My first giveaway!

If you’re a regular reader, you will know that I am a wee bit smitten with this cookbook. It contains recipes for dishes that would have turned up on your grandmother’s table, or at a potluck dinner in the fifties. Think olives encrusted in cheddar dough and World War II Chocolate mayonnaise cake. But bonus,  the recipes have been run through the test kitchens at Cook’s Country. The folks over at America’s Test Kitchen do nice things such as replace shortening with butter, or simplify cooking steps.

A very, very kind person noticed how much I enjoyed cooking from this cookbook, and gave me a copy for my birthday. I decided to pay it forward and get another copy to give to a lucky one of you.

I’d love to see who’s reading my blog now that it has been up and running for 5 months now. To be entered in the giveaway, simply leave a comment and tell me what your favorite seasonal veggie or fruit is, and your favorite way to enjoy it.

Please enter only once, and enter by Sunday, August 8th (midnight central time) to be eligible. The winner will be selected by’s random number generator, and I’ll announce the lucky person on Monday.

Looking forward to hearing from you all!


Comments 20

  1. Barbara wrote:

    My favorite fruit in season is watermelon: I like to eat simply sliced, very fresh! Thanks for the chance and greetings from Italy!

    Posted 04 Aug 2010 at 10:38 am
  2. Thifa wrote:

    Hi! What a great treat to your reader :) My boyfriend was born and raised in Alabama although we live in The Netherlands. That would be a very special addition to my cook book collection!

    My favorite seasonal veg should be asparagus. I love it fresh!

    Way to go with your blog :-)

    Posted 04 Aug 2010 at 10:50 am
  3. Shaheen wrote:

    Hey Anna! Congratulations on blogging for 5 months! I’ve been blogging for 2.5 years and absolutely love every bit of it!

    Posted 04 Aug 2010 at 12:18 pm
  4. Laurel wrote:

    I love collard greens, sliced super thin and fried with bacon. Best!

    Posted 04 Aug 2010 at 12:37 pm
  5. newlywed wrote:

    Oh, I do covet this cookbook! I took it out of the library a few months ago and read it from cover to cover.

    It is hard to pick my favorite seasonal produce! I guess I would have to go with figs. And I love them straight from the container. It is hard to keep them around long enough to cook with them!

    Posted 04 Aug 2010 at 1:38 pm
  6. Rachel wrote:

    Hi Anna – Lets see, favorite seasonal fruit – bing cherries – yummy! Hope all is well! Rach

    Posted 04 Aug 2010 at 4:08 pm
  7. ToyLady wrote:

    Hello! I just clicked over here from your article about tarragon over at Burp!

    It’s so hard to pick a favorite seasonal veggie – in the spring, it’s got to be wild leeks – the first sign that winter’s really over (on pizza, of course!), then later on, of course steamed fresh garden peas, on to corn, grilled on the cob, then, summers crowning glory – that first fresh tomato, still warm from the sun and cut into wedges and sprinkled with a bit of kosher salt.

    I guess I’d have to go with the tomato – it’s what I spend the entire summer waiting for!

    Posted 04 Aug 2010 at 4:45 pm
  8. Jen M. wrote:

    Ok, not *the* favorite, but *a* favorite would have to be strawberries, served with a big dollop of sour cream (yes, sour cream) and a generous sprinkling of brown sugar. NOW GIMME DAT BOOK!

    Posted 04 Aug 2010 at 5:54 pm
  9. Peef wrote:

    Juicy Peaches. Bacon Lettuce Peach sandwiches are what the summers are made of. I also wouldn’t complain with some peach cobbler. Happy 5 months!

    Posted 04 Aug 2010 at 7:00 pm
  10. Jen L wrote:

    My fav veggie would have to be Asparagus. We eat it all spring long. Fav Fruit would have to be Strawberries. mmm so good!

    Posted 05 Aug 2010 at 1:37 am
  11. Cheryl W. wrote:

    My favorite seasonal fruit is the pomegranate. I can’t get enough of them.

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to enter my name.

    Posted 05 Aug 2010 at 6:43 am
  12. A Little Yumminess wrote:

    I think you know what I am going to say – mangoes – and mango buttermilk ice-cream! :)

    Posted 05 Aug 2010 at 7:59 am
  13. Rich wrote:

    I’m going to go with watermelon, too, but I like mine grilled (changes the texture–delicious!), and served with a little salt and pepper, feta cheese, and fresh mint. Mmmm.

    Posted 05 Aug 2010 at 1:30 pm
  14. Rich wrote:

    Wait, no. I lied! I change my answer. Can I change my answer?

    Sweet corn! Also grilled, ‘natch. I like a garlic-cilantro-chile compound butter, cojito cheese, and fresh lime.

    Now I want corn and it’s 9.30 AM here…

    Posted 05 Aug 2010 at 1:35 pm
  15. Barb wrote:

    It’s hard to pick a seasonal best, but I would have to go with strawberries. We wait anxiously every year for strawberry season in order to make the next year supply of freezer strawberry jam. We also indulge in Strawberries and Ice cream for as long as it last.

    Posted 05 Aug 2010 at 4:45 pm
  16. Jamie wrote:

    My favorite is Green beans. I had them fried for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I would have to say thats my new favorite way to eat them ;)

    Posted 05 Aug 2010 at 6:00 pm
  17. Melanie Hayward wrote:

    Love the blogg!
    We saw this book when a Cook’s Illustrated/Test Kitchen chef featured a chocolate cake out of it. Man did it sound good! I’d love to see more recipes (I’ll cross my fingers.)

    Favorite seasonal vegetable: snowpeas
    Preparation: raw

    Posted 05 Aug 2010 at 6:55 pm
  18. John wrote:

    It would probably be the overly abundant and multi-purpose zucchini. Besides giving them to neighbors (yes Anna, it’s your neighbor!) and loading up co-workers until they block the door when they see me coming, probably my favorite use is zucchini pancakes. They might even be a little healthy…until I load them up with apple sauce and sour cream!

    Posted 06 Aug 2010 at 6:10 pm
  19. Julie wrote:

    Tomatoes! Nothing beats tomatoes from the garden/farmer’s market. We’re just starting to get some on all of the bucket tomatoes we’s exciting!

    I love making tomato, basil and mozarella salads. Yum!

    Posted 06 Aug 2010 at 6:31 pm
  20. Lisa wrote:

    Well, I’m kind of cheating because the only time I’ve ever made this myself it was the middle of winter and in fact I usually buy it at Metcalfe’s deli, but my laziness aside, it is my current fav. Broccoli Salad with broccoli, bacon, raisins, nuts (cashews or sunflower) and a mayo-type dressing. I have some in the frig right now.

    Posted 08 Aug 2010 at 6:32 pm

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