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A Grape (Cookbook)

GrapesUPDATE: Thank you to everyone who entered! Congratulations to our winners Shea Fox, William Radkovich, Jennifer Essad, Koren Feinstein, and Carol Martell!

My son has a picture book where a group of animal friends find a treasure map. They run into some trouble – their canoe tips over, they cross a rickety rope bridge, they go through a spooky cave – before they finally get to the spot where the treasure should be. Instead they find a big fruit tree.  That’s when they realize the fruit is the treasure!

That’s how I feel when I walk into the produce section and I see those glistening bunches of red, green and dark, dark purple grapes piled high, like gems overflowing from a treasure chest. It’s when I eat them that I realize what a sweet treasure they really are.

Organic grapes are at their juicy, irresistible peak in Autumn. During this time of year, the organic grapes in our stores hail from California’s Central Valley. Grown without the use of toxic persistent pesticides by farmers who are committed to sustainable agriculture practices, grapes thrive in this region’s deep, fertile soils and plentiful sunshine. Here’s a blog post from last spring that goes into detail about what you get when you buy organic.

Sonoma Chicken SaladAnd who doesn’t love grapes? If you can keep yourself from gobbling them up right away, they can be used in all kinds of recipes. Our Sonoma Chicken Salad is one of our most requested store recipes. We’ve shared a number of glorious grape recipes in this recent blog post, but we want to share even more!

That’s why we’re giving away a copy of Susan Volland’s cookbook Green Black Red: Recipes for cooking and enjoying California grapes to five lucky readers, courtesy of the California Table Grape Commission.

Green Black Red cookbookFrom innovative drinks like Grape Bubble Milk Tea and Grape and Green Tea Smoothies to entertaining dishes like Mediterranean Grilled Chicken and Grape Skewers to kid-friendly fare like the Fresh Trail Mix made of grapes, Cheddar and nuts, Susan covers it all. I can’t decide which I’ll make first, the Creamy Penne with Blue Cheese and Grapes, or the Edamame and Green Grape Salad.

If any of this sounds “grape!” to you, share what you love about organic grapes in the comments below by October 3rd. We’ll pick five winners at random to receive a copy of Green Black Red.

The fine print: No purchase necessary. Promotion ends Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 11:59 PM CDT. Must be a legal resident of the US or Canada (except in Quebec, where it is void) age 18 or older to participate. Taxes on prize, if applicable, are the responsibility of the winner. Employees of Whole Foods Market, Inc., are not eligible. Void where prohibited.

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Chrissie says …

There is nothing like eating black grapes with differnt types of cheeses. Yummy!

shea says …

Grapes are a delicious sweet snack. Frozen grapes are delicious. :)

Katherine says …

We love organic red grapes. Right out of the bag, in salads and even frozen. I freeze them and then the kids pop them in their mouths like little ice pops, blend them into smoothies or add as an edible garnish to desserts. I also place frozen grapes in lunch boxes for a great treat of cold grapes with lunch.

Stacie says …

Love putting frozen grapes in my kids' lunches. By lunchtime, they are like little grape slushies! We also use frozen grapes in sparkling water for an afternoon drink on a hot day. Halved grapes with fruit puree can make some really cool popsicles, too! This cookbook would help me move grapes from a fun food to a meal staple!

Tmc.cameron says …

I love organic grapes by themselves or in my favorite recipes.

Isabella Boczor says …

Living in the great Garden State is such a joy when I can go into my backyard and pick my own organic grapes. When I'm out of them I purchase the green organic grapes from Whole Foods paired with my favorite cheese. DELISH! Thank you for considering my entry.

C.Brown says …

Fresh, plump, juicy grapes are great to eat all year and are perfect for carrying around for a snack. They are fun frozen and compliment salads whether a plain garden salad or an exotic curried chicken salad.

Terry Herman says …

I love grapes in my yogurt, but my favorite is to add red seedless grapes to cooked chicken and then make a curry chutney yogurt dressing, plus some roasted almonds for crunch. Yummy!

Paula Olivero says …

Organic grapes bring me home to my Italian heritage and calls for me to cook and enjoy spending time with my family over good food.

Erin R. says …

Wow, a grape cookbook! I love fresh grapes and can't stop eating them once I start, but I have never tried to cook with them or use them in anything other than fruit salad. I should have a look at this book!

Pat says …

Grapes make a great desert! Just freeze for 1/2 hour, then coat with cinnamon and sugar(optional). Enjoy with a slice of brie.

Pat says …

Grapes make a great desert! Just freeze for 1/2 hour, then coat with cinnamon and sugar(optional). Enjoy with a slice of brie.

Sarah Zelmanowitz says …

i love organic grapes! they taste great!

Rian N. says …

I can't say I've cooked much with grapes; more often than not I end up eating an entire bag just as is. But I did manage a tuna salad featuring their lovely, fruity presence - wonderful with fresh cilantro and creamy yogurt. Little bites of sweet; yum!

Joan says …

Totally love organic grapes and I also make a Chicken Waldorf Salad with them. The main ingredients include brown rice, chicken, dried cranberries, celery, grapes, diced apples & walnuts. Very yummy! I would love to win this cookbook.

nik says …

I love making mini fruit shish kebabs with my nephew out of organic apples, pears, pineapple, bananas and grapes, and knowing that he is getting the best tasting, healthiest and safest fruits. Thanks!

Adriana M says …

Like synthesized drops of sun light, sweet, juicy, satisfying! I love eating organic grapes at all times.

cindy says …

Grapes are so versatile! I stuff them in chicken salad. Pick a color, I've tried each, and the flavor is so unique depending on the variety you choose. Peeling grapes (I know it sounds ugh) but what charisma they lend to a dish, and without all the crunch. No, you don't ALWAYS need a crunchy bite. Grapes add just a craved goodness and sweetness without being so cloyingly sassafras-ish. Boy I haven't said that in a while. Grape on with it.........I do.

mickey says …

Always look forward to the season for the taste of fresh organic grapes.

Jill says …

We grow organic grapes. I have been processing them in the vita mix blender, freezing them in ice cube trays and using them in our veggie/fruit drinks. It would be very helpful to have this cookbook so I can use the grapes in a variety of ways!

Jennifer Sobin says …

What's not to love?

Helen Giambona says …

Organic grapes, Oh My! Sweet, juicy and dry Jams, jelly, wine or raisins. Family and Fido love...... Fresh ripened, frozen or sun dried Crisp to bite. I take pride and joy In the Organic grape, Oh My!

Lorie says …

I love organic grapes because I can enjoy the juicy, sweet, tart, flavors and be confident that I am not also feeding my children or myself the horrible pesticides. I have not really every tried grape recipes. We just eat them off the bunch - more addictive than lays, pringles or any other potato chip claim.

tandoniadis says …

Our house loves organic grapes! They're nice and crisp and a great addition to the table.

Hebe says …

It starts with smoothness. Then comes the crunch. And finally, the juicy pulp. Of course they are great in a salad or many creative dishes. But for me, their sweetness is a winner. No need to add cream or sugar, these beauties are a dessert in themselves. As for being organic... On top of health, should we mention flavor?

Monica Meneses says …

Great book

Lori W. says …

My favorite is California Green Grapes and Seaside Cheddar Cheese.. Only from whole foods!!!!!!!!!!!!! The best combination ever..

marsha says …

Grapes glorious grapes. The only problem is I love them so much I can eat too many of them. But these recipes pair them with other interesting flavors to keep my innards from complaining!

William Radkovich says …

Delicious

Amanda V says …

I love including organic grapes in my chicken salad. Yum!

M Brent Payne says …

Organic GRAPES out of hand, frozen, in salads, in jams n jellies, smoothies and dried. I love them all. All of the grapes have been really good & This Year the large black seedless grapes were so good my Grandkids kept fighting over them, carefully counting so that sister didn't get more than her. LOL (yes I kept purchasing more!!!)Our refrigerator isn't complete without organic grapes. I would really love to win this book. Thanks for the chance to enter.

Jeanette says …

I love organic grapes in my kale salad!

Maria says …

I love how its such an easy snack to take with you. Organic grapes are so good for you and delicious.

Sylvie says …

I love the crunch of organic grapes. Paired with some great cheese would be nice.

Mary Ellen Azzi says …

Organic grapes are so refreshing! I love them cold. It's hard to describe just how refreshed they make me feel... between the high water/juice content, sweetness and nutrients, it always works! My husband absolutely LOVES grapes... we can't get enough. I've been enjoying my fruit slightly frozen lately. But grapes are great frozen, chilled or naturally room temp! They are so convenient as an on-the-go snack... YUM! I'd love to win the book and find more ways to use them.

Melissa K. says …

There are 2 ways i enjoy organic grapes: frozen on a hot day, and on foccaccia! YUM!

Lisa Kowalczyk says …

Love grapes...every kind. They are wonderful in fruit salads, great w/assorted cheese & wine and great for school lunches. I would LOVE to learn how to cook with them!!

Liz says …

I love the smooth wax less texture of organic grapes! This smoothness and the fruitiness is a great combo! Match this up with spicy or tangy cheese and crusty bread -bliss!

Karol says …

I love all grapes, I love the diversity and variety of colors and flavors. They're so delicious to just eat as snack, but also add beautiful color and a burst of flavor to dishes. I also get excited to see lots of different grapes when I'm at the store.

christy says …

You can't have a hot summer day in my house without a bowl of cold organic grapes!

Michelle says …

I love grapes! This summer I have eaten approximately one pound of grapes every day. The organic grapes at Whole Foods Market are the best! I have roasted some recently as well. The cookbook would be a great item to have in my home. Thanks!

darien says …

grapes are one of my favorite foods because they are portable and versatile.in recipes, especially salads. a grape cookbook? how yummy!!! thanks

Jackie hakes says …

Organic grapes remind me of wine, of home, of cooking, of simpler times. As a student, I appreciate the simplicity of a good meal on a budget that is nutritious and sentimental. Grapes remind me of wine, and along with wine, family. It was often around the table where memories were made and shared. For me, I would feel honored to be selected for the cookbook because the book would combine all I love: cooking, healthy, family, wine, memories.

Sandy says …

I love organic grapes because there are no pesticides on them. They are great to snack on right out of the container and also good in salads if they make it that far...they seem to get stuck in my mouth on the way to the salad. LOL.

Barbara Boulay Boulay says …

Having a cookbook of one of my favorite foods would be a dream, the listed ideas will be tried by me in the next few days,

Clara Tranquilla says …

I am 80 years old and have loved grapes all my life, my sisters and I when very young would find wild ones in the fall. Our family 's favorite grape and apple recipe is Waldorf Salad and we make if often this time of the year.

Sandra Barrick says …

There is nothing like the first taste of grapes in the summer. That sweet crunch and burst of juice makes me feel like a little kid ready to conquer summer.

Judy Forkner says …

Grapes are beautiful, yummy, good for you. They are easy to pack in lunches & snacks, & add a really nice, sweet, juicy wonderfulness to recipes. They are also on the list of foods you should try to eat organic, because they have lots of harmful pesticide residues when grown "conventionally". And then there's the wine!!!

daniel O'Brien says …

Great Grapes!

Judith Wink says …

Frozen seedless black grapes are great on a hot summer day! My Uncle had a bunch of grape vines so we learned MANY ways of using grapes but would LOVE to learn more!

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