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HER Giveaway: Iron Chef Michael Symon’s Celebrating the Holidays with Flavor

December 20, 2010 by  

CONGRATS TO Michelle! She was chosen as the winner, and her comment was:

I’d absolutely LOVE to win this set. First of all, who doesn’t love Michael Symon. My husband is the ultimate pork lover. I mean, come on, he’s got 2 websites and several blogs that deem him the Ultimate bacon lover. He’s even been on TV regarding his bacon love. Not only does he love bacon, but he loves pork in general. I know that I’d be pleased as punch to win this so I could give it to him. Drooling already with the possibilities…

I’m kind of over buying presents for others.

I know it’s better to give than receive. No matter how many times I repeat it over and over and over again — in my head or aloud, admittedly, there’s a freaking ginormous a small piece of me that wants to be on the receiving end. Especially Christmas morning. Maybe it reminds me of my mom. She and my dad unselfishly made our Christmases so freaking magical, it was r i d i c u l o u s. I know Christmas is “mostly” for kids, but. I. love. presents. always. did. always. will.

Hubs and I decided we’re not exchanging gifts with each other this year. As a 30-something adult with 4 kids, I should be open-heartedly professing that “It IS all about the kids, anyway.” However, I’d just be doing my job; being the picture perfect mom… saying all the right things. And lying. I’m a girl. I like things. End. of. story.

At first I was all, “Oh, of course not — let’s just get for the kids this year, honey. I don’t really need anything, anyway.” However, as the big day approaches, I’m getting a little bit weepy and feeling a bit like a child. Heck, I just want S O M E T H I N G to open on XMas day. An small appliance? New jeans? Man, I’d even be happy with a few new spices for my collection!


In early December, right after I realized that I want ‘things’ and that’s just the reality, I was asked to work with celeb Chef Michael Symon (Iron Chef, anyone??) to mix up seasonal flavors by pairing pork’s savory flavor with unsuspecting holiday favorites like cinnamon, chocolate and pumpkin. Chef Symon is the man. He can illustrate how pork can be enhanced by almost any ingredient with recipes like “Cider-and-Beer-Braised Pork with Chocolate Mole” and “Coriander and Cumin Roasted Rack of Pork with Five Spice Pumpkin Puree.” I mean, seriously? Are you not drooling?

Chef Michael Symon and his crew are trying to help moms like myself find their perfect pork pairing this holiday, and early into 2011.

They have decided to give one lucky winner “Pork’s Perfect Pairing Holiday Guide,” filled with all of the items anyone would need to create flavor-filled meals. Your family and guests are going to be scratching their heads, wondering, “What is in this? It.Is.Awesome!!”

They are awesome — Chef Simon and his promotions crew sent me the below to review myself… and have offered for me to GIVEAWAY one of these JUST FOR ONE OF YOU!:

  • A $25 gift card to conveniently purchase your favorite pork cuts online
  • A blogger-exclusive holiday recipe from Michael Symon
  • A large assortment of seasonal spices to inspire flavor-rich holiday pairings (let me tell you… BRAND NEW seasonings I’ve never even seen on the shelves yet! Tons of NEWLY launched McCormick’s Spices that are first roasted, before jarred; delish!)
  • A chic holiday serving platter to reinvigorate your holiday dinner style
  • A signed copy of Michael Symon’s new cookbook
  • Two festive aprons to prepare your holiday feasts
  • A digital meat thermometer to ensure that your holiday meals are delicious yet safe

Simply COMMENT below, letting me know why you’d like to win this, and I will choose a random winner on Monday, December 27th, 2010.

Click here to check out HIS Giveaway – especially if you dig Grilling or Tailgating.

Please note that the National Pork Board is not sponsoring the giveaway promotion, but rather supplying the prize pool for me and the winner.

Disclaimer : Honey, check your inbox. Even though I’m indicating above that all I really want for Christmas is the box of the above, I’d just be doing my job; being the picture perfect wife… saying all the right things. And lying. I’m done pretending “it’s okay if we don’t exchange“. This game isn’t any fun :-(.

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139 Responses to “HER Giveaway: Iron Chef Michael Symon’s Celebrating the Holidays with Flavor”
  1. Happi Shopr says:

    I love to cook and would like to try more pork dishes


  2. Nancy Meyer says:

    I’d like to win this because Michael Symon is one of my favorite chefs and I love to cook!

    nancymeyer1 at gmail dot com


  3. sheila says:

    i love to cook and have won recipe contests for original recipes made with pork. in college i learned pork has a lot of thiamine, and actually less fat than beef.


  4. Debbie C says:

    I would like to win because I love pork dishes but need some new tasty recipes for it.



  5. Amber Gi says:

    i would love some new recipes and with a gc i could try out some better cuts than i normally would buy!
    thank you!
    tattgiff at centurytel dot net


  6. Erin says:

    I’d like to win because I need a serving platter, and those fire-roasted spices intrigue me.

    glycinemax at gmail dot com


  7. VickieB says:

    What a cool gift pack and I love pork


  8. Stacy says:

    I want to win because my family loves pork


  9. julieh says:

    I’d love to win because Michael Symon is one of our favorite chefs, and we love pork at our house.


  10. Tammy Kennedy says:

    I’ve had the worst year of my life and entering contest is my way to relax and be able to hopefully win products I would never be able to own or purchase other wise, I’m unemployed and having vision and health issues so have no money to buy anything

    Thank you so very much for giving me a chance to be a winner
    Thank you for all your time, effort and hard work


  11. Richard T. says:

    I love pork and would like to get more recipes for making it.


  12. Derk Thomas says:

    Chef Symon is a fave and I like spices.


  13. susitravl says:

    I would like to win because I need some new spices. You wouldn’t believe the herbs & spices I threw away over the past week because they were expired.


  14. Katie R. says:

    I would like to win this to give to my dad. His birthday is coming up and he loves to grill.


  15. Mandala says:

    I am a newbie cook and so the cookbook and the meat thermometer would be really helpful to me as I try to create more pork dishes. Also the gift card will be a welcome bonus to help us with our budget as well as the rest of the prizes. Thanks for the chance!
    mandalarctic at gmail dot com


  16. Danielle B. says:

    michael symon is my favorite food network chef! he is just so beyond awesome!

    :: crosses fingers ::


  17. Aisling says:

    We love pork dishes, but could definitely use some new ideas. Iron Chef Symon is great so I know his cookbook will contain some excellent dishes. I’m also interested in trying the new McCormick’s Spices. mcgillrmcgill(at)charter(dot)net


  18. Jennifer R says:

    I enjoy watching Michael Symons on cooking shows. This looks like a great prize.


  19. Jean F says:

    I’m not a very good cook, and would like to try new recipes


  20. heather says:

    I like pork and I like Michael Symon!


  21. Erica C. says:

    This would be nice to win to help me in the kitchen!


  22. DebbieD says:

    Cuz I love to cook… Love new Spices,,, Luv pork…and luv new recipes!!!


  23. Katie S. says:

    I’d like to win the cookbook and spices most. We cook so often that our spice rack gets bare, especially this time of year. It’d be nice to have some more on hand. THanks.


  24. Rachel says:

    I love pork and am always looking for new recipes


  25. elaine says:

    I would love to give this to my husband ,he is learning to cook,and is very eager to try new things


  26. heatherzilla says:

    Love his recipes! The Cider-and-Beer-Braised Pork with Chocolate Mole sounds amazing!


  27. kai says:

    I want to win cause I love love love to cook!


  28. Chrysa says:

    I want to win because I plan to do a lot more cooking in the new year!
    Chrysa recently posted..Magic Bullet Express Only 2299!!!My ComLuv Profile


  29. tallcapp says:

    This is such a fun gift pack for someone who likes to cook—I am that person and would appreciate it.


  30. shawna says:

    I love cooking and could use some new spices.


  31. Brandy Byrne says:

    I’d love to win this because all I did was give this Holiday season. I would like my turn to receive and I love to cook/grill!


  32. Paula Hafner says:

    I would love this because I love to try new recipes.


  33. hazel hunt says:

    Would love to win!!!


  34. Bryanna P. says:

    Awesome blog and thanks for the giveaway!
    Would love, love, LOVE to win this!
    Happy holidays!
    Bryanna P. recently posted..But I Tried So Hard…My ComLuv Profile


  35. Tom says:

    Ive seen his show and would like to try some of the delicious looking foods he makes!


  36. Daniel M says:

    want to try some of the recipes! (cookbook)


  37. Angela Winesburg says:

    I love pork, I’d love to try out some new recipes, thanks!


  38. hazel says:

    I would love to try some new spices!!



  39. Theresa C says:

    I am a super long term Iron Chef fan. I would love to be a panelist but since that will never happen this would be the next best way for me to saver his dishes


  40. Jennifer gersch says:

    i would like to win so I can have an excuse to cook


  41. Tracey Byram says:

    I need to spice things up in the kitchen. These spices would come in handy for that.


  42. fat mommy cass says:

    I like to cook and also bake that`s why I want to win this


  43. Marilyn says:

    Michael Symon is one of my favorite chefs

    jdmimi at gmail dot com


  44. Lisa Carr says:

    Ooh, new spices? I’m always looking for new ways to prepare meals. My children are so picky & I end up making 3 different meals at dinner. I’d love some help preparing something we all will enjoy.


  45. Tomato says:

    I’d love to win this, because I’d love to try the new spices!


  46. carol y says:

    My hubby is a porkaholic, a bacon man, a hamhead! Really, he loves pork, and all food, but he is slim so he loves when I cook for him and I do every night from scratch. Love the spices, too, and new ideas!


  47. Paul A says:

    My sister loves Iron Chef and loves to cook. This would be so perfect for her.


  48. jolene says:

    id like to win because i can always use more spices


  49. Deci Worland says:

    I’d love to win because I covet everything cooking-related.
    Deci Worland recently posted..Wonderful Wire Woven TutorialMy ComLuv Profile


  50. Stacy says:

    I would love to win this for my husband because he is always looking for new meat recipes (I am vegan and he is not). The spices sound good and we could both use those.


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