Our “Bountiful” Cookbook Preview & Roasted Strawberry Scone Recipe

by on May 13, 2013

We did it. We made it. And haven’t killed each other over which recipes were going to make the cut.

Though we both have less hair than when we first announced last year, we did figure out how to make our small kitchen more efficient and whose turn it was to use the big burner. It was all about working together side-by-side (literally) and compromise because “someone” wanted to have more cocktail recipes where-as “someone” wanted to have more kale recipes. Can you guess who? Cocktails and kale. The second story of our ambitious lives will be all for you to read.

After a ga-billion dirty dishes later, two-very well fed dogs (leftovers!) and hours of editing, sorting, writing and late night wine-comfort, Bountiful is finished!! We can finally share with you all our final cover for Bountiful. What do you think?

Hope you all love it as much as we do and it’s also available for pre-order on Amazon if you love it just as much.

We poured every effort we could into this book because it’s not just a book of over 100 recipes, it’s laced with stories and images of our lives in our garden and kitchen. As you all know, we’re hyper-addicted to growing fruits and vegetables and our collection of over 40 fruit trees is a testament to why we needed to make this cookbook. Our love of food, cooking and gardening made sense to share fresh vegetable and fruit recipes that we adore so much. And though there are meat dishes in the recipes, all are adaptable to be made vegetarian, gluten free, paleo or what ever your eating lifestyle is.

The cookbook is organized into two main sections: Vegetable Recipes and Fruit Recipes. Within each of those sections, recipes are laid out under types of fruit and vegetables so it’s easy for you to find recipes for specific produce that you might have found at the farmers market or leftover in your fridge. Either way, there’s something fresh and wholesome for everyone in this cookbook.

Thank you all for your continued support. We couldn’t have done this without you. Love you all.

-diane and todd

Extra Photographs that didn’t make the cut:

We photographed way more images than our book could hold. Though these photos didn’t make the final print, we wanted to share them with you, along with a recipe from the cookbook, Roasted Strawberry Scones.

Shooting the outdoor gathering scenes were fun. We just invited a bunch of friends over for various dinner parties, flew by the seat of our pants with two cameras and tried to capture everything that was happening around us.

 You’ll find plenty of fresh recipes where the vegetable or fruit is the hero. And you’ll also find plenty of Sierra and Puppy Lexi pictures romping through the garden or hoping that something would fall off the tables for an extra treat.

Diane was super happy and laughing during this gathering. Not sure what she ate. Or sipped. Or drank. (for you photo enthusiasts, all the images with both Todd and Diane in them were photographed by Todd and Diane. How? We’ll share the behind-the-scenes stuff in a later post.)

 After long days, where we cooked, styled and photographed all the food and scenes, we get delirious and make crazy faces…

Our Motto:

Roasted Strawberry Scones – recipe below

Roasted Strawberry Scones

Yield: 10 Scones

Total Time: 1 hour

Recipe from our upcoming cookbook, Bountiful, due out Oct. 1, 2013.


  • ½ pound (225g) strawberries, hulled and cut into halves and quarters
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2½ cups (310g) flour
  • ½ cup (100g) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • Finely grated zest of 1 medium lemon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 6 tablespoons (¾ stick / 90g) cold unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch (12-mm) pieces
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¾ cup (180ml) heavy cream
  • Preserves, for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Line three sheet pans with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, combine the strawberries, brown sugar, and pepper and toss to coat. Spread the mixture out over one of the lined sheet pans.
  3. Roast for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. Keep the oven on.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, lemon zest, and salt for at least 20 seconds. Using your fingertips, pinch the butter into the flour mixture until most of the big chunks are broken down.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, egg yolk, and cream. Make a well in the middle of the flour, and pour the cream mixture into the well. Incorporate the cream into the flour by stirring from the inside of the well and slowly working outward until the flour is just combined (do not overmix).
  6. Gently form the batter into disks 2 1/2 inches (6 cm) in diameter and 1 inch (2.5 cm) high. With your fingertips, make four or five indentations on the top of each scone and place a roasted strawberry in each. Place the scones about 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart on the two remaining lined sheet pans. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until light golden.
  7. Serve with preserves.
Recipe Source: WhiteOnRiceCouple.com.

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Recipe Note for Salt: All recipes containing salt are based on kosher or sea salt amounts, not table salt. If using table salt, reduce the amount used to taste.

{ 54 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 13, 2013 at 1:33 am

Major congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s gorgeous! As I knew it would be. And I am looking forward to reading it, not just for the recipes, but for the stories and life details that I know you wove in so eloquently.

And of course, the photography will be stunning. I can only imagine how many more pics you had than your book could hold. My guess is at least a couple thousand more :)


2 Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today May 13, 2013 at 6:19 am

Congratulations! Can’t wait to get it :)


3 Lindsay May 13, 2013 at 6:49 am

Congratulations, you two! I am so excited to see the final product. :) I can see it was a true labor of love.


4 Amanda May 13, 2013 at 6:51 am

Congratulations! Even the pictures that didn’t make the cut are stunning. Looking forward to getting the cookbook.


5 Maria May 13, 2013 at 6:53 am

Gorgeous! I can’t wait to get my hands on your book! Congratulations!


6 brandi May 13, 2013 at 6:54 am

that is beautiful – i’m so excited to see it! this one is definitely going on my birthday wish list.


7 JulieD May 13, 2013 at 6:56 am

I cannot wait!! xoxo so excited for you both!!! :)

cover is beyond gorgeous!!


8 Redawna May 13, 2013 at 6:56 am

Congratulations! Looking forward to getting a copy. I know it will be one of the most gorgeous books in my collection.


9 Lori @ RecipeGirl May 13, 2013 at 6:58 am

Congratulations! Can’t wait to see it- I know it will be a beautiful masterpiece!


10 Heidi May 13, 2013 at 7:11 am

This is a cookbook I’ll be waiting with baited breath to delve into. Live the extra shot previews and excited to hear how you do the selfies in your future post. Congrats!


11 dervla May 13, 2013 at 7:19 am

I’m so thrilled to have been a part of this process. You are both wonderful and I cannot wait to have a physical copy of this book in my hands!!


12 Lisa | With Style and Grace May 13, 2013 at 7:20 am

This is so exciting, congrats you two!! I remember talking to you about this in Mexico and it was about finding someone who would be flexible, creatively. Happy to see that it all came together – good things come to good people :) Can’t wait to see you guys at BlogHer Food! xo


13 Victoria May 13, 2013 at 7:21 am

This looks beautiful. I don’t want to rush summer’s coming and going, but I have pre-ordered your book, and when summer is on the way out, I will have something to look forward to. Congratulations, guys. xoxo


14 cindy May 13, 2013 at 7:30 am

CONGRATS!! it looks gorgeous and I have been long envious of your lovely garden. I am SO excited to hear you both speak at FBF this weekend!!


15 Taylor May 13, 2013 at 7:36 am

Congrats Todd and Diane! It looks beautiful! I can’t wait to see the final product!


16 Bev @ Bev Cooks May 13, 2013 at 7:40 am

Ohhhhhh I’m so excited for you guys! Who did the photography? I’m just kidding!

I LOVE this. Can’t wait for a copy!

Congrats, you guys! xoxoxo!


17 Deborah@Delicious Happens May 13, 2013 at 8:05 am

Absolutely gorgeous!!! I love the cover!! Congratulations to you both!!! I’m also looking forward to reading it and cooking from it!! I just love your photography & recipes!!


18 Angie | Big Bear's Wife May 13, 2013 at 8:13 am

Congratulations!!!! That is so wonderful and I love the cover (as well as the photos that didn’t “make the cut”. I can’t wait to get a copy! hugs!!


19 Kristen May 13, 2013 at 8:16 am

It’s stunning – congrats! Can’t wait to see it in my hands :)


20 Claire at Plant & Plate May 13, 2013 at 8:17 am

You two are such an inspiration! Can’t wait for the behind-the-scenes on getting both of you in the photos at once — wireless camera control via tablet?
The beautiful cover image isn’t showing up on the book’s Amazon page yet, btw — one more item for your (or your publisher’s social media marketing intern’s) to-do list!
Congratulations, and looking forward to your book tour.


21 Cookin Canuck May 13, 2013 at 8:25 am

Congratulations, you two! From the “reject” photos, it looks as though you truly captured the joy of cooking and sharing with friends and family. Because, really, that’s the best part about food, isn’t it? I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of your book.


22 Annalise May 13, 2013 at 8:32 am

So exciting, can’t wait to see the real thing! If these pictures are any indication, it’s going to be a gorgeous cookbook. Congrats you two!


23 Susan May 13, 2013 at 8:56 am

Congrats to the first of many!! Cannot wait to be inspired by your pros, images, and your food!


24 Amanda May 13, 2013 at 9:02 am

So happy to see this. You guys must have worked your tails off to get such a book done so soon! Hoping there will be a bit of city-hopping in your future….?


25 Chris May 13, 2013 at 9:11 am

YAY! I am thrilled for you! I will abolutely be preorderig your book. All of the pics you shared are stunning, but I must say, those with Sierra and Lexi melt my heart. Hugs.


26 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} May 13, 2013 at 9:24 am

Congrats! What a stunning cover and I can hardly wait to purchase and turn the pages to reveal all of the lovely photographs and recipes!!


27 Corinna May 13, 2013 at 9:30 am

The cookbook looks beautiful! Can’t wait to get my copy!


28 Yvette May 13, 2013 at 10:10 am

I LOVE the concept — so perfect, so you! You are so inspiring. Can’t wait to get my hands on it. Best wishes on it all!


29 Dani G. May 13, 2013 at 10:40 am

Can’t wait – it looks luscious! How do we get an autographed copy though? Hey, and I know about those team projects. So glad your relationship survived it. ;) xoxo


30 sally May 13, 2013 at 11:41 am

Looks just gorgeous, of course! Very excited for you two. Congratulations! A monumental effort for sure, on top of your busy photography work. And I know the stories will be as good as the recipes and images. Must feel good to have it done! A terrific accomplishment!


31 Aimee @ Simple Bites May 13, 2013 at 12:01 pm

‘Bountiful’ is beautiful. Congratulations, Todd and Diane. It’s definitely going on the Wish List.


32 Gastronomer May 13, 2013 at 12:31 pm

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT! Congrats T&D. Will definitely be buying a copy!!


33 Emily May 13, 2013 at 3:59 pm

YAY! Can’t wait to hold it in hand. Off to pre-order now. Yippee!!!


34 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com May 13, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Way too beautiful you guys! Major Congrats!! Can’t wait to get my copy and hug it out this weekend at FBF :)


35 Terry Covington May 13, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Having made a couple of your recipes from the blog, I know this book will be worth buying and cooking from. But I’d do so just for the stories and pictures, too. Congratulations on such a heartfelt accomplishment!


36 Fran@ G'day Souffle' May 13, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Congratulations on your new cookbook. The photos look very classy and I like the one with the man sticking his tongue out! I started my own blog three months ago and I am based in Adelaide, South Australia. Cheers!


37 Sarvani (baker in disguise) May 13, 2013 at 11:39 pm

This will be such a beautiful book.. there is something so romantic and charming about cooking with produce from your own garden… !!


38 Alicia @ Alicia Carlson Photography May 14, 2013 at 7:10 am

SO excited for you!!! Congrats! xoxo


39 White on Rice Couple May 14, 2013 at 7:52 am

Thanks Alicia. See you this weekend!


40 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet May 14, 2013 at 7:21 am

Congrats!! The cover looks gorgeous! And if those are the pics that didn’t make the cut, I can’t wait to see the ones in the book!


41 Michelle May 14, 2013 at 8:35 am

Congratulations! By the looks of those photos that didn’t make the cut, your cookbook may just have to find it’s way to my living room coffee table instead of my kitchen book shelf. Gorgeous. Again, congratulations. So happy for you.


42 Gerry @ Foodness Gracious May 14, 2013 at 9:29 am

I think this book would be awesome not only for the recipes but the photography too, I know it’s not just pics of the actual food but like you said, your lives and everyday happenings. That alone is more than enough reasons to buy it :)


43 Natasha May 14, 2013 at 9:47 am

Congratulations n your gorgeous book. The photos are amazing. Truly happy for you and looking forward to see the book.


44 terri May 14, 2013 at 3:49 pm



45 Mairead Kahn May 14, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Congratulations! You’ve photos are absolutely gorgeous! And the recipes sound amazing. :)


46 Patricia van Herp May 14, 2013 at 10:37 pm

Wow, congrats on the book, it looks great! I’m excited to see it, for the recipes but mostly the images.


47 Candela May 15, 2013 at 6:37 am

Fantastic!! I’m so happy you did this book,many thanks!! … Cin Cin :)


48 Amy May 15, 2013 at 12:02 pm

The hugest of congrats to you guys! Couldn’t happen to two nicer, more lovely people. So excited to pre-order and fawn over the gorgeous recipes and photos.

Amy, @Chobani


49 Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence May 15, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Congratulations once again! This is so exciting. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. My boyfriend purchased a house last year on a big canyon lot. He recently cleared out all of the brush, and started planting citrus trees. I keep telling him, “I want a garden like Todd and Diane’s!!” Blood orange, grapefruit, lime, lemon and Valencia orange to start. Avocado coming soon. I can’t wait to start cooking from his garden :)


50 Summer T May 16, 2013 at 11:06 am

Yay!! Cannot wait!


51 tracy {pale yellow} May 16, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Congratulations on the beautiful cookbook! I can’t wait to read and absorb the gorgeous photos. The roasted strawberry scones are a fantastic preview!


52 charlotte au chocolat May 18, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Congratulations! Looks absolutely gorgeous!! Can’t wait to see it.


53 Rachel Cooks May 28, 2013 at 11:25 am



54 Pop Chef July 9, 2013 at 6:34 am

It seems like all your hard work is finally paying off, and that’s because you both work hand-in-hand. Thanks for sharing.


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