Sunday, December 12, 2010

BRUNCH WITH BINGO: THE FAMILY DINNER PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

WELCOME TO
BOOKIN' WITH BINGO'S
"BRUNCH WITH BINGO DAY"
I AM EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THIS SUNDAY'S
"BRUNCH WITH BINGO DAY"
FOOD BOOK CHOICE IS.....
GIVEAWAY ENDED
THE FAMILY DINNER
BY LAURIE DAVID 
and KIRSTIN UHRENHOLDT

ABOUT THE BOOK:
The producer of An Inconvenient Truth, Laurie David's new mission is to help America's overwhelmed families sit down to a Family Dinner, and she provides all the reasons, recipes and fun tools to do so.

Laurie David speaks from her own experience confronting the challenges of raising two teenage girls. Today's parents have lots to deal with and technology is making their job harder than ever. Research has proven that everything we worry about as parents--from drugs to alcohol, promiscuity, to obesity, academic achievement and just good old nutrition--can all be improved by the simple act of eating and talking together around the table.

Laurie has written a practical, inspirational, fun (and, of course, green) guide to the most important hour in any parent's day. Chock-full chapters include: Over seventy-five kid approved fantastic recipes; tips on teaching green values; conversation starters; games to play to help even the shyest family member become engaged; ways to express gratitude; the family dinner after divorce (hint: keep eating together) and much more. Filled with moving memories and advice from the country's experts and teachers, this book will get everyone away from electronic screens and back to the dinner table.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS: from THE FAMILY DINNER Website
LAURIE DAVID is an environmentalist, author, and producer of the Academy Award–winning film An Inconvenient Truth and the HBO documentary Too Hot Not to Handle. She executive produced Earth to America!, a prime-time comedy special about global warming, which earned her a Gracie Allen Award for Individual Achievement. A trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Laurie founded the Stop Global Warming Virtual March with Senator John McCain and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. She was the first-ever guest editor of Elle magazine, two years running. In 2006, Laurie published her first book, the best-seller Stop Global Warming: The Solution Is You, and in 2007, she and Cambria Gordon co-authored The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming, written for kids of all ages, which received the prestigious Green Earth Book Award in the nonfiction category. That same year, Laurie launched the Stop Global Warming College Tour with Sheryl Crow, where they visited college campuses throughout the Southeast on a bio-diesel tour bus.
She has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Stanley Kramer Award from the Producers Guild of America and a Humanitas Prize Special Award for An Inconvenient Truth. In May 2007, Laurie was honored with the Audubon Society’s Rachel Carson Award and the Feminist Majority’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award. She was also awarded the prestigious NRDC 2006 Forces for Nature award.

Laurie, a regular blogger on the Huffington Post, has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Martha Stewart Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, and MSNBC and was named a 2006 Glamour Woman of the Year. She has been profiled in People, Glamour, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Elle, Wired, House & Garden, Outside, The New York Times, and Vanity Fair.

KIRSTIN UHRENHOLDT grew up on a fruit-farm in Denmark, pickin’ n’ pruning and making pie. She then, by a stroke of good luck ended up on a cargo ship to Greenland, doing among other things a lot of dishes, a lot — more than you can imagine. She escaped and became a beer wench in Appenzelle Switzerland where they speak a language no one understands. Eventually she landed in L.A. where, lo and behold, she was kidnapped by some actors, some heavy rockers, and some kosher people. Presently she is living happily ever after.

RECIPES AND GREAT IDEAS 
Some Holiday Recipes:
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CAULIFLOWER SWEET POTATO LATKES
BY KIRSTIN UHRENHOLDT

Happy Hanukkah! When I was a kid I loved potato pancakes so much I would get a stomach ache before I ate them because I was so excited! And now it is time to get excited again for ‘tis the season of Hanukkah and latkes!

Here I tweaked them a little, replacing potatoes with the superfoods cauliflower and sweet potatoes. They are tasty, crunchy, pretty, and make me just as happy as a little kid!

YOU NEED:

    1 large head of cauliflower, about 1 1/2 lbs
    1/4 cup finely diced onion
    2 lightly beaten eggs
    3/4 cup flour (or corn starch)
    1 large sweet potato, grated
    2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
    1/2 Teaspoon salt
    Pepper to taste
    Vegetable or grape seed oil
 
COOK’S TIP:

To get the lacy crunchy edges grate the sweet potato lengthwise so you get long strands, for neat round little patties, grate finely instead.
   
TO MAKE:

Chop up the cauliflower and microwave in a covered bowl without water until easily pierced by a fork. Mash the cauliflower, then toss with the remaining ingredients, except for the oil.

In a large, nonstick skillet, heat a goodly drizzle of the oil over medium-high heat. Make the pancakes by placing 2 tablespoons of the batter onto the hot skillet, flattening them with the back of the spoon. Saute until the bottom of the pancakes are nicely browned – between 3 and 5 minutes; flip the pancakes and cook for about 3 minutes longer. You will probably have to make them in a few batches, so keep the first ones warm in a 200 degree oven, on a cookie rack placed on a cookie sheet.

Serve with tzatziki and cranberry sauce or apple sauce and sour cream.
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COOKIE DOUGH FOR A HOLIDAY GIFT
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Laurie and Kirstin have a great idea for a holiday gift that everyone will love and that is low cost — chocolate chip cookie dough!
Check out Laurie and Kirstin’s other contributions to Babble.com’s “The Family Kitchen.”

YOUR CHILDREN CAN HELP TOO:
The kids will soon be on holiday break. . . and making cookies is a great way to keep them busy one afternoon.  They love being involved and cookie making for their friends and family is definitely a special treat.  For this recipe, kids can:
• Measure all the ingredients in advance
• Crack the eggs (teach them how and teach them good hand washing too)
• Taste the chocolate chips to make sure they are perfect (very important)
• Stir the dough
• Form the rolls to be wrapped in wax paper
• Create or draw the labels to go on the rolls – kids are very talented at that sort of thing

YOU NEED:
For 6 rolls (one for you and one for me and one for the neighbor…)

    * 24 ounces good quality chocolate chips (milk or dark, mix and match what ever you are in the mood for)
    * 5  cups flour
    * 1 teaspoon baking soda
    * 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
    * 3 cups (6 sticks) room temperature butter
    * 2 cups granulated sugar
    * 2 cups light brown sugar
    * 4 eggs (from happy organic chickens)

TO MAKE:

In a bowl mix the chocolate, flour, salt and baking soda.
 
In your favorite cookie making bowl, mix the butter and the 2 sugars, then have your kids vigorously mix in the eggs until they are tuckered out and it is all well combined. Fold in the flour and chocolate.
 
Pull off a few large pieces of wax or parchment paper.  Along the bottom of the short edge put a “roll” of cookie dough, ( You can use an ice cream scoop to do this). Tightly roll up the paper so you have a roll of cookie dough. Wrap it in foil and label it with the baking directions. It will last at least 3 months in the freezer.

COOKIE BAKING DIRECTIONS (to go on the gift labels):

1. Preheat your oven to 350
2. Do not defrost the cookie dough
3. Thinly slice your cookie roll with a serrated knife. Put on a buttered cookie sheet, keeping a good distance between each cookie as they do spread. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden.

GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO ANNA AND THE
GOOD FOLKS AT HACHETTE BOOK GROUP,
I HAVE ONE COPY OF THIS WONDERFUL
FAMILY COOK BOOK TO GIVE AWAY
 
--U.S. AND CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY
--NO P. O. BOXES, PLEASE
--INCLUDE EMAIL ADDRESS IN COMMENT
--ALL ENTRIES/COMMENTS MUST BE
SEPARATE IN ORDER TO COUNT
AS MORE THAN ONE ENTRY


HOW TO ENTER

+1 ENTRY: READ ABOUT THE FAMILY DINNER ABOVE AND COMMENT ON WHY YOU WOULD LIKE TO WIN THIS BOOK

+1 MORE ENTRY: BLOG OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY AND COME BACK AND LEAVE A LINK

+1 MORE ENTRY: GO TO THE FAMILY DINNER'S WEBSITE HERE AND LOOK AT ALL THE WONDERFUL THINGS THERE ARE TO SEE THERE. COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FOUND INTERESTING ABOUT THIS BOOK FROM THAT WEBSITE
GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
6 PM, EST, DECEMBER
30!
GOOD LUCK!

51 comments:

Pamela Keener said...

This book sounds great. I like the fact that it focuses on being green. I collect Cookbooks and this would be a great addition.
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Pamela Keener said...

There is a page of green table ideas like Meatless Mondays. What a great website. You can sign up for their newsletter which I did.
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traveler said...

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debbie said...

I would like to try the recipes in it, and the rest of it sounds interesting,too.
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suburban prep said...

I think it's important to bring in the meaning of family and the reason behind why we cook for the family into a book. It seems that this book does this.
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suburban prep said...

I like that the wisdom and comments are brought in from other cooks and chefs.
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Connie said...

Hi! I have heard so many good reviews about this book. I would love to win this for my mother as a Xmas present that we could share. Thank you for a wonderful giveaway! :)
Happy Holidays!!!

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holdenj said...

It seems to have a variety of recipes and I like including the kids!
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a good cookbook is hard to pass up and I've just copied the potato pancake recipe to send to my daughter


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Lisa R/alterlisa said...

"With the decline of the family dinner has come a decline in the tradition of telling family stories, but the importance of sharing family history to children is not to be underestimated. Older members of a family (grandparents, uncles, aunts, et al) can play an integral role in improving a child’s self-esteem and sense of belonging by sharing family stories at the dinner table."

This is also something that I encourage. In the summer when my baby is home from college, we have what we call Mormon Monday. We all get together at my house on Tuesday night, eat together, plan games (we keep a running total of the winners on the frig) and visit and exchange news. All members are expected to come and we often have several different board games or WII games going at at time.

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Susan said...

I have been wanting to read this book/cookbook. The information and recipes look delicious.

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Susan said...

On the web site, I read that it's good for families to sit down and have dinner together and talk. Can teens sit down and eat without texting? Yes, the authors are right. Parents have a difficult time dealing with technology.

Sarah said...

I always love reading new ideas to make dinner time easy and fun. It is so important to have family dinners.

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Ruthie said...

Can always use new ideas for more family time.

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Ruthie said...

Love the holiday gift guide

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bison61 said...

I like the seventy-five kid approved fantastic recipes

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moonsword said...

I'd like to read this because I agree that it's important to have face-to-face time with your family, meaningful conversations and great food!

moonsword said...

Their Sweet & Tangy Delicata Squash recipe looks so good!

catherine said...

i need this book! middle aged mother of teenage boys.
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Susan said...

I would like to add this cookbook to my cookbook collection because it is much more than a cookbook. I like the idea that families eat together.

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Susan said...

I went to the web site and read about the importance of grandparents telling stories to their grandchildren. They even have a newsletter.

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Christine H said...

I'd love to win this book. My mom collects cookbooks, but I think it would make a really nice gift too.

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Sunnymay said...

Love the blog and the book looks delicious. One of the best things I do is eat. Family dinners encourage conversation or at least leave room for it to happen since proximity makes for having ears to bend.

Laura H. said...

When my kids were little we were always going somewhere around dinner time, usually ballgames or other school activities, so sitting down at the table, unfortunately, was a rarity. It's one of my biggest regrets as a parent because I realized after the fact how important it is to set aside time for family dinners. My sister has a growing family and I would like to give her this book to impress upon her the importance of family dinners.

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I found the article about conversation-starter questions interesting. Sometimes kids need a little "push" to carry on a conversation.

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Misusedinnocence said...

I love that there's over 75 kid approved recipes. I'm always looking for fun new food to cook for my family that my son will love too.

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I absolutely love that there's a Meatless Monday section!

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