Calphalon 7 Quart Digital Slow Cooker Review & Giveaway

I am a slow cooker addict. There, I said it. I’m not seeking an intervention, though. Instead, I want to convert you to a slow cooker lover if you’re not one already!

I mean, what’s better than coming home after a long day at work (and they’re all long, aren’t they?) and having dinner already cooked and smelling delicious?! I use my slow cooker almost every week for at least one meal, and then the following evening we have leftovers for dinner. So when Calphalon offered to let me try out their brand new 7 Quart Digital Slow Cooker and do a review, I was jumping up and down in my chair. And, best of all, they’re going to give one away to a lucky reader! That’s a $149.95 value! Aren’t you excited?!?!

I’ll get to the giveaway in a minute, but first I have to talk about the slow cooker itself. It’s fabulous! The sleek stainless steel and black design would look good in just about any kitchen. My husband loves it because the crock fits easily in the sink for washing. And I haven’t even told him it can go in the dishwasher! *evil laugh*

The digital display is so easy to operate. I usually read the instructions before I start using anything electronic…but this was just too easy. Just dump your food in, click a couple of things on the digital display, and head to work! It’s got 4 mode settings – auto (cooks 2 hours on high and then the rest of the time on low), high, medium, and low, and it’s equipped with Calphalon’s exclusive Opti-Heat system that helps distribute heat so the food cooks evenly. The timer can be set for up to 24 hours – perfect for the best fall-off-the bone BBQ short ribs!

Since I use a slow cooker all the time, I wanted to try a new recipe for the review. Ever made a cake in a slow cooker? Sounds perfect, right? You have company coming over for dinner so you’re bogged down with all the food preparations. Who has the time or effort to make an amazing dessert too? Ahhhhh, let the slow cooker do it! I made a Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cake using a recipe I found on about.com. I set the cake to bake while we ate dinner and it was ready shortly afterwards! Spoon a little vanilla ice cream on top of the warm, molten cake and drizzle some chocolate or caramel over the top…pure bliss…

And for a quality control test, I also made my favorite slow cooker pot roast dinner in the Calphalon 7 Quart Digital Slow Cooker. YUM! Perfection! And if you’re curious, it’s my favorite recipe because I just throw whatever I want into the crock and it’s always delicious. Here’s a list of what I add if I have it on hand:
1 boneless pot roast
1 chopped yellow onion
1 can diced tomatoes (undrained)
1 small can tomato paste
1 garlic clove, minced
1 can low sodium chicken broth
petite red potatoes, quartered
sliced carrots
pinch of dried rosemary, basil, oregano
1 bay leaf

I think that’s it. But if I don’t have something, it doesn’t go in! No biggie! It’s always yummy, and no one ever notices the missing ingredient.

And now on to the part you’ve been waiting for! The giveaway! Calphalon is giving away 1 7 Quart Digital Slow Cooker (US residents only, 18 years and older, please) to one of you! For a chance to win, visit Calphalon’s website and leave a comment telling me what else you’d like to have in your kitchen. Note: This part is mandatory and must be completed before extra entries can be awarded.

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1 entry – Follow @MelsCakeWalk on Twitter.
1 entry – Retweet the giveaway. (Use the Retweet button at the top of this post. You can do this 2 times/day; leave a comment here each time.)
3 entries – Make a post about this giveaway on your own blog. (Leave 3 comments here to get credit.)

Leave one comment per entry please. If you already do any of the above, please say so in a comment to get credit for the extra entry. This contest is open to adult US residents only. The giveaway will end Sunday, March 6, 2011 at midnight eastern time. Good luck!

*And after you’ve entered this giveaway, head over to thelittlekitchen.net to enter her Calphalon 2-Slot Toaster giveaway!

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Hershey’s Baking Pack WINNER!

Wow, you guys must LOVE Hershey’s! This is, by far, the most comments I’ve received during a giveaway – 421 eligible comments!

And the winner is…


cstironkat said… 160

1/7 tweet #2 http://twitter.com/cstironkat/status/23420656339132416

January 7, 2011 11:49AM
Thanks for entering, everyone! And keep baking!
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Hershey’s Baking Pack Giveaway!

Let’s start off the new year right…with a Hershey’s giveaway!

If you recall, in December I was given the opportunity to interview Linda Stahl, the baking authority, at Hershey’s Test Kitchens. To accompany the interview, they sent me an awesome gift package to give away to one of you!

Here’s what’s included:

Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips

Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Kisses

Heath Bits ‘O Brickle Toffee Bits

Hershey’s Natural Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Chips

And an adorable chocolate-colored Hershey’s apron!

Click on over to my previous post about cookie exchanges for tips/hints and the Linda Stahl interview. But be sure to leave a comment here to enter for a chance to win the Hershey’s gift pack!

Official Rules: For a chance to win, leave a comment telling me what your favorite cookie to munch on this holiday season was. Note: This part is mandatory and must be completed before extra entries can be awarded.

Extra entries:
1 entry – Be a Cake Walk follower on Google Friend Connect (in the left sidebar).
1 entry – Subscribe to Cake Walk’s RSS feed.
1 entry – Like Mel’s Cake Walk on Facebook.
1 entry – Add the Cake Walk button to your blog.
1 entry – Follow @MelsCakeWalk on Twitter.
1 entry – Retweet the giveaway. (You can do this 2 times/day; leave a comment here each time.)
3 entries – Make a post about this giveaway on your own blog. (leave 3 comments here to get credit.)

Leave one comment per entry please. If you already do any of the above, please say so in a comment to get credit for the extra entry. This contest is open to adult US residents only. The giveaway will end Friday, January 14, 2011 at midnight eastern time. Good luck!

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Procter & Gamble with Publix: Cooking Up Early Detection Giveaway

Procter & Gamble and Publix are doing it again! Last year, they gave away a great set of pink cookware and kitchen tools. And if you missed out, bummer! I use my pink saute pan all the time!

But don’t be too sad – you get another chance to get some pink cookware this year! Check your local Publix for a stand with these forms:


Then, spend $25 or more (before tax) on Procter & Gamble brands in one transaction between 9/20/10 and 10/17/10. If you can’t find the forms, write the following on a piece of paper: your name, complete address, phone number, & name of retailer. Send your receipt and the form/info (postmarked by 10/25/10 and received by 11/8/10), and you’ll get this great stuff:


The FREE pink kitchenware set from Good Cook’s Hope line includes a 2 quart sauce pan with lid, Classic Balloon Wisk, 3 Piece Mini Nylon Tool Set and 2 piece Nylon Scrub Brush Set.

But the best part about it is that you don’t have to spend money on things you wouldn’t normally buy. Procter & Gamble owns so many brands that you would likely spend $25 on them anyway! They own Bounty, Charmin, Crest, Puffs, Bounce, Olay, Swiffer, etc!

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Custom Handmade Card Giveaway!

A good friend of mine has finally opened an Etsy shop to show off all her papercrafting genius! She was the artist behind my graduation party invitations (pictured below).


And even though that picture is great (thanks, Elise!), it doesn’t do the invitation justice…the texture, the quality of the paper…just can’t be captured on camera. Trust me when I say the invitations were awesome!

So, Nicole has finally opened her Etsy shop called hedgepiggle and she’s sponsoring a giveaway just for you guys!

She’s giving away this card:


And this one:
I love the vintage feel of both of them. And what better way to drop a “hello” note to a friend than on a card like this. So…there will be TWO winners of this giveaway. You may state your preference for the card you’d like to win in your comment, and we’ll try our best to honor that.

For a chance to win, visit Nicole’s hedgepiggle Etsy shop. Then come back here and leave a comment about your favorite item. Note: This part is mandatory and must be completed before extra entries can be awarded.

Extra entries:
1 entry – Be a Cake Walk follower on Google Friend Connect (in the left sidebar).
1 entry – Subscribe to Cake Walk’s RSS feed.
1 entry – Like Mel’s Cake Walk on Facebook.
1 entry – Add the Cake Walk button to your blog.
1 entry – Subscribe to hedgepiggle’s RSS feed.
1 entry – Make hedgepiggle a favorite of yours (in the right sidebar of the shop).
3 entries – Make a post about this giveaway on your own blog. (leave 3 comments here to get credit.)
5 entries – Make a purchase from hedgepiggle. (Leave 5 comments here to get credit.)

Leave one comment per entry please. If you already do any of the above, please say so in a comment to get credit for the extra entry. This contest is open to adult US or Canada residents only. The giveaway will end Monday, October 18, 2010 at midnight eastern time. Good luck!

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