Apple iPod Touch Giveaway to say “Thank-you”

The contest has closed. The random winner will be announced Monday morning. Thanks to everyone who entered. Romaine


I’m excited to be giving away a brand new Apple I-Pod touch 8G  in celebration of the 3-month anniversary of this little blog. What a great present this would be — to yourself or someone you love.

“Salad in a Jar” is a baby in the blog world — still growing, changing, burping, hiccuping and causing some sleepless nights. It has been a steep learning curve, a time-sucker and full of mistakes and discoveries. ON THE OTHER HAND…I have had a great time with the Tuesdays with Dorie group, enjoyed making new friends and reconnecting with old friends and found a new hobby (and place to waste my money) in food photography. My family enjoys eating all the food too — even if there is a piece or a spoonful missing!

Entering is easy. Leave a comment on this post. Since I love salad, tell me your favorite salad to eat on Thanksgiving. If you don’t do salads, then tell me your favorite dessert. That’s it. Nothing else needed.

To my friends and family who hesitate to leave comments:  make up a silly name or use your initials. You can be anonymous. Be sure you enter a valid email address (which will not be shared). The winner will be chosen at random.

Thank-you for not entering more than once. I’ll close the contest this Saturday night, November 21st at 10:00 CST. Winner will be announced and emailed Monday, November 23. 

 Best wishes to all who visit this site and thanks again for your encouragement and comments.


Note: This contest is not sponsored by anybody but me.  Unfortunately, Apple has not yet discovered Salad-in-a-Jar. But I wish.

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Sue November 17, 2009 at 12:19 pm

What a generous gift! Thanks Romaine for the opportunity to enter.
At our house on Thanksgiving I have to make two congealed salads. My favorite is the congealed cranberry salad with cranberries(of course), pineapple, sour cream, pecans and of course strawberry gelatin. I have been making it for about 25 years. My sons favorite is the lime gelatin with the 7-up, pineapple, cream cheese, pecans and marshmellows. Who needs dessert with these recipes huh. I think the fam would protest if there wasn’t dessert though! Congrats on you wonderful blog. I enjoy it soooo much! Awesome job!!!

if you give a moose a muffin November 17, 2009 at 12:15 pm

my favorite dessert is Chocolate Dessert.

(the pecan crust, chocolate pudding/whipped cream thing)

Janet November 17, 2009 at 11:49 am

Hi Paula, I love your website and all your ideas. One of my favorite salads at Thanksgiving is a cranberry/orange/pecan relish. It taste great alone or on those tasty leftover turkey sandwiches the next day. I wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving.

Amy November 17, 2009 at 9:55 am

Happy three month anniversary! Oh, this is a fun one. My favorite salad to make this time of year is apple, dried cherries, and walnut with maple dressing. You can find the recipe here:

Jennifer Mihills November 17, 2009 at 9:51 am

What a fun giveaway!
My favorite salad at Thanksgiving is a green salad. And the more “stuff” you can put in it, the better it is! (and no dressing for me…I like it the perfect way it is!)

Jessica November 17, 2009 at 8:25 am

Congratulations on three months of blogging! I only just found your blog through TWD.

I adore salads of all kinds. In fact, the only salad I think I don’t like is a tunafish salad (blech!). My favorite salad usually has some sort of fruit in it, and chicken, with a balsamic vinaigrette. When EatZi’s was still in Houston I used to love to go to their salad station and have salads mixed up. Those were special salads, though, because I’m pretty sure there was nothing low fat or cal about their balsamic vinaigrette!

musicmom November 17, 2009 at 6:48 am

Our only Thanksgiving salad is frozen fruit salad..a long time family tradition.

Missy November 16, 2009 at 10:29 pm

Trusdale Cranberry Salad

Only served on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but we don’t gather without it! Red jello, whole cranbery sauce, apples, and celery…nothing special, but special to us

Mike November 16, 2009 at 9:24 pm

I’m more about the turkey and dressing…but I’ll eat a salad too. I’m a fan of anything with Blue Cheese dressing.

Eva November 16, 2009 at 7:04 pm

You have a very impressive blog, especially for 3 months old. I can’t say I really do any salads at Thanksgiving but my standard salad is spinach, dried cranberries, some form of nut (whatever’s in the freezer), some toasted leftover or frozen bread and a bit of olive oil and lemon juice for dressing. Picking a favorite dessert is like picking a favorite child. Only so much more agonizing. I refuse to choose one.

Debbie November 16, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Of course you know I love the web site and am so proud of you. What an undertaking. I make a salad at TG that everyone likes that includes 3 types of lettuce( romaine, butterhead, and red leaf lettuce), sesame seeds that are browned, almonds that are browned ( will use the MW now), mandarin oranges, croutons, real Parmesan cheese, and the Good Seasons garlic dressing you make ( low fat of course). We love it! Just wish it stayed fresh longer. Happy holidays everyone!

Sara Ann November 16, 2009 at 4:42 pm

I don’t know if it’s technically a salad, but I make a skillet green bean casserole with cream cheese sauce, Parmesan, fresh mushrooms and dried Porcini in place of the cream of mushroom–much leaner and much tastier.

Myra November 16, 2009 at 4:00 pm

My favorite salad is called Don’s Favorite Cranberry Salad. I had it at a friend’s house years ago and it’s a must have for me at Thanksgiving or Christmas.

I do like that Mandarin Orange Salad my mom mentioned though 🙂

velva November 16, 2009 at 3:48 pm

We do traditional a carrot and raisin salad for Thanksgiving. I would love to shake it up a bit at our family’s Thanksgiving table but, our parents don’t want to move an inch from what they have always had and not having the carrot salad would be considered a sin. I think that carrot salad is right up there with the creamed onions that are served each year too! Help!

Margaret November 16, 2009 at 2:49 pm

Your blog started out great and has never disappointed me.

I don’t do salad at TG – so much other food that everyone likes. But dessert – probably Pumpkin or Sweet Potato pie. That’s not unique, but it’s good.

Tyler Hastings November 16, 2009 at 12:30 pm

I don’t like salad for Thanksgiving- Ann does, so I am sure we’ll have it. I like apple pie- homemade of course, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without it!

Ann Hastings November 16, 2009 at 12:30 pm

This is a great prize- too cool! My favorite salad for Thanksgiving is nothing special, we try to keep it simple since there is so much other wonderful food.
Romaine Lettuce, Chopped Carrotts, Shreaded Cheese, Grape Tomatoes, Chopped Mushrooms, Chopped Celery, Boiled Eggs and Vinagarette Dressing.

Susie November 16, 2009 at 12:04 pm

what a cool prize! How did you swing this? My favorite salad: romaine lettuce with grapes, mandarin oranges, toasted almonds, and a oil/sugar type dressing. Yum-o! Now, I hope I win the prize!

Anthony November 16, 2009 at 11:44 am

A tart three bean salad is great at Thanksgiving!

Tricia Kolsto November 16, 2009 at 11:09 am

Our favourite salad at Thanksgiving is Ceasar Salad. It is one of our favourite family salads and we eat it quite often.
Thank you for sharing this blog as I enjoy the recipes and comments.

Hugs and blessings,

Staci November 16, 2009 at 10:23 am

Nothing to bring out the commenters like a giveaway! lol!!! You’re much more genearous than I. The biggest thing I’ve ever given away is a book!

My favorite salad at Thanksgiving is my mom’s “Green Salad”. I know other people have other names for it…but here it’s just “Green Salad”. I’ve never made it (since she always does), so I have no clue what’s in it! I enjoy baking more 😉

Gina November 16, 2009 at 9:20 am

My mom’s strawberry jello salad (minus the pecans) for the salad and probably squash pie for dessert. Although I finally found an apple pie recipe that is to die for. So hard to decide!

Other Sis November 16, 2009 at 8:49 am

When I got married, my mother-in-law made the strawberry jello salad with crushed pineapple, bananas, pecans and sour cream–so wonderful, and with lots of fond memories–definitely a Thanksgiving and holiday favorite.

Thanks for the fantastic job you are doing on the website, bringing all the family recipes together!

Trish November 16, 2009 at 8:36 am

My favorite salad to eat at Thanksgiving, is called Salad of Gold. It is a creamy congealed salad with grated carrots. Really good! My family loves it, and I remember Mom making it when I was a child.

Netherfieldmom November 16, 2009 at 8:12 am

I love the spinach/dried cranberries/almonds/gorgonzola cheese with poppyseed dressing, but it’s a bit much with the other thanksgiving flavors, so I go with a “pub salad” from a restaurant we used to frequent. Spinach leaves, shredded mozzarella, big croutons and red onion. Bleu cheese dressing or raspberry vinagrette. I guess that doesn’t sound much different, does it?? 🙂

Pam November 16, 2009 at 7:05 am

Romaine…Congrats and a great giveaway!

I would have to go with a crustless pumpkin pie….my new fav!…yum!!

Thank you and enjoy!

P.S. I hope I win…he he!

debby November 16, 2009 at 6:01 am

Marcus loves Seven layer Salad
Alex loves Shoe Peg Corn Salad…also a great chip dip
Myra & Lana love Mandarin Orange Salad

I eat my Mom’s Cranberry Relish as Salad and dessert.

Cindi November 16, 2009 at 1:15 am

We usually have a strawberry jello salad with walnuts and whipped cream on top!

Jane November 15, 2009 at 11:01 pm

Our favorite Thanksgiving salad contains grated cranberries, pineapple, pecans and black cherry Jell-o. It is made in a Tupperware Jell-o mold. It is so much a tradition in our family that I ordered my daughters vintage Jell-o molds from E- bay.

I love your site but it makes me hungry!
Jane L.

Christine @ Fresh Local and Best November 15, 2009 at 10:44 pm

I can’t believe Salad In a Jar is only 3 months old! Your site looks so good! My favorite salad is a beets with goat cheese over lightly dressed arugula.

Shortbread November 15, 2009 at 9:10 pm

The salad that everyone ‘loves to hate’ at our Thanksgiving table is a cranberry salad with oranges, pecans and jello. We all pretend we don’t like it, but really do!

Karen November 15, 2009 at 8:56 pm

I’m so glad I found your blog through “Sis” — I think she’s”the other sis.” The only thing close to salad at our Thanksgiving table is a cranberry walnut salad that we sometimes substitute for plain old jellied cranberry. My favorite dessert is pumpkin pie.

Steph November 15, 2009 at 8:55 pm

My favorite dessert for Thanksgiving is chocolate pie. Love it!

My dad loves to have Mexicorn salad – It’s not my thing, but it isn’t Thanksgiving for him without it.

Jules November 15, 2009 at 8:54 pm

I love a wilted spinach salad with a warm bacon dressing. mmmm.

Sis November 15, 2009 at 7:01 pm

Grandma Herd’s Overnight Fruit Salad is still my favorite for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Meema J November 15, 2009 at 5:25 pm

My fav is a black bean and mexicorn salad with fresh cilantro, jalapeno, red onion, lime juice and touch of olive oil. My family eats it with tortilla chips like a salsa, but I have it as a salad.

Christina Lee November 15, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Well, my favorite Thanksgiving dessert would have to be a Pumpkin Roll. I LOVE the taste of pumpkin and spices, and you can pretty much only get away with it in the fall. 🙂 The cream cheese icing in there too is just absolutely scrumptious!

Your photography is getting great! (it was already good.) The food looks so scrumptious! Have you taken any more classes?

Sue Jones November 15, 2009 at 3:16 pm

One of the Jones’ family holiday favorites is a “salad” that also qualifies as a dessert. It’s a Cherry Fluff salad with cherry pie filling, crushed pineapple, mandarin oranges, Eagle Brand milk and Cool Whip. Yummy!

Mamacita November 15, 2009 at 2:30 pm

We always have layered lettuce salad in a 9×13 pan. Lettuce, radishes, carrots, peas, peppers, onion, tomato, mayo, shredded cheese and real bacon on top. Seems like Thanksgiving is the only time we have it. We also usually have the broccoli salad with raisins, cheese, and sweet dressing.

Karen M November 15, 2009 at 1:57 pm

What a wonderful blog! I accidently found it and am so glad that I did. My favorite salad? Hmmmm, there are so many to choose from! I love German potato salad; the kind with vinegar and oniony goodness. Another favorite (especially on a summer’s day) is Asian cucumber salad. It’s so refreshing with rice wine vinegar and toasted sesame seeds. YUM! (Sorry, I don’t normally eat salad on Thanksgiving. Sad, I know…)

Crystal November 15, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Congrats on 3 months! And since my family really didn’t do salads, I would say PIE is my favorite dessert, specifically, coconut cream.

Delene Leifson November 15, 2009 at 1:48 pm

I never have much room for a salad, either on the table or on my plate. However, when we have Christmas or Thanksgiving potlucks at work I usually bring Frog Eyed Salad.

Kimmmmeeee November 15, 2009 at 1:19 pm

strawberry spinach salad w/ raspberry viniagrette!

marielle November 15, 2009 at 11:14 am

Hey I never would have guessed your blog was so young. I’ve enjoyed it for the last couple of months, congrats on the anniversary.

We really don’t do salad for thanksgiving so I’m not going to kid with even going there but my favorite dessert is the only one I bother making – pumpkin pie crunch. Odd for a baker to make something so homey and unimpressive for a big holiday but it’s just THE dessert for our thanksgivings.

shug November 15, 2009 at 10:47 am

My favorite salad consists of romaine, sliced Persian cucumbers, strawberries and rotisserie or popcorn chicken pieces with a Balsamic/mustard vinaigrette dressing. I know, not much on veggies, but I ate it almost every day or lunch for two years! Family likes it, too.

Mimi November 15, 2009 at 9:59 am

We skip the salad on Thanksgiving. For dessert I make Indian Pudding, a classic from the north east (my dad’s family came from Maine). It’s made with cornmeal, molasses, date, raisin and spices served with whipped cream. A very controversial dessert among my cousins, you either love it or hate it.

Jill November 15, 2009 at 8:47 am

I’ve been enjoying your blog very much! It would be nice to be discovered, wouldn’t it?

We don’t usually eat salad on Thanksgiving, but I love all kinds of salads. If I had to quickly pick a favorite, I’d say Greek salad. Love the feta and olives!

gertrude November 15, 2009 at 7:48 am

We usually have potato salad with celery and lots of walnuts in it.

Suz November 15, 2009 at 7:30 am

i love a salad with spinach and dried cranberries.

maevedragon November 15, 2009 at 6:58 am

I guess that’s motivation to de-lurk!

I’ve been following your blog for a couple of weeks now and I really enjoy reading your version of recipes (the oatmeal cookies, monkey bread, and twirly buns are currently in my queue). I am also a former Hoosier: I now live in NC with my picky-eater of a husband and three hyper pet ferrets. Needless to say, I’m always in search of new recipes to try and feed my boy!

I’m not sure a salad was ever willingly made in my household when I was growing up (I’ve since changed my ways), so I’m afraid I’ll have to go with the classic pumpkin pie with whipped cream for our Thanksgiving entry. My grandfather and I demanded that there be a giant dollop of whipped cream on top of the pie before we’d eat any of it, so mom would always have to remember to add that to her shopping list.

Those pumpkin pies have motivated me to learn how to make my own pie crust because nothing ruins a good pie like dry, flavorless purchased crusts. Blegh.

Now, of course, I enjoy the mashed potatoes more than I do the desserts. Ah, growing up. 🙂

I hope you’re enjoying writing your blog and that you continue to enjoy it in the future.

Best wishes,


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