The Meatloaf Bakery Cookbook Giveaway!

The Meatloaf Bakery is a Chicago hot spot, providing Lincoln Park’s busy moms and young professionals, with creative and crave-able meatloaf “cupcakes” that are topped with mashed potatoes, stuffing, or pasta, and require only a few minutes in the oven before they hit the dinner table. They feature meatloaf-cupcake versions of everything from spaghetti and meatballs to Buffalo wings to turkey and stuffing, and offers up creative sides like Yukon Smashers and Cheesy Taters.

Many people have asked, and now these delicious recipes can be recreated anywhere and anytime as this colorful, recipe-loaded cookbook breathes new life into the classic family mealtime staple. The popular recipes that line The Meatloaf Bakery’s display cases are all in here! With recipes, preparation tips and a peek inside a day in the life of The Meatloaf Bakery, readers will experience all the creativity of The Meatloaf Bakery in their very own home.

I love that the majority of ingredients used in The Meatloaf Bakery Cookbook, you will find right in your pantry. The directions are fairly easy to follow even for the beginner cook. The explanations of what and why you are doing things are excellent. I also love how they give you tips for what goes well with each recipe and the side notes of why they included each recipe in the cookbook.

The Meatloaf Bakery Cookbook: Comfort Food with a Twist hits shelves on November 18th, just in time for those cozy, holiday get-togethers, and offers a variety of dishes for meat lovers and vegetarians alike, such as:

  • Herby Turkey Loaf for Thanksgiving —Loaded with flavor, texture, and nutrition, serve with a side of fresh cranberry sauce, and this favorite will soon become a staple on your plate.
  • Sassy Turkey Sausage —This zippy blend of turkey, spicy turkey sausage, and fragrant herbs and spices raises turkey to a new level.
  • The Mother Loaf® —This is where it all started—Cynthia’s mom’s “recipe,” — she created this version from memory, and it’s so good, it was featured on Food Network’s “Sugar High.”
  • The Father Loaf —If you’re going to have The Mother Loaf, you’ve got to have The Father Loaf. Add some barbecue sauce, and top with Cheesy Taters. Here’s to dads everywhere.
  • “No Buns About It Burger Loaf®”—What’s a meatloaf cookbook without a meatloaf that tastes just like an All-American, bacon-cheddar, cheeseburger?
  • The Falafel-ly Good Loaf— For those vegetarians at your Thanksgiving table, or holiday table!

This is such a fun cookbook, so I have arranged for one of my lucky readers to win a copy for themselves! Here’s what you need to do:

Additional Contest Rules:
This contest is open to US residents.

There is no cash value prize equivalent for this contest.

Winner will have 48 hours upon notification being sent to claim the prize, if winner does not respond within 48 hours, then the winner forfeits the prize and a new winner will be chosen.

Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic

 Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic premium pickles are made with farm-fresh cucumbers, more veggies, and the homemade goodness of natural herbs and spices.  Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic uses real ingredients – no artificial coloring or flavoring and no corn syrup – to deliver a great tasting pickle with authentic flavor and crunch everyone loves. Perfect for adding a bold kick to favorite foods or as a snack straight out of the jar, Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic pickles are simply delicious.

These five new varieties will be on store shelves nationwide:

  • Deli Style Halves – new flavor
  • Bread & Butter Chips – new flavor
  • Zesty Garlic Chips – a big fan-favorite in a new variety
  • Kosher Dill Halves
  • Kosher Dill Spears

They are great for adding a kick to your favorite foods or as a snack right out of the jar.  (Umm, I’m very guilty of that!).  Can I tell you how much I love these?  We got to try the dill spears and the bread and butter chips.  First of all, yummm!  Secondly, I just can’t get over how nice these jars of pickles look!  I could keep them out as a decoration (yes, they look that nice!).

Looks nice, taste great, what more could you want!  Make sure you check out Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic for your Labor Day barbecues!

Good Seasons Salad Dressing & Recipe Mix

good seasonsMy husband absolutely loves Good Seasons Salad dressing.  The combination of fresh produce and the artfully crafted blend of herbs and spices found in Good Seasons Salad Dressing & Recipe Mix enhances summer salads, complement cool dips and dial up the flavor as a grill-enhancing marinade.  I love that on the back of the packaging they have several different ways to make the dressing.  You can make teriyaki, dijon, greek, raspberry, lemon dill, cilantro lime, or just regular Italian dressing.  One of our favorite recipes to use the dressing with is this Ham & Cheese pull aparts:

½ cup mayo
¼ cup Italian dressing (that you just made with you Good Seasons Salad Dressing packet)
1 loaf (16 oz) soft Italian bread or unsliced sandwich bread
6 pieces of cheese
1 pkg. (6 oz) Oscar Mayer deli style ham  (You can add as much or as little meat as you want.  You can even change what kind of meat too!)
Tomato slices

Preheat oven @ 350 degrees.

Mix mayo and dressing. Set aside.

Cut ends off bread to make 12-inch loaf. Slice bread evenly into 12 slices, being careful not to cut all the way through to the bottom of the loaf. Spread mixture between every other pair of bread slices. Fill with singles, ham, and tomato. Wrap sandwich in foil

Bake for 15 – 20 minutes.

Makes 6 servings.

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