Giveaways

10th Anniversary Giveaway #4: Fresh Cinnamon Sticks and Wooden Grater from Cinnamon Hill

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of C&Z, I am hosting 10 giveaways throughout the month of October. Keep checking back for chances to win wonderful products I’ve discovered and loved over the past decade!

Our fourth giveaway prize is an Original Cinnamon Lovers Pack from Cinnamon Hill, which includes:
– one box of Ceylon cinnamon (contains five 5-inch sticks),
– one box of Saigon cinnamon (contains five 5-inch sticks),
– a beautiful honey oak cinnamon grater,
– a hand-made ceramic cup to keep the grater and a couple of sticks of cinnamon on your counter or table.

Cinnamon Hill is a British company based in Lancashire that specializes in sourcing and selling the highest-quality, freshest cinnamon from Sri Lanka and Vietnam — ordinary cinnamon usually comes from China or Indonesia. Each pack is marked with the harvest date of the cinnamon, and the cinnamon sticks are individually wrapped (in biodegradable cellophane) to preserve their vibrant flavor.

Original Cinnamon Lovers Pack

For this giveaway, Rupert Beeley of Cinnamon Hill is offering this beautiful gift pack that allows you to sample and compare both kinds of cinnamon, grated fresh on the special cinnamon grater that they designed — the grater is a unique tool, entirely made in England from sustainably cultivated wood and laser-etched stainless steel.

To participate, leave a comment below (in English or in French) telling me about your favorite use for cinnamon. And if you’re on Facebook, please consider liking the Cinnamon Hill page (and the C&Z page, too!).

You have until Thursday, October 17, midnight Paris time to enter; I will then draw one entry randomly and announce it here. Rupert has generously agreed to ship internationally, so you’re welcome to play regardless of your location; please make sure you enter your email address correctly so I can contact you if you win.

Good luck! And check back on Monday for a new giveaway.

WE GOT A WINNER! I have drawn an entry at random using random.org (see screen capture below), and I am pleased to announce the winner is Michelle of Boulderneigh, who said her favorite carrier for cinnamon is a really good cinnamon roll.

Congratulations Michelle, and thank you all for entering with such imaginative cinnamon uses! I’m so inspired I will compile them into a list to share with you very soon.

Cinnamon Hill draw

* Disclosure: Rupert has sent me samples of both kinds of cinnamon for tasting, with no obligation to write about them. All opinions expressed are my own.

10th Anniversary Giveaway #3: French Cooking Class at La Cuisine Paris

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of C&Z, I am hosting 10 giveaways throughout the month of October. Keep checking back for chances to win wonderful products I’ve discovered and loved over the past decade!

Our third giveaway prize is the cooking class of your choice from La Cuisine Paris.

La Cuisine Paris is a wonderful cooking school located in the center of Paris, right by the Seine. It is run by a French-American couple who have created a warm and inviting space for home cooks to learn about French cuisine and French pastries through hands-on cooking classes taught by professional chefs. They also organize market classes, tasting classes, and food tours.

For this giveaway, owner Jane Bercht is offering a gift certificate for the class of your choice (taught in English), whether you want to learn about croissants, macarons, or soufflés, prepare a three-course gourmet dinner, learn to shop at a French market, or go out to Versailles to visit the King’s Vegetable Garden (see class details).

The prize doesn’t include transportation to Paris (I wish!) and the certificate is valid through the end of 2014. If you win, Jane will get in touch with you so you can discuss dates and class choices.

To participate, leave a comment below (in English or in French) telling me about the most memorable cooking class you took, or the one you dream of taking someday. And if you’re on Facebook, please consider liking La Cuisine Paris’ page (and the C&Z page, too!).

You have until Monday, October 14, midnight Paris time to enter; I will then draw one entry randomly and announce it here. You are welcome to play regardless of your current location, as long as you intend to be in Paris sometime before the end of 2014. Please make sure you enter your email address correctly so I can contact you if you win.

Good luck! And check back on Thursday for a new giveaway.

WE GOT A WINNER!

I have drawn an entry at random using random.org (see screen capture below), and I am pleased to announce the winner is Aly, who wrote, “My mother, grandmother, sister in law, and I took a cooking class at Mama Agata in Ravello, Italy. It was wonderful to all be together and my grandma (just shy of 90) came from that area and so enjoyed speaking with Mama Agata. The food was delicious and the landscape absolutely stunning. It’s a lovely family-run business and I treasure the memories.”

Congratulations Aly, and thank you all for entering with such wonderful cooking class memories and ideas!

La Cuisine Paris Draw

10th Anniversary Giveaway #2: Black Cherry Super Peel

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of C&Z, I am hosting 10 giveaways throughout the month of October. Keep checking back for chances to win wonderful products I’ve discovered and loved over the past decade!

Our second giveaway prize is a Super Peel baking peel, as recently featured on America’s Test Kitchen as one of four must-have tools for serious pizza lovers.

The Super Peel is a beautifully crafted wooden peel with a cloth conveyor belt that wraps around it, making it very easy to transfer your pizzas and breads onto a hot baking stone or baking sheet.

I bought my own four years ago, and have been using it happily — with a little thrill every time, so well it works — for many of the breads and pizzas I’ve since featured on Chocolate & Zucchini.

The Super Peel is made in the US at a woodworking facility in upstate New York that employs people with disabilities. Over fifteen steps are required to make each peel from raw lumber, and most are done by hand or with hand-operated power tools.

For this giveaway, Gary Casper, the passionate inventor of the Super Peel, is offering the deluxe peel made with local black cherry hardwood, sanded smooth and hand-sealed with a food-safe cutting board oil. It will be fitted with one of the brand new flax linen transfer cloths he has just special-ordered.

To participate, leave a comment below (in English or in French) telling me about your most successful bread or pizza experiment. And if you’re on Facebook, please consider liking the Super Peel page (and the C&Z page, too!).

You have until Friday, October 11, midnight Paris time to enter; I will then draw one entry randomly and announce it here. Gary has generously agreed to ship internationally, so you’re welcome to play regardless of your location; please make sure you enter your email address correctly so I can contact you if you win.

Good luck! And check back on Monday for a new giveaway.

WE HAVE A WINNER!

I have drawn an entry at random using random.org (see screen capture below), and I am pleased to announce the winner is PlumGaga, who says she’s loved teaching her grandchildren to turn out loaves of good bread. Congratulations PlumGaga, and thank you all for entering with such cool baking experiments!

Super Peel Draw

10th Anniversary Giveaway #1: Chocolate Sampler from Chocolate Naive

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of C&Z, I am hosting 10 giveaways throughout the month of October. Keep checking back for chances to win wonderful prizes I’ve discovered and loved over the past decade!

Our first giveaway prize is an eight-bar chocolate sampler from Chocolate Naive, a bean-to-bar chocolate company run by Domantas Užpalis in the Lithuanian countryside.

I have had the opportunity to taste Domantas’ incredible hand-signed chocolates* and to discuss his unique philosophy, and I am certain that you will be as enthused as I am by his work.

I am therefore delighted to be able to offer you a boxed set of eight chocolate bars from his “Back to the Origins” collection. This assortment includes one bar each of:

– Milk chocolate with salted caramel
– Milk chocolate with hazelnut cream
– Milk chocolate (Java/Papua New Guinea)
– Dark chocolate (Trinidad and Tobago)
– Dark chocolate with creamy coffee
– Dark chocolate with forest honey
– Dark chocolate with sugar crystals (my favorite!)
– Dark chocolate (Peru pure nacional, limited edition)

To participate, leave a comment below (in English or in French) telling me about your absolute favorite chocolate bar. And if you’re on Facebook, please consider liking the Chocolate Naive page (and of course, the C&Z page, too!).

You have until Wednesday, October 9, midnight Paris time to enter; I will then draw one entry randomly and announce it here. Domantas has generously agreed to ship internationally, so you’re welcome to play regardless of your location; please make sure you enter your email address correctly so I can contact you if you win.

Good luck, and check back this Friday for a new giveaway!

WE GOT A WINNER!

I have drawn an entry at random using random.org (see screen capture below), and I am pleased to announce the winner is Christina Oldenburg, who nominated Trader Joe’s Pound Plus Dark Chocolate as her favorite. Congratulations Christina, and thank you all for entering with such tempting choices! I’ve added many to my to-try list.

Giveaway winner

* Disclosure

Domantas has sent me samples of his chocolates for tasting, with no obligation to write about them. All opinions expressed are my own.

The French Market Cookbook

Well, this is it! The French Market Cookbook, my new book of vegetable recipes, is coming out today.

[Scroll down to see how you can enter to win a copy!]

It is an exciting day for me, one I’ve been looking forward to for three years, ever since the idea for the book first popped into my head. (I know the exact date because I have the email I sent my agent that very day to share!) It has been a pretty smooth ride since then — the planning, the proposal-ing, the writing, the recipe testing, the shooting, the editing, the correcting, the naming, the designing, the waiting — and I am most grateful that I’ve had such a great team at Clarkson Potter on my side all along.

And now the book is finally ready — and dying! — to start its own life in your hands and on your kitchen counter. It is my most ardent hope that you and it enjoy each other’s company, and that perhaps you’ll write and tell me about it from time to time.

The French Market Cookbook is available wherever books are sold, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.

The French Market Cookbook

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