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Recent Review Round-Up!

These are 5 recent product and book reviews (2 good, 2 ok and 1 STINKER!!!) that I’ve posted at Amazon and at My Real Life Reviews.

I hope you find them interesting and helpful.

If you do, a “helpful” vote for any of my reviews at Amazon (I’m Geraldine in BC over there) 😉 would be appreciated! 🙂

backyard berrie book

Backyard Berries by Susan Burnetter

rekindled affair

The Rekindled Affair by Peter John

fermenting book

Fermenting: How to Ferment Vegetables by Rashelle Johnson

epson printer

Epson XP-310 Wireless Color Printer

spinbrush

Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Pro Clean Soft Powered Toothbrush

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The Groovy Green Kitchen: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker – A Book Review

***Thanks to Chef Julianna at Foodie on Board for this wonderful review of my new cookbook: The Groovy Green Kitchen, Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker. ***

Happy Cooking and Weekend to All! 🙂

Foodie On Board

The Groovy Green Kitchen The Groovy Green Kitchen

I have only been blogging for about 7 months now, but it has opened up a whole new world to me: one brought to life by talented, creative, and friendly people – fellow bloggers.  I really had no idea just how much I would enjoy “hanging out” with this positive, energetic bunch of people who give so much time and energy to supporting and encouraging one another.  So today I thought I would give back a bit, and celebrate the talent of a prolific food blogger.  Geraldine Hartman of Veggies, Yarns and Tails is the author of a number of cookbooks, several books of Haiku and a novel.  I recently acquired a copy of Geraldine’s, “The Groovy Green Kitchen:  Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker”, and recovered my slow cooker from the back of a cupboard where it had been languishing for a number of years.  …

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Mr. Cheddar and Some New Pals! ;-)

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Mr. Cheddar is having a wee bit of fun today with some new garden pals!

They are also not-so-patiently, waiting for spring to arrive. 😉

How’s the weather, where you are? 

Here in BC, the sun is shining today ♥ it!

Hope you have a great weekend. 🙂

Toodle loo for now…from me, Chedster and the Rockin’ Gnomes!!!

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PS: On an entirely different topic:

I have another free Kindle book promo this weekend, you can check out the details here. 

Raiding My Cookbook Stash! ;-)

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I  ♥ cookbooks!

I have a large collection of all kinds of cookbooks. Many of them supplied by publishers and authors over the years, as review copies. I spent one afternoon last week, going through some of my favs from the cookbook shelf and picked out some recipes from all of the ones shown here. And yes, two of those are mine. 😉

I made a new version of ratatouille last night from Alive Magazine, which was quite good and from the slow cooker, ♥ that too.

Today, I’m making: Dilly Potato Salad from the Sensational Salads cookbook. I’ve made that one before and it’s delish. Lots of dill and other yummy ingredients in this one.

Here’s a link to that recipe from a previous post, if you’d like to try it.

What’s on the menu for supper at your place tonight?

And do you have a favorite ‘go-to’ cookbook?

Happy Cooking! 🙂

A Sneak Peek Recipe from My Upcoming Cookbook!

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My new cookbook: The Groovy Green Kitchen II. Simply, Super, Supper Soups is coming along nicely! 😉

I’ve still got a lot of typing ahead of me, formatting and a few more recipes to develop. But well on the way.

In the meantime, I thought you might enjoy a ‘sneak peek’ recipe to enjoy now:

Southern Nights Slow Cooker Veggie-Sausage Gumbo.

If you didn’t think gumbo could be good without shrimp or meat added to it, think again.

This version is truly: YUMMY GOOD! 🙂

What a perfect time of year to enjoy a bowl of hearty, stick-to-your ribs gumbo.

And this one is oh so easy, from the slow cooker!

I featured some herbs and spices from The Spice House  in this gumbo and they have now added this recipe to their website for readers to enjoy there too. Hope you will as well!

Stay tuned for the second volume of The Groovy Green Kitchen, which I hope to have available at Amazon by the end of February.

And if you haven’t checked it out already, here’s a link to the first volume of that cookbook series:

The Groovy Green Kitchen: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker. Comfort Main Dishes with Quick and Easy Sides

 (Kindle and Print versions available)

Happy Cooking! 🙂

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Southern Nights Slow Cooker Veggie-Sausage Gumbo.

Copyright 2014,  Geraldine Helen Hartman. All rights reserved.

My 2013 Holiday Gifts Under $20 List! :<)

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Wow, Christmas is less than a month away, amazing.

Has this year flown by or is it just me? 😉

I just posted my annual holiday gift suggestion list over at My Real Life Reviews.

20 of my fav gift ideas and they are all under $20!

Hope you’ll stop by to check it out soon and do share if you can too.

Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping! 🙂

Recipe: Curried Apple Soup

**I’m just getting over a cold and soup is the only thing I crave to eat right now.**

Hope you enjoy this encore post for one of my fav autumn soups.

Fall is a great time of year for all kinds of apple recipes and this soup is a bit different, with the addition of curry. 

Now I’m off to take a nap. I don’t “do sick” often or well. :<(

VEGGIES, YARNS & TAILS

 

One of the many pleasures of fall are the beautiful ‘fresh from the orchard’ apples that are now available. Of course they don’t last long before starting to lose their crisp and delicious texture so must be used up fairly quickly.

 In addition to making apple: pies, butters, crisps and good old baked; this is one of my favorite ways to use up some of the abundant fall crop. Tangy colorful and something a bit different for supper or lunch. Hope you will enjoy this luscious soup soon.     

 

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Party Mix…from a Slow-Cooker? Yes Indeed!

***MADE ANOTHER BATCH OF THIS SLOW COOKER PARTY MIX RECENTLY AND THOUGHT I’D SHARE THE RECIPE/POST AGAIN, HERE AT VEGGIES. ***

IT’S SO GOOD AND SO EASY TO MAKE IN THE SLOW COOKER!

HAPPY COOKING. :>)

VEGGIES, YARNS & TAILS

As any of my regular readers already know, I am a big fan and recent convert to using a Slow-Cooker for all kinds of main dishes, stews  and soups.

But did you know that you can use a Slow-Cooker for making recipes like: granola and party-mix too?

Well I didn’t until I recently received a copy of Robin Robertson’s: Fresh From the Vegan Slow-Cooker as a gift.

After scanning through all the great recipes in this new cookbook, I knew I’d have to give the: Life of the Party Mixa try first. It came out great! So delish and not too salty (great to be able to control that when you make this mix at home).

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Some minor tweaks I made:

After the initial 2 hours on high heat, I found the texture to be just right and the flavours well-developed, so I stopped the cooking process and just…

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Hooray for Soup Time!

*** I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THE SECOND VOLUME IN THE GROOVY GREEN KITCHEN SERIES IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS AND IT’S GOING VERY WELL. ***

THIS BOOK/EBOOK WILL BE ALL ABOUT SOUPS: SIMPLY, SUPER, SUPPER SOUPS, TO BE EXACT! ;<)

THOUGHT I’D ALSO SHARE SOME OF MY FAV SOUPS FROM THE VEGGIE ARCHIVES IN THIS ENCORE POST.

HOPE YOU ENJOY ONE OR MORE OF THESE RECIPES SOON.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO CANADIAN READERS.  AND HAPPY COOKING AND WEEKEND TO EVERYONE! :<)

VEGGIES, YARNS & TAILS

I’ve been making a variety of favorite soup recipes lately. It’s great to get back to cooking after the long, hot summer.

 I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. I am NOT a hot weather person.

I thought I’d share a collection of some of my favorite soups today. 

 I’ve included photos and links back to the original posts that include the recipes and readers comments.

 Do let me know if you’ve given any or all of these a try.

It’s soup time again….and the cooking is oh so easy! 🙂

Tuscany Minestrone Soup

                             

Tangy and Terrific Black Bean Soup 

 

Curried  Apple Soup

 

 

 Summer’s Bounty Herb and Veggie Soup

 

 

 Scotch Broth

 

Happy Cooking!

                                  

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Recipes for the Fall Harvest!

If you are inundated with garden produce right now (and isn’t that a wonderful thing!) or just enjoying the bounty from your local farmer’s markets; I hope you will enjoy this selection of harvest recipes from the archives. 🙂

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Another Great Potato Soup

curried apple soup

Curried Apple Soup

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Sam’s Famous Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

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Quick and Easy Zucchini Stir-Fry

(link includes recipe for Zucchini and Cheddar Fettuccini too.)

 Best Zucchini Chocolate Cake

Naked Cake aka The Best Zucchini Chocolate Cake

(read the recipe, for more about the name!) 😉

Happy Cooking! 🙂

PS: My apologies for the very small print and a bit of wonky formatting in some of these previous recipe posts. For some reason, WP wouldn’t allow me to update to a larger font when I tried to do that tonight. 😦  

The quirks of WordPress, eh? 😉