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Fussy Little Giveaway: Cookware Edition

May 30, 2010

Well, this is getting interesting.  CSN Stores approached me about sponsoring a giveaway on the FUSSYlittleBLOG.  They are an online retailer with over 200 stores, so if you are considering bar furniture to contain your expanding liquor collection or cookware for your kitchen, they will likely have what you are looking for.  I haven’t counted to see exactly how many stores they have, but you can check them all out here.

But giveaways can be disappointing, since they generally have only one winner.
And do you really need one more thing cluttering your home?

I think I came up with a solution for both of those problems.  Because this giveaway will have three winners, and the prize (while modest) is an indispensable piece of cookware that you will use all the time, and that will last you the rest of your life.

Maybe you learned about my favorite pan when I originally wrote this post almost a year ago.  Well, not much has changed.  Except that my 10-inch cast iron skillet is even better now that it was then.  That’s part of the beauty of the beast.

So I decided that if could give three readers a 10-inch cast iron skillet, this would be a worthwhile promotion.  It is the perfect size for making a grilled cheese sandwich, French toast (for one), burgers, an omelet, an egg-with-the-hole-in-the-bread, a frittata, or even simply heating up leftovers.

As luck would have it, carries the pan.  Granted, I have a Lodge and this one is Emerilware. I’m not a big fan of the chef and his mug, but the pan is manufactured by All-Clad and has a lifetime warranty.  That means every time you cook using what will surely become your new favorite pan, you will think of the FLB and hopefully smile.  It sounds like a good giveaway to me.

Now officially, the prize isn’t the pan.
The prize is a $20 gift certificate to any of the 200+ CSN stores.
But I want you to get this pan.

Really I want all of you to get this pan, but I only have three gift certificates to give away.  So here is what you need to do:

1)    Comment. Any words with a real email address is fine.  I will be submitting the winners’ email to CSN and they will send you the certificate.
2)    After you comment, for a bonus entry tweet about the giveaway.  Just don’t forget to include the text “@my50cheeses” so I can see that you did it.
3)    After you comment, for another bonus entry you can blog about the giveaway.  Just make sure that you link back to this post so I can track it.

That is all.  Winners will be selected by 11:59 PM June 6, 2010 using a random number generator.

Final disclaimers: I received no personal compensation for this promotion, and am acting on good faith based on emails with the CSN Stores promotions team.  Neither Daniel B. nor the FUSSYlittleBLOG will be liable should CSN fail to fulfill the prizes as described above.  If a winning email address proves to be invalid, for whatever reason, the prize will be forfeited and awarded to a runner-up.

  1. Jess G permalink
    May 30, 2010 8:42 am

    Daniel, this is a great idea. I’ve been looking for a cast iron pan to use for camping and frittata making at home. All-clad is my go-to cookware manufacturer. I chose a set of stainless all-clad from my points earned on a credit card. Granted, it took five years to rack up enough points, but they are the most versatile of any cookware I’ve ever used.

  2. Ellen M permalink
    May 30, 2010 8:49 am

    Hi Daniel,

    Thanks for the giveaway. I have been trying to find the perfect pan to make eggs that don’t stick.

    BTW, we met on Yelp a year or so ago. We left the Capital District and I’m sorry we never got a chance to meet.

    Take care,

  3. mirdreams permalink
    May 30, 2010 8:53 am

    Sounds like a good prize indeed.

  4. Maureen permalink
    May 30, 2010 10:58 am

    From what I can see CSN has such a wide variety of merchandise. There are so many things that I think that I would love to have.
    msgb245 at gmail dot com

  5. May 30, 2010 12:11 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! I loves CSN!
    luvtosave at

  6. beck permalink
    May 30, 2010 1:35 pm

    I already have that exact pan. I wasn’t happy it was Emerilware, either, but it’s a really nice, good quality pan. So can I still enter the contest, even if I don’t need a second cast iron skillet?

    I don’t tweet, so no bonus entries for me, but I really like this giveaway.

  7. Schmidty permalink
    May 30, 2010 4:13 pm

    I’m with you, Daniel. A good cast iron pan is invaluable. I’ve had mine for thirty years and it’s perfect! Shiny and black and I use it very often.

  8. Schmidty permalink
    May 30, 2010 4:15 pm


  9. colonie permalink
    May 30, 2010 5:21 pm

    I would love a cast iron pan. My mother had 2, and used them all the time. I don’t tweet, can I get bonus points for nostalgia? : )

  10. Pixie permalink
    May 30, 2010 5:28 pm

    JUst so happens I need some new skillet pans and cookie sheets so I will prolly get the pan if I win LOL
    Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  11. May 30, 2010 5:44 pm

    We are in real need of some new cookware!

  12. kari permalink
    May 30, 2010 6:42 pm

    Lovely! Thanks for the chance.

  13. kay permalink
    May 30, 2010 6:42 pm

    Wow! They have a lot of great stuff.

  14. May 30, 2010 6:48 pm

    Love that pan… cast irons rock.

  15. Sarah permalink
    May 30, 2010 7:32 pm

    This would be perfect for my first apartment! faithinhim(at)gmail(dot)com

  16. May 30, 2010 8:03 pm

    New cookware makes me irrationally happy!

  17. Alli permalink
    May 30, 2010 8:15 pm

    I would love to get the pan! thanks for the giveaway!

    northssclub at yahoo dot com

  18. Ellen Whitby permalink
    May 30, 2010 9:38 pm

    What if your name isn’t really your name? What if you already have two favorite cast iron pans (one for meat and for dairy)? What if Starbucks doesn’t really make milkshakes?

    So many questions. The next ‘Ask the Profussor’ will be very interesting.

  19. Cheryl W. permalink
    May 31, 2010 3:31 pm

    I have seen those on CSN’s and was wondering how they were. I sure would love to try it out. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  20. May 31, 2010 4:49 pm

    Everyone likes free stuff!

  21. Kristine Michelle permalink
    May 31, 2010 4:58 pm

    There are lots of cookware/kitchen items for $20 or less that I’d love to get my hands on!
    AllMyCrazyCats @

  22. Kristine Michelle permalink
    May 31, 2010 4:58 pm

    I posted this on my blog
    AllMyCrazyCats @

  23. Elyse permalink
    June 1, 2010 10:51 am

    I’ll enter! I have no twitter account, though.

  24. Vicki permalink
    June 1, 2010 2:03 pm

    Awesome idea! I could certainly use it to further my quest to make the perfect cornbread – forever a work in progress so if anyone has any recipes, I’m always looking! I had it once down south, perfectly moist, just sweet enough, but a little salty too.

  25. Linda permalink
    June 1, 2010 2:55 pm

    I would love another cast iron pan. I have one of my mom’s that is 40+ yrs old. A great pan and a very lethal weapon in a pinch!

  26. victoria lester permalink
    June 1, 2010 4:06 pm

    What a fantastic pan and giveaway. I could use this in my everyday cooking.
    My email: flophasit at yahoo dot com

  27. victoria lester permalink
    June 1, 2010 4:07 pm

    I tweeted about your giveaway. Here is link. I added your twitter name:

  28. carmen permalink
    June 1, 2010 5:42 pm

    Oh, I need another cast iron skillet so that would be great. And I’ve used EmerilWare before and it really does work great. Please count me in for the giveaway. Thanks!!

  29. maltnsmoke permalink
    June 1, 2010 6:07 pm

    No one who really cares about cooking will have to be sold on the merits of cast iron. Properly cared for models are among the most functional heirlooms imaginable. My collection includes a Griswold (a name well known to collectors) that is reserved for seafood. I use a more contemporary Wagner (~1995) for just about everything else. I also have a few of the ribbed style pans that are designed to leave “grill” marks. Frankly, I find that they are a bit of a pain to clean and since I grill outdoors year around, these get very little use. I am also a big fan of enameled cast iron, but then who isn’t?

    I applaud your efforts to spread the word to the uninitiated.

  30. Dave permalink
    June 1, 2010 7:15 pm

    great site! thanks Daniel!

  31. June 1, 2010 9:46 pm

    Great giveaway! Count me in.


  32. particle permalink
    June 2, 2010 9:31 am

    our cast iron pan makes soda bread better. that, and bread flour.

  33. Erin Lenseth permalink
    June 2, 2010 6:22 pm

    I really, really need a cast iron skillet! My mom took mine and won’t give it back, making for a grumpy Erin and a tortured BF.

  34. June 3, 2010 12:23 am

    Sounds like a great pan!
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  35. June 3, 2010 2:54 am

    great giveaway! Love CSN stores!

    rosesandt at yahoo dotcom

  36. susitravl permalink
    June 4, 2010 9:41 am

    CSN has so many things I want for my kitchen. I am thinking of making flan but don’t have a pan, but CSN does!!

  37. June 4, 2010 5:29 pm

    You know…I have been an avid collector of nifty kitchen supplies for a while, and I have yet to get any sort of castiron…well…anything! If I win, I promise I will get that pan. :)

    dkuehnel @ gmail . com

  38. June 4, 2010 9:36 pm

    I love CSN!!!

  39. LAMusing permalink
    June 5, 2010 3:10 am

    Thanks for the chance – and I’d love a cast iron pan!


  40. Norma permalink
    June 5, 2010 3:11 am

    I miss having a cast iron pan – would love to get a new one

  41. Jenna Wood permalink
    June 5, 2010 4:37 am

    Here’s a comment with real words, hahaha. Actually, I’d love to use the certificate for the pan!
    six_one_nine_girlie86 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  42. Carol W. permalink
    June 5, 2010 11:25 am

    You have me thinking about a new skillet. That would be a great way to use the gift certificate.

  43. Julie L permalink
    June 5, 2010 1:23 pm

    I am a huge fan of CSN-I have ordered products from them before-they are friendly and you receive your order quickly

  44. Mandala permalink
    June 5, 2010 9:35 pm

    Thanks for the chance! I do not have this pan yet and would sure love to win this.

  45. June 5, 2010 9:59 pm

    You’ve convinced me! I want the pan too! Now all I have to do is win one of the 3 gc!
    (Sure hope I do!) Thanks to you and CSN

    terrymac1a at hotmail dot com

  46. StanfordSteph permalink
    June 6, 2010 10:44 am

    I don’t have a cast iron pan. In fact I have few “quality” kitchen implements. My other wish list purchase is a Le Creuset pan.

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