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Welcome to The Hungry Mouse’s Holiday Gift Extravaganza!

Let the games begin!

As a special thank you for all your support over the last year-and-a-half, we’re giving away a Nespresso espresso machine, a Cuisinart food processor, and a Vita-Mix blender this month! Details are here.

We’re giving away one prize each week. We thought we’d get off to a good, caffeinated start. SO!

This week’s prize is a Nespresso espresso machine

Here’s the deal.

This week’s contest is open between Monday, November 30 and midnight (EST), Friday, December 4. During that time, you can enter to win a Nespresso Essenza C100 in Twilight Blue. Estimated value is $249.

Nespresso Espresso MachineHere’s the little guy, sitting in his box on my counter, just waiting to be shipped to one lucky winner.


One winner will be announced on Saturday, December 5.

A big thanks to KitchenArts!

This prize is near and dear to my heart because it was donated by the good folks at KitchenArts right here in Boston.

KitchenArts is one of my favorite kitchen stores in the city�delivering all that good, old-fashioned personal advice and help that are the hallmark of good indy shops. (Hey, they’ll even teach you how to properly sharpen your knives!) If you�re not in Boston, definitely check out their online store for lots of hard-to-find gadgets and goodies.

How to enter

We’re in the middle of planning out the next few months of recipes. What better place to start than with reader requests?

So, to enter this contest, please leave a comment on this post answering the following question:

What one dish would you like to learn how to cook?

That’s it. (No really, that’s it!)

The rules

  • You must enter a valid e-mail address on the comment form. (That’s how we’ll contact you if you win.)
  • Only one entry per person.
  • This contest is open to U.S. residents only.
  • Deadline for entries is Midnight (EST) on December 4, 2009.

One winner will be chosen at random on Saturday, December 5, 2009. The winner will receive one Nespresso Essenza C100. Read the official rules here.

Have you seen our new holiday cookbook?

These are exciting times here at The Mouse House! We wanted to be sure you knew about our new cookbook, A Holiday Feast!

The Hungry Mouse Presents A Holiday Feast

The book is available as a printed book and an e-book. (Buying one won’t improve your chances of winning, but we think it’ll make a great holiday gift for all those foodies in your life!)


Good luck!

Be sure to stop back over the next few weeks and enter to win the Cuisinart and the Vita-Mix!

If you’re on Twitter and want to help us spread the word, you can find us @thehungrymouse. You can also join us on our Facebook fan page for exclusive content and tons of links to interesting food articles.

Happy holidays!

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Jessie Cross is a cookbook author and creator of The Hungry Mouse, a monster online food blog w/500+ recipes. When she's not shopping for cheese or baking pies, Jessie works as an advertising copywriter in Boston. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and two small, fluffy wolves.


    • I would love to learn how to make an authentic "Chicken Mole''" and have this strange combo actually work! I think this would be fun and very exciting and there "has" to be some secret's invovled in this famous dish~~~~Thank's Malinda
  1. I would like to learn how to make candy - rum balls in particular. We used to go to a restaurant in Florida (that's now gone) that had an amazing buffet. I know, who has good buffets. But it was awesome. The best part of course were the desserts. A wide variety of pies, cakes, etc. but the best were their rum balls. Absolutely out of this world.
  2. I would love to learn how to make a traditional rum cake, I had one at a bakery down in the north end in Boston and immediately fell in love. I think it would be perfect for the holidays coming up!
  3. I'm not much of a baker. My mom once had a recipe for these awesome christmas cookies, but it takes more effort and equipment than I have. I was hoping for a simpler christmas cookie recipe that isn't from a tube!
  4. I would love to learn how to make a great indian dinner - chicken tikka masala, sag paneer, chai -- the works! We can never get our basmati quite right.
  5. If you promise not to laugh, I will tell ya: I can make, bake, wow the best of them, but what I can NOT do is fry a pork chop...can you beleive that? simple, yet it defeats me all the time...bake them, and they come out white (Honey Bear had a fit when I fed him white pork..yikes) LOL! If I fry them, they are either still raw at the bone, OR drier then a desert. Theres my hidden secret...I cannot, for the life of me, make a darn pork chop!!
  6. that's hard to decide on what dish to learn but I think I would like to learn how to make sushi because it looks like so much fun to make and you can put whatever you want in the sushi rolls.
  7. I would LOVE to know how to make the Scallop Cakes for Collector's Cafe in Myrtle Beach, SC. It's their signature dish, and I can't repeat it no matter how hard I try!
  8. Man, I would LOVE to learn how to make those little steamed rice buns with the sweet and savory fillings I find at dim sum and my favorite asian restaurants...MMMmmmmmmm
  9. I would love to learn how to make stuffed pasta dishes FROM SCRATCH! Yes, actually making the dough, shaping it, making the filling, the sauce ... all of it, from start to finish.
  10. I'd love to learn to make a good ol' fashioned jelly roll. The kind my mom and sister used to make during the holidays when I was little. From beginning to end with all of your awesome Hungry Mouse pictures to illustrate each step. Is it sponge cake? What type of filling can you use? Do you have to let it sit for a bit? Can you freeze it? Thanks! Rebecca Berry
  11. I would like to learn how to cook a good authentic tasting General Gau's Chicken... The challenge for this is that I'd like to learn how to make it diabetic friendly...
  12. Oooh, tough one. There are so many recipes waiting on my "to try" list! One I have not yet been able to conquer is green curry. There is a restaurant near me that makes the best green curry I've ever had. One of these days I'll have to wrangle my way into their kitchen and learn the secret! Thanks for the giveaway. :)
  13. Rigo Jancsi...or Hungarian chocolate cake It's labor intensive, but I'd love to be able to serve this rich chocolate cake while telling the love story behind it.
  14. I would like to learn how to make a baguette that has the same texture and flavor as the baguettes I get in France. I can make baguettes, no problem. But do they have that flaky crust and kind of hard yet soft interior that only stays fresh for about 12 hours?
  15. I would love to learn how to make beautiful cakes- you know, the tiered ones that you see on ace of cakes, or cake boss. They are so cool!
  16. I really want to learn to cook creme brulee, especially the bit that gets the top all crispy. I assume that it involves some kind of flame, which is always the most exciting part of cooking.
  17. I would love to learn how to make Carrot Cake, gluten free. I cannot eat gluten, and would love to learn a recipe that calls for no gluten at all.
  18. Dry Curry...only once have I been blessed with the perfect dry curry...spicy, but not overly so, full of flavor, nomness....*sighs with longing*
  19. I would love a good chocolate cupcake recipe. I know you are supposed to be able to turn any cake recipe into cupcakes, but I never seem to get it right. Some good frosting for on top too!
  20. I would love to learn how to make fried rice/ham balls. They were served @ Beerworks a few years back and see like a simple concept, but one that needs finesse to pull it off...
  21. I would love to be able to do photography on cakes, I love the idea to have your loved ones near and dear and long past on cake for holiday, and remembrance. They are always so special to everyone. When my mom and her sibblings passed on we had a reunion and a bakery imposed their picture on that cake and it was awesome. I want that machine to do this for long time memories to come.
  22. I'd love to learn the classic pot-au-feu, especially now as deep winter approaches! Thanks for your always cheery, informative blog. You make me laugh.
  23. I would love a good vegetarian recipe for acorn squash. Hopefully something beyond baking with brown sugar and nutmeg. Bonus points for a savory dish that can be eaten as a meal.
  24. Rino's in East Boston makes killer dishes with sauted chicken (or veal or shrimp), homemade pasta, and broccoli rabe in a light sauce. I'd love to learn a version of it!
  25. I would like to learn how to make a good Beef Bourguignon. I love the taste and have tried to make it in my crockpot, but something wasn't right. I love using my slow cooker and think it will work, if I can just get a good recipe. Great giveaway, thanks!
  26. I would love to learn how to cook a really, really, good paella that has wonderful flavor, color, spice, and freshness.faurot
  27. I would love to learn how to make buchetta with the same tomato sauce that Olive Garden makes. Can't seem to get it just right.
  28. I would love to learn how to make a perfect fruit cake - not too moist, not dry like when you buy it from some supermarkets, just that perfect balance.
  29. I would love to make middle eastern dishes for the Hubs. He is fluent in Arabic and spent time in Iraq and often talks about the great food he ate while in the middle east. For myself, I would love how to make hard sugar based candies as well as caramels.
  30. French baguettes - real ones, with the crisp crust, the airy, chewy crumb... I can't buy them anywhere in OKC, so I want to learn to make my own!
  31. I want to learn how to make grilled pizza! It always comes out soggy in the middle and burnt on the bottom. But when made correctly tastes delicious!
  32. I've been forever postponing cooking Paella because at the few occasions I tried I always failed. So I would absolutely appreciate a recipe for a lovely, juicy seafruit Paella. (Not the right season but still...)
  33. I want to learn how to make a chocolate torte. When I was eight I made about three terrible tortes because I am insane and was a bizarre child, and those failed tortes haunt me still.
  34. I can't decide but I'll settle down with anything savory made with pumpkin. Pumpkin ravioli or pumpkin gnocchi with a sage cream sauce maybe? hmmmmm
  35. I would love to be able to duplicate the delicious sticky rice you find at Dim Sum. It has all the hidden pieces of various meats and sausage in the middle and is steamed in a banana leaf. Thanks for the contest and great website.
  36. i loved the carmellos that the sears store in our town used to have when i was a kid in the 60's. that store is long gone and they got too expensive to buy from the maker in Salt Lake. I still miss those things.
  37. I'd really love to learn to make Thai food, especially pad thai. Especially as you can't get any decent pad thai anywhere within driving distance.
  38. A decent fat-free cookie that can be rolled out and cut with cookie cutters. They cannot have coconut/palm oil or animal fats (restricted diet - no medium- or long-chain fats). All of the recipes I have found have bad texture and are boring. My son will be 4 soon and I would love to be able to make fun cookies for him for his birthday!!
  39. I love to eat yogurt covered granola bars, but all of my attempts to make them have failed miserably. the yogurt never tuns into the right consistency.
  40. I would love to learn to make a good homemade turnover! Apple, peach, cherry- doesn't matter! But something with homemade dough!
  41. Please, let me know how to cook this fabulous fresh fruit and coconut jelly that I eat at my favorite vietnamese restaurant! So simple, so refreshing...pleeease I tried so many times to reproduce it that my son is calling it : "oh, that Invented Recipe that doesn't worked again!"
  42. Oh, how I would love to win this. I would like to know how to make old fashioned drop dumplings with blackberries! My grandmother used to make this!
  43. I would like to learn how to make perfect baby back ribs that are tender but don't fall off the bone and have the signature smoke line just under the surface.
  44. I would totally love to learn how to make pork carnitas. I looooovvvve Mexican food and those juicy chunks of pork are to die for!
  45. I keep trying to make a perfect Motzerella Cheese. Its way harder than it looks, but one of these days I'll get it right. PS. this give-a-way is fantastic! Thanks!
  46. I'd like to learn how to make Rendang. I've only had it a couple of times and it is amazing. It's basically Indonesian beef stew, cooked in coconut milk and various spices. I love it!
  47. Tasty pork carnitas. I have made several different recipes, but they have been blah, not delicious like the carnitas at my fave restaurant.
  48. Green (Pistachio) Brownies!!! I had never even HEARD of these until a guy I work with baked some & brought them into work to share with all of us! They are absolutely to die for! But he refuses to give up the recipe & I can't find one on the internet, either! Thank you! =)
  49. I would really love to learn how to cook a good marinara sauce and meatballs paired with some fresh ravioli like you would get at your favorite Italian restaurant. For some reason I just can't get the sauce right and the meatballs. If I could only sneak into the kitchen of my favorite Italian restaurant and snatch some recipes, yum…
  50. Falafel, with tahini sauce and homemade pita! My partner and I keep saying we're going to make falafel, but until we master the properly puffed pita bread, it hardly seems worth it. I'd also love a tutorial on tortillas, flour or corn. I seem to have a thing for flatbreads. Huh.
  51. Oh. Just one dish? My first thought was boeuf bourguignon, like Amanda, but then I thought cream puffs! I haven't tried them but I imagine it would be hard. But profiteroles sound so good right now.
  52. Thanks so much to all who entered! Tons of inspiration here! You're going to keep me busy for the next six months! The contest is now closed. I'll be doing the drawing later on today (Saturday), and will announce the winner by tonight. After we pick the winner, I'll go back and respond to comments. (I don't want to screw up the comment count before the drawing.) Good luck! +Jessie