and we have our winners…

March 11th, 2008 · 20 Comments

cary2.jpg so i plug my #’s into the random number picker website thingee and ask it to pick 2 numbers between 1 and 55. it kindly spits back 49 and 44 and i excitedly go to see who those numbers correspond to because of course i have my favorites and i’m really only hoping it’s going to be YOU… but lo and behold, the first winner #49? i check and it’s cary. and i think oh gawd. this is NOT good. at all. why you ask? because to begin with, cary is my live-in boyfriend who has only ever commented maybe twice in the history of ceF and is just not allowed to win because 1/even if he would EVER cook this (or any dish besides oatmeal) in a million years – which would be as likely as me deciding it’s time to sing karioke (roughly about the same time as when hell freezes over), i just couldn’t bear another explosive mess in the kitchen – and 2/i’m sleeping with him – that fact right there being from here on in an immediate disqualification to this and all future contests and thereby automatically preventing him AND the cats from declaring any prizes. and then there was #44. the lovely jaden of jaden’s steamy kitchen. and this is too weird. jaden just ran a contest. and i was a winner. and i got the idea to run this contest because of that contest. and then she goes and wins mine. and well, on some kind of ethical level this too is NOT good. so i made the executive decision that jaden and cary ‘s wins were weird ass flukes and i’m going to do a "do-over". and no one can stop me. because it’s my blog. plus you would never know anyway because it’s not like pricewaterhouse does the work and then hermetically seals the results in an envelope, or anything like that. it’s just me, dear readers… so i hit the random number picker thingy website again. and… jadenjoy.jpg

my eyes close in on #23! and it’s joy from joy of cooking! a homey! a patissier at a local market/restaurant called marche with an excellent reputation! and we can finally meet! i will save on shipping! she’s even half mexican! it seemingly couldn’t happen to a nicer gal!!! excellent. but that #44 sure does sound familiar. yep. jaden again. all i can say is that this woman must be karmically desperate for mole… ok ok jaden. the universe is sending you mole and i am just the messenger. so jaden and joy you have ceF’s sincere congratulations for your incredible skill and deftness in posting comments. especially jaden. i would also like to add that after all of this, i am awarding a third prize too. it goes to #30 – michelle from thursday night smackdown, who asks the age old question, "where the fuck do you get avocado leaf?". well michelle, this is your lucky day. you get it from me. the goddess of avocado leaf. and i am sending you an avocado leaf of your very own. seriously. for you. BUT HEY NOW LISTEN UP!!! because michelle’s comment was so incredibly real – and moving as well as inspiring, i have decided that anyone who entered this contest who would like an avocado leaf to call their very own will now have their flora dreams come true. because dear readers, here at ceF, everyone’s a winner. that’s right. you heard me. you’re a winner. yes you are. ok now gather round. biiiiig group hug. so all those with any interest please send me your snail mail addresses at and your doorstep will be graced with an avocado leaf. signed, goddess of the avocado leaf (aka gaL) ps – in celebration – there will be cake tonight for all of you…

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20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 michelle @ TNS // Mar 11, 2008 at 10:42 am

    i am a WINNER.

    my life is validated.

    suck on THAT, Mr. Schaffer the 7th grade math teacher who told me i’d never amount to anything.

  • 2 DWatson1027 // Mar 11, 2008 at 10:46 am

    Where do you get avocado leaf ceF ~ interested minds want to know!

  • 3 melissa // Mar 11, 2008 at 11:20 am

    I love michelle’s cussing. I actually do it like a sailor, but had always refrained on my blog. michelle is such a fucking inspiration. *single tear*

    and yeah, where DO you get it? since I forgot to enter your contest. :(

    not that I will make mole any time soon. my mexican husband doesn’t even like it. so not probable.

  • 4 Nashville Knucklehead // Mar 11, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    I think that is the same random number generator used by the Tennessee Lottery.

  • 5 democommie // Mar 11, 2008 at 12:51 pm


    Damn! I had a great acceptance speech. That’s alright. I can’t go stick my head in the oven, it’s a Welbilt and I could wear it like a hat!

    Congrats to the winners.

  • 6 Robert // Mar 11, 2008 at 1:08 pm


    Selectivly invoking Karma for Jarden and ignoring the very first pick? Does Cary get to appeal the judges desicion?

    PS: The answer to where, is Florida, we cut avocado down as a nuisance tree here. Let me know when you need a fresh supply.

  • 7 steamykitchen // Mar 11, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    OMG! Thank you!!

    I’d like to thank my family, the goddess of avoleaf, my legion of fans, the great Buddha and of course my hairstylist who made me look fab on the CEF red carpet of mole.

  • 8 Pee Dubya // Mar 11, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    I’m more of a fig leaf type of chap myself. But the thought is appreciated.

    See the link above for a fabulous wine reccomendation from ch33ky. It would go well with mole and avocado and cake.



  • 9 joy cooks // Mar 11, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Oh my! I never win anything! I am soooo happy, Claudia, thank you!!! I logged in just to see what you were cooking, having totally forgotten about the contest (because I never win anything) and lo and behold….I think my Mexican grandmother had something to do with it. Except that now I have to prove myself and make the mole! How auspicious. And what a great opportunity to finally meet you! muchissimas gracias.

  • 10 Lauren // Mar 11, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    Do we actually get to eat the cake that there is tonight for all of us? Just asking…

  • 11 claudia // Mar 12, 2008 at 12:29 am

    avocado leaf source:

  • 12 jim voorhies // Mar 12, 2008 at 7:50 am

    Well, first I’m thinking if I’d won, that would be so totally great. But the reality is what the fuck would I do with all that stuff since she said it would take someone experienced six frigging hours so that’s so not happening, not to mention that there’s still a boatload of other ingredients to fetch, and if I bought avocado leaves to get one and still had four damn cups of them left, what would I do with them anyway.

    So I’ll just sit here basking in the comfort knowing that my losing a contest with only fifty-five people in it in no way reflects on whether I’m winning the powerball with 400 million contestants. Right? But I am getting that leaf.

  • 13 jim voorhies // Mar 12, 2008 at 7:55 am

    BTW, I am amazed that has real cinnamon, since it’s so rare, and it’s only twice as expensive as cassia. Have you tried it? How different is it? Inquiring minds…..

    But I would have completely expected you to have a link to a spice company like that.

  • 14 claudia // Mar 12, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    jim – i didn’t buy the spices/leaves at world spice. i got mine from a source that was going out of business – caught them on the tail end – got a great discount. but for the record i buy my spices from penzy’s – a great online source with an excellent reputation.

    the real cinnamon is just wonderful. heady and rich… but for the mole i used cassia.

    leaves are going out soon! and thanks so much to all who participated. it’s been fun!

  • 15 Traci @ Soup of The Day // Mar 12, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    Whew. :)

  • 16 danelle // Mar 13, 2008 at 9:03 am

    Thanks for running the contest! I am looking forward to getting my avocado leaf and thanks Michelle for being the first to start dropping the “f” bomb so that someday I’ll get the courage to just write it. jk.

  • 17 countrymouse // Mar 15, 2008 at 11:39 am

    Sure am glad I didn’t throw out that jar in the fridge that says “mole” on it. It’s really special. When it’s empty you can wash it out and use it for juice.

  • 18 mr. pink // Mar 26, 2008 at 9:27 am

    If the dude is sleeping with you, he’s already got prize enough. Gimme that cassia.

  • 19 steamy kitchen // Mar 29, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Thank you!!! I’ve been sniffing the box like a crazy woman.

    Though I think if I had gotten pulled over for speeding, the “mexican oregano” might have gotten me in lots of trouble.

  • 20 Beth // Jul 18, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    heck, the avocado leaf is the easy part…there’s a 30′ tree in my front yard (excellent avocados in about 6 months…if i can beat the squirrels to them)…but down here in the culinary desert that is west central florida you try finding oaxacan oregano or any of the chiles listed…the peak of fine dining around here is “the mouse” (aka disneyworld for you non-floridians)…count yourself lucky you live in nashville

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