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5th Blogiversary Give-Away


To celebrate 5 Years of the Les Petites Gourmettes Blog, we’re gonna have a little “comment contest.” (BTW, the official birthday was August 16th, in case you want to mark your calendar and send me a card next year)

All you have to do to be eligible to win is tell me your favorite recipe that I’ve posted over these past five years (see exact details on precisely how to do that below.) It shouldn’t be too hard, there are over a thousand recipes to choose from.

It can be a recipe you’ve made … I hope you’ve made at least one that you’ve liked!

If you’ve never cooked a darn thing from here or you are new to the site, it can be recipe that looks especially tasty and that you’d like to make or have someone else make for you in the future.

Here is what you’re playing for:

One 7″ Heston Blumenthal stainless steel Santoku chef’s knife
One Ballymaloe red apron

knife and apron

Here is why I have these two beautiful items to give away …

When I signed up for the all-day cooking class at Ballymaloe Cookery School in Ireland, I received an email with instructions to bring a chef’s knife, apron, and towel for the class.

I forgot.

ballymaloe shop

So, the night before the class, I purchased the required items in The Ballymaloe Shop.

Believe me, the last thing I need is another apron or another chef’s knife. The towel, I’ll keep as a memento from the class. One can never have enough towels!

ballymaloe kitchen

The knife and apron were gently used only one day, by me, at Ballymaloe. (See it there on the counter in the photo above?) The apron has been washed and maybe I’ll get around to ironing it before I give it to the winner… maybe not.

The price tag is still on the knife, 59.95 is the value … and that was in euros!  I don’t recall the price of the apron, but all in all, it’s a brilliant prize!

60 bucks

British and Irish people say “brilliant” all the time, I’m trying to incorporate it into my repertoire.

Here’s what you have to do to be eligible to win:

Find the post for that favorite recipe of yours and leave a comment on that post. Any comment will do, hopefully, something nice, like, “I made this and it was the best thing I ever ate.” Or maybe, “Linda, this recipe is a winner and I want to be a winner too. Pick ME!”

However, you’re feeling at the time is perfect.

You may enter up to five (5) times, leaving a comment on up to five posts. NOT five comments on one post, five different comments on five different recipes.

ballymaloe shop window

All of the eligible entries will be put in a stock pot and some unbiased person will pull out the winner. An unbiased person … like maybe the guard at the guard gate to our community, or some waiter at a restaurant I visit, or the UPS man, if I get any packages (usually a good bet)!

Everyone is eligible to play; friends, family, neighbors, followers, those of you who read the blog every day (Thank YOU!) and those of you who are every once in a while readers, even stalkers and former friends, any and all!

Anyhow, I’ll take a photo or video of the unsuspecting individual pulling out the winner, so you can all see that it’s fair and square.


All comments must be submitted by Thursday, August 28, 2014, at 5:00 PM PST.

The winner will be announced on the Friday, August 29, 2014 post. I will personally deliver the prize to you if you are local. I will mail it to you if you are not.

Good Luck!


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1 Ruth { 08.22.14 at 8:24 AM }

Happy Blogiversary!

2 Tram Mai { 08.22.14 at 8:32 AM }

Done!!! 🙂

3 Betsy Storey { 08.22.14 at 5:19 PM }

Happy Blogiversary and entered

4 Sharon C { 08.25.14 at 9:39 PM }

I think the toughest part is only picking five favorite recipes! Happy blogiversary Linda. Thank you again for all the time and hard work you put into your blog. You are incredibly talented.

5 Maureen { 08.26.14 at 5:53 PM }

On my way to Ireland in the spring! And Ballymaloe!

6 Sheila { 08.27.14 at 8:28 AM }

I don’t know how you think we can choose just ONE?!
But…. The walnut crusted chicken breasts are one of my favs and go-to of your recipes

7 Sheila { 08.27.14 at 8:32 AM }

Okay second fav is the chile crusted goat cheese and candied pecan salad you made for my birthday cooking class (another lifetime ago ), as well as the lemon layer cake with lemon curd & mascarpone .

8 Nancy H { 08.28.14 at 11:41 PM }

I guess I don’t get the directions, I thought I entered a couple of times!

9 Linda Hopkins { 08.29.14 at 9:02 AM }

Nancy, you got it right… you had three entries!

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