to zap any stray cancer cells which may have moved outside the margins. This will begin on 8/16. From what I understand the first few weeks are fairly simple although I will get tired. I may experience some burning during the last two weeks but they will give me creams and gels.
I will post when I can if only to keep you up to date
At least for awhile. I will know on Tuesday if my breast cancer is back. If I do not have cancer I will begin posting again. Hopefully, i will be able to posr a new sweepstakes within the next few days. If my cancer is back my postings will be spotty.
In the meantime, I have entered a drink contest which requires that I post the recipe and a picture on my blog. So, here it is.
Gorilla Martini 2 medium ripe, but firm, bananas, sliced 2 cups banana ice cream, homemade or purchased 1 Tablespoon Cream De Cacao 2 Tablespoons chocolate syrup, homemade or purchased 2 Tablespoons caramel syrup, homemade or purchased In the jar of a large blender combine the sliced bananas, the ice cream and the Cream De Cacao. Pulse until the mixture is thick and well blended. Drizzle the chocolate and caramel syrups down the sides of four (4) chilled martini glasses, dividing equally. Divide the ice cream mixture between the dressed martini glasses. Serve immediately. Serves 4 To make this a mocktail substitute an additional Tablespoon of chocolate syrup for the Cream De Cacao.
My friend, Al Singer, has entered a recipe contest which requires him to post it to a blog. Since he does not have his own blog he is posting it to mine.
Avocado and Chickpea Salad with Pomegranate-Lime Dressing
1 large ripe, but firm Mexican avocado (peeled, pitted and cut into bite-sized chunks) 2 cups canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1/4 cup red onion, finely diced 1/4 cup green bell pepper (seeded, ribbed and finely diced 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice 2 Tablespoons pomegranate juice 1 small garlic clove, finely diced 1 teaspoon granulated sugar 3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
In a large bowl combine the avocado, the chickpeas, the onion, the bell pepper and the cilantro. Toss to combine and set aside. In a small bowl combine the lime juice, the pomegranate juice, the garlic, the sugar, the salt and the pepper. Stir to blend. Whisk in the olive oil until well blended. Pour the dressing over the avocado salad and gently toss to coat. Serve chilled or at room temperature. Serves 4 - 6
The Cullinary Celler http://www.theculinarycellar.com/ is hosted by my friend Debbi Vanni. Debbi and I share a passion for collecting cookbooks. Debbi does post some recipes but the blog is mostly cookbook reviews.
If you need any cookbook information you can email Debbi.
This is the $1,000,000.00 winner of the 2010 Pillsbury Bakeoff. I would be terrified to use ice cream in a judged recipe. Afraid I would not get it to the judges while it was intact. More power to the NJ lady.
To help ease you past tax day I will have a little sweep in which the prize will be a $20.00 Amazon.com gift certificate. From. Monday April 5, 2010 until 11:59 PM (eastern on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 leave a comment with your email under this post.
On Thursday April 15, 2010 I will use random.org to select the winner.
My buddiy Karen Harris at Eat, Drink Wash Up http://eatdrinkwashup.blogspot.com/ is giving away a Cuisinart7 hand mixer. Go to the blog, find the post about lizzards and mashed potatoes (posted today) and leave a comment to be entered.
March giveaway. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Passover and the beginning of Spring I am giving a $20.00 gift certificate to amazon.com.
From 11:01 am on Sunday, March 7, 2010 until 11:59: pm on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 leave a comment with your email under this post. I NEED AN EMAIL SO I CAN CONTACT THE WINNER. On Wednesday. March 17, 2010 I will use random.org to select the winner.
In honor of Valentine's Day and my Birthday (2/11) I am announcing my February sweeps
From Friday, February 5, 2010 until 11:59 PM on Sunday, February 14, 2010 leave a comment with your email (I need the email so I can contact the winner) under this post to be entered into a drawing for a $20.00 Amazon.com gift card.
Happy New Year to all. Ok the holidays are over, all or most of the cookies have been eaten -- same for the rich, holiday treats. Time to Get back to basic, wholesome eating.
The Perfect Pantry http://www.theperfectpantry.com/ is hosted by Lydia in Rhode Island. Lydia is a food writer who holds cooking classes in her large home kitchen. She uses everyday ingredients in her cooking and talks about them on her blog.