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.)
  3. Subscribe on friendfeed and leave a comment with your friendfeed ID.

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.

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Daniel M December 7, 2009 at 1:17 am

for me getting everything done at the same time, there’s always a wait for 1 item it seems

Lisa December 7, 2009 at 1:18 am

My biggest struggle is cooking in a teenie weenie kitchen. :)

Jennifer Miller December 7, 2009 at 1:56 am

I struggle the most with anything related to the food! I’m a terrible cook, so luckily my husband and family help me out but I can never figure out what to start with first, when to coordinate when certain dishes are done, how to serve the food, etc. The food part of entertaining people really stresses me out the most.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Jennifer Miller December 7, 2009 at 1:59 am
Rebecca Graham December 7, 2009 at 2:04 am

My biggest struggle is trying to cook a big dinner in a tiny kitchen.

Rebecca Graham December 7, 2009 at 2:06 am

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dawn December 7, 2009 at 2:06 am

thank you for chance to win

robbie yamada December 7, 2009 at 4:22 am

The struggle i have is keeping everyone out of the kitchen while i cook.

sandy December 7, 2009 at 4:45 am

It used to be is there enough, will everyone like this or that but you know what..I got to a stage where I made less and people need to be happy- thats my biggest struggle.

Cassandra Payne December 7, 2009 at 5:20 am

My biiiiiggest challenge I face this year is that my kitchen is not a FULL kitchen, but a KITCHENETTE! aaaaaaaaaahhh!!! Meaning, I’m without an oven, stove, or microwave. I am going to have to be p.r.e.t.t.y creative with the Christmas feast for 6!

However, I managed to borrow a small microwave and a hot plate. aie aie aie!!

Cassandra Payne December 7, 2009 at 5:23 am

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Cassandra Payne December 7, 2009 at 5:41 am

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Aline December 7, 2009 at 6:30 am

My biggest struggle is figuring out the menu and getting all the food shopping done. Once those two things are done, preparing is no problem.

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Kristi C December 7, 2009 at 7:12 am

My biggest struggle is fixing foods that please everyone. I live in a house full of very picky eaters.

Linda Fish December 7, 2009 at 7:55 am

My biggest struggle is the timing, having everything ready at the same time

Deci Worland-MacKinnon December 7, 2009 at 8:19 am

My biggest struggle is finding counter space.

Carrie_in_TN December 7, 2009 at 8:27 am

M, thanks for those Latino-flavored links. I too always add foods with a Latin twist to my table. I’ve got some standards that I do: Guava/port wine glazed turkey and a Chilean butternut squash casserole and flan, of course. Links here:
Also, Marta, my partner on Tiki Tiki Blog has a lot of recipes with Cuban and Latin flavor. I’m going to try that Cuban sandwich you posted.

Looking forward to the Viernes sociales.

Doug December 7, 2009 at 8:40 am

In order to eliminate the struggles, I start trying to prepare items a week or more in advance, saves all the last minute panic.

Harriet December 7, 2009 at 8:42 am

My struggle is not so much with food preparation, as it is with making sure that our home is presentable, cause what we tolerate just living in the house, is not what we tolerate when guests are present.

Fait December 7, 2009 at 8:43 am

When I’m home, I try to help my folks with preparations. Most of the time that means helping Dad cook, so usually I work on appetizers. Usually do that the morning of the holiday dinner.

Laura Collins December 7, 2009 at 9:36 am

My biggest struggle is just prepping things.

Nancy December 7, 2009 at 10:08 am

My biggest struggle is getting everything to finish cooking at the same time so that it will all be hot when served.

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