Hey kids! I’m back with another edition of Here’s What You’ll Score if You Win SugarSlam 2011! Click the SugarSlam tag above to check out previous prize spotlights and to read more about your amazing judges. Clicking ‘ol Roddy Piper on your right over there will land you on the official rules page. You can’t win if you don’t enter – and you can enter as many times as you want, so get on it!

Both the Champion (as chosen by Mike Edison, Beth Phoenix and Ben Roche) and the People’s Choice Winner (as chosen by you guys) will take home a copy of Julie Hasson’s newest book, The Vegan Diner. You may recognize Ms. Hasson’s name because she’s the creator of some of my all time favorite cupcake recipes! Her newest book consists of 125 vegan comfort food recipes. From breakfast to open-face diner-style sandwiches to cheesecakes, she has all the indulgent bases covered.

Here’s a sample recipe for those of you who can’t wait:


Orange Cornbread Waffles

Recipe from VEGAN DINER by Julie Hasson (Running Press, April 2011, $19.95/paperback)

Cornmeal gives these waffles a deliciously buttery flavor and a nice and crunchy texture. They are delicious topped with strawberry sauce or agave nectar and whipped Earth Balance or any vegan margarine.

Makes about 8 Belgian-style waffles

  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup yellow corn flour (not cornstarch)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3/4 cup orange juice, preferably fresh-squeezed
  • 3/4 cup soymilk
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

Preheat waffle iron, and mist with nonstick spray, or alternatively, use a pastry brush to lightly coat with oil. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, corn flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

In a separate bowl, mix together orange juice, soymilk and canola oil, and add to flour mixture, stirring just until combined.

Scoop batter with a 1/3 cup measure (or smaller, depending on your waffle iron) onto the iron, and cook according to manufacturer’s directions. Repeat with remaining batter and serve.

TIP: Remember to spoon your flour into your dry measuring cup, scraping the top with a knife or a skewer. Never scoop your flour directly from the canister, as you can wind up with much more flour than you need.

The Champ and the People’s Choice winner will both also receive Pizza Slut and Pizza Pimp t-shirts from one of my favorite spots here in Chicago, Ian’s Pizza. Just to give you an idea of why Ian’s is so rad here’s one of the pizza specials this month: King Crab Rangoon – Start with King Crab meat and cream cheese; add some wonton strips, green onions, and finish with sweet and sour sauce. This place has mac n’ cheese pizza, mushroom penne, steak and fries pizza… it’s a stoner buffet. Ian’s has been super helpful in getting the word out about SugarSlam this year and they’re even rumored to be working on a super-special CM Punk-inspired pizza. So if you make it to Chicago, head to Wrigleyville and get a slice.

Last on today’s list (but there’s lots more to come!) is this super cute, handmade hat and cowl from Sailormouth Handmade. Cozy up in this one-of-a-kind, hand-knit set made by my loudmouthed friend Stacie. Maybe you’re a dude and you’re too insecure about your masculinity to wear a pink hat and cowl? Well, what about that special lady in your life? You know, your mom – or hey, maybe you even have a girlfriend? Wouldn’t she be stoked on a cuddly winter set like this? Stop being so selfish and win the People’s Choice award so you can give it to her!

Ok so like I said there are a TON of awesome prizes up for grabs – a Kenmore stand mixer, a championship belt, a private party at Horrorbles… so go check out the official rules and start baking!