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We Have a “Great Vegan Bean Book” Giveaway Winner!!!

The-Great-Vegan-Bean-BookThe Great Vegan Bean Book

Congratulations to Angela whom the Randomizer selected as the winner for this prize!!!  A big “Thank You” to everyone who entered this giveaway!  Thank you, too, to Kathy Hester for providing me with this cookbook and for allowing me to offer it to one of my readers in this giveaway.

Rosemary-White Bean-Garlic DipRosemary-Garlic-White Bean Dip

It was very interesting to see the bean dishes that everyone listed in their responses.  Hummus seemed to be a popular dish.  One of my favorite recipes to make for parties, picnics, and gatherings is a version of this made with white beans: Rosemary-Garlic-White Bean Dip.  I use cannellini beans, but you could also substitute in Great Northern Beans, too.  This just shows again how versatile this foodstuff is and how many ways beans can be prepared, making them an ideal addition to one’s diet.

Buon appetito!

“The Great Vegan Bean Book” Cookbook Giveaway

The Great Vegan Bean Book-1The Great Vegan Bean Book

Earlier this week, I’d posted a recipe for an Indian Chickpea Yogurt Salad from the new cookbook by Kathy Hester: The Great Vegan Bean Book.  This book is full of lots of terrific recipes using different kinds of beans in innovative and delicious combinations.  When Kathy put the word out for bloggers to help her by making recipes from the book, I was sure to join in, as I’d had a chance to see how creative and interesting these are.  The recipes are vegan, with accommodation for soy-free diets and other options for adjusting them to fit more specialized tastes.

Indian Chickpea Yogurt SaladIndian Chickpea Yogurt Salad

It’s really the range of recipes and the variety of tastes that makes this book a great meat-free protein guide.  I have one copy from the publisher to give away to a reader on this site.  This is a terrific resource for anyone who would like to broaden his or her diet to include more plant-based, animal-friendly foods.

The Rules (There have to be some of these, you know.)

Eligibility: U.S. mainland residents only

To Enter: Write a comment on this post with the answer to the following question: What is your favorite bean dish?  (see this post for Chef Cesare Casella’s tips on cooking beans)

You must also have a valid screen name (NOT “Anonymous”) with a corresponding email address to enter this giveaway. I’ll need to be able to click on it in order to contact the winner. If you list “Anonymous” or do not have a valid email address with your comment, you will be disqualified. I do not share these addresses with anyone, and they are only for the purpose of entering this giveaway.

Deadline: Is Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. EDT, based upon the date/time stamp on the comments. (I’m going to be very strict about this and make no exceptions.)

The Outcome: Only one winner will be chosen for this cookbook giveaway. I’m going to put all the entries into an online Randomizer (like this one) to come up with the winner.

Buon appetito!

Indian Chickpea Yogurt Salad from “The Great Vegan Bean Book” by Kathy Hester

Philharmonic in Central ParkThe New York Philharmonic in Central Park

Last night, I accepted the invitation from some friends to take part in one of New York City’s great summertime traditions – listing to live music al fresco.  The New York Philharmonic was doing its annual concert in Central Park (this event rotates through parks in the five boroughs).  I mulled over what I could bring as my contribution to the evening’s picnic that would go along with the music.  In general, I usually make something sweet.

Indian-Chickpea-Yogurt-SaladIndian Chickpea Yogurt Salad

Then, I realized the perfect dish for this kind of gathering was already right there under my nose.  I had received a copy of Kathy Hester‘s The Great Vegan Bean Book and was supposed to participate in her blogger book tour a few weeks back, but life kind of intervened.  I really wanted to bring something tasty and fresh to this picnic, something that didn’t take an incredible amount of prep time and a dish that would be cool and light in this oppressive heat we’ve been going through lately.  Kathy’s Indian Chickpea Yogurt Salad seemed like the ideal solution.

Salad ingredientsVegetables mixed together

To make this dish a bit more transportable and outdoor-dining friendly, I decided to mix the two main components, the vegetables and the dressing, separately.  I drained the canned chickpeas and tossed them together with the cucumber, potato, and onion.  The potatoes I used were red new potatoes, so I cooked a couple of larger ones to include in this salad.  I also seeded the cucumbers so that the other ingredients wouldn’t get mushy from any extra liquid those might add.  The ingredient list in the original recipe mentions the onion as optional, but I felt that the sharp crispness of a red onion would give a boost of flavor and texture to the dish.  All of the ingredients should be cut so that they are roughly the same size as the chickpeas, with the exception of the onion, which should be chopped smaller than that.

Yogurt DressingYogurt dressing

I mixed the ingredients for the yogurt dressing together in a separate container.  This would a. keep the salad from getting too soft and potentially slimy and b. allow the guests to combine the dressing and salad to their own tastes.  To keep this dish completely vegan, and as I was curious about cooking with vegan yogurt, I used the coconut yogurt suggested in the recipe.  For me, it added a slight sweetness and wasn’t as tangy as regular yogurt would have been, but it had a nice creamy consistency.  I decided not to use the kala namak (a black, Indian salt), as I have a prohibition about buying one-use ingredients for my pantry.  Instead, I used regular kosher salt.  This, I added to taste, which I highly recommend doing.

Indian Chickpea Yogurt Salad al frescoIndian Chickpea Yogurt Salad outdoors

The salad was a hit at the picnic as we all relaxed on the grass and took in the concert.  It had a meaty bite from the chickpeas with a crisp crunch from the cucumbers and the onions.  The dressing was cool and creamy with a backnote of heat and plenty of spice.  The cilantro gave the salad an extra freshness and lift.  It was the perfect summertime refresher and could sit alongside any kind of grilled meat or vegetables.  This would be a great dish to serve alongside an Indian food feast at any time of year.

The Great Vegan Bean BookThe Great Vegan Bean Book

This cookbook has other fantastic recipes, too, all based upon the many uses for and dishes you can make with beans.  It covers many different types and styles of these legumes.  Instructions are also included throughout to accommodate the range and variety of vegan and vegetarian diets, so it is a great resource for those who would like to include this protein as part of their culinary staples.  As a promotion for this book, I’ll also be giving away a copy of it on this website.  I’ll post the giveaway later on this week.

Buon appetito!

We Have a “Clodagh’s Kitchen Diaries” Cookbook Giveaway Winner!!!

Book CoverClodagh’s Kitchen Diaries

Congratulations to Debbie whom the Randomizer selected as the winner for this prize!!!  A big “Thank You” to everyone who entered this giveaway!  Thank you, too, to Kerrygold USA for sending me this cookbook and for allowing me to offer it to one of my readers in this giveaway.

Smoked Trout-Horseradish Pâté

Irish Soda Bread seemed to be the winner of your favorite Irish foods, with Colcannon being second.  When I was creating appetizers for my St. Patrick’s Day Feast menu for culinary school, I debated making something using that classic recipe, but it turned out that Irish Brown Bread was a better fit for the Smoked Trout-Horseradish Pâté that my friends enjoyed during our recipe testing get-togethers.  I hope that you have some terrific plans to celebrate the day and to explore the world of Irish cooking!

Buon appetito!

“Clodagh’s Kitchen Diaries” Cookbook Giveaway

Surprise gift box

One busy night after school, I came home to find a package waiting for me.  I knew I hadn’t ordered anything, so I was kind of surprised to see the big yellow box from Kerrygold.  I wondered if this was a butter delivery, which would have been terrific.  It was, instead, a St. Patrick’s Day party pack from them.  I’d recently completed my culinary school menu project, in which I’d created a menu for a St. Patrick’s Day dinner party, and had used a quite few pounds of their butter to test recipes, so it was especially interesting timing to receive this package.

Cookbook by Clodagh McKenna

Inside the box was a special treat – a cookbook by Clodagh McKenna.  For my project, I had featured the wide array of delicious products and produce that come from the Emerald Isle, so I really enjoyed leafing through the pages and seeing the dishes that she has created that match up with the seasons of the year.  I’m just sad that her show “Clodagh McKenna’s Irish Food Trails” didn’t seem to air in the NYC PBS market.  I realized, however, that I’d learned so much about Irish food and history in my research for my project that this book would find a better home on one of your bookshelves, so, thanks to the folks at Kerrygold, I’m offering it here to one of my readers.

The Rules (There have to be some of these, you know.)

Eligibility: U.S. mainland residents only

To Enter: Write a comment on this post with the answer to the following question: What is your favorite Irish food?  (and see why corned beef and cabbage is not the national dish)

You must also have a valid screen name (NOT “Anonymous”) with a corresponding email address to enter this giveaway. I’ll need to be able to click on it in order to contact the winner. If you list “Anonymous” or do not have a valid email address with your comment, you will be disqualified. I do not share these addresses with anyone, and they are only for the purpose of entering this giveaway.

Deadline: Is Friday, March 8, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. EST, based upon the date/time stamp on the comments. (I’m going to be very strict about this and make no exceptions.)

The Outcome: Only one winner will be chosen for this cookbook giveaway. I’m going to put all the entries into an online Randomizer (like this one) to come up with the winner.

Buon appetito!

We Have a Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook Giveaway Winner!!!

Liddabit Sweets - cookbookLiddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook

Congratulations to Cristal C whom the Randomizer selected as the winner for this prize!!!  A big “Thank You,” too, to everyone who entered this giveaway!  From my brief tally of the responses, it looks like Anything-with-Chocolate might be the sweet of preference for everyone.  Peanut Butter-Chocolate combinations were a huge favorite, which is one of mine as well.  Liddabit Sweets has a candybar just for that: The King.

Liz Gutman & Jen King – Liddabit Sweets

I wish I could have given out copies of this book to everyone who wanted to have one as this is such a terrific edition to one’s cookbook library.  Liz and Jen are going to be on tour with their book (and treats!).  They are fantastic people and fabulous candymakers.  Check this list to see if they will be coming by your way.

Buon appetito!