Jun 27
2012

California Avocado 4th of July Blast Link-Up {Giveaway}

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Chilled Avocado Soup

It’s time for the California Avocado 4th of July Blast! That means that Kristen of Dine and Dish, the people of the California Avocado Commission and I want to see your favorite recipes using California avocados. Last week Kristen shared some beautiful Salmon Sliders with Tangy Avocado Sauce and I whipped up a Chilled Avocado Soup with Coconut Milk. What do you have for us? Guacamole? Salads? Sandwiches? It’s all fair game, as long as that creamy, green fruit is a part of it. On top of a fun link-up party, there are some pretty awesome prizes available.

How do you join the party? Here are the details:

1) Get busy cooking with California avocados and post the recipe on your blog. You can enter up to 3 recipes. It is fine to use recipes that are previously posted on your blog, as long as you add the info in 3).

If you don’t have a blog, that’s okay. Just leave your recipe in the comments section of the post on Dine & Dish or Cookin’ Canuck.

2) During the link-up week (June 27 – July 4, 2012), add the link to your California Avocado post to the widget on either Dine & Dish or here on Cookin’ Canuck (scroll to the end of this post to find the link-up tool). You only need to add it on one site, but it will show up on both.

Please leave a comment to let me know you linked up.

3) Somewhere in your post, please include the following “Join Dine & Dish and Cookin’ Canuck for the California Avocado 4th of July Blast, sponsored by the California Avocado Commission.”

In your recipe ingredients list, you must include “California avocado(s)” as one of the ingredients.

Both of these must be included in your post for a chance to win the giveaway, and it must link to Dine & Dish, Cookin’ Canuck and the California Avocado Commission.

That’s right, I said giveaway!

Our friends at the California Avocado Commission are giving party participants the chance to win over $1600 in giveaway items!

The grand prize on each of our blogs will include one $500 USD American Express gift card and a California Avocado basket valued at $75 USD.

The second prize on each of our blogs will include one $250 USD American Express gift card.

Now, that’s a party, right?

4) Do you want to help us spread the word on social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram? Here are a couple of ways to do so:

Tweet about your avocado recipes, using the hashtag #CaAvoBlast. Encourage others to share their recipes, using the sample tweet seen below.

Instagram: Add photos of your avocado recipes to your Instagram account, using the hashtag #CaAvoBlast.

5) OPTIONAL: If you’ve already linked up a recipe and would like to earn additional entries, leave separate comments for each of the steps listed below. If you already follow/”like” the California Avocado Commission, just let me know that in your comments.

1. Follow California Avocados on Twitter.
2. “Like” California Avocados on Facebook.
3. Tweet about this giveaway and leave me the Twitter link in the comment section.

Sample tweet: Join @dineanddish & @cookincanuck for #CaAvoBlast. Share your @Ca_Avocados recipes. $1600 in prizes. Please RT. http://bit.ly/NKF4rk

The giveaway is open only to U.S. residents but, if you live elsewhere, please still feel free to share your avocado recipes.

The winner will be chosen using random.org and will be notified via email, so please make sure your email address is correct. You will have 48 hours to respond to me, or a new winner will be chosen.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!



Disclosure: This post and the party is sponsored by the good people at the California Avocado Commission.

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{ 77 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jess June 27, 2012 at 8:16 am

I linked up my recipe for Avocado Quinoa Salad!

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2 Jess June 27, 2012 at 8:16 am

I also linked up my recipe for Black Bean Guacamole!

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3 Jess June 27, 2012 at 8:17 am

I like Ca_avocados on Twitter (as @Floptimism)

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4 Jess June 27, 2012 at 8:17 am

I also like California Avocado Commission on FB (as Floptimism)

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5 Jess June 27, 2012 at 8:18 am

And I tweeted about the giveaway! (url: https://twitter.com/floptimism/status/217984678408368128)

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6 Baking Serendipity June 27, 2012 at 9:25 am

I linked up my Grilled Pineapple and Avocado Bacon Guacamole!

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7 Heidi / foodiecrush June 27, 2012 at 10:17 am

What a great giveaway and how much do I love avos! Yips to you and Kristen for hosting and looking forward to seeing all the recipes!

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8 JulieD June 27, 2012 at 11:33 am

I just linked up my avocado smoothie. Thanks, Dara!

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9 JulieD June 27, 2012 at 11:34 am

I already follow California Avocados on twitter, I’m @TheLittleKitchn.

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10 JulieD June 27, 2012 at 11:34 am

I already like CA Avocados on facebook!

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11 JulieD June 27, 2012 at 11:35 am
12 Stephanie, The Recipe Renovator June 27, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Hi Dara! Thanks for the opportunity to share my recipes with other avocado lovers! I’m not entering the contest, but I shared three of my favorites. :)

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13 Sarah @ The Cyclist's Wife June 27, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I ♥ California avocado’s. I’m lucky to live in CA where they are available all year. I shared my Asian Turkey Burgers topped with sliced California avocado at #21. Thanks for hosting!

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14 Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. June 27, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I linked up my crazy guacamole recipe!

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15 caren magill June 27, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Liked, linked and tweeted. Anything for an avocado :)

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16 Stacey S June 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm

I am now following the California Avocado Commission. :)

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17 Stacey S June 27, 2012 at 5:31 pm

I am now following the California Avocado Commission on Twitter

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18 sippitysup.com June 27, 2012 at 5:58 pm
19 Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious June 27, 2012 at 6:15 pm

I linked up my Avocado Lemon Grass Ice Cream! Yippee!

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20 Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious June 27, 2012 at 6:20 pm

I already follow the California Avocado Commission on Facebook (as Dorothy Reinhold).

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21 Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious June 27, 2012 at 6:21 pm

I already follow CA_Avocados on Twitter (as Shockinglydlish)

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22 Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious June 27, 2012 at 6:22 pm
23 Heather @girlichef June 27, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Thanks so much for the invite, I’ve linked up my salad! =) And thanks for the chance to win!

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24 Heather @girlichef June 27, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I follow California Avocados on twitter (@girlichef)…

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25 Heather @girlichef June 27, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I “like” California Avocados on Facebook (Heather Dar Schmitt-Gonzalez).

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26 Heather @girlichef June 27, 2012 at 7:10 pm
27 Valentina June 27, 2012 at 8:24 pm

How fun — I LOVE celebrating avocados! Just linked up my Roasted Poblano Guacamole! http://cookingontheweekends.com/2012/06/roasted-poblano-guacamole-recipe/

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28 torviewtoronto June 27, 2012 at 8:24 pm

delicious looking avocado soup and lovely links

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29 Jill~a SaucyCook June 27, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Thanks for including SaucyCooks Dara! We are linked and loaded, Tweeted and duly noted on FB page! I love avocados and will post my Avocado, Coconut, Basil and Mint Frozen Treat Friday after it is published.
Cheers~Jill

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30 Dana @ Foodie Goes Healthy June 27, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Dara, thank you so much for letting me know about the link up. I linked my Sweet/Savory Crunchy/Smooth Salad recipe. I tweeted to help spread the word too.

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31 Apron Strings June 27, 2012 at 11:47 pm

We linked up! Looking forward to trying some of these great ideas, too!

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32 Apron Strings June 27, 2012 at 11:49 pm

We followed on Facebook . . .

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33 Apron Strings June 27, 2012 at 11:50 pm

. . . and followed on Twitter . . . .

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34 Apron Strings June 27, 2012 at 11:50 pm

. . . and Tweeted about it here: https://twitter.com/OurApronStrings/status/218218367436337152

Cheers!

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35 Valentina June 27, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Just linked my Avocado Zucchini, Olive Oil Bread & my Double Chocolate Avocado Cookies. :-)

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36 Valentina June 27, 2012 at 11:53 pm

I “liked” CA Avocado Commission on FB (as Valentina K. Wein & Cooking On The Weekends).

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37 Valentina June 27, 2012 at 11:55 pm

I am already following CA Avocado Commission on Twitter — https://twitter.com/CA_Avocados

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38 Valentina June 27, 2012 at 11:58 pm

I just tweeted about the Avo Blast! Here’s the link: https://twitter.com/cookingweekends

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39 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen June 28, 2012 at 7:27 am

I linked up my Avocado Chicken Quesadillas and thanks for the invite!

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40 Priscilla | She's Cookin' June 29, 2012 at 12:23 am

My Spring Radish and Avocado Crostini has joined the party!

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41 Priscilla | She's Cookin' June 29, 2012 at 12:33 am

My Spring Radish & Avocado Crostini and I have been stalking the CA Avocado on Twitter for awhile now :) http://shescookin.com/2012/03/29/spring-radish-and-avocado-crostini/

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42 Laura @ Family Spice June 29, 2012 at 7:51 am

I linked up my Avocado Hummus!

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43 Laura @ Family Spice June 29, 2012 at 7:52 am

I linked up my Tomatillo Roll with Cream Cheese & Avocado!

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44 Laura @ Family Spice June 29, 2012 at 7:52 am

I linked up my Fish Ceviche with Avocado!

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45 Laura @ Family Spice June 29, 2012 at 7:53 am

I already love/like CA Avocados on Facebook AND Twitter!

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46 Laura @ Family Spice June 29, 2012 at 7:55 am

Just tweeted the contest http://twitter.com/#!/familyspice

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47 Laura @ Family Spice June 29, 2012 at 8:37 am

Instagramed all the tomatillo roll pictures. Having issues doing the rest. Curse you Instagram! Will try later today. Thanks for letting me know about your roundup/contest. Have a great weekend, Dara!

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48 Barbara @ Barbara Cooks June 29, 2012 at 3:19 pm

I linked up my recipe for Melon, Avocado & Prosciutto Open-faced Sandwiches!

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49 Barbara @ Barbara Cooks June 29, 2012 at 3:19 pm

I follow CA Avocado Commission on Twitter

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50 Barbara @ Barbara Cooks June 29, 2012 at 3:20 pm

I like CA Avocado Commission on Facebook

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51 Barbara @ Barbara Cooks June 29, 2012 at 3:22 pm

I tweeted about the giveaway!

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52 Rachel {Studio Cuisine} June 30, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Linked up to the #CaAvoBlast Party!

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53 Rachel {Studio Cuisine} June 30, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Following CA Avocados on Twitter!

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54 Rachel {Studio Cuisine} June 30, 2012 at 12:09 pm
55 Natalie July 1, 2012 at 12:38 pm
56 Natalie July 1, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Also linked up my Gazpacho!

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57 Natalie July 1, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Liked California Avocados on facebook

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58 Natalie July 1, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Followed California Avocados on twitter! :-D

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59 Natalie July 1, 2012 at 12:44 pm

I tweeted about the giveaway!
https://twitter.com/DvlWearsParsley/status/219501360121516033

Now, all I want to eat for lunch is an avocado!!! YUM!

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60 Cynthia July 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I linked up my seviche shrimp tacos, but I put my name instead of the name of the dish! I don’t know how to edit it.

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61 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) July 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm

No problem, Cynthia. I fixed the title. Thanks so much for linking up your gorgeous tacos!

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62 Stephanie July 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm

I like California Avocados on Facebook.

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63 Carolyn Scott-Hamilton "The Healthy Voyager" July 3, 2012 at 1:07 am

Yay! I LOVE California Avocados ; ) Just linked my Vegan Sweet N’ Savory Guacamole Cookies!

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64 Chris @ The Keenan Cookbook July 3, 2012 at 7:27 am

What a fun party and giveaway, thanks for letting us know about it Dara! I added our Avocado and Tomato Dip recipe. Have a great (and guacy) 4th!

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65 Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire July 3, 2012 at 7:32 am

Thanks for letting me know about this link-up, Dara! I shared my Chocolate Avocado Pudding recipe! :-)

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66 April July 3, 2012 at 8:51 am

I linked up my avocado, swiss & siracha egg sandwich!

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67 Monique July 3, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Hi, just linked in my Spicy Chocolate Avocado Tequila Popsicle! Thanks much for the invite!

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68 Monique July 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm

I also like California Avocado Commission on Facebook to boot!

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69 Cathy/ShowFoodChef July 3, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Hey! Thx for the recommend – I linked up my recipe for the Avocado, Shrimp and Grapefruit Tartine :D

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70 Cathy/ShowFoodChef July 3, 2012 at 8:31 pm
71 Cathy/ShowFoodChef July 3, 2012 at 8:33 pm

I’m following CA Avocado on twitter – yay!

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72 Cathy/ShowFoodChef July 3, 2012 at 8:34 pm

I’m liking my LIKE of CA Avocado on FaceBook :D

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73 Sandy July 4, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Oh my gosh, I linked up my “How to Fry Avocados with Chipotle Shrimp Salad” and forgot to comment! Here’s my comment

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74 Sandy July 4, 2012 at 6:20 pm
75 Sandy July 4, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I already follow the California Avocados on twitter.

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76 Sandy July 4, 2012 at 6:31 pm
77 Sandy July 4, 2012 at 6:34 pm

“liked” California Avocados on Facebook

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