February always poses a decorating dilemma. I mean, I decorate for Valentines Day, but then I also want to decorate for Mardi Gras. What's a girl to do? This year, Fat Tuesday falls on February 16th, so I'll just have to make sure the Valentines Day comes down quick and get the Mardi Gras in full swing ASAP. Likely, only the Mardi Gras wreath and flags will be all that gets displayed this year.
What I am going to do for Mardi Gras is finally getting around to making some Crawfish Etouffee. I've had the authentic Louisiana crawfish in my freezer for a while now, and the recipe sitting in my recipe box, but one thing has been holding me back...the rice. You see, I wanted to make it and have some GOOD rice to go with it. I don't love Minute Rice and I'm not even touching the microwave stuff. Every time I attempt to make "real rice" it turns out gummy. Gummy bears = good, gummy rice = yuck!
It seems all my problems have been solved with an e-mail I got this week (well not all of my problems, but at least the rice one). A company contacted me about doing a product review and/or a giveaway. Now this company sells EVERYTHING from mailboxes to dishes, to cookware, to baby stuff. I was so excited because they have so many great products to choose from. Sadly I had a budget! That word Budget is such a dirty little word! I searched and searched for something to select that was within the budget and finally came up with this...
It is a Black and Decker Handy Steamer & Rice Cooker.
I'm so excited to be getting this product. In addition to solving my Mardi Gras menu issues, I think that the ability to cook "real" brown rice and steam veggies will ultimately lead to some healthier eating.
Of course, I wouldn't have felt right about getting something great and not getting one to give away to you guys too, SOOOOOOOO without further ado...it's giveaway time here at LBP! That's right, one will be coming to one of your kitchens too. All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post.
Answer this question: What is your favorite thing about New Orleans? If you haven't ever been to New Orleans, I won't hold that against you. Just tell me what is one of your favorite American cities to visit.
All entries must be posted by January 28, 2010, 10:00 p.m. CST. Sorry, only United States and Canada residents can participate in the giveaway. Only one entry per person. Winner will be chosen at random by Random.org. Winners will be posted on January 29th and will have 48 hours to respond. If no response is received, then another winner will be chosen. Good Luck!