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The Vegetable Butcher Cookbook Review & Giveaway

by Katie on September 12, 2016

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As a kid, I typically avoided vegetables like the plague.  Of course, in my defense, we usually had frozen veggies which to this day, are definitely not my first choice.  Nowadays though, dinner never feels complete without some type of vegetable.

The problem is, I don’t have very many vegetable recipes, and my creativity for making up new recipes gets tapped out rather quickly.  So, when I had the chance to review The Vegetable Butcher by Cara Mangini, I jumped at the opportunity!

The Vegetable Butcher is not your average cookbook.  It’s essentially an encyclopedia of all things vegetable.  From artichokes to zucchini, this book walks amateurs and professionals alike through the ins and outs of selecting, preparing, and cooking more than 50 different kinds of vegetables.

There are so many vegetables that I’ve never worked with simply because I have no clue how to prepare them and don’t know what to do with them once they are chopped, sliced, or diced as they should be.  However, this book takes the mystery out of unknown veggies.  With more than 250 step-by-step color pictures, it’s a fool-proof way to add an amazing side dish to any meal.

Here’s just a sampling of the recipes you’ll find between the pages of The Vegetable Butcher:

  • Chocolate Avocado Budino with Cinnamon and Sea Salt
  • Caramelized Broccoli with Chile Oil and Parmesan
  • Roasted Maple-Chile Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes
  • Cauliflower and Caramelized Fennel Soup
  • Eggplant, Tomato, and Mozzarella Stacks
  • Crunchy Fennel-Apple Slaw
  • Creamed Spinach Crepes
  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Sauteed Chard, and Coconut Black Rice

Have I whet your appetite yet?  Workman Publishing would like to offer one lucky reader a FREE copy of  The Vegetable Butcher.  You have six ways to enter this giveaway:

  1. What is your favorite vegetable (or vegetables if you have more than one!)?
  2. Subscribe to Cincinnati Cents’ feed via RSS or e-mail and then leave a comment letting me know that you’ve subscribed. If you already subscribe, leave a comment letting me know that as well.
  3. Like Cincinnati Cents on Facebook.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done so.
  4. Follow the Cincinnati Cents Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  5. Like Workman Publishing on Facebook – let them know that Cincinnati Cents sent you!  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  6. Follow the Workman Publishing Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.

This giveaway ends at 8:00 p.m. EST on Monday, September 19th, and it’s open to all U.S. residents, ages 18 years or older.  The winner will be selected randomly, and will be notified by e-mail.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.  If no response is received by that time, a new winner will be chosen.

Disclaimer: This giveaway was provided by Workman Publishing. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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Dinner Solved! Book Review & Giveaway

by Katie on September 2, 2016

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If you’ve been a reader of this blog for awhile, it probably comes as no surprise that I absolutely love to cook!  And as much as I really enjoy trying out new recipes, I often get stuck in a rut and make the same recipes over and over and over again.

So, I was pretty excited to have the opportunity to check out Katie Workman’s new book, Dinner Solved!.  The book is chock full of 100 inventive recipes that include easy-to-follow instructions as well as mouth-watering pictures!

Dinner Solved! is designed to meet the needs of families with varying palates.  In other words, if you have kids who hate spicy foods, prefer to eat vegetarian, or simply dislike certain ingredients, than this cookbook can easily become your go-to book.

Throughout Dinner Solved!, there are “Fork in the Road” moments, where the recipe can be adapted or changed to make the whole family happy – especially if you have kiddos with varying food preferences.  It’s an ideal way to make sure everyone enjoys a meal without becoming a short order chef.

The book is divided into several sections for a variety of meal ideas:

  • Morning Food
  • Serious Sandwiches
  • Snacks
  • Appetizers
  • Salads
  • Soups & Stews
  • Meat
  • Chicken
  • Fish & Seafood
  • Burgers & Meatballs
  • One-Dish Meals
  • Pasta & Sauces
  • Tacos & Enchiladas
  • I Need a Big Fat Hug
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegetables
  • Good Old Carbs
  • Cookies
  • Homestyle Desserts
  • Sauces & Basics

Workman Publishing would like to offer one lucky reader a FREE copy of Dinner Solved!  You have six ways to enter this giveaway:

  1. Subscribe to Cincinnati Cents’ feed via RSS or e-mail and then leave a comment letting me know that you’ve subscribed. If you already subscribe, leave a comment letting me know that as well.
  2. Like Cincinnati Cents on Facebook.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done so.
  3. Follow Cincinnati Cents on Pinterest.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  4. Follow the Cincinnati Cents Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  5. Like Dinner Solved! on Facebook – let them know that Cincinnati Cents sent you!  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  6. Follow the Dinner Solved! Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.

This giveaway ends at 8:00 p.m. EST on Friday, September 9th, and it’s open to all U.S. residents, ages 18 years or older.  The winner will be selected randomly, and will be notified by e-mail.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.  If no response is received by that time, a new winner will be chosen.

Disclaimer: This giveaway was provided by Workman Publishing. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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Charmin Essentials Review & Giveaway

by Katie on August 30, 2016

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Toilet paper….bathroom tissue….TP…..tissues on a roll.  Maybe it’s not the most riveting conversation starter, but toilet paper is a staple in nearly every household across the country.

I don’t know about all of you, but it seems like as soon as I buy a pack of toilet paper, it vanishes into thin air.  And my darling children….they apparently think that as long as there’s a quarter of a sheet left on the roll, there’s really no need to replace it with a new one.

Show of hands for everyone who’s been stuck in the bathroom with less than one sheet of toilet paper left on the roll…..?  Please tell me I’m not the only one!

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That’s why I love the new mega rolls of toilet paper – the ones that can survive in a household of six for more than just one day!  Case in point…Charmin!  To add to their extensive product line, Charmin® has announced two brand new products – Charmin Essentials Soft and Charmin Essentials Strong.

Charmin Essentials Strong features a strong 1-ply toilet paper that is clog-safe and septic-safe.  On the other hand, Charmin Essentials Soft is a soft 2-ply toilet paper that’s also clog and septic-safe.  Both of these varieties are available in Mega Rolls to ensure that your paper will keep on rolling through plenty of bathroom uses.

To help you save on your next Charmin Essentials purchase, there’s even a coupon available for $1/1 Charmin Basic Tissues.  As an added bonus, one lucky reader will win a prize pack of Charmin Bathroom Tissue.

Want to win?  You have six ways to enter this giveaway:

  1. Subscribe to Cincinnati Cents’ feed via RSS or e-mail and then leave a comment letting me know that you’ve subscribed. If you already subscribe, leave a comment letting me know that as well.
  2. Like Cincinnati Cents on Facebook.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done so.
  3. Follow Cincinnati Cents on Pinterest.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  4. Follow the Cincinnati Cents Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  5. Like Charmin on Facebook – let them know that Cincinnati Cents sent you!  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  6. Follow the Charmin Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.

This giveaway ends at 8:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, September 6th, and it’s open to all U.S. residents, ages 18 years or older.  The winner will be selected randomly, and will be notified by e-mail.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.  If no response is received by that time, a new winner will be chosen.

Disclaimer: This giveaway was provided by Charmin. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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Jane’s Back to Cool $500 Giveaway

by Katie on August 25, 2016

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It’s giveaway time on Jane.com!  Now’s your chance to grab your Trapper Keepers and go old school when you enter Jane’s Back to Cool Giveaway.  You can enter on this page to win a $500 Jane Shopping Spree!  This giveaway runs through Sunday, August 28th, and the winner will be announced on Monday, August 29th.

But the fun doesn’t end there.  Today you can follow Jane.com on Snapchat (@janedeals) to see how you can win a $50 Jane gift card!  And on Friday, you can Instagram your old school pics using hashtag #JaneBackToCool for a chance to win a Jansport backpack full of all your favorite throw back essentials, plus a $100 Jane gift card.

Good luck to you all!  

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Enter to Win a $25 Skyline Chili Gift Card

by Katie on July 27, 2016

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Who’s feeling good and hungry?!  Yep, you guessed it…..it’s Skyline time!  And to celebrate the freshness of summer, Skyline Chili has introduced new improvements to their Fresh Select Salads!

Skyline has three signature salads to choose from – their Greek Salad, a Buffalo Chicken Salad, and a Garden Salad.

The Greek Salad features crisp romaine lettuce, cucumbers, red onion, grape tomatoes, chickpeas, Kalamata olives, sliced pepperoncinis and feta cheese.   To top it off, this fresh salad is complemented by Skyline’s original-recipe Greek dressing.

Skyline’s very own spicy buffalo sauce is the star of their Buffalo Chicken Salad.  This salad features diced chicken (with of course, spicy buffalo sauce!), crisp lettuce, tomatoes, and shredded cheddar cheese, along with your choice of dressing.

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If you’re looking for a side salad to perhaps accompany your 3-way or cheese coney, then Skyline’s Garden Salad might be the perfect pick for you.  This salad features crisp romaine lettuce as well a spring mix of lettuce, cucumber, red onion, grape tomatoes, croutons, and shredded cheddar cheese.  Pick your choice of dressing to top off this fresh salad.

Skyline want to know what ideas you have for fresh summer fun!  Let them know in the comments below, and you’ll be entered to win a $25 Skyline Chili Gift Card!

You have six ways to enter this giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this post – what ideas to you have for fresh summer fun?
  2. Subscribe to Cincinnati Cents’ feed via RSS or e-mail and then leave a comment letting me know that you’ve subscribed. If you already subscribe, leave a comment letting me know that as well.
  3. Like Cincinnati Cents on Facebook.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done so.
  4. Follow Cincinnati Cents on Pinterest.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  5. Like Skyline on Facebook – let them know that Cincinnati Cents sent you!  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  6. Follow the Skyline Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.

This giveaway ends at 8:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, August 3rd, and it’s open to all U.S. residents, ages 18 years or older.  The winner will be selected randomly, and will be notified by e-mail.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.  If no response is received by that time, a new winner will be chosen.

Disclaimer: This giveaway was provided by Skyline Chili. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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Enter to Win 2 Tickets to Lantern Fest

by Katie on April 25, 2016

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One of the most memorable events for our family last year was our experience at Lantern Fest at the Kentucky Speedway.  Joined by thousands of others across an expansive field, we wrote messages and sentiments on paper lanterns, and when the signal was given, we lit our lanterns and set them afloat.

Words simply cannot describe the image of thousands of glowing lanterns floating through the night sky.  We dedicated our lantern to my dad who passed away six years ago from Parkinson’s Disease.  It was such a moving experience for our family, and I was incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to participate in such an inspirational event.

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This year’s Lantern Fest will be held at the Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, May 21st.  The gates will open at 4 p.m., and families and friends can enjoy food, live music, a stage show, familiar princesses, face painting, s’mores, balloon artists, and more.

You’ll want to be sure to bring a blanket or chairs to sit on, a jacket in case the evening gets chilly, snacks for the evening (and why not hot dogs to roast on the fire pit?!), your dancing shoes, and money in case you want to buy a snack or a drink.  Please note, no glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages are permitted.

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Be sure to arrive early enough to park (it’s a $5 fee), check-in, and find a spot to enjoy the Lantern Fest with your family members and friends.  The best part begins when the sun goes down…..when thousands of glowing lanterns will be released!  This will be an unforgettable event as thousands of people come together to light up the sky.

Tickets are currently priced at $35 each for adults and $5 for kids ages 4-12 (kids 3 and under are free!).  However, my readers can save an additional 10% off your ticket purchase when you enter the promotional code cincicents2016 at checkout.

So, on to the giveaway!  One lucky reader will receive two FREE tickets to Lantern Fest!  You have six ways to enter this giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this post – has your family ever attended Lantern Fest?
  2. Subscribe to Cincinnati Cents’ feed via RSS or e-mail and then leave a comment letting me know that you’ve subscribed. If you already subscribe, leave a comment letting me know that as well.
  3. Like Cincinnati Cents on Facebook.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done so.
  4. Follow Cincinnati Cents on Pinterest.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  5. Follow the Cincinnati Cents Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  6. Like Lantern Fest on Facebook – let them know that Cincinnati Cents sent you!  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.

This giveaway ends at 8:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, May 10th, and it’s open to all U.S. residents, ages 18 years or older.  The winner will be selected randomly, and will be notified by e-mail.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.  If no response is received by that time, a new winner will be chosen.

Disclaimer: This giveaway was provided by Lantern Fest.  All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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$25 Skyline Chili Gift Card Giveaway

by Katie on February 11, 2016

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With just a few days left before Valentine’s Day, stores are filled to the brim with all the usual gifts…boxes of chocolates, heart-shaped balloons (did you know they now have singing balloons?!), teddy bears, and of course, roses.  Finding that perfect gift for the one you love can be a daunting task, especially if you’d prefer not to choose a cliché gift.

Skyline Chili Gift Cards are not only a “thinking outside of the box” Valentine’s Day gift, but they’re sure to warm your recipient’s heart as well as their stomach this year!  Even though I’m a Cincinnati native, my first visit to Skyline Chili was with my husband on one of our first dates, and it still brings back plenty of fond memories!

If you’re looking for more unique ways to show your love this Valentine’s Day in addition to 3-ways and cheese coneys, Skyline has compiled several heartwarming ideas:

  • Stop by your local fabric store and pick a unique print to make a custom tie blanket.
  • Surprise your special someone when they get home with a balloon gallery of all your favorite photos together from the past year.
  • Purchase a plain matted photo frame and write a note to turn it into a cherished keepsake.
  • Fill a mason jar with a homemade cocoa mix and top with marshmallows for a tasty treat to share.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, Skyline Chili would like to offer a $25 Skyline Chili Gift Card to one of my readers.You have six ways to enter this giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this post – what is your favorite Valentine’s Day gift that you’ve ever received?
  2. Subscribe to Cincinnati Cents’ feed via RSS or e-mail and then leave a comment letting me know that you’ve subscribed. If you already subscribe, leave a comment letting me know that as well.
  3. Like Cincinnati Cents on Facebook.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done so.
  4. Follow Cincinnati Cents on Pinterest.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  5. Like Skyline on Facebook – let them know that Cincinnati Cents sent you!  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  6. Follow the Skyline Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.

This giveaway ends at 8:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, February 18th, and it’s open to all U.S. residents, ages 18 years or older.  The winner will be selected randomly, and will be notified by e-mail.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.  If no response is received by that time, a new winner will be chosen.

Disclaimer: This giveaway was provided by Skyline Chili. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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