February Foodie PenPal Reveal!

During early February, I stumbled across a blog post from a fellow blogger that detailed a foodie penpal group, and gifts she had received from her penpal. Also in the blog post was a link to the organizer of the event, and the opportunity to participate. As soon as I saw that I could join, I jumped for joy! I love a surprise package in the mail, and if I can send one to someone else, even better!

The premise of the event is that you are assigned both a blogger to send treats to, as well as someone you will receive treats from. You exchange information, food allergies, and anything else important, send the packages by the 15th of the month, and then blog about what you received. While there are no strict guidelines on what to send, the gifts should stay under $15 total, which makes this a super affordable event to participate in.

I was super excited to receive my package in the mail from Lindsay, and fortunately for me, it arrived about 5 minutes before I was to go away for a weekend. I opened it immediately, and saw a giant cookie that was waiting to be eaten. It was both gluten free, and delicious! The rest of the box contained a variety of granola bars and gourmet nut butters. It was a box made for someone like me! My favorite surprise was a jar of Biscoff spread that is so addicting!

This was so fun to take part in, and I will definitely be doing it again in March. If you would also like to join the fun, here's the deets:

If you’re interested in participating for March, please send an email to Lindsay at theleangreenbean@gmail.com and include the following information:
-Your full name
-Your email address
-Your blog name/address
-Your twitter handle (if applicable)

Email Lindsay by March 4th if you would like to participate.


Bulgur and Chickpea Salad and Roslindale Community Kitchen

My neighborhood, Roslindale, has started this great community kitchen that meets monthly. I have only been able to attend one session, but the basic gist is that a group of about 15 people get together, bring ingredients for a specific recipe, and cook together. When all have finished cooking, the dishes are divided amongst the attendees, so everyone goes home with a whole host of meals. This worked really well for me as my fiance is out of town during the week, and as such, my desire to cook for one dwindles.

At this event, I was introduced to Bulgur and Chickpea salad. I have seen dishes like it, such as tabbouleh, but had never tried this variety. After watching fresh parsley being chopped, and smelling the mix of garlic and lemon juice, I knew that I had to try this recipe at home- one portion wouldn't be enough for me!

The recipe is super simple, makes enough for 4-6 people, and tastes even better on days 2 and 3, making it ideal for leftovers and lunches. Most of the non perishables will probably be stocked in your pantry already, so the salad is great for weeknight meals as well.

If you would like more information about the Roslindale Community Kitchen, hop on over to Greening Rozzie's website for details. It's really a great concept, so if your neighborhood does not have one, start one!

Bulgur and Chickpea Salad

1 cup fine or medium ground bulgur- this can be found in the bulk section of grocery stores
2 garlic cloves, crushed
juice of 3 lemons
salt and pepper
7 tablespoons EVOO (adjust to taste, I used a little more)
1 14 oz can chickepeas, drained
3.5 cups loosely packed flat leaf parsley
1 cup loosely packed mint leaves

Soak the bulgur in lots of cold water for 20 minutes, or until tender. Drain and squeeze out excess water. In a bowl, mix together the garlic, lemon juice, S&P, and EVOO. Soak the drained chickpeas in this mixture for 10 minutes, and then stir in the bulgur. Mix in the parsley and mint when ready to serve.