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Savannah Giveaway to meet Paula Deen


Forsyth Park, Savannah GA

We’re going to assume you’d love the chance to visit Savannah.  We’re going to also assume you’d love to meet Paula Deen.  (Have you seen her Chefography?  Because that warm-eyed woman is made entirely of steel, charm and a little sweet cream).

Which leaves us with one question.  Do you love ham?  Smithfield Country Ham in particular?  Because professing your love for Smithfield Ham in 25 words or less might win you a trip for two to romantic Savannah where you’ll break biscuits with the beautiful Butter Queen herself, Ms. Paula Deen.

Luckily, Smithfield ham is incredibly delicious.  The only problem might be limiting yourself to 25 words.

Here’s the prize package:

A trip for winner and one guest to Savannah, GA in October 2011 (dates TBD with Paula Deen); including round-trip coach class air transportation, two night hotel stay, Paula Deen Tour of Savannah, Lunch at The Lady Sons, Dinner at Uncle Bubba’s Restaurant and transportation, additional meals for two days.

In short, you’ll escape to a romantic southern city in October, dine at the most popular restaurants there, possibly peek at those handsome Deen sons and brunch with the Lady herself.

We thought you should know about this one.

Can’t you just hear her lady roar of laughter?  It’ll be like meeting a fairy godmother:  you’ll feel wittier and prettier in her presence even as she blows you away with all she’s done.  That’s how I picture it.

If you need any more persuading, just read Grace’s City Guide.  Savannah is her favorite city in the world.

The giveaway ends Friday, so starting thinking about country ham today.  We love it the traditional way – with biscuits – as Lydia featured here.

Enter to win HERE.


The Winner is…



Liz from Maitland, Florida is our giveaway winner!

Liz’s ideal Valentine’s Day dessert?

Rabbit Run Farm’s strawberries with homemade whipped cream next to a molten chocolate cake from my friend Brian! That would be perfection!”

Congrats, Liz, we hope you love Organic and Chic as much as we do.

Kisses to all our giveaway commentators.  We LOVED hearing your thoughts on delicious Valentine’s desserts.


Giveaway: Organic & Chic



Happy Wednesday, loves!

How’s February treating you?

It’s my second-favorite month.*  Indulging in words of love, tokens of affection and decadent baked goods feels even more magical with cupid’s go-ahead.  And there’s nothing quite like sending a Valentine.

Which is why we’re giving away a copy of Sarah Magid‘s Organic and Chic.


We’ve talked about this book before and we’re talking about it again now because it has the sweetest recipes to consider when baking for loved ones this month.  From jewel-tone layer cakes to shiny “goldies”(a.k.a gourmet gold metallic twinkies!), we’re talking sweets that are organic and whimsical and recipes that work.

So, tell us—what’s your dream Valentine’s Day dessert?

We’ll choose a winner randomly from the comments below and make the announcement early next week.  Our one lucky friend should receive the book just in time for a happy heart day.

Comments close Friday at 12 midnight PST.  US residents only.


*Even though it’s not really fall weather in Los Angeles, my heart belongs to October.

The Look: Jessie’s Girl Designs Giveaway!


We love our pal Jessie of Jessie’s Girl Designs for her sly sense of humor, her gimlet eye and her flair for combining natural stones and 24-karat gold into beautiful, feminine pieces.

If you can’t join us for Saturday’s Holiday Sale in West Hollywood, you can order Jessie’s stunning jewelery from her Etsy store


you can win the gorgeous chalcedony and smoky quartz teardrop earrings pictured above right here.

Simply visit the shop and let us know your favorite piece in the comments below.

Comments will close at Midnight PST Friday, December 3rd.  We’re sorry but the giveaway is open to US residents only.

The winner will be chosen at random and notified next week.

Good luck!


P.S. We’re launching a new series here at A & O on Thursday and we’re thrilled to announce that our first entry will feature comedian Tom Riles from Life of Dad.  Make sure to stop by!

Giveaway! Kitchen Tools


Happy Thursday loves!  Lydia and I have been talking about how we so appreciate your every comment, email, Facebook post and tweet.  You’ve made writing this blog a rewarding experience for us at A & O and we thank you.

But we’d really like to thank you with a gift.

Which is why this first ever A & O giveaway is actually a gift from both of us to (one of) you.

Would that we could give it to you all.

We’re giving one reader our three favorite kitchen tools, all from Crate & Barrel.  The first indispensable kitchen tool is the OXO stainless steel and nylon tongs seen above.  Lydia and I keep several pairs in our kitchens because when we’re together we each need one if not two—for flipping our meats and vegetables, for plating salads and sides, for tossing pasta and nudging hot pans out of the way.  Tong devotées think of them as an extension of their own arms.

OXO makes the most comfortable and good looking tongs of all.

And we think that matters : )

Second, we have our Microplane grater-zester.  An invention that seemed revolutionary just a few years back has now become a necessity.  No more must we struggle to protect our soft finger pads while zesting citrus or adding fresh nutmeg to our pumpkin pie.

This fab tool also grates Parmesan into a beautiful soft snow.

Last but certainly not least we have a dual citrus squeezer, an absolute must when you make as much vinaigrette as we do or like to enliven your soup and fish dishes with a drop of acidity.  The squeezer adds force to your natural squeeze and the cup–which adorably resembles the citrus you’re pulverizing in your now-mighty grip– keeps those pesky seeds from falling onto your plate.

(One tip–if you need to zest and juice, say, a lemon, be sure to zest then slice it in half for juicing.  It’s tough to zest a wet and deflated half lemon.)

If you’d like to add these ergonomic workhorses to your collection, tell us below—what is your favorite kitchen tool and why?

Comments will close at midnight Pacific time this Friday, November 5th.  We’ll then choose a winner at random and make the announcement after he or she has been notified next week.  Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

If you’d like a double entry, follow us on twitter or subscribe to our RSS feed within the same time-frame and we’ll enter your name a second time.

Good luck!