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 Post subject: February "use your cookbooks" challenge
PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2015 1:52 pm 
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ok tomorrow is the first day of February.
any one who wants to play along again jump in.

here is the original thread for reference.
http://forum.theppk.com/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=32827

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: February "use your cookbooks" challenge
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so for February my original plan was to cook from Veganomincon because it is a book i never got into and have barely used.
however flipping through it it's still not speaking to me so i have decided to use TWO cookbooks this month since the recipes that interest me from V'con are more side dishes.

so i will be doing Veganomicon and Bake & Destroy

my husband will be gone several days this week so i probably wont be cooking much

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 Post subject: Re: February "use your cookbooks" challenge
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I have vegan finger foods that I have never used so I'm pulling a few for the Super Bowl tomorrow:

Baked buffalo tofu bites and the pantry ranch dip
Mean bean taco cups
Kale cucumber chips
Mini bell pepper boats

I think I will do a few more from oh she glows this month too.


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 Post subject: Re: February "use your cookbooks" challenge
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 Post subject: Re: February "use your cookbooks" challenge
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Greens 24/7 was supposed to be an early start on February, but I know that I won't last another month with it. I'm going to go with the Quick Fix trilogy by Robin Robertson because 1) I won't have time this month for elaborate meals and 2) there's enough variety to maintain my interest...I hope.


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 Post subject: Re: February "use your cookbooks" challenge
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I have two Madhur Jaffrey vegetarian books which were gifted to me some time ago and from which I've never cooked a single thing, so for February I'm going to aim to cook at least one thing from each of those books, and ideally go for a total of 4 recipes.

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 Post subject: Re: February "use your cookbooks" challenge
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I just got vegan casseroles so I'm gonna choose that as my book of the month. Looking forward to it.


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I'm going for Chloe's Vegan Italian Kitchen this month, starting tomorrow with the cauliflower alfredo.

I might try to incorporate some from Chloe's Kitchen also, for some variety.

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 Post subject: Re: February "use your cookbooks" challenge
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I'm in. Chloe's Kitchen will be my book this month.


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 Post subject: Re: February "use your cookbooks" challenge
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I'm in, too! I think I've only ever cooked one thing out of VEW, so that will be my choice.


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 Post subject: Re: February "use your cookbooks" challenge
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I need to get more inspiration to cook more often so we can keep our grocery bill down, so I will be cooking from multiple cookbooks. However, for the sake of this challenge, my book is Gluten-Free Vegan Comfort Food as I just received this for Christmas.

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 Post subject: Re: February "use your cookbooks" challenge
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I'm going to start out with Veganomicon again this month, and from there, who knows! I've marked several recipes in there I'm planning to try this week!

It's weird, it's a cookbook that is hard for me to get into because of the layout and the sheer volume of information, but if I actually sit down and look at individual recipes there's a ton of stuff I want to try....

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 Post subject: Re: February "use your cookbooks" challenge
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I'm in! I've been really lazy about cooking lately and I think this challenge will help with that. I am going use the Forks over Knives cookbook. My goal is to try two new recipes a week. This week, I'm going to start with a white bean and mushroom stew and the basic polenta.


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 Post subject: Re: February "use your cookbooks" challenge
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I'm continuing with my "try one new recipe a week" challenge instead of limiting myself to one cookbook. Today I made the meatballs from Chloe's Italian Kitchen. I don't know if it's because I used oat flour instead of AP but they had an excellent sweetness. The first batch I attempted to panfry fell all to hades so I baked the rest.

Aside: at Whole Foods to buy the ingredients, the CEO of Apple Tim Cook, was also shopping and smiled at me. Took me a second to realize who he was. Starstruck by a CEO, very Silicon Valley.


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 Post subject: Re: February "use your cookbooks" challenge
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I made tonkatsu tacos from More Quick-Fix Vegan today. The tempeh was really good after I doubled the garlic, ginger, and chili sauce in the glaze. I had started with the recipe as written but the apple juice overwhelmed the other flavors. I also added some wasabi mayo and extra vegetables as it only called for cabbage and carrots. Overall, I was happy with the end result.

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 Post subject: Re: February "use your cookbooks" challenge
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that looks sooooooooo good

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 Post subject: Re: February "use your cookbooks" challenge
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Made the Kate Middleton's Alfredo from CVIK, and it reminded me that I can not trust Chloe's instructions when it comes to roasting onions - they always burn on me. So my sauce is brownish and burnt tasting.

Even with the extra flavour, I could tell the sauce would have been super bland. Added white miso, problem solved.

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my parents came over for dinner and for dessert i made the pumpkin crumb cake with pecan streusal from V'con

it came out super moist and both my parents liked it.
ive never been good at making streusel topping so i think if i did it again i would drizzle a little more oil into it so it would be more together but overall it was really good and super easy to make. i didnt even bother to get my mixer out i just used a wooden spoon and a fork to mix as the recipe says.

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 Post subject: Re: February "use your cookbooks" challenge
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Mmm, Xocolatl, that looks so tasty!

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 Post subject: Re: February "use your cookbooks" challenge
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I'm impressed by the taco picture, I might try it with your variations!

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Omg xocolatl, that's beautiful.

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 Post subject: Re: February "use your cookbooks" challenge
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Thanks, everyone! It's so funny to me that tempeh would be a hit with omnis, but it was. I won't be changing from baketivism to temptivism anytime soon, but I was really happy to be asked for the recipe as well as what brands are best, where it's located in the supermarket, etc.


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 Post subject: Re: February "use your cookbooks" challenge
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Ok, I'm totally going to join in. I'm going to use VCIYCJ. It is shockingly underused. I've made the brownies a million times and froze them or shared. I think my main issue is that I will bake then eat the lot and not share as planned like what happened with the peanut butter blondies.

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 Post subject: Re: February "use your cookbooks" challenge
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I'm going to cook from Vcon this month, some new recipes and revisiting some old ones. (For example, I haven't made chickpea cutlets in years... what's up with that? They used to be a staple in our house.)

This week I'm revisiting the snobby joes and the jambalaya minus the seitan due to laziness.

Also planning to try some new ones - four seems like a good goal, so I'm going with that.

ETA those tacos and the photo are both beauuuutiful.


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