artist cook and gardener August 16, 2013

Free cookbook Friday!

The days are growing a wee bit shorter, the garden is full fruits and vegetables, vacations are over and you’re thinking of getting back into nesting.

New recipes might help you get in the mood again: “The Artist, the Cook and the Gardener by Maryjo Koch celebrates all things that come from the garden including her artwork. The squash apple soup looks interesting, too.

To win the book, leave a comment about your favorite ways to bring the outdoors in. A winner will be chosen at random, eyes closed, pinkie promise.


Jann Cook says:

I love to bring freshly cut, fragrant roses into the house-the aroma is heavenly!

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 5:26 am.

JamieK says:

The easiest, flowers, flowers from my garden.  I also love to tuck an abandoned bird’s nest in a house plant.

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 5:28 am.

Janet says:

What a wonderful book! I always have flowers from my garden in the house. Whether it be an arm load or just a few, I love arranging them.

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 5:30 am.

Robin Anderson says:

I prune the garden one last time, bring in the delicate plants that have summered outside, and enjoy them in winter inside of the house.  I love to have greenery everywhere all year long!

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 5:38 am.

Keith says:

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Posted on August 16, 2013 at 5:44 am.

Jenni says:

I have a mini herb garden growing in my kitchen by my windowsill. I love to cook with these herbs all year around!

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 5:56 am.

Jennifer says:

Flowers, flowers and more flowers!

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 6:01 am.

Tina says:

Your comment
I grow herbs in my kitchen in bright yellow and red containers all through the winter.

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 6:04 am.

Carla Edwards Lawrence says:

I have many different flowers growing, love bring them inside in each room to remind me of the beauty that I grow, then canning the fresh vegetables from my garden to eat during the winter months…and growing my own herbs to use to make my recipes even more yummy!!!

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 6:07 am.

Susy says:

I always have flowers from the garden in the house. I use herbs both in cooking and in vases, I love to have their scent in the kitchen. The book looks wonderful.

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 6:18 am.

Kathy says:

Love to have this book to make apple squash soup!!

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 6:19 am.

Mike Tilson says:

It’s avocado season here and I have several avocados that I brought in from our tree and which are now ripening.  I see guacamole in our future…..

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 6:33 am.

Stevi Sullivan says:

My garden is so much a part of my life & joy…I am a real techie girl & always hv my Note II w/ me to photograph what is going on in my veggie & flower gardens.  From the flowers,ripening tomatoes(incredible crop this year),& wildlife are all on display from my computer to to iPad,  & series of changing photos in electronic picture frames. My friends really enjoy the ones in the guest bath.  Lots of fun & I replay my favorites…......... I’ve even started writing a biz development book following best practices in the garden…;-)

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 6:41 am.

Sharon says:

Making cocktail concoctions from herbs and flowers from the garden.

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 6:41 am.

Your name Judy T says:

Your comment

Open the doors and let the breeze and aromas blow through!

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 6:47 am.

Jeannie Hanson says:

What a wonderful title ... I want it! wink

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 6:52 am.

Gail Rose Lam says:

Best way to bring indoors out: Short roses and herbs in ..a squaty vase on the kitchen counter. Rose are herbs too. ( hence the hips)
Tuck in blueberry branches or grape clusters for contrast. Use any of these while cooking or garnishing.
Would love this book!

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 7:01 am.

Denise says:

We are members of the Southern California Bluebird Club.  The families we monitor know my husband’s whistle and “feeding times”.  If we’re a few minutes late, they gather outside tapping their toes and ruffle their feathers with a serious chirp.  We keep our doors open almost year round and on several occasions, we’ve had a fly through.  Yep, that’s bringing the outdoors in!

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 7:13 am.

sharon Cohoon says:

Like most of the people who have already commented I like cutting things from the garden for vases, especially unexpected end-of-the-season things.  Like basil blossoms.  Or, right now, I have a flower stalk from a red yucca that only has a few blooms left but has this interesting huge lime green seed pods.

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 7:21 am.

Leslie says:

Bringing in tender plants in to overwinter in the sun room is the best.  I’ve been doing more and more canning every year, thinking about dehydrating this year too.

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 7:27 am.

Marlyn Schima says:

I keep the doors and windows wide open, and keep herb plants and bowls of fruit (we’re inundated with lemons).

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 9:13 am.

Sherri says:

Like so many of the other comments—flowers always adorn the dining table and other spots around the house, and the french doors are always open wide to let in fresh air, even when it’s cold outside.

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 9:29 am.

Your nameRuthann says:

Your comment   I love to cut fresh flowers…. dry my linen on the line ..... open the windows wide and enjoy all the sights, and especially the SMELLS of the outdoors INside!

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 10:00 am.

Cheri H says:

Fresh flowers cut for the dinner table, coffee table, in the bathroom and bedrooms every day!

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 10:04 am.

Kathie Burns says:

I like to include some fresh herbs in with my flower arrangements this
time of year.  Basil not only looks good it adds a great aroma !

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 10:13 am.

Evelyn Vincent says:

I love to bring fresh herbs in and either hang them to dry or placed in a vase on the countertop for convenient use.

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 10:22 am.

Carol Yemola says:

I plant the border of my veggie garden with zinnias.  Not only does it look nice, but when I am picking fresh veggies to eat, I also pick some flowers.  That way I always have fresh flowers on the table!

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 10:58 am.

Ron Call says:

Nothing beats fresh, ‘right off the vine’ Tomatoes!  We bring a few in every day!!!

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 11:39 am.

Victoria says:

Your comment   Learned to use hydrangea leaves under my cheeses on my wooden cheese trays, and sprinkle edible blossoms among the fruits added to the trays.  Beautiful and natural presentation!  Dribble honey on those blossoms too.

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 11:51 am.

jen thompson says:

now that summer is ending, I’m in the mood to cook again.

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 1:24 pm.

Donna says:

I enjoy cooking with freshly snipped herbs, and pesto sauce with fresh basil, mmm mmm.

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 2:02 pm.

Diane says:

Your comment
What a great title.  Cooking is an art form, as is gardening, so the three belong together.

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 3:13 pm.

Jill Patterson says:

A group of miniature African violets and a Pothos I’ve had for 23 years!

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 4:49 pm.

Michelle says:

I just brought in a big bouquet of globe basil and tossed it on my pizza and fresh salad. Also left a water-filled glass of globe basil on my dear neighbor’s doorstep.

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 5:17 pm.

Maria says:

Bringing flowers inside!

Posted on August 17, 2013 at 9:11 am.

Jen Y says:

My favorite way to bring the outdoors in is through my garden. Everything from flowers & herbs to fresh tomatoes. I love finding treasures in my yard to display as well. I do hope I win the book!

Posted on August 17, 2013 at 12:04 pm.

Gael says:

Roses, flowers, strawberries, herbs, delicious tomatoes. hanging bird feeders outside in view from inside is a delight as well as letting pure sunshine and gentle breezes indoors is very therapeutic.

Posted on August 17, 2013 at 8:52 pm.

Carol W says:

I bring in veggies from my garden.  And, of course, flowers, and if I’m lucky, spples if I can get to thrm before the racoons.

Posted on August 19, 2013 at 7:39 pm.

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