And the winner is …………….  the lovely Katie of Salt & Chocolate!  Congrats Katie.

Tis the season to be jolly fa la la la la la la.  This is the season for sharing and we want to share with you a few of our favorite things from 2009.  Last year we gave a subscription to our favorite cooking magazine, Gourmet;  cannot possibly do that again!  This year we are going to give one lucky reader a few of our favorite things.  Keep reading …


My mother is making these fantastic market bags and she made a special one just for Chez Us to give away.  They are great as they are really roomy and they have outside pockets, which are great for stashing your keys, the newspaper, a cooking magazine, etc..  I love them & not only because my mother is making them.  Not only are they perfect for going to the Farmer’s Market but they are great for the beach, running errands, your knitting, etc…

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Now we cannot give you an empty bag so we are going to fill it with some of our favorite things.  Here are just a few of them …

TWD Baking from my home to yours

There is only one baking book you really need, I consider it to be the baking bible.  That is Dorie Greenspan‘s book Baking from My Home to Yours.  I swear by this book and not only do I use it for TWD but I always open it first when I need a little something something sweet to bake.  Dorie was nice enough to donate this book for us to give to you with our “Chez Us 2009 Favorites”.  You will go back to this book time and time again, I promise!


We met Celine during the Pebble Beach Food and Wine show and instantly hit it off.  Before we knew it our conversation turned away from New York and Paris, two of our favorite places to go, to another favorite of ours, truffles.  It ends up her company supplies truffles to some of the top restaurants in the country.  A couple weeks after we got home she sent us a package as she wanted us to sample her truffles and to write about them.  Once of our favorite products is her black truffle oil.  We love drizzling it over pasta, grilled pizzas, or adding to truffle butter, the possibilities are endless. I was mentioning to Celine a few weeks ago that we were giving one lucky reader a package with a few of our favorite things and she was kind enough to send us a bottle of the truffle oil to share with you.

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Almost a year ago I got an email from David from Earthy Delights.  David mentioned to me that he liked what we were doing and thought he had some products that he felt would be perfect for us.  A couple weeks later we got a package in the mail full of wonderful items and we loved all of them.    One product that I reach for very often is the Fennel Pollen.  I love mixing it with roasted veggies, sprinkling over a salad or rubbing into a piece of meat before grilling.  David was delighted to send some fennel pollen our way to include with our give away.  You are going to be thanking him over and over again, once you try this!

baking-with-julia-dvd-cover-artWe were delighted to be picked as one of the featured blogs for the release of the Julie and Julia movie so this next added goodie to our holiday give away is very appropriate.  We are adding the Baking with Julia DVD, which features eight classic episodes from the Emmy Award winning Julia Child television series.  Thanks to A La Carte Communications for this wonderful DVD to be included in the Chez Us 2009 Favorites.    Highlights can be viewed on A La Carte’s YouTube channel:

To enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post – gives you 1 entry;  want to have a better chance to winning, then ….
  • Subscribe to the Chez Us Daily Dishgives you 2 entries;  if you already subscribe, leave a comment saying so (we will check *wink*) & we will give you two extra entries. We are gearing up for 2010 and have been working on a newsletter concept for the past year and we finally feel we have the kinks worked out.  We hope to provide you not only with our posts but other fun things like featured recipes, cooking videos, give aways, etc…

Winner announced on December 27.  Good luck and happy holidays.

In addition to the above give away, please do not forget about the Menu for Hope 6, there are fantastic items to bid on and the cause is very worthy!

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