Not Quite Perfect Cutting Board Giveaways

July 12, 2011 · 104 comments

Working with crazy figured wood for my Etsy shop Red Onion Woodworks is pretty great. Even I am surprised and awed by some of the pieces.  The nature of figured maple, however, is that its beauty is a product of irregular patterns in the grain (crotches, burls, etc.), which are the areas that have the most cracks, bark inclusions, and strange knots. On occasion, I cut out boards that are truly beautiful, but they have “issues.”

The two boards photographed here are perfectly beautiful, but they are not perfect.

I feel like my options are: throw them in the firewood pile, give them to a friend, or give them to two of you dear readers. I’m a sucker for trying to salvage pretty pieces of wood, so I don’t want to burn them, and over time, my friends are all getting gifted nice boards, so I guess I’ll have to give them away.

I’ve done giveaways on my business Facebook page before, but Facebook has strict and convoluted rules about who and how you can do giveaways, so instead of risking getting shut down there, I’ll do occasional giveaways here on my blog instead. 

The one above has various surface and side cracks. It would make a great server but probably wouldn’t be great for everyday cutting.

This one has a superficial crack that runs down the length of the board down the middle. It will probably be fine for a long long time, but I don’t want to risk having a customer email me a year from now saying his or her board broke in half.

To enter, leave a comment below with a link to a good (preferably summery) recipe. Two winners will be chosen randomly on Thursday morning.

Feel free to promote this giveaway if you want to, but please only one entry per person.

This giveaway is for US residents only. If you’ve gotten freebies from me before, please sit this one out, okay?

{ 102 comments… read them below or add one }

Leeanne July 12, 2011 at 10:51 am

ooh la la. I love a good giveaway!

This is one of my favorites right now:
https://gonetobudapest.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/rhubarbalade/

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Colleen Till July 12, 2011 at 10:52 am

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your cutting boards, and thank you so much for introducing me to the Pioneer Woman’s iced coffee! Here’s a link to one of my favorite recipes of all time, although I cheat and use pre-packaged shredded cabbage (I hate chopping cabbage, but might like it better with a fancy cutting board!) :)

http://www.topsecretrecipes.com/KFC-Cole-Slaw-Recipe.html

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Camille July 12, 2011 at 11:03 am

That’s funny because I LOVE cutting up cabbage. I’d put it toward the top of my “favorite things to chop” list.

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Beth Anne July 12, 2011 at 10:56 am

Kohlrabi Apple Slaw!

1 green cabbage
2-3 green apples
a couple carrots
radishes (optional)
even beets (optional)
some brocolli stems, if you have them around
slaw all these up…with knives or food processor…what have you?…

now put them in a big bowl.

Next whisk together:
a few tablespoons of white wine vinegar
3 teaspoon sugar
some fresh herbs
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons of dijon mustard.
pour that over your veggies, stir from time to time to fully marinate…leave it at room temp for a spell, then refridgerate.

MMMM

Read more: http://www.food.com/recipe/kohlrabi-slaw-133628#ixzz1RumU3gBJ

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Sarit July 12, 2011 at 10:56 am

One of my favorite summer recipes comes from Bittman’s 101 simple salads. You can find all 101 here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/22/dining/22mlist.html

But my all time and really spectacular fave is #2 on the list:
Mix wedges of tomatoes and peaches, add slivers of red onion, a few red-pepper flakes and cilantro. Dress with olive oil and lime or lemon juice. Astonishing. (I usually go with lime..it’s surprisingly so good!)

Thank you for sponsoring these contests this Camille!

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Camille July 12, 2011 at 2:17 pm

OMG these salads look amazing! Lots of good ideas here.

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Meg July 12, 2011 at 10:56 am

I’d love to enter the giveaway – I especially like the one that kind of looks like a puzzle piece with odd knots.
We had this Sunday night for dinner: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/skilled-eggs-with-squash-recipe/index.html Loved it! Such a great way to use summer squash as well. I think it work work well on your grill in a cast iron skillet.

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Kathleen July 12, 2011 at 10:58 am

I looove your work! You are so talented and I really appreciate how down to earth and natural you are. Here is one of my favorite summer recipes…

http://www.ingredientsinc.net/2011/04/blueberry-spritzer/

So it’s not exactly a meal, but this summer drink is so delicious I just had to share!

Thanks for the opportunity!

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Camille July 12, 2011 at 11:04 am

I’m totally in favor of drink recipes. Whatever tastes good!

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jess O. July 12, 2011 at 10:59 am

they are just so beautiful, so my fingers are crossed ;)

as soon as i see watermelon is out, i start dreaming about watermelon salad with feta and mint. so refreshing in the hot weather ;)

http://cook-eat-love.com/2010/08/watermelon-feta-mint-salad/

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Lauren K July 12, 2011 at 11:00 am

How lovely!
My favorite summer recipe is a grilled vegetable sandwich. I slice up yummy veggies I have on hand, usually eggplant, peppers, zucchini maybe a mushroom or two. Brush them with an olive oil and herb mixture then pop them on the grill. Once they are grilled to my preference I stack them on some flat bread, sliced ciabatta, or something equally delicious. I might drizzle with oil and vinegar or add a bit of cheese on occasion. It’s so good!

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Alice July 12, 2011 at 11:00 am

I am hooked on hummus this summer. Here’s a great recipe:
http://mideastfood.about.com/od/appetizerssnacks/r/hummusbitahini.htm

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Camille July 12, 2011 at 11:05 am

I’m always hooked on hummus.

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Mary Frazier July 12, 2011 at 11:04 am

Hello! I love reading your blog, and your boards are such beautiful, natural pieces of art (for the practical kitchen). My favorite summer recipe is grilled gorgonzola and green onion burgers! We used to make these from scratch at a bat where i worked, and I’ve loved the recipe ever since. I use 1 lb beef, gorgonzola (I use a lot because I love cheese) and fresh green onions. It’s pretty simple but it’s a delicious summer recipe for those days spent outside on the patio barbecuing. Paired with sweet potato fries and sun tea, it’s a pretty tasty meal! The closest approximation to recipe I carry in my head can be found here:
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Beef-and-Gorgonzola-Burgers-655
Thank you! And I can’t wait to read your future posts!

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Sharon Jones July 12, 2011 at 11:05 am

I could certainly use one of these beauties to cut up a watermelon for these delish popsicles!!

http://www.weeklygreens.com/recipes/watermelon-cucumber-mint-paletas/

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Camille July 12, 2011 at 11:08 am

Oooohhh…popsicles! I’ve been trying to get my act together and make popsicles lately. I do love a good popsicle.

On a side note, have you seen this recipe http://smittenkitchen.com/2011/06/fudge-popsicles/ ?

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Sarit July 12, 2011 at 11:17 am

sharon- that recipe looks amazing!! i can’t wait to try it. this summer has really been all about popsicles! if you’re into experimenting here are two other recipes for for deliciousness on sticks that i’ve been passing out:
http://www.bakersroyale.com/ice-cream-and-frozen-desserts/cocktail-popsicle-bourbon-peaches-and-cream/
http://tastingtable.com/entry_detail/nyc/4117/Ice_pops_invade_pie_territory.htm
(okay the last one isn’t exactly a popsicle but it’s sooooo good!)

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Sharon Jones July 12, 2011 at 12:35 pm

oohh these looks delectable! may have to give them a go, and give the old diet a go too haha

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Sharon Jones July 12, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I meant to say let the old diet go!

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Sarit July 13, 2011 at 9:56 am

haha, yeah, not terribly diet friendly :)

Camille July 12, 2011 at 3:41 pm

PS I’m in love with the header image on the Greens blog! It’s gorgeous. If I wasn’t so graphic-design challenged, I would have a header like that.

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Molly Rose July 12, 2011 at 11:06 am

I’ve been kinda creeping around on your site for a while checking out your boards, but this is the first time I’ve actually posted a comment. Heh. ^^;

Anyway. This is an extremely simple recipe, but still delicious. XD

http://acornerpillar.blogspot.com/2010/04/limonade.html

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Camille July 12, 2011 at 11:11 am

I’m usually more of a lurker than a commenter on other people’s sites. Welcome to the conversation!

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Andrea July 12, 2011 at 11:11 am

I was living in Sicily in 2002 with family, and my great aunt (or Zia, as we call her) made this very simple summer pasta dish. It is a zucchini cheese sauce to top pasta, I love to serve it on farfalle pasta! Cube a few small/med zucchinis (or 1 large) and throw into a pot with olive oil on medium flame, add finely diced onion (about a half an onion), some salt and fresh ground black pepper. Saute until slightly golden, then add some water, just enough to cover the zucchini halfway. Turn down the heat to low and cover partially; let simmer until the zucchini falls apart, then give it a rough mash (I leave the skin on). You want the consistency to be a “loose stew”, now add some heavy cream (you don’t need much) and throw in 3 or 4 american cheese slices. Depending on how cheesy you like, you can add more slices. I prefer mine more zucchini-y, so I use less. Allow to melt and sauce will come together. Pour over al dente pasta and top with some grated pecchorino romano :) Now that’s summer to me!

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mae July 12, 2011 at 11:13 am

Oh my gosh– as soon as I saw the words “good summery recipe” I immediately knew which one had to be shared! Blueberry Boy Bait is just as awesome as it sounds (and baits both boys and girls!) and is my favorite summer recipe. I usually cut down the sugar just a little, squeeze a little lemon juice in for tartness, and add a few extra blueberries. It’s so easy to make and delicious that even my boyfriend (who I have never seen bake anything in four years) whipped some up when he noticed the blueberries in our fridge getting a little old.

Blueberry Boy Bait: http://smittenkitchen.com/2009/07/blueberry-boy-bait/

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Shauna in Texas July 12, 2011 at 11:20 am

Yay giveaways! Glad to see you doing this. :)

Here’s a post for hummus-great for light summer lunches: http://cilantropist.blogspot.com/2011/01/homemade-hummus-is-for-sharing.html

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The Magic Onions July 12, 2011 at 11:25 am

Oh my… I’d love your cutting boards all the more for their issues, lol. They are stunning and I’m so grateful for this chance to own such a treasure.
The recipe I’m linking to was thought up by my daughter, Kitty… she was 5 at the time… enjoy some Strawberry Tea –
http://themagiconions.blogspot.com/2009/06/recipe-for-strawberry-tea.html

Blessings and magic to you Camille,
Love Donni

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karen July 12, 2011 at 11:31 am

as a owner of three (but i bought mine) of your amazing boards, i have to admit that no one is allowed to get near them with a knife so i would LOVE to win one of the above boards. i save my paypal money all year so i can purchase from you for christmas. i dicovered this marinated cheese nibble recipe and LOVE it. http://visheaus.blogspot.com/2010/08/appetite-is-sharpened-by-first-bites.html

be sure and try it, you will love it also and this can be served anytime and for any occasion.

karen :)
aka gateline salsa

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Camille July 12, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I made something similar for an appetizer at my brother’s wedding. That was four years ago, and I haven’t done it since. I think I forgot about it, so thanks for the reminder.

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Kirsten Hardy July 12, 2011 at 11:34 am

Here is an easy, yummy recipe. I like to add some cayenne pepper before I bake and then sprinkle a tiny bit of sugar on top when they are done . Yum!
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/smoky-kale-chips-recipe/index.html

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Camille July 12, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I love kale chips!

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Veronica July 12, 2011 at 11:52 am

Haha- how fitting that I had a summertime “recipe” set to publish today as well! Could sure use another cutting board around the house. Love your work as well! http://plantedla.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/summer-zucchini-smorgasbord/

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Michell July 12, 2011 at 12:02 pm

This one is simple, but its been my main source of food for the last week. Wander over to the Corvallis farmers market… grab some blackberries, raspberries… get some tillamook yogurt… local blackberry honey… I’m eating it now :)

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/raspberry-blackberry-smoothie/detail.aspx

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Camille July 12, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Strangely enough, I don’t think I’ve ever had Tillamook yogurt. Cheddar? yes. Ice cream? yes. but no yogurt.

I’ll have to use my own yogurt, own honey, and some local berries. Sounds delicious!

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Serra H. July 12, 2011 at 12:25 pm

I would love one, they are so beautiful!
My recipe, you won’t need a cutting board for – it’s for my favorite drink, espeically for during the summer, kombucha tea:
http://gnowfglins.com/2008/09/05/kombucha-recipe/

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Camille July 12, 2011 at 2:28 pm

My first impression of kombucha? “blech!” I know people are really into it because it’s super healthy, and maybe I should give it another try, but I’m a little skeptical.

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Rachel July 12, 2011 at 12:25 pm

what a fun giveaway and idea!
I’m really enjoying reading through these recipes.
Here’s one of my favorite summer side dishes, perfect for those extra tomatoes:
http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2008/09/pomodori_al_forno
thanks for the opportunity to get another of your beautiful boards!

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Camille July 12, 2011 at 2:29 pm

mmmmmm…..

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Marie Kottis July 12, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I never tire of looking at your Boards on Etsy! And I envy your lifestyle. Charmed!
Sometimes, on a hot summer day, it’s just nice to have a smoothie:
http://www.recipe.com/all-fruit-smoothie/

Warm Regards,
Marie

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Camille July 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Some days I wish we had enough electricity to run a blender. Or maybe I should start lifting weights to get my arm in shape for a whole lot of mixing by hand.

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amy July 12, 2011 at 12:31 pm

This is our favorite when we get tomatoes finally! http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Insalata-Caprese-13232.

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Elizabeth S July 12, 2011 at 12:55 pm

There is nothing better than fresh, garden grown summer tomatoes!

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/07/missys-marinated-tomatoes/

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Faith July 12, 2011 at 12:58 pm

They’re both so beautiful! As far as a recipe goes, how about Herbed Sweet Corn and Tomato Salad? One of my favorite things to eat this time of year.

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Camille July 12, 2011 at 2:32 pm

I like a good (raw) sweet corn, black bean, tomato, red pepper salad. Kind of the Mexican take on your recipe.

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Tristan July 12, 2011 at 12:59 pm

This is a summer fav of mine, I can eat it for days!

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Greek-Orzo-and-Shrimp-Salad-1976

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Shannon July 12, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I love your cutting boards, Camille! This is a recipe that my friends have been raving about, that I plan to try later this week:

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/04/grilled-chicken-salad-with-feta-fresh-corn-and-blueberries/

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Camille July 12, 2011 at 2:34 pm

It looks kind of weird, but now I’m curious…

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eidolons July 12, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I don’t have a link, but here’s my favorite summer recipe:

lavender soda!
make a simple syrup with lavender buds (I never measure, I dump buds until it feels right). Strain. Cool. Mix about 1/4 cup syrup with a can (or about 12 ounces) of sparkling mineral water. Yum! Enjoy on the front porch while watching kids play in a sprinkler and the dragonflies zoom through the garden.

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Asia B. July 12, 2011 at 1:21 pm

A recipe to use up those giant broccoli leaves
Broccoli chips:
Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Wash and dry broccoli leaves, remove center stem. Tear leaves into large potato chip sized pieces. Spread torn leaves on a cooking sheet with a little overlapping. Drizzle olive oil onto the leaves, be careful not to add too much. Season with garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste. Cook to 8-12 minutes, depending on you oven. Remove, allow to cool….Enjoy. You can also season it with parmesean cheese, but omit the salt.

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Lisset July 12, 2011 at 2:21 pm

This is one of my favorite summer recipes:
http://www.turkishcookbook.com/
Crossing my fingers! :)
Lis

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Sasha July 12, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Gaa! I would be ecstatic to win one of your beautiful pieces! Jim and I cook almost every night and these would be the perfect addition to our kitchen (we would definitely show it lots of love!).

Okay, here’s our current favorite recipe for Chicken Gyros:
http://sweetpeaskitchen.com/2011/03/31/chicken-gyros/

We have literally made these 3 weeks in a row (yes, it’s that good) and love preparing it with fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, garlic and onions from our local farmer’s market down the street – Enjoy!!

… off to peruse everyone else’s recipe suggestions – What a great idea!

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Camille July 12, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Oh, man, that looks good.

PS I like to get a little inspiration as I give things away. It makes it all the more meaningful

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cynthia July 12, 2011 at 2:52 pm

ahhh, the chance to win one of your lovelies…….i cannot resist!

summer pasta
cook 1 lb of your favorite pasta with plenty of salt
as pasta cooks, put all of your cherry tomatoes, tiny, mis-shapen pepper add 1/2 cup of white wines,
and a fair amount of chopped onion and garlic into a sauce pan with 2 tbls. of olive oil
saute til all of the tomatoes ‘pop’ and the peppers and onions soften. add 1/2 cup (or so)of white wine,
juice and zest of one lemon and 2tbls. of butter, cook down to a thickened ‘sauce’
drain pasta, toss into saucepan let it ‘finish’ cooking in the sauce for a few minutes.
place on a platter and grate fresh pamigiano on top. sprinkle with a bit of basil for garnish.
serve with a crusty bread. yum!

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Karen July 12, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Not fancy but a long time family favorite. I often replace the tomatoes with grilled red and yellow peppers.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/healthy-recipes/NU00397

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Erin of Imagination Kids July 12, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Even your not quite perfect boards are just lovely!

Here is a summer salad dressing favorite of ours. Right now my oregano is two huge bushes so we make this dressing often: http://imaginationkidstoys.com/blog/2010/06/from-the-garden-and-a-salad-dressing-recipe/

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Beth Hammergren July 12, 2011 at 3:43 pm

I love the natural beauty of your cutting boards. My summer guilty pleasure-tomatoes with fresh mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, salt, pepper, olive oil and a balsamic vinegar reduction. Yummmmm!

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Summer July 12, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Ok…Let’s try this again. :) Word of advice. Don’t put the webiste in the website address if you want it to appear.

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/basil-chicken-and-pasta/detail.aspx

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Caitlin July 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm

I’ve been meaning to try this recipe. Suppose I better hurry, before watermelons are out of season.

http://www.culinate.com/recipes/collections/Culinate+Kitchen/Beverages/watermelon_vodka

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Camille July 12, 2011 at 7:54 pm

I’m not really much of a drinker, but I’ve been seeing so many fabulous looking cocktails on food blogs lately, that I think maybe I should reconsider the value of booze. I’d start with this one http://sproutedkitchen.com/?p=2959

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Jana Seeliger July 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I have some great memories about chopping cabbage. I sailed to Mexico once long ago when my son was about 18 months old with his dad and our cat in a small sailing vessel. It was a 1936 racing sloop, a bay sailor really. But it handled on a dime and we sailed it from San Francisco to the tip of Baja. While we lived in Mexico we fished a lot for food and shopped in small villages for vegetables. We had no refrigeration, so carrots, onions, garlic, limes and…cabbage were our mainstay to go with the fish and rice or millet we brought with us from the USA.

We ate it twice a day every day and it was delicious. One day in a place called Pelicans (english) we had visitors to our little lean-to we created on the beach and shared with another sailing family. Our visitors were from the town. They brought a bucket of live lobster, cooked them on our boat stove we brought onto land while we worked on our friends’ boat, and made us coleslaw that was about half lobster……..yumm.

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Angie July 12, 2011 at 5:57 pm

I made this BLT salad and strawberry pie the other day. The kids actually loved both, so that’s a hit in my book! http://angiessuburbanoasis.blogspot.com/2011/07/blt-salad-stuffed-mushrooms-strawberry.html

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laura fischler July 12, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Thank You Camille for the opportunity. They’re both beautiful.

http://netresults3.blogspot.com/2011/07/hmmmmm.html

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Stephanie July 12, 2011 at 6:30 pm
Camille July 12, 2011 at 7:48 pm

The recipe looks great (I love garbanzo beans and cilantro), but I think I’ll skip the yoga outfits. LOL

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Laurie McKenzie July 12, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Your boards are *amazing* Camille!! I’ve been admiring them for quite some time:) Here’s one of my absolute favorites:

Summer Squash Pancakes:
4 egss separated
4 cups coarsely ground summer squash
1 cup finely crumbled feta or cottage cheese
1/2 cup chopped scallions
1 tablespoon fresh herb of choice (dill, basil, etc)
salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup flour
oil
sour cream or yogurt

Combine squash, egg yolks, cheese, scallions, salt, pepper, and flour. Mix well. Beat egg whites until stiff and fold into squash mixture. Heat oil in a heavy skillet or griddle. When it it very hot, ladle on batter and fry on both sides until golden and crisp. Serve with sour cream or yogurt if desired. Serves 4. (also great the next day as leftovers!)

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Camille July 12, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Thanks, Laurie.

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kara rane July 12, 2011 at 7:38 pm

all wood is perfect :)
Cherry Lentil salad – yum
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/3031

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Camille July 12, 2011 at 7:45 pm

That looks simple and delicious!

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suzanne July 12, 2011 at 9:07 pm

I’ve been desperate to try this recipe for horchata… http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2011/06/horchata-recipe-mexican-rice-drink/

And two of my favorite summer recipes are tomatos w/ provolone and this four-bean salad (though I only ever seem to use green and yellow beans) http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/four-bean-salad-10000000635612/index.html

For the tomatos and provolone… mix together olive oil and balsamic (4:1 ratio) with some minced garlic pour over thick slices of tomato, add sliced basil, and then top with sliced provolone. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Thanks so much for the opportunity to share recipes. love & light, s

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Camille July 13, 2011 at 8:45 am

As much as I love Mexican food, horchata is just not my thing. Maybe it’s because anything you can get around here is so sickly sweet. If I made my own, I could cut down the sugar to taste. Not sure if I’m that motivated.

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Suzanne July 13, 2011 at 10:25 am

I completely understand… the best I’ve had was in Winnemucca at this great Mexican place on a very hot day. It is strangely refreshing.

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Christie Karow July 12, 2011 at 11:03 pm

I love reading everyones recipes!!! I am always loving for new exciting things to cook!! I live on an island in southeast Alaska so we eat a lot of fish here….yum!! So I am going to share my new favorite recipe for King Salmon.
P.S. I love your cutting boards! I think they are all beautiful and unique:0)

Spicy Wild Salmon Sandwiches
2 T. brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
4 (6 0z) salmon fillets, skin removed
1 T olive oil
2 tsp jalapenos, canned or fresh, chopped
1/2 c mayonnaise
4 Kaiser rolls
sliced tomatoes

in a small bowl, stir together jalapenos and mayo for kaiser rolls. On a plate, sir together brown sugar, chili powder and cumin. Press tops of salmon fillets into spice mixture. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add oil; heat until hot. Add salmon, spice side down; cook 2-3 minutes or until browned. Turn salmon; reduce heat and cook another 3 to 4 mins or until salmon begins to flake. Put on the roll and then ENJOY:)
Your going to love it!
Hopefully you are chopping everything up on one of these beautiful cutting boards!!!
thanks,
Christie

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Camille July 13, 2011 at 8:47 am

I’m a salmon fan, too, but the last couple salmon seasons in Oregon have been pretty bad. This year we can get it, but it’s sooo expensive. It’s great for a special treat on occasion.

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Carrie July 13, 2011 at 12:32 am

I am absolutely in love with this bread recipe. I make it all of the time. A sweet bread with a unique flavor with the added cardamom spice. I, as the author of the recipe recommends, grind my cardamom in a coffee grinder. Works perfectly and the aroma just bursts from the freshly ground spice. I highly recommend this recipe!!! Oh, and I really want a cutting board! Enjoy rural Oregon…you live in my hometown and I miss it very much!

http://www.relish.com/recipes/finnish-cardamom-bread/?highlight=cardamom+bread

Carrie

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Camille July 13, 2011 at 8:48 am

Cardamom is my all-time favorite spice. (Is is weird that I have a favorite spice?) I’m sure I would love this bread.

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abby July 13, 2011 at 1:58 am

Well, in the spirit of summer, blueberries always come to mind, and an old favorite of ours is this blueberry yogurt pie (no link, super simple, made up at home)… grind enough flaxseed to fully cover the base of a pie plate. This will be your “crust.” Pour a generous layer of whole milk yogurt across the crust. Cover the yogurt with a generous layer of blueberries (frozen works works best, as they get nice and juicy as they melt… and really, any kind of berries would be equally nice here). Chill overnight or until it looks like your flax has set into a moist solid. Really tasty and healing and great for breakfast, snack or treat. Camille, it is so nice that you are doing a giveaway!

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Camille July 13, 2011 at 8:50 am

Wow, that sounds so easy and healthy. I might have to amend it with some honey or something sweet.

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Carol July 13, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Wow — extra healthy because it’s gluten free! I’m going to try this one!

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shellie July 13, 2011 at 6:49 am

Love all these yummy recipes! We have many that we love to make but here is one I thought was good for those fresh peppers out of the garden!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/shellieartist/3514781339/in/set-72157604374171941

Someone is going to be super lucky getting a board, love them all!
xo
Shellie

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tina gasperson July 13, 2011 at 10:06 am

this avocado, tomato, and cucumber salad is my favorite summertime dish: http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/sidedishes/tomato-cucumber-and-avocado-salad/

I would love to chop my veggies on one of those great boards!

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Camille July 13, 2011 at 10:08 am

That’s pretty much the way I operate: put everything that tastes good in one bowl, and throw some dressing on top. Can’t go wrong with tomatos, cucumber, and avocado.

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Trudy July 13, 2011 at 10:18 am

I’m crazy about your boards! Thanks for the opportunity to WIN.
This recipe was a hit a the July 4 party I attended:
Never Enough Berries
1 C sliced strawberries
1 C blueberries
1 C raspberries
Dressing:
½ C crème fraiche
1 t vanilla extract
1 T honey
Mix dressing in a small bowl with a fork. Combine berries in a large bowl. Pour dressing over and carefully blend. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

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Marlyn July 13, 2011 at 10:45 am

Camille, I love your giveaway idea. I do think you could also sell the “imperfects” as seconds at reduced prices with the understanding that there is no “warranty”. But if you’d rather give them away, I’m not complaining! heehee!

Here is the link to my “recipe” — it’s not for a dish/meal but rather a lacto fermented tomato chutney:

http://topangabubbles.blogspot.com/2010/08/preserving-harvest-part-2.html

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Logan July 13, 2011 at 10:50 am

ooh i just love your boards ~ such beauties…

here is a delicious summer recipe.. well any season really…
i’m trying to work on my dessert skills… which could prove to be dangerous if all end up tasting like this :)
http://everybodylikessandwiches.com/2011/06/brown-butter-rhubarb-ginger-bars-spring-finally/

good luck everyone!

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Camille July 13, 2011 at 6:04 pm

I like the look of this one. We have lots of rhubarb.

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Holly July 13, 2011 at 11:14 am

I love your cutting boards, Camille. Thank you for hosting this great giveaway! One of my favorite recipes to make during the summer is Shrimp Tacos with Grilled Guacamole. We just happened to whip it up in our kitchen last summer and it became an instant favorite. Here’s a link to the recipe from my blog:
http://lifeunfoldingstudio.com/musings/2010/07/shrimp-tacos-with-grilled-guacamole/

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Camille July 13, 2011 at 6:05 pm

I’ve never heard of grilled guacamole, but really it’s pretty hard to go wrong with avocados.

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mariko July 13, 2011 at 12:59 pm

what a generous giveaway and such beautiful pieces! my friend told me about your work. so lovely!
here’s a sweet/cold/super simple summer recipe. adding a touch of cream or yogurt is tasty, too.

http://nourishedkitchen.com/blackberry-sorbet/

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Camille July 13, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Looks fabulous and pretty versatile. You could probably use whatever berries are in season.

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Eileen May July 13, 2011 at 1:29 pm

I love your work! Here is my favorite ravioli recipe!
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Beet-Ravioli-with-Pine-Nut-Goat-Cheese-Rosemary-Cream-Sauce-Aged-Balsamic-Vinegar-354390
It sure would be nice to slice up some raw veggies on one of those cutting boards!! :) Thank you for the chance!! <3

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Camille July 13, 2011 at 6:07 pm

You pretty much just hit on my favorite food with all my favorite ingredients. Yum!

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Chrstina H. July 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Flawed and lovely! Most of my handmade creations are uniquely flawed, adds character! My local coffeehouse has had a blueberry basil lemonade drink special going on all month and I finally got around to mixing up my own. In a food processor or blender add two handfuls of frozen or fresh blueberries, a handful of loose basil leaves, and a large splash of lemonade. Swirl until well blended. You may want to strain your drink if your not an ‘orange juice with the pulp’ kind of person. Pour over ice into two mason jars. Taste summer.

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Camille July 13, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Basil is so interesting in sweet dishes (and drinks). I’ll have to try the non-electric version of this.

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Brittany Wilson July 13, 2011 at 3:21 pm

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your cutting boards! It was such a treat to see them in person at Lois’ (to) long ago!

I made a package of Rising Moon ravioli (only 2 small servings per container, so I have to beef it up with a lot of extra veggies to make it enough for me and my husband) and on top I mixed in a frying pan:

a red onion (sauteed with olive oil)
sliced morel mushrooms (then covered and let simmer until the mushrooms were tender)
diced oregon spring tomatoes, a local variety developed at OSU (mixed up and let them heat up)
a healthy dose of red wine (Rascal, with a dog on the label, a pinot noir), a little extra water, salt and pepper (simmered until slightly reduced)

Served the ravioli and sauce with some broiled asparagus and parmesan cheese. Super yummy!

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Erica July 13, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I would love to have one of your gorgeous boards! I’m sharing my most recent favorite recipe, a Red, White and Blue-berry cake that I made for July 4th and it is SO YUMMY!! Everyone who has tried this cake has raved, and I highly recommend the entire blog that I am linking to! Please pick me! lol :)
http://bakingbites.com/2011/06/red-white-and-blue-berry-yogurt-cake/

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Carol July 13, 2011 at 8:46 pm

These would look fabulous displayed on one of your boards!! And they make a nice, cool meal on a hot summer day. Is it actually summer in Oregon, yet?
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/11/dining/111mrex.html

Also thought I’d include this recipe that makes good use of a nuisance species:
http://www.nutria.com/site17.php
They are herbivores, so I’m told they do not taste swampy. I have not yet found a source for the processed meat in my area… You can always substitute chicken, as well as your own canned or fresh tomatoes and jalapenos (for the Rotel tomatoes).

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Camille July 13, 2011 at 9:54 pm

It was almost summer until the record-breaking rainfall yesterday and today (historically the driest days of the year in Oregon). Ugh!

I love spring rolls!

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rebecca July 13, 2011 at 8:58 pm

the boards are lovely!

we’ve been enjoying our friend liz’s chard tart. is chard summery? even if it’s not, we all love it! sorry. no link, so i’m pasting the recipe in an obnoxiously long blog comment. ugh!

Liz’s Chard Tart

Pat-in-pan crust:
1 ½ c spelt flour
½ tsp salt
8 T butter
2-3 T heavy cream

Whisk together flour and salt. Mix in softened butter with a fork. Drizzle in cream. Pat into 9-inch pie pan. Place in 400F oven and bake 18-22 minutes.

If using with a filling that requires cooking, remove crust from oven and brush with 1 egg yolk mixed with a bit of salt, return to oven and cook for 1-2 minutes.

Chard tart filling:
Onion (chopped)
1 bunch chard (chopped leaves)
parsley or basil
splash of dill
3 eggs
1/3 c milk
1 c cheese (parm or feta)

Saute onion with alot of chard and parsley (or basil); add a splash of dill (dried is ok) Mix up 3 eggs, 1/3 cup milk and 1 cup of cheese (parm or feta). Mix the eggyness and the greens. Pour into crust and bake at 375 for 40-45.

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Camille July 13, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Chard is totally summery. Thanks for owning up to your obnoxiously long blog comment, though it really doesn’t bother me. LOL

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Dee Lane July 13, 2011 at 9:49 pm

I love your cutting boards! Thanks for the chance to win one that is slightly imperfect… just like me! We’d be a perfect fit! LOL!

Here’s my recipe:

Kidney Bean Salad
1 can red kidney beans
1/4 sweet onion minced
2 tbsp. dill pickle juice
1/4 tbsp. celery seed
a dollop of mayo

Directions: Drain kidney beans. Mix all other ingredients together and chill in fridge for an hour. Serve and enjoy!!!

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Celene July 13, 2011 at 11:13 pm

What beautiful boards! Would be good for chopping cilantro for this chutney recipe : )

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Cilantro-Mint-Chutney-238020

Celene

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holly c. July 14, 2011 at 3:10 am

I would love to win one of your beautiful boards!

Here’s a yummy recipe that everyone seems to love:

Grape Salad

8 oz. block of cream cheese (softened)
16 oz. sour cream
8 oz. Cool Whip
1 pkg. vanilla instant pudding
1/4 cup powdered suger
1 teaspoon vanilla
grapes-2, 3, 4 pounds-whatever (I used 4.44 pounds this past Friday)

Blend first 6 ingredients. Add grapes. Stir some more.

Congratulations-you’re done! ?

Here’s a link if you want to see what it looks like-
http://hotteaandmilkchocolate.blogspot.com/2009/06/grape-salad.html

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