Thursday, April 22, 2010

0 Celebrating Recipe #100 in Style... with a Blog Contest!

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It's hard to believe that this blog has almost reached recipe #100. That means I've created & cooked almost one hundred original recipes since this blog's inception back in mid-July of 2007! Can you believe it?!

If you consider that every recipe is first scribbled down, then made from scratch in my test kitchen, taste-tested, sometimes revised, edited, & then posted on this blog, it's not hard to see that a lot of time & effort (as well as love & care) has gone (& still goes!) into the entire process! It also explains why recipes aren't posted in rapid-fire succession; if they were, you can only imagine the weekly grocery bills & the army of people I'd have to invite over to eat all of that food! Hehe.

Our fridge is usually bursting with fresh ingredients as is. It always seems like it's "time to cook" at our place. ;) I couldn't delay the recipe creation process right now even if I wanted to, because otherwise there'd be a whole lot of perishables going bad in the fridge. ;)

Plus, right now, I've got a whole queue of future recipe ideas lined up one after another. My brain is overflowing with ideas, and frankly, it's been a real challenge to keep pace with the recipe-writing output. There's a lot of rapid-fire cooking going on just to keep up with the flying sparks in the brain. ;)

Also, I figure that, at the moment, it's easier to just churn out new recipes every day, because it's actually a multi-purpose activity: With each snack, breakfast, lunch, &/or dinner I create, there's also a new recipe entry for the blog (and/or cookbook!). :) Sure makes the recipe-writing process go a heck of a lot faster when there's a practical purpose behind it all!

Anyhow, I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about how to celebrate reaching recipe 'numero 100.' It's only days away, and so I've decided to hold a contest to commemorate the occasion.

It's quick, easy, & fun to enter the "Cooking with Corey" blog contest!

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Here's how:

(1)  Do one (or more) of the following:

Write a quick blog post about this contest and link back to this URL somewhere in your article &/or your own website.

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Subscribe to this blog and link back to this site from your website.

 --OR--

Digg this article and link back to this site from your website.

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Share this post's URL on Facebook (i.e., on your Wall), Twitter, &/or any other major social media platform (i.e., StumbleUpon, Delicious, Technorati, etc.).

(2) Leave a comment on this post, indicating that you've completed Step #1.

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Completing the above steps will automatically enter you in a drawing to win one of the following 3 prizes:

--A free one-hour Skype or IM consultation with me ("Chef Corey"), in which I will answer your questions regarding any of the following topics -- healthy cooking & eating, nutrition, general cooking techniques, international cuisines/ingredients, herbs & spices (& what combinations will work together!), where to find unusual ingredients, recipes & recipe modifications (for improved health), local Greater DC area restaurant recommendations, recommendations for cookware/cooking gadgets/gourmet products, & other related advice, etc.
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--Free advertising on this blog for an entire year. (Specific conditions apply. Please see this link to view advertising policy parameters.)
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--A free private cooking lesson (if you live in the local area - i.e., Washington DC, Northern Virginia, Montgomery County, etc.).

Multiple entries are permitted, so, enter as many times as you'd like to increase your chances of winning.

Three (3) final contest winners will be chosen at random, and each of the three winners gets to choose one of the above prizes. All prizes are subject to availability and personal scheduling.

CONTEST DEADLINE: All entries must be received before 12:00 AM, Friday April 30, 2010.

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