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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


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:
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. I am planning on making a fruit tart for dessert this weekend.

  2. I am a fan of Love and Olive Oil on facebook

  3. I’m making croissants for a friend who asked for them. I’m excited!

  4. Like most other people, I plan to eat lots of BBQ this weekend! I’m hoping to try a few new things on the grill, like grilled fruit! Happy 4th of July!

  5. Hi Lindsay, This isn’t for the giveaway, but I wanted to let you know that I just started following you on Instagram. My username is lilsuzy, so feel free to check out my pictures. I have a cat too, so I’m constantly using him as my muse. :)

  6. I will definitely be making some red white and blue cupcakes!

  7. 4th of July Funfetti cupcakes!

  8. I Like you on Facebook!

  9. I’m making whole wheat pizza crust, several kinds of pretzels, and a flag cake for my mom’s birthday. It’s going to be a busy weekend!

  10. I’m going banana bread and a peach pie for a little getaway to my friend’s ranch this weekend!

  11. I liked you on facebook :)

  12. Seven layer bars at our vacation house!

  13. Like you on Facebook!

  14. Burgers on the grill, homemade Ice Cream, and {hopefully} a Cherry or Blueberry Pie!!

  15. I hope to be eating our annual Fried Chicken dinner!!! Happy 4th!!!

  16. Want to re-create my mother’s potato salad to go with a grilled hot dog!

  17. I’ll be grilling peaches this weekend — so good!

  18. Pasta salad and Margarita Cupcakes!!!!!

  19. oh my gosh, i didn’t know they made chocolates?!? i just tried their olive oil for the first time this week, and it’s incredible!

    I have plans to make a new scone recipe and something with eggs for a “brinner” on Sunday night :)

  20. follow and tweeted!

  21. like ya on FB :) Brandi E.

    PS: SO excited for Food Blog Forum in October!!!

  22. I think I will be making my mother a belated birthday cake involving strawberries and cream.

  23. I think I’m going to be making Graham Cookies from My Kitchen Addiction for an outdoor movie festival and some July 4th parties. I was also thinking of cooking up some pad thai!! Happy 4th of July!

  24. i actually just baked some of the custard creams featured on your site a while back! i’m also making siraccha beef skewers found on Inspired Taste!

  25. I will be making pesto!

  26. I started following you on twitter

  27. Smoking pork ribs in the backyard and making a vinegery cole slaw to go with!

  28. For sure, I’ll be making strawberry shortcake and grilling some corn on the cob.

  29. I think I’m going to make chocolate chip cookies today, but sometime this weekend, I might end up making a cake I’ve been eying the recipe for…cake sounds delicious!

  30. I also like you on FB- Sandee H

  31. I’m thinking of making some chocolate mousse for the weekend! YUM!

  32. I’ll be making all sorts of avocado desserts. The trees are going crazy over here and it’s time to experiment!

  33. I will be making grilled corn on the cob and chicken! also yummy red-white-and-blue-cupcakes!

  34. I’m making black bean burgers, oven fries and banana/strawberry ice cream! Followed by mexican wedding cookies this weekend.

  35. This weekend we are doing so BBQ! Pulled pork! So excited to relax. Happy 4th!


  36. We grill marinated steak and salmon and I am working on tweaking recipes for a fabulous Strawberry Lemonade cupcake.

  37. Huevos rancheros with black beans and chipotle sauce followed by something uber-American but yet to be determined for July 4th!

  38. I plan on making a bulgogi philly cheesesteak tonight and maybe some blueberry strawberry cookies.

  39. This weekend I will be making peach collins, chicken tacos, and dump cake :)

  40. I’ve made baked ziti so far and am getting tempted to make more cupcakes.

  41. This is the weekend of my grandma’s memorial, and since my family loves to cook and eat, we’ll have lots of good food. Tonight is tomato-walnut pesto over pasta and a spinach salad, with dried fig almond chocolate bark for dessert. Tomorrow we’ll have spinach lasagna and homemade garlic bread. Dessert TBA! :)

  42. I liked you on Facebook and left a comment.

  43. Tonight we are having whole wheat spaghetti with spicy Italian sausage lavished with sauce made with the last of our garden tomatoes from 2010. Tomorrow we will have a large salad with grilled Porto Bello mushrooms and burgers before we rush off to find a good spot at the fireworks.

  44. Lots of typical cookout foods this weekend…steak, burgers, salads, strawberry shortcake….I can’t wait!

  45. I think I’m making a red, white, & blue cake for Fourth of July & some smores candy

  46. Homemade ice cream. Enjoy the holiday!

  47. I’ll be making Catfish Sloppy Joes, Blackberry & Bourbon ice cream and Snickerdoodle cake

  48. This weekend, I’m going to a friend’s house for steamed blue crabs.

  49. I’ll be making Vietnamese Coffee ice cream, blueberry scones, blackberry muffins and strawberry cream pie for a barbecue to which we are invited.

  50. I am a fan on Facebook.

  51. I’ll be making lots of simple things like homemade chips & guac, roasted asparagus, and grilled pesto, chicken, and broccoli pizzas. Mmmm!

  52. Baked up some strawberry rhubarb tapioca tarts. Wow, took longer to type it than it did for us to eat ’em. Mmmm, mmm.

  53. My kids and I have been loving frittata this week. The one we like best has sauteed green pepper and onion, black beans, cumin, chili powder and a little sprinkle of colby jack cheese before it goes under the broiler. I serve it with fresh, homemade salsa. It’s great cold!

  54. This weekend we’ll be munching on veggie patties, ambrosia salad, lemon meringue pie and lemonade. Happy 4th of July!

  55. I like you on fb!

  56. We are Q-ing it up for our annual get together – starting with traditional gazpacho shooters, watermelon gazpacho shooters; main course of baby backs, rib eyes, marinated chicken; accompanied by grilled tomato-cheese bread, fennel-apple slaw, grilled pesto potatoes, grilled chipotle corn; finishing off with coffee granita, pomegranate granita, grilled peaches, grilled pineapple and mini ice cream sandwiches. Almost forgot the libations – two kinds of sangria, lemonade and iced tea. (Kids want punch, hot dogs, sliders and mini mac-n-cheese balls.) I wonder if we will have room for an apple pie?

  57. grilled chicken and corn!

  58. This weekend I’ll be making Baked Alaska for a 50 states themed 4th of July potluck party! (or if I can’t figure out an efficient enough way to transport, I’ll probably be making Marionberry Cobbler with berries from Oregon) and eating who knows what! Also, my twitter handle is Snikelfritzz and I liked you on facebook, my name is Travis R.

  59. Nothing new. Coking the traditional holiday, picnic fare.

  60. I also follow you on fb.

  61. I’m cooking the Eggplant Parmigiana Heros we found on your site last year. They are great!!!

  62. I Like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook (Athena D.)

  63. Congrats on Her Nashville!


  64. Big fan. Can’t wait to win.

  65. I’m making S’mores cupcakes today for my daughter’s 2nd birthday.

  66. I “Like” L&OO on Facebook (Jennifer B.F.)

  67. I’m sauteing fresh veggies & making bread & butter pickles–simple things that make me happy!

  68. Ok, ready for this? Cheesecake ice cream (david lebovitz) with carrot cake chunks in it (frozen unfrosted carrot cake cupcakes, chopped). This is AMAZING. Best I have ever made hands down. I am also making something patriotic, maybe a berry trifle? for the 4th, and general BBQ fare.

  69. Already liked you on FB!

  70. Apple pie, of course :)

  71. Korean bbq!

  72. Making a key lime pie! Mmmm. I am already a FB fan.

  73. Vegan lavender-blueberry macarons!

  74. Blueberry Dazzle Cake! A recipe of my aunts that is a 4th of July favorite

  75. This week I’ll be baking a pie (flavor to be determined!) and hopefully making multiple filled wontons to freeze for a party I’m havin in a few weeks.
    Oh, and maybe something red, white, & blue ;)

  76. I follow you on Twitter and tweeted about your giveaway here:!/orlndofoodie/status/87384662581854208

  77. I like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook (from my Orlndofoodie page) :)

  78. Cookies, pasta, and lots of fruity frescas :-)

  79. Making homemade pizzas on the grill for the first time. Pizza #1:Grilled eggplant, goat cheese, hot pepper marmalade (homemade), and mushroom, #2 pesto, kalamata, roasted peppers, cheese, #3 marinara, arichoke, salami, cheese. Also lots of fresh lettuce/arugala/radish/onion salads from the garden!

  80. I just moved into a new house and my fridge hasn’t arrived, so it’s takeout all weekend for me!

  81. Homemade vanilla ice cream! I was searching your website for ideas.

  82. Also, I’m already a fan on facebook (Catherine M.) and tweeted on Twitter (catalonia987).

  83. I’m keeping it pretty simple and low key this weekend, but I we will be grilling out and having hamburgers!

  84. I Like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook-Elisabeth G

  85. We went to the farmer’s market yesterday, so we’re having fresh salads with carrots and french radishes and sugar snap peas! (So fresh, there was still a slug in my lettuce.) Tonight it’s tofu dogs and corn on the cob, and tomorrow baked potatoes to use up a ton of cheddar cheese left over from our camping trip chili. There will also probably be ice cream involved at some point. Happy 4th!

  86. On the 4th, we will be grilling cedar-planked salmon and sweet corn! Delish! Congrats on your new cookbook!

  87. Shortbread cookies for dessert, and bratwurst with rice for the main. yum!

  88. grilled oysters!

  89. So far I have made brownies for 4th of July. I also grilled teriyaki chicken, vidalia onions and some of my home grown sugary tomatoes.
    I tweeted this on Twitter and already like you on Facebook!
    Have happy and safe 4th of July!

  90. Peach cupcakes! If I could just figure out a way to concentrate the peach flavor more, they would be even better.

  91. My husband is sick so no bbq for us. We are eating leftover meatloaf today :)

  92. This past weekend I made twice baked potatoes, chicken taquitos, and homemade peanut butter cups. My mom has been working 50-60 hour weeks and she’s been eating cereal for way too long! So I made some freeze and re-heat foods for her and Dad!

  93. Well the weekend is over, but I made chocolate chip cookies. Always a favorite!

  94. This weekend is all about using the grill to keep the heat out of the house – grilled Alaskan salmon, grilled asparagus, and grilled banana dessert.

  95. Veggie soup with fresh farmers market veggies:)

  96. What are you cooking/baking/eating this weekend? — I made an amazing strawberry Ice Box cake — so =easy – so yummy, perfect for summer! And an Orzo Pasta Salad, my first! And it was a hit!

  97. I made a real yummy tuna ceviche. We ate it with tortilla chips :)

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