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HI!!! *waving*

I’M BACK!!!

It’s been a while, I know. When I take a vacation I forget to come back. icon wink Macedonian Style Vegetable and Meat Stew {Turli Tava} and a Giveaway! BUT, I only take a vacation once a year, so not to worry, it will be a while before I leave again.

By the way, I am soooo jet lagged. There’s a 7 hour time difference and now I go to bed at 7 p.m. and I wake up at 4 a.m… this needs to change… It always takes me at least a week.

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But, while I was away visiting my beautiful country, Macedonia, I picked up a little something for you!

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An authentic, Macedonian hand-made baking clay dish! Do you love it? I hope so! icon smile Macedonian Style Vegetable and Meat Stew {Turli Tava} and a Giveaway!

Many of Macedonia’s national dishes are cooked in clay pots, so I immediately ran to one of the oldest bazaars in Macedonia located in the capital of Skopje and bought one for you…errrr….for one of you!

Are you ready to win?

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This giveaway is open to USA residents only.

All entries must be completed no later than Thursday, October 6th, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. CST.

One winner will be chosen via Random.org on Friday, October 7th.

Winner will be announced on Friday, October 7th, on my blog, and the winner will also be notified via the email address they provided in the comments section.

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And now here’s a popular Macedonian dish, Turli Tava (mixed pot), that is cooked in a clay dish (can be done in any other casserole dish), and it is people’s most favorite in the summer and fall. It’s also very delicious.

Vegetable and Meat Stew – Turli Tava

  • Preheat oven to 400.

You will need:

  • 1 pound of mixed meat – pork and beef  – cut in chunks for stew
  • Sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 medium eggplant, stem removed and roughly chopped
  • 2 red or green bell peppers, stems and seeds removed, roughly chopped
  • 1 large tomato, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups of okra, tops and tails cut off, blanched in salted water for 1 minute, rinsed and drained (if unavailable replace with green beans)
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Parsley, roughly chopped to garnish

Directions:

  • Season beef and pork with salt and pepper and set inside the clay dish.
  • Mix in the vegetables.
  • Season with paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Add in the olive oil and water; mix well.
  • Put it in the oven and cook it uncovered for 1 hour and 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Garnish with parsley.
  • Let cool for 20 minutes then serve it warm with crusty bread. Utensils not needed. icon wink Macedonian Style Vegetable and Meat Stew {Turli Tava} and a Giveaway! You’ll see.

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  1. Sharon Howard June 20, 2014 at 6:14 PM - Reply

    I Stumbled up the giveaway.

  2. Sharon Howard June 20, 2014 at 6:09 PM - Reply

    I shared the giveaway on facebook.

  3. Sharon Howard June 20, 2014 at 6:08 PM - Reply

    I shared the giveaway on Twitter.

  4. Sharon Howard June 20, 2014 at 6:06 PM - Reply

    I followed on Twitter.

  5. Sharon Howard June 20, 2014 at 6:06 PM - Reply

    I followed on facebook.

  6. Sharon Howard June 20, 2014 at 6:02 PM - Reply

    I took my last vacation to West Virginia to spend a week with my grandkids at Christmas and I’m planning to go in July for a week. That’s the only way I get to see them. I Love the Bowl and would put it to good use.

  7. Shea Goldstein September 1, 2012 at 6:04 PM - Reply

    Love the clay!! xoxo Recipe isn’t so bad either ;)

  8. Beth Michelle October 8, 2011 at 3:21 AM - Reply

    I love clay pot cooking! This pot is beautiful! My last vacation was this past summer where my husband and I backpacked through China and the Tibetan plateau for 6 weeks. It was amazing. We are trying to plan a trip for next week too since we have a 2 week break. Being married to a student isnt too bad :)

  9. Marie October 6, 2011 at 8:52 PM - Reply

    My family and I went to the Wisconsin Dells for our last vacation. I’ve never been out of the country except for a day in Canada. I wish I could travel overseas! I’ve always wanted to visit so many different countries.

  10. Ally October 6, 2011 at 11:49 AM - Reply

    I will tweet, FB, email…dang, I’ll give my first born to have this Macedonian pot! I’m Croatian and what a find!! Thanks for the opportunity…looking forward to following you! Ally :)

  11. Ashley @ Freckles & Spice October 6, 2011 at 10:22 AM - Reply

    This dish looks amazing. I will make it regardless of whether or not I win the bowl. Although it will be better in the bowl : ) Great giveaway

  12. Terra October 6, 2011 at 8:09 AM - Reply

    I just retweeted your fun giveaway!

  13. Terra October 6, 2011 at 8:03 AM - Reply

    I follow you on Twitter!

  14. Terra October 6, 2011 at 8:03 AM - Reply

    I like you on Facebook!

  15. Terra October 6, 2011 at 8:01 AM - Reply

    This is so sad to say, but I couldn’t remember our last vacation….seriously, it has been that long:-p So hubby and I thought together, we believe it was Vegas….which would be over two years ago… WOW, we need a vacation! I love this pot, and that stew looks so amazing:-) It sounds like your vacation was wonderful, so excited to hear that:-) Hugs, Terra

  16. Amy Linder October 6, 2011 at 12:28 AM - Reply

    My last vacation was to Florence, Italy, this past April. I’m returning to Florence in December for almost a month! I’m VERY excited!! (My boyfriend lives there).

    I can relate about the whacked-out sleep schedule!

  17. marla October 5, 2011 at 10:21 PM - Reply

    I voted for your greatness at the Foodbuzz nominees tonight :) Good luck girl!

  18. marla October 5, 2011 at 10:20 PM - Reply

    I like you on FB :)

  19. marla October 5, 2011 at 10:20 PM - Reply

    LOVE that pot! And the stew you made in it. Need it and want one too. My last trip was to CO.

  20. Sandra's Easy Cooking October 5, 2011 at 5:49 PM - Reply

    I will stumble it!!

  21. Sandra's Easy Cooking October 5, 2011 at 5:48 PM - Reply

    I like you on facebook!

  22. Sandra's Easy Cooking October 5, 2011 at 5:48 PM - Reply

    Welcome back Kate..I am so glad that you went to Macedonia and enjoyed your vacation, but I time difference can put you bit out :)) good thing it will be over soon:))

    Dish sound amazing, very authentic and pretty I must say..but food that is cooked in it is even better… YUMMY!! Loved yours too, very delicious looking!

    I follow you on twitter!

  23. Michelle October 5, 2011 at 4:43 PM - Reply

    Hi, I went to Macedonia too!!!

  24. Crystal W. (@EatDrinkClev) October 5, 2011 at 12:34 PM - Reply

    I follow you on Facebook too!

  25. Crystal W. (@EatDrinkClev) October 5, 2011 at 12:33 PM - Reply

    I follow you on Twitter

  26. Crystal W. (@EatDrinkClev) October 5, 2011 at 12:32 PM - Reply

    My last vacation was out west – first to Zion where we amazingly completed the Angels Landing hike (yikes!) then onto Bryce. Spent a few days falling in love with Vegas too – what a foodie heaven it is!

  27. Kim Bee October 5, 2011 at 12:03 AM - Reply

    Welcome back! Great recipe to kick off with. I am wiping a tear that I’m Canadian and can’t enter. Lol!

  28. mjskit October 4, 2011 at 10:15 PM - Reply

    I LIKED your FB page.

  29. mjskit October 4, 2011 at 10:15 PM - Reply

    I’m following you on Twitter.

  30. mjskit October 4, 2011 at 10:15 PM - Reply

    What a great stew and stew pot!!!! Sounds like you had a wonderful vacation. Our last vacation was to southern Colorado.

  31. Emily October 4, 2011 at 10:00 PM - Reply

    My last “vacation”, if you would call it that, was camping on the Oregon coast earlier this September.

  32. Sandra October 4, 2011 at 9:40 PM - Reply

    So good to have you back. That stew looks very good and I’d love to have it with some biscuits. My last vacation was to Atlanta this past July and we had an awesome time with all of our kids.

  33. Dee at Deelicious Sweets October 4, 2011 at 9:08 PM - Reply

    I stumbled, facebooked and tweeted!

  34. Dee at Deelicious Sweets October 4, 2011 at 9:06 PM - Reply

    I already follow you on Twitter. That dish is beautiful and such a great giveaway idea!

  35. Dee at Deelicious Sweets October 4, 2011 at 9:05 PM - Reply

    I already like you on facebook. I have never experienced jet lag but I don’t think it would’t be any fun!

  36. Dee at Deelicious Sweets October 4, 2011 at 9:04 PM - Reply

    I am already subscribed to you. So glad you had a good time!

  37. Dee at Deelicious Sweets October 4, 2011 at 9:03 PM - Reply

    So nice to have you back! We went to Orlando, FL for our last vacation.

  38. Kimberly (unrivaledkitch) October 4, 2011 at 8:55 PM - Reply

    Gorgeous stew Kate! I’m so glad to see your recipes and cooking back up and with so much authenticity! I hope your jet lag gets better and you’re doing well. Take care

  39. torviewtoronto and createwithmom October 4, 2011 at 7:53 PM - Reply

    beautiful giveaway looks wonderful
    I am in Canada

  40. Tina (PinayInTexas) October 4, 2011 at 4:01 PM - Reply

    and a Twitter follower too!

  41. Tina (PinayInTexas) October 4, 2011 at 4:01 PM - Reply

    I’m already a fan on FB!

  42. Tina (PinayInTexas) October 4, 2011 at 4:00 PM - Reply

    Welcome back, Kate! Love this vegetable and meat stew!
    We went to Kansas (Kansas City, Topeka and Wichita) last summer…

  43. kita October 4, 2011 at 8:09 AM - Reply

    Welcome back!!! This stew sounds amazing! I love hearty soups and stew this time of year – and long into spring.
    Oh goodness – my last vacation was at least three or four years ago – went to Disney with my boss to help watch their kid. I would like to be able to go back someday and try to enjoy the whole magic of Disney experience.

  44. Manu October 4, 2011 at 6:54 AM - Reply

    Welcome back Kate! We did miss you! :-)
    That stew looks awesome! I wish it was my dinner!!!! :-)))

  45. Lamont October 4, 2011 at 4:56 AM - Reply

    I went to Tokyo, Japan to look at the different botany :), mostly.

  46. Nami | Just One Cookbook October 4, 2011 at 12:42 AM - Reply

    Welcome back Kate! I’m sure you had a wonderful time with your family and friends. The clay pot is really cool – do you cook in it and serve right? Wow..very precious! You brought it back, that’s amazing…with all of your language! The stew looks delicious too! This summer we went to Seattle for a short vacation, but hoping to go back to Japan and Taiwan (inlaws) this winter…

  47. Anne@frommysweetheart October 3, 2011 at 11:12 PM - Reply

    Welcome home Kate! Hope you had a wonderful time away! The clay pot is just fabulous! But the stew looks even better and so perfect for this time of year! Hope you get over your jet lag….get some rest!

  48. Baking Serendipity October 3, 2011 at 10:45 PM - Reply

    Welcome back! I love your stew recipe. It’s finally cooling off and I can’t wait to try it :) I went to North Carolina to visit my sister and brother in law last weekend. I wish I was still there!

  49. Lindsey@Lindselicious October 3, 2011 at 9:31 PM - Reply

    Welcome back Kate! Hope you had a great time. My last major vacation (not counting home and within Cali) was NYC!

  50. Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz October 3, 2011 at 9:06 PM - Reply

    HIIIIIIIIIIIIII *waving back*

    Missed you and cannot wait to read about all your adventures! My last holidays were in Raleigh North Carolina ( don’t ask visiting a now ex lol)

    But the second I write tonight..BOOOO to US only contests. Come one, enter my name and I’ll pay the shipping…pretty pretty pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeee? I am only a frined nothern roomate :-) Le t me know OK please :-(

    • Kate@Diethood October 3, 2011 at 9:58 PM - Reply

      No problem sweetheart!! Don’t worry, I’ll enter you in the giveaway!

  51. Ann October 3, 2011 at 8:32 PM - Reply

    Welcome back! You had some amazing guest posts, but it’s nice to see you back! I love this recipe you made…and the dish is lovely! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity and have a GREAT day! I hope the jet lag goes away soon!

  52. Happy When Not Hungry October 3, 2011 at 8:25 PM - Reply

    Love that dish from Macedonia! It’s exquisite. I’m actually in Mexico City for work… I was here for a weekend so I did get to vacation a bit :-)

  53. Michelle October 3, 2011 at 8:20 PM - Reply

    Welcome home!

  54. Sheskis October 3, 2011 at 7:01 PM - Reply
  55. Sheskis October 3, 2011 at 6:56 PM - Reply
  56. Sheskis October 3, 2011 at 6:54 PM - Reply

    Already follow you on Twitter :)

  57. Sheskis October 3, 2011 at 6:54 PM - Reply

    Last vacation-Japan for three weeks in May

  58. jaz October 3, 2011 at 5:43 PM - Reply

    omg…i want to make this asap! thank you for the recipe!

  59. Katherine Martinelli October 3, 2011 at 4:24 PM - Reply

    Shared the giveaway via Facebook. Thanks again!

  60. Katherine Martinelli October 3, 2011 at 4:23 PM - Reply

    Stumbled this giveaway!

  61. Katherine Martinelli October 3, 2011 at 4:23 PM - Reply

    Tweeted this giveaway! (@MartinelliEats)

  62. Katherine Martinelli October 3, 2011 at 4:21 PM - Reply

    Already follow you on Twitter!

  63. Katherine Martinelli October 3, 2011 at 4:21 PM - Reply

    Already like you on Facebook!

  64. Katherine Martinelli October 3, 2011 at 4:20 PM - Reply

    Welcome back!! I absolutely love that clay pot! I’ve long wanted a clay pot for cooking and this would be perfect! So sweet of you to bring something back to give away! :-)

  65. Kari October 3, 2011 at 2:13 PM - Reply

    Welcome back! We took our first family vacation since our daughter was born 3 years ago. We went to Yellowstone this past June. It was a blast!

  66. Kristy October 3, 2011 at 1:56 PM - Reply

    And you’ve been stumbled. :) Welcome home!

  67. Kristy October 3, 2011 at 1:55 PM - Reply

    Following you on Facebook. :)

  68. Kristy October 3, 2011 at 1:55 PM - Reply

    Welcome back Kate! I hope you had an amazing vacation!!! And I hope that the jet lag goes away quickly. :) This stew looks delicious and the clay pot makes it all the more drool-worthy. Let’s see, our last vacation…easy one. Maine. :)

  69. Jamie @ the unseasoned wok October 3, 2011 at 1:49 PM - Reply

    I’m so glad you’re back! It sounds like you had a great time. You are so sweet to bring something back for your fans. I’m a FB fan and now following you on twitter! Welcome back.

  70. Ali October 3, 2011 at 1:47 PM - Reply

    I’d love to have the Macedonia clay dish so that I could put my veggies in too. On my last trip I went to Mombasa in Kenya such a beautiful place loved the sunny beaches :) I tweeted about this.

  71. Claudie October 3, 2011 at 1:31 PM - Reply

    PS4: And I just tweeted about it :)

  72. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts October 3, 2011 at 1:29 PM - Reply

    I follow you on twitter

  73. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts October 3, 2011 at 1:29 PM - Reply

    I follow you on facebook

  74. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts October 3, 2011 at 1:29 PM - Reply

    Welcome back!! Hope you had an amazing trip!
    My last vacation was to Colorado.

  75. Claudie October 3, 2011 at 1:25 PM - Reply

    PS3: And I’m also subscribed to your blog :)

  76. Claudie October 3, 2011 at 1:25 PM - Reply

    PS2: I’ve liked your facebook page :)

  77. Claudie October 3, 2011 at 1:24 PM - Reply

    PS1: I follow you on twitter!

  78. Claudie October 3, 2011 at 1:23 PM - Reply

    Wonderful, wonderful stew! :) I should do like you and bring clay pots next time I’m back home — I miss this style of cooking so much.
    As for where I went to vacation the last time: Puerto Rico :)

  79. Tina@flourtrader October 3, 2011 at 1:04 PM - Reply

    This stew looks so hearty-I love one dish meals and your dish is pretty neat. Thanks for sharing this great recipe and welcome back!

  80. claudia lamascolo October 3, 2011 at 12:40 PM - Reply

    very nice! welcome back!

  81. The Elegant Eggplant October 3, 2011 at 12:01 PM - Reply

    What a beautiful stew this is!! And I love the dish of course. My last vacation was to my parents house in Cape Cod…. love it there. Welcome back!!!

  82. Mike@The Culinary Lens October 3, 2011 at 11:22 AM - Reply

    I follow you on Facebook

  83. Mike@The Culinary Lens October 3, 2011 at 11:21 AM - Reply

    I went to San Francisco, it is a wonderful foodie city.

  84. Tes October 3, 2011 at 10:54 AM - Reply

    Oh wow the stew looks so amazing! I will definitely make this soon :) I am not eligible for the giveaway but I just wanna share my last trip to Tarkarli beach in India here http://tesathome.com/?p=3349

  85. Liz October 3, 2011 at 10:40 AM - Reply

    Welcome home!!! I missed you!!! My last vacation was to Wisconsin~

  86. I don’t suppose that amazing stew comes made in the pot, does it?? Wow, that looks fantastic.

    The last vacation we took that was just Hubby and me was to Maine and it was divine. We love New England. Since Dudette though, we’ve been home bound except for little trips here and there.

    I’m so glad your’e home. Welcome back….I’ve missed you.

  87. M October 3, 2011 at 10:08 AM - Reply

    Myanmar!

  88. Sandi October 3, 2011 at 9:35 AM - Reply

    Welcome Back & Macedonia?…wow!

    Stew looks perfect for the new Fall season :)

  89. Chris and Amy October 3, 2011 at 7:58 AM - Reply

    That stew sounds fabulous! And the pot is gorgeous. On our last vaca, we went to Maine and enjoyed a beautiful week at Goose Rocks Beach.

  90. Megan @ Pip and Ebby October 3, 2011 at 7:52 AM - Reply

    The stew looks delicious! And what a beautiful pot!

    My last vacation….oh, yes. My husband and I went to Las Vegas, where we slept the entire time. Sleeping in Vegas? Pretty sure we’re the only people to ever have done that. Isn’t it supposed to be Partying in Vegas?

    Welcome back…I missed you!

  91. Carolyn October 3, 2011 at 7:36 AM - Reply

    You’re back, you’re back, you’re back! YAY! Great dish…well, both dishes, the recipe AND the pot.

  92. The Food Hunter October 3, 2011 at 7:31 AM - Reply

    we went to Mt. Rushmore for our last vacation. This is a beautiful bowl. Thanks for a great giveaway

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