Archive for Month: October 2011

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VeganMoFo 31: The End

Another Vegan MoFo comes to an end! I want to thank my regular readers for indulging me and reading my daily posts this month.  New readers, welcome and thank you for jumping into the conversation.  What you see is what you get on this blog.  I share simple recipes  (read: not fancy).  I share news, books, films, events and restaurant reviews.  I started this blog to help other vegans (and vegan-curious folks) along the way and to bring another over-40 (err, nearing 50) voice to the vegan blog world. I hope you’ll continue to read and to share your own […]

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VeganMoFo 30: Oat, Amaranth & Carrot Porridge + Weekly round-up of vegan news and MoFo recipes (10/30/11)

Did you hear?  You can enter to win a copy of Vegan Pie in the Sky!  That’s news, right?! Before I get to the rest of this week’s news, Vegan MoFo recipes I must try and a round-up from my own blogs, let me share a new breakfast creation. I couldn’t resist jumping in for the final Vegan MoFo Iron Chef Challenge #4. Secret ingredients:  carrots and oats! JL’s Oat, Amaranth & Carrot Porridge PRINT RECIPE Ingredients 2 T Earth Balance buttery spread 1/4 cup yellow onion, diced 2 carrots, diced 1 cup rolled oats 1 cup amaranth 2.5 cups […]

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VeganMoFo 29: Saturday = Book Review (Vegan Pie in the Sky + A Recipe and GIVEAWAY!)

Here’s what you need to know about today’s post: It’s late because, well, I had to bake a pie! (Oh, okay, I baked a cheesecake but it was in a pie cookbook!) You will get a book review. You will get a pie recipe. You can enter for a chance to win your own copy of the cookbook! *** Baking pies isn’t my thing (but it’s my cousin-in-law Emily’s thing, check out Pie Eyed), mostly because it makes me nervous and it’s completely outside of my comfort zone.  But as soon as I opened up my review copy of Isa […]

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VeganMoFo 28: Friday = Restaurants (Souen, NYC) + Rudi’s Giveaway Winner!

We have two Rudi’s Organic Bakery giveaway winners! Keep reading! Yesterday I met of my number-one gal-pals, Andrea, at Souen an organic, macrobiotic restaurant. Souen is not a vegetarian or vegan restaurant but they have tons of vegan options. Crappy photos alert: we sat in the back, which was super-cute but there were no windows and the walls were orange. Photographers, you do the math! We started with one of the appetizer specials. These were a hit. That peanut sauce was awesome and brussels were done just right — slight crunch and no mush! I was a woman a mission, […]

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VeganMoFo 27: Thursday = Dessert (Honee Nut Brussels)

Vegetables can be dessert! Really! I just happened to eat these sweet brussels sprouts with a meal but saved them for last to call them dessert. I’m clever like that. JL’s Honee Nut Brussels

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VeganMoFo 26: Wednesday = Dinner (Soy Curl Paprikash Sandwich + GIVEAWAY!)

This is my second post reviewing Rudi’s Organic Bread and I’m happy to report that today’s loaf is vegan (the Harvest Seeded bread I reviewed yesterday resulted in a vegan “oops” — be sure to check out the honest and compassionate comments). I put a lot of thought into how I wanted to try the Rocky Mountain Sourdough Sandwich Bread. From Rudi’s: One of our most popular breads, Rocky Mountain Sourdough brings out the delight of your favorite sandwich ingredients. I wanted to delight in my ingredients!  That sounded like an opportunity to play with flavors. Play I did. JL’s […]

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VeganMoFo 25: Tuesday = Lunch (Humus Sandwich) + A Vegan “Oops” Moment

Recently Rudi’s Organic Bakery asked me to try, and review, two types of organic bread and I gladly agreed. I received a loaf of Harvest Seeded Bread and a loaf of Rocky Mountain Sourdough Sandwich Bread in return for an honest review. I made a humus sandwich with the Harvest Seeded Bread. I started with raw veggies. I assembled the sandwich by adding humus and the veggies to two pieces of the Harvest Seeded Bread. Just one bite and I said “wow!”  The bread is soft, earthy, hearty and slightly sweet.  I gave my husband the other half of the sandwich […]

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VeganMoFo 24: Monday = Breakfast (Mint Chocolate Protein Smoothie, or So Delicious is Soooo Holiday, part 2)

Yesterday I shared my review of the new So Delicious Coconut Milk “Nog” and an “Eggnog” Bread recipe.  Today let me share a breakfast drink I made with their Mint Chocolate Coconut Milk. I gathered some smoothie basics. 1 c So Delicious Mint Chocolate Coconut Milk 1 T Dark Chocolate Hemp Protein Powder 1 frozen banana, Newtree Dark Chocolate Refresh (mint) bar Blend the first three ingredients in a blender. Pour into a glass and sprinkle grated chocolate on top.  Serve and enjoy. Wowie!  That’s a great dessert breakfast!  

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VeganMoFo 23: So Delicious is Soooo Holiday (Eggnog Bread)

My friends at So Delicious sent me (and other vegan food bloggers!) samples of their latest fabulous holiday products. Today I’m very excited to share their Coconut Milk “Nog”–because I’m participating in the Vegan MoFo Iron Chef Challenge #3 … the secret ingredient is coconut! I decided to make a loaf of bread with it.

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VeganMofo 22: A week of recipes, spottings and vegan news you can use! (10/22/11)

What? A weekly recap on Saturday?  Sorry to throw you off but I –quite literally — am baking up something special for you to share tomorrow. Today, how about some vegan news you can use? On CNN Health:  Young vegetarians: Getting the nutrition they need The number of vegetarians in the United States is expected to increase over the next decade… In The New York Times:  A Dinner Party That’s Warm, Welcoming and Meatless Surprisingly, the longer I have done without the cheese and cream, the less I’ve missed them — and the more creative and interesting those meals have […]

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VeganMofo 21: ThanksLiving Dinner at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

My Friday posts during Vegan MoFo have been restaurant reviews. Today is a special recap.  Last Sunday I attended the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary’s (WFAS) annual ThanksLiving dinner–a fundraiser to support WFAS’s mission: Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary provides shelter to cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, sheep, and goats who have been rescued from cases of abuse, neglect and abandonment. We are a place where visitors can come face to face with these animals who most only know as dinner and learn about the devastating effects of modern-day agribusiness on the animals, the environment and human health. Here you can frolic […]

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VeganMoFo 20: Thursday = Dessert (Blissful Bites Pumpkin Hot Chocolate Recipe and Cookbook Winner)

We have a Blissful Bites Cookbook winner! First, though, indulge me in my  final  post of the week featuring Christy’s recipes. As you know we started with a book review Saturday, breakfast Monday, lunch Tuesday and dinner yesterday.  Today I give you dessert: I loved this sweet treat so much!  You know why? It’s not all that sweet. Christy was kind enough to give me permission to share this delectable recipe with you! Pumpkin Hot Chocolate from Blissful Bites by Christy Morgan Serves 2 1/2 can (15 ounces) pumpkin, or 1/2 cup pumpkin puree 3 to 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa […]

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VeganMofo 19: Wednesday = Dinner (Blissful Bites Maple-Glazed Tempeh)

I’m not much of a tempeh fan but Christy’s recipe has converted me. The marinade is a blend of sweet and savory ingredients that made my house smell divine as it baked! The tempeh was delicious hot out of the oven and I imagine it would be equally delicious cold and crumbled over a salad. True lazy cook confession:  That cauliflower? I hate cutting cauliflower.  So I just washed the whole head, drizzled avocado oil over it, added sea salt and a few pinches of curry and roasted it for 35 minutes at 300 F degrees. The whole head. When […]

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VeganMoFo 18: Tuesday = Lunch (Blissful Bites Mock Tuna)

I call it crack. Yes, I said it. Crack. Christy’s Mock Tuna in her cookbook Blissful Bites is super-easy to make and it is phenomenal! While Christy calls for a four-hour soak of the nuts used in the recipe, I only soaked them for the amount of time it took to pull the other ingredients out of the cupboard and to grate and mince my veggies.  The nuts ground up very well in the food processor. Mock Tuna on crackers for lunch = easy, light and delicious! Have you entered my giveaway to get your own copy of Christy Morgan’s […]

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VeganMoFo 17: Monday = Breakfast (Blissful Bites Pumpkin Spice Pancakes)

There’s nothing like a hearty, flavorful and slightly sweet autumn breakfast. I loved making these pancakes!  The simple, wholesome recipe is super-quick and the result is a fluffy, flavorful pancake.  My omnivore husband asked “Can I eat the rest of these?” Of course you can, dear. Have you entered my giveaway to get your own copy of Christy Morgan’s Blissful Bites? Do it now! I’m taking entries from the U.S. and Canada through Wednesday night, 11:59 p.m. EST.

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VeganMoFo 16: Vegan news you use and the weekly round-up (10/16/11)

Good morning!  I’m on way to Woodstock, New York to see Clover!  Actually, I’m attending ThanksLiving, a benefit for the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary but I will most certainly be on Clover-watch. While I’m upstate for the feast, I will share a few quick links to fun vegan news: I work in higher education so this piece on vegan-friendly college campuses caught my eye. Um, now veganism has a beauty pageant for the older crowd?  Hey, at least they are including the older crowd.  Maybe in four years I can throw my hat in the ring! Dude, vegan skate shoes! […]

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Vegan MoFo 15: Book Review + GIVEAWAY! (Blissful Bites)

I have a history with Christy Morgan. Last year during Vegan MoFo I reviewed her book Cooking With The Seasons: Fall/Winter.  A few months later I asked Christy to write a piece for my Vegan 101 series.  She didn’t just write a piece, she included a vlog element to  Vegan 101:  Newbie’s Guide to Seasonal Eating and Cooking. When I learned that Christy had a cookbook coming out this summer I pre-ordered one immediately.  A few months later I met Christy in person, finally, at Vida Vegan Con. She gifted me a signed copy of her book!  Lucky me! Guess […]

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VeganMoFo 14: Friday = Restaurants (Blossom and Cocoa V, New York, NY)

Dave and I celebrated 13 years of marriage last Saturday. Here’s why it’s still working after thirteen years. Dave, the omnivore, says to me “Let’s go to Candle 79!”  To which I replied, “One, thank you for suggesting a vegan restaurant and two, let’s try a new place.”  I then say to him “Let’s go out for lunch instead of dinner to celebrate.”  He asks why and I say “Because you have a triathlon tomorrow and you will want to go to bed early.”  We get each other. So last Saturday, on a gorgeous, warm, sunny October afternoon in Manhattan, […]

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VeganMoFo 13: Thursday = Dessert (Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Carob Chips & Nuts)

Sometimes simple just works. Last March, when feeling noshy for something sweet, I came up with a Vegan Marshmallow Sandwich with just four ingredients. This week I give you the basic bowl of ice cream. So Delicious Purely Decadent Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Carob Chips Walnuts Sometimes simple just works.

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VeganMoFo 12: Wednesday = Dinner (Soyrizo, Eggplant & Bean Ratatouille over Kale and Kamut)

I feel I should explain how this meal came together. I like to prep food in bulk over the weekend. I cook up one or two types of beans and I tend to make one big batch of mixed grains.  I make a couple of loaves of bread. Why?  Because I pack lunch and snacks every day for work and because I’m super-lazy after work. Monday through Friday I have tons of choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner with very little effort. It works for me. This past weekend I made red kidney beans with fresh jalapeno and some chipotle […]

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VeganMoFo 11: AR Activism + Tuesday = Lunch (Black-Eyed Peas over Cabbage Salad)

Yesterday I took a long walk midday, for about an hour, and listened to the latest episode of Our Hen House.  Jasmin and Mariann interviewed Liz Marshall about her recent transition from vegetarian to vegan.  The conversation centered on activism. I’ve been an activist my entire adult life.  In college I dated an African-American man and, wow, was I blown away by my naiveté.  I had no idea so many people would be opposed.  In that moment, I vowed to do everything I could to try to eliminate racism.  After graduate school, in my mid-twenties, I began working at a […]

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VeganMofo 10: Monday = Breakfast (Pumpkin “Biscotti”)

I can’t lie. Today’s breakfast started out as a fail. Until I reframed it. Yesterday I wanted to make a pumpkin bread that would be great toasted.  I scoured recipe books. bread maker manuals, and websites.  Finally I came up with a recipe that I thought might work.  I wasn’t using yeast and very little liquid so I assumed it would come out “cake like.”  In fact I thought today’s post would be titled “Toasted Pumpkin Cake Bread.” Yeah, that didn’t happen. But this did. I gazed at the block of “cake,” cut off an end piece and bit into […]

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VeganMoFo 9: Vegan news you can use (B12!) and the weekly-round up (10/9/11)

What a wonderful Vegan MoFo week! In addition to posting every day (so far!) I’ve made a concerted effort to read hundreds and hundreds of Vegan MoFo posts.  I read many in the morning which led to some delicious breakfast decisions! Thursday morning I made pumpkin yogurt (it was like pudding, as I used So Delicious vanilla coconut yogurt) and Friday I enjoyed an apple pie smoothie.  Wednesday morning I read about a kimchi grilled cheese sandwich and had to make it that night for dinner. So glad I did! It blew my vegan mind! Reading MoFo blog posts is […]

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VeganMoFo 8: Book Review (Thrive Foods: 200 Plant-Based Recipes for Peak Health)

I started following a vegan diet early in 2010. At that time I heavily identified as a triathlete and half-marathoner so two of the first books I purchased were by Brendan Brazier: Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life Thrive Fitness: The Vegan-Based Training Program for Maximum Strength, Health, and Fitness I felt encouraged that an endurance athlete was, quite actually, thriving on a vegan diet.  Last month I was offered a review copy of Brendan’s latest book, Thrive Foods: 200 Plant-Based Recipes for Peak Health.   In his latest book Brendan Brazier offers solid […]

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VeganMoFo 7: Friday = Restaurants (Vegan Eats at Haven, Pleasantville, NY)

Last month I turned 46.  My husband asked where he could take me for dinner to celebrate my birthday. He rattled off the usual joints.  We live close to New York City, where there are tons of vegan options, but in Westchester County, there are few vegan-only options, mostly “fast” food (Andy’s & Mrs. Greens and Jolo’s Kitchen).  You only turn 46 once, so I wanted something a bit more “upscale.”   I turned to Google and hit a site that led me to Haven in Pleasantville, NY.  I perused the online menu which indicated “vegan friendly” on several items.  […]

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VeganMoFo 6: Thursday = Dessert (Cinnamon Raisin Banana Bread with Banana Butter)

Believe it or not, I’m not much of a dessert person. I realize my vegan marshmallow sandwich may have you thinking otherwise, but, really, I don’t have a huge sweet tooth.  I do, however, enjoy a little post-dinner nosh. This week I opted for a sweet bread (see? truly on a bread making kick!) and a fruity “butter” (ala the Peachy Butter I made a few weeks ago). JL’s Cinnamon Raisin Banana Bread with Banana Butter PRINT RECIPE Ingredients For the bread 3/4 cup So Delicious coconut milk 2 tablespoons water 1 tablespoon earth balance, softened 1 cup bread flour […]

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VeganMoFo 5: Wednesday = Dinner (Black beans, greens and grains)

I’m a sucker for the basic beans, greens and grains vegan meal. For this dish I opted to use coconut oil with the black beans because I thought it would really complement the parsnip — and it did! It’s a sweet and spicy flavor that just works.  The brown rice kasha is a perfect side to something so flavorful. Nothing but salt was required as buckwheat is incredibly flavorful. I like to eat something raw with most meals; I opted for raw kale with fresh lemon juice.  The beans, greens and grains combo could not be beat! JL’s Black Beans […]

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VeganMoFo 4: Tuesday = Lunch (Guac & Humus on Jalapeno Corn-ish Bread)

The jalapeno plant in our garden is filled with peppers! Since I’m on a bread making kick  my husband thought it was the perfect opportunity to nudge me to bake a loaf of bread with a little spice.  You don’t have to twist my arm! JL’s Jalapeno Corn-ish Bread

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VeganMoFo 3: Monday = Breakfast (Chik’n Noodle Miso Soup)

What? Soup for breakfast?  All it took was one spectacular 3-day Cooking Intensive with Christina Pirello to change my approach to breakfast. This morning I give you a variation on miso soup. JL’s Chik’n Noodle Miso Soup PRINT RECIPE Ingredients Filtered water Chik-Style Seasoning Red onion, diced Carrot, diced Dried mushrooms, soaked and drained Wakame, soaked and drained Half a bag of Shirataki Noodles, rinsed well and drained Kale (handful, washed and torn into bite-size pieces) Yellow Miso Tamari sauce (to taste) Instructions

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VeganMoFo 2: Vegan news you can use (10/2/11) and the weekly round-up

It’s day two of Vegan MoFo! If you are new to the blog, each Sunday I share “vegan news you can use” that I have discovered during the week.  I also provide a weekly round-up of my blog posts because I know a lot of folks try to catch up on blog reading over the weekend. I like to make it easy for you! Since this is the vegan month of food, I’ll start with some vegan food news first.  Last week I alerted you to the controversy surrounding a donation made by Bob and Charlee Moore, founders of Bob’s […]

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VeganMoFo 1: “World Class Vegan Express” cooking class + a biscuit recipe!

Happy Vegan MoFo! Yep, it’s the Vegan Month of Food and that means hundreds of vegan food bloggers are committing to blogging five – seven days a week … about nothing but vegan food!  I did this last year, just four months after I started blogging, and I loved it. It challenged me as a blogger and, more importantly, it challenged me in the kitchen. My omnivore husband even got involved. So, here we go!  I hope to post for the next 31 days! *** I love taking cooking classes.  Last month I teased you the morning after taking a […]

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