Short Rib Ragu and a Special Announcement!

Happy Sunday to you! I hope that you are enjoying your weekend. I am not normally a fan of Sunday posts, but I have so many things that I want to share with you, I may need to add a few extra days of posts and articles over the next several weeks to catch up.

I have two announcements today and some other exciting news and giveaways are coming in the weeks ahead.

First, is this awesome giveaway for a Le Creuset 5 1/2 quart Dutch Oven in their new shade of Fennel! If you are a regular reader of Bunkycooks, I am sure that you often hear me recommend Le Creuset cookware.

These pieces are some of my favorite kitchen items and I love the way they conduct heat and cook so evenly. I also love the interior finish and how well they clean up after some pretty heavy duty braising, sautéing or oven baking.

These Dutch Ovens take on a patina over the lifetime of their use with all of the fabulous dishes you create in them.  Each time I cook with my Dutch Oven, I see a new addition of the brownish shade that adds to the character of the cookware. It means you love and use your Dutch Oven!

I have prepared a Short Rib Ragu which is an ideal dish for a Dutch Oven. The meat sears beautifully and it goes right from the stove top to the oven and everything comes out perfectly.

I have been craving this Short Rib Ragu for a long time. It is comfort food at it’s best and I wanted to get one more round in before the warmer weather sets in for good. It is definitely something that you will want to make again and again after trying it!

On another note (besides this very special giveaway), I have mentioned several times over the past few months that there was some exciting news and business ventures related to Bunkycooks to be announced and I would like to tell you about one of those exciting ventures now, with more news to come in the near future!

Last Summer we started visiting chefs, farmers and interesting local businesses. We have met some truly special people along the way and we have tried to share this experience with you in our On the Road articles, chef interviews and other stories.

So many people have contacted me personally and said they wanted to be able to do what we do. We have been in the planning mode since last Fall and we’re now ready to raise the curtain on our On The Road Culinary Adventures. It has been hard work and so much fun at the same time. These Culinary Adventures will initially focus on the Southeast.

Our first event in this series will take place in Asheville, North Carolina. This two night, three day adventure will allow all of the guests to have a true “Farm to Table” experience. The dates are June 15th through the 17th. This very special culinary adventure will take place at The Grand Bohemian Hotel in Asheville and the surrounding area. We are so excited to partner with Chef Adam Hayes at The Red Stag Grill and a number of local farmers to bring you this event.

We are launching the website later this week, so there will be complete details coming soon! We will then announce the other culinary adventures including dates and cities for the remainder of 2011.

We want to thank everyone that has supported and read Bunkycooks since I started the site in November 2009. We truly have been blessed by meeting and getting to know so many new friends along the way. It has changed our lives for the better and I cannot express and thank all of you enough for that.

I hope that you will be interested in experiencing some of  the adventures that we have had On the Road and that you will join us in June!

Now, I know everyone wants to win this Le Creuset Dutch Oven, so here are the rules.


Here is how you enter:

Regretfully, due to the weight and contents, this package can only be shipped to a winner in the U.S.  I apologize to my readers that live outside of the U.S.

Leave me a comment telling me what you would like to prepare in your new Le Creuset Dutch Oven.

Extra Entries:
Here are four additional ways that you can enter.

1. Follow @bunkycooks on Twitter. Leave a comment here indicating that you are now a follower. If you are already a follower, you can leave a comment saying you are.

2. Tweet about this giveaway. Here is the link to tweet  Leave a comment and tell me that you have tweeted it.

3. Become a fan of Bunkycooks on Facebook. Leave a comment here indicating you are now a fan. If you are already a fan, you can leave a comment saying you are.

4. Subscribe to Bunkycooks by RSS feed or email. Leave a comment saying you are now a subscriber. If you are already a subscriber, you can leave a comment saying you are.

*** Please be sure to leave separate comments!  I will count one comment as one entry.  Thank you!

The more times you leave a comment, the more chances you have to win! That would be 5 chances total (but, who’s counting?!). I will be using to pick the winner.

This giveaway ends at 5 pm EST on Wednesday April 20th, 2011.

I will notify the winner by email. Ple

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