Win Cookbooks and Jazzy Music!

This contest is now closed. Many many thanks to all who entered!  Here is wishing you happy, healthy summer cooking!

It has been a beautiful summer  for JAZZY VEGETARIAN and I am excited to share our newest cookbook contest with you! First and foremost, I’d like to thank everyone for tuning in and for the enthusiastic daily emails we are receiving with questions, support and love!

Now, you may win an autographed copy of Laura Theodore's companion cookbook to the Jazzy Vegetarian Cooking show on Public Television, entitled: JAZZY VEGETARIAN: Lively Vegan Cuisine That’s Easy and Delicious. The cookbook contains over 120 cherished recipes, including many of the recipes featured in the show and it reveals how to create fabulous yet effortless plant-based recipes that that everyone can master!

Here are the winners! 

 Grand Prize

Julieann Hogate


Second Prize (Tied)

Valerie McGowan 

Lynn McDougal 


Third Prize

Karen Stein 


Honorable Mention

Marie Cayuela


Kit Emory




In addition, you may win an autographed copy of Betsy DiJulio's fabulous cookbook entitled: The Blooming Platter Cookbook. Organized by season, these lush, innovative recipes showcase the taste, beauty, and nutrition of what's fresh all year 'round: the tender young asparagus of spring; the plump juicy berries of summer; the crisp tart apples of fall; and the comforting root vegetables of winter.



You may win an autographed copy of BETTER DAYS, the single from Season One of the Jazzy Vegetarian Cooking show on Public Television. On this lively track, award-winning jazz singer and vegan chef Laura Theodore teams with master pianist Don Rebic. Cooking is like singing jazz: spicy improvisations with a delightful result!


Jazzy Vegetarian has 3 prizes that you can win! 

Grand Prize

An autographed copy of Laura Theodore's JAZZY VEGETARIAN: Lively Vegan Cuisine That’s Easy and Delicious, AND an autographed copy of Betsy DiJulio's fabulous cookbook entitled: The Blooming Platter Cookbook AND an autographed copy of the BETTER DAYS CD.

Second Prize

An autographed copy of Laura Theodore's JAZZY VEGETARIAN: Lively Vegan Cuisine That’s Easy and Delicious, AND an autographed copy of the BETTER DAYS CD.

Third Prize

An autographed copy of Laura Theodore's JAZZY VEGETARIAN: Lively Vegan Cuisine That’s Easy and Delicious.

To win, simply fill out the form below, by answering this question in one paragraph or less: What is your favorite summer produce and what is your preferred way to prepare it, vegan style? The entire Jazzy Vegetarian staff will vote to pick their top 3 answers to each win one of the 3 prizes offered!


To be eligible to win, answer this question in one paragraph or less: What is your favorite summer produce and what is your preferred way to prepare it, vegan style? One entry per person. The contest is open to those with a US mailing address. Entries must be submitted by SATURDAY, August 11th, 2012 at 10pm EST. The 3 winners will be announced on JAZZY VEGETARIAN RADIO on Wednesday August 15th, 2012. Now that is Jazzylicious!

PLEASE NOTE: After you post your comment, it may take up to 24 hours for your comment to appear on the blog page. 

Thank you so much!


Kit Emory August 11, 2012 @02:59 pm
GRILLED PEACHES!!! I discovered this new way to celebrate summer last year and can't get enough of this wonderful treat. Just slice ripe summer peaches in half, toss them with a tiny amount of olive oil and some fresh thyme (easy to grow anywhere), and slap them cut-side down on the grill. The grilling intensifies the delicious flavor and goes beautifully as a side dish to almost anything. Plus, you may not even want to have dessert with a treat like this!
Ibee Crazie August 11, 2012 @11:15 am
Everyone always says they get too much zucchini when they plant them and they don't know what to do with them. Not our family: We never, ever get enough! Our absolute favorite way to have this delicious veggie is super simple. Slice long ways, spray with olive oil on both sides, lay them on the griddle or grill (either one is fantastic!), sprinkle once side very lightly with garlic salt. Cook on one side, flip and cook on the other and devour. We always make a huge plate full. I place in the middle of the table and our girls, ages 7 & 5, eat until they are all gone. MMMMMMM! :)
Gabby August 11, 2012 @10:26 am
Peaches! But the only was I really eat them is to let them get really ripe then eat 'emlike 4 at a time... by that time I should be good and covered in peach juice... and still very happy. I also love Okra! I just roast them with olive oil S&P then sit and eat them like chips. So so good.
Amanda August 10, 2012 @01:45 pm
My favorite summer produce is probably eggplant. I actually never used to like eggplant, but I learned a recipe for eggplant "meatballs" and it was soo good that I want to make it all the time!
Carolsue August 09, 2012 @07:00 pm
My favorite summer produce is cucumbers. I like to spread a couple tablespoons of Vegan Cream cheese down the center of a whole wheat tortilla, place about 6 thin slices of cucumber down the center along with a little squirt of Tabasco Sauce, then roll and eat. Sometimes I add a little lettuce or black olives along with the cucumbers if I have these handy. Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net
Ramona Latham August 09, 2012 @12:45 pm
Tomatoes,red bell peppers,sweet onions, and garlic sauteed in a little olive oil with a bit of cumin, chili powder, apple cider vinegar, lime juice, agave and mixed with brown rice, black beans and fresh chopped cilantro. Yummy!
Melanie Ambriz August 09, 2012 @11:47 am
Grilled asparagus. Cut stems bottoms, rinse. Coat in olive oil, sprinkle garlic salt and pepper and put on the grill. They are fabulous.
Pamela August 09, 2012 @07:29 am
Brussels sprouts: Cut in half, then sauteed in a little oil with a touch of brown sugar. Then simmered in veg stock. Very tasty!
Diane Schnaars August 07, 2012 @01:23 pm
Tomato salad. Fresh tomatoes, chopped. About one third to half that amount of slivered onions, one or two garlic cloves, minced. Salt and pepper, a drizzle of any kind of vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. A few black olives are optional, as is a little fresh basil. Serve right away or chill up to a week.
Andrea Haar August 07, 2012 @01:09 pm
Portabella mushrooms marinated and grilled with grilled onion, tomato and green pepper slices to build our Portabella Burgers.
Liz August 05, 2012 @06:33 pm
Peaches! Other than eating them over the sink so as to not drip peach juice everywhere I make a simple peach bruschetta that I saw a picture of on a vegan recipe website (usually to compliment an heirloom tomato bruschetta, my second favorite produce of summer!) Simply chop up a couple of ripe peaches and an orange into a colorful orange and yellow bowl, drizzle a little olive oil, give a squeeze or lime juice, salt and pepper and add some fresh cilantro if it is on hand. Then scoop generously on your favorite toasted rustic bread and enjoy!
Iza August 04, 2012 @03:47 pm
It is summer and it means a fresh tomato. They are the best! I can it them all day long. Sometimes I replace snack fruit (apple, pear, or banana) with tomato. Tomato is first, second is carrot.
Renata Hass August 04, 2012 @02:30 pm
I saw your show on PBS. I love it.
GALE DELANEY August 03, 2012 @03:34 pm
My favorite summer vegetable is the cumber.We use them in salads, on sandwiches, we make"booats" to serve other vegetablesin, sticks to have with hummus.Looking forward to trying the cucumber soup we saw featured on your show.
ana August 02, 2012 @04:16 pm
My favorite summer produce are all vegetables. I cook onion and pepper together for 5 min, then I add chopped tomatoes, salt, pepper and thyme. They cook another 3 min then I add okra, eggplant and potatoes cut in pieces. In the end I add a handful of parsley. I eat it with small toasted piece of bread. Tasty!
Kimberly Moore August 02, 2012 @01:55 pm
I like anything growing on a vine. When I was growing up on my grandparents' farm, I was absolutely fascinated by the squash, cucumbers, and melons. The vines would put out leaves and grow seemingly overnight, the baby fruit would be so cute and tiny one day, and then grow to huge proportions by the end of the week. Of course the fascination fades quickly when you have to go out and pick those cucumbers and squash daily before they got too big.... I like to prepare them very simply--the squash sauteed in olive oil, the cucumbers with a splash of vinegar, salt, and pepper, and the melon just sliced and enjoyed!
Yaritza August 02, 2012 @11:49 am
I love oven baked mashed green plantain filled with tiny diced onions, green bell peppers, chives, carrots and chopped garlic. Softened with extra virgin olive oil. Family favorite!
Zoé August 01, 2012 @05:34 pm
Okra! The last time I had it in the garden I fried it and served it with Hummus. I also made a quick snack by making a whole wheat pita in to a mini pizza, okra topped by arugula. Yumm!
Kayla August 01, 2012 @12:30 pm
As much as I love eggplant bharta and kale or collards cooked in veg stock, I'm going to go with zucchini sautéed in chimichurri sauce. Heavenly!
Stacie Edwards August 01, 2012 @12:33 am
I love zucchini! Grilled and in a beer batter mmmmmm yummm. Love summer veggies!
Melina V. July 31, 2012 @05:38 pm
Although I haven't had it yet this year, one of my favorite summer foods is my dad's zucchini. He cuts it lengthwise into steaks about 1/4 inch thick, drizzles it in olive oil and grills both sides. When finished, he plates it with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper (and occassionally feta or Parmesan) with a side of sliced tomatoe. When you add a glass of dry red (or white) wine, it's just perfect!
Mary P. Eckart July 31, 2012 @11:54 am
I'm lucky enough to know a soybean researcher at Michigan State University and he lets me harvest edamame in season. I steam it until barely cooked and toss it with olive oil and salt. Perfect.
M.A. Rivard July 30, 2012 @10:19 am
cook beets, carrots, onions, greenand yellow beans, shred & or dice, chard and pick the garden clean,add 1 carton of vetetable stock, water,pepper cook for 1 hour SOUP!
Jo July 29, 2012 @09:07 am
Peaches! Sliced fresh and sprinkled with cinnamon. Also yummy baked and topped with a basic crumble: oats, cinnamon, brown sugar, etc.
Mary Reinert July 28, 2012 @09:55 pm
Raspberries wash and eat fresh
Jill July 28, 2012 @08:53 pm
I love eggplant and also okra. I like to cook the two of them together and put in some corn, curry and tamarind paste. It's oh so tasty and magical.
Amy Lynch July 28, 2012 @06:59 pm
I would have to say avocados. Although I live only 20 minutes from Mexico, so really it is not a summer produce for us. However, I will put avocados in everything. As a topper for soups and stews, guacamole, a delicious avocado pesto with pasta, alone as a snack, on toast with olive oil and red pepper flakes drizzled on it, in sandwiches, with ceviche, crack and egg into one side and bake it for breakfast, on veggie burgers, in my morning green smoothies and I am sure there are some ways I eat it I have missed. However my favorite thing about avocado is that it is probably the perfect food. It is nutritious, has healthy fats your body needs and DELICIOUS!
nancy July 28, 2012 @05:27 pm
My favorite summer produce is cucumbers and homegrown tomatoes. I prepare them so many different ways but my favorite is lightly tossed with a vinaigrette.
Lisa Johnson July 28, 2012 @05:21 pm
Zucchini! sliced, crusted in seasoned cornmeal and "fried" in a little bit of olive oil. I use cornmeal because I eat gluten-free.
Maria Barnett July 28, 2012 @01:43 pm
My favourite summer produce has to be tomatoes! To go out to the garden and pick one off the vine and eat it still warm from the sun is heaven! :) If we're talking about making a meal, though, chop a couple tomatoes, and heat them with some zuchinni, okra, yellow squashes, onions, garlic, bell peppers (all chopped)and a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Served over rice.....ooooo, wish I had some right now!
Denise July 28, 2012 @10:54 am
I love summer squash sliced and sauteed in olive oil till softened then tossed with a handfull of ribboned basil and freshly grated parm.
Kelly July 28, 2012 @01:54 am
Corn on the cob with a little Earth Balance spread and cayenne pepper sprinkled on tastes amazing. I also love tossing slices of fruit into my water, especially strawberries, pineapple, and lemon. Cucumber slices taste great in a glass of cold water, too.
Stacie Edwards July 27, 2012 @08:44 pm
Tomatoes and zucchini grilled
Julieann Hogate July 27, 2012 @01:02 pm
Tomatoes are my absolute favorite. I always make a tomatoe pie using the ones from our garden. I make a crust with almond butter and whole wheat flower and layer the tomatoes with garlic, onion, pepper and fresh basil. Then it is topped with vegan white cheese and it is amazing.
Danielle Hogate July 27, 2012 @12:56 pm
Our summer favorite is bluberries. My family absolutely loves to make them into smoothies. We freeze them first then put then in a blender with almond milk, silken tofu, and dark chocolate chips. We also use blackberries and rasberries if we have them.
Capucina Watson July 27, 2012 @07:56 am
I love all vegetables. And I started to watch Jazzy Vegetarian because I want to be healthy and I love how you make a complete meals. It make it very for me to shop and prepare a healthy meal for me and my family. To say that i just love the Portabellie Mushroom recipe.
Tamar Magdovitz July 26, 2012 @03:24 pm
I'm a huge fan of rainbow chard, sauteed in olive oil with onion and garlic!
Marie Ohm July 26, 2012 @01:38 pm
Tomatoes! 6 large ones. Scoop out seeds, cut in 1/2 inch pieces, mix with 1/2 cup olive oil, fresh herbs (Italian parsley, basil, rosemary- 3 tbs mixed herbs), 2 cloves fresh minced garlic and s&p. Pour over cooked cavatappi. Yum!
Katrina July 26, 2012 @10:23 am
My favorite summer produce is corn on the cob. I usually eat it one of two ways 1. make a salad with rice vinegar tomatoes, onion and cilantro.
Gaye Anderson July 26, 2012 @05:52 am
My favorite summer-time vegetable is Andy's Candy fresh corn on the cob. I love it steamed on the cob, with no salt.
Debbi Grosch July 26, 2012 @02:15 am
summer tomatoes are the greatest, especially here in North Carolina. Nothing better than a thick slice on whole wheat bread with mayo. that spells summer for us!
nik July 25, 2012 @11:09 pm my favorite vegan blueberry handpies. Cheers!
Elvira Vazquez July 25, 2012 @10:39 pm
I would love to win any of the wonderul prizing. I'm a newbie to vegetarian eating and having new ideas would be helpful. thank you
Virginia July 25, 2012 @07:29 pm
grilled asparagus and egg plant. The family enjoys them.
Eela Thakrar July 25, 2012 @06:58 pm
my favorite - grated zucchini added to lentil and rice flours that have been fermented in yogurt, spiced with fresh jalapeno's, grated ginger and garlic, tempered with a little hot oil, and then baked into a zucchini Savoyard loaf - to make a complete meal
Kristen N. July 25, 2012 @05:35 pm
I love strawberries, and I use them for fruit salads!
Kristen N. July 25, 2012 @05:34 pm
My favorite summer produce is strawberries. I love to chop them, along with several other berries, to make a refreshing fruit salad!
Karen Stein July 25, 2012 @04:19 pm
Watermelon - all types - traditional seeded, seedless, yellow, canary. One spoon, one bib, and one big slice. What could represent summer more than a slice. My kitties also love the taste of fresh watermelon - I put pieces on their plates and then the purring begins! Enjoy your summer - humans and furry babies!
Cindy July 25, 2012 @04:05 pm
I just love a rustic-style Greek salad made with tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, salt, and a generous dose of olive oil. Pair it with a crunchy baguettte and you've got a fresh and fast meal!
Julie July 25, 2012 @10:22 am
Strawberries! Straight up fresh from the organic farm by our house and just pop them into my mouth, d'lish!
Lizzie July 25, 2012 @09:43 am
Cherry tomatoes. Tomatoes are always my most eagerly awaited produce, and of course the cherries usually come in first. I think there are few things better in this world than eating cherry tomatoes straight off the vine.
Engracia July 25, 2012 @07:15 am
Summer squash with Tomatoes, onions and bell peppers.
Madeline July 25, 2012 @02:15 am
My favorite summer produce is definitely berries, particularly blueberries and huckleberries. I like to enjoy them simply: throwing a healthy dose of them on top of my homemade vegan granola or oatmeal in the morning, and just a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg on top. Their flavors are unreal and so welcome in the summer mornings.
Joy July 24, 2012 @09:31 pm
Tomatoes! I love to make a cold Gazpacho soup! Tomato is the star of this colorful, healthy bowl of summers vegetable bounty!
Allison C. July 24, 2012 @06:25 pm
My favorite summer produce is artichokes! I love to steam them. I put a clove or two of garlic, a bay leaf, and freshly squeezed lemon in the water -- and let the artichokes steam for 25 minutes or until tender. I usually eat them as is, but if I'm feeling the need to jazz it up, I'll make a quick lemon/vegan margarine sauce for dipping. So good!!
Lynn McDougal July 24, 2012 @06:04 pm
I love my Bing cherries right off the tree. But, in the Fall, I hunker down with the frozen, pitted ones and make a smash up savory cherry chutney full of flavor. Onions, mustard seeds, cinnamon, cloves and, after it has cooled, a splash of cherry Schnapps gives it a new twist. Perfect (according to my sister) with absolutely EVERYTHING!
Ree July 24, 2012 @05:56 pm
Heirloom tomatoes. Love to make Bruschetta with some olive oil, fresh basil, balsamic vinegar and salt. Great on crusty bread that's been rubbed with fresh garlic.
Marcus Mclaurine July 24, 2012 @05:48 pm
My favorite summer produce is avocado. I like to take an avocado and peel off the skin and mash into a smooth consistency. Then I add some garlic powder, cayenne pepper, olive oil and bragg's amino liquids for taste. Then I put this over some lettuce, tomatos and cucumbers and arame seaweed. A nice addition is tahini dressing.
D Melgoza July 24, 2012 @05:22 pm
Cactus! Marinated with jalapenos,onions,a bit of salt,and tomatoes or pimiento. Yum! It's a great salad or topper for beans,rice,anything you want to brighten! So healthy!
pat July 24, 2012 @05:20 pm
Zucchini~ I make a zucchini soup and freeze it in smaller portions. Then I can enjoy the summer harvest all winter long!
Marie Cayuela July 24, 2012 @05:09 pm
Heirloom tomatoes. I love to mix up a batch of bruschetta with fresh basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a little bit of salt. Serve on crusty bread rubbed with fresh garlic.
Sybil July 24, 2012 @05:00 pm
Late summer is all about fresh figs.... golden figs, brown figs, purple figs... eaten fresh and juicy, grilled and topped with vegan vanilla ice cream, dropped into smoothies (they create a wonderful rich flavor), dried and added to granola mixes, cookies and breads...made into jam for the winter.... I could go on all day!
Pat July 24, 2012 @04:58 pm
Fresh tomatoes. Like them sliced with sliced garlic and drizzled with olive oil. Refrigerate a few hours. Ummm! Of course, they are mighty fine, sliced, by themselves.
Kathy Mazzio July 24, 2012 @04:05 pm
Green and yellow zucchini, peppers of any sort, onions, eggplant all marinated in olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic and grilled outside on our BBQ grill. I could eat this every day.
Pinar July 24, 2012 @04:03 pm
Watermelon straight out of the peel! Yum! :)
Yen Parrott July 24, 2012 @03:21 pm
My fav summer produce is an avocado. It's delicious prepared any number of ways, but there's nothing like a good guacamole! Sometimes I add only chopped tomato, other times also black beans, onions, corn and cilantro.
arianne mattone July 24, 2012 @02:52 pm
my favorite summer produce is got to be bell peppers, green beans, eggplant, tomatoes. i would season and grill the bell peppers and tomatoes, eggplant and green beans and brush them all with with some salt, pepper and garlic and olive oil mixture. my mouth is watering right now.
Melissa July 24, 2012 @02:37 pm
My favorite summer produce is eggplant from my container garden. I combine eggplant, red pepper and thai basil all from garden with tofu and saute them with garlic, red pepper flakes, tamari, brown sugar and white vinegar. So yummy!!!!
Lory July 24, 2012 @02:30 pm
Watermelon ranks right up there -- I make a variety of wonderful chilled watermelon soups, including a watermelon gazpacho, and a watermelon coconut medley.
Michele Martin July 24, 2012 @02:27 pm
My favorite summer produce are cherries - I just love cherries - just wash em and eat em - I could eat a pound of cherries - love em
Cathy July 24, 2012 @02:02 pm
My favorite summer produce is Kalegreens grown right out of my summer garden. I add olive fresh cloves of garlic and a little sea salt.
emily July 24, 2012 @01:45 pm
Blueberries from my back yard! Wonderful in pies and cobblers, on peanut butter toast, coated in yogurt and frozen, or just by the handful. Delicious and so healthy!
Emily July 24, 2012 @01:44 pm
blueberries from my back yard! wonderful in cobblers and pies, on peanut butter toast, coated in yogurt and frozen, or just by the handful. Delicious and so good for you!
Karen Faivre July 24, 2012 @01:27 pm
Brussels sprouts! Can't get enough of them. I clean and quarter them, toss in olive oil, hot pepper flakes and a bit of salt, roast at 425 degrees until tender and then drizzle the roasted nuggets with maple syrup and balsamic vinegar. It is so hard no to eat the WHOLE bowl! Yummy!
James White July 24, 2012 @12:57 pm
Green Beans sauteed with Spanish Onions and Garlic in butter!
Sara July 24, 2012 @12:52 pm
olive oil roasted kale with a bit of kosher salt and pepper.
Loann Drake July 24, 2012 @12:34 pm
My favorite summer vegetable is eggplant. I broil it and top it with diced onions, diced green peppers and mozzarella cheese. The best thing is that I can't consume a whole eggplant so I always invite someone in to enjoy it with me. (I grow my own)
Linda Bee July 24, 2012 @12:13 pm
I Love It!!!!
ilene July 24, 2012 @12:00 pm
Watermelon, with all it's healthy bennifts. I pear it up in a fruit salad with some grilled portabell mushrooms. Along with extra veggis!!
Kelly July 24, 2012 @11:52 am
Tomates! Canned, frozen, or fresh they are a summertime treasure! Although, I have recently discovered a really good baked egg, tomato, and zucchini dish....
Mikele Meether July 24, 2012 @11:46 am
Zucchini and summer squash. I love to season with salt and pepper and Italian seasoning and then grill. Delicious, I've even got my partner who hates veggies to eat them.
Bethy July 24, 2012 @11:38 am
Beets, roasted, cooled and sliced into a salad that includes arugula, crumbled gorgonzola, fresh tomatoes, fresh org. olive oil and a dab of lovely aged org. balsamic. Then add anything else you wish.
Katie T July 24, 2012 @11:36 am
My favorite is zucchini. I love to have it mixed with pasta, olive oil, fresh basil and lemon juice.
Mellisa Harrison July 24, 2012 @11:36 am
My favourite summer produce is cucumber. I really enjoy making the Cool Cucumber Soup using Tofu & dill. I have made it over the years using yogurt & buttermilk but I must admit that your twist on using the Tofu to make it creamy is way more satisfying. Your recipes are AMAZING! Thanks! <3
Lori Reinhardt July 24, 2012 @11:24 am
Fresh homegrown tomatoes with salt and pepper.
Glo July 24, 2012 @11:19 am
I just picked 50 lbs of blueberries so right at the moment they are my favorite. I have bags of blues frozen to use in my morning smoothie, just made a cobbler, will make jam and blueberry vinegar. OH YUM!
Valerie McGowan July 24, 2012 @11:11 am
I think I would say that my favorite summer produce now are zucchini squash blossoms. They are just so beautiful and tasty. I stuff them with a vegan almond feta style cheese. Simple, yet beautiful. When they are done, they have the appearance of a suburst!
Stacy July 24, 2012 @10:36 am
My favorite summer produce is peaches. My preferred way to prepare them is to pick them with my mom and can them. Then when the canning is done to sit on the back porch and eat some fresh peaches together.
Stormy Miles July 24, 2012 @10:36 am
Zucchini & Bell Peppers. I love to grill them.