Monday, February 1, 2010

The First SoCal Giveaway!!!


We've all had our share of food mishaps and calamities. Most of mine seem to involve large scale drops, spills or fumbles resulting in speckled furniture, a colorful smattering of naughty words, and one heck of a mess. There was the agua fresca incident, an epic vegetarian lasagna bobble that covered everything below hip height in my kitchen, and an unfortunate gnocchi episode where they actually bounced when dropped. No really, like little pasta-esque bouncy balls that you used to get out of the 25 cent machines at the supermarket.

Needless to say, I have not braved pasta making since. But thanks to the amazing folks at Cookware.com, you now have a chance avoid any future pasta incidents with the amazing Cucina Pro Pasta Fresh 5 Machine, shown above. Wouldn't you love to check your mailbox and have this waiting for you? This fantastic addition to any kitchen makes spaghetti, fettuccine, angel hair, ravioli and lasagnette while being stylish and not taking up a ton of valuable kitchen space. Want to whip up some fresh, healthy pasta any time you darn well please? Well then check out the rules below.

The winner will be selected at random on Friday, February 12th. Consider it your first of hopefully many lovely gifts for Valentine's Day! This contest is only open to the continental United States, so my apologies to my friends in Canada and points beyond.

I bet you'd like to know how to get your hot little hands on this beauty. Here's the low down.

Entrants will receive one vote for each of the following actions;

* Share your best cooking misadventure story by commenting on this post
* Become a Fan of SoCal Sustenance on Facebook
* Follow @Socalsustenance on Twitter
* Follow SoCal Sustenance with Google Friend Connect

Thank you so much for continuing to support and read SoCal Sustenance through its growing pains and misadventures. It means so much that you continue to read, comment, laugh and encourage the things you find here. Best of luck and I look forward to reading about your best culinary mishaps as well!

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38 comments:

All Things Yummy said...

My worst mishap was forgetting to grease a mini-muffin tin before baking. The muffins were glued to the pans and it took much scrubbing and soaking to get the pan clean. I was not a happy camper that morning.

Jeannie Reeves Photography said...

I have many, but one that comes to mind is the loaf of bread I made the other day with too much liquid and too much yeast... it rose too high and then fell over the baking pan.. burned up and smelled up my entire house.. I was in the shower at the time and my husband was freaking out!

Jeannie Reeves Photography said...

Im following you now on twitter.. reevesphotos

Jeannie Reeves Photography said...

I fanned you on facebook, jeannie reeves

Jeannie Reeves Photography said...

Im now following your blog...

Cookin' Canuck said...

My worst kitchen meltdown occurred when I attempted to roast a chicken for the first time (many years ago). The skin was golden brown, but the chicken was raw. My husband has a picture of me holding the chicken on a platter, tears streaming down my face.

Cookin' Canuck said...

Following you on Twitter as @cookincanuck.

Cookin' Canuck said...

I'm now a fan of your blog on Facebook!

Thanks so much for adding me to the list of blogs you watch. I really appreciate your support!

www.dhaleb.com said...

My bf has been hinting about making our own pasta at home but we haven't really done any research on which contraptions to buy. This looks great and I hope I win!!!

NOELLE said...

One of my mishaps was using a whole can of Chipotle peppers to make a mole chicken. It was SOOOO hot it was unbearable! I misread the recipe for one pepper as opposed to 1 can!

NOELLE said...

I am following you on Googlereader. I already follow you on Twitter and I tweeted this giveaway!

NOELLE said...

Oh I also became a fan on Facebook. Email: noellsky@gmail.com

Natalie said...

My biggest kitchen mishap? Spilling the juice from 10 pounds of pulled pork... in my oven... while it was turned on. Talk about a mess. A mess that I am still cleaning up in my oven! (though the pulled pork tastes amazing!!)

Natalie said...

I am now following you on twitter, and tweeted about your giveaway!

Natalie said...

Now following on facebook :)

megan said...

I've had so many cooking mishaps. this is a small one, but just the other day I tried to whip cream by hand. my husband and I alternated for about 20 minutes, and it just stayed liquid! Then I said enough is enough and used the whisk attachment of my mixer. i don't know if my bowl was too small or what, but cream went flying! It got all over us, the counter, the floor. I was so sad, but it's funny now.

megan said...

and I'm following you on twitter - whatmegansmakng

Erica Sara said...

The first time I made dinner for my husband-to-be, I put my chicken & side dish in the oven and went to get dressed. I then fell asleep on the couch and when the doorbell rang and he arrived, I noticed that the apt didnt smell like anything was cooking. I forgot to put the oven on. We had to order in :)

Following you on Twitter, a Fan on FB

Randa @ The Bewitchin' Kitchen said...

One time, years ago, when I was 14 I decided to toss some frozen popcorn shrimp in the oven (does that count as cooking?) A couple minutes later when I went to check on them they were on fire!

I panicked and I didn't have a fire extinguisher. Finally logic sank in and I turned off the oven and closed the door and kept an eye on it. My mom's baking pan was ruined though :(

Randa @ The Bewitchin' Kitchen said...

I follow on google friends

Randa @ The Bewitchin' Kitchen said...

I follow on twitter : )bewitchinkitch

5 Star Foodie said...

Awesome giveaway! My most recent kitchen disaster involved a sweet salvadorian cake which puffed up too much, spilled everywhere in my oven making a huge mess, and then finally was burned to be completely inedible :(

Scott K said...

My most embarrassing was somehow forgetting to put the Parmesan in the Alfredo sauce I was making!

Scott K said...

I am now following you, your blog looks great!

Scott K said...

I am now following you on twitter as well.

Tasty Eats At Home said...

My worst kitchen mishap - I was roasting a pork loin in a glass 13 X 9 baking dish. I started it at high heat, 450 degrees. Once it was cooking for 20 minutes or so, I was supposed to lower the temp to 350 and splash some white wine over it. So I grabbed the cold wine bottle from the fridge, opened the oven and pulled the rack out halfway so that the dish was still "in" the oven partway, and started pouring. Cold liquid into hot glass baking dish = sticky disaster! The dish shattered into a bunch of sticky pieces all over in the oven and on the floor. Yikes!

Laura said...

I am LOVING all your cooking misadventures, thanks for sharing them!

Megan - if you ever have the urge to handwhip cream again, throw your bowl and whisk in the freezer for 5-10 minutes before starting. The colder the bowl and whisk, the easier the whip!

Thanks for all your entries! Spread the world and keep 'em coming :)

Janna (Just Flourishing) said...

Great Giveaway!

I have had WAY too many cooking misadventures. My worst was probably when I tried to make Giada's fried fruit. I don't know WHAT I did wrong but the fruit turned all sticky and burnt and stuck to my pan. And then was all glue-like when I tried to eat it. Gross!

Also, I'm following you on twitter :)

Jeanne said...

I've always wanted to make my own pasta! What a fun giveaway!

My most recent cooking disaster happened while I was boiling some chard. I got distracted and completely forgot about it until 20 minutes later when I smelled something funny. There was smoke coming from the pot! And all the chard was burned (charred! haha) onto the bottom of the pot.

deemack said...

Hubby and I were co-cooking a little sausage bake one night - nothing fancy. Except for the fact that I didn't notice when he chopped up and added all of the Habenero peppers I had bought to try Jamie Oliver's stuffed pickled peppers. I'm pretty sure there were flames coming from my mouth after the first bite! After running around the house like a crazy woman, I managed to put out the fire with an entire pint of cottage cheese. It worked like a charm!

Congrats on the great blog!

Shawn said...

So...my best cooking misadventure? It was supposed to be the easiest thing in the world. I bought some new gnocchi and was very excited to try them out. So I boil the water and dump the gnocchi in spilling water everywhere :) Oops. No, that's not the end of my story. So I start smelling this nasty smell...thinking "YUCK..this new pasta sucks!" So I go and sit down watching some tv until it's done. I go back out in about 5 minutes and it's still at the bottom of the bowl and still stinking the place up. I left it alone for a few more minutes and went back to check on it again. Same thing. Then I discovered it. When I threw the pasta in, the water splashing out of the bowl put the flame out on the stove. The smell was the gas which was filling my house up. OOPS! :) Happy cooking!

Sheskis said...

My mishap was a make a chocolate-banana cream pie and refrigerate it on the bottom shelf-under a jar of dill pickles turned on its side. The pickle juice dripped onto the pie and soaked in which wasn't really noticeably until we started to eat it. It was truly inedible, even chocolate can be ruined!

Sheskis said...

Following on Twitter &
Became a fan on Facebook

Lauren E said...

I follow you on Twitter
@LaurenEgier

pen said...

Adding vanilla to cocktail sauce, instead of Worcestershire? Not good. :)

Anonymous said...

Guess what? One of my latest was pasta - in the step where you fill the well in the dry ingredients with the eggs - well, my table is on a slant, and eggs slipped all over the table, my legs and the floor! I forged ahead to make the toughest, heaviest egg noodles ever consumed by a brave man and his wife! Thanks for the great giveaway.

Sarah C
artistlatina (at) gmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

I'm your FB fan now, too

Sarah C
artistlatina (at) gmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

OH NO

just realized my email address is wrong in both of the above entries:

Sarah C
artistalatina (at) gmail (dot) com