October 13, 2009

Organic Food Cook-Book Give-Away

Today starts my week of Give-Away Madness. What better to start it with than a 'GREEN' cookbook? I don't know if you knew this about me, but I also have a food blog (that I sadly neglect most of the time). I may or may not admit that I go on and off with cooking and that I eat too much fast food and junk food. But if I did admit it, I would certainly tell you that I WANT to eat right. It just gets hard sometimes when life is so fast paced and the budget is so thin.

I love food. I tend to attract the foodie PR people, too. I need one of those t-shirts that say "I blog for food." This give away came about because someone dangled a carrot in front of me. Literally. Earthbound Farm offered to SHIP me some fresh apple and carrot snacks for my kids. And so they did. In a cute little Styrofoam box - by UPS. And they were delicious. Organic and delicious. I had eaten baby carrots in a little baggie before, but the apple slices - pre-sliced and ready to eat? I thought only McDonald's was that cool. I hate slicing apples. My mother would tell you that she's been on to me since I had my first kid that I am 'so lazy' for buying pre-sliced fruit. I would so buy Earthbound Farm's sliced apples for snack time and pay the extra few dollars they are worth.

I know you may be asking, "What's all this hype about organics?" Now days, a lot.

Organic means:

- no synthetic pesticides, herbicides
- no fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge - eeew! (which has prescription medicines in it as well)
- no genetically modified ingredients
- no irradiation
- no hormones, antibiotics, artificial ingredients or trans fats

Can you believe they put that junk on our food in the first place? So I guess we can agree that Organic is best. We buy organic when we can, but I'll admit that sometimes the grocery budget isn't long enough to cover the cost. According to the brochure that Earthbound Farm gave me, there are some fruits and veggies that are 'most likely' to contain multiple pesticide residues (ICK). They suggest that if you can't buy ALL your produce organic, at least get these items (especially for children):

- apples
- imported grapes
- pears
- nectarines
- strawberries
- peaches
- spinach
- lettuce
- bell peppers
- celery
- potatoes

I'm sure that I'll be making a more concerted effort to purchase organic after working with Earthbound Farm on this give-away.

And here's the kicker, I didn't even get a cookbook! So who ever wins it will have to tell me if it is wonderful so I can go buy one. I adore cookbooks. I have a whole shelf of them. That's why I started my food blog. I could never remember which cook book a recipe came from, so I started keeping each of our favorite recipes online where I could access it from anywhere with a keyword search.

So now for the part where YOU can win the Organic Cookbook. Here's how:

You get one entry for all of the following and you can enter only ONE time each (not once each day):


1. Visit Earthbound Farm's website (I love their website!) and tell me in the comments box about a recipe listed there that you would like to try.


1. Blog about this contest and include a link back to this post and to Organic Farms.

2. Leave me your favorite recipe in the comments section or email it to me and leave me a comment telling me you did so.

3. Tweet about this contest using my twitter handle @sprittibee and a link to this post: such as - @sprittibee is giving away an organic cookbook by Earthbound Farms at her week of give-aways : http://bit.ly/VN9CZ

4. Follow this blog by email, feed reader, or my Google Friend Box.

5. Add me to your Technorati Favorites or stumble this post.

6. Follow my food blog by email, feed reader, or Google Friend Box.

Entry comments must be dated on or before October 29th, 2009. The winner will be chosen at random on October 30th. All winners will be announced on October 31st.

This contest is one of the 4, 5 or 6 give-aways I'll be having this week. Don't miss them! I'll be linking them all at The Homeschool Post on October 15th. Be sure to visit the Blog-Give-Away Linkup over there to catch all the groovy Give-Aways that are going on in the homeschool community online.

Have fun and eat responsibly!

[disclosure: after posting this, they sent me my own copy of the cook-book. IT ROCKS, y'all!]


Jacque said...

The reason that those foods contain more pesticides, etc, is because they have thin skins or no skin or skin that people don't normally peel. Before we could buy organic, we peeled all the fruit/veggies we could when giving them to our children. That meant going without strawberries and grapes, lettuces, and such or buying organic! We never bought the ones from MX, because they have higher residue levels too...

Buying organics really has not changed our grocery budget at all. We just had to decide we were doing it for our health. Now, we buy all we can organic and never buy boxed or pre-prepared foods. ICK. SO bad for you!!!

Same thing with eating out... GROSS food... if we only knew!!
Actually, when we stopped eating out, we found we could afford the organics, and that kept us healthier AND got our budget in order! :)

Anyway... we have SO many recipes we use organics in. These are the recipes I would like to try:
Penne with Summer Garden Sauce
and the Mini Corn Dogs. Hadn't thought about making those organic. Matt loves corn dogs... Haven't had them in years.

GREAT giveaway!

Jacque said...

Tweeted you:

berrypatch said...

I checked out their seasonal recipes & the Pumpkin Gingerbread looks absolutely delicious! I even printed it. ;-)

berrypatch said...

I follow your blog via Google Reader.

Mozer said...

Well my family is trying to eat healthier. That cookbook would sure help (I'm not the best cook--lol)

I thought the meatball sliders looked interesting! Might have to try that one.

SaraMinerva said...

Pumpkin cheesecake! Yum! http://www.ebfarm.com/Recipes/recipeView.aspx?rID=742

Robin @ Heart of Wisdom said...

Just popped over to your other blog. Neat. I need some healthy recipes. I'm drinking a green drink daily with avocado, English cucumber, lime and coconut milk. Its great!

This spring I will have a garden.

Anonymous said...

Oh, the heirloom tomato soup looks great, for starters!!! http://bit.ly/4ndkMK

I've been buying more and more organic over the past year, ever since reading a few books that (while not specifically about organics) totally changed my outlook on food...The Omnivore's Dilemma and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.

I tweeted your contest...I'm kjknits. :)

Anonymous said...

I love cookbooks! And thanks for pointing the way to Earthbound Farms - that's a great site. I really loved the recipes they have for cooking with kids. Specifically the Meatball Sliders. I have a thing for tiny food. It's just too cute to resist.


I set up a blog post at:


Hopefully some of my friends and family will get in on this contest, too! :)

Amiee said...

I would really to try the Pumpkin Roll recipe. My husband has been begging me to make one for quite some time now = ]


Unknown said...

I'd love to have this cookbook! Exactly what I need!

Thanks for introducing Earthbound Farms...great site full of helpful info.
2 recipes I think I'll try are: Chicken & Corn Enchilada Pie & Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake.

I'm going over to your site now :)

Tara Broman said...

I would like to try the spinach yogurt dip for veggies. It sounds delicious.

Tara Broman said...

One of my children's favorite dip recipes is called Kermit's dip. It is mashed avocado, plain yogurt, some cumin, bit of lemon or lime juice, salt, and pepper. You can also add other things depending on your taste: garlic powder, halved grape tomatoes, diced onion, etc. They eat this with veggies, tortilla chips, and mini pitas.

Tara Broman said...

I follow you on Google Reader.

Tara Broman said...

I am a Google follower of Gathering Manna.

Sallie said...

Yummy giveaway!!

Their favorite recipe listed that I want to try is the Apple-Pear Crisp (http://www.ebfarm.com/Recipes/recipeView.aspx?rID=611). It looks scrumptious!!

One of my favorite recipes for this time of year is my mama's jam cake! It is a scratch cake that just makes my mouth water because it is OH SO GOOD! You can find the recipe for it at http://www.mikeandsallie.com/jamcake.html and the caramel frosting recipe is at http://www.mikeandsallie.com/caramel.html. Yes, it's sweet, but it's goooooooddd!! :-D

I tweeted this giveaway, and I'm pretty sure I follow you in my google reader but it's been a while since I been in there so no promises. I usually just check your tweets now to see what's new...lol

Have a blessed week!!

Angie said...

I am on a soup kick so I think the Butternut and Apple Bisque sounds really good!

Angie said...

I follow you by email!

Angie said...

I just posted on Twitter!!

Angie said...

I now follow your food blog! (I have a thing for cookbooks!! ;-)

Unknown said...

Mmmm...sweet corn chowder, cherry panacotta to start with

MadeInCanarias said...

Oven-Roasted Meatballs Marinara http://www.ebfarm.com/Recipes/recipeview.aspx?rID=604

sounds so delicious.

MadeInCanarias said...

My favorite recipe:

MadeInCanarias said...

My tweet:

MadeInCanarias said...

I follow this blog by Google Friend Box.

MadeInCanarias said...

I follow your other blog too.

SavingBiginAz said...

I am going to try the Chicken Corn Enchilada Pie that I found on Earthbound from your link. Sounds so good!



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