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Nerd Family Things: Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked Review and Giveaway
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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked Review and Giveaway

Food Network has made a Wii game, Food Network: Cook or be Cooked!!!! Do I really need to go any farther? For those of you who aren't familiar with an of the other NerdFamily blogs (like the NerdFamily Food Blog) food, food television, and the Food Network are favorite things, I daresay even passions in the NerdFamily house. And if you are here, you obviously know that we love video games! So we were stoked to receive this game in order to review it.

First off we love the fact it is rated E for everyone because we love to play with our kids and this is truly appropriate for them all (8, 6, 4, and 2). I love the fact it is educational. The challenges take you step by step through cooking dishes so those who can't already cook (like my kids) will learn the steps, the timing and the basic procedures. For those of us who can cook it is just a fun game!
Now for the nerd analysis. The graphics are ok. They aren't cutting edge but you are see everything you need. There are 3 gaming modes: 1 player, hot potato and a competitive mode. Right off let me warn you. The hot potato mode is a cooperative mode but it is truly a hot potato. You ans whomever you play with will have to pass 1 controller back and forth. So this mode wasn't our favorite. But we did really like the other two modes! NerdDad and I really enjoyed playing against each other! (we don't spend a lot of time playing alone) The game play itself was good. There were detailed specific tasks to complete and you got points based on how well you did them. Including penalties if you did it wrong (like taking your eggs off too soon) or bonuses for perfectly pouring your oil.

The final verdict was that Food Network: Cook or be Cooked is a big hit here at the NerdFamily! We are going to spend many, many happy hours playing over here!

Win it!
How would you like to win some of your own Food Network: Cook or be Cooked?

To enter:

* Just leave a comment telling me either your favorite recipe to make or your favorite Wii game.
* A random winner will be selected and notified on December 4th.
* The winner will then have 3 days to claim their prize.

To earn extra entries, you may do one or all of the following. Each one counts as an extra ticket but you must leave a separate comment for each one.

* Subscribe to my feed (if you already do, that counts).
* Mention this giveaway on your blog with a link back here.
* Subscribe to my Twitter
* Tweet about this!

If you want to see more giveaways pop over to Making Money Keeping Money to see more giveaways on Contesting Monday

( I was given a copy of the game to review and that was the only compensation. Thoughts and opinions are all mine!)

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122 Comments:

Anonymous Sheri Clark said...

Getting ready to make one of our family favorites for Thanksgiving this week: Strawberry Pretzel Salad (with the pretzel crust, cream cheese feeling, and strawberry jello top). YUM!

November 22, 2009 at 11:20 PM  
Blogger Condo Blues said...

My favorite game is Wii Fit because that's the only other game we have for our Wii!

November 23, 2009 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Lollipop Goldstein said...

Favourite recipe to make AND eat is the one I'm working on right now--a Smith Island Cake. It's a 10 layer vanilla cake with cooked fudge icing. Yum...

November 23, 2009 at 5:08 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

My favorite Wii game is the Wii resort!

livelovelaughwithleslieblog at gmail dot com

www.livelovelaughwithleslie.com

November 23, 2009 at 5:51 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

I follow you on twitter

@laughwithleslie

November 23, 2009 at 5:53 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

I tweeted!

http://twitter.com/laughwithleslie/status/5995140074

November 23, 2009 at 5:55 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

I subcribed to your blog through yahoo reader :)

November 23, 2009 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger Post Grad said...

Lo Mein. It's tasty and easy to fix with whatever veggies are in the fridge.
Thanks for the giveaway!
-Leslie
carykhepburn@yahoo.com

November 23, 2009 at 6:07 PM  
Blogger DarcyO said...

My favorite is Mario Party 8.

dlodden at frontiernet dot net

November 23, 2009 at 6:13 PM  
Blogger DarcyO said...

I'm a new subscriber with Google Reader.

dlodden at frontiernet dot net

November 23, 2009 at 6:14 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

I blogged!

http://livelovelaughwithlesliegiveaways.blogspot.com/2009/11/food-network-cook-or-be-cooked-wii-game.html

November 23, 2009 at 6:19 PM  
Blogger LoveMy2Dogs said...

My NEW favorite recipe to make is Chicken Tortilla Soup (like Max & Erma's has) YUMMY!

jrandtam[at]columbus.rr.com

November 23, 2009 at 6:22 PM  
Blogger LoveMy2Dogs said...

Following you on twitter; @lovemy2doggies

November 23, 2009 at 6:22 PM  
Blogger LoveMy2Dogs said...

Subscriber

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November 23, 2009 at 6:23 PM  
Blogger Ashley @ Bride on a Budget said...

My favorite recipe to cook is Chicken Fried Rice.

navybaby1113 (at) gmail (dot) com

November 23, 2009 at 6:56 PM  
Blogger Ashley @ Bride on a Budget said...

I'm following you on twitter.

@brideonbudget

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November 23, 2009 at 6:57 PM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

My favorite recipe is Oreo Delight. My kids LOVE it and I love that it is super easy to make. Oreos, vanilla pudding, cool whip, and cream cheese, mmmmmm!

Thanks for the giveaway!
jmlyons@fuse.net

November 23, 2009 at 7:17 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Fave recipe right now is pumpkin bread! Thanks :)

kissyjensen at gmail dot com

November 23, 2009 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger The Gosfam said...

My favorite WII game is Mario Kart, and also the Mario Party series. I love to cook and this game would be so fun for me and so I can play with my 6 year old daughter.

November 23, 2009 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger The Gosfam said...

I subscribe in Google Reader: mattles22 at yahoo dot com

November 23, 2009 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger The Gosfam said...

I follow on twitter: Gosfam

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November 23, 2009 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger Shooting Stars Mag said...

Oh how cute. I think my sister in law would love this! My favorite Wii game is bowling. :)

-Lauren
lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

November 23, 2009 at 9:45 PM  
Blogger Shooting Stars Mag said...

i follow on twitter: @shootingstarmag

lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

November 23, 2009 at 9:45 PM  
Blogger Deb K said...

My favorite recipe is one that I will be making "Homemade Sage and Onion Stuffing"

Thanks so much for the chance to win :)


deb55106{at}gmail{dot}com

November 23, 2009 at 11:22 PM  
Blogger Deb K said...

I subscribe with Google Reader!

deb55106{at}gmail{dot}com

November 23, 2009 at 11:23 PM  
Blogger Deb K said...

I follow you on Twitter

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November 23, 2009 at 11:25 PM  
Blogger Deb K said...

Tweet!
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November 23, 2009 at 11:26 PM  
Blogger Diana D said...

My Dad owns a Wii game so I'm entering this for him. He's 85 and he and his second wife use it everyday. They bowl and they play golf. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

dianad8008 AT gmail DOT com

November 24, 2009 at 3:36 AM  
Blogger Danielle a.k.a Yellie said...

My favorite recipe to make is Taco Chili, but I also love to make apple butter in the crockpot. Mmmmm!

danielle78(at)comcast(dot)net

November 24, 2009 at 5:33 AM  
Blogger Danielle a.k.a Yellie said...

I subscribe!

danielle78(at)comcast(dot)net

November 24, 2009 at 5:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Favorite Wii game? Zack and Wiki. Favorite family/party game at the moment? Boom Blox Bash Party.

Recipe? Hard to say. We usually enjoy making pizza from scratch (though we do buy the cheese and sauce).

paschott [at] gmail [dot] com

November 24, 2009 at 5:51 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

My favorite meal to make is a mushroom alfredo pasta with white wine. It's so good! It's my comfort meal.

November 24, 2009 at 6:27 AM  
Blogger Celeste said...

I must say that I love making chocolate chip cookies...I have the BEST recipe! :)

contact me at:
celeste@mail4me.com

November 24, 2009 at 6:45 AM  
Blogger pebes2 said...

I love to make tator tot casserole! I also have a hit with stupid cookies. They are the best!! I love my Wii fit and Mario Kart.

pebes2ATaolDOTcom

November 24, 2009 at 7:46 AM  
Blogger CrazySista said...

My favorite thing to cook is
a chicken recipe done with oil and sugar, after being marinated in sofrito from one of my Dominican friends, with yellow rice and tostones of course! I love food network and I love Wii, excited to see them both come together! Thanks for the great give-away!
CrazySisterSarah@yahoo.com

November 24, 2009 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger Ginny said...

The new Super Mario for wii, I'm so glad that they went away from the 3d, I didn't like it.

November 24, 2009 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger Ginny said...

Subscribed

November 24, 2009 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger Ginny said...

Following on twitter ~ momof2dancers

November 24, 2009 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger Ginny said...

tweet http://twitter.com/momof2dancers/status/6014739489

November 24, 2009 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

my fave recipe is HOMEMADE banana nut muffins!

November 24, 2009 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

twitter follower- kgail11

November 24, 2009 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger ljp4x said...

I love the new Super Mario Brothers for Wii as well as any recipe that includes puff pastry - yum!

November 24, 2009 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger Moni said...

I love Cooking Mama Cookoff!
Thanks!
monicalavoie@gmail.com

November 24, 2009 at 2:28 PM  
Blogger Bebemiqui said...

Total comfort food, but I like making Tuna Fish Cassarole.
bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

November 24, 2009 at 2:43 PM  
Anonymous Jolynn said...

We like a crazy Wii game called Rayman Raving Rabbits.
Jolynn_Reads@yahoo.com

November 24, 2009 at 4:47 PM  
Anonymous Jolynn said...

I follow your Google Reader Feed.
Jolynn_Reads@yahoo.com

November 24, 2009 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger dctm said...

My favorite recipe is baked ziti.

Christie C.
dctm at bellsouth dot net

November 24, 2009 at 5:46 PM  
Blogger K. Rock said...

My favorite Wii game is the Wii Resort. It is fun for the whole family!!

November 24, 2009 at 5:51 PM  
Blogger K. Rock said...

I get your feed.

November 24, 2009 at 5:52 PM  
Blogger kendra22 said...

wii fit--this game would be so fun, thanks for the opp

November 24, 2009 at 6:21 PM  
Anonymous Sheila said...

You will probably think this is boring, but my favorite Wii game is tennis. 1. I can do it. Yay! and 2. I DO get exercise. Sheila
chiliburger@icehouse.net

November 24, 2009 at 6:46 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

My favorite Wii game is Lego Indiana Jones. So fun!
katiekarr at gmail dot com

November 25, 2009 at 7:05 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

My favorite Wii game is Mariokart

November 25, 2009 at 7:12 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

Subscribe via google reader

November 25, 2009 at 7:14 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

Blog about the giveaway
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November 25, 2009 at 7:20 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

Follow you on twitter
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November 25, 2009 at 7:21 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

Tweeted
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November 25, 2009 at 7:24 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

My favourite recipe to make is chili, especially on cold winter's evenings...

melacan at hotmail dot com

November 25, 2009 at 8:16 AM  
Blogger Mary A said...

Our favorite game at the moment is Boom Blox. Thanks for the giveaway.

November 25, 2009 at 12:18 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

My fave Recipe is The Ladys Mac and Cheese By Paula Deen and my fave game is Aniaml Crossing. my email is frugalmommy3@gmail.com

November 25, 2009 at 5:55 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I am now following you on twitter. frugalmommy3

November 25, 2009 at 5:58 PM  
Anonymous Dluxe Dana said...

Fav recipe I made today for tomorrow, Toll House Pie!!!! And we LOVE MarioKart on Wii of course!
dana {at} babyluxedaily {dot} com

November 25, 2009 at 7:07 PM  
Anonymous Dluxe Dana said...

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November 25, 2009 at 7:08 PM  
Anonymous Dluxe Dana said...

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November 25, 2009 at 7:09 PM  
Blogger justicecw said...

My favorite Wii game is Mario Kart racing! Thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

November 25, 2009 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger justicecw said...

I follow on twitter - justicecw
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November 25, 2009 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger justicecw said...

Tweeted at http://twitter.com/justicecw/status/6073219481
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November 25, 2009 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger justicecw said...

Just became a google reader subscriber. thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

November 25, 2009 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

My favorite Wii game is Boom Blox!

November 26, 2009 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

I'm an rss subscriber.

November 26, 2009 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Huguette E. said...

My favorite wii game is Rock band

November 26, 2009 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger Ashley Elaine said...

My favorite wii game is sports resort.

November 26, 2009 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger Angela C said...

My favorite Wii game is Easy active.

November 27, 2009 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger kk said...

I like to bake muffins (any kind). Thanks!

November 27, 2009 at 4:15 PM  
Blogger Ebie said...

well i suppose my favorite wii game right now is Paper Mario, because it is all my son will let me play. favorite food to make is anything in the crock pot.

ebienic(at)hotmail(dot)com

November 27, 2009 at 7:01 PM  
Blogger bison61 said...

we do not have a lot of Wii games yet but the kids love to bowl

tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

November 28, 2009 at 7:27 AM  
Blogger sphinx63 said...

My favorite recipe to make is Chicken Stuffed Shells. Thanks!

sphinxcw at aol dot com

November 28, 2009 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger Huguette E. said...

Subscribed via google feed reader

November 29, 2009 at 7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite recipe to make is taco salad, or 7 layer dip as I've also seen it called.

wearehappy(at)comcast(dot)net

November 30, 2009 at 3:57 AM  
Blogger CJD said...

favorite game is wii fit

November 30, 2009 at 4:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Favorite wii game.... Guitar Hero or Bowling.
Delores.

November 30, 2009 at 7:11 AM  
Blogger Delores said...

I think I've already subscribed to your blog....

November 30, 2009 at 7:13 AM  
Blogger Huguette E. said...

I'm a follower on twitter - henglish

November 30, 2009 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger The Perera's said...

I love bowling on the Wii !
adrienne.perera@gmail.com

November 30, 2009 at 5:02 PM  
Blogger earthmama said...

My favorite thing to make is sourdough squash (instead of potato) bread and bean soup with kale.mmmmm mm!
earthmama

November 30, 2009 at 5:04 PM  
Anonymous Jay said...

We had a blast with the Wii boxing.
rbjj32825[at]lycos[dot]com

November 30, 2009 at 5:30 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I have very little Wii experience; have only played Wii Play & liked the cow racing game. :-) My mom is getting us a Wii for Christmas as a family gift and we'd love this game!

One of my favorite treats when entertaining is a super-simple monkey bread:

frozen dinner rolls (18 or so) in a greased bundt pan

cover with:
abt 5 Tbsp melted butter
1 tsp cinnamon
abt 1/3 to 1/2 pkt of vanilla instant pudding mix
1 C brown sugar

no need to mix the ingredients. Just pour the powdered stuff over the dinner rolls, then cover w/ the melted butter.

Cover the bundt pan w/ a damp dishcloth & leave at room temp overnight (rolls will rise).

Bake at 350 for 25-35 min. It needs to be pretty golden on the top so that when you invert it, the bottom rolls won't be gooshy.

Everyone asks me for the recipe & it's so simple I'm almost embarrassed to give it!

November 30, 2009 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger Rachael said...

My go-to recipe when I want to impress people is fried rice...yum!
rachaelmgarcia@yahoo.com

November 30, 2009 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Jannah said...

We love cooking mama!

November 30, 2009 at 10:03 PM  
Anonymous dawn said...

We loooove rockband here
dawn
burton40444@gmail.com

December 1, 2009 at 7:02 AM  
Anonymous dawn said...

just subscribed to your feed too
dawn
burton40444@gmail.com

December 1, 2009 at 7:08 AM  
Blogger Mahima said...

i love all mario games!

December 1, 2009 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I love making any kind of cookie!

December 1, 2009 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Huguette E. said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/henglish/status/6241733910

December 1, 2009 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger Erica Green said...

I love wii fit and mario cart

December 1, 2009 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger aj said...

This looks so neat and we are getting a wii for our son for Christmas.
My favorite recipe would be chocolate Raspberry pie. So good.

cityliveaj@gmail.com

December 1, 2009 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger Jessica Morris said...

Ohhhh fun!! I have never heard of this game before. We love Mario Party here and play often with friends.

December 1, 2009 at 2:07 PM  
Blogger Noelle said...

my husbands favorite game is anything that says "wii" on the package. seriously. anything.

December 1, 2009 at 10:00 PM  
Blogger Christina Hidek said...

I like to make Pineapple Stuffing- pretty easy and so delish!

December 2, 2009 at 12:09 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

My favorite recipe to make is homemade chicken alfredo.

December 2, 2009 at 11:45 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

subscribe to your feed

December 2, 2009 at 11:49 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

my favorite is cracker pie (made w ritz crackers and pecans). We make this every christmas.
drellis500(At)gmail.com

December 3, 2009 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

subscriber in google reader
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December 3, 2009 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

Follow on twitter (drellis500)
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December 3, 2009 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

tweet http://twitter.com/drellis500/status/6314806549
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December 3, 2009 at 12:58 PM  
OpenID iwantthat2 said...

order up is my favorite wii game

jellen814 (at) live (dot) com

December 3, 2009 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Oooh, we love Food Network, too. When we moved a few months ago, we didn't have cable/satellite installed and the only TV that both my husband and I miss is The Weather Channel...and FOOD NETWORK!!! boohoo!!!

Hubby gave me a Wii for my birthday, and I really love Wii bowling! ;-) I love to cook, so this game sounds really fun!

Thanks for the chance!

December 3, 2009 at 1:01 PM  
Blogger Amy -Cutting Coupons in KC said...

We love to play Wii Bowling!

December 3, 2009 at 7:33 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

I love trying new recipes, luv making homemade pizzas with the kids and they luv em too.

December 3, 2009 at 7:38 PM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

My favorite Wii game is definitely Mario Kart!

xmeliss182x (at) yahoo (dot) com

December 3, 2009 at 7:39 PM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

This looks like fun! I love Food Network and my Wii, so this is right up my alley. :-) My favorite Wii game is EA Sports Active and Harry Potter is pretty fun, too.

Thanks for the giveaway!

ladyufshalott at yahoo dot com

December 3, 2009 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Heather Rodriguez said...

My fave wii game right now is the wii fit. Its so fun for everyone!!

December 3, 2009 at 11:22 PM  
Blogger Heather Rodriguez said...

I follow you on twitter! :))))

December 3, 2009 at 11:23 PM  
Blogger Heather Rodriguez said...

I also follow your blog. Cause I LOVE IT.

December 3, 2009 at 11:23 PM  
Blogger sibabe64 said...

Well everyones favorite that I make is new england clam chowder but my favorite is my strawberry cheesecake but it's a close call. Other than that I really can't cook special

December 4, 2009 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger tina reynolds said...

I am really enjoying wii resort right now thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

December 4, 2009 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Ellenlovestowin said...

Just can't go wrong with homemade pizza!

December 4, 2009 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger Ellenlovestowin said...

subscribe in google reader

December 4, 2009 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger Ellenlovestowin said...

Following you in twitter (ellenlovestowin)

December 4, 2009 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I hope I'm not too late to enter! Our favorite Wii game is Animal Crossing. It's so soothing!

December 4, 2009 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger mframe said...

My favorite thing to make is homemade pumpkin pie. I will cook this several times during Nov. and Dec.

December 4, 2009 at 5:23 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

The kids seem to love super Mario Smash brothers.

Chrsitine
dazed1821@aol.com

December 7, 2009 at 8:17 PM  

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