$55 CSN Giveaway and Coconut Cookies

One of the more interesting things that’s been happening over the last couple of months as the readership of this here blog keeps growing, is that I get more and more mail from people inviting me to events or asking me to link to an article or website they think my readers would enjoy.

Last week I got an email from CSN offering a $55.00 giveaway for my readers.  Cool, I thought, but just what exactly is CSN?

You’ll have to forgive me, but I’m not much of an online shopper so I was clueless.  It didn’t take much to realize these people have a lot of websites – 200 or there abouts – selling everything from dining room chairs to cookware!  They also sell a lot of other stuff like bathtubs and pillows.  Well, let’s face it, when you have 200 websites you’re basically selling, like, everything.

Given that my readership now is in the thousands each week, you sure are a quiet bunch, so I am taking a stand and using this promotion to try and turn up the volume in the comments sections!

Here is the deal:

To enter this giveaway leave a comment telling me what you’d like to buy and what you’d make with it or use it for… feel free to leave recipes if you are so inspired or really anything you’d like to share.

So, for example:  I’ve been admiring the 9″ square Le Creuset baking dish.  It would be perfect for making brownies!   So, if you were entering the contest with your eye on that, you might share your favorite brownie recipe if you felt inspired.  And don’t forget to add your email address so I can notify the winner.

The giveaway will close when there are 25 comments!   So hurry up and leave a comment!

Oh and if any of you are wondering why I have a picture of a 14 cup Cuisinart at the top of this post it’s because that is what I would put my $55 towards if I could.  Mine broke.  It had been Neil’s mom’s and was at least 20 years old.  I used it all the time and I miss it terribly, but never seem to have the money to spend on a new one.  My favorite use for my food processor is making coleslaw and also for making dough for cookies (my coconut cookie recipe is a breeze with a food processor).

Coconut Cookies

All you have to do is preheat the oven to 350 F, throw into the food processor 1 1/3 cups of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder and 3 1/3 cups unsweetened organic coconut.  Pulse a few times so the coconut becomes super fine then add 1/2 cup of unsalted butter  and pulse a few more times, then add 1 large egg, 1 teaspoon of coconut rum, rum or vanilla and pulse a few more times.  Finally, add 1 1/2 cups all purpose floor and pulse until it just comes together.

Form into balls the size of walnuts.  Mix 1/2 cup of organic powdered sugar with 2 cups of unsweetened coconut, roll the dough balls in this mixture and cook on a parchment covered cookie sheet until lightly golden 20 or so minutes.

*  This giveaway is only for residents of the USA and Canada.  International Shipping rates apply on items sent to Canada.


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About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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