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Thursday, July 22, 2010

SUMMERTIME ..JUST IN TIME FOR AN AWESOME GIVEAWAY


WHEN the temps start going UP UP UP...and it gets HOT HOT HOT,
my thoughts always turn to
SALADS...
EASY MEALS.....
LESS TIME IN THE KITCHEN.
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sent me the nicest box of
4 of their DELICIOUS dressings to try.
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I was/am so impressed with all 4 flavors,
I fixed an entire meal, using them, and NOW...
I am doing a WHOLE post about them ! :))
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I wanted to come up with something different for a
POTATO SALAD...
a SUMMERTIME POTATO SALAD ...
one that
stepped outside the box...
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May I just say....
oh honey !
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I always leave the potato skin on any time that I can..
Cubed potatoes and boiled until tender but not falling apart..
while they cool...
chop fresh onion (I used the sweet VADAHLIAS)
a tiny bit of sweet pickle relish
chopped FUJI apples, with the skin left on....(I feel safe in saying this wouldn't be nearly as good with ANY OTHER APPLE !!)
Salt and pepper to taste...
a large spoon of REAL MAYO .. or enough to make your salad the consistency you like..
About A HALF CUP of the
GIRARD'S APPLE POPPYSEED DRESSING
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You can add more to your individual serving, of course...
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I'm telling ya, folks...

THIS IS really, REALLY good..
MR. SWEET STILL can't quit raving about it...
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The flavor of the fresh apples with the potatoes is awesome...
THEN, when you drizzle the APPLE POPPYSEED dressing all over and toss LIGHTLY,
it becomes MEGA AWESOME...
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I really hope you will give it a try..

Skinless CHICKEN BREAST

...washed, dried, sprinkled lightly with SALT and PEPPER..rubbed with a little Olive Oil....I used TWO of the SALAD DRESSING on mine....a combined HALF CUP of
CREAMY BALSAMIC and...CHAMPAGNE.. (you can certainly add MORE or LESS..)

350 oven for ...about an hour and a half...turning occasionally...test with a fork for EXTREME tenderness...ABSOLUTELY SCRUMPTIOUS....

So, we had the BAKED CHICKEN, SUMMERTIME POTATO SALAD and our lettuce and tomatoes, drizzled with APPLE POPPYSEED dressing...
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OOO, let me rinse the MAGNIFICENT Bing Cherries...this is our 2nd bag of cherries this summer...they are sooo GOOD and sooo EXPENSIVE....!! :(

and I'll pour a touch of PEACH MIMOSA dressing over the whole thing...

OH Honey !

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MR. SWEET liked every single one of the uses of these
very tasteful dressings..
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AND NOW FOR THE GREAT NEWS...
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GIRARD'S has given me FIVE (5) of the most delightful gift boxes...
that FIVE (5) of YOU, my devoted readers, have a chance to win...
ABSOLUTELY FREE !!
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This is the reason for my testing all of these flavors BEFORE offering them to you.
WE LOVED THEM ALL...
I think you will, too.
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As with all of my giveaways, there's NO STRINGS ATTACHED... NO JUMPING THRU HOOPS and all that !

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Just leave a comment on THIS GIVEAWAY POST....If you don't have a BLOG...PLEASE leave me your EMAIL ADDRESS so that I can get in touch with you for your SNAIL MAIL address to give to ANGELA. She will ship out your GIFT BOX of DRESSINGS right away.

YOUR gift box will contain ALL FOUR (4) BOTTLES OF DRESSING mentioned.
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If you would be kind enough to post my GIVEAWAY BUTTON
on your sidebar, I would be FOREVER grateful and appreciative.
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DRAWING FOR THIS GENEROUS GIFT FROM GIRARD'S will be JULY 30TH at 10:00 p.m. central.

I'll announce the WINNERS on PINK SATURDAY, JULY 31st...

GOOD GOOD LUCK !!
LINKING WITH FOODIE FRIDAY

88 comments:

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Woo Hoo! Sounds great, please count me in!

Sherry said...

BJ,
That is an awesome giveaway! Love the sound of them! OH Honey, got me!lol They must really be good;) Sign me up!
Sherry

salmagundi said...

I would love to win! My summer cooking needs some zing. Sally

DORCAS said...

This sound delish! This would be nice to try out! Thanks for sharing!
~blessings

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I would love to try these dressings. I have heard good things about Girard's!
thanks for the chance to win!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Now this is my idea of a wonderful giveaway! I love the flavors of these dressings...I would love to try them! I'm going to try to put your button and link on my blog...let's see if it works!

Sarah said...

BJ, everyone of these dishes are making me hungry. Thanks again for the help this evening! ~ Sarah

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Yummy! I have always loved the Girads Champagne dressing....I haven't tried any of the others. Please enter me in your yummy giveaway!

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

BJ,
You are the best! Count me it. It all looks scrumpdileicous! (Is that a word???) :)
xo
Robin

Polly said...

Count me in! Love a cool salad for dinner in the summer!! Polly

Connie said...

I have been wanting to try that dressing but just never have, sweetpea! Soooooo count me in and if I don't win I'll have to run to WM and grab some, chick, because you make it sound sooooo good.
xoxo,
Connie

rhonda's dream said...

BJ,

I just love when you show what you have made for dinner! The potatoe salad looks especially yummy. I too would love to win. You have one GREAT blog. Rhonda

shannon i olson said...

Yummo please enter me!!! Your post is divine, gotta try that potato salad!!

Marydon said...

Wonderful, BJ! Haven't heard of them so it would be fun to try something new. The recipe sounds great, will have to give it a try for hubby.

Have a lovely summer's eve ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

shannon i olson said...

adding your button to my kitchen site. Northdakotakitchen.blogspot.com

Love the Decor! said...

Oh my! you have me drooling!!
Please count me in!!

sewingseeds4U said...

What an interesting twist on potato salad. Enter me in.

Love the Decor! said...

Button on side bar for you!!

meeyeehere said...

Ooh,That would be very nice.Please count me in too!
jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

Kathy@ Gone North said...

OH.. Count me in... I can't cook for beans, BUT am getting inspired each time I look at one of your posts...I would absolutely LOVE to try that Potato salad.. looks SO Yummy!!

Mary Ann said...

We are so into salads too in this heat. Would love to try this giveaway.

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Oh BJ that salad looks delicious and I'm going to try your chicken too. Please throw my name in the 'hat'! :)

Annesphamily said...

Hi BJ! Yummy stuff. I like these recipes you have here. I am sorry about not noticing the award free blog button. I hope you will still be my pal! I am going to need new glasses I guess! Hee Hee! Take care Anne

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh girl this I would like to win and Hey it's my birthday on the 30th...toss my old name in the hat...Hope all is well with you my Dear friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sounds like a plan, BJ! I want to join you!

Happy FOodie Friday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Judi said...

Hi BJ
I hope you have been having a wonderful summer and judging by your blog you have!
I love the giveaway...please enter my name and good luck...to me!

Wow I love what you've done to make these recipes so delish and they are different from what I've tried. The dressings sound like they will jazz up these yummy goodies.

have a great weekend.
Judi

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Hi sweetie, I just love that pic of you and Mr. Sweet,so cute, and ya'll look so--o-o--o YOUNG !
The recipes sound so good. And thank you for putting me on your blog for prayer.You are so sweet BJ. I love ya girl ! A friend of mine loves your blog . She called me tonight and said , go look at BJ's blog ! She has you on there !
I will try to come back soon.

Fifi Flowers said...

YUMMY!!! LOVE those dressings!!!

Coloradolady said...

Wow...those look great....count me in!!!

Mickey said...

Wow! Apples in your potato salad? I HAVE to try that. Thanks BJ.
mickey

Really Rainey said...

WoW what a great post BJ! Al the flavors sound so good! Great Foodie Fotos!

Have a great week end!
~Rainey~

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

BJ,
I'm a huge potato salad fan...so I must try this one...looks and sounds GREAT! Hope you have a wonderful weekend:)

Blessings,
Linda

Julie Harward said...

YUM...what a delicious post bj...everything looks so good...love it! Count me in on this good stuff! :D

Nana's Fun Stuff said...

Oh wow!! I haven't heard of all these flavors. They wound absolutely yummy!!!

Kathleen Grace said...

Oh my goodness, the flavors sound amazing and I have to try that potato salad. I will be looking for these in the store but I sure hope I win one of these!

Cynthia@ITLLDO said...

I was scrolling through Yvonne at Stone Gable's blog and found your button on her sidebar. I am sooooooo glad I did. I just love your blog!
Please count me in for the fab give-away.
Thanks!

Collaborations said...

Oh, yum!

Collaborations said...

Oh, yum!

Theresa said...

ALL sound yummy but that potato salad has me drooling:) Love your "out of the box" recipes! You have to be one of the best cooks around! Have a blessed day my friend! HUGS!

Kathleen said...

Your meals look delicious. I don't think we have that brand here,
Have a great weekend, BJ! I know you will!

Sue said...

Oh BJ- Please put my name in your drawing. These dressings would be fantabuluous to cook with! you know I always ooooh and aaaaah at your food when you post it... yummers
xo Sue

9405018--Pat said...

OMG! What a wonderful giveaway...thanks for sharing...Pat H
pattygary@kc.rr.com

Cyndy said...

All your recipes look delicious! I want to try them all!

AshTreeCottage said...

Yummy, yummy ... you are making me hungry!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

GrannySue said...

I've always loved their dressings. Always such great flabors, but I haven't seen these. I will, for sure, given them a try. And that potato salad sounds wonderful.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a great prize for a summer giveaway. We've been eating lots of salads lately :) Thank you!

THE VERANDA HOUSE said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR LOVELY VISIT TO MY BLOG.I YUST LOVE YOUR BLOG.I CAN OLMOST TASTE ALL THE BEAUTIFUL FOOD THAT YOU MAKE,..BLESSINGS TO YOU

Denisa said...

I'm not from the south, not even close, but I adore your top three movies. I watch them every chance I get. I have read Gone With the Wind and own the movie, but have yet to sit down and watch it. Love those movies.

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Ciao
questo blog è sempre così allegro, luminoso e "delizioso".
Posso venire a mangiare con voi ?
Buona serata :-))

sharonavinger said...

Yum-O! Count me in and I'll keep my fingers crossed!

sharonavinger said...

Yum-O! Count me in and I'll keep my fingers crossed!

Kathy@ Gone North said...

Thanks for stopping by... Yes, choc bark... I've gone back & added that...seriously I promise you, you will love it....
( & I tried & tried to add your button.. I am SO new at this blog stuff that I just don't know how : )

Dogmom Diva said...

BJ, these sound wonderful and just what I need for some variety this summer...my cooking is sooo boring..count me in!

Barb

Mary Anne said...

Pick me! Pick me! I'm a west Texas girl too, and I certainly enjoy your blog. I would love to win the dressings! Email is sides@nts-online.net.

Linda Chapman said...

Sounds delicious! I plan to use some of these recipes in the next 2 weeks when my daughter returns from a year in Scotland! Thank you for sharing them with US!!

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Sherry said...

Oh, I'll enter again! Thanks BJ!
Sherry

Sherry said...

Oh, I'll enter again! Thanks BJ!
Sherry

Rebecca said...

YOU CRACK ME UP! Whoot Whoot! You know what? I think you are absolutely the livin' end. I LOVE my visits to you because I can always count on a great big smile running across my face.

Thank you, friend.

Blessings for a lovely PINK SATURDAY day!

xoRebecca

GmaCarolyn said...

The giveaway is awesome. Would love to try them all. Hope they are available in NC
hcshelley@triad.rr.com

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh BJ Sweetie...
Please enter me into this drawing. Out here in Phoenix with the heat, the salad is the way to go. It is to darn hot to cook. I love it.

Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Country hugs sweetie...Sherry

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi BJ Sweetie...
Country Wings here again. You said we could enter as many times as we wanted. So I ammmmmm backkkkk.

Love ya sweetie...Sherry

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi BJ Sweetie...
Can you tell I realllllyy want to win? Well I am back again. Gosh dog it, I just can't resist a challenge.

I would love to win.

Country hugs sweetie....Sherry

A Write Life said...

Wow! That salad you made looks amazing. I'm sure your husband is raving. I'll have to give it a go.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi BJ Sweetie...
Gosh durn it, I am still thinking about this darn salad and those wonderful sounding dressings. I just had to pop back over and leave you another message.

Gosh they look good. Maybe I should just pop on over there and taste it for myself. Do you think I could make it in time for dinner? Ha! Ha! Ha!

Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday sweetie. Love ya...Sherry

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Well heck BJ Sweetie...
You have to give me credit for trying right? I am so durn determined. I figured I had better leave just one more for good measure.

Oh Happy Day! Are Dressings Coming My Way?

Love ya, Sherry

B said...

Hi BJ! As usual, your blog is the BEST! I love and enjoy it everyday. I also would love to win the dressing. See ya later.
Texas Gal

{Carrie} said...

Love your blog and would love to get my hands and make a delicious meal.

Terri said...

Please enter me!

I am having a give away today only at www.christmastreelane.blogspot.com

Come on over!

Joanne Kennedy said...

Since I am a vegetarian I eat a lot of salads and have never tried any of these. I would love to win as I'm always looking for some new flavors!

Hugs,
Joanne

Queenmothermamaw said...

I always hit my computer before I have breakfast and you have me starving. I have used Gerard's dressings but never one of these. I love poppy seeds in and on anything.
Sign me up for sure and I will put the button up. Loved the MM, of course. You are one refined lady.LOL
QMM

B said...

Hi BJ--me again. I just read your recipe for potato salad with apples and that wonderful dressing.
Please give me another chance to win! I would love to make that potato salad. Thanks so much! Texas Gal

Lavender Cottage said...

I've never heard of this brand before and you put together some really tasty recipes using the dressings.

Betty said...

BJ I don't have a blog but just had to tell you I am getting quite a bit of recipes in my BJ's recipe file, I decided to get me a binder and print them off in a book just for yours. Yummy!

Porch Days said...

Lucky you to still be able to fit into the same earrings. You're one up on me as I didn't have pierced earrings so long ago.
Have not tried this brand of salad dressings.

Bookie said...

I have never heard of these dressings but I would like to give them a try. If I win,here is my email: bookwoman1015 at sbcglobal dot net

or http://claudiapage-bookie.blogspot.com/

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a wonderful giveaway ...something hubby and I would both enjoy! Your recipes sound awesome! Thank you! ♥

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I am entering again since you said enter as many times as you want! lol...just one more time and hope I win!!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi BJ Sweetie...
I am heading off to bed. I will be dreaming of this wonderful salad dressing that you have stuck in my head. That potatoe sald just won't get out of there.

Such an awesome giveaway sweetie. You know never to challenge me, see what happens?

Hope you had a beautiful day today. Friday I'm back to the dr. to see what they can do about the allergic reaction I am having to 1 of my 3 insulins. Always something.

Love ya sweetie...Sherry

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh What the heck Sweetie...
Once more for good measure for the night. What on earth am I going to do after Saturday? I won't have anywhere to go each night.

Oh what a jewel you are. Love ya.
Many hugs, Sherry

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I am so in love with these dressings and I haven't even tasted them yet! I so want to make that potato salad. Actually, you've made me want to visit you on your front porch and eat it with you! Seriously, you are so cute! If I win, every recipe I make with these, I will post and link right back to your beautiful blog! I'll even post your giveaway on my side bar! Thanks again!!

xinex said...

Oh wow! These look so delicious and thaks for showing us other ways on how to use them, BJ...Christine

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Oh My Goodness!!! I ALMOST missed this post!!! I would LOVE to have the chance to sample those delicious dressings, they look SO good. and here it is 11PM and BJ you have made me hungry and NOW "I'm Craving your potato salad"... I agree on FUJI apples, even though I'm over here in apple country New England, BUT until the new stock ripens, the rest of the year I use FUJI. I used to LOVE and favor NORTHERN SPY, they are WONDERFUL, but they are NOT easy to come by anymore... PLEASE put my name in for the drawing! Thank you

Sassy J said...

Oh my....I am just under the wire...it is 11:17 here in Texas and I would love the be counted in..thanks, Jennifer

The Fajdich Times said...

Your entire meal was impressive!!! I never would have thought to put apple in a potato salad. Can't wait to give that a try. Sign me up!!!! Stop by I am having a CSN giveaway:)

Sassy J said...

Please count me in....I enjoy cooking and am always up for trying new things....I love your picture of you and your honey on your 50th....so cute!

Sassy J said...

BJ, I am a new follower, oh how I wish I could have gotten in on the sorority sisters fun....that is my problem, I can't seem to get in the net work of friends, I have a few but I guess all of the following just comes with years of blogging, not sure but I am pretty new to blogging and I love it but wish I had more followers!I visit sites daily and make comments too...any suggestions because girl, you have got it going on!

Lyneen said...

This all looks so yummy... sorry I missed the giveaway... I will try them for sure.