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Le Creuset Giveaway to Celebrate 3 Years

3 years and 500 recipes. Holy cow. 3 years. 500 recipes. That’s a lot of time. That is a lot of food. But let me let you in on a little secret, I have loved every minute of it. I have loved trying recipes. I have loved failing at recipes and trying until I get them right. I have loved shopping for new ingredients. I have loved exploring this passion that I have had ever since I microwaved my first batch of meatballs when I was 10 years old. And above all I have loved sharing my life with you all. And I have loved you sharing bits of yours with me. To show you how much I appreciate you all being here and reading the blog, I am celebrating this blogaversary with a little giveaway.

I decided the best way to celebrate and to say thank you for being there was to give away one of my favorite kitchen items: A 3.5 qt Le Creuset Round French Oven. It’s enameled cast iron.  It’s oven and stove top safe. And is really easy to clean. I simply adore mine that Ryan gave me as a birthday present a couple of years ago. I use it as often as I can. It works great for soups, deep frying, stews, chilis , roasts and spaghetti sauce. Basically it’s perfect for the comfort food season that just started.

In addition to being helpful and practical in the kitchen, I love my Le Creuset because it is just so pretty. No matter what color, they all just add a certain pop to your kitchen aresnal.  And we all know that that is the most important thing right? For this giveaway I decided to go with the color that caught my eye as soon as I walked into Mrs. Cook’s, Fennel.  It’s green. It’s luscious  and I wouldn’t blame you if you won it and left it on your counter, just to stare at it. I mean really. It is that pretty.

I am doing a lot of talking up of Le Creuset here but it’s important that you know the people at Le Creuset don’t know me. I’ve chosen to purchase and give this away because I want to.

Unlike previous giveaways, you’ve got two chances to win. For one entry simply leave a comment in the comments section of this post telling me what your favorite comfort food is. For the second entry leave a comment telling me your favorite comfort food on the Life’s Ambrosia Facebook page.  I’ll pick the winner at random. Good luck! And again, thank you so much for reading and I look forward to many more years and many more recipes.

Giveaway Details:

2 entries max per person (One via a comment on the blog post and one via a comment on the Facebook fan page)

Due to shipping costs I can only ship to US mailing addresses

Contest ends 10/14/11 at 5:00PM PST.

Winner will be picked at random.

I have personally purchased the product. I have not been compensated in anyway for this post or product recommendation.

Thanks for participating everyone! The giveaway is now over. Winner will be announced by Monday.

And the winner is!

  • Julie Gordon
    October 14, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    there is something so comforting about scalloped potatoes when the weather is cold, especially the crispy edges!

  • Rhonda Packard
    October 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Homemade mac and cheese and also chicken and dumplins!!

  • Alyson
    October 14, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Yay Des! So proud of 3 years of success! I would have to say my favorite comfort food is baked mac and cheese or my nan’s homemade rigatoni. The Italian in me comes out in the comfort category…

  • joanna haynes
    October 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    never cooked in one would love to try it!

  • Marnia
    October 14, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Oddly, my favorite comfort foods are pizza and popcorn together. It reminds me of those Friday nights when we used to pile in the car and head to the drive-in in our PJs.

  • Colleen
    October 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    My favorite comfort food is a big bowl of macaroni and cheese…from Kraft to Beecher’s the cheesy noodles hit the spot.

  • Alison K.
    October 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Short Ribs!! Happy Anniversary!

  • Sharon B
    October 14, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Cheese toast is my quick go-to comfort food. Congrats!

  • Cait Trussell
    October 14, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Big wide homemade noodles on smashed potatoes on top of a fluffy homemade biscuit.

  • Linda
    October 14, 2011 at 11:55 am

    a big bowl of mashed potatoes with lots of butter!

  • amy
    October 14, 2011 at 11:54 am

    My favorite comfort food is soup!

  • Matt
    October 14, 2011 at 11:52 am

    My favorite comfort food would be corned beef and potatoes.

  • Naomi B
    October 14, 2011 at 11:44 am

    My favorite comfort food is definitely warm chocolate cake with ganache.

  • jenny
    October 14, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Congrats on the anniversary and the pregnancy!

  • Brianne
    October 14, 2011 at 11:31 am

    My favorite comfort food is homemade gołąbki!

  • Christy B
    October 14, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Mashed potatoes (made with cream cheese) with a crusty cheesey top! Very rich, but oh so delish and comforting.

  • Debbie M.
    October 13, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    My favorite comfort food would have to be a creamy soup, like your cream of broccoli, which I can’t wait to make. People like you are very special. May you continue to bless us all with your fabulous recipes.

  • Liz M.
    October 13, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! My favorite comfort food is cheeseburgers!

  • Beth @ Hungry Happenings
    October 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    My favorite comfort food is a peanut butter and banana sandwich. It reminds me of my childhood. It was the only meal my entire family of 6 could agree upon.

  • Marilyn Traber
    October 13, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I can not believe it, 3 years?! Time flies is the truth!

  • Becke Boyer
    October 13, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    My favorite comfort food is chicken and dumplings (the Amish kind, not the fluffy Bisquick kind). So, so easy to make, too.

  • Teresa
    October 13, 2011 at 8:08 am

    My favorite recipe on the Life’s Ambrosia Facebook page must be the Chicken Piccata! I make this dish regularly and seeing that amazine picture makes me hungry. I love capers and this recipe is better than mine!

  • Megan E.
    October 12, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    My comfort food is macaroni & cheese. Or pizza. Something with oodles of cheese.

  • Barbie
    October 12, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    I love cream corn casserole and egg breakfast casserole. These are both North Dakota recipes and delicious! We eat them both for Christmas.

  • Debbie
    October 12, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Homemade bread, hot from the oven, slathered in butter and orange marmalade. My Nana used to live right next door, and growing up the smell of that bread baking would just waft across the yard and drive my brother and I nuts! We would go running over Nana’s and sit for what seemed like hours waiting for it to come out of the oven! Congratulations to you!

  • Tanja Fussell
    October 12, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    I so {heart} your shrimp and corn chowder!! We have ‘soup’ day at work and your recipe was a huge hit!! Lots of my coworkers are now subscribers to your blog as a result!! Congratulations on your anniversary and thanks for the generous recipes and giveaway!!!

  • maryann
    October 12, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    macaroni and cheese is my ultimate comfort food. nothing beats creamy, cheesy mac and cheese when i’ve had a bad day!

  • Angie
    October 12, 2011 at 11:18 am

    My comfort food is a puerto rican soup we call sancocho. It has everything but the kitchen sink and it’s absolutely delish. Love the giveaway and happy three years. May you enjoy many more with little Ambrosia on the way. SMILE.

  • Sam S
    October 12, 2011 at 9:10 am

    My favorite comfort food is my mom’s beef stew after a big day of skiing! Followed by carrot cake for dessert.

  • Natalie
    October 12, 2011 at 9:01 am

    My favorite comfort food is macaroni and cheese. Or ice cream, but that probably isn’t really food.

  • Carmen
    October 12, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, gravy! Sooo comforting and good.

    Happy anniversay by the way and keep it up!

  • Kristin R
    October 11, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Noodle soup. From a box. It’s what Mom always made

  • delia
    October 11, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Happy blogiversary! My comfort food is ice cream.

  • Lana
    October 11, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    That would have to be tuna and egg salad. So simple, so delicious!

  • Ginny
    October 11, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    As of last Sunday my favorite comfort food has changed to your Pulled Pork Enchiladas! (I sent a link to my mom and she made it last night, she said she will never buy Enchilada Sauce again!) Congratulations on 3 years and hopefully you will keep cooking and sharing!

  • Alyssa
    October 11, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    my favorite comfort food is mashed potatoes!!! doesn’t matter what accompanies it – can be fried chicken, pork, steak, anything really, so long as there are mashed potatoes involved!

  • Dana
    October 11, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    3 years!! Congrats, that’s amazing! Your blog inspired me to start mine, I used to obsess over each of your recipes. My favorite comfort food would probably be spaghetti bolognese with meat sauce and grated cheddar on top.

    Would love if you would check out my blog. Cheers!

  • Courtney
    October 11, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    My fave comfort food? Juicy meat loaf with mashed potatoes and gravy. Messy and rich – yum!

  • Kaela Wells
    October 11, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    My favorite comfort food is cold cereal, it really is.

    Happy Anniversary!

  • Steve
    October 11, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Way better than any cookbook I ever bought. These are recepies for the real world with flavor.

  • Lisa Berardicurti
    October 11, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Hands down, Bolognese sauce with homemade Farfalle pasta sprinkled with grated Parmesan Reggiano cheese is my favorite comfort food!

  • Karen Albro
    October 11, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Dark Chocolate is mine!

  • Anita
    October 11, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Mashed potatoes and gracy cures any ail!!

  • Erin
    October 11, 2011 at 9:38 am

    My favorite comfort food is mozzarella and sundried tomato risotto with basil. Creamy, tangy and cheesy!

  • Sharon Allen
    October 11, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Mac N Cheese or Red Enchiladas! Congrats on 3 years!

  • Jenn's Food Journey
    October 11, 2011 at 4:52 am

    Oh my gosh, girl… I can’t believe you are buying this on your own and giving it away!! You really know how to treat your readers well :) Thank you!
    My favorite comfort food…. mac and cheese…. and I know I can cook up a great batch of it in that new Le Creuset!!

  • Jennifer Blacker
    October 11, 2011 at 3:49 am

    Loaded baked potato soup has to be my favorite comfort food. Either homemade or from a restaurant, this always makes me feel warm and cozy.

    Congratulations on your three years. I’ve enjoyed many of your recipes and stories.

  • Aidah Abdullah
    October 11, 2011 at 1:27 am

    I have to say my favorite comfort food is one of the signature dishes of Thailand, a young papaya salad called “somtam.” Even now I can feel the taste of it in my mouth!

  • Katherine Martinelli
    October 10, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Oh wow! Congratulations on three years, just wonderful. This is such an amazing, generous giveaway!! Macaroni and cheese (cliche) might be my ultimate comfort food even though it is not something I grew up eating!

  • Lisa Rachunek
    October 10, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    My favorite comfort food is chicken and dumplings! Every time I eat them I think of my grandma and my mama making them when I was little. Congrats on 3 years!!

  • Lindsay Lehfeld
    October 10, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Hands-down my favorite comfort food is mac and cheese – loved the recipe you just did with jalapenos!

  • Maria
    October 10, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Wow, am fairly new to your blog but I just love it. LOVE. IT. Fav comfort food–Egg-in-a-cup. Uber-butterd toast ripped into tiny pieces put in a cup with a soft boiled egg. Mash up and generously salt n pepper…my mom made this whenever we were sick and when my hubby comes home and finds me eating this he knows somethings up and is extra-wonderful to me.

  • Richard Riessen
    October 10, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    My favorite comfort food is a simple peanut butter and jelly on home-baked white bread.

  • Marilny
    October 10, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Thank you for sharing your yummy recipes with us and congratulations on 3 years! My favorite comfort food is macaroni and cheese. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Deb
    October 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    My favorite comfort food is is homemade chicken soup. Which would look lovely simmering away in the Le Creuset!

  • Margaret
    October 10, 2011 at 10:21 am

    With winter coming on quickly to the Midwest, I would have to say that my favorite comfort food is my own homemade chili. My mouth waters at the thought of how pretty that would look, bubbling on my stove top in that green Le Creuset.
    Congratulations, and thank you for the wonderful website!

  • Jen T.
    October 10, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Congrats and thank you for all your hard work! I love, love, love reading your blogs and trying your recipes : ) My favorite comfort food is cheddar bacon potato soup in a sourdough bread bowl! Yummm….

  • Teresa
    October 10, 2011 at 8:39 am

    My favorite comfort food is beef or pork roast with lots of mashed potatoes and gravy.
    But for lunch whenever I’m sick or feeling down it’s a tuna sandwhich with fritos layered inside and chicken noodle soup.

  • Camille
    October 10, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Congratulations on 3 wonderful years of great recipes and interesting stories of family life. I truly enjoy them both!!
    I would have to say that my favorite comfort food is “Pasta” and being more specific, Penne with Broccoli Rabe, yummy. Especially since now I don’t have to cook, because my husband now cooks. Yippee. I use to go away for several days to visit my Mom and I would cook in advance and freeze for his dinners. Well one time in late 2009 I was gone more than anticipated and he ran out, so I just told him how to make his favorite, linguini with shrimp marinara, and from then he got the bug. So, now I lost my kitchen. I’m ok with that now, but it took a while to relinquish it. I get it back though when I want to bake.

  • Amber
    October 10, 2011 at 8:15 am

    My favorite comfort food is Lasagna.

  • ashley
    October 10, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Definetely mashed potatos with garlic and butter mixed in, warm and inviting, especially on a cold day. Congrats on your anniversary!

  • Crystal
    October 10, 2011 at 6:30 am


  • Melissa
    October 10, 2011 at 5:03 am

    Pot roast is the ultimate for me

  • Vanessa
    October 10, 2011 at 3:18 am

    My favorite comfort food? Definately Shepherds Pie!

  • Erica Best
    October 9, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Chili is my fave comfort food

  • Vivien
    October 9, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    My comfort food is beef stew with corn bread.

  • graciela
    October 9, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    My favorite comfort food is not one specific dish, but the memory of my grandmother making absolutely the best mexican food you can think of and savor. My tastebuds water just thinking about her cochinita pibil, mole, sopa, tamales, creamy red rice, discada, rum cake, wine cookies, and almodines. Her recipes will be with me forever <3

  • Debra S
    October 9, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    This woman LOVES soups, too. SO comfort-food to me. Can’t beat homemade cream soups, with that fresh hot bread with butter on it! Yummm I actually look forward to the cold days because it is a good reason to resume making soups.

  • Angie
    October 9, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    I love tacos!

  • Laura
    October 9, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    My favorite comfort food is my mom’s tater-tot casserole, yum! = )

  • Andrea A
    October 9, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    My favorite comfort food is green chile chicken enchiladas. I grew up in New Mexico and my mother makes the best enchiladas. She taught me how to make them and now whenever I am homesick I will cook up a batch and feel closer to my family because I am eating her recipe.

  • barbara n
    October 9, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    My favorite comfort food is meatloaf and mashed potatoes

  • Grace Schroeder
    October 9, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Acorn squash. I like it simple: bake it in the oven for an hour, cut it in half, and scoop out the meat. then eat the skin. Also, the smell that fills my house is near heavenly on a cold Wisconsin day.

  • Lauren
    October 9, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Mac and cheese with tomato soup is my all time favorite comfort food!!! I can’t wait to try your latest Mac and cheese recipe!

  • Judy B
    October 9, 2011 at 6:12 am

    It has to be grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup; especially on a cold day!

  • Jennifer
    October 9, 2011 at 5:37 am

    500 RECIPES! Wow, that’s a new recipe every other day. Congratulations! My favorite comfort food would be pretty much any meal served at my mom’s house. What I like to come home to after work would be slow cooked hot beef sandwiches. Five minutes prep time in the morning that greets you at the front door with the smell of it’s fabulous beefy onion deliciousness.

  • Louise
    October 9, 2011 at 4:10 am

    My favorite comfort food is beef stew. I would love to own a Le Creuset Dutch Oven. I’ve made many recipes and my family appreciates my cooking abilities now thanks to you. Cheers.

  • Juju
    October 9, 2011 at 3:20 am


  • angelica
    October 8, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    being that i grew up eating mexican food, my comfort food would either be anything wrapped in a tortilla or chips and salsa! i also can never say no to ice cream! ;-)
    cheers to three years!!!!

  • Brittany
    October 8, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Congrats on three years! My fave comfort food of all time would have to be leftover meatloaf made into a sandwich, with homemade mashed potatoes slathered in butter—mmmm!

  • tammy
    October 8, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    My favorite comfort food of all time has to be fire roasted tomato soup. It’s creamy cheesy and delicious. And congratulations for the three years hope u go on forever because you inspire me sooo much.

  • leanna lupea
    October 8, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    My favorite comfort food is dry bean soup with vegetables and ham hock slowly cooked to perfection.

  • Tina W.
    October 8, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    My favorite comfort food is roast beef with potatoes and carrots roasted in the pan with the meat.

  • Edie
    October 8, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    My favorite comfort food is grilled cheese and soup. So easy after work and good when it is cold outside.

  • Kendra
    October 8, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Grilled cheese definitely!

  • Meredith
    October 8, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Mac and cheese!

  • Jenny
    October 8, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Not long ago, my mother handed over her favorite cookbook. One that she had worked with nearly 50 years. It was translated from Italian to English, I believe, sometime in the 40’s. I’ve always been drawn to preparing meals, especially for others. But lately, the past few years or so, I have gotten lazy in my menu. Around the time my dear mom sent me her beloved book, I decided that signing up for some graduate level cooking advice would be a new chapter in my life. That weekend, I did a brief Internet search for recipes. What I settled on was the Jalepeno Mac and
    Cheese via Life’s Ambrosia. Now, a potato leek soup later , some Sacharin wings over a losing team, and a zucchini bread for dessert – I am hooked. All my best to you! I think you are amazing

  • Cheryl W.
    October 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    My ultimate comfort food is soup. I love soup of all kinds. Clam Chowder, homemade chicken noodle, Italian wedding soup and Oyster stew are a few of my favorites. Nothing like a cool fall day, a bowl of piping hot soup watching movies with my family. That’s living to me!

  • Tony C.
    October 8, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    I would hunker down at the dinner table with no radio on, no tv, no cell service, a place setting, a fork, a knife, and a plate of chicken parm & eggplant rollatini over linguini in marinara. Afterwards, I would wash the dishes whilst reminiscing about the meal.

  • Jeanne
    October 8, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    First, congratulations on 3 years! I’ve been following your blog for a couple of years and I find it inspirational. Thank you for all your work! I was born and spent my early years in western Washington State, so visiting your blog reminds me of all the things I love about the area. For comfort food, my initial thought was pasta. But then I read through the responses already posted and oh my,… hamburger vegetable soup, CLAM CHOWDER, pot roast, chili with cornbread, roasted chicken, there are just so many! In the end, it probably comes down to what my family lovingly refers to as default dinner: spaghetti with meatsauce.

    Best wishes to you and your family!

  • Diane M.
    October 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    I have two favorite comfort foods: mac & cheese and grilled cheese with tomato soup. Both are delicious and cheesy!

  • Ryan
    October 8, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    I would have to say my favorite comfort food is something with Grits. Fish and Grits or Corned Beef Hash and Grits are at the top of the list.

  • Alyssa
    October 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Aaaah.. comfort foods. Mac and cheese (with as many different types of cheeses possible) and a big bowl of clam chowder never does me wrong :-)

  • Sara
    October 8, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Homemade stovetop mac and cheese – threee or four different cheeses with cream – yummy!

  • Randi
    October 8, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Congratulations on reaching three years!

    My favorite food (hands down) is my husband’s chicken and spinach mac ‘n cheese (from one of Sara Foster’s cookbooks).

  • Emme @Food Samba
    October 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    First off, Congratulations! I’d have to say my favorite comfort food is feijoada, especially my mom’s feijoada. It’s the national dish of Brazil and consists of beans and a variety of smokey meats! It is the epitomy of comfort – rich, smokey, and super flavorful!

  • rob
    October 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Mashed Potatoes!!!!!!

  • tiff m
    October 8, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    mac and cheese all the way!!!

  • Amanda Thompson
    October 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    My favorite comfort food is Chicken Pot Pie!

  • Kelly G
    October 8, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    macaroni and cheese

  • Shannon
    October 8, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Macaroni and cheese. It’s kept me from starvation through two pregnancies now.

  • Smitha
    October 8, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    My mom’s chicken curry over rice!

  • Helen
    October 8, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Chicken noodle soup over mashed potatoes.

  • Leslie
    October 8, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I love a good pot roast on a cold rainy day. Makes the kitchen smell so good when it’s cooking! Awesome giveaway, congrats on the three year mark.

  • Chantal
    October 8, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Olives. I know that seems odd, but eating Spanish olives out of the jar is my comfort food. It’s kind of like sitting down on the couch and eating popcorn for me.

  • Katie
    October 8, 2011 at 9:01 am

    My favorite comfort food is lasagna!

  • Christy
    October 8, 2011 at 8:59 am

    My mom’s chicken noodle soup has to be my favorite comfort food- Yum

  • Steve
    October 8, 2011 at 8:28 am

    10-bean soup with seasonal vegetables; brown diced salt pork first then deglaze and add the veggies…tough to beat on a cool night!

  • Aynna
    October 8, 2011 at 7:59 am

    I just love a good old roast. My mom makes one every sunday for as long as I can remember, whether it’s summer, fall, winter or spring. And I love it! With potatoes, carrots, and onion and using the drippings to make gravy that I can dip her homemade bread into at the end of the meal. Yum!

  • 90210 Farmgirl
    October 8, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Congratulations on your monumental milestone! If you’re asking me, there’s nothing more comforting than chocolate chip cookies and milk. xo

  • Stacey
    October 8, 2011 at 7:18 am

    My favorite comfort food is any type of cheesy potato!

  • Krista
    October 8, 2011 at 7:11 am

    I would say pot roast and mashed potatoes.

  • Lisa P
    October 8, 2011 at 7:10 am

    My idea of comfort food is a nice bowl of homemade soup. Especially anything with a fall flavor profile like pumpkin and sweet potatoes. I would love this french oven so I can start making my own soups, which is something I have always wanted to do! Congrats on the 3 years! I look forward to many more recipes to come!!

  • Sherri
    October 8, 2011 at 6:57 am

    Has it been three years already? Congrats to you! You have done an awesome job. All of your recipes are delicious! My new favorite comfort food is a big bowl of steaming Moroccan Vegetable Stew. So satisfying and comforting.

  • Marilyn
    October 8, 2011 at 6:54 am

    Love your site and would also love to have this wonderful pot. Have made many of your reciipes. Thank you!

  • Linda
    October 8, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Wow… three years! Congratulations!! I love your recipes almost as much as I love lasagna… that’s my favorite comfort food! By the time you’re done making it, layer by layer, you’re calm and ready to enjoy it’s cheesy, yummy goodness! It’s my go to meal when I am stressed or feeling down. :)

  • Jane
    October 8, 2011 at 5:59 am

    I am fairly new to your blog…LOVE the recipes! My favorite comfort food is chicken and dumplings. Mmmmm….rich, chicken flavor with homemade dumplings and chunks of tender, white chicken. One of the best recipes I have found is from Nathalie DuPree.

  • Anne
    October 8, 2011 at 5:24 am

    Congratulations on your anniversary! Love your blog. My fave is definately any type of pasta in a bowl, sitting on the couch with a comfy blanket .

  • Jessen
    October 8, 2011 at 5:19 am

    Favorite comfort food to cook for my family: A Good unique Beef stew!! Everytime I make one, it’s always different in it’s own way.

  • Shirley
    October 8, 2011 at 5:06 am

    Beef stew!!!

  • Kara
    October 8, 2011 at 5:00 am

    Favorite comfort food… hm, does drink count? If so, hot chocolate is definitely a winner.

  • Todd P
    October 8, 2011 at 4:54 am

    My favorite comfort food is the crock pot pulled pork. I make it all the time. Sometimes with homemade rolls and crunchy coleslaw yummmm!!!

  • Chris
    October 8, 2011 at 4:05 am

    Wow! Has it really been 3 years?? My favorite comfort food of all time I lasagna. Sooo many ways to make it! And I scarf it down just like Garfield lol. :)

  • Nedra
    October 8, 2011 at 3:57 am

    I always thought my comfort food was anything chocolate. But since I have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and can not have potatoes, i have discovered that in times of stress, that is what i miss the most.

  • Robert P.
    October 8, 2011 at 3:52 am

    Love this foodie blog and love braised short ribs with wasabi mash potatoes Mmmm:))

  • Terri
    October 8, 2011 at 3:44 am

    Any kind of soup, I try to make soup every week!!!!

  • Emily
    October 8, 2011 at 3:43 am

    My favorite comfort food is beef stew, and this pot would be *perfect*!

  • Robin
    October 8, 2011 at 3:26 am

    My favorite comfort food is pot roast.. Mmmm, the smell, the colors, the textures, the takes me back to my childhood days..with a large family, my mother fixed a lot of one pot meals..and pot roast was made most often :)

  • berry
    October 8, 2011 at 3:07 am

    My favorite comfort food is chocolate!

  • Heather
    October 8, 2011 at 3:07 am

    I LOVE mac and cheese and the one that you just posted! OMG, so delicious!

  • jayfitz
    October 8, 2011 at 2:04 am

    Mary”s Meat sauce over big fat pasta

  • Traci
    October 8, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Have been enjoying your blog since I found it just a couple of weeks ago – my favorite comfort meal would be Meatloaf, Macaroni and Cheese and Green Beans. Way too many calories, but oh so good!

  • Deborah
    October 8, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Fave comfort food: grilled cheese (sharp cheddar and oozy Velveeta) on heavily buttered sourdough and Campbell’s tomato soup……so comforting. Your life has been blessed–3 years of culinary adventures and gastronomic delights…..congrats! May there be many more anniversaries

  • Louise Rogers
    October 8, 2011 at 12:10 am

    My favourite comfort food has got to be stew and dumplings… mmmmmmmmmm

  • Julie S
    October 7, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Happy Anniversary and many, many more! My fave comfort food is a peanut butter pickle sandwhich!

  • Jordan Jameson
    October 7, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    My favorite comfort food is Beer-Bacon-Mac & Cheese. Love it!

  • Judy P
    October 7, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    I was making a pot roast today because the weather has finally turned cool and I was
    wishing I had a beautiful pot like this one. Actually my favorite comfort food is the food
    that I have in front of me when I’m hungry.

  • Stefani
    October 7, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Comfort food for me means oven fried chicken && broccoli casserole :)

  • erin
    October 7, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    mom’s chicken pot pie.

  • wendy
    October 7, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Hands down is my home made chili and corn bread!

  • Marianne Swallie
    October 7, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    My husband makes homemade chili in our big red LeCruset (6.5 qts.) dutch oven Talk about your “advance preparation!” Planning starts early in the spring when he decides which varieties of tomoatoes to grow, starts the seeds, maps out where the rows of vegetables will go. He grows the tomatoes, beans (some years, if we are lucky!), peppers, onions, jalepenos. All summer long we water and weed, and in the fall, he dons camo gear and heads out into the woods. He loves to hunt, and typically makes his chili with half ground venison, half ground beef. (Although last year we also had elk and javelina chorizo in one batch — amazing!) He serves it with home made cornbread, and tall, cold glasses of milk. Its one of my all time-favorite meals, as much for the award-winning chili, as for the love and effort he puts into the creation of this fantastic meal. Comfort beyond belief. And that little green Le Creuset would be the PERFECT pan to bake that corn bread in!

  • Sharon
    October 7, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    My favorite comfort food from your facebook page is the Creamy Bacon Tomato and Avocado Pasta Salad.

    Congratulations on three wonderful years!

  • Sharon
    October 7, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    My favorite comfort food: a hearty chicken and sausage gumbo – the comfort’s as much in the cooking as it is the eating of it. :)

  • Mandee
    October 7, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Congrats on 3 years!! I love my mom’s homemade hamburger vegetable soup…perfect for those cold rainy days. It also cooks nicely in my blue Le Creuset that would love some company in my kitchen!

  • Sharon Gribble
    October 7, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    A big pot of Beer Stew & homemade bread!

  • Susan Wadle
    October 7, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    My mother’s mac and cheese with bacon – macoroni tossed with bits of American cheese, butter and bacon

  • Carmen Wenner
    October 7, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I love your site. Looking forward to many more years and recipes. Mac and cheese is all comfort food.

  • Deeli
    October 7, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    My comfort food is my Greek papa’s (my daddy’s dad) Peloponnesian Chicken. Both my papa and my daddy have been gone for quite awhile now and I miss them both terribly and every time I am able to make this dish it’s not just a winter type comfort food but rather a dish that comforts you down to your very soul type of food.

    Congratulations on your three year anniversary, Des !!! Have been following you for about two years now. Junior is Blessed with such an adventurous good cook for a mom both now and after he’s born :-) Anyone want to place bets that he might just be a top chef when he grows up? ;-)

  • Tiffany B.
    October 7, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Definitely pot roast! I love everything about a plate of it!

  • Peggy O'Neil Manfredi
    October 7, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Irish stew!

  • Cindy B.
    October 7, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    My favorite comfort food is pizza pasta casserole.

  • Jen
    October 7, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Love my loaf pan!!

  • Jenn
    October 7, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Des – We found you about a year ago. Thank you for all that you do and for all that you share. My favorite comfort food, hands down, is mac-n-cheese! Congratulations!

  • katie
    October 7, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    love your recipes- my go to place to get inspired. Kid and husband friendly making my life easier. My favorite comfort foods are slow cooked in my dutch oven. Taking a less expensive piece of meat and making magic. I know the beauty of the le creuset you are giving away and would love to win it!

  • Pat R
    October 7, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Best comfort food? Gotta be macaroni and cheese.

  • Megan
    October 7, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Congratulations on three years!

    I’m a Mac and cheese girl myself.

  • Sharyn Curtis
    October 7, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Homemade Chicken Pot Pie is comfort food at it’s most perfect!

  • Dee
    October 7, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    My favorite comfort food is fettuccine or linguine with a chunky, rustic bolognese, sprinkled with parmesan, with buttery, crunchy garlic bread on the side. Yum!

  • Jessie
    October 7, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    My favorite comfort food is the cliche — creamy, fattening, homemade macaroni and cheese. Gah.

  • Youli
    October 7, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    My favorite food is pho and chicken noodle soup!

  • Aly
    October 7, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I just recently discovered your blog and I love it! So many great and easy ideas!

    As for comfort food…my mom’s homemade chicken soup. Perfect for a rainy day or when you start to get the sniffles. Ive really got to get the recipe from her.

  • Joyce
    October 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Macaroni and cheese…except I’m lactose intolerant nowadays, so make that vegan mac and cheeze.

  • Bob
    October 7, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Banana bread is my favorite comfort food, especially in the fall! Love that green color as well!

  • Ali
    October 7, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I absolutely adore your blog! Fav comfort food? Macaroni and cheese — what else?! :)

  • Emily
    October 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    That is such a beautiful color! It’s so hard to pick one food as my favorite comfort food, but I’d have to go with chicken soup with rice…. It always makes me feel warm and cozy!

  • Allison Day
    October 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Ramen is my ultimate comfort food, especially when it starts to get cold outside. ^_^

  • Heather
    October 7, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    My favorite comfort food is chicken & dumplins like my grandma used to make.

  • Diane C
    October 7, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    My favorite comfort food is Chicken Fried Steak with Peppered White gravy; of course with creamy mashed potatoes.

  • Dwayne Smith
    October 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Galic Mashed Potatoes

  • Sarah
    October 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Comfort food to me is anything that’s a party in my mouth and makes me happy. Love, love, love your Mushroom and Spinach Stuffed Flank Steak.

  • Connie
    October 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Happy Anniversary and hopefully many more to come… I only discovered your blog about 6 months ago, but thoroughly have enjoyed every post, present to past :) please keep posting all those delicious looking and sounding recipes :0)

  • Roy
    October 7, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Favorite comfort food is mac & cheese…hands down favorite, but not the stuff in the box with the fake cheese.

  • Jim Lundgren
    October 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Congrats on a long lived blog. My Mom’s Meatloaf. Early in the fall, I make a huge batch of it in mini loaf pans and freeze it to enjoy all the rainy winter long here in Seattle

  • Bethany
    October 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Mac and cheese – yummy!

  • Shannon Quintano
    October 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Congratulations on 3 years Des!!! My favorite comfort food started when I was a kid. Noodles, butter and parmesan cheese!!!

  • Corrie
    October 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    My favorite comfort food: chicken flavored ramen. So bad for me, but I can’t resist.

  • Anna @snackingkitchen
    October 7, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Congratulations! And I would love this color as much as I would love the orange :) Now to the question of comfort food – right now I am having major cravings for home made mashed potatoes with a delicious beef stew scooped on top.

  • Melody Frye
    October 7, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    My FAVE comfort food is Fried chicken. Yummy.

  • Anu
    October 7, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    one of my favorite comfort foods is my mom’s homemade shrimp pizza on french bread. Thanks for having the giveaway!

  • Rachel
    October 7, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Kinda a toss up between chili and cornbread and lasagna. So much good comfort food, so little time!

  • Susan Marie
    October 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Pasta Carbonara is the first thing that comes to mind. Fond memories of eating it in Italy when I would cranky from all that walking around!

  • Judy
    October 7, 2011 at 11:10 am

    My favorite comfort food is my dad’s traditional Taiwanese beef noodle soup. Now that I live on the East Coast across the country from where I grew up in California, this is my special request every time I fly home.

  • Joanne Nielsen
    October 7, 2011 at 10:46 am

    My favorite comfort food is a Turkey Pot Pie

  • Amanda W
    October 7, 2011 at 10:32 am

    My favorite comfort food is my mom’s homemade chicken and noodles.

  • Maria R
    October 7, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Real, homemade fried chicken! Thanks for sponsoring such a great giveaway! I love your recipes! Congratulations on your blog anniversary and also on your pending new arrival!

  • DJ
    October 7, 2011 at 10:21 am

    My favorite comfort food? Chicken Fried Steak with white gravy and mashed potatoes, mmm.

  • jamie
    October 7, 2011 at 10:14 am

    chili, i love chili on a cold day – it just yells “comfy!” congrats on 3 years, that’s awesome!!

  • Tricia
    October 7, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Soup….almost any kind….last night I made chicken noodle with dill.

    October 7, 2011 at 9:57 am

    happy anniversary! my favorite comfort food is mac and cheese!

  • Linda Forish
    October 7, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I’m really enjoying your blog. Thanks for sharing !

  • Jessica C
    October 7, 2011 at 9:46 am

    So not classy or gourmet, but I like cheeseburger macaroni with Kraft mac & cheese from the box, ground beef, and a healthy dose of ketchup mixed in. Reminds me of my childhood, and it’s whatever I make when I need a hug in food form. :)

  • Tisa Angen
    October 7, 2011 at 9:36 am

    My favorite comfort food would be Chicken and dumplings! So comforting to sit in a chair, cuddled up in a blanket on a cold day, eating this delicious creamy dish.

  • Jesse
    October 7, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Squash in any form. Loving the recent explosion of Butternut squash this year.

  • Michelle Steinwachs
    October 7, 2011 at 9:30 am

    3 years and 500 recipes ! Congratulations ! My favorite comfort food is Chicken and Dumplings all from scratch. We had a couple of rainy days this week wich prompted me to get out my biggest Le Creuset pot and the result was magical as always.

  • Irene Gutierrez
    October 7, 2011 at 9:27 am

    My comfort food is red cheese enchiladas!

  • Jen B
    October 7, 2011 at 9:07 am

    My comfort food is sushi. The first time my hubby and I went backpacking in Alaska, took us 3 days to reach the top of this particular mtn. We relished in the view, looked at each other and said, wanna go get sushi now? We were back home, showered, dressed and ready for sushi in just a few hours. Still to this day, eating sushi calms my nerves and comforst me.

  • Robyn
    October 7, 2011 at 8:57 am

    500 recipes?! That’s awesome! Congrats! My favorite comfort food is macaroni and cheese. Not very original, but I love it! Doesn’t matter if it’s baked or cooked on the stovetop, as long as it’s homemade.

  • Lisa
    October 7, 2011 at 8:39 am

    My mom’s baked macaroni and cheese… or chili beans (cooked in Le Creuset, of course!!!)

  • Katie Rose
    October 7, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Hmm, probably Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins. And Happy Anniversary!

  • Nikki Turner
    October 7, 2011 at 8:24 am

    My favorite comfort food would be my late grandfathers, Chicken fried steak. My mom has made this every year for me for my birthday dinner. It’s the best. So everytime I have it I get to remember my grandfather.

  • Jean Marie
    October 7, 2011 at 8:23 am

    My favs are apple pie, and mac and cheese! Thanks so much!!

  • Jess
    October 7, 2011 at 8:19 am

    love your blog!!! every recipe i’ve tried is delicious!

    October 7, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Happy Anniversary! My favorite comfort food this time of year is a skinny barbecue turkey meat loaf!

  • Dorothy Ford
    October 7, 2011 at 8:07 am

    My favorite comfort food is my mom’s cheese grits, they are slightly spicy and totally divine!

  • Karen
    October 7, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Fresh peach pie. Or Zucchini bread topped with peaches and vanilla yogurt. Or homemade soups. Im pretty easy.

  • Jen
    October 7, 2011 at 8:03 am

    This time of year, my favorite comfort food is Broccoli Cheddar soup. If I win, I definitely plan on making some, Le Creuset style!

  • Kelsey
    October 7, 2011 at 8:00 am

    My favorite comfort food is Chicken and Dumplings. It was a favorite as a child when my mom made it for me. And I continue to be comforted by it even though she’s thousands of miles away.

  • Danielle
    October 7, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Your jalopeno Mac and cheese. My mom and I drooled over it. Almost as good as her potato salad.

  • Sara
    October 7, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Homemade stuffing.. Love the blog!

  • Kat
    October 7, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Baked Mac and Cheese or Baskin Robbins’ Chocolate Chip ice cream…Give me both and I’d be one happy camper!

  • Nicole C.
    October 7, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Comfort food is: macaroni and cheese!

  • Julie
    October 7, 2011 at 7:37 am

    My boyfriend makes a buffalo wing chip dip that is absolutely DIVINE. It rolls the chicken, wing sauce, celery, and bleu cheese into one big delicious crockpot of warm, melty goodness.

  • Jade N
    October 7, 2011 at 7:36 am

    My favorite comfort food would have to be my grandma’s roast beef with gravy and mashed potatoes. I can almost smell it just thinking about it!

  • Liz
    October 7, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Definitely Mac & Cheese. Any kind, even the blue box is still a good choice :)

  • Teresa G
    October 7, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Happy Anniversary!
    My favorite comfort food meal would have to be a pork roast with carrots, steamed greens and garlic mashed potatoes with gravy. I have many close seconds though.

  • G Stark
    October 7, 2011 at 7:16 am

    I love a good braised pot roast with potatoes and carrots.

  • LiLi
    October 7, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Has it really been three years? Excellent! Comfort food? Aside from all of the yumminess listed above… chicken n’ dumplings! Happy fall!

  • Niki
    October 7, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Happy 3 year anniversary!! One of my favorite comfort foods is spaghetti carbonara. Yum, I want a bowl of it right now!

  • Alison
    October 7, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Love, love, love homemade Mac and Cheese and an Apple Crisp for dessert!
    PS- love your site! Congrats on 3 years!

  • Susan
    October 7, 2011 at 7:06 am

    Comfort foods are the best-spaghetti and meatballs or my chicken and noodles are a toss-up.

  • Anita
    October 7, 2011 at 7:03 am

    My favorite comfort food is really good mac n cheese. Happy Anniversary!

  • JamieK
    October 7, 2011 at 7:02 am

    really anything hot and cheesy tops the comfort food list….. but all time fav comfort food has got to be a nice creamy homemade mac’n’cheese with a crispy buttery ritz cracker topping.

  • Amanda B.
    October 7, 2011 at 6:59 am

    It’s gotta be homemade mac & cheese!!

  • Noelle
    October 7, 2011 at 6:59 am

    My favorite comfort food? Pasta. With butter and a sprinkle of swiss cheese. It’s simple but does wonders for my soul.

  • Mandi
    October 7, 2011 at 6:59 am

    My favorite comfort food is homemade mac and cheese. Yum!

  • Denise Bachis
    October 7, 2011 at 6:58 am

    My comfort food is definately German Hot Potato Salad, made the way my mom made it.

  • Josie
    October 7, 2011 at 6:57 am

    This is a tough one! There’s so many good comfort foods, it’s tough to pick just one. But I suppose since I have to, a nice hot bowl of ramen (the real kind, not the $0.35/pack one… lol)

  • Angela Jamison
    October 7, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Congrats on 3 years! Very exciting! I’m brand new to your blog…just a few weeks and have reall enjoyed it and the recipes!!

  • Christie
    October 7, 2011 at 6:56 am

    An ooey gooey Mac n Cheese. Preferably with a little truffle oil.

  • crissy
    October 7, 2011 at 6:55 am

    Probably anything with potatoes. And lentils, not together…

  • Olga @ MangoTomato
    October 7, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Happy Anniversary.
    I love my 5.5 quart turquoise Le Creuset: it is looking for a little sister or brother ;)

  • The Food Hunter
    October 7, 2011 at 6:50 am

    My favorite comfort food…grilled cheese and tomato soup. Awesome giveaway. Congratulations on three years!

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