Sunday, January 17, 2016

#FreshTastyValentines: The Bloggers, Our Spectacular #Sponsor List and the Generous #Giveaway


#FreshTastyValentines is almost here. A group of 22 talented food bloggers who will be posting recipes for an entire week that, we hope, will inspire you to make some healthy Valentines treats for your loved ones. Here we are...

The Bloggers
(with links to their homepages, in alphabetical order)
Dancing Veggies      

From February 1st through February 8th, not only will you find nearly a hundred recipe posts, but you can enter to win our awesome giveaway, courtesy of some amazingly generous donations from sponsoring companies. See details below.

The Sponsors
(with links to their homepages, in alphabetical order)


The Prizes

Thank you to #FreshTastyValentines sponsors for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for #FreshTastyValentines recipe development without additional compensation. All opinions stated are those of the bloggers.


BenBella Vegan is a division of BenBella Books, a boutique book publisher located in Texas. BenBella Vegan has published over twenty plant-based books and cookbooks in the past decade.
They are providing a prize package that includes five different cookbooks from their 2015 publishing releases! One #FreshTastyValentines winner will receive a print copy of the following cookbooks: The Plant-Based JourneyDining at The RavensPlant-Powered FamiliesThe China Study Quick & Easy Cookbook, and The Plant Pure Nation Cookbook


While there's been a growing awareness of whole grain benefits in recent years, Bob's Red Mill been providing whole grain products to customers since 1978. Their philosophy: provide whole grain foods that have endured the test of time. They are providing one #FreshTastyValentines winner with a package of Hulled Hemp Seed HeartsWith a nut-like flavor and creamy texture, their hulled hemp seeds are a nutritious, healthy, and delightful addition recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Keep an eye out for event recipes that feature the hulled hemp seed hearts!



Casabella grew out of the idea that housewares and cleaning products could be great looking, fun and functional simultaneously. And, to that end, they strive to deliver products that are attractive, intuitive and functional. Additionally, all of their products are designed and assembled in America. They are providing a prize package of kitchen gadgets that are perfect for your Valentine cooking and for the rest of the year as well. One #FreshTastyValentines winner will receive: Casabella's Clip n StripShears and a Garlic Roaster.



Envy Apples were born in New Zealand using natural plant-breeding methods by cross-pollinating Braeburn apples with Royal Gala apples. They have since planted trees in Washington state and Chile. They are providing a prize package for one #FreshTastyValentines winner that will include Envy apples, an apple corer, and more.



Gourmet Garden loves herbs and spices and strives to make everyday cooking easier and more enjoyable. Their herbs and spices are washed, chopped and prepped within 18 hours of harvesting through patented processes that seal in the natural essential oils to maximize the fresh flavor and aroma of the herbs. They are providing one #FreshTastyValentines winner with each of their stir-in pastes (basil, chili pepper, cilantro, dill, Italian herbs, garlic, chunky garlic, ginger, lemongrass, oregano, parsley, and Thai seasonings), each of their lightly dried herbs (basil, chili pepper, cilantro, ginger, and parsley), and two Gourmet Garden logo coolers.




KitchenIQ is the new houseware branch of Smith’s Consumer Products, Inc. and embraces their long-standing reputation for innovation and quality, reflecting their commitment to producing smarter products for the kitchen. They are providing a prize package of kitchen gadgets that are perfect for your Valentine cooking and for the rest of the year as well. One #FreshTastyValentines winner will receive: KitchenIQ's Strawberry Tool and Better Zester.




Mann Packing was founded in 1939 and is now a third generation, majority women-owned company. Their mission is: Fresh Vegetables Made Easy™ and they value honor, passion, quality, and vision. Additionally, they support local school and donate generously to numerous charitable organizations throughout the community and the industry. They are giving one #FreshTastyValentines winner a $25 gift card. Keep an eye out for event recipes that feature the Mann Packing vegetables!


Not Ketchup was created by Erika Kerekes who also writes the kitchen blog In Erika’s Kitchen. She shares: "When we think of ketchup, we think tomatoes. But it hasn’t always been that way. The first ketchups were actually made several centuries ago from pickled, fermented fish in China, Malaysia and Indonesia." Not Ketchup got its name because the United States has bizarre regulations about what can be labeled as 'ketchup.'  Since Not Ketchup does not contain any tomatoes, according to the powers that be, it’s Not Ketchup. Not Ketchup is providing one #FreshTastyValentines winner with a bottle of their NEW No-Sugar Added Tangerine Hatch Chile fruit ketchup. Keep an eye out for event recipes that feature the newest flavor of Not Ketchup!




Pacari Chocolate is a family owned business created in Ecuador by Santiago Peralta and Carla Barbotó. They wanted to revolutionize the chocolate industry; pacari means “nature” in Quechua, and was selected to embody everything that Pacari Chocolate represents. They are providing one #FreshTastyValentines winner a package of their premium organic chocolates!


Sun Basket is a convenient ingredient delivery service that was created by a top San Francisco-based chef and approved by an in-house nutritionist. Each delivery includes easy, delicious recipes and seasonal, sustainably souced ingredients from West Coast farms. Sun Basket has generously donated THREE prize boxes. Winners must reside in the following states: CA, WA, CO, UT, OR, AZ, NV, & ID to win these prizes.


T.Lish began because each Christmas, Tiffany Denson would make dozens of mason jars filled with her signature dressing and marinade for her neighbors, friends, and family. Then, they began requesting the sauce throughout the year; a neighbor recommended she start selling it retail. She did. And word spread. T.Lish is Tiff's line of all natural and extremely versatile dressings, marinades and sauces. They are providing a prize package of their three marinades and dressings to one #FreshTastyValentines winner. Keep an eye out for event recipes that feature the T.Lish dressings and marinades!



UncommonGoods was founded by Dave Bolotsky who, at a craft show at the Smithsonian in 1999, was captivated by the unique handmade goods and the craftsman behind them. He had a vision to create an online venue to connect makers to individuals searching for special and uncommon goods.
UncommonGoods (www.uncommongoods.com) is an web-based marketplace offering creatively designed, high-quality merchandise at affordable prices. They are providing one #FreshTastyValentines winner a $150 gift certificate for a shopping spree at the online marketplace.

Particularly timely for this time of year - glassware for when you uncork a bottle of wine with you sweetheart (here), or the corkcickle in case you forget to put the beer or wine to chill ahead of time (here). And I might just have to leave this link - for Valentines' gifts - open on my computer!


Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi began over thirty years ago, when Robert Mondavi had a goal of getting great California wine on every table in America. In 1979 he established the Woodbridge Winery near his childhood home of Lodi, California to make fruit-focused wines for everyday drinking. They are providing a prize package for the raffle. One #FreshTastyValentines winner will receive two bottles of Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi wine - one bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and one bottle of Pinot Noir. Cheers!


The Giveaway
For FOURTEEN Different Prizes
begins February 1st and ends February 8th


a Rafflecopter giveaway This giveaway is open to U.S. residents, age 18 & up only. All entries for the winners will be checked and verified. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. The FOURTEEN different prize packages will be sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. I am not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

6 comments:

  1. Love going out for dinner for Valentine's Day.

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  2. thank you, this is an amazing gift

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  3. Favorite valentine's meal would be, Lobster and steak with a baked potato and garlic butter for all of it.. Oh and cucumber salad! :)

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  4. We usually do something at home, like homemade lasagna and garlic bread.

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  5. We definitely don't have a standard Valentine's menu. This year we are going out to a nice Italian restaurant on Friday night, then on Saturday our church has a Valentine's banquet for parents. Woohoo! For something special, I might make rib-eye steaks and mashed potatoes.

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  6. We like to make steak or go to get steak.

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