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Avon Walk For Breast Cancer… Make me dye my hair PINK! #InItToEndIt

That’s right MaurPowerFoodie Nation, I am walking in my 4th straight 40 mile Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and I need your help to raise the $1,800.00 to be an official walker. If I can raise the $1,800.00 before October 16, the day of registration, I will dye my hair and beard pink! Just Donate Here: http://t.co/7skEeyEjlY.

 

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For those of you who don’t know, my Mom is a Breast Cancer Survivor. I know the strain it puts not only on the person going through the treatments, but on their family and friends. It is a battle, but as my Mom shows, it can be one. That being said, it is still far from a sure fire victory. But it should be! That is why I do this. I have pledged to walk 500 miles in Breast Cancer walks, because I will walk 500 miles, so you can walk 500 more. This year marks my 4th walk and I will be up to 160 miles after I complete it and if I reach my goal, will have raised over $7,200 for the cause. Please help. Whatever you can give, whether it is $5, $500, or anywhere in between, every little bit helps. AND pass on this link (http://t.co/7skEeyEjlY) to your family and friends so they can donate too. Last year I shaved my head for the walk:

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This year I grew out my hair and beard and will dye it all pink if I get the $1,800! And let’s sweeten the pot a little. I will send a personalized gift box out to the winner of a contest. All you have to do is donate and comment below with your donation amount. For every $20 you donate, you get 1 entry (If you already donated, simply comment below with the amount, and you do not need to donate again). Also, for anyone who donates $100.00 or more you will be entered to win a signed, first edition of my brand new MaurPowerFoodie baseball caps!

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So please…. Donate and Share this post! Help me reach my goal. Make me dye my hair pink. Win some cool prizes. I am counting on all of you. Thanks for all the support and I will see you all when I am good and sore after the 40 mile walk.


Maur Power Foodie Giveaway! Foodie Package AND SIX FLAGS TICKETS!!!!!

The GIVEAWAY?!?!?! Your own MaurPowerFoodie PenPal Box, featuring some of my favorite snacks and ingredients and pictured below AND????

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FREE TICKETS TO SIX FLAGS!!!!!

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So, how do you win??? Easy! All you have to do is follow these simple instructions:

1) (Mandatory) Subscribe to this blog. Make sure you confirm your e-mail. You must be a subscriber to be eligible to win. If you are already subscribed, you ARE already eligible.

2) (Mandatory) Comment on this post stating your desire to win! This qualifies you for your first entry into the random drawing as well as qualifying you for the additional entry options below.

3) (Optional-Worth 1 additional entry into the random drawing) Follow me on Twitter @MaurPowerFoodie and Tweet “Enter to win @MaurPowerFoodie’s #FoodiePenPals #giveaway! http://wp.me/p2jjsv-7q” linking to this blog post.

4) (Optional-Worth 1 additional entry into the random drawing) Like me on Facebook (MaurPowerFoodie) and share one of the MaurPowerFoodie posts linking to this blog stating your desire to win!

5) (Optional- Worth up to 5 additional entries into the random drawing) Make a donation to my Avon Walk For Breast Cancer page. Every $20 donation is equal to 1 entry up to $100.00. Be sure to then comment on this post that you donated and how much so I can make sure you get the right number of entries.

There you have it! It is as easy as that to earn anywhere from 1-8 entries for the MaurPowerFoodie PenPalPackage, and the drawing will be done June 21st at 8:00 PM EST, so be sure to ENTER NOW!!! Winner gets the Foodie PenPal Package will be contacted by e-mail to make arrangements to get your address to send your prize to 🙂 Good luck everyone.

NOW FOR THE TICKETS!!! If the donations to my Avon Walk For Breast Cancer page total at least $500.00 by June 21st, one lucky donor will receive a pair of tickets to either Six Flags Great Adventure or Six Flags Great Escape. If the donations total at least $1,000.00 by June 21st, 2 LUCKY DONORS will receive a free pair of tickets. So, go to my Avon Walk For Breast Cancer page and donate at least $20.00 for your chance to win Six Flags Tickets AND increase your odds of winning the Foodie Pen Pal Package!

Until next time, this is Jason “MaurPowerFoodie” Maur signing off. Can’t wait to see who the winner is 🙂


Foodie Pen Pal! Tenth Month – May 2013

That’s right! Foodie Pen Pals is back! And it is reveal day once again

This is part of a program called Foodie Pen Pals in which every month I get/send a basket from/to another foodie from around the country. Then, every month, everyone reveals who their pen pal was, what they received, and get to see what everyone else got on the same day :-)

This month I received a fantastic package from Mary Morehouse… and “IT” finally happened… the moment every man waits for… Wait for it…

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SHE SENT ME A BACON BOX!!! A BOX WHERE (almost) EVERYTHING WAS BACON OR BACON THEMED!!! Needless to say, I was excited.

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First off she sent me bacon cheddar popcorn (delicious), a bacon rub (that I used on a great pork chop and plan on using when I smoke my own bacon this summer… BACON RUBBED BACON!), and well of course…. BACON! I used this to make these amazing Loaded Smashed Baked Potatoes.

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Next she sent me some Bacon jerky. Now I am not usually a jerky guy, but this is BACON. It is basically the same thing as eating wonderful slices of bacon out of a bag. Yumm! Then there was a Smokin’ Bacon Ranch. I have not yet used this. I plan on possibly putting it out at the next party with Veggies and Wings. I am sure it will not disappoint though

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Finally, Mary sent me some examples of the sweeter side of bacon (one of my personal favorite uses of bacon is in desserts, so these were right up my alley).  The Oregon Bacon Bar… milk chocolate with tiny crunchy pieces of bacon! How could you go wrong? And then there was something I actually make myself… Bacon Brittle. Salty, sweet, crunchy, and simply divine.

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Oh wait… Did I say finally… there was more! A couple of non-food items. First was a cute pig rubber spatula and a 101 things to do with Bacon book (I plan on doing all of them!)

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And there was still more. Mary is apparently not a big wine drinker and had this gift certificate around the house and sent it to me…

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And what’s better… the site had a special for another $100 free when you spent $150! I immediately ordered 3 cases of wine which have been added to my collection.

Thank you so much Mary for a truly wonderful Foodie Pen Pal package. To the best of my knowledge, Mary does not have a blog to post her package on, but I would be more than happy if she wanted to post something on here, so Mary.. Let me know 🙂 I hope your package was as fantastic as the one you sent me.

As for what I sent, my pen pal recipient was Raina Van Setter. You can check out what I sent Raina at her blog “The Home Plate”.

Well, thus ends my tenth Foodie Pen Pal experience, and again it was an extremely positive one.

Don’t forget to ENTER TO WIN a MaurPowerFoodie PenPal Package and SIX FLAG TICKETS!

I can not wait till June’s list is revealed and I get to do it all over again, month after month. If you want to take part in this program check it out:

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Be sure to stay tuned for the big reveal each month and be sure to enter to win the GIVEAWAY, your own FoodiePenPal Package and SIX FLAG TICKETS from Me, the MaurPowerFoodie! :-) Until next time, this is Jason “MaurPowerFoodie” signing off… Thanks for reading.


MasterChef – One Year Later; Avon Walk For Breast Cancer; A Special Foodie PenPal Package; and a MAURPOWERFOODIE GIVEAWAY!!!

Last night marked the premier of MasterChef Season 4, and I could not help but feel a rush of nostalgia, as it was just 1 year ago that I was going through the excitement of being one of the top 100 in Season 3. From news appearances to interviews and features in papers, tribunes, websites, and magazines, it was an amazing time. An experience I am so fortunate to have had, and the birth of MAURPOWERFOODIE! Can’t believe that this was but 1 year ago…

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I still have not worn that shirt since the show. But I did do something else for the first time since being on the show. I used the ingredient which quite arguably sent me home… Black Garlic.

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For my dish on the show, I decided to use a smear of black garlic on the plate for presentation and too add a depth of flavor. This did not go over well with the judges (the infamous skidmark remark) and in retrospect was a horrible use of the ingredient. Well I decided what better way to pay tribute to the amazing experience I had on the show and how far I have come since by using Black Garlic the right way in order for a MasterChef Season 4 Premier/Season 3 1 Year Anniversary Dinner. So last night I had my friend Alyssa over for dinner and the show. And the meal was fantastic. Black Garlic Rubbed Steak, Black Garlic Butter Corn on the Cob, and Loaded Smashed Baked Potato. As you can see, Alyssa enjoyed it thoroughly:

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MasterChef was a huge step on my culinary journey and has led me towards many things. As for last night’s premier… what a great episode! Definitely some amazing talent this year, some unfortunate flops, the judges were on top of their game in both entertaining and giving some solid critiques. So happy to see my boy Luca Manfe from Season 3 back after his heartbreaking elimination last year and can’t wait to see what he does this year to redeem himself. One thing some of you may remember me conquering after MasterChef was walking 40 MILES for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer!

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Well, I am happy to announce that I am walking again this year 🙂 I have a fundraising goal I have to make of $1800.00, so please, help me out and make a donation to help put an end to Breast Cancer. And be sure to see below how your donations can help you win today’s MaurPowerFoodie Giveaway!

Speaking of that giveaway… I decided to do it because my Foodie PenPal whom I sent a package to last month, Judy Thompson, was nice enough to actually send me one back. So I figured to pay it forward, I would give away a PenPal box just like the one I sent Judy to one of my luck followers. First things first, what did Judy send me? An amazing collection of snack foods: Chocolate covered marshmallows, Chocolate covered potato chips, Chocolate covered cherries, caramel waffle crisps, and almond biscotti. All of which were delicious and have since been devoured.

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Which brings us to what you have all been waiting for… the GIVEAWAY! Your own MaurPowerFoodie PenPal Box, featuring some of my favorite snacks and ingredients and pictured below:

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So, how do you win??? Easy! All you have to do is go to the Giveaway post and follow the simple instructions.

There you have it! It is as easy as that to earn anywhere from 1-8 entries for the MaurPowerFoodie PenPalPackage, and the drawing will be done June 21st at 8:00 PM EST, so be sure to ENTER NOW!!! Winner will be contacted by e-mail to make arrangements to get your address to send your prize to 🙂 Good luck everyone.

Until next time, this is Jason “MaurPowerFoodie” Maur signing off. Can’t wait to see who the winner is 🙂


Foodie Pen Pal! Ninth Month – April 2013

That’s right! Foodie Pen Pals is back! And it is reveal day once again

This is part of a program called Foodie Pen Pals in which every month I get/send a basket from/to another foodie from around the country. Then, every month, everyone reveals who their pen pal was, what they received, and get to see what everyone else got on the same day :-)

This month I received a fantastic package from Erica Richardson of The Land of Salt.

Erica seems to have pretty varied tastes from her blog so I was so excited to see what she would send me.

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First off she sent me a combination of what you have heard time and time again are some of my favorite two ingredients to combine… quality caramels and quality salt. In her letter to me Erica said this is the only salt she uses now. I can see why. A little bit goes a long way and it is quality. I know most people assume all salt is the same… not so. The crystalization is able to change flavors and textures, the coarseness of the grind changes the way a dish cooks. Quality salt is a must and this one did not disappoint. I think we all know I combined these two to make an awesome salted caramel sauce, but I have a lot of salt leftover that I have been using as I cook.

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Next she sent me some amazing oils, vinegar, and honey, all local to her. I always have a use for great balsamic vinegar and olive oils, so these were a welcome treat. The Balsamic is going to be used for a grilled flank steak and the oils for all sorts of creations. As for the honey, I had a taste, it is superb. Sweet, smooth, and sultry. As for what I am going to use it for… I will let you know when I decide.

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Finally, Erica sent me something I very rarely treat myself to. A gourmet spicy sausage… salami style. I rarely treat myself to these because I am often disappointed at the quality. NOT THE CASE HERE!!! This was my favorite item of the package. A wonderful spicy after kick, great flavor, fantastic texture, not dry at all. I ripped into this as soon as I opened the package and it barely lasted for anyone else to even have a taste. Thank you!

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Thank you so much Erica for a truly wonderful Foodie Pen Pal package. Please check out what she got from her pen pal and her fantastic blog, thelandofsalt.com.

As for what I sent, my pen pal recipient was Judy Thompson. Judy does not currently blog, but I will be doing a special SECOND REVEAL DAY later this week that includes what I sent to Judy 🙂

Why the second reveal day you ask???? Because Judy was so nice and thoughtful that she sent a surprise package back to me! What did she send? Tune in later this week. Also included in that post…

A MAURPOWERFOODIE GIVEAWAY!!!! In order to pay it forward for the kindness of Judy sending me a package back, I am going to giveaway a duplicate of the package I sent her to one lucky follower. Details to come in that post, so pay attention and you too could get a MaurPowerFoodie Penpal Box.

Well, thus ends my ninth Foodie Pen Pal experience, and again it was an extremely positive one. I can not wait till May’s list is revealed and I get to do it all over again, month after month. If you want to take part in this program check it out:

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Be sure to stay tuned for the big reveal each month, the second reveal this week, and the GIVEAWAY! :-) Until next time, this is Jason “MaurPowerFoodie” signing off… Thanks for reading.


The First MaurPowerFoodie Giveaway!

That’s right… it is time for the 1st MaurPowerFoodie giveaway, and we are starting out BIG! One lucky winner will win a pair of tickets to this weekend’s CT Wine Festival for the day of their choice!!!!! All you have to do is follow these simple instructions:

1) (Mandatory) Subscribe to this blog. Make sure you confirm your e-mail. You must be a subscriber to be eligible to win. If you are already subscribed, you ARE already eligible.

2) (Mandatory) Comment on this post stating your desire to win AND which day you would prefer to attend (Saturday or Sunday)! This qualifies you for your first entry into the random drawing as well as qualifying you for the additional entry options below.

3) (Optional-Worth 1 additional entry into the random drawing) Follow me on Twitter @MaurPowerFoodie and Tweet “Enter to win @MaurPowerFoodie’s first big giveaway! CT Wine Festival Tickets!!! http://wp.me/p2jjsv-52” linking to this blog post.

4) (Optional- Worth up to 5 additional entries into the random drawing) Make a donation to my Avon Walk For Breast Cancer page. Every $20 donation is equal to 1 entry up to $100.00.

There you have it! It is as easy as that to earn anywhere from 1-7 entries for the tickets, and the drawing will be done first thing Wednesday morning at 8:00 AM EST, so be sure to ENTER NOW!!! Winner will be contacted by e-mail to make arrangements to get you the tickets 🙂 Good luck everyone.

Until next time, this is Jason “MaurPowerFoodie” Maur signing off. Can’t wait to see who the first winner is 🙂