Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Lay's Taste From Home Recipe and Giveaway (US)

 If you've done much traveling around the US, or even if you've just met people from different parts of the country either in person or from blogs, I'm sure you're aware that each part of the country seems to have it's own flair when it comes to cooking. Each region has it's own unique flavors that separate it from the rest of the country.

Of course as people move around, these cuisines mix, combine, and adjust as families bring their recipes to their new homes. But for all that, there are still certain dishes and remind you of home no matter where you find them.


Frito Lay is hosting a Taste From Home Recipe Contest in which I was invited to participate. They want to celebrate the unique flavors and cuisines from all across the country, and have asked for a recipe that reminds me of home.


I live in the Mid-west, and as I was considering what specific kind of food our region is known for, I couldn't come up with anything specific. We're right here in the middle of the country and seem to enjoy the flavors gathered from many parts of the country. I kept thinking. When I think of home, what kind of food do I think of.


Simple, comforting, easy to prepare. This is what I think of. The people I know here in the Mid-West seem to like simple, homely, comforting dishes. We don't do lots of frying like those in the South. Our specialty isn't sea food, or spicy cajun food although that's not to say we don't like those things and serve them on occasion. For us here in the mid-west, I'd say our specialty is just down home simple dishes like these potatoes I created for our family.



Cheesy Cheddar Potatoes

7-8 medium red potatoes
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Scrub potatoes and cut into bite size pieces. In a medium/large pot, steam potatoes until tender.

Meanwhile, melt butter in a saucepan. Whisk in flour until smooth. Add milk and stir. Cook on medium/high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture begins to boil. Add salt and pepper. Continue cooking and stirring until sauce thickens. Turn heat to low and add cheese. Stir until cheese has melted.

Once potatoes have cooked, spoon then into a greased 1 1/2 quart baking dish. Pour sauce over potatoes and stir to combine. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until top begins to brown and bubble. Let sit about 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

In addition to the Taste From Home recipe contest, Frito-Lay has also celebrated the regional flavors from around the US with 5 special flavors of potato chips!


These chips were inspired by popular American regional cuisine and include:

Northeastern U.S. – Lay’s Honey Mustard
Midwestern U.S. – Lay’s Creamy Garden Ranch
Northwestern U.S. – Lay’s Balsamic Sweet Onion
Southwestern U.S. – Lay’s Chipotle Ranch
Southeastern U.S. – Lay’s Cajun Herb & Spice

All of the Lay’s Regional Flavored potato chips are made with all natural ingredients, and are cooked in healthier oils so they contain 0 grams of trans fats per serving! There’s also less sodium in them than you might think – a 1-oz serving of our Lay’s Regional Flavored potato chips contains less salt than a plain bagel!

How would you like to win a bag of each of these five flavors? Frito-Lay is generously offering one of my readers their very own variety pack of these regional flavors! Don't they all look yummy?! I would especially love to try the Cajun Herb & Spice and the Chipotle Ranch flavors.


The Giveaway: Complete the mandatory entry below and any additional entries you want to, and make sure you include your e-mail address!!

Mandatory Entry:
Tell me what flavors or recipes remind you of home or tell me which flavor you'd be most excited to try AND leave me your e-mail address.

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*Share this giveaway with friends through e-mail and let me know you did (1 entry)
*Comment on any non giveaway blog posts and tell me which one (1 entry)
*Enter the Starry Home Crafts giveaway (1 entry)


This giveaway is open to the US only. The giveaway will close on August 24th, and the winner will be chosen by random.org and notified by e-mail. The winner has 48 hours to get back to me with their address or a new winner will be chosen.
Disclosure: This post is my entry into the recipe contest. Also Frito-Lay has provided the prize pack for this giveaway.

180 comments:

freesocial said...

I would like to try chipolte ranch, sounds good
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ShyBabies said...

I would like to try the garden ranch
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tamiv said...

I would like to try the Honey Mustard!
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i would love to try the chipotle ranch.. yum!!
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Laura said...

I think Creamy Garden Ranch sounds great!

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DeeAnn S said...

I'm most anxious to try the Balsamic Sweet Onion chips. I love sweet onion kettle chips, but with the addition of balsamic, these are gonna be fantastic. Thanks.
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anne said...

I think the chipotle ranch sounds divine!
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Owen's Mom said...

I think you hit it right on the nose... cheese and potatoes are always comforting. Cream and sour cream also make my tummy happy.
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I really want to try the creamy garden ranch!
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id like to try the chipotle ranch
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Renee G said...

I'm looking forward to trying the honey mustard chips.
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noreen said...

Balsamic sweet onion
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bukaeyes said...

I'm excited to try the Chipotle Ranch!
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I would like to try the chipotle ranch
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I would love to try the chipotle ranch!

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Audrey said...

Foods that remind me of home are taco soup, okra & tomatoes, and chocolate chip pancakes. :) I would really like to try either the cajun or the balsamic...cajun sounds REALLY good, but balsamic makes me curious! :)

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I'd like to try the Creamy Garden Ranch!

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I'd like to try the Creamy Garden Ranch.
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Ashley said...

chicken n' dumpling and mac and cheese remind me of home.

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jenspurg said...

Would love to try the Cajun Herb and Spice.
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Julie said...

Midwestern U.S. – Lay’s Creamy Garden Ranch try this
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mom2gabnnat said...

Honey Mustard would be my favorite chip to try.
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pmj said...

the cajun herb and spice
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meredith m said...

i would like to try chipolte ranch
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want to try cajun herb and spice
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Andrea D said...

chipolte ranch sounds great


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i'd like to try the garden ranch!
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Amanda said...

Please disregard my prior comment, I'd delete it if I could! I'm most interested in trying the Honey Mustard. My email is connected to my Google account, but here you go... mssluna02@gmail.com

Thanks for the giveaway!

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TINA said...

i would like to try the chipotle ranch
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Bonnye said...

I am excited to try the creamy ranch! But they all sound yummy!
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Mandy said...

Creamy garden ranch!
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katychick said...

honey mustard remind me of home- i'd be excited to try it
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LAMusing said...

Honey Mustard sounds yummy!
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Norma said...

They all sound good- I'd like to try the Balsamic Sweet Onion
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Laura said...

I'd like to try the Creamy Garden Ranch.

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trista said...

I am excited to try Lay’s Balsamic Sweet Onion.
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Sarita said...

the balsamic onion sounds great.

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Dani said...

I want to try chipotle ranch
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Kristin said...

I'd try the Lay's Creamy Garden Ranch.

Carolsue said...

I guess the Balsamic Sweet Onion remins me most of home, but I'd rather try the Cajun Spice chips!
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I would like to try the Cajun flavor

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I would like to try the Balsamic Sweet onion
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Amber L. said...

I want to try the Cajun Herb & Spice the most...yum

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chipotle ranch sounds yummy!
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nikia said...

I would like to try Lay’s Chipotle Ranch yum

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would love to try the creamy garden ranch.

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Creamy garden ranch!
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Hilary said...

Creamy Garden ranch sounds divine!

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I would love to try Lay's Chipotle Ranch :)

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Kim said...

I really want to try the Sweet Onion!
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kpintn said...

I like spicy and I like ranch............so the Chipolte Ranch sound lke a flavor I would love!
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Beau said...

cajun herb and spice has the flavors of my hometown!

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i REALLY want to try the Creamy Garden Ranch and the Garden Tomato and Basil!

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lewalk said...

I'm a Louisiana southern girl, born and bred, so the Cajun Herb and Spice sounds the best to me and is on top of my list to try.

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I'd like the chipotle ranch

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They all sound great, but I would most like to try the balsamic sweet onion. The tomato and basil reminds me of home, because of my dad's garden!

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I;d like to try the chipotle ranch chips. I love anything with chipotle in it. I think that flavor reminds me of my moms cooking growing up. She was pretty adventorous in the kitchen. :)

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Hifam said...

I think the creamy garden ranch sounds best. Garlic mashed potatoes remind me of home. Yum.
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