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5 Things for Thursday (and a GIVEAWAY!)

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Is it really Thursday? As in, almost Friday? Really? I actually have no idea what day it is because my internal (external, and upside-downternal) clocks are all out of whack. Back to back trips with delayed connections, multiple time zones, and to-do lists as long as the TSA security line will do that do you. Oy vey.

But I want you to know that just because I don’t have a recipe for you doesn’t mean I can’t post something. In fact, I have some stuff to tell you. Five things, in fact.

1. Food Blog Forum is coming to Nashville on October 8th! Mark your calendars! Save the date! I’ll remind you again (and probably a few more times after that), once registration for the event is up and running (soon, I hope! We’re working on it!). I’ve attended two FBF events (Atlanta and Orlando – the later of which I was a speaker), both have been some of the highlights of my food blogging career. The smaller nature of these one-day conferences (a hundred attendees vs. hundreds of attendees) make it much more personal and intimate. You come home feeling like you really got to know these people. Oh, and you learn stuff too. Because it is a conference, after all. You can look forward to informative sessions on food photography and styling, pr and working with brands, social media, and who knows what else. We’re super excited about this event and hope to see you there!!

2. I’m in print! L&OO got a nifty little shout out in this month’s HER Nashville magazine, along with Eat Drink Smile and Erin’s Food Files. Check it out, y’all (and thanks to the lovely ladies at Style Blueprint for the mention)!

HER Magazine Feature

3. If you’re going through L&OO withdrawals, be sure to follow me on twitter. I check in there every so often (when I’m, um, procrastinating dealing with that mile-long to-do list). I’m also on Instagram (if you’re into that kind of thing). You may even get some sneak peeks of goodies for the upcoming cookbook. Ok, it’s mostly crazy cat pictures. But there may be something edible in there once in a while, too.

4. Cats. They need no introduction.

5. Finally, it’s giveaway time!! It’s been a while since we’ve done a giveaway, and I know how much you all love them. :) This giveaway just so happens to bring two of my favorite things together. Olive oil and chocolate. Nudo’s new chocolates all’olio d’oliva, dark chocolate truffles with ganache fillings made with mandarin, lemon, and chili olive oil (remember I used their chili oil to make some delicious popcorn? That same stuff is now infused into chocolate truffles. Lordy).

What’s better than olive oil and chocolate? Giving some away, of course! Two lucky L&OO readers will each win a box of Nudo’s handmade Italian olive oil chocolates. Each box contains 12 artisan truffles, four each of lemon, mandarin, and hot chili.

Nudo Olive Oil Chocolates Giveaway

***GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!***

To Enter:

Simply leave a comment on this post with the answer to this question:
What are you cooking/baking/eating this weekend?

Entries open through 7/6/11 at 11:59 CST. I’ll be randomly selecting the winners the morning of Thursday, July 7th. Prize will be shipped to the winners directly from Nudo. Please note that due to the perishable nature of this prize, this contest is open to US residents ONLY.

Want Extra Entries?
Increase your odds of winning! In addition to the main entry comment, leave a separate comment for each bonus entry.
1. Follow @loveandoliveoil on twitter and tweet the following:
I just entered to win a box of handmade Italian olive oil chocolates from @nudoitalia and @loveandoliveoil! Enter here: http://bit.ly/mO0caQ.
Leave a comment here with a link to the tweet and/or your twitter handle.
2. Like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook (or if you are already a fan just say so!). Leave a comment here with your first name and last initial so I can stalk verify you.

Be sure you enter a valid email address, because if your name is drawn and I can’t get a hold of you within 72 hours, I will choose an alternate winner. You may also want to add me to your address book (lindsay AT loveandoliveoil DOT com), as I’d hate for your congratulatory email to end up in the spam folder.

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  1. Cupcakes! And melon/prosciutto!

  2. I think i will be snacking on homemade granola and yogurt and plan to cook all my veggies from my CSA delivery! can’t wait! salad turnips, swiss chard, carrots, radishes, 3 different kinds of lettuce greens! and some baked thing with blueberries!

  3. already a fan! also – these chocolates look amazing!!

  4. I will be making a gigantic salad from homegrown greens. Yum!

  5. I am going to try my hand at French macaroons. I went to France for the first time in March and fell in love with all French cooking but absolutely loved the macaroons. My mom found me a Macaroons cookbook for my birthday shortly after and I haven’t had a chance to make them until now but I can’t wait.

    Also, I am a fan on your facebook/twitter.

  6. I am goining to make rhubarb bbq sauce and a rhubarb pie.

  7. I am a fan on FB.

  8. I will be grilling some veggies and chicken!

  9. Every 4th of July we make dozens of watermelon shaped cookies! And of course serve them on a watermelon shaped tray :)

  10. Probably cheesesteak sandwhiches. I’m pregnant and have been on a real cheesesteak kick recent. And strawberries. Those sound like a gross combination, I’m sure… but I bet it will be delicious. I’m glad to see you’re back, even if only temporarily. I don’t often comment, but I love to read your blog. I’m looking forward to your cookbook as well!

  11. Almond chocolate chip cookies! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  12. I’m also a fan on facebook. :)

  13. definitely going to be making coffee-rubbed burgers and homemade ice cream!

  14. Last night I baked banana chocolate chip cookies to take with me on the road trip I’m about to embark on. Would love to try these chocolates!

  15. I’m hoping to make black bean burgers this weekend!

  16. I’ll be eating veggie burgers and making 4th of July cookies for my friends while I’m home from Paris!

    I follow you on twitter!

  17. I just made the homemade cheese recipe posted on Smitten Kitchen, and I think I will definitely be making more of it this weekend!

  18. I will be in phoenix for a bachelorette party, so I’ll be eating lots of yummy Mexican food and drinking tasty drinks!

  19. already a fan on fb Michele R.

  20. I also follow you on FB. Marie T

  21. I’ve got visitors galore coming in so I’ll be cooking/baking tons (thankfully, much of it is already prepped/frozen). Tonight is chicken taquitos, sprout & corn salad, and peach shortcakes. Tomorrow tortellini-veg salad (inspired by 101 Cookbooks), spanakopita, and homemade ice cream. Can’t wait for the weekend to get started already! Thanks for hosting another fun contest :)

  22. I’ll be grilling up some fish – no better way to celebrate our country’s independence than wild-caught American fish!

  23. Strawberry-Rhubarb cobbler made with fresh Oregon strawberries and rhubarb picked from my yard. Mmmmm! I am a follower!

  24. I’m hoping to make something with the crab meat my husband brought home from his recent fishing trip!

  25. This weekend I plan on making two tomato, zucchini and mozzarella pies for my friends backyard BBQ. Really looking forward to trying out a savory pie recipe!

  26. BBQ! Looking forward to firing up the grill this holiday weekend :)

  27. We are headed to the beach so lots and lots of seafood will be consumed!

  28. i have some brown bananas, so that means it’s time for some banana bread!

  29. I like you on Facebook (Heather K.)

  30. Eggplant parm with lots of fresh basil!

  31. I’m making a swiss chard quiche this weekend and maybe some cinnamon radish chips I saw on some blog somewhere out there. I will also be eating everything in sight! 3 day weekend hooray!

  32. I tweeted! Sweet_Remedy

  33. Lemon sugar pull-apart bread. I may or may not make two… one for me, one for… possible sharing?

  34. i’m making vanilla buttermilk cupcakes with cream cheese frosting!

  35. Lots of food goig on this weekend…starting with a smoked brisket…ending with butterscotch bars…and lots of stuff in between.

  36. We’ll be grillin’ up some BBQ chicken and I think I’m going to try a rhubarb-strawberry pie :)

    Ps-I like L&OO on FB!

  37. I’m going to visit a college friend this weekend and we’re baking a rainbow cake together! Can’t wait!

  38. Grilling pork burgers and making homemade vanilla ice cream.

  39. I’m baking white chocolate peanut butter cookies!

  40. I already like L&OO on facebook.

  41. I’m not sure how much cooking I’m doing because we’re moving this weekend, but if I can get my kitchen un-packed I REALLY want to bake a pie

  42. Well, since I’m just getting over food poisoning or a stomach bug, I’ll probably be sticking to toast and applesauce, but I know I’ve got cucumbers to use, so I’ll trust that my body won’t reject something fresh and summery like a summer Panzanella!
    Also, I LOVE that shot of the cat on the shelf. How much is that kit-ty in the windowwww….. and yes, of course, I’m a fan on Facebook! :)

  43. I plan to make some yogurt and a blueberry peach cobbler. Then maybe some chocolate ice cream since hubby requested it and he did plant my new raspberry and blackberry plants for me.

  44. I’m making ratatouille this weekend! Actually, I might give in and make it tonight. And if I can find berries at the farmers’ market Saturday I’m going to make a cobbler, yum.

  45. And I’m a fan on the Facebooks (Karen F.)! :)

  46. I am making frilled hawaiian chicken – (boneless thighs are are to find). Happy 4th everyone

  47. I Like you on Facebook – Holly C

  48. This weekend I’m planning on making a vanilla bean cheesecake with a lemon curd topping. It’s a test recipe that I’m making up as I go, so hopefully it will turn out. (and I got the vanilla beans after you did your last giveaway. I didn’t win, but had go to buy some myself!)

  49. Also, I’m a fan on facebook, Kelli M.

  50. I’ll probably be grilling!! Burgers, kabobs, corn on the cob, etc. And maybe baking some patriotic cupcakes! :)

  51. I’m going to try Fennelicious Pizza, made on the grill – my sister made it for us a while back and it’s awesome!

  52. oh – and already a fan on FB :-) (and will tweet!)

  53. We are grilling 100% local burgers: peaceful pastures beef, provence buns, delvin farms tomatoes & kenny’s colby cheese :-)

  54. @ricejen also tweeted for a chance to win.

  55. I know for certain I’ll be eating lots of grilled-goodness. I’m personallying make corn bread cupcakes, peach cobbler and baked beans from scratch! I love to get in the kitchen and cook for a crowd!!!

  56. I will be making and eating some Strawberry Lemonade cupcakes on a first date picnic! The cupcake recipes I make from your blog have literally had people proposing marriage to me! I’m a huge fan- I follow you on twitter (and going to tweet about this contest for sure!), and am a fan on Facebook. Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

  57. strawberry spinach salad w/honey dressing

  58. We will be eating something yummy off of the grill and maybe a festive blueberry and strawberry dessert.

  59. I follow Love and Olive Oil on Facebook.

  60. I might homemade cheese-its last night and will be grilling lamb burgers with feta soon!

  61. I am going to Maine. I plan to have blueberry cake and a nice lobster! Red, white and blue all of the way!

  62. Mexican hot chocolate cupcakes!! Tried the strawberry lemonade cupcakes a few weeks ago and now I am hooked.

  63. I will be eating my weight in watermelon and fresh Jersey corn, and probably be making homemade ice cream with some kind of 4th theme (blueberry and strawberry maybe?)

  64. What WON’T I be eating is the question. Just kidding. Let’s see:

    Burgers, brats, guac, ice cream, wine, wine, wine, wine, wine!

    AMERICA!

  65. Baked southwestern black beans and lemon buttermilk ice cream. Yum!

  66. We have a few friends coming over for a July 3rd celebration, and our menu is as such:

    *chips and homemade guacamole
    *peach collins made with fresh peaches and mint

    *roasted poblano pepper and onion turkey burgers with sharp cheddar cheese on whole grain rolls and a southwestern couscous salad with black beans, roasted corn, diced red onion, green pepper and tomato, cumin, cilantro, fresh lime and olive oil.

    *chocolate mint icebox cake

    I love summer menus!

  67. anything and everything with strawberries – my strawberries are bearing tons of fruit – go summer!!

  68. Strawberry pie!

  69. I’m going to make sorbet and ice cream–lots of both, I hope!

  70. Oh, and you know I’ve been a long time fan of L&OO on facebook!

  71. i have no idea yet what i’ll be making this weekend… baked beans perhaps! tonight i’m making some chicken curry

  72. We will be grillng hot dogs, brats, and german sausages. We will have corn on the cob, potato salad, and lemonade pie too! YUM!

  73. I also follow you on facebook!

    Crystal B.

  74. I don’t know what I’ll be cooking, but it has been a while so I need to get on that.

  75. I am a fan on Facebook – Becki Ming-yoke H

  76. We’ll be grilling out all weekend. Everything from hot dogs & hamburgers to freshly caught fish & shrimp! 4th of July is one of my favorite weekends at the beach!

  77. Love your kitty pictures :D

    I’m going to make a spelt banana bread and hopefully some graham crackers but since it’s going to be hot I want to make a quinoa or rice salad of some kind :)

  78. I am making my Red, White, & Blue Firecraker Cupcakes – a blue blueberry cupcake with cream cheese frosting and topped with red cherry Pop Rocks – yum!

  79. Kabobs tonight, homemade delicious crispy thin pizza maybe on Monday!

  80. Won’t be cooking much this weekend because I have a wedding to go to, so I’ll be enjoying that. :)

  81. This weekend will mark my boyfriend’s & my one-year anniversary! We’re planning a big, fancy brunch at a place we’d never otherwise visit. I can’t waiiiiit!

  82. i’m going to make some turkey-goat cheese meatballs in a blueberry sauce… and a few other things i haven’t figured out yet :)

  83. I am baking irish car bomb cupcakes (for the boozie in all of us), red, white and blue jello and some sourdough bread for dunking in balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Big weekend :)

  84. I will be eating salad with homemade salad dressing.

  85. like you on FB
    Wendi N

  86. making some baked falafel with tahini and salad, maybe some yogurt sauce as well with cucumber. and black raspberry everything (crisp, pie, popsicles)!

  87. Every weekend, I make a bunch of meals and freeze them for week day lunches (it makes life so much easier when you don’t have to think about what to eat midday!) I’m also looking forward to waffles this weekend!

  88. I will be making challah in preparation for a 4th of July potluck, and possibly a brown sugar cake that I’ve been looking forward to making!

  89. I also like Love and Olive Oil on Facebook!

  90. TIramisu cupcakes and blueberry banana bread!

  91. I’m hopefully cooking ANYTHING for dinner in my NEW KITCHEN!! I’ve been packed for the last week and dying to cook!! Maybe a pie to say “hello and thank you new oven” :)

  92. planning to whip up some sort of salad/grilled veggie medley with whatever veggies are left over from our CSA delivery – no kale chips this time, bummer!

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