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 Post subject: March "use your cookbooks" challenge
PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:04 pm 
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ok tomorrow is the first day of March.
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: March "use your cookbooks" challenge
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after waffling for a bit i think im going to do Vegan Eat World this month.

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I'm going to be using Veg Feasting in the Pacific Northwest, mostly, but will also be dabbling in a few others (Ten Talents, Vegan Simplicity, Isa Does It, Everyday Vegan Eats, More Peas Thank You). I have my entire month meal-planned, so we'll see how that goes. :-)

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I'm going to make 4 new recipes from Vegan Diner. I've had that book for a while, everything has been great, but I don't think I've made more than 10 things from that book.


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I'll try to alternate between the four German cookbooks a friend has given me in the last year, so that when I stay with her later this month I don't have to say "what, those four beautiful cookbooks you gave me? Never touched 'em."

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After lurking on the February thread and being super impressed by all your efforts, I'm in! I'm going to use Isa Does It. I usually cook from it about once a month, but I think it deserves a more thorough exploration.


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I'm doing How to Cook Everything Vegetarian. I love this book and have had it forever, but it gets neglected for shiny new vegan books. The recipes are all my style - simple, no extra fuss, but taste great. It's also educational and thorough, so I think it has helped make me better at winging it (cooking without recipes) in the kitchen.

First up, the baked ziti (with dollops of Vcon cashew ricotta).


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butterbobbin wrote:
I have my entire month meal-planned, so we'll see how that goes. :-)



wow! i am impressed! i do weekly meal plans and it's always a hassle because i cook solely from cookbooks so it's a lot of flipping around and thinking about stuff.
a monthly meal plan sounds nice. sometimes i have part of the next week planned out but that's as far as ive ever gotten

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It's the first time I've ever tried serious meal planning, so we'll see how it goes! :-)

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I'm going to keep going with Vegan Casseroles but I may make a few other things from other books.

So today I made:
Sloppy Joe Cornbread: Good but I prefered the one I made last week with the chili base.
Rice & Broccoli Casserole: Nice, quite chickeny (from what I remember chicken being like-It's been nearly 26 years since I ate it!!) might be good for Omnis?
Roasted Butternut Squash Casserole: This is my favourite this week. Really tasty, lovely texture, yum.

I also made Breakfast Brownie with a strawberry bottom from Keep It Vegan. This was a bit of a fail for me. Too big a portion, 150g of oats per person. I found it a bit claggy & dry. I added yoghurt to try & make it more moist but still left more than half of it & I was hungry because I'd just finished a run.


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I make monthly plans too. But then I keep adding to it when something strikes my fancy, and I end up cooking too much...

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you people are seriously making me want to check out the casserole book

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What with having new jobs and it still being icky out, I think I will take a stab at Fresh From The Vegan Slow Cooker. I've had it for quite a while now and still have only made a few things.

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Vegan Eats World had fallen to the wayside (or, in other words, the bottom shelf of my cookbook bookshelf). I was a tester for this book but there are so many dishes I haven't tried. Tonight I'm making the pineapple Fried Rice with a Thai Twist, and next week I'm making the Flying Massaman Curry again (LOVE that one). My schedule is pretty crazy; so one recipe a week feels do-able for now.

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made my first recipe from Vegan Eats World tonight.

made the lobia which ive been eyeing for a long time. no idea why i never made it before.
it is really good and super easy to make. i really really liked it.
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Yum! That looks great. I don't have this book because I get the impression that a lot of the recipes are a bit too involved for my schedule/preference, but I'm looking forward to seeing what you cook!


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Chickpea, you made 3 casseroles AND a dessert in one day!? You're a casserole making machine!


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I'm going to use teff love and vegan casseroles this month. I ordered some spices I needed so I'm ready to dive in.


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I think I might use Betty Goes Vegan because it's enormous and I've made all of three things. And I hope to do better than the 5 recipes I did over two months (!) from AFR. I really need to cook!

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I'd like to join in this month since I was a no-show last month. I'm going to try for meals from The Vegan Table (Goodreau's).


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Alin wrote:
Chickpea, you made 3 casseroles AND a dessert in one day!? You're a casserole making machine!

Ha, I am!! I tend to cook at the weekend so I have things for the week. I have a really busy week schedule, I'm up at 6am and often not home until 8-9pm. It's the only way I make sure that I eat well.


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I considered doing Vegan Eats World, but today I've got Vegan Casseroles with me to find something to take to a get together tomorrow, so I'll go with that one.


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Im going to try and jump to in this month with Kathy Hesters Vegan Slow Cooker

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I going to try and use two cookbooks this month - Vegan Italiano and Big Vegan. Both do not get much love at my house so I'm hoping to really use them this month.


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Yesterday I made the corn chowda with cornbread croutons from More Peas, Thank You. It was super yummy! Definitely something I'll make again.

Today I'm making Hungarian March of the Grenadiers from Everyday Vegan Eats, but that's not a new one for me!

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