Cookbook giveaway – Kitchen Pantry Cookbook: How to Make Your Own Condiments and Essentials

The Kitchen Pantry CookbookHere at EYB we’re all for encouraging our members to indulge their passion for cookbooks. To that end, we’ve created a program to give our members a chance to win a copy of new, exciting cookbooks that have just been published. To see all the contests, just look in the right-hand category column on any blog page and click on “Cookbook Giveaways.”

We’re excited to offer three copies of the Kitchen Pantry Cookbook: How to Make Your Own Condiments and Essentials, by Erin Coopeya chef, writer, and food photographer in Seattle, WA  Coopey offers over 90 recipes for pantry staples including mustard, ketchup, tahini, pickles, dips, steak sauces, and much more.

To win one of the cookbooks, just post a comment to this blog answering the question: What is the best topping for a burger (beef, salmon, or vegie)?

Additional rules are:

  • Please make certain you have signed in to the EYB website (you don’t have to be a paid member). This ensures that we have your email address and can get in contact with you. 
  • The giveaway will expire in 4 weeks on September 22, 2013.

This contest is now closed.  Congratulations to the three winners, selected at random – GillB, DKennedy and IrishJenn.

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  • karlaschlesinger  on  August 25, 2013

    Hi, I think the best condiment for any kind of burger is caramelized onions.

  • pankajsalphale  on  August 25, 2013

    I think the best topping is feta cheeese and dill over a veggie burger

  • helen  on  August 25, 2013

    I have become completely enamored of avocados on any burger. Doesn't matter whether it's sliced or mashed up a la guacamole–either way, it's replaced mayo as my go-to creamy condiment!

  • TippyCanoe  on  August 25, 2013

    I love a big slice of a fresh, garden tomato on any burger!

  • sarahcooks  on  August 25, 2013

    Guacamole and bacon!

  • TrishaCP  on  August 25, 2013

    Caramelized onions, cheese and pickles!

  • AGM Cape Cod  on  August 25, 2013

    Wimpy's Delight and ketchup

  • line73uk  on  August 25, 2013

    It has to be ketchup

  •  on  August 25, 2013

    ketchup, mustard and cheese one a burger made with Nebraska Beef!

  • matag  on  August 25, 2013

    Caramelized onions!!!

  • Waderu  on  August 25, 2013

    Trader Joe's hot and sweet mustard

  • vickster  on  August 25, 2013

    Caramelized onions, blue cheese and bacon

  • IrishJenn  on  August 25, 2013

    Avocados! Along with bacon and cheese on a beef burger or in a mango or peach salsa for a salmon burger.

  •  on  August 25, 2013

    Peppers and onions!

  • camtncook  on  August 25, 2013

    Bacon, Jack Cheese, and Mushrooms on a beef burger…

  • liasim  on  August 25, 2013

    Oops forgot to log in the first time. Peppers and onions!

  • volition  on  August 25, 2013

    Slowly Caramelised Onions with Thyme. Ooooh Yes.

    And like all good australians a slice of canned beetroot. Beets for those north of the equator.

  • Carecooks  on  August 25, 2013

    aioli…garlic or chipotle or a mix. (Plus great tomatoes and caramelized onions)

  • Queezle_Sister  on  August 25, 2013

    A cucumber-dill sauce for a salmon burger. Oh but all those other ideas above me have me salvating, too.

  • sisterspat  on  August 25, 2013

    balsamic onion jam!!! The very best for burgers.

  • mballmann  on  August 25, 2013

    A nice chunky guacamole!

  • yummerr  on  August 25, 2013

    a dollop of tomato jam, and bread and butter pickles on the side

  • ChefPauli  on  August 25, 2013

    Pepper Jack cheese and a little pesto spread on the bun!

  • TheSpicedLife  on  August 25, 2013

    Hands down blue cheese!

  • lemoneater  on  August 25, 2013

    I love sauteed mushrooms on veggie burgers.

  • chawkins  on  August 25, 2013

    Lettuce and a slice of tomato would be nice on any of the burgers.

  • Torselli  on  August 25, 2013

    Pickled Jalapeño Peppers and Balsamic Onion Marmalade.

  • tcjanes  on  August 25, 2013

    Bacon, garden tomato and mayo.

  • susan g  on  August 25, 2013

    Whatever condiment I've made recently — recently it's my Red Pesto.

  • FuzzyChef  on  August 25, 2013

    Grilled onions and mashed avocado.

  • mdblake2011  on  August 25, 2013

    Chipotle mayo over a grilled large flat mushroom, red onion and avocado.

  • tangaloor  on  August 25, 2013

    Mayonnaise! Also arugula, but no need for a recipe for that.

  • kbennall  on  August 26, 2013

    Aged cheddar and really intense tomato jam. If it's a turkey burger, loads and loads of mushrooms.

  • GillB  on  August 26, 2013

    Caramelised onions and a poached egg

  •  on  August 26, 2013

    Just plain local grass fed beef with salt and homemade potato chips

  •  on  August 26, 2013

    Mushrooms, tomato, onions …. all local and fresh. Mayo & hot mustard

  • sir_ken_g  on  August 26, 2013

    Best topping for a burger is wasabi mustard!

  • decklededges  on  August 26, 2013

    Best topping? The basics are necessary: cheese, lettuce, tomato!

  • rlmiller  on  August 26, 2013

    It is hard to beat a yogurt cucumber garlic spread, such as Tzatziki, on a salmon burger!

  • mpennington  on  August 26, 2013

    cheese and carmelized sweet vidalia onions

  • cpasek  on  August 26, 2013

    I'm starting to develop a real weakness for chipotle aioli (and not just on burgers.)

  • kara0621  on  August 26, 2013

    I love the classic lettuce, tomato and onion!

  •  on  August 26, 2013

    A ripe slice of tomato…yum!

  • adobrinova  on  August 26, 2013

    Blue cheese on beef burgers is delicious. Anything to spike up a burger and make it more interesting!

  • KarinaFrancis  on  August 26, 2013

    Beef burger with melted swiss cheese and my home made roasted tomato chutney is my current winning combination.

  • jennkeegan  on  August 26, 2013

    pickles, cheese and mayo!

  • hihelen_westbrook  on  August 27, 2013

    Pickle, cheese and plenty of fresh tomato!

  • nadiam1000  on  August 27, 2013

    Roasted Ortega chile, jack cheese and avocado for a California burger. Spicy mustard and ketchup for the condiments,

  • singingchef  on  August 27, 2013

    Beef: mayo, siracha,mustard, ketchup, carmelized onion, tomato, butter lettuce, pepperoncinis and pickle. No cheese. Good bun. Medium rare.

  • kayanelson  on  August 27, 2013

    I put cheese on a burger but otherwise eat it plain.

  • pgarcia  on  August 27, 2013

    You just can't beat cheese – any kind!

  • Kathyann  on  August 27, 2013

    carmelized onions and/or bleu cheese

  • ellabee  on  August 27, 2013

    Sweet onions, thinly sliced; tiny dab of ketchup; and a slice of ripe tomato. And a leaf of lettuce, if available.

  • vegktk  on  August 27, 2013

    wildwood garlic aioli, avocado, roasted green chile, red onion and sriracha!

  • cboar  on  August 28, 2013

    For me the best has to be caramelized onions, blue cheese, and bacon

  • MichelLegrande  on  August 28, 2013

    Grilled Blue cheese, roasted egg plant, dill pickles

  • DKennedy  on  August 28, 2013

    The best topping for a burger is a grilled Anaheim chile.

  • Dcotter  on  August 28, 2013

    You can't bear Sharp cheddar cheese on a beef burger with pickled red onions for an acidic bite to cut through the fat.

  • minerva  on  August 28, 2013

    Top-notch mustard, pickles, and a perfectly ripe tomato slice.

  • NaomiManygoats  on  August 28, 2013

    Cheese and jalapeños! Plus lettuce and tomato!

  • BreeDay  on  August 28, 2013

    I love harissa paste on everything! With the salmon I would mix the harissa through a little aioli, the vege burger i would mix the harissa through some minted yoghurt and the beef burger I would mix the harissa through the cooked onions. Yum!

  • baybritta  on  August 28, 2013

    avocado, bacon and caramelized onions. Yummy

  • steph12205  on  August 28, 2013

    I "hated" onions as a child, but never knew the yummy caramelized onions on my cheeseburgers were one and the same. They are still my favorite.

  • virb  on  August 28, 2013

    Beetroot salad – beet, carrot, apple & onion grated with a balsamic/mustard dressing – superb with beef!

  • HelenB  on  August 28, 2013

    I love what the Aussie's do: a sunny-side egg.

  • smtucker  on  August 28, 2013

    I am failing this simple test I fear. I top my burger with salt and the top half of my homemade burger bun. I want to taste the freshly ground meat, not salad components. Now, I do think having a dill pickle just off to the side is a bonus.

  • CapeCodCook  on  August 28, 2013

    A nice big dollop of homemade caponata! On any of the three patties.

  • lorie  on  August 28, 2013

    I would go with guacamole (especially on a veggie burger).

  • maisie_grn  on  August 28, 2013

    Being from the South originally, I love anything pickled. So, a stock of pickled red onion on hand is always necessary and on top of my veggie burgers!

  • Trendev  on  August 29, 2013

    I love burgers, and in our home they are generally topped with home-made relish or chutney, avocado slices and plenty of balsamic caramelised onion. Some very crispy bacon is also a very popular addition.

  • toddschut  on  August 29, 2013

    Ketchup, mustard, red onion, pickle, lettuce, RIPE tomato, cheese. NO mayo.

  • foodandcrafts  on  August 29, 2013

    Sauteed mushrooms and onions

  • Pardygirl  on  August 29, 2013

    Without a doubt, a beef burger topped with homemade tomato and onion chutney my aunt makes!

  • redbird  on  August 29, 2013

    Caramelized onions, blue cheese and Stonewall Kitchen's Bourbon Molasses Mustard. Yum!

  • edify2unify  on  August 29, 2013

    So many good options to top veggie burgers. Tomato and sprouts are always a favorite of mine.

  • jdcarucci  on  August 29, 2013

    Can't go wrong with a fried egg

  • lhochan  on  August 29, 2013

    I think the best condiments are mayo, mustard, homemade bread and butter pickles, onion and ketchup on a veggie burger

  • Sally  on  August 29, 2013

    When I indulge in a beef burger, I top mine with lettuce, tomato and mayo (NO ketchup).

  • savvyjulie  on  August 29, 2013

    The best topping is definitely caramelized onions!!

  •  on  August 29, 2013

    One of my favorite things on a burger is a pickled Jalapeno peppers or a red pepper relish . I make these every year . If you love heat you will love these on your burgers.

  • poots55  on  August 29, 2013

    Chopped onions lightly caramelized mixed with chopped sautéed mushrooms

  • mgjacqz  on  August 29, 2013

    beef burger – blue cheese and bacon

  • louie734  on  August 29, 2013

    Pickles. Thick slices, cold.

  • RobinCR  on  August 29, 2013

    Bison burger with Blue Cheese and Sauted Mushrooms. YUM!!

  • dsgeorge  on  August 29, 2013

    Homemade mustard or mayo concoction – sometimes both!

  •  on  August 29, 2013

    I think carmelized onions with bacon and mushrooms does the trick quite nicely.

  • dinnermints  on  August 29, 2013

    Onion jam or some kind of chutney, hot mustard, arugula, and avocado.

  • Imalinata  on  August 29, 2013

    Cheese and avocado, although I'll eat the avocado on the side sometimes so I don't have to deal with it squishing out.

  • madamepince  on  August 29, 2013

    No condiment works without a good foundation of mayo!

  • mfto  on  August 30, 2013

    It's simple. Vadalia onions.

  • jennifertomeberry  on  August 30, 2013

    lettuce, tomato, raw red onion, vegenaise and ketchup all on a veggie burger…yum!

  • taygete  on  August 30, 2013

    Cheddar cheese!

  • Lgw713  on  August 30, 2013

    homemade ketchup on a burger

  • JustJanet  on  August 30, 2013

    A big dollop of homemade beetroot relish on beef or vege burgers! Gives a colour burst as well as an amazing taste zing.

  •  on  August 30, 2013

    grilled tomatoes, onions and mayo on a meat burger!

  • ballen  on  September 1, 2013

    Gorgonzola and caramelized onions on a beef burger … yum!!

  • ae.bell  on  September 1, 2013

    Blue cheese or caramelized mushrooms!

  • wester  on  September 1, 2013

    Caramelized onions (or shallots), homemade mayonnaise, and ketchup.

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  • rahiscock  on  September 2, 2013

    For a beef burger, it would be my mum's homemade Tomato Relish, made from an old Country Women's Association Cookbook from the 1930s used to belong to my grandma. But really, any good tomato relish would do!

  • kmw0919  on  September 3, 2013

    I'm an old-fashion girl and ketchup and yellow mustard do it for me!

  • jfadiman  on  September 3, 2013

    Blue cheese on a beef burger!

  • JamieK  on  September 6, 2013

    kosher dill slices

  • djoh437938  on  September 8, 2013

    For a hamburger, mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, red onion slice. Yummalicious

  • PatriciaAnn  on  September 9, 2013

    Caramelized onions and Swiss Cheese

  • jstaubin  on  September 9, 2013

    Best Topping – pickles.

  • Moniquelfp  on  September 9, 2013

    Sriracha mayo

  • kensimplify  on  September 10, 2013

    Onion, deseeded chili pepper and your favourite sauce.

  • readingtragic  on  September 10, 2013

    In Australia it's a slice of pickled beetroot, of course!

  • krobbins426  on  September 11, 2013

    Carmelized onions.

  • Lillibet  on  September 14, 2013

    Caramelised garlic (from Plenty) and gorgonzola

  • schwabka  on  September 14, 2013

    Carmelized onions and a bit of feta.

  • Kiyah  on  September 16, 2013

    Pepper Jack and bread and butter pickles, chopped.

  • LouiseSWigg  on  September 17, 2013

    Home made chutneys are the best.

  • kylie  on  September 17, 2013

    A bean burger with caramelised onion chutney, crisp lettuce and some melting cheese – my current favourite is asiago pressato.

  • Sandytoes  on  September 18, 2013

    Peach Cranberry Chutney on a Turkey Burger….Yummmmm!!!

  • Ladyberd  on  September 18, 2013

    Harissa ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sandiasingh  on  September 18, 2013

    Green chile!

  • FieenaZ  on  September 18, 2013

    Pickles, tomato, onions.

  • wmhinshaw  on  September 18, 2013

    Need mustard AND mayo on the bun! Old NC style calls for cole slaw (with more mayo) and chili. Hard to beat the traditional lettuce, tomato and sliced raw sweet onions topped with ketchup.

  • ezza755  on  September 18, 2013

    Onion relish.

  • pipinita21  on  September 19, 2013

    A combination of both: beef and veggie… mmmm, you made me hungry.

  •  on  September 19, 2013

    Mango chutney with a grilled pineapple and an egg, sunny side up! Yummy! I am hungry now.

  • souprcook  on  September 19, 2013


  • prpost  on  September 20, 2013

    Cheese, ketchup and dijon mustard

  • ckbkaddict  on  September 22, 2013

    Classic is best. Ketchup, mayo, and mustard. Cheese, tomato and a dill pickle. Bacon is a pretty acceptable addition in our house!

  • hpadvantag  on  September 22, 2013

    Without a doubt, carmelized onions and blue cheese on a burger. Salmon, beef, turkey, doesn't matter.

  • Chefhenry  on  September 22, 2013

    After cheese… Pickles, mustard, and lettuce

  • CAC  on  September 22, 2013

    Spicy mustard and a sweet onion!

  • patsylu  on  September 22, 2013

    Mushrooms and onions.

  • MelKettle  on  September 22, 2013

    I have recently discovered the wonder that is bacon jam, which is my new favourite topping for a beef burger. All I need to do is work out how to make it! It goes brilliantly with a generous crumbling of blue cheese and a bit of sour, crunchy pickle

  • SueLau  on  September 22, 2013

    Caramelized onions!

  • Jane  on  September 23, 2013

    This contest is now closed. Congratulations to the three winners, selected at random – GillB, DKennedy and IrishJenn.

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