McCormick & Schmicks Giveaway

This giveaway is now over. Jenny Gibbons is the winner. Congrats!

mccormick_schmicks_harborsideI love seafood. I would go to the ends of the Earth to get a good shrimp platter (and you can ask my husband, because I’ve made him drive very far to get some good shrimp). That is why when I heard about McCormick & Schmicks, I knew I had to pass on this great place.  With 80 restaurants nationwide, everyone should have one of these close to them.

The owners of this restaurant completely understand where its diners come from which is why they introduced their movie and a meal deal.  Through September, or while supplies last, you can purchase any dinner entrée and receive an unrestricted movie ticket for only $5.00. Now, here in Chicago, movies cost a lot more (actually more than double that). I love that, if you are like me, this really helps make a date night way more affordable!

Before I tell you about the giveaway I am going to do, McCormick & Schmick has a great giveaway where you can enter to win a trip to the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The Sweepstake’s prize includes airfare and hotel for two to Park City, Utah, and VIP passes to party with the stars at Sundance.

Now that you are back from entering that awesome giveaway, I have one for you also.  I have a $25 gift certificate for one of my lucky readers!  Here’s what you need to do:

1. Leave a comment on this post. Check out the McCormick & Schmicks site and tell me something you learned or where the closest location is for you!
2. Twitter about this contest. Please leave me your username so I can verify. If you want, use something like this:

Enter to win a $25 GC for McCormick & Schmicks from @blm03 http://lisacooking.com/2009/09/03/mccormick-schmicks-giveaway/

3. Add this post to social media sites like Stumble, Digg, Kirtsy, Blogging Zoom, Reddit, Propeller, Etc.

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Good luck! This contest will end Sept 17, 2009 at 12:00 PM CST.

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Morton’s Seasoning

My husband loves spicy. The kids and I do not. It makes cooking at my house extremely interesting since I would like everybody to be happy.  Morton’s Seasoning Salt and Cajun Seasoning was a huge hit in my house.  We recently tried this seasoning on some wonderful thin sliced porterhouse steaks from our local grocery store.  The seasoning salt gave my steak an awesome flavor. I am not one for seasoning most things, so I was surprised how the seasoning brought out the flavor of my already awesome steak.  I shared my steak with the kids, and they also liked it.  My husband tried the Cajun Seasoning on his steak.  He liked the kick that his steak got from it.  When I make steaks, I hadn’t been seasoning them at all.  However, now that I have been turned onto the delicious flavors of Morton’s Seasonings, I am now going to be seasoning everything I grill out on my Foreman Grill (remember, I live in Chicago, and it is a tad cold to grill outside).  If you would like to try out these seasonings on your own, they can be bought at any one of the 80 Morton’s Steakhouse locations and their website.  I have to decide what to make for dinner tonight, and I think steak sounds good, don’t you?

Wolferman’s French Toast Rounds

This easy to make recipe is take off of our well known french toasts. However, if you are looking for something a little different, definitely try out these french toast rounds.

I recommend using Wolferman’s English Muffins for this recipe for several reasons.  First, I love the size of them.  That is literally the first thing you will notice.  If you are like me, you are buying whatever is cheaper at the store.  However, cheap does not equal same quality.  Wolferman’s English Muffins are double the size of what I normally buy.  I also noticed right away that I didn’t have to slice these open.  With little ones, I try to use knives the least amount as possible.  These you just have to gently pull them apart.  These are super yummy too.  I cannot believe the taste difference.  When you open the bag, you immediately can smell the flavor.  The cinnamon and raison english muffins is one of the best scents.  Another favorite flavor for our house was the Apple Orchards (I liked the scent of this one too).  If you need english muffins, I highly recommend Wolferman’s.  Without further ado, here is the recipe:

4 Wolferman’s 1910 Original Signature English Muffins (you could also use the Honey & Oats, Cinnamon & Raisin, and Cranberry English Muffins)
2 eggs
1 1/4 cups milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon

In a bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, salt, vanilla, and cinnamon until well blended. Heat a lightly oiled griddle to medium/hot. Dip both sides of the muffin halves into the egg mixture. Place slices on heated griddle. Cook until golden brown on both sides.

Both my kids and I liked this (hubby missed it due to being at the Chicago Bears game).  Let me know if you have a great french toast recipe I should try on our next bag of English muffins.