And the winners are…! … and Como Water ambitions

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Hola Everyone!!!

I have picked the winners for my birth-i-versary giveaway and I am pleased to announce that Ness is the winner of the vintage bundt pan and Greg from Crostini and Chianti is the winner of the sriracha print! Congrats Ness and Greg!

I also wanted to share my ‘goals’ for my next year of blogging. Below are 13 of those goals (in no particular order):

1. Make homemade pasta. (Manu, I’ll be soliciting your help!)

2. Make homemade bread (with yeast!).

3. Make homemade ice cream (this would require me to get an ice cream maker, lol!)

4. Make homemade seitan.

5. Perfect my Arnold Palmer cake recipe.

6. Make something sweet with lemongrass.

7. Make something to fill in all of the letters of my recipe index (I’m currently missing K, U, X, Y, and Z).

8. Get someone to write a guest post on the concept of food deserts.

9. Make a vegan étouffée.

10. Make something savory with grapes (I’ve had this goal since I started Como Water!)

11. Make chocolate-covered salted caramels with pink salt (I’ve actually never made candy!).

12. Perfect my olive oil cake recipe.

13. Make at least half of the dishes you all requested that I veganize. The list includes: a) spaghetti and meatballs, b) tiramisu, c) flourless chocolate cake, d) macarons, e) omelets, f) a French dip sandwich, g) gumbo, h) pound cake, and i) buttercream frosting.

Oh and before I leave you, I wanted to thank you for voting my Apricot Chamomile Granola and my Grilled Peach Pizzettes Top 9 on this week! Happy weekend everyone!

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. I love that you publicly declare your goals, I think it puts just that much more emphasis on completing them, like the positive pressure. It inspires me to try that too, I need to set goals. Thanks for the inspiration, have a great day =]

  2. Wonderful goals you have there Tiffany! Good luck! 🙂
    And congratulations to the giveaway winners!

  3. X? Hmm. That’s tough unless you just make something “xylophone-shaped”

  4. I cannot wait to see what you come up with for #5!!!

  5. I love your list of goals! I have been meaning to do the same. 2,3 and 6 are on my list too! I actually really want to make pretzel bread and a crepe cake as well! Good luck on your list Tiff!

  6. I want to make homemade ice cream too! Now if someone would just give me an ice cream maker, ha!

  7. I love your goals…go get the ice cream maker it will be a fantastic addition to your kitchen.

  8. I admire you for making goals for your blog. I never thought of that! LOL. It helps you improve your site and I love your energy and determination for the blog. Good luck with your goals and I know you will complete the list! 😉

  9. Wonderful goals!! I have some of the same, including the ice cream! Number 7 made me laugh because I can’t think of anything off-hand that begins with an U and X. But, for Z, how about zebra cake? Here’s one link that I found:

  10. Congratulations to Ness and Greg! I like your list of goals and can’t w,zit to see what you come up with next!

  11. Congrats to the winners! I love your list of goals. I hope you get them all accomplished. : )

  12. Great goals- I really should do that too. I also really need to get over my yeast fear!

  13. congratulations on all the good news

  14. I can’t wait to see your goals posted on your blog..everything sounds fantastic! Pasta and bread are the best homemade..

  15. Everything seems to be falling into place for you Tiff, isn’t is cool when that happens. Once you found your new diggs you were off and running!!!! Looking forward to being blown away by all the veganized dishes.

  16. Congrats to the winners!

  17. i love how you have goals. i need to do this for my blog!

  18. Especially looking forward to the lemongrass, grapes ideas!

  19. What a great list of goals! And congrats to the winners 🙂
    Have a fantastic weekend Tiffany…

  20. Congrats on your 2 Top 9’s this week! SO cool! And I love your goals…I bet you’ll get them all accomplished~

  21. Ooooh I am looking forward to seeing your delicious upcoming creations!

  22. Those are some great goals! Can’t wait to see what shapes up.
    Once I had the most amazing frozen grape martini…to die for 🙂
    While you’re waiting for an ice cream machine, you can make sorbet & frozen mousse

    Great options for us who don’t own one!!!

    xo Emily

  23. Tiffany….you have some wonderful goals for this year! You are very brave to reveal them all. Maybe I should do that! If everyone saw them…I’d feel compelled to complete them…finally! Anyway….I look forward to what the next year at Como Water has to offer! : )

  24. Congrats to the lucky winner….you are very focus in your blogging, looking forward to some wonderful home made bread recipes:D

  25. Ohhh I’d be HONOURED to help Tiff! Even though knowing you, you’ll rock even without my help! :-)))))

    I love all your goals, and I can’t wait to see all the yummy recipes you’ll come up with (especially in the ice cream department… spring is getting closer down here)! <3

  26. My oh my that’s an amazing list! Savory grape .. i am looking forward to that one the most 🙂

  27. Fantastic list Tiffany:)

  28. Tiffany, I look forward to your post in this coming year…
    Hope you have a wonderful week ahead 🙂

  29. I love your goals for the next year! Congratulations to the winners!

  30. Homemade bread is so awesome, especially when you can smell it baking in the oven =) Great list of goals, it has inspired me to make some for myself!

  31. What the frap is an étouffée!? I don’t care, whatever it is it sounds brilliant! Congrats to the winners 🙂 Great giveaway! Buzzed

  32. Congratulations to the winners. Baking more bread is on my list, too!

  33. Tiffany, congratulations. I hope the year ahead would be full of culinary masterpieces from Tiffany…your dishes are really nice and I like coming here a lot. Loved reading your ambitions. Good to know that you have clear-cut goals…that’s how things should be. Btw, thanks for being my Twitter friend too!

  34. These goals are amazing and I wish you good luck with them 🙂

  35. I thought of you today! Glad you’re okay. This recipe and your goals are totally awesome! I’m looking forward to see what you accomplish. Maybe you could you get to work on #3 please, I think ice cream takes precedence here…

  36. Congratz! It is great that you set up your blogging goals, you better fulfill them…I can help you up with #7

    K: Korokke
    U: Upside-Down Pineapple Cake
    X: Xtraordinary pie?
    Y: Yeast-free bread, Yorkshire Puddings, Yoghurt
    Z: Zucchini brownies

    Good luck, Tiffany!

  37. I love any kind of slaw and that cuke slaw looks sooo refreshing for a hot day. I will definitely give it a whirl. 🙂

  38. You are so brave to post your goals online, but in doing so it makes them more real, instead of floating around in you head. For U, you could make an Upside down cake!

    Congrats on yet another Top 9 today! I love the cucumber instead of the cabbage in the slaw.

  39. Thanks for the comments everyone! Virtual HUGS!

  40. What a great list! Make sure when you do the pink salt-caramels that you use the Himalayan pink salt from Sustainable Sourcing That’s where I get mine, and I have to tell you, the flavor is so much better than regular salt! Good luck with accomplishing your list!