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Free Cooking Classes!!!

It’s contest time!


To be entered to win a free cooking class, all you need to do is leave a comment on ANY post on this entire site. You can leave a comment on a recipe you’ve made. Or one you want to try. Or on a party theme, you’ve enjoyed. Or on this very post. You can say whatever you want.  “This is great!” or “I want to win.” or “Come on pick me, I never win anything!”

Here is the low-down:

You are entering to win one of four (1 of 4) spots in an evening class that I teach at Les Gourmettes Cooking School.

It would probably be best if you actually lived in the Phoenix area since that’s where the classes are held … because airfare and lodging are not included. 🙂

Classes are demonstration, they begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m. At the end of the cooking demo, we move to the dining room to enjoy the meal prepared in class. The classes are held at:

Les Gourmettes Cooking School
6610 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85012


There will be a total of four (4) individual winners.


Two of the winners will come to the class on Election Night, Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Here is the menu:

Election Night Dinner Party

El Presidente Cocktail
Campaign Trail Mix
Straw Pole Cheese Straws
Pork Barrel Tenderloin with Iowa Potato Wedges
Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake


Two other winners will come to this class on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. Below is the menu for that evening:

Comfort Food

Ginger-Honey “Penicillin” Cocktail (scotch – not actual penicillin)
Chinese Five-Spice Short Ribs with Parsnip Purée
Sharp Cheddar, Kale, and Butternut Bread Pudding
Butterscotch Pudding Shooters

Important: If you are only available on one of the two nights, please indicate which night works for you in your comment. If you can come either night, you’ll have twice as many chances to win.

This is how I will set it up:

  • If you leave a comment and you don’t specify which night you can come, I will know that you can come either night and your name goes in one pot for Election and also in another pot for Comfort.
  • If you say you can only come on Election Night, your name will only go in the Election pot. Same deal if you say you are only available on Comfort Night, you’re name will only go into the Comfort pot.
  • The most entries one person may have is two (one for each class). But remember, I always LOVE and appreciate your comments, so don’t let that limit you, leave as many as you wish.
  • I’ll draw the winners on Wednesday, October 26th at Noon. All comments must be posted by 11:59 a.m. on October 26, 2016.
  • I will announce the winners here on Thursday, October 27th, 2016.

Whether you’ve been to Les Gourmettes before or you’ve never taken a cooking class in your life, I’m excited to have 4 of you in my classes, so leave a comment and let the contest begin!

*Prizes donated by Barbara Fenzl of Les Gourmettes and Linda Hopkins of Les Petites Gourmettes.
*Prizes are not transferable, if a winner is not available, another name will be drawn.
*Prizes have no cash value.
*Prizes must be used on date(s) specified, may not be used at any other time.











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1 Nancy { 10.21.16 at 7:02 AM }

I love ALL your posts but I’m feeling LUCKY (again) so I’ll throw my hat in the ring here! I’m only available on Comfort night so I’ll keep my fingers crossed!

2 Marissa { 10.21.16 at 7:06 AM }

I wish I could enter and come!

3 Lisa { 10.21.16 at 7:51 AM }

Me me me:). I’ll be working election night but I think we are all going to need comfort food post election. Love your election night menu though!

4 Betsy Storey { 10.21.16 at 7:58 AM }

Can’t wait to try creamed spinach!! Can come either night. I have only been to one of Barbara’s classes but not with you so would Love it!

5 Sonja { 10.21.16 at 9:08 AM }

I love your easy to prepare recipes! I can come either night.

6 Dorinne Dobson { 10.21.16 at 9:34 AM }

Please pick me! I love the Les Gourmettes cooking classes, and would love to meet you. I can come either night.

7 Sheila { 10.21.16 at 12:53 PM }

Yassss! I want a chance since I didn’t get my act together to sign up previously! 🙂

8 Ann McGrath { 10.21.16 at 4:05 PM }

Hi Linda – this is a fabulous contest – I have been to one class before and loved it! I also know how quickly they sell out – so draw my name. 🙂
ps – the other night I made your version of Tyler Florence’s Mediterrean Lamb shanks for my dinner club – it was perfect. Thanks.

9 Rita Dickinson { 10.21.16 at 9:24 PM }

You are amazing!

10 Marianne Fowler { 10.21.16 at 9:40 PM }

How fun to have the opportunity to participate in your classes! I love to cook but haven’t done much lately since I was diagnosed with cancer. I enjoy your easy to prepare recipes, and hope by winning this, I can cook for and help others! Enjoy your day!

11 Sharon Williams { 10.22.16 at 3:17 AM }

I miss coming to your wonderful cooking classes and would LOVE to win a seat at your table!!

12 Christine Pond { 10.22.16 at 7:01 PM }

I’m available for both. Sorry Mark, you’ll have Girl Scout duty if I’m picked! 🙂

13 Marilyn Harter { 10.22.16 at 8:51 PM }

Would love Comfort Food after the election!

14 Amy G { 10.23.16 at 6:57 AM }

Would love to come to a cooking class, both nights work!

15 Cecilia { 10.26.16 at 9:09 AM }

Love your blog! Thank you for the opportunity to win and I’ll be ready either night!!

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