Hello everyone and what's up 2012!? Hope you had a wonderful New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. I totally relaxed yesterday knowing that today would be back to work. When you woke up today did it feel different? It just feels like another day to me, but I have SO many ideas swimming in my head and so many ways I want to connect with you all. One of my 2012 goals is to make more videos and start doing my Live Q&A again! So if you have questions be sure to leave them in the comments, email them to me or tweet them. The first one will be Thursday January 5th at 2pm Central Time. Send in questions about anything related to health, food, diet, cooking, lifestyle, environment, spirituality or relationships. I will answer your questions live on Ustream and you'll be able to chat with each other and me in the chat room there. It will be recorded as well. I haven't done this in many years. I'm really excited to start again and connect with you all more regularly.
Please submit your questions (1 per person each week) by Wednesday at 9pm. I will be limited in the amount of questions I will have time to answer, probably 5-10 questions each week, so hurry and get those questions in. If I can’t get to your question, I apologize in advance, and send it again the following week.
Another idea I had was to feature parents and kids that love Blissful Bites. You'll get the scoop right from their (stuffed) mouths! Kids hold a special place in my heart because they are the future and their health is declining rapidly. It breaks my heart to hear the latest statistics. I was a nanny for many years and cooked for many families. For my internship in culinary school I did an experiment with the 2 kids I babysat over the summer, where they filled out a questionnaire after trying different recipes I made. Many of those ended up in the book and there are a ton more kid-friendly dishes in Blissful Bites!
The Macro Mac n' Cheeze (page 150) is one of the most talked about recipes in Blissful Bites. Adults and kids alike are in love with it! Joel from Vegan Good Eats says "I'm in love." It doesn't use any of that fake cheese stuff and is made up of good ole whole foods. Next week I will share this prized recipe with you, but if you grab a copy of Macrobiotics Today Magazine you will get this recipe along with many of my favorites from Blissful Bites.
Here's what April and Celeste had to say:
"I'm not vegan, macrobiotic, or even vegetarian, but I have two little ones and I'm always looking for good, interesting ways to cook up veggies for my family. This book is chock full. I also love the way it's organized by season, so I can flip through it before heading to the farmers market to see what's in season, and what to do with it. We tried your "mac and cheese" last night. Celeste was confused why it was orange if there's no cheese. When I explained it was squash and pasta she decided to call it "Squashta." – April D.
Who is mom: April Dávila is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. You can find out more about her current projects at AprilDavila.com. (She did a really cool project many years ago called Month Without Monsanto, which I thought was so cool. She dug deep into how many foods and other things in our life are connected to Monsanto. You can read more about that here.)
If you are a parent with kids who are loving the recipes in Blissful Bites and would like to be featured on my blog please send me an email with your story!
Other Big News: All of March I will be touring the EAST COAST!! If you live on the east coast and would like me to come to your town for a lecture and cooking demo please leave a comment and tell me where you live! The plan is Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Washington DC, Boston, New York, New Jersey, Portland, Philly (not in that particular order). More details are coming soon!
Check out this interview with me on Novel Rocket talking more about the publishing process, marketing and other tips!