Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Happy Birthday, Near to Nothing!

We can hardly believe that Near to Nothing will soon be one year old!  Next Tuesday marks the anniversary of our first post, introducing ourselves and our Near to Nothing mission!!  What started out as casual chatting between the two of us has turned into a fun, exciting forum for us to share our cooking and money-saving secrets.  We've gone from a small audience of a few friends and family members to an international audience that includes many people we don't know.  To thank you all for your continued readership and encouragement, we'd like to give you the chance to receive a gift in honor of our birthday.

But first, a Near to Nothing pop-quiz:  What do lentil soup, baby food, and chipotle puree have in common? Need a hint?  Take a look and see if you can figure it out.

Yes, that's right!  They are all super easy to make with an immersion blender!  I (Sumiko) absolutely love mine and we want you to love one too.  So we're giving one away!  And just in time for strawberry lemonade!

From now until midnight (Pacific) on the night of June 28, you can enter once a day.  Simply send us an e-mail at kitchendiaries[at]yahoo[dot]com with "immersion blender" in the subject line.  We'll announce the winner on Thursday, June 30!*

As if giving away an immersion blender wasn't enough, we have one more announcement!  Last Saturday I finished my weekly series on baby food.  We'd like to open up that Saturday post to all of our readers.  If you have a Near-to-Nothing-minded tip or recipe you'd like to share, please e-mail it to us at kitchendiaries[at]yahoo[dot]com.  Please include things like the background behind the recipe, how you developed it, what makes it so good, etc.  And please do your best to make it post-ready before sending it so we have to do as little editing as possible.  When writing, keep our Near to Nothing mission in mind:  feeding our families affordably and nutritiously.  We will let you know by e-mail if and when your submission will be posted.

Don't have an original recipe to share?  Feel free to share a past Near to Nothing recipe you've made and how you tailored it to your family's preferences.  Or share how you've implemented Near to Nothing tips and ideas into your cooking.**

*Fine print:  One entry per person per day.  Open only to residents of the United States (sorry, international readers).  Family members of the Near to Nothing authors are not eligible (sorry, Dad).  Giveaway begins at 7 am on June 21, and will remain open until 12 am June 29.

**More fine print:  All submissions must be original and not under copyright.  Any submissions accepted for posting by Near to Nothing become the property of Near to Nothing and may not be reproduced elsewhere except by permission of Near to Nothing.

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