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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Bigger Than His Head + Winners

3-year old Nathan and his broccoli

Broccoli: Not for the commitment phobic

3 months of daily watering, petting, and singing sweet fertilizer songs. But it was worth every single floret!

I totally admit it, I’m an Impatient Gardener. I like fast growing, pick-a-little-bit every day kinda gal, like herbs, lettuce, tomatoes, chilies, citrus and peas.

As tender and sweet as the broccoli was, waiting 3 months for 1 head just ain’t my thing!

I’m an Instant Grat-Brat!

Now…for the winners…

Method of Randomness

Previous random drawings were easy. The number of entries were manageable enough where I could just print and cut out each of the comments and have one of my kids randomly pick out a piece of paper in the bowl, like this one –

But guys. 300 entries to win one of four copies of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois!!! WOW. If I had to cut out each of these 300 little comments, it would result in at least 1 paper cut per 50 comments. Not good.

So, I consulted my friend, Google, on how to randomly generate 4 numbers. Guess what? There is an online doohickey that randomly generates numbers! Hey, I’m so using that to pick my next lottery ticket numbers.

Because my blog doesn’t number the comments, I had to copy and paste all the comments into an Excel file which kindly numbered each comment. Then I looked up the number to find the winner.

WHEW. Do you see what I go through for you?!?!


The Winners of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes Cookbook

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes Cookbook

Congratulations to:

#269: Deeana

By Deeana on Jan 16, 2008 | Reply | Edit

I would love to make my favorite everything bagel with the recipe.

Thank you!

#51: Deborah of Working Woman Food

By Deborah on Jan 12, 2008 | Reply | Edit

I’ve made my fair share of cinnamon rolls, but none that sound as easy as this!! I would definitely be making this recipe – and load on the caramel for the sticky buns!!

#105: Tartelette

By Tartelette on Jan 12, 2008 | Reply | Edit

You had me at “Chocolate or Jam Filled Beignets”!

#254: Lynn

By Lynn on Jan 15, 2008 | Reply | Edit

First I’ll try the apple pear coffee cake. After all the holiday eating we did, that one is sure to be lower cal with all the fruit in it, ha! And second will have to be the Sticky Caramel Cinnamon buns, after looking at the beautiful photography I can already taste them!

Happy baking, guys! Email your name and address at jaden(at) steamykitchen (dot) com.


So far from the book, I’ve made the:

Sticky Pecan Caramel Cinnamon Rolls

Nutella & Roasted Hazelnut Challah

Chocolate Ganache Brioche (no photo because, guess what? we tore right into that baby 2 seconds after it came out of the oven) and multiple loaves of the basic Baguette.

I don’t know if I could go back to any other method of making bread, as this is far superior to any recipe that I’ve tried. I found out about this book 3 weeks ago from a blog, loved the recipe and contacted the author right away. Authors Jeff and Zoe are just wonderful and down-to-earth. They are quite amazed that their book is the #1 bread book on Amazon! Come read their story on their blog at Artisan Bread in Five.

If you didn’t win, please consider buying a copy of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day!

46 Responses to “Bigger Than His Head + Winners”

  1. Kitt — 1/19/08 @ 1:55 pm

    Congrats to the winners!

    That’s some brassica you’ve got there, Jaden.

  2. Passionate Eater — 1/19/08 @ 2:11 pm

    Dang, you really did go through a lot with entering in everything in the spreadsheet! Impressive! I would have just pointed to the screen with my eyes covered and opened my eyes to see who I “randomly pointed” to.

  3. I love the random number generator, it makes things much easier! You should be able to code in the number next to every comment, though – I’ll look if it’s part of my template or a plugin for you. :)

  4. amy purple — 1/19/08 @ 2:59 pm

    Wow, that was indeed a lot of entries! Congrats to the winners! I plan to now purchase the book. As I type this, the dough is doing its magic.

  5. blondee47 — 1/19/08 @ 3:32 pm

    In this picture he has your face 100 percent! of course i don’t know ur hubby…

  6. Nicole — 1/19/08 @ 3:36 pm

    Congrats to the winners! Your poor kids will want your blog to be less successful so they can go back to picking names out of the bowl! LOL

  7. cindy — 1/19/08 @ 3:42 pm

    congratulations to the lucky winners! maybe it is good to not win…this book would have definately put the ‘belly’ into belly dancing here! and the lure of fresh bread is totally seductive!

  8. BigFish — 1/19/08 @ 4:02 pm

    Hi Steamykitchen,
    Wow… it is so BIG! after 3 months of hard work, i think you deserve the broccoli! I only saw once the cabbage in Cameron Highland in our country is bigger than my head. Yet not a broccoli!~
    Your site is really cool… admiring you all the way from Malaysia!

  9. nana — 1/19/08 @ 4:02 pm

    Boo hoo, I was really hoping my luck would change and I would win a copy of the book. Even though I did not win a book, I won a recipe. My sticky dough is happily feasting and yeasting, and devouring all that honey in the cool darkness of the fridge as I am posting this, and, for that, I say— thanks!

  10. Susie` — 1/19/08 @ 4:18 pm

    I’m so jealous of those winners! I’ll for sure be buying it! Your photos are amazing…what kind of camera do you have???

  11. caitlyn — 1/19/08 @ 4:57 pm

    Wow, that is huge head of broccoli! Nice job!

  12. Lysne — 1/19/08 @ 6:26 pm

    Congrats to the winners! I’ve already pulled the trigger on my Amazon cart.

    It’s a wonderful recipe – I made the sticky buns, some parker house rolls (Out of the sweet-Master Recipe) and a small loaf of plain Challah. Yum Yum Yum.

    Thanks Jaden. And good job on the broccoli. (the kid’s kinda cute too.)

  13. phyllis — 1/19/08 @ 6:54 pm

    congrats to the winners! after finding out that i didn’t win (i never win =() i hopped out to my closest barnes and noble but alas, no copies. i guess i’ll have to wait!

  14. Tartelette — 1/19/08 @ 8:04 pm

    And you had to print my super long, super elaborated comment…!! Still,I am making the beignets the minute I make the book..or the challah…or the brioche…
    Congrats on such a beautifuk head of broccoli!

  15. Wow! You grew broccoli! I’m very impressed.

    By the way, come see me. I left you a little something in my last post.

  16. JEP — 1/19/08 @ 8:45 pm

    300 comments…you have lots of friends, girl! Anxiously waiting for your next giveaway:)

  17. Lisa — 1/19/08 @ 9:14 pm

    Nice broccoli — just don’t make the 4H mistake and let him name it or he’ll never want to eat it.

    Congratulations to the winners! I’m looking forward to more reports from that book — it looks great.

  18. Kat — 1/19/08 @ 9:17 pm

    Congrats to the winners! Looking forward to more delicious creations from the book :)

  19. Cecilia — 1/19/08 @ 11:07 pm

    ZOMG!!! Jaden, I swear you read my mind!!! I sooo.. wanted to make the “chocolate ganache brioche” from that book!! but i didn’t win :( Oh well! Thanks Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois (not forgetting you, Jaden) for giving us the chance anyway! Cheers, have a good day…:)

  20. argus lou — 1/20/08 @ 5:28 am

    Your dear son looks like a salad ingredient among the greens! So cute.

  21. one food guy — 1/20/08 @ 9:34 am

    That is a great looking broccoli! Congratulations Deeana, Deborah, Tartelette and Lynn!

  22. meeso — 1/20/08 @ 10:40 am

    :) Great Picture!

  23. Miss T — 1/20/08 @ 11:51 am

    Congrats, winners! That is one beautiful broccoli!

  24. OMG!! Look at your so adorably cute broccoli boy!
    Any farmer selling broccoli at the farmers market just needs to have your son standing (just like the picture) in front of the stand. The farmer would SELL OUT of his broccoli in minutes! How can you not? “I’ll take 10 pounds!But can I squeeze his cheeks for free?”
    Wish we had more garden space to grow broccoli. Maybe next year we’ll cut back on the beets and lettuce and go for the brassica’s!

  25. Deborah — 1/20/08 @ 5:06 pm

    I’m so excited!! I can’t wait to try it out!!

  26. Diane — 1/20/08 @ 6:21 pm

    Congrats to the winners!

    What an absolutely adoreable little boy! I’m so jealous, he gets to be outside with bare feet while we’re stuck here in the north freezing.

  27. daphne — 1/20/08 @ 8:57 pm

    congrats to the winners!!!!!!
    I made the scrolls on Saturday for Fiance’s pre-birthday celebration (any excuse to make the scrolls!). They were soooo good!!! Love love love it!

  28. Happy Cook — 1/21/08 @ 9:22 am

    Congrats to all the winners.

    Boo hoo I didn’t win? But I am gonna order that book. After seeing that sticky cinamon roll i have decided if i din’t win i will order them.
    You son look cute.

  29. Judy in SATX — 1/21/08 @ 12:11 pm

    Your son is so good about staying still for pictures. I can’t wait until mine grows out of his dashing phase. It was so much easier to take pictures when he couldn’t move, or at least not quickly.

    The broccoli is amazing! Kudos!

  30. Suzana — 1/21/08 @ 1:48 pm

    Congrats guys! Can’t wait to see what you bake – keep us posted.

    Jaden, that’s a super broccoli floret! If I ever became a gardener I’ll want to know those ‘sweet fertilizer songs’! ;)

  31. amyjo smith — 1/21/08 @ 2:02 pm

    Yeah – I’m not much for waiting for things to grow either – and usually I kill them…parsley. I can grow parsley, it’s like a weed that doesn’t stop – it just grows and spreads and spreads and spreads…did you know it can turn into mini bushes…like 3 and 4 feet tall?? :D

  32. Lynn — 1/21/08 @ 2:21 pm

    Way to go on growing such a great-looking broccoli! If the other Lynn doesn’t claim her book, you can just send it to me. :-)

  33. joanne — 1/21/08 @ 3:42 pm

    Ugh, broccoli, last time I grew it, there was an infestation of tiny green aphid like bugs. I had to soak the heads in salt water for several hours and many rinses.

    Watch out, if your kids really like green veggies, they may start hacking your plants to grab a snack while playing. Or they can just decide that those baby eggplants are really flowers and forget that mommy needs them more than 2 inches to cook with. I never did get to cook them. Or the worse part, my kid use to eat green onions straight from the garden. No rinsing. His pre-teen B.O. smells like onions. We call him Onion boy now. He still eats them straight from the fridge. I caught him eating my leeks. He said they were the biggest green onions he’s ever eating, and they were really yummy. I made him stay at least 30 ft from me for the rest of the week.

  34. Single Guy Chef — 1/21/08 @ 6:46 pm

    Wow, really, just ONE brocolli head? Now I won’t complain when I see high prices for brocolli because it must take a lot of farmers to grow more than one!

    BTW, thanks for doing the winner picks on your computer. You’ve saved a thousand trees, I bet. ;-)

  35. Nate 2.0 — 1/21/08 @ 7:54 pm

    that’s a beautiful broccoli. did it taste any better than broccoli from the farmer’s market?

  36. Mansi — 1/21/08 @ 8:21 pm

    wow, Nathan is so cute!! jaden, can you email me about such contests before you make them public please, alongwith requirements for me to win:) hehehe..

    Congrats to all the winners!

  37. jamie anne — 1/22/08 @ 10:31 am

    OMG Nathan is so adorable… he looks so proud! hehehehe! that broccoli is montrously big!
    shame you don’t get them with the greens in the super market… think of the kids… “Mommy Moomy let’s go see the Giant-Veggie-Octopus-Monster-Thingie….!” hey! that’s d be a way to con them into eating veggies… “veggies are your enemy… eat them!”

  38. You better watch out you don’t lose him in there! Wow! That is one seriously big head of broccoli. He is too cute.

  39. bleeding espresso — 1/22/08 @ 1:15 pm

    Oh my goodness look at that broccoli! And that Nathan! Soooo cute :)

  40. Lynn — 1/22/08 @ 11:36 pm

    who me??? I never win anything!
    I can taste those sticky buns already, and they are my hubby’s favorite.
    that should score me some “brownie” points.

    Thanks Jaden!

    p.s. please hug your little broccoli head for me, he really knows how to pick!

  41. Zenchef — 1/22/08 @ 11:59 pm

    That’s one giant head of broccoli!
    Was it harder to grow that thing than to make a baby?

  42. Jeff Hertzberg — 1/23/08 @ 9:19 pm

    Jaden, thanks for running the contest, you are the GREATEST. If your readers have questions about our books that they won, they know where to find Zoe and I (see below). And we, of course, know where to find you!


  43. brozy — 1/24/08 @ 3:53 pm

    Wow. That broccoli is amazing.

  44. Farmgirl Susan — 1/27/08 @ 10:08 am

    That broccoli is GORGEOUS. And homegrown always tastes so amazing. Congratulations! :)

  45. Farmgirl Susan — 1/27/08 @ 10:10 am

    P.S. Love the new header! I’ve had this page open since last night and it just refreshed with a whole new look! ;)

  46. Precious Pea — 1/30/08 @ 10:03 pm

    Wow!! That’s huge! I tried growing once but after a leaf or two came out, it just withered and died. :(

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