Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Susan McCorkindale's recipe for a successful Christmas...plus a book giveaway!

Introduction by Amy Bromberg

**Giveaway is now closed**

I have had the honor and pleasure of meeting the wonderful, and quite hysterical, Susan McCorkindale who is here with us today. Since then, we have had the opportunity to get together a few more times. She also visited CLC back in August to talk about "500 Acres and No Place to Hide" (reviewed here) and is back now to share her favorite winter holiday "recipe." (Melissa A. and I especially like this idea for Christmas. ;) )

Susan has THREE copies of “Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl” to give away to some lucky readers anywhere in the US and Canada

To learn more about Susan visit her on Facebook, Twitter and her website.


My favorite holiday recipe calls for one take-out menu from my favorite Chinese food place, a phone, a wad of cash "borrowed" from my kids' Christmas stockings, and a car to go pick the order up. Throw in a heaping helping of shocked looks on the faces of my mother and brothers (who always expect lasagna), two screams of happiness from my sons (who are always relieved when I don't cook and don't care if I dip into their "stash" to cover their chicken and broccoli in brown sauce, spring rolls, and extra orders of crispy noodles), and a stack of holiday-themed paper goods and plastic utensils, (which means not only am I not chopping or mixing or pureeing and quite possibly poisoning my family, I don't have to do dishes either), and my Christmas dinner is served, Suzy style!

Special thanks to Susan for making us crave Chinese food (yum!) and for sharing her book with our readers.


How to win "Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl":
Please comment below with your e-mail address. (Please note:Entries without an e-mail address will NOT be counted. You can use AT and DOT to avoid spam. Or provide a link to your facebook page or blog if you can receive messages there.)

Bonus entries (can be listed all in one post):
1. Please tell us: What is your favorite Chinese restaurant or takeout related memory or story?
2. Follow this blog and post a comment saying you are a follower (if you already follow, that's fine too).
3. Post this contest on Facebook or Twitter or in your blog, and leave a comment saying where you've posted it.
4. Join Chick Lit Central on Facebook. Edit settings if you don't want to receive a lot of messages at your e-mail account. Please read our posting guidelines, as well. (If you're already a member, let us know that too.)
5. Add a friend to our Facebook group. (Tell us who you added.) Be sure to remind them to edit their settings.

US/Canada only. Giveaway ends December 19th at midnight EST.

28 comments:

Kritter said...

We just tried a new place near our house and we were blown away, good food, nice tables - sometimes it is in the details that make a restaurant good!

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Jordan said...

I love PF Changs but also really like our smaller, more local Chinese restaurants as well. It's always such a good fall back choice when you don't feel like making dinner!

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Joanna said...

I like our local one because the tiny lady who serves there always gives me a very sweet and very shy smile. And always remembers that my youngest daughter doesn't have lettuce in her chicken burger.

Marthalynn said...

I could eat some form of Asian food every day, so I can appreciate this! It makes me think of the scene from Christmas Story where the whole family has to go eat at the Chinese restaurant for Christmas Dinner. Love it!

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Margaret said...

I went once to an Chinese restaurant with an ex and the food there was amazing! This restaurant is really not that far from where I live now but for the life of me I can not remember the name or exactly where it is. Hopefully it is still there. Fortunately the boyfriend is not lol!
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Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

1. One of my favorite Chinese takeout memories is one Christmas when my family's plans were changed for some reason and we didn't have Christmas dinner or food to make Christmas dinner. We looked for a restaurant to eat at, and it ended up being a Chinese food place! We laughed and laughed though and had a great time!

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Stephanie said...

My favorite chinese restaurant is PF Changs.

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Cassandra (The Book and Movie Dimension blogger) said...

I love Panda Express for Chinese food.
Thanks for the giveaway.
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Na said...

There is a small Asian market here that sells barbequed pork, duck and deli sandwiches. We like to buy the food there for take-out. Actually just came home with some today :)

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karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel :)

i'm a follower, too :)

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Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

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Brittany said...

I'd love to win!

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Kim W. said...

1. Fave chinese restaurant.....it was called Mandarin Gardens and my family would go there every Friday night for dinner when I was in elementary school! Great memories, great food!!

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meandmom said...

I would like to read this book.

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meandmom said...

Once we were in a Chinese restaurant when my daughter was 5. we were eating fortune cookies and instead of asking what her fortune was my daughter asked "What are my lucky numbers?"

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Patricia said...

I really like the Lean Cuisine dinner
Sesame Stir Fry Chicken. Pf Chang is amazing.

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BRN2SHOP9 said...

I remember being acused of putting a paper clip in the food just so I would get it for free. Horrible night!

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StereoQueenBee said...

1. Please tell us: What is your favorite Chinese restaurant or takeout related memory or story?

One of my first dates with my love was at one, late at night.

2. Follow this blog and post a comment saying you are a follower (if you already follow, that's fine too).

Already follow this blog!

3. Post this contest on Facebook or Twitter or in your blog, and leave a comment saying where you've posted it.

Facebook - Sabrina-Kate Eryou
Twitter - stereoqueenbee

4. Join Chick Lit Central on Facebook. Edit settings if you don't want to receive a lot of messages at your e-mail account. Please read our posting guidelines, as well. (If you're already a member, let us know that too.)

Am already a member.

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Carol N Wong said...

My favorite Chinese restaurant is gone. They lost their lease. It was in Monterey Park, CA (Chinese Beverly Hills)and was called Tianamen. They has artifical basil squid that was to die for and so many other things. But they went down with the economy. We used to go there every year for our wedding anniversary. The last time we went, they were gone and I cried!

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Kristen said...

My favorite Chinese restaurant is right down the street from my parents' house. Every single time I come home, they know that at least one meal has to be their cashew chicken!

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Wendy said...

This books sounds terrific.

My favorite restaurant - Ollie's in TImes Square. Best dumplings!

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Erica said...

Sounds like a fun read! And yum!

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Nancye said...

I would love to win a copy of this book! Thanks ffor the chance!

The only funny story I have from a Chinese restaurant is when my son was about 11 or 12 and the server asked him if he could handle to drink without a lid. A lid? For a kid his size? After assuring her he would be fine, she moved on, and we laughed so hard!! He's 16 now and we still tease him by asking if he needs a lid or if he can manage a "big boy" cup!

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rc auto said...

It is truly amazing to enjoy this melt with whole family on Xmas. Me and my colleague have decided to make surprise for our family on this Xmas. Hope they would like Chinese foods lot.

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I am really very thankful to Susan McCorkindale for delicious recipe. We hope for this kinds of more recipe from you.

deisy said...

I could it sometimes Chinese food and also i went for Chinese restaurant. I really like to eat Chinese food. When i free, sometime i cook Chinese food and i really enjoyed to eat this food.

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Chinese food Brisbane said...

This seems interesting recipe! You give me good idea.