Monday, November 24, 2014

Crunk For the Holidays: Cookin' Crunk Giveaway!

Hey everybody! Last week, I launched a weekly series called "Crunk For the Holidays," in which I'm dedicating one post a week to my Southern vegan cookbook. It's been out since fall 2012, so it's not new or anything. But I figure the holidays are a great time to pimp my book! People need presents, right?

And what's more awesome than a big ol' bowl of comfort food for Christmas? Nothing! And my book contains about 150 recipes for delicious vegan comfort dishes, all based on recipes I grew up eatin' in my Arkansas hometown. So if you're looking for a good holiday gift, you can find signed copies here on my blog (just click the PayPal link on the right side of the page) or you can get 'em at a discount on Amazon, because Amazon.

Or, if you're lucky, maybe you'll win a signed copy! As my little Thanksgiving "thank you" to all of my readers, I'm giving away a signed copy. All you have to do is leave me a comment here letting me know your favorite Southern dish! Be sure and leave your email address so I can find you if you win when I randomly select a winner next Monday!

And just for fun, here's a rundown of my five very favorite dishes from the book.

1) Country Fried Tempeh Steak with Soymilk Gravy - Beefy marinated tempeh is coated in a seasoned flour and fried until crisp. And then the oil is retained in the pan to make a creamy soymilk gravy. Hot damn.


2) Fried Green Tomato & Tofu Sandwich - Slices of firm, tangy green tomato are coated in breadcrumbs and cornmeal and served with slices of baked tofu that's been marinated in a sweet 'n' spicy soy sauce. Both are stuffed into a sandwich with homemade maple-Dijon sauce.


3) Tempeh Gumbo - Chunks of tempeh and slices of fresh okra are slow-simmed in a rich, roux-thickened, tomato-based broth with celery, bell pepper, and onion.


4) Seitan and Dumplings - Chewy whole wheat dumplings plump up in a thick and silky vegetable broth with Yukon Gold potatoes, carrots, and green peas.


5) Old-Fashioned Coconut Pie - Sweet coconut flakes, vegan butter, and sugar are thickened into a custard and served in a whole wheat pie crust. Swoon. Recipe is here.


So there ya go! Of course, my favorites change all the time, so ask me again next week, and I'll pick a few different things. And I tend to gravitate toward the brown food and fried stuff, but that's just me. There are plenty of baked things and green things in the book, too, if that's what you're into. Anyway, leave a comment to enter! And please don't forget to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win!

43 comments:

Raia said...

I've never really had traditional southern cooking but that coconut pie looks amazing! All the dishes look so hearty which I love this time of year.

Lydia Claire said...

I can't say that I'm very familiar with Southern cooking but before I was vegan I loved fried chicken so a vegan version of that.

Corrine Greenfield said...

The coconut pie looks absolutely delicious and while I used to eat fried foods I try to eat healthier now. But I can't deny the appeal of them.

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

This is great! My favorite Southern dish is Black Beans and Rice. EMS591@aol.com

Jaime said...

Simple as it is, BISCUITS.

KateMcGrath said...

I miss pimento cheese the most. I'm going to have to try it with Field Roast's new cheese!

Cat said...

My favourite southern dish is gumbo. And even though I live in Canada I'm lucky enough to have a friend from New Orleans who shared her recipe with me. I will treasure it always!

Manya Maiher said...

Yum! Reminds me of my Grandma's cooking (she's from southern Kentucky). My favorite is green beans, cooked forever with onions/olive oil (before vegan it was bacon grease).

Anu said...

That country fried steak looks amazing. One of my favorite southern dishes is a pimento cheese scalloped potato dish.

Shannon said...

I think my favorite Southern foods are braised collard greens or chess pie. Which I've still never had a vegan version of. :(

Morgan Holmes said...

I loved fried chicken!!

Diana @ VeggieNextDoor said...

I love biscuits & gravy. Mmm!

Sophie said...

I love anything with Okra. Anything! ha! I wish I were courageous enough to fry stuff, and make fried okra, maybe one day!

Babette said...

Nice to see your favorite recipes, I'll make sure to try them. The sandwich with green tomatoes is to die for though, I've made it twice. I even bought green tomatoes to make them again recently, but I proscratinated and my tomatoes eventually ripened!

I'm not participating in the contest.

ieatmodestmouse said...

i've never actually had southern food. would love to actually make something!

amber said...

Oh man, nothing beats my Memaw's country fried steak and gravy, green beans, and mashed taters, with buttermilk biscuits. Hands down, the best meal ever. I'd love to cook my own vegan version with your recipe. Looks fantastic!

amber.sproul@gmail :)

Samantha Preston said...

Thanks for the giveaway I love cooking!

smewoo@gmail.com

Eva Nemec said...

So I wouldn't give this as a present, but be selfish and keep it for myself....hey, I need fried vegan food- I'm a college student here! My favorite Southern classic would have to be baked beans. That's from the south, right? If not, then just barbecue anything and it'll be my favorite.

Eva Nemec said...

Yaaargh, the thought of all this mouthwatering goodness had me forget to put my contact info:

evilnemec@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Biscuits & gravy: filtereddream@gmail.com

Hannah Siegmund said...

My absolute favorite southern dish used to be shrimp n' grits. Now that I'm vegan I like fried tofu and grits, with vegan cheese. YUM!

ashrayne@gmail.com

Rebecca said...
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Rebecca said...

I'm a huge fan of red beans and rice... does that count as Southern? Haha I'm such a Yankee :/

BeccaMFerguson@hotmail.com

Nicollette Dailey said...

Even though I'm a savory girl at heart, it has to be pecan pie!

brinnet said...

I'm a tomato addict, so fried green tomatoes are way up there. Also a huuuge fan of dumplings!

Linda Warren Seely said...

Best southern food is black eyed peas with cornbread. In the book or no?

VeganLawyerGrrrl

Patience said...

I've always heard so much about Southern"Tomato Gravy". Not even sure what it is exactly...but, I'd like to find out....!

PatienceA AT gmail DOT come

Anonymous said...

Hmm...my favorite would have to be salmon croquettes with rice and biscuits. Fortunately, Soul Vegetarian does a great veganized version of this. (sans rice, unfortunately; but there's a great tofu scramble replacement). :)

plumjazzlove"at"gmail"dot"com

Quan Am Buddhist Monastery said...

Turnip Greens and maybe some Black Eyed Peas

Simona Cattina said...

That country fried tempeh steak looks amazing. I want it now!!

girlrunner said...

Biscuits and gravy

Jennifer Manriquez said...

I live in TX where we fry absolutely everything! So give me some fried green tomatoes and I am a happy camper. I also love fried pickles.

Michael Adams said...

If Chess Squares count as traditional Southern, then that; however, if they don't, give me a mess of biscuits and some red-eye gravy. Can that even be done?

Carrie Anderson said...

Fried green tomatoes

Rhiannon Reeves said...

I'm ordering your book for a good friend for his holiday! He says he has a limited diet, so i'm hoping this will help him! Love you girlie! Rhiannon Brown Reeves (jadis66@hotmail.com)

Pixie said...

Tempeh Gumbo YUM~~

Crissy said...

I love red velvet cake!

pranamanda said...

Well I'm not sure if this is considered southern, but I love a jalapeƱo corn bread!!

Meghan said...

I moved to the south about three months ago, and I'm currently in the honeymoon period of a love affair with okra. Seriously, in gumbo, fried, pickled...holy crap it's delicious.

Unknown said...

As a northerner, I am not very familiar with southern foods, but I have had a fried green tomato sandwich that was mighty tasty.

Kim said...

Fried Green Tomatoes, Peach Cobbler, Corn on the Cob, collard greens, cornbread and black eyed peas are my favorites.
courtlykim@yahoo.com

Lori said...

I'm new to vegan everything but I would say good ole Mac n cheese (thelori@gmail.com)

evervescence said...

I don't know if it's too late to enter..but just in case.
I'm new to the South (just four years now) but have fallen in love with everything I've tried. Fresh green acre peas are a new favorite, love them! Okra, I love okra so much! Where has it been all my life? Honestly. I had never heard of it until moving to Florida. Fried green tomatoes, especially on sandwiches, nom! Crockpot Gumbo--my new favorite soup! I have made it several times in the past few months. That coconut pie looks and sounds delicious. Thank you for your awesome blog and Facebook posts, I always enjoy them and fantasize about visiting the great places you mention if I ever get out to TN! :)
evervescence@gmail.com.