Hye Thyme Cafe: Blueberry Cobbler (Cascade Complete - Review and Giveaway)

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e Thyme Cafe. Although not all of my recipes are Armenian, the name is a little nod to my Armenian grandmother who is no longer with us. The Hye refers to all things related to her homeland, and she represents all things food-related to me, so the two just seemed to go together. I can't even claim that my Armenian recipes are truly Armenian, since Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Lebanon, Syria, and even Egypt share so many foods that they've all sort of morphed into one over thousands of years.

Whether you like to cook, bake, have never done either, or just like to play with your food...come on in and join me! :)


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Blueberry Cobbler (Cascade Complete - Review and Giveaway)




The folks over at Procter & Gamble, through My Blog Spark, selected me to participate in a bit of a challenge, along with a review and giveaway.  The challenge was to test out a sample of Cascade Complete ActionPacs after preparing a recipe and letting the dish sit out for 24 hours (just to make sure everything was good an stuck on) before washing.  The giveaway includes sample pacs for five readers, as well as one $15 Wal-Mart gift card.  I'll explain that later ... 


I grew up in a Cascade household, but back then, the only option was powder.  When the tabs first hit the scene, I was excited to jump on board.  Sadly, I found the original version to leave a lot of residue on my dishes, or not completely dissolve, and ended up switching brands for a while.  I had also moved around that time, so it may have partially been due to the water where I was living.  Hard v. soft or vice versa (I always get that mixed up).  Then a few years ago, a friend's son told me there was some sort of presentation at school about the environment, and he was told that the Cascade tabs were one of the worst offenders (don't yell at me - that's what I was told by an 11 year old!!),  so I didn't feel quite so bad about having "defected."  

When the gel pacs came on the scene, I gave them a try and was very pleased with the result.  I'm also very happy to say that Cascade is now phosphate free.  I don't know where they rank on the "green" scale in comparison to other brands at this point, but that's definitely a good thing!

When my package arrived, I couldn't imagine why it was so big!  What a lovely surprise for me ... it included a 2.5 qt. Corning Simply Lite casserole dish.  Seriously?!  How long has this line been around, and how come nobody told me??  I love this dish!  It's super light and has not only a glass cover but a plastic one as well, and the plastic cover fits right over the glass for easy storage.  Now I'm wishing I had more free cabinet space. 


It was not a requirement, but the written materials even included a recipe I could use for the challenge; a Blueberry Cobbler.  I've made about a bazillion crisps in my day - apple, peach, cranberry-pear, you name it - but I honestly don't think I've ever even eaten a cobbler.  I really should look into that sometime.  There are crisps, cobblers, brown Betty's, crumbles, buckles, etc.  I'm not sure which are the same thing by a different name (like sub rolls), and which are actually different from one another.  I do know that I always use egg in my crisp topping and this cobbler has no egg, so maybe that's one "official" difference.  Anyone want to weigh in here?  I'm all ears...

They really left it all up to me; whether I wanted to be selfish and keep everything for myself and just post a review, give away the samples but keep the gift card, use the provided recipe or one of my own, etc.  Since they were so nice about sending me not only Cascade samples, but that casserole dish as well, I decided to play nice and go for the full Monty. 


BLUEBERRY COBBLER RECIPE (as provided) 

FILLING: 
1 pint (2 cups) of fresh blueberries
1 can of blueberry pie filling

CRUST:
1 stick of butter
2/3 cup of all-purpose flour
2/3 cup of sugar
2 packets of instant oatmeal
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon


PREPARATION:
Preheat oven to 400.  Mix blueberries and pie filling in the bottom of the baking dish.  Melt butter.  Add all dry ingredients to butter and stir with a fork until mixed.  (This should be crumbly.)  Sprinkle crust over filling and bake for 30 minutes.  The filling should be bubbly, and the crust should be slightly brown and crunchy.



When I read the recipe, I thought ugh, I hate when recipes call for a can of something without specifying the size!  Turns out, when I got to the grocery store, they only had one size anyhow.  It was a 21 oz. can of Lucky Leaf Premium Blueberry Pie Filling or Topping.  I do not use instant oatmeal, but I knew I had old fashioned and quick oats in the pantry, so given that the flour and sugar measures were both for 2/3 cup, I decided to use 2/3 cup of quick oats.  I also upped the cinnamon to 2 teaspoons.  

My only "complaint" about this recipe is that, given the size of the baking dish, it really could have used another pint of fresh blueberries.  It was very tasty though, so I'm sure I'll be making it again.  It's funny, I don't think I had ever used canned pie filling until just this past Mardi Gras, when I used a can of apricot filling in a King Cake.  Actually, I guess I do use pumpkin semi regularly if you count that.

Now for the scary part - leaving the dish out!  We didn't actually eat the whole thing that first night, so it already sat out for a day or two.  By the time it went in the dishwasher, there wasn't enough in with it to run, so it actually sat in the dishwasher for a good two or three days before getting a bath.




FINGERS CROSSED ...

Drum roll please ...

!! TA DA !!


Pfewwww!  After 3-4 days of being coated in baked on blueberry goop, look how super clean and shiny.  I'm impressed.  You may have noticed a little glitch in the works here - the cover.  Yes, those are water spots, but they're not because of the Cascade.  Our dishwasher seems to get PMS right around the dry cycle sometimes, so it's always a surprise when we open it and see whether everything is dry or not.  On the plus side, you are typically supposed to put plastic items in the top rack of the dishwasher so they don't melt.  The cover was too large to fit in the top rack, so I took a chance.  It held up just fine!

Yup, I love me some Cascade!  It's definitely my go-to brand.  In our dishwasher, with whatever kind of water we have here, it works the best - dishes come out clean, the pacs actually dissolve, they contain no phosphates.  What more could you ask?  Do you want to try it out for yourself??  I've got samples for five of you, but there's a catch!!  If you win the samples, you have to do a guest post here giving your review.  Don't worry - if you're not a blogger, you can e-mail me your review and I'll post it.  This was their evil plot, not mine.  They also suggested that I offer up the $15 Wal-Mart gift card to whoever does the best review.  That's where I'm parting ways with their suggestions.  After all, who am I to judge someone's review?  That's a statement of your own personal experience.  Sooooo chickadees, out of the five who win the samples, whichever of you play along and guest post your own review,  I'll have one of you randomly selected to receive the gift card.  That sounds fair to me!  :)



(WINNERS: Tracie T, Tim, Julie, Anash, Jacqueline)
WAYS TO ENTER
(Open to US residents only.  Leave a separate comment for each entry.  The 5 sample winners will be randomly selected on 5/22.  I don't like asking people to post their e-mail because of possible pfishing, so if your e-mail isn't linked to your post icon, be sure to check back on or after 5/22.  Winners will be advised of review deadline for gift card).
  1. Leave a comment below - maybe you want to share what dish you want to try it out on ... and by "dish," I mean the food, not the vessel LOL.
  2. Like Hye Thyme Cafe on Facebook or follow Hye Thyme Cafe on Twitter.  (I just signed up on Twitter last night - FINALLY - so just getting the hang of it.)
  3. If you're new here, become a Follower through any of the usual suspects - there's Google Friend Connect, Networked Blogs, Blog Lovin, etc.
  4. Tell me what your favorite piece of Corningware is - maybe I'm missing out on something else?
  5. Tell me what dish detergent you currently use.  Don't worry, if you already use Cascade Complete, you won't be disqualified.

A big THANK YOU to My Blog Spark and Procter & Gamble for providing me with the 6 trial pacs (1 for me, 5 for you), the baking dish, the $15 Wal-Mart gift card, the cobbler recipe, and the opportunity to voice my opinions.


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Legal Disclaimer:
This product review was based on using complimentary Cascade product provided by P&G. Bloggers also received a Walmart® gift card to share with their readers. P&G does not represent or warrant the accuracy of any statements or product claims made here, nor does it endorse any opinions expressed within this blog site.

Product Benefits:
Cascade Complete® All-in-1 ActionPacs™ give you the confidence of a job done right. They break down, dissolve, and rinse away tough food particles without the need to prewash.

• No prewashing
• More tough food cleaning ingredients*
• Rinse-aid action
• Powers away 24-hour stuck-on food

*vs. regular Cascade ActionPacs

New Trial Size Cascade Complete ActionPacs:
Try ActionPacs for less than $1.00 when you buy the new trial size at participating Walmart stores.

Learn more at Cascadeclean.com


© 2011 The Procter & Gamble Company


   

59 comments:

  1. I never thought of using a combo of pie filling and fresh fruit in a cobbler. I am definitely going to give this a try. Thanks for another great recipe. I don't have a dishwasher (insert gasp here) so I can't enter the giveaway.

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  2. Boy Patti ... I joke that I'm sooooo far behind in tech that I'm just now getting pulled into the 20th century. Looks like you need to be upgraded in the appliance department. ;)

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  3. I'll play :)
    I like you on both FB & Twitter!
    I follow you here too!!

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  4. Lasagna will be first dish I'd like to try on for challenge.

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  5. Like Hye Thyme Cafe on Facebook @tcarolinep jessieKatie s

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  6. Google Friend Connect follower

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  7. I'm currently using Dawn.

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  8. I love everything Corningware, to pick one-CorningWare French White Glass Cover Oval Baker

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  9. I would love to try it on my Apricot Chicken! tracietrump@yahoo.com

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  10. Like you on FB! tracietrump@yahoo.com

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  11. gfc follower! tracietrump@yahoo.com

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  12. I use finish gel pacs! tracietrump@yahoo.com

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  13. I love to make lasagna....could help with cleaning the pan!
    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

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  14. My lasagna! Definitely!

    thanks!
    avalenti6936 at yahoo dot com

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  15. New GFC Follower :)

    thanks!
    avalenti6936 at yahoo dot com

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  16. id try it out on some ooey gooey mac and cheese!
    rory
    rfgoaliegirl@gmail.com

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  17. already use cascade complete...and love it ofcourse!
    rory
    rfgoaliegirl@gmail.com

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  18. We made homemade hamburger helper last night and I'm already struggling with some of the dishes. This would be a nice addition.

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  19. I liked Hye Time Cafe on facebook

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  20. My wife loves the casserole dish!

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  21. I think we already use the gel pacs. they are awesome!

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  22. I want to try it out on my pizza casserole. It gets messy, and sometime stains the pan.

    katietamblingson at yahoo dot com

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  23. I am going to try your recipe - sounds yummy! Would like to try this out on my casserole dish; always gets messy!

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  24. I would love to see if it would clean a lasagna pan.

    navybaby1113 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  25. I agree - a lasagna pan is the best test.
    shutterboo at gmail dot com

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  26. My pizza caserole is what I would like to try
    thanks
    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  27. follow blog jelaws5
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  28. I already use Cascade complete lol
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  29. like u on fb Julie S Laws
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  30. i'd like to review and do it on spicy shrimp casserole-it goes in the oven and the rice gets stuck on
    tcogbill at live dot com

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  31. i follow you gfc
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  32. i use cascade the liquid
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  33. Baked ziti is hard to clean==the cheese!
    --Brandy
    fosterbrandy(at)msn(dot)com

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  34. I use the palmolive eco line. I really like it but doubt it would get that cobbler bowl clean
    --Brandy
    fosterbrandy(at)msn(dot)com

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  35. I like the french white corningware. It's ribbed and comes in all sizes. The round is the one I like most.
    --Brandy
    fosterbrandy(at)msn(dot)com

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  36. i want to try this for my spinach quich without the crust!!
    anashct [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  37. i follow on blogloving!!
    anashct [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  38. I follow you on twitter @anashct
    Thanks for your giveaway!
    anashct [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  39. I follow on google connect as "anash"
    Thank you kindly!
    anashct [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  40. i use AJAX! Thanks for the chance to win!! What a lovely giveaway
    anashct [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  41. my favorite corningware is the SimplyLite 6-Pc Square Baker Set..Thanks for the chance
    anashct [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  42. lasagne! See how that goes. :-) joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

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  43. follow hye thyme cafe on fb

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  44. Love a corningware covered casserole dish that I have. joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

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  45. currently using a Cascade gel joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

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  46. I would love to try lasagna!
    tara.huff(at)gmail(dot)com

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  47. gfc follower
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  48. like you on facebook and follow on twitter
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  49. I have been using Electrasol Finish tabs.
    tara.huff(at)gmail(dot)com

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  50. I'd want to use it on the grill after i cook burgers, sucks to clean -____-
    sammybigtoesure AT gmail DOT com

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  51. I use cascade gel
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  52. i follow on gfc
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  53. id like to try in on shepherds pie! jmmccarr@gmail.com

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  54. i follow u on twitter jmmccarr@gmail.com

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  55. i follow via gfc jmmccarr@gmail.com

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  56. i currently use finish jmmccarr@gmail.com

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