This week I attended a Macy's event for Martha Stewart's new book One Pot. I was able to meet Martha briefly and get my copy of it signed!  Want to win a copy of your own? Macy's was generous enough to give me an extra copy for one lucky Que Pasa NYC reader. Read on to learn how to enter.

One Pot contains 120+  recipes for easy meals made in one of the following cooking vessels: Dutch Oven, Skillet, Sauté Pans,  Slow Cooker, Roasting Pan, Baking Dish, Pressure Cooker, Stockpot and Sauce Pan. At the moment I'm most interested in the slow cooker section since we've got a new crockpot that's helping us to prepare home cooked meals despite our busy work schedules.  The stand out amongst those recipes is the Bacon Potato Soup.  As soon as the weather is cool enough this is getting made!

At the event I was able to sample the  Arroz con Pollo, which was hearty, delicate and delicious. One of the other chicken recipes I'm looking forward to tasting is the Lamb and Apricot Stew.  And before I forget, One Pot also includes dessert recipes. The Giant Almond Crumble Cookie and Molten Chocolate Cupcakes are calling to me.

So here's how you enter to win your very own copy of One Pot.  Leave a comment below telling me which one pot you use most often or want to use more. The deadline for entering is 11:59 pm PST pm on Sunday, October 12, 2014. You can extra entries by tweeting about the contest (up to 1x per day) or following us on social media.

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UPDATE: The first 5 Que Pasa NYC Followers who find me at this event will receive a free copy of the book!  I'll be there on Tuesday by 5:30.  Tweet at @latina_sweetie at that time for info on where to find me.

Culinary goddess Martha Stewart has a new cookbook, One Pot, wherein she shares recipes and tips for making all-in-one meals cooked in one pot. I'm really excited to get my hands on the book because while I love home cooked meals, after a 9 hour work day I only have so much energy to expend. Thinking about a main dish and sides can often feel daunting, so keeping it to one pot can make cooking a weekday meal much more manageable.

The One Pot book release is on September 23rd, and if you're a big Martha Stewart fan living/working in New York City you should head to Macy's on that day!  While One Pot books cannot be purchased at Macy’s, you can receive one with a $75 Macy’s Home purchase made between September 15th and 23rd. You'll also receive a $10 gift card.* More importantly, Martha will be in-store on 9/23 at 6 pm for a book signing and you'll have the chance to meet her and sample some of the recipes from the book.

So if you had a Macy's home purchase on your to-do list, now's the time to pull the trigger and get the Martha Stewart One Pot bonus! Hope to see you there!

Where: Macy's Herald Square, New York City; Lower Level Cellar

When: September 23, 2014; 6:00pm

*One per customer, while supplies last, while time permits. Macy's gift card valid September 23-30, 2014. Gift card and Martha Stewart book will be distributed September 23rd. Event subject to cancellation or change. 

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Labor Day weekend is here and we're packing our bags for Minnesota. Neither of us has ever been to Minnesota. We don't have family or friends there. And before two years ago, other than the Mall of America, I can't say it was on my radar of places I wanted to visit. So why spend the last days of summer traveling there? We're taking a gastronomic adventure to the Minnesota State Fair.

I first read about the event in this 2012 article in Saveur magazine. and have been trying to convince Ethan to go with me ever since. [Side note: A brainy and exemplary piece of food writing] As this has been our year of stateside travel, it made sense that my fat kid fantasy of fair food would finally be fulfilled.

There are 28 new food additions to the fair in 2014 and this list alone makes it clear that even if we ate every meal during our 3.5 day trip at the fairgrounds, we would barely make a dent in the full menu of available options. Chicken in a waffle, Bacon On A Stick, Hot Apple Dumplings, Crab Fritters... No matter what we choose to eat, I don't think we can go wrong. 

We're looking forward to sharing the details of our next culinary excursion with you when we return!

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Water is always our beverage of choice.. We don't purchase soda unless we're hosting a get together and want some as a mixer. Part of the reason is that we're mindful of the calories. Every once in a while we're looking for a beverage to treat ourselves with a fruity flavor without too much sugar. Cascade Ice Water fits that request. They have zero calories and no caffeine, sodium, or carbs! We received five flavors to sample at home: McIntosh Apple, Coconut Pineapple, Blueberry Watermelon, Orange Mango and Raspberry Lemonade. They were all delicious! My favorites have been the Apple and Coconut Pineapple flavors.

Cascade Ice has several cocktail recipes on their website using some of the mixers they make, but honestly, these sparkling waters taste so delicious you use them too.  I decided to mimic the flavor of a piña colada (while avoiding the crazy calories from the coconut cream!) by adding to parts of the Coconut Pineapple flavor to one part rum. Mmm, mmm, mmm. Next time, I'll try mixing it with ice in the blender for a frozen treat. Or maybe even put them into frozen pop molds. The idea wheel is spinning for sure!

Want to try them for yourself? Find retailers who carry the brand here. You can also try your luck below and enter to win a case of your own! The entry period ends at 11:59 PM PST on Sunday, August 10th.  Good luck!

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