Cabbage cups filled with a sweet potato purée and a rice pilaf mixed with crispy leeks, raisins, and pepitas.
First the exciting news.
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A few days ago I entered a twitter-based contest to be signed by a literary agent to write a cookbook. The Lisa Ekus Group is running a contest called “So You Want To Write A Cookbook?” to find new literary talent, American Idol style. Everyone had three days to pitch their ideas over twitter (the new elevator speech), and 16 finalists were named yesterday, (drum roll), including ME. I pitched the idea of writing a cookbook for people cooking dinner for both vegetarians and meat eaters. I call it the new mixed marriage.
Yes, most any cookbook today has a sprinkling of vegetarian dishes along with entrées focused on meat or fish. But I’ve yet to find one that integrates the two into a meal. I don’t relish cooking two completely different dishes for my husband, the meat eater, and myself, and can’t believe I’m the only one facing this dilemma when I open my refrigerator every night to begin fixing dinner(s). To a large extent, this mixed marriage has pushed me to completely re-create my pantry so that I’m not standing in front of the refrigerator 30 minutes before we want to eat, trying to figure out what the hell I’m going to make. I have a lot of ideas for how it would be laid out, but first I need to snag some tangible interest. I saw the contest being promoted on Facebook just as my ideas were starting to coalesce, and tweeted my hat into the ring. I’m beyond thrilled and excited to even get to this round. It validates that the idea is potentially marketable.
Round two is today, and the finalist field will be sliced in half to eight. Lots of people are starting to tune in, so feel free to join in at #signmesal on twitter. There are a lot of really good ideas being pitched, so wish me luck!
And now for my second piece of exciting news. I’ve been invited to be a writer for the food section of Ask Miss A web-based magazine. The magazine is run by Andrea Rodgers and is primarily focused on points of intersection of charity and style. I’ll be contributing articles every week with recipes, and covering food events in the Bay Area and Tahoe that have a charity element to them. This week’s recipe was Cabbage Cups for St. Patrick’s Day, my riff on a more traditional cabbage roll. I wanted something that would be great to grab as I run out the door, or as an appetizer for a party. The cups are first layered with a sweet potato purée that’s topped with a little pilaf of rice, crispy leeks, raisins, and pepitas. So good and so healthy. You can find my article and recipe here. Please stop to say hi at my new home away from home.