Friday, November 4, 2011

QVC Giveaway

There's nothing quite like QVC. A whole channel dedicated to what I love most, shopping! You don't even have to go to the store and deal with annoying crowds either. You can order your favorite perfume or even a gorgeous necklace while laying in bed in your pajamas! QVC offers thousands among thousands of products that anyone would love.



QVC is a multinational corporation specializing in televised home shopping. Founded in 1986 by Joseph Segel in West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania. QVC broadcasts in five countries as QVC US, QVC UK, QVC Germany, QVC Japan and – QVC Italy to 200 million households. The name is an acronym standing for Quality, Value, Convenience.

Whether you're looking for a new comforter set, state of the art shiny electronics, or even a vacuum that will suck up dirt you didn't even know was in your rug, QVC has you covered. QVC is also your Christmas gift headquarters! Avoid the long lines and do your Christmas shopping with your telephone. :)

Back in September, I was invited to a QVC media party. I met David Venable, host of In the Kitchen with David. I had a wonderful time and I had the exciting opportunity to interview him!

My questions are in bold.

1. What is your advice for people who enjoy cooking but feel some recipes are too complicated?
Be confident! You might be surprised how well the recipe turns out. It always helps me to read the recipe completely before I cook. Some dishes take a long time, while others take only a few minutes. Being familiar with the cook times and instructions will go a long way toward making the recipe a success. Also make sure you have all your ingredients and tools handy before you start. As you cook, don’t be afraid to improvise. Baking is more of an exact science; cooking certainly isn’t. It’s about creating great meals and great memories for your family and friends.

2. What are some great low-fat or low calorie substitutions for everyday meals or desserts?
When I bake, I often replace half the “fat” (from ingredients like butter, oil, or shortening) with unsweetened apple sauce or another fruit puree of pineapples or bananas. You can even use a veggie puree of sweet potatoes, pumpkin, or zucchini in some recipes. In all your cooking, you can make it a habit to use margarine instead of butter and a lighter oil like canola, sunflower, or extra virgin olive oil. Also consider using a sugar or salt substitute whenever possible. Nowadays, many substitutes measure spoon-for-spoon and cup-for-cup, which is really convenient.

3. How did your passion for cooking come about?
Growing up, it wasn’t unusual for my mother to spend lots of time making comforting body-and-soul warming meals for my brother, sister, and me. She loved to cook. But more than anything, she loved having “all her chickens round the table!” I’m not sure my mother would admit it, but she was truly ahead of her time. She never underestimated the importance of a family meal. In fact, family dinners weren’t optional. We joined her at the table every night, and the world stopped until the dishes were cleared. We listened, fell into comfortable, meaningful conversation, and embraced the comfort of family time. That’s where my passion began.

4. What's one of your favorite recipes to make?
I’m a meat and potatoes type of guy, so one meal that immediately comes to mind is my French Onion Soup Meatloaf with Mashed Potato Topping. This is a hearty, comforting, all-in-one dish that’s always a hit with my friends and family. And, it’s incredibly easy to make. There’s nothing better than a big helping of this on a chilly autumn or winter’s day!

5. Is there a kitchen tool or appliance you consider an absolute essential?
One of my all-time favorites is the Cook’s Essentials® 4-qt. Digital Pressure Cooker (http://qvc.co/K34606). Now, this is electric, so it’s much safer than those questionable pressure cookers we all remember! This is extremely user friendly and cuts cooking time by as much as 70%. Plus, foods retain more of the healthy nutrients that get lost during the conventional cooking process.

6. What is a quick, easy dinner recipe you can share from your collection?
My Easy Cheesy Bacon Chicken is one of my favorites. I LOVE bacon and I love cheese, and this recipe highlights both ingredients in a simple, yet effective way. Here’s the recipe. By the way, you can find this one and all my recipes on QVC.com. (http://qvc.co/Davids_Recipes)
Easy Cheesy Bacon Chicken
Ingredients:
4 slices bacon, chopped
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/4 lb. easy-melting cheese (like Velveeta), cut into cubes
1/4 cup chicken broth
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
Directions:
In a large nonstick sauté pan (about 2.75 qt.) over medium heat, cook the bacon for 4 minutes or until crisp. Remove the bacon from the pan and drain on paper towels. Discard all but 1 Tbsp. of the bacon fat.

Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and paprika. Add the chicken to the skillet and cook over medium heat for 5 — 6 minutes on each side or until cooked through.

Combine the pasteurized cheese and chicken broth in a small saucepan (about 1.25 qt.). Cook over medium-low heat for 2 — 3 minutes until cheese is melted and sauce is well combined. Spoon the sauce over the chicken, sprinkle with bacon and fresh parsley, and serve.

I really enjoyed David's answers and they were really insightful! QVC is going to make a foodie's dream come true by offering one lucky winner a chance to win a Le Creuset 12" x 9-1/2" Rectangular Dish in Caribbean Blue.


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538 comments:

  1. I have a few meals of which I might make a spinach leek quiche. I can also see a stuffed shells be made in there.

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  2. We love baked salmon with horseradish lemon sauce.

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  4. I have a great moussaka recipe I'd make in this dish.
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  7. This dish is begging to be filled with cheesy, baked pastas.

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  17. I'd make a lasagna in this dish. LKVOYER at aol dot com

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  18. I can picture making a blueberry cobbler in the dish.

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  21. I can see making lasagna in there.

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  22. Yummy Tuna Casserole! My family loves that dish in the fall and winter!

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  23. veggie lasagna and cheese enchiladas!
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  24. Taco Casserole or Baked chicken with Rosemary Potatoes

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  25. Tuna casserole
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  32. Baked Ziti

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  33. I would make lasagna in this.

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  36. I haven't made a good lasagna (my dad's recipe is amazing) in ages, so that would probably be the first thing I'd cook!

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  37. This would be perfect for lasagna or baked ziti! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
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  42. i picture making my lasagna in this beautiul dish
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  44. If I won, I'd make homemade mac n cheese in this dish! Thanks for hosting! :)

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  48. I would make lasagna in this dish.

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  50. I would make hashbrown casserole with ham, it's my hubby's favorite recipe!

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  51. I would like to make my chicken and rice casserole in this dish.
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  54. I would make a hash brown potato casserole
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  62. I can picture mac & cheese casserole. Also, chicken & dumpling stew. Yum Thanks.
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  63. I'd definitely start out by making baked ziti, tuna casserole, and apple/cherry crisp in the dish. Thanks for the chance to enter!

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  71. chicken pot pie - yummm
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  76. I picture my world famous tuna noodle casserole in that blue dish. Mmmmm
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  78. Beautiful French potatoes or simple macaroni and cheese.

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  79. LASAGNA

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  80. I can see spicy and sweet baked chicken, and lasagne.
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  89. I can picture myself making King Ranch Chicken--a cheesy Tex-Mex recipe.
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  92. I'd make lasagna and baked spaghetti

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  95. I can picture making baked chicken or lasagna in this pan.

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  98. I can picture making Shephards Pie in this dish!
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  102. Mainly, enchiladas or lasagna.

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  104. I can picture making lasagna, manicotti, eggplant parmesian and many other dishes.

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  105. I'd make my baked ziti with meatballs!

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  106. This would be perfect to make my lasagna in.

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  109. I would make my sweet potato casserole with pecans and brown sugar. Yum!

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  113. I could see making lasagna, other pasta dishes, shepherd's pie and scalloped potatoes.

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  118. That pan screams "make lasagne" in it!

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  119. Lasagne

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  120. Broccoli, Chicken & stuffing casserole

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  121. hash brown casserole and enchaladas
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  122. scalloped potatoes for Thanksgiving or Christmas
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  126. Overnight baked french toast or my stuffing casserole.
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  127. I can picture making lasagna, cabbage casserole and other tasty things in it! I can also picture making desserts like banana pudding or bread pudding in it too. =D

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  136. I would make lasagna, chicken casserole, and pasta bake.

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  140. The first thing I would make would be lasagna. It's one of my favorite meals.
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  141. I can picture making Macaroni and Cheese or Shepherd's Pie in this casserole.

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  144. I can see making Baked Ziti, Lasagna and Chicken Enchiladas
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  153. I'd make lots of casseroles in this [= green bean & squash are my favorites.

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  161. I picture myself mostly baking my green bean casarole or my tuna cassarole in this pan!

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