April 30, 2010

Fandango Friday (final peek)

Is it really Friday already? Is it really the last day of April? Sheesh, this week/month has totally flown by!

I saw this video recently and after i stopped laughing, it got me thinking. Some of you might want to wait to eat the marshmallow, so i really don't want to be a spoiler by showing you too many peeks of Fandango. With quilt market just around the corner, i'd like to leave an element of surprise for you to discover on your own. For those of you who want to pop the marshmallow into your mouth right now, i'm sorry. But here's a little something to tide you over:
You can put your nose to the screen and look at them up close if you want...you just can't eat them from the inside out ; )

But there's a silver lining...

Maybe some of you don't even like marshmallows and no matter how many were piled up in front of you, you wouldn't want to eat them anyway. So i want to be sure to include you in a giveaway too! Fair is fair, right? This is a one-time, one-chance to win a set of either the Sorrento or Loire plates i designed for Crate and Barrel.

Ok, what do you have to do to enter? Well, first...over on the left sidebar you'll see both sets of plates listed under "Where to Find Products". Go check them out and come back here and tell me which ones you'd like. For whichever group, please pick either the set of 4 (which has one of each color) or all of one color. In other words, no mixie matchies, please.

Then...since it's almost picnic time, and these plates will be ready to pile high with yumminess, please send me a recipe for one of your favorite picnic dishes, sides, desserts, whatever! It can be in the form of a link to a blog or site with the recipe (so you don't have to write it out), or you can email it to me at kate(at)katespain.com. Just please note the recipe name in your comment so i know which recipe is yours.

Finally, and only if you want to...let me know if you'd eat the marshmallow now, or wait?

You have plenty of time. I'll use that handy random number generator to pick the lucky winner next Friday May 7th. Can you believe it will be May 7th already?! Good luck!


  1. Hello there....I just sent you an e-mail with an easy Strawberry Dip (way too easy) but hey...what can I say....I really like your Loire plates and green is sort of the color that would go so well in my kitchen....so if I might win...fingers crossed, that is the one I like the best....as for the marshmallow...I'm on a diet, and actually being good so I would wait (especially if smores were right around the corner). have a great weekend!

  2. Did someone say marshmallows? LOVE them...plain, in s'mores, on a coathanger over the grill, chocolate dipped. I'd eat them NOW. I also make homemade marshmallow. Beautiful plate...generous giveaway. I would choose Loire set of 4. I'll e-mail you my favorite picnic dish. Thank you.

  3. I love the Sorrento plates...beautiful! I am not a lover of marshmallows, so I could wait. Then, I would give them to my brother!
    One of my favorite recipe for summer is just simple cut up fresh strawberries (or any fruit). I make a sauce by thinning sour cream with honey to taste and adding in grated orange rind. Simple and delicious!

  4. I would pick one each of the Loire set. So pretty!

    My favorite picnic recipe would be this: http://thepioneerwoman.com/tasty-kitchen/recipes/salads/dill-potato-salad/

    I think I would eat the marshmallow now! ;-)

  5. Hi Kate,
    hmmm....I have mixed feeling about the instant/delayed gratification issue ;o). Most of the time I tend to the opinion that life is too short for not having what you really want as soon as possible (having said that I went to the kitchen and got some cocolate - I'm not much a fan of marshmallows...). But sometimes the anticipation for something great is worth the wait ;o).
    The blue 'Loire' plates are my favourite...and I just found out that C&B do ship internationally - whoohoo!.
    I'll send you the recipe of my special 4x2 salat.

  6. I would definitely choose the Sorrento set of 4! LOVE the bright colors! I could totally wait if it meant I could have a second marshmallow. I'm sending you my recipe for German Chocolate Cake cookies, which now that I think about it would be yummy with a toasted marshmallow in between.

  7. Love them both, but if forced to choose I'd pick the Loire (one of each color). I'll email you my favorite sweet potato salad recipe, and now that I'm thinking about food, a marshmallow sounds tasty -- right now! (I see the virtues of delayed gratification, but sometimes the "delayed" part is a struggle for me.)

  8. While it is hard to choose, I would pick the Sorrento plate set because everyone needs a little extra color in their life! I am sending you a delicious, and still healthy(!) cookie recipe. And, I have already ordered my favorites from your new Fandango for my shop, so I've already seen it up close & personal (It's beautiful!)...the blue colorway is so restful and beachy and the other colors are so sophisticated...love it all!

  9. Oh, SORRENTO! every design! Favorite picnic recipe...kosher hot dogs fresh off the grill with homemade cole slaw heaped on top. Love Fandango can't wait to get my hands on it.

  10. Aqua Loire plates please. No marshmallows, just cocoa.... I'll send you a favorite salad...Pig Salad...it's not what you think :-)

  11. I like the Blue Sorento plates the best, although they are all pretty.

    I would only have eaten the marshmallow if it was part of a s'more. I can't resist chocolate.

    Here is the recipe I use for cucumber salad. Great for the summer! http://smittenkitchen.com/2008/01/viennese-cucumber-salad/

  12. Wow Kate - I can't wait to see the big reveal... thanks for the giveaway. I am a marshmallow eater :)

  13. I love the Loire, orange color :-) Those would match my Le Creuset orange pots so well!
    Recipe is easy: Mix a handful of brown sugar (to taste) with a package of softened cream cheese, and whip it good. Dip slices of apple in it!
    Thanks, love the new fabrics too!!

  14. Hi Kate,

    I would definitely get the Loire plates in red... I would like to say I would get the sensible blue... but no it would have to be red all the way.

    Eat the marshmallow now... you only live once.

    Here is the link to my salsa recipe... then all you need is a bag of chips :)


  15. Sorrento - the set is SO cute!

    I'm emailing you a recipe - it's for "Almond Crisp Cookie Cups".

  16. Hi Kate!
    I love the Loire plates in red and white best, that's the colour combination that makes the pattern stand out the most.
    My recepy is really simple. Take about 500 grams of strawberries, or as much as you can get your hands on.
    Take 125 milliliter of cream, the kind you use to make whipped cream, put 100 grams of white caster suger in it and beat until stiff. That will be a little more than half a cup of cream and three and a half ounces of sugar.
    Now soften one packet of Monchou, that's a very soft, slightly sour white cream cheese. This packet will weigh one hundred grams and the ones they sell here are about one inch high, two inches long and one and a half inch wide. Now beat the whipped cream and the MonChou together.
    Dip the strawberries in the cream/cheese mix and don't forget to share.
    I'm not a fan of marshmallows, so none for me, thanks.

  17. I would love the blue Loire set please. So pretty! I would not eat the marshmellow. My favourite salad recipe is baby spinach leaves, with cut strawberries and
    mandarin orange segments with a poppy seed dressing. Easy-peasy.

  18. Hi Kate!
    I would LOVE the Loire Plates in the assorted set, so summery and festive.
    I emailed a recipe to you - Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies cuz ya know, I am all about the dessert. If there isn't dessert then WHY BOTHER?? :D
    I could probably resist the marshmallow for 15 minutes, unless it was toasted.
    The video was funny, especially that girl - I thought she was going to hyperventilate on marshmallow sniffing! LOL!

  19. Hi. I would love a set of the Loire in red. Those are gorgeous. What a great giveaway. Thanks. My favorite recipe has to be Pioneer Woman's cinnamon rolls. Check it out here then jog about 10 miles to shed the calories you consumed.

    As for the marshmallow, I am not a fan of marshmallow's at all so I could pretty easily pass.

  20. I would love the Loire in all different colors -- so pretty! My recipe is for Blueberry Salad.
    2 pkg. 8oz Cream Cheese
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/2 tsp vanilla
    1/2 tsp almond extract
    2 cup whipping cream
    2 quarts fresh blueberries
    2 quarts fresh strawberries
    Beat Cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and almond extract until fluffy. Fold in whipping cream. Layer cream mixture with fruit. Reserve some berries for the top.

  21. I love the Sorrento plates. Way cute. A favorite picnic salad is this: Pink Jell-o Salad
    1 pkg. strawberry jell-o (dry)
    1 16 oz. carton cottage cheese
    1 can drained pineapple
    1 sliced apple
    1 sliced banana
    1 carton cool whip.
    Mix all together.

    I can take marshmellows right now. So many yummy ways to eat them, with krispies, chocolate, smores, fruit dip! Yum!

  22. I would wait for 2 marshmallows....I think. Hard to think like a 4 year old! I would love to win a set of Loire plates with different colors. How gorgeous they are!! I will email you a recipe for Raspberry Salsa..mmmmmm....good. Fingers crossed!

  23. Sorrento!!! I'm all about color! And I'm an instant gratification kind of girl. So I'd eat the marshmallow!

  24. I love the Sorrento set of four - one of each colour.

    Fire and Ice Tomatoes - a refreshing side dish.

    The recipe says to use tomatoes, red onion and green pepper. I usually use tomatoes and cucumber and maybe some onion.

    3/4 cup vinegar
    1 1/2 tsp celery salt
    4 1/2 tsp sugar
    1/8 tsp mustard seed
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/8 tsp cayenne
    1/8 tsp black pepper
    1/4 cup cold water. Combine all in a small saucepan and bring to a boi. Boil hard one minute. Pour over your vegies, which you've sliced and arranged on a platter. Chill.

  25. Ok...have to admit, I am SURE I would eat the marshmallow the very first minute!!! Would LOVE to win the Loire in the blue ( even more yummy than a marshmallow).
    Here is my easy summer recipe. It may not sound YUMMY, but trust me it is!!!
    One bag Trader Joes lentils, one jar bruchetta, and add enough feta cheese for your taste. it is very fresh and super yummy served with TJoe's pita chips ( healthy too)!!!

  26. I LOVE the Sorrento plates and what GREAT fabrics those designs would make...mmmm! I always make Rice Krispie bars for picnics and family get togethers, yum...and coincidently one of the 3 ingredients are marshmallows!
    Recipe: http://www2.kelloggs.com/Recipe/RecipeDetail.aspx?RID=1605.
    Enjoy, Denise

  27. Haha...that was a funny video! As for me, I wouldn't of eaten the marshmellow. Not because I am so delayed self gradification expert but because I am such a rule follower that I would have just waited because they said to wait...especially when I was 4! :-) Now if I was 17, well I might of eaten it just to prove how crazy I could be. hehehe

    I am so loving the Loire set of 4 (all colors) plates. Super fantastic.

    And my recipe would be banana bread:

    Thank you for the super giveaway!

    ~ Mary Carole

  28. My marshmallow is already eaten - gone before I read to the end of your post!

    Here's something yummy from my favourite recipe website:

  29. Eat the marshmallow! Love the Loire plates - one of each color. Since I always eat dessert first and these are easily transported ...
    melt together 12oz. chocolate chips and 12oz. butterscotch chips, stir in 1c. spanish peanuts and 1c. chow mein noodles. drop by tablespoonful onto cookie sheet to harden.

  30. Love the Loire plates in assorted colors...and eat the marshmallows!

  31. Oh the Sorentto group is my pick!

  32. I admit, I am one of those who would eat the marshmellow. But I would have nibbled on it to make it last longer. I love the girl who ate the inside out of it. Now she's a smart one!

  33. I would pick the orange loire plates & my fav desert is ice cream!!! (with a cherry on top of course)

    P.S. and marshmellows too!

  34. Loire plates - a set in green would be perfect! These are lovely. I will send a recipe for potato salad. And, I would eat the marshmellow now.

  35. Loire Plates in blue!!

    marshmallow now!

    and recipe... you don't want to eat anything that i make! {i mean that!}

  36. Hi Kate! I'd definitely choose the Loire set of 4...and although I love marshmallows...I would wait! I'll e-mail you my favorite picnic dish, a pasta shrimp salad!Oh...and love the striped fabric lots!

  37. I love the Sorrento plates!!! With some napkins to match :)

    And I love toasted marshmallows!!

    This cake is easy to make and is always a huge hit at summer bbqs....



  38. I love the Loire plates. Picnics are a family favorite here. This lemonade cake always travels well, it is easy to make, and everyone raves about it. I do use coolwhip instead of the frosting mentioned. http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/lemonade-party-cake/885e15c0-231d-41aa-8b3f-d30a3112c400

    Also, this salad is really good too. http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/pizza-pasta-salad-92161.aspx

    Happy spring!

  39. I love both designs, but if I could choose, I'd want the Sorrento plates (all 4 colorways). Your designs are awesome! I'm emailing you my original recipe for Curried Chicken and Grape salad. It would be great for picnics. Thanks for your wonderful creativity and generosity.
    I wouldn't eat the marshmallow because I'd want to have two and toast them over the coals (or barbie - whatever) :D

  40. I like the Loire plates better, I like the red but it would be cuter to get all of the colors.
    My favorite summer recipe is Frog-Eye Salad:
    1 cup white sugar
    2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    2 1/2 teaspoons salt
    1 3/4 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
    2 eggs, beaten
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    3 quarts water
    1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    1 (16 ounce) package acini di pepe pasta 3 (11 ounce) cans mandarin oranges,
    2 (20 ounce) cans pineapple tidbits,
    1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple,
    1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped
    topping, thawed
    1 cup miniature marshmallows
    1 cup shredded coconut

    1. In a sauce pan, combine sugar, flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pineapple juice and eggs. Stir and cook over medium heat until thickened. Remove from heat; add lemon juice and cool to room temperature.
    2. Bring water to a boil, add oil, remaining salt and cook pasta until al dente. Rinse under cold water and drain.
    3. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, egg mixture, mandarin oranges, pineapple and whipped topping. Mix well and refrigerate overnight or until chilled. Before serving add marshmallows and coconut. Toss and serve.

    I would have waited to eat the marshmallows but I'm one that finds a way to cheat. I would have licked it or tried to eat it from the inside out but still had it there at the end like the one girl. That was a funny video.

    I'm so excited about the giveaway, thanks!

  41. I would love the set of Loire plates - all colours are lovely!!

    My favourite picnic recipe would be Gazpacho, which is a Spanisch cold vegetable soup, delicious for hottest days of summer. It is very easy: Chop up some tomatoes, onion, cucumber and green pepper. Put all ingredients in the blender, add some water, salt, vinegar and olive oil. Blend the whole until you have a smooth soup. Done!

    I love marshmallows, but some things are worth the wait... :)Thank you for the giveaway!

  42. I'd defintely pick the Loire in yellow to match the hampton set they have. The yello would give us such a great punch in our green dining room. I have to say though, I would have perferred them in the Melamine so we could take them on picnics. My recipe is for the BEST chicken Salad and we put it on crossants with alvacodo: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Chicken-Salad-with-Grapes-and-Walnuts-108165

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  44. I'd love the Loire plates in the multiple color way. Marshmallows wait for no man or woman!!! Picnic recipe being sent my email is: Tuna De Linda.

  45. I would love the blue Loire plates...lovely. My favorite summer salad is:

    Three Bean Salad:

    One 15 can of each...canelli beans, black bean, kidneys beans...rinsed and drained

    1/2 cup sweet relish

    1/2 cup Italian dressing of choice

    Mix all and chill...serve...yum!

  46. Thanks so much for the fun giveaway. I saw your plates in the front window of my Crate and Barrel
    over the weekend--soooo pretty!!! I love the Loire plates in green.
    I sent you a recipe for Roasted Chicken and Bow Tie
    Pasta from Cooking Light.

  47. Your plates are so yummy...as in I would love to lick them clean. I love the Loire plates in yellow (my favorite color). Hope I win...

    Here is my recipe:


  48. I would pick the Loire set with one of each colour - they're soooo pretty!

    I'm sending you the link to my apricot scones recipe which my friend Erica and I actually took on a picnic recently, so here ya go: http://miss-print.blogspot.com/2010/03/giveaway-winner-and-infamous-apricot.html

  49. I think the Loire plates are very classy and beautiful...however, I think I'd get more use out of the Sorrento plates because they're so happy, fun, and colorful for picnics and Mexican-food Friday nights!

    Here's a great picnic recipe or a perfect side dish for a Mexican meal:

    Colorful Corn Salad

    * 20 oz frozen corn, thawed
    * 2 cups diced green pepper (I used 1)
    * 2 cups diced red pepper (I used 1)
    * 2 cups diced celery (I used 1)
    * 1 cup minced fresh parsley
    * 1 cup chopped onion
    * 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (I omitted)
    * 2 tsp cumin (I used less, 1 tsp)
    * 1 1/2 tsp salt (I used less, 1/2+ tsp)
    * 3/4 tsp pepper (I used less, 1/2 tsp)
    * 1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce
    * 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
    * 3 TBSP olive oil
    * 2 garlic cloves, minced
    * 6 TBSP lime or lemon juice

    In a large bowl combine the first 12 ingredients. In a microwave safe dish combine oil and garlic. Microwave uncovered on high for 1 minute. Cool. Whisk in lime juice. Pour over the corn mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving. 16 - 18 servings.

    Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway! (No, I probably wouldn't eat the marshmallow...if it were a chocolate marshmallow, that would be a different story!)

  50. I would chose Loire, and all in aqua!

    Favorite picnic side dish: beer cheese, perfect with pretzels!

    1 block of cream cheese @ room temp
    2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
    1 packet dry ranch dressing
    approx 3/4 can of beer

    mix together and you have one tasty dip! Travels well too

    and yes, I would probably eat the marshmallow immediately. I <3 marshmallows!

  51. Dish to share would be here:http://realmomkitchen.com/1149/creamy-pina-colada-salad/

    I love pinapples, so this sounds great. Both plate sets are great, but Sorrento plates would have to be my fav.

  52. We don't picnic unless we're camping, and so I choose this recipe for Campers Potatoes for my submission:


    These are great! Cooking in foil is pretty easy (especially for clean up!) and you can do almost anything that way - even desserts.

    I would eat the marshmallow later, after it is roasted over the campfire!

  53. Hi! What fantastic plates! I would adore a mixed set of the Loire plates. Here's my recipe. They can also be drizzled with chocolate. They keep well if you can keep people out of them.

    Scottish Shortbread Recipe

    1 lb. unsalted butter
    1 c. sugar
    5 c. flour

    Cream sugar and butter; gradually add flour to get a stiff cookie dough texture; knead with fingers to completely blend. Place in a
    13 x 9 x 2-1/2 inch pan or two 8 x 8 in. square pans lightly
    greased/sprayed; compress with hands till smooth and flat. Vent with a fork about every 1/2 inch all over. Place in oven 275 degrees for 1 hour. Let cool approx. 15 min. then slice in square/triangles.
    Remove from pan when cooled and place in air tight container.


  54. Hi Kate,
    I'm emailing you a great recipe for a Kale Salad which I acquired when I belonged to the CSA at Fort Hill Farm in New Milford, CT. (Check out their recipe archives at forthillfarm.com for lots of great kale & other veg recipes).

    I have trouble with delayed gratification, so I usually set the marshmallow aflame & eat it in one bite!

    I'd love the Loire plates, can't decide on a color, so will say one of each, pretty please.

  55. First the marshmallow....I think I can have a bite and save the rest for later that way I get a tasty treat but have more to look forward to!;)

    Wheatberry Salad
    1cup cooked wheatberries
    1 cup canned/frozen corn
    1 can rinsed black beans
    1 cup of your favorite FRESH salsa
    olive oil, seasoned rice vinegar, salt and pepper to taste...refridgerate 2 hours...stir and enjoy...on the Loire plates one of each color please!!!!:)

  56. Love the Sorrento plates--so fun and festive to have one of each color! By any chance do you have a Sorrento fabric line? My recipe is a Creamy Dill Dip sent on email. Thanks!

  57. i love marshmallows but i think i could wait...at least i think i could.

  58. I LOVE both sets of plates! You had me with the orange Loire plates though... it's my favorite color. I just happened to see these in the window of C&B the other day!
    Favorite recipe for picnics?
    Crusty bread / Pesto / turkey slices / fire roasted red bell peppers sandwiches. Yum!
    Marshmallows are my favorite sweet treat, especially the Scotchmallow bars from Sees Candy. Marshmallow, caramel and chocolate. Can't be beat.
    Thank you for sharing your lovely art!

  59. Hmmm, all this talk of marshmallows makes me crave a very marshmallowy summer side dish- a "5 Cup Ambrosia Salad" (1 cup each of marshmallows, baby mandarin orange wedges, pineapple chunks, coconut, and sour cream). As for the plates, I'd have to go with the Loire in Aqua. I don't think I'd be able to wait to eat that marshmallow either!

  60. Hmmm, all this talk of marshmallows makes me crave a very marshmallowy summer side dish- a "5 Cup Ambrosia Salad" (1 cup each of marshmallows, baby mandarin orange wedges, pineapple chunks, coconut, and sour cream). As for the plates, I'd have to go with the Loire in Aqua. I don't think I'd be able to wait to eat that marshmallow either!

  61. Homemade vanilla ice cream!
    I love the Sorrento plates and wouldn't they look nice with my Verna quilt!!

  62. Thanks to everyone for participating! Janelle, i'm afraid your comment came in just after i generated the winning number :( So sorry about that. BUT, the good news is that i'll be having another giveaway...soon. So stay tuned. hugs to all, kate

  63. LOVE LOVE LOVE everything you produce. You are so very talented. I wish I could get in your brain for just one day to see all the creativity flowing around in your head. :) See you soon!


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