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 Post subject: April "use your cookbooks" challenge
PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:16 pm 
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i know it's early but im not going to be around the first couple days of April

any one who wants to play along again jump in.

here is the original thread for reference.
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the general theme is to pick a cookbook from your collection you feel is underutilized and cook from it throughout the month.

my personal goal is to make 4 recipes out of my chosen cookbook that i have never made before so roughly 1 a week.

some other people are doing variations on this theme like cooking for the season or trying to cook local or whatever.
all variations are welcome.

jump on in!

please when you post state what you are doing and what cookbook you are cooking from (if you have chosen to do the cookbook thing)

pictures are more than welcome.

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 Post subject: Re: April "use your cookbooks" challenge
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no clue what book i am using this month and will pick it when i get back from vacation

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 Post subject: Re: April "use your cookbooks" challenge
PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:19 pm 
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YAY! Based on my meal plan for next month, it looks like I'll be delving into Everyday Vegan Eats again (some new, some already done), and also Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day (which I won for a giveaway during MoFo a couple years back and haven't used it nearly as much as I should!)

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 Post subject: Re: April "use your cookbooks" challenge
PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:11 pm 
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fun. I think I might play along next month... I think I want to cook more recipes from my Silk Road Cookbook...

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 Post subject: Re: April "use your cookbooks" challenge
PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:21 pm 
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I plan to focus on Vegan Diner and Vegan Casseroles with at least four recipes from each. I also think I will try to pick one recipe from four books that I have never cooked from before. I have a couple physical books and also Ebooks to choose from.

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 Post subject: Re: April "use your cookbooks" challenge
PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 6:51 am 
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Despite my best intentions, I pretty much missed doing February and March due to sick family members and a potty-training toddler.

But I am in for April and considering Oh She Glows and Isa Does It.


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CarrotTops has gotten quite fat and needs to slim down before heading to the Jersey Shore this year ... so I am going to cook from the Engine 2 Diet book, with possible forays into My Beef With Meat and supplemented with Appetite for Reduction. I have way too many cute and colorful walking shorts that I need to get my chunky butt into.


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 Post subject: Re: April "use your cookbooks" challenge
PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 1:51 pm 
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This is probably contrary to the intent of the challenge, but I just bought 3 new cookbooks (But I Could Never Go Vegan, Lusty Vegan and Vegan Casseroles) and I will plan to cook from those.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 1:59 pm 
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I'm going to use Asian Vegan Kitchen. I've had it for years and used it twice, so it's a good excuse to dust it off. I've already been stocking up on ingredients in Chinatown!

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 Post subject: Re: April "use your cookbooks" challenge
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Well, I did just win Vegan Tacos in VegInTraining's giveaway, so maybe I'll do that. Theoretically my life should be less hectic in April, and I'm pretty sure my spouse will do a happy dance if April becomes taco month.

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 Post subject: Re: April "use your cookbooks" challenge
PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 6:36 pm 
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I'm going to continue to try making one new recipe a weekend, not limited to a single book. BUT for May, I'm definitely going to do Vegan with a Vengeance. That and Veganomicon were my first books but I have barely cracked VWAV. Vcon got all the love back then just like IDI today.


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 Post subject: Re: April "use your cookbooks" challenge
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I'm going to do this month and I'm going to do Appetite for Reduction. I'm going to do two recipes, one main and one side, every week I'm home for the majority of the week.

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 Post subject: Re: April "use your cookbooks" challenge
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I just saw a funny commercial for Thug Kitchen, and I realized I haven't cooked out of it yet. I'm going to eat like I give a fork.


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 Post subject: Re: April "use your cookbooks" challenge
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Am I allowed to do this with a blog? I want to do it w/Seriouseats Vegan Experience.

Goal: 4 recipes, probably:
-mapo tofu
-creamy ramen
-kung pao tofu
-loaded baked potato soup


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 Post subject: Re: April "use your cookbooks" challenge
PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 6:28 pm 
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pastabake wrote:
Am I allowed to do this with a blog? I want to do it w/Seriouseats Vegan Experience.

Goal: 4 recipes, probably:
-mapo tofu
-creamy ramen
-kung pao tofu
-loaded baked potato soup


I plan to do PPK blog at some point, so I say go for it!!!

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 Post subject: Re: April "use your cookbooks" challenge
PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:06 pm 
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pastabake wrote:
Am I allowed to do this with a blog? I want to do it w/Seriouseats Vegan Experience.

Goal: 4 recipes, probably:
-mapo tofu
-creamy ramen
-kung pao tofu
-loaded baked potato soup


This sounds great! Can't wait to see how these work out for you. I had been reviewing that Kung Pao tofu dish and it looks so yummy. Hope you post photos too!


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 Post subject: Re: April "use your cookbooks" challenge
PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 4:22 am 
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I think I'll be able to play along in April, too. Right now I'm considering doing VEW but haven't decided yet.


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 Post subject: Re: April "use your cookbooks" challenge
PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 1:37 pm 
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Count me in! I haven't participated in one of these in awhile.

I'll be cooking out of More Quick-Fix Vegan. I've only made a handful of recipes since buying the book about a year ago. I've liked everything so far though, so I'm hoping I'll find some fast favorites.

I'll be cooking at least one recipe a week, starting this week. So at least 5 recipes, with hopes for more (including dessert maybe).

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 Post subject: Re: April "use your cookbooks" challenge
PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 4:04 pm 
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So I still have some Vegan Casseroles recipes I want to make & Salad Samurai but after making 3 new things from Vegan Brunch this morning I've realised I want to make some things from that too. I'd like to make at least 24 new things this month to take me up to 100 recipes for the year so far.


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I only have Veganomicon and Vegan With a Vengeance to be honest... but for April I'm focussing on V'con, making at least one recipe per week.


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Falafel wrote:
I only have Veganomicon and Vegan With a Vengeance to be honest... but for April I'm focussing on V'con, making at least one recipe per week.

Two great books! I cooked quite a lot from Vengeance last year and loved it, I still find Veganomicon a bit overwhelming (don't know why, probably because it's such a big book?) but one I will probably try and focus on it at some point...


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I'm finishing 5 more recipes from The Vegan Slow Cooker then it's onto Vegan Diner

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 8:09 am 
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Happy April 1st! Today was two muffin recipes from Vegan Brunch. Zucchini Spelt Muffins which are okay but I think I don't grate my courgette up small enough so the batter stays a bit gloppy on the inside but totally done on outside. My bf liked them though. Blueberry Ginger Spelt Muffins which I love. I halved the amount of ginger and it's perfect for me because I'm not the biggest ginger fan.


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 Post subject: Re: April "use your cookbooks" challenge
PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 4:34 pm 
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Chickpea, when you make all these recipes, do you give the food away? Or do you seriously reduce the recipes to just make one or two servings? The reason I don't cook often is because what the heck am I going to do with all the food!? How do you do it?


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 Post subject: Re: April "use your cookbooks" challenge
PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 6:23 pm 
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I suppose I'll participate, but I won't hold myself to a single book. I'm just going to try cooking as much as possible and keep track of all the recipes I use that way. Better than nothing, I suppose!

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