Harvest Cobb Salad

Big beautiful salads don’t have to wither away with the summer heat. This harvest inspired Cobb Salad is loaded with the rich flavors of fall and topped with a creamy corn and poblano dressing that is to die for! Bring on fall… and greens.

Harvest Cobb Salad with Creamy Corn & Poblano Dressing | ASpicyPerspective.com #salad #dinner #kitchenaid

Who doesn’t love a huge cobb salad piled high with protein, veggies and cheese?

I usually start thinking about cobb salad in the spring and stop thinking about it by the end of summer. But why?

We need our veggies all year long and there are so many fall ingredients that would be perfect on a hearty cobb salad. This month KitchenAid challenged me to PUT CORN ON THE COBB, or make an autumn-inspired Cobb Salad using corn off the cob, and to make a video of it!

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Usually I’m a behind the scenes kind of girl, but I jumped at the opportunity to turn crisp sweet harvest corn into a bright and creamy salad dressing using my KitchenAid® Blender. There are certainly traditional ingredients on a cobb salad that most people expect to see… hard boiled eggs, bacon, ham or chicken, blue cheese, tomatoes, avocado. Yet I discovered if you keep a few traditional ingredients, you can easily swap out the rest with ingredients to suite your seasonal cravings.

Harvest Cobb Salad with Creamy Corn & Poblano Dressing | ASpicyPerspective.com #salad #dinner #kitchenaid

In this cobb salad I added roasted butternut squash instead of tomatoes and homemade spiced pecans instead of blue cheese. The swap-outs gave the salad a warm homey feeling that reminded me of hanging by the fire on cool autumn evenings. As a bonus, I had most of the key ingredients as leftovers in my KitchenAid® Refrigerator with Preserva® Technology.

This refrigerator has been such an incredible tool in my kitchen because it keeps food fresh so much longer than my old fridge. I simply pulled out leftover grilled chicken and roasted root veggies from earlier in the week, and the bacon and hard-boiled eggs I saved from breakfast, to use on my cobb salad. Then the only real prep work I needed to complete was to whizz together the creamy corn and poblano dressing and spice up some nuts.

Check out my video to learn just how easy it is to make this gorgeous harvest cobb salad.

 Now it’s your turn to go on a refrigerator scavenger hunt to make an amazing cobb salad worthy of this sweet and smoky corn dressing!

Harvest Cobb Salad with Creamy Corn & Poblano Dressing | ASpicyPerspective.com #salad #dinner #kitchenaid

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732 comments on “Harvest Cobb Salad

  1. Russell van Kraayenburgposted September 24, 2013 at 7:29 am Reply

    I just love everything here – the salad, that video, and of course the giveaway. As for a recent cooking challenge, I’ve agreed to do a cookbook on hot dogs, which means find a way to come up with 100 hot dog recipes!

    • Sommerposted September 24, 2013 at 9:57 pm Reply

      Thanks Russell! :)

  2. Aimee @ ShugarySweetsposted September 24, 2013 at 5:44 am Reply

    What a gorgeous salad. Pinned to make later! Recent challenge? Sounds silly, but I made homemade macarons for the first time. They were ugly but delicious. I need to work on my skills a little before sharing with the world, haha!! thanks for a great giveaway opportunity!

  3. Coriposted September 24, 2013 at 5:57 am Reply

    I tried making beef Wellington. It was awesome

  4. Stephanieposted September 24, 2013 at 6:15 am Reply

    I’m still pretty new to your blog, but have to say I’m loving it! I’m on a salad run lately, too, so this recipe is perfect to try this week! :) Thanks for the KitchenAid contest opportunity! We’d love a mixer and a deep freezer! :) Good luck to everybody!

  5. Betsy Rposted September 24, 2013 at 6:19 am Reply

    I love to rub lime slices on fresh corn on the cob. Your salad looks beautiful. Since I am allergic to raw tomatoes the swap out with butternut squash is one I can’t wait to try. Thanks for the lovely recipe.

  6. Jessicaposted September 24, 2013 at 6:24 am Reply

    that salad looks absolutely marvelous

  7. Pamposted September 24, 2013 at 6:24 am Reply

    A recent cooking challenge that I’ve taken on is not too long ago I moved into a new apartment and it’s been difficult learning the appliances in the kitchen here and how they work. The oven doesn’t heat right and the stove top only has one large burner and three small ones. In the process of the move, I also somehow lost some boxes that contained some of my kitchen appliances and utensils, etc. And not having the means to go out and just but all new things, I had to choose to buy one pan and because I’m now living in Florida where it’s too hot to turn the oven on (and sometimes the one well working burner on the stove top), I decided to buy a slow cooker. So I’m still trying to learn these couple of pieces of cooking equipment, how they work with the apartment appliances I have and still trying to come up with creative and good tasting meals day after day! Yes, it’s been a challenge indeed!

  8. bridget {bakeat350}posted September 24, 2013 at 6:29 am Reply

    Cooking challenge? It has to be cooking recipes that are hearty enough for my husband and my teenage son, but are still light enough for me!

  9. Pamposted September 24, 2013 at 6:30 am Reply

    Here’s my tweet about this promotion! Thank you for this wonderful post and opportunity! :) https://twitter.com/PJGurganus/status/382481841367695361

  10. Carrieposted September 24, 2013 at 6:34 am Reply

    This salad looks very interesting…I may have to try it out!

  11. Jeanetteposted September 24, 2013 at 6:36 am Reply

    Great video Sommer! And your salad dressing with corn blended in sounds amazing. My recent cooking challenge has been to see how cooking under pressure (pressure oven and pressure cooker) enhances flavor and textures while shortening cooking times.

  12. Tieghanposted September 24, 2013 at 6:41 am Reply

    I love you video! It’s so cute and I love getting to actually see you! LOL!

    This salad looks awesome and I love the purred corn! I recently tried to make an upside down cake. Total failure, but I am trying again!

    • Sommerposted September 24, 2013 at 9:59 pm Reply

      Thanks Tieghan! It was a little scary having the camera crew here, but they were great and put me at ease. :)

  13. Jackieposted September 24, 2013 at 6:43 am Reply

    Looks awesome! Will try this week.

  14. Amy @ The Nifty Foodieposted September 24, 2013 at 6:44 am Reply

    Awesome video, Sommer! That salad dressing sounds so interesting. :-) I recently started working more with yeast…I’ve messed up with yeast doughs a few times in the past, so I’ve always been intimidated. The past two recipes I made were a success though!

  15. cassie - bake your dayposted September 24, 2013 at 6:45 am Reply

    Extremely amazing salad, Sommer. The video is wonderful and I love this dressing. I recently added corn to cookies and they are some of my favorite cookies, ever!

  16. melanieposted September 24, 2013 at 6:46 am Reply

    Homemade croissants. That’s my latest cooking challenge.

  17. Laurenposted September 24, 2013 at 6:50 am Reply

    I tweeted about this promotion. https://twitter.com/lpenney14

  18. Laurenposted September 24, 2013 at 6:51 am Reply

    I recently made a dried fruit pickle.

  19. Celiaposted September 24, 2013 at 6:57 am Reply

    I recently canned tomatoes for the first time ever, and was very proud of myself. And my homemade angel food cake might be too good…I have it down now, and my husband’s office keeps requesting one. This saad looks great. I think we’ll roast some squash today, since that us what is curing on the porch.

  20. marinaposted September 24, 2013 at 6:59 am Reply

    Recent cooking challenge: cooking meals for 3 months while living in Burundi, Africa. Every day was a challenge to go out and find ingredients I needed, haggle with vendors over prices, sort through exotic looking produce & try to figure out the difference between a guava, quince and other similar looking items! I only had a tiny two-burner stove to work with, a miniscule sink for washing dishes in and limited running water, as in, “hey, the pump is on, should I take a 5 minute shower or wash dishes for 5 minutes?”

    All-in-all an awesome & challenging experience. When we return in the spring, I am far better prepared in my mind for what to expect. I will bring a small set of kitchen knives & a cutting board. I will bring tons of dried seasonings. It will be more fun & less scary this time!

  21. Tommyposted September 24, 2013 at 7:00 am Reply

    I recently tried making cinnamon rolls for the first time. It seemed so hard, but it really wasn’t that bad!

  22. Aimeeposted September 24, 2013 at 7:01 am Reply

    I’m not eligible but just want to say that you are the cutest! Miss you, lady.

  23. Rachelposted September 24, 2013 at 7:03 am Reply

    I recently made jerky in my dehydrator.

  24. Juliaposted September 24, 2013 at 7:11 am Reply

    This salad is beautiful–very fall inspired! Yum! Great giveaway.

  25. Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipesposted September 24, 2013 at 7:13 am Reply

    Wow! Totally beautiful Cobb. A recent challenge in the kitchen? Well I was in hte middle of testing a recipe for ice cream, and my ice cream maker died! I called a few neighbors. And unbelievably one of them had the kind I was looking for, and brought it to me! I couldn’t believe I didn’t have to even load my kids into the car to go get it!

  26. Elizabeth G.posted September 24, 2013 at 7:18 am Reply

    I used my slow cooker for the first time last week!

  27. Tanya Baranoskiposted September 24, 2013 at 7:21 am Reply

    I’ve recently taken an interest in baking. I love to cook, but have never been much of a baker. I would definitely say it’s still a work in progress.

  28. Katherineposted September 24, 2013 at 7:23 am Reply

    A recent cooking challenge that I encountered was making English muffin bread. I failed it twice. I haven’t given it another shot, since I was so disappointed.

  29. Mariaposted September 24, 2013 at 7:25 am Reply

    Love the video!! You are a rock star! xo

  30. Kimposted September 24, 2013 at 7:28 am Reply

    I love the video. So cool. The salad looks amazing! Eighth now I’m craving everything chocolate and pumpkin.

  31. Brandyposted September 24, 2013 at 7:32 am Reply

    I think the most recent challenge I had was eating vegetarian for two weeks. New recipes, remembering chicken broth is a no no and not starving were some challenges through the whole thing.

  32. Trinaposted September 24, 2013 at 7:37 am Reply

    My biggest (ongoing) cooking challenge doesn’t seem like it would be too difficult, but it is. I can’t seem to get my homemade pizza right… we have high pizza standards, but nevertheless, I’m determined. I’m an avid baker and have mastered many cooking styles, but this is not one of them. I’m hoping to master it soon, but until then, my kids will at least have fun making (subpar) pizza. :)

  33. Angelposted September 24, 2013 at 7:39 am Reply

    I made homemade raviolis for the first time, hand rolled the dough,it was exhausting but so fun and they came out great !
    I love this recipe !!

  34. Elizabethposted September 24, 2013 at 7:49 am Reply

    Ok…it may sound silly, but a few weeks ago, I finally made homemade chicken stock! I don’t know why I was so intimidated by something so basic. Best cooking challenge I have taken on, because I can do so much with it. Thanks for the great Cobb Salad, I look forward to trying it.

  35. SkyePurlsposted September 24, 2013 at 7:52 am Reply

    May seem simple to others, but I started making my own salad dressings lately. They are so much tastier than store bought! And way more simple than I expected!

  36. Linda K.posted September 24, 2013 at 7:55 am Reply

    I’ve tried a lot of different desserts lately.

  37. Linda K.posted September 24, 2013 at 7:57 am Reply
  38. Laura Dembowskiposted September 24, 2013 at 8:07 am Reply

    A recent kitchen challenge I have successfully tackled was to create a vegan and gluten free dessert for one of my friends. It was so hard to find something vegan. I eventually settled on granola bars and they were a huge hit and made her day, as she said no one ever makes desserts for her.

  39. Heather Christoposted September 24, 2013 at 8:17 am Reply

    I have had a million food challenges! recently it is that my husband is trying to be gluten free! This salad is beautiful and such a creative twist on Cobb Salad which I have been meaning to make lately. And Sommer- I am just SO impressed. Youa re a total natural on camera. What a beautifully produced video- Bravo Kitchen Aid!

    • Sommerposted September 24, 2013 at 9:57 pm Reply

      Thanks Heather, you’re the best!

  40. Georgieposted September 24, 2013 at 8:23 am Reply

    The recipe is so creative and delicious, especially the dressing… it’s been added to my “make” list. Sommer you are so beautiful and talented – you make a great Kitchen-aide spokes person — they should keep you ;)

  41. Jaimeposted September 24, 2013 at 8:27 am Reply

    My cooking challenge lasted 15 years! I finally perfected the frosted sugar cookies from a bakery in my hometown in south Georgia. Sounds simple, but it was a complex frosting similar to poured fondant. I contacted the baker – who’s now in Missouri – and she wouldn’t give me the recipe! So I had to figure it out myself through many, many, MANY trials and errors. If you’ve ever had one of those cookies, you’d know it’s worth it though!

    • Susan H.posted October 4, 2013 at 7:32 am Reply

      Would love to have your recipe.

  42. Ericaposted September 24, 2013 at 8:28 am Reply

    I’ve recently taken on and conquered royal icing! The beautiful cookies I’ve been able to make have been unlike anything I’ve ever cooked before, and it’s been such a delight to see the looks on friends’ and family’s faces when I surprise them with cookies!

  43. Jamie | Jamie's Recipesposted September 24, 2013 at 8:29 am Reply

    Recent cooking challenge? Trying to come up with delicious and filling low calories meals that are hearty enough for my husband.

  44. Roberta Breuerposted September 24, 2013 at 8:31 am Reply

    I have cooking challenges all the time……..substitutions because I don’t have certain ingredients. Our 2nd vehicle is at another location so I’m carless. I make buttermilk all the time with regular milk and vinegar, I substitute cheeses, nuts, use canned tomatoes instead of fresh, things like this.

  45. Sharonposted September 24, 2013 at 8:39 am Reply

    Love this recipe! Something my family CAN and will eat! My challenge has recently been to find and/or create gluten- free/refined sugar-free recipes that are yummy and healthy. Ones that my family will enjoy! Thanks for posting this. Your video was great!!

  46. Jaimeposted September 24, 2013 at 8:43 am Reply
  47. Sandyposted September 24, 2013 at 8:51 am Reply

    I got a case of Hatch Chiles and prepared them for freezing. My challenge is to use these over the year and make new dishes with them

  48. T. girlposted September 24, 2013 at 9:12 am Reply

    I would love to win a kitchenaid!!!! I’ve been dying to get one but you know. . .the $ isn’t there :P
    thanks for the chance to win one!!!

  49. Katia Alvarezposted September 24, 2013 at 9:22 am Reply

    Can’t wait to start all the fall cooking and baking with new Kitchenaid appliances!!

  50. Cindy Brickleyposted September 24, 2013 at 9:28 am Reply

    I like to roast my corn on the cob on the grill and I remove it from the cob into a pot and I add butter, diced onion, diced tomatoes, diced green pepper and simmer till onions and peppers are slightly tender. The colors are just awesome together.

  51. Katia Alvarezposted September 24, 2013 at 9:28 am Reply
  52. Katia Alvarezposted September 24, 2013 at 9:30 am Reply

    My biggest cooking challenge right now is to incorporate some of my latin influence into my healthy cooking

  53. Cindy Brickleyposted September 24, 2013 at 9:30 am Reply
  54. Jamieposted September 24, 2013 at 9:31 am Reply

    I have just taken on the challenge/quest to find the perfect marinara sauce. Also–I’ll be making this salad ASAP. Look at me—I’m actually excited about a salad!

  55. Sheila Torresposted September 24, 2013 at 9:34 am Reply

    Can’t wait to try that Cobb salad!

  56. Jamieposted September 24, 2013 at 9:37 am Reply

    I took on the challenge to make macaroons…they weren’t a complete fail but I want to keep trying and master them!

  57. Kristy Lynnposted September 24, 2013 at 9:40 am Reply

    The most recent cooking challenge I took on was to make eggs Benedict from scratch….turned out pretty yummy! Did take a couple of tries to get the Hollandaise right.

  58. Maria W.posted September 24, 2013 at 9:42 am Reply

    Great giveaway! My cooking challenge is cooking for two after cooking for 7 for so long! I’m working on cooking chicken in interesting, delicious ways right now!

  59. Kristy Lynnposted September 24, 2013 at 9:43 am Reply

    Tweeted my excitement about the giveaway…
    https://twitter.com/got2bsvd/status/382530586935431169

  60. Carolineposted September 24, 2013 at 9:43 am Reply

    Recently, I roasted a chicken and then made stock from the bones and made soup! THAT was an entirely new way for me to cook. I was inspired by the Kitchen Counter Cooking School book. <3 — Thanks, Caroline

  61. Joe Azzolinoposted September 24, 2013 at 9:44 am Reply

    I fried cornbread in bacon fat to make croutons for my salad. Corn fritters also work great

  62. Norma | Allspice and Nutmegposted September 24, 2013 at 9:45 am Reply

    Yum. I love cobb salads. This is a healthier version which I love!

  63. Carolineposted September 24, 2013 at 9:46 am Reply
  64. Christine Pposted September 24, 2013 at 9:47 am Reply

    A recent cooking challenge I had to overcome were my diet restrictions – I don’t eat sugar/fruit/nuts and grains during the week, but I didn’t want to only stick with one type of meal per week (chicken with veggies and lentils, that’s the usual, haha).

    SO, I was on the hunt with fall coming to make a chili that didn’t include sugars, was delicious, and healthy!

    I came up with a tomato, tomato paste, ground chicken, bean and celery combo with lots of spices! To make it easier and give it that “simmered” taste without me having to man the stove, I used a crockpot. This is a big batch for the week and really cuts down on my time while helping me stick to my diet :)

  65. Christine Pposted September 24, 2013 at 9:49 am Reply
  66. Hollyposted September 24, 2013 at 9:54 am Reply

    I made fortune cookies for the first time recently– it’s always fun to try a new technique or recipe. Even if it doesn’t turn out the first time around, it’s nice to keep trying and fund success!

  67. Karen Lynchposted September 24, 2013 at 9:57 am Reply

    I found a corn, black bean salad with avocado, we take the corn off the cobb and leave the some pieces in bigger sections. Then you squeeze in some lime and mexican spices and you have a great salad.

  68. Karen Lynchposted September 24, 2013 at 10:11 am Reply
  69. Melissa M.posted September 24, 2013 at 10:14 am Reply

    A recent cooking challenge for me was roasting a whole chicken for the first time. It was much simpler than I thought and so delicious!

  70. Candiceposted September 24, 2013 at 10:32 am Reply

    The cooking challenge I recently had to overcome was how not to overcook pork chops. I love that you substituted pecans for the blue cheese (not a fan of blue cheese).

  71. Meridithposted September 24, 2013 at 10:33 am Reply

    My biggest cooking challenge lately has been trying to use fresh ingredients, minimally processed foods & fats, and whole grain carbs in meals that are between 400-600 calories.

  72. Alice // Hip Foodie Momposted September 24, 2013 at 10:36 am Reply

    First off, I have to say how much I LOVE your video and recipe! I’ve made your Kimchi grilled corn so I would love to try this recipe adding some kimchi in the blender! Recent cooking challenge: making sticky buns with puff pastry?
    Also, two questions: 1) is that the KitchenAid Diamond blender in the video? I think it is but am not sure and 2) I LOVE your checkerboard cutting board. Where is that from? :)

    • Sommerposted September 24, 2013 at 9:55 pm Reply

      Hi Alice, Thanks so much! Yes that is the KitchenAid Diamond blender–love it! And my cutting board was made by a local artist. You’ll have to come visit to get one! :)

  73. Candiceposted September 24, 2013 at 10:40 am Reply
  74. Michelle S.posted September 24, 2013 at 10:45 am Reply

    My biggest challenge is getting dinner on the table after a day of work and having my two kids not complain about what I am serving.

  75. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.alposted September 24, 2013 at 10:48 am Reply

    amazing giveaway here’s my tweet! Cobb Salad Recipe | A Spicy Perspective: http://www.aspicyperspective.com/2013/09/cobb-salad.html#.UkHCA9EB2_0.twitter via @spicyperspectiv #moretomake “#SweepstakesEntry”

  76. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.alposted September 24, 2013 at 10:49 am Reply

    I made a standing rib roast! That was a challenge. I was afraid for years, but it’s really easy!

  77. Ashley Bergerposted September 24, 2013 at 10:56 am Reply

    Cooking with what we have on hand. Sundays lunch was roasted butternut squash soup with an orange and apple salad. I had the items in the fridge, and it was SO nice to use them up in a different way! Thanks for the fun video!

  78. Edieposted September 24, 2013 at 10:58 am Reply

    My challenge in the kitchen is to not be afraid of attempting new things. I made chicken soup from scratch which was amazing the other day. Next challenge, Tiramisu-I tried to make it years ago, affectionately referred to around here as Mom’s [email protected] I must redeem myself.

  79. Coco in the Kitchenposted September 24, 2013 at 10:59 am Reply

    Love your interview for KitchenAid. You look lovely, Sommer.
    Great idea for the cobb. I love the roasted butternut squash!

    • Sommerposted September 24, 2013 at 9:53 pm Reply

      Oh, you’re so sweet! Thanks for the kind words. :)

  80. Rikki-Deeposted September 24, 2013 at 11:12 am Reply

    I lastest cooking challenge has been trying to figure out what to do with passion fruit.

  81. Lindsay Bposted September 24, 2013 at 11:20 am Reply

    I entered the sweepstakes!

  82. Nikkiposted September 24, 2013 at 11:22 am Reply

    My latest cooking challenge was making homemade caramel sauce

  83. Lindsay Bposted September 24, 2013 at 11:23 am Reply
  84. Lea Hardingposted September 24, 2013 at 11:29 am Reply
  85. Lea Hardingposted September 24, 2013 at 11:32 am Reply

    A recent cooking challenge I’ve taken on is learning to cook fish. This is a food I have always been afraid to cook for fear that I would mess it up, But so far so good. My husband is impressed.

  86. marsha haysmanposted September 24, 2013 at 12:39 pm Reply

    i would just love to win this !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  87. marsha haysmanposted September 24, 2013 at 12:40 pm Reply

    i would just love to win this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  88. Melissa Mposted September 24, 2013 at 11:51 am Reply

    I doing a no veggie or fruit left behind challenge…
    What’s that you ask? If I buy it, it gets used!!!! No more wasting and rotting in the fridge.

    • Melissa Mposted September 24, 2013 at 11:51 am Reply

      oops
      I’m

  89. Melissa @ My Recent Favorite booksposted September 24, 2013 at 12:09 pm Reply

    My most recent cooking challenge would be making perfect brownies! =)
    I tried a new recipe that included adding caramels, and I loved the way they turned out!

  90. Michelleposted September 24, 2013 at 12:11 pm Reply

    This is a great salad to kick off fall!

  91. Valerieposted September 24, 2013 at 12:13 pm Reply

    Holy crap this sounds delicious. Adding to next weeks menu! Can’t wait to try!!!

  92. Cathy Seradaposted September 24, 2013 at 12:18 pm Reply

    My recent cooking challenge was cooking for my husband’s co-workers, 35 people. I would not have been able to do it without my Kitchen Aid Mixer & Food Processor. We were furnishing the whole meal so I had my work cut out for me. I had baked a ham for sandwiches, made multiple kinds of appetizers & dips, baked all the dinner rolls for the sandwiches, plus made chocolate eclairs. It was a great success!

  93. Christinaposted September 24, 2013 at 12:19 pm Reply

    The salad looks awesome. My recent cooking challenge hasn’t happened yet. I took the pledge to go unprocessed for the month of October. I’m freaking out!

  94. Sarahposted September 24, 2013 at 12:20 pm Reply

    I recently took on the project of canning. It’s amazing!

  95. Roxie Harwellposted September 24, 2013 at 12:21 pm Reply

    My challenge is that I will try at least one NEW recipe a week!
    I love grilling corn then cutting off and mixing butter, Parmesan, garlic and Cajun seasoning. New (to me) and it tastes GREAT!!!

  96. Christinaposted September 24, 2013 at 12:26 pm Reply
  97. Debbiposted September 24, 2013 at 12:29 pm Reply

    I challenged myself to searching/making the perfect pizza crust to use on the grill! I think I’ve found the one! anxious to test it out this weekend….on the grill! With fresh roasted veggies – including corn! (I’m an Iowa girl – I could put corn on anything)

  98. Hilary Bposted September 24, 2013 at 12:29 pm Reply

    I love love love Cobb Salads and this Harvast Cobb looks incredible! Then….on top of that….is this fabulous Kitchenaid giveaway! Could the day get much better ;)

  99. Anitaposted September 24, 2013 at 12:29 pm Reply

    I have loads of challenges, by my biggest is fighting with depression an, as I have toddler at home, provide us with at least one warm meal a day. it is like meditation for me while I cook. I love trying out new things so tomorrow it will be strawberry jogurt cake and spicy pork.

  100. Natalie Sposted September 24, 2013 at 12:29 pm Reply

    I recently took on the challenge of making my own almond butter. It failed, but I am determined to succeed!

  101. Colleen Reckposted September 24, 2013 at 12:31 pm Reply

    My latest cooking challenge is to find something that everyone in my family likes. My teenager is a taco/pizza/pasta w/alfredo sauce kind of kid and those are not the healthiest choices. The rest of us are flexible so there are a lot of hits and misses around here!

  102. Sarah Gposted September 24, 2013 at 12:33 pm Reply

    My food challenge is cooking one meal for the whole family. I have 2 young children, and it can be a major challenge to cook a meal that isn’t too spicy for them, or that they are willing to try.

  103. Hilary Bposted September 24, 2013 at 12:37 pm Reply

    I’ve tweeted all about this! :)

  104. kimkakeposted September 24, 2013 at 12:41 pm Reply

    My greatest food challenge is cooking 1 meal that everyone will eat….and that is healthy and I feel good about serving them.

  105. Sarah Gposted September 24, 2013 at 12:43 pm Reply
  106. Katieposted September 24, 2013 at 12:43 pm Reply

    I have recently taken on the challenge of using my crockpot. I haven’t used it much in the past to I’ve been searching the web for delicious recipes and collecting them to put into play for my busy life.

  107. Katieposted September 24, 2013 at 12:45 pm Reply
  108. laneishaposted September 24, 2013 at 12:50 pm Reply

    Sounds juvenile but I’ve just become bold enough to begin to make my own sauces. I am a novice of sorts and would shy away from things like this but with blogs and websites teaching me step by step methods of doing this I’m now conquering my fears.

  109. BusyWorkingMamaposted September 24, 2013 at 12:58 pm Reply

    I’ve taken on freezer cooking. Thanks for hosting the fun giveaway.

  110. Trishaposted September 24, 2013 at 1:02 pm Reply

    I had stuff to make reubens, minus bread for dinner last night, but I had a costco pack of pita bread… hubby actually said he preferred the pita over the rye bread! how’s that for a win in the use it up category?

  111. Carrie M.posted September 24, 2013 at 1:11 pm Reply

    Cooking for one

  112. CarolynHposted September 24, 2013 at 1:12 pm Reply

    My recent cooking challenge that I’ve taken on is the labor intensive tamale dinner. It used to take all the aunts & cousins + grandma in an assembly line to make the tamales. But the end result is so delicious. It’s a family tradition meant to be shared.

  113. Jamieposted September 24, 2013 at 1:14 pm Reply

    The biggest challenge I’ve taken on is minimal preservatives for my husband and myself. Sometimes its unavoidable but if I can get something without preservatives or – EVEN BETTER – make it myself, I’m going to do it! I bake breads, cookies, cakes, make my own jam for sandwiches… tons of ways to not intake preservatives. My husband used to live on frozen dinners and eating food out before he met (and later married) me. And he can tell a huge difference in how food tastes whereas before, he really didn’t notice or care. Now he does.

  114. CarolynHposted September 24, 2013 at 1:16 pm Reply

    I Tweeted about this fabulous giveaway. atpoohro ; CarolynH https://twitter.com/poohro/status/382580593650720768

  115. Stephanie H.posted September 24, 2013 at 1:19 pm Reply

    My biggest challenge is planning. I’m good if I have a plan in place but if I don’t then I’m scrambling to get dinner on the table.

  116. Katieposted September 24, 2013 at 1:36 pm Reply

    I’m a cook at a small assisted living facility for moderately independent elderly folk… unfortunately elderly folk’s taste buds are a little duller, so my daily challenge is to not hear “doesn’t have the same flavor” — but without the use of salt, excess fat, or much sugar. As a result, I’ve fallen even more in love with things like garlic, dill, italian seasoning, nutmeg, rosemary, and a host of other things that I CAN add to boost flavor without all the “don’ts”.

  117. Sharon Kiellachposted September 24, 2013 at 1:40 pm Reply

    Having cooked and baked for 45 years, I’m ready for some new appliances and pots and pans. This would help!!
    Thanks,
    Sharon

  118. JCposted September 24, 2013 at 1:44 pm Reply

    I have always been intimidated about making bread. That is my latest challenge.

  119. Lynetteposted September 24, 2013 at 2:17 pm Reply

    My challenge is cooking great, fresh food while on a budget.

  120. Gerry @ Foodness Graciousposted September 24, 2013 at 2:18 pm Reply

    I love a good challenge in the kitchen and my latest would be a pumpkin spice version of the famous “cronut” Failed first time but second time was a winner and they were delicious!!

  121. Emily Kposted September 24, 2013 at 2:20 pm Reply

    Cooking & eating more real food. Buying less pre-prepared ingredients.

  122. Lizzposted September 24, 2013 at 2:31 pm Reply

    Great idea swapping the blue cheese with the spiced pecans! I’ve recently attempted traditionally Southern dishes like gravy and biscuits and homemade skillet cornbread.

  123. Barbposted September 24, 2013 at 2:47 pm Reply

    breaded fried chicken ,every time i made it the house filled up with smoke,now i can make it using tips from all the blogs,now if you could only teach me to make a roast that works my are horrible!

  124. DEBBIE DARLINGposted September 24, 2013 at 2:48 pm Reply

    Love your recipe! I want to try it soon! Also love Kitchen Aid, I hope I win!

  125. Lizzposted September 24, 2013 at 2:49 pm Reply

    I tweeted about the giveaway here: https://twitter.com/eeeeebee/status/382604066884300800

  126. Pamela L. Dolenposted September 24, 2013 at 2:53 pm Reply

    I would love to win this contest!!!!

  127. Pauline Gudasposted September 24, 2013 at 2:53 pm Reply

    The challenge that I have taken on is making more dinners from scratch and not having piles of leftovers. We are now empty nesters and it is hard to cook for two when you are used to cooking for 4-6 people including two teenage boys

  128. Erica Chavezposted September 24, 2013 at 3:12 pm Reply

    That looks sooo yummy! I would love a mixer :)

  129. Emily Bposted September 24, 2013 at 3:44 pm Reply

    I have been working on eliminating processed foods and “healthifying” recipes. Love cooking from scratch and making each recipe my own.

  130. Jen Buttsposted September 24, 2013 at 4:01 pm Reply

    My recent cooking challenge: going gluten-free!

  131. Reneeposted September 24, 2013 at 4:02 pm Reply

    My ercent cooking challenge is…… cooking. We used to eat out 5-6 nights a week. Now we have a 14 month old and i want to make her dinner and teach her good food habits. Now we eat out once a week! I recently made chicken pot pies. I made them for both of us, the different things we like thrown in. Mine had corn. it was delicious!

  132. Stephanieposted September 24, 2013 at 4:41 pm Reply

    I’m almost an “empty nester,” having just a husband and a teenage boy left here at home. My challenge is adjusting recipes to suit the 3 of us. For many years I cooked for 8 or more! A great fridge would help my leftovers stay pretty longer so that I can “sneak” them into another meal!

  133. Doraposted September 24, 2013 at 4:55 pm Reply

    My challenge is trying to recreate dishes my mother made. I think one of her secrets was always to add a bit of sugar to savory dishes…like salt to sweets.

  134. Kathy - Panini Happyposted September 24, 2013 at 5:20 pm Reply

    We had shrimp and corn pizza the other night – does that count? It was awesome! :-)

  135. Staci Lposted September 24, 2013 at 5:55 pm Reply

    I recently tried to create my own peanut butter cups – instead of peanut butter I used almond butter and they are soo much better than store bought and surprisingly pretty easy!

  136. Renaposted September 24, 2013 at 5:55 pm Reply

    I recently tackled lemon curd- scary but we’ll worth the effort! So good!

  137. Cynthiaposted September 24, 2013 at 6:17 pm Reply

    Making sushi.

  138. Sandyposted September 24, 2013 at 6:23 pm Reply

    I love to make desserts, but regular meals are more of a challenge for me — just not as interesting, I guess. ;) But I do love corn on the cob, especially grilled!

  139. Susanposted September 24, 2013 at 6:46 pm Reply

    I recently made a French-inspired dinner of coq au vin, with a decadent chocolate pudding dessert. (I forget the French name for it. But I could have licked the bowl!)

  140. Lisa L.posted September 24, 2013 at 7:16 pm Reply

    My recent challenge is to make everything as home made as possible. This includes using as much as I can from my own garden, drying my own herbs, making my own pastas, and purchasing all of my meat and dairy from local farmers!!

  141. tessposted September 24, 2013 at 7:55 pm Reply

    cobb salad is real fovorite of mine and this new spin on it looks delish! thanks for sharing your new dressing ideas.

  142. Jen @JuanitasCocinaposted September 24, 2013 at 8:20 pm Reply
  143. Jen @JuanitasCocinaposted September 24, 2013 at 8:21 pm Reply

    I failed BIG TIME making homemade ravioli, and recently conquered making it!

  144. Janice Svercekposted September 24, 2013 at 8:23 pm Reply

    My cooking challenge is making healthier, tasty desserts for 2 swee -loving retirees.

  145. Jodieposted September 24, 2013 at 8:42 pm Reply

    This Cobb salad looks delicious. Going to print it right now and get the stuff next shopping trip!

  146. Elinposted September 24, 2013 at 9:16 pm Reply

    Currently I’m working on my own sourdough starter. Fingers crossed!

  147. Jenniferposted September 24, 2013 at 9:17 pm Reply

    My cooking challenge is to do at least one new recipe a week. I usually end up finding a new dish to put in the regular rotation of the hum-drum, everyday dishes for dinner.

  148. Sarahposted September 24, 2013 at 9:23 pm Reply

    My latest cooking challenge has been this past week pureeing healthy foods for our foster daughter who had a palate surgery. I’ve been working to make smooth items that taste yummy and have lots of nutrients packed in. She had to be on liquids for 5 days then soft foods for 2 more weeks, so it’s been a fun challenge trying to come up with balanced meals that are soft, yummy, and nutrient-rich. My favorite was a puréed pho type recipe using chicken broth, softened veggies and egg for smooth protein.

  149. Valerie Endicottposted September 24, 2013 at 9:27 pm Reply

    Cooking for 1…recipes that refrigerate or freeze well. Finding recipes and ideas that make evening meals exciting enticing me to cook instead of cereal for dinner. :-)

  150. Erica Burnettposted September 24, 2013 at 10:03 pm Reply

    I’ve been trying to create meals that use up ingredients that have been sitting in my pantry for a while. Your salad looks yummy Sommer! And your kitchen is beautiful!!

  151. Diane {Created by Diane}posted September 24, 2013 at 10:33 pm Reply

    I’d say my most recent challenge has been tying to cut down on the carbs and while doing so, NOT have my kids notice.
    It’s worked out very well, were are all eating better.

  152. Diane {Created by Diane}posted September 24, 2013 at 10:35 pm Reply
  153. Jaimieposted September 24, 2013 at 10:38 pm Reply

    I’ve been trying to make healthy freezer meals. It’s been a challenge.

  154. Chrisposted September 24, 2013 at 10:49 pm Reply

    My latest challenge has been a calorie and carbohydrate reduction. That means keeping loads of fresh vegetables in the fridge, so I can appreciate the benefit of Sommers’ KitchenAid® Refrigerator with Preserva® Technology.
    Now that Fall is upon us I will start making more soups, and a trustworthy blender will be in demand!
    I loved the salad dressing. I must really try it. Thank you.

    • Chrisposted September 24, 2013 at 10:50 pm Reply

      Sorry for the typo. Should read Sommer’s…

  155. Greta Kirbyposted September 25, 2013 at 3:41 am Reply

    Healthy cooking is my greatest challenge. To get flavor and healthy food is a challenge many times.

  156. Maryposted September 25, 2013 at 4:25 am Reply

    I tried that crazy “Cronut” that everyone is talking about. It didn’t turn out very well, but making the dough was fun and I used it for other things. I learned that making puff pastry dough is not so intimidating!!!

  157. Wendy W.posted September 25, 2013 at 6:44 am Reply

    Having very recently become an empty-nester, I’m still in the process of learning how to cook for one or two. My boys are big guys, so I’ve been basically doubling almost every recipe I’ve cooked for the past ten years. With both of them on their own, I’m having to re-learn how to meal plan and grocery shop, too :)

  158. marlaposted September 25, 2013 at 6:46 am Reply

    Lovely salad!

  159. KImposted September 25, 2013 at 7:07 am Reply

    over the spring/summer hubby & I committed to healthier eating and it worked we’ve lost weight…now i just have to figure out how-to make our fall/winter meals healthier…it’s challenging since we were set in our ways for so long however we realize the benefits of healthy eating and look and feel better for it. Thank you for this great giveaway oppty and this wonderful blog. This salad is so unique and looks delicious…can’t wait to make it.

  160. Johnposted September 25, 2013 at 7:15 am Reply

    I recently tried to make a meal that was designed around colors. It had multiple courses, a blueberry shrub, and was tons of work.

  161. Danielleposted September 25, 2013 at 7:57 am Reply

    My recent challenge has been making healthy creative breakfasts on the go, so far it has been lots of different muffin flavors experimenting with whole wheat and white whole wheat flours. We have had some winners and definitely some that end up in the do not make again pile.

  162. Rebeccaposted September 25, 2013 at 7:59 am Reply

    My latest kitchen challenge is cooking a dish from a country representing every letter of the alphabet. So, I’m cooking around the world!

  163. Jenniferposted September 25, 2013 at 8:18 am Reply

    Thanks for sharing an easy meal!

  164. Jennie @themessybakerblogposted September 25, 2013 at 8:39 am Reply

    This is serious salad perfection. Love it! Pinned.

  165. Cynthia Cposted September 25, 2013 at 8:52 am Reply

    I learned to make stuffed grape leaves from my Greek friend.

  166. Cynthia Cposted September 25, 2013 at 8:53 am Reply
  167. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted September 25, 2013 at 9:13 am Reply

    My biggest cooking challenge is getting dinner on the table quickly on evenings when we have a packed sports schedule!

  168. Erica Chavezposted September 25, 2013 at 9:24 am Reply

    Oh almost forgot my newest challenge is cooking healthy home made meals for a picky eating family in less than an hour. My new job brings me home so late. I always want to make a balanced plate of nutrients in record times. :)

  169. annaposted September 25, 2013 at 9:28 am Reply

    I can put corn on the cob on the table all winter. Just husk and put in freezer bags last all winter if air tight. LOVE IT.

  170. Karen Sueposted September 25, 2013 at 10:01 am Reply

    I am starting the challenge of maing bread – just started with a bagette – so far, pretty exciting.

  171. Rebekah Culbreathposted September 25, 2013 at 11:34 am Reply

    This looks delish! Love how you spice up this simple recipe Sommer! :)

  172. Michele aka Goat Girlposted September 25, 2013 at 12:37 pm Reply

    I used fresh corn on the cob in an Avocado Corn Lime Dip with Cilantro. It was great with tortilla chips and also on quesadillas! Love your recipe for Harvest Cobb Salad especially since I could eat my weight in Cobb Salads!

  173. Laurenposted September 25, 2013 at 1:36 pm Reply

    I would have to say that my biggest challenge is cooking not only healthy food, but making it taste good for my large fried food loving family.

  174. Emily M.posted September 25, 2013 at 2:19 pm Reply

    Canning a variety of stuff!

  175. Sarah-Janeposted September 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm Reply

    I recently made my own chicken nuggets for my toddler from Weelicious.com! They came out super delicious and were a much healthy alternative to scary factory made ones.

  176. Carmenposted September 25, 2013 at 3:07 pm Reply

    I tried to make bagels. That was a new challenge

  177. Elanaposted September 25, 2013 at 3:12 pm Reply

    Making mead! I just took a class and am really excited.

  178. Elanaposted September 25, 2013 at 3:17 pm Reply
  179. Cassandraposted September 25, 2013 at 6:30 pm Reply

    I made two kinds of empanadas from scratch tonight – squash and goat cheese and kale and ricotta. Never made them before but they turned out perfect!

  180. Emily Bposted September 25, 2013 at 10:43 pm Reply
  181. Amy Tongposted September 26, 2013 at 12:15 am Reply

    A recent cooking challenge that I conquered? Making croissants from scratch. I know. It’s a little crazy, right? But so worth it. :) I’m just glad I did that.

    Amy [at] utry [dot] it

  182. Amy Tongposted September 26, 2013 at 12:17 am Reply
  183. Carolynposted September 26, 2013 at 5:50 am Reply

    My recent challenge was to make a low carb, gluten-free fried donut. That doesn’t sound too hard, does it? But in reality it is…GF things tend to just disintegrate when they hit the hot oil. My solution? I baked them first and THEN fried them. They had all the fried flavour and they held together perfectly!

  184. Sheilaposted September 26, 2013 at 6:34 am Reply

    My challenge this fall is to preserve more by canning and freezing!

  185. Sheilaposted September 26, 2013 at 6:38 am Reply
  186. Brendaposted September 26, 2013 at 6:57 am Reply
  187. Brendaposted September 26, 2013 at 6:59 am Reply

    My recent challenge is to find good low carb recipes that my husband will like.

  188. Seth L.posted September 26, 2013 at 8:32 am Reply

    My most recent challenge has been finding creative ways to use up canned and boxed foods in my pantry, I am trying to shift towards more fresh ingredients in my cooking but I have alot of canned vegetables to try to use up in the meantime.

  189. Reneeposted September 26, 2013 at 9:08 am Reply

    My latest challenge has been to cook healthy will maintaing a tight budget.

  190. sandraposted September 26, 2013 at 9:45 am Reply

    finding quick, somewhat healthy meals to feed my growing boys

  191. Bev Sullivanposted September 26, 2013 at 9:46 am Reply

    Entering a Cookie Jar (containing 10 different kinds of cookies!!) in the Governor’s Cookie Jar contest at the Kansas State Fair was my most recent (and not terribly successful) challenge.

  192. Kaitlin Sickleposted September 26, 2013 at 11:37 am Reply

    I recently moved to Seattle, and I began hanging out with a group of friends who have a variety of different food needs and preferences. So now my challenge is to feed all of is without having to cook 5 different dinner meals. The greatest challenge has been a woman who is gluten free and lactose intolerant. It’s definitely not easy, but having a meal together is worth the effort!

  193. Kimberlyposted September 26, 2013 at 12:06 pm Reply

    My latest cooking challenge is stock piling healthy freezer meals so my husband and I don’t starve after this baby gets here! :)

  194. Jeannie Stewartposted September 26, 2013 at 1:00 pm Reply

    My latest cooking challenge is creating some flavorful, but reduced fat breakfast meals for my husband.

  195. Phyllisposted September 26, 2013 at 1:03 pm Reply

    My challenge is freezer meals. I work evenings and I don’t want my husband to starve.

  196. Anne Marieposted September 26, 2013 at 1:05 pm Reply

    I recently stretched my culinary skills and made a creamy sauce with wild Chanterelles & Okra to top some raw zucchini pasta. My family dubbed it delicious. It’s so fun to create dishes with unusual ingredients!

  197. D SCHMIDTposted September 26, 2013 at 1:05 pm Reply

    My most recent challenge has been making Macroons! I wish I had realized before starting to make them its such a task, I am now up to my third attempt and they are beginning to look and taste relatively authentic.

  198. D SCHMIDTposted September 26, 2013 at 1:05 pm Reply
  199. Cathy Gutowskiposted September 26, 2013 at 1:27 pm Reply

    My greatest challenge lately is trying to eat healthier but having so many “special occasions” to avoid. Everyday is a special day!!

  200. Charity Mickelsposted September 26, 2013 at 1:31 pm Reply

    Trying to find the best fall pumpkin recipe (besides pie). So far I’ve tried donuts and snickerdoodles the last two days. Lots of baking going on in my kitchen!

  201. Stephanie Sullivanposted September 26, 2013 at 1:36 pm Reply

    I am SO making this tonight! It looks amazing! Thank you!

  202. Angie Cleggposted September 26, 2013 at 1:44 pm Reply

    learning to properly poach an egg….

  203. Joanne P.posted September 26, 2013 at 2:05 pm Reply

    I trying to perfect my cookie baking. I think I’m getting it.

  204. Cynthia OLearyposted September 26, 2013 at 3:22 pm Reply

    Recent Cooking Challenge was to plan out a menu from the SouthBeach diet and cook a week’s worth of food – not something I’ve ever been good at – but it worked!

  205. La Cuisine d'Heleneposted September 26, 2013 at 4:31 pm Reply

    Such a great video, I like it a lot!

  206. Roy E. Perryposted September 26, 2013 at 5:46 pm Reply

    Any salad is better with bacon on it! :-)

  207. Jeannette Wiseposted September 26, 2013 at 6:23 pm Reply

    Love your cobb salad recipe, my challenge is to exchange healthier options as you have done with your salad, can’t wait to try the dressing as well!

  208. Dianeposted September 26, 2013 at 6:25 pm Reply

    I had some extra corn so I threw them on the grill, cut the corn off of the “cobb” and arranged it on the salad with the other goodies. AWESOME salad!!!

  209. Tina Mposted September 26, 2013 at 6:39 pm Reply

    Baking the cake!!!

  210. Tina Mposted September 26, 2013 at 6:40 pm Reply
  211. Kathyposted September 26, 2013 at 7:50 pm Reply

    I made tortilla espagnol and it was delicious!!

  212. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted September 26, 2013 at 9:08 pm Reply

    {awesome job on the video, Sommer!}

  213. Lori Dposted September 27, 2013 at 1:59 am Reply

    I have decided to take on the challenge of homemade hummus! Found a recipe for a Southwestern Style using cilantro and black beans…should be interesting…next will be greek style with feta cheese :)

  214. Rebecca Wardposted September 27, 2013 at 6:17 am Reply

    I recently made homemade hummus from dried chick peas. I put them in the crock pot with garlic, onion, and spices for 8 hours, pureed with more garlic and wallah….the best hummus I have had in a while. It also made a huge amount, so we’ve been doing lots of greek & middle eastern wraps and meals. Didn’t realize how easy and inexpensive it was to make hummus!

  215. Ste Grainerposted September 27, 2013 at 6:22 am Reply

    I’m not normally a salad person, but this looks amazingly delicious! I’ll be trying out this recipe very soon. :)

    My most recent cooking challenge is designing a set of recipe card templates so we can update our recipe box with beautiful new cards! Next up, going through our stable of favorite recipes, photographing them, and creating cards for all of them.

  216. Barbara | Creative Culinaryposted September 27, 2013 at 8:28 am Reply

    Since I am living in temporary quarters with non cooking friends waiting for my new home to be finished my biggest challenge is cooking in a 1970’s kitchen! Everything is old, cookware, appliances, serving ware. Most grateful my daughter had a second KitchenAid mixer!

  217. Jodyposted September 27, 2013 at 7:46 am Reply

    That corn inspired dressing looks amazing! I’d love to have those Kitchen Aid appliances to “aid” in creativity in my kitchen! You make everything look so simple- Thank you!

  218. Shari | Tickled Redposted September 27, 2013 at 8:01 am Reply

    I just love this salad Sommer! Not to mention the giveaway {YOWZA}

  219. Sunposted September 27, 2013 at 8:26 am Reply
    • Sunposted September 27, 2013 at 8:36 am Reply

      I don’t know how to link to my specific tweet announcing the sweepstakes, but I promise you, it’s there!

  220. Sunposted September 27, 2013 at 8:35 am Reply

    My husband told me two weeks ago that he wants to change his diet from pescetarian (fish-eater) to lacto-ovo vegetarian. Our two daughters and I are omnivores, and I was already cooking different meals to make everyone happy, so what’s another challenge!

    My roots are southeast Asian so I’m very comfortable cooking with spices and seasonings that “outside the norm” for most Americans. I find that Indian recipes lend themselves really well to vegetarian cooking as most Indians are vegetarians. For years now, I’ve incorporated a trick from Indian cooking and always “temper” my spices by cooking them in some hot fat before adding liquids. I do this regardless of the nationality of the dish that I’m making; if the recipe calls for spices, the spices are “tempered” — it adds a tremendous amount of flavor!

  221. Kimposted September 27, 2013 at 8:54 am Reply

    I am 50 years old and I’m finally learning how to bake from scratch. I’ve always enjoyed cooking, but was never very good at baking anything. I baked a birthday cake for my husband this week that was totally from scratch… No box mix!

  222. rachelposted September 27, 2013 at 8:55 am Reply

    We grilled our corn for the first time ever and it was a big hit!

  223. Cindyposted September 27, 2013 at 9:05 am Reply

    My challenge is trying to eat healthy when I love to go out for dinner.

  224. Mindyposted September 27, 2013 at 10:49 am Reply

    Just learned how to toss pizza dough! I have much more to learn before it will look good…

  225. Melindaposted September 27, 2013 at 11:19 am Reply

    I recently learned how to make the perfect omelette (hint: add bisquick to the egg mixture). It took years to get this down!

  226. Lisa AF Smithposted September 27, 2013 at 11:20 am Reply

    A recent cooking challenge that I’ve taken on trying to make a perfect pork roast. I even bought a brand new roasting pan with a rack. I have tried twice so far , the first was ok, the second was better, but not yet perfect. i’m going for round three this week. wish me luck! And thanks for the great recipes and amazing giveaways !

  227. Seanposted September 27, 2013 at 11:20 am Reply

    My most recent kitchen challenge has been getting my wife to clean the counters when she’s done. We’re still working on it, haha.

  228. Melindaposted September 27, 2013 at 11:22 am Reply
  229. keriposted September 27, 2013 at 11:24 am Reply

    an eggless chocolate cake!

  230. Lisa AF Smithposted September 27, 2013 at 11:29 am Reply
  231. Jeannie Tylerposted September 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm Reply

    This sounds delicious and would be so much fun using new Kitchen Aid products!

  232. Kim K.posted September 27, 2013 at 12:52 pm Reply

    Challenge – eating healthier without having to start up & stand over the charcoaler in the heat. Learned how to use the broiler on my oven to cook not only meats but also some pretty great tasting veggies! Please don’t laugh at me too much – we use to fry everything so I never used the broiler. This will also be very useful this winter when its too cold to cook outside.

  233. Kathryn Frazierposted September 27, 2013 at 2:05 pm Reply

    I am chef trained and find my kitchen the most interesting place to be, and especially
    if I am preparing something like Cobb salad. Love the idea of the Corn and Poblano
    dressing I would also add some additional spice to the dressing.
    Hope to win, my kitchen needs new Kitchenaid products. Thank you.
    ~ gently ~ Kathryn

  234. Cassie Sueposted September 27, 2013 at 1:09 pm Reply
  235. Cassie Sueposted September 27, 2013 at 1:11 pm Reply

    My recent challenge was to cook without cream, and ingredient my hubby HATES the calories for right now. I found evaporated milk works well in a lot of recipes to give the creamy taste without the heavy feeling afterwards.

  236. Maureen Gposted September 27, 2013 at 2:37 pm Reply
  237. Marysue Feltmanposted September 27, 2013 at 1:46 pm Reply

    Making a yeasted dough. I made naan, and now I’ve got the confidence to do a loaf bread!

  238. Marcieposted September 27, 2013 at 1:52 pm Reply

    I recently challenged myself to make a 3rd Minecraft cake. It came out awesome. Next is a 3D Minion cake!

  239. Marysue Feltmanposted September 27, 2013 at 2:01 pm Reply

    @NativeOrchid: Attn foodies: head over to aSpicyPerspective to get in on #moretomake #SweepstakesEntry for KitchenAid giveaway, AND a yummy recipe! https://mobile.twitter.com/NativeOrchid/status/383680102489686016?screen_name=NativeOrchid

  240. Amanda Petersonposted September 27, 2013 at 2:34 pm Reply

    I am trying my best to make this salad as perfectly as you did Sommer. :)

  241. Margot Cposted September 27, 2013 at 2:34 pm Reply

    I have been a bit challenged by a family member turning vegan; but I have risen to the occasion! I am now familiar with baking without eggs, protein without meat and just about anything that you can do with nuts. I like alot of the stuff too. I am eating brown rice with lentils, roasted pepper humus sauce and pistachio nuts right now! It’s pretty awesome.

  242. Amanda Petersonposted September 27, 2013 at 2:35 pm Reply
  243. Margot Cposted September 27, 2013 at 2:40 pm Reply

    I posted a tweet too: https://twitter.com/AnnaZed/status/383692481444851712

    Also, your corn dressing looks so amazing (you are a genius!) I’m making that!

  244. Katie Mahoneyposted September 27, 2013 at 2:52 pm Reply

    Cooking with coconut oil in place if butter in some recipes – it works beautifully!

  245. Sue Hulenposted September 27, 2013 at 3:00 pm Reply

    I need to try this salad. It sounds great. I make everything from scratch so recipes such as this is wonderful. Thank you!

  246. Carlaposted September 27, 2013 at 3:01 pm Reply

    I have been trying to eat healthier foods but recently my challenge in cooking was to make biscotti for my soldier son.

  247. Lenda Dewyerposted September 27, 2013 at 4:42 pm Reply

    This looks FABULOUS! YUMMY!! I love each of the ingredients and can’t wait to go to the store for them. Thanks!

  248. Rachelposted September 27, 2013 at 5:26 pm Reply

    I recently made risotto for the first time! I’ve been wanting to for years. Wow. What creamy goodness!

  249. Scarlettposted September 27, 2013 at 6:04 pm Reply

    I tried pickled beets during the summer. They were one of my favourite things to have at my grandmother’s house, and these turned out pretty well. :)

  250. Kathy Pierceposted September 27, 2013 at 8:17 pm Reply

    Conquer New Brunswick stew using roasted corn, chipotle peppers, and cannellini (spelling correct) beans. umm hello fall.

  251. Nutmeg Nannyposted September 27, 2013 at 7:38 pm Reply

    This is salad perfection :) I am going to have to put this together ASAP to cure this craving!

  252. ken evansposted September 27, 2013 at 7:54 pm Reply
  253. Lisa Pettyposted September 27, 2013 at 8:17 pm Reply

    I love this salad I would eat it all the time, Thank you

    Lisa

  254. Jill Hposted September 27, 2013 at 8:37 pm Reply

    this sounds really good

  255. Elaine Powellposted September 27, 2013 at 9:01 pm Reply

    good recipe. grilling gives a unique flavor to lots of foods. combined, this will be delicious

  256. Karen Neumanposted September 27, 2013 at 9:27 pm Reply

    I have some corn on the cob in the fridge right now, this sounds so good!

  257. Lori Soteloposted September 27, 2013 at 10:28 pm Reply

    This salad looks amazing!!! Now I know what’s for dinner tomorrow night!!!
    Thanks!

  258. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted September 27, 2013 at 10:53 pm Reply

    Gorgeous salad and I love your video – you’re a natural! My current kitchen challenge I’m working on is perfecting homemade sourdough bread.

  259. heatherposted September 27, 2013 at 11:34 pm Reply

    I live for salad and this salad looks soooooooo good I would love to win this giveaway.

  260. Teresa Organposted September 28, 2013 at 12:10 am Reply

    I don’t cook much but husband does so I have not conquered another cooking challenge.

  261. carolee c.posted September 28, 2013 at 5:07 am Reply

    My biggest challenge(right now) is canning some perfect polish pickles!

  262. Jymposted September 28, 2013 at 6:43 am Reply

    hand made pastizzi, a Malteze savory pastry. The dough is very difficult to master, but master it I will!

  263. Stephanieposted September 28, 2013 at 6:45 am Reply

    My 2 accomplishments have been creme brulee and a chile rellenos. Still have souffle to conquer.

  264. Jymposted September 28, 2013 at 6:46 am Reply
  265. Cay Eposted September 28, 2013 at 6:46 am Reply

    My husband can’t have grains. i am learning to cook with almond flour.

  266. Alexisposted September 28, 2013 at 6:48 am Reply

    I’ve been conquering artisan bread little by little. Yummy and soo satisfying to see a bakery quality loaf come out of my oven!

  267. Juliaposted September 28, 2013 at 7:05 am Reply

    I have been doing lots of canning and this year I attempted pickled cauliflower. Have to wait a couple more weeks before I open a jar to sample the results…..

  268. Morgan @ Peaches, Please!posted September 28, 2013 at 7:11 am Reply

    I always have such a hard time convincing myself to make salads, but yours look divine!

  269. Amyposted September 28, 2013 at 7:31 am Reply

    My latest cooking challenge is trying to cook over the phone! With the kids moving away,they still like Mom’s help.

  270. Jen Greeneposted September 28, 2013 at 7:51 am Reply

    Responding to sweepstakes, please enter me! :)

  271. Monique Flowersposted September 28, 2013 at 8:22 am Reply

    I recent made Cheddar Biscuits

  272. Kimposted September 28, 2013 at 8:39 am Reply

    I recently tried to make two loafs of Pumpkin Bread from scratch.

  273. Jeeunposted September 28, 2013 at 8:49 am Reply

    Cherry Cloufouti–not sure spelling.

  274. Erinposted September 28, 2013 at 8:57 am Reply

    Just trying to be more active in the kitchen… it’s not always easy as my boyfriend eats meat/cheese & I do not. Coming up with recipes that suit us both is tricky!

  275. Julie M.posted September 28, 2013 at 11:09 am Reply

    Making this for our supper club tonight. Thanks for the tasty recipe Sommer!

  276. Hilaryposted September 28, 2013 at 11:10 am Reply

    I love a Cobb salad – with a few customizations. Shrimp instead of chicken, feta instead of bleu, and no bacon.

  277. Jasonposted September 28, 2013 at 11:14 am Reply

    I put corn on the cob to the challenge by using Paula Deen’s favorite… mayonaise. Worked like a charm!

  278. MBposted September 28, 2013 at 11:26 am Reply

    Love the corn on the Cob Salad

  279. Wehafposted September 28, 2013 at 12:37 pm Reply

    recently I went gluten-free, which is very challenging, but I am learning a lot. There are so many alternative flours out there!

  280. sadieposted September 28, 2013 at 4:25 pm Reply

    delish

  281. Lisa Brownposted September 28, 2013 at 5:30 pm Reply

    My cooking challenge: I would say, cooking fish and not drying it out, which I do all the time. Very hard for me to not dry fish out, and I have been experimenting on the best and quickest way to cook it and keep it moist.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  282. Lisa Brownposted September 28, 2013 at 5:33 pm Reply

    tweet – https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/384098459579453440
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  283. Marian (Sweetopia)posted September 28, 2013 at 7:07 pm Reply

    What a gorgeous salad! Off to pin!

  284. Amy Lposted September 28, 2013 at 7:41 pm Reply

    I recently grilled shish kebabs. My husband usually does the grilling, and I’ve had difficulty with getting meats done without overcooking them, but this time it was just right and tasted great!

  285. Debbie Bposted September 28, 2013 at 7:59 pm Reply

    my cooking challenge has been to try and cook regularly instead of eating out!

  286. Debbie Bposted September 28, 2013 at 8:01 pm Reply
  287. JoeyfromSCposted September 28, 2013 at 10:42 pm Reply

    This salad looks SO delicious! I recently made homemade pumpkin bread! SO deelish and easy!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    Joey J.

  288. JoeyfromSCposted September 28, 2013 at 10:43 pm Reply

    I tweeted about your giveaway:

    https://twitter.com/JoeyinSC/status/384176573273755650

    Joey J.

  289. Kelli Bposted September 29, 2013 at 5:52 am Reply

    My latest cooking challenge has been crock pot meals. With school in session and kids in sports, I rarely have time to cook during the week. We all come home starving and one can only eat so much pizza….

  290. Sherylposted September 29, 2013 at 7:54 am Reply

    What a yummy recipe! I buy only fresh veggies and sometime are hard pressed as to what do with them. Corn in a dressing for a savory, winter, cobb salad! That’s a keeper!

  291. Janice S.posted September 29, 2013 at 8:27 am Reply

    I’m always looking for new ideas, this looks delicious!

  292. Sharon Gposted September 29, 2013 at 9:24 am Reply

    I am so excited about this contest! I love Kitchen Aid.. thanks for this opportunity!

  293. Edith Frereposted September 29, 2013 at 11:06 am Reply

    Love the idea of corn on a Cobb Salad. I’m not a fan of blue cheese, so this would be a perfect flavor substitute, and the chiles, too!

  294. Jacqueposted September 29, 2013 at 12:19 pm Reply

    I would LOVE a new mixer!!!

  295. Jacqueposted September 29, 2013 at 12:20 pm Reply
  296. Jacqueposted September 29, 2013 at 12:21 pm Reply

    I have recently been learning too modify recipes to decrease the carbohydrates and have actually been enjoying zucchini and cauliflower in place of noodles.

  297. Debbieposted September 29, 2013 at 12:38 pm Reply

    Anything with corn is a hit at my house! Love your recipes!!

  298. shari wickposted September 29, 2013 at 12:40 pm Reply

    would love to win this contest~~ will be making the Cobb Salad very soon!!

  299. rafalposted September 29, 2013 at 1:31 pm Reply

    We loved this salad ,perfect for quick diner – kitchen aid rulles

  300. Cookin Canuckposted September 29, 2013 at 1:52 pm Reply

    What a gorgeous salad, Sommer! The colors and the flavors just scream, “Autumn!”

  301. John Novotnakposted September 29, 2013 at 2:24 pm Reply

    Just making this salad makes everyone a winner. Would be nice to win the contest.

  302. Mandyposted September 29, 2013 at 2:36 pm Reply

    Salad looks good! Will have to try it.

  303. Merylposted September 29, 2013 at 4:32 pm Reply

    I like corn on the cobb simply steamed.

  304. Louposted September 29, 2013 at 4:32 pm Reply

    I made cornbread – that was a big challenge, since I don’t bake.

  305. Raineeposted September 29, 2013 at 6:19 pm Reply

    Looks so yummy, can’t wait to try it!

  306. Gypsie Richardsonposted September 29, 2013 at 9:48 pm Reply

    Excited to try this cobb-salad. Never would have thought about using butternut squash.

  307. Tiffanyposted September 29, 2013 at 8:15 pm Reply

    My most recent cooking challenge is learning to cook to meet my new dietary restrictions – gluten-free, casein-free, egg-free, soy-free, and corn-free. Having some KitchenAid appliances would certainly help me!

  308. freda tuckerposted September 30, 2013 at 12:46 am Reply

    will have to try this salad soon

  309. BOBBIposted September 30, 2013 at 1:13 am Reply

    Pizza was my lastest challenge…it turned out great with artichoke hearts and bacon. I can’t wait to do another one.

  310. Michelleposted September 30, 2013 at 5:42 am Reply

    This salad looks amazing…can’t wait to give this recipe a try! Would LOVE to win this KitchenAid giveaway!!!

  311. Tina Thawposted September 30, 2013 at 6:45 am Reply

    I will have to try this Cobb salad without the “cobb”…no corn for me. Would love to win this Kitchen Aid giveaway like so many others ;)

  312. Amy Vanceposted September 30, 2013 at 6:50 am Reply

    It is a great salad.

  313. casey kiernanposted September 30, 2013 at 7:05 am Reply

    I love Cobb salad and I love KitchenAid!

  314. Meganposted September 30, 2013 at 7:08 am Reply

    A recent challenge I took on when my bread machine died was making homemade, 100% whole wheat bread from scratch. And it worked! :)

  315. Dorothy Huntposted September 30, 2013 at 7:09 am Reply

    Recently put up a bunch of corn succotash from a recipe shared by the chef at one of my favorite restaurants in Santa Rosa, CA – Stark’s Steakhouse. My husband is a chef and a vegetarian, so putting together his favorites for enjoyment over the winter is the way I even out the kitchen duties. Also great was that we grew the organic heirloom sweet corn in our urban community garden which provides teaching space and growing space for educating our community on sustainability and organic growing methods.

  316. Meganposted September 30, 2013 at 7:09 am Reply
  317. Heatherposted September 30, 2013 at 7:11 am Reply

    Butternut squash cubes in a Cobb Salad?!? I LOVE it. This is why I love your blog and recipes so much Sommer.

  318. Kimposted September 30, 2013 at 7:20 am Reply

    I tried to make chicken and BBQ in the crockpot. It turned out better than I thought.

  319. Margiposted September 30, 2013 at 9:00 am Reply

    Kitchenaid Rocks! – Can’t wait to try this salad – mmmmm yum!

  320. Gabrielleposted September 30, 2013 at 10:12 am Reply

    My most recent cooking challenge has been learning how to make relatively healthy quick dinners because as my photography business has grown and gotten busier I have found I don’t have as much time to make dinner as I used too.

  321. Gwenposted September 30, 2013 at 10:29 am Reply

    Yum more cobb salad. Kitchenaid rocks

  322. Jenniferposted September 30, 2013 at 10:44 am Reply

    My food challenge I will be takin on is to use more lentils/beans/legumes into my daily meals. I would like to take a more vegetarian approach so coming up with other protein sources besides meat will be a challenge.

  323. Cristinaposted September 30, 2013 at 11:59 am Reply

    I like my corn on the cob grilled and black, the blackest the better… it is absolutely delicious. Kitchen-Aid rules, I would love to win this contest.

  324. Kelley Galyenposted September 30, 2013 at 12:00 pm Reply

    This looks delicious! Will have to try it!!

  325. Kelley Galyenposted September 30, 2013 at 12:04 pm Reply
  326. Liz @ The Lemon Bowlposted September 30, 2013 at 12:45 pm Reply

    What an amazing video!!! You are a natural – such a gorgeous salad!

  327. Wanda McHenryposted September 30, 2013 at 12:56 pm Reply

    My recent cooking challenge was making beef tamales.

  328. Wanda McHenryposted September 30, 2013 at 12:56 pm Reply
  329. Cindy Spreiterposted September 30, 2013 at 2:10 pm Reply

    This salad looks wonderful! And I’d love to win the prizes!

  330. Missiposted September 30, 2013 at 2:42 pm Reply

    I just started freezer cooking. I love it, saves so much time.

  331. Nana Scrivposted September 30, 2013 at 9:30 pm Reply

    I absolutely love Kitchen aid appliances.. they are top of the line in my opinion. and so is that wonderful Cobb salad. will make it for sure.

  332. Paulaposted October 1, 2013 at 6:22 am Reply

    Would love to win the appliances. They are the best. Salad looks good. Will have to try it.

  333. Rita A.posted October 1, 2013 at 6:42 am Reply

    Love, love Cobb salad. This one looks so good! Going to try it. Have never had one with butternut squash. Thanks!

  334. Sarahposted October 1, 2013 at 8:00 am Reply

    I am hosting and participating in a Bakeoff for Breast Cancer fundraiser. Making 90 cookies or other treat to try to win bragging rights! Best part is it’s all for a great cause.

  335. Mitziposted October 1, 2013 at 10:04 am Reply

    I will be making this salad tonight! My latest challenge was a cauliflower soup!

  336. cbristine cliffordposted October 1, 2013 at 10:41 am Reply

    Latest challenge, homemade marshmallows

  337. cbristine cliffordposted October 1, 2013 at 10:44 am Reply

    Love this recipe. Would go nuts to have kitchenaid in my kitchen

  338. Portia Phillipsposted October 1, 2013 at 11:06 am Reply

    Would love to win the Kitchen Aid 5000 dollars credit giveaway sweepstakes toward a new kitchen I’m dreaming about!!

  339. Am Lposted October 1, 2013 at 11:40 am Reply

    I love my KitchenAid products! My most recent cooking challenge is baking bread, and I use my KA stand mixer to do a lot of the work for me. Definitely easier than the seemingly endless kneading my mom would do to make bread! Thank you.

  340. Anne H.posted October 1, 2013 at 11:51 am Reply

    I’ve begun to make my own mixtures. For example, making my own seasonings, vanilla and even dabbled in canning for more control and knowledge of what I am eating.

  341. I love this idea so much – we still have some really good corn here as well and I think some of it may well find itself into a nice vinaigrette this week! My biggest challenge lately is to get everything from the garden ‘put up’ – in the freezer, dried, or canned for the winter months – a big job but worth it!

  342. Carmenposted October 1, 2013 at 12:48 pm Reply

    I’ve taken on the job of cooking dinner for my daughter’s family, monday through friday. I love to cook and try out new recipes, so now I’ve got a new batch of guinea pigs to experiment on!

  343. Lindsayposted October 1, 2013 at 1:02 pm Reply

    My recent cooking challenge has been preparing meals that are healthy, but on a budget!

  344. Laurie Goodrichposted October 1, 2013 at 1:42 pm Reply

    I personally do not care for salads much. I am more of a burger girl but ocasionally I will order one while out to eat :)

  345. Pam Ellisposted October 1, 2013 at 2:39 pm Reply

    I love Cobb Salads! My favorite thing on a salad is egg and/or avocado. I would like to enter in the Kitchen Aide contest.

    • Pam Ellisposted October 1, 2013 at 2:43 pm Reply

      Sorry, my latest cooking challenge was baking my own bday cake. It was a 4 layer cake and I find layer cakes with decorations and ganache to be difficult. However, it was delicious!

  346. Pam Ellisposted October 1, 2013 at 2:48 pm Reply
  347. lindaposted October 1, 2013 at 5:43 pm Reply

    A healthy version of the Cobb Salad. I added craisins and a secret ingredient to the dressing….yumm. This comment is in connection to the Sweepstake entry for Kitchenaid.

  348. Madelineposted October 1, 2013 at 6:23 pm Reply

    I recently conquered my fear of beating egg whites to make a lemon meringue pie. It was tough to do by hand but I learned a lot and I think I’ll do even better next time (and I might try it with a mixer instead!).

  349. Madelineposted October 1, 2013 at 6:23 pm Reply
  350. Elaineposted October 1, 2013 at 6:50 pm Reply

    I have cooked many years and have had my tried and true recipes. Now I have been reading recipes and venturing out of my comfort zone. It has been well worth it.

  351. Cory Cartposted October 2, 2013 at 7:12 am Reply

    OK, that is some serious looking Cobb Salad! OMG, I’m making it tonight if I get home in time. Outside of travel, food is my next favorite thing. I love to cook and as a writer I keep saying I’m going to write a cookbook, maybe I should just do it and quit procrastinating! Oh and by the way, I have tons of KitchenAid pots, pans, hand mixers, utensils and more. My first ever mixer was KitchenAid. I bought it 20 years ago and still use it weekly. I love it!

  352. Traceyposted October 2, 2013 at 6:19 am Reply

    Vegetarian cooking

  353. Mason Canyonposted October 2, 2013 at 6:21 am Reply

    My biggest food challenge lately was making a meatloaf with no recipes and not all the ingredients I normally use. However, it turned out to be the best tasting meatloaf I’ve ever made. I normally use tomato sauce, this time I used tomato paste.

    BTW, your Cobb Salad looks delicious and a great treat for any time of the year.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

  354. Heatherposted October 2, 2013 at 6:23 am Reply

    My brother and I made tamales from scratch! It was a lot of work but they were oh-so-good!! :-)

  355. Emyposted October 2, 2013 at 7:17 am Reply

    My biggest challenge right now is gluten free baking…i just can’t get the results i want with gluten free flours no matter what i do! I am not defeated yet though…i will keep trying! LOL :-) Lucky for me there are plenty of people blogging about it to help the rest of us…it is great!

  356. Kimposted October 2, 2013 at 7:20 am Reply

    Trying to make chicken that isn’t too dry.

  357. Nikki whitedposted October 2, 2013 at 7:28 am Reply

    Asian cooking! I’m just a bit overwhelmed at all the options and styles AND those sauces! So many sauces!

  358. Betty Schmittposted October 2, 2013 at 7:43 am Reply

    Love Spicy Perspective! This cobb salad looks amazing – can’t wait to try it.

  359. Kristina N.posted October 2, 2013 at 9:33 am Reply

    My biggest cooking challenge lately is cooking more vegan foods. I thought it would be harder than cooking mostly vegetarian, but it has turned out to be a really nice change in our diet!

  360. Heather Lampmanposted October 2, 2013 at 9:54 am Reply

    Well. I guess you sold out to Kitchenaid. Good brand. But still a sell-out.

  361. Barbara Mullposted October 2, 2013 at 10:41 am Reply

    At the age of 69, I am trying to teach myself how to fry chicken and how to make good chicken and dumplings (like my mother used to make). I cook for my grandsons and they love chicken. My husband never liked chicken so I never cooked it. I am getting pretty good with the dumplings;not so much with the fried chicken.

  362. shari wickposted October 2, 2013 at 10:43 am Reply

    hoping to make this salad tonight and maybe win this prize trip to enjoy!!

  363. Heatherposted October 2, 2013 at 11:38 am Reply

    My challenge: I’m gearing up to make french macaroons…. I have it all planned out for tonight! Wish me luck!

  364. Heatherposted October 2, 2013 at 11:38 am Reply
  365. lisa nowkaposted October 2, 2013 at 12:36 pm Reply

    Qim on weight watchers and I think salad is not only delicious but healthy for you.

  366. Donna Brennerposted October 2, 2013 at 12:44 pm Reply

    I am a recent type II diabetic, so my challenge is looking for and preparing healthy, satisfying meals for my whole family. This cobb salad and the dressing will be on our menu soon. Thank you!

  367. Ninaposted October 2, 2013 at 12:45 pm Reply

    Great new ideas to try, thank you so much for sharing. A new twist on a classic dish. This shows that once again, be creative and try to use what is at hand and in season with the end result being a wonderful new experience. Agree about Kitchen Aid Blender, we really are thrilled with ours. It IS the best we have ever purchased. Wish we would have purchased it initially and skipped the ones that simply didn’t meet their standards.

    Truly impressed with the Fridge also, ours isn’t Kitchen Aid, is a number of years mature and the beginning of issues has commenced. Good Luck to all, thank Sommer and Kitchen Aid for sharing and making this great giveaway available.

  368. Yukiposted October 2, 2013 at 1:39 pm Reply

    Since I moved to Pennsylvania and married my husband who loves hunting, I had learned how to cook game meat. I started with roasting venison, sauteeing rabbit, and now I can make all natural meat jerky for my dogs!

  369. Mirinda Collinsposted October 2, 2013 at 1:50 pm Reply

    Looks delish! Can’t wait to try out this recipe!

  370. Melposted October 2, 2013 at 2:28 pm Reply

    I made potatoes that were new and fancy…all while entertaining my four month and 23 month old!!

  371. Amanda Pottsposted October 2, 2013 at 3:37 pm Reply

    I work with a large community youth group and after our first meeting we had a huge amount of baby carrots and celery leftover. I didn’t want these items to go to waste so I thought on it for a couple of days. Using my food processor I shredded both items and froze them for later use in chicken and noodles! :)

  372. Janet J.posted October 2, 2013 at 4:18 pm Reply

    I would love to win this contest. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

  373. Barbaraposted October 2, 2013 at 4:50 pm Reply

    Experiencing joy in cooking for myself. Will try the cobb salad tonight but will swap out squash for roasted sweet potato and add tomatoes as I have plenty. Thanks to all for the KitchenAid Giveaway! I’ve loved my KitchenAid mixer for over thirty years!!!

  374. Merryposted October 2, 2013 at 5:27 pm Reply

    That looks delicious! I’ve thrown corn into my salads, but never made it the centerpiece of a dressing, will have to try that. My current cooking challenge (which I haven’t quite conquered yet, but I’m having fun trying!) is ravioli.

  375. Nessaposted October 2, 2013 at 7:01 pm Reply

    Mastering the perfect chocolate chip cookie :)

  376. Terry Kposted October 2, 2013 at 8:17 pm Reply

    I love cooking corn on the cob and have always boiled it in a large dutch oven on the stove. I got tired of washing the big dutch oven as well as the corn loosing some of its flavor during boiling. I decided to try cooking it in the microwave. I would husk, wash and dry the corn. Then salt and butter it. Wrap up in wax paper and cook in the microwave for approx. 4 mins. Makes great tasting corn and such easy clean up.

  377. PJposted October 2, 2013 at 9:03 pm Reply

    What a wonderful and surprising way to use corn. Looks and sounds delicious!

  378. Tiffanyposted October 2, 2013 at 10:31 pm Reply

    My biggest challenge is cooking/eating healthy! I just started college, so it’s easy to rely on fast foods and sugary goodies.

  379. Tinaposted October 3, 2013 at 1:32 am Reply

    I just learned how to make jam!

  380. Tamaraposted October 3, 2013 at 1:49 am Reply

    I have only just recently begun cooking, but I love it! My very latest cooking experiment was choc chip pancakes this very morning. They, unfortunately, didn’t really work. Fortunately I had some more succes with Mocha cupcakes I made last week, which aside from some tops that were a bit too large, worked perfectly and tasted great!

  381. Solduckyposted October 3, 2013 at 5:45 am Reply

    That salad looks so good! I made homemade gyros for the first time yesterday. The lamb/beef loaf was actually pretty good, though a little too dry. It crumbled too much, and needed more seasoning next time. But while not as good as our local gyros place, it was a good, and cheaper, substitute! Especially with the homemade tzatziki sauce I made too.

  382. Hannahposted October 3, 2013 at 5:50 am Reply

    It was a silly fear, but I’ve recently started getting into simple Japanese food. It’s not always super authentic since I’m a broke, midwestern college kid, but I’ve been enjoying coming up with new onigiri fillings and different combinations of food in donburi since I decided to just dive in and not be afraid to get my hands a little sticky. It’s been a delicious and filling learning experience!

  383. Rabiaposted October 3, 2013 at 6:55 am Reply

    Hi
    I have tried this Cobb salad and it was amazing.
    My kids loved it. Also it was the reason to meet the website which I am the fan of it now.

  384. Emily R.posted October 3, 2013 at 2:28 pm Reply

    I’ve never been much of a cook in general, so it feels like every endeavor is a challenge! :) This month, in particular, my husband and I are participating in October Unprocessed, hosted by the Eating Rules blog. The premise is pretty self-explanatory: don’t eat anything a person couldn’t make him/herself in a home kitchen. It also means you should try to do as much of that work yourself as you can, so I’ve been trying to find healthy, unprocessed, fresh recipes to make that incorporate mostly whole-food ingredients but are still tasty. It’ll be an interesting month! :)

  385. Deanna Fposted October 3, 2013 at 2:44 pm Reply

    I made homemade pasta and Bolognese sauce. Can’t wait to try making my own ravioli!

  386. Donna Marchlewskiposted October 3, 2013 at 3:20 pm Reply

    I have enjoyed creating Gluten Free dishes :)

  387. Cécyposted October 3, 2013 at 3:27 pm Reply

    Cooking without dairy… I’m discovering some great raw and vegan recipes.

  388. Erikaposted October 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm Reply

    The biggest cooking challenge I’ve mastered lately is getting my family (including myself) to eat a variety of new recipes. I’ve tried different meals we wouldn’t normally like, and we’ve ended up loving a few!

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

  389. Skyposted October 3, 2013 at 4:17 pm Reply

    I tried making soured milk pancakes one morning and didn’t have any vinegar. I thought about using lemon juice to sour the milk but was all out of that as well. Back in the corner of the refrigerator I saw a bottle of lime juice. It soured the milk and had a hint of lime but tasted amazing.

  390. Suzanne O.posted October 3, 2013 at 4:40 pm Reply

    I made french macarons. They weren’t perfect, but they tasted spectacular – I made pistachio cream filling.

  391. Tamarposted October 3, 2013 at 6:41 pm Reply

    I’d love to make this. I haven’t conquered much [successfully] lately, but I want to… I did make an indian chicken curry today though and burned it :(

  392. Terry Lposted October 3, 2013 at 7:55 pm Reply

    I would not have thought to use the blender to make a dressing with corn. Great I love learning something new!

  393. Suzanneposted October 4, 2013 at 4:52 am Reply
  394. Lisa D.posted October 4, 2013 at 5:08 am Reply

    I’ve been enjoying making pasta from scratch and experimenting with different types of flour and vegetable pastas.

  395. Lisa D.posted October 4, 2013 at 5:13 am Reply
  396. Leelaposted October 4, 2013 at 6:49 am Reply

    Recently made vegetarian bean enchiladas from scratch. I had frozen some homemade tomatillo sauce for this purpose. It was a bit of labor, but husband stepped in to help and we ended up eating enchiladas completely from our garden, except the cheese and tortillas.

  397. Maria W.posted October 4, 2013 at 6:58 am Reply

    My biggest challenge is cooking for two after cooking for 7. I love your recipes!

  398. Susan H.posted October 4, 2013 at 7:44 am Reply

    My biggest cooking challenge right now is preparing low carb, low sodium meals as my husband has to watch his sugar and sodium intake. Thanks for chance to win.

  399. Susan H.posted October 4, 2013 at 7:46 am Reply

    This salad looks so good. Thanks for sharing. I tweeted about the giveaway. https://mobile.twitter.com/sebh55/status/386124873187094528?screen_name=sebh55

  400. janposted October 4, 2013 at 8:59 am Reply

    My biggest challenge is finding low fat recipes that are not only low fat but also delicious!

  401. Nicole S.posted October 4, 2013 at 9:41 am Reply

    My biggest challenge right now is using the garden vegetables I have and canning or freezing what we don’t use.

  402. Jen R.posted October 4, 2013 at 10:21 am Reply

    I could really use these appliances, thanks for sharing!

  403. Jen R.posted October 4, 2013 at 10:25 am Reply

    https://twitter.com/jrich_96/status/386164962991022081

    I tweeted this contest as instructed!!

  404. Nancy Leeposted October 4, 2013 at 11:18 am Reply

    It’s challenging right now to go from cooking for a familiy to cooking for two. I don’t like to be wasteful with food and most recipes aren’t made for two.

  405. Nicole Larsenposted October 4, 2013 at 11:29 am Reply

    Well, I just had a baby 2 months ago, so I have lots of weight to drop. So, my biggest cooking challenge right now is finding creative, quick, and delicious recipes to make that both my hubby and I enjoy–it’s a lot harder than it sounds :/

  406. Nicole Larsenposted October 4, 2013 at 11:33 am Reply
  407. Stephanieposted October 4, 2013 at 1:21 pm Reply

    My biggest challenge is trying to constantly create new fresh healthy pack and go lunches during school year for my daughters.
    I tweeted your contest at: https://twitter.com/TaramundiStore
    Thank you!

  408. Brisjaposted October 4, 2013 at 1:52 pm Reply

    My biggest challenge right now is not buying too much produce at the Farmer’s Market! We have recently returned to the United States, and are overwhelmed with all the fresh produce available for us to buy each week. Where we’ve been the past three years, it was almost impossible to get anything grown locally, as 98% of the produce we could buy was shipped in from other countries. We’re so happy to be back!

  409. Phyllis Wilsonposted October 4, 2013 at 2:15 pm Reply

    My biggest challenge is to find the ingredients necessary to make new recipes. I live to far from a variety of stores. I have been ordering more on the internet so I can make new recipes but I really could use new appliances as mine are OLD. Thanks for the chance to win them!

  410. Debby Sposted October 4, 2013 at 3:42 pm Reply

    Until this week I have never cooked on an electric glass top range. I overcame the challenge and cooked lovely steaks that were done perfectly in my cast iron skillet on that electric cook top!

  411. Kerryposted October 4, 2013 at 4:39 pm Reply

    I’ve been conquering a ton of new recipes lately – which is always a challenge! Also trying to make homemade the things my kids love – like french fries and chicken tenders. They have been turning out so good too!

  412. Trish Tposted October 4, 2013 at 11:50 pm Reply

    I have challenged myself to bake and make desserts. I have always liked to cook, but only make a few sweet things, mostly pies and crisps. I have enjoyed using my Kitchenaid ice cream maker attachment this summer to make strawberry and vanilla ice cream.

  413. L. Jarvinenposted October 5, 2013 at 6:22 am Reply

    My biggest challenge is finding a recipe I love that I can slightly twist to also please my husband. A salad with different veggies is the perfect answer.

  414. Stephanieposted October 5, 2013 at 7:16 am Reply

    My biggest cooking challenge is following the GAPS protocol healing for my family. It requires most of our food to be made from scratch, so I need to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

  415. Carolyn Barnettposted October 5, 2013 at 9:49 am Reply

    My biggest challenge is finding tried and true recipes that my picky family will enjoy!

  416. Kay Torresposted October 5, 2013 at 10:36 am Reply

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. There’s not much better than a good cobb salad.

    My biggest kitchen challenge is making healthy, budget-friendly dishes that my boys will actually eat.

  417. Tracy Hiscockposted October 5, 2013 at 10:44 am Reply

    Thanks for the great recipe…I really need some appliances!

  418. Janet M.posted October 5, 2013 at 11:59 am Reply

    What a great looking recipe. I will be trying it soon!

  419. Janet M.posted October 5, 2013 at 12:00 pm Reply
  420. Kara Olsonposted October 5, 2013 at 12:05 pm Reply

    I have challenged myself to get out of the cooking rut and try new and different foods! I can be picky so I tend to stay in the same box….BUST OUT!

  421. Dorothy Johnsonposted October 5, 2013 at 12:23 pm Reply

    What to fix,what to cook? That is my dilema. Just 2 of us now and we do not eat the same. I try to eat clean and he eats old comfort food. Also live in a small town and access to clean food is almost non-existent. I also order on line and am trying to lose weight.Need to commit regardless of excuses and do myself a favor . Commit & lose weight.Love kitchen aid and would love to have new appliances.

  422. Susan Smithposted October 5, 2013 at 1:41 pm Reply

    My biggest cooking challenge is making meals that are healthy and my family likes. This is especially difficult for my daughter who doesn’t like vegetables.

  423. Susan Smithposted October 5, 2013 at 1:44 pm Reply
  424. Lynnposted October 5, 2013 at 2:46 pm Reply

    To cook for just myself rather than going out or eating frozen meals from the grocery store since I lost my husband. This salad looks great, especially since I prefer pecans over walnuts and love butternut squash..

  425. Erica Bestposted October 5, 2013 at 3:46 pm Reply

    i roasted corn on cob in the oven it was so good

  426. Erica Bestposted October 5, 2013 at 3:46 pm Reply
  427. Najla Purdyposted October 5, 2013 at 7:55 pm Reply

    Everything on the plate looks so good. I’m going to try that recipe tomorrow!

  428. Lillyposted October 6, 2013 at 7:27 am Reply

    I am definitely trying this over the weeken. It’s my kind of mean. thank you.

  429. carolposted October 6, 2013 at 9:36 am Reply

    nothing like food photography to make one hungry. this looks like a luscious salad!

  430. Yolanda Taylorposted October 6, 2013 at 10:00 am Reply

    my biggest cooking challenge is finding gluten free kid friendly recipes since I just learned 2 weeks ago my son is autistic. I also learned corn in any form is great on salads, so yummy :)

  431. Maryannposted October 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm Reply

    Just conquered Swedish meatballs light….using ground turkey and low fat sour cream and no butter….it is a big hit with family

  432. Nikita Hardyposted October 6, 2013 at 3:54 pm Reply

    A recent cooking challenge I took on is to work my way through top cookbooks and I decided to start a food blog. Cooking and baking holds a special place in my heart. My most fond memories with my grandmother are from when she baked fresh bread and allowed my small 5 years old gave to help knead the dough. I’m ready to take on this cooking challenge and this money will allow me to get the supplies needed for me to learn my way.

  433. Sharonposted October 7, 2013 at 6:21 am Reply

    My most recent cooking challenge was to make perogies from scratch — and they turned out great!

  434. Sharonposted October 7, 2013 at 6:21 am Reply
  435. Anna Rangelposted October 7, 2013 at 6:24 am Reply
  436. Jan Davisposted October 7, 2013 at 6:25 am Reply

    Thanks for the dinner idea! I have all the ingredients, coincidentally and my mouth is watering to try this. I am excited about the giveaway and hope to be a winner as all my appliances are dying at the same time and I LOVE kitchenaide! It’s challenging cooking for two now that my children have left the nest!

  437. Anna Rangelposted October 7, 2013 at 6:32 am Reply

    I have recently taken on the challenge to make my own pizza! I have been making no knead bread for a while, so I thought I’d try to make pizza with no knead pizza dough. Not only did I dare to make my own dough, but I made my own sauce, too! And it was delicious – even my picky eater husband loved it; burned his tongue devouring it too quickly.

  438. Amanda Eposted October 7, 2013 at 7:05 am Reply

    My biggest challenge is buying groceries while in the midst of a move, especailly since our move-in date keeps being pushed back! All groceries have to be kept in my room, or on my single fridge shelf so have to plan around budget and size of items. Can’t wait to be in my new house – even if all the appliances need replacing!

  439. Amanda Eposted October 7, 2013 at 7:08 am Reply
  440. Nancy Penticoposted October 7, 2013 at 7:29 am Reply

    Love this salad idea! Might be serving this to my Bunco friends this week instead of naughty snacks!

  441. Nancy Penticoposted October 7, 2013 at 7:30 am Reply

    Love this salad! I might be serving this to my Bunco friends this week instead of naughty snacks…

  442. Athena Rposted October 7, 2013 at 7:51 am Reply

    That salad looks amazing. I recently made baby back ribs in the oven. I have never done that before, and they came out delicious and tender.

  443. Athena Rposted October 7, 2013 at 7:57 am Reply
  444. markposted October 7, 2013 at 8:43 am Reply

    now i’m hungry – oh bacon : )

  445. Juli Vposted October 7, 2013 at 9:04 am Reply

    My biggest challenge right now is finding quick and healthy recipes I can make at home after working a full day and going to the gym.

  446. Juli Vposted October 7, 2013 at 9:06 am Reply
  447. Deniseposted October 7, 2013 at 9:12 am Reply

    My biggest challenge is working with working in a partially equipped kitchen.!!!
    I so need a new kitchen and appliances. The food still taste pretty dog-gone good if I do say so!!!

  448. Yevette Parkerposted October 7, 2013 at 9:50 am Reply

    My biggest cooking challenge right now it just to Cook! I am single , work and go to college so it have been very hard for me to get into the groove of cooking like I use to. I want to try to eat better but it is just hard to do!

  449. R. Scottposted October 7, 2013 at 10:09 am Reply

    Yo.

    My Partner and I have started eating clean and while its had its challenges we have made the decision to make this commitment for the duration of our lives. I come from a background of high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. I have unforntunately brought my families health issues to the future with my diagnosis of high BP and Diabetes. However, I’m determined to be the healthiest I’ve ever been in my life and I know that starts with what I put in my body! I have been a big KitchenAide fan (but never could afford any products) since I saw my Grandmother mixing and blending and making delicious meals for my family! I’m grateful to tell my story and for this opportunity. Thanks.

  450. Megan {Country Cleaver}posted October 7, 2013 at 10:27 am Reply

    I’ve been trying to challenge myself to conquering yeasts. It’s not as intimidating as I thought!!

  451. Michelle Garciaposted October 7, 2013 at 12:57 pm Reply

    My biggest obstacle cooking is that I’m in a wheelchair. I can’t reach a lot of things and I don’t have a lot of the essential cooking appliances and gadgets that would help me. I love to cook and really need help

  452. Lisa Keysposted October 7, 2013 at 1:28 pm Reply

    My recent cooking challenge involved learning how to filet a whole fish. With the right tools one can conquer any challenge in the kitchen.

  453. Soniaposted October 7, 2013 at 3:31 pm Reply

    my recent cooking challenge is to find low sugar desserts that actually taste good and not like artificial sweetners. experimenting with almond flour and coconut flour. trying to re-create the low carb cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory….. a work in progress….

  454. Patty McGeeposted October 7, 2013 at 6:07 pm Reply

    My recent cooking challenge is to learn how to cook and bake Italian foods and parties/cookies.

  455. Lynn Cortrightposted October 7, 2013 at 7:16 pm Reply

    My biggest challenge was making anything after my spinal surgery that required mixing or kneading. The Kitchen-aid mixer is soooo awesome. I love my kitchen again…now if I could just get someone to do the dishes. BTW the Cobb salad is de-lish ! I left out the bacon cause I prefer not to eat it. The other savory ingredients more than made up for it..never missed it.

  456. Jeanposted October 7, 2013 at 6:19 pm Reply

    My challenge is decreasing quantities, I keep making lots and there are just the two of us.My friends score as I share so as not to waste food!

  457. Sallyposted October 7, 2013 at 9:02 pm Reply

    I love using my KitchenAid mixer to make whipped topping, homemade banana pudding and other great desserts. Can’t wait to take on the challenge of finding new and exciting holiday desserts for my family to enjoy.

  458. linda dianne pearsonposted October 7, 2013 at 11:22 pm Reply

    Planting a garden has presented big challenges for me trying to find the right way to put up so they will be eatable later

  459. Jenniferposted October 8, 2013 at 6:04 am Reply

    This salad looks amazing. I would love some new appliances to make this more enjoyable to prepare.

  460. Diana Aulgurposted October 8, 2013 at 5:13 am Reply

    As a recent stay at home wife, my biggest cooking challenge has been to get back to really cooking instead of running out for quick meals. I’ve discovered that I actually enjoy spending time really preparing food, and am now very thankful that I invested in that Kitchenaid stand mixer when I did (makes mixing so much easier, and is no longer a counter decoration!). My next challenge is to figure out how to retrain my husband to actually enjoy food, rather than wolfing it down and running out the door!

  461. Lou Anneposted October 8, 2013 at 7:00 am Reply

    My biggest recent challenge has been staying motivated to cook. I love to cook, so this is a new challenge. Inspiring new recipes like your Cobb Salad are a great help.

  462. S. E. Koehlerposted October 8, 2013 at 8:23 am Reply

    Our biggest challenge is finding low carb meals that also satisfy those occasional cravings, and meals that might even have left overs that can come in as a handy snack during times later when you feel the need for a snack.

  463. tammy c.posted October 8, 2013 at 8:40 am Reply

    my new challenge is learning how to make dinners and lunches that my children can help me with I want them to enjoy making the food not just enjoy the eating part winning the 5,000.00 for kitchen aid products would help so much for us as a family because we are using thing that I got when we were first married

  464. Candy Nickisonposted October 8, 2013 at 8:46 am Reply

    What a yummy sweepstakes!

  465. TRISHposted October 8, 2013 at 8:47 am Reply

    my biggest challenge is making gravy.. I don’t eat gravy but some in my family do, so it would be nice to put a homemade gravy on the table instead of packaged.

  466. Noraposted October 8, 2013 at 9:34 am Reply

    My biggest cooking challenge lately is making healthy food that still tastes good and is satisfying.

  467. Angela Simmonsposted October 8, 2013 at 10:10 am Reply

    that looks so good yummy

  468. Triciaposted October 8, 2013 at 10:30 am Reply

    My most recent challenge is making homemade bread. It’s not as hard as I thought, but it is time consuming. Next I want to try making bagels!

  469. A. Devineposted October 8, 2013 at 10:39 am Reply

    My biggest cooking challenge has been less is more. We are recent empty nesters and I love to cook. The freezer is my new best friend as I freeze our leftovers. I have also been able to give food to my neighbors and bless them after a long work day. : ) Need to learn how to scale some of my family size recipes down to just 2 servings!

  470. Amy Smithposted October 8, 2013 at 11:42 am Reply

    My biggest obstacle right now is being an empty nester………it is hard cooking for 2! With most recipes we have too many leftovers! So I settle for the really simple………..protein and salad with quinoa or sweet potato……gets a little boring sometimes!

  471. regina mposted October 8, 2013 at 12:16 pm Reply

    My recent challenge was using fresh corn in a a corn bread……Ive never been able to make it and it be moist. I finally made delicious moist corn bread.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I have never been good with bread recipes.

  472. Megan Marshposted October 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm Reply

    My biggest cooking challenge? I am almost ashamed to say the i was born (and raised) in the “south” and i can NOT make biscuits or gravy if we are being honest here. My soon to be husband loves both and is so patiently waiting on me to get them right and is so sweet to actually eat or at least try to eat some of my attempts. There were more than a few attempts that went straight to the compost.

  473. LYNDA ROBERTSposted October 8, 2013 at 2:58 pm Reply

    My cooking challenge is rice I do fine sometimes but more than not it comes out very sticky. So I am constantly asking for advice from different people. I have tried to rinsing the rice first, not stirring during cooking, bring the water to a boil first, put the rice in cold water. Still struggle sometimes though…

  474. Marla Barronposted October 8, 2013 at 3:04 pm Reply

    Just had to comment on this yummy salad and the beautiful blue KitchenAid mixer! I hope to win – it will match my kitchen perfectly!!!

  475. tara pittmanposted October 8, 2013 at 9:27 pm Reply

    I made creampuffs

  476. KLposted October 9, 2013 at 6:21 am Reply

    biggest challenge is not getting bored with my clean lifestyle, which I have lead for years. Cooking at home gets boring

  477. Andreaposted October 9, 2013 at 6:42 am Reply

    Working full-time outside of home, my most recent cooking challenge is making a contientious effort to make fresh, wholesome, delicious lunches and dinners for my family and not depending so heavily on take-out, hot lunches or processed/prepared foods. The real challenge is planning and being prepared, since I figured out how to make that work for me, making fabulous meals at home are almost as easy and quick as swinging by a drive-through on the way home. Though it’s still a challenge at times, we are exploring so many different cuisines now and I feel better about what I’m doing to help my families overall health and meal quality. I just added corn to my homemade Mexican rice and it took it to a completely different level, spicy and savory with a bright burst of corn goodness every few bites :) Thank you for the chance to win!

  478. Rochelleposted October 9, 2013 at 6:52 am Reply

    Check out my tweet about this site and sweepstakes! https://twitter.com/rochellekoehly

  479. Vivian Q.posted October 9, 2013 at 7:14 am Reply

    I have been on a real food journey for the last year and a half. Recently, I was diagnosed with GERD. My real cooking challenge is to cook foods that will help me stay symptom free.

  480. Jeanne Gposted October 9, 2013 at 7:24 am Reply

    I love to bake! My cooking skills are hard-pressed to be called skills; apparently I have obsticales with burning and over-cooking! In part, my oven changes temperatures on me! I need to practice some expert cooking and would love to get started with new appliances!

  481. Sherri Pelletierposted October 9, 2013 at 8:30 am Reply

    My biggest cooking challenge continues to be, preparing meals that all members of my household will look forward to and enjoy! I rarely hear a chorus of ‘awesome!’ when I answer that age old question, ‘what’s for supper?’ One or two perhaps, but rarely all three!

  482. Melissaposted October 9, 2013 at 8:43 am Reply

    I recently started eating much healthier, using my own mix of Paleo, vegetarian, and a host of other diet ideas! My basic rules are minimal refined flour, minimal refined sugar, minimal meat, but a host of beans and veggies. Essentially, only eating food that would give my body the nutrition it needs. And wiggle room for an occasional Starbucks or dessert now and then! Now I love how I eat, but it has been a challenge trying new things. Things I tried and didn’t like: pretty much just kale chips and quinoa “meat”balls. Things I loved: pretty much everything else I tried!

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  484. Kim Fposted October 9, 2013 at 9:17 am Reply

    I’ve recently discovered I can make my own salad dressing and they can be delicious, so I am honing my skills to develop many varieties.

  485. valerie hposted October 9, 2013 at 9:48 am Reply

    My biggest challenge is getting something quick, healthy on the table for my family after work, practice etc. It is definitely a challenge we are working on by using these type of healthy recipes, cooking and freezing somethings ahead and also trying out crockpot dinners every now and then. We are perfect but a work in progress…

  486. Rhondaposted October 9, 2013 at 10:22 am Reply

    I recently discovered that cutting up veggies when I get them home from the grocery store makes it more likely I will eat more of them throughout the week and not have them go bad in my fridge..If I wait till right before cooking the meal I just don’t cook them.

  487. Karen Gposted October 9, 2013 at 11:24 am Reply

    My biggest cooking challenge is having the energy to cook as a ME patient. I live with a relative who is able to help me though, so that is a blessing mostly.

  488. Karen Gposted October 9, 2013 at 11:39 am Reply
  489. Sharon Rosenposted October 9, 2013 at 7:09 pm Reply

    I have taken on the challenge of improving my pie crust. I have tried several recipes ana techniques including a recipe with vodka in it and using a food processor. Still have 3 more recipes to try

  490. Marsha Lynneposted October 9, 2013 at 7:11 pm Reply

    My challenge…YEAST…….I have started to work thru the challenge. Pretzel buns and a Yeast dough torte, the last two items made. The first dough for the torte never started to rise, redid and it was perfect. The key is the water temperature.

  491. Nancy Hairstonposted October 9, 2013 at 8:46 pm Reply

    I love Cobb Salads.. My biggest challenge is cutting up the lettuce and veggies. This one seems really yummy with all my fav foods. I think a girl party would be in order to share this one.

  492. Meganposted October 9, 2013 at 10:36 pm Reply

    My biggest cooking challenge is not taking enough risks! I am great at following recipes, but I have the hardest time making things my own! So if I run out of something, I have to go out and buy it because I am the worst at substituting!

    Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity!

  493. Rebecca Grahamposted October 10, 2013 at 2:59 am Reply

    I was put in charge of cooking for a family gathering. It was definitely challenging.

  494. Liza Eposted October 10, 2013 at 9:52 am Reply

    My biggest cooking challenge is to get my husband to eat the correct foods I make & portions since he got Type 2 diabetes.

  495. Jamie @ hands on : as we growposted October 10, 2013 at 10:59 am Reply

    Making snacks for school! I don’t know why… but its a lot of pressure!

  496. Kay Cposted October 10, 2013 at 12:48 pm Reply

    I conquered a lot of my cooking and baking challenges recently when I purchased a Kitchenaid Stand Mixer with a grater/slicer attachment. Yay!

  497. Shauna Neavilleposted October 10, 2013 at 1:52 pm Reply

    This looks fantastic! Sometimes I could kick myself for not thinking of changing flavors for the season! Can’t wait to try it.

  498. Christinaposted October 10, 2013 at 2:20 pm Reply

    My biggest challenge has been my attempt to take my cooking to a personal level. To educate myself, to be mindful, and creative with the ingredients and methods used has been a game changer. Embracing seasonal ideas, developing awareness of the nutritional value of food has brought out my appreciation and passion for cooking. Over the past year I have been working on the philosophy of nourishing the body and soul with food – sometimes I get great results, other times frustration – Nevertheless this growing experience is providing me with new traditions and memories to share with those around me.

  499. maria cantuposted October 10, 2013 at 3:09 pm Reply

    I don’t cook. I just heat up tv dinners.

  500. Whitney Lindemanposted October 10, 2013 at 4:36 pm Reply

    My biggest challenge has been an ongoing one – teaching my hubby how to cook! :)

  501. Sierra Rposted October 10, 2013 at 6:27 pm Reply

    I only recently made Chocolate Cocolate Chip Whiskey Banana bread… The original recipe called for applesauce. I could find no applesauce hanging around so whiskey and chocolate somehow deliciously substituted. The best part was that I didn’t even burn the bread and it was my first time baking in an electric oven! I’m still proud.

  502. Marsha Lynneposted October 10, 2013 at 6:41 pm Reply

    My challenge is to try to fix at least 4 new recipes a week, if they are good then to pass them on to between 10 and 15 other people.

  503. Kathyposted October 10, 2013 at 7:32 pm Reply

    I usually read lots of recipes, then come up with my own recipe combination. The challenge is to remember what I did in order to duplicate a success later. I made a reduction for a pork loin one time & have been unable to make it a second time!

  504. Michelleposted October 11, 2013 at 6:02 am Reply

    Turkey instead of chicken. Mix spinach and romaine for greens.Dried sweetened cranberries. Sweet potato croutons.love the pecans/ walnuts. Keep the bleu cheese chunks.nbest Cobb salad ever

  505. Neill Hinesposted October 11, 2013 at 6:14 am Reply

    My current challenge is to get the correct consistency when making a chocolate pie

  506. Amy Bposted October 11, 2013 at 6:24 am Reply

    I make an elote corn salad (mayo, lime, onion, garlic, cilantro, chili powder, cheese & add that to my cobb salads!

  507. Peggy Lobertiniposted October 11, 2013 at 6:28 am Reply

    Definitely going to try this salad. My tweeks would be to add spinach & walnuts, love them! My biggest challenge is making everything fresh in the fall and winter time, this one fits the challenge. I research GMO foods, toxic chemicals in ingredients in the grocery store and buy organic from local farmers. Would LOVE to win this giveaway, Kitchen Aide is my fav!!!

  508. Helenposted October 11, 2013 at 7:13 am Reply

    What lovely flavors for a Cobb Salad! Well done!

  509. Krista Sandersonposted October 11, 2013 at 8:20 am Reply

    Making homemade hot sauce from peppers I didn’t know what they were!

  510. Barb Carlsonposted October 11, 2013 at 8:29 am Reply

    My biggest challenge is “empty nest”. I am trying to re-learn how to cook for just the two of us instead of a whole family. Much more difficult than I thought it would be.

  511. Sarahposted October 11, 2013 at 9:49 am Reply

    I have recently taken on the challenge of canning. Whoop whoop!

  512. Jill_Rposted October 11, 2013 at 10:14 am Reply

    I tweeted

    #moretomake” and “#SweepstakesEntry— Trixie (@Ockhams_razor) October 11, 2013

  513. Jill_Rposted October 11, 2013 at 10:15 am Reply

    I would love to win this giveaway! Thanks!

  514. Susan Highlandposted October 11, 2013 at 10:24 am Reply

    I have an entire kitchen full of Kitchen Aid Appliances, and they are only 3 months old, and we paid for them!! $5000 won’t cut it anyway. The cost was waaay higher! Truthfully, not thrilled with the French door fridge. Love the double oven, and the induction cook top. Wish the microwave had more function keys.

    Not entering this contest, so don’t worry. Just a heads up about appliances from KA.

  515. Carin Usryposted October 11, 2013 at 11:28 am Reply

    I have never made a flan before….it turned out great!

  516. Marta Reddingposted October 11, 2013 at 11:29 am Reply

    I would love to win this amazing prize package and KitchenAid has so many wonderful, quality products. They stick to high standards for their products! I love the company! I need new appliances, mine are old. I am raising 3 granddaughters’ and need to get more updated and energy efficient appliances. Thank you for having this contest!

  517. Jennifer Kelleyposted October 11, 2013 at 1:02 pm Reply

    My biggest cooking challenge has been transitioning from a working mom who cooked mostly out of a box to a stay at home mom who wants to cook more enjoyable recipes for my family of four, including a picky husband, an even pickier 5 year old, and a 9 month old who is just starting to figure out what he likes! But with a little luck, a little love, and a steady growing Pinterest board… I’m making progress!

  518. Martha in KSposted October 11, 2013 at 1:03 pm Reply

    I’m currently trying to conquer hollandaise sauce.

  519. Michelle Smithposted October 11, 2013 at 3:25 pm Reply

    My challenge is to attempt all the interesting recipes in Southern Living magazine. My favorite to date is shrimp and grits! Will also try recipes I find on here.

  520. Lorindaposted October 11, 2013 at 7:59 pm Reply

    I conquered a challenge of what to do with an abundance of tomatoes by making homemade pasta sauce. now I am hooked!

  521. Jane McKeeverposted October 11, 2013 at 11:37 pm Reply

    My challenge is to have the time to create healthy but tasty dishes

  522. michelle davidsonposted October 12, 2013 at 8:18 am Reply

    LOVE the Harvest Cobb!!!
    My challenge is that I dont have enough people in my house any longer to eat ALL this food I keep cooking!!!!
    Thank God for the freezer!!

  523. Jenniferposted October 12, 2013 at 10:57 am Reply

    My cooking challenge was the perfect sunnyside up egg. I think I’ve finally mastered it the way our family likes it! :) Thanks for the chance- what an amazing giveaway!

  524. Janice Cooperposted October 12, 2013 at 11:12 am Reply

    My biggest cooking challenge is cooking more homemade meals

  525. Janice Cooperposted October 12, 2013 at 11:14 am Reply
  526. Laura Dunnposted October 12, 2013 at 12:53 pm Reply

    Staying home and cooking after working all day instead of going out to eat.

  527. Mary Ann Howaldposted October 12, 2013 at 3:27 pm Reply

    Using a gluten-free , organic produce to make yummy stuff… BEET HUMMUS… Awesome!

  528. Teri Aragonposted October 12, 2013 at 4:18 pm Reply

    My challenge is finding good recipes that I can make for dinner when I get off of work that are healthy and tasty.

  529. Courtney Lamontposted October 12, 2013 at 4:26 pm Reply

    My challenge but also a love to my heart is cooking with my 4 yr old. He’s so interested in doing all parts…. and wants to use the big knifes !

  530. Annie Kposted October 12, 2013 at 5:40 pm Reply

    My biggest challenge is to find time to cook in a busy working, going to school, caretaking schedule. I always try to remind myself that I am happier when I cook!

  531. Mary Hughesposted October 12, 2013 at 5:53 pm Reply

    Would love new appliances – it’s a challenge cooking with older ones

  532. Victoriaposted October 12, 2013 at 8:53 pm Reply

    Trying to incorporate gluten free since discovering a wheat intolerance

  533. David Hodgeposted October 12, 2013 at 8:54 pm Reply

    I love good Indiana sweet corn, grilled, rolled in butter, and accompanying a good steak!

  534. Sheila palkowitshposted October 13, 2013 at 10:06 am Reply

    I have always loved the kitchen aid products. I have the kitchen aid artisan mixer and it is a dream to use.

  535. James Edward Heideposted October 13, 2013 at 2:56 pm Reply

    Loved your recipe for Cobb Salad. I like trying different food and I love to cook for friends and my lovely wife. I am going to try this and see how she likes this . She might run. I usually mess up on the first try.(Ha-Ha)

  536. James Edward Heideposted October 13, 2013 at 2:59 pm Reply

    I love the recipe for Cobb Salad. I love to cook for friends and my lovely wife. I am going to try my hand at making this. Usually my first attempt is not so good. Any way I hope my wife likes this.

  537. christopher hposted October 13, 2013 at 4:38 pm Reply

    cooking more homemade meals, instead of readymade stuff

  538. Maryposted October 13, 2013 at 6:48 pm Reply

    I enjoy a wonderful salad for dinner in the summer and then switch to soup in he fall and winter.

  539. Kateposted October 13, 2013 at 7:38 pm Reply

    Made my first panna cotta!

  540. Cristina Hamiltonposted October 13, 2013 at 8:20 pm Reply

    I made duck confit!! it was a huge pain in the neck and probably won’t be making it again, but I crossed it off my list of thing I want to make before I die!

  541. MARTYposted October 14, 2013 at 2:02 am Reply

    Love your recipes. I will be making your stuffed chili Poblano/ I will make a green salsa or chile sauce to pour over them. Yummy. Thank you Sommer : )

  542. Chris Sorelposted October 14, 2013 at 6:31 am Reply

    recent challenge is preserving and making my own sauce. HArd to accomplish getting flavors right

  543. Chris Sorelposted October 14, 2013 at 6:32 am Reply
  544. Katposted October 14, 2013 at 7:18 am Reply

    I cook quite a bit but southern, fattening, cooking so my challenge is learning to cook using more healthy ingredients, not to use processed foods, eating more veggies…and keeping all that fresh food fresh in storage.

  545. Cristinaposted October 14, 2013 at 7:22 am Reply

    Corn with sour cream, poblano pepper and lots of cheese, mmmmm.

  546. Priscilla Maxwellposted October 14, 2013 at 8:06 am Reply

    I recently conquered Creme Brulee, which is my man’s favorite. He said I nailed it, so that is high praise indeed!

  547. barbara mccallumposted October 14, 2013 at 8:54 am Reply

    expand bread making recipes….not just ordinary white bread, but brioches, bagels, using a variety of flours…fun and more nutrious

  548. Rhonda Mposted October 14, 2013 at 10:54 am Reply

    How funny that I enter this contest today…and am waiting on the yeast rolls to rise as we speak. This is my second attempt at these babies…I will conquer the yeast roll!!

  549. Martiposted October 14, 2013 at 11:21 am Reply

    I am a super busy graduate student so my cooking challenge has been making healthy meals on the weekend that I can freeze in single portions to eat later and take for lunch.

  550. Anita Smithposted October 14, 2013 at 1:07 pm Reply

    I tried another Pinterest recipe last week, but didn’t have lemon zest or heavy cream to complete the recipe for Chicken Costelano. I decided to use lemon pepper seasoning and half & half, and the chicken and sauce were delicious!

  551. Martha Sharpposted October 14, 2013 at 1:54 pm Reply

    Looks delicious!

  552. Sharon Harris Hivelyposted October 14, 2013 at 2:04 pm Reply

    I fell this past August (as I was being discharged from the hospital!) and broke 6 bones in my rt. foot. My and my poor hubby’s challenge was devising a series of first-time cook menus that hubby could manage without depending on peanut butter, cheese and soup.

    We Did It!!! Still in a cast for a few more weeks, but we won’t starve, or become bored with PB&J, or grilled cheese sammies, nor canned soup. Hubby has been amazing! Not ready for Cordon Bleu, but then, neither am I.

  553. shari tryonposted October 14, 2013 at 2:51 pm Reply

    I recently tackled making brownies with no butter no eggs spelt flour applesauce and agave. I am happy to report they turned out fabulously.

  554. Barbaraposted October 14, 2013 at 3:26 pm Reply

    Sommer, My husband does most of the cooking in our home and often without a recipe! That’s kind of intimidating, but when I do cook I always shine because you are my go to cooking Guru! I have a couple little KitchenAid tools but would love to fill the kitchen with more. Maybe then I’d have to kick my husband out of the kitchen more often, and I don’t think he’d mind. :) Thanks for all the wonderful, foolproof, recipes, and thanks to KitcheAid for their participation.

  555. Susan Chesterposted October 14, 2013 at 4:46 pm Reply

    A recent cooking challenge I tried is pesto sauce from home grown basil. It turned out wonderfully!
    smchester at gmail dot com

  556. marybethposted October 14, 2013 at 7:35 pm Reply

    I recently learned how to make shepard’s pie

  557. Kateposted October 14, 2013 at 8:05 pm Reply

    I have a dark chocolate brownie that “needed” frosting. I found a few peanut butter frosting recipes and merged them to make my own creation. YUM!

  558. Jennifer Fposted October 14, 2013 at 8:47 pm Reply

    A recent cooking challenge I took on was — (ironically) about inspiring a new dish from a traditional cobb salad — my delicious creation was Sirloin Cobb Kebobs! Grilled romaine and all!

  559. Jennifer Fposted October 14, 2013 at 8:51 pm Reply
  560. Melanie B.posted October 14, 2013 at 9:21 pm Reply

    I like to flavor my sugars, whether it be with orange peel or vanilla beans or something like that. I like to use my orange sugar in place of regular sugar when I make a Sesame Chicken dish that I have perfect to be low sodium. It gives it a little tang. And it makes it DELICIOUS.

  561. Bea Long "The Bayou Lady"posted October 14, 2013 at 11:27 pm Reply

    Living on disability check alone and still trying to bake all the time. It is tricky!

  562. Amyposted October 15, 2013 at 6:53 am Reply
  563. Rusty Hposted October 15, 2013 at 8:02 am Reply

    I recently conquered my fear of making bread. I jumped right in. What I learned was, making bread is not as difficult as I thought. I’m one happy camper now.

  564. Rusty Hposted October 15, 2013 at 8:09 am Reply
  565. Jean Cposted October 15, 2013 at 8:31 am Reply

    With 4 children and their activities it’s challenging getting food on the table. I love to search different blogs like this one to find new recipes that are easy to make so fast food is a minimum. Making bread has been our new project. We are excited to try different kinds like multigrain etc… Thank you for the recipe :)

  566. Kariposted October 15, 2013 at 8:54 am Reply

    That looks amazing! Cobb Salad is one of my favorites. I love to fry fresh corn in a skillet – with bacon grease and a little sugar – just like my grandma used to make.

  567. Chrisposted October 15, 2013 at 9:23 am Reply

    My biggest cooking challenge is still making pie crust. I usually try out the recipes pretty quickly, but I always “putt off” the ones that require making a crust. I’d love to overcome this hurdle.
    Of course, the correct appliances are the second highest item on the challenge list. It’s hard when you work with sub-par equipment and you can’t beat KitchenAid Appliances, the best!

  568. Gina Blowposted October 15, 2013 at 11:16 am Reply

    I love to cook, and try new things Always. Spending my week nights trying to figure out good, healthful quick recipes;)

  569. Alex Montanaposted October 15, 2013 at 12:58 pm Reply

    This looks fantastic! Can’t wait to give it a try and a chance to win the giveaway? Superfluous!

  570. Reener Grantposted October 15, 2013 at 5:12 pm Reply

    I would love to win and this harvest Cobb salad will be a must make in my household this holiday.

  571. Maria Laurenceposted October 15, 2013 at 6:51 pm Reply

    My recent cooking challenge was a french onion soup.
    This giveaway is great, thank you for a great easy to make recipe.

  572. Saraposted October 15, 2013 at 8:06 pm Reply

    My cooking challenge is that I have a six month old baby :-) Still working on overcoming that one, ha ha!

  573. Kimber Maguireposted October 15, 2013 at 9:49 pm Reply

    I love this salad you made and looks so easy. When the family looks in the fridge they see nothing to eat but when I look I see a lot of things I can make happen. They always look amazed that I put together a great meal..lol.

    I love to make CPK’s Original BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad with corn fresh off the cob!
    I make this skinny as I am watching what I eat and have lost weight because I am eating better and eating lots of fruit and vegis. I also love Kitchen Aid my favorite is my Mixer! :-)

  574. Valerie Simonsposted October 16, 2013 at 6:27 am Reply

    Looks awesome and super easy to make!

  575. Sarah C.posted October 16, 2013 at 7:06 am Reply

    The salad looks SO delicious! I LOVE avocado in a salad! Yummy :)

  576. Sandy Rutlandposted October 16, 2013 at 7:45 am Reply

    Cooking for just two people is a challenge for me. I would love to learn to just cut back on the amount of food .

  577. jules pposted October 16, 2013 at 8:11 am Reply

    I put corn on the cob with my corn soup. my family loves this recipe. and my guests do too. I have had people who are not feeling well, call and ask me to make this for them. So I feel blessed that people love this recipe as much as I do.

  578. jules pposted October 16, 2013 at 8:13 am Reply
  579. Nancy Oposted October 16, 2013 at 9:01 am Reply

    I can’t wait to try this salad dressing. Love a cobb salad anytime. I make almost everything from scratch and think that the taste of all the ingredients cannot be beat!

  580. Debposted October 16, 2013 at 9:48 am Reply

    No recent challenges for me but I am about to start learning to make homemade pasta later this month. I want to eat this salad right now – and the dressing sounds delicious.

  581. Harriet Bposted October 16, 2013 at 10:54 am Reply

    I recently made a rustic apple pie. My thirteen year old daughter just simply loved it! It was my first time making any type of pie, especially home made. I really enjoyed the experience and I really love watching your show Ree. I enjoyed the challenge.

  582. sue smiley-greeneposted October 16, 2013 at 12:32 pm Reply

    Corn on the cob is one of my very favorite foods that I miss already! My farmers market had only a few ears last week!
    My recent challenges have been experimenting with apples- applesauce and apple butter…yummmmmmy!!!

  583. Barbaraposted October 16, 2013 at 12:52 pm Reply

    Just made brouchetta with fresh tomatoes and basil. I chopped basil, blended in a little olive oil and froze flat in snack sized zip-lock bags. Now I break off what I need and return the bag to the freezer. Having bananas, chicken breasts, fish, grapes, herbs, and zucchini along with all my husbands ‘treats,’ we could really use a larger freezer. It’s crowded in there!!! :)

  584. debposted October 16, 2013 at 1:15 pm Reply

    My husband just had a major heart attack and my biggest challenge is to learn how to make sure I cook him heart healthy meals. I have to now cook fresh whole foods,low sodium,and low sugar. I am always looking for new recipes now! Kitchenaid is the best would love to update my kitchen!

  585. Sharmelposted October 17, 2013 at 8:01 am Reply

    I love Cobb salads and this looks amazing, I happen to have both butternut squash and poblanos, gonna try this tonight…that Kitchenaid fridge with preserva tech looks interesting too, I’m going to check that out, it would be a good match for my Kitchenaid oven and microwave :-)

  586. Linda Fernandesposted October 17, 2013 at 8:08 am Reply

    Recently , I learned how to cook wild rice properly . With the cooked wild rice , I made a wonderful cold salad. The recipe was from Pintrest and very YUMMY. Everyone loved it.

  587. Jackie Morrisposted October 17, 2013 at 9:35 am Reply

    I love the harvest Cobb salad idea much more than a regular one. I love my KitchenAid mixer but would be thrilled with a new dishwasher or fridge.

  588. Annposted October 17, 2013 at 10:48 am Reply

    Recent cooking challenge was a happy one — too many pears from a friend’s pear tree. So, I cooked halves in butter while I made a maple syrup/cinnamon/butter sauce. Served over puff pastry — yummy. And your cobb looks perfect!

  589. Gabrielle Amasonposted October 17, 2013 at 11:51 am Reply

    Love salads and new ways to put them together. Will definitely try this one. And sure would love to win the giveaway to help finish my kitchen remodel. Thanks!

  590. william pahsoposted October 17, 2013 at 9:23 pm Reply

    our family is loving grilled corn. we have it almost every night. we eat it straight off the cob, then we have added it to our burritos, tacos, we have added it to make a great dip, etc. love it.

  591. william pahsoposted October 17, 2013 at 9:27 pm Reply
  592. Betty Cposted October 18, 2013 at 12:30 am Reply

    My most recent challenge is preparing meals without the use of an oven. Mine was only working occasionally and now it has quit completely. My slow cooker and microwave are getting a workout.

  593. Betty Cposted October 18, 2013 at 12:32 am Reply
  594. Cathy Kposted October 18, 2013 at 7:32 am Reply

    Working long hours has made our later meal options rather sparse, too late to eat heavy dinners, so I’ve been packing a more substantial lunch for my husband and myself and given us permission to eat lighter meals when we arrive home. Lately lots of pre grilled veggies and poached chicken wraps, with some flavorful sauce and we are happy!

  595. Kimposted October 18, 2013 at 7:41 am Reply

    Learning to cook new recipes in the crockpot.

  596. Carla S.posted October 18, 2013 at 9:01 am Reply

    I would love to get up the courage to try making bread. My aunt does and lets her KitchenAid mixer do the work. This is a wonderful giveaway. Thanks.

  597. angie lillyposted October 18, 2013 at 9:09 am Reply

    I have had such horrid luck making veggie soup in my crockpot over the years. I like to add couscous or rice to it for some body but it ends up like paste! Finally, I decided to try to cook the grains SEPARATELY from the soup. When the soup is basically done, I then add the pre-cooked grains and it made a HUGE difference! No more paste! yay!

  598. angie lillyposted October 18, 2013 at 9:10 am Reply
  599. Claudia Pposted October 18, 2013 at 10:44 am Reply

    I’m pregnant and had the biggest craving for homemade brownies. Sadly I was out of the baker’s chocolate I use to make them. But i had plenty of white baker’s chocolate. i added some walnuts, and the whities were amazing!!

  600. CCposted October 18, 2013 at 10:54 am Reply

    I invited my in laws over for dinner for the first time and was nervous because my father in law is notoriously picky. I decided to make lasagna, one of his faves, but to do something different I used a vodka sauce. I also used whole wheat pasta and skim mozzarella and ricotta cheeses but he didn’t even notice. It came out a lot better than i thought it would, and my fil said I’d have to make it when we have our big family dinners.

  601. mnheatherposted October 18, 2013 at 11:34 am Reply

    YUM! My parents are snowbirds and recently left for sunny AZ -leaving me alone in MN with a huge craving for my mom’s Matzo Ball Soup. Having never made a matzo ball before, I threw my first batch of batter away because I thought I was doing something wrong – they were a sticky mess! Then I called my mom and learned that the batter is SUPPOSED to be a sticky mess. Threw together batter #2, and although it wasn’t my momma’s – it was a delicious soup :)

  602. colleen guidoneposted October 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm Reply

    want to win !!!

  603. Catherine Campbellposted October 18, 2013 at 3:15 pm Reply

    Recent cooking challenge for me is teaching my 13 year old grandson to cook. OH MY! But it is fun!

  604. Catherine Campbellposted October 18, 2013 at 3:18 pm Reply

    I tweeted.

    https://twitter.com/campswp6/status/391312039399804928

    Thanks for the Harvest Cobb Salad!

  605. Donna Williamsposted October 18, 2013 at 6:57 pm Reply

    My gig gets cooking challenge has been making overnight French toast. It doesn’t get done in the middle. So, I tried a bigger pan, didn’t work. I have tried using different breads, the dense varieties, didn’t work. So, now I’m out to find a restaurant that serves this or a friend who makes I with success, so I can hone my skills or just know what the expectation is, so I can compare. I’m still searching!

    • Donna Williamsposted October 18, 2013 at 6:59 pm Reply

      I meant to put “biggest”….oops!

  606. Duane Middlebrookposted October 19, 2013 at 7:44 am Reply

    Wow! I like anything with avocados.

  607. Kathy Mabbittposted October 19, 2013 at 10:07 am Reply

    I use to own a kitchen aid and mine got lost in a move. I miss it soooo much. I can’t mix to well by hand anymore and with the kitchen aid it does all the work for me. Alls I can say is please come back to me Kitchen aid.

  608. Kathy Mabbittposted October 19, 2013 at 10:13 am Reply

    I miss my Kitchen aid soooo much mine got lost in a move. It did all the work for me and alls I can say is please kitchen aid come back to me.

  609. Carmenposted October 19, 2013 at 10:31 am Reply

    My husband and I have taken on the challenge of learning pastries – we’ve made homemade apple strudel and croissants (btw, they are AMAZING!)

  610. AmyBondposted October 19, 2013 at 12:14 pm Reply

    I just conquered Lemon Chia seed muffins using almond flour instead of regular flour! They came out amazing, to my surprise! Your recipe looks great, love finding recipes that use squash, will definitely be trying this one!

  611. AmyBondposted October 19, 2013 at 12:17 pm Reply
  612. Pam Hoffmanposted October 19, 2013 at 4:16 pm Reply

    I have a crock pot recipe for chicken that I add corn to. It has chicken breasts, black beans, corn, salsa and at the end, you add a brick of cream cheese. It ends up looking like a big pink mess, but is sooooo good on rice topped with cliantro, or as a dip for tortillia chips.

  613. Pam Hoffmanposted October 19, 2013 at 4:18 pm Reply
  614. Wild Orchidposted October 20, 2013 at 5:28 am Reply

    tweet–https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/391888403538915328

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  615. Wild Orchidposted October 20, 2013 at 5:29 am Reply

    These appliances would be amazing! I recently overcame a cooking challenge when I had to learn how to make many of my old stand-by recipes gluten free!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  616. Amanda Sakovitzposted October 20, 2013 at 7:22 am Reply

    Ive taken on making homemade pasta lately

  617. Amanda Sakovitzposted October 20, 2013 at 7:23 am Reply
  618. Annetteposted October 20, 2013 at 11:42 am Reply

    The cooking challenge I recently conquered was cooking steak, without oil, on a stainless pan.

  619. Annetteposted October 20, 2013 at 11:43 am Reply
  620. Thomas Murphyposted October 20, 2013 at 11:53 am Reply

    I just learned how to make homemade pasta sauce.

  621. Thomas Murphyposted October 20, 2013 at 11:56 am Reply
  622. Sandposted October 20, 2013 at 2:22 pm Reply

    I’ve made pre-scooped cookie dough to freeze for times where I need to make a quick batch of cookies.

  623. Giannaposted October 20, 2013 at 2:40 pm Reply

    I made two struesel cakes recently that were fantastic. One was apple and the other raspberry. There is nothing like a buttery crumb.

  624. Yvonneposted October 20, 2013 at 5:10 pm Reply

    I have a long commute and I recently started preparing meals on Sunday for the work week. It is great leaving work and not having to worry about what I’m having for dinner.

  625. Whitneyposted October 20, 2013 at 6:32 pm Reply

    I just tried making chicken fajita tacos for the first time the past couple of weeks ago!!

  626. Whitneyposted October 20, 2013 at 6:33 pm Reply
  627. Sunposted October 21, 2013 at 11:43 am Reply
  628. Barbara | Creative Culinaryposted October 21, 2013 at 6:27 pm Reply

    Over the past couple of years my biggest challenges have been with charcuterie. My most exciting results were bacon and corned beef; both beyond amazing when you cure and slow cook them yourself!

  629. Laura @ All Spice and Yumposted October 23, 2013 at 6:14 am Reply

    As silly as it sounds, one of my biggest challenges in the kitchen is pancakes. For some reason I just have trouble with the flipping part, and they end up being pancake hash. Work in progress, but sometimes I actually get some round cakes that resemble pancakes!

  630. Barbara McCraryposted October 23, 2013 at 9:47 am Reply

    My recent cooking challenge is to cut out as much processed food and chemicals as i can. That means cooking with all natural ingredients and organic when I can. I know you probably already do it but it’s quite a challenge!

  631. Barbara McCraryposted October 23, 2013 at 9:50 am Reply
  632. LaRonda LaMotheposted October 23, 2013 at 9:44 am Reply

    My recent challenges have been baking cakes and pies.

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  634. Shore Griffinposted October 25, 2013 at 6:45 am Reply

    What a beautiful salad…can’t wait to try it with the yummy dressing!

  635. Yukiposted October 25, 2013 at 7:35 am Reply

    I tried cooking venison. It was my first time ever and took a long time marinating and roasting. I have to admit that it turned out OK, but not perfect. I learned my lessons and next time, hopefully I can cook it better.

  636. Carol Hansonposted October 25, 2013 at 2:35 pm Reply

    this sounds soooo good; I’ve never had Cobb salad that I didn’t love but this is unique! love my kitchen aide mixer; other appliances would be great to have!

  637. Randy Evansposted October 26, 2013 at 8:24 am Reply

    Love this recipe!!

  638. Michele aka Goat Girlposted October 26, 2013 at 10:38 am Reply

    A couple of weeks ago I saw a recipe for these amazing cookies using a premade Sugar Cookie product from a well known company that you make in muffin tins and then you make a well in the center of each cookie when done and fill with caramels melted with a bit of milk and then sprinkle sea salt on top. I decided to use that idea and I baked my homemade salted chocolate chip cookie recipe in the muffin tins, and then used their caramel idea. OMGOSH they turned out amazing!

  639. laurenposted October 26, 2013 at 10:39 am Reply

    great recipe – fingers crossed on the giveaway!

  640. Cindyposted October 26, 2013 at 12:09 pm Reply

    I recently learned how to make mozzarella and ricotta cheese. It’s so much better than store bought cheeses.

  641. Suzanne Carmichaelposted October 26, 2013 at 12:28 pm Reply

    Love the fall season of eating, especially winter squash!

  642. Jodee Weilandposted October 26, 2013 at 1:58 pm Reply

    Your Cobb Salad looks great! I especially like the use of pecans and roasted butternut squash. Looks delicious! Love the giveaway as well. I’ll be doing a tweet as well.

  643. Lisa@ Cooking with Curlsposted October 27, 2013 at 10:29 am Reply

    wow, that Cobb Salad looks delicious! My latest challenge was making yeast dough without my bread machine! It was actually a lot of fun. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  644. Shawnaposted October 27, 2013 at 6:15 pm Reply

    My current challenge is trying to cook in a kitchen that is being remodeled. At least they put in a stove and the dishwasher, but it’s a little difficult without a kitchen sink! :)

  645. Tracyposted October 27, 2013 at 8:55 pm Reply

    I hadn’t canned anything in years, but had a ton of green tomatoes, so made and processed three kinds of relish last week.

  646. Maureen Gposted October 28, 2013 at 6:22 am Reply

    Harvest Cobb Salad will be on the lunch menu this week!

  647. paula hunterposted October 28, 2013 at 7:43 am Reply

    I have burned more onion than I can count trying to learn to caramelize….then I brought out the crockpot, used a recipe with butter, brown sugar and a little sherry…cooked for 6 hours…voila…they were excellent!

  648. Kimposted October 28, 2013 at 8:04 am Reply

    Trying harder recipes that I’ve never tried before.

  649. Marsha Lynneposted October 28, 2013 at 6:46 pm Reply

    recent cooking challenge..trying at least five new recipes a week

  650. Linda Montesposted October 28, 2013 at 7:41 pm Reply

    I have challenges everyday when I make dinner, too many picky eaters. I have to either make two different meals or as I have learned – mix in ingredients that are compatible to everyone and then section out portions before I continue with the rest of the ingredients. ex…any salad with mayo, or onions or celery. It makes it difficult at times, but you do what you have to do for your family. <3

  651. Dionne Sposted November 2, 2013 at 9:26 pm Reply

    I have decided to no longer purchase grocery store bread!! Instead, I have been trying to perfect bread rolls and loaves that my whole family is happy to pack into their lunches each week. It is a challenge to make something that pleases the whole family and consists of only healthy grains. Everyone likes white bread but it doesn’t have the fiber I would like to serve my family.

  652. Maria Weberposted November 10, 2013 at 7:15 pm Reply

    My cooking challenge is timing and getting a meal for two on the table after cooking for 6. I’d love to have a kitchen aid!!

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  654. Melissa L.posted December 5, 2013 at 2:31 pm Reply

    My cooking challenge I recently took on was learning to make a turkey myself! I love learning to cook and bake new things. Especially if they turn out well! LOL Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  656. karen medlinposted December 7, 2013 at 12:53 am Reply

    I am a novice in the baking department, The one challenge that I am proud of and was a success was making a batch of cinnamon rolls with a caramel sauce, from scratch the day before thanksgiving. I was holding my breath waiting for them rise, they finally did and the family loved them.

  657. Ashley Hposted December 7, 2013 at 6:29 am Reply

    I’m trying new recipes every week.

  658. Kelly Massmanposted December 7, 2013 at 1:44 pm Reply

    we’ve started making a lot of breads on our own, like angel biscuits, pizza dough with blood orange olive oil. etc. thanks for a chance to win! kmassman gmail

  659. Susan Smithposted December 7, 2013 at 4:45 pm Reply

    My recent cooking challenge was cooking a turkey this Thanksgiving I had never cooked one before, and thankfully it turned out good.

  660. Susan Smithposted December 7, 2013 at 4:49 pm Reply
  661. Erikaposted December 9, 2013 at 9:16 am Reply

    One of my proudest ones is making fried chicken for the first time. :)

    chambanachik at gmail dot com

  662. Kelly Dposted December 11, 2013 at 7:20 pm Reply

    My son decided he wants to be a vegetarian so I am trying learn to make more vegetarian recipes. Also I was always afraid to cook meat for the rest of my family, but I conquered this challenge by baking chicken, this way it has less chance of being undercooked.

  663. mysweetiepiepieposted December 12, 2013 at 7:34 am Reply

    I’m still trying to make the perfect loaf of bread.

  664. Wild Orchidposted December 13, 2013 at 8:27 pm Reply

    I recently made my own sandwich bread for the first time! It tasted so fresh!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  665. Wild Orchidposted December 13, 2013 at 8:30 pm Reply

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  666. Teresa Pposted December 14, 2013 at 12:09 pm Reply

    My most recent cooking challenge is trying to cook with less oil. I also try to substitute coconut oil for other less healthy oils. It’s working out good so far!

  667. Teresa Pposted December 14, 2013 at 12:09 pm Reply
  668. Erica Bestposted December 17, 2013 at 3:07 pm Reply

    i want to try to make Gnocchi

  669. Erica Bestposted December 17, 2013 at 3:09 pm Reply
  670. Nicole Larsenposted December 19, 2013 at 12:46 pm Reply

    I am not a cook by any means and any job in the kitchen is a challenge lol–i recently cooked our thanksgiving turkey this year and it turned out fantastic! Challenge accepted and overcome!

  671. Nicole Larsenposted December 19, 2013 at 12:53 pm Reply
  672. Eugenieposted December 20, 2013 at 12:57 am Reply

    I recently made my own starter and baked my first sourdough bread. Came out great.

  673. Eugenieposted December 20, 2013 at 12:57 am Reply
  674. Lisa Brownposted December 20, 2013 at 5:52 am Reply

    I am better with my cooking challenges, have not overcome them; I do not like cooking and have to motivate myself to do it. I keep recipes about and buy gadgets that will help make it easier and fun, if you can call cooking fun :)
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  675. Lisa Brownposted December 20, 2013 at 5:53 am Reply

    my tweet https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/414000576351850496
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  676. tara pittmanposted December 21, 2013 at 11:56 pm Reply

    That salad is making me hungry. I will make some bread to go with it

  677. Wanda McHenryposted December 22, 2013 at 2:02 am Reply

    One cooking challenge is perfecting my Flan

  678. LAMusingposted December 22, 2013 at 11:31 pm Reply

    I don’t know why, but cooking fish is always a challenge for me!

  679. LAMusingposted December 22, 2013 at 11:33 pm Reply
  680. Debbie Bposted December 26, 2013 at 9:23 pm Reply

    my challenge is trying to come up with something different rather than the same old meals

  681. Debbie Bposted December 26, 2013 at 9:24 pm Reply
  682. Rebecca Grahamposted December 26, 2013 at 11:57 pm Reply

    My challenge was Thanksgiving dinner.

  683. Sheila Vivesposted December 28, 2013 at 3:42 pm Reply

    A recent cooking challenge was creating a new pasta recipe with a new ingredient and finding the right balance of flavor

  684. Sheila Vivesposted December 28, 2013 at 3:43 pm Reply
  685. Heather Dawnposted December 28, 2013 at 3:50 pm Reply

    My biggest challenge lately has been to change my family’s diet, because my husband recently found out that he is a diabetic. Pretty much everything is now homemade .

  686. Heather Dawnposted December 28, 2013 at 3:52 pm Reply
  687. Kerryposted December 28, 2013 at 8:21 pm Reply

    I recently got my fudge to the right consistency! Not too soft and not too hard and crumbly!

  688. Kerryposted December 28, 2013 at 8:32 pm Reply
  689. Shannonposted December 29, 2013 at 8:24 am Reply

    I made a coconut oil, lime, and cilantro braised turkey this year! pretty proud of myself!

  690. Shannonposted December 29, 2013 at 9:05 am Reply
  691. Becky Richiedposted December 29, 2013 at 11:05 pm Reply

    I have recently taken up making bread, some recipes turn out and some don’t, but my family seems to love it!!

  692. Cori Westphalposted December 30, 2013 at 11:23 am Reply

    My recent cooking challenge was potstickers! I love em but man good ones are hard to find premade. With the help of my hubs, we turned out some pretty close to spectacular ones!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  693. Cori Westphalposted December 30, 2013 at 11:32 am Reply
  694. Mendy Dinsmoreposted December 30, 2013 at 5:18 pm Reply

    I’ve learned how to keep things cleaned up as I go and it saves a lot of time. It saves me so much time.

  695. Amanda Sakovitzposted December 31, 2013 at 10:59 am Reply

    I cooked my first steak recently!

  696. Amanda Sakovitzposted December 31, 2013 at 10:59 am Reply
  697. Sarah Lposted December 31, 2013 at 6:13 pm Reply

    I’m not much of a cook. I did make a fruit salad with yogurt and fresh ginger that I took to Christmas dinner that turned out very well.
    Thanks for the contest.

  698. Stephanieposted December 31, 2013 at 10:24 pm Reply

    making bagels!

  699. Stephanieposted December 31, 2013 at 10:26 pm Reply
  700. Sarahposted February 9, 2014 at 11:28 am Reply

    Making gluten free versions of my old favorites is my current challenge! My appliances could also use a serious upgrade!

  701. jessicaposted February 9, 2014 at 3:35 pm Reply

    Yum! This looks great! I have all appliances from the 90s so they could use some serious love :)

  702. Ginger Petryposted February 10, 2014 at 2:14 am Reply

    A serious challenge I have had in the recent past is the formulation of recipes for my sister who had to have 80 percent of her stomach removed due to a tumor plus the loss of her spleen and part of her pancreas. She needed to have her whole diet redone and gain weight and increase nutrition with a limited stomach area. It was quite challenging. It was kind of the reverse of bariatric surgery where the result is to lose weight but hers was to gain weight. So, recipe development was and will be very challenging for the future.

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  707. debbie s.posted April 10, 2015 at 6:52 pm Reply

    I have a couple poblanos still in the freezer and need to do something with them, this dressing sounds wonderful!!

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  711. Aartiposted October 20, 2016 at 11:44 pm Reply

    Wow this looks amazing!