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March 2012



Let There Be Beef

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I’m happy to tell you that I have a new sponsor for my show!!

TX Bar Organics provides me with organic, grass-fed beef. This beef is really yummy. It’s so good that a friend, who eats (mostly) vegetarian tried the Hawaiian Sliders and Beef Crostini, and liked them both! Part of the reason she was OK with eating this beef is that I’d asked TX Bar Organics how their cattle is treated. I found out that not only is this beef for sale online, and delivered right to your door, but the cattle are treated humanely, and they eat only grass!! I think I like it.

So far I’ve tried the ground beef and the top sirloin. I can’t wait to try a few more things! I’ll be using their ground beef on this week’s episode of A Cooking Show with Rachel O!

A little bit about them, in their words:

“TX BAR Ranch is located in Northern California 120 miles north of Sacramento. The beef we sell you have spent much, if not all of their lives on a local ranch in Northern California. Our passion is to raise the best beef you’ve ever had, and do it in a way that benefits all of the parts of an agricultural system. That agricultural system includes you, the land, the animal and the community. All of our cattle are part of the global animal protection program in which these animals are raised in a calm low stress environment and treated in with the utmost humane care. This care funnels down to you in the form of taste, quality and peace of mind that your meat came from a naturally healthy peaceful environment.

Our cattle live a completely natural existence as foragers and grazers. Grazing enhances a complex and balanced mosaic of native grasslands, which in turn maintains the vigor and distribution of these habitats, ensuring a sustainable food system.

And… they want YOU to try some of their beef!

You could win a $25 gift card from

TX Bar Organics!!

To Enter (Please leave a comment on this blog post letting me know that you have done both, in order for your entry to be valid! :)) 

Subscribe to TX Bar Organics newsletter and Like De Ma Cuisine on Facebook (if you already like DMC, great, it counts!).

Giveaway closes Tuesday, March 27th at 6pm (PST)

This contest is now closed. 

The winner is Suzanna Olson! 

Thanks to all who entered!

(Suzanna, your gift code will be sent to your email!)

Giveaway is open to residents of the lower 48 states. Winner will be chosen using

(Sorry to anyone that excludes!!!)

Bonne Chance!

(Giveaway sponsored by TX Bar Organics!)



March 2012



Joy the Baker Cookbook Giveaway

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I met Joy the Baker last week!

Although I feel like we are friends (or could be), we’re not actually. I feel like I know her, from reading her blog, and listening to her podcasts. She doesn’t know me. That’s OK. It doesn’t mean that I can’t be inspired and encouraged by her. I am. I will continue to be.

I’m so thrilled that I met her! And, oh my gosh, she watched my cooking show!

The other day, I was thinking about how she “made it”. She has a cookbook, an awesome following on her blog, a podcast… so many wonderful things. I’m terribly happy for her. It’s exciting to see someone you admire do well. But, the thing I realized was that “making it” shouldn’t be compared to someone else. I’m sure Joy’s life is wonderful and lovely. I really believe that. But, I’m happy with my life. I don’t want hers. And, I don’t need to “make it” in the same way she has. My goal isn’t to be her. 🙂

I’m too often comparing myself to others… Why don’t I have 20,000 followers on my Facebook page, or 1,000 people reading my blog each day, or whatever my gripe of the moment is… But, the reality is that I’m me, and am on my own journey, which I’m missing out on by looking longingly at everyone else’s. If I have 64 people reading my blog each day, wow, that’s still 64 people. If they are all family and friends, wow, I’m so blessed to be loved by that many people. People who actually KNOW me and still want to read what I’m writing. I’m excited, encouraged, humbled by this revelation.

Back to the actual meeting of Joy the Baker…

Husband bought me Joy’s cookbook two weeks ago. The catch was, it wasn’t being released until the 28th. That was also the same day as her book signing at Vromans, in Pasadena. I really wanted to go. I really wanted my book to arrive so I could get it signed. It didn’t. And, Vromans was sold out of her books (yay for her, sucky for me)… In the end, at the last second, I was handed a book by an employee (we were in line for the signing, and I had only a spatula, grabbed at the last second from home, for her to sign). ONE more had been found! However, it meant buying another copy of a book I technically already owned. Insert frustrated sigh. Husband ran and bought it for me. I had a book. We were relieved. We proceeded to meet Joy; I gushed a lot, I told her she was like my Pioneer Woman (as in I look up to her the way I think she may to PW), I asked her to sign pretty much everything on the table. She graciously obliged. We took some photos, and then just like that, we were back in the car, headed home. The next day, my book arrived from Amazon. I emailed them and told them how disappointed I was. They refunded my money and said I could keep the book.

And then there were two.

So, now, mostly because she inspires me, a lot because I want you to make Browned Butter Blueberry Muffins (p18), Avocado Fries (p96), Cheddar Chive and Jalapeno Biscuits (p46), Giant Cinnamon Rolls with Buttermilk Glaze (p42), and in part because I have a second copy of her book (which I decided to give away as soon as I found out I’d have to buy another, whether I got a refund or not, it’s just that good)…

I’m giving away a copy of Joy the Baker’s cookbook, along with a signed bookmark!

To enter (please leave an additional comment below for each entry, and please note that you must enter on the blog post):

Like De Ma Cuisine on Facebook and post about this giveaway on your Facebook page, tagging De Ma Cuisine.

Follow De Ma Cuisine on Twitter and post about this giveaway tagging De Ma Cuisine.

Write a note about it on your blog, providing a link to my blog.

Do you need one more? You can tell Joy that she should like De Ma Cuisine on Facebook and Follow De Ma Cuisine on Twitter. Um, just kidding. Kinda… I’d be delighted if Joy the Baker followed De Ma Cuisine. Like really happy. But, whatev. 🙂

Contest closes Tuesday March 13th at noon (PST).

This contest is open to residents of the USA and Canada. Winner will be announced next week and will have three days to contact me with their mailing address to claim their prize.


Thank you to all who entered!! The contest is now closed. The winner is Gracie Hsieh Behrens!!! It was also announced on this week’s episode of A Cooking Show with Rachel O. 



November 2011



Menu Giveaway

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And the winner is…

Cathy Oberg!!!

(Winner was drawn by the official winner-chooser, Husband, in random drawing of scrunched up paper from bowl.)

Cathy, please contact me and let me know if you have any restrictions or preferences for your menu! 🙂

It’s that time again… MENU GIVEAWAY TIME!!! 

To win a FREE WEEKLY MOYENNE MENU leave a comment on this post about your favorite Thanksgiving food, what you’ll be doing this week, what you’re thankful for, or, if you’re really lazy, you can just write “hi”. 😉

Giveaway closes Sunday the 27th at 9pm (PST).

I’ll start. I’m thankful for so many things… my wonderful husband, grace that I don’t deserve, good food to eat… I don’t have a favorite Thanksgiving food – I like them all, in the same bite… We’ll be hanging out with my Husband’s family this week. Can’t wait!!!

Your turn!

P.S. Since Abundant Harvest Organics is taking the week off, there won’t be a new A Cooking Show with Rachel O – This Week’s Feast this week, but I will still have regular blog posts Wednesday and Friday… stay tuned!



October 2011



Scalloped Rutabagas and a Giveaway

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I have not always been passionate about food, or healthy eating, or eating fresh, local, in season produce. I am now. If you and I have had a conversation about menus and food, I’ve probably told you about Abundant Harvest Organics. It has become something that is really important to me. We heard about Abundant Harvest Organics from the Shinns, our good friends. They offered us a carrot, and we were hooked. We’ve been subscribers ever since we ate that carrot in 2007. We’re now eating better, healthier, more well balanced meals and are supporting local farmers who are providing us with amazing, fresh, ripe, affordable produce.

In this pre-made, preservative-happy food society that we live in, I think we’re losing a lot by not eating enough fresh fruits and veggies. I would like to challenge you to think outside the box a little, and get into a different kind of box.

About Abundant Harvest Organics

A few excerpts from their website, “Just like many of you, we have been on a journey to live and eat more healthfully. Our desire for affordable, chemically unaltered food led us to develop Abundant Harvest Organics. We have discovered an approach to natural food distribution that will deliver seasonal organic produce at conventional prices fresh from the field.”

Abundant Harvest Organics is an alliance of small family farmers in Central California dedicated to growing superior organic produce and getting it to you in the simplest manner possible and without the use of chemicals or packaging materials.”

“Here is what we do best:

Organic produce only – we don’t substitute! 

Unparalleled taste: varieties are chosen and harvested for taste and nutritional value rather than shelf-life and aesthetics

Superior quality and value, fairly priced significantly below retail value of the same product from your grocer

In Season: our produce is always fresh from the field

Locally grown: investing in our community’s people, its resources, and its physical, as well as economic health

Fresh, fresh, fresh: from the soil to your dinner table!”

The Giveaway!!


Before I tell you how you can enter, I must also note: The point of this isn’t just to give you something for free. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for free things and love to enter contests. But, my purpose in this is to introduce you to Abundant Harvest Organics and all that they have to offer. I want you to try it! In my opinion, once you taste it, you’ll be sold. Yesterday, my friend Joanna from Waterfall Creative came over for lunch. We had Stuffed French Toast (in preparation for a guest post I’ll be doing over on her blog) and Honeydew Melon. She tasted the melon, looked up at me almost in shock, and said, “Is this from Abundant Harvest?” It was. She said she’d never had melon so good.

To enter*: Leave a comment on this post.

To enter* a second time: Post about this giveaway on Facebook/Twitter/Google+ or Pin it on Pinterest. Then comment that you’ve done this (and provide a link to it, if possible).

*Please note, you must be able to pick up from one of AHO’s delivery sites (in California) to be eligible to win (sorry to any who will miss out).

Giveaway closes Monday November 7th at noon (PST). (Gift box will be available for pickup the week of November 14th.)

And the winner is…Randy Karman! Thank you to all who entered!! Congratulations, Randy! Please let me know by Thursday November 10th which delivery site you’d like to collect your winning box from!

If you didn’t win, but still want to get started with Abundant Harvest Organics, you can visit their website for more details. And, don’t forget to stay tuned for the new cooking show A Cooking Show with Rachel O. Featuring Abundant Harvest Organics produce being cooked by me. Should be fun!

In case you’re like me and don’t know what to do with Rutabagas (well, I do now), here’s a recipe that I made up!

Scalloped Rutabagas

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes

Yield: 2


  • 1 rutabaga, sliced about 1/4″ thick
  • 1/2 C Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 C cheese (or more, if you like things cheesy) (cheddar and parmesan), divided
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 1/4 to 1/3 C milk
  • 1-2 T flour
  • pinch cayenne
  • 1 t fresh thyme
  • 1 t fresh parsley
  • 1 t spicy brown mustard
  • 1 t olive oil


  1. Whisk yogurt, milk, cheese (reserving a bit for topping later), garlic, onion, spices and mustard in a bowl.
  2. Grease a smallish baking dish (I think I used an 8×8 Pyrex) with oil. Place a layer of rutabaga, sprinkle with flour, top with cheese sauce. Repeat until all ingredients are gone (except set aside cheese).
  3. Bake covered at 350F for 60 minutes (or until rutabagas are no longer crisp). Uncover, sprinkle with remaining cheese, bake for 20 minutes more.
  4. Serve and enjoy! (I served them with Roast Beef and Wilted Greens.)

If you’re an AHO subscriber, don’t forget to use the Menu Featuring Abundant Harvest Organics Ingredients!

This giveaway was sponsored by Abundant Harvest Organics. Thank you, AHO for being willing to donate this box of produce!

Note: I do not work for Abundant Harvest, but have occasionally received complimentary produce for my help with various things. They have not asked me to post menus or promote them on my blog. If I post about them, it’s because I love their produce and the organization and want as many people as possible to know about them and use their produce with ease.

This giveaway was sponsored by Abundant Harvest Organics. Thank you, AHO for being willing to donate this box of produce!

Note: I do not work for Abundant Harvest, but have occasionally received complimentary produce for my help with various things. They have not asked me to post menus or promote them on my blog. 

Update: Sadly, Abundant Harvest is no longer in business. It was fun while it lasted. They had the best organic produce. (July 24, 2019)