Monday, February 8, 2010

Step Up and Win: A Cut(ting Board) Above the Rest

I am very excited to offer the first giveaway on the blog! The good folks at Cookware.com are offering up this Totally Bamboo African Congo Cutting Board to one lucky reader. Besides having hands down the best name for a cutting board I've ever read, the distinct look and good size of the board should make your dinner prep just a little more enjoyable. Also, it is hard to beat the comment in one of the reviews: "it's like cutting on butter." 

This original, stylish board was designed for extensive use and size in mind. Featuring their elegant parquet end grain, exclusive to Totally Bamboo, the African Collection offers a unique aesthetic appearance while maintaining a high quality cutting surface. Aptly named, the Congo is a full sized board that gives you a broad cutting surface for any and all kitchen tasks.

Features:
Dark colored bamboo center
Natural colored bamboo sides
Parquet end grain
Overall dimensions: 1" H x 17.25" W x 13.75" D
Handwash with a damp towel


I have spent a good part of the weekend poring over the goodies on the site. Hmm. . .I could use a CucinaPro ravioli tray, Le Creuset sangria pitcher, Warhol-inspired dishes, 18-piece Pyrex storage set. . . and then of course there are CSN Stores' plethora of other sites: in the market for a new bar stool set? They've got you covered.

Entry details:

- US residents only

- 1 entry per person, please

- Comment on this post, be sure to include your name to be eligible!
- Answer This: What are you going to be chopping on YOUR new cutting board? Avocado and tomato for a homemade salsa? Veggies for your patented stir fry? Share the love and link to recipes if available!

- Contest closes end of day Monday, February 15


I will pick a winner using random.org early next week and post results by Wednesday, February 17. I will notify the winner via email to receive their shipping address. Yes, it's just that simple!

Good luck!

98 comments:

  1. Looks like a lovely cutting board for chopping ingredients for my special guacomole: avocados, red onion,jalapenos (or serranos), and lime. The key is making sure the avocados are just ripe enough.
    By the way congrats on your first giveaway!! -Kari

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  2. I would use this cutting board to chop fresh fruits and veggies to puree for my 9 month-old daughter! Alanna

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  3. Beautiful cutting board...perfect for cutting lemons for homemade lemonade!! Martha

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  4. I love the chopping board! It's great! I eat a lot of vegebables in my pasta, so this would be a great board to cut everything up on in one go.
    Claire D.

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  5. The cutting board looks great and I would love to see what it feels like to cut on butter! Would be great for cutting veggies or even to use as a serving tray for cheeses! Lynne

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  6. I would use this shiny, new cutting board to jump start my cooking goal! Currently my husband does all the cooking but I think I need to start pulling my weight. Perhaps I will become the next Betty Crocker, you never know!- Rebecca

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  7. Looks like a great cutting board for chopping peppers and onions for fajitas :) Molly

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  8. great looking board! perfect for all chopping needs :-)

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  9. Wishing it was summer on this snowy day – doesn’t Bruschetta sound good? Fresh Tomatoes, garlic and basil would be cut to perfection on this cutting board! Jen

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  10. Totally chopping green onions and spinach for spinach dip.

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  11. very nice looking cutting board-the kids will eat veggies but they have to be raw and cut into small pieces-this would be perfect. Also I bake bread and this would be a wonderful cutting board for a fresh loaf of bread

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  12. I will be cutting bread and also chocolate bars for homemade chocolate chips for cookies.
    I also chop up bigger chunks of veggies in my Gazpacho in the summer.
    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  13. I see myself cutting up my veggies and herbs for my sofrito.

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  14. I'd be cutting sweet potatoes for my sweet potato fries!
    e.estt[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  15. I'll probably be cutting apple slices for my kiddos. As much as I would rather be slicing skirt steak for a gourmet stir fry, all of my cutting boards mostly see apples. :)

    waterchic83@yahoo.com

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  16. Oooooo, I've been wanting one of these!!! I would use it for everything b/c I hate my current cutting board!!!! :)
    -Monica

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  17. What a great giveaway! I would be cutting up sweet potatos for fries. Yum!

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  18. I'd be slicing steak to make hamburger in my new meat grinder!

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  19. Jalapenos! I put them in everything my husband will allow me to get away with!

    --Brandy

    fosterbrandy(at)msn(dot)com

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  20. Fresh herbs from my flourishing garden! I'm thinking a basil pesto is on the menu.

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  21. Onions and garlic! I put them in everything!

    katiecitrowske at hotmail dot com

    -Katie

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  22. I will make the most delicious pumpkin vegetarian chili! I have a small child so there is lots of chopping veg into small pieces involved in this recipe :)

    jullee
    jullpete(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. I would be using the cutting board for making all of our meals. From kneading bread dough to chopping onions.

    pinkveganmiso(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. Cool cutting board! It would mostly be used for cutting veggies for salads.
    ahartup at yahoo dot com

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  25. Oh, what a great board! What will I cut on it? Oooh, lots of jalapenos! And onions.And garlic. For salsa, and chili, and tacos, and anything else I can find where onions and garlic and chilies will fit--oooh, mole!:D

    carapacenator(at)gmail.com

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  26. Pretty board! I'd be using it for onions, garlic and ginger (can't you just smell them now?)

    mDOTkurokoATgmailDOTcom

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  27. Beautiful. I'd use every day.
    joleehamlin@comcast.net

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  28. what a congo! ;) this board would be perfect for when i attempt to make, and eventually slice, my grandma's homemade bread recipe!

    -nancy b

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  29. I will soon be making my jams and jellies and would use the board to chop my fruits...

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  30. I will be chopping fresh veggies for a big salad!

    mnewton1985@aol.com

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  31. Well if I had it today I would have been chopping leeks and garlic for my thai beef.

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  32. This board looks perfect for transporting the dough, and slicing/presenting the loaf, of the James Beard No-Knead Bread! Sorry, only have the recipe in paper form, so no link.

    My email is ejm6x at yahoo dot com.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    Liza

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  33. I'll be chopping green onions for mongolian beef.

    lynsym gmail

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  34. Onions and garlic! the perfect beginning to any meal.
    amycberry@gmail

    amy

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  35. Whatever my wife wants me to chop!
    phil
    phil.berry.yl@gmail.com

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  36. I will be cutting tofu, beets, carrots and chopping almonds.... I found this great recipe called, "the glory bowl". Just go to google and type that in....YUMMMMMMMY!

    Fun First Giveaway!!! Thanks for the opportunity.
    amerskine at hotmail dot com

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  37. definitely some cucumbers. Those are the best and a good cutting board would be awesome. :)

    -Lauren
    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

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  38. I'd be chopping veggies and using it when I slice my homemade bread...it's so beautiful!

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  39. Beautiful board that would make the prep of my chicken squash stew even more fun! Thanks for the chance!
    rach62803@yahoo.com

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  40. I'm a vegetarian, so I would be chopping gazillions of veggies, day in day out!
    caitlin-katidyd at hotmail dot com

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  41. wow this is gorgeous! sure beats the plastic one i use now!

    i'd use this to chop onions, garlic, and veggies for my minestrone soup. sorry there's no recipie...i just wing it depending on what's available in my kitchen.

    thanks!

    DolphinV27@aol.com

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  42. beautiful! i would use it constantly, but one of my favorites is cutting up zucchini to be fried and cucumbers and lemons to make saucey water--tastes super fresh and is super healthy!

    steiner.brooke@gmail.com

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  43. Great cutting board.Thank you for this giveaway!
    I will shopping veggies for a delicius soup! and papaya for a smoothie.
    My husband sure he will using it for shop his chicken.:}

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  44. I'll be cutting peppers and pineapple for a quinoa stir-fry!

    catchme134@yahoo.com

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  45. Mmmmm first thing I'd use this cutting board for would be chopping dinosaur kale for a family original - Quinoa and Seitan. (We really need to come up with a better name I think). Cooked Quinoa with steamed dino kale and seitan with a ginger soy sauce. Very good, very nutritious!


    juxta.umino {at} gmail {dot} com

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  46. What a great giveaway! I've been looking for a wooden cutting board. I just learned how to make pasta by hand (from a friend's Italian grandmother) and she says the way to make it is on a wooden cutting board. I'd use the board to chop tomatoes and basil for pasta sauce — after making the pasta of course!

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  47. I'll be cutting avocados for sure. Tomatoes, mushrooms, and chicken are other frequent fliers on my cutting boards. Great giveaway!

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  48. What a gorgeous cutting board! I'm usually in charge of chopping veggies while my husband cook the meats, so this board will be covered with all kinds of fresh vegetables to be cut!
    --Julia

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  49. I'll be cutting up some chicken and meat, and of course lots of veggies! thinkdoug at gmail dot com

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  50. What a wonderful product! I have an ugly plastic cutting board that desperately needs replacing by a chic new bamboo cutting board! :) I would use it to chop onions, carrots, and celery for my famous lentil soap. Yum!
    june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

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  51. I will chop veggies for my favorite vegan chili in my *brand new* kitchen! (Recipe in Joy of Cooking)

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  52. Fabulous! I will be chopping pineapple for my favorite dessert!

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  53. Ooh, what a useful item! I'd use the cutting board to chop vegetables for this great vegan casserole that I love to make!!!

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  54. in love with this--how fun to make cooking more fun!

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  55. Would love to use this to cut up veggies for my salads!

    moyerjenifer@aol.com

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  56. Would love to have this for chopping fresh herbs, tomatoes, mincing up some yummy garlic. Our favorite recipe for entertaining is Mexican Bruschetta. Here's a link to the recipe!

    http://www.thecookingguy.com/cookbook/recipe.php?id=390

    kellyeichfeld@gmail.com

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  57. Would love to use this as my veggie/fruit board (I keep a separate one for meat)! Thanks for the giveaway! --Megan

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  58. Funny--my hubby was just saying he wants a new cutting board. We would definitely be cutting up veggies from our garden for salsa.

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  59. Cheese for my famous cheese/cracker snack trays.
    BETH
    bethnaf at hotmail dot com

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  60. Onions...I love onions, and would chop a lot of them on this. nolarc at gmail dot com Nola

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  61. I will be chopping ingredients for my wonderful quick and easy beef and veggie soup! Yum!

    srm_macconnell (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  62. These days, to be honest, I'm mostly just chopping up apples and carrots for kids' snacks. I love to make a "home made kid's meal" by putting everything into a pretty box and adding a treat and a toy. : )

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  63. Garlic, onions and peppers. Because that's what I chop up the most. As I add it to almost everything.

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  64. It's beautiful! The perfect place to chop fresh veggies from my garden for salads! (much better then my countertop)

    smith3576@hotmail.com

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  65. I will be cutting veggies, water chestnuts, and peanuts for a Thai stir fry. Needing a new cutting board and this one looks awesome!--Rachel Eastman

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  66. This is stunning! I would cut my homemade breads on it...and take lots of pictures. :)

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  67. I cook like crazy! I have a whole blog devoted to all the stuff I've made for the past 5 years. Who knows what bizarre ingredient I'll be cutting from day to day? Tonight it'll be some buttermilk blue cheese and roasted tomatoes to make a soup!

    lauren.m.gibson *AT* gmail *DOT* com

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  68. I'll be popping on a lovely pink pair of NO TEAR onion specs and chopping a yummy Walla Walla sweet for my Hubby's favorite soup.

    Awesome cutting board!

    Warm blessings,
    Spencer

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  69. I'll be chopping lots of carrots & peppers to dip in hummus!
    great giveaway! i've been wanting a new cutting board :)

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  70. I would chop bananas and pecans for my banana pancakes!

    kacie.e.jackson{at}gmail{dot}com

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  71. I would chop fresh fruit and herbs for a fruit salad, my new favorite breakfast/snack/dessert.
    http://tinyurl.com/yzh2smy
    YUM!

    rhea.kappa[at]gmail[dot]com

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  72. I would use this awesome cutting board to chop up the fruits and veggies for my baby girl's homemade baby food :)

    Nicoli412@hotmail.com

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  73. My name is Aubrey, and I'd be chopping tomatoes, basil, and mozerella for an italian antipasto. SO yummy! Thanks for the giveaway!
    aubreyap94@gmail.com

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  74. I cut a lot - apples, pears, carrots for kids and onions, ham and peppers for omelets for me and husband.
    sales@charmcountry.com

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  75. Veggies, veggies, veggies! Carrots, celery, red peppers, broccoli, cauliflower - for snacks for my kids!
    jeneason100 at gmail dot com

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  76. i would use it to cut fresh fruits and vegetables! the cutting board we have in our apartment right now is sooo small! thank you, you rock!
    -London
    Londong@me.com

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  77. herbs for dinner! i love, love, love fresh herbs!
    kevindormer at hotmail dot com

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  78. I will cut EVERYTHING on this board except for raw meat! I will actually use it as a surface for dough making for my bread!
    allibob1@gmail.com

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  79. Roasted potatoes, bell peppers and other veggies for my warm potato salad with feta vinnaigrette

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  80. I will be chopping up fruit for fruit salad and fruit smoothies!

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  81. I chop veggies every day! Today a cut up celery, peppers, carrots, onions, and ham for a stew!

    kelly.lynn.baker@gmail.com

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  82. Hmm, i'd make a mean salad with lots and lots of veggies

    adrigirl@gmail.com

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  84. Lovely cutting board ...I would love to use it evryday....

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  85. with this cutting board I would definitely be chopping up garlic and lime for my homemade salsa

    thanks.
    Melissa, thetetens@gmail.com

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  86. I'd definitely be chopping sweet onions and garlic, because that's the beginning of so many of my mom's recipes. The smell of sauteeing onions and garlic brings me back home!


    Sara

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  87. I'll be chopping a lot of onions!

    Elaine
    elainehearn@live.com
    clothedmuch.blogspot.com

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  88. I would use this cutting board for chopping up tomatoes for Salsa!

    tomatoes
    onion
    garlic
    lime juice
    cliantro
    salt and pepper to taste...

    uzzadazza@yahoo.com

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  89. I would use this cutting board for cutting lettuce for salad that is going to be included in a dinner that I'm planning to make for my parents.

    ilovetoshop2010@hotmail.com

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  90. I make a smoothie almost every morning, and my cheap plastic cutting board is starting to show it. So I'd use it to cut up the fruits and vegetables for my smoothies.

    Thanks for offering the giveaway!
    dakotasommers(at)ymail(dot)com

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  91. Red, tomatoes, and green, peppers out of our garden this spring and summers is what I would chop up on the board.

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  92. I'm going to be chopping my home grown basil to make pesto. Mmmmmm

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  93. lots and lots of veggies. and most definantly fruits for smoothies

    steph.rutledge@gmail.com

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  94. a whole lotta garlic...i can tell you that! :)

    cindyascott{at}yahoo.com

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  95. thanks for the giveaway!

    my favorite thing to cut for is sweet potato fries! a healthy alternative to mc donalds or charley's fries! i also add some sea salt for extra flavor!

    akrawson1@cougars.ccis.edu

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  96. I would be cutting lots of veggies for snacks or salads. Especially onions, we're big fans in this household.

    kstreinz(at)gmail(dot)com

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