Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Dinner for a Cause + a Giveaway!

This is what I look like after cooking dinner for more than just two people:

Not a pretty sight, is it? But when cooking a big dinner like this is for a good cause, it's worth it. Especially when that cause is for breast cancer research.

A few months back, Eggland's Best reached out to me and asked me if I'd be interested in hosting a dinner party. In return, I had to use their products, and Eggland's would donate $100 in my name to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Clearly, I was on board.

For the second year in a row, Eggland's Best (EB) will be pledging a donation of $50,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and through November 15th, the company will have the Komen for the Cure ribbon on their eggs in place of their signature red EB stamp.

In addition to their generous donation, in return for the dinner, EB also provided me with coupons for free EB eggs, four ramekins, an apron, a whisk, a spatula, an egg timer, a tote bag, and a plush egg. Eggland's Best coupons for my guests were also provided, as well as a $100 Visa gift card for me to buy extra groceries with.

For the appetizer, I made Roasted Red Pepper Dip (recipe to come in a future post), served with Stacy's Pita Chips.

For the entree, I made two different kinds of quiches: Mushroom with fontina and tomato, mozzarella and basil.

On the side, I served simply-prepared asparagus, which was cooked in a 350 degree oven for about 7 minutes. The asparagus was lightly dressed (by Z) with olive oil, lemon juice, crushed red pepper and salt and black pepper.

I also served slices of warmed sourdough baguette with butter.

The end result was a delicious, satisfying meal that was surprisingly quick and easy to prepare. It was also really nice having two different kinds of quiches for my guests to try.

For dessert, my friend Christine prepared some meringue cookies for the group. The meringue held up beautifully - not sure if it was the eggs themselves or Christine's "beating" method, but the cookies turned out wonderful and elegant. 

Overall, Eggland's Best's eggs helped me prepare a well-rounded, delicious dinner for my guests - while also raising awareness for a great cause.

In addition to being able to host this dinner, Eggland's Best is also giving away a sweet prize to one lucky EE reader! Just comment on this post regarding how you contribute to raising awareness or funding for breast cancer, and you could win the following:

-2 free EB Dozen coupons
-1 free EB hard cooked and peeled variety coupon
-4 EB ramekins
-1 EB apron
-1 EB whisk
-1 EB spatula
-1 EB egg timer
-1 EB eco bag
-1 EB plush egg

For an extra entry, "like" Eggland's Best on Facebook here, and leave a separate comment saying you did so.

The giveaway will end on Monday (10/31) at 11:59 p.m. EST. I'll announce the winner on Tuesday, November 1st.

Good luck!

Disclaimer: Despite Eggland's Best's generosity in providing me with a gift card, coupons and materials for this dinner, the opinions expressed in this post are honest and 100 percent my own.


  1. Congratulations on the success of your dinner party! Everything looks delicious! Every year, my friends and I walk in the "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" walk in Providence, RI. We started in college, and continue to attend every year. It's a great way to give back and to raise awareness!

  2. I've found that a simple exam, done by me as well as in the doctor's office, is a good start to breast cancer awareness. Having come from a family history of other types of cancers which have proven much more deadly, I'm always amazed at how much more publicity breast cancer gets than other ones. The Komen Center has done fantastic work in that area, just amazing stuff.

  3. What a great promo idea! Quiche is one of my favorites too. I could eat it for 3 meals a day. :)

    As far as my breast cancer awareness work, I actively participate in the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life, in honor of my mom-in-law and grandma, who are both breast cancer survivors. :)

  4. I think spreading the word about examining yourself is the best way to promote awareness :)

  5. Awesome meal for a great cause!

    I organize a team of 30+ people to take part in the Run for the Cure for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. I`ve been doing it for 6 years since the year my mom passed away from breast cancer

  6. I'm a major advocate of awareness, not just in terms of prevention but also when it comes to the available support and services for patients and their families. I have spent 18 hours around a track for the ACS Relay For Life each year for the last 10 years, and have been involved with many aspects including Cancer education and chairing the event.

    Congrats on a meal well done for a great cause!

  7. What a delicious dinner!

    I've ran in 5k's where the money goes toward any kind of cancer research. I've purchased products as well that donate money to Breast Cancer research.

  8. You always post the most delicious looking foods. Seriously, well done.

    Last year I was a member of my aunt's Relay for Life team. This year I was unable to participate, but made a small donation. My friends and I are very open about health issues, and have discussed breast cancer at length, all of us having known someone who has had it at one time or other. I guess the way I most raise awareness is by talking the women I know about it.

  9. What a great dinner and such a good cause! I support breast cancer research by always looking for the pnk ribbon when purchasing products during the month of October!

  10. this is such a fantastic dinner party. how generous of EB and i love what they are doing to raise awareness.

  11. I do the race for the cure.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

  12. I like egglands on facebook.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com