ADVENTURES IN DOMESTICITY: CBTL Winner Crowned with Coffee-Inspired Short Ribs and Pork Skewers

About a month ago, I posted yet another contest on this blog imploring readers to submit recipes with the chance to win a free CBTL Kaldi single serve coffee machine. The rules were simple: enter a coffee or tea-inspired dish, and the winning recipe (as judged by an elite panel of tasters) would win the machine.

I received a lovely selection of submissions, and ultimately, I decided to whip up two dishes: Crystalis77’s Short Ribs Braised in Coffee Ancho Chile Suace and Noreen’s Garam Masala Pork Skewers. Both recipes piqued my curiosity with their inventive uses of coffee, and while I was hoping to incorporate at least one tea-based recipe or one dessert item into the mix, I decided that for my sanity I would merely make two dishes.

Results and winners after the jump…

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Win A Free CBTL Kaldi Machine!

Ladies and gentlemen, get psyched. I have a VERY cool contest to present to you today (and I promise I won’t be a slacker with it). The good people at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf are giving away a free (FREE) CBTL Kaldi single-serve coffee maker (it brews tea too!). This is a $150 value, and it can be yours for free FREE FREE!!

All you have to do is submit a recipe that incorporates a single-serve CBTL capsule (see the offerings here). Recipes can be for entrees, desserts, cocktails — you name it. Just make sure to incorporate coffee, espresso, or tea. As usual, there will be a bake off of the finalists, and the winner will receive the machine in the color of his or her choice (white, red, blue, black, or gold).

Submit your recipes in the comments section, and to read more about the CBTL Kaldi, check out my review here. Deadline is 10/12/11 at noon PDT.

Good luck!



Stop the presses! Esteemed beverage purveyor Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has forged ahead into the world of home brewing systems and the result is the CBTL line of single-serve beverage machines, which just hit the market in the past month. The sleek and stylish coffee (and tea) makers come in three varieties: the Contata ($129.95), the Kaldi ($149.95), and the Nautilus ($199.95), which unsurprisingly resembles the crustacean of its namesake (although, for some strange reason, it makes me think of Alien). I was lucky enough to receive a free CBTL Kaldi for review, and after ten days with the machine, I have grown warmly attached to it. With its bright red hues and curvy, shiny surfaces, the Kaldi appears to be one part Mac and one part Jessica Rabbit. But here’s the real question: does the Kaldi offer more than just an aesthetically pleasing addition to the kitchen?

Answers after the jump…

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