CHUSday Giveaway from Barnes and Noble

Welcome to the final month of CHUSday.  To end with a bang this month, I’m giving away a $50 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble bookstores instead of a silly kitchen gadget.  That way you can indulge your cookbook fantasies or take the CHU pledge and use the ones you have and buy something yummy to read instead.  However you plan to use it if  you win, here are the rules:

  • Make a new recipe.  This month for the first time you can make anything new, a Christmas cookie recipe, a quick supper dish after a long day of shopping. It doesn’t have to be from an old cookbook gathering dust or a brand-new one you haven’t opened. 
  • Tell us what you made and where you got the recipe.  The recipe can be from a well-loved cookbook, the Internet, your next-door neighbor.  As long as it’s new to you. 
  • Post your entry as a comment on ANY of the CHU blogs including this one. 

Remember, if you’ve entered to win ANY month since we began in August, you’re entered in this final giveaway.  But multiple entries count, so make a new recipe and enter it this month, too.  You’ll have more chances to win.

Congratulations to Lee Ann who won November’s Piggy Wiggy Little Whisk and an autographed novel with this entry:

  • Fajita-Style Quesadillas (Better Homes and Gardens/Oct 2011/) It says just 43 cents per serving (gotta love that). I did add chicken to mine. Bought a precooked one at the store and shredded half of it. I also added Pico de Gallo to mine as well. Served it with spanish rice. DH loved it, aked if this was the first time I had ever made quesadillas, I told him it was the first time I had made them for him 🙂

I think Lee Ann’s DH is a lucky man.

And, as a nice surprise: In special CHU business, Barnes and Noble has a special treat for all cookbook hoarders today.  It’s a one day only cookbook sale.  50% off cookbooks.  Since cookbooks also make nice gifts, I thought I’d tickle your fancy.  But it’s only today. 

(It’s a day later and sale is over, but here’s another great link.  25 gorgeous cookie recipes from the Washington Post.  What are you waiting for?)

Remember, ANY new recipe.  $50 bookstore gift certificate.  Cooking for the holidays.  What are you waiting for?



  1. julie barrett on December 6, 2011 at 9:01 am

    i do create a new cookie recipe every year, been doing it for 3+ years now.
    This year i started with a regular oatmeal raisin cookie dough and added chopped up/put thru cuzinart/ carrots. the cookie turns out so moist and flavor is decent.

    I made another variation as well, again started with oatmeal raisin cookie dough and added chopped/cuzinart chopped carrots and coconut. got 1/2 to 1 c and mixed it all in. delicious!

  2. Dianne on December 8, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I made Butterhorn Rolls from a recipe my sister posted on her blog. She promised they were delicious and EASY. She was right on both counts.

  3. Marti on December 9, 2011 at 9:52 am

    This year instead of making turkey noodle soup with the leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, I made turkey minestrone soup. Actually started the beginnings of my dinner on Thanksgiving day, right after our feast. Instead of freezing the turkey carcass to use for soup later in the year, I plunked it right into the stock pot and made stock that very day. Put the stock in the freezer to wait for a day for soup making.

    The day came this week when our temps got really cold. Easy to put this dinner on the table in an hour because the longest part to making soup, the stock was already done. To the stock I added carrots, celery onions, a leftover rutabaga instead of potatoes, a can of diced tomatoes, 1/2 cup of elbow macaroni and turkey meat from the carcass. Seasonings of salt, pepper and some frozen basil cubes from a previous garden bounty completed the soup. Soup on the table in less than an hour and topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. The best part of this meal, lots of soup leftover for other meals!

  4. Kathy Neavill on December 14, 2011 at 12:46 am

    I made The Bishop’s Cake, the recipe Emilie posted today and it is delicious and easy. It was my first time making this and was so glad I did. Who would of thought chocolate chips would go so well in a fruit cake (But the only fruit are candied cherries and chopped dates, which suits me fine. Lots of nuts too! Yum. My family is going to love it, if I can stop eating it.

  5. Marti on December 14, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    This is Marti who wrote of making turkey minestrone soup on Dec. 9th instead of my usual turkey noodle soup. Forgot to mention that I got the recipe from the website of Diestel Family Turkey ranch. Their recipe has a few more ingredients than mine but the inspiration came on a cold day and I used what I had on hand.

  6. Eileen on December 15, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    When my son and his family were here for Thanksgiving, my 10 year old grandson saw my mom’s Donut Baker. I couldn’t find the owners’ manual for it, so I googled it and found out how to use it, and lots of recipes. So that’s my new recipe.
    Merry Christmas!
    I may have to try the Bishop’s Cake someday, sounds good!

    • Emilie Richards on December 15, 2011 at 11:18 pm

      Tell us how the doughnuts turned out, Eileen. I’ve wondered about the Donut Baker. As good as doughnuts made the usual way?

  7. GladysMP on December 16, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    After finally finishing off the Thanksgiving leftovers, I made a big bowl of salad and seemed to have put a little of everything in it. Grated carrots, lettuce, salad toppings, bacon bits, croutons, grated cheese (fat-free), sliced radishes, salad dressing (diet). It was delicious and I hope helped a bit at the hips. If so, hip, hip, hooray!

  8. Mary Preston on December 17, 2011 at 3:29 am

    I made my Mother’s PORT WINE TRIFLE

    It is divine & very simple:

    Port: as much or as little as you want to soak in the cake
    Raspberry Jelly: just use half the recommended water, you want it firm to cut into bite sized into squares
    Bananas: sliced up
    Vanilla Custard:
    Sponge Cake: cut the cake into bite sized squares.
    Fold all the ingredients gently through.
    You can buy the cake & custard – but it’s best when made from scratch.
    Just use amounts enough for however many people you want to feed.

  9. JackieWisherd on December 17, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    This month when making my Christmas cookies to share with my friends I made a new recipe for Coconut-Spice Drop Cookies. With the cut up pieces of Spice Drops..(we called them Gum Drops when I was little) showing in the cookie they looked very inviting and were a good crisp cookie too. It’s a recipe I’ll make again. Have a great Holiday season.

    • Emilie Richards on December 26, 2011 at 4:38 pm

      The Internet’s playing tricks on me and I just saw all these new entries. Thanks for sharing and entering the giveaway.

  10. Linda Kalata on December 19, 2011 at 11:44 am

    This fall I have used Pumpkin. Today I making healthy
    Pumpkin Mousse for our holiday party at one of my book clubs. This is the first time I have used pumpkin in my recipe. I have been very successful.

  11. Linda Kalata on December 19, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I forget to tell you that I got my recipe of Pumpkin Mousse from the internet.

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