Giveaway – My second annual holiday giveaway

COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY - Come and enter 101 Cooking For Two's Second Annual Holiday Giveaway

So yesterday, I gave you some holiday gift giving ideas.
Today I have a gift for you as a thank you. Why?

  1. For much more attention and traffic than I  deserve sometimes
  2. My lack of posts this fall due to blog issues – I will do better
  3. To many 404′s and formatting issue due to the Word Press migration – I’m working on it.
  4. Just because I want to…

Last year my giveaway was to celebrate 2,000,000 page views. I’m now over 6 so I’m paying for this myself and Amazon will be Santa for me but it won’t make it for Christmas..


COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY - Come and enter 101 Cooking For Two's Second Annual Holiday Giveaway
This is my favorite new cookbook. Not only is it 822 pages but over 6 pounds… OK not a good reason…. I will try again.

This book will make you a better cook. It is as close as it comes to going to cooking school but just a book. Chock full of culinary know how for the beginner or experienced cook alike. I find myself just studying it sometimes. If you don’t win it, then you should buy it. Retail value $45. (plus it’s a big beautiful book…)

The rules and how to enter:

There are always rules in life.
1) The giveaway is open to USA and Canadian residents. The Canadians seem to always be left out due to customs issues. Well we Michiganders will not stand for it I say (this time at least). Since I’m buying the book from Amazon and directly shipping to you (read lazy me), I can order from if needed (I hope).
2) You must be 18 years of age or older.
3) Enter through the Rafflecopter giveaway widget below. This is a must along with the required comment to enter.
4) Leave a comment on this post of 20 words or more with seasons greetings and what is your favorite recipe/food that makes you think of the holiday season. Remember to also so the Rafflecoper widget. Just commenting is not entering.
5) Only one entry per person/email. Duplicates will result in all being deleted.
6) Any post/entry with a link to anything other than a food blog or a recipe will be deleted and not eligible for the giveaway. Bah humbug to you…


Starts at 12 AM EST 12/15/2012 and ends at 12 AM EST 12/22/2012

Do not forget to do both the comment and the Rafflecopter widget

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UPDATE 12/22/2013: Congratulations to  Emily (entry #11 on Rafflecopter) the winner of this years Holiday Giveaway.

December 22 2013

FTC notice: I paid for it.

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  1. Rebecca Summers says

    Happy Holidays indeed! Nothing screams Christmas to me like hearing the song Silver Bells while testing fudge recipes! My Grandma always made fudge with her grand kids (including me!) on Christnas Eve and would ask us to leave so she could add the special ingredient that resulted in the best fudge ever! Of course I learned many years later there was no special ingredient but I’ve never been able to make the fudge quit as good as hers:)

  2. Terri Cook-Thielen says

    Scalloped oysters!!! My grandmother, aunt, and mother would make HUGE dishes of these things for holiday meals and the men would call out anyone who they thought “took more than their share”. ;-) To this day, when I make scalloped oysters, it’s most often MEN who ask for the recipe!

  3. Lynn Mattay says

    Merry Christmas! Spritz Cookies. My mom made them at Christmas, pressing them out as a flower with the cookie press and placing a single silver sprinkle ball in the center. She flavored them with raspberry Jell-O. Mmmm….

  4. Amanda Garner says

    I hope your holiday season is going as well as mine! My all-time favorite Christmas dish is hash brown casserole. No other food comes close to being as creamy and comforting as my mother’s hash brown casserole. It’s the only dish on our Christmas Eve menu that I look forward to all year round. Happy Holidays!

  5. Christine says

    I probably am not allowed to win, but you didn’t state that family couldn’t win!
    I think my favorite holiday food memory is making “daddy coffee cake” with you.
    See you soon Dad!

  6. Judy Uhl says

    One of my favorite Christmas memories is baking Russian Tea Cakes with my favorite Aunt. My daughter and I will be making them today!

  7. Jason says

    I always remember making the Holiday wreathes with my grandma. That is those cornflakes mixed with marshmallows and free food coloring and then shaped to meek wreaths! I love those and still make them every year!

  8. Stephanie says

    Happy Holidays! This Christmas will be one I never forget. After just spending 6 days in the hospital – 2 of them in the ICU – with viral pneumonia, this will be an unusual but fabulous Christmas for me & my family. Thank goodness I put up my Christmas tree freakishly early or we wouldn’t even have one this year. All presents have been ordered off the internet or picked up by my sweet 17 year old daughter. All of the traditions I usually do with my kids are out this year. While this may seem like a “poor me” comment, it’s the exact opposite. Through all these trials, our family has learned that health, happiness, and togetherness are really the reason for the season. I’m counting down the days until my son comes home from college.

    The one food I MUST have at the holidays is the cheese ball my mother made ever year – the one with cream cheese, dried beef & green onions rolled in pecans. It’s not exactly refined but it screams Christmas for me & reminds me of home. I hope every one has a fabulous holiday with your families. xoxo

  9. Colleen Smith says

    I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year. Each year for Christmas I get out of Cooking for 2 and bake a lot of traditional (for our family) cookies and candies. My sons and their families come here on Christmas Eve for gift giving and Mom’s fried shrimp, etc. I do that so they can have Christmas Day with their wife’s family. What I really crave during Christmas, is my Aunt Mary’s Raisin Filled Cookies which really are filled with a walnut and raisin filling and there’s nutmeg in the cookies. They are to die for.

  10. Mindy says

    Merry Christmas!

    The food that makes me most think of the holidays are my aunt’s sugar cookies. Every year she makes tons of these simple sugar cookies with royal frosting that she decorates beautifully. They are the epitome of delicious! When I was younger my cousins and I would all steal as many as we could to the point where she started hiding them.

  11. Emily says

    Merry Christmas to all!. I have only recently discovered your blog and have been enjoying your posts and your recipes. My Aunt Laura’s jam cake is a family tradition, is always the desert of choice at Christmas gatherings. It is made with blackberry jam and candied fruit with caramel icing – but has no resemblance to fruitcake.

  12. Kara says

    Happy holidays to all. :) my favorite holiday memories revolve around Christmas morning with my family. The anticipation for kids, the fun stockings, presents, and wonderful family time, all followed by a yummy breakfast of pancakes.

  13. clara says

    For me Christmas memories start and finish with Baking Cookies, TONS of cookies. The wonderful smell of baking them fills the house with such a warm feeling, Still baking lots of cookies after 59 years of marriage, just cant stop it seems.

  14. Sandra Gerritz says

    Merry Christmas to everyone! The one thing that I make every Christmas for my husband is the fantasy fudge recipe that appears on the marshmellow creme jar. It is the best fudge I have ever tasted. I have always wanted to go to cooking school so I would really love to win this book. Even if I don’t win it I am going to buy it but sure would like to win!

  15. JenniferB says

    I always looked forward when I was a kid to making spritz cookies with my mom- I loved the little trees and I always got to sprinkle the colored sugar on them. I carried on this tradition with my kids. I hope that everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Let’s celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ!

  16. says

    I Wish You a Very Merry Christmas!!!!! WoooooHooooooooo! My favorite time of year! Our holiday dinners have one very important tradition,,,, a Sweet Potato Casserole with lots of Butter, Brown Sugar and Pecans! Mmmmmmmmm! One bite can put you into a Blissful Diabetic Coma! HA

  17. Noel Holly says

    When I was very young we always included home made ravioli on the table as one of the sides, and then that tradition ended at some point. I loved my step mother’s stuffed onions- a tradition that since my family has moved away, I also don’t get to enjoy that often. I now get together with friends now on Christmas Eve and for my new tradition I bring the Swedish Meatballs. Then on Christmas day I make a pot of Manhattan Clam Chowder and snuggle down to watch a movie.

    Oh- My name IS Christmas inspired …so Joyeux Noël and deck them halls!!!

  18. paula h says

    It wouldn’t be Christmas without my grandmother’s Christmas salad…one of those great Southern salads with Queen Ann cherries, pineapple, marshmallows, whipped cream…etc.

  19. Marie says

    Merry Christmas!

    My favorite food of the holiday season is pumpkin pie. I’m horrible at pie making, but you can always count on someone serving pumpkin pie. I get to enjoy my favorite pie without the work. It’s a win-win for me.

  20. Beth says

    Merry Christmas!

    Making peanut butter balls, peppermint pretzels, and other candies with my mom and sister always makes me think of Christmas!

    I hope you have a happy holiday season!

  21. Carolsue says

    My favorite holiday food memory is hanging around my neighbor’s house every Christmas and helping them make tamales — then helping to eat them!

  22. Jennifer C. says

    My favorite holiday food memory is making sugar cookies with my mom. She would mix up the batter and roll it out on the counter. My siblings and I were so excited to be able to cut out the shapes using cookie cutters and then be allowed to eat any leftover dough. That wasn’t even the best part; the best part was decorating the cookies. My mom would make some icing that she would split in half; she’d dye one half green and the other red. We got to put the icing and sprinkles on and then have one cookie each. I haven’t been able to make these cookies with my mom in years, but that would definitely be my favorite holiday food memory.

    Merry Christmas!

  23. Erica Froistad says

    Merry Christmas! My favorite holiday food is quite simply my mother’s homemade stuffing. I love that she put the giblets in it… it gives it a great flavor… can’t wait to have some at Christmas dinner.

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