Giveaway: Plate to Pixel

Plate to PixelAuthor and food photographer, Helene Dujardin, walks readers through food photography and styling from beginning to end, in her new book, Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography & Styling (Wiley; May 2011). From photography fundamentals such as composition, lighting, and exposure, to food styling tips on making food look as appetizing as possible, this book is the comprehensive resource to turn to when shooting food.

Photographing food is complex and Dujardin aims to help readers develop their food photography skills with the techniques in her new book. Knowing how to make a dessert look so luscious that viewers gain two pounds just gazing at it gives the photographers the power to tease taste buds from miles away. Whether showcasing the creations coming out of a personal kitchen, or aspiring to a career in food photography, readers will devour the information in Plate to Pixel.

Final day to sign-up is 5-16-12. To enter simply leave a comment below.

Giveaway: The Ultimate Casseroles Book

516216C34YL. SL500 AA300  Review: The Ultimate Casseroles Book from BH&GFor more than 75 years the Better Homes and Gardens brand has been one of America’s most trusted sources for information on cooking, gardening, home improvement, home design, decorating and crafting. Through refreshing ideas, clear directions and beautiful photographs, the brand has inspired millions of Americans, with more than 38 million books sold since 1930, including the New Cook Book, New Garden Book, and New Decorating Book—all cornerstone titles in their categories.

Today, the Better Homes and Gardens brand encompasses books, magazines, television, radio and online media. The greater BH&G family includes partner brands such as Family Circle, Patchwork and Quilting, Country Garden, and Diabetic Living, all of which publish under the BH&G imprint.

Well the good folks at BH&G have just released another great cookbook that is perfect for those busy parents on the go.  The Ultimate Casseroles Book features more than 400 comfort food classics.  It’s a beautiful cookbook with easy-to-read recipes from virtually every cuisine on the planet.  It’s full of food porn too, over 300 color photos for those of you who like to eat with your eyes.  WTVC is giving away a copy of The Ultimate Casseroles Book.

Last day to sign-up is 4-11-12.  To enter simply leave a comment below.

Giveaway: Belgian Beer Kit from Palm Beer

Palm Beer has offered to give one lucky WTVC reader a Belgian Beer Kit featuring a pair of uniquely-shaped beer glasses and Belgian Beer on the Menu, a book about Belgian beer/food pairings.

A Pair of Palm Beer Glasses – a $20 Value: Scientific studies show that the shape of glassware will impact head development and retention. Why is this important? The foam created by pouring a beer acts as a net for many of the volatiles in a beer. What’s a volatile? Compounds that evaporate from beer to create its aroma, such as hop oils, all kinds of yeast fermentation
byproducts like alcohol, fusels and fruity esters, spices or other additions.

Beer Sommelier Ben Vinken’s book “Belgian Beer on the Menu” – a $40 Value: Ben Vinken, the author, is a world authority when it comes to Belgian beers.  He is a beer sommelier and describes beer like one would wine, and he is a pioneer in the field of beer and food pairing

Palm Beer KitAlthough no actual booze is included in the give- away, here’s a look at some of Palm’s delicious brews:

PALM the sociable beer for every day, for everyone.

“Speciale Belge” is one of the better Belgian beers of the early 20th century. This smooth-drinking, amber-coloured top-fermentation beer has a sensible alcohol content.  Special PALM malts determine its honey-like mellowness and PALM’s own selected yeasts give it a fruity yeast aroma. Fine aroma hops from Kent afford subtle harmony. PALM is the absolute number one “BELGIAN AMBER BEER”.

RODENBACH Caractère Rouge and RODENBACH Vintage 2009

In addition to the RODENBACH VINTAGE, which was introduced for the third time already this year, the Roeselare-based brewery also developed 900 unique bottles of RODENBACH Caractère Rouge in cooperation with top chef Viki Geunes. Because of his astute, unique tasting skills and his exceptional creativity, PALM Breweries asked Viki Geunes to cooperate in its product innovation and development.

STEENBRUGGE, a holy order from PALM Breweries.

In 2003 the prior of Sint-Pietersabdij authorised PALM Breweries to brew the STEENBRUGGE abbey beer. He instructed Belgium’s leading family brewer to carefully preserve the legacy of St Arnoldus for future generations. PALM Breweries solemnly promised to safeguard the unique, ancient recipe.

BRUGGE Tripel, the taste and smell of Bruges’ rich history.

A top-fermented beer with a characteristic smoked yeast aroma.  Undergoes secondary fermentation in the bottle.  The secret of its complex taste is “Gruut”, a traditional blend of herbs from Bruges.  A sturdy beer for the passionate enthusiast of heavier connoisseurs’ beers.  BRUGGE Tripel has won the Gold Medal at the prestigious “Monde Sélection Brussels” three times.


Estaminet Premium Pils is the latest example of PALM Breweries’ craftmanship. You can see, smell and taste the result: a golden-yellow pilsner with a subtle hop aroma, low alcohol content (5.2%) and distinct fruity flavour. Estaminet Premium Pils is a thirst-quenching, refreshing beer.


A hazy and rusty orange hued beer with a half inch of white head. The aroma is nice with notes of hay and oak. The flavor is earthy and oaky, and much sweeter than expected. Sharpness in the finish.

This giveaway is closed.

Cooking Channel Is Looking For Perfect Recipes

The Perfect 3 Recipe Contest

A wise man once said that perfection is a journey, not a destination. Well, he never tasted my Perfect Bacon Mushroom Burger.  But soon the folks at the Cooking Channel will.  Heading into its second season, the network is launching a new show called The Perfect 3.  Though there is a little mystery as to just what the format of the new show will be my guess is it will involve viewers sharing their perfect recipes.

I base this on the Cooking Channel’s new Perfect 3 Recipe Contest.  Here’s the gist:

Kelsey NixonHave you perfected pie? Is your burger the best? Are your cookies unrivaled? Now is your chance to prove it. We’re looking for our fans’ perfect recipes in 13 different categories: cookies, brownies, pies, burgers, tacos, sandwiches, pancakes, salads, hot and spicy chili, cakes, potatoes, chicken and exotic dishes. Share your original recipe for one of the 13 categories for an opportunity to win a trip to New York City to meet Kelsey Nixon and create a short Web video about your winning recipe. Your video will be part of our upcoming summer television show, The Perfect 3.

Simply download their Recipe Submission Form, fill it out with your original recipe that fits in one of the 13 categories, and e-mail it along with a photo of the recipe to That’s it! You’re entered.

That’s some pretty nifty swag – free trip to the Big Apple, your own segment on a national cooking show and the chance to tell Kelsey in person that she was robbed on NFNS 4.  The regulations are pretty straight forward but if you have any questions check out the official rules.  But again, I warn you, if your idea is for a bacon mushroom burger don’t waste your time.  That category is as good as won.  Lockbox.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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Stuart’s Honors & Awards

2015 1st Place Luck of the Irish Cook-off
2015 4th Place Downtown Cajun Cook-off
2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
2014 2015 4th Place LA Gumbo Cook-off
2012 Taste Award nominee for best chef (web)
2012 Finalist in the Safeway Next Chef Contest
2011 Taste Award Nominee for Little Grill Big Flavor
2011, 12 Member: Council of Media Tastemakers
2011 Judge: 29th Chef's of the Coast Cook-off
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Wing Cook-off
2011 Cooking Channel Perfect 3 Recipe Finalist
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off
2011 Culinary Hall of Fame Member
2010 Tasty Awards Judge
2010 Judge: Bayou La Batre Gumbo Cook-off
2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award Nominee
2010 Chef2Chef Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2010 Denay's Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2009 2nd Place Bay Area Food Bank Chef Challenge
2008 Tava: Discovery Contest Runner-up


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