Blogaversary: From Our House to Yours (Giveaway)

Happy Blogaversary to me, Happy Blogaversary to me, Happy 5th Blogaversary dear me-e-e-e-e, Happy Blogaversary to me!

Yep, that’s right, it is the 5 year blog anniversary of Kitchen Gadget Girl. Started in May 2008, this blog has attempted to chronicle my adventures in the kitchen, mostly around seasonal, local and organic foods. I also include a little bit of family travel, book reviews, opinions about many different topics, and interesting food experiences from far and near.

To celebrate, I have decided to share a couple of my favorite books with the community, through reviews and giveaways. Every Wednesday in May (there are 5, see), I will post a new review and chance for giveaway. Five weeks of fun, 5 chances to win, 5 books to share and enjoy. I am excited!

From Our House to Yours

First up is this delightful book of recipes from Chronicle Books, with a foreword by Joyce Goldstein. Published as a benefit for Meals on Wheels of San Francisco, the book contains suggestions and ideas for meals perfect for sharing. As readers of this blog know, I love taking dinner to other families: parents who have just had babies; friends recovering from surgery; moms juggling everything while their spouse is traveling. For me, cooking and sharing food is such a joy and gives me such a warm, fuzzy feeling.

These recipes are favorites compiled from other books, and feature contributions from several well known chefs including Lorna Sass, Bradley Ogden, Flo Braker, and Hubert Keller. Photographs are plentiful and encouraging, and the editors include tips for packaging and presentation. My favorite chapter is Casseroles, Baked Pastas and Potpies, all of which are very easy to take to friends.

Our friends down the street were recipients of Baked Conchiglione with Spinach-Ricotta Filling and raved that their kids ate every bite. I found the Zuni Cafe’s Chocolate Pots de CrΓ©me easy and quick to make, and we made the Soba Noodle Salad with Tamari Dressing for an evening picnic in the park.

While this would be a great book if you need inspiration for dinners to take to others, I think it is a nice book for any home cook looking for solid family-friendly recipes!

Now, the contest!

There is a copy of this book with your name all over it, and here is what you need to do to have a chance to win:

1. Leave a comment about your favorite dinner to take to a friend (or maybe you have a favorite takeout place instead?)

That’s all. Hope you win!

Small print: One entry per person. Be sure to include your email address (which is not visible on the blog) so that I can contact you if you win. Sweepstakes runs from May 1 – 4, winner announced on Sunday, May 5. Winners have 48 hours to respond before the next winner is announced. Winners will be selected using, a random number generator, from all the qualified entries. Open to residents of the United States only.

Disclosure: I approached Chronicle Books about partnering on a giveaway for my Blogaversary. Since I already purchased this book, and wanted to recommend it, I asked Chronicle Books to send one to the winner of this giveaway. I have not been compensated for this review.Β 

The contest is now closed, thank you to all of you who stopped by and submitted you favorite meal to take to a friend. Great suggestions, thank you for sharing!

The winner of the contest is:

Congratulations to Susan, who likes to take lasagna with salad and breadsticks!


  1. A big pot of soup.

  2. Congrats on 5 years! I have a few faves- turkey chili or spinach lasagne.

  3. My favorite dinner to take to a friend is Orange Peel Beef w/ rice (or cauliflowered rice if they’re Paleo!) and homemade spring rolls with a yummy dipping sauce. If I’m feeding a really large family and want leftovers they can freeze, I do go with my favorite standby, lasagna with garlic bread and a large Caesar salad.

  4. Stephanie Larison

    Lasagna w/ garlic bread

  5. Taco pie and coleslaw

  6. Baked Ziti or Pizza πŸ™‚

  7. I love to bring my friend homemade chicken noodle soup

  8. Congrats on 5 years! I have a few favoirites: spaghetti bolognese, chilli or a curry.
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  9. chicken and rice is something someone not feeling well could have.

  10. Laurie Emerson

    My homemade Lasagna. I love making it from scratch and bringing it over to a friend.

  11. Lasagna, salad and garlic bread.

  12. Scarlett Graham

    My favorite dinner is beef tenderloin, mash potatoes, green beans and rolls.

  13. i like to take lasagna with salad and breadsticks

    1. Kitchen Gadget Girl

      Congratulations Susan, you are the winner! I will be in touch via email, and thank you for your great dinner suggestion!

  14. I love my husbands potato salad. Thank you

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