Sunday, November 28, 2010

Favourite Things Giveaway ....While I have some Crostata

This contest is now closed.  Thanks to all who entered!
With Christmas preparations well under way....(doesn't it just look like Christmas here???) what a perfect time for another giveaway!  Those wonderful folks over at CSN have offered to sponsor another giveaway here.  This one is for a $65 gift code that can be used at any of their 200+ stores and can be delivered to any US or Canadian address. Please take a peek at some of their stores which offer anything you can think of from Bathroom Furniture to gorgeous Kitchen Wares and all points in between.  There are so many options.....I'm just going to take a piece of Pear & Blue Cheese Crostata from this month's Bakers Challenge to sustain me through the hours of window shopping at CSN.  So please feel free to enter for your chance to win a $65 gift code for some fine CSN shopping.

The Details
  1. This Giveaway is open to anyone with a US or Canadian mailing address, as CSN will ship to either location.
  2. To enter the draw for the $65 gift code from CSN please leave a comment at the bottom of this post telling me your favourite holiday food.  Is it the turkey???  The stuffing??? Steamed pudding???  I'm curious.....so tell me!
  3. You can enter one time by leaving a comment on this post......and you may leave one additional comment on this post if you are a follower......mentioning that you are a follower of this blog. (a way to say thank you to you super nice followers)  so that is a maximum of two entries.  
  4. Make sure that there is a way for me to contact you should your comment be chosen.  Either leave your email address written in the form jane(dot)doe(at)hotmail(dot)com (so you don't attract spam) or make sure that your blogger account etc. has an email address in it that I can access.
  5. The winning comment will be selected using a random number generator at the end of the day on Wednesday December 8th.
  6. The winner will be contacted by email on December 9th.  If the winner cannot be contacted within a few days.....a new winning comment will be selected.....so please leave your contact information.
  7. Please do not leave links to other businesses within the comments.
This Month's Challenge.....Crostata....that's pie!
Now have a quick look below to see the recipe from this month's great Baker's Challenge.  The 2010 November Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Simona of briciole. She chose to challenge Daring Bakers’ to make pasta frolla for a crostata. She used her own experience as a source, as well as information from Pellegrino Artusi’s Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well. Using the pastry recipe provided by Simona we were permitted to find a filling that appealed to us.......I chose to make a rustic pie baked on a cookie sheet with the edges folded in......and pear and blue cheese sounded intriguing to me.

Pear and Blue Cheese Crostata
Filling
4 small to medium pears, cored and chopped
3 tbsp crumbled blue cheese
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup golden sugar
1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
3 tbsp cold butter, cut in small pieces
honey, to drizzle on top

Preheat oven to 450F.
Set cut pears aside.  Roll pastry out into a 12 inch circle, and transfer onto a parchment lined baking sheet.  Spread pears over the middle of the pastry leaving 1 1/2 inch uncovered at the edges.  Scatter crumbled cheese over top of the pears.
Combine the flour, nuts, and sugar. Pinch in the butter until it is like a crumble.  Pour this topping over the pears and cheese.  Fold in the outside edges to make a circle.  Bake for 25-30 minutes until crust is golden brown.  Allow to cool for 10 minutes.  Drizzle with honey just before serving.

61 comments:

noreen said...

My favorite thing is stuffing. I just ate the last of ours today for dinner (I had it with mashed potatos). The stuffing in my Grandmother's recipe and it is so yummy

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Felicity said...

I follow! : )

Felicity said...

My favorite holiday food is Young's Double Chocolate Stout. ; )

Domestic Diva said...

I love pumpkin custard. Yum!

Domestic Diva said...

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meeyeehere said...

Pumpkin pie and Pecan pie are my favorite holiday foods! YAY!
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Ashley said...

My favorite holiday food is glazed ham.

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Marija said...

I'm all about the candy! Caramels and fudge, especially.

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Marija said...

I'm following via GFC

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Nichola said...

My favorite is the variety of desserts- pies, homemade cookies, candies, etc!

suburban prep said...

Oh there is so much good stuff. I love the mashed potatoes that are extra whipped with butter.
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Emily said...

I'm probably the weird one in my family, but I love roasted brussel sprouts. Since the rest of my family doesn't like them, I only get them at holidays for me, haha.
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Anonymous said...

My favorite holiday food is my grandma's sweet potato praline casserole. It's like a dessert!

Thanks for the chance to win!

--Liza

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traciet said...

Squash casserole! tracietrump@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I love hummingbird cake! dlcwins55@yahoo.com

DrewsMom1998 said...

My favorite thing is pumpkin pie!!!

Mary said...

My favorite food is the yams- we have a special recipe made with cream cheese and maple syrup, and it is SO good. Mmm.... I'm hungry now.

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Mary said...

I follow this blog!

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Leslie R. said...

I love cranberry sauce during the holidays- just that jiggly cylinder right out of the can! Yum!!

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B. Wilson said...

I love green bean casserole. Or maybe I love mashed potatoes more... hmm..!
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Elsie said...

My favorite holiday food is by far stuffing! I love my grandma's stuffing with ground turkey and turkey giblets. Yum!!!

Jenna said...

My favorite holiday food is pumpkin pie! I love it! Thanks for the giveaway!

Martha Carolyn said...

My favorite holiday food is pecan pie! Thank you for such a generous giveaway. :-)

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slzz said...

My fav. holiday food is the cranberries!! yummy!!

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L said...

I love anything with cranberries!

Becky Eaton said...

I love ham! I know it sounds so simple but I could eat just ham on Christmas! :)
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Anonymous said...

The German Christmas cookie, pfeffernusse. Little, not too sweet, and addictive. My classes are already asking for them.

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Cindy said...

It's the pie. I LOVE banana cream. YUMMY. cindyhinckley at msn

mamipdx said...

my favorite holiday food is pecan pie.
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Lynsy said...

I love my mom's french silk pie. MMM.

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Tech Daddy said...

Maybe its a kentucky thing, but, gotta love bourbon balls :)

Ashlei said...

I love pumpkin pie!

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Anonymous said...

My favorite holiday food is stuffing.


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Grace said...

My favorite is the cranberry sauce
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Elaine said...

I love sweet potatos!!

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jennifer ▲ i art u said...

i'm weird..my fave is the cranberry sauce!!! infused with orange is a must!

thanks for a chance to win!!!
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angela said...

my friend shared her incredible cranberry sauce recipe and that is now my fav food!
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nfmgirl said...

Oh, I think the pumpkin pie is probably my favorite!

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nfmgirl said...

I am following

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val said...

Our family favorite are potato boats. They are so popular that I have to make double to stash some in the freezer....if you'd like to see the recipe, its on my blog :-)

val said...

BTW, I follow!

Jo said...

My fave holiday food is stuffing. I could eat it as a meal everyday!
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I'm follower 101!
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Aurel said...

I really like sweet potatoes. They're like candy!
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Aurel said...

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Quara said...

My favorite is pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin spiced coffee, pumpkin bread. So- yeah... pumpkin!
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Quara said...

I am a follower on GFC.
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Anonymous said...

My favorite food is actually fruitcake (believe it or not), but really GOOD fruitcake. No disgusting dyed cherries in the cake I covet.
John
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Jacqueline said...

my dad's stuffing is the BEST!! mmm

Jeannie said...

My favourite thing is actually parsnips

It's not Christmas dinner without them :)

Jeannie

Jeannie said...

I follow :)

Pjamms said...

My favorite holiday food is cornbread stuffing! In fact, I'll eat it any time of the year. Mmm. :)

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Additionally, I am a follower and you follow me! Yay!

Liz said...

My favorite holiday food is cheesecake! Thanks for the giveaway!

Liz said...

I'm a follower!!!

Anonymous said...

My favorite holiday food is pie- any kind of pie!
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