And the winner is: The winning number is 299 (screenshot to the right). The winner is Kris, who picked 315 and gets the "Essential Pepin." Thanks to everyone who participated -- this was another great Birthday Week.
The Friday prize to celebrate the blog's fourth anniversary is a copy of the new Jacques Pepin cookbook, Essential Pepin (because he's not only a great chef, but a fan of cheap wine). It's the last of the five daily giveaways.
To win the prize, pick a number between 1 and 1,000 and leave it in the comment section of this post. If you get the blog via email, you'll have to go to the website to enter your number. At about 5 p.m. central today, I'll go to random.org and generate the winning number. The person whose number is closest to the random number wins the prize -- and no, you can't pick a number someone else has picked. I'll post the winner later today. All contestants must be 21 or older.