4 Year Blogiversary Giveaway!

November 30, 2010 · 274 comments

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I’m celebrating my 4 year blogiversary today! It’s hard to believe this little ol’ blog has been around for 4 years.  In that time I’ve accumulated 2000 subscribers (uhh, what?!) and written 470 posts.  I’ve had so much fun with elly says opa, and I hope you have, too.  I’ve really expanded my horizons with regards to food/ingredient combinations, I’ve met so many amazing people (bloggers and otherwise), and I’ve accumulated way more kitchen tools and cookbooks than any normal human being should.

I’m planning to get a blog redesign soon (though I’ve admittedly been incredibly lazy when it comes to this), so look for that in the (hopefully) near future, too.

Anyway, let’s celebrate with a giveaway! I’m giving away some of my favorite things, Oprah-style.  Well, if Oprah weren’t loaded, that is. :)

Here’s the deal:  One reader will win one of the following 4 items/packages.  The winner will pick which of the four prizes s/he wants. In addition to the selected prize, I will be also be including a $20 gift card to one of my favorite stores, The Spice House (don’t worry, you can order online, and I’ll give you some of my favorite recommendations too :)

Here are your options:

1. The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz + fancy schmancy ice cream scoop

I love ice cream and I love David Lebovitz. ‘Nuff said.

The Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet AccompanimentsZeroll Original 3-Ounce Aluminum Ice Cream Scoop

2. Mexican Everyday by Rick Bayless + tortilla warmer

This is, by far, one of my favorite cookbooks (if you couldn’t tell by all the posts about it).  All the recipes are simple and delicious.

Mexican Everyday (Recipes Featured on Season 4 of the PBS-TV series "Mexico One Plate at a Time")Imusa Tortilla Warmer

3. 12″ Cast iron skillet + handle mitts

If  you read this blog at all, you know I’m in looooooove with my cast iron skillet.  I use it for everything from searing meats to making cornbread, to fritters, to hash browns.  It’s pretty much the greatest piece of cookware.

Lodge Mfg. L14SK3 Skillet With Assist Handle Lodge Striped Hot Handle Holders/Mitts, Set of 2

4. Immersion blender

I use my immersion blender for everything from soups to smoothies to pureeing baby food.

Cuisinart CSB-76 Smart Stick Hand Blender

(Images are all from Amazon.)

To enter, just tell me which of the 4 things you’d like, and why (and feel free to tell me what you’d like to spend your Spice House bucks on, too, if you’d like).  The giveaway will end on Sunday, December 12th so enter before then.

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Dorothy November 30, 2010 at 7:05 am

I am dying to have an immersion blender (it’s been on my wishlist for the last year)! We end up making lots of soups in the winter, and it would be so helpful (sure beats transferring hot soup to a blender, and spilling it all over the counter!).

Happy anniversary!

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amanda @ fake ginger November 30, 2010 at 7:07 am

Congratulations! Wow! 4 years! That’s insane! I think I’ve been reading for at least 3 too. Crazy…

If I won, I would choose number 2. I’ve had that book on my wishlist forever now and who doesn’t need a tortilla warmer?

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Peter November 30, 2010 at 7:21 am

Congrats Elly…I’ll go for the Scoop! book.

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Cindy November 30, 2010 at 7:21 am

Wow! Congratulations! I’ve only been reading for about 6 months but I’ve gone through the archives and found loads of useful recipes.

If I won, I’d also choose number 2. Number 1 is a close second choice. The recipes from both books look like things I’d make. I’ve got a couple pieces of great old iron cookware so I’m good there. And I could probably use a good immersion blender but . . . books are better!

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Amy November 30, 2010 at 7:25 am

I’m all over the Mexican Everyday Nooo! Yummy! I always want to get it, but never manage to actually buy it. Of course I would buy spices to go with my new Mexican recipes.
Congrats on your 4th anniversary, I really enjoy your recipes.

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Bekah G November 30, 2010 at 7:31 am

Hurray for 4 years! I’m glad I started subscribing this year.

I’d definitely pick the immersion blender. I’ve been wanting one of those for AGES.

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Kim S. November 30, 2010 at 7:34 am

Congrats on 4 years! I would love to have a copy of the Perfect Scoop. I love making homemade ice cream and have heard wonderful things about this book!

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Kelly B. November 30, 2010 at 7:39 am

I would love the immersion blender! Congrats on 4 years!

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Cara November 30, 2010 at 7:40 am

Happy Blogiversary! I would pick option 3! We don’t have a cast iron skillet for some odd reason and I’ve never heard of spice house but I’m sure that they have some great choices!

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Amy @ The Nifty Foodie November 30, 2010 at 7:46 am

Happy Blogiversary!!! :) I’d have to go for the cast iron skillet. I recently found out they are OK to use on my glass top (if I’m careful) and now, I really really want one! LOL!

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Sarah R November 30, 2010 at 7:51 am

Wow! Four years, I can’t believe that it’s been that long! I would love to win the cast iron. I’ve had my eye on a pan for a long time.

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tiffany November 30, 2010 at 7:59 am

Happy blogiversary! I can’t believe it’s been 4 years. I love your recipes and several of them are my favorites. I love the Rick Bayless cookbook & tortilla warmer prize.

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Wendy W. November 30, 2010 at 7:59 am

I’d definitely choose the cast iron skillet! I have a lot of cast iron cookware already and I lovelovelove it – is one of my true obsessions!

Congratulations on your blogiversary … your chicken Parmesan burgers are my FAVORITE recipe ever!!

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Ashlee November 30, 2010 at 8:00 am

I’d choose option #2 if I won also, as I LOVE Mexican food and need a way to make them at home without a lot of fuss.

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Bridget November 30, 2010 at 8:05 am

Rick Bayless’s Mexican Everyday – I’m always seeing such great recipes from there!

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manda November 30, 2010 at 8:05 am

yayy for a blogiversary! :) congrats on your blog success!

i NEED a cast iron skillet. why we dont have one, i have no idea?!

:)

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Ploplop November 30, 2010 at 8:05 am

Happy Blogsday! I would like Mexican Everyday by Rick Bayless + tortilla warmer because I do not know very well Mexican cooking and I think it is wrong!

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KellyA November 30, 2010 at 8:05 am

Congrats! I would pick the immersion blender. When I make soup I have to let it cool and then go into my plastic blender. Then heat it back up to eat. I know an immersion blender would speed all of this up. Thanks!!

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Lauren November 30, 2010 at 8:06 am

I’m thinking #4! I’d love Dave’s book, but my blender recently broke, and I’m in serious milkshake withdrawal. Happy Blogiversary!

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Jill Stokes November 30, 2010 at 8:08 am

I would definitely use the mexican set! My fiance has an obsession with amazing mexican food and I know that Rick’s is the best!

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Intisar November 30, 2010 at 8:11 am

Happy Blogiversary! I would pick the immersion blender, I have been wanting one of those for a while, and would definitely help with the baby food!

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Tasha November 30, 2010 at 8:13 am

Definitely Rick Bayless’s book! Everytime I see a recipe of his posted, it sounds awesome!

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Lindsey November 30, 2010 at 8:16 am

Congrats on 4 years!! I have always loved your blog!

I think I would choose the cast iron skillet. I don’t have one and have always wanted one.

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Vanessa November 30, 2010 at 8:18 am

Happy Blogiversary!! While I would love an immersion blender I think my love for Rick Bayless is greater, so I’d choose option #2.
I’d also probably get some Mexican seasons from the Spice House to use along with the new cookbook!!

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Samantha November 30, 2010 at 8:19 am

OMG, I would definitely want the Mexican Everyday, I’ve seen so many blog posts of recipes from this book and they all look amazing! The Spice House gc would be a perfect way to stock up on chipotle chile powder, and I can’t get enough of their hot smoked paprika (we even brined our Thanksgiving turkey this year in a smoked-paprika based brine)!

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bellini November 30, 2010 at 8:21 am

You are making the decision very difficult Elly. I have wanted to have a David’s book The Perfect Scoop for some time. My ice cream maker is in need of inspiration.

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Julie Golden November 30, 2010 at 8:26 am

Happy Blogiversary! I’d love to try out an immersion blender!

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Andrea F November 30, 2010 at 8:26 am

Mexican Everyday, I love Rick Bayless!

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pati mk November 30, 2010 at 8:27 am

Happy Blogiversary! What a nice giveaway. I’m so glad my daughter told me about you. I’ve always wanted an immersion blender but I think if I won I’d pick the “Mexican Everyday” cookbook by Rick Bayless and the tortilla warmer because I absolutely love mexican food and would like to try some of his recipes. Thanks.

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Katie @ Health for the Whole Self November 30, 2010 at 8:28 am

Happy Blog Anniversary! I would choose option #3 – I desperately need a cast-iron skillet!!! Oh, and I’ve love to try the granulated maple sugar from the Spice House! I think it’d be great on top of roasted butternut squash.

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Jill M. November 30, 2010 at 8:30 am

Congratulations! I think writing a blog would be so fun. Its on my consideration list for 2011. Anyway, its a tough decision b/t option 3 and 4. I know I would use a cast iron skillet, but have wanted an imersion blender as well. However, seeing that I should incorporate more iron into my diet, I think I will have to choose 3# – the cast iron skillet. :) As for spices….hmmmm…I would just have to browse around and see if they have something interesting that I don’t already have.

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Kim November 30, 2010 at 8:31 am

OMG! I would love the cast iron skillet! I received one for a wedding gift. My Mother In Law ruined mine by washing it with soap and water. I am still bitter about it so, I haven’t replaced mine. As for the spice house gc, I would buy cinnamon. I love their cinnamon and am starting to get low! Happy Anniversary and hopefully many more to come :)

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Courtney November 30, 2010 at 8:36 am

Wow, that’s awesome! Congratulations on making it four years! :) Your blog is one of mine and Eric’s favorites. We’ve loved every single recipe we’ve made from here.

I would love to have the immersion blender. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sloshed soup out of a pot while trying to pour it in the blender. I looked at The Spice House’s website when you mentioned them before. I can’t get over how many awesome things they have. I have no idea what I’d do with it, but I think the Hickory Smoke Salt sounds really cool.

Congratulations again, Elly!

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JoAnn November 30, 2010 at 8:36 am

I placed a big order at the Spice House just last night….have been buying from that great place for years. I wish their shipping was not so high.

I bought aleppo pepper, which I discovered a year ago and us use almost every day. There is nothing it does not enhance. Also bought pomegranate molasses, powdered mushroom, and a gift box of extra hot seasonings for my son-in-law.

I could use a new immersion blender.

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Rachel November 30, 2010 at 8:37 am

I would love the cast iron skillet! I don’t have one and have wanted one for a long time. The spice house looks amazing as well! I don’t know how I would choose.

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Cate November 30, 2010 at 8:38 am

Happy Blogiversary! I would LOVE the cast iron skillet; I’ve been dying to get one for ages!

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Kate November 30, 2010 at 8:40 am

Happy Blogiversary!

I’d pick the cast iron skillet – it’s on my Christmas list!

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michelle November 30, 2010 at 8:42 am

Congrats on 4 years. I would either choose the perfect scoop or the cast iron pan. I have been wanting both for a while!

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Amanda W November 30, 2010 at 8:50 am

I would love to win the immersion blender. I have been wanting one for awhile.

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Krys Britt (a.k..a) bigmammaB November 30, 2010 at 8:53 am

Oh i would love, love, love the cast iron skillet! My mom had one I remember being on teh stove for years! Now that I have honed my cooking skills, these seems so practical and I am dying to add one to my collection.

Hmmm…for the Spice Gift card, i choose saffron…why? Because it is pretty, a little unusual, tastes yummy, AND I can never bring myself to buy it at the store. It is $12 and baby formula is about that much!LOL :)

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Angie (Telly's Tasty Tidbits) November 30, 2010 at 8:56 am

Happy Blogiversary! What a great giveaway. If I were to win I would love an Immersion Blender. I’ve had one on my list forever but just haven’t gotten around to buying one yet.

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keilah November 30, 2010 at 8:57 am

Happy Blogiversary!
I would pick the cast iron skillet because I recently ruined mine. :(

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Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa November 30, 2010 at 8:59 am

Happy Anniversary!

My husband is a Mexican food fanatic – so I would choose the cookbook!

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Lindsey B November 30, 2010 at 9:05 am

I would love the immersion blender! My live-in boyfriend has an aversion to certain veggies but puree-ing them into soup makes the aversion go away – and it’s such a pain to pull out the big blender and do it in stages!

Spice House is overwhelmingly awesome! I have been wanting some ground Chipotle pepper to add spice to some dishes. I would also love some Fleur de sel or Maldon sea salt!

Congrats on 4 years! I’ve only been reading for about 6 months, but I love looking through your archives.

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Kelly November 30, 2010 at 9:06 am

Thanks for the giveaway! I would love the cast iron skillet, especially after hearing how much you use it!

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My Little Expat Kitchen November 30, 2010 at 9:12 am

Congratulations on your 4 years Elly! I wish you many more creative cooking and blogging years! I would pick The Perfect Scoop. I just love ice cream!
Magda

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shannalee November 30, 2010 at 9:15 am

I think I’d go with The Perfect Scoop! I tried a couple different ice cream recipes this summer, one that was great, a handful that weren’t. I remember someone telling me David’s recipes are the best.

Happy blogiversary!

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Donna Whittington November 30, 2010 at 9:17 am

I like the immersion blender you can use it for a lot of things ,i usualy rely on my mixer or just mix it by hand.Thank you for keeping your blog always exciting to read .

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Julia November 30, 2010 at 9:17 am

Congrats! I would LOVE that cast iron skillet… I’ve had my eye on one for years!

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Kate November 30, 2010 at 9:19 am

Mexican Everyday! I am always looking for great mexican recipes, and this cookbook has been on my want list for some time!!

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Amanda B. November 30, 2010 at 9:21 am

I would pick the cast-iron skillet. I have my grandmother’s 6″ and 8″ c-i skillets, and after 50 years of seasoning, I can attest that they only get better with age! This big one would be a dream, and a family heirloom.

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life and kitchen November 30, 2010 at 9:22 am

Happy 4 years! I would choose the Mexican prize package because I love love love Mexican food, but so far I have only been able to figure out how to make enchiladas. I need to get better! And who wouldn’t love a tortilla warmer?

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Catherine November 30, 2010 at 9:26 am

Congratulations!

I’d like the cast iron skillet because as I become a more experienced cook, I find a lot of recipes call for the use of cast iron. I think there are a lot of things I could cook better!

I was unable to get on to the Spice House’s website :( At any rate, I am a spice junkie, so I would not have any trouble finding something! I’d love to try some new chipotle seasonings!

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brenda November 30, 2010 at 9:30 am

i would love to have the immersion blender for blending soup and whipping small amounts of cream without having to bring out the BIG mixer….

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Cassie November 30, 2010 at 9:31 am

I would love the ice cream cookbook and scoop. Ice cream is my all time favorite dessert.

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Linda November 30, 2010 at 9:36 am

I’d get #2. I love Rick Bayless!

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Nicole, RD November 30, 2010 at 9:37 am

Happy Blogiversary, first off! 4 years is wonderful!!! :)

I would love that cast iron skillet! It’s on my Christmas list!!

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Anna M November 30, 2010 at 9:37 am

I think I would have to go with Rick. That cookbook is fantastic and I could basically live on Mexican food! :)

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Laura November 30, 2010 at 9:38 am

I’d love an immersion blender! we keep thinking about buying one, but we haven’t really justified the purchase yet. It would be wonderful for soups.

Happy Blogiversary!

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Dunne' November 30, 2010 at 9:44 am

Hmm…that’s a tough one! I think I’d either go with the skillet or the immersion blender…both would be great to have! As for spices…I would actually be curious to see what some of your favorites are from there so you speak so highly of the place (I’m not at all familiar with it)!

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Roxanne November 30, 2010 at 9:45 am

Congrats on 4 years! What an accomplishment, especially keeping up with the blog when you have a little one!

I am having a real issue choosing between the Perfect Scoop and Mexican Everyday, because both have been on my “want” list for so long! But since it is a contest on your blog, and you were the first to introduce me to Mexican Everyday, I’ll go with that one!

I just spent about a 1/2 hour at work looking at all those spices – that’s a dangerous site for me! The Bakers Extracts gift box looks the most appealing right now, but I could buy that place out!

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Jen November 30, 2010 at 9:46 am

Congrats Elly! I would want the cast iron skillet package. I have a grill pan but would rather have the regular skillet, but it was a tough call between that and the Rick Bayless book.

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Katie November 30, 2010 at 9:48 am

I would love the cast-iron skillet and handle mitts. I have never owned a cast iron skillet but would LOVE to experiment with one :) I am sure it would become one of my new favorite tools! As for The Spice House i think i would get the Smoky Flavors Four-Jar Gift Box for my boyfriend :) But would be totally open to suggestions!

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Jodie November 30, 2010 at 9:49 am

Congrats on 4 years! I would love the immersion blender. I’ve always wanted one for my soups and it looks like they work nicely with little clean-up!

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Stephanie November 30, 2010 at 9:52 am

oh man, i would LOVE a cast iron skillet! something that’s definitely on my christmas list this year. congrats on 4 years :)

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Amy November 30, 2010 at 9:55 am

For me it would be a toss up between the cast iron skillet and the immersion blender. I’ve just started cooking more with cast iron over the last year, but I think my immersion blender is on it’s last leg… As for the spices, they all look so wonderful. I would have to divert to your recommendations. :)

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Daniela November 30, 2010 at 9:59 am

Congratulations on a huge accomplishment! If I could choose out of the four items, it would definitely be the cast iron skillet.

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Annie D. November 30, 2010 at 10:03 am

Happy Anniversary! Love your blog! I would choose the Rick Bayless book. Because of your blog, I have gotten that book from the library many times. I would love to own it!
Spice House looks great! I have a large pantry of spices and would love to add to them. I would go for the curry blends or get a really nice pepper mill and some fancy peppercorns.

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Cindy November 30, 2010 at 10:04 am

Congratulations on four years of a well written, very enjoyable blog! Keep up the great work!

If I won the giveaway, I would love the Everyday Mexican cookbook and tortilla warmer! I love mexican food, but trying to find authentic, healthy options here is nearly impossible.

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Ny-Ying November 30, 2010 at 10:04 am

Congrats on keeping the blog going for four years! Lots of fun to read your recipes. I would choose Mexican everyday (+ tortilla warmer) as my gift. Mostly because I love mexican inspired foods and flavors–gives me a happy warm feeling eating it! (Also, I gave myself a cast iron skillet last year for xmas and an immersion blender the year before that… hah)

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tcmaryf November 30, 2010 at 10:05 am

Congrats on your anniversary and longevity. I would love the cast iron skillet. Its on my “I need one” list, because I have so many recipes which use a cast iron pan and I would love to try them. I would love the gift certificate for The Spice House as I need to refill a few of my spices such as lavender flowers, cardomon pods and herbs d’provence. Thnx for sharing all your recipes

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annie November 30, 2010 at 10:05 am

Hi Elly, I’d love David’s book, but as I don’t have an ice cream machine, I will take prize #2, Rick Bayless’s book and tortilla warmer. My son will be happy as he really loves Mexican food, but I don’t have a recipe book, so I mainly wing the recipes. Happy Blogiversary, and to many more!

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Jessica F November 30, 2010 at 10:08 am

Wow! 4 years! Congrats to your anniversary!

I would LOVE the cast iron skillet!

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Alex November 30, 2010 at 10:11 am

Congrats on 4 years! I’d love the ice cream package. My husband and I got an ice cream maker for our wedding last year and I’ve become obsessed with creating ice cream. This might help me get out of my (delicious but possibly overplayed) salted caramel rut!

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Shannon November 30, 2010 at 10:13 am

I’d love the cast-iron skillet and mitts – I’m all about practicality! Plus, trying to be better in terms of diet so that means ice cream and Mexican are a bit of a no-go. ;)

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Shelley November 30, 2010 at 10:18 am

I would love the Bobby Flay cook book. It’s time for me to liven up what I cook. I seems like I aleays make the same 10 dishes.

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Elainen November 30, 2010 at 10:24 am

I’d like the immersion blender. I’ve been wanting one for a long time now.

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Ellen November 30, 2010 at 10:28 am

Immersion Blender!!!
My love for pureed soups is extraordinary.
Living in a blender-less life it makes it a a poorly nourished love of mine.

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Jey November 30, 2010 at 10:30 am

happy blogiversary!

oh wow, i would LOVE the cast iron skillet!

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Amy's Cooking Adventures November 30, 2010 at 10:30 am

Happy Blogversary!

I would like the cast iron skillet and handle covers–I don’t have one yet!!

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niki November 30, 2010 at 10:31 am

I would pick the Rick Bayless book because he is a chicago favorite!

For the spice house… I would buy their brine. I did this year and it was AMAZING!

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Jenn November 30, 2010 at 10:31 am

The cast iron skillet and mitts. I love a good piece of cookware and cast iron skillets are at the top of my list! Happy Blogiversary!

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Kate November 30, 2010 at 10:35 am

Ohhh, I would love to have an immersion blender. That’s on my Christmas list. I’d definitely buy some vanilla beans and cinnamon from Spice House, and maybe some curry too!

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nadine November 30, 2010 at 10:35 am

I would pick the cast iron pan, for as much as I cook I have never owned one !!!!!!!
The Spice House is a great store. My daughter lived in Chicago while attending school. Every time we went to visit her, we HAD to stop there :)
If you have not experienced true fresh spices, you need to try this store. I just ordered 18 spices for my son as a Christmas gift. Several years ago I did the same for my daughter. For me, I would buy vanilla beans and candied ginger nibs. They are faaabulous in scones

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Fran November 30, 2010 at 10:39 am

I would love Rick Bayless’s cookbook. I’ve seen so many recipes posted in the blog world that I think I need my own copy.

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Laurelin November 30, 2010 at 10:42 am

#3, the cast iron skillet. I don’t own one and would really love it for all of the above mentioned purposes! So needed!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking November 30, 2010 at 10:47 am

This is a hard one, but I think I’d like the cast iron skillet! Would be incredibly useful!

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Delilah November 30, 2010 at 10:48 am

Happy blogiversary, Elly! What fabulous items to pick from! I think I would like either of the cookbooks…..although, I did kill my immersion blender not long ago.

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Krystal Regueiro November 30, 2010 at 10:50 am

Happy Blogiversary!!! Congrats on the big 4, and I can’t wait to see the new layout! I’d love the David’s book…it’s one that I always keep seeing in the bloggy world. Plus it would motivate me to buy that ice cream attachment for my KA mixer!!

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Franci November 30, 2010 at 10:51 am

wow, congrats on 4 years!!! I’ve always wanted an emersion blender… especially now since it’s winter soup time!

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susitravl November 30, 2010 at 10:56 am

Mexican Everyday with Rick Bayless & the Tortilla Warmer.

We love Mexican Food. We eat it at restaurants a lot, but I don’t make much of it at home and would like to change that.

I will need all of the Mexican spices from The Spice House so I can get started making some of Rick’s amazing recipes.

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Ashley H November 30, 2010 at 11:01 am

I would choose the skillet because I have been wanting one forever!

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mary s. November 30, 2010 at 11:04 am

oh man i’ve wanted an immersion blender for entirely too long. salad dressing, soup, i hear you can even make whipped cream!

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Amy November 30, 2010 at 11:04 am

I’d go with #2, I love Rick Bayless too, and have had that book on my wishlist for quite some time!

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karen d November 30, 2010 at 11:08 am

I would love the emersion blender. Happy Blogiversary!

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Kristy November 30, 2010 at 11:34 am

I would love to win the Everyday Mexican and the Tortilla Warmer! I could eat Mexican for every meal. I just looked at the Spice House website. I think I would get the Maple Sugar, Pumpkin Pie Spice (I just ran out), and some Vanilla Paste.

Happy Blogiversary!

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Jennifer November 30, 2010 at 11:38 am

Oooo I want an immersion blender!! I have an awesome recipe for tomato basil soup, and without the blender, it just isn’t the right consistency. And I’m too lazy to transfer to a blender because then I have to clean the pot, the blender, and the counter :-/

Congrats, Elly! Love your blog :)

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Stacey November 30, 2010 at 11:41 am

I’d pick Mexican Everyday. Even though I am 100% Greek, I always joke that I must be part Mexican too!! I love, love, love Mexican food!

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Lindsey November 30, 2010 at 11:54 am

The cast iron skillet and oven mitts would be a fantastic addition to my kitchen!

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Jen November 30, 2010 at 11:58 am

Congrats on 4 years! I’d choose the perfect scoop book because that would give me the excuse to buy an ice cream maker!

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Ginny November 30, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Congrats to you! I really enjoy your blog – lots of every day but fantastic recipes. Thank you for writing!

Gosh – so hard to choose. I would have to say #2 though, with #4 my second choice (my immersion blender recently bit the dust).

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mrsblocko November 30, 2010 at 12:01 pm

This is a tough choice from me, I’ve been wanting a cast iron skillet and an emersion blender. I do have a regular blender but my 12″ skillet is not cast iron and it is teflon and all scratched up. I guess logically I’d have to pick the skillet!

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Tara @ Smells Like Home November 30, 2010 at 12:14 pm

congrats again on your 4yr anniversary, Elly! i’ve so enjoyed reading ESO for all this time! i’d pick Mexican Everyday and the tortialla warmer since i’ve been in love with this cookbook since you started posting recipes from it way back when. i’ve yet to purchase it myself though…

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Zee S November 30, 2010 at 12:17 pm

I think I’d choose the cast iron skillet because I want one. I know you can get a cheap one but for some reason I just haven’t gotten one. I don’t know what spices I’d get. I have to do some research.

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K.C. Kranz November 30, 2010 at 12:28 pm

I am a newlywed (Nov. 7, 2010) and received an ice cream maker as a wedding gift. The Perfect Scoop cookbook would be wonderful to learn new recipes and techniques. The ice cream scoop would be a great addition to our kitchen tools.
Take care,
K.C.

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Rebecca Woolf November 30, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Its a tie between the cast iron skillet and the emersion blender. I asked for both of these for my birthday–nothing :)! I did get a pizza cutter though. I would have to say that I would want an emersion blender though the most–its would be so useful.

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Erica November 30, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Congratulations! I would definitely pick the immersion blender because we’re always having to puree our soups in the food processor, which is a pain!

As far as spices go, our pantry is getting bare so I would probably stock up on the essentials such as garlic and onion powder.

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Mariel November 30, 2010 at 12:29 pm

I LOVE to cook but don’t own a cast iron skillet! I don’t think I can go one more minute in the kitchen without one. Congratulations on 4 years! I am a fairly new reader (as of 2010) but I love all your recipes and stories. I am approaching 30 as well and very inspired by your 30 X 30 list.

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Melissa November 30, 2010 at 12:40 pm

I’d choose the ice cream scoop/book!

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Cindy November 30, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Great giveaways! I would love the cast iron skillet option! I need to bake me some southern cornbread~

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Alice November 30, 2010 at 12:47 pm

I would pick #2 – I do not have that cookbook and can always use another. As for the spice house – I am sure I woudl spend far more than the gift card on all the stuff i “want”!

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StephanieJ November 30, 2010 at 1:13 pm

I’m torn between the Mexican Everyday cookbook (I could literally eat Mexican food everyday) and the cast iron skillet (I don’t have one and that’s sad.

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Happycooking November 30, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Hi Elly, I love your blog … I have made several of your recipes and loved them all. Congratulations on 4 years. If I had to pick, I would choose the immersion blender. I think it would be a great tool in the kitchen and one I don’t have. Thank you!

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Erica November 30, 2010 at 1:18 pm

I’d love #1 – who doesn’t love ice cream? :)

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Katie @ The Well-Fed Newlyweds November 30, 2010 at 1:19 pm

While I love David Lebovitz AND Rick Bayless, I’d have to go for the immersion blender. I’ve been wanting one for awhile now, and I could make my winter soups with a lot less mess if I had one! Great giveaway Elly, and congrats on four years of blogging!

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Lee November 30, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Congrats on the anniversary! I happened upon your site a few years ago when I was looking for “different” ways to prepare some of my family’s tried and true Greek recipes! I love to cook and have always done without fancy appliances … I once baked hundreds of koulourikia, kourobeithes, and melamakarona for Christmas trays by hand! But as I get older, I’m looking for convenience and an immersion blender is on that list :) I didn’t realize how useful it would be when I was registering for wedding gifts years ago. I’d love to be able to blend soups without having to transfer them into a blender — our kitchen space is limited and finding enough counterspace close to the stovetop to accomodate the blender is tricky. With a new baby on the way (I’m 10 days overdue!!), I’m sure the simplicity of the blender for both soups and whipping up healthy beverages would be a Godsend!

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Vicki November 30, 2010 at 1:41 pm

That cast iron pan looks just the thing I would love to try.

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Rebekah November 30, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Congratulations!

I would pick the cast iron skillet. I find that to be one of the most useful tools around.

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littleREDelf November 30, 2010 at 1:44 pm

12″ Cast iron skillet + handle mitts all the way! I would season it properly and sear everything perfectly! (i promise!) I’ve cooked quite a bit from your blog and this would bring my kitchen tool basics set to the next level! As for spices, crystallized ginger, some really nice cinnamon and truffled salt. :D

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Ellen November 30, 2010 at 1:52 pm

i would really love all of the options, but i think i’m going to have to go with the immersion blender. i find myself doing awkward and difficult pureeing all the time that an immersion blender would remedy!

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nancy November 30, 2010 at 2:01 pm

OH such tough choices. i think i will have to say the blender. on my wish list and would make things easier.

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Lisa November 30, 2010 at 2:05 pm

I’d definitely go for the Rick Bayless book. I started following your blog because I love his recipes so much (but I definitely would not stop coming here if I had my own copy of the book ahha).

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Esi November 30, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Happy blogiversary!!! I’d go with the immersion blender since I don’t have one and I’m always making soup clumsy by having to transfer it to a blender.

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Stephanie November 30, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Happy blog birthday! Time has definitely flown :)

Just today I was thinking about how I wanted an immersion blender. It would make my life easier when making some of the baby’s food!

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Mikaela November 30, 2010 at 2:33 pm

I would love number 2 – I love mexican food!
I have most of the other things already!
Love the ice cream book-yum!

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Kathryn November 30, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Congratulations!! I love your recipes!!

I would love the immersion blender because I’ve made a few too many messes making soup using the transfer to a blender method.

Kathryn

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Ms Pink November 30, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Definitely #2! I have a tortilla press on my wish list for Christmas…

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Kim C. November 30, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Congratulations!!! Happy Blogiversary!
I would love David Lebovitz’s book because I will be getting an icecream maker soon and it would be great if I could have some recipes to try :)

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Lawyer Loves Lunch November 30, 2010 at 2:59 pm

I would definitely get the cast iron skillet because I still can’t believe I don’t have one! Congrats on the blog-o-versary :)

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Erin B November 30, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Tough call. I would say the Rick Bayless book but I already put that on my Christmas list… so I would choose the immersion blender.

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Athina November 30, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Congrats! :) I would love to have the cast iron skillet …

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Melissa November 30, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Congrats! You were one of the first blogs I started reading a little over a year ago! I would love the cast iron skillet. I was just thinking about how much I would like and then I saw your post!!

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Erin November 30, 2010 at 3:44 pm

CONGRATS on 4 years! I LOVE Mexican food so number 2 is my choice!

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Ben November 30, 2010 at 3:54 pm

I’m not sure I’m eligible to enter this because I’m so far away, but I’d like to win the cast iron skillet because I left mine back in Ohio :( So sad. Anyway, CONGRATS for 4 amazing years of blogging. You rock girl!

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Virginia J November 30, 2010 at 4:02 pm

I don’t care if it is winter! I love to make ice cream all year long- which is why thy perfect scoop should go to ME:)

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Renee November 30, 2010 at 4:10 pm

All of these things looks awsome, but I think I would like the immersion blender best because I already have a cast iron skillet, even though you cant have enought cast iron. But you can make lots of delicious things with the immersion blender so I’ll go with that!

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Lindsay November 30, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Congrats on 4 years! I think I would cast iron skillet, I don’t have one!

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Lisa November 30, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Gosh there’s a lot of comments already! I’m having a small crisis trying to decide between the fabulous Mexican items in #2 and the nifty immersion blender #4. We cook a lot of Mexican style things and are always looking for new ideas, but I think the blender would be so handy. Maybe if I win you can help me decide? :D I would definitely get some more fabulous Mexican spices from the spice house (whether or not I picked prize #2) and maybe a few holiday essentials like nutmeg, ginger, etc.

Happy 4 years!! I appreciate all the great things on your blog.

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Cindy November 30, 2010 at 4:42 pm

yay, for 4 years! I would love the cookbook Mexican Everyday by Rick Bayless and the tortilla warmer.

Already have 2 cast iron skillets and they are used pretty much everyday.

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Courtney November 30, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Happy Blogiversary!! I would chose Mexican Everyday, because I could eat mexican food everyday and I’m always looking for new recipes!

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Carrie November 30, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Happy Anniversary! I would love the immersion blender … mine is dying, and since I can’t live without one, it’s gotta be replaced!

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Kelsey November 30, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Congratulations, Elly! What a delicious four years it has been! If I’m lucky enough to be one of your winners, I’d pick Rick Bayless’ book and tortilla warmer, it was a tough choice, but that’s what I’d do. As for that Spice House gift card, I think I’d use it as an excuse to come to Chicago, go to Topolobambo, and then buy some of the spices I’d need to make Mr. Bayless’ best dishes. Know anyone in Chi-town I could crash with ;-)

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Sarah November 30, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Happy Blogiversary! I would pick the immersion blender.

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Kristin November 30, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Oh my, all four of these packages are amazing!!! If I had to pick I would choose #2 – I’ve tried two of Rick Bayless’ recipes and both have blown me away with how tasty they are! :)

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natalie November 30, 2010 at 5:13 pm

That’s awesome (2000 subscribers!)! I would like #2!

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Lindy November 30, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Happy Bloggy-versary!! I’d love the cast iron skillet! I can’t find one here in the UK! I knew I should have kept mine when I moved over!

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Joan Nova November 30, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Elly – Just wanted to wish you a happy blogiversary. Keep up the good work – you know I enjoy visiting.

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jhein12 November 30, 2010 at 5:59 pm

I would love to win the cast iron skillet and oven handles- I do not have a cast iron skillet and have been wanting one forever! I would spend the Spice House card on organic cinnamon and the organic salt- I have never seen organic salt. Hope I win!

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Steve B November 30, 2010 at 6:52 pm

I’d have to go with the Rick Bayless cookbook. Living in Los Angeles, I’d like to be able to offer my guests some of interesting dishes from this book.

Congrats on your 4 years here. Love your writing.

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Nessa November 30, 2010 at 7:06 pm

ooohh the cast iron set would be my pick… my granny’s ended up somewhere else in the family…

and 20 help get me some saffron… or maybe some sea salts… you know the pretty ones.

thanks for all the recipes!

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Toni November 30, 2010 at 7:21 pm

The Mexican Everyday cookbook…I’ve been wanting to explore more into that cuisine.

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kimj November 30, 2010 at 7:23 pm

I’ve always wanted a cast iron skillet!
Congratulations!

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Allison November 30, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Congrats!!!! I would love the Rick Bayless cookbook and the tortilla warmer! As for spices…it is so hard to choose, but I would enjoy shopping to figure it out!

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Deana November 30, 2010 at 7:46 pm

The cast iron skillet; I would love having one!

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Jennifer B. November 30, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Happy 4 year blogiversary! I would love “The Perfect Scoop” plus the ice cream scoop. There is nothing like homemade ice cream! I would get some vanilla beans to make my first batch of ice cream!

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NoraB November 30, 2010 at 8:01 pm

I would love to have the cast iron skillet! I really need one!

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fieryirishangel0403 November 30, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Congratulations on 4 years! I’d love to win Bayless’s cookbook and the tortilla warmer. My husband and I are huge fans of Tex-Mex cooking and everything I’ve seen from Bayless looks amazing!

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Josie November 30, 2010 at 8:32 pm

oooOOOooo I’d do just about anything for a submersion blender!

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Rachel Sotsky November 30, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Congratulations! I love your blog!
If I won, I would definitely choose the cast iron skillet! I have been cravvvvvving one over the past year, since cooking has become one of my biggest hobbies! :)

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Sunny November 30, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Awesome, 4 years! I just realized I’ve had my blog for almost 6 years and it was crazy!

I would go with the cast iron skillet, definitely. I use my mom’s every time I go home, but I would love one of my own.

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Amanda November 30, 2010 at 9:34 pm

The immersion blender! I’ve been oogling one of those for a while!

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melissa November 30, 2010 at 9:38 pm

congratulations! definitely the cast iron skillet…i need a good one.

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manizor November 30, 2010 at 10:08 pm

congrats on 4 years! this is a tough decision. i think i’d choose the Perfect Scoop or Mexican Everyday. ice cream and mexican food…two of my favorite things!m

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Andrea November 30, 2010 at 10:43 pm

I would love to get the cast iron skillet. It’s been a while since I made a steak

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phoebe November 30, 2010 at 10:53 pm

congratulations for the 4 year anniversary..:) i’d love the iron skillet!! so many things i’d like to do with that!

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Jessica November 30, 2010 at 11:26 pm

Happy blogiversary! I’d choose the cast iron skillet. I have one, but you can never have too many :)

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Banana Wonder December 1, 2010 at 12:21 am

Happy 4 years Elly! Your blog is super – I love reading all your posts and learning about Greek American life from your perspective. I hope one day we can get together and make platso! (hah, but not in some creep kind of way). I would select the cast iron skillet because it’s what every gal needs and I would have it for the rest of my life no doubt. I would like to make platso with it and apple pie!

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Georgann G December 1, 2010 at 12:33 am

Congrats on four years! I’d pick the cast iron skillet. My current cookware isn’t that great and I think I’d cook more with better cookware.

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Ivy December 1, 2010 at 1:41 am

Ti doxa polloi emisisan, to tsampa kaneis!!!
Elpizo na katalaves ti leo :)

Happy Blog anniversary Elly and all your giveaways are wonderful. I don’t have an immersion blender, so I’d love to have one of those.

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Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul December 1, 2010 at 4:22 am

First off congratulations on your 4 years of blogging Elly! Great stuff. If the competition is open to overseas readers I’d love the Rick Bayless cookbook and tortilla warmer. I need to practice my tortilla making skills more!

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Sue S December 1, 2010 at 7:07 am

Congratulations on your four years! I’d love to have the cast iron skillet. When I was young and culinary-challenged, I gave away my only cast iron skillet. And of course now that I know better, I want it back. That won’t happen, so it would be cool to win this one.

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Megan December 1, 2010 at 8:47 am

It’s tough to choose – all of those gifts look great… I’ll choose the immersion blender!!

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Andrea Appel December 1, 2010 at 8:55 am

Hi Elly and congratulations on your anniversary! I tried blogging but just didn’t have the self-discipline to keep it going.

I would love the immersion blender because in a few months it will be time to start making baby food for my baby girl. It would also be so much handier to puree soups than transferring it in batches to my blender.

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Jason December 1, 2010 at 8:59 am

Congrats on 4 years! I’d have to go with Mexican Everyday! As far as the gift card goes, I’d probably want to see what those recipes call for and what you recommend, but I have a feeling I’d end up adding some of my own cash and get a ton of delicious new ingredients!

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ellie December 1, 2010 at 9:17 am

I love your blog, congrats on 4 fours!

I would love the immersion blender for soups, etc. Thank you!

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Katie in DC December 1, 2010 at 10:08 am

Congrats on 4 years! I’d love the Rick Bayless Cookbook and Tortilla Warmer. I cook Mexican (or Mexican inspired) at least twice a week, and I’d love some new idease! :)

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Betsy December 1, 2010 at 10:48 am

I would loveee #2, I have been wanting Rick Bayless’ Cookbook for a long time!
I adore mexican food!

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Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen December 1, 2010 at 11:37 am

Happy Blogiversary Elly! :) Since you giveaway ends on my birthday, I think luck is with me! I would love the ice cream book and scoop, as I LOVE ice cream and have wanted that book for a while!

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angela December 1, 2010 at 11:48 am

I would love the rick bayless cookbook, so fun! Happy Blogiversary!

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Beth December 1, 2010 at 12:01 pm

I would love the immersion blender for soups and smoothies! And Congrats on 4years!

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Cess December 1, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Cast iron skillet please!!! Congrats on 4 years!!

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brannyboilsover December 1, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Happy Anniversary, Elly! I remember when you began your blog (back even on Vox!). You do great work, keep it up. I’d love to win the Bayless ensemble. I’ve always wanted a tortilla warmer :) and I’ve made many Bayless recipes from your site.

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Jennifer December 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Wow this is hard because I could use all of them but I guess if I have to pick…I’ll pick the cast iron skillet. Congrats on four years!

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Jenn December 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Immersion blender! I have been wanting one forever, mostly for soups!

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Terri December 1, 2010 at 3:17 pm

I would choose the 12″ Cast iron skillet and handle mitts
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Carole December 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm

I was just looking at an immersion blender yesterday thinking that I really needed to get one. I have a few recipes that I can use it on. Congratulations on 4 years!

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Alissa G. December 1, 2010 at 4:47 pm

I’m going to say the cast iron skillet. Today I was looking at a recipe that I couldn’t do because I didn’t have one. So that would top my list. =) Happy Blog-iversary!

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Blair N December 1, 2010 at 5:18 pm

I would choose the cast iron skillet. I am newly obsessed with cooking and love reading your blog- so many great ideas! I feel like a cast iron skillet is a critical edition to my kitchen if I ever want to be taken seriously as a cook (by my roommate, of course).

Congrats on 4 years, and thanks for all the great recipe ideas!

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Sue December 1, 2010 at 6:59 pm

THE PERFECT SCOOP!! I got that book from the library and renewed it 3 times until they refused to renew it anymore. Love it, love it love it. I would also buy amchoor powder and garam masala from spice house. Happy blog birthday!

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Beth S December 1, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Congratulations! I think I would pick an immersion blender. My little one is about to start eating food – and I think that it would make it really easy! (Unless I get one for Christmas, then my choice would be the cast iron skillet.) : )

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Coleen December 2, 2010 at 12:36 am

I would love the Rick Bayless cookbook. I have been really trying to broaden my horizons with some more international cooking. This would help. I could buy some spices for these recipes.

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Lourdes December 2, 2010 at 3:10 am

Wow! Congratulations! That’s a great milestone! If I won, I’d pick the Rick Bayless everyday mexican because you’ve doen so many great recipes from it and I’d love to try it out!

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Gillian December 2, 2010 at 8:17 am

Immersion blender! Purely for the convenience of soup prep. As fun as it is shlepping soup back and forth from the blender…
And my fiance is Indian, so we cook a lot of Indian food and are always buying new spices!

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Stephanie C. December 2, 2010 at 8:21 am

Oh I think I NEED a cast iron skillet!

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Kristin T December 2, 2010 at 10:55 am

I would love a cast iron skillet!

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Peggy December 2, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Well there’s only one of those packages that I don’t currently have and it’s The Perfect Scoop! We just recently bough an ice cream machine so it would pair perfectly!

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Merlincat December 2, 2010 at 3:31 pm

I would really love the immersion blender. I live in a tiny apartment with an equally tiny kitchen, and I don’t have room for a full blender. The immersion blender would be perfect!

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Kara December 2, 2010 at 4:47 pm

The Rick Bayless cookbook – have to start cooking some of his stuff since I apparently live in his neighborhood now!

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Katie December 2, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Happy Blogiversary!!!

Man, all of those prizes are awesome…but I think I’d choose the immersion blender. I put it on my wedding registry but never received it! I think I could put it to great use in my kitchen, and I love that it doesn’t take up as much space as a regular blender (which I don’t have room for).

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Jen @ BeantownBaker.com December 2, 2010 at 5:49 pm

OH man, what a great giveaway! It’s a tough choice, but I think I could get the most use out of the cast iron skillet! Happy Blogiversary!!!

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Cheryl W. December 2, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Happy Blog birthday Elly! From the four items I like the Everyday Mexican with Rick Bayless and the tortilla warmer. I am a Mexican food freak. I would love to own just one cookbook dedicated solely to this cuisine.

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Kristin M. December 2, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Great giveaway!! I love the cast iron skillet and handle mitts gift! I loved the cast iron skillet I had. My husband took with him on a hunting trip and it never returned!

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Danielle December 2, 2010 at 8:20 pm

I’d love the immersion blender. I’ve been wanting one for so long but alas… I’m still immersion blenderless :( This would work great for the soups and purees I make.

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JoVonn December 3, 2010 at 5:14 am

I would like The Perfect Scoop because I checked it out from the library and didn’t want to give it back.

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Julie December 3, 2010 at 10:24 am

I’d love to answer all of the above, but I think I would most want the cast iron skillet. I’ve wanted one for awhile.

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Katherine December 3, 2010 at 10:47 am

It’s a tough choice! But I’m definitely obsessed with Rick Bayless, so I’d have to go with his book and the tortilla warmer!

Congrats on four years! What a nice giveaway.

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Tessa December 3, 2010 at 10:54 am

Frying pan, please. My dad makes the BEST fried eggs (over easy, yolk never breaks) and he attributes it to his perfectly seasoned cast iron frying pan. I need to at least try to replicate the goodness.

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Jennifer R December 3, 2010 at 10:55 am

Congratulations on 4 years!
I would definitely choose the Rick Bayless book. I love to cook Mexican at home and would enjoy trying some fresh new recipes (to me!).

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Beverly December 3, 2010 at 12:11 pm

I would love the cast iron skillet and oven mits! And The Spice House Sweet Maple Sugar sounds amazing!!

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Jen December 3, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Congrats on your blogiversary! Your blog is definitely one of my favorites. My choice would be the Rick Bayless book and tortilla warmer. I absolutely love Mexican food and would put both items to good use.

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Deidre Gavinski December 3, 2010 at 1:35 pm

I love the immersion blender. I have a four month old baby and I would love to use it to make homemade, natural, healthy baby food without preservatives. I would also use it to make delicious fresh fruit smoothies from the fruits in my garden.

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Elisabeth December 3, 2010 at 1:39 pm

oh! I would like the hand blender. that is so useful!

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Helene G December 3, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Congrats! I’ve been following your blog for about a year and love it! I’d totally pick the immersion blender because i’ve wanted one so badly, but would get in trouble from my boyfriend for buying another kitchen tool!

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Carly December 3, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Immersion blender all the way- I really need one!

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Elina (Russian Bites) December 3, 2010 at 6:15 pm

4 years? That’s fantastic! I always love your recipes and pictures.
All the gifts sound really cool but I think I have to go with #3 – the cast iron pan. I really want one but since I have limited space I can’t bring myself to buy one… but if I won it… ;)

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Nicole B December 3, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Love your blog!

I’d go with the immersion blender. I haaaaaaaate the stand blender I have. I’m dying to make some smoothies!

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Kerstin December 3, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Happy blogiversary! I pick the immersion blender!

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Staci December 4, 2010 at 8:05 am

I would love the cast iron skillet!!!

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Jen December 4, 2010 at 8:56 am

Ohh I’d love the Perfect Scoop book and ice cream scoop because I just got an ice cream machine! With their powers combined I could actually make some ice cream!

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Ellie December 4, 2010 at 10:13 am

The Mexican Everyday cookbook would be fabulous! I love Mexican food. Thanks for the giveaway and congrats on 4 years!

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Elisheva December 4, 2010 at 11:29 am

I would love the ice cream scoop and cookbook! I’m getting an ice cream maker for my birthday and with 6 little kids, ice cream is pretty much a necessity! I love your blog – your recipes are delicious and down to earth.

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Caitlin December 4, 2010 at 11:30 am

I would LOVE the Mexican food cookbook. I am from Boston but recently moved to Mexico to be with my boyfriend. It is very important for women to cook here and his mother is CONSTANTLY telling me that my food is coming out wrong! I would love to master some Mexican meals and really show them I know what I´m doing!

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Liz December 4, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Congratulations! And what a wonderful giveaway too. If I won, I would definitely pick the Rick Bayless cookbook. I’ve only made a handful of his recipes, but I loved each one. Also, all the recipes you’ve posted from him look sooooo good.

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Christina December 4, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Elly!!
What a great giveaway. If I could pick any of the prizes it would DEFINETELY be the immersion blender. There’s nothing better, in my opinion, than having something like that ot make soup with in the cold winter months. On that note, I would use the gift certificate from The Spice House to get the mulled spice wine blend. Sipping some spiced wine in front of the fire place with my Big Greek Family would be the ultimate night. Kala Xristougena!

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Stephanie @ Confessions of a Trophy Wife December 4, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Happy Blogiversary!

I’d love the “Mexican Everyday” prize because although I love to cook and seem to be able to do most things better at home Mexican just isn’t something I can cook well at home.

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sharon December 4, 2010 at 10:06 pm

congratulations, elly–hopefully there will be four more years to come (my taste buds sure hope so)! you can’t go wrong with a cast iron skillet–& my kitchen has been sadly missing such an addition. also: my pantry could definitely use a lift in the baking spices department–lavender-vanilla & pure chocolate extract…oh my! thanks for all your wonderful recipes & this sweet giveaway!

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Katie December 4, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Happy Anniversary! I would pick the blender.

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Alisa V. December 4, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Great giveaway!! I would love to get my hands on that Mexican Everyday cookbook. I am also excited about the Spices Gift Card. I am new to cooking, and would love to get an idea of the spices you recommend. Happy Blogiversary!

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Stephanie Gunn December 4, 2010 at 11:51 pm

I would go for the cast iron skillet, because there are a lot of things I want to make that involve using cast iron, but I don’t have anything. The Rick Bayless book is a close second, though! :D

Congrats on the four year anniversary! I’ve had a lot of success with your recipes, and I actually used your tourlou tourlou recipe when I hosted a cooking lesson for one of my friends (via Skype, since we’re in different states)!

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Theresa December 5, 2010 at 3:00 am

Great Giveaway..and I love your site! I’d love the immersion blender because I don’t have them and I hear they’re the best for making soups!

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Saveur December 5, 2010 at 6:48 am

Congratulations on year 4! Many more to come, too!

I’d love to win the 12″ Cast iron skillet because I don’t have one and know how versatile they can be. :)

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sharmie December 5, 2010 at 7:06 am

wow! what a great giveaway.

i’d want the immersion blender. i had just casually mentioned that i wanted one for christmas, because my goal this winter is to make a lot of tasty soup. :)

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Lynne December 5, 2010 at 10:34 am

I love the immersion blender. It looks super cool, and much easier to use than a normal blender! As for the spices, maybe some nutmeg!?

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Jacey December 5, 2010 at 11:59 am

Congratulations on your 4th blogiversary! I’ve been enjoying your blog for about 4 months now, and check it very regularly! Love your recipes!

I would love to win the second choice. I’ve been experimenting with cooking more authentic Mexican, so this book would be great! If I won the Spice House gift card, I would love to order ground chipotle peppers and some of the saltless seasonings.

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Nickie S. December 5, 2010 at 3:39 pm

I would love the immersion blender! It’s been on my wish list for quite some time now and would open up a whole new world in the kitchen!

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Katie T. December 5, 2010 at 4:17 pm

I would love to add the immersion blender to my kitchen. The onset of cold weather has brought out a number of soup recipes that suggest using one. I’m sure my husband would steal it for shakes and things too.
Congratulations on four years and thank you for the giveaway.
P.S. I bought The Perfect Scoop a few months ago and I am in LOVE.

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Meg December 5, 2010 at 5:57 pm

That’s a tough choice! As much as I love ice cream, Mexican food, and handy gadgets, I’d pick a cast iron skillet. My husband and I are both students, so new pot and pans aren’t on our priority list. I’m trying to phase out an old, cheap set of non-stick pans with some good quality basics. I would probably choose a gram of saffron and a bottle of file powder from The Spice House. Saffron has such a lovely taste and file powder is really hard to come by in my area. Congrats on your blogiversary! I think I’ve probably managed to read every single recipe! lol

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PG December 5, 2010 at 11:46 pm

woah 235 comments. I think I would most like the Rick Bayless book. I don’t know much about Mexican food and would be interested in trying out more recipes.

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Audrey F. December 6, 2010 at 8:27 am

I would choose number 2. I love Mexican food, and love trying new recipes. The tortilla warmer would also be a nice addition to the kitchen!

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Cara December 6, 2010 at 9:57 am

Congrats on a delicious 4 years! I would go for the Mexican cookbook and tortilla warmer – I know I’ve already swiped some good recipes from it on your blog!

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Emily December 6, 2010 at 11:13 am

Congrats! I would love to have the cast iron skillet– It has been on my wishlist for some time now. Some vanilla beans from the Spice House would be nice, too. :)

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Deb December 6, 2010 at 12:35 pm

I would be thrilled to win the Mexican cookbook set… love that food, but up in in Canada, hard to get… gotta learn how to make it myself.

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Tricia G. December 6, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Congrats on your 4 years!!! I would definitely put #2 (cookbook and tortilla warmer) on my wishlist! Maybe a pinch of Saffron would be nice from the Spice House – that spice intrigues me, and makes me wonder why it’s so expensive! :-)

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Melissa W.L. December 6, 2010 at 1:00 pm

I think the immersion blender would get put to great use in my house. I’ve been wanting one to do baby food with.

I just read this week how to make my own vanilla extract, so I’d love some amazing vanilla beans from the Spice house.

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Ingrid December 6, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Would love Rick’s cookbook. He showed such class and obvious love for food on Top Chef Masters. Would be a treat to try to replicate his recipes at home.

Thanks and love your blog!

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Lisa B. December 6, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Of course, all of these prizes are fabulous but I really like the The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz + fancy schmancy ice cream scoop. I’ve heard rave reviews on the Perfect Scoop and have always wanted to try his recipes. Looks delicious!

And the Spice House, where do I even begin? The Turkey Brining blend looks delicious. Or the Pepper-Orange blend looks like something I’d love to try. The Spicy Sesame Seasoning Dip Mix looks good too. YUM!

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Dana December 7, 2010 at 5:50 am

It’s so hard to pick just one! I would have to say the Rick Bayless cookbook; I love mexican food and could use a new cookbook. Thank you!

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katieb December 7, 2010 at 6:59 am

I would say the immersion blender, thanks!

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Melissa December 7, 2010 at 8:43 am

Congrats on 4 years Elly!
I would love the cast -iron skillet and mits! I have had one on my wish list for a very long time now and there are so many great recipes that I want to make in it!

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Allison C. December 7, 2010 at 11:24 am

That immersion blender is too much fun to pass up. It would definitley be helpful in removing the “slimy tomato chunks” from pasta sauce that my husband refuses to eat. Cleaning the blender gets taxing. I can only imagine the many things there are to puree.

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Christy December 7, 2010 at 11:58 am

I’ve been reading since you had your son. I had a daughter in July and took your advice about cooking food ahead and freezing it for later. It saved us!

If I won, I would LOVE to have the immersion blender. The little one is getting ready for solids, so I’m testing recipes.

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Tricia December 7, 2010 at 2:22 pm

I would love to have the immersion blender because I have been making tons of baby food for my 7 month old! I normally use the food processor, but it would be so nice to not have to transfer the food from pot, to processor, then to the ice cube trays! My favorite spices are all of the traditional baking spices, such as, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and maple. The Vulcan’s Fire Salt caught my attention. It would make a cool addition to some dark chocolate brownies or peanut brittle for that sweet, salty, spicy combination!

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Laura December 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm

I’d love the perfect scoop. I just got an ice cream maker for my birthday and I would love some more ideas of what to make in it!!

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Jessie December 7, 2010 at 4:00 pm

I would like the Rick Bayless book and the tortilla warmer… I love Mexican food!

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Nicole Abon December 7, 2010 at 4:53 pm

I would choose the immersion blender to help whip up fresh baby food for my son. My son is just now starting to eat solids and it’s important to me that he have fresh food. My husband and I don’t eat pre-made food, so why should our son?

*crossing my fingers*

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reagan December 7, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Happy Blogiversary! I would choose either the cast iron pan or the inversion blender (it would be so handy for soups)!

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Kallie December 7, 2010 at 11:28 pm

I have been eying The Perfect Scoop for some time now. Would love to win that!

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anita December 8, 2010 at 4:59 am

Excellent!!!! I would love to have another immersion blender, I used my other for making soup…It works wonders for getting it to trace, but I miss it in the kitcken…

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Hilary Baldwin December 8, 2010 at 7:50 am

I would love the Rick Bayless cookbook and tortilla warmer. I follow him everyday on twitter and his food looks simply amazing. I have tried a couple of his recipes and my husband and I have absolutely adored them, but I would just love to have an acutal cookbook. Its also my 30th bday on the 14th so it would make an incredible surprise for a foodie like me and maybe I could cook a special meal out of it:) I would definitely use the spice gift card to get some wonderful spices that I am sure Rick uses in the book that I do not have on hand:)

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Danielle December 8, 2010 at 7:57 am

All those sets look amazing, but I think I would have to go with #4 the immersion blender =) .

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Ariana December 8, 2010 at 9:24 am

Congrats on 4 years! I would very much like to start cooking Mexican at home. Rick Bayless is very cool, but he really impressed me on Top Chef Masters. And your posts have me motivated to try his recipes. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Lainee December 8, 2010 at 10:22 am

Congratulations!! :)

I would love the immersion blender. (though honestly all of the giveaways are amazing! :))

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Kaili December 8, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Congratulations on 4 great years!
I would love the cast iron skillet. The woman in my family cook everything under the sun in cast iron! I need to start…

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Maria December 8, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Wow Elly look at all these comments!! That’s amazing! I have been doting on an immersion blender for quite some time and as for the Spice House bucks I don’t know what I’d settle on buying eventually because I love all spices!

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Juliana December 8, 2010 at 5:22 pm

I’d love to get the immersion blender, I used to have one back in Brazil, but could not bring with me when we move to US…and congratulations on 4 years blogging…it sure deserve a big celebration :-)

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Ashley @ Cupcakes and Combat Boots December 8, 2010 at 5:47 pm

I’m a long time lurker, so congrats on the anniversary!
I would love to win the cast iron skillet!

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Sierra December 8, 2010 at 8:22 pm

I hope Santa brings me a cast iron skillet!

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Yula T December 9, 2010 at 6:25 pm

I would love to have the cast iron skillet, I’ve wanted one forever and could never bring myself to dish out the big bucks for it! I would definitely put it to good use!

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Mellybrown December 10, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Congrats on 4 years! Definitely the Rick Bayless set. Love me some Mexican food ALL THE TIME. From the Spice House …. hmmm…. maybe some vanilla beans so I could get my own vanilla extract going. Thanks for your generousity!

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Stephanie December 11, 2010 at 11:01 am

Congrats on 4 years. I would love the Rick Bayless cookbook. I fell in love with him on Top Chef Masters and would love to try his food.

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Charity S. December 11, 2010 at 2:31 pm

I like the 12″ Cast iron skillet + handle mitts. I could see myself making a nice healthy Sunday breakfast.

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Megan December 11, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Congrats on 4 years, YAY! Love the blog!

I would love the Mexican gift pack. My husband and I have Mexican food at least twice a week, love it!

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brightbakes December 11, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Congrats on four years…I’ve been at this….four months? ;) Anyhow…I make homemade tortillas pretty much every few days…corn or flour, take your pick…so you can guess which prize catches MY eye… Definitely the Mexican gift pack!
love,
cathy b. @ brightbakes

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Alison December 11, 2010 at 9:08 pm

I would love to win #1. I have not had a chance to make homemade ice cream and I have been hearing so many fabulous things about david’s book. thanks for the chance to win!

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