Saturday, July 31, 2010

Giveaway, Review, and Chocolate Dreams

I've made these once before and the recipe can be found here. They're completely scrumptious and so satisfying. This was the first real attempt I've ever made at decorating cookies. I'm really just posting these to brag about how awesome I think they look. The filling is made by mixing scalded heavy cream and adding semi sweet chocolate. If you've never made them before, I highly recommend it! You won't be sorry.


A few weeks ago I was approached by CSN stores to host a giveaway and do a review for a product from one of their stores. The original post can be found here. After spending way too much time trying to figure out what I wanted, I finally settled on the Oster Inspire Hand Mixer because I love comparing speeds and powers against the mixers I have and it comes with four different attachments which is something I've never seen with a hand mixer. Plus, I decided to give this away as a "gift" after I reviewed it. Win, win, right?



Official Review:

This product is very durable with great speed and power. The product itself comes with four different attachments: regular beaters, a whisk, dough hooks, and a drink mix attachment. The mixer has a burst of power button and 6 speed control and even includes a retractable chord, which is really handy for those people who hate wrapping the chord when they're done.

While the mixer is strong and gets the job done, the fact that the attachment eject button is on the speed control means that you're more than likely going to accidentally pop the attachment out while it's going, which is what happened to me on a few occasions. You just have to be very careful. As well, the retractable chord leaves little to be desired, because of sliding back in with one press of the button, it takes a few tries and sometimes you're stuck having to whined it back in yourself.

Giveaway:

CSN Stores is giving you the chance to win a $20 gift card for any of their many online stores!


You have to be a follower of Kitchen Karate via Google Friend Connect to enter the giveaway, otherwise your entries won't be counted.

 You have the chance to get THREE entries:
1) Leave a comment after checking out the CSN Store  website and tell me what your favourite item is and what you would most likely buy with the gift card!
2) Follow me on Twitter @kitchenkarate and leave a comment below saying that you did so. If you already follow me on Twitter, please say so.
3) Become a fan on Facebook. Or is it a liker? Once you have become a fan, leave a comment below saying that you did so. If you already Like me on Facebook, please say so.

You must leave all entries in a single comment or only the first entry will be considered.

Guidelines:
- If you want to enter the giveaway you must be a follower of Kitchen Karate via Google Friend Connect on the sidebar. It's just good business. Please indicate that you have either become a follower or are currently a follower. Those who are not followers or do not become followers will not be entered into the draw.
- The giveaway will run until August 9, 2010* at 11:59PM. I will draw the winner sometime after that via Random.org. Once the winner is announced I will post here and they can e-mail me to claim their prize.
 *EDIT: Due to popular demand the giveaway will be extended until midnight on Monday, August 9, 2010. Keep the entries coming guys! I'll announce the winner shortly after the closing!



Good luck and happy baking!

-Jordan
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91 comments:

  1. Because I have been looking for a cast iron pan I like the Emerilware Cast Iron 10" Skillet.

    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  2. I'm a fan of the mixers, because mine recently fell apart. Actually, it's been a long time coming- it's too weak to do a lot of things and one of the beaters is bent very badly out of place. My first choice, if I had an infinite supply of cash, would be the Kitchenaid mixer. Alas, I'm already following you on Twitter, and Facebook. :)

    I tried to make those cookies once, but I had to be constantly re-flouring the surface, and they were quite dry. Perhaps if I had sprayed it instead, but that would have made it greasy... how do you do it?

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  3. would apply it towards paula deen cookware

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  4. I would really love to get the Hoover WindTunnel Anniversary Bagged Upright Vacuum in Blue - U5491900
    SKU #UER1080
    Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  5. I'm a facebook fan (Margaret E. Smith)
    Thanks
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  6. I'm a twitter follower (peg42)
    Thanks
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  7. Thanks for this giveaway...I will go with some cookware...haven't decided yet..

    ramvinayak_81@rediffmail.com

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  8. I am a new FB fan too...thanks!!!

    ramvinayak_81@rediffmail.com

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  12. 1. I would get the emile henry pink pie dish for sure - so pretty!

    2. I like you on facebook as Dee G

    3. twitter follower @deegee13

    Thanks for the chance!

    dreamzz12{at}aol{dot}com

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  13. I would apply it towards the paula deen cookware

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  14. I would love to get a food processor.

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  15. I would like this bakeware: Le Creuset 9" Square Baking Dish with Bonus 5" Baking Dish in Caribbean - PG071523-17

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  16. I might like to get the Paula Deen 5 piece Soup and Stew set.

    Follow on Twitter: lazybones344

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  17. Clear Crystal Pear and Leaf Earrings

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  18. Hey guys. Please remember that in order to enter the giveaway you have to be a follower of the blog. You can do so on the right hand side under Google Friend Connect.

    Thanks for entering! Good luck :)

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  19. I follow u. I would put it towards the step 2 waterwheel play table. amypugmire@live.com

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  20. I follow u on twitter. 1amypugmire. amypugmire@live.com

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  21. facebook fan of yours. amy bolda pugmire. amypugmire@live.com

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  22. I will buy Peacock Alley Bamboo Basic Bath Set

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  23. I would love to get the Gotham Table Lamp for my bedroom.
    mintstatesportswear(at)juno(dot)com

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  24. 1. I would put that giftcard toward the Emile Henry Pie Dish in Sky, SKU #: EHY1930. It's so adorable!

    2. I like you on facebook!

    cjpeacockbird at gmail dot com.

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  25. I follow, and I love the art glass lamp by litesource in spruce. I'm not even really a big decor person (too lazy for that!), but this lamp really caught my eye!
    quitecontrary1977@hotmail.com

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  26. gfc follower
    twitter follower @creep4ward
    I would get the le creuset one quart wok in kiwi.

    hmcnaron at gmail

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  27. I would buy the Capresso 4 cup Espresso and Cappuccino Machine if I won. Thank you for the opportunity to win :)

    cardiobunny✿at✿ymail✿dot✿com

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  28. Imperial Cat Large Orca Whale Cat Scratcher

    GFC follower

    Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

    bloggyig at gmail dot com

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  29. Cookware.com is my favorite store and I'd get the Totally Bamboo Hawaiian Dark cutting board set!

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  30. 1) I want the Natural Fitness 3" Bamboo Yoga Block
    2) I follow you on Twitter @cezovski
    3) I like you on Facebook
    Carol Anderson Ezovski
    digicat {AT} sbcglobal {DOT} net

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  31. Following the blog via GFC.

    1)Their Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 10" and 12" Omelet Combo Set caught my eye!
    2)Following via Twitter.(erinxduh)
    3)LIKE on Facebook (name:Erin M.)

    panicxduh[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  32. I'm following you on Google friend contact!
    I would probably get a kitchen torch as they always come in handy for making creme brulees or baked Alaskas.

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  33. I follow on Google Friend Connect. (Debbie C)
    My favorite CSN item is the Traveler's Choice Amsterdam 4-Piece Two-Tone Travel Set

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  34. I'd use it toward a Guidecraft Kitchen Helper. Thanks for the chance!

    I follow on gfc

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  35. I'm a GFC follower.

    I'd use it towards a timbuk2 bag from the Luggagestore.

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  36. I became a GFC follower :)
    I like the Thorndike Mills summer squash oval braided rug.

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  37. I am a follower, a twitter follower and fan on facebook!

    If I won the gift certificate it would go towards a roasting pan for cooking my first chrismas dinner (oh yes I did say christmas in august ;)!

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  38. i follow with gfc.i love the Mantis Raptor 26" Women's Bicycle with Optional Helmet and would get the guidecraft play kitchen full size grocery items basket
    stracey2010@live.com

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  39. They've got a Bagallini backpack I'd love to pick up, as mine is on it's way out...

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  40. Following publicly as Louis on Google Friends Connect

    I really like the Stanley Roberts 7 Piece Non Stick Cookware Set

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  41. following you on twitter at rosidentevil

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  42. I like Kitchen Karate on FaceBook (Louis Here) :)

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  43. higgs.rachel at gmail.com
    i like Masterbuilt Butterball Turkey Frying Spice Kit - 23101309
    SKU #: MST1037

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  44. I'm a follower! I'd put it towards the Ginsu 14 Piece Bakelite Traditional Knife and Block Set in Black since I really need a cutlery set!

    beckyspoolstra at gmail.com

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  45. I'd get the Dimond Lighting Legacies One Light Westland Table Lamp in Copper Pot. honeypie411 at yahoo dot com

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  46. follow by gfc(amydelong)Would like the pirate bedding youth set in twin.
    follow on twitter(amyhd29)
    fb fan(amydelong)
    ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  47. I follow (happi shopr) and love the Concept Housewares 14" Professional Non-Stick 7-Piece Wok Set - WK-14117. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

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  48. I love the Little Tikes Turtle Sandbox and would use the GC towards that!

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  49. I "LIKE" you on Facebook (Nicole Pitts)

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  50. I follow on Twitter @pittsy82

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  51. I've cooked with Le Creuset before and absolutely love it, but have never owned any. I'd use the giftcard toward the Le Creuset 10” Round Skillet Grill in Cherry. They're amazing to cook with and last forever!
    I've been a fan of CSN on FB for quite some time.
    Thanks!
    Tanya
    spiderdevo8 AT hotmail DOT com

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  52. Follow your blog via GFC
    I would get the Chicago Cutlery Metropolitan 3 Piece Knife Set

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  53. Follower via GFC, and I would buy the 4D Concepts 3 tier plant stand w/slate tops.

    cgclynsg0 @ gmail dot com

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  54. follow you via GFC

    1. I like the Creative Specialties by Moen 5' Decorative Curved Shower Rod - DN2155

    2. Follow you on twitter- @hrlivingwell

    3. Like you on FB- Bridget Combs


    brdgcombs at aol dot com

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  55. Ah those cookies are soo cute and sound delicious! I might have to make some :)

    Anyways, I would get the Modus Newport Platform Bed in Cordovan

    I also follow you on Twitter @RazzMyBerry

    bmweida at yahoo dot com

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  56. I really need a new cookie sheet, so that's what I would get.

    pandahugger(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  57. following you on twitter - pandahugger76

    pandahugger(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  58. liked you on facebook - Kelley L (kitten avatar)


    pandahugger(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  59. 1. GFC follower. I'd use it towards getting the Pfaltzgraff Rio 16 Piece Dinnerware Set - 025398669028.

    2. Following also on Twitter (@mandalarctic)

    mandalarctic at gmail dot com

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  60. I like the French Home Gourmet LaRochere 10" Plate in Versaillies Motif (Set of 6). Follower GFC Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)aol(DOT)com

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  61. I would buy a bosu ball. leandrea246 at hotmail dot com

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  62. I like you on facebook now. leandrea246 at hotmail dot com

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  63. The FBG Nara Bed in Espresso is my favorite product. I would probably buy the Chantal Ceramic 9.5" White Deep Dish Pie. garrettsambo@aol.com

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  64. I follow. I'd like to get Grandrich - G-2381 RST - Rustic BearTable Lamp
    SKU #: GCH1170

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  65. Follow as /\Heather/\
    1. I would most likely get a weighted hoola hoop! My fave item is the bosu balance ball.
    2. I follow on twitter - choochoo428
    heatherpooh (hotmail)

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  66. I follow with GFC and one of my favorite items at CSNStores is the Corral 40" Granite Table Copper Fire Pit - AD245. Realistically, if I won this gift card, I'd probably get a new bamboo chopping board like the Farberware Large Two Tone Bamboo Cutting Board Set - BCT30010K.

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  67. 1) I'd love the omelette maker. I can never flip it well!
    2) I follow you on twitter! (ckhail)

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  68. I publicly follow via GFC: abfantom

    I would get the Black & Decker 12 Cup Programmable Coffeemaker - DCM100B

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  69. I would get the Working Class Studio Ben Tumbler with Squiggle Design.
    austma7@aol.com

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  70. I'm a GFC follower :)
    I like the Thorndike Mills summer squash oval braided rug.

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  71. Like Kitchen Karate on FB (Lona Sausman Wibbels)

    Lona728@ yahoo dot com

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  72. following kitchenkarate on twitter (Lona728)

    Lona728@ yahoo dot com

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  73. I would get the Cuisinox 17 Oz Frost Striped Oil and Vinegar Bottle Set with Caddy - BOTFROST

    Lona728@ yahoo dot com

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  74. I will buy Peacock Alley Bamboo Basic Bath Set

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  75. Microplane Premium Classic Zester / Grater with Yellow Handle - 46620 is what i would most likely buy because i do not have one and it would make things much easier.

    waitressdani (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  76. I follow you on GFC and I would love to have the Gotham Table Lamp for my bedroom.
    mintstatesportswear(at)juno(dot)com

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  77. My favorite item is the Armarkat 62" Faux Fur Cat Tree in Beige and the gift card would go toward purchasing that item!

    trippyjanet at hotmail dot com

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  79. 1) Le Creuset 9" Square Baking Dish with Bonus 5" Baking Dish
    2) Follow on twiiter (@happishopr)
    3) Fan on Facebook (laura griggs)
    trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

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  80. I like and would get the iittala Origo Orange Dinnerware Set - Origo Orange Series.

    I follow on gfc as shavithalley1995

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  81. I would get my new little grandson a CloudB Sleep Sheep.

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  82. i would like to get the Cuisinart 15-Bar Espresso Maker in Stainless Steel

    @fdp4life follows on twitter
    tony l smoaks fb fan
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  83. Hi! I follow you on gfc. h mcnaron
    I looked at csn- they have so much! I like the le creuset one qt wok in kiwi color.
    I follow you on twitter @creep4ward

    thanks!
    hmcnaron at gmail

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  84. I follow on GFC and I might get the Paula Deen 5 piece Soup and Stew Set.

    I follow on Twitter: lazybones344

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  85. I would love a new Cuisinart baking sheet, and I follow ya :)

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  86. Follower of Kitchen Karate via Google Friend Connect

    jswaks at gmail dot com

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  87. I like the Adesso - Espresso Table Lantern

    jswaks at gmail dot com

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  88. I would put it toward a Kitchenaid stand mixer.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill@comcast.net

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  89. I follower. I like the Grandrich - G-2085 WHT - 13" Ceramic Lamp in WhiteSKU #: GCH1194

    I liked you on facebook.

    I follow on twiter.(donnak4)

    donna444444@yahoo.com

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