Monday Giveaway: Savoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites

by Kelsey Norwood

in Giveaways

The winner is Karina who said, “The Spinach & Feta Pasta recipe looks heavenly… must try!”

Send an email to kelseyatvanillajoydotcom BEFORE FRIDAY to claim your prize. Congrats!

THE PRIZE

One lucky Vanilla Joy reader will win a copy of the new Our Best Bites cookbook, Savoring the Seasons!

MY REVIEW

When I saw that Our Best Bites was putting out a new cookbook…thrilled. And doesn’t that cover just make you want to get in the kitchen and bake?!?

I got the first one and have used it a ton in the last year. The recipes are straight forward, easy, basic, use normal ingredients, and it’s all stuff my family will eat and love.

Feeding 3 kids ages 5 and younger is tough, but most of the Our Best Bites recipes we’ve tried have been complete hits!

And I love the concept of organizing a cookbook by season. Love it! Especially after a long summer of wondering what to make for dinner…I didn’t want to turn the oven on or eat anything hot and we did not really eat well all summer. If only I’d had this cookbook then!

I started out with the Autumn section, obviously, and tried 4 new fall recipes. I love using fresh seasonal ingredients and this cookbook makes eating fresh fruits and vegetables in their season so easy.

Hearty Whole-Grain Crescent Rolls & Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

My favorite thing about colder weather is hot soup and fresh baked bread.

Both of these recipes were easy, delicious, healthy, and my kids loved them! We spread tons of gooey honey-butter on those hearty rolls and wolfed them down like nothing. Time to make some more!

The rolls are a half white/half wheat blend with seasame, poppy, flax, and sunflower seeds. So light, fluffy, hearty, and delicious!

And the soup was very satisfying and delicious with carrots, celery, chicken, and wild rice. (I actually used brown rice because that’s what I had and my kids, who claim to hate brown rice, loved it!)

Pear-Gorgonzola Farfalle

Pasta salads are one of my favorite dishes to make, eat, and especially take to family dinners/dinner parties. I love new and interesting ingredient combinations and this one was so yummy with a pear/butter sauce, Gorgonzola, craisins, and fresh parsley.

The pear flavor was so interesting and unexpected – I love a surprise in a pasta salad!

Peanut Butter Popcorn

I am a popcorn girl. I grew up eating tons of fresh popped popcorn around the dinner table with my family on Sunday nights. It was our weekly Sunday night tradition and we still do it when we’re all together.

I like plain old buttery popcorn, but every once in a while it’s nice to deck it out a little bit. This Peanut Butter Popcorn recipe (listed for free at DeseretBook.com) combines a handful of my favorite things – peanuts, peanut butter, chocolate, and popcorn. So easy to make, delicious, and FUN!

We have already found a few new family favorites and we’ve just barely covered the Autumn section. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the book will bring to the table. I’m already looking forward to winter’s S’mores Hot Chocolate, Baked Brie, Pear Pomegranate Salad, Vegetable Beef Barley Soup, and Peppermint Mousse Cake and I can’t wait to rotate our recipes with the seasons.

Find Savoring the Seasons at Costco, Deseret Book, and Amazon and thanks so much to Kate Wells and Sarah Jones for another winner!

GIVEAWAY RULES

  • Make a comment on this post telling me your favorite Our Best Bites recipe before midnight Sunday, October 14.
  • A winner will be selected and announced Monday, October 15.

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GOOD LUCK and THANKS!

{This product was provided to Vanilla Joy for review purposes.}

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1 Angela A October 1, 2012 at 7:41 pm

I actually really like the peanut butter popcorn recipe! I have made it and my whole family liked it!

2 Kathryn October 1, 2012 at 8:23 pm

I love the Chicken Taquitos, we have them at least every other week.

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4 Brianne October 1, 2012 at 8:57 pm

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16 gail October 2, 2012 at 6:59 am

chicken and wild rice soup

17 Julia C. October 2, 2012 at 8:39 am

It’s so hard to pick just one recipe but one that I love that we actually just made again the other night is their chicken and dumplings. They are amazing! Thanks for the giveaway!

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30 Jen Duke October 2, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Kelsey! I’m so glad you saw this! I have one and I can’t wait to try it. That pear gorgonzola pasta has been the one I’ve been planning on trying first so I’m glad to hear you liked it.

31 Jodie October 2, 2012 at 7:16 pm

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44 Tara October 3, 2012 at 8:49 am

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54 Kiana October 4, 2012 at 6:28 am

I love their chili seasoning mix. I made it and gave it away to a few people for Christmas a few years ago and now they bring me the bottle back to refill whenever they visit. I always have some made around here in the winter it gives chili the perfect flavor!

55 Annita October 4, 2012 at 10:56 am

One of my favorite recipes from their website is the Zucchini Ribbon Pasta with Creamy Lemon Basil Sauce. Yum! I don’t have either of their cookbooks yet!

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57 A.J. Dub October 4, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Spicy Honey Chicken is favorite. I need to make it again!

58 Angel S. October 4, 2012 at 9:12 pm

That Peanut Butter Popcorn is calling my name!!!

59 Liz m October 4, 2012 at 9:31 pm

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61 Melinda Wilson October 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Well, you showed me my favorite two snacks – peanut butter and popcorn so it has to be the Peanut Butter Popcorn!

62 Shannon October 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm

The cinnamon bun popcorn is so yummy and we also like the chicken taquitos.

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67 Shannon October 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm

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68 Karina October 12, 2012 at 5:15 pm

The Spinach & Feta Pasta recipe looks heavenly… must try!

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74 Emily C October 12, 2012 at 7:07 pm

The Giant Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. Yum.

75 HollyP October 12, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Cinnamon Rolls! Yum!!!

76 Sara M October 15, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Their sweet and sour meatballs is a favorite at our home.

77 Regana November 12, 2012 at 10:01 am

Going to try the peanut butter popcorn this weekend can’t wait

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