*This contest is now closed!*

I don’t know about you but I’m in desperate need of a good midweek pick-me-up! It’s rainy and cold here. That detail combined with the fact that my oldest kidlet is on Spring break means we are all going a bit stir crazy, since my four boys have about four hundred volts of energy right about now. My toilets need cleaned, I have about a month’s worth of saltine cracker crumbs underneath the kitchen counter where the kids had snack today, and we are going on four nights of grilled cheese for dinner thanks to my husband being out of town.

I can’t decide – is it a pick-me-up that I need or just some straight up motivation? Hmmm…I won’t pause to analyze that minor point. And neither should you.

In honor of my midweek doldrums and the fact that I finally have all the posts on this here blog updated with the right picture (since they were all missing when I switched over from my blogspot address to this dot com) and because I updated my About page with lots of useless info and because I have the best readers this side of the cooking blog world (yes, I’m talking about you!)…

I’m giving away FOUR yearly subscriptions to my most favorite, best loved, much used cooking magazine: Cook’s Country.

Oh, how I love this little mag. The recipes are down-to-earth, simple, delicious and pretty much no-fail. There isn’t another cooking magazine that aligns as closely to my cooking style as this one. I’m a fan! And I want you to be, also.

To enter, simply leave me a comment telling me what or where your favorite go-to place is to snag great recipes (I could use a few new ideas myself)!

Winners will be announced Monday, April 12th.

Just a note: Cook’s Country does not know I exist nor are they sponsoring this giveaway. It’s because I love YOU and I love their MAGAZINE. Case closed.

711 Responses to Midweek Giveaway!

  1. Angie S. says:

    I usually check your blog Mel! Love it!

  2. Crystal E. says:

    I’m afraid I won’t be much help in your search for new places for recipes. When I need a new recipe I frequent a website you may have heard of, melkitchencafe.com :)

  3. Aaron says:

    If you like Chipotle, http://www.chipotlefan.com/ is great.

  4. Deanne says:

    Love your site!


    A blog I enjoy – Homesick Texan. She makes great TexMex, plus country Texas cooking. Only bad thing – she usually only posts once a week.

  5. Kensi says:

    Hi Melanie, other than this fabulous website I go to sisterscafe, which of course you know about. I also love Taste of Home, acooksquest.blogspot.com, and http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/

    Thanks for the chance at a great giveaway!!

  6. Allison says:

    Cooking light is one of my favorite places to find delicious and healthy dinners and baking ideas. I love it!

  7. Kristie says:

    I visit many each day in addition to yours..but..one of my favorites. Twopeasandtheirpod.com

  8. Kellianne Clarke says:

    I love foodnetwork.com or epicurious.com.

  9. Traci says:

    besides your blog? hmmm… the pioneer woman, tasty kitchen or allrecipes, my recipes or my friend Sarah!

  10. Missy K says:

    It is really NOT just flattery if I say– right here! But if pressed, I do check out All Recipes and Tasty Kitchen– I love the conversational nature of the reviews that give extra hints and variations.

    And just last week I discovered this blog: http://www.seasaltwithfood.com/
    and have bookmarked lots.

    Oh, how I’d love to win this giveaway! :-)

  11. Gwyn says:

    I really like to browse Annie’s Eats.. she has lots of good stuff.

  12. Christy Christensen says:

    I love to check out allrecipes, ourbestbites.com, and http://www.rookie-cookie.com.

    We try to cook something new each week so I look around at a lot of different sites.

  13. Sarah says:

    Honestly, I check your website first :)

    I also regularly check pioneer woman, tasty kitchen and our best bites.

  14. canuck_grad says:

    Your blog of course! lol
    But I also tend to check Kraft Canada – which can be hit or miss. They have a lot of recipes that use Kraft Dinner (eww) but I’ve found some good ones there that have become part of our regular meal plans (Shake & Bake Easy Oven Stir Fry, Weeknight Lasagna Toss, and 3-step chili suppers are some of our favorites).

  15. Jackie says:

    My new favorite thing is to browse food blogs for recipes, I think my favorite is pioneer woman and tasty kitchen.

  16. Beth says:

    Well I have to say my favorite place to get recipes is both you and your sisters blogs. My visiting teacher bought me a subscription to the magazine Quick Cooking for years, I have some GREAT recipes from them too. Thanks for all your hard work this is a wonderful blog.

  17. Abby says:

    I really like The Pioneer Woman!

  18. JLH says:

    I use Tasty Kitchen a lot. I also use some Volumetrics recipes to help fill up on the healthy foods.

  19. Debbie says:

    I check here, daily! Love your site!

  20. Katie says:

    My two favorite recipe blogs are Simply Recipes and yours.

    As far as cookbooks go, my favorite is The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook. My husband gave it to me a couple years ago and we love it though he gets frustrated when I check your site before checking the book :)

    My other favorites are Epicurious, Allrecipes, Everyday food storage.com, sometimes recipezaar or I just google what I need and see what it brings me.

  21. Kim in MD says:

    Your blog is my favorite place for recipes. I just discovered you several months ago, and now I log on every morning before I do anything else (yes…I am addicted!).

    Before I found your blog, I frequently downloaded recipes from Food Network and Cook’s Illustrated (you have to subscribe to CI). I also love The Pioneer Woman.

  22. Jeanette says:

    Ha! I come here 1st! :)
    I also think the Food Network Magazine has some fabulous recipes.
    This blog is great for recipes: Ourbestbites.com
    And of course, Allrecipes.com

    Thanks for the great giveaway! Jeanette at thealldays(at)msn.com

  23. Amy says:

    Daily, I check your site, annie’s eats, and the pioneer woman. Thanks for the great recipes!

  24. Cindy says:

    I check yours first, then The Sister’s Cafe, Two Peas and their Pod, Pioneer Women and then Tasty Cook. I used to use Cooks.com a lot but not very often anymore.

  25. Sarah says:

    i have three places: your blog, Pioneer Woman, and Martha Stewart Everyday Food!
    I use Evernote to clip all of the recipes I want to try so I have them all in one convenient online “recipe book.” It works great :)

  26. Mary Beth says:

    My current favorite (besides yours!) is One Ordinary Day, they have fantastic dessert recipes that so far are a huge hit with my family and friends :)

  27. Mandy says:

    Well I usually check here, call my mom, or use my Martha Stewart everyday food iPhone application. It just browses her site for me and then makes grocery lists for me too!! I just made her cilantro lime rice and it was heaven!!!

  28. Toni says:

    Well, yours is by far the blog with the most recipes bookmarked, but I really love the King Arthur website and blog and use my Southern Living cookbooks all the time. Thanks so much!

  29. Ariane says:

    I have to admit, I starting looking and loving for recipe blogs after my sister introduced me to your. I get some great recipes from my Cuisine at Home magazine, some good ones from http://thegirlsrecipeclub.blogspot.com/, and of course–like most–Pioneer Woman’s.

  30. Nancy Lee says:

    I LOVE Cooks Country… We get the companion TV show America’s Test Kitchen … I record it every Tuesday and hubby and I watch it over the weekend… We have learned so much from them… and adore their recipes.
    I would love to win the mags…

  31. Emily says:

    I usually go to the internet. I check my recipe blogs and something like tasty kitchen.

  32. Shelley says:

    I check your site first ! I also like the Cuisine at Home magazine. I also like church cookbooks…there are good things in those.

  33. katie says:

    ooooh- i would LOVE to win this- i love your website so much (though this is my 1st time commenting). we’ve enjoyed so many things from it!

  34. megan says:

    I always check blogs! Yours, smittenkitchen, joythebaker, pioneerwoman, the usuals :) I also love twopeasandtheirpod. oh and my quick and easy williams sonoma cookbooks (not the complicated ones…the thinner, “fast” cookbooks)

  35. Sue Eisenbeis says:

    The first place i check is YOUR site – i also like the Pioneer Woman

  36. Jenn says:

    I have a whole list that I like. Some of my favorites are http://www.thefoodinmybeard.com/ and http://blogchef.net/

    This is such a fun giveaway!

  37. Jannet says:

    I usually come to this site first. If I can’t find it, I go to Pioneer Woman. If I still can’t find it, I turn to my trusty Betty Crocker red cook book.

  38. Terri says:

    One of my favorites, besides yours of course, is BonAppetit.com. I can always find something very tasty there.

  39. Katie says:

    I really really really love http://www.ourbestbites.com
    the place I go most often is Allrecipes because of the selection and ratings.

  40. Jenn says:

    Well, yours, duh!! I visit a lot of them listed here too. No one mentioned For the Love of Cooking. I visit there often and have made a few dishes, but some of them are a little too much for my kids.

  41. Maria says:

    I check your blog and have found a lot of keepers:)
    I also like The Pioneer Woman, Smitten Kitchen, Food Network, and Epicurious.

  42. Mikaela says:

    I really like your blog but I’ve also gotten a few great recipes from here: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/healthy-recipes/RE00108
    I have the actual cookbook but many of them are free online. My top favorites are the gingery chicken noodle soup and the chicken salad with thai flavors

  43. Jessie says:

    I love the taste of home magazine and food network website. Thanks for all your yummy recipes you share with us!!

  44. Sarah Lynn says:

    I just found http://www.ourbestbites.com/ and I’ve found a lot of great new recipes to try.

  45. Amy says:

    I stick with the regulars: Real Mom Kitchen, Rookie Cookie, Our Best Bites and of course, you!

  46. Jennifer Webb says:

    I like the Everyday Food and Food Network magazines. I also like to look at http://www.pioneerwoman.com for yummy recipes.

  47. Liz K. says:

    Well, my obvious first choice is mykitchen cafe. :) No, I am not just trying to kiss up. Ok, so if I have to give you another one of my favorites it would be Annie’s Eats (annies-eats.com). I think you would really like her recipes.

  48. abby lones says:

    I check your website daily =) I also check with pioneer woman cooks & use my taste of home magazines faithfully. Kraft also has cookbooks that are sent out periodically that have easy great recipes. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  49. Melissa G says:

    We are in the same “funk” at our house. My kids would LOVE me if I let them have grilled cheese 3-4 nights in a row, but if I did that, they’d want it ALL THE TIME. Some habits are not easily broken with my boys. But, you know I’m a follower & try your yummy recipes.

    Hang in there – I hope the weather changes soon & you can at least get out of the house!

    But, I would LOVE Cook’s Illustrated. Thanks for the chance!

  50. kathy says:

    I’ve been coming here alot, but I also like Cook’s Illustrated.

  51. Malia says:

    I have been visiting your site every day since I discovered it a couple of months ago–everything I’ve tried has been wonderful! Pioneer Woman is my other go-to.

  52. Angie says:

    Like many others have said, I go to your blog a TON for recipes. I have also come to like the Taste of Home cookbooks/magazines. They have recipes that are simple and quick to make as well. But I love to hear of new magazines/websites so I’m very excited about this give-a-way!! (no need to put my email on here… you know where to find me.)

  53. mrsblocko says:

    I like to search foodgawker and tastespotting for recipes first, just so I can drool over the photos.

  54. Allyson says:

    Honestly, your blog or sisterscafe!

  55. Lori says:

    I am pregnant with #2 and have not been in the mood to cook or bake! But I always check your site first! I need some motivation myself.

  56. The first place I go for recipes is your blog! Your recipes are always easy to follow and use, what I call, normal ingredients (my husband is a very picky eater). I don’t have to go to a speciality store for something weird or a special pan.

    On Mondays, Yahoo puts out a weekly menu that has 5 recipes. Each has links to more. I like some of those. I also like Good Eats on Food TV and stag some of Alton’s recipes from foodtv.com.

    Thanks for your recipes and pics–I’m building a new cookbook and you are my main source!

    C :)

  57. ashley says:

    Lately I have been making a ton of recipes off a blog called annies-eats.com. But I love cooks country. I even DVR it on the weekends.

  58. Jaesi says:

    Pioneer Woman, Tasty Kitchen, or you my dear :)

  59. Julianne says:

    Love your site. Lately I have been looking over some of my old cookbooks. I have forgotten about them. Also, I was looking at my mom’s Betty Crocker cookbook from the 70′s so fun!

  60. juli says:

    My favorite go-to place for recipes is your blog! No joke I love your recipes! You are my MAIN source. Thank you! I also enjoy America’s Test Kitchen, Everday Food, and Rachael Ray.

  61. Sharon Turturice says:

    Your website! I have picky eaters and you don’t use a lot of weird things in your dishes. I use one of your recipes at least once a week!

  62. Kelly says:

    You are the stinking coolest!!!! Have you seen how many comments you have here? See, EVERYONE loves you. Not, that you didn’t know that. I honestly do love your website for recipies. If I don’t find what I’m looking for I head on over to kraftrecipies.com or allrecipies.com. Miss you!!!

  63. Shalane says:

    My friends and I have recipe exchange days where we go through each other’s cook books and find new meal ideas.

  64. gina says:

    Next to your blog, my favorite is myrecipes.com, it’s a great compilation of some of my favorite magazines’ recipes. I also LOVE Cook’s Country. Christopher Kimball is a genius. My dream would be to work with his group one day, but enjoying his magazines will have to suffice for now as my six active kids are quite enough to keep me occupied at present.

  65. Laurie says:

    If you say this is a great magazine, then it MUST be great! I really do love your recipes and follow your blog faithfully. I made the tortilla bowls last night (SO easy!!!) and they were a HUGE hit. Thank you again for making look so good in the kitchen – LOL! Unfortunately, I don’t have a great website for you for new recipes – cause this is where I come!

    I have used CD Recipes in the past – if you filter through the recipes, you can find some good ones. I rely heavily on the comment sections. Also, Hershey has some great chocolate recipes when you need a fix!

    Thanks for this great chance – I really hope I win!!

  66. chrissy says:

    I go to Bo’s Bowl.. so far all of his recipes I’ve tried have been a hit… Also Big Girls, small kitchen….and of course your site has been a lifesaver!.

  67. John T. says:

    I like to replicate my favorite restaurant recipes, so after I have something that I like, I google the recipe. Invariably one or more individuals have posted an exact copy or something close which I can tweek to get what I want.

  68. Sarah says:

    Yes! I love Cook’s Country. I always check your blog, along with Annie’s Eats. Smitten Kitchen is great for inspiration and beauty (great photos), but I rarely actually make something off of that blog. My husband and I also like to watch America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country on PBS on Saturday afternoons and we often try their recipes (and of course they’re always perfect). Oh, and my sisters, mom and mother-in-law always have great recipes. (Sorry. That’s a lot).

  69. Ashli says:

    I love checking your blog for ideas. I also like Our Best Bites. I’ve been trying new recipes at a rapid pace lately.

  70. Traci says:

    I always check your blog along with several other like realmom and rookiecookie, but I have also used allrecipes.com. They always have several variations of each recipe. I tend to read the reviews and go with the one that has the most stars.

  71. Carly says:

    I use my Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook ALL THE TIME. They have everything… so it’s always at least a starting point or a reference point when wanting to try a new menu. That and my Taste of Home magazines. Love ‘em.

  72. Taste of Home is one of my favorites! I find easy, tasty recipes there all the time…also your blog, of course!

  73. Erin says:

    I love allrecipes and recipezaar, TONS of recipes to find, but I love your blog as well! So glad to have found it:)

  74. rebeccca says:

    I love the Cook’s Illustrated (Cook’s Country sister mag). They have amazing stuff! They also do equipment and food reviews-love, love, love it!

  75. Amber says:

    Joy the Baker!!!! I LOVE to bake, and whenever I can I try out one of her recipes…YUM!

  76. Melissa says:

    There are several blogs that I follow faithfully, yours included. I collect cookbooks, my favorites are what I like to call the “Church Lady” cookbooks. I have several that I picked up at yard sales and auctions, all from churches I have never heard of (except, of course, the one from my church). All hold treasures of recipes that are tried and true. I also love Taste of Home.

  77. Ruth says:

    First I go to you… then I also checkout Recipezaar as well as OurBestBites.

  78. Whitney says:

    I like to go to allrecipes.com. You can search for virtually anything and I like to sort it by rating, so I get the best recipes!

  79. Kathie says:

    Love your blog. I check out the Southern Living recipe section from time to time. I never can find the one I want in the magazines, so I use their website. Have a great day!!

  80. Leslie says:

    Well of course I start at melskitchencafe.com, but other places I also look are picky-palate.com, thepioneerwoman.com, ourbestbites.com . . . basically I blog surf until I find just the exact recipe I am looking for! The beauty of the internet!!

  81. Nikki says:

    I go to a few different food blogs for recipes. I have gotten some great recipes from food blogs. Thank you for all of your hard work!

  82. Stephanie says:

    Honestly your blog or Pioneer Woman, or Smitten Kitchen, but mostly your blog :-) …if it’s a cookbook, it’s Taste of Home or Betty Crocker!

  83. Melanie Jeppsen says:

    My favorite places for recipes are food blogs, but I also love Kraft.com and allrecipes.com. I made your chicken cordon bleu recipe last week and it was delish!

  84. Tara says:

    I love your site or sister’s cafe. I also have been checking my cousin’s site sowethinkwecancook.blogspot.com. I have found some good recipes there as well.

  85. Hailey Greenwood says:

    I would have to say most definately FOOD BLGOS. I think I could search hours going from one to another! There are so many delicious recipes :)

  86. Court says:

    I get a lot of recipes from food blogs. I love your blog, Our Best Bites, Sister’s Cafe, and Pioneer Woman.

  87. Amber says:

    I love to come to your site!! I also love Pioneer Woman, Mommy’s Kitchen, Southern Plate, and Southern Living and Better Homes and Gardens magazine recipes. I honestly do use yours and PWs site the most. Love them!

  88. Annemarie says:

    I have tons of food blogs in my reader so I would have to say the internet is one of my favorite places. I just discovered America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country on PBS so their websites are my new favorites.

  89. Judy Dahse says:

    I first go to Tasty Kitchen and then hit your site. Love both.

  90. Carla says:

    I love recipes, period. Cookbooks, magazines, internet….anywhere I can get my hands on something new to try. Food blogs tend to be reliable since they are REAL people and I an expect to get mostly similar results. Thanks for having this giveaway!

  91. Marissa says:

    You, kevinandamanda.com, cookiesheetsandcakepans.blogspot.com, and my mom’s website, snailbug.com. :)

  92. Molly says:

    I’ve been hitting up http://www.tastykitchen.com which is an extension of The Pioneer Woman’s blog/website. It has a ton of great recipes, and quite a range – from “fancy” to no frills, so I can pick and choose depending no the occassion. Let’s be honest, though. It’s mostly no frills.

  93. joanne says:

    honestly, I go to google and type in some ingredients I want to use…then I scour the first few hits, and go off from there.
    I am sure that’s how I found you! When I see the same blogs a few times, I bookmark them, and they become my go to source.

  94. Bridget says:

    I love whole foods.com because they have a lot of creative recipes that are fun and actually good for you!!!

  95. Shauntel says:

    I swear I’m not trying to kiss up, but your recipes are most often my go-to recipes! I often also use my mom’s recipes, which she stores here: snailbug.com.

  96. Michelle says:

    I use the Kraft foods magazine and website a lot as well as allrecipes.com when I am looking for something specific or with certain ingredients. Allrecipes.com has a ingredient search which makes it super simple.

  97. Alyse says:

    I have you on my blog thread and whenever something new is posted I immediately come over. If it is something my hubby might like I try it! He is a little sick curry lately, but I am still loving it!

    I also look up sisterscafe for some other great recipes. And my mom receives quick cooking magazine in the snail mail that we both enjoy. Fast and Easy!

  98. Chris says:

    I check your blog often and I just cruise cooking blogs from others side bars!! Some of my favorite are yours, Big Red Kitchen, Pioneer Woman, Tasty Kitchen, Kraft, Food Network, and tons more! I look for alot of “comfort food”, nothing to strange cause I have a houseful of picky eaters, but things that are fun and easy and kick things up a bit!! Your tortilla bowls were a big hit!! I love that other share their recipes!! I also suscribe to Taste of Home and check out cook books from the library!! What a fun give away!

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