bloggy giveaway!

The Clean Plate Club is giving away a $50 gift card to Williams-Sonoma, if you blog about it and submit a comment (on their website, not mine) by April 30th.  I think that’s pretty cool.  I would have a lot of trouble deciding what to buy at WS… I’d run into that problem where I’d pick up so many things the total bill would be hundreds of dollars.  So, having browsed online, here are a few things I think I could limit myself to:

  • Le Creuset Mini Cocotte – I have a 5-quart, non-Le Creuset dutch oven that does a great job with braising, but I think it would be nice to have a little one for times I don’t want to braise 2 heads of cabbage or a 9-pound chicken.  You know, a little pot of food just for me.
  • Calphalon Square Grill Pan – Now this would be a total splurge, too.  Something I would not typically purchase because I can accomplish almost the same thing with my current pans.  But this one has high sides, which would help with any splatter, and can’t you just see an awesome, golden, crusty panini coming out of there?
  • Baking Stone – I currently don’t have a baking stone.  I bake any no-knead breads in my dutch oven (that’s preheated in the oven), which takes care of holding heat and moisture to get the fast rise and crispy crust.  We make pizza on the grill because it’s much faster, so I haven’t yet really needed a baking stone.  But I know they help regulate the temperature of the oven during baking, so if I had extra money (or a gift card) I might be convinced to pick one up.
  • Waffle Maker – I do love a good waffle on Sunday mornings and this one makes 2 square waffles at a time, meaning T and I could both eat at the same time.  While waiting for the second round of waffles, of course.
  • Food – Other than cookware, bakeware, or fancy appliances, I would definitely take a gift card and buy some of the various sauces, mixes, and jars from Willams-Somona.  I know it seems like cheating to cook out of a jar, but if you’re going to do it don’t you think you should go for the high-end stuff?

What about you?  What would you do with a $50 gift card?  What are you currently coveting?


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