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

    Ultimate comfort food = super cheesy mac&cheese.

  • Campbell's tomato soup and Grilled Cheese πŸ™‚


  • Mac & Cheese!

  • 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!).

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • Kylie

    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!

  • Grilled cheese or mashed potatoes! Yum!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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™‚

  • Meat and potatoes

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

    Also, chinese food.

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

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

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

  • I really like scrambled eggs or the typical chicken noodle soup

    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

  • 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!

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

  • Chicken lasagna and mashed potatoes : )

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

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

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

  • My comfort food – Lasagna and lots of cheese = )

    Thank you for the giveaway

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

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

  • Homemade mac and cheese!

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

  • 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.

  • Anything Italian! πŸ™‚

  • 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.

  • Mashed Potatoes :)!

  • Homemade fried chicken with garlic mashed potatoes!

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

  • pecan waffles with maple syrup : )

  • Broccoli Cheddar Soup!

  • toast with butter…is that weird?

  • warm chocolate chip cookies πŸ™‚

    Thank you for the kind giveaway!

  • my Nana's pierogies with butter and onions!

  • 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˜‰

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

  • Nadine

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

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

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

  • 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™‚

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

  • 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™‚

  • 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!!!

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

  • 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.

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

  • Sheila

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • Kelly

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

  • 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.

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

  • Grilled cheese with tomatoes, and homemade tomato soup!

  • Ber

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

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

  • Mashed potatoes and gravy!

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

  • Hands down Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich. YUM!

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

  • Anonymous

    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!!!

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

  • some kind of sweet treat, like brownies or cookies

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

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

  • Julia

    Macaroni and cheese (with bacon)!

  • My ultimate comfort food is definitely mac & cheese!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Katie v.

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

    I also love bread and water…

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

    I see that you are a donut fan and you entered to win the donut pan on Iowa Girl Eats. I am giving away a copy of Lara Ferroni’s Doughnut Book, a donut pan, and an extra wide pastry bag for making French crullers on my blog. Stop by and enter to win. Winner will be announced on March 15. http://bit.ly/e29O8c

  • Chicken & Dumplings and Banana Pudding

    Love Williams Sonoma

  • Jane

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

  • Simone

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

  • AlleyKitten

    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.)

  • Amy

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

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

  • Eve

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

    shopgurl101 at gmail dot com

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

  • Debbie A.

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

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Homemade creamy mac and cheese!! YUM.

  • Mashed Potatoes!

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

  • 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!)

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

  • Krista

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


  • I love congee…a Chinese rice porridge. yum.

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

  • Chocolate walnut brownies. =)

  • a jar of nutella and a spoon! yum!

  • A big bowl of hot vegetable soup.

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


  • 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!

  • Jen

    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!

  • Michelle

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

  • I am all about the chicken and dumplings.

  • Potatoes au gratin! I eat those by the spoonful.

  • Krisla Nguyen

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

  • Jennifer

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

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

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

  • Mac and cheese for sure!

  • Macaroni and cheese!

  • long johns from donut king!

  • My favorite comfort food – beef stew with homemade biscuits.

  • Neena

    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!

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

  • Alison Pepito

    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.

  • 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!

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

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

  • Liz

    My ultimate comfort food is cheeseburgers!

    eemoody77 at gmail dot com

  • Pot roast with sour cream biscuits!

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

  • Tracey

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

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

  • N.S.

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

  • Mushroom risotto!

  • Mac and Cheese!

  • Emily

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

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

  • Anonymous

    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™‚

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

    Ice cream!

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  • Missy

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!