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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A CSN GIVEAWAY and a Zucchini Gratin




Gratins are a delicious way to prepare fresh summer vegetables to serve your family or guests as a side dish.  I can eat this as the entrée though, with a crisp salad and crusty bread.  There is no need to peel the vegetables.  Start by sautéing the mushrooms, onions and garlic.  Slice the vegetables, layer them in a dish, add the bread crumb and cheese topping; bake for a great dish.  Omit the bacon for savory vegetarian meal. 

Speaking of layering vegetables in a dish, the oval Le Creuset Stoneware Au Gratin dish Mom gave me years ago is perfect for this recipe.  It’s shallow, bakes the dish evenly and looks great going from the oven to the dinner table.  This is a wonderful thing which leads me to something wonderful for all of you good people out there ~~~~

We all love getting a package in the mail and I’m sure you’d love receiving a Le Creuset product of your own!  Sean at CSN Stores kindly offered me a $60 voucher for a Le Creuset giveaway.  How about that?  $60!  It excited me and I can’t even win it but, I am very excited about it for you! 

I’m sure most of you are like me and could really use this $60 voucher to get that special Le Creuset product you’ve always dreamed about.  Their products are of the best quality and style in gorgeous colors, making them a great durable product.  I know as I’ve had my Le Crueset Au Gratin dish for many years!

Here are the rules:

1.  This giveaway is open only to U.S. and Canadian readers.

2.  You must be a follower of this blog by using Google Friend Connect.

3.  Leave a comment on this post telling me you are a follower.

4.  Look at the Le Creuset site on the link above and tell me what you’d like to win and in what color.


Entries will be received through midnight, Wednesday, August 18, 2010.

The winner will be picked by a random number generator on Thursday, August 19, 2010.


Good luck and I hope you win!



Now, for the recipe:



Into the oven


Voila! Dinner time!





Zucchini, Yellow Squash and Red Bell Pepper Gratin

Ingredients:

3 slices bacon, fried crisp
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
1 small red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 zucchini, sliced
2 yellow summer squash, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
½ jalapeño pepper, chopped
1 tomato, sliced
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon McCormick’s seasoned pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 cup bread crumbs
1/3 cup Parmigiano-reggiano cheese, grated
1/3 cup Monterey Jack cheese, grated

Method:

Fry bacon.  Set aside. Drain drippings from skillet.
Spray a shallow baking dish with cooking spray.  Set aside.
In a skillet in olive oil, sauté the mushrooms, onion and garlic until liquid is rendered.  Set aside.
In a large bowl, place zucchini, squash and bell pepper.
Add salt, pepper and thyme.
Mix well. 
Add mushroom, onion mixture and combine.
In the baking dish, assemble the vegetables in a single layer, almost standing up.
Add tomatoes throughout the dish.
Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine bread crumbs and cheeses.
Toss with remaining olive oil.
Remove baking dish from oven.
Scatter crumbled bacon over top.
Sprinkle bread crumbs over top.
Return to oven for 15 minutes or until golden on top.


Pam’s note:  After the dish baked and before adding the bread crumbs, I tilted the dish and drained the juice in the bottom with a baster.  Bill told me this is one of the best “ad-lib” dishes I’ve made after visiting the farmer’s market and selecting the great veggies.  It was delicious!


ENJOY!!!



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106 comments:

  1. I love gratins...and I love zucchini..I will have to try this for sure!
    I am a follower :) Geez...I have to pick just one thing? Ok, probably the french oven in cobalt blue!!
    Thanks for hosting this great giveaway Pam!

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  2. There's summer squash that has been sitting on my counter for weeks, thanks for this recipe - we'll eat anything with cheese!

    I'm a follower and want a French Oven in Red!

    shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

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  3. Zucchini gratin looks woderful..must try...I am a follower n i wish for French oven in cobalt blue

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  4. This sounds a brilliant way to use up yet more of my courgettes in the garden. Diane

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  5. First of all, that looks so amazing. And a great way to use up all your garden veggies!
    I am a follower...and how do I pick something? I know I would want red...but there are so many choices!

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  6. I would love some of their serving pieces (butter dish, & serving bowls) in white and a pitcher, also in white. I am a follower!

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  7. that looks delicious!!

    I am a follower of your blog and I would love to win the 10" round grill skillet in cherry color.....would be great to get a new grill pan as mine is all worn out and that one looks really nice.

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  8. Good Morning Pam! Glad you like my cake and boy do I love this Gratin. My kids eat everything but they whine when I serve zucchini - I can't wait to try this and I would totally die for the 15" skillet in the flame color!!! Love love love Le Creuset... and I think you know I already am a follower!

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  9. This does look good Pam, I love dishes like this with lots of fresh veggies, thanks for sharing!

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  10. Love your blog! I will be back also....great recipes:) Thanks for visiting mine!

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  11. Wow, Pam, your zucchini gratin looks divine! And the giveaway is really great! Good luck to all you guys and gals, wish I could join in as well! Have fun waiting!

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  12. As always, you're kickin ass and takin names in the kitchen. You always amaze me, and I seem to see you everywhere. Congrats on the success of this blog. I'm comin back soon, Keri

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  13. I have never made anything gratin and it looks delicious! What have I been missing?!

    I am a GFC follower and asking me to pick on item I like is like asking me to pick which of my kids is my favorite. LOL! I just love bakeware!

    I think that the Stoneware 10.5" x 7" Baking Dish in Cherry would be an excellent addition to my kitchen.

    fperkins2000 @ yahoo.com

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  14. Great looking gratin Pam.

    I'm already a follower of your fine blog and I think if I won I'd like to have either a gratin dish or a quiche dish in white.

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  15. Hi Pam, this looks delicious and with the zucchini still pouring in from friends, I'm looking forward to making it. Thanks for passing the recipe along!

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  16. I adore zucchini!! And this recipe has my name all over it. Lovely blog.

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  17. That is one kick-butt dish. I'm not growing zucchini in the garden this year, but, gosh, you can get them anywhere all the time.

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  18. I absolutely love your blog. I can't wait to try some of the wonderful looking recipies I have seen here. Thank you for sharing.

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  19. I'm a follower! I'd love the 4.5 qt cobalt rectangular casserole dish!
    e.estt[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  20. Zucchini looks so delicious. I'm a follower and I would want the french onion soup bowl in assorted colors.
    Mimi

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  21. I'm a follower and would love the 10" round skillet.

    Thank you.
    bookloon@gmail.com

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  22. Thanks for the recipe Pam - we have tons of courgettes (zuchini) in the garden at the moment so this is a great way of using them up. I sometimes let them get really big and do a stuffed marrow but the family can get a buit fed up with them on the menu so new recipes are very gratefully received!

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  23. Lovely looking casserole, family will devour this for dinner. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. I follow!

    And I really adore the blue teakettle... but a blue dutch oven would be rad too!

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  25. I'm a follower!! I have been eyeing the cherry red cast iron stuff for some time now and the french oven would have to be on top of my wish list!!

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  26. That's awesome Pam! A beautiful and delicious dish, plus a giveaway!

    I love zucchini. Love, love, love it!

    I'm a follower. Red! Yay!

    Thank you.

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  27. A gorgeous gratin! Very scrumptious looking and so summery.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  28. Great giveaway!...I am a follower; I'd like the teapot in white...Thanks for the chance, Pam!

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  29. I follow your blog!!and I would choose a skillet in black I guess of the choices.
    What I really need is a blender!
    Come enter my blog giveaway too.
    http://meeyeehere.blogspot.com/2010/08/my-first-and-huge-giveaway.html
    jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

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  30. Nothing beats a good squash dish and this one looks like a winner. I have so many differnt kinds of squash coming from my garden I'm in serious need of some new ways to use them up. Thanks!

    I'm a follower :)

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  31. I'd love a red dutch oven or a red skillet. Thanks for the chance!

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  32. This look absolutely delicious and tasty! gloria

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  33. beautiful! this sounds delicious!

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  34. Hi Pam!
    The recipe looks delicious!

    Of course I'm a follower and would also like to be a winner, hehe. If I had my choice, it would be a lovely au gratin dish in Cobalt.

    Thanks for the chance to win in this great giveaway!

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  35. Great recipe Pam! Perfect for this time of year! Nice giveaway too! I love the gratin dish. I think the one I would like is the 10.5" x 7" Baking Dish in Caribbean!

    Oh I am a follower! :D

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  36. Thanks Pam for stopping by my place. I am a follower and I do love what I see on your blog. Some really great looking dishes!

    I am excited about the give away..
    I would love to have the 7" X 5" baking dish in cherry...

    Yipee!!!

    Have a Blessed Day!
    Shug

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  37. Hi Pam, I am already a follower of your blog. Thanks for visiting my blog today and telling me about your lovely giveaway. I love the color Red.

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  38. I love the red Le Creuset!

    It really pops and is festive.

    I'm Italian, so love food, cooking and sharing with friends which is why I would love their cookware.

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway :)

    www.smallhandsbigideas.com

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  39. 1. That recipe loooks soo yummy. Zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables so this is defiantly something I will be trying soon!

    2. I am a new follower :)

    3. I would love the Le Creuset 6-Quart Stock Pot in Kiwi. I need a big pot!!

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  40. I'm a follower! :) Would love to buy some Le Creuset!!

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  41. I'm a follower! I would LOVE to get a mortar and pestle!!

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  42. Following - and would you believe I bought a Le Creuset Au Gratin pan from Cookware store today - in red!

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  43. I'm a follower in love with those petite gratin dishes...in blue. Or Azure. So hard to decide!

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  44. I follow and my favorite Le Creuset is the 3.5 braiser, in cobalt, white ir kiwi!

    The zucchini gratin looks delicious!

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  45. Pity that so many blog give-way are only for USA and Canada...

    anyway, I can still say that I like Le Creuset casserole dish!
    but I suppose that you have more bloggers... Love the gratin, without bacon of course :-)

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  46. Gratins are so tasty and easy to prepare. Your zucchini gratin looks wonderful! I am a follower :)

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  47. Hi, Pam! Thanks for coming over to my blog, I do hope you will be back! I've made a potato gratin as an antree before, so you're not alone! While I am here I am taking a shot at this giveaway. I am now following you on Google. I liked the Dutch Oven in the orangey (flame)color. I need a Dutch Oven badly! Thanks again for coming by, I do hope we see more of each other!

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  48. I love Le Creuset! I would gladly replace every last item in my kitchen with Le Creu if I could afford it.

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  49. Your are an evil woman ;) I want everything Le Creuset...always have! I have one dutch oven that I adore and would love a piece of anything and everything! I'll choose the 5 qt oval wide oven in...seriously...any color!! I'm a follower via google friend connect. Thank you so much for giving us the chance to win =) Oh, plus...drool!!! I would totally keep the bacon in ;)

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  50. I follow.

    gr8kidsgr8fam at yahoo dot com

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  51. I would love the blue color. It would really be a beautiful addition to my kitchen.

    gr8kidsgr8fam at yahoo dot com

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  52. Hi Pam from Illinois..... I have 3 Pam blog friends now.. One is from FL and one is from TN....Thanks for coming to my blog. I would love your Zucchini Gratin. YUM... Thanks for the recipe.

    I don't participate in awards or giveaways anymore --so I'll pass on your giveaway.. But --I'm sure others will sign up in droves!!!!! ha

    Thanks again for coming to my blog. I do hope you will come back.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  53. I'm going to have to make a gratin with our zucchini's and tomatoes from the garden. They're just now starting to get ripe! I love the pitcher and of course in red :) Great giveaway!

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  54. Pam, Bo told me about your giveaway, I love Le Creuset. I am your newest follower. When I win this giveaway, I am going to get the cast enamel wok!

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  55. I want to make a gratin, so I need a dish! I love this yellow one
    http://www.cookware.com/Le-Creuset-PG0400-1270-LEC1721.html

    I am a follower

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  56. I am always trying to find news to make zucchinni. Yum... this recipe looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

    I am a follower. I love the French Oven in red. I actually don't own one yet and was looking to get one. Very pretty.

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  57. Pam your Zucchini Gratin looks fabulous!!! Zucchini is a great summer vegetable!

    I am a follower and enjoy all your recipes:)

    Wow $60.00 CSN dollars ~ how cool is that!! I would pick the LeCreuset 1-quart Wok Dish in Cherry. Can you believe it's only $29.95.....that means I could still go shopping. How exciting:)

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  58. I am follower but, I made it official :-) I would love the 5-qt oval casserole!

    Love the vegetable gratin dish.

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  59. cool always looking for more ways to use my le creuset looks awesome

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  60. I've never thought about making zucchini into gratin, but given it is so abundant right now it makes sense. I am follower as well.

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  61. Oh pam, I have never tried vegetables cooking in this way before. I would love to try though. Thanks for sharing. This looks wonderful and easy to make. Hope you're enjoying your day.
    Cheers, kristy
    p/s Is the giveaway open to those out of the region?

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  62. I'm a follower, and a 10" grill pan would be sweet! I finally got my first piece of La Creuset in December - a dutch oven that may be my favorite piece of cooking equipment of all time!

    Meanwhile, your recipe for Zucchini Gratin brought back memories of my grandmother. One summer when I visited her as a kid, we watched Julia Child prepare a zucchini gratin and I scrawled the recipe down while the show aired. Then we went out and picked zukes from my grandmother's garden and made the dish together for a very memorable dinner.

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  63. Your gratin looks wonderful...all of the ingredients I love.

    Great giveaway too! I am following! I would love any of the le creuset baking dishes in the caribbean color:)

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  64. Mmm, your veggies look delish! We have gobs of peppers growing in our garden, and I was just reading the other day about someone who dehydrates them and uses them throughout a year. I'm thinking I need to give that a try :)

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  65. This Zuccchini Gratin looks so delicious and I will be making it soon, since I have an abundant supply. I like the large gratin casserole dish, in red.

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  66. Looks delicious! What a great ad lib indeed. I just got my CSA shipment today, I may just have to ad lib myself a gratin too! Thanks for sharing! =)

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  67. So glad you stopped by so I could find my way to you! I love au gratins and would LOVE the 3 quart kiwi au gratin. =) ... and, I'm following!

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  68. Hi Pam! Thank you fr visiting my blog. Your gratin looks great and the giveaway is a great one! I am now a Google follower!

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  69. This gratin looks absolutely delicious! The perfect way to use up some excess zucchini (and don't we all have excess zucchini...). I'm not going to enter the giveaway because I've won two in the past week but GO CSN!

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  70. Mmm. Your gratin looks scrumptious! Oh CSN is so wonderful. What a fun giveaway! I think if I could I would buy one of the bamboo cutting boards.

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  71. What a great dish for this time of year. This would make a great side to our Sunday supper... thanks for posting!

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  72. This sounds a wonderful recipe and I've got courgettes coming out of my ears at the moments.

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  73. What a wonderful giveaway, Pam! Of course, I'm already a follower. I would love some mini coquettes to add to my collection of Le Creuset. I love that stuff!

    What a delicious way to use zucchini and one that my husband might actually eat ;)

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  74. Thanks for visiting my blog and following. I'm following yours now too! I love Le Creuset, but have never splurged for myself yet. I think i'd get the 10" round skillet grill in cherry. So cute!

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  75. Mmm, zucchini gratin!

    I am a follower, and I am loving the Le Creuset 2.25-Quart Deep Dish Casserole in White!

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  76. Hi! I am a follower! I would love a red skillet! I need a new one! They have such nice stuff don't they! I could get lost on their site looking for new things. I love online shopping! Thanks!

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  77. The zucchini gratin looks great! It's really hard to choose just one thing, but I think that something in the cherry color would be nice. Maybe a gratin dish to make this in! I'm already a follower- thanks!

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  78. Pam, I have been so busy I haven't had a chance to keep up with everyone! I just looked at your blog and noticed you are having a giveaway. I posted a link on my log to your giveaway. Sorry I am late doing this.

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  79. Hi Pam.
    Yes I am a follower.I would love ramekins,creme brulee or the le creuset gratin dishes. The colour choice would be hard:D

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  80. It's Sandy, new follower here! :)
    I'm so looking forward to trying this gratin....I wish summer and all of the great produce it offers would stick around all year long!
    Yes, I'm a follower -
    If I'm lucky enough to win, I'd LOVE the following:
    Le Creuset 6-Quart Stock Pot in Cherry - N4100-2067SKU #: LEC1559
    Crossing my fingers!!

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  81. Now I have to try this dish, I have that same Au Gratin dish (and LOVE it!!) We have just signed up to follow (you know I'm looking for a tomato recipe!!) and if I'd win...I'd get something blue to go with my Au Gratin dish & bean pot from Le Creuset :)
    Thanks for the chance!!

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  82. Now this is a must try recipe. With the great zucchini harvest I have in my garden I am on the lookout for new recipes to try.
    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for sharing your recipes with us.
    I look forward to many return visits to here.
    ~Cindy~

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  83. Pam...very appetizing looking and nutritional recipe. Thanks.

    I do follow your site theough my blogroll.

    Flavourful wishes,
    Claudia

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  84. Pam...thanks for visiting me so I could find your great blog. Count me a follower! And if I was to win, I'd want to put the winnings towards the big 5.75 qt oval casserole in either cherry or kiwi....I love LeCruset and have many pieces in both colors :)

    BTW, I plan to make your tilipia recipe this week....looks heavenly.

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  85. I am a great lover of all gratins. This one is lovely and more figure friendly than those of the potato, butter, and cream variety. Great summer recipe.
    I do follow with google.I think I would have to go with the 6 ounce butter crock in Cherry. 1) It matches all of my rooster deco kitchen and 2) The hubby has to have his butter left out on the coounter so it stays soft and spreadable. (I hate that it is in a butter dish un-sealed).
    Thanks.

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  86. Thank you for commenting on my blog, I'm now a new follower of yours! I love Le Creuset, it would be awesome to win because I don't own anything from that line. I would purchase the 6-Ounce Petite Au Gratin Dish in Cherry and get a few little things like mitt covers for the pan handles, etc! =D Great giveaway!

    stepharoo@gmail.com

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  87. Hey Pam,
    Thanks for mentioning my giveaway...Of course I am a follower...and if I win I will get the fondue set in flame.

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  88. I would definitely be thrilled to have a casserole dish in the "cherry" color....ohh the things I could make!

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  89. Hi Pam! :)

    I am a blog follower of yours via google friend connect. :)

    Oh my gosh! Only one thing? I would choose the 20 quart stock pot in caribbean or the 1 quart wok in carribean.

    Thank you so much!

    ~Mippy :)

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  90. I am totally craving "gratins" this week. This one looks delicious!

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  91. Pam, don't know how I missed this. I'm already a "friend". Love Le Creuset. Hmmm, I think I'd go for a a gratin dish--kiwi, I think.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  92. Hiya Pam! Digging the blog!! I am now following you!! I have been DYING for a red french oven!! Love them!!

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  93. I'm a follower with this account (Tommygirl) and I would love the Le Creuset 9" Square Baking Dish with Bonus 5" Baking Dish in Cherry

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  94. Oh, fun! I'm a follower -- and I think I'll have to go with the blue... they'll match in my kitchen :)

    by the way... that recipe looks awesome.

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  95. I am a follower through GFC, and I would get the 4.5-Quart Rectangular Casserole with Lid in Cherry!

    amberf_03@hotmail.com

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  96. I'm a follower!!!

    Love the zucchini dish... I am always on the look out for more recipes to use up our summer crop.

    I would use the au gratin dishes... in yellow!

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  97. I'm a follower on GFC - your recipes are terrific!
    I'd like the 10” Round Skillet Grill in Cherry

    nblexp at gmail dot com

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  98. I sure am a follower. I am a very happy one.

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  99. I want the covered casserole in any color. They are all beautiful. I want the 5 plus size.

    My word verification below is DIETING. Can you imagine?

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  100. Thanks for another great recipe:) I just had a zucchini gratin at my moms house and loved it, so I really want to try this one now. I would love a Le Creuset Tagine in Yellow. I've had my eye on one for a while now but have not yet bought it....because I don't really need it....I just want it:) I's a new follower and look forward to reading through all your old posts...and new ones too.

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  101. I am a follower

    matt4melis at hotmail dot com

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  102. I would use the gift certificate towards the Le Creuset 12-Quart Stock Pot in Kiwi

    matt4melis at hotmail dot com

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  103. I would love a red skillet! I'm a google follower...

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  104. I love anything gratined...is that a word? Well it is now lol

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I'm happy to hear what you have to say, and appreciate your taking the time to comment. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

Keep smiling,
Pam