Friday, April 30, 2010

BlogHer '10 New York City Conference Pass Winner Announcement

Chris of Mele Cotte. Congratulations! I will be contacting you shortly to make arrangements.

Thanks to everyone who joined in. I wish there were enough tickets to go around.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Summer in the City - BlogHer August 6-7, 2010 New York City Conference Pass Giveaway

Manhattan Skyline

So close, yet so far. Last August, I made sure to purchase my BlogHer 2010 Full Conference Pass for August 6-7, 2010, at the New York Hilton as soon as they were available. I'd missed out on three events in the past and was leaving nothing to chance, especially since this year's extravaganza is in my own backyard. Chance, however, has conspired against me nonetheless. I've got a conflict. Though I am disappointed, my cloud has a silver lining for someone else: I'm giving my pass away - free, gratis, and for nothing. This is a sold-out event with many wishing they'd purchased their passes sooner. All you have to do is leave a rule-complying comment (see rules below) on this announcement post by 11:59 p.m. NY time, Thursday, April 29. I will randomly select a winner and announce her/his name and blog name on Friday, April 30. Even if you can't personally benefit from the drawing, perhaps you know someone who would like to attend. I would be very appreciative if you could get the word out. Good Luck, Everyone!


1) One (1) BlogHer 2010 Full Conference Pass will be awarded to one (1) blogger, female or male, who maintains a blog regardless of subject matter. This drawing is not limited to food bloggers.

2) Only one (1) comment entry per blogger.

3) Eligibility is restricted to bloggers only. Sploggers, corporate representatives, PR agents, or other business interests will be automatically removed from the pool of entries.

4) You must state the name you blog under, and the name and link to your blog in your comment. If your contact information is not plainly available on your blog, please also include it in your comment. No anonymous entries can be considered. If you are the winner, you must provide me with your full first and last name so that I can authorize the event organizer to transfer the pass to your ownership under your name. The event organizer will then directly email the pass to you.


1) This giveaway has no sponsorship. It was purchased by me and it is being awarded as a prize by me. I have no professional nor personal relationships with BlogHer.

2) This giveaway is strictly limited for the admittance to the full two-day conference agenda. It does not include transportation to nor from the event, nor any lodgings. Transportation and lodging are the responsibility of the attending winner.

3) My personal friends and family members are not eligible to win.


Monday, April 5, 2010

Fast and Flavorful - Cannellini Bean Chili

Cannellini Bean Chili

You will, of course, think that I am biased. You will think that I cannot possibly be objective about such praise because, after all, the cook is now a member of my family. Seriously, though: this is the best damned chili I've ever had, and I've had it twice now. Had I not volunteered to participate in Kristen's latest installment of Adopt a Blogger, I might never have been introduced to such an easy, novel, and vibrantly tasty recipe, nor the wonderful blogger whom I am mentoring. Cheri of Kitchen Simplicity hails from Canada, but finds herself living in Oslo, Norway, with her husband and young son. A very active member of the online food community, Cheri is a contributor to the recently launched Simple Bites, and the creator of Colorful Mondays, a bi-weekly, easy-to-participate-in food photo event. Between cooking up deliciously streamlined meals for her family, Cheri also posts her bright and appetizing photos on Flickr, as well as manages to say "hello" to a growing group of friends on Twitter. I am beyond impressed that she does all this while taking care of a little one. Young mothers need every moment, and I can only attribute Cheri's successful juggling of her enthusiastic lifestyle to her willingness to experiment in the kitchen with recipes that work without worries. I encourage crazy-busy bloggers and readers to stop by her blog for a lingering look. I'm sure you will find more than one delightful recipe to adopt as your very own.

Cannellini Bean Chili - Adapted from the Kitchen Simplicity recipe

Serves 4


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
1 large dried red chile pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried epazote
1/4 teaspoon. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 large fresh Serrano chile pepper, sliced into coins (optionally remove seeds to temper the heat level)
4 -5 cups cannellini (white kidney) beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup vegetable broth, salted
1 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted briefly in a dry skillet over low heat


In a large skillet, thin the oil briefly on low heat. Add onion and garlic, stirring to coat with oil. (Heating slowly ensures that the garlic will not brown too quickly.) Increase heat to medium-low and sauté until the onions are golden and translucent (about 6 minutes). Add all dry seasonings, stirring to combine. Allow them to sizzle briefly before adding beans, Serrano coins, and broth, again stirring to combine. Increase heat to medium to bring chili to a boil. (This will thicken the broth slightly with the bean starch.) Remove from heat and divide into four bowls, topping each with 1/4 cup sour cream. Scatter cumin seeds over sour cream. Serve immediately, stirring in sour cream to barely heat through, avoiding curdling. Cheri's original recipe also calls for 1/2 cup half and half, which I highly recommend if you are unaccustomed to very spicy dishes. It can be stirred into skillet right before serving. Serve with tortilla chips.
This recipe is also for my tardy submission to Superchef's hosting of My Legume Love Affair 21 which closed March 31. Superchef will have the round-up online very soon. Do stop by her lovely blog, Mirch Masala, for all the grand recipes and the announcement of the monthly random drawing winner.