Free Edible Garden Cookbook Giveaway!

I love Sunset Magazine not only for the great garden articles, but for the delicious and reliable recipes. I have been ripping out and saving recipes from their pages for many years and I have never had a dud in the bunch.

So imagine how excited I was to learn that they have compiled a cookbook filled with recipes utilizing what we grow in our gardens! The Sunset Edible Garden Cookbook – This is what I need!

And I am giving away FIVE copies of this book.

Edible Garden Cookbook

A few months ago, I had the privilege of visiting Sunset Magazine Headquarters for a media day. We toured the grounds (beautiful) and test kitchen (huge) AND we got to sample a few recipes from this cookbook. All I can say is YUM and Double YUM! My favorite so far is the Chocolate Zucchini Rum Cake which is moist, delicious and you can’t even tell there is zucchini in there.

Here’s the skinny on the book.

Each vegetable and fruit has its own section with a little overview of growing and harvesting tips. There is also a chapter on herbs, an overview on canning and planting a vegetable garden. The recipes?  Simple,  delicious and creative. You will find Browned Butter & Hazelnut Mashed Potatoes, Swiss Chard & Sausage Frittata, Pumpkin Gingersnap Ice Cream and Melon-Berry Aqua Fresca and so much more!

Here is a sample recipe (reprinted with permission) using that cool watermelon radish I keep seeing in the seed catalogs. Have you seen these?  They are very easy to grow. And when they are sliced, they really do look like watermelons!

Watermelon Radish SaladWatermelon-Radish Salad

Serves 6 —  Time: at least 15 minutes

Also known as red-heart or rose-heart radish, the sweet watermelon radish is an Asian variety. You might even find it sold as red daikon. It is an absolute stunner when cut in half, and that’s the prettiest way to serve it, thinly sliced across to see its gorgeous interior.


watermelon radishes

1/3 cup season rice vinegar

1 tsp. black sesame seeds (optional)

1) Peel radishes. Slice crosswise as thinly as possible. Mix with vinegar.

2) Cover and chill at least 10 minutes or up to 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if you like and serve.

Free Edible Garden Cookbook

How YOU can win a FREE Cookbook!

Sorry. Contest closed. Winners were announced HERE with a summary of your tips and recipes. Thanks to everyone for participating!

Sunset has offered to ship cookbooks to FIVE of my lucky readers! All you have to do is comment below listing your favorite garden edible. If you grow a special vegetable variety that you think is the cat’s meow, please tell us!  For example, one of my very favorite zucchinis is called “Gadzukes”. (It has ribbed stripes and when you slice it, it makes a star.) So what is your “Must Have” veggie in the garden? And if you don’t have a favorite, what are wanting to try this year? Tell us below in the comments.

Please Note: One comment per person please and you must be a continental US resident to win. You have until midnight June 6th to enter. Then, I will randomly pick 5 comments and Sunset will ship out the books.

Good luck!

Disclosure: I was not paid to review this cookbook. I received a free review copy and the offer to give away five cookbooks to my readers. The opinions here are my own.

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About the Author

Theresa Loe is the Co-Executive TV Producer and the On-Air Canning/Homesteading Expert for the national PBS gardening TV series, Growing A Greener World. She is a lifetime canner and a graduate of the Master Food Preserver Program. She studied both sustainable horticulture and professional culinary arts and she is a wrangler of chickens and two teenage children. (Not necessarily in that order.)

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  • Kara May 31, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Tomatoes! And basil! I have planted an obscene, obscene number of both this year. Oh, and scarlet emperor beans! I really, really love them, too!

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  • Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life May 31, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Tomatoes and cucs for salad and fresh herbs.

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  • Garden storage June 1, 2012 at 4:47 am

    Cool page indeed!I really wish I have this cookbook.

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  • Kim June 1, 2012 at 5:37 am

    Basil for sure! Can never have too much pesto and it freezes so well to last the whole year.

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  • Kari June 1, 2012 at 5:51 am

    Tomatoes! I start my seeds in January and wait impatiently for my first ripe tomatoes in May. There is nothing like one that’s fresh from the garden!

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  • pat gelet June 1, 2012 at 6:01 am

    I use to have a cottage herbal business, Fields of Ambrosia. I went from having a yard full of herbs and veggies to fulltime Rving with no back yard. We now have a house for the summer months and am trying container gardening. I love fresh tomatoes and hot, hot peppers, fried and in a sandwich. Can’t wait for my little garden to produce.

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  • Eileen June 1, 2012 at 6:02 am

    Last year, I began to grow several varieties of greens, using heirloom seeds purchased at The Seed Bank in Petaluma, CA. The only space I had was behind my back fence, alongside the alley – and the seeds loved this area! Now I have collard greens and three varieties of chard expanding with every beautiful day – and I love learning the nuances of the different varieties!

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  • Susan Balogh June 1, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Tomatoes and basil are a must! My favorite heirloom tomato is “Pink Heart” love the sweetness and pale yellow color. Basil is a must too. I plant several varieties but one of my favorite is “Red Robin” which I use for pink lemonade. Very delicious and refreshing during the hot summer days in Oklahoma.

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  • Judy Hudgins June 1, 2012 at 6:25 am

    I have to say my garden favorite are my fresh herbs….3 varieties of thyme, rosemary, basil, chives, parsley, sage and several different mints. It adds so much to go out and pick them fresh.

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  • Judy Miller June 1, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Tomatoes!! Beefsteak is my preferred, but any tomato will do! We have reduced our garden each year lately (getting older. . . ), but tomatoes will always be a necessity!! Nothing like a fresh tomato out of the garden for a salad or a blt!!

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  • Lynn Sanfilippo June 1, 2012 at 6:33 am

    Once again, Basil and tomoatoes….a MUST for a Caprese Salad in the summer. Purple ruffles basil makes a beautiful vinegar and Beefsteak tomatoes!! Yum……

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  • Gayle Jackson June 1, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Tomatoes and potatoes………..any way, any how, raw, cooked, sliced, diced, chopped, boiled, fried, sauted! Now I am hungry, off to the kitchen :)

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  • Clea Spears June 1, 2012 at 6:40 am

    I love the looks and taste of a purple bell pepper. I cook with it have it on salads and just eat out of hand, I just have to grow these wonderful peppers in my garden each year.

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  • Shelley Crist June 1, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Oh, where do I start…patty pan zucchini’s , got hooked on them last year. They have a wonderful nutty taste! Oh, and all of the other wonderful delectables in the garden :0)

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  • Daricia @aCLTgarden June 1, 2012 at 6:55 am

    I don’t have a lot of sun, but I do try to grow plenty of herbs. Several basils are a must, dill, chives, rosemary, thyme, lots of lemon herbs. Pineapple sage is a favorite just for the scent. This year I have stevia for the first time. The fresh leaves taste like honeysuckle to me…look forward to having dried ones for tea this winter. (Would really love to win a copy of this book!) ~ Daricia

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  • thaydra June 1, 2012 at 6:58 am

    What is my must-have in the garden? That is such a tough question! Though, I think that this season may have answered it for me. Right at planting season, we were told we’d have to move, so I was not able to plant anything in the garden this year (we’d be moving before harvest season came around). However, I still had to pot up some peas, peppers, and tomatoes! So, I guess those are my must-haves!

    Those radishes are stunning! I’ve never heard of them, but will have to keep an eye out.

    I’ve been wanting to switch my family over to a more fresh food diet recently, and this cookbook looks perfect for that! We get Sunset magazine at the library I work at, and I’m always oogling it when it comes in! =)

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  • Candace Brennan June 1, 2012 at 7:00 am

    We moved to a small townhome so have learned to be very space conscious. We grow herbs and edible flowers on the front porch and have a little salsa garden in the back where we grow heirloom tomatoes, jalapenos, tomatillos, green onions, garlic and cilantro :o ) We also grow chard, spinach and mesclun mix in planter boxes off the deck of the upstairs bedroom.

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  • Khadijah June 1, 2012 at 7:20 am

    The children have chosen this year’s favorite- sweet peas! I kept telling them how I remembered eating them in my grandma’s garden, but I had never tried growing them before this year. Now I see several sets of little brown eyes out in the garden, eating away. So far we haven’t cooked any!

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  • Cherie June 1, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Theresa, we snack on an heirloom, self-seeding cherry tomato – TEXAS WILD – which I also use in tons of dishes, including my version of “fried green tomatoes” (on the griddle with a corn-meal/rice flour/sea salt mix as coating because I eat FODMAP free, which is even more strict than GLUTEN-free.) For those of us in the South, it’s one of the few tomatoes that ignore troublesome heat and humidity dooming many to stop blooming by summertime. I got my start from my friend Bev Welch who owns The Arbor Gate Nursery in Tomball, TX. She has TEXAS WILD trained to vine up an arbor there and it’s covered with sweet fruits March till November!

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  • Jane Starcher June 1, 2012 at 7:41 am

    I HAVE to have yellow tomatoes. I plant 4 kinds of regular size,1 heirloom variety and the new mini (cherry size(

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  • Mary June 1, 2012 at 8:09 am

    What a fun thing to do. I am experimenting with a favorite vegetable of mine, carrots. For the first time, I am going to plant some “Purple Dragon Carrots”. They have this beautiful purple color on the outside and a gorgeous deep orange in the middle. They should be sweeter than regular carrots. I can not wait until the weather gets cooler so I can watch them grow. I will check back to read all the different veggies everyone comes up with.

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  • Kathy June 1, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Heirloom tomatoes… I loved homegrown and them discovered heirlooms! The taste is beyond compare!

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  • TeresaR June 1, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Not that I need another cookbook *grin* but I have to tell you (and the world) that my favorite veggie currently is kohlrabi. It is amazing in Thai curries and stews. I love its crisp texture and sweet, earthy taste. I don’t know what the variety hubby gets is called (he’s the gardener; I’m just the weeder), but I believe he ordered it from Johnny’s Select Seeds.

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  • Theresia June 1, 2012 at 8:33 am

    I love tomatoes. One of my fondest memories is picking beefsteak tomatoes for lunch frome
    my mothers garden in upstate New York hen I was a kid.

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  • Robin June 1, 2012 at 9:05 am

    I have to choose just one favorite? Hmmm…well, today I’ll choose Buttercrunch lettuce. I get seed from Irish Eyes out of Ellensburg, Washington for this crop. The seeds germinate reliably, and the lettuce is simply the best Bibb lettuce ever. As a matter of fact, I probably need to go harvest a few heads to make room to plant out my beloved Saucy Paste tomatoes, but that’s another edible I adore to discuss another day….

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  • Renee June 1, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Well, no matter what a huge staple in my garden is beefsteak tomatoes and basil. I will never go hungry with a sliced tomato, mozzarella cheese, fresh basil and balsamic vinegar! Jalepeno peppers are next on the list. Freshly chopped in tuna is spicy and delicious! I love the zucchini I planted last year. No idea what the name is, but my Uncle gave me some seeds and told me it was and Italian variety. The had light colored stripes on them. Beauty and taste….I’m always on the lookout for some interesting herbs or flowers to make the garden more beautiful and colorful. Cookbooks are a passion of mine and I would certainly love this one!

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  • Sue Schwartz June 1, 2012 at 9:11 am


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  • Erica / Northwest Edible Life June 1, 2012 at 9:44 am

    I’m so boring. I pick kale. Versatile, healthy, year-round kale. :)

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  • Ruth June 1, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I love cucumbers the best. The fresh flavor and the fantasic salads. I love any pickle I can get me hands on. I do alot of canning, and any new pickle recipe is tried. Thank you for your newslatter.

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  • Liz Clark June 1, 2012 at 9:48 am

    CILANTRO. And basil. Mostly cilantro. Oh, and salad greens.
    Gotta have this book!

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  • Sarah Z June 1, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Like everyone else, I love tomatoes and basil, but here in our coastal climate you really need a greenhouse for those. I have to say kale! It is the gift that keeps on giving. Produces all spring summer and fall, and overwinters wonderfully! Harvesting and eating from my garden gives me joy!

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  • Stevie (@Garden_Therapy) June 1, 2012 at 10:01 am

    My favourite right now is peas, because they are ready for snacking. But beans have my heart – nothing like a French filet bean picked right from the garden. Yummmm.

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  • Melissa June 1, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I always plant Beefsteak Tomatoes and Italian Green Peppers! There is nothing that compares to the taste of a home grown tomato!

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  • Kathleen Lindquist June 1, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Tomatoes, cucumbers, and herbs are a must have. Adding fresh home grown herbs, gives your recipes a certain something special. I garden mostly on my patio,but I also garden at my sister’s and brother’s place. Last year our sweet potatoes were great. We will be doing a larger area this year.

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  • Barb Grant June 1, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Well being in New Jersey I would have to same tomatoes. I grow both beefsteak and grape varieties and there are nothing like Jersey tomatoes. Basil is another that I am growing a ton of this year, basil and tomatoes just go so well together.

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  • sarah spitz June 1, 2012 at 10:08 am

    I am completely nutty for fava beans. Windsor in particular. They even TASTE nutty. I didn’t realize you could eat them when they’re young, pod and all. And it’s ALOT of work to eat a fava bean so you’ve got to love ‘em to like ‘em.

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  • Aerie-el June 1, 2012 at 10:14 am

    There are so many garden edibles that I ‘must have’! But at the top of the list, my favorite vegetable to grow is kale–can’t get enough of it. I also adore the taste of sungold tomatoes, so I grow those every summer. In my experience, they can be coaxed into producing a fair amount even in the coolest, wettest of Seattle summers. I’ve temporarily moved to St Louis, so I bet they’ll grow easily here, along with the basil that will surely be planted along side.

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  • Mil June 1, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Fava beans! I always have to have fava beans in the springtime. Plus, they are one of the few veggies I can grow easily in my strange little micro climate. Silly me, I tried to grow cucumbers, melons, and okra here!

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  • Laura G. June 1, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I have to pick just ONE?! hmmm, I have to say cucumbers are my favorite home grown veg. Every year I grow more and more, hoping to have enough to ferment a winter supply, but we eat so many fresh, there are never enough to put up much at the end of the season!

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  • Patty Craft Dunning June 1, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Rosemary is a must! This year I have an edible garden on my balcony…we’ll see how well it grows. The one thing I don’t have growing that I wish I did is OKRA (yum!)

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  • virginia June 1, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Grey zucchini so far this seasons favorite… Living in arid dry enviroment, these plants really come along well… I need some new innovative recipe ideas for them..

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  • Karen June 1, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Must have tomatoes…and basil and onions and…

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  • Lydia Habr June 1, 2012 at 10:31 am

    I have to have tomatoes! Every year I have the best intention of not getting carried away with how many varieties I plant, & every year I fail epically! This year I have 35 plants representing 15 different types. I can’t wait to start picking them. But I also love my winter squash, all sorts..pumpkins of several varieties (especially Suger Pie), acorn, butternut, spaghetti..I can never have enough! I really love almost everything I plant, except beets which I plant for my husband!

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  • Sydnee (Rabbitroodle) June 1, 2012 at 10:34 am

    While working in the garden, a cherry tomato or two….okay or 10 to keep me going, just pick it and pop it in my mouth. For a serious garden salad, tomatoes, basil, dill and then this time a year an old trick my grandfather taught me. Pinch off a bit of the new growth from a pine tree. Don’t need more than a couple of pinches. Very citrus-y and adds a little kick to the salad.

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  • Chrissy Williams June 1, 2012 at 10:39 am

    cherry tomatoes “sweet 100′s”, cucumbers, cantaloupe!!!!!!!!!!!
    Flavors of summer!

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  • John Haught June 1, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Besides tomatoes and herbs – Kohlrabi, sugar snap peas, Chinese cabbage, red hot cherry peppers, and bunching onions.

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  • Sandy June 1, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I have to have tomatoes… any kind. Some for making sauce, some for salads and some just because!

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  • Jane Starcher June 1, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Yellow tomatoes. Tons and tons of yellow tomatoes!!!

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  • Lou Ann Stewart June 1, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Yellow crook neck squash and tomatoes. Yummy.

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  • Jessica Raav June 1, 2012 at 10:59 am

    My must-have to grow in the garden is def. herbs! If all my veg were not to make it and I was only left with herbs, I would be happy! Dill, cilantro, rosemary, thyme, chives, basil, mint, lemongrass, tarragon…these make any and all cooking great, fresh-picked from the garden!

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  • Dawn Siemer June 1, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Guess I have to say tomatoes. We got some super-tasty pink grape tomatoes a couple years ago & they were so good I saved the seeds… unfortunately not the name. All I remember is it was a German heirloom variety.

    Add some zucchini & eggplant to bigger, tarter tomatoes & we’ve got the makings of a greatness!

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  • Tammie Haley June 1, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Every spring I look forward to rhubarb and peas. Every summer I look forward to chocolate cherry tomatoes and scarlet runner beans. Every fall I look forward to potatoes and butternut squash. Every winter I look forward to frost nipped carrots and kale.

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  • Linda June 1, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Favorite garden yummys……for greens, it’s arugula……tomatoes of any and all varieties…..and this year I am trying a perennial szechuan pepper bush….can’t wait to get a hold of some to try.

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  • Debbie June 1, 2012 at 11:14 am

    I would love to win this!! My favorite is tomatoes, for sure.

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  • Minnarie June 1, 2012 at 11:18 am

    My absolute favorite edible that I am growing this year is my pineberries. They taste like pineapple, which is such a treat to me because I am allergic to pineapple! I also enjoy growing my own herbs, especially basil :)

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  • Barbara June 1, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    yellow squash, tomatoes & basil…I’m a container gardener!

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  • Megan June 1, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Like many of the comments above, my favorite edible is the tomoato. It’s just so versatile and tastes the best picked fresh from the garden. My less obvious favorite is rhubarb. Harvesting my first stalks of the season is my favorite part of spring.

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  • Leigh Anne June 1, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Squash! And tomatoes!

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  • jeanne June 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Nasturtiums because I love the flowers and my grandbunnies and my family love the leaves in salads!

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  • Lynn June 1, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Grape tomatoes are our favorite–last year my kids would snack on them right from the plant while playing outside!!

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  • Mary Jo June 1, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    I grow and love Armenian cucumbers. They are excellent for any cucumber use and especially for bread and butter pickles. The are already ribbed and look festive on a plate.
    I started making these cucumbers 30 years ago.
    Mary Jo

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  • Jenny June 1, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    We can’t get enough sungold tomatoes in our family. We also like to grow varieties of vegetables we can’t find in a supermarket. This year, we’re trying purple tomatillos, parisian carrots, turkish orange eggplants, and romanesco broccoli.

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  • Erin Anderson June 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Definitely arugula. Or basil. Or cherry tomatoes?

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  • Linda Atherton June 1, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Looks like a wonderful cookbook! I would love to add it to my collection. …This year I decided to try “Square Foot Gardening”. I’ve set up a raised, caged (for woodchuck control) 4′x4′x6″ box filled with the recommended soil mix. I’m experimenting to see just how much I can grow in such a small area. One of my new (for me) veggies is miniature carrots, Burpee’s Little Finger. They’re supposed to mature at 3.5″ long.

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  • Salome Honeycutt June 1, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Really excited to try my heirloom okra I have planted!

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  • Mary Lenwell June 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    My favorite are the heirloom tomatos that I started growng last year after a neighbor shared some from his garden with us. The best is one called German Queen or sometimes called German Pink. This ugly looking tomato has the best ever flavor. I like eating them right from the garden but they add alot of flavor to salads too.

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  • Susan Jung June 1, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Gypsy peppers are my must have each year! Yummy

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  • Ruby June 1, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I have many favorites but my first love are beets, next it would have to be tomatoes straight from the vine eaten right then and there and finally summer salads wouldn’t be that same without lots of basil and garlic.
    I would absolutely love to have that cookbook–it would make a fine addition to my library–just in case I don’t win, where can I buy it?
    Finally let me say fresh picked raspberries with a little basil is glorious…


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  • Tammy June 1, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    I would say my favorite is cucumbers because they are delicious in salads and I turn them into pickles so they last throughout the year. My husband absolutely loves the fresh tomatoes and cherry tomatoes.

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  • Crystal June 1, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    My grandpa started giving me eggplant every year and now it wouldn’t be Summer without the beautiful purple color in our garden!

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  • Natalie Blake June 1, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I love radishes and carrots and would definitely love to own this cookbook.

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  • Alicia Lorance June 1, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    I am doing my first bit of gardening since I was a kid. It’s in containers since I live in an apartment, but I am looking forward to growing my own herbs on my patio. I am also planning on getting some blueberry bushes because fresh blueberries are my favorite.

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  • Tanya June 1, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Basil and Tomatoes!

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  • John Krost June 1, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    O.K. Theresa my 10 year old want’s a cookbook and for you to come up here and help her with her garden.


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  • Martha June 1, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Sign me up! I have a few exciting new additions to our garden this year like borage, aramanth and roselle. Who wouldn’t love a great garden-based cook book?

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  • Machelle H June 2, 2012 at 4:46 am

    Okra. We moved from Texas to Indiana and don’t see it much in the grocery stores and not very many people grow it here. I have a small yard and only a couple of raised beds, but one is okra!

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  • elizabeth June 2, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Dinosaur kale and romaine lettuce are staples. Gotta have tons of fresh leafy greens! MMMM!

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  • Amy Castillo June 2, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Potatoes. The rich, buttery flavor of a homegrown potato takes this humble vegetable to a whole new place of comfort and enjoyment at our dinner table. Not too mention the leftovers!

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  • Deb June 2, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Zucchini, summer squash, tomatoes: garden to grill…

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  • Kathy June 2, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Yellow crook neck squash… yummy. I simply cannot live without fresh yellow crook neck squash. My favorite way of eating it is to cut it up into bite-sized pieces, boil with lots of tasty onions. Oh my… the squash almost melts in my mouth. I think I’ll go see if more is ready for tonight’s supper!

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  • Steven Errante June 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Nicole and I made a herb tree using clay pots stacked at angles. Herbs were oregano, dill, thyme, Thai basil, rosemary, and basil.

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  • Jen in TX June 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Heirloom tomatoes–nothing in a store can compare!

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  • Susy June 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    My favorite home grown vegetable depends on the time of the year and what is growing in the garden, I love garden lettuce in the spring and fresh peas. In the summer it has to be tomatoes and lemon cucumbers. By the fall the potatoes are ready and I love fresh potatoes from the garden. Yum, I guess I love all fresh, home grown veggies!

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  • Sarah June 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Parsley and tomatoes for tabouli and cucumbers and purple Cherokee tomatoes for yummy wraps

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  • Susan June 2, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    I love everything that I grow in the garden, but my favorite thing this week is to eat boysenberries right off the vines when I go out in the early morning to let my chickens down into their run. Then I share a few berries with my chickies, and my little dog Ruby, who loves all fruit and veggies from the garden. (She often helps herself to anything she can pick herself, including greens, cherry tomatoes, and brussel sprouts!)

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  • Nicky @dirtandmartinis June 3, 2012 at 12:59 am

    Ooooh I have so many favorites! I think on of my favorite vegetables to grow are sugarsnap peas. They make the perfect snack to munch on, especially while gardening. :-)

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  • Carol - May Dreams Gardens June 3, 2012 at 9:30 am

    I love tomatoes, and my favorite one is ‘German Johnson’.

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  • Matt June 3, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Japanese Eggplant and tons of fresh herbs this season have been added as well as Heirloom “Green Zebra” tomatoes, my personal fave for tomato pie!

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  • Angela England June 3, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Wait…we have to choose just one? Tomatoes for sure…and asparagus. And oh berries….and herbs like rosemary and thyme….Ahhhhh what’s not to love about the garden!

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  • Carri June 3, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I’d have to saw my favorites would be artichokes or anything citrus!! I’m lucky to be able to grow both outdoors!

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  • Dan Vierria June 3, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Cuckoo for cukes! Those crispy little devils are versatile and oh-so-low-cal. Snacking, salads, pickled, cuke-yogurt-garlic sauce, sammies – it’s all good.

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  • Lisa D June 3, 2012 at 9:38 am

    My garden favorite is tomatoes! Last year the favorites were Big Rainbow and Abraham Lincoln

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  • Patty Hicks June 3, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Teresa thank you for hosting this giveaway!
    For color lettuces in many colors are a must, for flavor Basil, Buckler Sorrel and Green Zebra tomatoes in the summer garden and Red Russian Kale and Leeks in the winter garden. I grow most all of our herbs, bay, sage, thyme, Oregano (3 varieties I actually use), chives, sweet cicely and much more and feel these are a big must have for any kitchen garden. You can see it is difficult to chose just one for this gardener.

    I think sweet potatoes would be the one veggie I would like to try though it seems a challenge here in our cooler Pacific NW garden.

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  • Maryelln Garcia June 3, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I would ReadIt like Bible! :)

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  • Vickie June 3, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Tomatoes, lemon cucumbers, zucchhini, icicle radishes, rasberries, strawberries.

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  • Lynn @thedirtdiaries June 3, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Love sliced heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil and balsamic vinaigrette. A great side dish with any meal!

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  • Deanna June 3, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I’d have to say corn and zucchini!

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  • Jennifer Davit June 3, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    ‘Black Cherry’ tomatoes are my favorite- great for growing in pots on a balcony and delicious, not too sweet, fruit.

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  • Stephanie June 3, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I love this variety of slicing cucumber, we don’t know what it is called, my mom’s friends brought her the seeds from Okinawa. We’ve been saving the seed and growing them for the last 15 years or so. They are most like Suyo Long cucumbers.

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  • Daisey June 3, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Sugar snap peas

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  • marie June 3, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    summer isn’t summer without my tomatoes and cucumbers..yum

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  • Cheri Hamlett June 3, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Fresh tomatoes and basil for a caprese salad (or sandwich), fresh oregano for my signature stuffed shells and fresh sage for a Thanksgiving stuffing to die for! Would also like to try my hand at growing artichokes — steamed with garlic beurre blanc — nothing better than than unless you served them halved with poached bay scallops (with a lemon beurre blanc!)

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  • Miina June 3, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    All of them! My favorites – kohlrabi, radishes, pole beans, pole sugar snap peas, tomatoes, zucchini, cabbage, rosemary, basil, carrots, turnips, strawberries. I am trying some new veggies this year – lettuce, spinach, broccoli. Makes my mouth water just thinking about the fresh produce that will one day come out of all our gardens!

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  • Deliamo June 4, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I’m trying to grow Poona Kheera Cucumbers this year – they have such a fun, spicy taste to them and taste incredible straight off the vine!

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  • Becky June 4, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    SO hard to pick but I’m going with sugar snap peas. They NEVER make it into the house and my kids even fight over who gets to eat them. (I love everything Sunset Magazine does!)

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  • Modern Mia Gardening June 5, 2012 at 4:53 am

    As sad as it sounds, I am excited to try our tomatoes. I have been trying to grow them for 3 years but haven’t had any success other than growing them for squirrel food.

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  • Jeannie Hanson June 5, 2012 at 7:43 am

    I live in Sacratomato, so, duh … my must haves are tomatoes. and basil. I’ve pared back to mostly just these two this year. Jeannie

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  • Dottie June 5, 2012 at 11:24 am

    I am a vegetable gardener for many years & love all my wonderful vegetables in their season. Grilled Eggplant! Fried Italian Pepper sandwiches! Cucumber & Tomato sandwiches! Salad of all kinds! Fresh herbs! Lightly steamed summer squash! Chard & Spinach pie! Broccoli quiche!
    But sometimes my favorites grow between the rows – early dandelion greens, sorrel, & goosefoot. These, too, have a place at our table. Impossible to choose a single favorite!

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  • Michelle June 5, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    My favorites are tomatillos the taste from the garden is so much better than the ones from the market. The kids favorites are sun gold cherry tomatoes and purple pole beans. They love to watch the beans turn from dark purple to bright green when they cook.

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  • Elizabeth June 5, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Zucchini!! It is my favorite veggie.

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  • Michelle Zupan June 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Cherokee Purple Tomatoes hands down. I had never eaten a tomato like an apple until we grew the Cherokee Purples for the first time. They are amazingly flavorful. The real proof of their yummy-ness is proven every year when our summer camp kids discover them. Even kids who were not big on tomatoes become converts after trying these. We would love the Sunset cookbook to add to our curriculum offerings for our cooking summer camp.

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  • Tom Mann June 5, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    My favorites are – well – anything homegrown. Nothing beats the smell of a homegrown tomato even before you slice into it. We love squash, but need to expand beyond the steamed in a foil pouch on the grill, or lightly cooked in a frying pan. I want to do more with peppers, too, besides stir fry or salsa. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

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  • Sherrie Gerber June 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Spaghetti Squash! I love the versatility and low calorie factor… not to mention it’s adaptable taste and various uses. It takes the place of mashed potatoes in an instant, leaving you feeling healthier rather than full and tired. Fresh garden tomatoes roasted on top with some garlic make for a great vegetarian meal. I grow tomatoes, garlic, various mustard greens, corn, zucchini, beans and peas just to name a few. Would love to learn more about cooking with home grown edibles! I always plant an extra row for the food bank every year. Thanks for reading!!

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  • DeAnn Collins June 5, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Im so excited about this book. I am making time this year for a vegetable garden. I hope I’m sucessful growing Brussel sprouts and beets! Now I need recipes to match my new endeavor! I have never cooked a beet and I’m 50 years old!! What a shame.

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  • Mary Schactler June 5, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Italian beans is my favorite vegetable out of our garden. Winter squash and/or pumpkin is a close second! I’m sure glad someone invented freezers:)

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  • Maggie Nowakowska June 5, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Potatoes. It’s a three-season veggie: early summer for new potatoes, late summer/autumn for potato salad; and, mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving. If you’re lucky to live in a part of the country that seldom gets hard freezes, you can harvest until the weather breaks for spring. And, you’ll have potatoes again because once a garden has potatoes — it always has potatoes.

    My favorites are Yukon Gold, Viking Red, and any number of the blues.

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  • Mary June 5, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Juliet tomato . . . prolific, divine fresh or oven dried . . .kept on the basement floor in newsprint past the new year. Big winner!

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  • Julia Simon June 5, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    My absolute favorite is the tomato. My favorite tomato off the vine is the Sweet 100. This year I found Sweet Million! I’m so excited, I can barely wait for the first fruit! This year I also planted herbs in my strawberry jar for the first time (using packing peanuts to keep the pot lightweight). I hope I have success with that project!

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  • Barbara P. June 6, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Tomatoes and basil!

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  • debbie T June 6, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Yes, I agree, the tomato is my favorite, I planted a bunch this season, in the ground and in pots. I’m still a newbie gardener, but I’m hoping that I’ll get enough tomatoes to freeze for winter use. I dont’ think you can have too many tomatoes! LOL

    I’ve expanded my gardent this season, trying eggplant, peppers, cucumbers, cabbage, butternut, brussels sprouts, basil, lettuce, peas, beets, and I think that’s it. I’m really hoping it works out!

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  • Jeff Blackwell June 6, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I’d love to see what is inside this cookbook. Sounds like a valuable addition to my library.

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  • Michelle June 6, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Ive grown veggies for years, and this year just moved into a house on a CSA Farm! Fantastic! This year, Im looking forward to cooking with more squash. It intimidates me a bit, and Im looking to diversify and face my fear!

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  • Irene Kenny June 6, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Eggplant… love love them and so many ways to prepare…..

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  • Maxus June 6, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I would love to win one of these

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