Gift Card Giveaway

March 11, 2011

If you are anything like me, you are in love with Williams-Sonoma. Really, how can you not be? It seems like every time I walk into that store, I leave realizing there are about a hundred things I don’t have in my kitchen that I need.

Alas, my eyes are bigger than my tiny apartment kitchen so I usually stick to window-shopping and browsing. Doing a lot of oooh-ing and ahh-ing along the way.

Maybe I should get to the point. Today, because I love you all so much and I’m very thankful for your readership and when my blog makes money I like to give back. And because I’m guessing we could all use a little more sunshine in our lives during the month of March, I’m giving away a $25 gift card to Williams-Sonoma!

To enter, leave a comment below before Sunday, March 13 at 10 p.m., answering the following question:

What is your ultimate comfort food?Β 

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  • Reply Megan March 11, 2011 at 3:43 am

    What an fabulous giveaway! I do love me some Williams Sonoma πŸ™‚

    Ultimate comfort food = super cheesy mac&cheese.

  • Reply URBakin'MeCrazyy March 11, 2011 at 3:46 am

    Campbell's tomato soup and Grilled Cheese πŸ™‚


  • Reply Krystal March 11, 2011 at 3:47 am

    Mac & Cheese!

  • Reply kristinasconfections March 11, 2011 at 3:47 am

    Love Williams-Sonoma. Really, love any store where I can find kitchen gadgets that I must have (but don't really need!).

    Comfort food? Grandma's goulash (which, I'm pretty sure is a made-up recipe!).

  • Reply theradhousewife.com March 11, 2011 at 3:48 am

    What a wonderful giveaway! Lucky lady! My ultimate comfort food is my Mamah's mashed potatoes and roast beef gravy (Sunday supper-style!) YUM!

  • Reply jaimebuggy March 11, 2011 at 3:52 am

    My favorite comfort food is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on white wonder bread πŸ™‚

  • Reply Tracy Simmons March 11, 2011 at 3:53 am

    My favourite comfort food is ice cream. It always makes me feel good!

  • Reply Gale Reeves March 11, 2011 at 4:02 am

    my comfort food- roasted tomato soup in a home made bread bowl

  • Reply Ashton March 11, 2011 at 4:03 am

    Oh my! Boy do I love Williams-Sonoma! My go-to food for comfort is potatoes. Anything potatoes, however, mashed potatoes are the best! From simply salted mashed potatoes when I have an upset tummy, to mashed potatoes with all the fixings when I'm just feeling plain blue, mashed potatoes somehow always cheer me up!

    Thanks for writing such a wonderful blog! I love how simple and healthy your recipes are.

  • Reply Kylie March 11, 2011 at 4:06 am

    My parents did not cook much when I grew up, but I remember lots of hearty, simple pasta. Just pasta, cheese, sauce and graziano sausage!

  • Reply Carol March 11, 2011 at 4:07 am

    Grilled cheese or mashed potatoes! Yum!

  • Reply littlethingsbigstuff.com March 11, 2011 at 4:11 am

    mac and cheese all the way. the best I've ever had was at The Cafe in Ames, but they took it off the menu before I could have it one last time pre-moving to St. Louis. gah. I must learn to replicate it.

  • Reply Kristel March 11, 2011 at 4:13 am

    I have never really gotten the concept of comfort food. I always wonder if its because I grew up with meat and potatoes parents while I was a vegetarian. So my alternative is a good warm cup of tea always makes me feel brand new.

  • Reply MommyV March 11, 2011 at 4:15 am

    A HUGE plate of my grandmother's spaghetti sauce on spaghetti noodles, topped with tons of mozzarella cheese…. mmmm Actually had this for dinner tonight πŸ™‚

  • Reply Randi Lynne March 11, 2011 at 4:23 am

    Meat and potatoes

  • Reply Kacie Kinney March 11, 2011 at 4:39 am

    If bread, cheese, or butter is involved, it's comfort food for me. πŸ™‚

    Also, chinese food.

  • Reply Hunter March 11, 2011 at 4:54 am

    Anything with a ton of cheese or pasta will hit the spot!

  • Reply Laura March 11, 2011 at 4:59 am

    Warm apple pie with ice cream on the side…brings so much comfort.

  • Reply rachbarnes March 11, 2011 at 5:10 am

    Great giveaway! My mom's wild rice soup is my ultimate comfort food!

  • Reply Shooting Stars Mag March 11, 2011 at 5:31 am

    I really like scrambled eggs or the typical chicken noodle soup

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  • Reply Abby March 11, 2011 at 5:35 am

    MMM…turkey and stuffing, I could eat it everyday and never tire of it! Madison, your blog is just lovely! I check it regularly and love all of your recipes…I am making the fluffer-nutter bars next week for a 90 year old woman I visit. She grew up on the sandwiches and I know will LOVE your recipe!

  • Reply Erin. March 11, 2011 at 5:39 am

    Hands down…a big scoop of craft smooth peanut butter on cinnamon raisin toast…its the spot EVERY time!

  • Reply Sarah March 11, 2011 at 5:55 am

    Chicken lasagna and mashed potatoes : )

  • Reply Taylor Renee March 11, 2011 at 5:57 am

    That's so nice! Mine is straight up buttered French bread. Mmmmm.

  • Reply claire March 11, 2011 at 6:26 am

    Hmmm…favorite comfort food…probably starting the day with oats!

  • Reply Alyssa March 11, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Straight up mashed potatoes are my favorite comfort food!!! Preferably in large quantities πŸ™‚

  • Reply Crumbs N Crust March 11, 2011 at 7:11 am

    My comfort food – Lasagna and lots of cheese = )

    Thank you for the giveaway

  • Reply Kendra March 11, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Usually I'm so indecisive, but this answer is crystal clear. Macaroni and cheese!

  • Reply Lauren at Keep It Sweet March 11, 2011 at 10:31 am

    You are so sweet:-) I'd say pizza or mac n cheese.

  • Reply Beth March 11, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Homemade mac and cheese!

  • Reply Tiffany March 11, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    A big bowl of warm oatmeal with bananas, cinnamon, and sprinkled with oatmeal raisin granola!

  • Reply Lenna Cummings March 11, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I would absolutely love to win a gift card to Williams-Sonoma!! I love a big pot of chili on a cold winter's day.

  • Reply Urban Wife March 11, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Anything Italian! πŸ™‚

  • Reply The Blue-Eyed Bakers March 11, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Oh it would have to be a huge bowl of pasta…and delicious bread of course…er and some red wine. Ok we're done.

  • Reply Allison March 11, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Mashed Potatoes :)!

  • Reply Alex March 11, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Homemade fried chicken with garlic mashed potatoes!

  • Reply Colleen @ Miss Petite Sweets March 11, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    I love Williams Sonoma! My favorite comfort food has got to be spaghetti with parmesan cheese & breadcrumbs..random but delicious.

  • Reply Molly March 11, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    pecan waffles with maple syrup : )

  • Reply Amanda March 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Broccoli Cheddar Soup!

  • Reply alana (at) the food March 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    toast with butter…is that weird?

  • Reply Jolene March 11, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    warm chocolate chip cookies πŸ™‚

    Thank you for the kind giveaway!

  • Reply Michelle March 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    my Nana's pierogies with butter and onions!

  • Reply Sarah Crosby March 11, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    mac and cheese and warm chocolate chip cookies…. holy moley…I rarely eat these but when i do…. its worth every pound i gain! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Cammie March 11, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    My favorite comfort food is pizza!!!
    Thank you for the great giveaway!

  • Reply Nadine March 11, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    My Mom's gnocchi w/ butter and garlic. I can never make it as good as she does!

  • Reply Amy @ ElephantEats March 11, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Velveeta Shells and Cheese all the way! You have to eat the whole box in one sitting to really enjoy it though πŸ˜‰ Mmmmmmm…

  • Reply sassy March 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Homestyle macaroni and cheese! Can't go wrong πŸ™‚

  • Reply Angela B March 11, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Great contest Madison! Comfort food to me reminds me of Sunday dinner at my Grandma Wiechers – roast, potatoes, salad, rolls, and of course…..her homemade pies πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sondra March 11, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I make homemade macaroni. Nothing beats brownie batter either πŸ™‚

  • Reply fooddoodles March 11, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I was really sick and not feeling great the other day and I went for pasta and pesto. Yummm! Not very typical, but sooo comforting πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kimberly March 11, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Home Made Turkey Soup is my ultimate comfort food!! Nothing better than a hot bowl to make everything yummy!!

    Love your blog, photos, and YEAH Williams Sonoma!!!

  • Reply Amanda March 11, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Ultimate comfort food has to be mac & cheese for me.

  • Reply Bridget March 11, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Hooray for Williams-Sonoma, which is over 100 miles from me, but worth the trip!
    My favorite comfort food is Banana Pudding! The kind with vanilla wafers. Sigh.

  • Reply SarahErickson March 11, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    I have to follow the trend and say homemade mac & cheese- so good! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sheila March 11, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Chinese…Almond Chicken and Rice!! My Choice hands down!!

  • Reply llshots March 11, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Hmmm…ultimate comfort food. A big bowl of pasta with lots of marinara sauce. YUM.

  • Reply Laura March 11, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Hands down egg rolls from a local Thai restaurant, Tum Rup Thai – They're so good I think about them every night before I go to bed.

  • Reply mmalavec March 11, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    My grandmother's homemade bread, and of course chicken noodle soup! Thank you so much for the wonderful giveaway!

  • Reply Kelly March 11, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Comfort food.. my mom's chicken, dumplings and potatoes!

  • Reply Tricia @ Saving room for dessert March 11, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Oh that has to be pizza! Great giveaway – there's always something there that I didn't know I had to have! Have a great weekend.

  • Reply Cait March 11, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Oh that has to be my mom's guacamole and homemade tortillas!

  • Reply rebecca March 11, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Grilled cheese with tomatoes, and homemade tomato soup!

  • Reply Ber March 11, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    My favorite comfort food would have to be pasta. Cheesy or creamy I don't care! Just leave out the red sauce please!

  • Reply LESantay March 11, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Mine has to be pot roast, it makes the house smell divine while cooking too.

  • Reply Rebecca March 11, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Mashed potatoes and gravy!

  • Reply Michelle March 11, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Hmmm, that's hard. Something carb loaded like pasta or mac & cheese.

  • Reply jamelafamela March 11, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Hands down Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich. YUM!

  • Reply Marcia March 11, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    I love soup..all kinds, but I'll say corn chowder..

  • Reply Anonymous March 11, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Come on ladies..I read alot of your responses and no one said chocolate. I'd say anything chocolate is my comfort food. Just a Hershey kiss or a snickers candy bar makes my day!!!

  • Reply Banana Split March 11, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Garlic angel hair pasta w/ roma tomatoes and shrimp with a glass of red shiraz wine! Very comforting on a cold winter day!

  • Reply Stacy March 11, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    some kind of sweet treat, like brownies or cookies

  • Reply Becky March 11, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Ooooh.. that's a tough one! I love Crockpot beef strogaoff! Yum! So delicious!

  • Reply Bridget March 11, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    fun idea, Madison! Homemade chicken noodle soup, heavy on the noodles πŸ™‚

  • Reply Julia March 11, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Macaroni and cheese (with bacon)!

  • Reply Diana March 11, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    My ultimate comfort food is definitely mac & cheese!

  • Reply Megan March 11, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Holy moly – so many entries!! I just stopped in WS last weekend, and you're right: tons of stuff I never knew I needed. Right now I really do need a nice sharp chef's knife. Anyway my ultimate comfort food has got to be chips and salsa. I could eat it all day every day.

  • Reply Danielle March 11, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Wish I was unique but I have to go with half of the other comments and say that mac and cheese is definitely my favorite!

  • Reply Katie v. March 11, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    I have a favorite comfort drink and food: Coffee (usually black) and dark chocolate.

    I also love bread and water…

  • Reply Nicole March 11, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    My ultimate comfort food is roasted garlic mashed potatoes. Anything warm and soft does the trick.

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  • Reply helennaturally March 11, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Chicken & Dumplings and Banana Pudding

    Love Williams Sonoma

  • Reply Jane March 11, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    I LOVE William Sonoma
    My ultimate comfort food would have to be my godmother's fabulous mashed potatoes (“Love Potatoes”)!

  • Reply Simone March 11, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    No other comfort food can fill the space in my heart for fetuccini alfredo. So creamy, so rich, and so easy to make!

  • Reply AlleyKitten March 11, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    If I have no time – toast. Hot, white buttered toast.

    If my mum is about – beef stew and dumplings (it takes her 3 days to make.)

  • Reply Amy March 11, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Comfort food: Some sort of banana-peanut butter-chocolate combination – delectable!

  • Reply kneth March 11, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    I'm gonna have to go with either
    a) Dark Chocolate and straight coffee
    b) White Chocolate Raspberry Frozen Yogurt (blue bunny I believe)

  • Reply Eve March 11, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    I love this store! Comfort foods that always make me feel good are mashed potatoes and gravy and some macaroni and cheese.

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  • Reply AubreyLaine March 11, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    French Fries! Not very fancy, but definitely my comfort food.

  • Reply Debbie A. March 11, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Any kind of chocolate dessert and coffee…
    or macaroni and cheese.

  • Reply Paige March 11, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    a grilled cheese sandwich, with pickles on the side. preferably with french fries, too!

  • Reply Anonymous March 11, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Pastinaaa!!! With lots of butter and salt..yummy…thanks!!! πŸ˜€

  • Reply Debbie B. March 11, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Homemade creamy mac and cheese!! YUM.

  • Reply Vicky @ eat live spin March 11, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Mashed Potatoes!

  • Reply Jessica Polley March 11, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    My ultimate comfort food is jalepeno poppers. Not sure why but they always hit the spot when I need some comfort πŸ™‚

  • Reply I'm Whitney March 12, 2011 at 12:46 am

    I love chicken pot pie…there's something about a steaming pot of goodness that says “yum.” (thanks for the chance to win a gift card by the way!)

  • Reply Roxy March 12, 2011 at 1:02 am

    Mac & Cheese with tuna and peas mixed in. Also Anything dark chocolate

  • Reply Krista March 12, 2011 at 1:36 am

    jalepeno and butternut squash mac n' cheese. spicy, cheesy, creamy.. so comforting!


  • Reply Jenny March 12, 2011 at 1:51 am

    I love congee…a Chinese rice porridge. yum.

  • Reply chelsy e. March 12, 2011 at 1:58 am

    King Ranch Chicken made by my grandmother herself…of course, with a side of ranch dressing for dipping!

  • Reply Mariah March 12, 2011 at 2:15 am

    Chocolate walnut brownies. =)

  • Reply Abby March 12, 2011 at 2:24 am

    a jar of nutella and a spoon! yum!

  • Reply Sondi March 12, 2011 at 2:29 am

    A big bowl of hot vegetable soup.

  • Reply Sweet Creations March 12, 2011 at 2:44 am

    Homemade vanilla ice cream with lots of fresh fruit and whip cream and a drizzle of smooth creamy chocolate.

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  • Reply AAnderson March 12, 2011 at 3:21 am

    First, I love your blog! You don't know me but I know your mother and was introduced to your blog by the NW girls who adore her and adore cooking in her fabulous kitchen.
    Second, Comfort food= Naturally More Peanutbutter…I eat it by the spoonful!

  • Reply Jen March 12, 2011 at 3:36 am

    I love your blog and all the recipes I have tried have been amazing!

    My favorite comfort foods involve mac and cheese, peanut butter and jelly (in any combo) and dark chocolate!

  • Reply Michelle March 12, 2011 at 5:02 am

    Definitely mac and cheese. And chocolate chip cookies for dessert.

  • Reply Amy Kelly March 12, 2011 at 5:33 am

    I am all about the chicken and dumplings.

  • Reply Jenny March 12, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Potatoes au gratin! I eat those by the spoonful.

  • Reply Krisla Nguyen March 12, 2011 at 9:49 am

    a cheeseburger. yummmm. my family is moving into a new house and this gift card would be perfect!

  • Reply Jennifer March 12, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Grilled cheese and tomato soup always make me feel better! What a great giveaway!!

  • Reply Sarah March 12, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Nothing beats cinnamon toast with a cup of tea. Unless it is a grilled cheese sandwich.

  • Reply Natalie March 12, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    only one? ohhh man that's tough….probably grilled cheese or mac and cheese though, something with cheese πŸ™‚

  • Reply husbandwifemodernlife March 12, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Mac and cheese for sure!

  • Reply lisabella March 12, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Macaroni and cheese!

  • Reply spenser March 12, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    long johns from donut king!

  • Reply Marilyn March 12, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    My favorite comfort food – beef stew with homemade biscuits.

  • Reply Neena March 12, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    For me, it will always be brown rice with mashed avocado and fresh squeezed lemon juice. It is truly the ultimate comfort food, eaten on the couch in front of a bad 80s movie rerun.

    Great giveaway!

  • Reply Meredith March 12, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Who wouldn't love this giveaway!? Ultimate comfort food (summer)= homemade chicken salad and ultimate WINTER comfort food = Homemade mac and cheese. mmmm!

  • Reply Alison Pepito March 13, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Comfort food to me would have to be my grandmothers roast pork, southern field peas and sliced tomatoes with salt and pepper. Top that all off with a tall glass of sweet tea and lemon.

  • Reply kissmybroccoli March 13, 2011 at 1:38 am

    What a great giveaway! Ultimate comfort food for me is a big bowl of oat bran, savory or sweet, though lately I've been on a huge savory kick!

  • Reply Megan March 13, 2011 at 2:02 am

    I love s'more bars which seem to be similar to your fluffer bars but with chocolate!

  • Reply Kim (Bowl of Fruit) March 13, 2011 at 2:04 am

    Mine is definitely banana bread. Carbs. Bananas. Perfect comfort food. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Liz March 13, 2011 at 2:32 am

    My ultimate comfort food is cheeseburgers!

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  • Reply Erin March 13, 2011 at 2:57 am

    Pot roast with sour cream biscuits!

  • Reply Keri March 13, 2011 at 2:59 am

    Awesome giveaway!
    Potato Soup. Nothing beats it on a cold day. In fact, some right now would be awesome.

  • Reply Tracey March 13, 2011 at 3:20 am

    I see a pattern here but my answer is Mac and Cheese!

  • Reply grace March 13, 2011 at 6:13 am

    how can i limit it to just one? lately, the ultimate source of comfort has been creamy, buttery mashed potatoes–simple yet wholly satisfying!

  • Reply N.S. March 13, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Comfort food for me is always homemade fish curry w/ rice and chocolate dessert, yum!!

  • Reply Bethany March 13, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Mushroom risotto!

  • Reply Jewel at Eat Drink Shop Love March 13, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Mac and Cheese!

  • Reply Emily March 13, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    My first thought was mac and cheese but many others have said that so I will say…Grilled Cheese! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Rachel March 13, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    My ultimate comfort food is Meijer Kettle Cooked BBQ chips and coffee ice cream. Strange, but delicious πŸ™‚

  • Reply Anonymous March 13, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    This is Jessica, and my favorite comfort food is German Shooten Kroffein and Fleisch Wurst. Also known as cottage cheese pockets and a sausage ring. Let me guess no one else on this blog has ever eaten this πŸ™‚

  • Reply Anonymous March 13, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    It might sound weird, but oatmeal is so comforting to me:) I could eat it all day long…Anne

  • Reply Anonymous March 14, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Ice cream!

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  • Reply Missy March 14, 2011 at 1:44 am

    What a great giveaway!! Pizza is my perfect comfort food!!

  • Reply erin March 14, 2011 at 2:40 am

    My comfort food is definitely potatoes, prepared to fit my mood- soup when I'm upset, smashed when I'm exhausted, scalloped with ham and cheese for a complete meal…nom nom!

  • Reply Rachel R. March 14, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    My perfect comfort food is a slice of almost burnt toast with butter and peanut butter smeared on top. The scent of toast wafting through my small apartment takes me back home on weekend mornings at my parent's house. So simple, but so delicious.

  • Reply courtney March 14, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Mashed potatoes is my go-to comfort food, always! My sweet husband even knows, if I'm home sick, he better bring home mashed potatoes from a deli or KFC or be ready to make me some!

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