Giveaway! The Farmer's Kitchen

Today we've got a special treat for readers: a free giveaway copy of The Farmer's Kitchen: The Ultimate Guide to Enjoying Your CSA and Farmers' Market Foods by Julia Shanks and Brett Grohsgal!

The Farmer's Kitchen was one of my favorite books of 2011, and it's simply an awesome resource. It's partly a cookbook, and partly a universal guide for choosing, storing and preparing fresh produce. If you have any questions about fresh regional produce--what grows when, how to test for ripeness, how to choose and store (and cook!) any fruit or vegetable--this book is a must-read.

And there's more good news about this unique book: over the past few days, the authors received an unexpected surprise: First Lady Michelle Obama cited The Farmer's Kitchen as a key resource in her latest book, American Grown.

Here are the laughably simple rules to enter today's giveaway: Just leave a comment below, and if you have a fresh produce-based recipe from your blog that you'd like to publicize in front of all the readers here at Casual Kitchen, share a link to it in your comment!  Why not get the word out on what you've written--and make this giveaway into a resource for everyone?

To summarize:
1) Leave a comment below
2) Share an optional link to a produce-based recipe on your blog.
3) Sit back and enjoy while our readers cross-fertilize.

I'll make a random selection of the winner one week from today, on Thursday June 14th, at noon Eastern time.

Good luck! And let's start sharing recipes!

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Louisa said...

This looks like a great book :)

Here are a few produce recipes from my blog

Avocados and beets, the best combination

Roasted vegetable sandwich

The best salad

spinach sauce for pasts

And my first post ever, brussels sprout colcannon. Best ever!!

(hope that's not too many, I couldn't decide which was my favorite!)

Cake said...

What a great book. I love that it's published locally, too!

Fresh produce, you say? Why yes, please!

Farmer's Market Pasta:

Carrot & Walnut Risotto:

Gluten-Free Stuffed Zucchini:

Farmhouse Salad:

Mandy B said...

What a fun concept for a cookbook!

K said...

Oh,I'll have to add that to my Amazon wish list - thanks!

Produce recipes?

How about asparagus-barley "risotto":

Or insanely cheap veggie soup? You really don't need a recipe for soup, but I'll link anyways:

And my favourite late summer dish: roasted tomato pasta sauce:

And my newest favourite, Colcannon:

Karin said...

I would love this book! We joined a CSA this year for the first time and are already wondering what to do with everything.

Cagey (Kelli Oliver George) said...

AWESOME. I can't wait to stalk these comments and gather new ideas!!

Here a few of my favorite recipes using fresh produce:

Pumpkin Curry (Pumpkin erisheri: A curry from Kerala, my husband's native state in India):

Black-eyed Peas with Spinach and Coconut Curry: A vegan, northern style curry that I suspect would work with kale as well -- most curries are so strong in flavor that I do believe kale can hold its own.

Chicken Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Bake: A GREAT use for squash and sweet potato that can be served spicy.

Samantha said...

This book looks so fun and inspiring!

chacha1 said...

I have been learning by trial and error, which is not typically the most efficient way, about how to handle produce ever since I started getting my organic deliveries. Oh, I love those produce boxes!
I admire Mrs. Obama for using her position to advance the cause of good eating.

Brittany said...

I don't have a cool blog full of awesome fresh produce recipes, so cannot contribute much. But this is clearly why I need a book full of awesome recipes. =)

Ronda said...

Sounds like a cool book! And now I'm beginning to wish that I had decided to share recipes on my blog, but alas, I haven't. :)

Owlhaven said...

I'd love this book! Here's a Creole Cobb Salad

Or Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Lots more in my recipe index


Sara said...

I have always wanted to join a CSA, and I think that this book would start me off on the right foot!

Charlyn said...

I will be enjoying these recipes, thanks!

Jen Blacker said...

Looks like an interesting book and cookbook. I'll have to purchase it if I'm not a lucky winner.
The above link is one of my favorite things to cook for our monthly appetizer night. They are nice and crispy from the Panko coating.

Thank you for the opportunity.

Anthea said...

Wow, sounds awesome.
Also, rhubarb pie

Debbie Jennings said...

Thanks so much for the wonderful drawing. Wish I had a blog to share. Look forward to checking out all the ones shared here. Thanks again for the opportunity.

Anonymous said...

oh yes! Always love recipes for fresh product... I go crazy at the fruitstand with all the eye-candy there. :)
Thanks for the giveaway...

don't have a blog myself, but we love this recipe I found in a cookbook.

Avocado Yogurt Salad Dressing (or Dip)

1 very ripe avocado
1 cup unflavoured yogurt
1/3 cup diced onion
1/3 cup diced green pepper
¼ cup mayonnaise
2 tsp fresh dill
½ tsp lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper

Blend avocado, yogurt, onion and green pepper for 20 seconds. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
Makes 1 ½ to 2 cups.

Source: Country Cooking 2,151 Recipes from the readers of Harrowsmith Magazine. (Canada)

Note: I make it usually as a tortilla chip or veggie dip - just use less yogurt. I've also made it without dill.

and to steal from other blogs... these are currently our two favorite recipes for the summer

(my meat and potatoes guy LOVES this:)


Janet C. said...

OK, can those of us who don't blog still leave a recipe? Mine is easy and delicious; produce based; laughably cheap (at least in summer when tomatoes are cheap); and good for you (Its nonfat!!)!! (Feel free to steal and/or re-post...)

Kachumber (East Indian vegetable salad) Serves 4 to 6

2-3 ripe tomatoes, chopped (or use halfed cherry tomatoes; a combination of different varieties of tomatoes is great!!)

3 to 4 carrots, peeled and sliced into bite-sized pieces (again, if you find different colored ones at the Farmer's Market, go for it!! Remember, eating colors is good!)

1 large red onion, chopped

(optional): a handful of red radishes or a peeled daikon, sliced. Red bell pepper works too if you have one sitting around....

a small handfull cilantro, chopped

1 Tablespoon sugar
1 Tablespoon ground cumin
1 tsp. garam masala spice (optional)
1 tsp. salt

toss vegetables with spices, sugar, and salt; taste and adjust seasonings. This salad is best if you let it sit at room temperature about an hour before serving.

looloolooweez said...

Ooooh, this looks like a great book! Crossing my fingers!

Joan said...

Sounds like a fun book to cook from. I'm trying to eat a bit healthier so this one should be a great help.

Katrina said...

just started this where we live so I would love to win.

ykatrina at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I'd love to have a copy of this book. I don't have a blog but I do have a garden full of tomato plants. This will give me some new ideas for using the produce out of my yard. Thanks!


Daniel said...

Readers, we've got a winner: Kelli at Rancid Raves. Congrats!

I'll run a full post later today (Thursday 6/14) that organizes all of the recipes for readers. We've got a lot of 'em!

Thanks again to everyone for helping crowdsource such a great collection of healthy fresh produce-based recipes.


♡♥♬ Carolsue ♡♥♬ said...

I'd love to win this! I don't have a food blog exactly, but I do love produce and have been eating more and more of it and less meat.
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