October 10, 2012

Win our organic French Red shallots planting kit

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Ready to go all Julia Child and cook with your own, organic shallots?

Shallots are easy to grow (plant now, harvest in early summer)—and you’ll get all the planting fixings from Peaceful Valley/GrowOrganic.com in this giveaway:
a pound of organic French Red shallot bulbs
a 10 gallon Smart Pot for container planting
a quart of Organic Liquid Kelp plant tonic
a Garlic Twist (clever gadget to mince garlic)
a 5x7 professional photo print of your shallots

Peaceful Valley has a shallot planting demo, too, as part of their video series.

Shallots will replace the garlic shown in the photo above. Guess it’s because of our French name that we got French Red shallots as our designated prize in the online Garlic Planting Party. Enter to win our shallots prize package by leaving a comment here saying what you will cook with shallots.

Then visit the other 7 Garlic Planting Party co-hosts and enter to win their unique varieties of organic garlic seed, along with more prize packages. Click on the links below to make the garlicky rounds.

Chiot’s Run has the Garlic Combo Pack (4 varieties of garlic, plus French Red shallots)
North Coast Gardening has organic Russian Red hardneck garlic
Western Gardeners has organic Purple Italian hardneck garlic
Living Homegrown has organic German Red hardneck garlic
Gardenerd has organic California Early White softneck garlic
A Suburban Farmer has organic Purple Glazer hardneck garlic
Peaceful Valley/GrowOrganic.com has Bogatyr hardneck garlic

The Garlic Planting Party ends at midnight PT, Wednesday, October 17. In case you don’t win, Peaceful Valley/GrowOrganic.com has loads of organic garlic seed and everything you need for growing garlic.

Charlotte

Comments

judym says:

been thinking about trying garlic/shallots. This seems to be a good way to get started.

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 9:34 am.

Trudi S says:

I love cooking with Shallots! I have a favorite chicken recipe that uses shallots and blue cheese, it is so yummy!
We have just moved back to our hometown, in our family’s old farm , reviving it and are gardening and raising chickens. Your shallots would be a welcome addition!

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 10:14 am.

Jackie Johnson says:

Your comment I have never cooked with shallots so I would have to do some research to find something yummy.

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 10:21 am.

Mark S says:

I love cooking with shallots. So much milder than onion.

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 11:04 am.

bobbi says:

oooo, would love to win some shallots! I am going to try to grow them this year! Thank you.

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 11:10 am.

Kate says:

I love adding shallots to vinaigrettes. I’ve grown them from seed, but I’d be curious to try growing them from sets.

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 11:15 am.

Liz says:

I tried   The kit would be a great help.  Thanks for a great give away!

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 11:40 am.

elizabeth says:

I’ll make a red lentil, ginger and lime dal.

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 11:43 am.

cynthialeigh says:

I would add them to my tomato sauce!

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 11:45 am.

Debbie says:

I would like to make caramelized shallots. Thanks for the opportunity to win this fantastic give-away.

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 11:50 am.

angie h says:

I’m not sure what I would cook with shallots but I bet I can find a good recipe!

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 11:51 am.

Konnie says:

Cute blog and lovin the giveaway…..

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm.

Liz says:

I would add them to my tomato sauce.

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 12:17 pm.

Bridget says:

Mmmmm, shallots. I love carmelizing them lightly, then throwing them on top of a loaf of bread to bake and get all delicious in the oven. So amazing.

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm.

Mary Souza says:

Thanks for the the offer.  I have never cooked with shallots, but found a recipe for caramelized shallots which sounds very tasty and I would like to try.

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 1:18 pm.

andrea says:

Hmm…I’d cook shallots with my purple potatoes.  I love Smitten Kitchen’s recipe for fork-crushed purple potatoes.  The shallots are what really make it!

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm.

Creg says:

Thank you for the giveaway.  I’ve only tried garlic once and didn’t know what I was doing at the time.  I’d like to win some so that I can avenge myself now that I know better what to do.  We put garlic in just about every dinner, but we love it best for garlic bread!

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 1:44 pm.

Troy R. says:

this is my first season growing shallots, and i absolutely ADORE them. they’re amazing anywhere you’d use other alliums but dont want such a pungent kick. for me though, caramelized is definitely the way to go!

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm.

Sandy says:

Shallots would be a new to me!

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm.

Diane says:

Me Me! I am currently on food stamps but survived July almost 100% from my vegetable garden, until receiving some assistance. (I was laid off 2 years ago from a corporate situation, after 30 years). I would love to grow shallots next season here in Maryland, I couldn’t find any seed packs at the hardware stores this year!

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 1:57 pm.

Jennifer says:

I would add the shallots to pasta with cream sauce!

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm.

Kelly G. says:

I would love to try and grow shallots!! I add them to many recipes like I do red onions or sweet onions. Sandwiches, pasta, and some sauces for flavor smile Thank you!!

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 2:10 pm.

erin says:

I’ve already confessed my lack of green thumb, so don’t count me in for the prize, but thought I’d leave some love and say “yeah for a garlic planting party.”

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 2:15 pm.

Veronica Flores says:

I love to use shallots in milder dishes, such as a garnish for butternut squash soup. I also love roasting them simply and serving them as a side dish for dinner! Yum! smile

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm.

JD Mathews says:

I can’t remember if I have ever used shallots before but thinking about it I think a stir-fry would taste really good. Or roasting with potatoes and sweet potatoes. You have a great title for a blog.

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 2:58 pm.

Sonja Twombly says:

I don’t use shallots as often in cooking as I use garlic, but what a great reason to try it in more recipes! I would love to try planting and growing them in our garden for harvest next year. Thanks for hosting this give away. It is fun to hope to win!

Sonja Twombly of http://lallybrochfarms.blogspot.com/

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 3:37 pm.

janet says:

Mmmmm fried sweet potatoes with shallots. Yum!

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 3:48 pm.

Rose T says:

I have a fabulous Italian recipe called “mushroom buccatini” that I make which has shallots in it. We make this a few times a year, and it is delicious. I’m a gardener, but I’ve never grown shallots so that would be an awesome planting party if I won! I’m glad Peaceful Valley provided this link to your site. Love it!

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 4:40 pm.

Ken Toney says:

I love to caramelize shallots and add them to roasted rabbit.  I’ve never grown them myself, so I hope I win.

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 4:48 pm.

mike cole says:

Your commentAlways planted an unknown hardneck, had to move to the city but am back in the country starting my gardens from scratch.

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm.

Barbara Cooper says:

Shallots are the best! I use them in everything from eggs to salad dressing.

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm.

Debby says:

I love cooking with shallots.  I use them right along with the garlic and onions.

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 5:23 pm.

Rich Cox says:

I have grown Garlic from Peaceful Valley for years and am planting Shallots for the first time this year.  I’ve very excited about cooking with Shallots.

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 5:54 pm.

Monica says:

Love this giveaway!! Thanks!

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 6:00 pm.

Kelly says:

I haven’t ever really cooked with shallots before, let alone grow them. I’m planning on growing garlic for the first time this year, would love to try shallots too.

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 7:13 pm.

Noel Holly says:

What would I cook with shallots? Let wordf me count the meals…..Seared swordfish with shallots, chicken breasts with shallots,sauces that are too numerous to count- but I use them along with onions and garlic in my homeade spagetti sauce alot,  vinagarettes, roasts stuffed with shallots…..the list could go on and on!

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 12:13 am.

Judi says:

Your comment:  Shallots and eggs for a light fluffy omelet. Also, I make a great spaghetti, I would like to try shallots instead of garlic and onions, Shallots and a great consome for a lighter onion flavored soup.

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 1:34 am.

Evelyn Vincent says:

I would make an herbal and shallot vinegar, and a basil-shallot pesto in the early summer. Thanks!

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 1:38 am.

Shawna Coronado says:

I love shallots and think too few people know about them. So I would use the shallots to do an online cooking class where I use chicken, mustard, and shallots in rolls - a very inexpensive cooking technique that gives a lot of flavor to a dish.

I hope I win!!

Shawna

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 4:11 am.

Kelly D says:

I would try these in a pasta sauce.

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 4:11 am.

Meg says:

We’ve just begun scallop season here on Nantucket. The combination of scallops and shallots, both mild and sweet, should be perfect.

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 4:30 am.

cindy b says:

would try with the fresh fish hubby catches in the gulf

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 4:36 am.

Tami Joplin says:

Saute a shallot or two in a little olive oil and butter in a frying pan, add bok choy (cut in half, cut side down) and a little water, cover and cook on low for about five minutes. Remove the lid and let the water evaporate as the bok choy carmelizes.  Add salt. Delicious!

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 4:41 am.

Leslie Guinan says:

Curried lentil soup with dried cherries

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 4:47 am.

christine says:

Shallots are perfect for salad dressings and maranades.  Thank you!

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 5:20 am.

Your name Michelle says:

Love shallots in everything!!!  Would love to grow them.  Thanks for the great giveaway!!!

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 5:31 am.

Olivia says:

I love using shallots in all sorts of recipes.  I especially enjoy using it in a recipe for fresh corn cakes because the sweetness of shallots really brings out the sweetness of the corn.

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 5:35 am.

Jennifer B says:

I use shallots in lots of things….great in Alfredo sauce, salad dressings….

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 5:36 am.

Connie Beck says:

Shallots!  I heard a crazy cooking instructor announce that they are the same as small red onions.  Oh My, how wrong is that!  Carmelized shallots on winter squash soup…..heaven!

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 5:56 am.

Cheri Herrboldt says:

Balsamic roasted figs with shallots is what I’d make!

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 6:09 am.

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