Chicago Recipe Giardiniera Brats from Johnsonville #Giveaway

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As much a part of Chicago culinary tradition as deep dish pizza or ketchup-less hot dogs, this spicy pickled vegetable condiment is beloved by Chicagoans in every neighborhood and is now combined with another Chicago favorite – bratwurst! Just in time for summer, these brats have a nice spice and crunch that will delight any Chicagoan and true giardiniera fan.

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As a blogger who lives in Chicago, I was happy to try these out. The Chicago Recipe Giardiniera Brats from Johnsonville aren’t your run of the mill brats. They are definitely not like anything else out there. I personally think it is a great twist to a brat! How is the flavor? Pretty good!

Since we are fans, I have arranged for 10 readers to win a coupon for a FREE Johnsonville Smoked or Cooked Sausage (this includes brats!). Here’s what you need to do:

Chicago Recipe Giardiniera Brats from Johnsonville Giveaway

Make the Bread, Buy the Butter

When Jennifer Reese lost her job, she was overcome by an impulse common among the recently unemployed: to economize by doing for herself what she had previously paid for. She had never before considered making her own peanut butter and pita bread, let alone curing her own prosciutto or raising turkeys. And though it sounded logical that “doing it yourself” would cost less, she had her doubts. Reese began a series of kitchen-related experiments, taking into account the competing demands of everyday contemporary American family life as she answers some timely questions: When is homemade better? Cheaper? Are backyard eggs a more ethical choice than store-bought? Will grinding and stuffing your own sausage ruin your week? Is it possible to make an edible maraschino cherry? Some of Reese’s discoveries will surprise you: Although you should make your hot dog buns, guacamole, and yogurt, you should probably buy your hamburger buns, potato chips, and rice pudding. Tired? Buy your mayonnaise. Inspired? Make it.

Make the Bread, Buy the Butter has 120 recipes with “make it” or “buy it” recommendations. I love this book. I can honestly say that I haven’t ever seen anything like it. The recipes are fairly easy and if they do require something you wouldn’t normally have in your kitchen, the book tells you exactly where to get it! I love that they do a cost comparison too, so you can see your savings if you do make it at home. Sometimes it is just pennies, but other times we are talking a lot of money! My husband loved that they even have a sauerkraut recipe (and yes, you should make that at home!)

If you want to save money in your kitchen, Make the Bread, Buy the Butter is a must have book. There is a lot of humor with fairly easy instructions. Plus, you can figure out how to save money on some of your favorite things (homemade chocolate pudding here I come!)

Wasa Review and Giveaway

This giveaway is now over. The winner is Justine. Congrats!

Wasa Flatbreads are made with a few, simple all natural ingredients.  They are then seasoned and oven baked for a one of a kind taste.  This healthier cracker offers endless topping possibilities.  In addition, the Stay Fresh packs make them a great on the go snack.  They come in three flavors:  Original, Sesame, and Rosemary.

We were given one of each to try.  The Original Wasa Flatbreads on their own seemed a little bland.  However, if you top it with a flavored cream cheese of some sort, it was way better.  The sesame was good with everything we put on top of it (cheese, sausage, dip, etc).  However, our favorite was the Rosemary.  These flatbreads were good on their own, and also worked well with all the topics we tried with it.  We served these at a football party we were having, and everyone seemed to like them!  If you are looking for a healthier snack in your house, give Wasa Flatbreads a try!

Since we liked them so much, I’ve arranged for one of my lucky readers to get a Wasa Prize Pack!   The winner will get all 3 flavors of Wasa, a Wasa branded tin, flash drive and pen, tote bag, and a book on recipes with flatbreads!  Here’s what you need to do:

Check out Wasa‘s site and tell me which flavor of flatbread you think you’d like best.

These will give you one additional entry (for each thing):

1. Twitter about this contest. I’ve added a Tweet button at the top of this post to make it super easy to do too! Just let me know in the comments that you did. Also, you can do this daily!

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5. Comment on any other post on this blog. Let me know which one and you’ve got an additional entry. (One entry per post you comment on, so if you comment on 5 post, you’ve got five extra entries! Comments must not be spam.)

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Good luck! This contest will end December 6th, 2010 at 11:59 PM CST.