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November 2009

The Cheap Gourmet: Final Two Days to Enter the November Giveaway

It's hard to believe November is almost over. Seems like only yesterday it was Halloween, now we're rapidly moving toward December. As mentioned earlier, The Cheap Gourmet is giving away a fabulous Holiday Greeting Card Gift pack consisting of 10 "Merry Christmas", 5 "Thank You" and 10 "Happy New Year" cards. The monetary value of this giveaway is $25, but this is a gift that keeps on giving.

The winner of Dog Captions Greeting Cards will receive 25 greeting cards practically guaranteed to enrich the lives of all who receive them. Better yet, a small donation will be made to the Fredericksburg, Virginia no-kill animal rescue shelter to enrich the lives of homeless animals.

In order to be entered into the Dog Captions Greeting Cards Giveaway simply leave a comment on any blog post at The Cheap Gourmet.

If you're short on time, leave a comment on this post and tell me WHAT YOU LIKE OR DON'T LIKE about The Cheap Gourmet blog.

One lucky winner will be chosen at random on Monday, November 30th, so leave your comments today and you could be the winner tomorrow!

Too much cheer happy dog greeting cards

The Cheap Gourmet has lined up some spectacular and EXCLUSIVE giveaway prizes for 2010. Details will be revealed on December 1st. If you haven't already done so, subscribe to our mailing list to be notified when new blog posts are published. (Enter a valid email address in the subscription box on the upper right sidebar).

I look forward to receiving your comments and suggestions and wish you the best of luck for winning our November giveaway. In the meantime, if you're looking for unique greeting cards and gift ideas for pet lovers, visit DogCaptionCards.com. Your purchase can save the life of a neglected, abused or abandoned dog or cat.

Thanksgiving and Holiday Dessert Recipe Resources

If you are reading this, chances are you're scrambling for Thanksgiving and holiday dessert recipes. The good news is you've come to the right place! Below I've listed my five favorite dessert resources. Each source provides dozens of yummy treats to serve on turkey day or throughout the holiday season. I know you're short on time, so let's get down to dessert business!

The Cheap Gourmet's Five Favorite Thanksgiving and Holiday Dessert Recipe Resources

Truvia.com – Truvia™ is a new all-natural sweetener derived from the stevia leaf. Truvia was recently featured on The Martha Stewart Show as one of "Martha's Finds" and part of O You!, The Oprah Magazine's signature event in Kansas City, Missouri.

Baking with Truvia is different than using granulated sugar, so be certain to review the Sweetness Conversion Chart if you decide to use Truvia in recipes other than those presented on their website.

My personal Truvia recipes include: Pumpkin Pie (of course!), Pecan Pie, Sweet Potato Pie, Classic Cheesecake, and Apple Berry Galette. Give your guests the special treat of reduced-calorie, flavor-rich healthy desserts. I promise they will never know the difference unless you tell them!

MyRecipes.com – Featuring Thanksgiving and holiday recipes from Cooking Light, Southern Living, Coastal Living, All You, Real Simple and Health magazines, MyRecipes.com is featuring a special holiday pie section.

"9 Delicious Pies for Turkey Day" selections include: Double Apple Pie with Cornmeal Crust, Oatmeal Pecan Pie, Elegant Pumpkin-Walnut Layered Pie, Coconut Cream Pie with Pineapple, Tiramisu Toffee Trifle Pie, Peanut Butter Banana Pie, Cherries Jubilee Ice Cream Pie, Fudge Pie and Peanut Butter Pie.

KraftFoods.com – Kraft Foods has a special place in my heart as my mom whipped up many holiday meals and desserts using their product line. Their website presents a "Best Ever Thanksgiving Recipes" section that can help you with everything from turkey and trimmings to elegant desserts.

This year, I will be serving Kraft Foods Rocky Road Freeze pie. This decadent dessert is super easy to prepare, requires few ingredients, and is often accompanied by squeals of delight at first bite!

Other delicious dessert recipes include: Chocolate Truffle Pie, The Perfect Apple Pie, Candy Crunch Pudding Pie, Philadelphia Caramel Pecan Cheesecake, Ginger Snap Bread Pudding, Banana Pudding Squares, and Angel Lush; a diabetic-friendly dessert!

BakeSpace.com – Another social cooking site, Bake Space is a fun and interactive website offering an abundance of recipes for every day cooking to holiday entertaining. At present, Bake Space members have swapped more than 1 million recipes so chances are high you will find exactly what you're looking for along with many recipe surprises!

Dozens of Thanksgiving dessert recipes are included in the Bake Space database. A few of my favorites include: Pumpkin Custard Ice Cream, Zucchini Spice Cake with Lemon Sauce, Pumpkin Mousse in Cinnamon Pastry Shells and Apple Cider Float.

If you haven't already done so, please take a moment to subscribe to our mailing list. Subscribers are instantly notified of new recipes, product specials and cooking contests and giveaways. We have some amazing giveaways planned for 2010. Don't miss out on these exciting gifts! Subscribe today and you could be our next winner.

Last, but not least, post a comment on any blog post and you're automatically entered into November's giveaway. Details can be found at The Cheap Gourmet November Giveaway.

Happy Thanksgiving to All!

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Thanksgiving Menu Ideas, Recipes, Cooking Tips and How-To Video Resources

Tired of the same ole' Thanksgiving menu? Ready to venture out and try new and exciting recipes? In need of cooking tips or searching for how-to videos that provide step-by-step cooking instructions? If so, you'll love the following Thanksgiving menu ideas and cooking resources!

For years, our family Thanksgiving menu consisted of roasted turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, noodles, the infamous green bean casserole, freshly baked rolls along with at least one pumpkin pie and one pecan pie.

This year we are joining friends for a Thanksgiving feast and I have been searching for unique dessert and side dish recipes. The following holiday cooking resources have helped me locate a variety of delicious, nutritious and healthy recipes. My biggest problem now is deciding which ones to prepare! I hope these resources help you locate recipes to complement and enhance your Thanksgiving meal!

Thanksgiving Menu Ideas, Recipes, Cooking Tips and How-To Video Resources

Every Day with Rachel Ray
– Rachel Ray is infamous for creating recipes suited for home cooks who don't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. Her website is packed with recipes for all occasions and includes a special section devoted to Thanksgiving.

At Every Day with Rachel Ray you'll find recipes for starters, sides, turkey, stuffing, soups, desserts and drinks. How-to videos are available and include: How to prep a turkey for roasting; how to carve a turkey; how to make stuffing; how to make gravy; how to make easy mashed potatoes; how to make an easy lattice pie; and much more!

Cooking.com – Here you will discover a vast database of recipes for every occasion. From breakfast, lunch and dinner to party planning and holiday fare, Cooking.com is a one-stop resource for recipes, cooking tips, kitchen gadgets and more!

Click on the Holidays and Parties link to locate complete menu planners or individual recipes. Wow your guests with unique pumpkin recipes such as Pumpkin Maple Crème Brulée, Pumpkin Walnut Cake or Pumpkin Gingersnap Cheesecake. Go beyond traditional Thanksgiving casserole dishes by whipping up Pear and Red Onion Gratin, Whipped Sweet Potato Bake, or Canadian Bacon, Potato and Swiss Chard Gratin.

Campbell's Kitchen – Manufacturer of America's favorite soups, Campbell's Kitchen provides 115 holiday recipes certain to please even the pickiest eaters. From Skinny Mashed Potatoes to Sausage Walnut Stuffing and Herb Roasted Turkey to Brie en Croute, Cambell's Kitchen offers affordable and easy-to-prepare recipes practically guaranteed to make your Thanksgiving feast memorable.

Be certain to download Campbell's Kitchen Free Holiday Planner which includes all the recipes you'll need for the holidays and the leftovers to follow!

Eat Better America – Locating healthy holiday recipes can be challenging, but Eat Better America provides a vast assortment of great tasting, nutritious recipes that are low in calories while bursting with flavor.

Indulge in French classics such as Turkey Ratatouille or Italian favorites such as Turkey and Spinach Manicotti. Savor the intoxicating flavors of Thyme-Roasted Turkey Breast or save time by preparing the Slow Cooker Turkey Breast Stuffed with Rice.

Eat Better America recipe selections include: breakfast and brunch, appetizers and snacks, dinner, sides, breads, desserts and drinks. Take a moment to subscribe to their newsletter and receive diet, nutrition and fitness tips; discover simple ways to eat healthy; and obtain a variety of money saving coupons.


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Best Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe Resources

Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and many of us are in need of outstanding recipes that will impress our guests and provide a moist, tender turkey. Today, I'd like to share my favorite Thanksgiving turkey recipe resources and hope they help you find the perfect recipe for your holiday feast.


Top Five Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe Resources:

Food Network – The Food Network provides dozens of turkey recipes, along with appetizers, side dishes, stuffing and dressing, side dishes, salads and desserts. Thanksgiving turkey recipes include: Roasted Turkey with Citrus Rosemary Salt; Oven Roasted Turkey Breast with Leeks; Paula Deen's Turkey with Maple Cranberry Glaze; Bobby Flay's Apple-Sage Glazed Grilled Whole Turkey; and Alton Brown's Turkey with Stuffing.

AllRecipes.com– Here you will discover how to make the infamous deep-fried turkey, along with recipes for BBQ turkey, smoked turkey, classic stuffed turkey, the best "Ugly Turkey", easy herb turkey and the "World's Best" turkey!

Butterball provides the Turkey Talk Line each weekday between the hours of 8am to 8pm. The Butterball website provides tips and how-to ideas for roasting, broasting, grilling and baking whole turkeys, turkey legs, wings and breasts. Butterball is currently offering a $2.00 discount coupon for any fresh or frozen whole Butterball turkey. Offer expires 12/31/09.

EatTurkey.com offers a wealth of turkey recipes and resources to create a successful holiday meal. Here you'll find prep tips and cooking times, holiday menu planners, roasting procedures, how to choose the proper roasting pan, how to carve a turkey, and storage and preparation safety guides.

Real Simple is one of my favorite resources for obtaining all types of recipes. In the spirit of the holidays, Real Simple offers a vast array of turkey recipes including tips for how to host a Thanksgiving Potluck dinner.

Real Simple offers more than 50 Thanksgiving recipes including: Basic Roast Turkey, Maple Glazed Turkey, Roast Turkey with Sage Stuffing and Gravy, and Turkey with Molasses Butter. You'll also have access to recipes for homemade gravies, stuffing, dressings, breads and biscuits, cranberries, beans, spinach and greens, salads, squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, vegetables and desserts.

Take a moment to subscribe to The Cheap Gourmet mailing list to receive more holiday tips and recipes, along with future giveaways. We have lined up some amazing sponsors who will be offering exclusive giveaways to The Cheap Gourmet readers.

Simply enter your email address in the subscription box on the right sidebar. We never sell, rent, trade or giveaway your contact information and only contact you when new articles and announcements are published.

Thank you for being part of The Cheap Gourmet family. We wish you a happy holiday season and a wonderful Thanksgiving!

P.S. Don't forget to download your complimentary "Healthy Holiday Thanksgiving Menu Planner" below:

Thanksgiving Healthy Holiday Cooking Menu Planner

It's hard to believe Thanksgiving is only six days away! If you are looking for healthy alternatives to traditional holiday fare, I'd like to share The Cheap Gourmet Thanksgiving Healthy Holiday Cooking Menu Planner.

The Thanksgiving Healthy Holiday Cooking Menu Planner includes recipes fit for a feast. Recipes range from appetizers to desserts and include family favorites such as oven roasted turkey and mashed sweet potatoes.

Thanksgiving Healthy Holiday Cooking includes something for everyone - from carnivores to vegetarians and vegans. You're certain to find recipes that will tantalize your tastebuds and impress your guests.

Download The Cheap Gourmet Presents Healthy Holiday Cooking Thanksgiving Recipe Collection 2009

Recipes include:

Artichoke and White Bean Dip
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

The Great Pumpkin Soup
Quinoa Soup with Greens and Potatoes

Quinoa Apple Salad
Persimmon Mesculin Salad

Roasted Turkey
Baked Cod Fillets

Side Dishes:
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Quinoa Stuffing
Roasted Beets
Couscous Stuffed Artichokes

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Orange Coconut Frost

Creamy Pumpkin Pudding
Rice Pudding with Cranberries

Feel free to pass along the Thanksgiving Healthy Holiday Menu Planner to health-conscious friends and family.

In closing, I'd like to thank each and everyone of you for supporting The Cheap Gourmet and wish you a bountiful holiday season!

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P.S.Don't forget to leave a comment on any blog post to be entered into our fun November Giveaway!

Alouette Cheese Gourmet Fall Giveaway Winner and November Giveaway Announcement

I am pleased to announce the confirmed Alouette Cheese Gourmet Fall Giveaway Winner. Although it took three tries, Viveca Stone-Berry has claimed her prize and Alouette is in the process of sending her gorgeous cheeseboard, free gourmet cheeses, and all the other goodies that came with the giveaway.

The Alouette Cheese "Slow Down and Savor Life" contest was the first major giveaway offered through The Cheap Gourmet blog. As with all new things, I underwent a learning curve. I must admit I was surprised the first two winners did not claim their prize.

If you have suggestions on how I can improve future giveaways to ensure recipients are easily notified, feel free to leave a comment. I hope to attract more major food and cooking brands to offer prizes to The Cheap Gourmet readers and want to make the process as easy as possible for participants. Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

A Strange Twist…

Oddly enough, I know Viveca Stone-Berry quite well. Her name was chosen at random through the contest service provider. Apparently, it was meant for her to win the Alouette Cheese giveaway because she has in turn given you the chance to win a great holiday gift.

Viveca is the co-founder of DogCaptionCards.com; an organization that sells greeting cards graced with photographs of the lives of dogs (and a few cats!). Beneath is a catchy caption that captures the essence of each photograph. Words cannot express how adorable these cards are!

Smells happy dog greeting cards

Dog Caption Cards is launching new greeting card packs, which have yet to be released to the general public. These include the "Merry Christmas Card Pack", “Happy New Sniffs – Happy New Year Pack” and the "Thank You" bundle. Readers of The Cheap Gourmet will be the first to have access to the new line of greeting cards. How exciting is that!

The Cheap Gourmet November Contest Details

The contest is simple. Leave a comment or suggestion on any blog post and include your email address. I moderate every comment and will remove your email address prior to publishing. On Monday, November 30th the winner will be selected at random. The winner will be published on the The Cheap Gourmet blog and contacted via email.

The winner must confirm their prize within 3 days or a new winner will be selected. Once confirmed, Dog Caption Cards will mail your prize.

The Prize:

The prize is Dog Caption Cards "Merry Christmas – Happy New Year Pack" consisting of 25 greeting cards that will take you from Christmas to New Year's.

Valued at $25, Dog Caption Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Card Pack includes: 10 Christmas cards, 5 Thank You cards, and 10 New Year's cards.

Your friends will be delighted to receive these adorable cards and you'll be proud to send them. Each 5 x 7 card is blank inside allowing you to include a personal message of joy and good cheer. Insert gift certificates, gift cards, photographs, airline tickets or money!

Too much cheer happy dog greeting cards

A Worthy Cause – Save an Animal's Life

Not only are these holiday greeting cards unique, they support a very worthy cause.

Dog Caption Cards donates 25-percent of every sale to dog and cat animal rescue organizations. Viveca is passionate about her pups and purrs. Not only is she a pet owner, she also fosters dogs until appropriate owners can be found and volunteers at a local no-kill shelter.

I encourage you to visit DogCaptionCards.com and buy some greeting cards. If you are involved in animal rescue fundraising or would like the opportunity to earn extra cash, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “affiliate fundraising tab” to enroll as an affiliate.

Viveca's affiliate program is simple. Affiliates earn 25-percent commission for every sale referred through their unique affiliate code. Details can be found at DogCaptionCards.com.

Thank you happy dog greeting cards

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I look forward to receiving your comments and suggestions and wish you the best of luck in The Cheap Gourmet's November Giveaway!


Second Announcement: Alouette Cheese Fall Gourmet Cheese Giveaway

Dear Readers,

I am attempting to give the amazing Alouette Cheese Fall Gourmet Cheese Giveaway to the randomly selected winner. The first winner was contacted three times via email and her name was published on the blog. Unfortunately, she never contacted The Cheap Gourmet to confirm her mailing address.

On Wednesday evening, a second winner was randomly selected by Contest Machine. The chosen winner is Jennifer Phillips of Indiana (yeah, Hoosiers! my home town!). Jennifer, if you are reading this please contact me no later than midnight tonight to claim your Alouette Cheese prize. Two emails have been sent to you using the email address provided when you entered the contest. Check your spam folder just in case the emails didn't arrive in your inbox.

If Jennifer has not claimed the Alouette Cheese giveaway prize by this 11:59pm EST on Friday, November 6th, I will select a third winner. This time, I will use a different selection method.

If you entered the Alouette Cheese contest, please submit your name, email address, phone number and mailing address (no P.O. Boxes) via the Comment box below. Please note, all comments are moderated and I will not publish your personal information.

If Jennifer does not claim her prize, I will select a person from the entrants who provide their information via the comment box below TODAY.

In order to be entered into the final drawing for the Alouette Cheese prize, you must have previously entered and you must provide your contact information as per the instructions above.

The final winner will be selected and contacted by email and phone. If I am unable to reach you, I will select the next person on the list until I find someone who confirms their mailing address. I need to submit this information to Allouette Cheese immediately so they can send the prize to the winner.

Don't delay! If you want a second chance at winning the gorgeous cheeseboard, free cheese and various other goodies, send your contact info to me TODAY!

Good Luck!

The Cheap Gourmet

P.S. Please take a moment to download The Cheap Gourmet's complementary "Gourmet Wine and Cheese Menu" by clicking on the link below. This is in PDF format and requires Adobe Reader.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Winner of Alouette Gourmet Fall Cheese Giveaway

Drumroll please.... The winner of the Alouette Cheese: "Let's Slow Down and Savor Life Wine and Cheese Giveaway is.... Samantha Lim.

Samantha's suggestion to slow down and savor life is "When taking the bus home, get off a few stops earlier and enjoy the walk".

I couldn't agree more with Samantha's suggestion. It's amazing the wonderful things you can see, smell and hear when taking a leisurely stroll. Not to mention, walking is great exercise that increases endorphin production and makes you feel good!

Congratulations Samantha. Please check your email for instructions to confirm your mailing address. Once you have confirmed your address, I will submit to Corrinne, the marketing director of Alouette. Your prize package will be sent directly from Alouette.

May your gift help you create many slow down and savor life moments for years to come! Congratulations!

To those who entered, but did not win, don't worry. The Cheap Gourmet will continue to offer a variety of contests and prizes throughout the year.

In case you missed the previous post, I have created a wonderful Wine and Cheese menu planner complete with recipes for finger foods, fruit and veggie trays, dips and desserts. The menu is in PDF format and requires Adobe Reader to view.

Download Gourmet Wine and Cheese Party Menu