Stefanie’s Favorite Things Giveaway!

Sarcastic Cooking is one year old!!!

I seriously cannot believe I started this little blog one year ago. I also am still in awe that people want to read what I have to write. Who woulda thought?

Back when I started this blog, I was feeling so miserable and unfulfilled with my work life. I was jumping from job to job and not really fitting into any position. They say that when you truly figure out your passion and what you want to do for the rest of your life, things just kind of fall into place. Once I started blogging and taking pictures of things I had cooked, I knew I found my passion.

So to celebrate the blog turning one, I decided to try and give something back to all of you! This little giveaway is just a few of my favorite things. I know it isn’t much and it is no way to even begin to thank all of you for reading every day and pay you back for all you have given me, but if Oprah can do it, so can I.

Giveaway Includes:

$25 Target Gift Card: Duh, Target is my black hole. I love this place and can never leave with just the thing I came there to buy.

$15 iTunes Gift Card: So you too can buy some fancy iPhone camera apps or even maybe a little Plants vs. Zombies. (Don’t knock it ‘til you tried it! Best game for the iPhone or iPad).

Dark Chocolate Covered Pomegranate Seeds: This is one of my favorite things from Trader Joe’s to crunch on.

Trader Joe’s Balsamic Glaze: I always have this in my refrigerator/pantry. It is the perfect finish to a fancy salad or an easy way to fancy up a pizza. Plus, it saves you the time of making your own.

Microplane: I use this tool every single day! I use it to grate garlic, grate ginger, and to zest citrus. It is amazing. If you already have one, pass it forward and give it to somebody who is just starting their cooking journey.

Maybooks Notebook: I use these eco-friendly notebooks to house my shopping lists and menu plans. They are so light I keep them in my purse at all times. Head over to the site and design your own, you will love it!

Sorry there isn’t a brand new car in the giveaway, if I could I would.

Seriously. Thanks to all of you for being here almost every day for me to talk to and bond with. I like to think if we all lived closer we would for sure be friends!

Thank you to my parents. Even though they still aren’t too sure what a blog is or where this is going from here, they still support me none the less. I hope I am making you guys proud. One day I will repay you for all the groceries I have stolen from your house!

Thanks to my husband, Mike. He puts up with a lot. He is always ok being the butt of my jokes or the main character in my stories or even jumping in with a guest post every now and then. Without your support, I would not be where I am today.

Thank you to my friends and my ever-growing family (seriously, you guys have been around to read about the births of two nephews). I love you all so much and am so grateful for the amounts of pride and love you always send my way!

Thank you to all of the other bloggers I have interacted with over the year, be it through Twitter, Facebook, or even in real life. I love this community and I cannot wait to see what year two holds for all of us!

A big shout out to all the businesses that trusted me to represent their brand. Thank you for helping me to bring your amazing products to my readers!

Now, to you, my readers. You will never know how much you have done for me. I was in a job that I felt was sucking my soul out of me every single day. When the first comment came through on the blog, I felt this creativity and passion awaken inside of me that I had not felt in quite some time.

I read your comments. I share my life, triumphs and fails with you all. I want to do better and better for all of you. I am excited to see how much this blog has grown and can’t wait to see where we are another year from now!

After all that gushing, now it is time for the logistics of the giveaway….

In order to be entered in the giveaway, just leave me a comment. You can tell me what you would like to see more of on the blog, how awesome you think I am (kidding), or even just tell me the last awesome meal you ate. Those are all just suggestions.

One winner will be chosen at random Monday at midnight Central time. The winner will be notified via email on Tuesday.

Once again, thank you!

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  1. meredith says

    Congrats! Thanks for hosting this awesome giveaway! I like your recipes – I really want to make the pumpkin granola

  2. Amanda Wilson says

    Congrats on a YEAR! That is really great!! As to suggestions – I had the most amazing (and I know, typical) pumpkin raviloi with a vodka butter sauce and walnuts the other day at a restaurant, and I would just love to see your take on it!! Best of luck in the coming year (and so many more)

  3. Samantha says

    Hi! I am a fairly new fan, and I will tell you how awesome you are! I adore reading your posts, and as I start on my cooking ‘journey’, I have looked to your amazing recipes for guidance, so thank you and congrats!!

  4. Lisa says

    Congrats on one year, Stefanie! I actually discovered you through Instagram and I’m so glad I did. One of my favourite things in the world, that I make all the time, are your pulled buffalo chicken sandwiches. So easy and delicious, and everybody loves them! Thanks for so many simple and yummy go-to recipes, and for sharing little bits of yourself on the blog. Here’s to many more years of Sarcastic Cooking! :)

  5. Alaine says

    Thanks for the generous giveaway! The last fabulous meal I ate was the dinner my husband made last week- grilled salmon :)
    family74014 at gmail dot com

  6. kelly says

    Sarcastic Cooking has become such a favorite read! Love all the fun and creative recipes. It’s helped me start cooking at home again! Thanks and please keep posting.

  7. Gina Asavalertpanich says

    Happy 1 year Anniversary! And thanks for all the inspiration (and a skinny dish) which I wouldn’t mind more of being on weight watchers and all. Keep up the great work. :)

  8. Jill Hartley says

    You may have just given me the push I need to start blogging. I moved and wanted a way to blog my cooking creations. Thanks so much!

  9. Kelly E. says

    Woo hoo! Congrats!! I am a fairly new reader, but I’m so glad I’ve found your blog. It has saved me many a night’s struggle when I have no idea what to cook. Thanks for being an inspiration!

  10. Georgiana says

    Congratulations on your blogoversary as it’s a very creative and fun cooking blog to learn from! Enjoying your sassy humor and delicious recipes too and thank you for the fabulous giveaway featuring your favorite things as they are some of mine too! :)

  11. Cynthia says

    I found this blog when I was looking for recipes for pearl barley. It’s the first blog I’ve followed and I look forward to each post! Thank you for doing such a great job with it!

  12. Liz says

    I can remember the conversation about your “next steps” and starting up the blog like it was yesterday. It’s hard to believe its been a year. Keep calm and keep blogging on! Love you!

  13. Kristen M. says

    All these favorite things are awesome. I’ve been shopping Trader Joe’s more frequently and so I appreciate your recommendations.

  14. Jessie says

    I love the Oprah-style giveaway! I just started following your blog, but I love all the great recipes. So many different things too – it’s great that your recipes really cover the spectrum! Congrats on the 1 year mark :)

  15. Raymond says

    Congrats on your one-year milestone and you have achieved great success on your blogoversary! I recently discovered it a few weeks ago and have enjoyed making some things for the family – my favorite being your Chocolate Banana Muffins – a great treat anytime of day! Thanks!

  16. Ruby says

    Congrats! I’ve only recently found your blog and I’ve really enjoyed your posts. I love your pictures, recipes, and sense of humor. I’m actually starting my own blog soon, so excited!

  17. Audrey B. says

    I only recently discovered your blog (I only recently started cooking, too). I absolutely love your style and your cooking, and that it doesn’t require me to buy 16 new things for my kitchen with every recipe.

  18. Renata says

    Congratulations Stefanie and thanks for sharing your favorite things with us! Love how you put a fun, sassy twist on your creative recipes and have many more decades of blogging ahead! The last good dish that I had was my Mom’s homemade apple cinnamon raisin bread pudding! Yum!

  19. Kimberly P. says

    Congratulations on the anniversary! I absolutely love your sense of humor and writing style. Your recipes are a huge bonus!

  20. Serena says

    The last recipe I made…Ive been craving a lot of avocados lately so Ive been trying to incorporate them into a lot of foods, and Ive been loving an avocado olive quesadilla recipe – yum!

  21. kimberley says

    Just discovered you thru
    getting ready to make your sage and browned butter penne.
    Looking forward to more recipes and more sarcasm!

  22. says

    Your blog is such a fun read and congrats on one year! I always love anything with cheese and maybe a few ‘clean out the pantry’ posts? Also, I love hearing about your favorite things, as I am always in the market for new indulgences/addictions! Keep it up!

  23. Shawn Brooks says

    I like your enthusiasm towards all your posts. You touch on a lot of topics that turn out very interesting. You have a good sense of humor which adds to the “sarcastic” part of you. Love it. As fas as making any changes, um…. nah ! I look forward to your posts Stefanie !!

  24. says

    You are awesome, from what I hear! I’m glad that this year has been a year of discovery (both within and discovery of new things you love to do and discovery of new friends). It’s great to find your passion, and I hope that this next year brings you even more discoveries of things that you love.

  25. Julia Mrowiec says


    Happy one year! Your recipes always turn out great. The last one I made was the baked green beans- They were easy and delicious! I am trying to cook more (I’m not much of a home maker) and you are an inspiration to me. Every time Bobby sees one of your recipes on Facebook, he has to tell me how good it looks and how lucky Mike is because he gets to eat your awesome food all the time! I also love the stories you share- the Mike stories always make me smile. There are never too many pictures of Weezer! I also have to thank you for letting me know about plants vs. zombies… I was addicted.

    I am so happy that you found your passion!! Congratulations and I can’t wait to see what’s on the blog this year!

    I would love to see some more marinades for meat and tips on cooking meat in general

  26. Special "K" says

    So proud of you!!!! You have always been a creative and out of the box kind of person, so it makes me very happy to see that you have found your passion. I will always be there for you. Love you!

    Oh, by the way ,dad is keeping a running tab on all missing food items.

  27. barbara n says

    You are awesome and I love your blog…the last awesome meal I ate was grilled salmon, couscous and borccoli and tomatoes.

  28. cheri says

    Stefanie, I LOVE this site. I have tried several of the recipes and love to read each and every day about food and your adventures. I am not even sure how i stumbled upon this blog, but it is truly a gift for this foodie! Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary! I am looking forward to what the next year brings me!

  29. Shawna Landers says

    I have just recently started following your blog and my what I have missed over the last year. I LOVE IT!! Congrats on hitting the one year mark! Here’s to many, many more!!

  30. Dolly says

    Stefanie – I so enjoy reading your blog, both for the recipes and the stories that go along with them. The recipes I’ve attempted have turned out great. Keep up the good work!

  31. Uncle says

    Living so far apart for all these years, I never saw you & your brothers grow up or share in your growing up as a “good” uncle should. Reading your little stories brought it all a little closer.

    Your doing a great job, Im very proud of you, wish you all the best as you go into your second year.

  32. Lore says

    Congratulations on one year of running this blog! I’ve only been following it for a few of those months, but I love reading every new post – and seeing all the gorgeous pictures! I especially like that even though this is an omnivore blog, you have lots of vegetarian recipes I can try! I can’t wait to make the spaghetti in red wine sauce recipe this weekend – it looks so good…

  33. Jennifer says

    Stefanie, I stumbled upon your blog about 8 months ago while I was living in the Hudson River Valley. The VIVID photos of the meals, and the wonderful instructions with process pictures really ignited my passion for cooking that had been in a lull for a while. The recipes I enjoy most are the savory gourmet recipes with butternut squash and veggies. I would love to see more “light” recipes for muffins/breads.
    I love the stories that accompany the recipes and the quick blogs even without the recipes. You seem like such a fun-spirited, creative lady!
    Keep up the great blogs!


  34. Marcella says

    I adore this website and read your blog daily. The recipes are always delicious, creative, and easy to make! The ingredients you use in your recipes are easy to find, big on taste, and budget friendly. I only discovered your blog a short time ago. So far, I have made your cauliflower au gratin and your spinach pie. These were a big hit with my family! Next, I hope to make your grandfather’s cabbage rolls! Thank you for sharing your recipes and keep up the great work!

  35. Marcie says

    I gotta admit that I look forward to email post – and it isn’t just for the receipe that comes at the end. Thank you!

  36. says


    I’m so glad we found each other in this vast expanse of the internet – and that we are now good enough friends to have totally weird stories to tell! :-) Love you!!! xoxoxo.

  37. Ryan Bundy says

    Congrats on the one year anniversary for my favorite food blog! I look forward to more delicious recipes and jokes about Mike in the next coming years.

  38. Heather Y. says


    I love how real and raw you are about almost everything! Thank you for being yourself and laying all out on the line. Also, my kids rave over a recipe you posted for Pretzel Crusted chicken tenders. A recipe that incorporates 2 things my kids can’t have enough of….chicken tenders and pretzels.

    Thanks again and don’t stop doing what you do!


  39. Monique L. says

    Awesome! The last great meal that sticks to mind is this grilled romaine salad I had with a tomato fennel dressing, hearts or palm, caramelized onions, and finished with a balsamic reduction and feta cheese. It was heaven!

    Congrats on one year! I always enjoy reading. : )

  40. Kristin says

    You make me want to stay home and cook every night! I told my partner that I was going to quit my job and stay home to be a food blogger because of you! Haha. She wasn’t fond of that, but I would if I could! Thanks for all your inspiring ideas :)

  41. says

    I love a lot of recipes with common foods. I get so many with things you could not buy in an ordinary food store. I share recipes on my website but always link back to the original site.

  42. says

    Stefanie, I’ve been reading your blog for just a few months now, but I LOVE IT!! I especially like your “life stories” you so generously and unself-consciously share with us. (Plus, your food is amazing!) Congratulations on your first year anniversary and I hope you have many, many more years happily blogging away!


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