Ivy Manning's Farm to Table: The Art of Eating Locally is filled with delicious ways to eat with the seasons.

December Giveaways!

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles
Ivy Manning's Farm to Table: The Art of Eating Locally is filled with delicious ways to eat with the seasons.

Ivy Manning's Farm to Table: The Art of Eating Locally is filled with delicious ways to eat with the seasons.

December is definitely the season of giving and we’re no exception. This month to celebrate the holidays, the end of the year, and just celebrate in general, we’re giving away some of our favorite cookbooks. Over the next three weeks, we’ll be giving away five beautiful cookbooks full of delicious recipes.

Today, I’m giving one lucky reader a signed copy of Ivy Manning’s The Farm to Table Cookbook: The Art of Eating Locally. Ivy has been a guest chef at our cooking school for years and lives here in Portland, Oregon. Her easy-to-tackle recipes feature seasonal vegetables paired with sustainably raised or harvested seafood, meat and poultry.

Ivy has included beautiful photography and helpful information, such as tips for making the most out of your farmer’s market and how to make it through the winter (the season which many of us cannot fathom meals without fresh vegetables). Winter recipes that are making me drool? Hazelnut Polenta Cake with Winter Fruit Compote, Clam and Smoked Salmon Chowder, Twice-Baked Irish Potatoes with Stout Onions and Kale and that’s not the half of it!

How to enter:

Leave me a comment below and tell me what you have done in the last year to make your life a little more sustainable. It doesn’t need to be mind-blowing or have a huge impact, just tell me a little bit about how you are making the world a better place. I’ll select a winner randomly from all those who comment by midnight on Wednesday (12/9).

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37 Responses to “December Giveaways!”

  1. My family started a compost pile. And since we have a 5 year old son, we noticed we were ripping through tons of napkins at mealtime. So I made a bunch of fabric napkins, and now we don’t use paper at all. Also, this year we switched to washing our clothes in cold water.

  2. this cookbook looks amazing!!
    Our family tries to recylcle as much as possible. We also try to buy local and organic foods whenever possible.

  3. Wow…that does look great.

    This year we expanded our organic garden, started doing our weekly shopping at farmers markets, and bought our meat, eggs, and milk from local farmers. I barely entered a grocery store all summer. It was wonderful.

  4. Last year I started a website to encourage and promote bicycling in Las Vegas. Just this past November, I created a team to participate in the BikeMS charity bicycle ride to raise funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Our team raised over $20,000!! I wish life were as simple as bicycling. :)

  5. My husband was diagnosed with thyroid cancer this summer so we have done an overhaul on our diet – no processed foods, refined sugar, and hardly any meat – we’ve lost a lot of weight and we feel great.

  6. I found a store that recycles the plastic clamshells that so many fruits and vegetables come in…it is too far from my home to walk to so I save them up and drop them off when I have errands that take me in that direction.

  7. Hi Bob – I have been working all year to try to get the other people in my office to consider a water cooler instead of bringing in plastic bottles and throwing them out. Finally, I have acheived success. We are installing a spring water cooler on January 4, 2010. All it takes is a little effort to get others to consider making our world a better place! P.S. I love your products. I have been losing weight by eating better, and I feel wonderful! Thanks to Bob’s Red Mill products! Happy Holidays! Joy Frank

  8. Cooking way way more from complete scratch, canning, freezing, and fermenting. Growing some veggies. And a lot more to come.

  9. This year I have shopped for produce direct at local farms. Picked my own apples at a local orchard and volunteer regularly at a environment advocacy group that helps to keep Pennsylvania’s food safe by advocating for legislation to ban the use of antibiotics in healthy animals to promote growth and prevent disease. I recycle more than ever and use my cloth grocery bags instead of plastic. And this month, I have started my own blog about Gluten-Free living and plan to discuss the importance of buying produce local not only for the freshness factor but also to lessen the carbon footprint. Also, when it comes to shopping, organic is always the way to go. I look forward to reading this book as the recipes sound quite delicious and things I can eat on my gluten-free diet!

  10. I made rain barrels and recently purchased solar christmas lights for my house decorations (should be up & running this weekend!)

  11. I follow a gluten free diet, which makes it much more difficult to eat processed foods. I have also resolved to only eat nitrite-free bacon, am a member of a local farmer’s CSA, and try to only eat vegetables that are in season.

  12. We shop now primarily at our local Amish market. We’ve gotten to know the farmers and our food dollars are going back into the farm community, not outside the state.

    We also buy milk from a local dairy, and farm produce in season from a local truck farmer. The only things we really get at the grocery store are paper goods. We even get our soap products from a natural food coop. Wanna hear the best part? In addition to the superior quality, all this actually costs us less.

  13. for the last few years we’ve had an ever-growing and giving compost pile, maintain a membership to a CSA, recycle (duh!), and have embarked on the never ending adventure of preserving, canning and cooking/ baking from scratch. LOVE IT!

  14. Ohh.. I would looove that cookbook! ;)

    We have switched to almost 100% organic foods, and are also looking for a chest freezer so we can buy pasture fed meat in bulk. (Organic, sustainable) We also frequent our local farmer’s market monthly to stock up on local foods. :) Love feeling good about our purchases.

    Thanks so much!!

  15. For the past year I have been replacing, as often as I can, my mode of transportation from my car to my bike. It’s better for the environment, better for my health and it has saved me quite a bit of money. I love to use my bike to run my daily errands, it’s a great way to play and still get work done:)

  16. I volunteered in the local elementary school’s edible schoolyard. We cleaned it up in the spring, weeded it throughout the summer, and helped the kids explore the garden and harvest their own beets, tomatoes, squashes and other colorful vegetables at the end of the summer. A very rewarding experience.

  17. I shop almost exclusively at the local greenmarket, for food. I don’t own a car and walk wherever I can, switched light bulbs to energy efficient ones and am working on more sustainable packaging and labels for my products.

  18. I’ve been shopping more at farmers’ markets and trying to get my kids to cook with me. That way we are eating in more and the kids see how the food is prepared. I’m also trying to make less food so there isn’t as much waste.
    Thanks!

  19. We have been trying to utilize a local organization that grows organic produce, and I have been more conscious of recycling everywhere – not just at home. If I am out and cannot find a recycling bin, I bring my bottles/cans home to be sure they go to the right place!

  20. It’s the best feeling to eat straight from your garden — just today I picked celeriac for soup. I compost everything, and am down to one slim garbage can a month for our household. Sauerkraut is fermenting, and the cellar has potatoes, apples, and squash. I love minimizing my shopping at the supermarket! Also — all cleaning products are homemade, with the exception of locally sourced goat milk soap.

    Changing habits is educational and inspirational. Thanks Bob’s!

  21. Barbara J. Perenic

    This year was a big year for me and my husband going green! We bought a house and immediately replaced the decades-old furnace, air conditioning and water heater with Energy Star certified new ones. (This was not a difficult choice after seeing the first gas bill!) We are using solar lights around the yard and use a rotary lawn mower and hand tools as much as possible, choosing electric over gas for bigger jobs. We switched gyms to one we can walk to. We bought bicycles for weekend trips to new places. We frequent the year-round and seasonal farmers’ markets. My sister brings her recycle-able materials to us, as her city does not offer recycling.

    My favorite Bob’s product is the Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal, which, as advertised, is mighty tasty. Makes a great breakfast with a dollop of peanut butter and a drizzle of maple syrup!

  22. We started a garden. Our 5 and 2 years old loved helping build the garden. Our 5 year old helps me pick fruits and vegtables from the garden. We also started a compost pile. I’ve been trying to buy local and organic foods. We’ve been buying and selling more used items instead of new. Also I’m so proud of my 5 year old when I see her recycling on her own!

  23. I helped my company to recycle and have encouraged others to quit buying (and thowing away) plastic water botles and to instead buy a refilable/sustainable bottle.

  24. In January, I started a small business teaching cooking classes for people who are striving to cook with real, locally raised food at home.

  25. About 2 years ago we started recycling more than ever, reusing items whenever possible, using high efficency appliances and bulbs, composting, eating locally grown whenever possible(no chore about that in NW), as well as keeping our thermostat as low as possible, leaving the car at home as much as possible, and driving a more fuel efficent automobile. Not as hard as we imagined and we want to continue to make changes and set a good example for our daughter.

  26. LisaMary Wichowski

    This summer I finally came to the head of the queue for an allotment in one of our local community gardens. Canned more than ever. Now if only my condo association would allow chickens!

  27. I am making the effort to use things up before disposing of them. I trying not to be wasteful, and then when the item is completely empty, it goes into the recycle bin as long as it’s eligible.

  28. This year my family and I finally gave up on processed foods and went organic. We live in alaska and we do eat from the land when we can but all store bought food was processed and expensive. Its nice to see the Bob’s red mills products available in my local store.

  29. I always wanted to belong to a CSA, but could never afford the huge (to me) upfront fees.

    So, this year, I started buying my produce from a company that delivers, but also has a storefront near my home. They sell local and regional produce. I order online, where their online system tells which items are organic or integrated pest managment, which are local, and which are regional.

    And I can order what I want. It is affordable for me, and I feel as if I’m making a better contribution with my grocery dollars.

    And every week, I make a big pot of soup… too much for the two of us, so I share some with a couple of co-workers.

  30. This year we made a more concerted effort to compost more consistently and grew a larger garden as well. We have always recycled and tried to reuse as much as possible!

  31. I just got chickens so now have all my neighbors saving their vegetable and bread scraps for me. I also have them save the egg shells when I give them eggs and these I boil down and feed to the chickens (sounds wierd but OK if shells are cooked-also eggs are unfertilized so makes me feel better) I then use the water for my tomatoes. I just hate to waste food.

  32. Bob,
    I knew I needed to make a change in July of this year. I started that change with the help of my physician and found that I could really do this without surgery. This began my path to live on nothing but whole foods and sustainability. My research has lead me to believe that this is the only way and answer to our nation’s obesity and health crisis. This also prompted the creation of a new venture and Dishes For Life was born. My website will be launched early 2011 and will provide content that includes every food co-op and local famers market and grower in the entire U.S. and forums where people can share their experiences and information where to obtain the foods they desperately need to live a healthier life. Your story, along with many others has been an inspiration.

  33. Recycle, reuse is very big in our house. If my sons have outgrown clothes then off to the second hand store or to a neighbor with children. Farmers Market is always a huge hit in the summer!