June 30, 2013

Video: Blackberry Muffins

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English: I think muffins are probably one of the greatest foods in the world. I say “foods” because I’m not entirely sure how to label them—breakfast, dessert, bread? We eat them for all the above, which I guess just highlights how multi-purpose and generally lovely they are. Especially when they’re full of yummy summer berries. To me, those are the best kind of muffins.

Español: Creo que los muffins, probablemente, son unos de los platos más deliciosos del mundo. Digo "platos" porque no estoy segura de cómo calificarlos—¿desayuno, postre, pan? Los comemos en todos aquellos momentos, y supongo que eso simplemente recalca lo multiuso y lindo que son. Especialmente cuando estén llenos de deliciosas bayas veraniegas. Para mí, así son los mejores tipos de muffins.

muffin butter spread

June 15, 2013

Grilled Mushroom Sliders

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I’m sure you’re familiar with the term “glamping,” in which one goes camping, but usually from the comfort of a hotel room with fluffy robes and round-the-clock meal deliveries. To some (read: me) that’s basically the only kind of camping that should exist. These burgers are basically the grilling version of glamping. You get to be super healthy and use baby portobello mushrooms instead of ground beef patties and cook them on a grill pan from the air-conditioned comfort of your own home, with nary a fly or ray of sun coming anywhere near you.

And if you are the legit grilling/camping sort of person and the above paragraph has offended your every sensibility of what is right and noble in this world, let me make it clear that I take off my hat to each and every one of you. As far as I’m concerned—I who slather SPF like there’s no tomorrow just to walk across a parking lot—you are fearless warriors, so let’s not have any misunderstandings on that score.

slider buns grill
grilling mushrooms
gouda grilling mushrooms
That’s smoked gouda cheese, by the way. It’s a whole ‘nother level of awesome and makes little mushrooms taste super meaty and umami-licious.

June 10, 2013

Blogiversary Winner!

Alrighty, I've plugged all the entries into ye olde random number generator and we have a winner for the $50 Sur la Table gift card! 



And the winner is...

Ashley!



Congratulations Ashley! I'll be sending you an e-mail soon to give you the details about your prize.

Thanks again to everyone that participated and here's to many more blogiversaries!

June 2, 2013

3rd Blogiversary Gift Card Giveaway!

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**Update** The giveaway is now closed so no further entries will be accepted. The winner has been announced here.

Happy Blogiversary!

It was three years ago yesterday that I started writing La Kocinera and filling it up with recipes, anecdotes, and yummy food photography. The funny thing is, it feels like yesterday and a hundred years ago at the same time. Either way, these past three years with this blog and with you guys, my wonderful readers, have been a ton of fun and have really helped me grow in so many ways.

This year has been full of new things, but especially my brand new YouTube channel, which I hope to continue far into the future along with all my regular bloggy business. Just like when I first started this blog, I’ve got a long way to go before I really master the ins and outs of another creative medium, but I also think it will be a super fun challenge as I continue to hang out with you guys here on La Kocinera as well.

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Now for the main event of this Blogiversary post—the annual Sur la Table gift card giveaway!* Like I’ve said many times before, I’m so grateful for each and every one of you, my readers, and for all of your comments, support, and encouragement that I like to take the time each year to offer a little gift to show my thanks. Like before, the prize is a $50 Sur la Table virtual gift card, delivered via e-mail, which can be used both online and in stores.


To Enter

(1) Leave a comment saying what you’d like to buy with a $50 Sur la Table gift card.


For Additional Entries

(2) Subscribe to La Kocinera via Google/Blogger and leave a separate comment saying you’ve done so
(3) Subscribe to my YouTube channel and leave a separate comment saying you’ve done so
(4) Follow La Kocinera on Facebook and leave a separate comment saying you’ve done so
(5) Follow me on Twitter and leave a separate comment saying you’ve done so
(6) Follow me on Pinterest and leave a separate comment saying you’ve done so
Each one of these extra comments will count as one (1) additional entry.

The giveaway will be open from today, Sunday, June 2nd to a week from today, Sunday June 9th at 11:59 p.m. Once the giveaway has ended, I’ll assign each entry a number and pick the winner using a random number generator. From there I’ll announce the winner on my blog as well as contact them via e-mail, so make sure that your e-mail address is available on whatever social network or blogging platform you use to comment so I can contact you if you win.

With that said, make sure to enter the giveaway and best of luck! Thanks again for being such wonderful readers!


*Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Sur la Table at all. This is a giveaway hosted solely by me, giving away a gift card purchased by me.
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