I was recently contacted by a Crisco representative about their new Mediterranean Inspirations Recipe and Essay Contest. I learned that from January 17 through March 18, Crisco is inviting home cooks to submit their favorite recipes at GetInspiredwithCrisco.com in the Crisco Mediterranean Inspirations Recipe and Essay Contest for the chance to win a trip for two to Italy. They are looking for recipes that use one of the three Crisco Olive Oil varieties: Crisco 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Crisco Pure Olive Oil or Crisco Light Olive Oil; plus, two ingredients commonly used in Mediterranean-style cooking, including tomatoes, garlic, olives, pasta, yogurt, legumes, fresh herbs, lentils or cheese.
I was intrigued by this contest since I love Mediterranean cuisine. I am always cooking with olive oil, artichokes, pasta, tomatoes, herbs and cheese. In fact, here are some of my favorite Mediterranean-style recipes in case you are looking for inspiration: Artichoke Lasagna, Artichoke Rosemary Pizza, Caprese Summer Pasta, Artichoke-Lemon Pesto, Perfect Pesto, Orange Olive Oil Pine Nut Cake
To entice you to enter their most excellent contest, (I mean seriously, why wouldn’t you enter this contest, you could go to ITALY!!!), Crisco is generously providing a prize pack for one of my readers. Entry requirements are below.
The best part about this prize pack is that it is incredibly generous and contains all that you need to feel like you are cooking in the Mediterranean even before you’ve even arrived.
The prize pack contains:
1. One set of 4 gorgeous pasta bowls from Williams-Sonoma (pictured above)
2. A set of 3 Crisco oils, all of which you can use in your everyday cooking
3. Salt Pig from Crate & Barrel (pictured above)
4. Herb Scissors from Crate & Barrel
5. Bamboo Spoon from Crate & Barrel
6. Grown Your Own Pesto kit for growing basil and herbs to make your own pesto
7. A pack of fabulous recipe cards for great Mediternean dishes to make at home.
To Enter to Win the Prize Pack:
1. Leave a comment telling me your favorite Mediterranean inspired food.
2. Sign up for The Naptime Chef Newsletter (upper left corner of this screen)
3. Become a fan of The Naptime Chef on Facebook.
4. Contest runs from January 21st at 9:30pm ET through January 31st at 11:59pm ET.
5. Winner will be chosen using Random.org.