Even though I said the contest would close Friday, I made an executive decision based on the overwhelming response and decided to buck my own rules and announce a winner today.

Firstly, let me say, I loved reading the comments. And dude, I can’t believe all of you who said stuffing was your favorite holiday food! Not that I have a problem with that. I don’t. I’m just surprised. There must be some mean stuffing recipes out there.

Secondly, I had to give my husband a lecture that he was not allowed to enter contests on this blog. What would he do with a Bosch anyway? Probably pawn it and buy fly-fishing gear. Plus, his comment was downright insulting. Hot dogs on the 4th of July for his favorite food? And here I thought I had converted him into a food snob.

Thirdly, it was amazing to read of all the traditions you have and recipes that have been passed down from grandmothers and mothers and aunts and uncles. Seriously, it was magical reading all of your responses. I love the feeling behind food – the emotions it brings and memories it conjures. Magical, that’s what it is.

After reading through the comments, it made me want to write another executive order and force all of you to send me your recipes. Talk about a wealth of tried-and-true holiday foods!

Anyway, on to the winner…

#230 – Stephanie

I’ll send you an email and we’ll get this fabulous machine on it’s way to you.

Thanks to everyone who entered! You are simply awesome.