Monday, October 22, 2012

College Inn Ultimate Recipe Challenge Exchange

What a couple of weeks! I don't know about everyone else, but I'm just about ready to curl up in a big (red) blankie and hibernate until Spring. After getting everyone outfitted for school, finishing up a huge project, driving my mother to, from and all over Indiana for a week, I need a nap.

 Before anyone, woman or animal, can hibernate, you need to stock up the old tummy reserves, right? Of course. There's no better way this time of year to do that than a good old fashioned roast, soup, stew or casserole and one of my personal favorite additions for flavor is College Inn Broth. Boxed or canned, it's just the right balance of flavor I'm looking for when I don't have time to make my own stocks or broths from scratch (which doesn't seem to be too often lately!).

So, when I received some College Inn Broth goodies and recipes from Amanda Freitag for a dinner party, I got right on it. First, I made Amanda Freitag's Beer Braised Bold Beef Stew and Smashed Potatoes. Everyone loved it. Several of us ate it at home and it made enough for me to share at work, as well. The flavor and color was so rich and it went together easily. If you get the chance to make this, do it!

 Beautiful, isn't it? 

Next, I made my mom and grandmother's chuck roast, which I've posted about before, but instead of the usual water added, I used College Inn Tender Beef Bold Stock. I can say there was not a shred of meat left on that platter at the end of the meal. For that recipe, go HERE.

Our family chuck roast, even better.

Fun times at the dinner table. Not sure what all the giggling was about, but it's all good.

Now my favorite store-bought broth has paired with Amanda Freitag for a fantastic contest and fun giveaway. See what you think of this:

The Facebook contest is running until October 28th . The grand prize winner will win a $5,000 cash prize and a three day trip to San Francisco for two to attend a charity dinner with Amanda Freitag. (Who doesn't love Amanda Freitag?) Click HERE for the College Inn Facebook page and HERE for the contest app.

Two category winners will each receive a $500 cash prize AND Chef Amanda Freitag is one of the judges. Contestants may enter up to 10 recipes in the following categories:

Side Dishes

For each eligible recipe entry, College Inn will donate $1.00 towards the Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry Campaign, up to $20,000! That. Is. Awesome. I've partnered with Share Our Strength for more than a few campaigns and this one is just another step toward ending childhood hunger. Good deal.

Now, the giveaway part happens right here. I have a little package of goodies for one lucky winner that includes College Inn products and branded cooking utensils and goodies:

o Five-piece cutting board set
o Soup to-go mug
o 60-minute kitchen timer shaped like a cooking pot (this is SO cute!)

Leave a comment and you will be instantly entered! Make sure to leave an email where you can be reached.

Contest ends Monday, November 5th at 11:59 PM so enter today!

**Disclaimer: All College Inn Product, branded products and gift card for ingredients was provided free of charge. All views are my own and not influenced in any way by College Inn.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Blow It When It's Hot

Do you believe that there's not enough emphasis on soup in contemporary culture? Have you ever wondered why nobody has ever written a rap about soup? Have you ever dreamed of being in a music video about soup?

Here's a mugshot ... er, photo, of the rapper himself.

Okay... probably not, but just in case the whole idea appeals to your strange and twisted sense of humor, then why not get involved with this little project:

John Inverness is an armchair philosopher. He does philosophise about other things, but it is mainly about armchairs. John loves soup. So much so, that he has written a rap about it, based on Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot". It's very funny, but he needs a bit of moolah to make a video. He needs your help.

Head on over to watch this very silly video and drop a buck or two to help John reach his goal!