Entertaining Giveaway from Land O’Lakes

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A few weeks ago, Land O’Lakes invited me to participate in a webinar about their recipe development process and entertaining tips. Unfortunately, the webinar was held during the day when I was at work and I wasn’t able to attend the live event. They were nice enough to send me a recording though, so I was able to watch it later.

I finally got around to listening to it this week, and they had some really great tips! It was also great to hear about their recipe development process – learning how companies go about perfecting their recipes always fascinates me. Did you know that they put all of their recipes for baked goods through a “stress test” by slightly varying the ratio of wet to dry ingredients in order to ensure that the final product will still turn out if everyone doesn’t measure the exact same way? That seriously never even occurred to me! They have some awesome looking recipes in their database, so be sure to check it out!

The event was geared toward entertaining for the Superbowl (it took me a while to find the time to listen!) but the tips are pretty timeless and can work for any other times you might want to entertain. Like the Oscars this weekend, or Saint Patrick’s Day, or even just on a random Friday.

1. Keep it Simple:

I don’t entertain very often at all, and it can be pretty overwhelming because I have a tendency to want to make everything super fancy and perfect. That’s ok for a small dinner party, but for a larger, casual event there’s no need to stress so much! It’s perfectly fine to grab your favorite brand of hummus from the store (you know, the one you buy every week for yourself anyway?) instead of making it from scratch.

2. Think Ahead:

Think of foods that can be prepped ahead of time, so you don’t have to rush around at the last minute. For example, this pull apart party loaf can be prepped in the morning and baked just prior to serving. And these sweet and spicy almonds that I posted the other day can be prepared a few days in advance.

3. Sharing is Caring:

Pick up a few disposable plastic bins and pack them up for your guests before they leave. They’ll have a snack for the car ride home (or for the next day) and you won’t be tempted to eat all of the leftovers yourself!

As a thank you for listening to the webinar (really, I should be the one thanking them!) they also send me a great entertaining gift pack – and one to give away to one of you! In it, you’ll receive:

  • A gorgeous Emile Henry Pizza Stone worth $50 (it’s coated to help prevent food from sticking and is the perfect size for a pizza for two – or a batch of cinnamon buns).
  • A huge serving platter from Crate and Barrel worth $20. Seriously, this thing is massive. It’s perfect for cheese and fruit or for a selection of sandwiches.
  • A coupon for some free Land O’Lakes deli cheese.
  • An insulated grocery bag.

Enter using the Rafflecopter widget (you might need to wait a second for it to load) or send an email to giveaway@healthy-delicious.com with the subject line “Land O’Lakes Giveaway.” I’ll pick a winner next Thursday, February 28.

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Disclosure: I was provided with my own gift pack and received a recording of an informational webinar from Land O’Lakes. All opinions are my own.

Comments

  1. i love to eat it melted in a panini

  2. I love that they do a “stress test” – the way I bake I wish all recipe developers did that!

  3. I love a gooey grilled cheese sandwich!

  4. I like to eat cheese on pizza

  5. Awesome giveaway! I’ve had my eye on a pizza stone for awhile now.

    Thanks for reminding me I need to start planning my St. Patrick’s Day party! I’m definitely going to make-ahead dishes this year. I want to have fun too!

  6. My favorite way to eat cheese is on nachos.

  7. I love Melty cheese!

  8. I honestly just love any cheese that’s melted. It can be melted on cheese, rice, chips or broccoli, I love it!

  9. Um….straight out of the package?

  10. I loved melted cheese, but who am I kidding? Usually it’s straight out of the wrapper.

  11. Melted!

  12. My favorite way to eat cheese is either sliced with crackers and maybe some salami or in a gooey macaroni and cheese casserole.

  13. I love cheese! I love lots of cheese on pizza! I would really love cheese on a pizza made on that pizza stone!!

  14. Oh, I’m an equal opportunist when it comes to cheese…straight out of the package, or melted in a sandwich or on noodles..I’ll take it however I can get it. :)

  15. Awesome giveaway. Can’t wait to win! ;)

  16. What great ideas. Love the pizza stone and love lots of melted cheese on my pizza.

  17. I’m going to have to say grilled cheese is my favorite, but most often it’s just snacked on in slices and pieces. Sometimes with crackers ;-)

  18. I love cheese broiled on toast!

  19. Grilled cheese, pizza with cheese, cheese and pasta, a slice of cheese (I love cheese). Thanks for the giveaway.

  20. my very favorite way to eat cheese is to bring fresh mozzarella to room temperature, give it a little drizzle with olive oil, and eat it with ripe tomatoes and fresh basil leaves. gah. that makes me LONG for summer…

  21. Favorite way to eat cheese? with Ritz crackers!!

  22. I love a good grilled cheese sandwich.

  23. Michele West says:

    My favorite way to eat cheese is with wine;)

  24. jacquie astemborski says:

    my favorite way to eat cheese is out of hand – perhaps paired with a cracker or pretzel or not.

  25. I like any and all kinds of cheese on pizza!

  26. I like cheese in tuna noodle casserole or baked Brie!

  27. Love a grilled cheese sandwich made on sourdough

  28. I love cheese on a crusty roll with a glass of wine

  29. I love cheese on a crusty roll with a glass of wine

  30. I love cheese and crackers!

  31. on pizza thanks

  32. I like it on pizza and on salads

  33. On a fruit and cheese platter

  34. I love tons of cheese on pizza!

  35. I could use a serving platter, so this would be perfect.

  36. baked brie, by itself, with bread, anyway!!

  37. Hi Lauren. I really love slicing an apple and putting cheese on each slice and eating them together. I also put cheese on my apple pie and microwave it till it slightly softens.

    Thanks for letting me enter.
    Hugs… Tracy@CottonPickinCute
    cpcblogging(at)hotmail(dot)com

  38. My favorite way to eat cheese is actually in toast with some British brown pickle!

  39. Lisa Brown says:

    I like to mix it into scrambled eggs.

  40. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    On crackers!

  41. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    On crackers!

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