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Classic Hot Fudge Sauce + Farm-Fresh Ice Cream of Connecticut {and a giveaway}
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Trips home from the beach in the summer on Long Island growing up meant ice cream: Carvel, Friendly’s, or maybe even McDonald’s. However, here in western Connecticut, our summer excursions include trips to “the dairy”. We get in line and wait 20 minutes in the blazing summer sun (though sometimes under umbrellas in the rain too!) for a chance to indulge. But it’s not just any ice cream…it’s freshly made dairy farm ice cream using milk from the cows that are raised right there on the property.

It’s a pretty amazing concept and experience for this once-suburbanite – something you assume only happens in middle America, not in Connecticut. But dairy farms selling fresh ice cream in this New England state, known primarily for it’s affluent areas and gorgeous autumnal drives, truly abound. And just like homemade ice cream churned with your KitchenAid, there is absolutely no comparison in taste or quality of dairy farm ice cream to commercially produced ice cream – actually, it’s even better because the milk couldn’t be any fresher. Lucky for me, I recently had the chance to visit two local dairy farms that both are well-known and dearly-loved in this neck of the woods for their farm-fresh ice cream. Being a food blogger sure is a tough job, isn’t it?

Rich Farm Ice Cream Shop on Rt. 67 in Oxford, CT is a hidden gem you’d fly past if you didn’t know to look for it. Located about 4 miles off of Exit 15 on Interstate 84 (you know, the smarter alternative to driving on I-95 through CT…), Rich Farm Ice Cream Shop is, hands down, our favorite haunt for local ice cream. And yes, we have waited 20+ minutes for ice cream in lines 25+ people deep. It’s a simple summer tradition strengthened by the fact that we know source of this treat’s main ingredient – heck, sometimes I even see the cows grazing as I drive by on my way to work in the mornings. This farm isn’t only a Dairy Farm of Distinction, bestowed by the dairy industry for high quality milk (and yes, they also sell raw milk), but it’s long-time family run business that has also been recognized as “Best Ice Cream Shop in CT 2010″ in Connecticut Magazine and has 4+ star ratings on Trip Advisor, Yelp, and Roadfood.com.

With over 30 flavors daily, how could you possibly choose just one? And how could you possibly choose a favorite at that? (I have two: butter crunch made with sweet cream ice cream and pumpkin-gingerbread.) And toppings? Sundae vs. milkshake vs. sandwich? Cone vs. cup? Honestly, you’d be foolish to not ask for your flavor of choice in a [yes, also] freshly made waffle cone and I challenge you to turn one of these cones down after smelling them cook from through the window. And at a little over $4 for a waffle cone the size of your head, how could you possibly turn that down? The only thing to remember before hitting up Rich Farm Ice Cream Shop, aside from wearing your fat pants that day, is to bring cash – no cards or checks are accepted. But since there is a bank about 1 1/2 miles away, you should have no excuse not to make your way to here…and maybe even bring a pint with you.

A short trip a little further west from Oxford in to Fairfield County will bring you to Ferris Acres Creamery, located on Rt. 302 (aka Sugar Street – appropriate, no?) in Newtown, CT. Much like Rich Farm Ice Cream Shop, Ferris Acres Creamery brings freshly-made ice cream to its devoted following, which seems to be just as strongly devoted as we are to “our” dairy. A ridiculously hot and humid May afternoon brought us to this off the beaten path dairy farm and again, we waited patiently in line for what promised to be the best in the area. The blueberry cheesecake special of the day ice cream made it into my waffle cone and we sat under a shady tree probably too close to the cows for most people’s comfort. Yeah…blueberry cheesecake ice cream? Sweet cream ice cream (I’m a sucker) with fresh blueberries and chunks of cheesecake mixed in: hot summer day perfection.

Aside from these two stellar choices in western CT, eastern CT is truly well-known for their dairy farms. The Connecticut Ice Cream Trail has been dubbed as a great day trip off the shoreline, a short drive from Mystic or the two casinos (Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun). If we lived any closer to the eastern CT dairy farms serving fresh ice cream, we be all over them but as it is, we live well over an hour from many of them – not ideal for a quick trip for ice cream.

In the interest of keeping Smells Like Home a food blog, I couldn’t pass up sharing one of our very favorite ice cream-related recipes. This classic hot fudge sauce is one we’ve made many times before and because it takes all of 10 minutes to whip up, it’s an optimal topping choice for homemade ice cream or whatever may make it into your cart at the grocery store. I’ve tried a few other homemade hot fudge sauces but this one blows them all away. And as the name indicates, it’s a classic. Deep, rich chocolate flavor and a perfectly thick consistency make it our favorite and because it lasts a few weeks in the fridge, it has the potential to top off a variety of different flavors.

And now, how about a giveaway?? Which Connecticut destination would you like to visit? Leave a comment below and you will be entered into a sweepstakes from BlogHer to win $1,000 to help you plan your trip!Advertisement

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Sweepstakes Rules:

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:
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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.
This sweepstakes runs from 6/14 – 8/8.

[Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by BlogHer and Connecticut Tourism.  However, the post content, photographs, and opinions are entirely my own.]

[CLOSED] GIVEAWAY: A King Arthur Flour Goodie Bag
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Tomorrow marks 3 weeks since I returned from Blog & Bake 2012 at King Arthur Flour and I just read Allison Furbish’s (our KAF host) post on the KAF blog, Baking Banter, about the event.  I knew I should have stopped again at the Baker’s Store on my way home from Vermont yesterday because I miss that place so much!  However, I did pick up a few things for a giveaway while I was up there, so it’s probably a good thing I didn’t have the opportunity to spend more money on stuff I love. :)

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Here’s what 1 lucky winner will win:

The Rules:

  1. Answer this question in the comment section of this post (and only this post):  What is the #1 item on your to-bake list?
  2. Only one entry per person will be accepted and you MUST include a valid email address with your comment.
  3. If you don’t see your comment post right away, please don’t post another comment.  The delay happens because I moderate all comments.
  4. Giveaway closes on Thursday June 28, 2012 at 11:59pm Eastern.
  5. One winner will be chosen by that handy-dandy random number generator we’re all familiar with.
  6. The winner will notified by Friday.  If you do not respond to my email within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen (also at random).
  7. Giveaway is open to entries with U.S. addresses only.

[Disclaimer: This giveaway is hosted by yours truly.  I was not asked to hold this giveaway and was not given any items by King Arthur Flour to giveaway - I purchased them myself.]

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[CLOSED] Weekend Giveaway: KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker + The Perfect Scoop
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This time of year is quite possibly my most favorite!  Well, it’s not that I can’t make homemade ice cream when the weather is cooler, but man, is there no better time for ice cream than in the summertime??  And whether you’ve been pining after an ice cream maker or you know somebody who would love it as much as you love yours, here’s your chance to win one!

Here’s what 1 lucky person will win:

  1. One KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment
  2. One copy of The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz

To enter this giveaway, here are the rules:

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  1. Answer this question in the comment section of this post (and only this post):  What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
  2. Only one entry per person will be accepted and you MUST include a valid email address with your comment.
  3. If you don’t see your comment post right away, please don’t post another comment.  The delay happens because I moderate all comments.
  4. Giveaway closes on Monday June 18, 2012 at 11:59am Eastern.
  5. One winner will be chosen by that handy-dandy random number generator we’re all familiar with.
  6. The winner will notified on Monday in the afternoon.  If you do not respond to my email within 24 hours, another winner will be chosen (also at random).
  7. Giveaway is open to entries with U.S. addresses only.

GOOD LUCK!

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[CLOSED] KitchenAid 6qt Stand Mixer Giveaway
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Can you believe that we’re celebrating 5 years of blogging here at Smells Like Home today?!  FIVE YEARS.  Five years of sharing my favorite recipes, kitchen adventures, and photos (if you want a laugh, check out the archives) with you.  Five years of reading your awesome comments and visiting so many of your own blogs.  Five years of watching the food blogging world change, of experiencing our main medium of communication change from a single platform to the explosion of social media.  Five years of meeting some incredible bloggers and forming bonds that have changed my life.  It’s been quite a ride.  An awesome, unforgettable, life-changing ride.

And for all of this, I want to thank you.  For sticking by me.  For encouraging me to challenging myself.  For posting your own recipes that have inspired me in the kitchen.  And since my KitchenAid stand mixer has been by my side throughout this entire ride, I’m giving away a brand-spanking new 6 quart KitchenAid bowl lift stand mixer this week.  It’s similar to my own but with a larger bowl and I know you’ll love it as much as I do.  Check out the entry rules below!

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Here’s what one lucky winner will win:

KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer in Silver (shown above).

To enter this giveaway here are The Rules:

  1. Answer this question in the comment section of this post (and only this post):  What is the first recipe you would make with this mixer?
  2. Only one entry per person will be accepted and you MUST include a valid email address with your comment.
  3. If you don’t see your comment post right away, please don’t post another comment.  The delay happens because I moderate all comments.
  4. Giveaway closes on Friday April 20, 2012 at 11:59pm Eastern.
  5. One winner will be chosen by that handy-dandy random number generator we’re all familiar with.
  6. The winner will notified by Monday April 23, 2012.  If you do not respond to my email within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen (also at random).
  7. Giveaway is open to entries with U.S. addresses only.

GOOD LUCK!!

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Giveaway: $100 Amazon Gift Card [CLOSED]
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Over the past few weeks, I’ve loved reading all of your answers to the questions in “My Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway” series – and I actually did read every single comment!   You’ve told me about your favorite cookies, holiday wish lists, favorite kitchen equipment, and your favorite types of cheese and it’s been great getting to you all of you better (some of your comments made me laugh out loud, by the way).

As we approach the end of the year, I probably won’t be writing a reflection post as I do each year since we’ll likely be in the middle of moving but I want to take a moment now to thank you each and every one you for sticking with me this year, for your comment love, and for allowing me to share a bit of what goes on in my kitchen with you.  Smells Like Home has grown in ways I couldn’t imagine this year and this all comes back to the support of my awesome readers.

For the final round of this giveaway series, I’m giving away a $100 Amazon Gift Card.  From reading your wish lists, I know this gift card could benefit most of you (except maybe the commenter who wants her son to get married and give her grandchildren!).  Use it for yourself or as a way to fill in those last few gifts for your kids…or maybe even “regift” it – wouldn’t that be the best regift ever?!  However you decide to use it, know that it comes with my greatest thanks for helping me love what I do here in my little corner of the blogging world.

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To enter this giveaway here are The Rules:

  1. Answer this question in the comment section of this post (and only this post):  What are you most thankful for this holiday season?
  2. If you do not answer that specific question, your comment will not be approved.
  3. Only one entry per person will be accepted and you MUST include a valid email address with your comment.
  4. If you don’t see your comment post right away, please don’t post another comment.  The delay happens because I moderate all comments.
  5. You have until Sunday December 18, 2011 at 11:59pm Eastern to enter this giveaway.
  6. One winner will be chosen by that handy-dandy random number generator we’re all familiar with.
  7. The winner will notified by Monday December 19, 2011.  If you do not respond to my email within 24 hours, another winner will be chosen (also at random).
  8. Giveaway is open to entries with U.S. addresses only.

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Disclosure:  This giveaway is sponsored by yours truly.

Giveaway: Martha Stewart Cookies [CLOSED]
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Whaaat?  Two giveaways in one week??  Heck yes!!  (P.S. – Don’t forget about the Lodge Cast Iron Skillet giveaway that ends tonight at 11:59pm!!)  I had been contemplating doing this giveaway closer to Christmas but I feel really strongly about your needing this book for your holiday baking.  To put it simply, I ADORE Martha Stewart Cookies.  This book is truly one of my favorites in the kitchen and for the past two Christmas seasons, it has been the primary source that I’ve used for new cookie recipes.

Here are a few things I’ve made and loved from this book:

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So in honor of Round 4 of “My Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway” series, I’m giving away one book to THREE lucky winners!  Good luck!!

To enter this giveaway here are The Rules:

  1. Answer this question in the comment section of this post (and only this post):  What is one item from your holiday wish list this year?
  2. Only one entry per person will be accepted and you MUST include a valid email address with your comment.
  3. If you don’t see your comment post right away, please don’t post another comment.  The delay happens because I moderate all comments.
  4. You have until Tuesday December 13, 2011 at 11:59pm Eastern to enter this giveaway…and you can potentially have this book in your hot little hands by Friday 12/16!
  5. Three winners will be chosen by that handy-dandy random number generator we’re all familiar with.
  6. The winners will notified on Wednesday December 14, 2011.  If you do not respond to my email within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen (also at random).
  7. Giveaway is open to entries with U.S. addresses only.

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Disclosure:  This giveaway is sponsored by yours truly.

Giveaway: Lodge Cast Iron Skillets [CLOSED]
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I have long had a love affair with cast iron.  From way back in the day when my mom cooked hamburgers in the cast iron skillet on Saturday nights (served with tater tots and cottage cheese – one of my favorite meals as a kid!) to today when I’m using my own skillets at least once a week, I can’t stress enough how versatile these pans are.  From stove top to oven – fry, sauté, braise, dry roast, bake, broil – these pans take a beating and still come out looking like champs.  Without a doubt, my cast iron skillets are some of my most beloved items in the kitchen.

And that’s why I’m sharing the love with you during Round 3 of “My Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway” series!  Either keep them for yourself or give them away as gifts this season – anyone who even halfway knows their way around the kitchen will love one of these skillets!

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Here’s what 1 lucky person will win:

  1. One (1) Lodge Logic 12″ Pre-seasoned Skillet
  2. One (1) Lodge Logic 8″ Pre-seasoned Skillet (perfect for single- or two-person cooking!)
  3. One (1) Lodge Max Temp Handle Mitt (black)
  4. One (1) Lodge Set of 2 Pan Scrapers (red and black)

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To enter this giveaway here are The Rules:

  1. Answer this question in the comment section of this post (and only this post):  What is your my beloved piece of kitchen equipment?
  2. Only one entry per person will be accepted and you MUST include a valid email address with your comment.
  3. If you don’t see your comment post right away, please don’t post another comment.  The delay happens because I moderate all comments.
  4. You have until Friday December 9, 2011 at 11:59pm Eastern to enter this giveaway.
  5. One winner will be chosen by that handy-dandy random number generator we’re all familiar with.
  6. The winner will notified by Monday December 12, 2011.  If you do not respond to my email within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen (also at random).
  7. Giveaway is open to entries with U.S. addresses only.

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Disclosure:  This giveaway is sponsored by yours truly.

Giveaway: Grafton Village Cheese Company Gift Set [CLOSED]
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Welcome to Round 2 of my “Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway” series!  Today’s giveaway is for a Grafton Village Cheese Company gift package which includes Garlic Cheddar (my favorite!), Aged Cheddar, a VT-shaped cutting board, and a wire cheese slicer.  When I was at Grafton in October, choosing which cheese to buy was insanely difficult due to the overwhelming selection of cheese carried in the shop but I think you’ll be very happy with what is included here…and I’m jealous about the cheese slicer since I regretfully didn’t pick one up for myself when I was there.  Anyway…this package will ship directly from GVCC who specializes in shipping cheese safely.  GOOD LUCK!!

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To enter this giveaway here are The Rules:

  1. Answer this question in the comment section of this post (and only this post):  What is your favorite type of cheese?
  2. Only one entry per person will be accepted and you MUST include a valid email address with your comment.
  3. If you don’t see your comment post right away, please don’t post another comment.  The delay happens because I moderate all comments.
  4. You have until Friday December 2, 2011 at 11:59pm Eastern to enter this giveaway.
  5. One winner will be chosen by that handy-dandy random number generator we’re all familiar with.
  6. The winner will notified by Monday December 5, 2011.  If you do not respond to my email within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen (also at random).
  7. Giveaway is open to entries with U.S. addresses only.

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Disclosure:  This giveaway is sponsored by yours truly.

King Arthur Flour Store Goodies and Gift Card Giveaway – CLOSED
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Happy Monday!  I don’t know about you, but I’ve already got a list a mile long of new ideas and old favorites for my holiday baking…and I expect it will only be more difficult to narrow this list down as November wanes on and holiday recipes explode all over the Interwebs.  Now truthfully, I may not be able to help you narrow down your list but how about a little help with the ever-expanding expense of holiday baking?

King Arthur Flour has long been one of my favorite resources for baking supplies and every time I’ve stepped foot in the Baker’s Store in Norwich, VT, I’ve been transported to a baker’s heaven.  So….to kick-off my “Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway” series that you may or may not have seen on Facebook, I feel like you need to know about the greatness that is KAF via a few of my favorite King Arthur products, especially if you give away food gifts at the holidays and a few possibly unknown facts…

  1. Did you know that the KAF website supports a 2000+ recipe collection with recipes that are tested in their own test-kitchens.  I’ve made and blogged a few of these recipes…and have a ton more on my t0-make list…and you will too so go there now. :)
  2. Ever need a baking question answered while you’re in the middle of making a recipe with no one around to ask it to?  Well, how about using KAF’s free Baking Hotline?
  3. Have you been trying to bake gluten-free?  I’m definitely no expert in this field, but I’ve heard awesome things from gluten-free bakers about KAF’s gluten-free line of flours, mixes, and recipes!
  4. For more information, recipes, and sales/promotions, be sure to sign up for KAF’s emails (I get these emails and I promise they don’t bombard you with emails!) or follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter.

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So…here’s what you can win in this giveaway:

(1) Set of Holiday Gift Tags and Ribbons (no more rooting around for pretty food-related gift tags!)

(1) 24oz bag of Baker’s Cinnamon Filling (for cinnamon buns or cinnamon swirl bread)

(1) 16oz bag of Malted Milk Powder (just ’cause you’ll love it as much as I do)

(1) 5lb bag of the famous King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour, AND…

(1) $50 Gift Card (oh yeah baby!!) — This is an e-card so you won’t have to wait for it to be shipped!

To enter this giveaway here are The Rules:

  1. Answer this question in the comment section of this post (and only this post):  What is your favorite holiday cookie?
  2. Only one entry per person will be accepted and you MUST include a valid email address with your comment.
  3. If you don’t see your comment post right away, please don’t post another comment.  The delay happens because I moderate all comments.
  4. You have until Thursday November 17, 2011 at 11:59pm Eastern to enter this giveaway.
  5. One winner will be chosen by that handy-dandy random number generator we’re all familiar with.
  6. The winner will notified on Friday November 18, 2011.  If you do not respond to my email within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen (also at random).
  7. Giveaway is open to entries with U.S. addresses only.

Disclosure:  King Arthur Flour is helping to sponsor this giveaway by graciously donating the 5lb bag of flour and the shipping costs associated with sending the flour.  All of the other products and the gift card are given by yours truly.

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Giveaway: Scharffen Berger Chocolate
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Back in May, I hit the jackpot.  Scharffen Berger was a sponsor at BlogHer Food ’11 in Atlanta and they lovingly included a coupon for free chocolate in the conference swag bag.  They had at least 10 different products for us to choose from so you could imagine how popular this booth was!  We were also instructed to tweet about our “shopping” experience in order to enter ourselves in a drawing to win a year’s supply of chocolate and I, in my usual 11th-hour procrastinative behavior, remembered to tweet the required phrase a mere 10 minutes before the cut-off time for the drawing.  And then I promptly forgot about the drawing (I never, ever win anything anyway, right?) until I had been home for 2 days and I got a tweet from Scharffen Berger.  Well, hot dang, they picked my name!

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Needless to say, I was totally floored by this tweet and probably even more floored when I opened the box a few weeks later.  It was pure chocolate heaven in every way imaginable…baking chocolate, chocolate chunks, roasted cacao nibs, over 15lbs of gourmet chocolate bars, sweetened and unsweetened cocoa, and a bag full of little individually tasting squares (seen below) to munch on.  There was a lot of chocolate in that box (easily over 25lbs) so I’ve decided to share some of it with you!  I’ve put together two packages full of some of the goodies I mentioned above (each package is valued at approximately $60) and with the holidays right around the corner, wouldn’t a package of free chocolate come in handy?!

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To enter, here are the rules:

  1. Answer this question in the comments section of this post (and only this post): What is your favorite chocolate dessert?
  2. Only one entry per person will be accepted and you MUST include a valid email address with your comment.
  3. Feel free to spread the word about this giveaway via your favorite social media medium but remember that you can only enter through the comments of this post.  There are Facebook and Twitter buttons at the bottom of this post.
  4. You have until Thursday October 6, 2011 at 11:59pm Eastern to enter this giveaway.
  5. Two winners will be chosen by that handy-dandy random number generator we’re all familiar with.
  6. Each winner will notified on Friday October 7, 2011.  If you do not respond to my email within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen (also at random).
  7. Giveaway is open to entries with U.S. addresses only.

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Scharffen Berger giveaway

Disclosure: Scharffen Berger is not sponsoring this giveaway.  The products being given away in this giveaway were provided to me by Scharffen Berger as a free giveaway gift and Scharffen Berger has left it up to me as to what I want to do with them…I’m merely sharing the wealth.

Tate’s Bake Shop Giveaway + Tate’s Old-Fashioned Soft Sugar Cookies
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If there is one cookie that has been so elusive to me, it’s the soft sugar cookie.  I’m not talking about the delectable cookies I use for my royal icing-decorated cookies either – those I’ve got managed and handled. See, Kyle and I love these soft sugar cookies from the bakery at our grocery store which have this incredible frosting on them and we’ve been making various kinds of sugar cookies and frosting recipes for months trying to find the one that can live up to our standards of the store cookie.

And we’ve finally found THE cookie thanks to The Tate’s Bake Shop cookbook. They were spot-on what we were hoping for and they even contained a little extra special tang from the sour cream they are made with.  And the frosting we topped them with (not from Tate’s but see below for the recipe) couldn’t have been more outstanding! These are drop sugar cookies that don’t require all that chilling and rolling that other sugar cookies do – definitely a plus in my book! – and start to finish, they can be ready in well under an hour. If you don’t know about Tate’s, it’s a long-standing and much beloved bake shop in Southampton, NY (shout out to my fellow Long Islanders!) and is so highly regarded that Ina Garten stocked her Barefoot Contessa store for years with Tate’s baked goods and subsequently wrote the foreword in the Tate’s Bake Shop Cookbook.  And coincidentally, Kathleen’s peanut butter frosting recipe (featured in this book and in Barefoot Contessa at Home) has been my go-to recipe for almost 3 years now…it’s incredible!!

To celebrate these fantastic sugar cookies, I’m giving away one copy of Tate’s Bake Shop Cookbook and an amazing gift box of 3 types of Tate’s Bake Shop cookies (chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, and white chocolate chip macadamia nut), all courtesy of Tate’s.  You could definitely include these cookies as a hostess gift this holiday season…or pack them into a box of gifts you’re sending cross country…or just eat them yourself when breaking out the Kitchenaid seems like too much work. I plead the 5th. While we didn’t try the macadamia nut cookies (Kyle’s allergies), but the chocolate chip (crispy) and oatmeal raisin (chewy) were excellent. Dipped into a cup of hot coffee (not that they needed to be dipped into coffee), I found myself with a delectable late-evening snack for a few nights until the cookies were gone.  If you’re worried about allergies like I am, you can be assured that the cookies are packaged separately and each package has its own ingredient list (though you should know that all of the cookies are processed in a bakery that also processes tree nuts which is the standard disclaimer on most ingredient labels these days).

Here’s how to enter this giveaway:

  1. Earn 1 entry by leaving a comment in this post by answering this question: “What is your ONE most favorite cookie in the entire world?”
  2. Earn a 2nd entry by following me on Twitter (@smellslikehome) AND tweet this phrase word-for-word: “@smellslikehome is giving away a Tate’s Bake Shop Cookbook and cookie gift package – enter at http://tinyurl.com/24qc9d9 (Pls RT!)” THEN copy and paste your tweet into the comments of this post.
  3. Earn a 3rd entry by “Liking” Tate’s Bake Shop on Facebook. Leave a comment on this post letting me know that you’ve done this.

In addition to this giveaway, Tate’s is offering a 15% off coupon for purchases from their site until December 31, 2010 when you use the code “cookie” so if one of your 3 chances here don’t work out, make sure you hop over to the Tate’s website and treat yourself!

The rules:

  1. Enter by midnight Eastern on Sunday December 12th. One winner will be chosen using an internet random number generator and will be notified by email on Monday December 13th.
  2. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

Thank you to Tate’s Bake Shop for providing the cookbook and cookie gift package for this giveaway!

Celebrating Homemade English Muffins with Smells Like Home’s 1st Giveaway!
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Welcome to Smells Like Home’s 1st Giveaway! That’s right…after almost 3 1/2 years of blogging, this is my first one and I’m so excited to share it with you!

If you read my Project Food Blog #4 post from yesterday showing you how to make your own English muffins from scratch via a step-by-step photo tutorial, you’ll already know how much I love Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice. I’ve made a few recipes from this book in addition to the English muffins including NY-style bagels, white sandwich bread, hamburger buns and cinnamon buns and we’ve loved every one of them.

So in honor of making it to Challenge #4 (see more about this below) and for the love of all things bread, I’m giving away one copy of The Bread Baker’s Apprentice and a nifty English muffin splitter. We eat English muffins pretty much every weekday for breakfast and this splitter is a life-saver of a gadget.  No more early-morning cursing when the English muffin tears in the wrong spot while trying to wedge your fingers into the muffin!  Plus, it’s a definite nooks and crannies enhancer!

To enter:

  1. Follow Smells Like Home on Twitter then come back here to leave your Twitter name in the comments of this post…
  2. AND tell me about ONE yeast recipe you’d like to learn how to make or perfect.

The rules: Entries must be made by 10pm Eastern on Thursday October 14th, 2010.  One entry per person. One winner will be chosen at random.  The winner will be announced in a post on Friday morning.  If the winner does not respond by Monday October 18, 2010 at 9am Eastern, another will be chosen and notified.  Open to U.S. residents only.

~~~ Voting is now open for Challenge #4! Many, many thanks to all who helped me move forward to this challenge!  It was by far the most difficult one for me yet but I hope you’ll have a look at how I made my English muffins and cast your vote to help me move to Challenge #5.  Maybe you’ll be inspired to make your own! ~~~