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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Amy! She is the winner of my KitchenAid Slicer/Shredder Attachment giveaway. There were only ten entrants, so there were pretty good odds for each of them. I intentionally did not publicize this giveaway as I have my previous ones since I wanted to give folks who actually read my blog more of a shot at winning. In the past, I found that most entrants came to the giveaway page on my blog through a link, signed up, and then immediately left. Besides, I wanted some suggestions on recipes folks want me to tackle in the future.

I received some great suggestions! Kimmy mentioned that she would appreciate some posts on making fresh pasta. That is one request I will definitely be fulfilling in the not too distant future. I also received requests for more cheeses, more homemade condiments, more chocolates, and more gift jar recipes. You betcha!

Alyssa asked if I would make Baklava. Well, I have never made it, so that in itself is challenge enough for me! Sharon asked about a Doberge cake... well, I had to look that up since I'd never heard of it. A super tall cake with lots of layers of cake and filling? Heck yeah. I'll give that a go!

Amy, the winner, asked for more slow cooker recipes. I have to admit, I received a slow cooker for a wedding gift seven years ago and have only used it a handful of times. For some reason, crock pot cooking seems to fall in the same category as casseroles, which are types of cooking I don't seem to do much of, but I'll see what I can do.

There was only one request that I can flat out say I just can't fulfill. Mmalavac asked about making homemade filo dough. While there are a bunch of sites on the Internet that purport to show how to make homemade filo dough, I just don't buy it. Part of the magic of filo dough is the amazing thinness of the sheets. I just don't think you can duplicate that process at home. However, I can show you a video of how filo dough is made by hand... you'll quickly see why I don't think it can really be made at home. I originally saw this video on How It's Made on the Discovery channel, I think, but I found a clip of it on YouTube. You've got to see it to believe it! I didn't think dough could be worked like that!

Congratulations again, Amy! I will be sending your KitchenAid attachment to you as soon as I get a mailing address from you. Thanks everyone for your great suggestions!

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