Archive for Month: December 2011

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Tata 2011! It’s been swell!

This was my first full year of blogging! I loved it and can’t wait to do more of it in 2012.  For now, though, let me share some 2011 highlights. I.  If there is one thing I am most proud of on this blog this year, it’s the Vegan 101 series. I simply turned to people I admire and respect and asked them to participate–to help new vegans and the vegan-curious. And they did. How I learned to go vegan by JL of JL goes Vegan How to Travel Like a Vegan Pro by Jill Vegan Backpacker Kitchen tips from […]

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Grab those Black-Eyed Peas and rustle up some good luck for 2012 (three recipes!)

It had to be done, folks.  This is a food blog and therefore I’m obligated to post something about eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day. It’s in the food blogger rule book, page 93. Rather than invent something to ring in 2012 on Sunday I plan to turn to one of my stand-by recipes — so why not share them again here with you?  I’m offering this post up two days before New Year’s Day so you can get the ingredients over the weekend and then simply cook your good luck up on January 1. So what is the […]

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Vegan Chorizo & Spinach Scramble recipe

Thursday, already?  This vacation is going way too fast. I’ve been pretty lazy.  I spent Monday in bed –because it seemed like an awesome thing to do. I watched The Help under the covers, surrounded by kitties.  I paused the movie to enjoy some leftover Indian food from the night before, which I ate in bed (don’t judge).  Later, Dave made popcorn which I smothered in a melted blend of Earth Balance, nutritional yeast powder and Sriracha and enjoyed it, wait for it, in bed!  I finally left the bedroom at 6:00 p.m. only to return at 8:30 p.m.  An. […]

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“How do you do it?” (A vegan and an omnivore in the same house)

Yesterday my husband and I started talking about our “plan” for January.  It should come as no surprise that I do not plan to go on a diet (I wrote about why last year:  January diet? Nope, I bought bigger clothes).  We also do not plan to do a traditional cleanse as we have for the last two years.  Why?  Our eating wasn’t really that off over the holidays.  I think that once I jumped off the diet bandwagon I found that if I give my body what it craves (lots of grains, greens, beans, nuts and fruits) that I […]

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Vegan news you can use (12/26/11) + Christmas Eve Dinner Recipes

Good morning!  It’s Monday and I’m thrilled — because I’m not going back to work until NEXT Monday! I have some fun things planned this week, including trips to two of my favorite vegan restaurants in NYC. Today, though, I plan to stay in my pajamas as long as possible. I think I’ll bake some bread (and when I say “bake” I mean in the bread machine) and make some Mac-Grain & Cheeze in the rice cooker.  Just for fun. On this day-after-major-holidays I thought I would do a more playful version of vegan news — starting with this awesome […]

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What’s for Christmas Dinner? Here are some yummy and quick vegan recipes!

Good morning! Dave and I are on our way to the airport!  We will be home, cuddling the kitties, by late Christmas afternoon.  Can’t wait to see this ornery cuss: And the matriarch and the middle child: Dave and I had a wonderful Christmas Eve celebration with his mother, Diana, and three family friends:  Connie, Jean and Debbie. I whipped up a few easy vegan dishes that I wanted to share with you.  There’s a good chance you have most of these ingredients on hand–or the perfect substitute– so if you’re still trying to think of what to make, consider […]

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Day two in Florida: Chillaxing

We slept in ’til 7:00 a.m. yesterday! Crazy. Dave and I headed down to the beach for a morning workout. Then we stopped here I had high hopes for Heavenly Smoothies. Turns out that healthy veggie menu didn’t impress me all that much. Heavy on the animal products.  I opted for a fresh juice. The fresh carrot-celery juice was a nice appetizer.  I followed it up with a big breakfast bowl. Later, for lunch, I chopped up some romaine and added diced pickles and a bit of Bragg Liquid Aminos to serve as a base for this salad.

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Day one in Florida: Stock the kitchen with vegan food + What? I have a photo on The Today Show food blog?!

Good morning! We had a nice flight (read: left on time, arrived on time) and enjoyed our first day in Florida by running errands and chilling out. We started with lunch. (Like my “Friend not Food” hoodie?  You can get it here!) First up, Fried Tofu. Meh.  It was okay.  Rather flavorless– but the sauce helped. For lunch I had the Pad See Ew–hold the egg, add some tofu. This was tasty!  I devoured it. After lunch we ran some errands.  We’re having our big holiday meal on Christmas Eve and though one guest is bringing a vegan item (sweet […]

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Great B-12 news!

Hi friends! I’m flying to Florida this morning with the husband to spend a few holi-daze with his mother.  I hear 70 and 80 degree days await me. BRING IT! I wanted to share the great news I received last night.  Backing up, I shared over the past few months that I was having B-12 issues and I shared a few more follow-up thoughts.  Bottom line, since going vegan my B-12 levels decreased (even though I was taking a 3,000 mcg lozenge once a week), to the point my doctor was concerned (my numbers fell below 400; suggested levels are […]

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Tofu Tacos!

Yesterday I was boasting about kicking Monday morning’s ass. I owned Monday night, too. Tofu Tacos

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Quick Italian Lentils

Oh, Monday, you thought you had me beat, didn’t you? After an incredibly lazy (joyfully so) weekend I had an unfortunate thought on Monday morning.  Crap! I didn’t do any bulk cooking! Not to fear because the lazy weekend left me wired with energy in the early hours of the day.  First things first, I diced up some veggies and got a miso soup going on the stove.  I also wanted to take a hearty salad to work for lunch. I had some veggies, but I was missing the “hearty.”  I decided to make some lentils. Quick and easy! Quick […]

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Candle 79 in December: Chili-Grilled Seitan and Live Pumpkin Pie

Happy Monday! Did you get a chance to check out my vegan news you can use post yesterday?  I really enjoy my Sunday mornings, sipping coffee and scouring the news for vegan tidbits to share with you. Now it’s the start of a new week– a fun week with only three days of work before traveling for a few days over the holiday.  I’m not sure how often I’ll post this week but I do know I can kick things off with a(nother) Candle 79 recap.  Last weekend I met up with my Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary friends for a dinner […]

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Vegan News You Can Use (12/18/11)

Good morning, friends!  I have a potpourri of news and blog items for you this week. Let’s go… In the news Following up on an item I shared last week, turns out Ellen won’t be making a vegan cat food (cats are carnivores, after all): Update: More Details About Ellen’s Upcoming Vegan Pet Food. The NIH Accepts Plan to Scale Back Chimp Research.  It’s a start! Lots of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary news!  WFAS’s very own Jenny Brown, and Albie, are on ABC.com:  Three-Legged Goat Shares Special Bond With Rescuer. The NY Daily News included the WFAS 2012 Calendar (only […]

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Gingered Adzuki Beans with Maitake Mushrooms and Collard Greens

Last week I dined out quite a bit.  Dinner out Sunday night (more on that Monday), lunch out with colleagues Tuesday, dinner out with friends Tuesday night and a holiday luncheon at work Thursday. This meant no need for major bulk cooking last weekend. I kept it simple by making one grain dish in the rice cooker:  1 part quinoa elbow macaroni, 1 part barley, 3 parts water, 1 tablespoon Earth Balance and sea salt to taste–cook on the brown rice setting; stir in 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast powder during the warm cycle. Voila, cheezy pasta-barley! I also made one […]

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Dirt Candy, NYC

Finally!  After two years of tweeting I finally met Ethan this week! He and his hubby Michael met me and my hubby Dave at Dirt Candy on the lower east side in NYC. It was love at first sight. Truly.  We can’t wait to see them again (we’re thinking a vacation in Cancun….anyway…) I heard about Dirt Candy from my friends Fran and Sharon. Actually, they invited me to join them there for dinner last month but I had to work. I became obsessed with dining there. I am now obsessed with returning.  Often. Dirt Candy is teeny tiny. I […]

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Earth Balance Soy Nog (and Mindful Mayo and Coconut Spread, while we’re at it)

The kind folks of Earth Balance recently sent me a coupon to try out their new Soy Nog (in return for an honest review). Last weekend I was going through my coupons before hitting the store and found two more free product coupons from Earth Balance (which I received at Vida Vegan Con).  One was for Mindful Mayo and the other for Coconut Spread.  It wasn’t too hard to find a way to use all three products. Sunday I baked Ginger Cookies (from Nava Atlas’s Vegan Holiday Kitchen) to take as a hostess gift to a holiday party later in […]

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JL goes WFAS (Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary)

Friends, I am really, really excited to share some news!  I have been invited to serve on the board of directors of the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary! A little background. I transitioned from a vegetarian to a vegan diet nearly two years ago.  I went vegetarian for a goat in 2002; I went vegan for diet seven years later.  As I embraced a vegan diet I learned more about how animals are commodified –horribly, inhumanely so– and I began to make a broader connection to my veganism. It isn’t just about kale. Last spring my friend Gena blogged about her […]

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Vegan news you can use (12/11/11)

Happy Sunday!  Last weekend I was in the middle of my 6 Days of Vegan Cookbook Reviews so I didn’t share a vegan news of the week post.  I’m making up for it this week with a more exhaustive list. Yesterday I enjoyed listening to the 100th episode of Our Hen House.  (Congratulations Jasmin and Mariann!)  I loved listening to their thoughts on food as activism — and Isa Chandra Moskowitz‘s on baking as activism (all three women have inspired my series on the topic). Check out the results of a new poll on The Vegetarian Resource Group: Seventeen percent […]

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Two tipsy winners + A vegan cookbook shopping list

Are you holiday shopping this weekend? Don’t forget to add these six vegan cookbooks to your list for your favorite vegan — or someone you want to subtly influence to try delicious vegan good! You can read my reviews on each book: Celebrate Vegan Eat Vegan on $4 a Day Superfood Cuisine Vegan Holiday Kitchen Candle 79 Cookbook The Tipsy Vegan Speaking of The Tipsy Vegan, we have two winners of the fun, boozy cookbook!

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That’s It. As in the fruit bars.

I recently received samples of That’s It bars, in return for an honest review. I missed lunch one day at work (dreaded deadlines!) and grabbed a bar. At first glance, it looked like a LARABAR. At first bite, it tasted similar to a LARABAR but then it didn’t.  It was much lighter.  Suddenly I was reminded of fruit roll-ups, which then made me feel like I was eating candy. And then I was really happy because the candy I was eating was 1 apple + 3 apricots. From the package: Ingredients:  Apples, Apricots.  Seriously…That’s it! From the website: Antioxidant Powerhouse! […]

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Seitan Tacos

Ah, back to regular life. I sure had fun reading all of those vegan cookbooks, cooking recipes and then writing about them.  But it’s kind of nice to get back to what I know.  Plain old eating. I thawed out some of my leftover Candle 79 seitan the other day and last night I made tacos. I froze half of the seitan as cutlets and half crumbled.  I sautéed the thawed crumbled seitan in vegetable broth, taco seasoning and red onion and served it on a tortilla with guacamole, Daiya Pepperjack, salsa and lettuce. A fabulous, quick meal after a […]

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6 Days of Vegan Cookbook Reviews {#6: The Tipsy Vegan + ANOTHER GIVEAWAY!}

Here we are! The final review in the “6 Days of Vegan Cook Reviews!”  So far: Celebrate Vegan (We have a winner! Keep reading!) Eat Vegan on $4 a Day Superfood Cuisine Vegan Holiday Kitchen Candle 79 Cookbook Let’s wrap up this series with drinks, shall we? The Tipsy Vegan:  75 Boozy Recipes to Turn Every Bite into Happy Hour by John Schlimm screams fun as soon as you see it. Small, colorful and whimsical. From the book cover: The kitchen meets the bar in this deliciously deviant cookbook.  When beer, wine, vodka, bourbon, and other favorites team up with […]

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6 Days of Vegan Cookbook Reviews {#5: Candle 79 Cookbook}

On the fifth day of “6 Days of Vegan Cookbook Reviews” your true love (me!) gave to you…a double-recipe from Candle 79!  Before I start today’s review, though, let’s recap the vegan cookbooks reviewed so far: Celebrate Vegan + A GIVEAWAY This giveaway ends TONIGHT. Be sure to enter by 11:59 p.m. EST for your chance to win your own copy of Celebrate Vegan! Eat Vegan on $4 a Day Superfood Cuisine Vegan Holiday Kitchen Long time readers know that one of my all-time favorite things to do is dine at Candle 79 in Manhattan. I’ve posted many fabulous meals […]

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6 Days of Vegan Cookbook Reviews {#4: Vegan Holiday Kitchen}

What?! Day four of the “6 Days of Vegan Cook Reviews!” already? Time flies when you’re having fun!  We began with Celebrate Vegan (you can still enter to win a copy, open to anyone in the world!), followed by Eat Vegan on $4 a Day and Superfood Cuisine. Today I am incredibly pleased to review Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava Atlas. Isn’t it a gorgeous book?  The cover, and all of the stunning food photos throughout the book, were shot by Susan Voisin, who you know as the Fat-Free Vegan! I am a huge fan of both Nava and Susan […]

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6 Days of Vegan Cookbook Reviews {#3: Superfood Cuisine}

It’s day three of “6 Days of Vegan Cookbook Reviews!” If you’re just jumping in now, be sure to check out day one: Celebrate Vegan (you can still enter to win a copy!) and day two: Eat Vegan on $4 a Day. I was over the moon when I was asked to review Superfood Cuisine:  Cooking with Nature’s Most Amazing Foods by Julie Morris.  I was doubly-excited when I opened the box and found a package of Navitas dried mulberries included (that sure helped me decide which recipe to share in this review)! Why so excited?  Even though some of […]

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6 Days of Vegan Cookbook Reviews {#2: Eat Vegan on $4 a Day}

Welcome back! It’s day two of “6 Days of Vegan Cookbook Reviews!” I’m not going to lie. I don’t really think about how much I spend on food on a daily basis. I make lots of frugal moves (dry beans and grains) and I make lots of bonehead moves ($9 prepared vegan entrees from Fresh Direct).  When I was offered the opportunity to review Eat Vegan on $4 a Day:  A game plan for the budget conscious cook I jumped. I had a conversation with the author, Ellen Jaffe Jones, who is beyond inspiring.  I asked about her motivation behind […]

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6 Days of Vegan Cookbook Reviews {#1: Celebrate Vegan + A GIVEAWAY}

Welcome to “6 Days of Vegan Cookbook Reviews!” One of the unexpected outcomes of blogging is that I am now invited to review vegan cookbooks.  A few weeks ago I noticed that my review copies were piling up. Why? Because I like to make at least one dish from a book I review so that I can share a photo and brief commentary on my experience.  I wasn’t finding the time I needed in the kitchen. Then I had an idea.  Why not kick off December — holiday season for many — with six days of reviews? These reviews might […]

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