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Giveaway :: Le Creuset

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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I have one steadfast rule for entertaining: make sure the food is good. Sure, music can help and drinks are always a plus but I find that nothing beats absolutely homemade food that makes your guests go back for seconds. The smiles get bigger, people sit longer, the atmosphere changes. The way to someone’s heart, and all that. Potlucks are always fun but only if you know the people coming will make good food. (Not to be judgmental but we all agree, yes?) Nothing is more pleasurable for me than cooking up a storm for loved ones and feeding them from the comfort of my own home. And when it comes to cooking? There is nothing like having the right tools.

Le Creuset is a name synonymous with sophisticated palates, gourmet inclinations, and all around great taste. The company’s mission is simple: create the world’s finest premium cookware for people passionate about food. If you have not yet tried using Le Creuset in your kitchen, then you are in for an awakening. You can rest assured that your culinary expeditions will be navigated properly when you have a name like Le Creuset backing you. But don’t take my word for it. Come over and eat my braised pork shoulder from my Le Creuset French Oven. You won’t be sorry.

 

Le Creuset is giving away one Heritage 4qt Covered Casserole in Soleil to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, May 22nd. *Giveaway open to US residents only!* Comments now closed…good luck!
Please visit Le Creuset and tell us: What is your favorite dish to take to a potluck?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, May 27th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 51
    Sparrow says:

    A few years ago, I had this golden summer, during which my friend taught me to make eggplant parmigiana in the warm light of his small apartment. He learned on one of his many excursions from a woman in the French countryside. How he found her, he never told. My friends and I sat in his apartment for hours: dicing roma tomatoes, the juice slick on our hands, crushing pungent garlic, tenderly ripping the aromatic basil, layering the grilled eggplant with fresh mozzarella, the warm marinara, and fresh parmigiana. I bring this dish to gatherings to share the beauty of that summer, to share a labor of love, to fill them with delight.

  2. 52
    cindy says:

    CUPCAKES!!! I love baking simple cupcakes with a grown up twist….ginger lemon and lavender vanilla are my favorites. They are easy to eat and easy to share- no utensils required!

  3. 53
    Jennifer says:

    A smile! And, whatever my host or hostess needs. Sometimes drinks – I make a killer sangria, a dessert – my mom’s recipe for walnut cream cheese cupcakes are awesome, or an app – like my yummy bruschetta. 

  4. 54
    Courtney J says:

    My favorite dish for a potluck is a cabbage salad made of green and red cabbage, scallions, almonds, and carrots. The dressing is made of red wine vinegar, vegetable oil, and two packets of the soup mix for Instant Ramen Noodles (oriental flavor). The dried noodles are added at the end so you can a nice crunch of cabbage and noodles. Yum!!

  5. 55
    Liz K says:

    I like to take something on the lighter side usually so five bean salad or another type of veggie are my signature dishes. 

  6. 56
    Tracy says:

    My guacamole gets gobbled up faster than anything else that I bring, but my favorite thing to bring to a summer potluck is radish toasts. Easy, uncommon (at least among my people) and surprisingly popular.

  7. 57
    coasterkim says:

    My go-to is my doctored baked beans with brown sugar, mustard, ketchup and some maple syrup.

  8. 58
    ChristineF says:

    My favorite dish to bring to a pot luck depends on the season – summer it’s a salad with tomatoes, basil and mozzarella. In the winter, I like to make a non-pasta lasagna with eggplant, porcini mushrooms and steamed spinach with garlic. Lots of ricotta with parsley topped with shredded mozzarella cheese.

    What a lovely giveaway……thanks

  9. 59
    Lizzy says:

    If it is fall or winter I bring stuffed shells. If it is spring or summer I bring a pasta salad or potato salad. What a beautiful dish!

  10. 60

    Something mildly sweet like fruit salad is the best palate cleanser 🙂

  11. 61
    Tiffany says:

    For the past couple of years, I’ve been on rolls or dessert duty (can’t you tell I’m the baker of the family?) So it’s either buttermilk biscuits and/or something fruity for dessert. The last was pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving that everyone loved over the stuff you buy from the store.

  12. 62
    Jessica says:

    My grandmother makes these fabulous green beans, I could eat the entire dish in one sitting. And the recipe has converted innumerable green bean haters into green bean lovers. (General recipe below)

    shallots
    fresh garlic
    pine nuts
    feta
    french green beans

    You toast the pine nuts, blanch the green beans, saute the garlic and shallots in olive oil and then toss all together with the feta.

  13. 63
    Wild Orchid says:

    I love bringing a big bowl of colorful pasta salad with homemade Italian dressing. 

  14. 64
    Stacy K. says:

    My favorite dish to bring to a potluck is swedish meatballs.

  15. 65
    Kristen K. says:

    it sounds silly and kind of gross, but my signature dish is a secret-ingredient jello salad that my mom has made for every special dinner i can remember since i was born. it’s simple but super special, and without fail it always has fellow dinner guests approaching me requesting the recipe.

  16. 66
    Caroline says:

    I love to bring classic homemade mac and cheese!

  17. 67
    Sharon says:

    Seafood jambalaya.

  18. 68
    Jen says:

    My best potluck dish has to be one of my family’s Hungarian traditional favorites called ‘Lesco’ or ‘Paprika stew’. It is made with multiple peppers of all colors, hot and sweet, onions, lots of garlic, vegeta, smothered and baked in goose fat. (it is the healthiest fat out there) So simple and comforting, with fresh bread. Yummm, I can taste it now! Thanks!

  19. 69
    Elizabeth says:

    For a winter potluck – portobello and prosciutto lasagna!
    For a summer potluck – roast beets and mozzarella salad with hazelnut dressing
    For any potluck where I have twenty minutes to cook something and get out the door with my toddler – broccoli and tofu in a peanut sauce!

  20. 70
    Elizabeth Miller says:

    All depends on time of year and theme, but some of my tried and true recipes that I love sharing include a light arugala salad, with quinoa, asparagus, feta, pinenuts, and a citrus vinaigrette, or a cous cous salad, with shallots, dried cranberries, tomatoes, and feta, or home made red pepper hummus, or any kind of baked good!

  21. 71
    HNR says:

    My favorite dish to bring to a potluck is a beautiful salad with surprising ingredients that help me remember the fun of healthy eating!

  22. 72
    Charlene says:

    Smitten Kitchen’s chocolate crack(er)s!

  23. 73
    Shary gist says:

    I love Mexican food and find it one of the easiest to take somewhere… Almost everybody, young and old will eat a chicken enchilada casserole.
    I took regular enchiladas and layered them.. Simple, easy, inexpensive, goes a long way and as my 4 year old says “deeeeelicious”

  24. 74
    Tiffany says:

    I have a few “go-tos” for pot lucks. We tend to eat fairly healthy and like to share our healthy but oh so yummy dishes with family and friends. We usually bring lentil soup, a friendlier mac & cheese (with turkey bacon!), swiss chard pesto crostini or a huge delicious salad! I think if I were to win this amazing prize I’d start experimenting with casserole dishes much more. And this one is my favorite color!! So fun!

  25. 75
    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    I love to bring mac and cheese…if they don’t need a staple item I bring some green beans with almonds and a little butter on top- so easy and so yummy. 

  26. 76
    Shanda S. says:

    My favorite potlock dish to bring is baked beans. I can’t claim it as my own recipe though. Here’s the recipe I use: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/boston-baked-beans/. It is deeeeeelicious!

    shrish231 (at) gmail (dot) com

  27. 77
    brenda says:

    quinoa salad

  28. 78
    Megan Dzurec says:

    Grandma Helen’s Spanish rice in the 4 1/2 quart rectangular covered casserole! It’s a crowd pleaser, and tastes delicious with just about any main course!

  29. 79
    Susan C says:

    I am always required to bring dessert.  Have lots of “go-to” recipes for brownies and bars.  I also like to make sweet and sour pasta salad.

  30. 80
    Nicole Balogh says:

    I love to take cheesy potato casserole- it is a big hit wherever I take it!

  31. 81
    Michelle Elizabeth says:

    I love bringing chinese chicken salad. It always goes over really well.

  32. 82
    Heidi says:

    I love bringing strawberry spinach salad- always a hit!

  33. 83
    Madeline says:

    I love to bring dips. I try new recipes out on the crowd. Some have been winners, like this caramel apple dip, but some have flopped… but I always bring a dip.

  34. 84
    Tina_R says:

    That’s an easy answer!
    I bring two… a salad I call Italian Coleslaw. Three ingredients, Three minutes. I always take home an empty dish. (Bag of coleslaw mix, bottle of Italian dressing and a package of frozen peas… mix together and watch it get gobbled away)
    Second is my family’s famous “Aunt Marge Brownies”, which I tweaked by adding a very large pinch of extra fine grind of espresso coffee beans. The recipe is the classic Baker’s Chocolate recipe only we’ve adapted it to make with cocoa. The frosting I’ve created is very fudge like. I have had special requests for the Brownies from quite a few friends and family. In fact I rescued the pan we always made a triple batch in from my mom’s yard sale. Triple batch was so there would be enough to take and enough to have at home.
    I can just see that deep dark chocolate frosting in contrast to the sunny yellow of the Le Creuset Heritage 4qt Covered Casserole in Soleil. Wish I had it to take to Monday’s potluck!!

  35. 85
    Lauren Guilbeau says:

    I always bring a broccoli cassarole, so good!

  36. 86
    Amanda J. says:

    I love bringing meatballs of any variety. Either that, or I’m in charge of the dip.

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    Agus says:

    I love making “Arroz con leche”, is my mom’s recipe (she is from Peru)  and is such a delicious dessert, and most of the time it brings childhood memories to the people, so is also a really meaningful dessert!

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