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 Post subject: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **Week #1** Your Choice
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:38 am 
Drunk Dialed Ian MacKaye
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This is the official discussion thread for week #1 of our cookbook challenge: Choose 3 recipes (or more or less depending on you schedule) from one of your cookbooks that is much loved and/or under-used. Come back here to tell us all about the recipes you made and post photos if you can!

Here's the full schedule for our spring 2013 cookbook challenge:

Monday March 25 – Sunday March 31: Disappointed that one of your much loved and/or under-used cookbooks did not get chosen for our challenge? Show us how crazy wrong we were not to vote for it! Your choice of cookbook!

Monday April 1 – Sunday April 14: your choice of any Isa/Terry cookbook(s)
Monday April 15 – Sunday April 28: Vegan Diner by Julie Hasson
Monday April 29 – Sunday May 12: Chloe’s Kitchen (+ baking book)
Monday May 13 – Sunday May 26: Cookin’ Crunk by Bianca Philips
Monday May 27 – Sunday June 9: Vegan Eats World by Terry Hope Romero
Monday June 10 – Sunday June 23: Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day by Tami and Celine
Monday June 24 – Sunday July 7: Let Them Eat Vegan by Dreena Burton

(full details about the cookbook challenge here including online recipe resources in case you don't own a particular cookbook and can't get it from your library and also how to insert photos into your comment post: viewtopic.php?f=18&t=26223)

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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **Week #1** Your Choice
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:50 pm 
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I know it isn't meant to start until tomorrow but I am pressed for cooking time during the week and I needed to sort my lunch for tomorrow so I started with it today. I made the curried split pea soup from VWAV.

It is good. I don't think I am sold on split pea soups though. I left the peas soak for about 4 hours before making the soup so they broke down nicely on cooking.

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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **Week #1** Your Choice
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 1:19 pm 
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no problem at all that you started a day early! mmmmm homemade soup!

I wonder if maybe why you didn't adore the soup is because you soaked the split peas? The split peas (and lentils) that you can buy in bulk in the USA don't need pre-soaking.

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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **Week #1** Your Choice
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 1:58 pm 
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Could be. I've used them in other things though and they have been fine. I have used them before without soaking and they wouldn't go soft. They stayed hard.

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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **Week #1** Your Choice
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:08 pm 
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Sort of tangential but: I've noticed a big divide on these boards regarding split pea soup recipes... seems like a bunch of people are making them and saying "awesome!" and others are complaining about them not softening enough. It doesn't just seem to be a USA vs. UK/IE issue so I wonder what causes the peas to remain hard for some people. I use bagged Goya split peas (rinsed but not soaked) and they always soften up fine.


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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **Week #1** Your Choice
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:11 pm 
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They are perfect if I soak for a couple of hours. Not long.... about 3 maybe 4 hours. I'm holding out on it until tomorrow to give my final judgement though. I always prefer food the following day.

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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **Week #1** Your Choice
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 4:42 pm 
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I think I'm going to go ahead and try a couple things from "The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook". Obviously minus the meat and random pats of butter suggested in some of the recipes. I've got to shop for ingredients so it'll be a day or two until I post my results!


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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **Week #1** Your Choice
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:29 pm 
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My name is Jayme, and I approve of these Raspberry Chocolate Chip Scones from Betty Goes Vegan.

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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **Week #1** Your Choice
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:37 pm 
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I'm sorry if that's too big. I tried to resize it on photobucket, but I don't know what I'm doing.


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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **Week #1** Your Choice
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:37 pm 
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OMG, those look freakin' delicious! (love your dishes too!)

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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **Week #1** Your Choice
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:04 pm 
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Jayme, those look amazing! And I also like your plates. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **Week #1** Your Choice
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:09 pm 
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I gave up on split pea recipes because they didn't soften, despite cooking for hours. My partner's Mum said that you have to soak them (we're in Oz). Very strange! Many of the recipes I see that use them only cook rather briefly, too.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:24 pm 
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Maybe the split pea thing could have to do with the hardness of your water? I really have no idea!


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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **Week #1** Your Choice
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:52 pm 
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I've found that split pea soups need to cook for and hour or so to truly cook down.

That scone looks amazing!


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:11 pm 
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Thanks, Bookworm and Limone. They are freakin' delicious! And I only have one plate like that. It was a garage sale find. Unfortunately, it has chips on the edge because somebody hung it on a wall in a past life, but I still lurve it.

Anyway, if the rest of my week tastes as good as today, everyone needs that book!


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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **Week #1** Your Choice
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:44 pm 
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Wow, yeah, that scone! Looking forward to seeing what else you make from that book, Jayme!

I haven't chosen a cookbook yet for the first round. I guess I should get on that.

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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **Week #1** Your Choice
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:31 pm 
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I am doing two dishes from I love Trader Joe's Vegetarian this week - my current fave cookbook!

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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **Week #1** Your Choice
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:00 pm 
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I love these cookbook challenges!

I decided for the first couple of weeks to deviate a bit and do recipes from "Quick Fix Vegan" AND "Quick and Easy LowCal Vegan Comfort Food". Neither are on the challenge, and I have both of them. I also started early. Please do not arrest me.

ALSO: I started a # on instagram for the cookbook challenge if anyone is interested! #PPKcookbookchallenge

Here is my first entry, Black bean quesadillas with avocado, roasted tomatillo salsa and tapito sour cream.

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Terrible picture, I was hungry and couldn't wait to eat. No time for nice pics tonight!

Anyway, the Quesadillas were great. They used a chickpea 'cheeze' that sounded a lot like hummus, but was very nutritional yeast-heavy, and I thought tasted 'cheezy'. I made my own slow cooker black beans with corn and added avocado. my changes did not change the flavor profile at all, and I thought it was great. I might have them again later this week with the leftovers.

And...I want Jayme's dishes. With the scone on them.


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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **Week #1** Your Choice
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:47 pm 
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I'm cooking from Whole Grain Vegan Baking this week:
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English muffin bread. I've got the cinnamon pull apart bread rising now so I'll post that when it's done!

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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **Week #1** Your Choice
PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:12 am 
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Oh those scones look divine!

Chicki... I had started using #vegancookbookchallenge, will start using your one too.

Even though it is barely gone 7am I've been trying to fix my oven. One problem.... Screw won't come loose! Gah! I want cookies from vwav!

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 3:24 am 
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I've got the cinnamon pull apart bread rising now so I'll post that when it's done!


I've had my eye on this recipe, so I'm looking forward to seeing yours!

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Okies, pull apart bread was a success!
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It's got a really nice texture and is very moist and cinnamon-y. I bet it would be great with a little butter melted on top. Husband asked for a glaze so I just made a simple powdered sugar/soymilk one. I though it made it waaaaaay too sweet but he thought it still wasn't sweet enough. The end product isnt so photogenic but it looked really cool and stripey in the pan during the second rise!

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:26 am 
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Everyone's foods look great so far! I'm going grocery shopping today and starting with World Vegan Feast, so I'll be updating with pictures soon, hopefully!

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I haven't made any plans about what I'm going to make or what cookbook I'm going to make things out of - this week is pretty crazy for me, so not even sure if I'll have time to cook but I'm going to try!


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:09 am 
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Chicki wrote:

ALSO: I started a # on instagram for the cookbook challenge if anyone is interested! #PPKcookbookchallenge
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Great idea! Also, all of the food looks great so far!

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