Christmas KitchenAid Contest!

For me, as for many of you, this time of year brings a flood of childhood (and adolescent and adult) memories.  It shouldn’t be a shock to you that many of these memories revolve around food.  I go home to NL (almost) every year, and indulge in a well-stocked fridge and pantry from which to craft decadent snacks and tasty treats.

There was the time that I made my first risotto with green peas and Parmesan, topped with (dad’s) pan fried cod and a luscious mixed tomato salad; a Moroccan-style stew with leftover turkey; french toast with leftover lemon-cranberry loaf and last year’s lovely pancakes with apple-cinnamon topping (below) for our Christmas Brunch.  There used to be photos of all the others too, which I can’t seem to locate…

Our Christmas day brunch is my absolute favorite memory because all we do – all day – is EAT!  An awesome spread of scrambled eggs, bacon, lovely cheeses, clementines, brioche, croissants, pancakes and strong coffee.  Then later, we break out the bubbly, Bailey’s and rum and eggnog.  We only start to acknowledge presents at 2 pm or so!  On Christmas day, it’s the food, the music (Vince Guaraldi’s Charlie Brown Christmas), the twinkly lights and the people I spend it with that make the memory special.

But regardless of these meals, the majority of them were shared with my family. Living away from my parents in NL and my sister in Manhattan really makes Christmas special because we get to spend time together.  Most of the best times for me are spent in the kitchen with my mother while my sister shirks any kitchen duties in lieu of practicing her viola (convenient timing) and my dad putters around with tools, stoking the woodstove, playing the…wait for it…accordion!  And I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Even as I write this, I’m filled with anticipation of a nice LONG break, where I get to relieve my stress in the kitchen with those familiar sounds.  

Anyhow, I digress.  The purpose of this post is to let readers know about an exciting contest that I’ll be holding through!  The folks at KitchenAid have provided me with one of their NEW 13 cup food processors to give away to a reader.  And since I love food – and memories revolving around it – I thought I might ask you to share yours with me.

For your chance to win, simply comment on this post below with your favorite food memory – EASY! I should tell you that I don’t particularly like turkey dinner, so let’s get a bit more creative, shall we?  And since I have so many great memories, I’m sure you all do too, so feel free to post more than once.

I’ll draw the winner on Christmas Eve, so that on Christmas Day, you’ll get an extra prezzie!  Don’t forget to check in on Christmas Day to see if you’ve won!  Look how shiny – you know you want it! 😉

Happy Holidays, Happy Baking,
and Happy Memory-making!


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