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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.


  • I served the Black Bean Salad with Corn as a dip for a recent party. Everyone loved it. Thanks so much for a great recipe .

  • Even though I have not reviewed your chocolate fudge crinkles … every time I make them, they disappear! Everybody loves them.

  • I’ve made your double chocolate meringue cookies. I loved them because they are super easy to make, gluten free, and really yummy. My husband brews his own beer and we had the cookies with his imperial stout and a hint of homemade coconut milk. It was a real treat. Thanks for the many wonderful recipes you offer. And I would love to win the cookware.

  • Made your crave-worth sugar cookies for my kiddos this past Wed nite! They’re crisp on the edges and chewy in the center- my girls loved them as well as hubby and I- and we don’t even like sugar cookies! So the recipe was perfect- the addition of the cream cheese was great! Would not alter it any way!!

  • pumpkin bread – nicely spiced. changes for me – swap AP with white whole wheat and added some dried cranberries.

  • Blueberry maple bran muffins are the bomb!

  • I made your supernatural brownies and LOVED IT! I love the vanilla extract. It was just perfect!


  • I made the Maryland Crab Cakes with the quick tartar sauce. I served them with homemade baked beans and brown bread. They were so delicious, that I sent the recipe to my brother in Delaware.

  • My goal during the Christmas season was to make one new cookie recipe a week, and your chocolate fudge crinkles were BY FAR the biggest hit. Absolutely scrumptious!

  • Can’t wait to try the Peruvian Chicken recipe. We take out pollo a la brasa at least once a week, so I would love to be able to make it at home. Also, I would love a yellow sauce recipe in addition to the green.

  • The roasted tomato salsa is awesome! I have 3 kids who don’t love spice, so I only use one serrano pepper, but it is absolutely delicious!!!

  • I made the doughnut muffins twice and they were delicious both times! I loved the flavor the nutmeg added.

  • The homemade granola is an excellent recipe that is made once or twice a week (we eat a lot of granola). I’ve made it with dried cherries, raisins, and dried cranberries- I think that the cherries work the best for a chewier texture than the cranberries but a slightly tarter flavor than the raisins that helps balance out the sweetness of the honey.

  • I previously reviewed your granola bars (delicious!) and just reviewed your granola (our new favorite treat)!

  • I have previously reviewed your banana pancakes. They have become my family’s most favorite pancakes – they are totally addictive! Real maple syrup is a must!

  • Reviewed your roasted brussel sprouts & Bulgur Salad with Cucumbers, Red Peppers, Chick Peas, Lemon and Dill

  • Last week I made your Fettuccine Bolognese. Like every other meal that I’ve made of Jennifer’s it was totally delicious!

  • I just reviewed your lemon chicken – it is incredible! Our go-to chicken on the grill!

  • I have previously reviewed your leek quiche – incredibly delicious! (I didn’t think you would want me to review it again?) I have made it at least 4 times since for company and everyone raves about it. We have had it for breakfast, lunch and dinner with just small sides each time.

  • onion braised beef brisket..
    made this for christmans. ordered theweight brisket needed and omg.. that was a big brisket size wise.. this led to a couple issues finding the right size pan but we worked it out. the flavor was excellent. the problem we had was timing…. we had too many appetizers which made it hard to get people to eat the main dishes. the meat was on ‘low’ for so long it toughened up. but the taste was still great. the recipe was a winner. our timing..not so much.

    • — kirsten zielinski
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  • I haven’t tried any of the recipes yet, but plan on making the Curried Carrots tomorrow night.

  • I made the Doughnut Muffins, and they were delicious! Great taste and texture.

  • I reviewed the beef stew with carrots and potatoes
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    • — debbie jackson
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  • I reviewed Peruvian-Style Roast Chicken with Green Sauce. debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

    • — debbie jackson
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  • Thanks for the giveaway. I just left a review on your BBQ turkey meatloaf. I’d better try some more recipes so that I can be ready for your next giveaway! 🙂

  • I made your Vietnamese Carmelized shrimp once – it was delicious but seriously, I don’t think my kitchen has enough ventilation to make anything with fish sauce again – so smelly! 😉 I’m part Vietnamese, so I’m a little ashamed of this fish-sauce squeamishness, but can’t help it. I’d love to make it again, maybe outside or in my parents’ kitchen, which has windows. Really really yummy!

  • Your roasted Brussels sprouts recipe convinced me to try a vegetable that I never had before, and I love it! I follow your ingredients but usually just estimate the quantities – come out great!

  • I recently made your Bulgur Salad with Cucumbers, Red Peppers, Chick Peas, Lemon, and Dill…I made a few changes based on what I had (used scallions instead of red onions and left out the red bell peppers), and it made for a delicious dinner served with roast chicken. I especially liked the fact that it had everything going for it (wheat, vegetables, and protein), so no other side dish was necessary!

  • My other favorite from your site is the basic banana bread – great, plain banana bread, perfect for toasting (a little better than the chai spiced, since it isn’t so very soft – at least for me, since I don’t have a toaster oven) The kids love it – again sometimes I use coconut oil, or part whole wheat flour, but other than that the only alteration is sometimes doubling it!

  • My favorite from your site is the Chair Spiced Banana bread – am going to make it again this morning! The only alteration I sometimes make is to use coconut oil in place of the butter – and then you just have to make sure you don’t add any cold ingredients that will make the oil solidify. Also sometimes I double it to make two loaves!

  • Thanks for such a great giveaway! I love your site!

  • I love your cranberry orange nut bread! It’s perfect just the way it is. Would love the cookware too 🙂

  • Just reviewed the sweet potato soup that I made last night!

  • I made your Pumpkin Cheesecake. I haven’t quite got the timing down yet, so sometimes I end up with a cheesecake and sometimes I end up witha ring of cheesecake and a liquidy center. I haven’t given up, though! Love your recipes!

  • Mde the buttermilk fried chicken.. soooo good!!!!

  • Am about to make your Chai spiced banana bread. i don’t have to wait to review it…have never been disappointed with one of your recipes!!!

  • The Crave Worthy Sugar Cookies are so BAD!!! I cannot leave them alone. I will just have 1, ok just 1 more & then finally – darn I will just finish them off and won’t have to worry about…JUST 1 MORE!!

  • What a beautiful giveaway prize. I’ve been looking for some stainless steel cookware and these sounds perfect.

    I’ve always enjoy your especially this Winter Citrus and Pomegranate Fruit Salad. So easy to make and your instructions are so clear. I love it. The sweet and tart flavor from the fruit are so refreshing. The only thing is that my kids think it’s a little too tart for them. So, I separate a little bowl for them and toss theirs with a little drizzle of agave before serving and they loved it.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  • The other recipe that I’m always making for dinner is the Vietnamese Caramelized Shrimp. My only change is to add more red pepper flakes…my husband loves spicy and this recipe always makes him very happy.

  • I made the Lentil soup with bacon and vegetables and it was fabulous! We used a local herbed no-nitrate bacon and that made it more wonderful.

    • — Margery Groten
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  • My family is always asking me to make your Thai Ginger & Sweet Red Chili Shrimp…they love it! The only change I make is a substitution for the peanut oil. The flavors are perfect and is delicious.

  • I was inspired by your homemade granola recipe to create a quick and easy apple crisp. Chopped apples, a bit of olive oil, brown sugar, appropriate apple pie spices. Microwave to desired doneness and top with granola. Easy, quick and healthy snack or dessert.

  • I made the Curried Roasted Carrots, except that I subbed butternut squash instead of carrots.
    It was DELICIOUS! YUM.
    I’ll make with Sweet POtatoes next!

  • The crispy kale chips with parm and lemon were a huge hit! My grandson, who eats NO green veg loved them so much that he asked me to teach him to make them himself. (he’s 11) Then when his older cousins came to visit they picked a trash bag full of kale from my garden and actually helped teach them how. Though some preferred them without lemon – they all loved them. We’ve tried different seasoning and salt/pepper/garlic mix with the cheap can of parm was easiest for the kids. Thanks for getting him to eat something green.

  • I made YOUR Cranberry Nut Bread to go with MY Cranberry-Orange Butter.

    • — Carole Resnick
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  • I made your Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust and Caramel Sauce for a Thanksgiving potluck with friends last year. The filling was really flavorful and creamy! My only complaint with the recipe was that I found the crust to be a little soggy. I weighed my crust ingredients with a kitchen scale, so I think the portion were correct, but it didn’t have a very pleasant texture. I prefer a crust with a little more heft to contrast with the smooth and creamy cheesecake filling. Again, I’m not sure if that was a fault of mine or the recipe.

    When I make cheesecake, I find that the extra step of straining the batter into the pan really helps get out any lumps of cream cheese, egg, or spices and ensures a perfectly smooth filling. Also, I’ve learned that a piece of heavy duty white thread (or unflavored dental floss) can ensure a gorgeous presentation of a cut cheesecake.

    (I’m sharing the review here and under the original recipe post, since I wasn’t sure which was preferred.)

  • I added 1-1/2 tsp of Marash pepper flakes only because I like a little more zip to my recipes. Otherwise this is a yummy recipe and oh so simple to do. I served this with BBQ’d chicken thighs, a mesclun mix salad and warm slices of my homemade baguette.

  • Thanks Once Upon a Chef and Anolon — those are lovely things …

  • Would love to have this cookware! I’ve heard it’s great to cook with.

    • — Kathryn Gearld
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  • … asparagus soup with lemon & parmesan. DELISH as is, wouldn’t change a thing !

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