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Cookbook Countdown: 24 Days to Go: Cornbread

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Happy New Year! 

In honor of my husband's southern heritage, I whipped up one of my most cherished recipes in the cookbook: cornbread. 

Hoppin' Johnis "the" traditional New Years dish in the South, but cornbread is often served as a side and since I'm always up for an excuse to make this recipe... I indulged.

I can't even put it into words how obsessed my testers & I were with this bread. Now that I think about it, it's the only recipe that all 20+ testers tried. Usually each recipe was only tested by 3-4 people to keep things moving along our very tight deadline, but all bets were off with this recipe!

It uses just five ingredients: cornmeal, flour, baking powder, non-dairy milk and maple syrup (six if you count salt, I guess) and it's AWESOME. and did I mention it was also fat-free and whole-wheat too? 

You really could never tell--and no one ever does. I've served this cornbread to skeptical omnis, unsuspecting omnis and even a vegan friend who thinks I'm crazy for forsaking oil -- everyone goes bonkers for it...

p.s. You'll develop a love-hate relationship with it in no time.... you'll LOVE that it's so easy, quick, effortless and delicious---and then turn around and hate that it's so easy and that you can literally make it every day... But some addictions are worth their weight in gold..err golden corn.

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Cookbook Countdown

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: News

Let the countdown begin!

Starting tomorrow, I'm going to blog about a recipe in my cookbook every  dayfor the next 25 days---until 1/25the day my cookbook will be in stores nationwide! 

[FYI some B&N's will have my book early as part of a in-store "New Years" promotion and it will be available on the Kindle and Nook 1/18 but the *official* release date is 1/25

In the meantime, help spread awareness of my cookbook by "liking" it on amazon and B&N! 

Thanks to YOUR efforts, The Happy Herbivore Cookbook is already ranking well on Amazon (#63 in vegan books!) -- and it's not even out yet!  :-D

Together we can make it a #1 best seller! 

(For Amazon, you'll need to be logged into your Amazon account--and bonus! When you're logged in, you get to also "look inside" and preview nearly 30 recipes!)

(For B&N you'll need to be logged into your Facebook account--and don't forget to "like" Happy Herbivore on Facebook too!)

Thanks Herbies!! and remember, if you buy or pre-order a copy before 1/29, you get free stuff!

Review: Vegan Celebrations

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Reviews

Off the cuff, I really like the idea of this book!

When selecting a handful of recipes to try for a review, I zoomed in on Mardi Gras (because I have a huge soft spot for New Orleans grub) and Cinco de Mayo because Scott lives and dies for all things Mexican-inspired. I also salivated at the thought of her Irish Creme (from the St. Patty's Section; though this is more of a Xmas drink for me)...but I can't find a small bottle Irish whiskey on this island and I really don't need a BIG bottle of temptation!

Up first was the Papa Chorizo Frittata, but I had to do a lot of substitutions with this recipe due to my limited ingredient access. For example, I used cornstarch, yellow mustard, a brown potato, raw red bell pepper and cilantro instead of parsley (I think cilantro is more fitting for Cinco de Mayo anyway). I also omitted the oil and used a square pan... 

But despite all my substitutions, the frittata came out really delicious---and presented beautifully as you can see in the photo. In fact, Scott loved it so much that he said "I could eat this every weekend!" Well, alright! I made it again a few days later for a weekend brunch and my neighbor Jeremy, who had never eaten vegan food before (let alone tofu), ate it up -- saying it was awesome. He also ate the leftovers straight out of the fridge cold!

I think it's safe to call this recipe a winner -- and highly adaptable to what you have on hand, and I love recipes like that!

[FYI--Alicia also highly recommends using a specific brand of vegan chorizo, which unless you live in a large metropolitan area in the U.S., I don't think you'll be able to find it, but having had that brand and other brands before, I don't find them to be too dissimilar. (Next time I'm going to use the chorizo recipe in my cookbook as a substitute since its less processed, and fat-free).]