Real Holiday Helpings with Bobby Flay ($25 giveaway from Hellman’s)

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I had an opportunity to meet Bobby Flay right before Thanksgiving and he was sharing his tips about holiday food.

My favorite kind of food.

While Bobby Flay himself loves spending the whole day in the kitchen, he understands that not everyone does, and I loved that didn’t just share the most difficult and impressive recipes, but rather – real food for real people. And that when you keep the holiday menu simple enough – even the kids will enjoy it, and you don’t have to make them separate meals.

While Bobby Flay believes in somewhat simple food with great flavor, I asked if he recommends any easy breezy tips and shortcuts for holiday meal. And his answer was “No! No shortcuts! Use fresh and good ingredients, take time to cook a meal that you can be proud of – it will be the talk of the Holiday”. I agree – rather simplify your recipes, or get someone to help, but don’t cut corners when it comes to your Holiday dinner!

Check out Bobby Flay’s turkey recipes

The ultimate highlight of the event was seeing Bobby Flay cooking – and getting to taste the food! And the food – obviously it was delicious! It was in fact so good that I have been testing a few recipes myself, and I hate to say, done fairly good job making them almost as good. Check out Bobby Flay’s holiday recipes at Hellman’s Real Holiday Helpings. Oh, I was also excited to see that one of his recipes is pretty much what I have been doing for years – leftover turkey sandwiches with cranberry jelly and Hellman’s mayo – my daughter loves what they call “pink mayonnaise” – mixture of cranberry or lingonberry jelly and mayonnaise.

My last question to Bobby Flay was before heading out.. “What is the favorite part of your job?” and his answer was either perfectly scripted by his PR people, or he is really that down-to-earth, great guy, that you want him to be “The best part of my job is when I am in the kitchen of one of my restaurants just cooking good food”. And I believed him.


Thanks to Hellman’s I am hosting a $25 gift card giveaway.

Enter the giveaway by leaving a comment with your favorite Holiday food, and leave me a way to contact you.
Deadline: December 26th, midnight, EST.

Full disclosure: I was invited to an event with Bobby Flay by Hellman’s and received a gift bag in the event. I was also given a gift card by Mom Select to host this giveaway.

About Katja Presnal

Katja Presnal is an international lifestyle expert, originally from Finland. Katja shows how to live globally inspired life to the fullest. She has been featured in NY Times, Glamour, Redbook, Fodor's, Forbes and Woman's Day magazines among many other national and international publications and written for MTV3 and Lifetime TV networks. She is a board member of the Professional Travel Bloggers Association, award-winning social media strategist, and a well-known speaker in the social media conferences. Katja has lived in four different countries, and seven states in the USA, and married to a helicopter pilot. Their three children were all born in different countries within three years. When not working or jet-setting the world, Katja is at home cooking big family dinners.

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  1. stuffing, with gravy

  2. My favorite holiday food is stuffing.

  3. My favorite is Turkey and cranberry sauce,

  4. My favorite Holiday food is Candied Yams.

  5. Veronica Garrett :

    My favorite holiday food is roast turkey and stuffing.

  6. Pumpkin cake roll :)

  7. My favorite holiday foods are Sweet Potato Pie, Spiral Ham & some potato salad made with hellman’s!

  8. I love Christmas cookies and candies.

  9. My favorite holiday food is turkey and stuffing. The side dishes are great but a whole turkey with stuffing is so special.

  10. My favorite holiday food is candied yams

  11. I love the homemade Christmas cookies.

  12. My favorite holiday food is potato pancakes

  13. pumpkin pie

  14. Not a popular tradition, but our family has sauerbraten for Christmas and I love it.

  15. I love cranberry salad. The best.

  16. My favorite holiday food is my sister’s decorated Christmas sugar cookies. Simple, but delicious (and I’m not much of a baker, so I enjoy it when I can indulge my sweet tooth!).

  17. My favorite holiday food is pumpkin pie.

  18. I love honey glazed ham, and my mother’s dirty rice with oysters!

  19. Thanks for the giveaway… It’s a toss-up: Roasted Turkey & dressing, or Homemade Tamales !!!

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