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.
Missipi Kitchen http://www.loriesmississippikitchen.com/ is hosted by Lorie who lives in Mississipi with her husband, Richard. Lorie and I share the same hobby of recipe contesting. Lorie has won lots of prizes and $$$. Someday I will have the opportunity to go head-to-head with her at a cook-off.
As you begin your holiday shopping, in store or online, check out Retail Me Not http://www.retailmenot.com/. It is full of codes that give you $$ off and/or free shipping. You have to search for the categories you are interested in.
Baking Bites http://bakingbites.com/ is hosted by Nicole Weston in LA. In addition to her wonderful recipes Nicole posts a lot of useful food informaton. She holds a BA in Linguistics and a certificate of professional pastry from the New School of Cooking in LA. She has written and published a cookbook, The Baking Bites Cookbook. The London Times named Baking Bites as one of the 50 best food blogs in the world. Besides baking Nicole is an avid horsewoman and balet dancer.
Poet in the Pantry http://poetinthepantry.com/ is hosted by Carrie who is a stay-at-home mother of 2. She was a returning student who got her BA in English in May of this year. In addition to cooking and baking she enjoys photography
Once again I only had 10 enteries to my most recent giveaway. I guess that there was little to no interest in my prize of 10 packs of flower seeds. However each entry has a 1 in 10 chance of winning the seeds. Like me, the winner will be able to spend a few hours on a cold, snowy winter day planning a garden for the spring/summer of 2012.
I used random .org to select the winner who is #2 Yenta Mary. I have sent Mary an email informing her of the win.