in the kitchen

Pork Passion Prize Winner!

Go Gingham #PorkPassport Winner

Remember when I went to Austin to speak at BlogHer Food (and my husband came with me and had himself a vacation?)? Well, I won a prize from one of the vendors who helped sponsor the event. As it turns out, it wasn’t a prize but rather several prizes!

Go Gingham stove #PorkPassport

The National Pork Board had a contest during the conference that involved getting stamps in a “Pork Passport” (#PorkPassport) and choosing one of three prizes you’d like to win. Naturally, I chose the $2,000 worth of kitchenware because I thought, “Well, I need a dishwasher and dishwashers count as kitchenware, right?” Wrong.

Pork Passport Winner Go Gingham
The oven will never look like this again – so clean and nothing spilled!

As it turns out, dishwashers aren’t kitchenware but after I sent an email pleading (honestly, they were pushovers because they knew I was already on board with cooking pork!) my case that I didn’t need kitchenware but rather needed a dishwasher, mostly needed a new stove, needed a replacement Weber charcoal grill for my husband, and a new gas grill for myself, the National Pork Board folks graciously agreed. (YAY!!!)

Prizes - dishwasher and grill

Here’s what I picked out. I did not do a lot of research and actually didn’t even go to the store. I knew what I didn’t want – (what I had in my kitchen) and no brand names will be mentioned. I knew that I had to work within the $2,000 limit. These appliances received the highest rankings in Consumer Report’s most recent issue (July 2013) and were the best price at a big-box retailer near my home.

  • GE smooth-top single oven range $899.00
  • Bosch dishwasher $649.00
  • Weber One-Touch 22″charcoal grill $149.00
  • Master Forge 2 burner gas grill $199.00

Grand total: $1,896.00 – there are no sales taxes in Oregon.

Go Gingham New Dishwasher

The Pork Board covered the cost of the dishwasher installation and my prizes are making themselves right at home. One of my neighbors took our falling apart charcoal grill home with him and I sold the stove on Craig’s List. The old dishwasher? The install guy took that. The door on our old dishwasher had been fixed 3 times in the last 6-months and I will not miss opening it and catching it with my foot.

My new gass grill!
My very own gas grill! It’s cute and it grills food really well.

All in all, I’m thrilled. My husband is thrilled, too. I’ve grilled 4-times on my new gas grill. He hasn’t grilled once. He’s almost giddy with me doing the grilling! (I don’t “do” charcoal. Sorry, but in my book, that’s “man-work” and I leave it to the “grill masters” in my life!)

In case you’re wondering, I grilled pork burgers on my gas grill the first night to celebrate. They’re just like hamburgers only made with pork. Which, by the way, why do we call them “hamburgers” when they’re made with beef?

Disclosure: Thank you to The National Pork Board for having this contest and to BlogHer Food for providing the venue for me to meet with representatives from companies in person. Yes, I’m paying the taxes on my prizes.

Go Gingham related links:

National Match-Up Day: A step-by-step on how to clean and organize your food storage containers!
Grocery shopping from the bulk bins and food storage containers
Reusing glass jars and how to get them ready for re-use
Frugal grocery shopping – without coupons!
Fruit flies be gone – with lids from glass jars
How our freezer gets used – ways to organize and optimize


20 thoughts on “Pork Passion Prize Winner!

    1. Ruthie! Agreed except that my closets need sorting through – which is the helpful part about moving!!
      My video folks are in “summer mode” so I have to be patient. As soon as they’re done, I’ll post them and share.
      Thanks, Ruthie!!


    1. Rita, I think you’re right!! A good pork burger is pretty darn good!! My husband STILL hasn’t used his charcoal grill. It’s too easy for me to say, “I’ll grill it!” At least he’s good at cleaning up!! 🙂


    1. Thanks, David! I’m “liking” your new word and may use it ongoing –
      The dishwasher is a little smaller than our old one but is so much smaller. Not sure which is better but that’s what I’ve got!! 🙂


  1. My kids recently asked why hamburgers are called hamburgers, too … hmmm … were they first made in Hamburg, Germany?

    Congrats and I’m only slightly jealous …


    1. Kris, I mentioned this to a friend and she looked it up – yep, Hamburg, Germany. And here we thought the hamburger was all-American! Try the pork burger – delicious!! 🙂 Thanks!!


  2. It couldn’t have happened to a more grateful person!!!! You appreciate free stuff more than anyone I know! So glad you were the winner, Sara!


  3. hi sara!
    have read some in your blog and you ROCK!!!
    i just had my BOB ready (Bug-out-Bag)an invented.
    me and my partner just love frugality,tightwad and trifty.
    please look back!


  4. Have you ever thought about adding a little bit more than just your articles? I mean, what you say is fundamental and everything. But think about if you added some great graphics or video clips to give your posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with pics and videos, this site could certainly be one of the best in its field. Superb blog!


    1. Hi Francis! Yes, great ideas all around! Finding the right picture is tricky because I only use my own photos – what with copyright and all – it can be limiting. Thanks for leaving a comment and I’ll take your suggestions under advisement.


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