Tuesday, April 28, 2009

New Book Giveaway: Farm Chicks

This week I'm doing two back-to-back giveaways just because I can! Today we have the fabulous new book The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen by Teri Edwards and Serena Thompson. Look how cute they are!
The book is filled with 52 yummy recipes—the breakfast chapter alone makes this a book to add to your shelf—including an Apple Puff Pancake, a Cherry Breakfast Swirl, a Nutmeg Coffee Cake and my favorite, a Maple Scone recipe (which is below so you can make it at home!). Everything is comforting and presented in a straightforward, yet compelling style.

And in the mix with all of the great recipes are fun crafts like the Scone Cozy above. The book is very country, very charming and completely makes me want to put on an apron and get into my kitchen. To enter to win a copy, post a comment (make sure to include a user name!) by 11:59 EST Friday May 1 about your favorite seasonal spring food (like asparagus! or rhubarb pie!). I'll choose a winner at random and will post it on Monday morning, May 4, so you'll have to check back then to see if you've won.

Enjoy the recipe for the Maple Oat Scones and make sure to check back tomorrow for another giveaway from King Arthur Flour!

Maple Oat Scones
These scones are great because they’re sweetened with just a bit of maple syrup, making them not too sweet, yet full of delicious maple flavor. They’re the perfect accompaniment to your morning cup of coffee or tea.

1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 teaspoons baking powder
10 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/3 cup heavy cream
¼ cup maple syrup
1 large egg, slightly beaten
½ cup chopped walnuts (about 2 ounces)
Maple Glaze (recipe follows)

Mix the dough: Heat the oven to 425˚F. Combine the flour, oats, and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. Use a pastry blender or two knives to cut the butter into the flour mixture until the butter is the size of peas. Add the cream, maple syrup, and egg; mix with a wooden spoon until well combined. Stir in walnuts.

Bake the scones: Turn out the dough onto an unfloured work surface and form into an 8-inch round about 1-inch thick. Cut into 8 wedges and place on a baking sheet. Bake until lightly browned—15 to 18 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool. Meanwhile, prepare the Maple Glaze.

Glaze the scones: Drizzle the cooled scones with Maple Glaze and serve.

Maple Glaze
Combine 1 tablespoon melted unsalted butter, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, 1 tablespoon heavy cream, and 1 cup confectioners’ sugar in a small bowl and whisk together until smooth and lump free.

Here are two other of my favorite things in the book:
The strawberry rhubarb pie...

and aprons made from vintage sheets!


  1. A cook book and a craft book meshed into one... what could be better?!?!?

    My favorite Spring food, hmm, so hard to choose, asparagus and rhubarb are definitely at the top of my list but my all-time favorite is probably all the herbs that are sprouting in my garden, especially the chives!

    And at the top of my non-produce spring food list... fresh maple syrup!!!

    Have you ever visited King Arthur Flour? If not you should! It's about a 10 minute drive from my house and I love randomly stopping by to see what fresh baked goods they have :) Yum.

  2. I love both strawberries and rhubarb, so my favorite food this time of year is definately strawberry rhubarb pie. My pepere grew rhubarb in his backyard when I was young, so it always makes me think of him!

  3. Anything with cherries... cherry pie, cherries on cheesecake, chocolate-covered cherries... I don't know if all of that qualifies as spring dishes, but cherries are definitely best in spring! :)


  4. OK, I have to enter this giveaway, because those vintage sheet aprons are TOO adorable.

    Favorite spring food... With the crazy good weather we've started grilling on the deck, and I have to say, grilled asparagus is pretty heavenly. I am also happy about the arrival of any and all berries!

  5. Wow. What a beautiful book. Thank you for a shot at it, Amy!
    My favorite spring food is strawberries. The first crop of rhubarb my family always gets isn't until the 4th of July. Then strawberry rhubarb everything... well until strawberries are officially out of season.

  6. I bet this book is filled with tasty treats! I love strawberries and think i've had my fair share of them this spring already. Hehe...

  7. My Favorite Spring food is:

    Linguine with Shrimp in Lemon Oil

    For the lemon oil:

    * 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    * 1 lemon, zested

    For the pasta:

    * 1 pound linguine pasta
    * 2 tablespoons olive oil
    * 2 shallots, diced
    * 2 garlic cloves, minced
    * 16 ounces frozen shrimp
    * 1/4 cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
    * 1 lemon, zested
    * 1 teaspoon salt
    * 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    * 3 ounces arugula (about 3 packed cups)
    * 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


    For the lemon oil:

    Combine the olive oil and the lemon zest in a small bowl and reserve.

    For the pasta:

    Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.

    Meanwhile, in a large, heavy skillet warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the shallots and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook until pink, about 5 minutes. Add the cooked linguine, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Toss to combine. Turn off the heat and add the arugula. Using a mesh sieve, strain the lemon zest out of the reserved lemon olive oil and add the oil to the pasta. The zest can be discarded. Add the chopped parsley to the pasta and toss to combine. Serve immediately.

    Its fresh, light, and healthy!

    CherryBlossomsDesign at hotmail dot com

  8. Wow! Thanks for offering another awesome giveaway...

    The in-season food I love most comes actually in late spring: Zucchini blossoms. We do them in a bunch of different batters and sometimes we stuff them with ricotta or another creamy cheese. Yum!

  9. Strawberries! Growing up my mom would always make strawberry shortcake - delicious!

  10. my favorite spring food is very light, cold, pasta salad with fresh herbs! yum :). Thanks for another giveaway, Amy!

    caitlinhyla at gmail dot com

  11. Oh, strawberry rhubarb pie is KILLER and look how cute, with the little stars cut out!

    My favorite springtime food is actually a beverage. I love May Wine, made with new wild strawberries (and patience!) Yum.

  12. There are several springs foods I adore...ramps fried with potatoes, garlic and onions; roasted asparagus with butter and lemon; sweet ice tea and homemade ice cream.

    I'm looking for some vintage sheets; those aprons are too cute!

  13. I would LOVE to have this book! The photography is so pretty.

  14. What a wonderful book! I would have to say Strawberries would be my favorite Spring food. Here in Oregon and SW Washington we have the best locally grown sweet berries. They are very delicate and don't last long but they are the best berries I have ever had.

  15. My favorite Spring food is strawberrys; simple with sugar or with cream or with chocolate mousse... Thanks for the giveaway, would love to win this book!

  16. My grandma gave me the recipe for her secret rhubarb pie. I make this pie with a cream cheese crust and it is simply to die for! I can hardly wait for the rhubarb to come up so that I can host a "pie party" with my friends (it was snowing today though, so I don't think that I will be making my pie any time soon). Thank you Amy!!!

  17. nice giveaway mine would be blueberry pie with fresh blueberries thanks for the giveaway

  18. I love asparagus and strawberries this time of year! Asparagus with butter and strawberries with whipped cream.

  19. This is a really nice cookbook. I,too, love new breakfast recipes. My favorite spring food is artichokes-just steamed with mayo for dipping( I know- a lot of you find this gross.)

  20. There are so many good foods that are great in the spring - yes asparagus and rhubarb are the best but I love the berries that start early and LOVE artichokes! Now I am hungry...

    bsyb100 at gmail dot com

  21. It looks like a good book. My favorite is Strawberries. They have a big festival near us. We usually take the kids to pick strawberries.

  22. My favorite seasonal food are peaches and plums.

    madamerkf at aol dot com

  23. My aunt makes a killer strawberry rhubarb pie that we look forward to every year!

  24. love grilling for the season and making slaws and rhubarb pies

  25. What a nice book. My favorite Spring thing is making strawberry glaze pie.
    1bmore @ gmail . com

  26. Love making risotto with spring peas and baby bellas...You know spring last until about the middle of June so don't forget about all those other yummy foods to come over the next few weeks!
    I have been on the look out for pretty sheets to make over into aprons and to make borders for some of my fresh made kitchen towels..the photos here are wonderful.
    Please add me to your drawing.
    Those Farm Girls sure look pretty out in the field!

  27. Great giveaway. My fav spring food is cold pasta salad.

  28. I love apple pie! This looks like a great cookbook for me! Thank you for the giveaway!

    Tiffanys819 at gmail dot com

  29. I love asparagus!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  30. For me my favorite spring food are the spring onions and baby carrots available at the Farmers markets. sharonaquilino(at)hotmail(dot)com

  31. The book looks like fun. It's not really a spring food, but I can't wait for our wonderful Oregon strawberries in June!

  32. Salads... and Lemonade!

  33. absolutely loving your blog! I found you by chance and am so happy that I did~