June 30, 2011
Guest Blogger: Cassandra L.
I'm always excited about our guest bloggers, but I love that today's guest blog post happened to coincide beautifully with New York passing a gay marriage law last Friday. I've always believed that Love is LOVE so I'm incredibly happy to see my home state recognizing marriage equality!
But I don't want to take anymore away from Cassandra, this week's guest blogger who put a spin on Happy Herbivore's low fat guacamole for a Pride party!
HH: Was this your first time making the low fat guacamole ("Edamole")?
Cassandra: I first made the Edamole (p. 231) and your black bean brownies (p. 209) during the winter for a party I went to. Both got great reviews from my family and friends. My brother-in-law, Jamie, said the edamole was so good that he could eat a ton of it! (He said that about the brownies too!) He then asked me to make both for his Pride party, but I only had enough time to make the edamole.
Eric (Cassandra's hubby) & Jaime
HH: Did you make any changes to the recipe?
Cassandra: I usually don't change anything but for the party I made a few simple changes: Instead of salt I used kelp granules and since tomatoes are just coming to season (and mine were not out yet), I used canned organic Italian diced tomatoes.
HH: I love the idea of using kelp instead of salt! What a healthy substitute! Plus, kelp is so nutritious! How'd the edamole go over at the party?
Cassandra: It was a success! I would make it again for any party.
HH: Have you made any other Happy Herbivore recipes?
Cassandra: Yes! I've made the Aztec Corn salad, Mexican Cabbage (p. 130), and Corn Soup. When I took your black bean brownies to work, all my coworkers asked me for the recipe. I've had so many great reviews on your cookbook and I tell customers about it too! I really do love your cookbook. And everybody I let borrow it loves it too!
Cassandra used red cabbage instead of regular cabbage in the Mexican Cabbage recipe -- a great example of making a recipe work with what you have on hand.
Cassandra added extra vegetables to HHs Aztec Corn Salad, making the recipe "her own."
HH: Aww thanks Cassandra!! That't too sweet and generous of you!! It was great having you and I'm thrilled my recipe was part of a Pride celebration!
Have you made HH's low fat guacamole? If so, did you make any changes to it?