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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **weeks 6 & 7** Chloe boo
PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 8:36 pm 
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I was feeling lazy tonight, so I made Chloe's 5 minute salad and heated up a leftover garlic bread from last night. I love the way the vinegar and avocado mush together to make a dressing. It's very tasty! I didn't have scallions, so I substituted a shallot. I also added some cucumber.


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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **weeks 6 & 7** Chloe boo
PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 1:34 am 
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Yeah, I think possibly her dishes are best served as a tiny portion with a massive salad. I also find she is a tad heavy on the salt.


That is how I've eaten all of her stuff so far! With a giant salad, haha! Yeah, tons of oil. I try to make the recipe as is the first time, but I feel like I could easily cut out a lot of it. I am surprised by her heavy handedness of salt, but do not mind it. I find that usually recipe writers err on the side of less salt just because so many people are sensitive to it. I like it!


I really should start doing that because in one weekend I undone all last weeks weight loss. Bah! It's still killing me that quiet a part of it is due to that pizza base. If it had at least tasted good then I wouldn't mind so much. The topping was fantastic..... just the base was bleurgh.

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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **weeks 6 & 7** Chloe boo
PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 7:48 am 
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Here is a dumb photo of the Thai Chickpea Burger with Sweet and Spicy Sauce. Even though I messed up and added a bunch of oil to the burgers because I didn't read the directions right, they were good! I was afraid they'd be oily feeling in my mouth, but they were just a little mushy. I'm trying not to think about the added fat, haha...I mean it won't kill me, there's just also a lot of oil in the sauce and of course the avocado is fatty. I try not to overdo it, generally. Anyway, even though the sauce was just ok on its own, it went well with the burger. I'm finding this aspect of her recipes pretty interesting...the components separately taste just ok, but combined they are awesome.

Oh, I also made the Matzo Brei from her blog, but didn't take a picture because boy howdy is it ugly, and also...I don't love it. It's pretty bland, except for the pepper flavor, and the texture squicks me out. Like...wet bread. I thought it would turn more...fritatta-like, but alas. Just mush mush mush. I mean, I'm going to eat it because I do not waste food that isn't inedible, and it was a filling breakfast this morning (trying to solve my constant hunger problem with a protein rich brekkie), but I will not be making it again. (Oh, I also only added 1 Tbsp of marg and 1 Tbsp of oil instead of 4 and 3.)

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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **weeks 6 & 7** Chloe boo
PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 11:47 am 
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We made Chloe's mac 'n cheese from her blog (I believe it's the same recipe in the book, only not baked & without bread crumbs), along with a side salad topped by the Shallot-Dijon Vinaigrette.

The mac 'n cheese turned out very good. I was put off by the sauce color, due to the tomato paste, but the finished product makes it look more authentic I guess. Instead of the 4-6 servings this was supposed to be, it turned out to be more like 8 servings. I mean, you use an entire lb. of pasta! It's good to have some to freeze though. My long macncheese-loving man really likes this one. I love a mac with broccoli to soak up all the delicious sauce. I cut down on the margarine too, but not the salt and it's a tad too salty for me.

I don't really know if the vinaigrette is good because I failed to cut down on the oil and now it's all I taste. Ugh!

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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **weeks 6 & 7** Chloe boo
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i was going to make the bbq sauce tonight but have enough of my store go to that will last this week.

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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **weeks 6 & 7** Chloe boo
PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 4:02 pm 
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my copy just arrived at our library. sigh. oh well. it's been fun seeing what y'all have been making though! i'll be ready for cookin' crunk next week!

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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **weeks 6 & 7** Chloe boo
PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 7:19 pm 
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my copy just arrived at our library. sigh. oh well. it's been fun seeing what y'all have been making though! i'll be ready for cookin' crunk next week!


Aww, what a bummer! I'm sorry about that. Well, at least now you have lots of good recommendations to go on if you decide to jump in at the last minute!

I made the New York Style Crumb Cake and the Chocolate Macadamia Cookies from her Desserts book. Both were huge successes! I made the Macadamia cookies to satisfy a chocolate craving, so that did the trick nicely. The crumb cake was for a potluck, and it was deeelicious! I had a hard time not keeping the whole thing for myself!


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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **weeks 6 & 7** Chloe boo
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Has anyone made the fudge? Is it really "the real deal" as she claims? I don't want to waste my chocolate chips and coconut milk and time if it won't turn out right. But, I haven't had fudge in years, so if it's good, I gotta make it.

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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **weeks 6 & 7** Chloe boo
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I made the fudge around Xmas time. It was not like fudge. It was more like a very stiff icing. I followed the directions but it could have been something odd. I still ate it and it was tasty, but I had to eat it with a spoon. I'd be interested to hear if anyone had luck with this recipe.


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Pad Thai Noodles from her blog. These were good and super easy and simple to make. I added extra soy sauce because I am a freak and about 3/4 tsp of red pepper flakes to make it more awesome. I've never had pad thai, so I don't know if it tasted authentic or not, but for an easy peasy noodle dish, it was lovely!

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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **weeks 6 & 7** Chloe boo
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I'm finding this aspect of her recipes pretty interesting...the components separately taste just ok, but combined they are awesome.


This I absolutely agree! When I made the LA Style Chimichurri Tacos, I thought the tomato rice was just alright. Taco filling of mushroom and black bean was ok. Chimichurri sauce kinda oily and sweet. And sour cream a bit too salty. But when you combine everything together, somehow the magic happens. Everything tastes so right when put together.

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I made the Chipotle Chop Salad for dinner tonight (just leaving out the quinoa for the sake of convenience). It was pretty delicious. I'm excited to have it for lunch the next day or so. It's not too much to look at, but enjoy!

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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **weeks 6 & 7** Chloe boo
PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 10:12 pm 
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Avocado Pesto Pasta was tasty. Simple to make. Just cook the pasta and toast everything in the food processor then you're done. I thought it tastes great, but it feels a bit heavy at the end since it was pretty heavy in oil. But overall, it was a good dish. Maybe next time I'll cut down the olive oil a bit.

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Chloe’s Favorite Five-Minute Salad is another super easy dish to make. I'm surprise how good just rice vinegar + salt + pepper taste in salad. Now I know you don't even need oil in salad dressing to make it taste good. The smashed avocado added creaminess to the salad. I like it a lot.

In the book, it said the recipe is for 6 servings. I think that was a typo. The salad was barely enough for the 2 of us.

P.S. I'm making tons of dishes with avocado since it was on sale 3 for $1 this week. :-)

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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **weeks 6 & 7** Chloe boo
PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 1:28 am 
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Woooohoooo! Avocados are finally ripe! I have mac and cheese left for tonight so will be leaving the avocados until tomorrow evening.

I had the falafel in my wrap yesterday. A little on the dry side since I baked them so I added some extra mayo that I had in the fridge at work. Going to use extra hummus today.

I think this weekend I am going to take a Chloe break and make my meals from AFR for next week. Although come to think of it I have broccoli so I might make the cheesy broccoli soup for lunches. Will start cookin crunk once I get paid later next week.

So, recipe tally so far: Mac and cheese, garlic bread, BBQ pineapple pizza, falafel, pancakes. The avocado toast and cheesy broccoli soup will take that to 7 recipes made. I didn't go with any of the sweet recipes in the end because I badly need to cut back on nice things.

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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **weeks 6 & 7** Chloe boo
PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 8:43 am 
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I made the Green Curry Crepes today. I halved the crepes recipe and made it by hand. I had to add about 100ml of water to the batter when it was finally time to make them - the batter was resting for about an hour when I finally finished making the curry. However, it seemed really thick when I first made it, so I probably would have needed to add more water even if the batter had only rested the 30 minutes the recipe calls for.

As for the curry, I didn't have enough cilantro and coconut milk, so I used less of both. I also didn't have a jalapeno, so I used chili paste instead. I wasn't all that impressed with the curry, as I don't like cilantro much, but my SO really liked it.

Overall, I really liked the idea of eating curry in crepes but the curry needs some tweaking* to better suit my taste. Or maybe I'd just use a red curry instead next time (I think I'm not much of a green curry person).

*Following the recipe exactly might also help. ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **weeks 6 & 7** Chloe boo
PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 9:42 am 
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I've totally fallen off the challenge bandwagon - life kind of exploded. But I'm going to have a go at a few of Chloe's even though I think this weekend ends her portion of the challenge. Maybe avocado pesto tonight, but with walnuts instead of pine nuts as I don't have pine nuts a d can't afford more grocery shopping just now.

Maybe her Mac and cheese, don't know how much soy milk I have though. What could I sub the agave with?

Have to take a closer look at her recipes online and see if I have all the ingredients for any of them. Which is doubtful.

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she says online than you can use sugar instead of the agave, Ill do that tonight.

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We made the LA Chimichurri Tacos last night, so that was recipe #4. The flavor of the rice was nice, but the recipe didn't specify how long to cook the rice. I wouldn't consider myself a total novice cook, but rice is not the easiest thing to get right for someone who is. I guessed on time, so it ended up being a little wet. I left out about half of the oil and agave from the chimichurri sauce. I don't think the agave was necessary at all. I can see this being a good jumping off point for dinners in the future, but I like the chimi sauces in Viva Vegan and AFR better.

For "recipe" #5, I made the Avocado Toast with nooch added. It's good, but my usual combo of avo/nooch/lemon and poblano hot sauce is still my favorite. The little bit of salt and pepper was nice, though. And the avocado I used was one of the most perfect avocados I've ever had.

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I made the Mac N Cheese today. It tastes pretty bland and Ive eaten low-fat ones that tasted "richer" somehow..

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Really enjoyed the avocado pesto, even though I subbed walnuts for pine nuts and halved the oil. I can't imagine using the full half cup! One quarter cup was perfect.

Hubby didn't love it. I will definitely do pine nuts as I think the walnuts were the part throwing him off. But either way he will have to learn to like it since I will probably make this pretty regularly.

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Ever since pine nuts got stupidly expensive I ALWAYS sub walnuts for them. I don't think I've eaten a pine nut in 3 years.


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I made the straw and hay pasta today. It was very "meh". The sauce tasted mainly of tahini. The sun-dried tomatoes lightened it all up a bit, and I also bulked it up with some baked tofu, otherwise it would have been incredibly boring. Would not make again.

Can't believe I've managed to make 5 recipes during these two weeks though! I'm proud of myself.


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Ever since pine nuts got stupidly expensive I ALWAYS sub walnuts for them. I don't think I've eaten a pine nut in 3 years.


It was $19.99/lb in the bulk section of my supermarket!

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Wasabi Sesame Noodle Salad was lovely. It was light, and tastes great. I like it cold. This would be a great lunch when the weather is hot.

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I had the avocado toast for dinner. My avocado was perfection. I really enjoyed it. I really would never have thought of this on my own.

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