June 17, 2011

Texas Eats & a GIVEAWAY!!!

Howdy Y'all!!!

I'm FINALLY back...well, to tell you the truth, I got back Sunday but my laptop just got here Wednesday and I've been kinda busy...
We had a fabulouso time in South Texas...let me tell ya...it was H O T - H O T - H O T!!! I'm talking 98-102 everyday...but I'm not complaining, I got a great tan!

Our first stop was McAllen for the first night and then we were Padre Island bound...we were only going to stay a few nights but since things at the office changed a bit, we ended up staying for 5 nights. We had a blast. We went fishing, ate great seafood, spent time with family, saw some old friends and most of all....Matt got to relax (even though he was on the phone for a few hours everyday) and take a break from his crazy schedule...

Prime Steaks and Twice Baked Casserole
The Seel Residence
McAllen, TX

Our fresh catch...blackened redfish and fried trout.
South Padre Island

It was damn good....

Fried mozzarella and fried portabellas at Gabriella's.
South Padre Island
Braised Beef Parpadelle
South Padre Island

Cool pic, huh???

Laguna Bob's
South Padre Island
Whole Red Snapper
Sea Ranch
South Padre Island

Garza Special
Garza's Mexican Restaurant
1 Taco 2 Enchilada's Rice Beans
San Juan, TX

Ribs and Jalapeno & Cheese Sausage
The Seel Residence
McAllen, TX

Ok...Now on to the FUN part. My first giveaway!!!

When I started this blog back in January, I really had no idea what sort of response I would get...in all honesty, I didn't care, I just wanted a place to be able to share my love of cooking with others out there and get some new ideas.  Now, five months later, 44 followers and 206 fans on facebook later...I thought it was time to show you how much ALL of your support means to me!!! Seriously, I have met so many great people in these last few months its incredible and hope to meet many many more in the future.

Up for grabs is my favorite go-to cookbook, La Pinata. Since I just went to Texas, I though this was fitting :) It is a collection of recipes from The Junior League of McAllen. It's first printing was in 1976 and I gotta tell ya, It has a little bit of EVERYTHING!!! You're going to love it, I promise!

Here's all you gotta do...

Leave me a comment telling me what your favorite "go to" cookbook is.

~If you are a fan on facebook and/or a follower on twitter, let me know in your comment and you will get an extra entry for each~

I will choose a winner using random.org and announce the winner next Friday, June 23.

Good Luck!!!

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Wanna Be A Country Cleaver said...

Hi Steph ~ Congrats on all the monumental success with the blog - I love it!

My go-to cookbook is totally my America's Test Kitchen Complete Series cookbook. It's genius. And you know it's great, cause someone else did all the hardwork by testing all the recipes first!

Can't wait to read more :) ~Megan
PS - I follow you on both Twitter and Facebook ;)

KT @ KT's Refinishing School said...

All of your food looks delicious! My favorite cookbook is one I just got--Williams-Sonoma's Cooking from the Farmer's Market cookbook. It was an anniversary present for our first anniversary (paper) from J and has lots of great recipes and photos :)

I've liked you on Facebook!

Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks said...

Your trip sounded like a good time and super relaxing! My go to cookbook is actually a homemade cookbook I've made up of Dusty and my favorite family recipes. Can't go wrong there with the classics!
I also follow you on facebook and Twitter!
Great giveaway!

Holly said...

Glad you had a great trip Steph! I'm used to those kind of temps here in southern utah! BOO. It can easily get up to 110 degrees here in the summer... : ( Hmmm.. my go to cookbook is the 'Food Nanny'. LOVE IT!

Lark (SparkyLarky) said...

First let me just say all that food looked dang good! Those Fried Zucchini sticks were calling this girl's name! :)

My "go to" Cook Book, is one I put together for my family 10 yrs. ago. It is filled with all the recipes I grew up with. I only have my copy and one I saved for my daughter, they are like "gold" to me.

Robbie Stainbrook said...

I dont have one I just use the app on my phone to find something. We need to get together soon. I got you on facebook too.

ms jan said...

Love your blog. I'm in Texas myself and enjoy reading about your adventures. I also follow you on facebook. Keep the recipes and great photos coming. Thanks

Wanna Be A Country Cleaver said...

Wasn't sure if I had to leave a seperate comment for following you on Facebook, but here it is just in case!

Wanna Be A Country Cleaver said...

And here's one for my following you on Twitter!! I love this giveaway :) Good luck all

Lori said...

Steph, you make food look amazing, I don't even eat meat and I'm still impressed and hungry by all your pictures. I always think, Matt must feel pretty lucky to have such great meals, and then I think poor Todd, if he only knew...

My go-to cookbook is a better homes and garden basics. It gives recipes for even the simplest stuff like pancakes and pie crust. Maybe if I had a better go-to cookbook my dinners might be a little more exciting.

And I am a Facebook fan!!!

1,000 Apple Pies said...

Hey Steph! Of COURSE I'm a follower on Facebook AND...lately, my favorite go-to cookbook is "The Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper." It was a wedding gift from my aunt and uncle and is chock full of helpful tips on everything from picking out the best diced tomatoes to delicious recipes. I love it! The authors' passion for food really shines through and it's so inspiring!

Congrats on your successful blog! Hopefully we have a house soon so I can unpack my kitchen. Dying to get back into the swing of things!!

Sherri@FoodBasics101 said...

Hello! My "cookbook" is my copies of Taste Of Home magazine or their website. I rarely use my hard-bound cookbooks! Sherri

Tina said...

Well, I always seem to go to the old Betty Crocker if I am really stuck but I have alot of new favorite recipes from cooking blogs. I started with Pioneer Woman and it steam rolled from there.

claire said...

looks like you had a ball- i live in dallas so i understand the whole HOT HOT part of texas!

mcallen is gorgeous- i have family from there and i would be hurrying back for that food!

my fave right now has been the new ina garten cookbook- you have to try it!

fingers crossed!

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