09 November 2010 ~ 167 Comments

President’s Choice Giveaway!

For some time now I have blogged (and basically told everyone who will listen) about how much I ADORE President’s Choice Products. They are high quality, affordable and delicious – that’s a perfect combination if you ask me! Since last year, PC has sent samplings of their new products for my review, and every time they do I am very pleased. At this time of the year when we start thinking about the holidays, entertaining comes to mind and automatically I think of PC products to simplify the process and impress my guests.

Recently, the folks at PC have generously offered an amazing prize for a giveaway at Cat Can Cook. The gift basket “President’s Choice Holiday Survival Kit” is valued at $100 and contains a huge assortment of beautiful PC products sure to please you and yours during the festive holiday season! Here they are:

MUST TRY! PC® The World’s Best Jumbo Cashews
MUST TRY! PC® 100% Ground Coffee – Hawaiian
MUST TRY! PC® Dark Chocolate with Cranberry and Almonds
MUST TRY! PC® Gourmet Belgian Chocolate Collection
NEW! PC® Premium Fruit and Nut Collection
NEW! PC®  Artichoke & Asiago Cheese Yogurt Dressing
NEW! PC® Thick Cut Pizza Flavour Rippled Potato Chips
NEW! PC® 100% Sparkling Fruit Juice – Kiwi Berry
NEW! PC® White Chocolate Covered Sponge Toffee
NEW! PC®  Butter Tart Square
NEW! PC®  Cinnamon Buns Mix
NEW! PC®  Cracker Collection
NEW! PC®  Chocolate Fruit Fancies
PC®  Baking Square Mix – Belgian Chocolate

A $10 PC® gift card to help stock your holiday survival kit with the MUST TRY! PC® Puff Pastry Hors D’Oeuvre Collection or the NEW! PC®  Angus Sliders Mini Angus Beef Burgers.

A copy of this year’s President’s Choice Holiday Insider’s Report to help entertain smarter, not harder this holiday season,

If you are a Canadian Resident and would like to enter for your chance to win this *amazing* gift basket courtesy of President’s Choice, all you need to do is leave a comment below (not on my Facebook Group) but right here at www.catcancook.com telling us about your favorite holiday food tradition. Simple enough? The contest will remain open for one week. I will randomly select one winner who has commented to receive this fabulous prize package which will be mailed!

Thanks President’s Choice & Goodluck everyone!

*Canadian Residents only please! Thanks 🙂

167 Responses to “President’s Choice Giveaway!”

  1. Cindy Hutton 9 November 2010 at 9:19 am Permalink

    Every year my husband’s side of the family get together for a big Christmas bake! We all choose something to bake and we get to take home a bit of everything! The best part of course is getting to share a fun day with family and making fun Christmas treats with the kids!

  2. Melissa 9 November 2010 at 9:26 am Permalink

    My favorite family ‘food’ tradition is having a huge turkey dinner with all the fixings. Followed by YUMMY homemade apple pies, cheescakes and other desserts! Also I usually bake a couple dozen cookies to give out to all my friends and family when I seen them!

  3. Crystal 9 November 2010 at 9:33 am Permalink

    Every Christmas eve we go to my moms house and we eat dinner there. My husband, myself, my nine children and my mother. Every year we eat the same thing. Yummy tortiere, with rice, corn and fresh bread. It is a French Canadian meal ( as my mother is French). We always open those crackers at the begining and wear those silly hats. The kids always love the little decks of cards or magic trick you find inside. Then dessert is always delectable. It is usually sex in a pan. A lovely fluffly pudding and Graham cracker dessert. The kids cannot wait until the next time!

  4. Samantha Fizzard 9 November 2010 at 9:36 am Permalink

    Love your recipes cat! My Favourite Holiday tradition would be baking all kinds of cookies with my mom and sister. we used to spend days at christmas time making all different kinds of cookies for Santa. I cant wait to start doing it with my own children.

  5. C. Arbuckle 9 November 2010 at 9:37 am Permalink

    I whole heartedly agree, they are coming out with some amazing new products!!

  6. Lori 9 November 2010 at 9:52 am Permalink

    Favourite holiday tradition is opening new pj/s on Christmas eve (wearing that night)and spending time with family. I have continued this tradition on with my two girls as well. Also the stocking opening has been a favourite and always so much fun to look inside and see what “santa” brought!!

  7. Jean 9 November 2010 at 9:53 am Permalink

    My favourite holiday recipe is for Red Pepper Roll-ups — an appetizer. Everyone looks forward to these yummy finger foods at our family party.

    I also always make Icebox Cookies — sugar cookies with red & green cherries & walnuts — can be mixed up, rolled in a long rope-like shape, cut & baked or stored in frig or freezer, ready to bake at a moment’s notice.

  8. Sarah Murphy 9 November 2010 at 10:06 am Permalink

    Our family tradition is to have a big “Newfie” dinner on Christmas Eve with my in laws. After the crowd leaves, I continue my childhood tradition of reading “The Polar Express” to my children, like my mom did for us every Christmas Eve. I still get weepy on the last 2 pages when his little sister can’t hear the bell any longer….

  9. Joyce Grandinetti 9 November 2010 at 10:09 am Permalink

    My favorite holiday tradition is having a seafood dinner Christmas Eve. There has to be at least 30 different dishes to taste at the table. I make this meal with my mother-in-law, who is Italian. These dishes are a varity of vegetable, seafood and a pasta dish with homemade sause. Yummy!!!

  10. Nicole Harrison 9 November 2010 at 10:10 am Permalink

    My Dad passed away 4 years ago this January. He really loved records and collected them. For Christmas one year I bought him a record player ornament for the tree that actually plays mini records. Each year now that he has passed on Christmas Day before we open gifts we put the ornament on the tree and each person gets to tell a story about Dad. We do this each year to remember him and so that the children who were young when he passed will always remember him and hear fun stories about there Grandpa who loved them so much.

  11. Linda 9 November 2010 at 10:23 am Permalink

    My favorite tradition would be of course having the whole family get together, share a wonderful meal and after everyone takes a turn telling what they are thankful for followed by a gift exchange game.

  12. Zolynne S. 9 November 2010 at 10:23 am Permalink

    My favourite holiday food tradition is the make ahead breakfast casserole that we eat on Christmas morning. My mother always insisted that we eat a full breakfast before the presents were opened, even if it was 6.30 in the morning. And now that I have my own family and host our own Christmas, we do the same thing. It’s SO much easier to just take it out of the fridge and pop it in the oven while the boys play with Santa’s stocking offerings. My mother was a genius, even then.
    😉 FAVOURITE TIME OF THE YEAR!!

  13. Jamie 9 November 2010 at 10:26 am Permalink

    My favourite family “food” tradition is always at my mom’s, on Christmas Eve…my sister and her family, my family, my mom, and really anyone else who wants to pop over sit around her kitchen table and eat “munchies”, anything from chips and dip, shrimp, hot dips and crackers, nuts, her famous bits and bites, and we just talk, and reminice about Christmas’ past, and laugh all night long. The kids open their pajama’s that they get every Christmas Eve, put them on, and we leave for home, only to get up, open our gifts from Santa and each other, and rush back over to mom’s for Christmas breakfast ( muffins, danishes, cinnamon rolls, and yes, leftover munchies..with coffee and bailey’s) and begin our present exchanges that take the entire day…we then eat more munchies, and get dinner prepared…by the time dinner is ready, we are so full from all the other stuff, that we can barely get our turkey into us, but somehow we all manage…I love sitting at mom’s table, when she leaves this world, Christmas will NEVER be the same, my mom is the glue that holds this family together, I can only hope that when she is gone, Ange and I can carry on the tradition with our children and their children. Merry Christmas, peace and love!

  14. Ruth Kennedy 9 November 2010 at 10:32 am Permalink

    the grandchildren and I make cookies & cupcakes decorate them and leave some for Santa & of course carrots for reindeer…we all open presents together on Christmas morning then the turkey gets dressed and cooked and we totally enjoy telling stories of the real meaning of Christmas and enjoying the day together as a family

  15. ashley 9 November 2010 at 10:51 am Permalink

    This prize looks fabulous !!!! and why wouldnt it presidents choice is amazing , this is a fantastic prize to have out around christmas time i would be bringing this to our big christmas dinner and it would be our snacks 😉 after all christmas is about sharing and friends and family. I am especially excited about christmas this year as our daughter will be 1 year old just after so this will be very special xoxox good luck to everyone

  16. Jen Barbour 9 November 2010 at 10:56 am Permalink

    My dad has a little music box that his Mother (Nana) got from her sister Jessie,not long after he was born,with a little card inside.The tune of the music box is “Auld Lang Syne”.Mt dad was born on the 18th of December and christmas was approaching,and when he was born he had to have surgery on his stomach that they didn’t think he’d survive from as he was just a little thing.Incidently,Jessie got the music box in Canada I’m sure,anyway,every year at the stroke of 12 on New Years,my Dad turns the TV sound off,and plays the tune just once.Has been a tradition for as long as I can remember 🙂

  17. Jacqueline Martin 9 November 2010 at 11:00 am Permalink

    My favourite holiday tradition is letting my children, who are now 25, 22, and 18 open one gift on Christmas Eve. The year that their father died I gave them each a framed picture of their Dad, and now 11 years later, I take that picture from each of them, wrap it up and they open it again on Christmas Eve. Then we sit and talk about him and it makes it feel like he is still with us. I hope to continue this tradition even when my kids start having kids so that their children will “remember” the grandfather they never met.

  18. Laurie Shaw 9 November 2010 at 11:14 am Permalink

    My favourite holiday tradition is Turnip Apple Casserole. It’s my great grandmother’s recipe and she would be so pleased to see that I’ve shared it with my partner’s family. I overdose on it – my mom makes it sugar-free for our family’s Christmas dinner. Then I make it with sugar for my partner’s family’s dinner. SO GOOD!!! It’s so pleasing to make these older recipes and feel the presence of our dearly departed.

  19. Maria Davies 9 November 2010 at 11:27 am Permalink

    My favourite holiday food tradition is christmas dinner. To start prawn cocktail and maybe smoked salmon. Then roast turkey, my mums stuffing (a great recipe past down from grandad) lashings of gravy, mashed potatoes, yorkshire puddings, honey roast parsnips, crispy roast potatoes and all the veggies all washed down with a glass or two. Followed by something sweet. This will be my first christmas in Canada so I cant wait to put some Canadian touches to it all and will keenly look for inspiration from this fabulous site.

  20. Danielle Strohan 9 November 2010 at 11:41 am Permalink

    Mine would have to be all the baking, getting everyone new PJ’s and cutting down our own Christmas tree every year gets better and better as my kids are 2 years and 10 months

  21. Darleen 9 November 2010 at 11:43 am Permalink

    My favorite holiday tradition is baking Christmas cookies, and the fruitcake. My mom actually makes fruitcake that is delicious – lots of rum!

  22. Erica T 9 November 2010 at 12:18 pm Permalink

    Our most awesome family tradition is making croquetten, when I make them this year, i’ll be sure to share them with you!!! With the best grainy Dutch Mustard you can find 🙂 The other one is making ollebollen, another great Dutch tradition, something like apple fritters, will have to share them with you too!!! Love your recipes, keep them coming, they make dinner hour so much more fun 🙂

  23. Dana M 9 November 2010 at 12:36 pm Permalink

    Our annual Christmas tradition is spending the morning at my in-laws where we have a BIG breakfast {13 people} with freshly squeeze orange juice, scrambles eggs, bacon, toast and waffles. Then we exchange gifts by the fire and just relax and enjoy one another’s company. I can’t name just one food so I would have to say the breakfast and dinner is always the best and there is never really room for lunch on Christmas Day 😉
    P.S…my fav recipe of yours is the Pineapple Salsa…we made it several times this summer!

  24. Jane 9 November 2010 at 12:51 pm Permalink

    What a fantastic giveaway! My favourite family tradition is having tortiere on Christmas Eve and sampling all of the delicious baking!!

  25. Julia K 9 November 2010 at 1:20 pm Permalink

    my favourite thing about the holidays is the family gatherings – and all the good food that comes along with them! Christmas day is the one day a year that we do a huge brunch, and then a big turkey dinner as well!!

  26. Hilde Winter 9 November 2010 at 1:36 pm Permalink

    Well, this might sound strange but when I was a teen, we moved to the ‘burbs so my parents and I used to go to church on Christmas Eve and then indulge in Chinese food. We either went out to a restaurant or ordered takeout. It seemed very practical since both my parents worked in the city and it was usually too late to cook by the time they made it home. Oddly, it was a tradition that “stuck” and I’ve been carrying it on with my own family. Christmas Day however meant feasting on turkey, home baking and best of all marzipan!

  27. Laurelie 9 November 2010 at 2:18 pm Permalink

    Going on our annual Christmas Light Walk! Whether it be down Candy Cane Lane or just our own neighbourhood with a thermos of hot chocolate and a lot of pretty lights to look at. I’m looking forward to carrying on the tradition with our son!

  28. Shannon Galbraith 9 November 2010 at 2:31 pm Permalink

    Ok so Catherine you are looking for fav food tradition, right? Ok so during the christmas season food traditions I feel go hand in hand with family traditions. I appologize mine go hand in hand.
    I think for me as a kid and into my early adulthood was on Christmas Eve when my moms sided of the family would do a come and go night at my grandparents house. We would all go over and share in a wide assortment of cheese, crackers, veggies & dip, drinks/punch and grandma’s cookies. We all had our favorite cookies of course and we all knew that in our gift from grandma there would be an extra few of our favorites. I was a very fortunate grand-daughter because I got to help bake them all. Mine were an almond cookie that she made. She passed away two years ago on Dec 27th. It is great to be able to take this time to look back and see how food and family was so wonderful at such a magical time of year.

  29. Tabitha 9 November 2010 at 3:44 pm Permalink

    My Favorite holiday food tradition is to have finger foods on Christmas eve and New Year’s Eve, it is just a mish mash of different finger foods, but it must always have Keilbasa! We have added to our selection each year but we always have are stand by’s! Hope I win, I LOVE PC products!

  30. Jennie 9 November 2010 at 5:37 pm Permalink

    My family’s favourite holiday foods are shortbread cookies and Nuts and Bolts. I remember both made by my Grandma as a kid and then by my Mom and now I carry on the tradition. mmmmm.

  31. Lauren 9 November 2010 at 5:44 pm Permalink

    My favorite food tradition is getting sent home with ooddles of left overs and eatting them over the next week… if they last that long! 😉
    cold turkey sandwiches … MMMMMMMMM

  32. Joanne 9 November 2010 at 5:44 pm Permalink

    Movies on Christmas Eve with the family!

  33. Nicole Evans-Beattie 9 November 2010 at 5:51 pm Permalink

    My mom’s stuffing. No one else can make it like her…even with the recipe! Take the ‘mom’ out, and it just doesn’t work!

  34. Kelkat 9 November 2010 at 8:06 pm Permalink

    My favorite holiday food tradition would be a new one since having my own children — everyone gets an early gift from Santa on Christmas Eve; new pjs. After getting into them we enjoy a yummy hot chocolate and some Christmas treats. My other favorite would be a fantastic hot roast beef dinner, just the 5 of us on a night that we have to ourselves during the busy Christmas season.

  35. Linda M. 9 November 2010 at 9:23 pm Permalink

    I love making traditional cut-out sugar cookies with my boys, as well as gingerbread cookies. We also decorate a gingerbread house each year. The whole family gathers for the event, and we snap lots of photos. My mom always hosts the turkey dinner, and it always turns out perfectly. Can’t wait!

  36. Jennifer 9 November 2010 at 9:29 pm Permalink

    I love PC too! My favorite holiday tradition is to have tons of finger foods around while dinner is cooking! PC has some great products such as their sausage rolls and mini quiche-so easy and soooo good! Food seems to bring everyone together doesn’t it?!

  37. Janine F. 9 November 2010 at 10:02 pm Permalink

    My favorite holiday food tradition is having my family over on Christmas Day and serving the foods my late Mom (whom I miss so much) would make at Christmas. This includes the traditional turkey dinner along with delicious Polish side dishes such as pierogi, bigos (sauerkraut stew), and golabki(cabbage rolls). For dessert, I love poppyseed strudel and krusti (deep fried bowties sprinkled with powdered sugar). I have also added various PC hors d’ouevres over the years. We truly enjoy food during the holidays. Happy Holidays to All!

  38. Tara Collyer 9 November 2010 at 10:14 pm Permalink

    My favorite holiday food tradition is one that my husband’s family started a while ago. Each Christmas Eve we go to his Aunt’s house where we nibble on pretty much every appetizer that’s out there. We eat, eat, eat and enjoy each other’s company until the wee hours of the morning. 🙂

  39. cheryl 9 November 2010 at 10:15 pm Permalink

    Christmas is about traditions for me. The days leading up to Christmas-coming home from school and smelling the baking as I walk into the door. The family cookie recipes that have been handed down generation to generation. Standing on a chair pushed up to the counter so I can help grandma decorate the ‘grandma cookies’ with peppermint icing and sprinkles. Laughing together and stealing bites in between. That special warm feeling of just being there. Traditions that I will share with my grandchildren when they come along.

  40. Joanne 9 November 2010 at 11:04 pm Permalink

    when i was little, we went to Nana and Grandpa’s for dinner. it was a big deal, because their long driveway was always clogged with snow.
    later on, when i was a teenager, i always ventured out to see my bestfriend, who lived about half an hour away. her mum and dad always had the craziest “canadian” cookies, i think you called them stained glass??? fill me in here, woman.
    my twenties and thirties have involved me getting up at five-thirty am, to open gifts with my relatives living in ontario…passing the phone around and striving to hear reactions, etc. all while sipping on bailey’s in my morning cup of coffee.
    thank you, catherine, for being part of my traditions. xoxo

  41. Beth Cherry 9 November 2010 at 11:21 pm Permalink

    my favorite holiday food tradition really wasn’t christmas dinner. My fairly dysfunctional family didnt always get along on a daily basis (understatement lol) and every year just before christmas we would all come together to put the christmas tree up together. we would put the christmas cartoons on and sing along to rudolph or laugh at “you’ll shoot your eye out” No one cooked…we ordered pizza. HA! But it was my favorite time because we got to sing and laugh and enjoy decorating the tree all together.

  42. Barb 10 November 2010 at 6:37 am Permalink

    My aunt, uncle and cousins would always come to our house on Christmas day for the evening meal, and my aunt would make plum pudding, with brandy sauce and real whipped cream. It was so wonderful, and we all enjoyed a small portion even though we were stuffed from the main course! My aunt has passed away, and we still make plum pudding, brandy sauce, and whipped cream, to share and think of the grand times we had when we were young, and shared Christmas Day with all of our cousins.

  43. Kristen 10 November 2010 at 1:09 pm Permalink

    Every year when we would put up the tree we would have a tree trimming party. There would be Christmas music, a fire in the fireplace and eggnog. My mom would prepare cheese trays and other hors d’ouvres. We would snack and reminisce about Christmases past. It was cozy and a wonderful way to kick off the Christmas season. Last year was our first year without my mom and I continued this tradition with my own child. I plan on doing it every year.

  44. Heather 10 November 2010 at 2:43 pm Permalink

    My mom always made a mountain of gingerbread boys (& stars, trees, angels, etc) for us to decorate. She even went so far as to make them for all of the kids in our class, which she then brought to school complete with icing bags, and everyone got to decorate one.

    Unfortunately what started as a tradition became a chore to us kids as we were put to work many evenings (at least that is MY recollection) going around the dining room table finishing off the decorating!

    Now I am starting it with my kids and they love it!

  45. Joan MacDonnell 10 November 2010 at 5:56 pm Permalink

    My favourite Christmas Holiday Food Tradition is making real shortbread cookies, the kind you have to knead and knead and knead and then magically the texture changes and you have a shortbread that is dense and buttery but not sugary. And then of course there is the homemade individual mincemeat tarts made with a bit of rum and Mom’s Honey Butter tarts and Dream Cake made with Almond Icing. Yum, Christmas is all about making and eating goodies.

  46. elisa bet 10 November 2010 at 6:41 pm Permalink

    My Parents brought a tradition with them when they moved to Canada many years ago, that is still observed every year..and my children grew up with it as well, and that is opening all of our presents on Christmas Eve. I can still smell the delicious meal my Mother would prepare, and listening to Bing Crosby, Elvis, Andy Williams and many others on the stereo! After our Christmas dinner, once Mom and Dad got comfortable, one of us eight kids would play Santa and hand out the Christmas Gifts. Well, I must tell you that you couldn’t even see the carpet by the time we got through..no worries about cleaning all the paper until we were finished! Then came the drinks and chocolates, more deserts..we would stay up well into the morning,the older we got. I wouldn’t have it any other way!!!

  47. samantha 10 November 2010 at 6:42 pm Permalink

    My Parents brought a tradition with them when they moved to Canada many years ago, that is still observed every year..and my children grew up with it as well, and that is opening all of our presents on Christmas Eve. I can still smell the delicious meal my Mother would prepare, and listening to Bing Crosby, Elvis, Andy Williams and many others on the stereo! After our Christmas dinner, once Mom and Dad got comfortable, one of us eight kids would play Santa and hand out the Christmas Gifts. Well, I must tell you that you couldn’t even see the carpet by the time we got through..no worries about cleaning all the paper until we were finished! Then came the drinks and chocolates, more deserts..we would stay up well into the morning,the older we got. I wouldn’t have it any other way!!!

  48. Melanie Siebert 10 November 2010 at 8:08 pm Permalink

    Our favourite holiday food tradition is our traditional “Friday night junk food night” for family Christmas. We all bring appetizers and pig out for supper; the kids love it because the meal is usually veggie-free and they’re allowed to eat as much junk as they want 🙂 Good times!!

  49. Suzanne 10 November 2010 at 9:32 pm Permalink

    I love PC products too! My favourite food Christmas tradition is a traditional turkey stuffed with bread, onions, raisins, apples, sage, and of course butter to make a delicious stuffing! Nothing yummier on Christmas Day. Christmas Eve was always our German family tradition with German weiners, my aunt’s delicious red cabbage, and her famous lemon glaze bundt cake.

  50. Laura 11 November 2010 at 9:53 am Permalink

    Growing up, my siblings and I would all have to sit on the stairs while my mom got breakfast out and started a fire (in the fireplace). We would know it was almost time to come down when she would turn on the set of mice that would play Christmas carols by ringing different bells. Now we are all worried about who will inherit that set of mice!


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