Back to the Roots Giveaway!

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It’s Friday so I’m giving away mushrooms, naturally! #duh

Actually, in all seriousness, this is super cool, guys. Back to the Roots is a company founded by two guys in Oakland, California. Their short story goes like this: two dudes graduate from UC Berkeley, flip their noses at the corporate world and instead decide to grow mushrooms in coffee grounds. Sounds kind of crazy…errr…awesome, right? Well, I think so. Who doesn’t drink coffee? Who doesn’t love mushrooms?  No one, that’s who! And growing food off of waste? Pretty incredible stuff.

Here’s the deal: this kit here allows you to grow oyster mushrooms in about 10 days (in soil that’s 100% coffee grounds from Peet’s!). All you do is place it on your windowsill, mist (mister included in kit) it once a day and ten days later…boom!  Mushrooms.  Genius.  Cute.  Moldy.  All words to describe this super smart idea. Get on it!

Giveaway deets:

Leave a comment telling me what summer dishes you’re digging so far (I need some inspiration).  I’ll randomly (using my trusty random calculator) pick a winner on Sunday at midnight (EST).

Aaaaaand go!

Update, schupdate! Back to the Roots is giving ACK readers a 10% discount. Just type in this promo code at checkout: Mushrooms4me10

Winner UPDATE!! Sarah (number 124) is the winner! Yay! Lots o’ mushrooms in your future, Sarah. Thanks everyone for playing!

{ 135 comments… read them below or add one }

Katelyn June 17, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Fried peaches served with vanilla ice cream! An easy and delicious way to get rid of extra peaches even if they’re not in great condition.


DK June 17, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Couscous, cucumber, feta, watermelon, oil, and vinegar. Perfect.


Erin O June 17, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Cucumber chips with hummus is delicious, and lite! I’ve been baking chicken, and then finishing it on my stovetop grill with some homemade “bbq” sauce (ketchup, honey + hot sauce). It’s easy, quick + delicious. Gotta have bbq in the summer!


A.J. June 18, 2011 at 1:16 am

Last Saturday, I made Warm Strawberry Cupcakes; these are baked and served in tea cups. I would highly recommend the concept. This week I made a deep dish mix berry pie for my husbands birthday, and it goes well with whipped cream, ice cream and we even tried it with plain Greek yogurt.


Eri June 18, 2011 at 3:56 am

I have been making lots of different kinds of salad. I literally can eat salad all day long. Love them! Panzanella, Southwestern style chicken salad, grilled shrimp salad etc.


homegrown countrygirl June 18, 2011 at 5:29 am

SaladSaladSalad! From my garden! I never grow tired of it. (I love the story behind Back to the Roots and this is an awesome giveaway… thanks for the chance to get a mushroom kit!)


Ali June 18, 2011 at 6:25 am

I’m digging steak caesar salads.


Samantha H. June 18, 2011 at 6:46 am

A salad of strawberries, avocado, feta, and balsamic. It sounds so wrong but it tastes so right!


Heather June 18, 2011 at 7:01 am

Traditional Maine Lobster Rolls for me!
Found a great site from Maine Lobster Direct and they ship live Maine lobsters to your front step. Delicious!!


Maria June 18, 2011 at 7:02 am

Oh cool! I don’t like mushrooms but mom’s a freak. xD


Shay June 18, 2011 at 11:12 am

Upside down Rhubarb cake. I know it’s technically a dessert and not a dish but…I love it! and it’s from my garden and totally yum!


Rebecca June 18, 2011 at 11:14 am

I love cooking my chipotle burgers in the summertime. They are smoky and spicy and delicious. Pair that with a nice, cold lemon bar and you have yourself a nice little evening. I also am sending you a recipe that includes oyster mushrooms so you can cook with your crop!


Jen M O June 18, 2011 at 11:14 am

It has been too hot to cook so we have been having salads and ice cream. We’ll have to break out the grill soon.


Elina Bagumyan June 18, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I have been too busy with school to cook but now since I’m on my break I’m going to try and whip up some new dishes!! But my classic favorite dishes are chicken and mushroom Alfredo lasagna yummyyyyy!! And pretty much anything that has to do with eggplants :P


Giuliana June 18, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I always make mario batali’s fresh plum tomato sauce when tomatoes are in season. Takes just minutes to come together, and tastes better than anything that’s been simmering for hours.


Sruti June 18, 2011 at 1:54 pm

is it summer, really? we still have erratic spring weather in boston but we’re digging greens (spinach and potato, peas patties) and a ton of eggs (boiled, scrambled, omelettes with jalapenos and cheese)


Dana June 18, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Pico de gallo, salsa, or anything grilled! Summer food is so much fun!


Melissa June 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Made an incredible orange basil grilled chicken last weekend that will be entering the regular rotation.


April in NYC June 18, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Gazpacho! I made it for the first time for my boyfriend’s birthday and it was a hit! It’s gotta be chunky, crunchy and cold, cold, cold!


Katy June 18, 2011 at 6:19 pm

One of my summer favorites is “Summer Tomatoes” from a Susan Branch cookbook–tomatoes fresh off the vine, sauteed onions and tomatoes, plus basil and cream–yum! I’m also waiting to try some homemade frozen deserts from cookinglight that look delicious–mint and watermelon popsicles–yes please! Anything with fresh produce and mint in the summer I love.


Sam N June 18, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Anything BBQ’d! Especially homegrown corn and zucchini. I made your caramel sauce for the cookies yesterday and put it on apple slices. Yum!


Miranda June 18, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Anything with watermelon in it!


Linda June 18, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Veggies on the grill. Asparagus is nice, as are turnips, new potatoes, and even sweet potatoes. I’m really liking a simple salad of chickpeas and sweet potato cubes dressed with lemon and olive oil with some cheese thrown in.


Sarah June 19, 2011 at 5:52 am

I’ve been too busy with grad school summer classes to cook much recently, but I’m always a fan of a good stir fry. Also, brie and feta grilled cheese sandwiches are the best grilled cheese sandwiches ever. They’re good with some wilted spinach too. Yummy! Oh, and roasted red potatoes and asparagus – chop em up, toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, and a liberal helping of garlic, and throw em in the oven until they’re ready to eat. Delicious and easy!


Lara June 19, 2011 at 6:29 am

Summer squash and tomato pasta with cheese. Awesomely delicious and super healthy!


Danielle June 19, 2011 at 6:45 am

Orzo with feta, spinach, tomatoes balsamic vinegar an olive oil! I make a big batch an literally eat it for almost every meal until it’s gone :)


Abby June 19, 2011 at 7:22 am

The recipe I’m current obsessed with is Deb at Smitten Kitchen’s zucchini and goat cheese pizza. It’s a cold pizza spread with goat cheese and covered in thin slices of zucchini and summer squash… I auditioned it the other night for a role at our upcoming family picnic and I can’t stop eating it!


Becky June 19, 2011 at 9:25 am

Whoa – what a crazy awesome product!! I’m hooked on strawberry spinach salads with a homemade strawberry vinaigrette : )


Michelle June 19, 2011 at 10:30 am

I’m loving grilled artichokes and asparagus pizzas. So yummy, especially when the produce is from the farmers market!


Wendy Wyatt June 19, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Mmmmmmm….turnip greens, onions and bacon with lots of apple cider vinegar! :-)


Missy June 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Cedar planked salmon on the grill. The wild salmon is delicious now and my family can’t get enough of this delicious, easy entree.


Andrea M June 19, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Spinach, watermelon and strawberry salad topped with crab meat. ah-may-zing


Jillian June 19, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Grilled tuna steaks, spicy and medium rare!


Sarah D June 20, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I LOVEE ina garten’s roasted brocolli!! YUM YUM YUMMM!!!


laura June 22, 2011 at 8:52 am

I’ve been comsuming large amounts of Jora’s Panzanella– there are no words for how good this is, and it’s so perfect for summer.


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