Bon Appétit, Y’all… it’s time for a giveaway!! {Closed}

by Jessica on April 15, 2010

Virginia Willis & Hornedfroggy

Last Friday evening, I had the exciting opportunity to sit through a class taught by the lovely Ms. Virginia Willis, chef extraordinaire. And afterwards? I got to meet her. Yep, that’s us above. She’s a doll – absolutely one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met.

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The class was titled ‘The Flavors of Fresh Herbs’, which featured dishes from Ms. Willis’ first book, Bon Appétit, Y’all! Three Generations of Southern Cooking. We had a Fresh Herb Salad, Soufflé aux Fines Herbs, Herb de Provence Crusted Fresh Ham and Bay Roasted New Potatoes. And those that know me, know that I don’t normally like ham. But Virginia’s ham? I ate it. On purpose. And I liked it. Seriously, I think this woman’s a miracle worker.

And finally, our dessert… a Lemon Thyme Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Mint Blueberry Compote sprinkled with edible flowers. Mmmm, I’m drooling just thinking about it (definitely the best dish of the night). This recipe isn’t in Bon Appétit, Y’all, but it will be in her next book! So make sure to look for it next year!!

Lemon Thyme Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Mint Blueberry Compote and edible flowers

Since I had such an amazing time and was so inspired by Ms. Willis, I’m giving one of you lucky ducks a copy of her book. To enter this giveaway, leave a comment describing your favorite Spring dish. Does it feature citrus, herbs, fresh fruit, edible flowers? Is it light in flavor or healthy for you? If you have the recipe, by all means, leave a link!

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Bonus entries, you say?? Sure! Just leave a separate comment below for each of them to count.

  • Head over to twitter and follow my tweets
  • Tweet about this giveaway
  • Become a fan of ‘My Baking Heart’ on facebook
  • And/or subscribe to MBH updates (at the top right of the page)

That’s a total of FIVE entries and you have one week to enter! I’ll announce the winner Friday, April 23, so good luck to everyone… and Bon Appétit, Y’all!! 😉

Disclaimer: This giveaway is not sponsored or endorsed by Virginia Willis or the publishers of Bon Appétit, Y’all! Three Generations of Southern Cooking. Prize in question was purchased solely by the author of this blog, who receives no compensation for this review. Giveaway open to residents of the United States only.

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{ 70 comments }

1 Kimmie April 15, 2010 at 12:46 am

Oh my I can’t believe this Texas girl has never heard of that cookbook! I’d love to win!

My favorite Spring dish is defiled eggs. I absolutely adore them and always make time to fix them during the spring!

2 Kimmie April 15, 2010 at 12:48 am

I’m a subscriber!!

3 Kimmie April 15, 2010 at 12:50 am

I’m following you on Twitter (@ fullcircleadv)

4 Niki April 15, 2010 at 8:13 am

Berry cobblers! I love fresh berries instead of frozen, so springtime is a perfect time to make them!

5 Niki April 15, 2010 at 8:13 am

i’m a fan on fb!

6 Niki April 15, 2010 at 8:13 am

I’ve also subscribed to My baking heart updates 🙂

7 Katrina April 15, 2010 at 9:05 am

Rhubarb. Absolutely, unequivocably rhubarb. Or lemon, I’m not picky.

8 mhsiao April 15, 2010 at 9:27 am

Pavlola!

9 Sarah April 15, 2010 at 9:36 am

I love spinach! Especially in strawberry spinach salads…yum. 🙂

10 Sarah April 15, 2010 at 9:37 am

And also, I subscribe to your updates.

11 Emily April 15, 2010 at 9:54 am

I gave my mom that cookbook for Christmas! She loves it. And it is so cool that you got to meet her!

12 Cara April 15, 2010 at 9:56 am

I would LOVE to have that cookbook!

13 Cara April 15, 2010 at 9:57 am

and I am a subscriber!

14 lovestoeat April 15, 2010 at 9:57 am

great giveaway!
i love anything lemon in the spring..lemon salmon, lemon salads, lemon cream desserts,etc…so light and refrehsing after a long heavy winter foods!

15 Courtney April 15, 2010 at 10:01 am

Mmm – anything with asparagus is my favorite spring dish!

16 ashley April 15, 2010 at 10:02 am

this texas girl hasn’t heard of this cookbook either, but it looks great!

17 ashley April 15, 2010 at 10:03 am

and i follow you on twitter! 🙂 (@delishfood)

18 Christina April 15, 2010 at 10:07 am

I’m a follower on Twitter. (Chrissi051183)

19 Christina April 15, 2010 at 10:07 am

And I posted a tweet about you and your blog. :o)

20 Christina April 15, 2010 at 10:09 am

I am a fan on FB!

21 Christina April 15, 2010 at 10:10 am

Thank you for hosting such an awesome giveaway. I’m still attempting to learn to cook, but I looove cookbooks.

My favorite spring recipe is anything that has fresh fruit in it. I’m a sucker for fruit.

22 Linda Nygaard April 15, 2010 at 10:12 am

Giving away and baking go hand in hand. When I was undergoing chemo for breast cancer a year or so ago, baking was something that soothed my sleepless nights and anxious days. Not that I baked every day, mind you, but occassionally I would find myself in the kitchen, tunes on,middle of the night, Kitchen Aid mixer at the ready to begin the rhythm of the stir, soft sifting, melting chocolate, juicing lemons, cracking eggs….it all became a ritual of survival for me. I gave some away and I ate a lot of it. My sweet tooth never disappeared (like my hair!) in chemo and was so thankful I’d the instilled love of baking in my soul. If it didn’t help save my life, it helped save my sanity in the darkest hours of my life. I’d love to have your book, Virginia, so I can bake something for a newly diagnosed friend.

23 Christina April 15, 2010 at 10:13 am

I am also a blog subscriber. How else would I get to drool over your blog? :o)

24 Elizabeth April 15, 2010 at 10:37 am

Hi! I’m a fan on FB! My favorite spring (well actually more summery) is a field salad with toasted pine nuts, watermelon, and feta cheese topped with a lemon red wine vinegar salad dressing. Yum!

25 Amy (Sing For Your Supper) April 15, 2010 at 11:06 am

How have I never heard of this book?! *Hangs head in shame*
1.) LOVE your denim jacket!
2.) NEED this book!
3.) Love YOU!
That is all. 🙂

26 melissa April 15, 2010 at 11:20 am

this would be a great cookbook to add to my collection. i don’t think I have any southern cookbooks. great giveaway! Keep up the great recipes, love your blog!

My favorite spring dish is anything with asparagus. I just love it!

27 melissa April 15, 2010 at 11:21 am

also – I follow you on twitter (@KitchenCanister)

28 Susan April 15, 2010 at 11:54 am

I would love the cookbook!

29 Tracey April 15, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Fun giveaway! Love the pic of you two 🙂 My favorite spring dish is roasted asparagus! I’ve seriously eaten it every day for the past 2 weeks. Gotta get my fill while it’s cheap!

30 Tracey April 15, 2010 at 12:23 pm

I follow you on Twitter too – but you already know that 😉

31 Tracey April 15, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Just became a fan on Facebook – wish I’d realized sooner you had a page, I feel bad that it’s taken me so long to pop over there.

32 melissa April 15, 2010 at 1:05 pm

I tweeted your giveaway – hope it brings you more traffic! http://twitter.com/KitchenCanister/status/12231820001

33 Megan April 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm

My favorite Spring dish is potato salad! Love this delicious and beautiful recipe from La Tartine Gourmand:
http://www.latartinegourmande.com/2010/04/13/potato-salad-salade-de-pommes-de-terre/

34 virginiawillis April 15, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Hey y’all – This is SO cool. Jessica – thank you so much!!
Good luck to everyone! Best VA

35 Elaine April 15, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Fried summer squash, eggplant or zucchini – it’s a rare treat, but so delicious and summery!

36 Schmidty April 15, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Spring means I am grilling again …salmon, chicken, veggies (especially grilled brussel sprouts!) …thanks for the chance to win this wonderful cookbook!

37 Schmidty April 15, 2010 at 10:51 pm

I’m following you on twitter. 🙂

38 Schmidty April 15, 2010 at 10:52 pm

Subscribed to your updates too!

39 Nina April 16, 2010 at 12:18 am

I love strawberry shortcake in the spring.

40 Donna @ WayMoreHomemade April 16, 2010 at 10:10 am

I’m ALWAYS up for a new cookbook. New ideas & things to try. thanks for doing the giveaway!

🙂

Donna

41 Donna@WayMoreHomemade April 16, 2010 at 10:12 am
42 Erin April 16, 2010 at 5:43 pm

This cook book sounds amazing!!!!

43 Tiffany Lee April 16, 2010 at 10:27 pm

I like smoothies 😀

44 Geri April 17, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Strawberry Pie!!!

45 Margaret April 17, 2010 at 5:13 pm

A nice light fresh salad with a simple vinegrette.

46 Margaret April 17, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Follow on twitter.

47 Margaret April 17, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Facebook Fan.

48 Margaret April 17, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Subscribed to updates.

49 Margaret April 17, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Tweeted!!

50 erin April 18, 2010 at 2:07 am

nothing compares to fresh fruit!!

51 Hanaa April 18, 2010 at 10:24 am

Oooooh the buttermilk panna cotta sounds wonderful; sweet and tart. Yum!

My (new) favorite Spring dessert has got to be the French-style Lemon Yogurt Cake from Molly Wizenberg’s book “A Homemade Life”, aka Orangette. She has the recipe on her blog.

52 Jaime April 19, 2010 at 8:51 am

wow that panna cotta looks great! my favorite spring dessert is strawberry shortcake!

53 John April 19, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Love your tweets and FB posts, I’m a follower and a liker on each!

http://twitter.com/johnwalls

54 Heather b April 19, 2010 at 3:39 pm

I love to make an asparagus risotto. It’s creamy and so delicious with in season asparagus. Sometimes I add a little lemon zest as well.

55 susitravl April 19, 2010 at 7:48 pm

My favorite spring dish is roasted or grilled asparagus. Reminds me of my grandma!

56 susitravl April 19, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Follow you on Twitter – susitravl

57 susitravl April 19, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Facebook Fan (Susan B)

58 Sarah April 20, 2010 at 9:06 am

I love to use rhubarb while I can!

59 Sarah April 20, 2010 at 9:07 am

I am subscribed to your blog.

60 Katrina April 20, 2010 at 11:14 am

Love the title of that book. Favorite spring dish, hmmm? So hard to pick. The chef I take classes from just made us a fabulous asparagus tart, kind like a quiche, but without too many eggs and with lots of asparagus in a super buttery, crisp tart. (I have the recipe if you want it, let me know.)

61 Katrina April 20, 2010 at 11:15 am

I’m now following you on Twitter. @koismith

62 Katrina April 20, 2010 at 11:16 am

I am now a fan on Facebook.

63 Candace Farley April 20, 2010 at 4:02 pm

I love My Baking Heart 🙂

64 Candace Farley April 20, 2010 at 4:03 pm

I don’t know how to work Twitter but if I find you, I’ll follow 🙂

65 Candace Farley April 20, 2010 at 4:06 pm

My favorite spring dish…I love that spinach salad with the strawberries and sliced almonds and poppyseed dressing. Its so yummy!

66 Romaine April 20, 2010 at 5:16 pm

I’m following you on twitter.

67 Romaine April 20, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Fresh strawberry pie does it for me.

68 Amy April 22, 2010 at 11:12 am

My favorite Spring Dish is one that is light. Like Asparagus and Tomato Pasta. Yum!

69 Amy April 22, 2010 at 11:13 am

I am a proud new subscriber!

70 Amy April 22, 2010 at 11:14 am

I am following you on Twitter too!

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