Friday, May 7, 2010

Quickies: Morning, Noon, and Night Challenge

We are extremely thrilled to announce our first cooking challenge on Lazaro Cooks!, & Quickies on the Dinner Table. Inspired by our brilliant friend Natasha’s, 5 Star Foodie Makeover , we will engage in a similar endeavor. Here we will be highlighting a superb cookbook, Quickies: Morning, Noon, and Night. Let’s get this party started with the very first….

Quickies: Morning, Noon, and Night Challenge


I love this cookbook. So much so, that I wrote an article about it on Blogcritics, What is Flavor? A Party in the Mouth. Not only does Denise Fletcher offer expedient and inventive recipes, you will be blown away by her fun, humorous, and witty writing style. The book contains 70 succulent recipes, all of which can be done quickly on a hectic weeknight.

However, you will get much more useful information. There are chapters dealing with tips on essential kitchen tools and how to use them, quick and easy measuring of ingredients, and how to make kick-ass coffee at home. Not to mention, something that helps me quite a bit, fabulous information on wines and paring them with food. Click on this link for a sneak peak inside the book Quickies Search Inside

On to the challenge…

Stimulated by two of Denise’s favorite ingredients to work with, COMPOSE a course that contains AVOCADO & FETA CHEESE. The dish can be vegetarian, vegan, carnivore, or pescatore, whatever. It can even be a dessert. How cool would that be? No matter what, it must contain the two challenge ingredients.

A good example is on page 38 of Quickies…Avocado, Green Chili, and Feta Cheese Salad. Here the avocado, tomatoes, and feta are complimented by the heat from the green chili, and finished with a smooth lime-chili dressing. My kind of salad.

Challenge Facts:

1. Neither Denise, Nancy, nor I will be participating.
2. The winner will be chosen by a consensus of the three of us.
3. The challenge is open to everyone, worldwide.

Challenge Guidelines:

1. You must submit a dish containing Avocado & Feta Cheese.
2. Copy & Paste the above photo onto your blog post that includes the dish you wish to submit.
3. If submitting an old blog post, just write a short, new post with the contest photo included.
4. Email me a link to your post at lazarocooks@gmail.com
5. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY JUNE 7, 2010.
6. On June 8, 2010 we will announce the winner & post a round-up of all the dishes.

The Prizes:

1. Winner gets a copy of Quickies: Morning, Noon, and Night
2. A guest blogger spot on Lazaro Cooks!

Okay, that second prize is crappy, but the first one is AWESOME!

I hope you enjoy our first Quickies: Morning, Noon, and Night Challenge. Have fun and be creative. Tell your readers that you intend to participate; they may want to join in the merriment.

By the way, please check the blog on Sunday, I will post something for all Moms.

That’s it for now…till we exchange a few words again…Peace!

35 comments:

  1. Gosh awesome idea Lazaro.
    I wish you a great success and many participants x

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  2. Wonder how that could be a dessert. . .

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  3. Good luck to everyone that will participate! You'll have to feature some of their recipes. Should be a fun endeavor! :)

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  4. Great idea to do this... there is nothing more fun than a give away!

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  5. Sounds like a fun challenge Lazaro. I wish you much success and many participants. I'm going to have to get my creative juices going.
    Sam

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  6. This sounds like so much fun. Kind of like a really slow-paced Iron Chef. :P
    I'd love to participate, but avocado and feta cheese are two ingredients my tongue doesn't agree with. :( I'm interested to see what people come up with, though!

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  7. Great idea!! I always love Denise's recipes!! Love the idea of joining but im not confident enough if I could make the cut, so good luck to the future entries!!

    PS. I beg to disagree that prize no.2 is a crappy one. Ive read some of your posts, and they were all well writen. You have a unique and sophisticated literary style. Keep it up!!

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  8. Sounds Great!!! Let me put my thinking cap on!
    Cheers
    Dennis

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  9. A fun challenge! A combo of avocado and feta will be great to work with!

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  10. What a cool idea! I'm visualising myself going through many a cooking disaster to try cooking up a worthy dish to submit!

    Hungry Jenny x

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  11. You two always make me smile! I think it's a great idea, I am curious to see what people are coming up with! I will call it the Denizzaro event!

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  12. Great idea Lazaro and two wonderful ingredients to work with! Denise is charming and witty and has great recipes! That was an awesome article at Blogcritics.

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  13. Good idea, and a great way to share one of your favorite cookbooks! Can't wait to see some of the entries!

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  14. First of all Congrats for winning the 5star Pasta makeover:-)))
    Well ,its jus the news i was waiting for,and with a creation as awesome as that, well u are a winner all the way:-))
    Hip hip hooray to ya!!!

    This is a fantastic idea n wishing ya all the very sunshine best, id love to be around sometimes too and the combination is fantastic...i mean id surely love to work with feta and avacado!!!

    I also wanted to tell ya ,i love the fact that u added that a visit here ,will surely attract a visit back:-)))Cute and i wanna add that too, coz i do take the time to reply to every comment,on my blog, email rep ,plus i do hop by the pals blog too and its a fantastic way to discover some amazing blogs, i did urs!!!
    Super day to Denise,Nancy and ya!!!

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  15. Great! I love this idea, the prizes are great!
    Thank you for leaving always a nice comment on my blog,
    can't wait to read more posts!
    Annalisa

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  16. Hey Lazaro, this is quite a challenge. I can think of so many things with either of the ingredients, but with the two my mind gets all blurry (I'm probably cross eyed right now-smile).
    I'm about to do a post, so I'll link to this one!

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  17. This sounds like such a fun challenge! I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!

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  18. Glad you qualified that second prize! My smile turned to a groan when I saw that! I'll see if I can even find avocados in this little city! I'm sure I will.

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  19. I love both ingredients, I'm going to get to thinking! I'd love a copy of that cookbook!

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  20. Your contest sounds like a lot of fun and the second place prize is pretty awesome too...I'm really enjoying your blog; I like your writing style, your upbeat personality shines through!...Happy weekend.

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  21. oh great contest can't wait to see the entries

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  22. Great idea! Fun...fun..fun...

    Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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  23. What a great idea! My problem is that I love avocados but never really have any creative ideas as to what to do with them. I usually just buy them to make shakes or guacamole. With that said, best of luck to all the participants. I can't wait to see all the different recipes and creative ideas and to learn from all your talented readers. I'm going to cheat and just have my hubby buy the book for me teehee. It would make the perfect Mother's day gift :-)

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  24. Awesome blog event! I am adding this to my calendar.

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  25. I think you and Denise have come up with such a brillian idea! :) I can't wait to see the entries.

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  26. Oh my gosh, I want Denise's cookbook SO MUCH!! I'll try to participate before I leave on my trip. What a great idea!!

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  27. What a great contest...Good luck to everyone!

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  28. FABULOUS IDEA!! Not sure if I'll participate at this stage but I'll mark it down and let a few others know! Coolio!

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  29. Terrific idea and what do you mean the second prize isn't so good these are both awesome offers...Denise has a great blog and congrats to her on her new endeavor awesome job Denise~

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  30. Lazaro, I've already got about half a dozen ideas....but does the dish have to be a quickie or can it be more complex? Thanks!

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  31. Idée intéressante. Je vais voir ce que je peux faire.
    A bientôt.

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  32. This is a great challenge and your pick of ingredients should make for tasty results. Good luck to all the participants.

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