Giveaway: Gift Guide for the Ultimate Foodie

Gift giving is probably my favorite part of any holiday – birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Kwanzaa… if I can find a reason to buy someone a gift that makes them smile, I’m a happy girl.

This particular holiday season, I think it’s important to have some in-the-clutch ideas for the foodie in your life. Food blogs are the fastest growing blog genre, the Food Network is enjoying unprecedented popularity, and we’re all starting to think a little bit more about what we eat, where it comes from, and my favorite thing to talk about of all – how it’s cooked.

With that in mind, I’ve put together a sweet little gift guide for you. You may only need one of these gifts under the tree to wow the foodie in your life (even if it’s you!), but I’m actually giving away ALL FOUR.

The Pizza Ingredient Gift Set from King Arthur Flour is a great gift for anyone that loves pizza (is there anybody that doesn’t?). This awesome crate – which can be used to decorate the kitchen once emptied – holds fabulous sauce made right there in Vermont, a pizza dough mix, pizza dough flavoring and pizza seasoning mix.

Now, you may not know that I worked in pizza restaurants throughout high school and college, but let me tell you – adding that pizza dough flavoring? Turns any pizza coming out of your oven into the real deal. Every time I open the jar, I’m transported back to being 15 and flipping pies for extra cash after school.

The Swissmar Slate Board and Cheese Knife Set is really cool. Each slate board is handcrafted, and you can easily write on it with chalk to denote the cheeses on the board (and it just looks tres cool). The cheese knife is perfectly sized, and slices through hard and soft cheeses with ease.

It’s no secret that I find my Le Creuset French Oven indispensable in the kitchen. She never even leaves my stovetop – it is her home. Rather than shove that beautiful piece of cookery into a cupboard, I display her like a piece of art. And I’m always halfway to dinner because the pot’s already on the stove!

Cast iron cookware is something you should have in your life, and I know that my personal brand of choice is Le Creuset. Nearly 90 years of experience counts for a lot, in my book. In addition to cast iron, Le Creuset makes an entire suite of stoneware – safe for the oven, and beautiful for displaying on your table. You’ll be the talk of the Christmas table when your French oven matches the beautiful Le Creuset 10″ pie dish, pie bird, trivet and oven mitt too!


From our house to yours, have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

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-This giveaway is open to USA residents only and will run until Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST.
-Winner(s) will be generated via a random number generator software program. Winner will be notified via the contact email provided on the comment contact form.
-Winner(s) will have until 12/23/12 to claim their Gift Guide for the Ultimate Foodie giftpack or we will choose another winner.
-Winner will receive (1) Swissmar Slate Board and Cheese Knife Set, (1) Le Creuset Pie Set including pie plate, pie bird, oven mitt and trivet, (1) Le Creuset 5.5 Qt Round French Oven in Cherry, (1) King Arthur Flour Pizza Ingredient Gift Set {$432.94 AVP}. Products will be shipped by Swissmar, Le Creuset, and King Arthur Flour.
-This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.

Comments

    • Michelle P says

      Oh yeah, and my favorite Christmas memory is my mom baking big loaves of Irish Soda bread with raisins on Christmas morning for us to enjoy after opening gifts! :)

  1. says

    My entire family have all passed away.. my younger brother and sister and my parents, my parents died young at 60… but I still have some sweet memories for Christmas. One which always comes to mind at this time, is when I was about 12 or 13 I think. I heard noise in the living room in the middle of the night 2 nights before Christmas.. I carefully and quietly snuck to the corner of the living room doorway.. as I carefully peeked around I saw something that made me put my hand over my mouth so I wouldn’t laugh.. it was my father.. He was on the floor on a blanket, searching under the tree for presents with his name on them! but that isn’t all.. when he found a couple of them he so carefully unwrapped them and then put them back just as neatly.. the fun part was watching his face of personal surprise… now I understood why he always had this faint excitement on Christmas day.. I never told him I saw that… wish I had later… but it is still a very sweet memory!
    Cathy B*****y pbprojecthope at yahoo dotcom

  2. Bonnie K says

    I always look forward to watching A Child’s Christmas in Wales with my family. Tradition started with my mother. We also love having the plum pudding and doing the ooohs and aaaahs when we watch the blue flames on the pudding. The Christmas crackers is also a favorite thing to do.

  3. Katie says

    We always went to 10 pm mass, then came home and got to open 1 special present before going to bed. It always felt like such a magical night!

  4. Carole Resnick says

    My favorite memory is eating brisket and potato ankakes, lighting candles, singing Chanukah songs and opening gifts.

  5. Sheila V. says

    When I was about 8 years old, my family had a simple Christmas of opening gifts, singing carols and drinking hot chocolate. Afterwards, we lighted firecrackers outside with the neighbors.

  6. Michelle says

    My favorite memory is baking christmas cookies with the family! We don’t do it anymore. Guess we need to find time again!

  7. Colleen G says

    One of my favorite Christmas memories is going to NYC with the family to see the Christmas Spectacular. We had a great time and spent the day together.

  8. latanya says

    I use to love finding the presents my parents would hide during Christmas and opening them just enough to see what it was and then taping them back up with sister when we were younger.

  9. Heather Spooner says

    My favorite Christmas memories always involve food. My mom and grandma are the best cooks. I remember sitting in the kitchen with them rolling dozens of mexican wedding cookies and shelling pecans to be used in Christmas pies. Good times. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Hannah h. says

    We had an advent calendar that adds an ornament on a tapestry every day. My brother and I would fight over who got to hang the next one on each day! Good times! :-)

  11. says

    Drinking eggnog with my dad on Christmas morning while waiting for my brother to wake up! Especially the years in college when we got a solid buzz going before 9am ;)

  12. Hanna says

    My first Christmas as a newlywed we went way overboard and got a 15 foot tree. We lived on the second floor! Good thing we were still young, strong, and enthusiastic!

  13. Elena Vo says

    Sitting with my younger brother under the Christmas tree and whispering our wishes to the tree the night before Christmas :)

  14. Calli says

    Waking up early and waiting int he hallway so my dad could set up the camera and catch our faces as we got a first glance at the tree and santa’s presents.

  15. says

    My favorite Christmas memories are untangling the lights for my grandparents when I was little. It was my job to sit on the floor and untangle them all while watching a Christmas movie.

  16. MaryB says

    My favorite memory is having our son pick our special Christmas Eve dinner. He started at age 2-1/2 (waffles, green beans and water) and continued on till he got married. Even now, if he is home for the holiday, he still picks his special meal. So much fun to see how his tastes changed over the years.

  17. Lori B. says

    I love watching my four boys open their stockings. We do that first…then the rest of the presents one by one…so much anticipation while waiting for their turn!

  18. Phyllis says

    I rememember getting a birhtstone ring when I was a teenager. It was a shock because I had no idea I was getting it even though I asked for it. It was too costly for our budget. It was the only gift that year & I cherished it & still have it. I’m 55 years old now.

  19. says

    one of my favorite holiday memory involves this little tin of plastic angel decorations. not sure why, but I LOVED them. I waited all year for them to come out.

  20. Lisa Korkowski says

    Last year, my husband was due to return from deployment. We weren’t sure if he would get back before or after Christmas, but I told myself it would be after so I wouldn’t be disappointed. Three nights before Christmas, I got a knock on the door and was surprised as I had already put my boys to bed. My husband had arranged for someone from his unit to bring him home. It was a wonderful surprise for me and even greater for my boys to wake up to him in the house the next morning!

  21. German Lopez says

    A few years ago when I was in the military, my family thought I wasn’t going to be able to make it home for the holidays. My mom was sad because it was going to be the first Christmas that we werent going to be all together. On Christmas Eve while my family was having dinner, I walked thru the door and surprised everyone. It was great and my mom was especially surprised.

  22. Cassie says

    My favorite memory just happened. My son is almost 11 months old so this is his first Christmas. He has such wonder when looking at lights and when we light the menorah for Hanukkah. He hoots with delight and it is amazing to rediscover the holiday through his eyes.

  23. Jess Z says

    My favorite memory is getting together with my mom, aunt and cousins in someone’s kitchen (it rotates each year) and baking five or six different types of cookies along with making fudge, puppy chow and assorted candies to deliver to the neighbors and friends. We spend the entire time singing and dancing along to Christmas music, laughing and sharing stories.

  24. Windy P. says

    Going with a funny one. Growing up my little sister (who’s now all growed up) would do just about anything to get out of doing the dishes. My mom and dad were discussing Christmas presents and where to hide them so that they wouldn’t be found. My dad responded totally deadpan “well put hers in the dishwasher, she’ll never find them there.” :)

  25. says

    That cheese knife is gorgeous – I love kitchen gear that is stylish as well as useful.
    One of my favorite memories is driving around town looking at holiday lights, sipping hot chocolate in the car. I love that we have the Trail of Lights in Austin again so we can have that tradition again (albeit walking)!

  26. Natalie J Vandenberghe says

    This is my first Christmas without my beloved mother…a wave of fond memories come back. As a child, I remember be more excited about my Christmas stocking than opening gifts. In my parents later years, they moved to Oregon and lived near me. My Mom always treated us to a holiday meal in a favorite restaurant. I miss her greatly.
    As an adult, my favorite tradition has been to go to a Trans-Siberian Concert and a performance of Handel’s “Messiah”
    Now I have two grandsons (the newest was just born on Monday) and I think we will make many more happy memories!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  27. Athena R says

    One of my favorite memories of Christmas is gathering with my family on Christmas Eve and watching Christmas movies while enjoying baked goodies and drinking boiled custard .

  28. Jill J says

    I loved Christmas Eve – the whole family got together and we sat around a small fire watching Frosty and Rudolph, ate cheese/crackers and drank “slush” (a frozen fruit drink crushed/mixed with 7-up). Thinking of it always brings back warm/fuzzy memories

  29. Haley says

    Sneaking down my grandparents hallway with my sister and trying to peek through the slats on the living room doors to see if Santa had come yet!!!

  30. Elizabeth Langston says

    My favorite Christmas memory was when I was eight. My brother and I came down the stairs and found a kitten under the tree. Angel was with us for many years.

  31. Meagan V. says

    We would always play all day Christmas Eve waiting for my dad to come home from work so we could open presents and then go to my grandmas house with all the extended family at night. Same every year:) Thank you for the giveaway!

  32. Kelly D says

    My parents surprised me with my own writing desk one Christmas. My dad stained it in the basement and kept it as a surprise by telling me there were toxic fumes when I tried to come downstairs ,hah! I loved playing “teacher” at that desk.

  33. Malissa W says

    We had a close-knit neighborhood growing up and every Christmas eve we would gather around the a large pine tree in the neighbors yard and one of the dad’s would dress up as Santa and come out of the woods with gifts that the parents had previously sent over. As a child it was always so magical and I was convinced that it really was Santa. Now I am older and married and close to having children of my own, I still look forward to see Santa come out of the woods every year and the look of joy on the children’s faces. I can’t wait to go home on Sunday! :)

  34. Trina A says

    Last year, My in-laws, my parents, Husband’s Aunt and Uncle, Husband, son and I all took our RV’s to the Coast and spent a week. It was a wonderful time!

  35. Jessi says

    When we were small, my brother and I would sneak downstairs in the middle of the night to check out what Santa brought and then head back to bed so our parents wouldn’t catch us up.

  36. Wehaf says

    Every year we watch “A Christmas Carol” – the whole family together, on Christmas Day, after opening our presents. It is so warm and cosy and such a perfect family activity. I love it.

  37. says

    My favorite Christmas memory is building a gingerbread house with my kids for the very first time last year. Yes, it was a first for me as well. It turned out beautifully and I entered the picture to a contest and it won a prize too. What a bonus! My kids just requested that we build one again this year. I think it’s going to be our family’s tradition from now on. :)

  38. Carolyn G says

    Every year my family has a traditon of making tamales for Christmas. I remember being around 5 and my mom and grandmother allowing me to join in the fun.

  39. Sharon says

    My favorite Christmas memory is the year I got a chemistry set and made chemical rotten eggs, which wafted throughout the house and made me very unpopular! Thanks for a super great giveaway.

  40. Natalie S says

    My favorite Christmas memory is when my dad dressed up as Santa and I helped him give out presents to all my little cousins.

  41. Karen Medlin says

    My favorite memory is when my twin sister and I met our father for the first time, and he gave each of us a Raggedy Ann doll.

  42. Evelyn R says

    My favorite memory is the Christmas that my then 2 year old daughter insisted that she wanted a turkey from Santa. He did come through with a stuffed turkey that gobbled when squeezed!

  43. rachel says

    When I was in first grade and got my Felicity doll — one of the American Girl dolls. I had been praying for her and God answered me!

  44. Jackie Watson says

    One of my favorite memories is a Christmas eve when hubby and I were up late wrapping presents, my then 4 year old son woke up and was so mad because he thought we were opening his presents. He got over it but we will never forget it!

  45. susitravl says

    Growing up, we lived away from family, so we would travel by car to visit grandparents and cousins, singing Christmas Carols and other songs all the way. Great memories!

  46. Jessica O says

    My favorite memories at Christmas involve drinking hot wassail before, on the way to, and after the midnight mass service on Christmas Eve. Lots of laughs!

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