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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! 🙂

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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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A Sneak Peek Recipe from My Upcoming Cookbook!

southern nights gumbo

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! 🙂


Southern Nights Slow Cooker Veggie-Sausage Gumbo.

Copyright 2014,  Geraldine Helen Hartman. All rights reserved.

Another Free Kindle Book Promo!

**More Kindle ebook freebies coming up this weekend! **

Happy Cooking and Reading! :<)

My Poetic Path

Coming up this Sunday, October 27th, two of my ebooks will be available for free download, at Amazon.

haiku cover from vespers blog

Haiku Reflections: The Four Seasons (click to go to product page)


The Groovy Green Kitchen: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker (click to go to product page)

Do spread the word if you can via your own blogs, Facebook etc. 😉

And if you like one or both of these books, reviews at Amazon, Goodreads etc… would be most appreciated. Thank you! 🙂

Happy Reading, Cooking and Weekend too!

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Another Free Book Promo and a New Review too! :<)


The Groovy Green Kitchen (Volume 1) Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker

will be available as a free Kindle download at Amazon.com, this coming weekend:

August 31st and Sept 1st.

Stop by then to get a free copy of this new cookbook

And if you can, do share this free promo with your friends and family too.



If you like to cook, you won’t want to miss my latest review for:

The Spice House

over at My Real Life Reviews.

What a wonderful online “find” it was to discover this great company and their exceptional products.

I am lovin’ their herbs and spices! 😉

Happy Cooking! 🙂


Amazon.ca Cookbook Update :<)

Amazon vegetarian cookbook page august 23

A screenshot I took of the Hot New Releases in Vegetarian Cookbooks at Amazon.ca Kindle store, earlier today!

Number 2 in the Top 100! I’ll take it. 😉

Thanks to everyone who has already purchased:

The Groovy Green Kitchen Volume 1.

Wow…you’ve made my day! 🙂

Happy Cooking

Hot Off the Press! My Late Summer Book Launch. ;<)

third chapter second chance cover


 I just posted my  book launch announcement over at:

My Real Life Reviews.

 Stop by to read about my two new books/eBooks and an upcoming free promotion that starts this weekend.

 Happy Reading and Cooking ! :< ) 


Sneak Peek From My New Cookbook!


The first volume of my new cookbook series: The Groovy Green Kitchen will be available at Amazon before the end of August! 🙂

This first book in the series features menu combos of slow-cooker main dishes paired with quick and easy side dishes.

I’m including the cover photo recipes with this post (see below) so you can give them a try now:

 Moroccan Vegetable Stew with Fragrant Orange Basmati Rice.

One of my fav menus from the book; I hope you’ll love it too.

This project has been a LOT of work but so rewarding.

It’s been many years since my first cookbook:  Not Just for Vegetarians was published and if anything, I think my love of cooking and baking has only increased. I LOVE IT ALL! And what a great feeling when a new recipe comes together and turns out great. 

I’m already working on the 2nd volume of the series too. 😉



 Here’s the link to: The Groovy Green Kitchen: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker

Now available in print and Kindle versions.

Happy Cooking! 🙂 


Moroccan Vegetable Stew with Fragrant Orange Basmati Rice

Moroccan Vegetable Stew

Comfort food with a kick!

If you love yams, you will love this hearty, colorful stew with an intriguing blend of spices.

Serve with Fragrant Orange Basmati Rice for a special treat. A perfect main dish when company is coming too. Serves 6.

1-2 teas. ground turmeric (to taste)

1 teas. ground cumin

1/2 teas. cayenne pepper

1 teas. ground cinnamon

1/4 teas. ground nutmeg

2 teas. Mrs. Dash Original Blend seasoning

2 T. vegetable oil

1 large onion, diced

4-6 cloves garlic, minced (to taste)

4-5 medium yams (3- 3 ½ pounds in total) cut in 1” cubes

4 large carrots, diced

1 C. vegetable stock

1 C. precooked chickpeas

15 oz. can diced or stewed tomatoes with juice

1 C. raisins

2 bay leaves (remove before serving)

3-4 T. regular or vegan sour cream

In a small bowl or cup, combine spices and set aside.

In a large skillet or Dutch oven, heat vegetable oil over MEDIUM-HIGH heat. Add onions and garlic and sauté for 3 minutes. Add spice mix and stir to combine ingredients thoroughly. Cover, reduce heat to MEDIUM and steam for 5 minutes to release flavours. Transfer to slow cooker and add all remaining ingredients except sour cream. Stir to combine thoroughly.

Cook on HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 6 hours or until vegetables are all tender but not mushy, adding sour cream for last 10 minutes of cooking time on HIGH. Adjust seasonings if required and serve.

 Note: Cooking times for the yams can vary a bit, depending on the variety you are using.


Fragrant Orange Basmati Rice

A perfect rice side dish that’s good with all kinds of main dishes especially the Moroccan Vegetable Stew and spicy curries. Colorful, with a wonderful fragrance and flavor. Serves 6.

2 T. vegetable or olive oil

4 C. precooked basmati rice (preferably brown)

4 T. fresh orange juice

zest of one large navel orange

½ teas. ground coriander

4 T. finely chopped fresh parsley

In a large skillet, heat oil over MEDIUM-HIGH heat. Add rice and sauté for 3 minutes. Add all remaining ingredients and continue to sauté for 2 more minutes, just to heat through.

Remove from heat and serve immediately.