Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Do you love Wine Country Cooking?? You'll love this new cookbook and you can WIN ONE along with delicious Progresso's Panko Bread Crumbs.

Our lucky winner is #5, Donna!!  Congratulations.  You have 24 hours from 8:00 p.m. on 11/16 to claim your prize.  you are going to LOVE THIS!!!

I just received Chef Michael Chiarello's BOTTEGA cookbook.  It is a collection of Bold Italian Flavors from the Heart of California's Wine Country and I can honestly say that it is one of the nicest cookbooks I own. 
From snacks to dessert, this cookbook covers it all.  It has simple to follow gourmet recipes that will turn you into an expert at Chef Michael's cooking.

Bottega is one of  Napa Valley's most highly regarded restaurants and after seeing this cookbook, I am dying to go there.  However, these recipes are made for the home cook to be able to create dishes that look and taste like the originals at the restaurant.  Stories about the recipes come right along with the recipe itself and that makes this extra special.  

The chef´s secret is out - panko is in! A longtime secret of Japanese cuisine, panko is now a pantry staple for creating perfect crispiness in any dish. This October, Lemon Pepper will join the ranks of Progresso´s line of panko bread crumbs, which includes Original and Italian flavors.

"Panko has been a major part of some of my best crunchy dishes for years," says Chef Chiarello. "It´s exciting to bring those dishes home, where some of the best dining memories are made. To me that´s what cooking is all about - sharing meals with your friends and family, and the memories you get to keep for a lifetime."

Additionally, be sure to check out the Progresso's Wine & Dine with Chef Michael Chiarello Sweepstakes. Now through December 31st, participants can enter for the chance to win a trip for two to Napa Valley to attend the Spring Bud Break Party, an annual dinner and wine tasting event taking place on May 7, 2011. In addition to two tickets to the party, the grand prize also includes roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations. Visit www.progressobroth.com for the sweepstakes rules and entry form.

Be sure to sign up for my giveaway of the Panko Breadcrumbs and this AUTOGRAPHED cookbook.
You can sign up by making a comment that you are a follower of this blog and tell me about a dish you use with Progresso Lemon Pepper Panko.
2nd chance by posting this on Facebook and leaving a comment that you did so.
3rd chance by posting on twitter and leaving a comment that you did so.
4th chance by posting this on your blog and leaving me the link where it is posted.
So you have 4 chances to win this great prize package.  I was given one myself by General Mills and  MyBlogSpark for sharing this great prize package with you.
The drawing for this prize will be held on November 15th, so get your comments in quick!!!
Random.org will be my method for determining the winner.


  1. Panko flavored chicken tenders topped off with some salt & pepper... dash of lemon. Delish! I'm a follower and will be promoting on my blog, twitter and FB :)

  2. On my blog... check it out www.loricorrea.blogspot.com

  3. Almond-Crusted Cajun Filets with a remoulade sauce is my choice. And like Lori, I'm a follower and will be promoting this giveaway on my blog, twitter and in FB! :)

    This is Grandmereb--Thanks Debi

  4. I haven't used these breadcrumbs yet but to bread up some fish would be a delightful dinner.
    I am a new follower.
    msgb245 at gmail dot com

  5. I would use the breadcrumbs to bread shrimp. YUM!

  6. Hi Debbie. I posted on twitter.
    Also I love making vegetable and shrimp tempura with panko breadcrumbs! Delicious! Great blog my friend :)

  7. Yum! I'd make some easy panko fish cutlets. :)
    And, I'm a follower!!

  8. really an eye opener for me.

    - Robson

  9. I cannot believe that I forgot to come back and share with you all how AWESOME that cookbook was! This will go into my most "prized" collection for sure Debbie! Thank you so much! And the Progresso Lemon Pepper Panko--good stuff!

    Debbie has awesome giveaways and lots of great recipes!


Strawberry Heaven

“The “Debbie” recipe – the recipe that is authentically me.
My absolute favorite dessert recipe.”
All I ever talk about loving is strawberries. I am to strawberries as Paula Deen is to potatoes and butter.
When thinking about my absolute favorite dessert, it had to combine cheesecake, strawberries, and chocolate. Chocolate covered strawberries to be exact!!! So I developed a pie that features all my weaknesses. I love a regular pie crust instead of graham cracker so I have used pie crust, topped with a luscious layer of Kraft Philadelphia Ready-to-Eat Cheesecake Filling, followed by 1 pound of ripe, juicy strawberries enveloped in strawberry glaze topped with creamy, dreamy Cool Whip, and followed by 6 GIANT chocolate covered strawberries. This pie would be a strawberry lovers’ most decadent dream. It is mine…now you know what I dream about.

Strawberry Heaven
Prep time: 50 minutes Cook time: 9 minutes
Serves 6 - 8
1 refrigerated pie crust
1 ½ c. Kraft Philadelphia Ready-to-Eat Cheesecake Filling
2 lbs. of strawberries
14 oz. strawberry pie glaze
8 oz Cool Whip
¾ c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Place pie crust in pie pan and flute edges. Bake at 450 degrees for 9 minutes.
3. Cool pie crust at room temperature for 10 minutes and follow in freezer for 10 minutes to cool quickly.
4. While pie crust is cooking and cooling, prepare other ingredients beginning with strawberries. Wash strawberries, core, and slice in half. Save 6 LARGE strawberries for top of pie. Eat a few and enjoy them while you are working so hard. Save enough for the pie.
5. Melt chocolate chips in microwave for approximately 1 minute stirring every 20 seconds. Dip 6 large strawberries in chocolate about ¾ of the way up the strawberry. Place a piece of parchment paper on a plate and cool the strawberries on the paper in the freezer.
6. After the pie crust comes out of the freezer, spread the cheesecake filling directly on top of crust.
7. Place strawberries directly on top of cheesecake and pour strawberry glaze over strawberries.
8. Pipe Cool Whip over strawberries and glaze and top with chocolate covered strawberries. Place in freezer for approximately 15 minutes and serve. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Strawberry Heaven

Strawberry Heaven
This pie is for the true Strawbery ADDICT and lover.

Mounds of Joy Whipped Pie

Using My Blog

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