Archive for Month: November 2011

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We have a Spencer’s Market vegan care package winner!

Hey everyone! Thank you so much for jumping in on the Spencer’s Market giveaway! Someone just won this: Ready??? Congratulations vcklynch! Please email me your mailing address so that you can get your vegan goodies! Thank you, Spencer’s Market, for being so generous! I think we all wish you well, and we look forward to great, vegan deals!  (It’s not too late! You can still sign up!) Readers, I have another giveaway coming up tomorrow. Actually, I have a fun, six-day series of posts that begin with a giveaway tomorrow and end with another giveaway on day six.  Come back […]

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Banana Walnut Bread

Yesterday I shared a failed bread making attempt.  Today, I redeem myself. Last weekend I discovered a bunch of bananas turning, and fast, on the counter.  I grabbed my bread maker manual for a recipe. I had to make some serious adjustments to veganize it. Banana Walnut Loaf by JL goes Vegan Keywords:  bread maker bread vegan Modified from an incredibly not-vegan recipe in my bread maker manual. Ingredients 1/3 cup + 1 T almond milk 1 T apple cider vinegar 1/2 cup Earth Balance Equivalent of 2 eggs, I used Ener-G Egg Replacer 1 t vanilla extract 1 and […]

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Failed Sweet Potato Spelt Bread turns into a Successful Soy Curl Dressing

Last weekend I was so excited to make a loaf of sweet potato bread. I used a recipe from Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day and made it in my bread machine. Huge mistake.  It was watery, cake batter-like, and an hour into the process it had fail written all over it.  I continued the bake cycle for an additional 40 minutes and it actually looked like a loaf of bread. I saved it!  I was going to make sandwiches for dinner with it but then thought perhaps I should cut into it — um, totally wet.  Oy.  I […]

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Vegan Food from Spencer’s Market = Very Cool GIVEAWAY!

I love a deal and I love discovering new vegan eats and treats. A few weeks ago I received an email from Spencer’s Market announcing their December 28, 2011 launch: Personalized daily vegan offers direct from artisanal food producers. Save up to 70% off retail.  Sounds great to me! My new pal Todd, of Spencer’s Market, asked if I would be willing to share the news with my readers and offered to send me a “vegan care package” (my words, not his) the demonstrates the type of products Spencer’s Market includes will offer its members.  And he offered the exact […]

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Black and Green Humus + Vegan news you can use (11/27/11)

Happy Sunday! I spent a lot of time in the kitchen yesterday, cooking up some recipes from a few cookbooks I’ll be reviewing soon.   I used black chickpeas for the first time (because they were the only chickpeas I had on hand) and I couldn’t resist whipping up a humus with the leftover chicks. Black and Green Humus by JL goes Vegan Keywords: food processor Ingredients (Makes about 1.5 cups of humus) 1 and 1/4 cup cooked black chickpeas 1 avocado, cut into four pieces 1 clove of garlic, chopped Juice of one lime 1 T tahini Sea salt, to […]

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My Thanksgiving Dinner at Candle 79

When my husband and I decided to stay in New York for Thanksgiving we went back and forth about what we would cook at home.  After several menu ideas were tossed around I casually emailed him the Candle Cafe / Candle 79 e-newsletter, which included details on their Thanksgiving specials.   He almost immediately replied that he would love to go to Candle 79. Need I remind you that he is not vegan, or even vegetarian?  Yippee! We had a reservation for the first seating and, oh my, the line at the door! People were quite excited to get in!  I […]

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On this Black Friday, Shop Vegan with Vegan Cuts

Happy day after Thanksgiving!  If you celebrated it, I hope you had a wonderful time with family and friends.  While I was dining at Candle 79 with my husband (A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.–more on that tomorrow!) I posted about my aunt’s Vegan Magic Cookie Bars, the latest post in the Food is Activism series. Today I will not be shopping. In fact, since I didn’t cook yesterday, I will be doing lots of cooking in preparation for some special posts I have planned next week. If you’re thinking about what to do with your Black Friday, but would prefer to stay in your […]

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Food is Activism: Aunt Candy Dazzles Thanksgiving 2011 with Vegan Dessert

I am thankful for my aunt. She was fifteen when I was born and has pretty much been my pal from day one of my life.  She still has letters I sent her when I was in high school and college.  She would send me fun care packages. When my mother and I drove to Chicago to move me into my first apartment after graduate school Aunt Candy met us and the two of them decorated my place (I had no clue where to begin). In my thirties, we started a new tradition. Each year we would meet “half-way” for […]

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Vegan “Bacon and Eggs” (Is Thanksgiving tomorrow?)

Did you expect a Thanksgiving recipe or post?  Have you noticed that I pretty much haven’t touched the subject, other than sharing a post about attending Thanksliving at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary and providing links to recipes and ways to save turkeys?  Trust me, I am enjoying all of the fabulous vegan Thanksgiving recipe posts and I am bookmarking tons of them.  But on Thanksgiving Day?  No, I won’t be pouting that I’m not spending Thanksgiving in Barbados as I did last year (and the year before).  I’ll be at Candle 79 with my husband, letting the genius vegan chefs […]

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Black-Eyed Pea & Collard Green Chili

I love chili season! Black-Eyed Pea & Collard Green Chili by JL goes Vegan Keywords: pressure cooker soup/stew vegan Makes 8 cups of chili Ingredients Olive oil Half red onion, diced 3 cloves garlic, minced 4 carrots, chopped 4 stalks of celery, chopped 4 large collard green leaves, shredded (with a knife, thick pieces) 2 T chili powder 1 t ground cinnamon 1/2 t ground coriander seed 1 t ground cumin 1 T dried oregano 4 slices dried jalapeno, diced 2 cups dry black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained 2 bay leaves 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes 1 8-oz can tomato […]

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Food is Activism: Megan’s Version of a Moroccan Vegetable Ragout

Megan is not vegan.  But she takes great care to make balanced meals with whole foods for her family. And many of those meals are now plant-based.  She enjoys trying out new cooking methods.  In fact, she appeared in a video with me where I taught her the basics of using the rice cooker and pressure cooker for beans and grains.  We get together for weekend workouts (either running or cycling) and we often swap containers of food so we can share what we’ve cooked up in the kitchen (last weekend she brought me a veggie soup that was phenomenal). […]

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Vegan news you can use…four days before Thanksgiving! (11/20/11)

TODAY!   Farm Sanctuary’s famous Feeding of the Turkeys Ceremony will be live streamed from their New York Celebration FOR the Turkeys in Watkins Glen THIS afternoon, November 20, at 2:30 p.m. Eastern (11:30 a.m. Pacific) on farmsanctuary.org. The New York Times is rocking the vegetarian Thanksgiving series with Hearty Holiday Main Courses for Vegans. How about 8 Plant-Based, Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes? Also on the Huffington Post: How to Be a Vegan on Thanksgiving. On the TODAY show site, Bites:  Vegan Thanksgiving? It can be done (deliciously) Check out Vegan turkey alternatives: Taste test results on the Washington Post. I […]

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A return to Blossom NYC

Last month Dave and I had lunch at Blossom NYC for the first time.  Love at first bite. Last weekend we returned, with another couple, for dinner.  The party of four consisted of one vegan (raising hand), one vegetarian (wife of my old college friend who I had not seen in nearly 25 years) and two omnivores (said old friend and the husband). We feasted. First, the appetizers. Then, I had a blogger fail.  The guys both ordered the Seitan Scaloppini (Seitan cutlets in a white wine, lemon and caper sauce, served with mashed potatoes and sautéed kale) and I […]

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Alternative ways to make beans, bread and crackers (or, Why I consider blogging a community)

About a year ago I wrote a piece about how I learned to go vegan.  Essentially it was a love letter to social media.  I’m a “typical” adult learner who learns by doing, learns by asking and learns through dialogue with her peers. Blogging has been integral to the process.  It has allowed me to share what I have learned about “going vegan” (as well as finding happiness beyond the scale) but, more importantly, has provided an opportunity for me to learn from others. A couple of weeks ago I received an email from a reader: If you subscribe to […]

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Rosemary Bread Recipe + A Grilled Seitan and Daiya Cheese Sandwich

As you can probably tell, I was busy in the kitchen Sunday.  I made raw crackers, chickpeas (with curry and cinnamon!) and porridge. I even made a loaf of bread! Rosemary Bread by JL goes Vegan Keywords: bread maker, bread, vegan Makes 1 large (2 lb) loaf Ingredients 1.5 cups warm water 4 T avocado oil 1.5 t iodized sea salt 4 cups flour (I used 1 + 3/4 cup better for bread flour, 1/4 cup vital wheat gluten, 1 cup barley flour and 1 cup organic all-purpose flour) 3 t dried roesemary (whole, crushed with fingers) 2 + 1/4 […]

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Cinnamon-Curried Chickpeas

I am cuckoo for chickpeas, curry and cinnamon. The trio come together beautifully when they meet-up in the pressure cooker. Cinnamon-Curried Chickpeas by JL goes Vegan Intuitive cooking! No measurements for this recipe. Use what feels right and tastes great! Ingredients Dry chickpeas, soaked for one hour Baking soda Olive oil Onion, diced Garlic, minced Hot curry powder Ground cinnamon Bay leaf Filtered water Iodized sea salt Instructions Soak chickpeas in water for one hour (add about 1 T of baking soda per cup of beans). Rinse and drain chickpeas well. Saute onion, garlic, curry and cinnamon in olive oil […]

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Kasha-Carrot Crackers (High raw)

Sunday, once again, I did my bulk cooking for the week — porridge in the rice cooker, chickpeas in the pressure cooker and a loaf in the bread machine. As I was putting things away I noticed a jar of carrot pulp — from my juicing throughout the week — and thought, what the hell, let’s get one more appliance going.   Kasha-Carrot Crackers (High raw) by JL goes Vegan Ingredients 1 cup buckwheat groats, soaked for 20 minutes (I used toasted groats, “kasha,” which means these crackers are not 100% raw but neither am I) 2 cups carrot pulp […]

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Introducing the Food is Activism Series: Susan’s Spicy Pumpkin Soup

My friend Susan and my Aunt Candy read my blog.  Susan, who wrote a piece for Stop Chasing Skinny, has been eating a 80 – 85% vegan diet for some time now, primarily for health reasons.  My aunt, a vegetarian, tells me that she is eating more vegan meals. It’s a reminder that while this blog is about my personal journey as a new vegan, not all of my readers are vegan. When a non-vegan makes a vegan meal as a result of reading this blog it’s a wonderful thing. I am going to start highlighting recipes and meals that […]

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Pre-Thanksgiving Vegan News You Can Use (11/13/11)

Wait, Thanksgiving is in 11 days?! What? How about some related news? Did you know that Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, is a vegan? He is. And he has something to say to you about turkeys. As part of The New York Times vegetarian Thanksgiving series they ask Can You Bake a Vegan Pie? We all know I can bake a vegan pie (err, cheesecake), thanks to the women they feature, Isa and Terry! Check out this coloring zine book that is great for adults as well children: Happy Thanksliving There isn’t a turkey on our table and we’re happy […]

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I went for the kombucha and cake

Yesterday I found myself back at the Oneness-Fountain-Heart restaurant for a lunch meeting. I was on a mission. Last time I was there they were out of Kombucha–I wanted some.  Each time I’ve dined there I neglected to save room for dessert–I wanted some. To start, the Kombucha. I ordered the Thai “Chicken” Wrap. When the server brought it to me he reminded me that I order it all the time and I might want to try something else next time.  So I didn’t take a picture of it.  You can see it here. I promised him I would branch […]

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(I’m) One Lucky Duck! (NYC)

Yesterday I was in Manhattan for a morning meeting. I had to get going early in the morning and decided I wouldn’t have time to make lunch and snacks for the day.  I double-checked the address for the meeting and that’s when it hit me– I would be just blocks from Pure Food and Wine!  I wouldn’t have time for a sit-down meal (like the first time I took myself out for lunch at Pure) but I recalled that Pure’s One Lucky Duck was around the corner.  The perfect place for raw, vegan, organic take-away! I ordered a salad but […]

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Spicy White Bean-TVP “Meatballs”

Saturday night I had white bean meatballs at Haven.  Sunday I was obsessed. I needed to make my own. JL’s Spicy White Bean-TVP “Meatballs” Makes 10 – 12 meatballs

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Cucumber and Apple Sandwich

I had an idea. I toasted two pieces of Rudi’s Organic Bakery Rocky Mountain Sourdough Bread and thinly sliced one-quarter of a cucumber and part of a honey crisp apple.  I spread some vegan mayonnaise on each slice of toast, layered the vegetable and fruit, added a dash of iodized sea salt and some fresh ground pepper. Then I ate it.

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A brisk run followed by a warm breakfast (Creamy Oats and Mango)

On a crisp fall day, after a fairly brisk run nothing says “good morning!” like a piping hot bowl of creamy oats. JL’s Creamy Oats and Mango Ingredients

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Cashew-Almond-Orange Dressing (high raw)

I found an orange when I was cleaning out my refrigerator last week (that’s how I stumbled upon mushrooms and whipped up a gravy) and kept it on the counter as I made beans, porridge and chili. Finally I spied a big container of raw cashews and I knew what to do with the orange! JL’s Cashew-Almond-Orange Dressing

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More thoughts on B-12 + Vegan news you can use (11/6/11)

Happy Sunday! I hope you enjoyed the extra hour of sleep this morning.  I was so delighted to have my eyes pop open at 5:00 a.m. and to feel completely rested.  Especially after a fun night out with friends that involved many glasses of wine.  Dave and I made a return visit to Haven Restaurant in Pleasantville.  Last month I shared a post in which I gushed about the chef and his inclusion of vegan options on the menu. He adjusted the menu for the fall and it was fabulous. You can check out a quick summary, and photos, of […]

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Erawan Thai Cuisine, Bayside (Queens), NY

I had a lunch date with a former boss yesterday. My local go-to places for lunch in Queens are Avli if I want to stick close to campus and Oneness Fountain Heart when I have a little more time. We needed to stay close to campus so she suggested one of her favorite places, Erawan Thai Cuisine. I sipped on Jasmine tea while considering the menu. It was a brisk day so I wanted something warm but then a raw salad caught my eye and I couldn’t get it out of my mind. I opted for a warm, tofu appetizer […]

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My B-12 journey

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was having some B-12 issues. Over the past year my B-12 levels have steadily decreased and most recently went down to 376.  I have been eating vegan for 20  months and had been taking one 3000 mcg B-12 lozenge a week. Clearly not enough. My doctor had me come in for weekly B-12 shots for four weeks. My blood work results this week showed an elevation of B-12 to 631! She was very pleased.  What I love about  my doctor is that she has not worked with a vegan on B-12 issues […]

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John’s of 12th Street, NYC: Traditional Italian…with an additional vegan menu!

Last night my husband and I met my BFF Andrea for dinner and a date. Specifically dinner at John’s of 12th Street before going to People’s Kitchen & Lounge for Jasmin Singer’s birthday party — which happened to be a fundraiser for Our Hen House. I was so happy to finally dine at the infamous John’s of 12th Street!  Why infamous? This traditional Italian restaurant opened in 1909. The current owner, Mike, has owned it for 38 years.  One year ago Mike introduced an entire vegan menu. You read that right! Mike was gracious and welcoming. He offers a comprehesnive […]

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Intuitive Mushroom Gravy (over tofu and hearty grains)

Sunday I started to go through the refrigerator.  Plant milk past the due date? Toss. Veggies so far past their prime I can’t even consider juicing ’em? (I’m talking to you, stinky, soft cucumber, how did I forget you?) Toss.  An entire package of mushrooms that my husband bought but didn’t use? I can do something with you! JL’s Intuitive Mushroom Gravy PRINT RECIPE Ingredients Avocado oil Yellow onion, diced Sage Celery salt S&P Mushrooms Veggie broth Stone ground wheat flour Instructions Note that I didn’t provide measurements. This was intuitive. I just grabbed what I wanted and started to […]

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World Vegan Day + The Vegan Pie in the Sky Winner

It’s World Vegan Day. I went vegan for diet. I remain vegan for the animals. Um, I also remain vegan for diet. The lucky winner of Vegan Pie in the Sky is …

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