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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Cujo December 7, 2009 at 10:43 am

My biggest struggle when holiday food is being prepared is patiently waiting for food when the house smells so good. (my wife does the cooking and I do the drooling)

Renski December 7, 2009 at 10:44 am

My biggest struggle when preparing a holiday dinner is having enough room in the oven to cook all the food and serve it hot.

Renski December 7, 2009 at 10:48 am
Aniela December 7, 2009 at 10:58 am

My biggest struggle is the timing – getting everything warm & ready at the same time.

roseh2o19 December 7, 2009 at 11:02 am

the hardest thing is bringing it all to the table at the correct temperature

Tracey Byram December 7, 2009 at 11:16 am

My biggest struggle is timing everything to be done at the same time so that nothing is getting cold.

Brandon Ralston December 7, 2009 at 11:17 am

My biggest struggle during the holiday season is finding all the right ingredients. I can never find everything by going to just one supermarket. Enter me please. Thanks.

Patricia December 7, 2009 at 12:00 pm

My biggest struggle trying to cook is simply the oven. The heat from the oven messes with my body as I am battling chronic illness. Many times I need help lifting items in and out of the oven.

Linda December 7, 2009 at 12:25 pm

My biggest struggle with preparing a big holiday meal is having everything done and ready to put on the table at the same time.

Sharon Harmon December 7, 2009 at 12:35 pm

My biggest struggle with holiday meals is making sure every dish is done cooking and ready to serve all at the same time! I found some really delicious recipes on Hellman’s site!

Angela December 7, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Definitely price… sometimes it is hard to prepare a nice meal without spending a fortune.

Kelly N December 7, 2009 at 12:56 pm

My biggest struggle is finding time for myself.

Deborah Wellenstein December 7, 2009 at 1:27 pm

The biggest struggle is trying to decide which side dishes to serve this year! Thanks!

Patricia Wagner December 7, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Timing and getting everything to the table together

Catherine December 7, 2009 at 2:21 pm

My biggest struggle – hm, I guess it’s my absent mindedness. I’ll start cooking something and move on to something else. Next thing I know, the water is boiling over, the onions are burning and the stove hasn’t even been turned on yet!

Rita M December 7, 2009 at 2:27 pm

My biggest struggle (& apparently that of a lot of others!) is timing – I have a terrible time trying to make sure everything is cooked, hot & ready all at the same time!

Jen V December 7, 2009 at 2:27 pm

My biggest struggle when preparing a holiday meal is trying to find room for everything in the fridge. During the holidays, I could honestly use a second one!

Jen V December 7, 2009 at 2:29 pm
allyson AYALA, Jr. December 7, 2009 at 2:32 pm

my biggest struggle is making sure everything is done at the same time and still hot..i would love to have 2 ovens during the holidays

Diane December 7, 2009 at 2:41 pm

My biggest struggle is finding stuff that everyone will eat and then getting the timing of all the cooking done. I try to prepare some stuff in advance so my kitchen isnt as hectic that day

melissa rocke December 7, 2009 at 2:42 pm

My biggest struggle is trying to keep everyones hands out of the dishes before dinner! That’s why I make all of those appitizers. Don’t they know that-lol.

Diane December 7, 2009 at 2:43 pm
Monique Rizzo December 7, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Mine is making sure everything is done at the same time!! Practically IMPOSSIBLE. Thanks for the chance.

Patricia December 7, 2009 at 3:13 pm

biggest struggle is getting all foods cooked and served at the same time and keeping them hot

Patricia December 7, 2009 at 3:14 pm

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