Winner, Another Giveaway, and Answers

May 18, 2011

Winner!  Thank you to those who entered to win the Guy Fieri cookbook!  I always love reading about your favorite cookbooks and will answer your questions a bit later in this post.  First, today’s winner is comment #19 – Meredyth, who wanted to know if I do any microwave cooking.  Truthfully, Meredyth, I only use my microwave to re-heat things.  I am sure there are cookbooks out there that feature microwave cooking!  Email me so I can get your address.

Now onto giveaway #2.

This book also came directly from the publisher.  When they emailed me asking if I wanted a copy, I couldn’t type “yes” quickly enough.  I love Patricia Wells.  I have her Provence, Paris, and Vegetable Harvest book and use and adore all three.  She falls into that elite category of totally trustworthy cookbook authors.  Her recipes are simple and bursting with flavor.  She truly lives by that motto of use the very best ingredients, don’t tinker with them too much, and you will have perfection.  So why am I giving this book away?  Surprisingly, for a salad book, there is very little non-meat here.  Normally that would be fine because the vegetarian recipes look lovely.  But they also look fairly similar to recipes from her other books.  In other words, I don’t need it and I probably won’t use it.  Would you?

In my last post, I talked about pedestrian tastes.  What is your guilty pleasure?  Tell me in the comments and I will pick a winner on Monday.

Now for answers.  Delia wondered if I watch any cooking or food related shows.  I watch Top Chef but not Top Chef Masters (I just can’t get into it) and I did watch the dessert one and cringed throughout the entire thing.  I used to watch a fair number of people on the Food Network but the only person I can stand anymore is Ina.

Charlotte wants to know what meals I make for my boys.  Promise no judgment here, people – all right?  There are a lot of cheese and bean quesadillas in our house.  Noodles with butter and Parmesan cheese and soy meatballs.  Tofu and rice.  Bean and cheese burritos.  Mac and cheese (no judging!).  Soba noodles with tofu.  English muffin pizza.  They love edamame so we have those often.  My little vegetarians are not bit vegetable eaters, but they love fruit.  I remember my pediatrician saying that ideally they eat both veggies and fruit but one or the other is fine too.  So they have to have fruit at every meal.  They will also eat carrots with hummus and sometimes snap peas.  Or celery with peanut butter and raisins.  Graham will really eat just about anything while Spencer is much pickier.

Melinda wondered if I ever cook Indian food.  I can guarantee you that as soon as Randy reads this, he will call/email/text me asking, “Why don’t you make Indian food anymore?”  I used to make it a lot.  I have three amazing Indian cookbooks, all from restaurants in London, and both Randy and I LOVE Indian food.  I have no explanation as to why I have made more Indian food.  Time to fix that.

Ange wondered how long I have been a vegetarian and when/how I decided.  It has been a long time since I told this story – I think I had about 3 readers last time I wrote about it – so here goes.  The short version.  When I was 16, I was on this three month bike trip in France.  We rode in five different regions and had homestays in each region.  In Corsica, about mid-way through the trip, my friend Jen (she of the yoga retreats who I talk about all the time) and I ended up in the same house with a very crazy Corsican family.  Lots of yelling and fighting.  It was a little terrifying actually.  The last night we were there, they made us a special feast including pâté.  I took one look at it and knew there was no way I could eat it.  How to get away with this and not be rude?  I told them I was vegetarian.  And then, I realized that I really was.  I had no desire to eat meat, even as a child I only ate it because my mom told me to.  I liked hamburgers but I could easily give those up and I liked fish so I would just keep eating that.  So, I stopped eating red meat and white meat at 16.  For Jen’s 21st birthday, I took her out for dinner and I ordered salmon.  I finished it and thought, “I think I’m done with fish too.”  And I was.  So, no meat since 16 and no fish since 20.

Lori wanted to know what yeast I use for bread baking.  I just use commercial yeast – the type that is in the packets.  I use rapid rise if a recipe calls for it but otherwise I use active dry.

Midori (hi Midori!) wanted to know what spice I use for a little extra sumpin’ sumpin’ in my cooking.  The spice I use most often for sure is cumin.  It features prominently in most of my favorite cuisines – Indian (see above), Mexican, Thai, North African, Middle Eastern.  But for a little boost, I will often add a pinch of red pepper flakes – not enough to be spicy, just enough to be interesting.

Thanks for playing!


  1. Miss Treat,
    I can’t justify buying another cookbook, so please pick me!
    I love Patricia Wells Bistro Cooking and hear this is a nice book, filled with not just salads.

    And if you don’t pick me, can you please copy the recipe for her Quinoa Salad w/ Parsley Pesto for me? Everyone loves it and I will have to buy the book to get it!!!!!

    Thank you!

    Comment by stacey snacks — May 18, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

  2. Salad as a meal so works for me! Would LOVE the book.

    Comment by Kathy — May 18, 2011 @ 4:41 pm

  3. Mine is as simple as a spoon (or finger, more honestly) dipped in a jar of peanut butter.

    Comment by RH — May 18, 2011 @ 4:41 pm

  4. Well now you’ve triggered ME to have a question (though I don’t want in on the cookbook. No offense.) What are those Indian cookbooks that you own? because I obviously need them in my life.

    Comment by Joanne — May 18, 2011 @ 4:52 pm

  5. Salads as a meal is one of our go-to summertime dinners. It’s so easy and our farmer’s market is always bursting with wonderful veggie options. However, we rotate the few, same salads. This cookbook would be perfect to spice things up a bit!
    As for my guilty pleasure, it’s Taco Bell. I feel horrible even typing it, but maybe I can blame this on my Venezuelan partner? It’s our go-to on roadtrips. I used to dread it, but I have to admit, I look foward to it now, just like him. It’s cheap, quick and they have vegetarian options for us.

    Comment by Helen — May 18, 2011 @ 4:56 pm

  6. A cookbook of salads would be great! I have trouble coming up with new combos and I’m sure this book would be inspiring! Would love to have a copy, even if I don’t win! And well, I have to agree with Helen, Taco Bell is a guilty pleasure!

    Comment by Jane — May 18, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

  7. Yes, please divulge the names of the Indian cookbooks! Love Indian food (the kids don’t but the hubby does)!

    My guilty pleasure is ice cream…the full fat, made with real cream goodness! A rare treat, but a true guilty pleasure!

    The cookbook looks awesome! Thanks for entering me :-)

    Comment by EileenQ — May 18, 2011 @ 5:35 pm

  8. The simple things are the best…my favorite guilty pleasure is a warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie (right out of the oven is perfect) with a glass of milk. So yummy and it always puts a smile on my face!

    Comment by Diane M — May 18, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

  9. Good old Chocolate Chip Cookies are my guilty pleasure. I keep a bag of frozen “cookie balls” in the freezer and then I can just bake off one (or two or three) and have hot cookies and a glass of milk in the time it takes me to put on my PJs and settle in to watch my favorite TV show. Heaven :)!

    And then salad the next day…

    Comment by Gillian — May 18, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

  10. My favourite guilty pleasure is a homemade healthy cookie made with oatmeal, almond meal, banana puree, LOADS of dark chocolate chips with pieces of toasted almonds. It’s so scrumptious that I see this as a guilty pleasure when it’s indeed a nutritious treat!

    Comment by Irene — May 18, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

  11. Oh I have many pedestrian tastes, but one that stands out reminds me of my childhood in Venezuela: green mango with salt. It embodies home and warm afternoons after school throwing stones at the green mangoes on our backyard tree… just joyful!
    I love salads, so would love to have this book!!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

    Comment by Zorymar — May 18, 2011 @ 6:19 pm

  12. guilty pleasure is puff wheat squares. i like the crunchyness and chocolatey stickiness. mostly sugar is my guilty pleasure, but now that its summer i indulge in overpriced fruit (strawberries/ blueberries,etc) since the winter is mostlly banana’s and apples.

    Comment by angela — May 18, 2011 @ 6:29 pm

  13. My guilty pleasure is mint chocolate chip ice cream. I have two pints in my freezer right now. Don’t want to be stranded without!

    salads counter the guilt well!

    Comment by Elizabeth — May 18, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

  14. Oooh, this book looks fantastic! I love making main-dish salads, especially with summer coming.

    My guilty pleasure (and it’s pretty bad!) is eating mini Reeses peanut butter cups and potato chips together!!!

    Comment by sara — May 18, 2011 @ 6:38 pm

  15. My guilty pleasure is tater tots. In fact I found a recipe for “potato crusted halibut” using tater tots and I know it’s a sin to do that to halibut, but I can’t help trying it! Thanks for another great giveaway!

    Comment by Emily — May 18, 2011 @ 6:46 pm

  16. Pedestrian you say…well I honestly can’t get more basic but oh so moorish than a teaspoon dipped into the Nutella jar and popped straight into my mouth. Oh dear but oh yummy.

    Comment by Linda Grothe — May 18, 2011 @ 6:53 pm

  17. Hot dogs, only in the summer, but I love them. They can’t be good for you…..I need to focus on salads!

    Comment by June — May 18, 2011 @ 7:06 pm

  18. Ooh, I love the look of that book… will try to check it out at the library if I don’t win!
    My guilty pleasure? Rice Krispie treats. I ONLY make them if I’m going to have a lot of people around because I CANNOT stop eating them.
    So see? I need more salad meals to balance that out :)

    Love your blog!

    Comment by Courtney Hans — May 18, 2011 @ 7:07 pm

  19. I always make the same boring salads so I would LOVE this cookbook! As for my guilty pedestrian pleasures–Eggo waffles and Annie’s Mac & Cheese (not together).

    Comment by Jessica — May 18, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

  20. Coconut Bliss Dark Chocolate ice cream – YUM! I hide a container where no one can find it in the freezer and whenever I need a little pick-me up, there it is waiting for me.

    My other guilty pleasure: your Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies. The dough alone sends me to Cloud 9! But it requires a little time…

    I would love the cookbook! I have been looking for a new vegetarian cookbook =)

    Comment by Jenny — May 18, 2011 @ 7:13 pm

  21. my favorite guilty pleasure – Lately it has been anything with peanut butter. The big Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, the Little Debbie Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars (frozen) they remind me of Girl Scout cookies and then my simple Peanut Butter Sandwich. This week everyday I have had one or all of them. bad girl bad girl. Although I might be able to give up the Peanut Butter for my favorite guilty pleasure – a really good German Chocolate Cake. (eyes closed, deep sigh)

    Comment by Pam — May 18, 2011 @ 7:15 pm

  22. My guilty pleasure is Mac and Cheese. I’d eat it every day if I could!

    Comment by geraldine — May 18, 2011 @ 7:23 pm

  23. My guilty pleasure is toasted bread with tomato slices, salt, pepper and extra virgin olive oil.I love playing with all kind of salad and the cookbook looks very interesting.
    Thanks for the opportunity!
    Maria Luisa

    Comment by Maria Luisa Manca — May 18, 2011 @ 7:49 pm

  24. My guilty pleasure is peanut M&M’s or the plain ones. I can’t stop even after a hand full! Cumin is my go-to spice too. My friend and I always laugh about this because it’s always the first spice I say we should add to something when cooking together!

    Comment by Jacqui — May 18, 2011 @ 7:50 pm

  25. Kraft Mac n cheese is definitely my “i’m feeling sorry for myself and can’t be bothered to get dressed, much less cook” food.
    I know a bunch of other people asked, but what ARE those indian cookbooks you’ve got??

    Comment by Cynthia — May 18, 2011 @ 8:08 pm

  26. i’ve pretty much let go of the “guilty pleasure” thing when it comes to food. however, anything with sugar could be considered a guilty pleasure as i *know* it doesn’t make me feel good, but i eat it when i want to indulge. nothing can beat one of the 36 hour chocolate chip cookies, warm from the oven with a glass of milk. mmmm!

    Comment by Ellen — May 18, 2011 @ 8:14 pm

  27. Those Cadbury hard-shelled mini eggs are my most imminent guilty pleasure. Followed by coffee ice cream.

    Thankfully the month-long cleanse hubby and I just finished helped counter balance all that horrid easter candy!

    Comment by Robin — May 18, 2011 @ 8:40 pm

  28. I probably have a lot of guilty pleasures. I definitely like rice crispy treats, and those white bark balls look amazing. I’m also made very happy by a big bag of potato chips even though I’ll probably buy the organic brand. I haven’t seen this new book yet, but I do love her other books. Odd that there’s a lot of meat in a salad book though.

    Comment by lisaiscooking — May 18, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

  29. My guilty pleasure is definitely pasta with loads of cheese. I try to be active the day I eat that to kind of counterbalance everything :-)

    Comment by veronique — May 18, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

  30. I would say that my guilty pleasure is ice cream, specifically this coffee ice cream from Trader Joes, I believe it’s called Coffee Bean Blast. I don’t keep it in the house because, well, I’ll eat it! Every once in a while though it’s a wonderful treat (it’s especially nice served with warm brownies if you want to be extra decadent).

    Comment by Sara — May 18, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

  31. guilty pleasure: those big Reese Easter eggs and/or Cadbury mini eggs… apparently spring brings out a strong sugar craving in me. would love the cookbook Dana :)
    and I agree with Randy- you should cook more Indian on here. it’s a fave at our house, but I’d love to see what you’re doing!

    Comment by catherine — May 18, 2011 @ 9:13 pm

  32. OMG. Southern food. I’m an Illinois transplant living in Alabama and I must say, the world of fried okra, sweet tea and pecan pie is a delightfully guilty pleasure.

    Comment by Carrie N. — May 18, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

  33. My guilty pleasure is creamy custards and puddings! I also love salad and would love the cookbook.

    Comment by Shawnee F — May 18, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

  34. My guilty pleasure: Mac & Cheese. Specifically: Kraft Mac & Cheese, Stouffer’s Mac & Cheese, and perhaps the worst of the worst, fried Mac & Cheese triangles from my old college bar. I haven’t had one of those in years but YUM.

    I would love this cookbook! My family has a big salad for dinner at least once a week and I would love to change it up a bit!

    Comment by Mary — May 18, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

  35. I cook almost everything I eat from scratch, but lazy day dinners of a simple fried egg sandwhich (with ketchup, yikes!) are a frequent fail-safe. For snacks, I never tire of a simple apple cored with some P.B. On the junkier side of things I love tootsie rolls. I would love that cookbook :)

    Comment by Jessica — May 18, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

  36. I think my guilty pleasure is Chocolate syrup and Peanut butter sauce on vanilla ice cream. And really, I don’t even like ice cream all that much, I just use it to hold my chocolate/peanut butter sauce!!

    Comment by Laura — May 18, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

  37. My guilty pleasure is savouring beautiful cookbooks – ” just because ” ….. I read them like magazines and books – with the advantage of walking away from them with something inspirational .


    Comment by Gourmet Goddess — May 18, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

  38. I would have to say my guilty pleasure is cheese – I adore it and can make a meal out of fruit, cheese and greed bread! I love Ms. Wells and I love all vegetables, frankly there has not been one veggie I found that I did not love. Another great giveaway! Thank you and enjoy the rest of your week.

    Comment by Charlene — May 18, 2011 @ 10:36 pm

  39. my pedestrian treat is frozen brownies. I always make a batch and then keep them in the freezer, I can then slowly savor them as they melt in my mouth. Not sure if your giveaway extends to Australia, but I am enjoying your recipes. Here in the tropics main meal salads are the way to go, and I am always looking for new ideas.

    Comment by GILLIAN — May 18, 2011 @ 11:37 pm

  40. Taco Bell volcano tacos with fire sauce…I could eat them until I burst. I need a salad book, and I love Patricia!

    Comment by Mona — May 19, 2011 @ 12:40 am

  41. … now that we have had two days of sun and it is in the 60′s – and it is May 18 – at least for the day, “Salad As A Meal” would make me happy! OK, so I live in Seattle …

    Comment by Ginger G — May 19, 2011 @ 12:49 am

  42. I would love a Patricia Wells cookbook, since I don’t have anything of hers yet and have been wanting one.

    And my guilty pleasure, sometimes I like good chocolate melted and drizzled over a bowl of homemade granola. It never fails to satisfy.

    Comment by Sandra — May 19, 2011 @ 12:59 am

  43. My guilty pleasure has to be using Nescafe for my iced coffee…coffee lovers everywhere, CRINGE!

    Comment by Tracy — May 19, 2011 @ 1:26 am

  44. though a michigander by birth, i currently live in the dominican republic… for 40 pesos (the equivalent of about $1.15 USD) one can buy a 12-pack of cookies literally called “galletas chocolate.” no name brand and surely a lot of unpronounceable ingredients, but my snobby palate jumps every time i eat them! i’ve had to stop buying them, cause they disappear waaaaaaaaaaay too quickly :)

    Comment by caitlin — May 19, 2011 @ 1:44 am

  45. Fudgsicles. What can I say? One a day and when I’m feeling blue, possibly more. Love seeing your name in my Inbox as unread mail — I open your messages before those of my family and friends. What does that say about me? Not much, but it does say alot about you and your gift not just for cooking creatively and eating well, but also for your ability to put words together in a compelling way. Thank you for that!


    Comment by NancyB — May 19, 2011 @ 1:54 am

  46. How could I forget toast with cinnamon and brown sugar?! I think about it more often than eat it because I talk myself into something better, but oh man……

    Comment by Jessica — May 19, 2011 @ 2:03 am

  47. My guilty pleasure is an In-N-Out grilled cheese animal style with fries and milkshake. The grilled onions, tomatoes, lettuce, sauce and cheese are perfection (and I never even miss the meat).

    Comment by Kathy — May 19, 2011 @ 2:20 am

  48. I jumped the gun and revealed my pedestrian tastes in your last post! BUT don’t worry – I have more :) Frozen sweet potato fries. Also? Annie’s Mac & Cheese. I make great mac and cheese but for some reason, I love Annie’s.

    Comment by Maris (In Good Taste) — May 19, 2011 @ 2:35 am

  49. I love Duncan Hines Devils cake mix. It can’t be Pillsbury or Betty Crocker. It has to be Duncan Hines. I know it’s full of those hydrogenated oils/fats, but I LOVE it, love it! I put a small amount of the mix in a little mug, add water, mix and microwave it for about 10 seconds. It comes out a little gooey in the center and cakey on the outside. That is my pedestrian taste!

    Comment by Midori — May 19, 2011 @ 2:48 am

  50. I have many guilty pleasures – ice cream, cookies, anything with chocolate – but I’m not ashamed to admit those. Cheeto’s are the one thing that I could hide in a closet and shamefully eat an entire bag of…. with a Diet Coke of course. :)

    Comment by Julie — May 19, 2011 @ 4:03 am

  51. I would love to win this cookbook. And I have so many guilty pleasures I don’t know where to start – cheese whiz on celery, hot buttered toast, peanut butter on anything, baked potato with ranch dressing, rice with cheese….cheese/carbs so bad. Thanks for answering the question about kid food. No judging here – my boy lives on whole wheat toast and peanut butter and the odd carrot or cucumber slice and lots of yogurt and fruit. I’ll try some of your suggestions.

    Comment by Charlotte — May 19, 2011 @ 5:45 am

  52. I own only one cookbook so having another would double my collection! Guilty pleasure: dunking a spoonful of peanut butter into a bowl of granola and eating it off. and then double, triple, etc. dipping. Delicious.

    Comment by jeanne — May 19, 2011 @ 6:46 am

  53. Ooh, what a neat sounding cookbook. Thanks for putting on the contest :)

    On a separate note, I have two guilty pleasures: eating peanut butter straight out of the jar (I know this has already been said, but hey! peanut butter is that delicious) and tortilla chips. I’ll dip chips in almost anything, or eat my weight in them plain, but one thing is certain — quality or not, the bag will be destroyed if I’m around.

    Comment by Ashley - Freshly Vegetarian — May 19, 2011 @ 6:57 am

  54. The cookbook looks lovely… and timely! Hmmm… guilty pleasures… microwave popcorn with a handful of chocolate chips or m&ms mixed in. And about once a year my usually-healthy self stops to get a fish sandwich from McDonald’s (the food my teenage self thought was healthy!).

    Comment by Bridget — May 19, 2011 @ 11:34 am

  55. My guilty pleasures are potato chips (really thick and salty) dipped in cream cheese. I have no idea where my mother got the idea, but I’ve been eating them that way since I was a kid. Also, when I feel like something sweet, I melt dark chocolate, swirl in a few spoonfuls of peanut butter, and dip pretzels into the bowl. The last “pedestrian” treat I can’t resist are Newman’s oreos crushed and mixed into coffee ice cream… delish!

    Comment by Liza — May 19, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

  56. My favorite guilty pleasure (yes, there is more than one) are the Cadbury Mini Eggs- the ones with the hard shell and the milk chocolate center. I can always justify indulging- they only come around once a year!

    Comment by Kate — May 19, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

  57. My guilty pleasure: homemade croutons. Take any kind of white, artisanal bread, cut into smallish squares, tossed with scandalous amounts of olive oil, pepper and salt, and toast in oven. Eat in copious amounts when under stress. Something about the crunch.

    Comment by Su T — May 19, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

  58. The cookbook looks gorgeous. Here’s what I love, especially watching a football game, that I wouldn’t tell just anyone….cheese in a jar! I know gross! But give me some of that warmed up with a bowl of chips and a cold beer….heaven! After all I am a country girl….sort of…. Thanks Dana!

    Comment by Ginger — May 19, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

  59. Guilty pleasure=Morning Bun from Cafe Bernard’s. Fortunately, and unfortunately, this is one block from my home in Basalt (Colorado), AND you may only buy one per customer!

    Comment by Amanda — May 19, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

  60. ohhhh i would love this cookbook.
    my guilty pleasure is eeekkkk….. homemade mayonaise. gross, maybe? but i could gain 1 million lbs off of it. i love it

    Comment by bebe — May 19, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

  61. Guilty pleasure: mac and cheese and ice cream, especially Ben and Jerry’s Mint Cookie ice cream.

    This looks like an interesting book. My family is usually not big salad eaters but I think that may be because we really can’t seem to do anything interesting with them. This would probably help. I am definitely a cookbook cook, even with a salad!

    Comment by Kate — May 19, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

  62. Where to start with the guilty pleasures. Hmmm…

    The first one has to be Kraft mac and cheese. This has been at the top of the list for a long time now. Just ask my mom. When I was in first grade she was looking at the craft projects we made which were titled “My favorite thing my mommy makes for me is…” She recalls some of the answers from my classmates like: spheghetti and meatballs, soup, lasagna, etc. Then she found mine. “My favorite thing my mommmy makes for me is KRAFT macaroni and cheese”. Needless to say she never heard the end of it from my aunts!!

    My other guilty pleasure is chocolate…anything chocolate!

    Comment by Erica — May 19, 2011 @ 4:56 pm

  63. I allow myself one double shot espresso in the morning. Every now and then I have another at lunch. I love the sharp, yet smooth taste of really hot espresso. No sugar – just pure coffee. That is my ridiculous guilty pleasure.

    Comment by Jenny — May 19, 2011 @ 8:48 pm

  64. Yellow cake with chocolate icing, from a box and a tub, respectively. I have it every year on my birthday and get to eat as much as I want until it’s gone!

    Comment by Annie — May 19, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

  65. What a great concept for a cookbook–I love salads and like so many meals I get stuck in ruts and books like this help get out of those ruts! :)

    Comment by See Nikki Cook — May 19, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

  66. My guilty pleasure is cake, especially a good pineapple upside-down cake! When I was younger I never really cared for sweets, but now I crave cake all the time. I really love the texture of moist, spongy cake and I can do without any frosting, which is usually too sweet for my taste. I also love a PB and chocolate milkshake on a hot day or gelato.

    Comment by melinda ke — May 19, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

  67. I always think of salads as a meal, but my husband doesn’t usually agree! I’m having Greek salad tonight.

    My favorite way to consume a guilty pleasure and what is also labeled a pedestrian taste is to have a grilled cheese sandwich. When I was growing up we had a tiny skillet that would just hold a sandwich, so grilled cheese reminds me of growing up! I just wish I knew what happened to that skillet.

    To make fancy grilled cheese, I’d use a bigger pan and cook onions to add inside the sandwich. I would cook the sandwich open faced to easily add the onion and then close up the two halves with the yummy onion inside. Leave the sandwich whole or cut on an angle.

    I sometimes put catsup mixed with black pepper on my plate and dipped the sandwich into the catsup every few bites. YUM! Have a pickle on the side and I’m in heaven. Add wave cut potato chips to the plate and I’m even happier.

    Did I really say I was making a healthy Greek salad and not a carbo and fat loaded grilled cheese sandwich tonight???

    Comment by Yafa — May 20, 2011 @ 12:09 am

  68. Mac and cheese in the blue box has got to be my guilty pleasure, and has been since I was about 10. I think I used to eat it at least once a week. When my husband is out of town, that’s probably the first thing I go to the store to get.

    We love salads as meals, especially after a gluttonous weekend. They always make me feel so happy and healthy!

    Comment by Rachel — May 20, 2011 @ 1:56 am

  69. Ok – maybe not totally pedestrian but… Bagel Chips and Red Wine. Developed a taste for it in an apartment in Fremont and still love it.
    Started taking salads to work this week for the first time and am loving it.

    Comment by Katie — May 20, 2011 @ 4:08 am

  70. @Yafa – Love your post…it made me laugh out loud! I always think of salad as a meal too! Dang, your description of your savory pedestrian indulgence made my mouth water.

    Comment by Midori — May 20, 2011 @ 5:49 am

  71. warm bread, freshly made, dripping with real butter. Yummy!!!

    Comment by Beth R — May 20, 2011 @ 11:02 am

  72. I do not wish to enter the giveaway since I already have a copy of Salad as a Meal and I wish I could send it back – pre-ordered in excitement because I usually love Patricia Wells’ work and was sorely disappointed by the lack of new vegetarian options.

    However, I would love, LOVE to know the name of the “three amazing Indian cookbooks” you mentioned in your post. Please? I will also share my current favorite: Denis Cotter’s For the Love of Food. I just made his super refreshing Vermicelli & Cabbage Salad with Almond-Coconut Dressing and Coriander-Radish Salsa. Lovely. I believe you would really enjoy this book, Dana!

    Comment by Yannik — May 20, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

  73. White Cheddar natural cheetos, worst discovery ive ever made ;)

    Comment by Sara — May 20, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

  74. reading cookbooks in the bathtub with a glass of wine.

    Comment by toni — May 20, 2011 @ 11:27 pm

  75. Guilty pleasure is melted nutella over good vanilla ice cream. Thanks for rattling the cookbook. Looks great!

    Comment by Becky — May 21, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

  76. Guilty pleasure??? only one? anything salty.. especially Chips! If I had to choose one kind in particular it would be “honey BBQ”. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Comment by Suzanne — May 22, 2011 @ 10:27 am

  77. My pedestrian food pleasure, I am ashamed to admit, is Mac and CHeese. Yes the boxed stuff. Shock full of – pardon me – Velveeta

    Oh, my – if you don’t ban me from the comments now, I’ll be safe forever!

    Comment by SallyBR — May 22, 2011 @ 8:02 pm

  78. I love peanut butter, especially on Triscuits but I will eat it by the spoonful sometimes.

    Comment by Florida — May 23, 2011 @ 11:12 am

  79. oh lord, hands down my guilty pleasure is white cake with white frosting and coconut on top… like those frozen sara lee cakes! total sugar shock within seconds of bite one, but oh so delicious! please pick my name for this salad cookbook to save me from such treats :)

    Comment by christine — May 24, 2011 @ 2:55 am

  80. I know the contest is over but feel compelled to share anyhow. I’ve been vegetarian for more than 20 years now, with the only exception being when I attend a Major League Baseball game, where I… enjoy is the wrong word, consume? a hot dog or three with a $10 beer. What can I say, I am a vegetarian not a communist.

    Comment by Ryan — May 25, 2011 @ 11:28 pm

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