I like to think of this blog as a mellow little space where we can gather to chat about food and cooking, cheese and vegetables, tofu and chocolate. It’s the closest I can get to having you all gathered round my kitchen table, with mugs of coffee and a platter of cookies in front of you. I really like this space we share, and because it is like a part of my home, there isn’t much in the way of advertisements or commercials. If I had you over for tea, I certainly wouldn’t be trying to sell you things. It’s just not my style. But tonight, I had an opportunity that I just could not pass up, and it involves one teeny tiny little ad. So here we go:
There! That wasn’t so bad, right? And if you click on the link, you’ll see that “stool” does not refer to the kind of stool that you make, unless you are a carpenter. It’s a furniture ad! And the furniture on allbarstools.com is really quite nice, the kind of thing that would look right at home underneath my kitchen bar. But tonight, I’d like to focus on your kitchens because I’ve got something really amazing to offer one lucky reader: your choice of merchandise from cookware.com, one item, up to $70 in value. The generous folks at CSN stores (the family of stores to which allbarstools.com belongs and the sponsor of that little ad up there) contacted me about hosting a contest for them, and on your behalf, I accepted. One peek at cookware.com told me I couldn’t turn down a chance for one of you to win something fun, useful, pretty, or groovy from that site. Take a look and you’ll see what I mean. I love these pretty loaf pans from Le Creuset or these adorable soup bowls. (Oh, how I love soup. One can never have too much soup or too many bowls.) Or how about this intriguing skillet from EarthPan whose nonstick coating is made from sand? (Anyone know how the SandFlow coating compares to ceramic nonstick coatings?) I like this lovely bowl from Culinary Herbs or, because many salads appear on my dinner table, this nice salad bowl set, with its big mama bowl and four baby bowls. I’m actually a little bummed now that I can’t enter my own contest! (I have only myself to blame, because I’m making up the rules for this contest.)
Here’s the deal: leave me a comment on this post and tell me something lovely about your weekend. What will you eat? Where will you go? Which book or magazine will you read? Who will be with you? One entry per person, please. The contest will be open until midnight on Friday, February 6, a week from today. I’ll announce the randomly chosen winner on Saturday, February 7 and ask that the winner send me an e-mail address so that the prize can be chosen and delivered.
I can’t wait to read your entries. Good luck! I’ll see you back here in the morning.
PS The contest is open to US and Canadian residents. My apologies to anyone who is excluded. I’m still glad you are here with me!