Saturday, December 17, 2011

You Say Tomato, I say Review and Giveaway

We love tomatoes in my house. Whether they are topping a home-made pizza, the star of a mozzarella (caprese) salad, stuffed with cous cous, tossed in to a simple pasta dish, a hearty soup, or as a base for a full-blown spaghetti sauce. Tomatoes are a healthy, versatile, dietary staple for my family.

During the summer months I happily grow tomatoes and various herbs in pots that cover my deck, or buy locally if my yield is low. Michigan winter hampers my home-grown and local tomatoes, so I turn to canned for sauces, and greenhouse grown from who-knows-where for my fresh tomato fix.

I was thrilled, of course, when I was contacted to do a review of Red Gold's Culinary Classics canned tomatoes, in two varieties! Yes, I'm a bit of a kitchen geek, but proud of it! Domestic Goddesses, aspiring or otherwise, should be! And it just so happens that this line are sold exclusively at my favorite local grocery store, Meijer, in the Grand Rapids and Detroit areas.

I received two 28oz cans: Chef's Cut Tomatoes with Basil in Puree and one Sliced Tomatoes & Zucchini with Onions, Celery & Bell Peppers. Today's review is based on the first and I'll include my recipe for an incredibly healthy pizza for you and yours in my very next post. I'll post another recipe and review for the second can, but this post includes my very first giveaway!

The can of Chef's Cut Tomatoes with Basil in Puree was perfect for a quick soup with nothing needed but a side of garlic bread (fresh garlic, please) and a glass of Chianti. The basil could have been more prominent, but I'm crazy for basil and use a ton of it in season! The tomatoes had a natural sweetness, and there is no added sugar. Instead of soup this time, I used the product for the base of the pizza sauce for the pizza mentioned above. Please see my next post for the recipe.

I'm also pleased to report that the tomatoes are grown right here in the northern Midwest. Red Gold, based in Indiana, grows its tomatoes within 100 miles of its facility at farms in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, where we have the perfect weather and soil for growing excellent tomatoes.

The Giveaway! A gift pack of the aforementioned cans of tomato, cutting board, measuring spoon, magnet and coupon! This is my very first giveaway, so be nice and enter!

There will be 2 cans of tomatoes for you!

How to Enter:

Too often, I find giveaways to be so complicated to enter, that I rarely enter them! So, for my giveaway you can enter very simply:

1) Follow my blog and leave me a comment telling me your favorite way to eat tomatoes!

Please be sure to include a way for me to contact you, either through your own blog or an email (you may send your email to me privately if you prefer - adgmommy (at) gmail (dot) com, but still leave a comment on the blog.

Bonus Entries:

*** follow me on Twitter! I finally joined Twitter yesterday! However, I'm still trying to figure out the whole Twitter thing, so I don't have any snazzy buttons yet. Just follow me at: http://twitter.com/dgmommyblogger and let me know that you did so!
*** Visit www.redgold.com and tell me your favorite product of theirs!
*** Re-tweet this giveaway and let me know when you do (you'll gain me as a follower too!)

This giveaway is open to anyone in the US! No need to be a Midwesterner to enter! The package will be mailed directly to the winner. Giveaway ends on 12/21/12 at 11:59pm EST. The winner will be contacted within 48-hours and will have 48 hours to respond with shipping details.

Thank you!

15 comments:

  1. Nice articles. I'm just blogwalking and very happy to stop here. And also give you some comment and following your blog here.

    Dont forget to give us some your comment into my blog and following me back too.

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  2. I love tomato sandwiches in the summer! and tomato sauce on grilled cheese in the winter. Yum! But seriously, I haven't had a tomato I didn't like ;)

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  3. I love homemade tomato soup! Found you on BlogFrog. I'm following you on Twitter. I have giveaways too, if you are interested in entering. You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, BlogFrog and on my blog. http://beckthings.blogspot.com
    Have a great day! :)

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  4. Great giveaway my friend thanks. Sending you special wishes for a very Merry Christmas and look forward to keeping in touch in 2012.

    Always Wendy

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  5. Hi Goddess Mommmy :)
    I only eat tomatoes when its on pizza.
    Btw, I am your new follower. I hope you can drop by on my blogs and be my follower too... Super Social WAHM and
    Mom Blog

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  6. I'm following you on GFC

    I love tomatoes on pizza and with pasta.

    pd6914 at gmail dot com

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  7. I'm following you on Twitter as @ourvirginiahome

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  8. I tweeted about your giveaway @ourvirginiahome
    https://twitter.com/#!/ourvirginiahome/status/149217142758313985

    pd6914 at gmail dot com

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  9. Thanks, Laura! And every one who has entered so far!

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  10. Thanks for the giveaway!

    With tomatoes, I love, love, love pico de gallo! A good BLT is a close second though:)

    GFC (hhollyhal)
    hhollyhal at gmail dot com

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  11. Once you get a hang of twitter, you'll love it!

    I follow you as @hhollyhaland

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  12. I like to eat tomatoes in Pasta e Fagioli soup! Thanks for the giveaway!

    ms0812(at)zoominternet(dot)net

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  13. Following you on Twitter (@1day1dollar)

    ms0812(at)zoominternet(dot)net

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  14. I love Red Gold's Petite Diced Tomatoes. It's a lot easier to get my kids to eat them when they're not quite so big!

    ms0812(at)zoominternet(dot)net

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  15. Tweet:

    http://twitter.com/#!/1day1dollar/status/149448351908241409

    ms0812(at)zoominternet(dot)net

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