Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Have We Got A Giveaway For You!

We.  That would be me . . . and Jane of Thy Hand Hath Provided.  Jane has graciously offered to give away a copy of her cookbook to a reader of my blog.  Just leave a comment to this post (by Friday night at 9 p.m., October 11th) saying you'd be interested in receiving a copy of her book, Thy Hand Hath Provided ~ Recipes and Preserving.  I'll draw a name Friday night, give it to Jane and she'll send a copy of her cookbook to you lickety-split.  Couldn't be easier.

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In the preface of her book, Jane writes, "My hope is that this book will prove to be very useful as you harvest, preserve, plan and make delicious homemade and homegrown meals for your family."  To this end, besides the actual recipes, Jane includes easy-to-understand, very helpful chapters on preserving food whether you be a newbie or pro and whether the produce is from your own garden or a local farmer's market.

There is a page in the food preservation section entitled, "Canning Overload Disorder."  If you've ever done any canning, it's easy to relate and get a chuckle from her sense of humor surrounding days (and nights!) spent up-close and personal with a canner and a kitchen overflowing with fresh produce.

In reading Jane's blog, you'll realize she places a high priority on providing her family with appetizing meals filled with good nutrition often using the fruits and vegetables grown in her own garden.  She's a whirling dervish when it comes to filling her freezer and lining her pantry shelves.  (I'm sure she's listed in Ripley's Believe It or Not for the number of jars of applesauce she puts up each year!)

However, I don't wish to undersell the main part of this well-done cookbook which is the recipes that typify down-home cookin' that is truly real food for real people.

Upon sitting down with my copy of the book the day I received it, I marked (by actual count) twenty-one recipes I wanted to try . . . immediately.  Even though I haven't make it through all twenty-one yet, each one I have tried has been a winner.  Here's a sampling of some I have made to date.

 Corn Fritters
 
These Corn Fritters are so much better than the corn fritter recipe I've had and been using for a hundred years.  They have a very rich flavor and are much easier to make than my old recipe . . . which was unceremoniously jettisoned as soon as I tried these.

 Chocolate Scones

Oh, my.  These Chocolate Scones disappeared so fast I almost didn't get a second one.  A unique flavor . . . deep, moist chocolate combined with ginger and cinnamon.

Basic Vinaigrette Dressing
 
Drizzled over this tossed salad is my now new favorite vinaigrette dressing.  If we don't have a tossed salad every day, I try to serve whatever fresh, raw veggie is available from the garden in the growing season.  I chop the veggies in a small bowl and drizzle this dressing on top.  So good!

Our Favorite Quiche
 
This is Jane's family's favorite quiche as you can tell by the name.  I thought my favorite quiche recipe was a really good one, but after eating this one of Jane's, my dear husband said I should never make any other one again.  Should I be offended?  Nope, can't be because this one was, indeed, fantastic.  (And, okay, maybe just a teensy bit better than mine.)

White Chili
 
We are great soup/stew lovers in this household and I always have a good variety put by as my "convenience" foods.  This recipe for Jane's white chili has joined the ranks of the best of the best.  I know I will be making this again and again and again.

Strawberry Pie

The recipe for this luscious pie is included in the cookbook, but I first made it a year or so ago when our strawberries were in season and Jane featured it in one of her blog posts.  Doesn't the picture say it all?

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Well, I could ramble on and on (as I usually do), but I'll stop here by saying that not only is this book one I'd recommend you have on your cookbook shelf, but wouldn't it make a wonderful Christmas gift for one of the special cooks in your life?  

Remember, this coming Friday night, I'll draw a name from all of you who may be interested in receiving your own copy.  Just leave a comment saying so.  It's a good giveaway for a good book! 

90 comments:

  1. I love both of your blogs and I would really love to win this cookbook!
    Charlene in Kentucky

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    1. Charlene - Sad to say my quilting blog has been in moth balls for a long time. I don't know why I can't find more time to quilt (and post there!). It drives me crazy. Obviously, I need some reorganization of my time!

      Your name is in the hat for the drawing for the cookbook.

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    1. TrailshomeTuesday, October 08, 2013 5:40:00 PM

      Yum, those things you pulled out look so very good! And now that I have every jar in my house filled with tomatoes, peppers, tomato juice, jams, jellies, beans, beets, and lots of dried apples and more, I'm always looking for new and different ways to preserve the bounty that comes in from our garden. Those jars liven our winter days, and save us lots of expense and unhealthy choices we might make in the grocery aisles as we work our way through them as the snow flies. I'd love to have that cookbook. Thanks for considering me in the contest.

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    2. Trailshome - And nothing we can buy at the store tastes as good as what we can or freeze or dehydrate at home! Such luxury we have to shop our own food we've put by.

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  3. Oh my gosh, everything you pictured looks great so I am sure the rest is just as amazing!

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    1. DFW - As I said, Jane cooks real food for real people so it definitely appeals to all us cook-from-scratchers!

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  4. Love your new header! I shouldn't have read this hungry :(

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    1. Little Homestead in Boise - Thank you! Good thing we don't have Smellovision in Blogland . . . that would make the pictures of food we see intolerable!

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  5. Cool giveaway! I'd be interested in receiving a copy of her book, Thy Hand Hath Provided ~ Recipes and Preserving. :)
    Susie

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    1. Oh and my email is susies1955@gmail.com

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    2. Albert and Susie - Your name is in the drawing!

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  6. I would love to receive a copy of this book. Just looking at the pictures above is making me soo hungry and I already ate dinner tonight. hehe

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    1. Heather Duncan - They say we shop never shop for groceries when we're hungry . . . maybe that applies to looking at pictures of food, too!

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  7. I would love a copy of Jane's book :) I can't ever say no to quiche when I see it on a menu so I am sure I will love her recipe!

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    1. Jane - This quiche was superb! She suggested several kinds of cheese including feta which I used. My husband said to always make it with the feta!

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  8. I would love to win a copy of her cookbook. I love this kind of cooking!

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  9. I would love to have a copy of Jane's cookbook :) Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!

    Kathy Walter

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    1. Kathy Walter - I have done so! Thanks for entering.

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  10. Would love Jane's cookbook :)...but love your blog so much too!
    Elizabeth E from Ontario, Canada

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    1. Elizabeth E - What a nice thing for you to say. You are entered in the drawing!

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  11. I read Jane's blog regularly and many of her recipes have become our favorites. I found your blog through her, I think! I would love to have a copy of her recipe book!
    Jane.miner@houghton.edu

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    1. Jane - So glad you found your way here from Jane's blog. If you've already made some of her recipes, you'll go a bit crazy (as I did!) drooling over her cookbook!

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  12. I would be interested in a copy! I'd give it to my sister to help build her collection of cookbooks (:

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  13. It looks fantastic. I'd totally love to win it.

    lesajm AT hotmail DOT com

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  14. Always on the lookout for good, new recipes :) Thanks for sticking my name in the hat too!

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  15. I love cookbooks! I'd like to win it. Thanks!!

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    1. Dawn from Georgia - It's a terrible addiction, isn't it? . . . Cookbooks, cookbooks, cookbooks!!

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  16. Ugh. I WAS going to forego entering my name into the hat....until I saw the chocolate scone! Please enter my name....and remind me to start exercising NOW, you know, just in case I win and have to get a head start on my diet from eating all those chocolate scones. Thanks Mama Pea & Jane!

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    1. Carolyn - Why, when we appreciate and enjoy good food so much, does it have to cling to inappropriate parts of our body? Why, I ask you, why?! I was definitely active enough this past summer/gardening season that I should have returned to the svelte body type I imagine for myself. Hasn't happened. Hrumpf. Regardless, this cookbook is worth having. And making the chocolate scones from it.

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  17. I'm getting hungry looking at your wonderful food made from the cookbook! I would love to win this cookbook and try some of the recipes myself. thanks.

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    1. janelmartin - Yep, pictures of good food . . . almost as good as eating the food. (Almost.)

      (We sure are coming up with a lot of "Janes" for this giveaway!)

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  18. I'd love a chance to win Thy Hand Hath Provided's cookbook so I can come up with my list of 21 recipes I want to make right away.

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    1. Karen - You will EASILY find 21 must-make recipes!

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  19. Mama Pea,

    I would love an opportunity to win Jane's cookbook, Thy Hand Hath Provided ~ Recipes and Preserving.
    The food you made from following her recipes look amazing. Thank you for sponsoring this give-away with Jane. Please entry my name in your give-away, thank you.

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  20. What a generous offer! Any hope of improving my cooking is welcome.

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    1. tpals - You made me laugh! I think we ALL can use help with cooking now and then. Probably because we have to do it so much!

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  21. Considering I've run out of jars twice this year already I'd be up for some MORE canning recipes to try. Please enter me in the drawing.

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    1. Freedom Acres Farm - Ha! Been there, done that. But that also means your pantry shelves are well stocked! Which is always a GOOD thing. (I just had a friend decide she's done with canning/preserving . . . she gave me three boxes - not the jar boxes but big cardboard boxes - of canning jars. Talk about a gift I appreciated. I was giddy!)

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  22. I love your blog, Mama Pea.

    I am trying lots of your recipes and learning many new methods of preserving my wee garden's harvest Thanks.

    (And, although it goes without saying, I'd absolutely love to have a copy of your cookbook.)

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    1. CAT - Thank you so much! I think all of us who can/preserve try at least one new thing every year. There's always more to learn and it's so much fun!

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  23. I'd love to win the cookbook. A preserving newbie here but I do love to cook.
    sweetiesuzy@aol.com

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    1. sweetiesuzy - Preserving and cooking go together! You're entered in the drawing for the cookbook.

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  24. Oh I really want to win it! I cannot buy one right now so this is so exciting! I'll buy one eventually - current situation WILL change - but winning one would be so fun!

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    1. Pat M. - Jane is a very generous, loving and giving person so I wasn't surprised when she offered her book as a giveaway. A FUN giveaway!

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  25. Not that I need another cookbook - but this one looks awesome.

    Leanna
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    1. Leanna - No matter how many we have (I bet I have more than you!), there are certain ones we just know we have to add to our (groaning) shelves!

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  26. Please add me to the drawing :) New email is caffhomestead@gmail.com

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  27. Oh my goodness. How could I not enter for this. It looks like a wonderful cookbook.

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    1. Kristina - That's just it . . . it's a chance to get a great cookbook . . . for free!

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  28. I am always looking for new recipes ......one needs a new "twist" now and then. I have a BIG dehydrator....jars and all the fixin's!! Heck yea I want to win one :-D

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    1. janie - Queen of the Dehydrators, do we have here? ;o} Each year I try to do a little more dehydrating of my harvest. I do more fruit than veggies though.

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  29. Mama Pea, you really know how to twist a cook's arm, LOL. Look at those fantastic photos! Please enter me. :)

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    1. Leigh - Didn't take a lot of twisting though, did it? ;o} You be entered!

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  30. This sounds right up my alley. As one new to your blog, you can bet I'll next be checking out "Thy Hand Hath Provideth. " I'd love a copy of this cookbook!

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    1. Joy - Glad you found me! Consider yourself in the drawing.

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  31. Please enter me too! We love to eat homecooked meals too and it'd be fun to try some new dishes. Thanks Mama Pea for handling this giveaway.

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    1. Lisa - I know home cookin' is right up your alley, so you'd find many, many recipes you'd like in Jane's cookbook.

      You're welcome!

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  32. I would love to have a copy of this book. I read her blog also and have learned much from you both. Thanks for this chance to have this book. BrendaW

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    1. BrendaW - Thanks (from both of us!) for reading our blogs. We can all learn so much from each other. Good luck on the drawing.

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  33. Ok ,now you have really made me hungry with those pictures and I am on my way up there to grab and snatch that beautiful mum ( red ,your kidding me ) on your fall display .I WOULD LOVE TO WIN THIS BUT IT DOESN'T SEEM FAIR SINCE ITS BEEN AWHILE I Have been around .I just bought a dehydrator from a garage sale ,what a find $3.00 but I need more instructions--lol-my best so far was the pineapple .hey ,just thought of something ,this willl make a excellent person to a person i know as judy ( me -haha ) and no Jerry did not come home friday as expected ,too many new complications :(

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    1. Hi, Judy! It's been such a long time! Rest assured, your name will go in the drawing along with the others. I know you're still up to your ears in alligators, but please try to check in now and then. So sorry to hear Jerry is still having such a hard time. We all miss you!

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  34. I meant a birthday present I haven't changed a bit ,worst grammar in Mn-miss you all so much

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  35. Hey! My copy of Jane's cookbook looks just like yours - with a thick 'fringe' of sticky note tabs on top! And, even though I DO have a copy of her wonderful cookbook, I am entering because it would make a wonderful holiday gift. Of course, now I am also a little miffed that none of the delectable things I cooked (that you did, too) looked as good as yours did. Hrmph.

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    1. Susan - Yes! It would make a great gift for some lucky person!

      I know you're just spoofin' me in saying your food creations don't always look great. You're a much more creative cook than I am in so many ways!

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  36. Finally! Something that appeals to us cooking whole foods! I don't like a lot of recipes because they call for store bought creamed soups, etc. and I prefer to cook from scratch using many of my own canned goods and also organic eggs and milk from the local farmers! This is perfect! Thank you so much and God Bless you <3

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    1. Michelle Proper - Yep, cooking with whole foods is different, and so, so much better taste and nutrition-wise, but it's hard to find cookbooks for us cook-from-scratchers using the whole foods. I'm sure you'd like this book!

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  37. Your blog looks great, I haven't visited in awhile. I love all your pictures! I thought about you last night while making your cauliflower soup recipe! It's soo good I'm glad it's fall so we can eat lots of soup. I just can't wait for my broccoli and cauliflower grow in my fall garden.
    Please enter me in your contest. That book looks like quite the treasure. When I have time I will check out Jane's blog ☺

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    1. Kelly - I know you've been busy as a bee with all you have going on. I've not found enough time lately for reading all the blogs I usually do either. Let's hope fall and winter presents us with more hours in our days!

      I made Potato Soup last night and it made me think of the cauliflower soup (you know, white and creamy) . . . which I haven't made in a while. Thanks for the extra reminder from you today. Blessings on your fall garden!

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  38. I enjoyed my first visit to your blog today and I am sure I will visit again! Would love to receive a copy of the new cook book, Thy Hand Hath Provided Recipes and Preserving as I love to cook and preserve too. Diane

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    1. Diane Cosby - Thanks for stopping by! Your name is entered in the drawing.

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  39. This looks so good! I'd love a copy!

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  40. First time on your blog, interested to follow you :) I would love to win this great book.

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    1. saralie chuckles - Welcome! Your name is in the drawing.

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  41. Would love to get a copy of this cookbook. I just love to find new recipes from other home cooks
    Susan R

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    1. Susan R - You can be assured Jane is a good home cooker!

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  42. Jane's cookbook sounds just wonderful! I love to read cookbooks and see what others like to eat.

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  43. Debi K - Your name is entered in the drawing!

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