Spring 2014 Le Creuset Giveaway

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As a break from what seems to have become my regular emo drudgery these days, I’ve got something fun to post today. One of my favorite topics: cookware.

When Garrett and I were writing Melt: the Art of Macaroni and Cheese, we both made crazy use of our huge collections of Le Creuset cookware. We each have a ton of it, for many reasons. First, this stuff is bulletproof. We’ve both abused the hell out of our cookware – especially through developing and testing 75 recipes – and it all still looks brand new. Second, it’s gorgeous. I mean, he-llo beautiful gorgeous. Just look at that image up there. ^^ If I wasn’t genetically predisposed to have a whistling disability, I’d catcall that fine-ass cookware.

Le Creuset knows about our obsession with their stuff, so they’ve generously offered Garrett and I some goodies to give away to our readers: a 3-quart casserole dish with lid and four 6-ounce Au Gratin dishes, both in Cherry Red. Deadline is Friday, April 25th at Midnight. A winner will be announced on Tuesday, April 29th. You can enter using the Rafflecopter widget thingie below. For the Rafflecopter-challenged, you can click this link right here and then leave a comment on this post to let us know that you entered.

Click here to tweet automatically: Hey! @sstiavetti & @garrettmccord are giving away free @LeCreuset cookware! http://ctt.ec/J12CN+ Time to do a happy dance.

Also, we’ll be touring and doing cooking demos of dishes from Melt: the Art of Macaroni and Cheese at Le Creuset stores near the Bay Area. We’ll also be giving away more cookware – huzzah! Be sure to come visit if you’re nearby:

  • Saturday, April 19 at 1pm: Le Creuset at Vacaville Premium Outlets (Stephanie and Garrett)
  • Saturday, May 3 at 1pm: Le Creuset at Livermore Premium Outlets (Stephanie and Garrett)
  • Saturday, June 7 at 1pm: Le Creuset at Gilroy Premium Outlets (Stephanie)

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The Heartbreak of Success, and A Healthy, Easy, and Cheesy Chicken and Brown Rice Enchilada Casserole

Healthy, Easy, and Cheesy Chicken and Brown Rice Casserole on http://www.theculinarylife.com

Sometimes, everything hinges on a simple chicken enchilada casserole.
I’m doing good right now. In fact, many would look at my current circumstances and think I’m doing damn fine. I’ve got a handful of amazing friends, a stable job with benefits, a book that just came out, a cozy apartment all to myself, and a little money set aside for a longtime dream that’s about to be realized. I’m relatively healthy and I’ve got big plans for the future. I’m living the goddamn dream, right?

Why, then, does it feel so… icky? And what does this have to do with an enchilada casserole? Bear with me.

I first noticed this feeling of nebulous, bile-flavored guilt when I was in my early twenties. I was in a similar place: good job, living alone in San Francisco, with a whole crew of friends to keep me occupied. I was young and perky. I was actively engaged in city life and there was no inkling of the health or nuptial drama to come later that same decade.

Overall I was doing well but something was dragging me down, making me feel tossed about on the waves of my nice little life. Only I couldn’t seem to articulate that sensation, so I just felt depressed and anxious all the time, looking for vague ways to “improve my life.” This included bike riding, photography school, roasting a metric fuck-ton of chickens, quitting my job, moving out of state, getting my BA, a bouquet of bad boyfriends and fair-weather friends, and countless all-night underground dance parties with requisite extracurricular activities. But nothing quelled the festering ick. Read more >>