New Year, New Goals and something you could win


January 1, 2013 by admin

I don’t know about you, but someone gave herself a lot of cookbooks for Christmas this year.  And instead of just keeping them there on my shelves to make me look like I’m a foodie, (Oh no I just realized I do this with my novels too to make me look like I read.  Oh dear.) I’m actually going to break their pristine spines.  Yesterday, I perused through one of my best splurges: the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook


and picked out a recipe for a roast vegetable quinoa dish: a recipe called roasted baby roots with sherry-shallot vinaigrette.


In her book, Deb Perelman uses radishes which I’ve sadly never had roasted until yesterday.  How fitting that they taste like daikon (my favorite Japanese vegetable, coincidentally also a type of radish.)  Anyways, I used radishes, parsnips, potatoes and yellow beets, roasted them in the oven and made the vinaigrette just like the book.  And it turned out!  Yum yum yum!


And since I’d already used quinoa for something else, I just served it with lettuce as a salad.  But I’ll definitely make it again.  Maybe I just need to make a recipe a day from this book.  We’ll see.  Anyone else trying new recipes in the New Year? Any other cookbooks I need to add to my post-Christmas want list?  Let me know what you’re doing for the New Year below by 23:59 on January 7th 2013 and I’ll draw one name for a copy of this lovely book so you’ll have the recipe for yourself.  Might as well start the New Year right with sharing and all:)  You get a bonus entry if you like my FB page and let me know in the comments below too.

(PS I’m not being sponsored for this giveaway and it’s open to residents of Canada and the USA only.  I just love this book and how the Smitten Kitchen blog has enhanced my life and I wanted to share it with someone lovely and oh my goodness, why should Oprah get all the fun with favorite things? Happy 2013!)

(PPS, that Jemma?  She’s a party animal!)



  1. Ooo! I love the title alone, anything smitten must be great. I *adore* my Patricia Wells veggie cookbook, everything turns out super every time.

  2. p.s. I did like your FB too. My new year’s resolution? Write every day … and you, miss terumi, are totally my inspiration!

  3. hipfoodiemom says:

    OMG, I totally want this cookbook!! What am I doing for the New Year? Spending it with my family. . we had some traditional Korean duk mandoo guk soup and have stayed in all day. . watching movies and relaxing. It’s been quite nice and I actually took a nap with my youngest today. 🙂

  4. hipfoodiemom says:

    I liked your FB page!!! Woot woot!! 🙂

  5. What I’m doing in 2013? Birth for the second time and be a Mama of Two, yikes. 🙂

  6. queenbee says:

    My plans for the new year are planning a Curious George birthday for my almost 3 (oh my goodness!) year old and prepping for baby number 2 in February… fun fun! And hopefully cooking up some new recipes 😉

  7. majl says:

    My plan for the new year is to try making different kinds of macarons and to teach a certain pup how to swim!

  8. wl says:

    For the new year I’m going to travel and enjoy life. The cookbook sounds great and convinced me that I need to do more cooking this year–and try to enjoy the process.

  9. fran says:

    I think I might go and buy that cookbook in the New Year!

  10. Jewls says:

    New Year, look out, I’m going to healthy, happy and positive 🙂

  11. aubrey says:

    I started the New Year with a good long run. Huzzah to a healthy 2013!

  12. aubreybach says:

    liked you on facebook!

  13. eckids says:

    Congrats to Aubrey who was the winning name drawn. Thank you all for entering and happy new year:)

  14. […] PS. Aubrey you won the cookbook giveaway, so I hope this makes your 11th.  I’m currently addicted to the brown-butter rice krispy […]

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