Win $25 Gift Card and Celebrate the Holidays!

by Melanie Edwards on December 4, 2009 · 300 comments

in Giveaways, viernes social

Viernes Social at ModernMami.comAcross many Spanish-speaking cultures and particularly in Puerto Rico,  you may hear the phrase “viernes social” come Friday morning. Though the literal translation of “social Friday” almost defines it, it really describes a feeling of partying, socializing, and celebrating life. Think of it being similar to the “TGIF” sentiment.

From now on, each Friday on ModernMami will be Viernes Social. You can expect to find a contest, fun tidbit, or maybe even a featured guest. The idea is to embrace the viernes social spirit and celebrate!

Now on to our first official Viernes Social…

When hosting holiday dinners and get-togethers, my biggest issue is coming up with side dishes. Outside of the rice dish and green salad, I struggle to come up with fun and interesting sides that will please the Puerto Rican palette of my family.

Bobby FlayIf, like me, you need a little help this holiday season and are looking for new recipes, you might like the Real Holiday Helpings site from Hellmann’s. They’ve partnered up with Food Network chef, Bobby Flay, to provide you with some tips. There are lots of recipes – from appetizers and entrees to sides and desserts – as well as videos of Bobby Flay making a few of the dishes.

You can find videos that show you how to make these dishes from Bobby Flay:

  • Turkey Cuban Sandwich
  • Caramelized Onion Dip
  • Roasted Green Beans with Almond Aioli
  • Cuban-style Corn
  • Caesar Salad Crostini

I’m a little skeptical about some of the recipes, since I never imagined that you could use mayonnaise in dishes like pizza, chicken parmesan, or carrot cake. But, I guess I’d have to try them to see how they actually taste. The recipes that look the most interesting to me that I might try are:

  • Cuban-style Corn
  • Sweet Potato Fries with BBQ Mayo
  • Baked Horseradish-glazed Chicken Wings

To celebrate the launch of Hellman’s Real Holiday Helpings, one of you has a chance of winning a $25 American Express gift card. That should help you as you prepare for upcoming holiday dinners, right?

How to Enter

If you’d like to enter this contest for a $25 American Express gift card, simply leave a comment below and let me know what your biggest struggle is when preparing a holiday dinner.

For extra entries:

  1. Tweet about this contest with a link back to this post and include @modernmami in your tweet. You must leave a separate comment with a link to your tweet for your entry to count.
  2. Subscribe to this blog via email and leave a comment with the email you used to subscribe. (You can use the email field to do this instead of putting your email in the comment if you prefer.)
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All entries must be in by Wednesday, December 9 at 11:59 pm EST. Make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. The winner will be chosen using and will be notified via email. (Please be sure to provide a valid email address with your entry.)

Disclosure: I received a $25 American Express gift card from BSM Media in conjunction with this promotion.

shel December 4, 2009 at 3:48 am

When preparing so many sidedishes, I always have trouble coordinating so everything is done at the same time. Something always ends up getting cold while the rest is cooking.

shel December 4, 2009 at 3:49 am
Susan Payton December 4, 2009 at 10:00 am

This year is the first year I’m doing a real holiday dinner. Cooking a turkey scares me to death. Luckily my hub is taking that on. I think I don’t like the traditional holiday meal (green bean casserole, cranberry, etc) so I want to do something more unusual. wish me luck!

Amy Cook December 4, 2009 at 10:25 am

My biggest struggle is having all the food prepared, ready and kept warm at the time set to eat. I prepare as much as possible the night before but I only have one oven so I find it hard to cook the turkey, ham, dressing and rolls. I try to cram two things in the oven at once and pray it comes out right. I always manage to have dinner ready but would like to find a simplier way so I can relax and just enjoy the holidays.

Mami2jcn December 4, 2009 at 12:38 pm

My biggest struggle is definitely making everyone happy. My kids are picky eaters and I have to make different things for them. I wish they’d just eat what everyone else eats!

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SuZ December 4, 2009 at 4:14 pm

The thing I struggle with holiday dinners is the mess!!! I hate cleaning up as I cook, but I also hate cleaning after I cook! What a mess, huh? 🙂

Carmen December 5, 2009 at 1:44 pm

My biggest struggle is getting everything done and ready at the same time! I struggle to get it all done without burning anything or getting frustrated!

Carmen December 5, 2009 at 1:44 pm
Carolyn G December 5, 2009 at 4:39 pm

My biggest struggle is space. My kitchen is not that huge and while I have plenty of counterspace, I could use more. I could also use double ovens.

Carolyn G December 5, 2009 at 4:40 pm
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Alicia December 5, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Honestly, I haven’t done many holiday meals because we usually travel. However, since we’ve had kids we’ve decided to stay home for Christmas and twice my family has come here — so I have to make the meal again this year. It’s a struggle to come up with items that everyone can eat. We have people on special diets (like diabetes) which is limiting. But, we always find something for everyone.

April Sexton December 5, 2009 at 5:37 pm

My biggest struggle is trying to cook multiple dishes at one time. I do good to cook 1…much less a big Christmas meal. lol. We always go to my in laws. She’s a much better cook.

Steph S. December 6, 2009 at 8:20 am

My biggest struggle is finding a place to prepare everything in my small kitchen!

Steph S. December 6, 2009 at 8:21 am
Vickie Bartlett December 6, 2009 at 11:56 am

I would say my biggest struggle is coordinating all the the last minute stuff.

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Vickie Bartlett December 6, 2009 at 12:01 pm

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Sharon Rooney December 6, 2009 at 12:22 pm

My biggest struggle is getting everything on the table ath the same time and it still being hot.

Also not forgetting to take the rolls out of the oven without them getting burned. LOL!

Sharon Rooney December 6, 2009 at 12:23 pm
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Terri L December 6, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Making sure the rolls are still warm for dinner

Mellissa C December 6, 2009 at 1:06 pm

My biggest struggle is cooking with three little children in the house. It can be very hard. I have burned things before because I was distracted.

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