Our “Bountiful” Cookbook Preview & Roasted Strawberry Scone Recipe

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 to 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


5 from 1 vote
Roasted Strawberry Scones
Total Time
1 hr

Recipe from our upcoming cookbook, Bountiful, available now.

Servings: 10 Scones
  • ½ pound (225g) strawberries, hulled and cut into halves and quarters
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 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.
{ 54 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Pop Chef

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

  2. Rachel Cooks


  3. charlotte au chocolat

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

  4. tracy {pale yellow}

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

  5. Summer T

    Yay!! Cannot wait!

  6. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

    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 🙂

  7. Amy

    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

  8. Candela

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

  9. Patricia van Herp

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

  10. Mairead Kahn

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

  11. terri


  12. Natasha

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

  13. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

    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 🙂

  14. Michelle

    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.

  15. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    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!

  16. Alicia @ Alicia Carlson Photography

    SO excited for you!!! Congrats! xoxo

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Thanks Alicia. See you this weekend!

  17. Sarvani (baker in disguise)

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

  18. Fran@ G'day Souffle'

    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!

  19. Terry Covington

    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!

  20. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

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

  21. Emily

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

  22. Gastronomer

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

  23. Aimee @ Simple Bites

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

  24. sally

    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!

  25. Dani G.

    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

  26. Yvette

    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!

  27. Corinna

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

  28. Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet}

    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!!

  29. Chris

    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.

  30. Amanda

    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….?

  31. Susan

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

  32. Annalise

    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!

  33. Cookin Canuck

    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.

  34. Claire at Plant & Plate

    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.

  35. Kristen

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

  36. Angie | Big Bear's Wife

    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!!

  37. Deborah@Delicious Happens

    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!!

  38. Bev @ Bev Cooks

    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!

  39. Taylor

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

  40. cindy

    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!!

  41. Victoria

    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

  42. Lisa | With Style and Grace

    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

  43. dervla

    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!!

  44. Heidi

    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!

  45. Lori @ RecipeGirl

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

  46. Redawna

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

  47. JulieD

    I cannot wait!! xoxo so excited for you both!!! 🙂

    cover is beyond gorgeous!!

  48. brandi

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

  49. Maria

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

  50. Amanda

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

  51. Lindsay

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

  52. Congratulations! Can’t wait to get it 🙂

  53. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    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 🙂

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