Contest: Party Vegan!

Party Vegan, by Robin Robertson is filled with 140 recipes geared toward making entertaining easy and delicious. Of course, there are menus recipes for specific holidays, but there are also themes for any time entertaining such as a dinner party or birthday parties for all ages, and even a party of “just desserts”!

The book opens with a wealth of information on party organizing with ideas for planning your time, calculating how much food you’ll need and even more fun and innovative ideas for making you want to have a party. With 25 menus to choose from, I’m just going to show you the photos of some of the food without spilling the beans on just what the theme might be. Some will be obvious, others might keep you guessing! Help yourself to a handful of “It’s My Party Popcorn Mix” up top while you check these out.

These Baked Potato Skins were a big hit when we had company one night. Yes, I made a tester for company because I’m like that. But how far wrong could I go with potato skins? These disappeared quickly, showing just how right they are.

Black Rice Salad, but made with regular rice. Just imagine it with black!

Pastry Wrapped Roulades with Heart-Beet Rosti and Sauteed Rainbow Chard. This was so elegant but took very little effort.

Porcini Stuffed Seitan with Wild Mushroom Sauce, absolute perfection to place on any holiday dinner table. Herb Mashed Potatoes are on the side.
Man-Size Chocolate Chip Cookies. Remember that commercial “manly, yes, but I like it, too”? The same can be said for these cookies. Not that they’re exactly manly….these cookies have a slight crunch to the outside, but are soft on the inside.

Orange Carrot Cake with Dark Chocolate Icing, moist and delicious!

I could go on and on about the fantastic recipes in this book. I barely scratched the surface. Think about Everyone’s Favorite Ice Cream Cake, Southern Fried Seitan (so good!), Fingerling Potato Salad with Pan-Fried Arugula Pesto, Pan-Fried Sesame Noodles with Broccoli and so much more.

Really, a book like this makes an almost-hermit like me want to entertain! For your chance to win a copy, tell me something you like to celebrate. It could be anything, big or small! Just post a comment to this blog post and the drawing will be held next week. If you’ve already won this month at Vegan Appetite, please let someone else have a chance. International people are welcome to enter.

Want another chance at winning a cookbook? Check out Our Veggie Kitchen!

Two week notice! If you’d like to join us for Food Network Friday, we will be veganizing this recipe for a wrap-up on Friday, Nov. 26th. To play along, all you have to do is recreate this recipe your way. Add what you want, drop what you don’t and either email me your version by Nov. 25 (Thursday), or add a comment linking to your blog post on that Friday. Join us!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! This wraps up week 2!

11/17 Update: The contest is closed! Thank you to all who entered. Congratulations, Tahinitoo!

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78 Comments

  1. Posted November 12, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    I like to celebrate tea. I would like to win this cookbook so that I can bake those cookies to go with the tea I am celebrating and thus double my celebration.

  2. Posted November 12, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Oh wow, I’d love to win this book! I love to celebrate my birthday, every year I always do something fun & eat awesome cake!

  3. Posted November 12, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    I like to celebrate anything with the kiddo, because she’s adorable and loves to party :)

  4. Posted November 12, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    I like to celebrate being with my family. I go to a boarding school about 4 hours away from my family, and I only see them on brakes. One is coming up (Thanksgiving break), and like always I cook a vegan meal including desserts for my mom and one for my dad and brother. My parent’s are separated so I get to make two meals. I am the only vegan in the family, so it is fun to show them all the amazing flavors you can have without the meat and dairy. :)

  5. Posted November 12, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    I just like to celebrate, preferably with family and friends for no reason at all. I especially like it when everyone brings an instrument and there’s live music in between all the food and chatter!

  6. Posted November 12, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    I’m away at university and was able to come home this weekend and spend a few days with my family, so that’s something I’d like to celebrate :). And the Christmas holidays are coming up, which for me are just a time to celebrate being with my family :).

  7. Posted November 12, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    I like to celebrate surviving another work week! A little sweet treat, a fuzzy blanket, and a movie on TV does the trick!

  8. KellyC
    Posted November 12, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    We celebrate everything in my house! My three year old makes up days like Apple Party Day or Upside Down Day and I oblige by having cupcakes and little presents, full decorations everytime!

  9. Posted November 12, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    I like to celebrate birthdays with my family. I always try to make something good to eat… I think I should organize more parties. With lots of vegan food!

  10. Posted November 12, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

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  11. Posted November 12, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    My friends will tell you that I will find just about any reason to celebrate. I used to detest New Year’s Eve for a lot of reasons. A couple of years ago on NYE Fred and I decided to quit eating meat and poultry. The next NYE we hosted a 4 course all vegan wine dinner with two other couples (who are omni). Each couple makes a course and pairs it with a wine. The host does two courses. Now NYE is something we always look forward to. This year we are in charge of appetizers. What’s Robin cooking for appetizers?

    BTW thanks for posting the FNF link!

  12. Posted November 12, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    I love to celebrate all the little things in life..and celebrating always includes delicious vegan food! :)

  13. Posted November 12, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    Wow beautiful pictures – I want to come to a party at your place!

    I like the celebrate the end of each semester in grad school. It’s such a huge relief when it’s over for a bit.

  14. Lee Ann
    Posted November 12, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    I have a lot of friends in England and even if I can’t be with them on their birthdays I still like to bake something for them.

    p.s -Thanks for posting all the pictures, can’t wait to get Robins book, it’s next on my list.

  15. Posted November 12, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    I look forward to any opportunity to celebrate delicious, cruelty-free living with friends and family. I helped to create the Chicago Vegan Family Network, and every month, we have a big potluck: at our Halloween one, we had almost sixty people. Our children have no idea what it means to “go without” because they’re vegan: they get it all, but healthier, homemade and without suffering! Our potlucks are always a highlight of the month, but I also love to cook for my non-vegan friends and we have several parties a year. I think food is the perfect entry point for people to learn about veganism. People are less guarded and everyone loves to talk about delicious noms. If I win this book, I will have another tool in my arsenal of tasty vegan persuasiveness!

  16. Posted November 12, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Each December we hold an AmnesTea with friends and colleagues to celebrate good food, good friends, some amazing kitchen skills and, of course, to raise money for Amnesty International.

  17. Posted November 12, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    love your blog…thanks for sharing
    cheers!

  18. Posted November 12, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    I like to have small celebrations (like one-cupcake-affairs) for small everyday successes. And today I passed a test _and_ helped someone solve an HTML problem! 😀
    A “just desserts” party sounds like something from one of my dreams…!

  19. Posted November 12, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    I love celebrating birthdays! Anyone’s birthday is a great chance to get people together just to hang out. Also, Mondays. Because I have to do something to make them less dreary :)

  20. Posted November 12, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    I like to celebrate changing seasons; I’m lucky enough to get all four and am always ready for the next one by the end of the season we’re in. C’mon winter.

  21. Posted November 12, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    I like to really celebrate with a great Cabernet. I don’t drink often, so it’s always a treat.

  22. Posted November 12, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    I like to celebrate Fridays!

  23. Posted November 12, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    I like to celebrate my kids! They are very awesome and deserve all the cookies I make them.

  24. Posted November 12, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    I like to celebrate Fridays!

  25. Posted November 12, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    I like to celebrate the end of a hard day by curling up on the sofa with some good food and watching DVDs with someone special 😀
    Thank you for opening the competition to everyone, I’mliving in Spain so no one wants to ship things to me :( haha

  26. Posted November 12, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    Apart from the typical holidays, I think we like to celebrate sports more than anything else, mostly because it’s an excuse to hang out, grill up some foods and have some beers.

  27. Maggie
    Posted November 12, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    oh my the timing could’ant have been better! i’d celebrate my 1st vegan aniversary next month!

  28. Posted November 12, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    I love celebrating around the holidays. I love holiday baking and cooking for everyone; and the season is just so darn festive! It’s hard not to want to entertain. :)

  29. Erin
    Posted November 12, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    I celebrate Wednesday because it’s halfway through the week, of course!

  30. Posted November 12, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Yum, these look awesome! I love to celebrate Thanksgiving because I have an awesome mom and step-dad who do a vegan feast with me and my husband and son. Until a few years ago, I dreaded Thanksgiving but now I love it. :-)

  31. Posted November 12, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    I like to celebrate time with family and friends :)

  32. Posted November 12, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    I like to celebrate random days. Happy Thursday! Happy 2pm! Sometimes it’s fun to just decide you’re going to be happy and cheerful for a bit, even if it’s for no apparent reason.

  33. Posted November 12, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    I like to celebrate my friends, although I should definitely do that more than I do!

  34. Posted November 12, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    My favorite celebrations are birthdays! Most people love birthdays. I especially love them because it means I get to do some guilt free baking :) and by guilt free I mean I won’t be scrafing down a whole cake to myself or overdosing on cupcakes. The thing I enjoy the most is it gives me a chance to share vegan baking with my friends and family. I am the only one among our circle so it’s awesome to see them enjoying something that means so much to me. Not only are they always amazed by the fact that my creations are vegan but it gives them the opportunity to realize it’s not just about tofu & veggies. You can be vegan and still have amazing food & treats.

  35. Posted November 12, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    I would like to try that porcini stuffed seitan, yummy!

  36. Lilly
    Posted November 12, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    I like to celebrate birthdays, preferably with my family.

  37. Posted November 12, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    I love to celebrate birthdays :-)

    Courtney

  38. Posted November 12, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    Seems like a great cookbook! I flipped through it the other day at a bookstore. Hands down, my favorite thing to celebrate is my son’s birthday every year.

  39. Posted November 12, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    Wow! I regularly attend vegan potlucks and this book would be an absolutely perfect resource since the recipes are designed to make gatherings more yummy! I am keeping my fingers crossed for this one!

  40. Posted November 12, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    I like to celebrate veganism! Every single day!

    Also, Harry Potter.

  41. Posted November 13, 2010 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    My last celebration was a centered around a football game!

  42. Posted November 13, 2010 at 1:35 am | Permalink

    I love Robin’s books – Vegan Planet is among my favorite cookbooks. Hmmmm… What do I enjoy celebrating? I am going to answer lamely and say my birthday. I love cake, ice cream, and spending time with my boyfriend. My birthday is in February when the weather is colder, so I love making cozy meals and wrapping myself in blankets. Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!

  43. Posted November 13, 2010 at 2:22 am | Permalink

    My husband just got a job that he has been hoping to get for a long time, so that is something that we definitely need to celebrate this weekend!

    -Emily

  44. Posted November 13, 2010 at 2:52 am | Permalink

    Right now I am celebrating getting urine from a cat with a tiny bladder. I am at work.
    When I get home I shall be celebrating spending time with my own beloved kittehs.
    And tonight I will be celebrating my friend’s 30th birthday in pirate style.

  45. Posted November 13, 2010 at 3:11 am | Permalink

    I love celebrating whenever I finish a big project. It’s really an awesome feeling to know that you accomplished something- and then to have a great (food) reward!

  46. Posted November 13, 2010 at 3:12 am | Permalink

    I love to celebrate nature. And I do that by using eco friendly foods to honor the roots of life on earth! Oh, and birthday celebrations are fun, too!

  47. Posted November 13, 2010 at 3:23 am | Permalink

    i would love some new inspiration for my kitchen! and the porcini stuffed eitan looks amazing..

  48. Posted November 13, 2010 at 3:23 am | Permalink

    I love to celebrate birthdays! Presents, cake, and phone calls from afar – there’s everything to like!

  49. BettyA
    Posted November 13, 2010 at 3:32 am | Permalink

    I love to celebrate Christmas. It may be cold and dark outside but the kitchen is warm and inviting, the source of many good things to eat.

  50. Posted November 13, 2010 at 4:13 am | Permalink

    I like to celebrate a good workout…with a good snack :)

  51. Posted November 13, 2010 at 5:02 am | Permalink

    I like celebrating my friends birthday’s because I get to make them a cake and they always love this. And Christmas as well – I LOVE LOVE LOVE Christmas.
    :)

  52. Posted November 13, 2010 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    I celebrate pretty much anything! I throw birthday parties for friends almost monthly and if there’s any sort of holiday watch out because I’m most likely throwing a party! I have “game nights” with all my friends every month and those are the most casual parties I throw. I use all these events to try out new vegan recipes on those closest to me and none of them are even vegetarian! I think they really enjoy it, they keep coming back anyways! A new cook book full of recipes would be a hit I’m sure!

  53. Posted November 13, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    I like to celebrate holidays because of the traditions I have built with my family over the years. It is nice to still have those familiar traditions even though we are all grown up and scattered in different directions.

  54. megs
    Posted November 13, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    I celebrate whenever I get my act together and do something like organize my overflowing desk, file my taxes, etc.

    It doesn’t happen that frequently.

  55. Posted November 13, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    I like to celebrate the weekend! Those tater skins look good – I bet your company enjoyed them!

  56. Posted November 13, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    I have four kiddos and twelve nieces and and nephews so we are always celebrating someone! Making yummy vegan stuff for omnis is always celebrate-able!!

  57. Erika
    Posted November 13, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE to celebrate the weekends! Yay for Fridays.

  58. Ree
    Posted November 13, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    I love to celebrate having my mom with me… she’s 81 yrs old so we have a big vegan dinner every Sunday, just because we can!!

  59. Posted November 13, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    celebrate the end of the semester in 3 weeks!!

  60. Posted November 14, 2010 at 2:47 am | Permalink

    wow tami, what a great post! you’ve been busy! those pictures are all amazing… from cookies and snacks to some really fancy looking meals. I’m so impressed.

    As for celebrating, I am a total dork. I love just about any holiday, even ones I’ve never heard of before, and I’m just totally nuts for a theme. I’m always coming up with all sorts of wacky themes for potlucks and parties, and I don’t know if there’s enough time in this life for all the themed potlucks I want to host.

  61. Elizabeth
    Posted November 14, 2010 at 5:19 am | Permalink

    I celebrate weekends – every weekend! :) My friends and I have cooking parties, mostly on Saturdays but sometimes on Sundays or Fridays.

  62. Posted November 14, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    I like to celebrate any occasion that brings my family together, who are currently scattered all over the country!

  63. Posted November 14, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    I want to celebrate that two good friends of mine will have a baby in a few days!

  64. Posted November 14, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    I love to celebrate my veganniversary! This book sounds great and I would love to win a copy. Thanks!

  65. Posted November 14, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    I love to celebrate most anything! Birthdays, Christmas,all the holidays really, and Friday is a nice thing to celebrate also!

  66. Posted November 14, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    Yet another thing I need to make…that porcini stuffed seitan thing looks delish. I already have the book.

  67. Posted November 14, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    I like to celebrate the first snow of the season. My brother and I have a tradition that we always call each other to announce the first snow where we are (we live about 1000 miles apart).

  68. caeli
    Posted November 15, 2010 at 3:53 am | Permalink

    Ooh i’d love to get my hands on this book. I like to celebrate by having dinner parties at home, getting the friends over for some drinks and chats and impromptu kitchen dances!

  69. Posted November 15, 2010 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    I’d love to celebrate winning this book, it looks fantastic! On another note, I’d like to celebrate Wednesdays. I think they sometimes get neglected, but they’re a major stepping stone on the pathway to the all important weekend days…

  70. meghan
    Posted November 15, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    I have a mini celebration when my kids actually like and eat the dinner i spend hours making

  71. Posted November 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    those cookies look perfect!
    (p.s. my captcha word is “nunood” heh)

  72. Posted November 15, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    I like to celebrate not only the Big Holidays ie.. Christmas, Thanksgiving, 4th of July etc.. but the ones that alot of people over look. Earth day and World Vegan Day are two of my faves. I also love to celebrate are animals Birthdays. The chickens get pumpkin, strawberries, blueberries, and sunflower seeds & The dogs get pumpkin biscuits. The cats and the ferrets r a little harder to please and normally get a new cat tree or house. But some of our cats love sweet potatoes, watermelon, cantaloupe, & tomatoes. Every year I also make my none vegan family vegan B-day cakes so we can all celebrate together. And for all holidays and get together I almost always make vegan dessert for everyone. But I am never sure what besides dessert people might try. So I would love a book full of party snacks and treats to try with my non vegan family during our many celebrations. :)

  73. Ames
    Posted November 15, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    I like to celebrate all my kids’ half birthdays! They love it! And I’m sure I would love this book since I am loving Vegan on the Cheap BIG TIME right now!

  74. Posted November 15, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    i like to celebrate making it through the week!
    phew!
    so i do my “big” cooking on sunday night, and we have leftovers through the rest of the work week.
    the sneaks you posted make me want to crack into this book super bad.

  75. Posted November 15, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    I like to celebrate my family every week. I try and make one special meal a week. Where we sit at the table and have a great meal.

  76. Posted November 16, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    I’ll be more than happy to celebrate the end of this year’s NANOWRIMO, provided I succeed. Not spending so much time viewing vegan sites might help, but hey, a girl’s got to eat!

  77. Posted November 17, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    I love entertaining (i.e. forcing people to play board games) and feeding them. So, this book couldn’t be a more perfect match.

  78. Posted November 18, 2010 at 3:43 am | Permalink

    All of this looks delicious!

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