As many of you know, blogging can lead to some surprises. Most importantly, I've found it to be a creative outlet that I clearly needed but didn't know I needed. It's also introduced me to a wonderful international community of like-minded, food-obsessed folks that I have found to be nothing but welcoming and warm, when all you hear about the Internet is that they're creeps.
Perhaps most surprising of all to me is that it has led to some freebies!
For one thing, cookbooks. I have two at home that were sent to me recently that I'll be reviewing for you shortly. For another, sometimes people contact you to do a giveaway.
Not long ago, a nice lady named Jessica contacted me from a company called CSN. CSN runs all sorts of websites to meet all kinds of needs. From dog beds to corner tv stands, you're covered. They run the website cookware.com, which is where I picked my giveaway prize from, natch.
It was tough to choose from so many lovely items, but the one I finally settled on was a 12 x 9.5" Le Creuset baking dish in cobalt blue... this one. Isn't it pretty?
Everyone should have a dish like this, one that can go from oven to table. It's fabulous for lasagnas, gratins, or roasted chicken with honey, cherry tomatoes, and rosemary, which I made earlier in the week.
I've been making this recipe for years. How many? I don't know. Six or seven. It's delicious, a breeze, and works every time. Sometimes I make it for company, sometimes just for us. People love it. Make it! But don't do it with skinless chicken breasts like I know some of you might be thinking. That's ridiculous. The skin gets crispy and brown from the honey and olive oil. Follow the recipe and thank me later. Serve it over rice to soak up all the lovely sauce.
To win this gorgeous baking dish, all you need to do is leave a comment telling me what your favorite thing about spring is. This might be a good way to scare out some of you readers who don't like to comment! I'm on to you, you know. Just kidding. I'm a little shy in real life myself.
The best response wins, with the winner announced on Friday, April 16. Good luck!