Happy 2016! Has it really been five years since we hit publish on our very first blog post?
This past year has been great. In addition to writing more than 40 posts, I had the opportunity to take Rouxbe’s Plant-Based Professional Online Course, we did some photography for VegNews and Go Gluten Free Magazines and we attended the 2015 Vida Vegan Con in May. I love feeling so connected to the vegan community, and LA has been such a wonderful spot to create and cultivate relationships with amazing vegan chefs, authors, personalities and bloggers. This past year has been incredible and I’m so grateful for it!
For the past two years I’ve conducted a reader feedback survey on Olives for Dinner. I love creating original content, but need your feedback on how it can be improved. What do you like most about it? What keeps you coming back? (I hope you keep coming back!) What can I do to make the site better or more useful to you?
This year, as in the past couple of years, I’m offering a giveaway of cookbooks from some of my favorite authors for not one but THREE lucky winners! They are:
There are three chances to be entered to win. They are:
2. Connect with me on any or all of the social media channels listed below, and leave a comment below letting me know you did (or already do!)
Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Bloglovin’
3. Leave a comment below letting me know which recipes or type of recipes you like best on the site and what you’d like to see more of in 2016!
Do one or all to increase your chances of winning! On January 11, I’ll randomly pick three responses as the winners. First picked will get first choice, second pick will get next and third will automatically get the last one.
The winners of this giveaway are Emily, Julz and Joleanna … congrats!
Thank you for taking the time to enter the survey and submitting your feedback! As always, if you have a question or comment, feel free to contact me.
Happy 2016! xo
You have a great blog! I've been following you on Instagram and just started following on Facebook. I'm excited to try some more of your tofu recipes. Congrats on the anniversary! – Emily (@emwiththehyphen)
I love most of the recipes, particularly giving us an example from a cookbook.
I thought I was following you on all those sites. I am now.
Oh Lordy how I love your Hearts of Palm Crab Cakes! I have made that one several times… I think I might go check out the instagram too. Your photos are amazing by the way!
So happy you like, Rebecca!
Shannon Breeding says
Love easy-to-make vegetable dishes and soups are the best! Thank you!
Becki Lu says
Your vegan carrot lox are life changing!
Becki Lu says
I love the photography on your site. It inspires me to go make something delicious too!
Yay! Thanks Becki. 🙂
Diana @ VeggieNextDoor says
My favorite recipes are weeknight entrees. Or breakfasts/lunches I can make ahead and pack for work. I subscribe via Bloglovin so I never miss a post!
Thanks for your feedback, Diana! If you haven't already, check out this post!
i would enjoy more sandwiches and wraps! thanks for the giveaway! firstname.lastname@example.org
Favorite has got to be the hearts of palm crab cakes. Even omnivore friends love it.
Love to hear that. Thanks Michael!
Brenda Dendaas says
I have been following you on facebook for almost two years and I love your hearts of palm crab cakes and carrot lox a lot. I love browsing the recipes on your blog. Thank You ?
Thanks so much Brenda!
Brenda Dendaas says
I love your "crab" cakes and carrot lox a lot. I have been following you on Facebook for two years and love browsing the recipes on your blog. Thank you for hard work ?
The Peace Patch says
You do such a fabulous job with everything but my favorite are your lentil and chickpea recipes…you always have creative ideas for these trusty old standbys. More chickpea/lentil/bean recipes would be great (rather than soy-based or processed ingredients), and of course more of your sumptuous photos. Cheers!
Ms. Becky says
I really like your tofu recipes, (ginger/garlic, and pepper/thyme are faves), and your basics and how-to because I often need help with those things. thanks for the giveaway.
A great reminder! Thanks Becky!
Kirsten Lindquist says
I find your recipes really creative and innovative and I've stolen lots of techniques from your blog, yeah!! I'm more interested in recipes than discussions of experiences (eating out, classes, book reviews.) Can't wait for more in 2016! Happy New Year!
So happy you've found it helpful, Kirsten!
I've only made the vegan carrot lox so far and I am craving it big time today (out of carrots though, too lazy to go to the store today.) Next time I am going to add nori or kelp dust to the marinade thought I think. … Anyhow, I follow you on Instagram and just love the photos of the food you post! You have a true craft that I wish to possess. (I'm a good cook, but bad with time management and presentation is not my forte!). As far as 2016, keep doing what you're doing, everything you make sounds delicious to me!
So happy you like the lox Jackie — thanks for your kind words!
I've started following you on Facebook. The recipe of yours that I absolutely love is the Bumbleberry Cobbler. It is absolutely delicious! – Sarah T.
Thanks Sarah! That recipe is actually Julie Hasson's from Vegan Casseroles, and I agree — it's pretty awesome!
I am following you on Facebook! My favorite recipes are the simple, quick ones–I make the sticky tofu all the time!
I follow you on Bloglovin'. I like the soup and tofu recipes best (and the teas!). I would like more salad recipes, especially main course salads. Thank you 🙂
Julia Arnold says
Big fan, long time, all of the medias. You were of the very first I turned to when I went vegan almost four years ago come next month. 🙂
Thanks so much Julia! 🙂
My favourites are things with spices, like the palak 'paneer'. Also agree with many others that it's nice to see tasty tofu recipes. I would like to see more… recipes recipes recipes! Great stuff, thanks!
I have liked you on FB and already follow on Twitter. Have just done the survery. I like recipes, but original ones that inspire me to also be more creative in my kitchen ie the vegan caviar is still bookmarked to make.
Michelle Blanken says
Just started following you on Pinterest, you take wonderful photos. I like that you can turn vegetables into haute cuisine. The recipes that most interest me are the ones that use veggies in creative and novel ways.
Thanks Michelle! It's amazing what vegetables can do!
Stephanie Jordan says
I really enjoy your recipes and would like to see more bread recipes.
Thank you! email@example.com
Stephanie Jordan says
I follow you on facebook. Everything I've ever made is yummy.
Ashley Chew says
I follow you on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, & Pinterest. I would love to see more "Buddha bowl" style meals & entree style salads. Also some raw desserts & treats would be nice.
rana durham says
im in love with your desserts and i love to see more family dinners. following you on facebook, twitter, instagram,pinterest, blogloving and etc.
I would love to see more easy/low maintenance recipes for busy nights!
Suburban Snow White says
Follow on Instagram!
Follow on instagram and Pinterest
Rie Chan says
I like your creative ways to veganize items that are common in an omni diet but definitely aren't veg-friendly. Even when I don't actually make the recipe it makes for a good read. Keep it up. The blog has a a good 'voice'.
So happy to hear that Rie! You've actually just summed up everything I aspire to achieve with this blog!
I like Olives for Dinner on Facebook as Janel Myers.
I follow on Instagram as jmyers666.
I'd love to see more Basics & How To and maybe some cocktail recipes 😉
joliebraun at gmail dot com says
Would love to see some quickbreads, muffins, other cakey kinds of treats.
Aryn Martin says
I would love to see more "cheese" recipes 🙂
Sandy Smith says
I just made sure I am following you on all media!
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest & Bloglovin'
Sandy Smith says
I ALWAYS appreciate easy delicious recipes! Would also love awesome potluck recipes since my friends and I love potlucks.
I thought of one addition for the survey under "what I'd like to see on improved upon" or however that was worded. On your Facebook page, I'd love to see recipes that you do posted there. I don't remember to look at the blogs I love, but I'm always on Facebook.
Thanks Sandy! I do, but haven't been as prolific this past year, so they may ave been lost in the shuffle. My goal is to do more in 2016. 🙂
Taylor Reffett says
I follow you in instagram!
Taylor Reffett says
I'd love more fun burger and take out food recipes, especially that mimic nonvegan food. My boyfriend isn't vegan, but he often eats whatever I cook, and I'd love to make more meals that are guy-friendly. 😀
Will do, Taylor! We have similar kitchen situations. 🙂
Jessica Jordan says
Would love to see more lightened up recipes, higher in protein without grains. Follow on blog lovin
I would love to see more quick and easy sandwiches etc, and more on the opposite end, gourmet, special fare.
And I'm following you on instagram
I follow you on Facebook and pinterest. I look forward to whatever new recipes you come up with.
Amélie De says
I follow you on these :
Zohar Meir says
Hi! following you on facebook and instagram 🙂
I like you on Facebook!
I would love to see high protein, filling dinners that my partner will enjoy. 🙂
I follow you on Instagram. I love Asian recipes and would like to see some more how-to's and something special like molecular recipes. Thank you for this site 🙂 oh and something what my meat-lover bf would love.
I liked your page on Facebook as jtdlt. jtdlt10 at gmail
I follow your page on Instagram as jtdlt. jtdlt10 at gmail
I follow your page on Twitter as jtdlt. jtdlt10 at gmail
I follow your page on Pinterest as jtdlt. jtdlt10 at gmail
I'm always looking for high-protein vegan recipes that omnivores will also enjoy (though I myself am vegan all the way), so more beans, tofu, seitan, and tempeh are always appreciated! I also love your giveaways, of course! 🙂 jtdlt10 at gmail
I love your blog and have learned a great deal from it. I have enjoyed
reading some of the cookbooks you have reviewed, and even purchased
a few. I loved the free week event at Rouxbe. I wish I could afford to
take the whole plant based course.
You have inspired both myself and my husband to go from casual
vegetarians to a more vegan lifestyle. As a meat and potato guy, my
husband has begun to love lentils and broccoli and cauliflower.
That's so great to hear … thanks for your kind words!
Casey Rodweller says
I am connected with you on all forms of social media!
I absolutely love all of your recipes, and love seeing you use ingredients in new and unfamiliar ways! Love the Carrot Lox recipe, and cannot wait to make again!!!
Thanks Casey — I'll do a lot of that in 2016!
Shiitake Bacon Recipe.
Cookie recipes using organic cane sugar.
high protein entrees, and a vegetable galette recipe, please! 🙂
I am following your on instagram, twitter, pinterest, and facebook. Sometimes I like these giveaways because it reminds me to check out other social media outlets for places I like.
I don't comment ever, but I do stalk the pictures on your Insta (my Insta is a middle school library one so I don't follow anyone). I loved the Mars beer bottle pic-it reminds me of Alice in Wonderland for some reason. 🙂
Hear of palm crab cakes and oyster mushroom scallops…These feel fancy even though their simple.
Heart of palm crab cakes and oyster mushroom scallops…simple but feels fancy.
Joann Lakes says
I am following you on bloglovin',facebook, and pinterest. I love the carrot lox recipe. Soooo cool!
Lydia Claire says
I already follow you on all 5 social media platforms listed.
Corrine Greenfield says
I follow you on Facebook and Twitter!
I liked you on fb
First time visitor but I love what I see so far. Following on Facebook. Always looking for quick weeknight meals.
I would like to see more drinks
the palm crab cakes are a faaaave!! I'd love to see some no oil recipes!
OK I'm really trying to limit myself to three recipes so in no specific order: Fire noodles with crispy tofu, Spicy Vegan Scallop Roll,Tempeh Reuben with Sriracha-Vegenaise Dressing, Baked oyster mushrooms with dynamite sauce, Hearts of Palm crab cakes (I know, I know, everyone's mentioned them). (Just pretend these are three, please)
Honorable mentions/things I very much still want to try: pomegranate-coconut kanten, Fiery Sriracha Pearls, Chickpea Salad Sandwich, whiskey-sriracha candy, your okonomiyaki, the beany burger with sriracha-mayo & the vegan dynamite roll (I die).
What would I love to see more of: an Erin Wysocarski & Hubby cookbook, for the love of gahd.
Also, I follow you on Instagram as @pontic.bbies (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I am so happy you like the recipes and love your enthusiasm … thanks for your support!
Followed you on Instagram! (@dustywave)
I'd love to see more soup recipes as I am all about soup these days.
beer-battered hearts of palm ftw!
Stephanie Bianca says
I follow you on Facebook! I love your recipes for tofu and tempeh since I'm always looking for innovative ways to cook them!
Magic and Mayhem says
I follow you on Pinterest. I'm magicandmayhem. 🙂
Magic and Mayhem says
Following you on Twitter (magicandmayhem). 🙂
Magic and Mayhem says
Following on Facebook too. 🙂