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A Long Overdue Giveaway… For Two! – swell

A Long Overdue Giveaway… For Two!

While plowing through my blogroll over the past week or two, I was suddenly struck with the realization that I am a Big Blogger Idiot.  Somehow I never put two and two together, peddling my wee wares over here and coming across all sorts of food blog giveaways for products and cookbooks and toys over there… but I’ve never offered a giveaway of my own!

In part this is also a celebration, for I just got back from Kinko’s where I printed a second (and final) big batch of zines.  Back when I debuted this little project of mine in April, I didn’t know that I would be standing zine-less less than four months later.  Yep, that’s right – somehow the 200 copies from my first printing have all gone out into the world!  While most of them have made their way to safety within the U.S. to urban vegan meccas and small towns in small states alike and many to people in my own city (Minneapolis represent!), I’ve also gotten to trek down to the USPO with envelopes addressed to Canada, Europe, Australia… even the United Arab Emirates!

Once this second batch of 150 is sold, I’m not sure I’ll be doing any more printings, as I’m hard at work trying to come up with recipes for Zine no. 2 (zomg!) amidst testing for two cookbooks, working full-time, and (hopefully) soon taking on a second weekly volunteering shift.  So, even if you don’t win the giveaway, please feel free to contact me about ordering a zine (or more) before they’re gone for good.  (The procedure is the same as indicated at the end of this post.)

I’m hoping Zine no. 2 will be even bigger and better!  In keeping with my sweet potato love a la swell, here is a yum-picture of them with a Creamy Pepita-Cilantro Dressing of which I’ve recently been enamored (and honestly, isn’t it weird how a couple days later, Ricki posted a similar-looking recipe on her lovely blog?  More on how we’re twin-flavor-souls in an upcoming post!):

Okay, okay, enough blabbering and onto what you are really here for…

I’m giving away copies of swell to two lucky people (one each)!  To enter, please leave a comment telling me what your favorite summer fruit or vegetable is and why (being that time of year and all) by Monday, July 26, 9pm CST. Winners will be randomly chosen and announced by Tuesday night (July 27), and I will contact them via email for subsequent prize-claimings.

Good luck and eat something yummy!

83 Responses to “A Long Overdue Giveaway… For Two!”

  1. Jessica says:

    My fav summer fruit is watermelon, because it just screams summertime. It’s the only time of year I have it and an icy cold watermelon slice totally makes any bbq or picnic complete!

  2. Mona says:

    Cherries. I love the color and the sweet/tart taste. Only fresh though–no canned, frozen, dried, etc.

    The zine looks really cool.

  3. Nora says:

    Blueberries because they’re full of antioxidants, beautiful color, and refreshing, but not cloyingly sweet taste!

  4. Maggie says:

    I just found your blog a few weeks ago and love your photos and stories. My favorite would have to be peaches! There’s nothing like biting into a juicy summer peach. i love it raw and cooked in sweets like pies, cobblers, muffins, and peach-upside-down cake. or cold in chutneys and ice cream! and of course in smoothies!

  5. Sophia says:

    Hurrah for presents! Fresh Strawberries from the Edinburgh Farmer’s Market. I wait all year for them to be in season. :)

  6. trina says:

    Today, and for most of this week, my favorite summer treat is a perfect, juicy, slightly floral white nectarine. But I also really really like everything everybody else said. And were eggplants mentioned?

  7. Liz says:

    English strawberries. There is nothing like them. They’re one of the only things I would never ever buy out of season (aspargus is the other).

  8. Natalie says:

    Nectarines and oranges that are sliced up and hang out in the freezer for a bit for a nice chill :)

  9. Laura says:

    I absolutely LOVE fresh raspberries, but I also love cherries, with blueberries then strawberries coming 3rd and 4th… best off a big bowl of all of them mixed together, yum yum!

    And for veggies… Asparagus, grilled with hummous!

  10. Erin says:

    Okra! It’s only fresh for such a short time and it reminds me of home and makes me homesick.

  11. Mary says:

    Strawberries! I love to pick them and pop them in my mouth while they’re still warm from the sun. The small varieties we grow in Maine are incredibly sweet, like honey. I’m gorging on strawberries right now, storing up the memories for this winter…

  12. Ricki says:

    Great cilantro lovers think alike! Your sauce looks wonderful. And congrats on selling out–and a second printing! Whoo hoo! Please don’t enter me in the contest (I already have a copy, which is well-worn and food splattered already, I use it so much!). But I thought it would be fun to write about summer foods–too hard to pick just one. Fave fruit has to be raspberries, which I used to pick as a kid. And veg? Corn on the cob (though it’s actually a grain, still yum). :)

  13. poopiebitch says:

    Corn! Corn, corn, corn! I especially love it grilled, and I just can’t get enough of it! It’s fresh and juicy (yes, corn is juicy!) and sweet and savory and perfect for summer.

    And I think you should call zine #2 ‘swell as well’.

  14. Beth says:

    Definitely cherries. And I even bought a pitter this summer so I can eat them faster! :-D

  15. Stacy says:

    My ultimate favorite vegetable is the oh-so-delicious snap pea. I always look for them at the farmer’s markets and can eat them all day! They’re just so sweet and crunchy and green!

  16. Andrea says:

    I’d have to say my favorite summer fruit is fresh, ripe peaches. Georgia peaches would be my first choice but I’d settle for Colorado mountain lion peaches. The problem with peaches is it’s hard to find good organic ones! My favorite veggie would have to be young, red Russian kale straight from the garden. Yum!

  17. Kiersten says:

    This is such a tough question! My favorite is probably corn though. I buy it every week at the farmer’s market. Summer corn is so sweet and delicious! Another close second is strawberries.

  18. My favorite summer fruit is peaches because the surprise of biting into the perfect, juicy peach cannot be beat!

  19. claire says:

    I am another who had trouble with this one! I love fresh corn in the summer, even raw in salads for a sweet crunch but snap peas are another favorite for easy stir fry’s, etc.

    Fruit-wise…definitely fresh raspberries and peaches but I can’t complain about fresh picked blueberries for pancakes.

  20. Laura Marie says:


    I have a teeny fig tree and I love watching them grow from tip-of-the-pinky sized to totally deliciously edible juiciness.

  21. nick says:

    Without a doubt it is blackberries. I have an obsession with them due to a huge bush that we have. I literally pick pounds a week and stuff myself with them all summer. I wait in anticipation every year for the next summer to come so that I can devour more blackberries

  22. Erica says:

    Blueberries from my mother’s garden. She does all the hard work and I just get to enjoy the overflow!

  23. Whitney says:

    Hmmmm… so many to chose from. But I love strawberries! Picking them yourself makes them even tastier! I have a great recipe for a strawberry and kiwi salad. Served cold it’s the perfect summer snack!

  24. Amy says:

    My favorite summer-y fruit is pineapple. It’s such a refreshing fruit and very filling. It makes for an awesome hot summer day(not that we’ve had many of those here) snack.

  25. ckwebgrrl says:

    I’ve been loving the strawberries but now all I can think about is zuchinni, YUM!

  26. Paul says:

    My favourite summer fruit or vegetable is by far the beet! I always go to the farmers markets and buy tons, and just eat them like candy or as a like cooled off snack in the afternoon with a little pepper. yum! not to mention the greens are so good for a quick meal.

  27. Brooke says:

    wow, i love your zine! congratulations!

    my favorite summer vegetable is sweet corn on the cob. it only comes once a year, and its always worth the wait. also, the versatility in so many dishes, or simply eaten alone is the best.

  28. kim says:

    FAvorite summer fruit or vegetable? That’s hard. But I think BEETS win! I love ‘em raw, boiled, roasted, pickled, juiced, every way possible! I use them in salads, in soups, eat them all on their own, and sometimes I even add them to smoothies. I am experimenting with making beet “ketchup”, and I’m growing three different varieties in my garden. And their greens are oh-so-delicious as well. Hooray for beets! I hope I win the drawing : )

  29. Michelle says:

    My favorite summer fruit is peaches, hands down! My mom has a peach tree that produces hundreds of saturn peaches, and they are SO good! YUM!

  30. Cera says:

    Oh, I would have to say tomatillos and boysenberries! They are both growing like crazy in my garden right now. You can’t beat some boysenberries in the morning. Or the mild spice and flavor of a tomatillo in, well, anything. But hey, living in California’s central valley everything is pretty good, all the time :)

  31. fresh365 says:

    Tomatoes without a doubt! There is nothing better than a juicy garden tomato! Yum!

  32. Jes says:

    Definitely zucchinis (of which it’s all I’ve been eating because we have a major overabundance of them)! They’re just so tasty in everything!

  33. Jamie says:

    My favorite summer food is by far tomatoes. There is nothing to be a farm fresh, ripe summer tomato — not the sad, watery imitation that is somehow at the market all year long. I love all of them — red, yellow, green, heirloom, big, small. So delicious!

  34. Erin says:

    avocados… mmmmm. they go with EVERYTHING, have good fat, can be used to add taste and texture to things that a certain small person in my house would not otherwise eat, their brilliant color, the fact that you can (like sweet potatoes) grown a plant on your kitchen windowsill, skin like alligator… i could go on and on!

  35. Gabrielle says:

    Tomatoes…and this is my first year growing my own!

  36. Mihl says:

    Congrats on selling all those zines!

    Strawberries! I can eat them all day long and I think frozen ones hare horrible. Tht’s why I buy fresh strawberries all the time when they are in season.

  37. Vegyogini says:

    So cool…I’d love to win! My favorite summer fruit is fresh blueberries (they’re actually my favorite food, period!). I feel it’s sacrilege to buy fresh blueberries and bake or cook them in any way, so I eat them plain for dinner!

  38. Kit says:

    Bing cherries! I love them because they are the perfect balance of sweet and tart (alot of fruits are too sweet for me), plus we have orchards near us so we can pick our own.

  39. Monique says:

    Watermelon. The summer that my husband and I got married our central air broke and we didn’t have the money to fix it. We had no a/c in the middle of summer…in Texas. We’d buy watermelon, cut it into chunks and throw it in the freezer. Those watermelon chunks were so much better than air conditioning!

  40. Linda says:

    Plums – ‘cos nothing tastes better than a perfectly ripe, succulent plum, especially that really intense bit of flavour, right near the stone.

  41. Jax says:

    Cherries! For the longest time I thought I was allergic to them until I tried super fresh organic cherries and fell completely in love. Now I OD on cherries from the farmer’s market every summer!

  42. cottchz says:

    oh my, i can never choose just one!!! in fact, i just wrote on my blog how i was going to change my diet to just the fresh summer fruits and veggies and have a major binge fest because i wanted them all and was going to go into utter depression when they were gone :p

    so i think my top three are: mangoes, watermelon, and peaches because you just can’t get them any other time of the year good fresh, and they just aren’t the same frozen!

  43. Yvonne says:

    My favorite fruit is the oh so sweet nectarine and the zucchini I love because it’s so easy to slice and prepare …

  44. Heidi says:

    My favorite summer fruit is strawberries. I love to visit the u-pick strawberry patch where you can eat while you pick. Then I go home and make strawberry jam and strawberry pie.

  45. Kelly says:

    Oh, dear… I’d say it’s a toss-up between blueberries and cherries, depending on which one I’m eating at the moment! For pure taste I’d probably go with cherries, but I love baking with blueberries…

  46. Courtney says:

    OMG–Congrats on selling out of all 200! That is awesome! I already have your delicious zine, so I don’t need to be entered in the contest, but I wanted to say congratulations!!

    Courtney (watermelon is my favorite food, fruit or vegetable or otherwise, hands down!)

  47. Jenna Z says:

    I love me a nice juicy nectarine! I’ve been enjoying a big bunch of them I got at the farmer’s market!

  48. I am sure it is so exciting to think that your own little creation has already reached the fingers of 200+ people! Rock on! I would love to win a copy. My favorite summer fruta is fresh figs, which I have only had once (last summer) but I am excited for their short but sweet end-of-summer debut!

  49. Clotilde M. says:

    Amazing food! the Raw Parfait interest me a lot! Excellent. Thanks for sharing.

  50. Lauren says:

    As of this year, my favorite summer time fruit is watermelon!! My husband has always loved it and I’ve never been a huge fan, but this summer, it’s so sweet and tempting, I can’t resist!!! :) Going go through withdrawal after the season is over!

  51. veganverve says:

    I’d have to say blueberries…although red grapes are a close second. Blueberries are such an awesome fruit….high in antioxidants and just good! Plus it can be a snack or dessert or even in breakfast pancakes…yum.

  52. Joi says:

    Peaches! Hands down.

    I’m a southern girl.

  53. kbevans says:

    Yellow tomatoes, definitely. They brighten up my salad and taste like pure summer.

  54. Sharon says:

    BLUEBERRIES ALL THE WAY! I love them because they taste sooo good and they are soo good for you as well! Fresh is the best, but frozen in smoothies…the best ever.

  55. Miki says:

    FREE RAW VEGAN CHEESECAKE ALERT! Great blog, by the way! My favoritesummer fruit is the tomato. I love tomatoes so so much, I could just sit and eat a good one whole. I love that they’re rich in vit C & lycopene, colorful, juicy and not too sweet! Also Just wanted to let you know that this raw vegan company I really really like EarthCafetogo.com that is having a give-away also! You’ve been in the kitchen making all this beautiful food, you deserve a treat! They’re giving away 2 raw organic vegan cheesecakes in exchange for “green” wedding ideas. They are seriously my favorite desserts, cooked or raw. You just post a comment to enter and support great raw food in the world. Check ‘em out http://www.VeganBride.com/blog (Hopefully I get a free cheesecake out of this! Hee hee, and you should write to them or post about your giveaway too)!! Miki

  56. Amy says:

    Figs! I’d never had a ripe fig, being from Oklahoma, until last year. Now I only get to get one little basket a year when a local grocery gets in their summer shipment. I’d only ever had Fig Newtons before that and it makes you wonder how they ruin those wonderful figs like that…

  57. earthmother says:

    So hard to choose only one. But, I’ll go with watermelon. Sweet, dripping-down-my-chin-and-arms watermelon. Best eaten outdoors on a hot, humid summer night. But, also pretty darn good blended into a Watermelon Kiwi Cooler.

  58. Carol Rossi says:

    All time favorite would have to be tomatoes because they come in so many varieties and when ripe the flavor is unbeatable. Sliced with sea salt, how much simpler can you get. Then at the end of summer can them up so that during the depths of winter on that umteenth day of 6 degree weather, you can pull them out and remind yourself that this won’t last forever. Ah, plus they are easy to grow so you can enjoy that seed to table experience. I’m so hungry.

  59. Andrea says:

    WATERMELON! When watermelon starts to appear at the Farmer’s Market and I get my first taste, I know that summer have arrived. I can eat a whole watermelon in a day (resulting in many bathroom breaks :-) ). Love the stuff!

  60. Ellen says:

    Oh dear, where to start. Let’s see. I love blueberries. I go to a local pick-your-own farm and get as many as I can fit into my freezer and then I have them all year long for smoothies and blueberry muffins, my two favorite ways of using them. Usually, during the time it takes to travel from the farm back to my house, I’ve eaten half of them:).



  61. Rachel says:

    My favorite is watermelon because it’s my favorite food in general and best in the summer!

  62. MarsGirl says:

    Blueberries now, so yummy fresh from the Farmers’ Market. I can eat handfulls at a time. And good over cereal, in pancakes, and in crisps. Mmmm. I also, love, love, love heirloom tomatoes. Quality in season tomatoes on a salad add so much flavor. I also enjoy tomato bruschetta, so simple and so good!

  63. summer says:

    Hmm.. my favorite summer fruit has to be Raspberries.

    yum. They are just so delicious and make great jam!

  64. lika says:

    Pear Tomatoes! I love them so much that I grew them in a pot inside our little apartment hoping that they would be small and manageable. I know, duh! ‘Coz I ended up with tomato plant so tall (upto our apartment ceiling) that I can safely call it a tomato tree now! The tomatoes are all worth the pain and hassle though :-)

  65. lazysmurf says:

    without a doubt tomatoes. I wait all year long for the real thing and then I go crazy making tomato everything. My second favorite is strawberries because nothing says summer like sitting in a hammock with my dog eating the bottom of the strawberries and giving the tops to him.

  66. Pam says:

    Peaches…..because they are just SO darn good. Juicy, sweet, and oh so pretty!



  67. Teresa says:

    Haha, definitely not an idiot, but rather a very generous blogger and chef!

    My favorite summer fruit (well I don’t really have a favorite) is WATERMELON! It is just so refreshing especially in the heat, and just screams summer to me.

    My favorite summer veggie, (again, not my only fave) are heirloom tomatoes. They are abundant and delicious in my garden right now!

  68. favorite summer fruit is for sure strawberries

  69. Corn! I live in Florida so fresh Florida corn is the perfect indicator of summer. Pair it with some awesome fresh tomatoes and it’s just pure heaven.

  70. superdeluxeastropunch says:

    rhubarb! You can make pies, crunch, sauces, muffins…. They are so good with other fruits too!

  71. Dawne says:

    Wow that’s a tough choice, but I’d have to go with the Black Krim heirloom tomato…all the rest of the year long, I live with canned tomatoes or grape tomatoes but for me, the Black Krim heirloom is worth waiting for! Deep, rich and sweet, it’s only available in the summer…if the seasonal weather has been kind, at that!

    Also, if I don’t win, I would like to order a copy of the first zine…and am looking forward to the second!

  72. Jackie says:

    Raspberries eaten right off the vine.

  73. My favorite fruit that’s in season here right now is mango. It is sweet and juicy and I love the bright color.

    My favorite vegetable is avocado which is now coming in to season. Avocado is so versatile and adds a lift to any dish but is also so good on its own.

  74. Yoga Witch says:

    This is such a tough one. Berries are favorites of mine, and peaches, but I would have to say nectarines. It is such a treat when they are in season. They have that delicious, smooth skin, and when you bite into them, they are so sweet, tart, and juicy! I sometimes like to slice them and drizzle them with just a bit of honey, or eat them with vegan vanilla-coconut ice cream. And those deep oranges and reds…they are beautiful as well as delicious!

  75. Dakota Ascher says:

    It’s a tough choice, but I think I’m going to say cherries. I could eat them all day, every day. It’s so great right now because they’re in season and on sale!

  76. coco says:

    just found your blog and love it!!! you pic are amazing! and recipes so simple and perfect for someone who want to experiment with raw food! :)

    oh… favorite summer fruit = strawberries from the farmers market! Why? do I need to say that? ahahaha….because it’s delicious!!!

  77. maxine says:

    i love love love watermelon, in australia its winter now so watermelon is off the menu.

    when its 45+ celcius we go through a whole watermelon in two days.

    i can also eat as many cucumbers as you can give me…

    on a similar note i love your blog and was so disappointed that you sold out. now i might win one :D

  78. medu3a says:

    Tomatoes! Summer is really the ultimate time to enjoy them.

  79. Libby says:

    Thanks for the givaway! I just can’t pick a fruit, since I’m crazy for all of them, but fresh picked corn on the cob, sweet and so juicy the kernels explode at the first nibble, is summer on a stick.

  80. Danielle says:

    Yay! Watermelon is my favorite summertime fruit because it’s refreshing and always reminds me of sunny beach days. I’m also partial to fresh summer sugar snap peas because they’re delicious… and fun to say ;)

  81. Lorena says:

    Probably black plums — I loved eating them fresh off the tree in our backyard when I was a kid and it brings back great memories now whenever I bite into a juicy, slightly sour plum.

  82. veganhomemade says:

    My favorite summer fruit is definitely the stone fruit family. I refuse to pick just one, I love peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots and cherries all the same.

    (If I don’t win I still want to buy one, since you might run out! Thanks for the heads up.)

  83. Linnea says:

    pluots! they are so beautiful and jewel-y, inside and out. i put one cubed up in a pinquito, red quinoa, watercress and spinach salad (with lime) for lunch today. delicious!

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