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Anolon Gourmet Cookware Giveaway! (CLOSED)

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This contest is now closed. Congrats to Amy of Alexandria, VA!

Hi All, Great giveaway this week thanks to Anolon Gourmet Cookware! The 10-piece Nouvelle Copper Stainless Steel set includes:

  • 1.25 Qt. and 2.5 Qt. Covered Saucepans
  • 3 Qt. Covered Sauté Pan
  • 6.5 Qt. Covered Stockpot
  • 8-inch and 10-inch Skillets

Crafted of stainless steel with a layer of copper on the bottom, this cookware provides optimum heat conduction and excellent cooking performance. Stainless steel handles are dual riveted and oven safe to 500°F, and deep seated stainless steel dome lids fit securely into the rims to lock in flavors and nutrients. The collection is also dishwasher safe.

I own several pieces from Anolon, and not only does it perform well, it looks good. I especially love this collection’s high polish finish and graceful flared design — so pretty!

For a chance to win, simply review any recipe on the site that you have cooked (in the comment section underneath the recipe) between now and midnight on March 16th. You may review up to five recipes for five separate entries. Please only leave constructive reviews that will help other cooks. For example: Was the dish perfect as is or would you alter the recipe next time? Did you make any substitutions? What other dishes did you serve with it?

The winner will be chosen randomly and notified via email. You must be a resident of the contiguous U.S. and Once Upon a Chef email or feed subscriber to participate. Click here to subscribe.


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  • I LOVE YOUR SITE! My goal is to work through each of your recipes! Every recipe I try is delicious ! You have chanced the way I cook! I would love to meet and cook with you one day!

  • I completely enjoy the Morrocan Grilled Chicken, it is absolutely delicous; tried it with shrimp–LOVE IT!! No need to purchase barbeque sauce any longer–corn scallion salad is very refreshing with both entrees–}:>)

  • Love, love , love your website. I have tried many of your recipes and they are amazing. Family and friends have asked where I got such yummy recipes and I have directed them to your site. You now have fans back in my native Scotland. Thank you for all your hard work, it’s very much appreciated.

    Val Ferguson

  • Would love these pots and pans! I reviewed your Classic Tomato Soup, Chocolate Banana Bread and French Toast recipes :).

  • your Luscious Lemon Squares are just that 🙂
    I made them and they are fabulous. Thank you

  • Tomato Soup….wouldn’t change a thing…yum.

  • Potato leek soup…..very good. Instead of cream I would just use half and half.

  • Buttermilk fried chicken tenders…I would just cut down a little on the cayenne pepper just because I can’t handle too much spice…otherwise yummy.

  • I made Grandma Annie’s Chocolate Chip Mandel Bread. It was really great! Not as dry or hard as biscotti. I also didn’t bake it for quite as long on the last baking. I will definitely make this again and would recommend it. I look forward to trying more of your recipes.

  • Because I’m new to your blog, I’ve only made one recipe so far at home – the Homemade Granola. Loved it! The only change I made was to add flax seeds and pumpkin seeds.

  • This is a great contest! Not only for the prize, but it also kind of forces me (in a gentle way) ‘ write some reviews/comments.

    As I’ve made a lot of your recipes (I love this blog) yet haven’t posted any reviews yet. So now’s the time.

    I’ve already posted two (hummus and the crave-worthy sugar cookies…both great) and will post a few more later on (shhh, I’m at work)…

  • Oh my gosh, this would be amazing to win! Going to review recipes now!

  • I’ve made the Summer Vegetable Soup with Pesto several times. I love this recipe, it’s easy and hearty. I have modified the recipe by using chicken bouillon for more flavor and also boiled a whole jalapeno (stem cut off) in the broth for a moderate spice. I’ve used pesto and have also simply added lemon. This is my husbands favorite soup recipe!

  • Just reviewed five great recipes from your site:

    Molten Chocolate Cakes
    Crispy Tilapia Fingers
    Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Pecans, and Maple Syrup
    Summer White Bean Ragout
    Luscious Lemon Squares

    My daughter is getting married in May, so it would be heavenly to win the prize and give her such a beautiful gift.

    • — Jennifer Smith
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  • I’d love to see a healthier version of the Leek and Parmesan Quiche. Cream just doesn’t fit into my diet. 🙂

  • I really enjoyed your https://www.onceuponachef.com/recipes/baby-spinach-with-fresh-berries-pecans-goat-cheese-in-raspberry-vinaigrette.html
    I tried it minus the rasberry vinaigrette. I wouldn’t change anything other than try it with the vinaigrette.

  • Love love love the Roasted Tomato salsa. I used a jalapeño pepper in place of the Serrano; just because that’s what I had handy! But the salsa is so good and so easy! Thanks!

  • I love your salads – slightly sweet, healthy, beautiful and delicious!

  • My kids surprisingly loved the beef stew with carrots & potatoes. Although they really only liked the beef. Maybe next time I’ll try it with noodles- they’re more pasta fans!

  • i loved the zucchini fritters! the only thing i would change is to add less garlic. . . but of course that’s just personal preference. very delicious! i would highly recommend you try these.

  • I had a conversation with a friend about banana bread yesterday and she said the recipe she found online was just really bland and not that great. I asked her what website she used and told her that one of my favorites was the chai spiced banana bread on Once Upon a Chef. I love chai anything and happened upon the recipe by chance actually. It was excellent and was the perfect mix of spices. It’s not a boring banana bread at all, so I can’t wait for her to try it and get back to me.

  • I tried out the recipe for Tortilla Soup. Perfect with crackers to warm you up! Nothing needs to be changed in my opinion.

  • I just went through ALL the recipes again, and I am eager to try more recipes ! Cooking is a way for me to de-stress after an exhausting day. It is MY play after a long day of being with special needs kids. I’ve actually used cooking as a modality working with some of my clients. Thanks Jennifer for your passion and dedication.

  • I have made your Potato Leek Soup twice already – it was love at first bite. Your flavors are very subtle, but lovely. The first time, I followed the recipe exactly. Lovely first course that did not distort the palate for a heartier main course. Second time I made this lovely soup, I tweaked it a bit for a main course. I par-boiled my potatoes first, then added them -skin on – to stock mixture. I added some cayenne, paprika, celery salt a touch of Old Bay. After blending ingredients, I strained soup mixture and poured over cooked shrimp. Topped with Gruyere and croutons. Yummy! Loved both versions. Thank you for sharing a lovely dish!

  • I could SO use a new set of cookware! Mine is so old and worn and doesn’t look as nice as this set. I loved picking my favorite recipes to comment on because I have tried so many of yours! Keep up the good work…and pick me as the winner 🙂

  • As a home chef, and self proclaimed “foodie”I have been thoroughly enchanted with Jennifer’s recipes. They are simple, user friendly, consistently delicious and have very complex flavor profiles. My favorites are too numerous to list but several have become standards at our dinner table. I always look forward to an email which features a new recipe. What a great resource! Thanks .

  • I love your website and recipes! I turn to you all the time when I have “cooker’s block” and can’t figure out what’s for dinner. I had a lot of fun commenting on my 5 favorite recipes! Thanks for the impetus!

    • — ieatdarkchocolateeveryday
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