Hello September

Today was a beautiful grey day here in Los Angeles. While we didn’t have much of a summer, I’m ecstatic about the arrival of fall. Why? Because fall is the best. The best time to get baking away. And of course Halloween is just around the corner. I can’t contain my excitement.

With Labor day off, I wanted to spend some time in the kitchen. I made the Cauliflower and Mushroom Pot Pie from Veganomicon. This is the perfect recipe for the transition from summer to fall.

making of a pot pie

This pot pie isΒ  full of fresh fragrant vegetables with a good dose of spices. While the pot pie is leaning towards the heartiness of fall, the vegetables still have a hint of summer.

pot pie

Check out all that cauliflower. This pie is packed with it. It cooks down to a soft and insanely delicious treat. It meshes greatly with the mushroom and other veggies.

cauliflower and mushroom pot pie

The pie is topped with a biscuit like olive crust. The savory crust is salty and crunchy and a nice contrast to the soft veggies; all in all, wonderfully balanced. While this pot pie is fairly large, Shawn and I were able to finish it off in one sitting. It’s that good, and not overly filling.

Ok, now back to that giveaway. I couldn’t have made this pot pie without the help of my Dutch oven. Well I guess I could have but it wouldn’t have been nearly as simple. But let’s not kid around, these guys aren’t cheap. Cookware.com has offered to give a $70 gift card to one lucky reader (which doesn’t quite pay for a dutch oven, but would definitely make one affordable).Β  The great thing is that you can buy anything on their site…or any of their affiliated sites, like AllModern.com or 200 other sites. That’s a lot of options.

All you have to do is comment on this post before midnight on September 13th. If you want another chance to win, follow me on twitter (and make sure to mention it in your comment). I’ll pick a winner at random when the giveaway closes. Good luck!


And we have a winner! Congratulations to Meghan! She’s gonna get to go on a fancy shopping spree. Yay!

65 Responses to “Hello September”
  1. Angel says:

    My dad always looks for veggie pot pies at the grocery store and they aren’t easy to find. Next time he visits I’m making this for him!

  2. Sara says:

    I just tried my first recipe from the Veganomicon- the Asparagus Quiche with Tomatoes and Tarragon! It was delicious! =]

  3. Deanna G. says:

    I’d love to be entered for the giveaway! πŸ™‚

  4. Deanna G. says:

    I follow you on Twitter as “calidreamin87”

  5. susitravl says:

    CSN has so many useful gadgets that I would love to have. Anything to make cooking quicker/easier.

  6. Juliana says:

    i wanna wiiin
    i already follow you on twitter (@onlyccoking) !

  7. Tofu Ted says:

    I’d love to win… and I also follow you on Twitter as @wokwildside

  8. meeyeehere says:

    Ooh,I am not too late to enter??? Awesome!!!! I would love to win!I really would like a large crock pot!!!!Thanks so much

  9. meeyeehere says:

    I follow you on twitter@meeyeehere
    Oh and is that twitter picture of you?? If it is you look just like Scarlet Johannson. Do you get that often??? JUst curious

  10. Stacy says:

    I LOVE when someone blogs about a cookbook recipe that I didn’t particularly want to try, but then the pictures and description make me excited about it. That olive-y crust looks soo good!

  11. Leigh says:

    As a special education teacher, after the school day, lesson planning and grading, I have almost no personal time. One thing that I always make time for, however, is daily vegan cooking, and at least monthly vegan baking. I am always in need of more cooking supplies so winning this would be much appreciated!

  12. I am loving your blog – just found it today πŸ™‚

    I have many soup and chili recipes that would very much welcome a dutch oven like this πŸ™‚

  13. and I now follow you on twitter ! πŸ˜€