Grow Great Grub Winner


28 Jul Grow Great Grub Winner

We have a winner for Gayla Trail’s Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces. Once again the random number generator selected a last-minute entry — Chrystal, who ducked in under the wire with her vote for Roasted Zucchini Dip. Congratulations, Chrystal. I’ll email you shortly so I can get your copy to you.

As for the recipe you want me to make this Friday? Bit of a nail biter this time. Oven-Roasted Tomatoes and Roasted Zucchini Dip battled for supremacy right to the end. Sorry Cold Cucumber Soup and Tangy Red Pepper Ketchup. People wanted things hot.

But which recipe won? Believe it or not, we have a tie.

Not the way I saw it playing out. So, here’s what I’m going to do. On Friday, I’ll post the Oven Roasted Tomatoes recipe here — after all,  Gayla herself recommended it to me via Twitter, so it must be good. And for those of you whose lives are being threatened by gigantic zucchinis? Well, I’m using this as an excuse to launch a newsletter. I’ll share the Roasted Zucchini Dip there — along with a kitchen tip or two and possibly a special offer. I will send out the first newsletter sometime in August, so sign up early. A big surge in subscribers will give me a much needed push.

Can’t wait to sign up? Just go to the newly created newsletter page and fill in the form. It takes 31.5 seconds if you have a long, hard to spell name like mine, and only 18.3 seconds if you’re don’t. I timed it.  But you have to sign up if you want to get the newsletter. Just because you’ve posted a comment in the past or subscribe to the RSS feed doesn’t mean you’re on the list. I wouldn’t do that to you.

Need proof? As of writing this I have one lonely subscriber. Thanks, Mom.

What do you like or hate about newsletters? Drop me a note in the comments section and I’ll try my best to make mine the best darned newsletter you’ve ever received.

Photo © Gayla Trail.

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  • Robin Smart
    Posted at 22:09h, 28 July Reply

    Dear Charmain,
    Help – I have a giant zucchini now.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 10:35h, 29 July Reply

      @Robin Smart, give me a ride home from yoga tonight and I’ll give you the recipe. If you don’t, you’ll have to wait for the newsletter just like everyone else. :-)

  • Kathryn
    Posted at 09:52h, 29 July Reply

    Hey Char,

    I am very excited about your new newsletter.

    My thoughts on e-newsletters:

    Although links are fine, I like to be able to read all content in the e-mail, rather than having to click through. When I am busy, it can be the difference between reading & not.

    White space. I do not like cramped newsletters. Make it easy to read (white space & font size).

    Columns or wide designs. Hate ’em. I am quite content to scroll down, but scrolling over, not so much (especially on the iPhone).

    Photos & graphics are nice.

    Links are nice too.

    Looking forward to issue #1. Thank-you.


    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 10:38h, 29 July Reply

      @Kathryn, thanks so much for the amazing feedback. I assumed people would read the newsletter on their computers. Never considered the iPhone. I’m such a dinosaur.

      Thanks a million for this really helpful comment. I’m using MailChimp so am restricted to a certain width, but will nix columns. The designer in me loves them, but Apple has changed the game.

      Anyone else got opinions on the newsletter? Let me know!

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