Archive for Month: June 2011

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Local vegan “fast food” / My first NaBloPoMo month concludes

As much as I enjoy Sunday mornings in the kitchen prepping bulk food for the week, sometimes I’m just plain lazy. I want someone else to do the cooking.  Fortunately there are a few local places where I can get quick, delicious vegan eats.  While Jolo’s Kitchen is my go-to joint for quick, “home-cooked” vegan dining, there are a couple of other gems in the area. Andy’s Pure Food I learned about Andy’s from my nutrition counselor.  The first time I walked into Andy’s I was equally delighted and overwhelmed. Vegan soups, salads, entrees! Vegan baked goods!  You can eat […]

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Summer Beans, Greens & Grains (May I introduce you to the Eye of the Goat bean?)

I’ve pretty much declared my love of a “beans, greens and grains” diet on this blog.  Just go through my recipes. Now that it’s summer the usual hot bowl of my favorite foods doesn’t sound quite as appealing.  That doesn’t stop me from cooking up beans in the pressure cooker but I do pause to think about how I might serve them a bit differently. How about a Chickpea Sandwich?

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Clearly Fresh Bags winners AND a limited time discount for everyone!

What a great response to my review of Clearly Fresh Bags! I used RANDOM.ORG to generate the five winners. And they are Sherry:  I have green bags, whose name I can’t remember, that extend the life of produce, but not by much. These bags, given your test, REALLY work! I learned that breathe way– allows just the right amount of oxygen in and much more carbon dioxide out… Cool. Great giveaway! Cookwith5kids: I have been reading alot about these bags! With 5 kids at home, we go through tons of fruits and veggies and many things spoil before they are […]

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Multisport 101: The Bike

Last month, as I was out on a solo bike ride, I passed a corner where I had experienced my first flat tire a couple of years ago.  The memory of that flat inspired me to ask my husband to write a post about bike safety.  As we discussed this it evolved into a three-part series, Multisport 101, which began last week with the swim. Back to that corner.  A few years ago I flatted out (glass in the tire) and, though I had a saddle bag with tubes and CO2 cartridges, I had no clue where to begin.  I […]

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Wanna get married? (Plus a raw paté salad and the weekly round-up)

Wanna get married? Happy Pride Day! Today I feel so much pride myself. Proud to be a New Yorker. Proud to live in a state that has given the right to my lesbian and gay friends to marry. Because their love for one another is as real and valid as my love for my husband. So, gay and lesbian readers, if you want to come to New York to get married, I happen to be ordained (I’ve married four couples to date).  It would be my privilege! Raw paté salad Last week I saw this Shitake Buckwheat Patties recipe on […]

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Clearly Fresh Bags: A review and a giveaway

You know I love my veggies (kale has a special spot, way beyond love but you know that, too). So I was delighted when I got an email from the fine folks of Clearly Fresh Bags, makers of produce storage bags, offering me a sample of their product in return for an honest review.  As is my informal “policy” I agreed to accept the sample and to provide my honest opinion if they would consider providing something to my readers, as well (more on that later). So, what are Clearly Fresh Bags?  They are large storage bags with a special […]

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Grilled Seitan & Mushrooms and Shaved Asparagus Salad

Last Sunday, late in the day, I realized that though I had done some decent food prep for the week, I had no idea what I wanted for dinner and I didn’t want to put in a lot of effort.  I took a look in the fridge and came up with this quick, simple, delicious, impromptu dinner! I’m trying to get in touch with intuitive cooking and rely less on recipes and measuring and more on what is seasonal and what “makes sense” for me.  How does this get tricky?  Many of you read this food blog for recipes and […]

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Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream!

I broke out the ice cream maker Sunday when I read saw this recipe on YumUniverse. Heather encourages modifications and it’s a good thing because I didn’t have everything on hand.  My modifications: 

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A Very Vegan GIVEAWAY winner!

Friends, thank you so much for your kind words and congratulations on my one year anniversary of blogging! You have no idea how much I appreciate the community that has grown here.  I learn so much from you every single day! It’s time to announce the winner! Lucky number 84 is …

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Silky Strawberry Smoothie

Saturday morning I got in from a run and wanted a quick breakfast before heading to the farmer’s market.  I was also making a grocery list and going through the refrigerator and cupboards to see what I did, and did not, have on hand. Oops, silken tofu, I forgot I had it.  Seemed like a good time to try it in a smoothie. JL’s Silky Strawberry Smoothie (PRINTABLE RECIPE) Serves 2

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Multisport 101: The Swim

Hey! Where’s the Vegan 101 post?!  Nothing to fear, folks, as I have two new posts coming your way in July. In the meantime, I thought I would use the next three Mondays to provide a short fitness series. If you’ve read my fitness posts you know that I have run two marathons, numerous half-marathons and I’ve done lots of triathlons, all after turning 40. It’s been two years since I have competed in a triathlon (I suffered an injury after completing my first, and only, Olympic distance triathlon in August 2009).  Lucky for me, my husband recently became a […]

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Pepper Watch 2011 and the Weekly Round-Up

Back in the garden. Look who’s here!  My first jalapeno pepper is popping out! His name is Jack. It was a busy week on the blog!  Still can’t believe I have been blogging for a year now. I’m loving it more than ever, thanks to YOU! Here’s the round-up: Monday:  Vegan 101: Health Reasons for Going Vegan Tuesday: First summer salad from my garden! Wednesday: Gunther Wilhelm Cookware Unboxed (Plus a Kasha-Macaroni-Veggie Recipe) Thursday: One year of vegan blogging = A Very Vegan GIVEAWAY! You can still enter (until Monday, midnight EST)! Special thanks to Vegan Mainstream and Vegan Cuts […]

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Garden Kale Smoothie

The other morning I walked out onto the deck, snipped some kale leaves and, shortly after, drank this: JL’s Garden Kale Smoothie (PRINTABLE RECIPE) Serves 1 1 cup filtered water Big handful of Red Russian Kale 1 handful of fresh strawberries (from the farmer’s market!) 1 T dark chocolate protein powder 1/2 to 1 cup of ice Toss everything into a high-speed blender and drink up! Delicious!  Are you drinking anything from your garden? *** Yep, you can still enter the very vegan giveaway! Enter by midnight (EST) Monday for your chance to win a Vegan Mainstream Vegan Revolution t-shirt […]

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White beans and thyme

On Tuesday I shared my first salad from my garden. But I didn’t share what I ate with it! I picked some fresh thyme from the Bistro Garden and felt inspired to make some navy beans. JL’s White Beans and Thyme (PRINTABLE RECIPE) Serves 2 as an entree, serves 4 as a side Ingredients 1.5 cups dry navy beans 1 T safflower oil 1 clove of garlic, minced 1 bay leaf Juice of half a lemon Salt, to taste Fresh thyme, to taste Instructions Soak the navy beans for one hour. Wash, rinse and drain. Heat safflower oil and garlic […]

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One year of vegan blogging = A Very Vegan GIVEAWAY!

One year ago today my friend Lindsay hosted my first-ever guest post.  Thank you, you fabulous Cook. Vegan. Lover! I started blogging. I have learned more from YOU than you could ever imagine. My biggest reward?  Emails from you, telling me that my blog has been a resource to you. My second biggest reward? The support from all of you when I decided to stop chasing skinny. I am most proud of the Vegan 101 series. I am so happy that smart, clever people are providing great information for new vegans. I am grateful to Gena of Choosing Raw, Wendy […]

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Gunther Wilhelm Cookware Unboxed (Plus a Kasha-Macaroni-Veggie Recipe)

Finally… …grown-up cookware. Over ten years ago, as my husband and I drove across country moving from Chicago to our new home and life in New York, we stopped off at an outlet mall in Indiana to purchase T-Fal pots and pans.  It felt like a big deal at the time because when we married we essentially filled our kitchen with family hand-me downs. Over the past year and a half I’ve planted myself firmly in my kitchen to make and create delicious vegan food. I take cooking classes at the Natural Gourmet Institute, Organic Avenue and, mostly recently, at […]

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First summer salad from my garden!

Thank you, dear readers, for answering my video question.  I harvested a bit from my garden! Red Romaine Lettuce and Red Russian Kale With fresh lettuce and kale in hand–and a farmer’s market trip that resulted in fresh strawberries, french breakfast radish and pickled green tomatoes from Dr. Pickle–we came up with this salad: JL’s Bistro Garden-Farmers Market Salad (PRINTABLE RECIPE) Serves 1

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Lessons from Christina: Drink Chia Fresca (and the Weekly Round-Up)

Here’s a quick tip I picked up from the 3-Day Intensive Study with Christina Pirello. Drink Chia Fresca! Christina and her husband Robert are both athletes. Robert runs marathons and has a goal to run the Boston Marathon when he’s 100 (I think he’ll do it). It turns out that Christina and I were in the same women’s triathlon in Philadelphia a few years ago! Enter the refreshing Chia Fresca. Robert makes one overnight but since I don’t totally love the texture of chia seeds I’m starting slow and following the recipe they provided which is quite simple: chia seeds, […]

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Can I eat this yet? (A vlog question from the garden)

Help! I have a question about my garden!  Please take a look at this short video question and offer me some advice (thank you in advance). P.S. On my recent trip to Philadelphia I had the pleasure of dining at Mih Lah with my pal Lee.  I wrote a review, Vegan Philly Cheesesteak at Mi Lah: A Field Report, for quarrygirl.com. I hope you’ll check it out!

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Organic Avenue: A cool, raw lunch

It seems like the streets of Manhattan grab the intense heat and humidity and toss it right back to you, hotter and more humid. Particularly when walking past a bus (New Yorkers, you know what I mean).  Brutal. I had a meeting in Manhattan yesterday.  As I parked the car I realized I was blocks from Organic Avenue where just two months ago I attended an advanced raw class with Russell James. The hot walk to the meeting location was more bearable because I knew that later a crisp, fresh, raw lunch would be the perfect smackdown to the heat. […]

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A light, quick meal on a hot, hot night

One quick question to get things going:  What happened to Spring?! It seems that just yesterday I was complaining about running in the frigid temperatures and now I’m already complaining about the heat.  I always struggle with running in August, but June? Really? If you, too, are struggling with the heat you might find this article helpful:  Running in the Heat: Nine Tips to Keep Your Cool When it’s hot out I prefer to keep a meal light.  The other night while pouring over diagrams and elements of energy from my 3-Day Intensive with Christina the meal planning wasn’t quite […]

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Lessons from Christina: Rethink Breakfast

Last Friday I packed aprons, towels, knives, spoons and several other favorite kitchen items — and running shoes — and caught an Amtrak to Philadelphia to attend  The Christina Pirello School of Natural Cooking and Integrative Health Studies Three-Day Intensive Study Program. Why?  A couple of reasons. First, you may recall that I’ve recently admitted to my slightly fanatical devotion to taking cooking classes.  Second, shortly after going vegan my friend Kari suggested I sign up for Christina Pirello’s email list for fabulous, healthy vegan recipes.  Of course I then began faithfully reading her website.  Finally, last February my friend […]

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Coconut-Mango-Avocado Smoothie

Did you see Ricki Heller’s fabulous Vegan 101 post yesterday?  Don’t miss her excellent tips on vegan baking made easy! After the three-day cooking intensive this past weekend (more on that soon, I promise!) I’m inspired to add more variety to what I eat for breakfast.  For the last five months I’d say 80% of my breakfast meals have been a green smoothie or a fresh vegetable juice.  I will be trying to add more cooked vegetables, soups and grains to my morning meals. But I do love the boost I get from a smoothie! Now I may begin to […]

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Vegan 101: Vegan Baking Made Easy

I don’t consider myself a baker (for good reason) but when I came across the website Diet, Dessert and Dogs I began to believe that perhaps I could bake.  Ricki Heller is a wonder.  She is smart, funny and has done the legwork for you in figuring out how to bake vegan and gluten-free.  I am so pleased that Ricki is offering vegan baking tips as part of the Vegan 101 series! *** If you ask most cooks which they find more difficult, cooking or baking, I suspect most would answer “baking.” For most people, a perfect pie crust or […]

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“Christina Cooks” with me! (+ A Weekly Round-Up)

Hello from Philadelphia!  I’m on day three of a Three-Day Intensive Study Program at The Christina Pirello School of Natural Cooking and Integrative Health Studies. It has been transformative!  I’m really thinking about the how and why of what I eat and am excited to share some of those thoughts — and inspired recipes — in the future. For now, I’m thankful for my dear friend Lee, of The Vegan Version, who turned me on to this 3-day intensive.  We have been having so much fun! I will share more soon, but, in the meantime, here’s a weekly round-up: Fitness […]

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It is now the “Bistro Garden”

Last weekend my husband and I noticed that our 10-year-old bistro set was quite rusty.  It was time to upgrade. We could have replaced it with a traditional patio table and chairs but here’s the deal. Dave and I use our deck for cocktails after work or, on the weekend, after a workout.  When we dine on the deck, it’s usually just the two of us. So we decided to go with a bistro table and chair set again.  I love the set but you know what I love more? I moved my “urban garden” onto the old set. So, […]

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Vegan Cookout

We had friends over on Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend.  After a big day Saturday at the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary we didn’t want to spend a lot of time prepping food.  We wanted simple, flavorful quick dishes so that we could focus on enjoying our time with our friends. The Vegan Cookout Menu

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Sundried Tomato & Cucumber Soup (vlog)

Today I try vlogging a recipe. I’m new to this, so please forgive the following: Sound quality In editing, I somehow lost the cutting board Part 1 (day one) I used the Flip video camera; Part 2 (day two) I used the Canon camera  I do solemnly swear to record all future vlogs with the Canon. Glitches aside, check out this quick, easy, tasty raw soup recipe! Printable version:  Sundried Tomato & Cucumber Soup (inspired by Chef Louisa Shafia)  

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Unique & Elegant Vegan Hors D’oeuvres at the NGI (Including a Recipe From the Chef!)

It’s June!  This month I’m participating in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month).  Participants are committed to updating their blogs once a day. I’m participating as an exercise to hone in on my blog mission.  I want to really focus on the “how.”  How I can bring you helpful and fun insight into eating and living vegan. The June NaBloPoMo theme, “Fan,” got my wheels turning and helped drive today’s post. I am a fan of cooking classes! In this instance “fan” really does mean slightly fanatical. I took my first cooking class, Vibrant Vegan Vegetable Dishes, at The Natural Gourmet […]

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