Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Happy Blogiversary - and a Giveaway!

Can you believe it's been one year of Artistic Eatables? I've been chopping, kneading, frying, baking, simmering, and photographing my food for you since October 27, 2009. 

To celebrate, I am offering a giveaway - my first ever.   

I will be awarding one lucky reader a jar of my homemade blackberry jam. (Ingredients: freshly picked blackberries, sugar, liquid pectin)

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To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment with your name, a way to contact you, and tell me your favorite homemade item (canned, baked, whatever!).

Sorry international readers, this prize can only be delivered to US residents.

The comments will be open until Saturday October 30, 5pm. Cheers!


  1. Happy Blogiversary Ally! I'm glad you were able to use the photo of the blackberry jam. Blackberry is one of my favorites. Someone will be a luck recipient.

  2. my favorite homemade ITEM? i simply cannot choose just one! butternut squash bread is one, fresh coconut poke cake is another, canned pickles with a bite yet another... :-) i could go on. that jam looks delish. it reminds me of the book my toddler and i just read yesterday- if you give a moose a muffin (it goes on to say he's going to ask for some of your mother's homemade blackberry jam!)
    divertida at fastmail dot fm

  3. I like food that is made by someone else. Someone who can bake. I like cookies. Chocolate chip, no wait PIE! I love pie! Blueberry, blackberry, apple, cheesecake which is like a pie and fresh salsa yum, shrimp, pizza, pale ale, (does that count if its home-brewed I'd drink it and that would be good, salad with some feta and some sort of crunchy nut on top but no olives in the salad, I'll always give the olives to the person sitting to my left, no reason, I'm not superstitious or anything, homemade ice cream, garlic and more garlic, fresh bread, cilantro, Thai coconut milk curry breath, nothing with meat, meat products, blood. I don't mind killing off lives I just don't wanna eat them after, like my cat when she catches a moth. Ok, you caught it, you killed it. Why eat it? What could there be in a moth that would make your walnut-sized brain say, hmm, maybe just a wing? She's gotta know its just gonna be horked up on the kitchen floor. If my cat were entering this contest she would say, catfood. I think she lacks imagination. She doesn't get out enough, well, at all. Her world does not exist beyond my kitchen, which is where I make food but you wanna know what my cat would like now? Have you ever cooked/baked for your cat? I mean beyond leaving the tuna can on the floor? They have dog food bakeries. Why not cat food? Not like, as in Korean food with a side of kimchi but home-made friskees. (my apologies to your Korean food lovers, no disrespect intended its just that I did not want to hear of anyone dicing and slicing Mr Wiskers after reading your comments). Cats like anything seafoodish which is strange because they hate the water and what makes them think that giving a cereal food product essence of salmon somehow makes it more appealing to the kitty? I digress. The cat will have to post her own comment. For me, I am going to say a fresh, warm,homemade Portuguese Muffin with blackberry jam. I can be reached in the Tech building and you should probably make three because Israel and LTS Ed will want them when they smell them.

  4. I love love love anything with peanut butter. I have kind of a problem with it. Hi, my name is Kate and I'm a peanut butterholic.

  5. oh oh, kate at fadedwords dot com. hehe.

  6. I have not eaten dinner yet so I would like that. Dinner. Must I be more specific? I am a cat and have very little imagination. Something that I will not hork up on Peter's kitchen floor.
    Thank you.
    Sam-wise, the cat

  7. I've got it. Conditions are perfect: its Autumn, there is still fresh corn and tomatoes at the farm stand so what about a fresh corn salsa with pine nuts? Served over home-made flour tortillas.

  8. your cupcakes are yummmmmmmy :) especially the Boston Cream ones!! my birthday is in June...

    and you can bring that prize to my second home, aka your classroom :)

  9. Favorite homemade item.....SOUP. Almost of any sort.


  10. Oh yeah JR can be reached in the music suite. Follow the bouncing banjos!

  11. I'm Hollis, and I am totally in favor of homemade pizza. With a French bread crust, and homemade pesto... oh man.

    If that's not item-tastic enough, I am also quite fond of homemade chocolate truffles, especially when made with dark chocolate ganache fillings. I hope you still know how to reach me :)

  12. I love some (or really all) of the homemade special occasion dinners my husband makes...he's an amazing cook. I also love making, and eating, desserts from scratch...especially anything with chocolate...but also something with a seasonal flavor (I've been making a lot of pumpkin related items this month).

    Coreen...Oh, and I'm pretty sure you still know how to reach me...

  13. I love lots of homemade things! But this fall we've had the most amazing apples on the trees in our yard. Our neighbors, a couple in their 80's, say that it's the best year for apples in at least 50 years! There are just so many, and they're big and many of them are perfect. Such an amazing thing for trees that haven't been sprayed for at least 33 years. Each one is a little miracle.
    I started out by making my father's favorite dessert, "apple grunt". This is apples folded into an egg-y sort of cake-like batter, and then steamed for an hour or two. It used to annoy my mother that he called it apple grunt -- she felt that a grunt was a rude noise, and her apple dessert was called "apple pudding". She always made it for my dad, and he'd always thank her repeatedly for making him "apple grunt". Next I worked up the nerve to try making pie crust again. I had never had much success with pie crust -- but I tried Mark Bittman's recipe from "How to Cook Everything", and it turned out great. So I've made pie quite a few times this fall, including a quadruple recipe for the hotline training weekend. Now I've got no interest in store-bought pie at all. Why bother?

  14. Hi Ally,

    My favorite homemade thing is hummus, and any kind of cookie... nom nom nom