Friday, August 30, 2013

Cooking Planit T-Fal Cookware Giveaway!



The big day has finally arrived! You now have a chance to enter the wonderful, Cooking Planit & T-Fal Cookware Giveaway! 


All week I've been prepping you for today. I informed you about the wonders of Cooking Planit, when I cooked the tasty Steak Chili, recipe courtesy of #CookingPlanit.


Don't forget the T-Fal review, that included a second cookware demonstration, and the creation of a wonderful Orzo Salad with Three Peppers and Olives, recipe courtesy of Cooking Plaint!


In order to have a chance at winning this wonderful Cooking Planit T-Fal Cookware Giveaway, you must sign up for Cooking Planit! Don't worry, it's free, and get ready to spend hours enjoying all the benefits of Cooking Planit!  

Don't forget to show the 49 other bloggers listed below some love, by visiting their wonderful blogs!




Giveaway open to residents of the US only. One winner per household, per family from the 50 blogs participating in this giveaway. If your name is selected more than once for winning, you will only receive one cookware set, and another name will be drawn for additional winning entries. All entries will be verified. Cookware sets will be sent from T-Fal, to the winners, after all of the giveaways have ended. All participating blogs and their giveaway dates are listed below. Please visit them for more chances to enter this fabulous giveaway!
 

THE COOKING PLANIT AND T-FAL 2013 GIVEAWAY

StartEndFlight 1Flight 2
8/19/138/25/13Baby BoomsterMrs. Schwartz’s Kitchen
8/20/138/26/13CopyKat RecipesDaily Dish Recipes
8/21/138/27/13Lisa CookingLark’s Country Heart
8/22/138/28/13ME RedoneHot Eats and Cool Reads
8/23/138/29/13Mother Would KnowThe Two Bite Club
8/24/138/30/13SophistisheCitron Limette
8/25/138/31/13Kitchen ConcoctionsCupcakes and Kale Chips
8/26/139/1/13I Can Cook ThatLeave a Happy Plate
8/27/139/2/13Peaches & Cakei love my disorganized life
8/28/139/3/13Diddles & DumplingsYates Yummies
8/29/139/4/13basilmommaCooking With Libby
8/30/139/5/13Persnickety PlatesCreole Contessa
8/31/139/6/13Ancestral ChefBite Sized Blog
9/1/139/7/13The Staten Island FamilyMamal Diane
9/2/139/8/13Food FashRecipes For My Boys
9/3/139/9/13The Wicked NoodleHungry Little Girl
9/4/139/10/13Unorganized Mommy of 3The Tasty Fork
9/5/139/11/13Yi ReservationDixie Chik Cooks
9/6/139/12/13Chicago Foodie SistersThe Fountain Avenue Kitchen
9/7/139/13/13Cooking from a SAHMFoodThoughtsOfaChefWannabe
9/8/139/14/13Bobbi’s Kozy KitchenRants from My Crazy Kitchen
9/9/139/15/13What Jew Wanna EatSumptuous Spoonfuls
9/10/139/16/13The Mama ReportBusy Mom of Two
9/11/139/17/13CulicuriousHuppie Mama
9/12/139/18/13Three Diets. One Dinner.Spice’s Bites

I was provided with a set of T-fal cookware to use and review, a set to give away, as well as the full version of the #CookingPlanit iPad / iPhone app, and a CookingPlanit account to use and review. All opinions are 100% my own.



Thursday, August 29, 2013

Cooking Planit T-fal Giveaway: Cookware Review With Orzo Salad Three Peppers and Olives



 Countdown!


O.K. people, only 24 hours until my Cooking Planit/T-fal Giveaway goes LIVE! I am so excited, I can hardly contain myself! 

First, if you can't wait until tomorrow, go straight to the bottom of the page and enter one of the giveaways that already started. Then, come back tomorrow, and enter my giveaway...the more giveaways you enter, the more chances you have to win! 



Secondly, let me tell you about these wonderful T-fal pots! I am a collector, I collect everything that involves cooking and eating. Some would call me a professional shopper, I prefer the term, collector. 

In my former life I was a manager for one of the biggest retailers in America, and guess what department I managed, yes, it was the kitchen section! I can actually say, I am a pot expert...! 



T-Fal has created a wonderful set of pots. The first thing I noticed was the pots have measurements inside. That my friends, is pure genius, no more fumbling through cabinets, trying to find the correct liquid measuring cups. 

Did I mention the pots are dishwasher safe? My Baby Girl thanks you T-fal! 


The pots also have a patented non-stick interior, and Thermo-­‐spot™ technology, which shows when the pots are perfectly preheated by changing the patterned spot to solid red. 

I tested it by preheating the pan, then adding extra virgin olive oil so I could start cooking!



Now for the wonderful meal that was cooked using my new T-fal pots! I went straight to the CookingPlanit site. 

I am a busy mama, and sometimes I need ideas to help get dinner prepared, quick, fast, and in a hurry, Cooking Planit does that and more, and it's a free service! 


My daughters favorite salad is anything that includes orzo. Cooking Planit Orzo Salad with Three Peppers and Olives was delicious! 

I made a few adaptations which included adding asparagus and some pre-roasted red peppers.


This salad was so quick to prepare and full of flavor. The amount of time it took to boil the orzo, everything was complete. 

Back to the pots, I noticed that my water came to a boil a lot quicker than average, these pots are a keeper!


Between using these wonderful T-fal pots and discovering #CookingPlanit, I am having the best week ever! Now, let's eat!

Orzo Salad with Three Peppers and Olives
adapted from Cooking Planit 

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
  
2 cups orzo, cooked according to package directions 
1 green bell pepper, seeded, diced
1 orange or yellow bell pepper, seeded, diced
1 cup marinated red peppers, diced
1 cup olives, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced 
1/4 cup Italian parsley, chopped
1 lemon, zested, juiced
1 tablespoon of rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
extra virgin olive oil
feta or parmigiano reggiano cheese (optional)

Directions:

Mix seasoning blend together and set aside. 

Rinse and chop parsley, add to a medium bowl, season with 1 teaspoon of seasoning blend and mix well. Add rice wine vinegar, lemon zest and juice to bowl and mix well. Drizzle in about 1/4 cup of olive oil while whisking. Set aside.

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add orzo, stir and cook according to package directions. 

While orzo cooks, add about 2 tablespoons of olive oil to pan over medium heat, add all the vegetables except the garlic. 

Saute vegetables for about 5 minutes, season with remaining seasoning blend, add garlic and mix well. 

Cook vegetables for about 3-4 more minutes.

Drain orzo, rinse with cold water and drain again. Coat orzo with about 1 tablespoon of olive oil to prevent sticking.

Add vegetables and orzo to vinaigrette and mix well. Top with feta or parmigiano reggiano cheese if desired. Serve warm or cold. 

Don't forget to share the love by visiting some of the other 49 bloggers sites, and guess what, some of them have already started their giveaway. The dates and links are listed below:  

I was provided with a set of T-fal cookware to use and review, a set to give away, as well as the full version of the #CookingPlanit iPad / iPhone app, and a CookingPlanit account to use and review. All opinions are 100% my own.




THE COOKING PLANIT AND T-FAL 2013 GIVEAWAY

StartEndFlight 1Flight 2
8/19/138/25/13Baby BoomsterMrs. Schwartz’s Kitchen
8/20/138/26/13CopyKat RecipesDaily Dish Recipes
8/21/138/27/13Lisa CookingLark’s Country Heart
8/22/138/28/13ME RedoneHot Eats and Cool Reads
8/23/138/29/13Mother Would KnowThe Two Bite Club
8/24/138/30/13SophistisheCitron Limette
8/25/138/31/13Kitchen ConcoctionsCupcakes and Kale Chips
8/26/139/1/13I Can Cook ThatLeave a Happy Plate
8/27/139/2/13Peaches & Cakei love my disorganized life
8/28/139/3/13Diddles & DumplingsYates Yummies
8/29/139/4/13basilmommaCooking With Libby
8/30/139/5/13Persnickety PlatesCreole Contessa
8/31/139/6/13Ancestral ChefBite Sized Blog
9/1/139/7/13The Staten Island FamilyMamal Diane
9/2/139/8/13Food FashRecipes For My Boys
9/3/139/9/13The Wicked NoodleHungry Little Girl
9/4/139/10/13Unorganized Mommy of 3The Tasty Fork
9/5/139/11/13Yi ReservationDixie Chik Cooks
9/6/139/12/13Chicago Foodie SistersThe Fountain Avenue Kitchen
9/7/139/13/13Cooking from a SAHMFoodThoughtsOfaChefWannabe
9/8/139/14/13Bobbi’s Kozy KitchenRants from My Crazy Kitchen
9/9/139/15/13What Jew Wanna EatSumptuous Spoonfuls
9/10/139/16/13The Mama ReportBusy Mom of Two
9/11/139/17/13CulicuriousHuppie Mama
9/12/139/18/13Three Diets. One Dinner.Spice’s Bites



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