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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Bribing You in the Steamyest Way Possible

Steamy Kitchen Giveaway
Yes, I know Steamyest isn’t correct spelling, but I don’t like the way “Steamiest” just looks stupid. Do you see why I barely squeaked through grade school??

If I wasn’t doing this food thing professionally, my husband would think I was having a steamy love affair with the UPS guy, FedEx man and the Postwoman. Every day it’s like and I’m rushing like mad to see what sort of goodies I’m getting.

Sometimes, they are cookbooks for me to review, new products to try and lovely gifts from friends. It sure lessens the sting of all the other crap I get in the mail, like bills.

With all these cool things to try and review, there’s bound to be stuff that I don’t like – and therefore I don’t write about it. I classify things in 3 lumps:

1) Shitty

2) So-so but maybe you’d like (even if I didn’t)

3) Outrageously fabulous

The shitty stuff I don’t bother writing about. Oh there have been plenty. But I decided not to waste ink or pixels on stuff I just plain don’t like. Which is why you never saw a post on these big black balls.

With my personality, there’s very few things that are middle ground, I usually have a love/not love relationship with most things. I LOVE Storyville Coffee, covet real soy sauce, savor black garlic and cannot be without my friend Michelle’s all-natural carrot sweetened hot sauces.

And I always share cool bounty with my friends. Trust me when I say it’s good to live within a 60 mile radius of my home.

But I have more great swag to share than I have friends that live close by. Wait. That didn’t sound right. Let’s just put it this way – ME WANT GIVE YOU STUFF…STEAMY STUFF!

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Don’t worry, I’m not giving away the shitty stuff – those usually end up at Goodwill or the trash. (I wonder what Goodwill did with the big black balls?) See these books? I love them, some of them I have two of. So, in order to make room for more stuff, husband says I have to give them away or he’ll call an exterminator (he no likey when I creep into his garage space with my “stuff”)

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I’ll be giving away something every single week to my loyal email subscribers. Why just my email subscribers? Because I figure if you’re that generous to share your inbox with me, I’d love to reward you. I only email out once a week with what’s new with Steamy Kitchen (basically my email newsletter) and I’ll randomly pick a winner (or two, or three) from the subscriber list and announce right then and there. For my international friends, you’re included too! We’ll have to keep the international prizes to things that are reasonably shippable (like cookbooks) and won’t have customs officials knockin’ at my door.

And to make it extra sweet – my first prize is a mac-daddy Induction Heating System Rice Cooker from Zojirushi!

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THE $289 MAC-DADDY RICE COOKER

From Zojirushi’s website: “The Induction Heating System Rice Cooker & Warmer uses high-tech Induction Heating (IH) method to heat the inner cooking pan. Because of this new heating method, rice cooks exceptionally well. This IH Rice Cooker also features easy-to-clean clear coated stainless steel exterior, healthy cooking options such as brown rice, GABA BROWN and germinated brown rice settings, and an interchangeable melody and beep signal. Other features include automatic keep warm, extra large LCD display for Clock and Timer functions and detachable inner lid.”

This baby does everything: sweet rice, quick rice (shortens rice cooking time by about 20%) brown rice, sushi rice, porridge, mixed rice. And for white rice – there are settings for soft-med-hard, depending on what texture you like it.

If this thing vibrated, it would be at home on your nightstand.

WOWZA! This fancy 5 1/2 cup induction rice cooker that Amazon sells for $289 and just for being my friend, I’m giving one away. It’s been used a handful of times for product testing, but other than that, it’s brand-spankin’ new. The Induction Heating thingy means that your rice will cook evenly via induction heat throughout the until (instead of a hot plate on bottom like most rice cookers) Plus the whole GABA brown setting makes brown rice even healthier because it germinates the brown rice first before cooking. Basically, this thing is like a COMPUTER.

VA-VA-VA-VOOOOM!!!

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Can you tell I love this rice cooker!? I’m tempted to keep it…but too late now, huh?



74 Responses to “Bribing You in the Steamyest Way Possible”

  1. I WANT!!!!
    Can you please just send it to ME?! :)

  2. Mike Wascher — 3/29/09 @ 6:32 pm

    OH Yes … my rice pot is so old! It really needs to be retired.

  3. Patty Swinimer — 3/29/09 @ 6:35 pm

    I have a Zojirushi bread machine, and I love it – these guys make a good product! I see the question has already been raised, but I’ll raise it again – I already subscribe via RSS feed, so do I need to sign up for your newsletter as well? Great contest, hope I win, and thanks for the giveaways!! Patty

  4. Anne B. — 3/29/09 @ 6:42 pm

    Did not know this new “toy” existed….drool….
    I have really enjoyed following your site as well as twitter.
    Thanks for all you do!

  5. Vikki — 3/29/09 @ 6:49 pm

    Cooking light cook book…….pick me :)

  6. Patty Swinimer — 3/29/09 @ 6:50 pm

    I have a Zojirushi bread maker, and love it to bits – these guys make a good product! I see the question has already been addressed, but I’ll ask it, too: I already subscribe via RSS feed, do I need to subscribe to your newsletter as well? Thanks for the contest! Patty

  7. Patty Swinimer — 3/29/09 @ 6:50 pm

    Oooops – sorry for the duplicate – can you remove one?

  8. SandraC — 3/29/09 @ 7:01 pm

    I love that you include the international stalkers of your blog!! Gonna subscribe NOW! :-)

  9. Janet — 3/29/09 @ 7:17 pm

    I am in! I’ve followed your blog for a long time, but I like the subscribing idea better! Only you could “sexy up” a rice cooker, lol…

  10. Kristen M. — 3/29/09 @ 7:28 pm

    If I am lucky enough to win, I hope I look as “steamy” as you do!

  11. Kitt — 3/29/09 @ 8:23 pm

    You’ve got some hot stuff there, Jaden. Ahem.

  12. amy — 3/29/09 @ 8:32 pm

    All I can say is YES!!

  13. Big Boys Oven — 3/29/09 @ 8:51 pm

    hahaha how can i not resist this one! just love it!

  14. Chris — 3/29/09 @ 9:14 pm

    Ok, I just signed up but if I start getting calls on my phone about “this is the second notice about your car warranty” or emails about “Wow her with your revitalized manhood” I’ll be very upset….oh, wait, yeah I already get those.

  15. I’ve subscribed with my e-mail but don’t need rice cooker – no room on the countertop or the cabinets… Hmm, need to move to bigger house with bigger kitchen. Can you giveaway a bigger house? :-)

  16. Is the newsletter same as RSS feed? (you’re already in my RSS)

  17. Wookie — 3/30/09 @ 12:59 am

    yah, that IS the mac-daddy of rice cookers. My parents have one of those. It would be great to have one of my own for the brown rice that hubby and I have started eating.

  18. Silvia — 3/30/09 @ 2:32 am

    That rice-cooker is totally COOL!! I want one!!! :-D
    Need to check it out on ebay NOW! :)

    why don’t you just wait and see if you win! ~jaden

  19. David — 3/30/09 @ 4:16 am

    I’ll enter if you’ll deliver personally…

    I’ll deliver personally if take me to Cannes ~jaden

  20. steenbok68 — 3/30/09 @ 4:46 am

    This is exactly what I was looking for. I found it too expensive and have not yet bought one… Still looking and saving though.

  21. GCS — 3/30/09 @ 6:05 am

    Jaden

    I’ll give you my GPS point and you can just toss it over here, straightline distance will be a little shorter than the roads!!

  22. Maya — 3/30/09 @ 6:39 am

    There you are Kylie Kwong :)

  23. chadzilla — 3/30/09 @ 6:44 am

    Ok, I want in on this one. I’ve gone through the subscription process, but no email in my inbox… does that disqualify me on technical terms.
    Did you really get this rice cooker for free? Teach me how you do it.

    ancient chinese secret! ~jaden

  24. Judy — 3/30/09 @ 7:55 am

    A RICE COOKER!!! I’ll be right there! Cancel the contest! Just kidding, but I did sign up for your email alerts! :)

  25. Evelyn — 3/30/09 @ 8:47 am

    the steamer looks amazing!

  26. Tania — 3/30/09 @ 8:55 am

    I have coveted one of these for a very long time. Had a little crappy one in Korea years ago and never bought one when we moved back stateside 6 years ago!

    Time for a Steamer for SURE!

    Pick me, pick me, pick me……

  27. momma mel — 3/30/09 @ 9:07 am

    so happy to have found you on twitter! love the way you write – very humorous. Will love you even more if you can actually get me cooking asian! I am so intimidated…

  28. michelle — 3/30/09 @ 9:23 am

    Oohhh a $300 rice cooker better clean my dishes too!

  29. Dominique — 3/30/09 @ 10:26 am

    My ricecooker is clapped-out… don’t forget me!

  30. Jackie — 3/30/09 @ 10:47 am

    OOOOOH, how badly do I want this!!!!
    Your pics are awe.some. !

  31. Magi — 3/30/09 @ 10:50 am

    I read you through Google Reader, but I can totally be bribed. I’ve signed up.

  32. smiling_zoe — 3/30/09 @ 11:18 am

    Oooh, I couldn’t bring my beloved rice cooker to the U.S. so, please, save me!

  33. Lizzie — 3/30/09 @ 11:20 am

    Well, I had you in my feed, but now I have your cute self in my inbox!

  34. Maria — 3/30/09 @ 11:40 am

    I signed up! Thanks for a fun giveaway!

  35. I love that rice cooker too! I got one for Xmas and it works great. Some lucky reader is really going to enjoy it!

    BTW, I only live 10 miles away from you. Where’s my stuff? ;)

  36. Dawn in CA — 3/30/09 @ 12:51 pm

    Hey there, big Daddy Z. Come to mama, I’ll treat you right. Prrrr… ;)

  37. The Duo Dishes — 3/30/09 @ 2:01 pm

    Dang, that’d be a good gift!

  38. Brian — 3/30/09 @ 2:33 pm

    I have an older generation of that rice cooker. Its so awesome.

  39. Lynn — 3/30/09 @ 2:34 pm

    It doesn’t vibrate? Well, I suppose I could use it for cooking rice. ;-)

  40. Victoria — 3/30/09 @ 2:45 pm

    My cousin bought me a 3-cup Zojirushi rice cooker as an apartment-warming gift two years ago when I was living in DC, and I loooooove it. I brought it back with me to CA, and I’ll take it with me to wherever I move next. Best investment ever (and I didn’t even have to pay for it :D).

  41. Julie — 3/30/09 @ 3:13 pm

    YES!! I want this baby!

  42. Carrie Oliver — 3/30/09 @ 4:12 pm

    I already visit two or three times a week, silly. But I’ll play along, I love your sense of humor so the more the merrier.

  43. Kristin — 3/30/09 @ 4:17 pm

    I’ve been wanting that Eggs book for a while now …

    But a rice cooker would be nice too. :)

    I have a $10 one from the grocery store. It makes the rice taste funny.

  44. Jane Schmidt — 3/30/09 @ 4:38 pm

    Wow! I love those cookbook titles. (Rubbing my hands in anticipation and jumping up and down from glee). Here in Germany it is a bit more difficult to have access to english cookbooks (Amazon does deliver but nothing beats browsing through a cookbook at the bookstore) so , pick me, pick me! Pretty please? Love your website, and I totally dig your humor.

  45. Marie — 3/30/09 @ 5:00 pm

    Oh, it could so be mine – “my precious” lol.

  46. Kate — 3/30/09 @ 5:19 pm

    I hate to admit it, but I rarely cook rice. However, I am coveting those cookbooks — I have a cookbook PROBLEM (I have long since outgrown the cookbook shelf (read, standalone 4 shelf bookcase) and I blithely ignore my husband’s entreaties to rein in the cookbooks.

  47. Hélène — 3/30/09 @ 6:25 pm

    I did subscribe. So nice to include your Canadians friends.

  48. RB — 3/30/09 @ 6:45 pm

    My.. god. can’t I just win something ONCE!? without signing away my f’ing LIFE?!

  49. The Single Guy — 3/30/09 @ 7:29 pm

    Girrrl, you are the star of food blog marketing! LOL

  50. alagwc — 3/30/09 @ 7:32 pm

    I think that my rice cooker just got jealous of my new crush.

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