O Foods Winners and a New Contest

Time to announce the O Foods winners, so let’s get to it, because I have another contest to tell you about as well and it has to do with this:

First of all, we ended up giving out three prizes instead of two. There were just too many good recipes to award only one fabulous blogger, so TWO fabulous bloggers were chosen (one from Sara’s round-up and one from my round-up) and each will receive a $50 gift certificate from Amazon.

Now go to Sara’s Ms Adventures in Italy and to Jenn’s The Leftover Queen to find out who won the best recipe prizes!

My job is to announced the Awareness winner, who will receive a copy of Gina DePalma’s Dolce Italiano: Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen:

Susan of My Life’s Joys!

Congratulations Susan; I will be in touch!

And thanks again to everyone who participated!


Now, turning our attention to the next contest here at Bleeding Espresso and at Cherrye’s My Bella Vita:

We’re going to be giving away two copies of Justin Catanoso’s My Cousin the Saint: A Search for Faith, Family, and Miracles. Contest details to come tomorrow along with a guest post from Justin (on Wednesday, he’ll be a guest at My Bella Vita), but for now, here is some more information on Justin and his book:

On a trip back to his grandfather’s village in Calabria, Justin learned that a relative had been a priest for 60 years and had been beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1997. Intrigued by the story and inspired to delve into his own faith or lack of it, Justin set out to discover more about the life of his grandfather as well as of his cousin, St. Gaetano, who was canonized in St. Peter’s Square in 2005.

My Cousin the Saint: A Search for Family, Faith, and Miracles tells the tale of Justin’s journey back through time, largely through la famiglia his grandfather had left behind in Calabria, and shows the true power of miracles.

For more on Justin and the book, check out JustinCatanoso.com, and for more on his cousin, Padre Gaetano, head over to Cherrye’s! And remember to come back here tomorrow for contest details and Justin’s guest post.

10 Beans of Wisdom to “O Foods Winners and a New Contest”
  1. Congrats to Susan!

    That book sounds very, very interesting.

    nyc/caribbean ragazza’s last blog post..Then We Came To The End by Joshua Ferris, Brick Lane by Monica Ali and Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    And it has a Calabrian flair to boot 🙂

  2. 10.06.2008

    Everyone did such a good job on this. Congratulations to the two winners and to all who organised the event.

    casalba’s last blog post..Double Rainbow

    Thanks so much for your continued support 🙂

  3. 10.06.2008

    Congrats to the winners of the O Foods!! I think we are *all* winners though….look at all those recipes we have to try now 🙂

    My Mélange’s last blog post..Lazy Sunday

    Couldn’t agree more Robin 🙂

  4. Wow Michelle! Another contest! You are on the ball, girl! 🙂

    Thanks again for everything!

    JennDZ_The LeftoverQueen’s last blog post..O Foods Contest Winner! and another O Foods Recipe: PierOgi Pasta

    When opportunities arise, we have to seize them, right? Aren’t contests fun?!

  5. This is yet another reminder of how badly I want to try and find any remnant of my Calabrese family..

    Sigh. If only I could bike, or take a train, to the Mezzogiorno.

    paul of the clue-by-four’s last blog post..Men’s Monday: where DO nice guys finish?

    Well you know you’re always welcome over here, although we promise no saints.

  6. 10.06.2008

    Grazie for your comment 🙂 I was so surprised to get a note from you that it took me a minute to realize you probably have something to let you know who stalks your blog. Definitely me! 🙂 I’m taking Italian and am planning a trip to Rome next September so I love reading about those lucky few who take charge of their lives and do what makes them happy. I look forward to all your posts!
    Fino a tardi!

    Liz’s last blog post..Home is the Dorm Rooms We Slept In.

    Hah! Actually your post came up on a Google alert I have set up for “bleeding espresso” so I can make sure I thank people when they mention me 🙂 Best of luck with all your exciting plans!

  7. 10.07.2008

    congratulations to the “o”some winners!!

    & thanks for the heads -up on justin’s story/website. can you imagine being related to someone who was canonized?!

    qualcosa di bello’s last blog post..with love from central america…

    I agree Qualcosa–and finding out just kind of casually too! I think you’ll love this book 🙂

  8. 10.07.2008

    congrats to nuria for winning the O contest! 🙂 woo hoo! and to u girls for hosting.
    i’m looking forward this one u’ve got coming up. The title alone interests me.
    i hope ur monday started off beautifully! 🙂


    Bren@Flanboyanteats’s last blog post..It’s On and Poppin’! Major Weekend in DC:Lemon & Vanilla Flan Made it to FN Casting & Cooking For Paquito D’Rivera!

    I hope you enjoy Justin’s posts–it’s a *most* interesting story 🙂

  9. 10.08.2008

    I wasn’t aware of Susan’s blog, but I am now! What a lovely blog. CONGRATS to her!

    jen of a2eatwrite’s last blog post..What’s Cooking Wednesday: World Food Day Entry – Apple Maple Corn Muffins

    Happy to introduce you to Susan’s place–it’s really full of joy as the title says 🙂

  10. 10.14.2008

    Congrats to both Nuria and Susan!! Just wondering, did you make all the recipes and try them, or how did you decide. I love knowing how the cogs turn.

    Another contest?!! Michelle, you are going to lose your nose, you keep to the grindstone all day long. I am so impressed.

    2 Q for you – How do you do it?! / What is Google alerts? I saw you mention it above, and that is really interesting.

    NewWrldYankee’s last blog post..Blog Action Day 2008 Poverty & Blog Talk Radio

    If only we had time to test them all out! We just chose what appealed most to us, which I imagine meant different things for different judges. Creativity was definitely a criteria for me 🙂

    Regarding Google alerts, you can sign up with Google to receive emails whenever a word or phrase appears in news, blogs, or in general on the web. I have several that I receive, and one of them is “Bleeding Espresso.” That way when someone mentions my blog, it will hopefully come up in a Google alert (not *all* always do) even if someone didn’t use an internal link, which would normally show up on Technorati. They’re really useful for keeping up with news in certain areas–“law school” for me, for instance, now that I write for About.com on law school.

Michelle KaminskyMichelle Kaminsky is an American attorney-turned-freelance writer who lived in her family's ancestral village in Calabria, Italy for 15 years. This blog is now archived. 

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