An Erin Cooks Contest: The Keep It Simple Duo

December 3, 2008 · 71 comments · Print This Post

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Congratulations Erin! You were “lucky number” 2. You’ll be receiving the “Good Life Duo” that includes Fresh From the Farmer’s Market: Year Round Recipes for the Pick of the Crop and The Sweeter Side of Amy’s Bread: Cakes, Cookies, Bars, Pastries and More from New York City’s Favorite Bakery in the mail shortly. Thank you to everyone for participating! Your next opportunity to win is outlined below.

The Keep it Simple Duo

Even when it’s not a major holiday season everyone is busy. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done that we’d like and often this means that what goes onto our dinner table suffers. Three loads of laundry, the gym, and a tivoed episode of Gossip Girl all sound like a better use of time than making a meal. So what do we do? Why we dial Papa Johns and call it a day. Beatrice Ojakangas has a better idea. In fact she actually has 500 fabulous casserole recipes to tempt you away from delivery and get you back into the kitchen. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even desserts are all covered in this tome dedicated to the ultimate, and possibly the original form of comfort food. The Best Casserole Cookbook Ever just might get the pizza man off of speed dial forever.

After you start saving oodles of time whipping up savory casseroles for your weeknight meals I’m sure you’ll want to plan a little soiree for your closest friends and family. In Entertaining Simple Matthew Mead will guide you through the step-by-step process of throwing an easygoing party that wont make you want to pull your hair out at the roots or blow your budget. This helpful book contains themed recipes and serving ideas for a number of intimate party scenarios. I suggest you start writing out that guest list now.

To win the “Keep it Simple Duo” all you have to do is leave a comment on this post (one comment per person please). A winner will be selected via the nifty random number generator on Wednesday, December 10th at noon. PS: You never know when these giveaways will pop up online so it might be in your best interest to subscribe to the Erin Cooks feed either via email or rss.

1 Erin R December 3, 2008 at 4:14 pm

Wow, I finally won something!!! This is awesome, thank you so much!

2 Jessica December 3, 2008 at 4:36 pm

What a great “duo” for this time of year! I would put these both to great use.

3 Maria December 3, 2008 at 4:37 pm

I love entertaining! These books look so fun! Another great giveaway! Thank you!!

4 Laura December 3, 2008 at 4:43 pm

Ooh, I would love a casserole cookbook!

5 Dory December 3, 2008 at 4:51 pm

I LOVE a good casserole, especially this time of year. These cookbooks look great!

6 ashley December 3, 2008 at 4:53 pm

another great duo to be giving away!

7 Regina December 3, 2008 at 4:57 pm

It’s great of you to be hosting all these give-aways. Thanks, Erin.

8 Kate December 3, 2008 at 5:08 pm

Third times a charm? Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

9 Grace December 3, 2008 at 5:10 pm

Could definitely use these! Thanks, Erin! 🙂

10 Candy December 3, 2008 at 5:16 pm

Got my house all spruced up for Christmas…would love to eat a casserole and plan a party!

11 Kim December 3, 2008 at 5:28 pm

Looks great! Casseroles sound really good now that it’s getting cold, too.

12 Audrey December 3, 2008 at 5:57 pm

That’s my kinda set. Would love some new casserole recipes and it’s always fun to have more ideas for entertaining.

13 Erin December 3, 2008 at 6:08 pm

Some people just have all the luck ….

14 Amber December 3, 2008 at 6:40 pm

Who doesn’t love a good casserole…of course where I come from it would be called a hotdish.

15 sharon December 3, 2008 at 6:45 pm

These both sound like fantastic books! I’ve fallen in love with casseroles lately. Probably because I’ve gotten too busy to make fancy meals.

16 jennywenny December 3, 2008 at 6:54 pm

I especially deserve them as its my birthday next wednesday!!

17 Pjamma December 3, 2008 at 7:46 pm

Recipes for left over turkey in that casserole book?

18 Rebecca December 3, 2008 at 8:33 pm

I sure would use the heck out of these! 🙂

19 adrienne December 3, 2008 at 8:37 pm

I really need some new cookbook inspiration.

20 kate December 3, 2008 at 9:21 pm

I found out about your blog from the Erin that won the last two… I would totally take away her glory for winning if I won 🙂

21 Megan December 3, 2008 at 9:36 pm

Yeah for another fun giveaway! These look great!

22 Lauren December 3, 2008 at 9:52 pm

Thank you for the chance to win!

23 Stephanie December 3, 2008 at 9:52 pm

I am casserole crazed! Both books look great. Thanks for doing this!

24 Rachel December 3, 2008 at 9:53 pm

I LOVE trying new recipes!

25 Carla December 3, 2008 at 10:11 pm

I love casseroles, I find myself resorting to them more and more now that my daughter is in school.

26 Erin December 3, 2008 at 11:22 pm

I would love to win this one. 🙂

27 Kaitlin December 3, 2008 at 11:26 pm

Looks perfect. I love casseroles but hate the plain old canned mushroom soup variety – I’m looking for something new.

28 Sarah December 3, 2008 at 11:42 pm

Those both look like fun!

29 k December 4, 2008 at 12:05 am

pick me! pick me!

30 Natasha December 4, 2008 at 1:12 am

mmm, casseroles… I LOVE my slow cooker and everything that comes out of it! Can always use some new recipes for it…

31 Carsten December 4, 2008 at 1:29 am

lucky number 31.

*fingers crossed

32 sarah December 4, 2008 at 3:29 am

i’m all about keeping it simple! these cookbooks look fantastic!

33 Jodi December 4, 2008 at 6:41 am

Those look like great books!

34 Cathy December 4, 2008 at 8:45 am

Wow! Those books look great!

35 Lauren December 4, 2008 at 8:57 am

Casseroles and good company – both sound like great ways to brighten up a dreary winter day! I live in Cambridge, too and both of these books would come in handy in the coming months…

36 priyanka December 4, 2008 at 9:45 am

Casserole – YUM! Please sign me up for this contest too 🙂

37 Nick December 4, 2008 at 9:56 am

These contests are awesome.

It’s like I’m at the casino, but I can’t really lose…


38 Rebecca December 4, 2008 at 10:31 am

Thanks for all the great give aways!! I love cook books 🙂

39 Lisa! December 4, 2008 at 10:40 am

Those look awesome!

40 Jess December 4, 2008 at 10:57 am

These both look great, especially for this time of year. Thanks for the contests!

41 kristina December 4, 2008 at 11:09 am

I just discovered your blog through Amazon. I really like Beatrice Ojakangas’ Scandinavian cooking and baking books, so I imagine her casserole book is super too! K x

42 Gayle December 4, 2008 at 11:40 am

Love cookbooks.
Thanks for the chance to win 2 great ones.
Be Blessed Today

43 kitchenbelle December 4, 2008 at 11:56 am

I loooooove casseroles!!!! These books look FANTASTIC!

Thank you for another great contest!

44 Elizabeth December 4, 2008 at 12:28 pm

Oooh! I have been looking for a great casserole cookbook! Thanks for offering all these giveaways!

45 ssommerville December 4, 2008 at 12:41 pm

I love casseroles, entertaining and cookbooks! Perfect combo!

46 Sarah December 4, 2008 at 12:45 pm

Oh! Oh! Me! Me! These would be awesome!

47 Rachel December 4, 2008 at 12:57 pm

That casserole book looks absolutely divine!

48 Isabelle December 4, 2008 at 1:42 pm

Thanks a lot for hosting these! A casserole cookbook would be so fun…I hardly ever make them and would love to get into it.

49 Jenny December 4, 2008 at 3:26 pm

I want to win! I want to win! 🙂

50 Tony Vincent December 4, 2008 at 4:06 pm

who DOESN’T dig a casserole!?!?

51 courtney December 4, 2008 at 4:59 pm

I LOVE cookbooks!!! A casserole cookbook would be GREAT! Thanks!!

52 edina December 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm

Ooo – more cool books! Please enter me – thanks!

53 EB December 4, 2008 at 6:11 pm

I love the book combo. I’m in!

54 Jesh December 4, 2008 at 6:13 pm


55 Toni December 4, 2008 at 7:09 pm

You and your giveaways 🙂 What an inspiration you are…

56 Emily December 5, 2008 at 2:53 am

Great giveaway! That casserole book looks awesome.

57 grace December 5, 2008 at 4:27 am

ah, the magic word in my kitchen–simple. 🙂

58 Stephany Hessler December 5, 2008 at 12:46 pm

Oooo I love casseroles, I’d love a new casserole cook book!

59 Lily December 5, 2008 at 4:13 pm

I would love to have those books!! 🙂

60 rachel December 5, 2008 at 4:55 pm

random number generator, pick me!

61 penangtuapui December 5, 2008 at 5:04 pm

Erin, u should add in the foodbuzz banner to earn more award for your good recipes sharing. this is really good. the more i read the more i like your blog.

62 Meixi December 6, 2008 at 1:44 pm

All these pictures make me wish I were hungrier! Those books are excellent choices: diverse, quick and simple – something everyone can do with.

63 RecipeGirl December 6, 2008 at 7:44 pm

Those look like some great cookbooks- neither of which I have. Shocking!

64 Eve December 7, 2008 at 11:38 am

You are so sweet to do these giveaways! Hope your holiday season goes well 🙂

65 Erin December 8, 2008 at 5:29 am

These look awesome!

66 Hermie's Mom December 9, 2008 at 1:50 pm

Again, such an useful combination! Please sign me up.

67 stephanie December 9, 2008 at 4:40 pm

I just started reading your blog! It’s fantastic 🙂

68 Donna-FFW December 9, 2008 at 11:20 pm

Pick me!! Love cookbooks! Love your site! Thanks for the chance.

69 Eva December 10, 2008 at 11:10 am

Wow, both look really interesting. Thanks for the opportunity. Even if I don’t win, it’s good to hear about new cookbooks. 🙂

70 Joshua miller December 10, 2008 at 11:12 am

Yay pick me illentertain my adorable niece

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