Birthday Give-A-Way 4


Getting gifts can be lots of fun, but giving gifts is SO much better. This year, I want to celebrate my birthday with all of you. My birthday give-a-way involves a little bit of giving and a little bit of getting. Combing stories and recipes is my favorite and this new year is going to be all about favorites. Won’t you join the fun?

I want to hear what your favorite recipe is and why. (Yes, this recipe choice may change over time. I imagine mine will too. I just want to know your favorite, right now.) As an incentive, I’m holding a raffle. Enter to win this Cuisinart by leaving a comment on this post and e-mailing me your submission. All submissions must include your favorite recipe and a short description of why you like it so much. The winner will be picked at random and announced Wednesday, June 1st.

Please celebrate with me.

Submission Guidelines
You must leave a comment on this post and send your submission to: MikaelaCowles@gmail.com
Submissions must include:

  1. Your name
  2. Your favorite recipe (if it is not your own, the attribution must be included)
  3. A short description of why it’s your favorite(And if you have a glass of wine or cocktail while you type your entry, please share those too.)

Submissions will be accepted until 10:00 AM PDT on May 28th.


About Mikaela Cowles

I’m a food-gobbling, book-reading, aspiring photog. Born and raised in Seattle, I love dancing in the rain, bouquets of fresh basil and green grass between my toes. I like how kneading butter into flour makes my fingers soft. I’m passionate about all things sweet potato. I prefer my coffee black, my scotch on the rocks and my steak bloody. I hunt, when I have time; play basketball; and hike. I’ve been known to laugh so hard I hyperventilate. And, I’m the owner of Making Language Count, a boutique freelance writing business.


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4 thoughts on “Birthday Give-A-Way

  • Janet Storton

    The most fun I ever had cooking and one of the best soups I ever made was while working in Uganda with a group of women I am training in cooking and sewing skills. In this village in the mountains you can’t just run to Cost Co or a Supermarket to buy whatever you need. You consider the season, what is actually growing at the time, and if you can find anything left laying on a tarp or on the dirt,
    shooing away the chickens at their local market, or beataing the goats to it first. On a cold rainy day I decided to teach the ladies how to make vegetable soup using whatever they had growing and throwing in left over rice or beans. Unfortunately I learned there are never any leftovers when feeding hungry families on very little! The soup came together with what I could find adding the perfect African spice that made it the best Vegatable soup I had ever made. The ladies were delighted as it was the first they had ever had. they were surprised at how filling it was at first doubting that if it didn’t have chicken or goat pieces in it how would they not still be hungry. It was the first time they had eaten corn from a can. It was the first time they saw how a hand held can opener worked. It was the first time they saw how a potatoe peeler worked. It is now the first thing they request to make on each of my return visits and is a favorite meal with their families!

  • Julia Rickards

    Oh the joys of cooking and food! Just the other day Dan and I were working in our garden. Getting it ready for the growing season. For the first time in a very long time the temperature rose all the way to 70 degrees! The sun warmed our backs and we were knee deep in dirt and compost. All that to say when be stopped for lunch Dan was very hungry, I was so full of happiness I did not know where I would put my lunch. Anyways, I began to prepare a beautiful salad, some cheeses, olives and slowly sliced the bread. Not wanting to miss any of the experience of preparation of lunch. Dan on the other hand was starving and was trying to find the most gracious way of throwing together a PBJ to calm the pains in his stomach. He then explained to me that we are very different eaters. He asked ” if you were really hungry would it be more important how the food was presented to you or how quickly the food was given to you so you could get it in your mouth to stop the pain in your stomach?” He said this with so much gentleness and desire to understand me that I just burst out laughing. Twenty plus years this man has loved me and I am still a mystery to him and he to me…as is food a wonderful mystery that moves some of us and just feeds others of us but we all need it so onward to the kitchen!
    I love your blog, it feeds me.

  • Julie

    I am trying to think of my favorite recipe to submit. There are so many to choose from, it is a difficult process to choose just one. I will work on it though! Can’t wait to hear about some of the others!

  • Marli Perry

    I have many favorite recipes but I’m going back to my early childhood when I first began to have a favorite food and that was my Nana and Papa’s Johnny Cake. This is a delectable, sweet, moist corn bread served with maple syrup and of course garlic sausage. When I was a very young I spent a great deal of time at my grandparents house, my dad was away at baking school in the midwest and my mother and I lived with her parents for that year. Mom had to work and my Nana took care of me. Every Sunday, or so it seemed was Johnny Cake day with Papa’s wonderful garlic sausage. To make this an extra special meal for me they would make my Johnny Cake in my own little cake pan. I am now a grandmother and this recipe has been used time and time again with my own children as they have grown up and now they in turn have the recipe in their cookbooks. My dear husband has taken to cooking frequently at our house and this is now one of his favorite things to make on a lazy Sunday morning. Enjoy!