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 Post subject: my monthly cookbook "challenge"
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so i have tons of cookbooks. i got 3 more for Xmas.
im thinking of challenging myself to cook new recipes out of a specific cookbook each month because i think some of my cookbooks are neglected.

if anyone wants to join me feel free. im not going to like pick a cookbook for everyone each month (unless people want me to?) but feel free to pick your own and post about it.

for January even though we're part way through im going to do Appetite for Reduction. it's one of my most used books but it's a new year i want to lose some wait, blah blah blah.

my goal is to cook 4 NEW recipes ive never done before each month, so roughly one a week depending on the month.

DISCLAIMER: there is a really good chance i will not follow through on this for the entire year but feel free to play along for as long as you want.

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I looove this idea! I think I'll do AFR this month too, for the same reason. Ha.

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I'm so down. I'm cooking new recipes pretty regularly, but I love a good challenge. I have been wanting to use AFR more often and I keep neglecting it. Time to change that! I'm off to pick my recipes :)

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i cant believe i spelled weight "wait"

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Good idea! I'm in and also want to do AFR. Ahem, same reason. Forking January.


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I'll play! I have some books I've never even cooked from. I am ashamed.

This month I'm going to do Vegan Slow Cooking For Two or Just For You, because I just got it and I'm trying to save time and money by planning ahead, to prevent myself resorting to convenience foods or take-away.

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I'm in, I'll also use AFR.


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i cant believe i spelled weight "wait"

/embarassed


shiitake happens!

A few recipes I've bookmarked will fit the bill nicely, I think. Are you going to do new threads for each month or should we just post here, LP?

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It's what I've been doing for the past nine months. It was fun and gave me the feeling I was putting my cookbooks to use. I chose Veganomicon, The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions, The Urban Vegan, The Happy Cow Cookbook, The Oh She Glows Cookbook, Vegan Brunch, Vegan Yum Yum, Vegan Finger Foods and a French-language cookbook. Each time, I chose the recipes I most wanted to try in the book. I put some of the pictures in the food porn thread.

But now I intend to focus on a different country/world region each month instead, starting with Japan. I think that will be fun too.

poopiebitch wrote:
I have some books I've never even cooked from.


It's the same for me. I have too many cookbooks!

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Monatomichi, I know I've said this before but I really enjoyed your cookbook focus threads and your pics that accompanied them. I can't wait to see what you do with your international focus.

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This was my New Year's Resolution this year, except mine is just to cook one new recipe a week from a cookbook I already owned. It didn't have to be the same cookbook for a month, but the two new cookbooks I got for Christmas this year don't count. The point is to mine my old ones.

This week I am going to make the Ceci and Roasted Red Pepper soup from AFR.


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I'd love to do this too! I'm too tired now, but I'm going to look through my cookbooks tomorrow and pick one for this month!

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Monatomichi, I know I've said this before but I really enjoyed your cookbook focus threads and your pics that accompanied them. I can't wait to see what you do with your international focus.


Agreed! I've really been enjoying your food porn!

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I'm in! I haven't cooked anything from AFR for a while, and I have a ton of produce from a veg box that needs using soonish.

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I think since we're 1/3 of our way into January already. . . I'm just going to say "screw it" and use AFR through February. It's not like I can use too MUCH of a healthy cookbook! Seriously loving this idea, and I'm already sketching out ideas for future months. Yusss.

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I think since we're 1/3 of our way into January already. . . I'm just going to say "screw it" and use AFR through February. It's not like I can use too MUCH of a healthy cookbook! Seriously loving this idea, and I'm already sketching out ideas for future months. Yusss.


Yusss.

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LP WHAT DID YOU POST ON IG TONIGHT I WANT IT

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Joining in! I may flit from one cookbook to the next though.

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Minatomachi wrote:
It's what I've been doing for the past nine months. It was fun and gave me the feeling I was putting my cookbooks to use. I chose Veganomicon, The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions, The Urban Vegan, The Happy Cow Cookbook, The Oh She Glows Cookbook, Vegan Brunch, Vegan Yum Yum, Vegan Finger Foods and a French-language cookbook. Each time, I chose the recipes I most wanted to try in the book. I put some of the pictures in the food porn thread.

But now I intend to focus on a different country/world region each month instead, starting with Japan. I think that will be fun too.

poopiebitch wrote:
I have some books I've never even cooked from.


It's the same for me. I have too many cookbooks!


that's a really cool idea too. i dont know that i have the discipline to figure that out each month but would love watching someone else doing it. are you gonna post in the food porn forum again? i dont go there much but obviously i should

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This was my New Year's Resolution this year, except mine is just to cook one new recipe a week from a cookbook I already owned. It didn't have to be the same cookbook for a month, but the two new cookbooks I got for Christmas this year don't count. The point is to mine my old ones.

This week I am going to make the Ceci and Roasted Red Pepper soup from AFR.


i think that works too! i say post in this thread (if you want)

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LP WHAT DID YOU POST ON IG TONIGHT I WANT IT

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sorry for all the posts i dont know how to quote different people in the same response.

Moon that was the Nirvana Enchilada Casserole from Isa Does It. YUM! who are you on IG?

also you asked me up thread if i was gonna start a new thread each month. let's use this thread for January then hopefully ill start a february one when feb rolls around

i think choosing AFR for me may have been a mistake. flipping through it there are very few things that i want to make that i have never made. ive made like 75% of the recipes in the book before. i have neglected some of the curry recipes which i would like to try because my usually non-picky husband hates Indian food but i guess too bad for him.

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I'm starting with the cool slaw.

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I'm things2eat on IG. I thought it was the enchilada casserole from the pics but oh God I wanted to eat it!

I'm sure you can find 4 recipes to make from AFR ;)

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I have a really horrible habit of over-buying and wasting everything, especially because I get lazy. So I am planning to cook four things (all from AFR) and will return to the store after I am out of supplies. Kind of killing multiple resolutions with one stone.

Planning on. .
- Kidney Bean and Butternut Jamba Stew (dinner, probably)
- Mexican Kale Bowl (red mole black beans, sweet potatoes, kale, and brown rice - lunch, probably)
- Curried Scrambled Tofu With Wilted Arugula (with some kind of breakfasty baked good - breakfast, definitely)
- Chickpea Piccata (with whole-wheat pasta instead of colipots - dinner, probably)

I'm assuming and hoping that all but the chickpea piccata will keep and store easily? The stew and kale bowl seem like they would freeze nicely too, which I might resort to if I start getting sick of them. I work swing shift and refuse to adjust my sleep to having a full "evening" off, so stuff I can reheat is pretty much mandatory. Piccata might be saved for a date night (is it omni-friendly?) or some other event where I won't mind nomming on it in one day. Hmmm.

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Piccata is totes omni friendly, as long as they're not scared of beans. I throw extra greens in but I wouldn't for omni date night.

I really feel like piccata is best on potatoes though. Maybe it's just the power of cookbook suggestion, but I always make piccata (whether it be bean or seitan) to have on mash. It's just the best.

If you're worried about leftover mash you can make Vcon potato rolls cause they're amazing.

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Moon wrote:
I really feel like piccata is best on potatoes though. Maybe it's just the power of cookbook suggestion, but I always make piccata (whether it be bean or seitan) to have on mash. It's just the best.


Ahhh. . . I'm weird. I don't dislike mashed potatoes by any means, but I'm kind of picky with them. I love them with a chewy seitan or maybe a baked tofu - something nice and chewy to contrast the smoothness. I can see myself going potatoes if I crave Piccata during my probable Veganomicon month. . . Pasta is the more "traditional"/American side and it sounded more appealing to my personal tastes. (Although apparently in Italy, it's served solo!)

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