Monday, November 28, 2011

Pealightful 100th Post and GIVEAWAY

I have mentioned before that I fell heir to my grandmother's recipes and cookbooks upon her passing.

It has taken a while to go through all of them and see what treasures I have.

One that I perused this weekend was called Look Who's Cooking !

Produced in 1954 by the Junior Women's Club of Norfolk, VA (it only cost $1.50).

The book is made of chipboard and the title was painted on (you won't find that in Barnes and Noble).

The pages of the book were lovingly typed on both sides:

I selected Date and Nut bread to make (recipe provided by Dot Carswell), I veganized it:

1 C dates chopped fine
1/2 C sugar
1/4 C Earth Balance, melted in
3/4 C boiling water
1 flax egg (1 Tbsp ground flax and 3 Tbsp water...this is my substitution)
1 tsp baking soda
1 3/4 C flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 C chopped nuts (I used almonds)

Mix dates, sugar, Earth Balance, and water then allow to cool.

Add remaining ingredients and bake for 40-50 minutes at 350 degrees.

You come out with a delicious, not too sweet, moist morning treat to be enjoyed with a cup of coffee or tea.

Or maybe you enjoy it while perusing your copy of this:

Oh sorry my bread got in the way :)

Yes today in celebration of my 100th post, no please don't stand and applaud, I am giving away a brand new copy (purchased by me) of Mama Pea's Peas and Thank You: Simple Meatless Meals the Whole Family Will Love.

I am so excited to have made it to this first blogger milestone and I really have to thank Mama Pea because she is one of my strongest inspirations for actually writing a blog.

She is so witty, slightly inappropriate clever, and of course full of fantastic recipes.

Did you know her book made it to the New York Times Best Seller List?  Yep sure did.

So I want to share the Pea love with one of you (and there may be some dough balls included with the book).

Each of the following items will score you an entry:

1) Comment on this post (anything will do I love to hear from y'all)
2) Follow my blog and comment to me that you did (or if you are already following let me know that)
3) Put me on your blog roll and then comment that you did (or if you already have let me know)

The giveaway will be open till 11:59 EST Wednesday November 30th.

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  1. Congratulations!!! Such a big milestone! I love date bread but haven't made it since I was A LOT younger :) I need to bake up a loaf soon.

  2. I already follow your blog! Great giveaway~

  3. Congratulations on your 100th post! That's so exciting!!

  4. I keep hearing Mama Pea's book is pretty good. Congratulations on achieving your blogger milestone. That's great!

  5. Congratulations! I visit both of your blog, yours and that of Mama Pea, every day because I'm curious to see if there's a new post.
    If I would win this cookbook, oh, how lucky I would feel!

  6. Congrats on your 100th post! Not familiar with Mama Peas, guess I better check her out :)

  7. What yummy bread--and such a good job of adapting the recipe! Congrats on your 100th post!

  8. I follow your blog on Google Friend Connect!

  9. Omg 100 posts, congrats. That's such a huge milestone. And a giveaway, are Canucks allowed to participate? I keep eyeing this book. It looks amazing. That old cookbook sure is cool. I picked one up at a flea market this summer but haven't cooked from it yet. I also picked up Wok with Yan, my Mom was a huge fan. The bread looks so amazing. Love dates, I don't eat them enough. What is earth balance? Not sure we have that here. Gonna have to look.

  10. Wow 100 already, you've been busy. Love the hand-typed book. Mama Pea was in SF at the Festival, didn't get a chance to meet her though. Great looking bread.

  11. What a treasure of a book you have there! I've got all my nan's old recipes books too and it's so interesting to read through them and see what, and how, they used to cook. I feel very fortunate to have a temperature-controlled oven! :)
    Congratulations on making your 100th post! That is such an achievement! I published my 57th post tonight, so I'm way behind you (even though we started our blogs at pretty much the same time)! I love reading your posts and can't wait for the next 100 instalments ;)
    p.s. I would love to win Mama Peas book. I
    must be one of the only vegetarian family foodie bloggers out there that still hasn't got a copy! It's on the Christmas list though ;)

  12. You would be on my blog roll... if I knew how to set one up! I'll have to see if I can find a widget thingumyjig ;)

  13. I started cooking and writing a blog to deal with my son's various allergies. I'd love to win!

  14. lovely looking dessert books look good too

  15. Congrats on 100!!! That bread looks incredible. Does the winner get a loaf with the book? :)

  16. All of your grandmother's recipes--what a treasure! I wish I would have all of my mom's recipes that she got handed down to her, even though most of them were written in German! Congrats on your 100th post!

  17. @Kim Bee
    Of course Canucks can participate Kim...I am going international with this one as I want to show love to ALL readers :)
    Earth Balance is a butter substitute for vegans.
    As for Wok with Yan that is so cool, I remember watching him on tv with his "Yan can cook" show.

  18. @Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
    I'll let the winner pick between dough balls and a loaf of this bread :)

  19. Congrats on your 100th post! I just found your blog recently and really enjoy it! Thanks!

  20. I've been dying to get this book! I asked for it for my birthday, but didn't get it. And congrats on your 100th post!

  21. Congrats in 100 posts, you dedicated and talented blogger, you. ;)