I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: a cook needs three basic tools in her kitchen: a great knife, a nice cutting board, and a decent soup pot. The soup pot goes by another alias, the Dutch oven. Like Alice falling down the rabbit hole, when I clicked on that link and perused the Dutch ovens available from cookware.com, I came across a gorgeous, gorgeous basil-green Staub cocotte. I am now inventing reasons why I need this beauty, such as the luxury of being able to make a soup or stew in my old Le Creuset and a batch of baked rice in my new Staub. (I love Luisa’s/Francis’s Baked Rice recipe, though I make a half-batch and I still use a full tablespoon of oil.) As Tania might say, I covet you, green Staub cocotte.
But this post isn’t supposed to be about my greedy kitchen dreams; it’s about how you could win a gift certificate to spiff up your own set of kitchen tools! Enough of you said nice things about my new Santoku knife that I thought it only fair that I give you the chance to win your own knife—or whatever else you might like from cookware.com or any of the CSN Stores.
For those of you who are wondering, the hand model above did NOT come with my knife. But I do love the spice market’s worth of seasonings that Matt gathered together to make his signature okra dish, the one I ask him to make every time we buy okra at the farmers’ market. He’s so nice that he always says yes to my okra suggestion. I don’t even have to wink or wiggle my eyebrows suggestively, which is good because I don’t really do coy. And you know what? Neither does he. Maybe we’re both just lazy, but we’re happy with it.
Here is your challenge, if you feel up the to task. If you’re interested in winning a $60 gift certificate to CSN Stores (and I don’t know why on earth you wouldn’t be!), leave a comment on this post telling me what your all-time favorite summer recipe is. It could be as simple as a fresh peach or caprese salad, or it might be more elaborate, like a favorite recipe you make on the grill or a homemade ice cream that you churn by hand. Whatever it is, make me hungry and if you like, provide a link! This giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada because that’s where CSN delivers.
I’ll pick a winner randomly in a week. This contest will be open until September 4. Good luck!