Dinnertime Drama – Done!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Around 5 p.m. everyday I constantly find myself in a panic to pull dinner together before Husband gets home. Yes, my secret is out – I suffer from dinnertime drama.

For those of you who have dinner mapped out months in advance and place well-balanced meals on the table promptly at 6 p.m., I bow down to your greatness. For the rest of us, ahem, who balk when the question, “What’s for dinner?” is asked, I’ve got the perfect solution to end dinnertime drama. Actually, I’ve got three.

The good folks at A Flash In The Pan have given me THREE one year memberships to giveaway to celebrate the re-launch of their website.

What is A Flash In The Pan?

A Flash In The Pan is the perfect answer to, "What’s for dinner?" Every Friday, they provide a week’s worth of customizable, chef-created dinner menus for the upcoming week. Select how many servings and what time you want to eat and they’ll take care of the rest! You’ll get a shopping list and our patented Cooksheet™ to help you think and cook like a chef. All you have to do is prepare for the compliments!

I don’t know who was happier when I discovered A Flash In The Pan – me or husband!

Here’s how to win a one year membership (remember, I’ve got three of them to giveaway):

Leave me a comment about your dinnertime drama – or lack of. Yes, A Flash In The Pan is still perfect for those domesticated divas that have all of their ducks in a row.

To earn additional entries you can:

1. Follow my blog or subscribe via RSS feed (click the button of your choice on the sidebar).
2. Visit A Flash In The Pan and leave me a comment here telling me one of their professional chefs’ names.
3. Twitter about the contest and link to this post.
4. Write a post about the contest on your blog and link back to this post.

The contest will stay open until Monday, April 20 at 11:59 p.m. EST and the winner will be chosen via random.org.

Simple, right? But wait, there’s more!

A Flash In The Pan is having a Twitter Party on Wednesday, April 22 at 8 p.m.(#FIPan) and will giveaway their grand prize:

One lucky winner will win two of the founders of aflashinthepan.com – both graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and have over 35 years of professional culinary experience between them – for one evening and an incredible 6-course dinner for 6 people. Both chefs will come to the winner's house, prepare the feast AND clean up after! So, decide who your five best friends are and enter to win!

Rules for the grand prize:

1. Chefs will travel to anywhere in the United States only.
2. Chefs will pay for all travel and food expenses. If desired, any wine or alcohol will be provided by winner.
3. Menu to be determined by winner and chefs.
4. Date of dinner to be determined by winner and chefs.
5. Please enter even if you fear that your house is too dirty for company or that you will be judged-- they have children and understand!

I will submit one semi-finalist to enter the drawing for the grand prize selected from your comments/entries below. That’s FOUR prizes total. In effort to share the love, each individual can only win one.

So, what are you waiting for?

Here’s to never having to think about what’s for dinner again – at least for one year!

Good luck!

Winks & Smiles,

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Miss Know It All April 16, 2009 at 12:10 PM  

I'm so on top of this! Thanks.

Mel,  April 16, 2009 at 1:44 PM  

ohhh you are an angel of mercy!!!! :)

Eyeglasses & Endzones April 16, 2009 at 1:53 PM  

Nancy Duley is the BEST chef of all...as the PASTRY CHEF!!! YUM! And, until today I had never heard of this site and PS...who does not suffer from drama..even if you think that you have your meals mapped out, you get home to realize the crock pot was not plugged in or, you did all this prep work and the oven isn't on. Honestly, I guess it happens a little TOO much! So much for my weekly meal prep!

I would like the entries as well as the dinner for 6...thanks! ;)

Mel,  April 16, 2009 at 1:59 PM  

Ron is amused that I watch so much Food Network but rarely have a new recipe to surprise them with. I do the best I can and try not to feel guilty when we roll through Chik-fil-a :)

Thanks for the info, I had never heard of them before.

My Inner Dialogue April 16, 2009 at 2:55 PM  

Could there be a contest more suited for moi???!!! I think my husband may submit a few entries to help me win! ;)

David C. April 16, 2009 at 4:27 PM  

Can Men enter too? I am the main cook in my house and I get home before my wife. It is a struggle now that we have a new baby to figure out what to have for dinner and we sometimes go through our usual dinner options and neither wants the same thing. If I wait till we are both home to ask her what she wants, it becomes a real tough decision and we end up stressed and hungry. I am greateful to see what Chef Max Dulaney from FlashinthePan can come up with. Thank you for this resource and this contest.

Nancy Sanabria,  April 16, 2009 at 4:40 PM  

Okay, Nancy Duley is a chef there.

Unknown April 16, 2009 at 4:43 PM  

Hey, folks! Thanks for the entries - I wish everyone could win ... and yes, David C., men can enter, too! I'm off to make dinner - just kidding!

Nancy Sanabria,  April 16, 2009 at 4:45 PM  

Dinnertime is madness at my house! I pick up my toddler after work and get home around 6:30. The poor girl is asking for snacks because of course her dinner is not ready. So she's eating Golfish crackers and fruit cups...I'm stressed out, so I just grab some tortilla chips and eat standing up while I'm trying to throw something together. Dang! I didn't put any meat to thaw out. Okay, spaghetti again. Defrost ground turkey in microwave. But Madison doesn't like the meat, just the sauce and noodles, so I have to separate hers. Oh yeah, vegetables. No vegetables. Isn't tomato sauce a vegetable? I need wine. That's my dinner. Tortilla chips and wine. Or beer. Madison doesn't want her spaghetti because she's filled up on Goldfish crackers. Oh my goodness, my family is subsisting on starch. I have no energy to chop vegetables. I don't sit down until bedtime. My husband says what I need to do is just cook a bunch of meals on Sunday. Grrr..that's a whole 'nother post!

The Rambler April 16, 2009 at 6:15 PM  

OMG....great contest.

I follow. One
Going right now to check out the site. Two.

If I win anything. Mommy dream moment.

The Rambler April 16, 2009 at 6:31 PM  

Okay. So three chefs Max & Nancy Duly & Debbie Lucas.

It's great they go into all the gluten/diabetes/no meat thing. Makes the site for a whole lot of people :)

I meant to say my dinnertime drama is that I would LOVE to get out of my dinner in a box comfort. I make a total of 4 dishes that I'm comfortable with. Would like to variety it up for the fam :)

joanofalltrades April 16, 2009 at 7:52 PM  

Great contest! I'm in on it with a bunch of others, so folks will have lots of opportunities to win!

Mozi Esme April 17, 2009 at 12:24 AM  

I would love love love this! Dinnertime usually consists of me trying to figure out what on earth my daughter will eat, finally get a few bites down her throat, and by then I'm sick of the kitchen and dad wants to know what's for dinner. I need help!

Banteringblonde April 17, 2009 at 2:36 AM  

Drama or lack of ... my poor family gets the same boring stuff over and over. I'm lame and I could totally use some help!

Felicia - I complete Me April 17, 2009 at 1:55 PM  

You know I so want to win this. let's see Nancy Duley is one of the Chefs. I am already subscribed to your blog, I have tweeted and I will be posting about this contest. I want a one year membership!!!!!!

Liz Wilkey (a.k.a. A Mom on Spin) April 17, 2009 at 8:31 PM  

Do they do vegetarians??? Cause I'm tired of trying to cook for my vegetarian daughters who don't want carbs . . .

Angela Nazworth April 18, 2009 at 1:06 PM  

Holy cow---I so want to win this..I don't think i have ever entered a contest that I wanted to win more than this one...except when I was 5 and I bought five tickets at a carnival in hopes of winning a giant huckleberry hound puppy. I didn't win. I cried. Oh and I really wanted to win the She Speaks writing contest and when I didn't, I cried. But I promise that if I do not win this, I will not cry, because that would make you feel bad. But I do so want to win because I am full of dinner time drama. In fact, I earn the title of dinnertime drama queen because when I am not motivated, I do things like declare it cereal night. I've even served Stoffer's frozen mac and cheese last night...so to win dinner for ayear---oh that makes me so very happy just dreaming bout it. Now,---how do I sign up for he extra entries? Do I just tell you the things here or do you want an entry for each thing?

I have left one cheesy comment.

Visited the flash in the pan site and know that the pro chefs are Nancy Duley, Max Duley and Debbie Lucas

I Tweeted and @ed you.

I follow you and subscribe

LeNesha April 18, 2009 at 11:18 PM  

Oh how I so need an easy dinner solution...I follow your blog via google reader.

LeNesha April 18, 2009 at 11:19 PM  

Nancy Duly is one of the professional chefs.

email: mail at mybusinessadventures.com

LeNesha April 18, 2009 at 11:23 PM  

Being a new mompreneur in the process of working full time and trying to start a business, I don't typically take the time to cook dinner. In many cases, my 11 year old daughter will prepare dinner or my husband would pick up something from Olive Garden, On the Border, Chipotle, etc. Trying to figure out what to eat, make sure I have the ingredients, cook the food, and clean up after myself is such a long tedious process that I seriously dread. A Flash in a Pan sounds like it really streamlines that process, which is what I need.

email: mail at mybusinessadventures.com

Stesha April 19, 2009 at 9:56 AM  

A Flash in a Pan come take me away. With 7 kids and a hubby to feed I am always running out of ideas.

Hugs and Mocha,

3 Bay B Chicks April 19, 2009 at 8:55 PM  

Wifey, you are brilliant! I would love to win this prize. I will pray to the random.org Gods this evening so that they may look upon me with kindess.

As for dinnertime drama at my house? Well, it usually consists of two screaming children, nothing in my refrigerator, and me banging my head against the wall.

You probably think I am kidding...


Anonymous,  April 20, 2009 at 8:44 AM  

Wow Wifey, this is off the hook. You know already subscribe to the blog. I just retweeted with a link to this post, and just checked out Flash In the Pan's site. Nancy, Max and Debbie have it all covered, gluten-free living, healthy kids, and no red meat..that's my whole house wrapped up in one! Where do I sign up?!!!

Kathy B! April 21, 2009 at 8:59 AM  

Darn it! How did I miss this?!?!? I REALLY needed to win this giveaway...

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