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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Pyrex: Proving my awesome plus a giveaway

I recently whined about missing an unexpected parcel delivery, and how it was going to eat away at me all day wondering what it was…while silently praying to the Vodka Gods that it would be a bubble wrapped George Clooney brandishing a Nespresso.

Alas, it was not.

Despite being bitterly disappointed at George’s no-show, I was buoyed by the contents of the box:

Pyrex 2 cup Measuring Jug and 2.8Ltr Easy Grab Casserole Dish


I love me some goodies, especially when they’re unexpected.

The lovely Kellie from Impact Communications sent this surprise parcel of Pyrex cooking goodies for me to do my worst, or rather, best.

And so I figured it was time to put up or shut up on the vege bragging front.

I regularly bang on about how I am known throughout all the land (or at least my own family) for the amount of vegetables I include in any given dish.

And so, thanks to my new Pyrex goodies, I present to you my Chicken and 10 Veg pie of awesome that totally compensates for a whole week's takeaway 2 minute noodles tinned spaghetti parentally irresponsible meals.  I'm working on reducing the length of the name.

Please, please, keep the oohing and aahing to a dull roar.

Now there’s a lot of ingredients, but it’s so full of vege goodness that it’s worth the 30mins prep time.

Here’s what you need:

 - 2 bottles of white wine (duh..)
 - 600g chicken, cubed (I prefer thigh for taste, but breast is also fine)
 - Olive oil and butter for cooking (don’t be scared…butter’s good for you now, haven’t you heard?)
 - 4 sheets puff pastry
 - 4 teaspoons crushed garlic
 - 1 teaspoon salt
 - 1 teaspoon pepper
 - 1 packet Continental Creamy Chicken soup mix
 - 1 of every veg you can get your hands on

Photophobic veg, absent from this display but absolutely harmed in the making of this recipe: peas and cauliflour

Now is when you crack open the first bottle of wine, as you look at all those ingredients you’re going to have to prepare….

I had totally typed up a mega huge blog post of every freaking step, but it's not rocket science.

So you cook all the veg.

Then you lightly brown the chicken - in 2 batches if you are not blessed with an enormous pan (not a metaphor).

Then you mix it all together and add the chicken soup mix, and low and behold - you have a savoury pie filling.

Whack it all in a Pyrex Easy Grab Casserole Dish and smugly admire your vege-filled work.  Mother of the year. Right here.

Slap the pastry on top, taking out your pent up frustration while stabbing a few air-holes in the top.

Cook that bad boy at 180C (350F) for 30mins.  Or, you know, 60mins if you are easily distracted by Twitter and wine. Ahem.
Action sequence. Please note the straw in the Pyrex Measuring Jug - I am nothing if not responsible with my wine consumption.

Ooh. Ahh.

Groundbreaking stuff.

You may note that the 2 bottles of wine are not mentioned in the recipe.

They are your reward and sustenance while preparing such an awesome meal.  Go nuts.

But not too nuts.  Not until you've finished using the knife.  Then knock yourself out (literally, or not).

Handy for those who find it necessary to measure their wine consumption.

Sit down with your Pyrex jug of wine and simultaneously wonder why wine glasses don't have handles for easy use, whilst brag on Twitter and Facebook about how you just created the ultimate healthy meal with a whopping 10 veg, many of which will cook down in the oven and be completely hidden from your discerning and suspicious offspring, come dinner time.

Toast yourself.  You deserve it.

I know it’s a lot of work and a lot of ingredients.  This serves our family of 5, with leftovers for #1Hubby’s lunch the next day.

I love that Pyrex is so durable - even I can't burn/bake forgotten meals into these.  Everything washes off.

Now, if you’re still with me….the good bit!

Thanks to WordStorm PR and Pyrex, I have a Pyrex 14 Piece Bake & Store Set to give away


To win

  1. Follow this blog because I need affirmation that someone other than my family are reading
  2. Follow on Twitter and/or Facebook for the same reason
  3. Comment below with your favourite Pyrex-friendly dish (mine is the wine, the pie comes a close second)


Entries close midnight (WST) Tuesday 17th July


The fine print
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  • Maximum two (2) entries per person:
  • One (1) entry for following
  • One (1) entry for commenting
  • Entries close midnight (WST)Tuesday 17th July
  • Winner posted on Facebook Page Wednesday 18th July
  • Winner has seven (7) days to respond before I fill my Pyrex jug up with wine to console myself, and then carry out a re-draw





146 comments:

  1. I make a similar dish to yours. Except I grate all the veg or process them down rather than chopping as I'm lazy. Also I tear up a block of feta cheese through the veggies for some dairy goodness.
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    I'm @sar_wah on twitter

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  2. I don't cook as often as society leads me to believe I should; but sometimes when I do I make this Lazy Lasagna

    1 packet ready to use dry lasagna sheets
    1 jar ready made lasagne cheese
    1 jar ready made lasagna sauce
    500g minced meat

    Step one, watch DP cook mince meat and then add the sauce

    Step two, tell DP to alternate layers of sauce, cheese and lasagna sheets

    Step three, cook until you can smell burned cheese in the air

    Step four, claim all the glory. the end.

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  3. Ye Olde Worlde Pasta Bake Extraordinaire. The recipe? Buy a jar of Dolmio and follow the instructions.

    Or, when I'm feeling creative, baked chicken marylands with chorizo and rosemary. Mmmmm, I'm slivating. Think I'll do that tonight.

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  4. I love creamy potato bake. Slice an onion and lay on the bottom of the dish. Thinly slice peeled potatoes and lay over onion, you could also add sliced sweet potato alternating between the potato layers. Sprinkle over chicken or vege stock (not too much) and pour over cream. Add a dash of pepper. Top with grated cheese, parmesan, cheddar or mozzarella. Bake for about 50 mins. Delicious :)

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  5. Looks great, I know what we are having for dinner tonight

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  6. Apple and rhubarb cobbler or crumble depending on where you live. Delicious ith a buttery crumb topping nd thick lashings of vanilla bean ice cream, yummy. Also a follower xx

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  7. Sweet potato casserole topped with molasses toasted pecan and brown sugar (who says veg can't be dessert?) it's the Alabama in me that loves this dish in winter. It's a family favorite and a bit of soul food to make you smile.

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  8. My favourite pyrex friendly dish would have to be vegetable Lasagne you need...
    375 g fresh lasagna sheets
    1 x 550 g jar pasta sauce
    500 g grated mozzarella cheese
    Grated parmesan cheese
    2 cups bechamel sauce
    2 cups sliced mushrooms
    2 cups fresh spinach leaves
    3 zucchini, sliced lengthwise
    500 g butternut pumpkin, peeled and sliced
    1 large sweet potato, peeled and slicedSpray zucchini, pumpkin and sweet potato with oil spray and bake at 180°C for about 20minutes.Place all the vegetables in a bowl and gently stir through a cup of pasta sauce.Spread a little sauce on the base of a lasagna dish and layer with lasagna sheets,vegetables, mozzarella, bechamel sauce and parmesan cheese. Gently press down eachlayer.Spread a final layer of pasta with sauce and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Cover with foil and bake at 180°C for about 1 hour.

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  9. Potato Bake, im like Homer when it comes to this dish *drool... Im yet to find anyone who doesnt love it... I always deliberately make too much so I can eat it for lunch the next day :o)

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  10. Neil & Cass NicholasJuly 11, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    hmmm, toss up between Lasagne and Potato Bake (original I know but I cook both rather yummo hehe)
    no packets, no premade, all fresh, quick and simple.

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  11.  I love doing a pasta bake or a roast of some sort.

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  12. Kelley @ magnetoboldtooJuly 11, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    mine would be the post I had yesterday where I was whining about only having a plastic measuring jug and not a fancy glass one.

    It is totes like the pyrex gods are teasing me.

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  13. I make a nifty banana bread in the glass loaf pan, and it is wonderful not having to scrub baked on banana bread bits off a tin! :)

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  14. I bake a Pumpkin pie using my grandmother's pyrex glass pie pan. Of course, topped with heavily whipped cream.

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  15. Potato bake made with cream and french onion soup:-)

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  16. I love to recreate my Grandma's Dutch Apple Pie; it is a family favourite that warms the heart and soul. 

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  17. following on facebook and twitter 

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  18. Following with Facebook and twitter

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  19. Spinach and pumpkin pasta bake

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  20. love pyrex :) so practical in our busy lifestyles :)

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  21. creamy rice pudding

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  22. Very funny blog, followed here and on Facebook.

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  23. Beef & Red Wine Pie; hubby Lurves red meat and I'll take the extra wine intake wherever I can get it quite frankly!

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  24. I love sliced potatoes in white wine baked in a pyrex dish 

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  25. I love a BERRY AND APPLE CRUMBLE... Quick and easy, so delicious!

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  26. I follow you on facebook, and follow this blog by email!,,,

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  27. Following your blog too!...

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  28. I love love love my mum's shephards pie in pyrex!

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  29. I love my darlings Potatoe bake with bacon,potatoes and cheese...yummeeee!!

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  30. Looks yummy and healthy and great to keep tummys happy in winter.

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  31. Lamb Casserole with Mashed Potato and melted cheese on top. 
    (Already following on Facebook and Twitter)

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  32. I love the potato bake
    so creamy and cheesy....
    Healthy? Oh yeah its got vegies - Potatos :)

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  33. 30 minutes is nothing in the bigger scheme of a day! All the benefits of a great, healthy meal can be achieved every day with a little planning!

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  34. Alr follow on facebook. Mine is Lasagne

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  35.  Ooooh pyrex! I've only got a jug because admittedly I'm the worst cook ever. BUT I love my pyrex jug, it's withstood 3 years so far of clumsy-ness and failed 'sauces'. The only dish I can cook without ruining? A cheat's sheppards pie. Cooked mince, craploads of veg (makes me feel like mother of the year too!) make gravy in pyrex jug & stir through, top with mashed potato & cheese and bake in oven until cheese is golden.

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  36. I use my mums old Pyrex dish for lasagne and I think of her when i make it.

    Love the jug for wine...I need that LOL

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  37. I follow on facebook and through GFC as Tarsh ...Thanks :)

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  38. Am following your blog and now a follower on Twitter. Already a liker on facebook.
    My fave Pyrex dish is Mum's potato bake, absolutely yummy!

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  39. My kid's love my Corn Chip casserole, really quick and easy to cook in a Pyrex casserole dish

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  40.  My favourite Pyrex friendly dish is lasagne.

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  41. Pyrex is pure genius. If I had more I would  use it for everything.  Our favourite Pyrex-friendly dish  would have to be Braised Steak & Onions followed closely Lasagne.

    I follow faithfully & FB.

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  42. Chicken broccoli bake.  The kids love it too!

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  43.  I like lasagne.  Cooks well in a pyrex dish and easy to get it out.

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  44. Nicolemariewatson85July 12, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    My fav pyrex freindly dishes are Lasagne, shepherds Pie and any sort of roast
    Pyrex jugs are perfect for making gravy in too. (well mine was until it got dropped)

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  45. Michelle WilliamsJuly 12, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    yummy casserole's all through winter cooked in pyrex

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  46. That sounds like such a yummy dinner! I love mixing in as many veggies as possible when I am cooking dinner - Chicken and Veggie Soup with Noodles is our favorite - our boys dont even realise how many veggies they are having :)

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  47. Food I love and this sounds great - can smell it already!

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  48. Stewed apple crumble. Delish. 

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  49. Almost anything is Pyrex friendly isn't it?! :P But to pick one, Lasagne!

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  50. Spinach and ricotta cannelloni nom nom nom

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  51. The  original.... Lasagne

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  52. Following on Facebook

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  53. I always cook Lasagne in our pyrex dish :)

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  54. Following via GFC, Twitter and Facebook :)

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  55. Liked on Facebook. I Love Pyrex because it is always so clean & fresh looking & feeling. Favourite dish is a Chicken Pie very similar to yours actually!

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  56. My super special family secret lasagne... in Pyrex of course ;-)

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  57. I love my mum's casserole dish with a lid, I don't own any pyrex :( but I love hers so i keep it as long as possible until she askes for it back (or she goes into my cupboard and hijacks it back)

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  58. I love a creamy potato bake almost as much as I love Pyrex. Both are so easy you can't possibly go wrong.

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  59. Following on Facebook, twitter and GFC

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  60. I love my lasagne in my Pyrex dish, i've tried it in several dishes but nothing makes it turn out as well as the Pyrex. 

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  61. I'm a blog follower, twitter, GFC, Facebook and email follower... the word Stalker comes to mind only i don't comment often because like i am now i tend to ramble on lol

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  62. Lasagne has to be my favourite

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  63. Liked on facebook. Also apple crumble is great for Pyrex--watch the apple bubble!

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  64. Nice one, thanks I follow

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  65. I use my Pyrex to make braised steak in onion gravy which is a great way to use cheap cuts to treat the family.

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  66. Gotta be Shepherds Pie...an old family favourite .

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  67. Potato bake - full of calories but it's so god-damned delicious.

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  68. Following on Facebook (Karen Freeman), Twitter (klftpg) and GFC.

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  69. following facebook
    following twitter - jasmine_07

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  70. Liked on Facebook.  Delicious apple pie perfectly cooked in the pyrex complete with a crispy bottom.  Yum!

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  71. Everything looks amazing. Liked and following.

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  72. Canneloni of whatever description I choose to throw together at a seconds notice :)

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  73. Following on facebook :)

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  74. That would have to be my Spinach Alfredo Pasta Bake and I am following on all three :)

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  75. Following on facebook
    I love baking my banana and coconut bread. Easy to bake and much too easy to eat too much!

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  76. Followed on Facebook.
    I love cooking my Ricotta and Spinach Canelloni in my dish. 
    Thanks for the new recipe.

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  77. MeganandzackbryersJuly 15, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    great blog!  now following on twitter and facebook!

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  78. Love your blog... keep up the great work.

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  79. Favourite Pyrex-friendly dish? My husband's lasagne rocks my world (and he uses a good slosh of wine so of course the rest of the bottle can't go to waste) because not only do I not have to cook but it's delicious...except for that time he dropped it and the ceramic (read very breakable) dish it was in.

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  80. alesha mcrobertsonJuly 15, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    great blog, will definitely be facebook follower now

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  81. Liked and followed. LOVE the blog, and your recipe (especially the wine). I do something similar with veggies, beef mince and cream of chicken soup, throw into pyrex dish when cooked, top with mashed potato and grated cheese and heat in oven until cheese melted and starting to brown. Kids love it.

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  82. I follow your blog, on twitter and facebook too.

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  83. My favourite Pyrex friendly dish is Toad In The Hole. Sausages and Yorkshire Pudding, all served with mash and gravy.

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  84. Following your blog, FB and twitter

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  85. Fave Pyrex dish meal  are Honey Soy Drumsticks with wedges :)

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  86. i use my extra large pyrex casserole dish with lid to cook my microwave risotto - I got this dish for my 21st birthday (I will be celebrating the 13th anniversary of said event this year).  I also use my 2ltr pyrex jug to make custard in the microwave.

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  87. oven baked pumpkin and feta risotto. 1/2 cup of wine in the dish the rest in the glass :)

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  88. Kay Gerritsen - BlaneyJuly 16, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    i love to cook lasagne in my pyrex

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  89. I use the Pyrex measuring jug when I make homebrew. Accurate every time

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  90. Plain old baked veg, potato, sweet potato, pumpkin, zucchini, capsicum, cherry tomatoes (they get all melty and delicious) toss everything in oil, salt, pepper and some honey and bake til cooked and crispy. OMG I could eat it all day long. 

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  91. Like you on facebook

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  92. my kids and I love a Pyrex shepherds pie!

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  93. im a big fan of the casserole dish,great for just about anything and great for mixing up that winter warmer casserole!

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  94. I love creme caramel,and you need to bake it in a dish of water

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  95. My favourite dish in Pyrex in Lasagne, shortly followed by Potato Bake. Yum!

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  96. Following on twitter @FunkieFrog, on Facebook and via GFC as Di from Max The Unicorn :)

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  97. I follow you on FB. My fvourite pyrex friendly dish is chocolate self saucing pudding!

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  98. Closely followed by macaroni and cheese :D

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  99. big fan of pyrex.  Willing to give that recipe a go.  Always trying to get more veg into the family meals :)

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  100. oops forgot to mention that my favourite pyrex dish is baked risotto

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  101. Chicken and Leek Lasagne! Love Pyrex (and my lasagne)!!

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  102. Anything my husband cooks in it!!

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  103. Following on twitter, email, facebook.

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  104. Following on twitter and G+ I own a 
     2.8Ltr Easy Grab Casserole Dish they ar ethe aboslute best I use it for baked dishes roast just about anything and yes they dont burn!

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  105. Fav dish is Mexican Rice...follow on facey

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  106. Following everywhere! I like food in my pyrex, as long as the play dough has been washed out properly.

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  107. Apricot chicken is a one-Pyrex dish microwave wonder, throw all of the ingredients in and microwave for 10 minutes, DONE!

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  108. Following on Twitter & FB - my favourite dish is Lasagne.

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  109. Following on Face book, my fav is "shephards pie" cause I always have the ingredients and my teens also don't know they are eating vegies, yes teens. This dish is also requires a carefully measured amount of white wine, once it is in the oven! 

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  110. has already been mentioned but I have to say Lasagne.  yummo.

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  111. Apple pie.  You can cook Apple Pie in almost any type of dish, but Pyrex is best. Virtually no washing up required, just add the cream/ice cream on top and eat straight out of the dish!
    Subscribed by email and following on FB

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  112. Following on Facebook, my fave is VEGGIE PASTA BAKE with bacon, it's made with milk and chicken stock (no cream which is kinder to my tush) and has bacon bits and sooooo many yummy veggies (like broccoli, cauli, zuccini and mushies) yet it tastes like Carbonara, it is sooooo good *drools* Actually I'm off to make a bake now (too bad it's too early for a glass of bubbly)...

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  113. Apple Crumble with extra butter in the Crumble top

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  114. Following on twitter and Facebook.
    My favourites are vegetable lasagna and hubby loves a lemon meringue pie

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  115. Eggplant  lasagne perfect size dish for a family of 3 or Perfect size for cannelloni  - :)

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  116. Too funny! Love Pyrex (Pyrex makes my appalling cooking almost look and taste decent - now that's saying something!!!). Jen:)

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  117. A sinfully creamy potato bake, with onion, bacon, 3 different cheeses and sour cream.. Yeah, so that's why I'm fat!

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  118. I love a good Potato Bake cooked in a Pyrex dish, and another favourite of mine is a delicious family recipee  Apricot Chicken dish. Oh and some yummy deserts like Apple and Rhubarb crumble and a Lemon Delicious Pudding also cook beautifully in a Pyrex dish, perfect for those winter nights. Hmm now what's for dinner tonight. :)

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  119. Cathryn G. GibsonJuly 17, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Pyrex truly rocks - must have for the kitchen!

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  120.  Pyrex are great for making custard in the microwave, or ditto for a good bechamel sauce

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  121. ps...following you on FB, forgot to add

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  122. Chicken and Broccoli Bake.  Absolutely delicious!   I love Pyrex, straight in the dishwasher it goes, no soaking or scrubbing - who can be bothered?

    Blog, fb and twitter follower :)

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  123. Impossible pie - one dish and very little washing up always make it in my Pyrex dish

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  124. Homemade chicken casserole - delicious and family friendly

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  125. Since I'm Italian I LOVE lasagne. I cannot get enough of it!

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  126. Im not Italian but lasagne is my all time favorite meal and would cook it minimum 3 times a month :)

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  127. Pasta Bake - quick, easy, filling and nutritious because I hide the kids vegetables in it :)

    Following blog, FB and Twitter :)

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  128. I'm following your blog and am a fan of Facebook. 

    I love a special dish ... a family recipe.  It is a mince, mash and macoroni dish and it is the family's favourite!

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  129. Wow, you're a very neat chopper!

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  130. Tuna pasta bake.  Quick, easy and also full of hidden veges. 

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  131. As a mum we know how fussy kids are.

     With 'Mummys special pie' -  I make a shephards pie, kids eat it all, and have eaten serve of 6 vegetables. Total win/win

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  132. BOO!! i'm stalking you on twitter and fb whilst eating my pyrexed Ratatouille  ;-)

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  133.  Is it possibly #1Hubby has finally read a blog post?  If that is you...so typical that it's a post about booze and food!

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  134.  Love it Liz.  #1Hubby keeps making half-assed offers to cook - usually at around 5:30pm when I'm almost plating up.  Maybe I should just give the kids an extra late arvo snack and call him on it next time he offers.  I would make an excellent back seat chef, directing and instructing and pointing out *ever so nicely* where he went wrong, heh.

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  135. Pyrex brings back my nans love of cooking to me

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  136. 2 of my favourites too!

    The #winning gods have deemed you the winner - congrats and woohoo and all that stuff!

    Please check your email for all the details.  Enjoy!

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