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Warming Up With Chana Masala

Posted by Ellen

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

After a week of Boston’s soul-shivering January weather, I was craving a meal that would put the spring back in my semester. Being half-Indian, curry is definitely one of my comfort foods. I’ve always enjoyed the savory taste of chana masala in Indian restaurants, but I’d never made it on my own before. I found this recipe in Michael Natkin’s Herbivoracious, and it stuck out to me because of its vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free nature. I have a dairy allergy that generally means cooking with substitutes, but this dish is perfectly dairy-allergy friendly as is. Plus, as a vegan dish, it was so packed with flavor that I didn’t even notice the lack of meat.

What I love most about chana masala is its texture. I like seeing the ingredients in my meal and picking what goes on each spoonful. This recipe is rich in spices– it has such a curried aroma...

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Meet HCP’s Newest Interns!

Posted by Emily

Monday, January 27, 2014

I’d like to extend a warm welcome to our Spring 2014 interns, and take a quick post to introduce them as our newest HCP Dishes blog contributors! Join them here each week as they share their culinary creations, favorite foodie trends, wacky food holidays, local events, and other gastronomical thoughts!


Ellen is a sophomore at Emerson College, pursuing a BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing! Originally from Palm Beach, she has traded her fresh Florida seafood and citurs for New England lobster and apple orchards while she completes school in Boston. We can see that she still misses tropical cuisine though–one of her favorite dishes in the area is The Friendly Toast’s Cashew Coconut Pancakes :-) Once a vegan but now opting for just a dairy-free diet, she is loving HCP title Herbivoracious so far and all of the DF options it offers!


Alexa hails from Ohio, but we’re happy to have her here...

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Liven Up the Holiday Season with the Gift of Panini

Posted by Emily

Friday, December 20, 2013

This December, we’re gearing up to celebrate one of the most versatile appliances in the kitchen: the panini press. Whether a generic counter-top grill, a popular George Foreman, or any number of new varieties of panini press from Breville, Cuisinart, or others, we’ve recently discovered the range of recipes that a good panini press can truly provide. And that’s why we’re excited to share three weeks of recipes, tips and information on making the most of your press, from Kathy Strahs, author of our newly released Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook. Working with panini presses for years, Kathy has come up with inspiration for everything from creative lunch-time snacks to easy weeknight meals, as well as fantastic desserts that are great for entertaining or anytime.

kathy strahs headshot

And, with the holiday season upon us, a panini gift basket—complete with a new appliance, the cookbook, and a set of accessories—makes for a thoughtful, functional, and...

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Pre-Order VEGAN PLANET for a Free Apron!

Posted by Emily

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the best-selling cookbook, we’re giving every person who pre-orders a copy of the newly revised edition of Robin Robertson’s VEGAN PLANET a chance to win one of 20 limited-edition Vegan Planet aprons! Just forward your Amazon receipt detailing the pre-order to hcpblogging@gmail.com, and you will be automatically entered to win.

Rules + Regulations
1. Vegan Planet, Revised Edition (The Harvard Common Press, January 2014) must be pre-ordered from Amazon before January 7, 2014. Proof of order must be emailed to hcpblogging@gmail.com (Attention: Emily Geaman, Marketing Associate) by 11:59pm EST on 1/7/14.
2. Pre-orders made prior to the start of this contest are eligible for entry; Amazon receipt must still be provided.
3. 20 winners will be selected using Random.org. Winners will contacted by email on or by January 9, 2014 and have seven (7) days to provide their mailing address before a replacement winner will be selected.
4. This giveaway is...

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