Happy New Years!  I hope you all had fun ringing in 2012. Last year was very special year for me and I was a bit sad to see it end, though I’m incredibly excited to see what new adventures lie ahead.  In 2011 I got married, moved forward with my culinary career and took some very memorable vacations.

Today we leave Arizona and return to the East Coast.  I had a wonderful time visiting with friends and family, seeing sights and enjoying local cuisine.  We took a few day trips over the past week and one of the most memorable for me was Tubac, a small town close to the Mexican border.

Tubac Arizona

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2012 © copyright Savory Simple, all rights reserved

2012 © copyright Savory Simple, all rights reserved

2012 © copyright Savory Simple, all rights reserved

2012 © copyright Savory Simple, all rights reserved

Tubac was first established in 1752 and now features a historic state park, residences, and numerous local shops, restaurants and art galleries.   One of the first shops we visited was Tubac Olive Oil.  I was immediately in heaven when I realized every oil and vinegar in the shop could be sampled.  My kind of place!

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2012 © copyright Savory Simple, all rights reserved

2012 © copyright Savory Simple, all rights reserved

2012 © copyright Savory Simple, all rights reserved

I bought myself some wonderful 18 year aged balsamic and also picked up a really nice gift set to offer for a New Years Giveaway!

This fabulous set includes:

I’m offering 5 different ways to enter this contest. You can choose to do one step or all of them, but you have to leave separate comments for each entry in order for them to be counted.

  1. Leave a comment telling me your new years resolution.
  2. Like Savory Simple on Facebook. In order for the entry to count you must do this as yourself, not as your blog.
  3. Subscribe to my blog (there’s a link on the sidebar).
  4. Follow @savorysimple on Twitter. Then tweet the entire following statement: I’ve just entered to win an Olive Oil & Balsamic Gift Set from @savorysimple! Enter here: http://wp.me/pEBAb-15a #giveaway
  5. Post about the contest on your blog and include a link to this page. If you don’t have a blog, you can post it on your Facebook profile.

Good luck, everyone! The contest ends January 10th at 5pm. I will select a winner via random.org.  This contest is open to US residents only.

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  1. the gift set sounds terrific! I’m entering by liking Savory Simple on Facebook.

  2. Tutti Dolci ( says:

    You had me at pumpkin balsamic vinegar! Yum! As for my resolution, I plan to spend at least 1 hour per day doing something that brings me joy – studying Italian, baking for a friend, heading out for an impromptu photo session, etc.

  3. Tutti Dolci ( says:

    I “like” you on Facebook.

  4. Tutti Dolci ( says:

    I follow on Twitter.

  5. Tutti Dolci ( says:

    I tweeted!

  6. this year, I resolve to learn how to crochet!

  7. I am a Savory Simple fan!

  8. Created 2012 LIttle by Little List and see how many goals I reach by the end of each month

  9. Tutti Dolci ( says:

    I’m subscribed via WordPress.

  10. My New Year’s resolution is to focus more on nutrition and less on calories!

  11. I “liked” you on Facebook -

  12. I’ve already subscribed :)

  13. This year I am making a new biscotti recipe each week and blogging about it

  14. My resolution is to drink more Guinness. I already subscribe and like you on Facebook, I’ll share there.

  15. Terry Avila says:

    Would love to make new friends this year!

  16. Linda Rogers says:

    My resolution is of course healther eating, walking more and weight loss.

  17. Terry Avila says:

    Liked Savory Simple on Facebook (Mimi Avila)

  18. Linda Rogers says:

    I like Savory Simple on Facebook : )

  19. Terry Avila says:
  20. Linda Rogers says:

    I have subcribed to your blog : )

  21. Terry Avila says:
  22. My resolution is to spend more time in the kitchen!

  23. Your giveaway is generious and beautiful. I would love and be honored to win it. I see so many uses popping through my head.

  24. I am sharing this beautiful giveaway on both my personal and blog page. Thank you!!

  25. My resolution: Balance!

  26. Connie Brigitte Bardot Curcuru says:

    To lose weight by eating healthy! Olive oil, balsamic vinegar a good start, lol. Happy New Year to you!

  27. My new years resolution is very secret but if you promise not to tell. It is 30 minutes every day after feeding out and blog time, writing my book. Any more than that is a bonus, but 30 minutes a day. Late morning.. There now.. sshhh.. c

  28. Jen, I already follow your blog and like you on Facebook. A friend shared a blog about a one-word (active verb) resolution. For 2012, I chose STRETCH.

  29. Laura Scott says:

    Don’t like resolutions, but have vowed to eat healthier meals and not to skip so many.

  30. Laura Scott says:

    I liked you on Facebook!

  31. Laura Scott says:

    Autocorrect certainly changed things. I have posted your link for this giveaway on my FB.

  32. Great photos! that pumpkin balsamic vinegar sounds very interesting. i tweeted out your contest details, I’ll link to it, in my next post!

  33. I’m going to have to unsubscribe in order to subscribe!

  34. Happy New Year, You were here when the weather was very beautiful! So glad you enjoyed your stay in AZ.
    Oh boy, New Year Resolutions…. Always a tough one for me. Mine is to use my Total Gym at least four times a week and back off of the fat & sugar I so easily ate this holiday.
    Wish me luck!!!!
    I love your little finds. I love little shops like this. There’s a tiny place just outside of Strawberry that has probably 20 differ flavors of honey that’s harvested there. Such fun!
    What are your resolutions?

  35. My new years resolutions are to….
    Try at least one new recipe each week
    Read more books
    Start a vermacompost
    Say “yes” when a new adventure or opportunity comes my way

  36. What a great gift giveaway! I have a lot of goals (resolutions) for New Years this year. My overall goal is to be more organized and have small goals each month. I am currently working on my blog post about all of my goals for 2012. I also entered on Twitter!

  37. I am a subscriber to your beautiful blog….

    My resolution for 2012 is to continue cooking healthy, explore new foods, and blog more often.

  38. One of my resolutions is to think of 3 things I’m grateful for every day so I don’t take things for granted :)

  39. Karen Marie says:

    I don’t do “resolutions”, but I do set goals. I need to walk at least 30 minutes each day and start running using the First Strides program. Goal: to run my first 5K by my birthday.

  40. Karen Marie says:

    I subscribe to your blog.

  41. My main resolution is to get in better shape this year! My goal is to find a form of exercise that I enjoy, so it doesn’t seem like a chore! :)

  42. Follower via Facebook! Awesome giveaway – would love to win! :)

  43. i am not making any resolutions this year lol :)

  44. i am following you on FB and twitter @krailton

  45. baconbiscuit212 says:

    My New Year’s resolution is to procrastinate less and move around more!

  46. I have two resolutions, 1. debt management and 2. getting back into a healthy lifestyle!

  47. I like SS on facebook – Lasairiona McMaster

  48. I follow you on Twitter and tweeted about your giveaway!

  49. My new years resolution is to do at least one thing I enjoy every single day. it’s amazing how much I let myself become last on my own list!

  50. My New Years Resolution is to keep my kitchen (and apartment) more organized

  51. I like your page on Facebook!

  52. So glad to hear you had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing the photos! Already like you on Facebook. :) Pumpkin balsamic vinegar? I’m intrigued!

  53. I like to set SMART Goals instead of New Year’s resolutions! One of mine this year will be to de-clutter!

  54. I liked Savory Simple on Facebook!

  55. I tweeted about this giveaway and follow you on Twitter!

  56. My New Year’s resolution is to lose 30 pounds… ugh!

  57. I “like” you on Facebook!

  58. I subscribe to your blog with my Gmail address

  59. I follow you on Twitter and Tweeted about the giveaway

  60. Chef Pamela says:

    You have a great eye for photography!
    Congratulations on getting married last year.
    What an interesting place you found in Tubac. Do they do mail order?
    I really like the idea of infusing balsamic, I’ll have to play with that concept.
    Do you know if they actually infuse their own product?
    Enjoyed reading your blog, as usual!
    Best New Year to you!

  61. mbnilsson says:

    My new year’s resolution is to drink more wine (not in a creepy way, just in a treat-yourself-more-often way). I made the same resolution last year and broke it. This year I will not fail, despite the fact that Sweden has a very annoying state-controlled liquor store system that makes it a pain to pick up any wine.

    Glad you enjoyed your trip. Happy New Year!

  62. mbnilsson says:

    I’ve already liked you on FB!

  63. mbnilsson says:

    And I’m already a subscriber to your blog. :)

  64. happy new year to you :)

  65. Sheila G. says:

    I “liked” you, and my Resolution is to control my anger and open my baking business, finally.

  66. I know it might be a bit selfish but I am going to see if I can do things that help me. Last year I put others before myself and put myself last on the list of people to tend to. I had some issues as a rsult and others have been telling me that if I am going to help anyone that I have to help myself first so I am going to try and put myself first in relaxation etc

  67. My resolution, actually, I just decided – quit smoking. It really is my only real vice, most of my life is pretty cleaned up, gotta get rid of the cigarettes!! Would LOVE to win this give away! I have a FB buddy that lives not far from Tubac. Have a great New Year and thanks for the opportunity.

  68. My New Year’s resolution is to have no resolutions!

  69. To increase my business sales.

  70. Christine says:

    I love scented olive oils and balsamic vinegars — it’s getting really trendy on the west coast! My favourite way to enjoy a chocolate balsamic vinegar I have is to make a reduction and then drizzle it over strawberries and crumbed goat cheese. :D

    Also, my New Years resolution is to stop shuffling my feet at work. I don’t normally shuffle, but I think my weekend retail job just makes me depressed or something.

    Happy New Year!

  71. My resolution for 2012 is to look at things in a new way. (I know what that means)

  72. My New Year’s Resolution is to eat healthier.

  73. I like your page on Facebook (Lesha Anderson).

  74. I’m a subscriber.

  75. Greetings! What a great idea to share the gifts and treasures you have found! Here is one of my New Year’s resolutions, but one thing first: if ever I happen to win the gift set, I would like you to please grab it, go to one of your neighbors you have not met yet, knock on the door, explain who you are and offer them the oils as a “welcome to our community” gift! Now for my resolution: To be a peaceful observer rather than a judgmental crusader.

  76. I love buying olive oil from new places. I made my husband drive to Les Beau de Provence (which was quite a ways out of our way) on our honeymoon just to buy olive oil that I’d heard about. My New Year’s resolution is to progress rom being a passive observer (or lurker?) to an active commenter online. How’s this for keeping my resolution?

  77. beewbedard says:

    NYR: to do more yoga
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

  78. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    Like Savory Simple on Facebook
    Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

  79. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    Subscribed to your blog
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

  80. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    following you on twitter and tweeted
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

  81. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    no blog – shared on fb
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

  82. This year I resolve to get more organized.

  83. I love your photos! My resolutions are to simplify my life – in every way possible, read more and spend as much time with my family as possible!

  84. thekalechronicles says:

    I don’t make New Year’s resolutions because I don’t have to (I’m over twenty-one!) but I look forward to taking “The Kale Chronicles” through an entire year: at twice a week, that means one hundred and four new paintings and pounds and pounds of seasonal produce — will that do? — Sharyn

  85. I like you on facebook!

  86. and I subscribe to your blog!!

  87. and my new year’s resolution is to blog more often and stretch every day!

  88. My resolution (other than the 10 lbs thing, blah, blah, blase) is to work at getting better at food photography/plating. Your site helps by setting a good example! Keep up the good work.

  89. My new years resolution is to simplify things.

  90. I am one of your facebook followers (Rust Hawk).

  91. I am following you on twitter and tweeted https://twitter.com/#!/rusthawk/status/154034964348944385

  92. I would love to be less stingy with money. It’s ridiculous right now :/

  93. my new year’s resolution is to budget my time better so I can spend more time on my creative pursuits.

  94. I “like” you on facebook too!

  95. My resolution is to improve my table manners.

  96. My new resolution is to try out more brands of olive oil this year

  97. I am following @savorysimple on twitter under @erikiksaz1

  98. Kay aka Babygirl says:

    This gift sounds absolutely lovely. But I just adore all of your photos.. they are amazing. I love how the colors in the photos come alive.

  99. mistee dawn says:

    To lose weight!

    misteedawnw at aol dot com

  100. oh…very nice gift set! wonder if I am eligible all the way in Montreal :)

  101. My new year’s resolution was to get back on track with my eating and exercising habits. Cliche, but I really need to get serious again!

  102. I already like Savory Simple on Facebook

  103. I already subscribe to Savory Simple

  104. I follow Savory Simple on Twitter and tweeted about the giveaway!

  105. My resolution is to lose weight

  106. facebook fan: carolyn gonzalez

  107. subscriber

  108. I am subscribed via WordPress

  109. I like you on FB

  110. And I totally tweeted you :)

  111. Cheryl W. says:

    My resolution this year is very simple. To love more than I did last year. You can go wrong with loving others, can you?

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to enter, I truly appreciate it.

    P.S. I don’t think that shop would like to see me coming because I would spend a whole day just sampling it all! Hehe

  112. Cheryl W. says:

    I like Savory Simple on Facebook

  113. Cheryl W. says:

    I subscribe to your blog.

  114. Cheryl W. says:

    I follow you on Twitter @HeartnSoulmom



  115. Aubreylaine says:

    My New Years Resolution is to be more patient with myself & others :)
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

  116. Aubreylaine says:

    I like you on FB!
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

  117. I have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. You can read about the award process on my blog at http://thereinventedlass.wordpress.com/ in the Versatile Blogger post. Congratulations! And thanks for your awesome blog!

  118. My New Year’s resolution is to cook homemade meals from scratch as often as possible. Maybe using some of this olive oil!

  119. New Year’s resolution–healthier eating with more vegetables and grains in my cooking. That gift set would fit so well with that. Love your blog!

  120. My New Year’s resolution is to attend pastry school (finally).


  121. My new years resolution is to do more yoga.

  122. My new year’s resolution is to live with intention.

  123. I “like” you on Facebook.

  124. I am a blog subscriber.

  125. My Imperfect Kitchen says:

    My new years resolution is to take better care of myself! I already follow you on Facebook and Twitter, but I’ll advertise for you!! :-)


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