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Giveaway #4: Eating

Knitting, running, reaping, eating! The fourth book in my month of giveaways is, of course, a cookbook. If you've been concerned about your insulin levels, or just want to add more low-GI meals to your menu plans, then this is the book for you.

The Good Carb Cookbook is divided into two parts, the first of which thoroughly explains the Low Glycemic Index – what it is, how it works, what's in it for you, etc. The second section contains more than 200 recipes in typical cookbook chapters, everything from appetizers to desserts.

You can learn more about the book here, and Amazon will let you peek inside, as well. The book is in excellent condition: no cooking stains, no dog-eared pages, no cracks in the spine. (Clearly I was bored with the low-GI concept before the book ever got delivered!)

But that doesn't mean you won't love it. Heh. To win The Good Carb Cookbook, simply leave a comment on any post this week. Or every post! You have until Sunday evening at 7 EDT. The more comments you leave, the more chances you'll have to win. This giveaway is open to anyone in the world, so tell your far-flung friends to hop on over and give me some comment love.

After all that work and watering I did yesterday, we had the loveliest steady rain in the afternoon. Oh, well, wrestling with the garden hose is good for the biceps. It's also good for the carrots. I planted a second crop a couple weeks ago and they're just beginning to germinate. I also planted some more cilantro, which has popped up and, I hope, will be big enough to use when the last of the tomatoes ripen. I plan on making lotsa salsa this year, last year's supply was gone in a flash!

I sure do love choosing what's for dinner based on what's ripe. The edamame is a-l-m-o-s-t ready. I can't wait. It's a toss-up between onions and edamame for my favorite crop. While edamame beans look like baby limas, they're much more nutritious and much more expensive in the freezer section of the grocery. They grow easily, so it makes sense to me to grow a lot of it.

Onions are on my short list just because I think it's so cool to grow a big ol' onion, pull it out of the ground, let it cure for a couple weeks and then toss it in a mesh bag. Every year I say I'm going to grow more. And every year I do. One of these days my 35 x 80-foot garden plot is going to be half edamame and half onions. Heh.


Leslie said…
Hi Debby - I'm dying to read The Paris Wife - maybe next on my list. I have about 10 books that are "next on my list"! If only I could retire and just read and garden.

Interesting that you're growing edamame - I've never seen it growing. When we were in the Dominican Republic a couple years ago visiting our daughter in the Peace Corps, we saw lentils growing! There are pictures on my blog back in November of 2009 - it was really cool.

That cookbook sounds great - sign me up!
denise said…
Sign me up for the cookbook drawing as well.

Your posts always make me want to grow stuff. My "garden" is quite small this year, but I'm thinking next year I may give up some of the decorative space around my patio to some "crops." We'll see. Easy to say now - who can tell how I'll feel next year when the time comes to act on it!

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