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Tuesday, June 29, 2010


"Independence Day" and a Book Contest!

The 4th of July is an American tradition, so what better way to celebrate than by preparing something delicious from American Vegan Kitchen by Tami Noyes? It will be a busy weekend and I don’t want to spend the holiday weekend cooking. I want to make something quick and easy that everyone will love. The Mustard Mac Slaw from American Vegan Kitchen is just the thing. It’s a favorite in our house — we can’t seem to get enough of the slaw’s tangy mustard dressing. As you can see in the photo, it’s a pretty salad, too, and ideal for summer meals. Leftovers taste great too — (on those rare occasions when there are any!)

I plan to serve the slaw with the Smoky Joes from my book, Vegan on the Cheap. (I’ll do a separate post about that recipe soon). Both the slaw and the “Joes” are loaded with flavor, easy to make, and can be make ahead, giving me a special kind of Independence Day — independence from spending all day in the kitchen!

BOOK CONTEST: If you want to try this yummy slaw (and the other great recipes in American Vegan Kitchen), here’s your chance to win a copy of American Vegan Kitchen by Tami Noyes.  To enter, just leave a comment on this post and tell me: What is your favorite food of summer? A winner will be chosen at random on July 12th.  Good luck! (and Happy 4th of July!)

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Watermelon is my favorite summer food. We wait all year for watermelon season. They are so good.
Gazpacho! A nice cold soup on a hot summer's day is perfect. I never make it any other time of year.
ripe, juicy tomatoes eaten right in the garden
Anything with pesto. My CSA has all you can eat basil most weeks so I make pesto in huge quantities and put it on everything.
BBQ (tangy bbq sauce) tofu with slaw.
Anything fresh and amazing at the farmers market. beets and cherries recently. actually, anything fresh and amazing from my garden... but now that is mostly fresh herbs.
Anything with blueberries...
summer peaches and nectarines are my favorite summer food at the moment
i love any kind of berries or melons. or apples ... or peaches ... just all the fruit that is so much better in the summer time!
Fresh garden tomatoe sandwiches
I would love to enter yor book contest. i just got my copy of Vegan on the Cheap and I love it. My best Summer food is vegetable & Vegan sausage kabobs...I eat and make these a lot in the Summer especially with tofu in the scewers.
Thanks for the contest! I have lots of favorite summer foods. Potato salad, watermelon, corn on the cob, fresh fruit right from the tree, fresh peas right from the vine, fresh tomatoes right from the garden, mmm-mmm. Hope I win (fingers crossed)!
Watermelon automatically pops into my head when I hear (or read) about summer! It's so deliciously YUM.
Fresh local peaches! I look forward to them all year.
Favorite summer foods, hands down: sun-warmed, homegrown cherry tomatoes, basil, and sweet corn -- tossed together with a little olive oil and vinegar, or just eaten straight from the garden. It's like eating sunshine.
Watermelon is my favorite summer food. I love eating it not just as a snack or a meal, but also seasoned with salt, pepper, olive oil and served with feta cheese and black olives is really wonderful!
Thank you great contest!
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Home grown tomatoes!
Fresh tomatoes and corn on the cob!
We love grilled portobellos. I'm planning to try portobello fajitas this week. Yum!
my favorite summer food is roasted corn on the cob rubbed with lotsa lime!
Hmm.... I would say my ultimate favorite is a fresh peach eaten straight from the tree so it's still a bit warm and so juicy! Yum.
There are so many that it is hard to narrow it down to one. But I think I'd have to pick corn on the cob... or roasted vegan marshmallows... or all the melon... ugh! Let's go with corn o the cob! :)
Watermelon! There is nothing that compares to it.
Favorite summer food: a perfectly ripened mango. So good!
Thanks for the giveaway, Robin! For me it's a draw between fresh tomatoes and corn on the cob.
I see I'm joining the chorus by praising fresh, home-grown tomatoes! We can't get enough (but sadly, Texas heat will soon curtail access to our own tomatoes).
My favorite food of summer are summer fruits: berries, cherries, melons, peaches, plums, nectarines...I never eat any of these out of season; so I gorge on them during the summer months.

Thanks for the contest; Happy 4th.
Alabama tomatoes! I could eat them all day (and I usually do!)
My favorite food of summer is watermelon and tomatoes, hands down!
Watermelon, cherries, and tomatoes...ah, so good. I also usually eat way too much soy ice cream when the weather gets really hot!
Organic Corn on the cob, smothered in a Chipotle Lime Butter.
Fresh cherries from right here in Michigan! They are beyond delicious.
Ice cold watermelon is the best thing for the hottest days of summer.

I love fresh roasted corn. Off the grill or from the oven, it's great! (Especially when smeared with Earth Balance butter. Yum!)
dang, these favorite food comments are always the hardest... i think i look forward to strawberry season the most, followed by corn on the cob (but if i'm going to be honest, i just get so excited over fresh produce that just about every few days i'm over the moon about whatever is ready to be picked and eaten)!
Fresh tomatoes!
Vegetable fajitas with mango salsa and guacomole
Tomatoes fresh off the vine still warm from being kissed by the sun.
Mine is BERRIES! Especially blackberries and raspberries.
I almost felt bad wanting to comment that my favorite summer food is watermelon, but I see I'm not the only one! :)
It's a toss-up between four: sugar snap peas, fava beans, tomatoes, and strawberries!
A favorite summer food? How can I pick just one? Watermelon, cherries, berries, mangos, eggplant, zucchini... everything is just so beautiful and fresh right now! I love it all :)
My favorite summer food is cherries! With blueberries a close second!
Too many favorites to pick just one...
Fresh from my garden, cherry tomatoes, sweet corn, figs, blackberries, and grapes.
mmmmmmm tomatoes! I love them on a sandwich with some lettuce and fakin bacon!
berries and melons. I do smoothies daily during the summer
Summertime makes me crave all the delicious fresh fruits and veggies that are super juicy like watermelon, nectarines, and grilled corn on the cob!
Tomatoes. With snap peas a close second. I only eat them when in season and locally grown.
Tomatoes. Though snap peas are close behind. I only eat both of them when in season and locally grown.
Oh favorite season...watermelon, corn on the cob, mouth is watering just thinking of all of them.
My (new) favorite food is your black bean burgers from Vegan on the Cheap. I seriously cannot stop eating them. Sooooo good.
Homegrown Sungold cherry tomatoes, roasted in a foil packet on the grill until the sugars start to carmelize. Once roasted, while they're hot, I smoosh them on top of a warm veggie burger in place of ketchup--sooooo good!
My favorite summer food is corn on the cob. Plain without butter. yummy
Gazpacho made from newly picked veggies ;)
Gazpacho - I love it made from newly picked veggies!
Fresh Figs. Very hard to find with a very short season at the store.
My favourite fruite of summer are white nectarines!
I love watermelon. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. ( and have done so before) YUM!
Watermelon, chilled. There is absolutely nothing better.
Like everyone else...fresh tomatoes, they're not the same the rest of the year.
My favourite food is fruit salad. With lots of strawberries.
Watermelon tomato soup!
Corn on the Cob!
berries! they are incredible in the summer..and because they are cheaper since they are in season, I can buy more of them :)
My favorite summer food is watermelon!

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I'd love this book!

My favorite summer food is fresh corn on the cob!
watermelon! and blackberries, they never get old
Anything grilled - veggie dogs, tofu, corn, potatoes, zucchini, mushrooms...
Ripe, red tomatoes from my dad's garden. I don't know how he does it, but his tomatoes are better than anyone else's, by far. Always best eaten out of hand like an apple.
watermelon & bbq!
A Persian salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions and kalamata olives with a lemon juice/olive oil dressing--easy, fresh and delicious on a pita with hummus.
Thanks for having the contest. My favorite summer food is corn on the cob. Yummy!
Watermelon--no question!

Tomatoes warm from the sun. they seem to be a favourite of a lot of people. a close second would be corn on the cob but I could eat the tomatoes at every meal and I often eat one as a snack.
fresh out of the garden corn,tomatoes, and green beans.
also, blackberries
Corn on the cob - it reminds me of the summers I spent on my grandparents farm.
My favorite summer food is strawberries. I grow my own so I can indulge my passion!
My favorite summer food is strawberries! I grow my own to feed my addiction!
watermelon, sliced up and eaten cold. YUM!
Salad, the kinds with dried fruits and fresh fruits and a nice blueberry vinaigrette!
Corn on the cob Mexican style (elote) w/ veganaise, lime juice, chile powder and vegan parmesan.
Watermelon, corn all of the fresh herbs, peaches.....on and on and on. They are all soooo good!
Watermelon, corn, peaches, fresh tomatoes, all of the fresh herbs! Ohhh there are so many!
All the fresh local produce; corn, peaches, berries, plums, tomatoes. I love them all!
Roasted corn - so absolutely delicious!
Honesty - just one? I love summer for the bountiful produce we get in this area. Scrolling down to the end of the comments just provoked comments like: "Oooh - I need to make my gazpacho for tomorrow!" or "Time to break out the grill for corn on the cob - with fresh, homemade pesto." Add a nice side of fruit salad, and I'd be good to go! We're also blessed to have wonderful farmer's markets in the area.
Fresh Raspberries!
Salad from my garden
Tabbouleh for sure.
Blueberries oh blueberries oh blueberries... For a couple of weeks while they are in season in PA I eat two pints a week!
homegrown tomatoes and basil
Jersey Fresh Corn on the COB!
i am currently loving beets right now, especially since i just learned how to prepare them without dying everything in my kitchen red!
I just can't pick one favorite... I love the early asparagus and arugula, the peas and string beans, Jersey tomatoes and sweet corn, and the abundance of squash. My favorite thing about it all is local organic veggies; I love this time of year.

Autumn Tao
I just can't pick one favorite... I love the early asparagus and arugula, the peas and string beans, Jersey tomatoes and sweet corn, and the abundance of squash. My favorite thing about it all is local organic veggies; I love this time of year.

Fresh blueberries and rhubarb!
I'm going to go with corn on the cob with umeboshi lightly slathered on it, Yummy (I recently featured it on my blog because I love it so much). I'd love to win a great book too!
summer is the time for berries! i love berries in everything but right now i'm thinking about making some strawberry shortcakes!
I've heard great things about that book!

My favorite thing in the summer is all the grilling! Grilling peaches, apricots, pineapple, kabobs...
I just made a bunch for the 4th!
My favorite summer food is cold pasta salad! Well and the fruits of course - I love grapes :)
Homemade strawberry-cashew ice cream:)
The foods of summer are wonderful, it is difficult to pick one. Peaches in Chianti with a little cinnamon is lovely.
Peaches and cherries are my summertime favorite foods! :-)
Oh no I can't decide between Peaches and Watermelon... I guess I'll have to go with a sweet Georgia Peach...
...which by the way we never get way up here...
Anything that doesn't require an oven or stove :) Guacamole and salsa have been my dips of choice.
I make a cold, vegan pasta salad in the summer that is full of flavor, and full of healthy carbs, too. With whole grain, or gluten free pasta, sesame oil, rice vinegar, shredded scallions, salt & pepper and two kinds of sesame seeds! It travels to pot lucks well, the flavors are intense, and my vegan friends can eat it without worry! Yum, go my vegan friends!
Berries! I love berries, and look forward to when they come into season so I can eat them right off the plant...
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