Odds, Ends, and a Le Crueset Giveaway!

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I can hardly believe it, but I missed the 1 year anniversary of me starting Healthy-Delicious.com! I can’t believe it’s been a year already. I’ve had the blog for much longer than that, but I only started posting regularly last winter, and it was last March that I moved it to my own domain.

Anyway, CSN stores offered me a product to giveaway and I thought it would be a fun opportunity to give away a great gift to one lucky reader in celebration of the blog’s birthday. This is a good one, folks! I spent hours pouring through the CSN websites choosing the perfect gift… they have everything imaginable: from cooking gadgets to board games, and dog beds to tv stands. It’s all divided up into smaller stores though, so it’s pretty easy to navigate. They also have some really awesome deals and special values on some of my favorite cookware. So what did I choose for you? You’ll have to read on to find out. ;) You won’t want to miss this one!

First, see all that delicious food up there? Remember last year’s 24-hour NYC food whirlwind? Well, we did it again, and this year it was even better! I met up with Mo, Sarah, and Carol on Saturday and we proceeded to eat our way through NYC (sharing portions here and there so as to not be completely gross about it)!. Our first stop was the Radiance Tea and Book House, where we shared a pitcher of the most amazing iced tea I’ve ever had (It was sweetened oolong tea with honey soaked fruit in it — it was almost like sangria with all that fruit!) and I ordered a side order of soupy pork dumplings. I love dumplings, and these were some of the best I’ve ever had. Sarah had an awesome looking ice cream sundae with homemade green tea, red bean, and mango ice creams and Carol ordered a really fun sticky rice and bean dessert with coconut milk and toasted nuts. I had a bit and it was SO GOOD! This place was a real find… not too crowded for a Saturday afternoon, it was the perfect place for a nice leisurely chat so we could all catch up. We did some sightseeing and stopped at the cutest little cheese shop for a snack — nothing like eating cheese on the sidewalk! Did some more sightseeing before we parted ways for dinner. Mo, Sarah, and I headed back to Mo’s neighborhood for a repeat of last year’s roast pork — which as even better this year! We also shared a few pitchers of sangria.

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On Sunday, we headed out for breakfast at a Gluten Free Bakery called Tu-Lu’s that Sarah was excited to check out. This was the cutest little place and the owner is absolutely adorable! I got some mini cupcakes to test out (who said you can’t have cupcakes for breakfast?) I was really impressed with how soft and fluffy they were for being gluten free! I was worried they would be dense or gritty, but they weren’t at all. I would eat these again anytime. My favorite was the Red Velvet. Then we headed to S’Mac for lunch, where Mo and I shared a sampler. Eight kinds of mac and cheese. They were all really good, and it’s impossible to pick a favorite. After that, we hung out for a little while more and then I headed home.

Now, even though I did lots of sharing and really didn’t go too far overboard, that’s a lot of food! But it just so happens that last week someone from iChange.com contacted me about a free 30-day trial for myself and any of you that might be looking to lose a few pounds (summer’s just around the corner! Eep- shorts!). The site is new, so they’re looking for people willing to try it out for free and give them some feedback. The site looks pretty cool — they’ll put us in a private group and match us with a nutritionist who will help us analyze what we eat and keep us on track. It’s not a restrictive “diet” plan, but a way for a group of friends to support each other while easily keeping track of what they’ve eaten. If you want to join me in a 30 days challenge, you can do so by signing up HERE.

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Ok, so back to that giveaway. Who wants some Le Crueset? :) I’m so jealous that I can’t keep this for myself! I recently bought my first piece of Le Crueset stoneware and it’s so much nicer than any of the other stoneware pieces that I have. It’s much heavier and sturdier, and the colors are gorgeous. Here’s your opportunity to win two pieces for yourself! If you win, CSN will send you a 10.5″x7″ baking pan and a 7″x5″ baking pan in kiwi (a really cute spring-y green). These are perfect for baking in and would also be great for transporting a side dish to a summertime picnic or neighborhood potluck.

To enter, leave me a comment on this post. For an extra entry, you can tweet about the giveaway (reference @HealthyDelish so I see it!) or for two extra entries you can link to it form your blog (leave me the link in the comments here so I see it!). You have until next Tuesday (March 30) to enter, and I’ll announce a winner on my birthday – March 31! (The giveaay is only open to US and Canadian residents — my apologies to everyone else!)

This is the color that you’ll receive:

Le Creuset Stoneware 10.5

But in the two dish set like this:

Le Creuset Stoneware 10.5

Good luck, and thanks for making this past year so great!

Comments

  1. I’m so sad I couldn’t go this year!

    And I love those baking pans! How great would those be for making Mac & cheese?:-)

  2. give me some of that mac and cheese!! looks amazing – i’m incredibly jealous!! shawn wants to go to nyc to celebrate his birthday, so i might have to suggest going there :-) congrats on making it a year on your own site, the blog is fantastic and i’ve been VERY happy with the recipes that i have tried :-)

  3. What a lovely give-away! Those pans would see a lot of use in our kitchen.

  4. congrats on the one year anniversary and I am glad you had a great time in NYC -

  5. I lived in NY for 10 years, I just recently moved to DC and after reading this, I am really missing the food. DC just isn’t the same.

  6. Katherine M. says:

    One year blog anniversary is very exciting. I am excited to hear how the 30 day iChange.com trial goes.
    Those baking pans look great!

  7. Happy Anniversary! Eating your way through NYC is definitely the best way to see the city!

  8. There is an Asian market right near my boyfriend’s house and we shop there quite a bit and we are always talking about trying the red bean ice cream but can’t get up the nerve to buy it. What’s it taste like? I have the feeling it would be something that you love or hate, no indecision there. Congrats on the year!

    • I didn’t get to ty any of the red bean ice cream, but i generally find that red beans taste a little like peanut butter! They’re kind of sweet and creamy and not very “bean-y” at all. I imagine that the ice cream would be amazing, and I’ll be on the lookout for some to try around here!

  9. Aww it looks like you guys had such an awesome time! Yay for a girl’s weekend in the city.

    I’ve heard really good things about S’Mac…guess I need to get my butt over there.

    What an awesome giveaway! I’ve been coveting a Le Creuset for ages now.

  10. Congrats on 1 year!!!! It’s amazing how time flies from when we all started our blogs. Here’s to more fun-food filled posts.

  11. I am so in love with this giveaway! Happy anniversary :)

  12. Just one year, you are doing an excellent job, keep up the great work. Congrats – and good luck.

  13. congrats on your one year birthday your blog is brilliant and great giveaway

  14. Congrats on your one year LK!! Keep up the great work!

  15. I love this giveaway! Congrats on your one year anniversary!

  16. Congrats! Looks like a WONDERFUL trip!

  17. Katie Grove says:

    WOO HOO! Happy “blogiversary!” You know I want to win. In fact, I believe that I deserve to win! I don’t have twitter, so can I facebook about this for an extra entry? And of course, if I ever update my blog again, it’ll be with a link here because you are A-Maz-Ing!

  18. Congrats on your anniversary!
    Sounds like a great trip :)

  19. OMG MY HAND MADE YOUR BLOG!!!!!!
    :)

    Loved seeing you this weekend and we definitely need some chill time in July. Maye Sarah and I can stop by between Boston and NYC!

    I am trying to save the first weekend in November but with the high numbers of returning top tier kids, I don’t know if I can risk the break in our schedule :( I had hoped it would be a different weekend!

  20. Congrats on your one year blog-aversary! I love le creuset so much!

  21. Happy Anniversary! I’ve only recently found you, but so glad that I had. I think you made a great choice for this giveaway, I don’t own any Le Crueset items, but someday!

    (and happy early birthday…mine is on the 26th and my sister is also on the 31st)

  22. Oh how I want to own a piece of Le Creuset. Maybe I will be lucky this time.

    Happy early Birthday. Mine in just a little bit later on the 6th of April.

  23. Congrats on the anniversary! Gorgeous photos and a fun giveaway too. ;-)

  24. Congrats on the 1 year :)

  25. Maybe someday if I’m lucky, my hand will make your blog, too. Maybe holding a new le crueset that I couldn’t possibly afford to buy on my own? ;)

    Love the blog. I share it with all of my friends. Keep up the good work!

    • Amy LeBlanc says:

      Congratulations on your first year. It brings a smile to my face when I read through your culinary adventures.

  26. Happy one-year. As a new blogger, your blog is truly inspirational!

  27. This is a wonderful give-away. It is so nice to hear of bloggers getting together and forming “real” friendships. Your New York week-end sounds fabulous. Have a great day…Mary

  28. What a generous giveaway.
    These look like they would make a beautiful table with a breakfast dish for Easter.

  29. congratulations on creating and maintaining a truly wonderful blog–here’s hoping you keep up the excellent work (and the tremendous giveaways…)! :)

  30. Jayne Allyn says:

    I have just recently begun following your blog and have started gathering my own arsenal of cooking and baking goodies. These pans would be an awesome addition, but regardless of that your blog has provided me with some wonderful recipes to try!!!!
    Congrats on 1 year!!!

  31. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog since I found it over last summer. Keep inspiring us!

  32. Hi there! this give-a-way is awesome… but not as much as your blog! just recently discovered you & you’ve immediately been put onto my blogroll!

    i’ve tweeted & blogged about this:
    http://twitter.com/cityinwhich143/status/10981344816
    http://cityinwhich143.wordpress.com/2010/03/24/free-la-crueset/

    congrats on the 1 yr anni!

  33. I really love tea and the one you described in your post sounds so good! I never thought about putting fruit in my tea (uh, besides lemon that is). I’m going to have to try that. And I think I might need to get a pretty pitcher too. Tea deserves a pretty pitcher. Don’t you think?

  34. I have always wanted a Le Crueset! Love the colors, too! I’m off to tweet for you now! :-)

  35. I’ve only recently started reading your blog, but check daily for new words of food wisdom.
    Keep up the great work!

  36. Keri (CA) says:

    Congrats on a year of blogging. I’m a fairly new email subscriber and am loving all the ‘healthy’ info ……..

  37. Maggie M. says:

    Congrats on a year! I would love to win,
    Thank you!
    Maggie M.

  38. Happy Anniversary! Great giveaway, thank you!
    Jen A.

  39. A 24-hr. NYC food whirlwind- sounds amazing! And the LeCrueset giveaway is fantastic! Such a quality product, and it great spring colors!

  40. I love the green! Le Crueset rocks!

  41. i think i would die if i won that bakeware! i love le crueset!

  42. i also just tweeted about it :)

  43. and finally i left some love on my blog :) http://heathersdish.com/2010/03/24/snowed-in/

  44. Congratulations on your first year! This contest is a wonderful way to celebrate. A foodie can never have too much great cookware, and these pieces look like a fabulous addition to any cook’s toolbox.

  45. I think it’s the first time I see a Creuset giveaway open to Canada residents. I’d love to win it.

  46. Happy birthday month! I already had my march birthday (13th)! I have yet to purchase any le crueset, it’s SO expensive!

  47. Just joined ichange, looking forward to getting started! What’s the name of the restaurant in Mo’s hood where you had the pork?

    • The restaurant was Tu Casa in Kew Gardens. Their pork is fabulous (and pretty cheap!). See you over in ichange!

  48. Congrats on your blogoversary!

  49. Happy blogaversary! I really enjoy reading your posts each day!

  50. Happy blogiversary! I’ve loved reading your healthy and delicious recipes so far!

  51. ashleigh says:

    i love your blog (and le creuset!!!) your recipes have been a great source of inspiration for a foodie made minimalist by graduate school’s demands! thank you!

  52. I just found your blog from Heather’s Dish; awesome giveaway! My friend has those dishes and I’ve always envied them!

  53. oh those are gorgeous!

  54. Happy One-Year! I’ve just recently stumbled upon your blog, and I love it!
    Keep up the tasty work!

  55. Happy Blogiversary! I can’t wait til my blogiversary. Keep up the great work with your recipes and photography. Cheers!

  56. congrats on the blogiversary! I love all of your recipes

  57. Just found your blog and love it!!!!!!!!!

  58. Those are dreamy!

  59. love your blog

  60. Oh wow i wish I lived in NYC! I am sure the foodies exist (maybe not to that extent in Ottawa) maybe it’s time to do a search!

    Happy anniversary hope you keep this up for many many many many more years!

    Cheers!

  61. Awesome giveaway!

  62. Dear,
    Your new follower. Came here from Chow and Chatter. I will post about this GiveAway in my blog tomorrow.
    I have a Giveaway going on in my blog that ends on March28th. I have a few choices. Come have a look.
    http://pangravykadaicurry.blogspot.com

  63. Mariceli says:

    Hi! I love your blog, I am pasionate about cooking too and I am in the process to start my own blog. Let’s see what happens. I too bought my first Le Creuset piece back in December and it is the best ! I am planning on buying several more pieces, so the set you are giving away will be great for my collection .

  64. Happy early b-day and anniversary!! Cheers to an even better year ahead : )

  65. Your recipes and your photos always look so yummy. I’d love to win this prize (and in my favorite color, too)! :) Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  66. Happy blogoversary! Great giveaway!

  67. Love this blog and love that LC color!

  68. Happy Birthday to your blog! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  69. Michelle says:

    Happy Anniversary and Birthday….sounds like some cake is in order! Thanks for the opportunity to win the beautiful dishes!

    Michelle

  70. Wow, what a fun time you must have had. Color me jealous! And thanks for the giveaway. What a great idea!

  71. congrats! love your recipes!

  72. happy one year, congrats! i love the color of the baking dishes!

  73. What a great prize! Please enter me.

  74. This is such a generous give away, thanks for the opportunity!!! and congrats, :)

  75. tweeted it

  76. Oooh I love Le Crueset – I wish I could afford more of it! I hope I win =)

  77. I tweeted, too!

  78. I posted this on my blog as well!

    http://brighteyedandbreathless.wordpress.com/

  79. I’d really hate to miss an opportunity to win anything from Le Cruset!

    I love your recap! And I loved our food fest!!!

  80. Heck, why not?? Enter me!!

  81. I love your website!

  82. Stumbled across your blog. Looks great! Can’t wait to try some of your recipes. Great giveaway. Thanks.

  83. Please, please, please, please.

  84. wagamama says:

    great giveaway!

  85. Well wouldn’t kiwi go great with the orange I already have!

    Looks like a fantastic trip!

  86. Fabulous prize! love the color too!

  87. I would love to win this. I have yet to get one or buy one of these.. but I hear all the raves about it.. so I sure hope that I win.

  88. congrats on the blog birthday! may you have many more :)

    and i LOVE le crueset! i’d love to win this for my momma!
    - r

  89. What cool pans :)

  90. Hey,
    I put a link of this giveaway at my latest post, check it out:
    http://pangravykadaicurry.blogspot.com/2010/03/gastronomicgallivant-maharashtrian.html

  91. ooooh. keeping my fingers crossed! :)

  92. Hey, congrats for your blog anniversary…came here from cool lassie’s…the colour of the baking dishes is too cute:-)

  93. M.J. Jacobsen says:

    Love your site, I try to make one of your recipes every week!

  94. Erica best @purplelover04 says:

    wow this is a great giveaway and early happy b-day to u i hope i win

  95. Erica best @purplelover04 says:
  96. Happy anniversary! Le Creuset products are unbelievable. Thanks for the chance!

  97. I’ve always lusted after Le Crueset – thanks for giving us the opportunity to win some pieces!

  98. Great giveaway! I’m glad I found your blog :-)

  99. Le Crueset has always been in my wish list! The baking dish looks perfect of pan roasting some Spring vegetables!

  100. Just discovered your site and love it! Congrats on one year.

  101. Wow one year? That’s great. Congratulations and the dishes are great- nice idea for a giveaway!

  102. I don’t own any Le Crueset yet…would love to win these ;)

  103. What a wonderful blog. Recently found it and so glad I did. Am always looking for new recipes.
    What a treat of a giveaway! I’ll be tweeting immediately after I post my comment.
    Have a beautiful birthday on Wednesday. =)

  104. happy anniversary! congrats

  105. Happy Anniversary! That’s fantastic Lauren =D.

  106. Here I am commenting in the nick of time!! I do not own any le Creuset… but I would like to!

  107. Beautiful bakeware. I love the color kiwi.

  108. These are wonderful pieces of pottery. Such a lovely shade of blue. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  109. Aweeeesome! Please make it come this way!

  110. Can’t believe it’s only been a year! Your blog is so successful now…and already with so much amazing recipes…I can’t wait for more!
    Have a fantastic trip!! :D

  111. I tweeted! :-)

  112. So glad I found your blog, and happy one year!

  113. I’m obsessed with Le Creuset… I would love to win this :)

    Thanks for hosting this!

  114. Cindy Waffles says:

    Happy one year! Awesome giveaway!

  115. Rachel E says:

    Happy Anniversary! And Happy Birthday!

  116. Hey Congratulations on your anniversary! Great Giveaway!

  117. Happy Anniversary and happy birthday… Great Giveaway!

  118. Have a great bday tomorrow. I’d love a chance to win a Le Creuset!

  119. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

    Thank you.

  120. Love le creuset! hope it lands my way! happy birthday to you!