Quarterly Co. Box Giveaway //

Giveaway time!

Quarterly Co. is a subscription box service that allows you to subscribe to a a variety of curators like Pharrell, Angie and Ted of Poketo…and even Coco (yes, Ice-T’s gf). Today is all about Chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo. They own two of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles, Son of a Gun and Animal. In fact, when I first moved to LA and was super broke, my first splurge meal was at Animal. I have really good memories of that night; there was a biscuit topped with gravy and foie gras.
This quarter’s box is all about BBQ. The box that’s up for grabs includes:

1. Their recipe for the best BBQ sauce EVER (seriously, Josh has made it a few times and it’s amazing).
2. A bag of wood chips.
3. Two custom-made Hedley + Bennett tea towels.
4. A BBQ sauce brush.
5. Tin of their BBQ rub.
6. Signed note from them.


To win this giveaway:

1. Visit Quarterly and take a look at Vinny and Jon’s past boxes/sign up for their new Quarterly box, which is coming out in two months, if you like!!

2. Leave a comment here telling me what your favorite BBQ side dish, i.e., mac n cheese, baked beans…you know, stuff like that!

A winner will be chosen on Friday, April 4th at noon, PST. This giveaway is open to US readers only.


This giveaway is now closed. The winner is Ciana Simpson!!

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Happy Valentine’s Day Week! Happy Lunar New Year! Happy happy week…

Today I’m giving away something I’ve loved for a long, long time: a mushroom kit from Back to the Roots. That’s right, my fwiendz, today I’m giving you mushrooms. Oyster mushrooms, actually.

This kit is kind of amazing. All you do is water the goods (inside the box) and in about 10 days you have 1 1/2 pounds of fresh, beautiful oyster mushrooms. SO COOL!

If I had 1 1/2 pounds of oysters, I’d make this pasta dish with brown butter and fried sage, or this white mushroom lasagna…or maybe this mushroom risotto.

To enter, simply leave a comment below answering the following question:

1. What’s your favorite 90’s movie? Here are a few of my favorites: Walking and Talking, Reality Bites, Before Sunrise/Before Sunset, Dazed and Confused, Beauty and the Beast…you get the idea! Annnnd go…

Giveaway ends Tuesday (2/13) at midnight. I’ll choose a winner and post the person’s name, along with their favorite 90’s movie. Good luck!



{Fine print: Back to the Roots provided one mushroom kit for me to give away to one of you lovely people. No compensation was exchanged. That’s all!}


Update!: Loryn is our winner. Her favorite 90s movies: “Pump up the Volume! and Heathers! and Singles” I mean…very, very good choices. Singles is one of my all-time favorites, too. Thanks for playing, everyone!


It’s Friday so I’m giving away mushrooms, naturally! #duh

Actually, in all seriousness, this is super cool, guys. Back to the Roots is a company founded by two guys in Oakland, California. Their short story goes like this: two dudes graduate from UC Berkeley, flip their noses at the corporate world and instead decide to grow mushrooms in coffee grounds. Sounds kind of crazy…errr…awesome, right? Well, I think so. Who doesn’t drink coffee? Who doesn’t love mushrooms?  No one, that’s who! And growing food off of waste? Pretty incredible stuff.

Here’s the deal: this kit here allows you to grow oyster mushrooms in about 10 days (in soil that’s 100% coffee grounds from Peet’s!). All you do is place it on your windowsill, mist (mister included in kit) it once a day and ten days later…boom!  Mushrooms.  Genius.  Cute.  Moldy.  All words to describe this super smart idea. Get on it!

Giveaway deets:

Leave a comment telling me what summer dishes you’re digging so far (I need some inspiration).  I’ll randomly (using my trusty random calculator) pick a winner on Sunday at midnight (EST).

Aaaaaand go!

Update, schupdate! Back to the Roots is giving ACK readers a 10% discount. Just type in this promo code at checkout: Mushrooms4me10

Winner UPDATE!! Sarah (number 124) is the winner! Yay! Lots o’ mushrooms in your future, Sarah. Thanks everyone for playing!


UPDATE: Whoa, you guys are so awesome! All of your comments were great to read, and I got a lot of great tips, like these:

  • Use lazy susans in your cabinets to make things easier to get to.
  • Hang things. Everywhere you can.
  • Put shelves up. Everywhere you can.

And now…here’s our lucky winner, Jenny!

“Oh, I am SO with you. I dream of a bigger kitchen ALL the time! Ahh…someday. But for now, I just stay super organized. I stack things inside of each other – but not too much or it’ll be a huge pain to get anything out. I also use those extra cabinet shelf-things that you add so that I can fully use the height of all of my cabinets.”

Thanks for commenting everyone, you’re super rad :)


I need to make a confession – I don’t actually own a blender. Well, not the normal standing kind. The reason being…those things take up counter space, something I am very short on. In fact, the kitchen counter might be the hottest piece of real estate in my apartment at the moment. My microwave won a prime spot near the sink. My super nice juicer wasn’t so lucky…neither was the blender. The juicer went in a storage cabinet, and my blender went to Goodwill.

But it’s cool, cause I have a hand blender. Totally perfect for making soups, sauces, smoothies or some even juice. And, it fits nicely in a drawer. No counter space needed.

A while back CSN  contacted us about doing a giveaway, and Adrianna gave one lucky reader and all clad griddle. That’s pretty cool. Now I’m getting to give away this lovely hand blender/whisker/chopper contraption. It’s pretty cool too. Actually, it’s really freakin awesome. To whoever wins this: I’m jealous of you.

BTW – you should check out CSN stores sometime. They have tons of super cool cookware and furniture, like modern bar stools. I hope when I own a house one day I have bar somewhere in it. I would buy bar stools like this.  And then I would drink bubble gum martinis. Cause I’m cool like that.

However, until I get my awesome dream home, I have a favor to ask: how do you conserve space in the kitchen? I need to know. My juicer needs to know too.

Here’s how to win this awesome hand blender:

1) Leave me a comment with your best space -saving tip and I’ll enter you to win. You win, and I win. This is how I like things.

2) And if you’re without any helpful hints? It’s okay – just tell me you dream of a bigger kitchen too. It helps to feel I’m not alone. I’ll still enter you to win.

I’ll pick a winner at 12 midnight on Wednesday, so be sure to check back!

Thanks guys, you’re super awesome.



WINNER UPDATE! I LOVED hearing what you all want for the holidays. I enjoyed reading every one, as some of them were humble and cute, and some where just downright hilarious. Without further adieu, the winner is:

Jen who said, “Great Giveaway–that griddle would be awesome. So far on my Christmas list I have a new laptop, a couple cookbooks, and a new black boots.”

Go Jen! Thanks all for entering. Have a cute week! xo


All-Clad is like Prada…but for your kitchen.

Yeah, it’s fancy and expensive. BUT worth it. Whenever I buy expensive shoes or bags, I just tell myself that they’re such great quality that I’ll be able to give them to my future daughter.

Who knows if that’s true, but I do suggest telling yourself that.  It makes the sting of anything remotely expensive feel a little less tingly.

I do this same thing with fancy cookware.  It’s a good technique.  I have a gorgeous set of All-Clad cookware in my kitchen, that I surprisingly found on Craigslist from some dude who was gifted the set from his mom. He couldn’t pay rent, and didn’t cook so he was selling it brand new, never used at more than half price.

And then since I was scared to meet him at Starbucks, because there was a possibility of him being a murderer, I dragged a friend of mine with me and they both realized they were from the same small town outside Boston. Small world.

LA is a weird place.  You can buy All-Clad in a Starbucks at half price.

Anyway, basically I’m saying that All-Clad can last you a really long time and the quality is pretty awesome. So that’s why when CSN Stores contacted me about doing a giveaway, I picked this griddle. And because I’m a long admirer of pancakes. Obviously.

CSN Stores is a total one-stop shop.  You can buy everything from dining chairs, kitchen gear to doggie toys. Cool!

Want to enter?! Of course you do! Here’s how:

1.) Enter once by leaving a comment here on the ol’ bloggy blog. Tell me what you want for Christmas/Holidays. Is that too early? Sorry!

2.) Enter a second time by following me on Twitter. Just be sure to leave another comment here to tell me you did so.

3.) Enter another time by “liking” A Cozy Kitchen on Facebook.  And then leave another comment to tell me you “liked” it.

Winner will be picked on Sunday, October 10 (a.k.a. my birthday!) at Midnight (PST).  Giveaway only open to U.S. and Canadian residents.

I’ll select one winner through on Sunday.




Giveaway update! Thank you all for entering. Now I’m seriously craving butternut squash, pumpkin pie and apple cider. I’m gonna have to make some apple cider muffins very, very soon. The winner is:

Congrats, Kim!

Guess what?! Umm…I like you. A lot. I’m glad you’re around.

Umm..on another note, how is summer almost over?! How did that happen?! Where did it go? ….and on top of me just realizing summer’s almost over, it’s Monday! In the name of self-pity, I think it’s fitting that I gift you a little something.

I ordered some stuff from my favorite online baking store, Bake It Pretty. I ordered: fluted flower cupcake liners, stripey straws, berry baskets and big birthday candles.

One person will win all of this awesome stuff. All you have to do is leave a comment below answering this question:

“What fall food are you most looking forward to?”

You all have by end of day Wednesday, August 18th.

And whoever wins, has to promise me they’re going to put their stripey straws to good use and make this Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake. It’s the right thing to do.

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Okay, so there are a whole lot of cool people in LA. Sometimes I feel as though I live in the Mecca of hipness. Not that I am wallowing in a lack of self-esteem, but I know that I am not one of these people.

For example, I am definitely not cool enough to go to an amusement park in full make-up and stiletto high heels. I just don’t think that I could wipe off the sweaty mascara streaks as well as those 16 year olds do. I’m also definitely not cool enough to wear sunglasses at night, because no matter how hard I try I will never look smooth when I bump into things. Apparently there are a lot of guys in West Hollywood that have mastered this.


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