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I wish I could sit you all down at my table and just hang out. When Land O’Lakes approached me to participate in their Kitchen Conversations webinar, I jumped at the chance because it is a little like hanging out with some of my favorite food blogging people.

A little.

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We learned about some fun new things that Land O Lakes is working on — namely, Sauté Express® Sauté Starter. A great way to get a quick, flavorful dinner on the table. These little squares include all the butter and seasonings you need to whip up a super quick and easy dinner.

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We also chatted with some of my favorite people and food bloggers about their favorite kitchen and food trends.

Ree talked about meatballs. I love this food trend as well, just think of all the possibilities that meatballs present! Not only different flavors that you can add and different varieties of meat, but also uses of meatballs—on pasta, on skewers, on pitas, on lettuce wraps…

Sommer talked about comfort food gone global.

Brenda talked about grains including one of my favorites, quinoa.

Julie’s favorite food trend is Asian Influence.

And my favorite food trend mentioned during the webinar? Popcorn. Duh. Maria brought this one up and I obviously couldn’t agree more with her thoughts on how popcorn is an emerging food trend. As it well should be!

Make sure to visit all of their blogs for great recipes related to each of those food trends. Land O’Lakes also has tons of recipes on their site, as well as new recipes using Sauté Express®. I’m loving this BLT Pasta. I’m pretty much sold on everything BLT and this looks like it would be no exception!

Oh PS: How amazing is this giveaway?!?!?!

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GIVEAWAY OVER. Congrats to comment #443, Amanda!

Giveaway Details: One (1) winner will receive: One (1) full-value coupon for any Land O Lakes® Butter Half Sticks, one (1) full-value coupon for Sauté Express® Sauté Starter, serving bowl, half stick butter dish, measuring spoons, all from Anthropologie, and a Le Creuset cast iron skillet.

To enter (required): In a comment on this post, answer this question: What is your favorite food trend right now? Or what do you think should be a food trend? Or just say hi. Whatever, I’m not picky. Note: Comments may not show up immediately. I will moderate all comments within 24 hours.

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Giveaway will end on March 14th, 2013 at midnight EST. Winner will be chosen on March 15th, 2013  using random.org. Winner will be contacted via the email address used to leave a comment on this blog post. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. Open to US residents over the age of 18 only. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook in any way. No purchase necessary to enter. Please refer to my privacy policy for details regarding information collection. Prize will be shipped by Land O’Lakes.

Disclosure: I received product samples and a gift package from Land O’Lakes, including a serving bowl, measuring spoons, butter dish and skillet, for recipe development and review purposes. All opinions are my own, as always!