Book Giveaway: The Berry Bible

We’re just moving into berry season on our three acre micro-farm.  Yesterday my 5 and 8 year old daughters spent half an hour picking (and eating) raspberries.  Not many actually made it inside, but I felt pretty special when they graced me with half a cup of berries, complete with a note that said, ‘We love mom.”

Berries are better than candy to me.  Give me strawberries and I’ll happily skip ice cream or cookies.   Off-season prices are way too rich for my budget, so I enjoy my berries in summertime.  One exception:  Costco frozen blueberries.  I can usually buy a 4-lb bag for  $8.   That’s enough berries for several blueberry-apricot crisps and a batch or two of blueberry pancakes or muffins.  Not bad.

Given my love of berries, I was delighted when I was offered a copy of The Berry Bible by Janie Hibler.  This 258 page book contains 175 recipes, plus lots of gardening information about the various berry plants and where they best grow.  The recipes range from desserts and drinks to sauces for fabulous sounding main dishes.  I tried the Blackberry-Blueberry Cardamom Muffins, and wow, was I impressed.  Possibly the best muffins I’ve ever made.  Would you like a copy of this book?  Comment by clicking on the title of this post, and tell me your favorite thing to do with berries.  I’ll pick a winner on Friday!

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  1. Hmmm, Christmas jam(strawberries and cranberries), how about a blackberry clafouti or cobbler. yummm! Today I’m going to try a blackberry no bake pie. I would love that book!

  2. Berries are at the top of my list of favourites too!! I love berries with brown sugar and cream – THE best taste ever! And in pie would be a close second. This book looks great – thanks for sharing!

  3. Blueberry muffins/scones, etc!

  4. I love loading my morning steel cut oatmeal with berries and stirring in golden flaxseed meal. Call me crazy but it tastes almost like cobbler and is perfectly healthy! 🙂

  5. Hmm…I like to eat them raw if they’re fresh! I put them on granola, top my homemade yogurt with them, make fruit salad, or just eat them plain.

  6. I’m becoming more of a berry person – so I’d love some ways to experiment with those I’m less familiar with!

  7. Aside from going berry picking with my children, I’d have to say my favorite thing to do with berries is to make jam!

  8. When I’m feeling ambitious – I love to make jelly. Yum! When I’m not feeling ambitious – I just eat them. Double yum!

  9. Oh, I do so miss picking raspberries with my grandparents. When my husband & I finally buy a house, I’m going to make sure we have several bushes!

    I love making blueberry pancakes and strawberry shortcake. Also, for the first time this year I made an awesome strawberry-rhubarb pie!

  10. Cobbler!

  11. my favorite thing to do? umm, eat them?!?! but seriously, berries in general are just about my favorite everything–plain fruit, ice cream topping, muffins/quick bread, coffeecake, pie, yogurt mix-in, smoothie, etc. and anything with blueberries AND cardamom is always delicious!!!

  12. You mean you are susposed to do something with them other than eating them as you pick them. 🙂 Well, if you insist, I would say jam is the second best thing.

  13. We’re moving back to Oregon and I’m miserable about it. My only consolation is berries. They are the thing I miss the most living overseas. I’m hoping we’re still in time for late raspberries.
    My favorite things are blackberry-apple pie (my husband’s favorite, hands-down), blueberry pancakes, and handfuls of them straight up. Oh and pretty much ANYTHING made with fresh berries. YUM! I have cheered myself up just thinking about this.

  14. Sue from Buffalo says:

    I love making strawberry rhubarb pie. And boy, my kids love to eat it, too. : )

    Please enter me into the drawing. Thanks!
    Sue

  15. Christy says:

    Favorite thing…

    Other than eating out of hand, Probably shortcake!

  16. I love just eating them, making cobbler, putting them on top of my yogurt or Amish Baked Oatmeal in the morning, and lots and lots of other things.

  17. Mrs Pear says:

    I love to make jam, and syrup.

    But mostly I love to make little fruit salads in custard bowls, top them with a dollop of whip cream, and put them in front of little people to see the smiles. The claims that this makes me a genius and fabulous chef don’t hurt either….

  18. I love fresh berries with just a bit of sugar and Cool Whip. Strawberry shortcake is my absolute favorite dessert!

  19. Hmmmmm….I have to say I love them fresh! Not a big fan of cooked berries. Cannot get enough fresh blueberries right off the bush and berries in smoothies! Oh and I can’t forget berry shortcake~yum!

  20. I just love eating fresh berries. I used to eat the green strawberries off the vines before they would ripen as a child. My dad had thought it was the birds, and then he caught me. I was 5 at the time.

    My grandmother owned a farm and there were a number of raspberry bushes. We would eat and pick the berries, getting our arms scraped up and bloody. I never minded, as my grandmother made the best raspberry jam.

  21. Melissa Einersen says:

    OH, so exciting! I’m like you in that I love berries. My favorite dessert would be a large bowl of berries with whipped cream on top! This book would be so neat to have!

  22. Raspberry jam is my all-time favorite.

  23. Christi says:

    Our new favorite for berries at our house are smoothies. Fresh berries, some ice, maybe some pineapple and wow!
    Christi

  24. Straight from the vine to my mouth. Maybe some homemade whipped cream on top. Plain and simple 🙂

  25. Kimberlie says:

    I know this isn’t really all that “wow!” but I love them simply tossed in a small amount of sugar and heavy cream poured over top. Yum, yum, yum.

  26. Barbara says:

    I love to make all kinds of jellies! I freeze the berries in the summer and make jelly in January. It’s great for the gardener’s soul!

  27. Favorite thing to do with berries? Um…EAT THEM! But, other than that: Blackberry Slump for Michaelmas. On St. Michael’s Day, the English have a tradition of eating or canning blackberries, since after that, they are supposed to be bad luck. My family always makes a blackberry slump to celebrate the day.

  28. I LOVE fresh strawberries or blueberries with cream and sugar!

  29. Hopefulmom says:

    My mom makes the BEST berry cobblers in the world! My 10 year old has already requested one for his birthday at the end of the month. 🙂 I love all kinds of berries…especially in oatmeal or Cream of Wheat. Thanks!

  30. I love adding raspberries and blueberries to vanilla Greek yogurt. It just makes me happy all day long!

  31. Kelly Maine says:

    I am addicted to smoothies made with frozen strawberries, blueberries, orange juice, milk and sugar topped with real whipped cream. My 13 year old makes me one almost every day. Tell me they have no calories. Right? 🙂

  32. shannon says:

    My favorite thing to do with berries is have them for supper one night. This is so fun and something we look forward to every year. We’ve already had our strawberry supper when I made these

    http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/Strawberry-Cream-Crepes-2

    Our big blueberry dinner will be coming up next week as that is when we plan to go picking! Think I can get the book in time? 😉

  33. We go with our boys to the local blueberry patch and pick them for $3/pound all through the end of July and even into the earliest week of August.

    We stay until their shirts and fingers and tongues are blue and we’ve all been nibbled to death by mosquitoes.

    Then we trundle the berry treasures home and do all kinds of things–freeze some, eat lots, and best of all make BLUEBERRY LIME JAM. It’s not a fancy recipe (just a Ball Book classic), but it is the star of our Christmas gifts and the delight of our morning toast.

  34. Smoothies, and homemade blueberry syrup…but not together. Also I use my leftover bread by cubing it, putting it in the bottom of a greased baking dish with some blueberries. Beat several eggs with milk and vanilla, pour over the bread and bake at 350 for half an hour (or when a knife inserted comes out clean). When done, spread with a layer of ricotta cheese. Drizzle with the homemade blueberry syrup. Yum!

  35. Our absolute favorite is just eating them straight. Berries rarely last longer than a day in my house. I do make a mean blueberry coffee cake. I also love my grandma’s berry pies.

  36. I love berries too! The muffins you made sound super yummy!

  37. We’ve been eating a lot of fresh blueberries and strawberries lately. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks!

    I do like making berry crisp for breakfast and may do so when the berries start to get a little too soft. Maybe some lemon-blueberry muffins… mmmmmmm! 🙂

  38. By the way (and totally off topic), we made your Thai Beef Wraps last night using collard leaves as the wrapper. They were amazingly popular! I was worried that there would be complaints about the raw collards, but everything was polished off — no leftovers whatsoever! Definitely a keeper!

  39. Heather says:

    Hands down, blueberry pancakes. We also LOVE pancakes with mashed bananas and sliced strawberries. Sounds like an amazing book!

  40. Each year I get at least 4 flats of strawberries just for making jam…my whole family loves it. The many half-pints barely last till next strawberry season.

  41. We’re in blueberry country and we pick litres and litres of them for our freezer each year. Besides making blueberry muffins, my favourite thing to do with the frozen berries throughout the year is eat them in a bowl with milk…the milk freezes because the berries are so cold and it’s so delicious! I also love to give bowls of frozen berries to the children for snacks…healthiest snack ever! 🙂

  42. My family adores strawberries in any shape or form. I love raspberries and blackberries with the same passion! We love freshly baked fresh fruit muffins, breakfast, lunch , diinner, dessert, or snack! And homemade jams, too!

  43. Just finished strawberry season here – we went through eight flats in less than three weeks and NOT ONE berry made it to the freezer. One of our favourites is stewed strawberries and rhubarb – stew slowly with a little bit of water and sugar and serve warm over ice cream. Yum. Great with fresh or frozen berries.

  44. Pop them in my mouth and enjoy the sweet taste right out of the garden. Mix them in anything for added nutrition too.

  45. berries on Greek yogurt. ahhhhhhhhhhh

  46. Yum! Eating berries straight in all their natural goodness is my favorite way to enjoy them, but really, I love them in about anything. This book sounds amazing! And anything with cardamom is always a winner in my book!

  47. Julee A says:

    I pick blueberries every summer and save them in the freezer to enjoy all winter long. I bought all the equipment to make jam, but never actually got around to it. Maybe this year?! Blueberry cobbler is our favorite dessert and my family gets so excited when I pop one in the oven!

  48. Chrystal says:

    Eat them right off the bush, of course.
    Then make some ice cream and put them on top.

  49. I love eating them straight or in a blueberry cream cheese pie.

  50. My mom always made a delicious and beautiful “company dessert” that we just called raspberry dessert. Every special occasion was made more special by the nut crumb, whipped cream, and raspberry junket layers. The best thing about this for me though, was my mother teaching two of my teenage boys to make it for themselves. Their pride in being able to continue the family tradition is more delicious than the dessert itself!