Wednesday, December 3, 2008

CHG Cookbook Giveaway!

Wednesday’s weekly article is coming a little later today, folks. But first, to celebrate the upcoming holidays, we’re giving away a copy of my hands-down absolute favorite cookbook in the whole world, Cook’s Illustrated Best 30-Mintue Recipe. Seriously, my parents are jealous of my undying, infinite love for this thing. I would have its children if A) it was possible and B) it would JUST ASK.

Anyway, to enter, here’s what you gotta do:
  1. Leave a 15-50 word comment about what type of article you’d like to see on CHG in the near future. (Examples below.)
  2. Type your first name (for nifty identification purposes).
  3. That’s it.
From all the eligible comments, I’ll choose a winner using Random.org on FRIDAY AT NOON, so don't forget to enter before then.

To get you started with ideas, here are some examples of the types of articles we usually do, along with some links from the not-too-distant past:
Good luck!

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86 comments:

BethE said...

As a college student in a dorm, I am always looking for doable suggestions to live more healthily and healthy recipes which do not require an oven! I know, it's impossible, but it is my sad reality. Can't wait for graduation!
Beth

Ashley said...

I love your recipes - I know one person can only cook so much in one week, but I'd like to see more if possible.

John said...

I would like to see a post about "Ten Simple and Tasty Crockpot Recipes". - John

Lynn said...

I would love to see quick and easy main dishes. Also homemade versions of packaged things like mixes and such.

Serena said...

It would be fun to see a post on cooking with kids - my 3.5 year old loves to help in the kitchen and I'm always looking for more recipes to try with him.

Bethany said...

I would like to see an article on alternatives to meat. I know beans are mentioned a lot in articles like these. Are there alternatives for people who don't really like beans? Also, something about which meats are better for you and which ones should be eaten with care would be great! Thanks for blogging :)

Michelle said...

How about an article on kitchen basics - either cookware/tools, or staple foods (with recipes)?

Michelle

Silly Tater Tot said...

I would like to see more about eating "filling" foods, that will stop hunger from coming back ... oatmeal, rice, etc. -- what can I eat at noon that will hold me until 7 or 8pm on nights when dinner is late?

THANKS!

(Katy)

smdrm said...

I'd like to see a ingredient substitution list that goes beyond the normal ones found in cookbooks.

Selene

secondhand_awkward said...

I enjoy your articles on cooking for one. If you had an article on how a solo cooker could prepare/cook ahead of time that'd be great. Sometimes time is a big factor that prevents me from cooking and I'd love to know how to take care of it ahead of time.
Thanks!
Dyan

Kristi said...

One thing I'd like to see is a post about cheap and healthy marinades. We eat chicken breasts so many times during the week and my husband loves it marinated in ranch dressing, but I would rather not add all that fat to our meat! (Do marinades add fat even, or does it all cook off?) Clearly I'd love some help on this... :-)

serenader said...

I'd like to see an article on recipes made specifically to freeze in individual portions and reheat (microwave) later. One of my major problems is portion control, and I mostly cook for one (grad student). Since most recipes make multiple servings, sometimes I find it hard to eat only a single serving when I've cooked up a large batch of something. So I'd essentially like advice on how to make my own freezable, microwavable, correctly-portioned dinners.

--Phil

David said...

As a student, as some others have mentioned, i am always trying to find recipies that work for single individuals. All too often recipies are intended for servings of four or eight and can't easily be reduced (use one can of ....). My perinneal dinners tend to be a piece of meat, sauteed, with some veggies on the side. Other ideas would be greatly appreciated.

craigandstacy said...

I would love to see articles about easy quick and cheap main dishes and casseroles. As a new SAHM we're adjusting to a smaller budget!

Shanbanan said...

I really enjoy the nutrition articles. I worked hard to get to my goal weight, but my appetite has never gone away. I'm always looking for ways to eat more but get better nutrition (and hopefully fewer calories).

Shan

Nicole said...

I would love to see more articles about making basic items that you usually purchase: tortillas, pita, baking mix, etc. Love your blog!

KMAYS said...

What about reviews of cookbooks that follow the premise of cheap, healthy, good? I know I'm always looking for cookbooks I'll use on a daily basis and not just when I'm hosting a dinner party.

Susan said...

I'd love to see some more recipes that are easily taken for lunch at work the next day - so something that will store well in a tupperware and then reheat quickly and nicely in a microwave. But I love all your recipe reviews, especially the Cooking Light ones. I am an avid Cooking Light reader but never know which ones taste good and which just LOOK good (plus, as you know, you can never really trust their serving sizes)
-Susan

leanne said...

It might take extra work, but I'd like to see a play-by-play article of one of your 30 minute recipes. Does it really take 30 minutes? Does that include prep time or just cook time? If I came home from work, could I really be eating dinner 30 minutes later?

Lauren said...

What about an article talking about what labor-intensive processes actually save money. The example that I'm thinking of is whether all the time I spend soaking and cooking dried beans is really saving me that much over buying canned after factoring in the cost to run the stove/crockpot, whatever. I'd also be curious to see whether baking my own bread is saving me any money.

Lauren

Megan said...

I know you've recently posted a lot of vegetarian recipes but keep them coming. I'm a carnivore, but my husband's a veggie, and eating his diet saves us a LOT of money. Thanks for the veggie Thanksgiving suggestions, too!

HeatherS said...

I would love to see more ideas/recipes for prepping things ahead to speed up actual cooking time at dinner. Also ideas for easy, frugal weekly menu plans.

Heather

Clea said...

I like with my boyfriend in a tiny apartment, and would like to see quick dinner recipes (bonus if they're great for leftovers-- i.e. my lunch) or healthier leisurely (no need to be a quick recipe) brunch recipes. The kicker is this: I cook all vegetarian, am incorporating more vegan items, and would like to find some not-too-weird things to make that a meat-eater will enjoy.

Clea

Calidaho said...

I would like ideas for portable snacks. I get hungry during the day and I want cheap, healthy stuff that is easy to throw in my bag in the morning.--Angela M.

Luna said...

Oh my, this book has been on the top of my wish list! What about some CHG 30-minute or quick recipes? And recipes that can either be made ahead (like cooking in bulk on weekends) or where the leftovers can be redone into different dishes.

Luna

Laura said...

I really like the link collections since they lead me to blogs/articles I wouldn't have known about.

Alice said...

I'd like to see some posts about healthy eating habits from other countries. For example, I'd like to see more about the Mediterranean diet, the Okinawan diet, and so forth. Maybe some weekly frugal menus featuring these kinds if diets.

Allison said...

I really like the experiments, as well as the posts where you actually give recipes with cost and calorie breakdowns. Thanks for all the great info!

Jenny said...

I'd like to see recipes that are cheap, healthy, good and low carb. I try to follow a low-glycemic diet, and it is definitely not easy on a (very) limited budget. I would love some advice on how to make this possible. Keep up the good work! Your blog inspired me to start cooking again after 3 years of Lean Cuisines and takeout in law school. Now I cook virtually all my meals from scratch.

Jenny

AJ said...

I'd love to hear your thoughts on good things to bring for lunch - not necessarily leftovers, but something that travels well and is healthy and yummy! Thanks, and keep up the good work!

Alisha said...

I love love love LOVE it when you post recipes like the easy pea soup or the low-fat garlic bread that take no time and are impressive. I've got some favorites in that area, such as crepes and home-made pasta, but most of my "quick and impressive" recipes are more like...30 minutes. I'd like some 15-minute ones. :) I love the blog, please keep it going!
--from Alisha

The Traveler said...

Well, I live and travel in my van, so I would love to learn more simple recipes for eating on the road, without major appliances. RVers, truckers, travellers, and other vehicle dwellers may find it handy too! :)

Crystal said...

I'm trying to do a weekly meal plan (well, mostlly supper plan) so I don't have to make so many trips to the grocery store, and so I remember to use the groceries I DID buy.

Also, would love some bread ideas - I don't have a bread maker but love homemade buns, breads, soft pretzels - yum!

Amiyrah said...

I just love the link compilations on here! I open up a new tab for each one I think I might be interested in, and sometimes end up with 5 or more tabs at my beck and call! I would love to see more of them on here, as they have lead me to some wonderful ideas on keeping my small kitchen functional, providing a healthy alternative to our favorite foods and the best find ever, hulu.com :o)

Maria said...

I would love to see more personal stories. The humorous way you write, as well as the experiences and lessons you share, are essential parts of this blog. It's much easier to relate with someone who gives advice when you know that they've been there, done this, tried that, etc.

Thanks,
Maria

Christina said...

My favorite posts on this site are generally cooking tips and general kitchen tips, especially those aimed at people like me (i.e. income-challenged young people living in tiny apartments in an expensive city). That being said, I also really enjoy the couple of food issues posts that you have, and I'd like to see more of those, too. - Christina

Liz said...

I would love recipes for one, one pot dishes, things that make great leftovers, dishes that freeze well, inexpensive foodie holiday gifts, whole grain cooking beyond brown rice, or growing your own food.

Thanks!
Liz

Amy said...

I'd like to see cheap, healthy, good articles about food that is also child friendly! Interpreted however you like, of course, realizing that some children are way more adventurous eaters than others. Maybe aim for middle-of-the-road child friendliness. Thanks! Amy

jb said...

I love your site, and I would love to see more recipes that incorporate locally procured foods (and the stories behind them, e.g. your market trips, etc.). I'm working on eating as locally and frugally as possible, and can use some more inspiration!

LH said...

I love the experiment posts -- and I'd love to see a post or two on using ingredients in the "ethnic" aisle at the supermarket/bodega, bonus points for use in a a non-ethnic meal.

Kimmer said...

I really love the Cooking Tips and Experiments.

brooke said...

I'm always up for more appetizer recipes that aren't so over used. I'm tired of spinach artichoke dip!

pumpkininrecovery said...

First I'd like to say that I think you do an awesome job here. I've read so much more 'food for thought' (literally!) pieces here and it's really pushed me to rethink what I eat and why.
I'd love to see a post about breakfasts that are not bread related. I'm gluten intolerant and gluten free waffles do not fall into the cheap category (nor bagels, my favorite)! What do other countries eat to break the fast?
--Alissa

Malteny said...

I loved the idea of the interview with the Dad who lost 100+ pounds. In the last year, I have lost 83 pounds and now fight the battle to keep it off. So... I would love to see more light and healthy recipes to maintain your weight loss.

Kathy said...

I'd love to see an article on inexpensive, healthy food for children. I have two boys and dinner planning is always centered around feeding them well.

Kathy

One Frugal Girl said...

I'd like to see posts focusing on a short list of ingredients that can be made multiple ways. For example, if you have oranges, onions, chicken, a handful of spices on hand, etc. how many different meals can you make? In my own kitchen I hate purchasing a whole bunch of ingredients to make just one meal. I try to make two or three meals from the same list of ingredients. It would be fun to see how many meals can be made from the same subset of ingredients and spices.

Erin said...

I would love to see a post on cheeseless vegetarian dishes... healthy *and* cheap! (Too many recipes overcompensate for lack of meat with globs of fatty cheese.)

Lauren said...

Would love to more ideas for lunches - I always end up buying lunch and wishing I had the willpower/ideas/planning abilities to pack myself something.

debbielynne said...

I' like to see a post about simple southern recipes and simple middle eastern recipes. I know, weird combination.

Thankful said...

We do a lot of bulk cooking on the weekend, I would love to see some more slow-cooker/crockpot ideas that could be portioned out for multiple meals. Also, would love to see some more recipes with inexpensive but unusual base ingredients like quinoa or barley.

Michele said...

i really appreciate all that you've shared so far! I'd love to see something about common cases when people turn something with high nutritonal potential into something unhealthy... and then how to avoid that! thanks! - michele

Tammy said...

As now the children have left the nest, and It's just me to cook for. Do you have ideas to save money in groceries and small dinner recipes? I sometimes believe it's cheaper to eat out than to cook a meal? What's your opinion?

Jen said...

I second John's request for Crockpot Recipes. But I would add that it would be nice if those recipes weren't in the "water logged meat" category. I just got a crockpot, and I want to use it, but I don't want to repeat my father's "wet mop" pot roast. -Jen W.

P.S. Having recently formed an attachment to this book checked out from the library, I would love to own a copy, so we can form a lasting, committed relationship.

tsslug said...

More Italian recipes
God bless our troops

Anne said...

I'd like to see more posts about cooking tips. For example, healthier cooking methods and techniques (how to broil for crispness instead of frying, how to sweat onions in a tiny bit of oil instead of sauteeing in gobs of oil)--things that really help people learn to create healthier, cheaper meals on their own.

Jackie said...

As a single young female trying to make due on a budget, I appreciate your blog on how to eat healthy while keeping down expenses. My favs include sections on recipes with seasonal foods and "frugality". - JackieJ

Katy Lin :) said...

I am a relatively new wife with very little natural ability in the kitchen! I am always looking for ways to fix complete healthy meals without taking too much time, or spending too much money! :)

Katy

lah said...

I'm really glad I found your blog, it's a great help for someone cooking for themselves for the first time. I'd like to see some more tips about 'Cooking for One', if possible. I live alone and I always seem to be throwing leftovers away because I can't eat them before they go bad, even after halving recipes. My freezer is smaller than my head, so I can't freeze much. Thanks!

Laura

Sheetal said...

I would love to see a post about how to get the best organic groceries cheaply. I live in NYC so a post focused on the locale would be great!
Sheetal
http://healthycuisineforlife.blogspot.com

Meghan said...

I loved reading about your recipes that turned out BAD -- which ones to avoid.

Also, I love reading about what is in season, and recipes to use for that.

Nicole said...

I'd like an article for when you have to buy a large amount of something (say, a loaf or bread for just myself) to make a bunch of different meals. I find I usually get bored with, say, a five pound bag of potatoes, way before I can ever use it all.

Jennifer said...

I'd love to see articles on eating healthfully and cheaply while traveling (by car or by plane). Also--what about pressure cooker recipes?

Meredith said...

I agree with one of the posters and would love to see a collection of recipes for one main ingredient "theme". A bunch of potato recipes (and if possible some that could be frozen) or a bunch of bean recipes for when you (okay I) get the motivation to make a huge batch of beans but then am not sure how to consume them all. I suppose the answer could be simply to cook smaller batches, but when you are trying to keep your grocery bill low, sometimes sticking with one or two main ingredients for the week can really help.

Thank you for all that you do, I really love reading this site and it has given me so many wonderful ideas.

Meredith
mcnamara22@yahoo.com

Kate said...

I'd love to see articles on crockpot recipes (mine is a life-saver during the fall and winter!) and lunch ideas. I'm trying to eat healthier, but I'm particularly uninspired when it comes to bringing lunches for work, and it'd be great to read more from you on this!

Alison said...

I grew up in a family where dinner always included some kind of meat as the centerpiece. I'm not vegetarian, but I don't tend to cook meat for myself very often (partially because I prefer it grilled and I don't have a yard or porch, so I don't have a spot for a grill.) So, even though I have been on my own & cooking for myself for a few years, I still feel a little bit lost about how to make sure I'm getting a fairly balanced meal without having a meat dish.

Maybe you have covered this in the not to distant past, but I am a fairly new reader so forgive me if you have. :)

Kelly said...

I have a roommate, but since she's an extremely picky eater, I essentially cook for one. This means that I have a full freezer (which is great, until you realize you're sick of everything in there) and the occasional leftover something going bad in my fridge (which I always mourn). Please blog about how to cook for one without subjecting myself to culinary boredom or more bad food funerals.

kit & kaboodle said...

I would love to see more "vegan" posts. Elimination (or just reducing the amount) of meat/dairy/butter can be "cheap" and "healthy" and "good". I'm not a full-on vegan, but I've been skewing towards eating more veggies due to health issues.

Lara said...

I'd love to see some fun CHG party plans! I love to throw dinner parties but prefer to do so without breaking the bank.

Anonymous said...

As one who cooks (and cooks pretty well) in a small kitchen, I'd love to see an article on "Small kitchens I've known and loved." Let's celebrate small, cozy spaces that turn out great foods!

Carly said...

I would love to see more veggie meals, and ones that are fairly hearty without having hard-to-find ingrediants.

Robert said...

I would love to see an article or two on how you can stock a kitchen with basics, and make a variety of meals varying only the technique or the spices/smaller ingredients. Just to help generate different meals with the same ingredients.

Robert

Barb said...

Inexpensive but economical ideas to take to pot luck dinners. I love cooking, but I am always at a loss as to what to take. I want something that disappears.


Barb C

susan said...

love your blog. would like to see more time-saving tips for cooking- ways to save time on grocery shopping, prepping, cooking, and cleaning up.

Tori said...

I'd like to see more double duty recipes. Something that can be made one night in a large batch and two or three different meals can be created from the master recipe.

Tori

kristyk512 said...

We love to have people over for dinner but it can get expensive. Some ideas for low-cost but impressive recipes that will feed a crew.
Kristy

kristyk512 said...

Some ideas and recipes for entertaining on a budget. Both main dishes and appetizers woudl be great.

Beeb said...

Hi there! This is my first time exploring your blog - I found the link on Money Saving Mom - so my idea for future articles would be posts on replicating "secret" recipes. Like making your own mock Starbucks drink at home, or re-creating TGI Friday's chicken wings in the comfort of your own kitchen. I always get a kick out of stuff like that!

I also love recipes from around the world!

Thanks so much for the chance to win, I love cookbooks and this looks like a great one!

-Beeb
supercoupongirl AT gmail.com

Janet said...

We love your site! With winter nipping at our heels it would be great to see 'comfort food' (and drink) highlighted.

mgaltier said...

I would like to see more personal stories, and I love the links--you've alerted me to some really cool stuff that I otherwise would've missed. I'd also like to see more articles on veg cooking as well as a few articles on chg ethnic recipes.

Marie

Judy said...

Judy: Please consider doing a post on weekly menu rotations. I'd like to know what other home cooks are making, and what recipes are used often and enjoyed.
Judyclancy at gmail dot com

Summerlin said...

I would love to see some meal makeovers or restaurant/fast food recreations/substitutions, but not in the Hungry Girl "Ok, spritz of fake butter, ohmigod, and splenda! Yummo!" fashion. Ew.

Summerlin (aka KB)

KellyJ said...

Hi,
I'd like to hear some opinions on the raw food lifestyle - I'm not even completely a vegetarian, but the idea that raw foods are healthier is interesting and I'd like to add some simple/cheap raw meals to my diet.

Cam said...

I'd love to see suggestions for healthy, filling, meatless meals for diabetics who do NOT need to lose weight.

sara l said...

In the off chance that it's noon Pacific time...I would like a little more help meals that keep well (so you can cook once a week and have leftovers) and vegetarian crockpot recipes. Thanks for sharing so many great recipes.

Hilary said...

I am trying to get my 8 and 5 year old to help more in the preparation -- so seeing how kids could help out sometimes gives me ideas.
Love the blog though.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see an article about food items that can be made in huge batches (preferably with wine with friends) like noodles, pasta, baking mix, etc. These are so much tastier/healthier/cheaper homemade but sometimes the task can be daunting if you attempt it alone.
Ayme