Archive for Month: March 2012

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Vacation eats (and drinks)

Hello from Florida!  The weather is perfect and I’m enjoying some much-needed family time! On the first night we went out for Mexican food.  I had a guacamole and vegetable burrito, hold the cheese. Plus these beauties. The next morning my sisters, niece, and folks had omelets for breakfast. I had to put on my thinking cap.  I grabbed two cans of beans from the pantry (kidney and green beans), drained and rinsed them and

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Dining out: Vegan Mac & Cheeze + Thai

Good morning! I’m about to stuff a suitcase with shorts, sundresses and flip flops –  vacation! I haven’t cooked a thing this week so I have to step out for lunch.  Monday I popped into Loving Hut. Holy YUM!  This chipotle vegan mac and cheeze is GOOD! Yesterday I grabbed lunch with friends at Erawan in Queens. I started with my “usual,” the crunchy salad. And then tried the Pad Thai, hold the shrimp, hold the egg. Delicious. I plan to share my vegan vacation dining adventures over the next week but, right now, I need to get to the […]

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Lazy vegan eats

I haven’t been cooking much, which is why you haven’t seen too many new recipes here lately.  And you won’t be anytime soon, as I’m going on vacation in a few days. Though, as I’ll be staying with my folks in Florida, I suppose I’ll need to whip up a vegan dish here and there, so stay tuned. Though I haven’t been cooking, I’ve certainly been eating! Saturday night I dined out again for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. Delicious! Sunday my friend Megan and I had brunch at Fig & Olive in Scarsdale (Eastchester, if you ask me) for the […]

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Ethical meat eating (?), vegan athletes, and dining out: Vegan News You Can Use (3/25/12)

This week’s Vegan Links and News The New York Times has issued an essay challenge  Calling All Carnivores:  Tell Us Why It’s Ethical to Eat Meat: A Contest.  My friends Jasmin and Mariann of Our Hen House responded with an alternative contest:  Calling All Herbivores: Tell Us Why It’s Unethical to Eat Meat: A Contest.  I anxiously await the results for both contests. The article Scientists working on meat-mimicking foods to tempt carnivores includes these good-news stats: • Interest in a vegetarian diet almost doubled between 2000 and 2009. • 44 percent of American eaters aged 18-29 choose to eat meatless at […]

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$1,110 for Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary! THANK YOU!

Good morning!  I’m writing with some great news:  We did it! But first.. my friend Heather asked me to write a post on my pressure cooker-passion for her fabulous blog Better With Veggies and you can read it today:  The Top 3 Reasons I Love My Pressure Cooker.  Thanks, Heather! Back to the great news:  all I wanted to do was raise $730 to commemorate 730 days of living a vegan lifestyle.  With your help, we raised $1,110 for the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary!   A special thank you to Dan B. who, when he learned about my fundraiser on […]

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I would move to Austin,TX for this: Capital City Bakery {Vegan}

Last August I had the most extraordinary experience when I attended Vida Vegan Con. I learned a great deal on veganism and how to write about it on my blog – and I met people who have become lifelong friends.  Kristen Davenport is one of those friends. Kristen and I have stayed in touch over the past eight months and I have watched her conceive, develop and now launch a vegan bakery. I want to move to Austin, Texas. Capital City Bakery is Austin’s newest vegan bakery. They offer cupcakes, custom layer cakes, pies, cookies, brownies, and other small pastries […]

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Just another vegan Saturday in NYC

I had such a fun Saturday!  My girlfriend Lee (who blogs at The Vegan Version) took the train into NYC and we played the day away! We started with lunch at Sacred Chow.  I wrote a rave about my first dining experience at Sacred Chow and was excited to return. We went for it by each ordering the 3 Tapas/$18.  My three: Lee ordered the black olive seitan, root vegetable latkes and these delicious “meat balls.” The theme of the day, clearly, was go big or go home. We shared the six tapas plates and loved everything.  We decided serious […]

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A Mark Bittman love-fest in this week’s Vegan News You Can Use (3/18/12)

This week’s Vegan Links and News I’m having a Mark Bitman love-fest!  No, you are not still tipsy from St. Patrick’s Day festivities. I know I’ve been critical (or least stated that I am not a fan) in the past. But now?  I can’t help it.  That withholding, non-vegan Bittman has worked his way into my heart this week. Last week I shared a link to his opinion piece A Chicken Without Guilt.  This week he offers two more winners!  In The Human Cost of Animal Suffering he begins: Until a couple of years ago I believed that the primary […]

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Quorn goes vegan (What the hell is mycoprotein?)

Ten years ago, in my early vegetarian days and when I traveled the globe for work, I ate Quorn products when in the U.K.  I loved them.  Years later I saw the products in the frozen foods aisle in U.S. markets but the products use egg whites and therefore are not vegan. A few months ago the folks at Quorn USA asked me to review their newest product – they developed a vegan burger! They sent me a package (of 4) and in return asked for a review in which I share my honest opinion. Though the package encourages baking, […]

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Vegan Dinner Party, Italian style!

Monday I blogged while distracted. I shared a Bean and Barley Vegetable Stew recipe…and forgot to mention the barley!  Like how much barley to use, when to add it… Ugh, sorry about that! Anyway. Saturday night Dave and I drove to New Jersey to hang out with dear friends. Our hosts, Ethan and Michael, planned a vegan Italian feast and all we had to do was bring a salad (and wine, naturally!) and our friends Gabriella and Deborah were asked to bring pasta. We were a very happy crew because we were noshing on this seriously over-the-top tray of vegan […]

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Bean and Barley Vegetable Stew

Yesterday was hard on me. I missed that hour when daylight savings began. I lazed around all Sunday morning and suddenly realized I needed to make at least one big dish to reheat this week.  Not sure what to make I began where I always begin these days … by making a vegetable broth.  With the broth in the pressure cooker I thought about what I could make.  One dish with vegetables, grains, and beans seemed like the way to go. I went through my pantry and saw pearled barley. Yes!  This grain cooks in about 18 – 20 minutes […]

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Vegan news you can use (3/11/12)

Hey, I lost an hour today! Sorry for the late post but not only did I lose that hour, my husband and I also partied like rockstars with these awesome friends last night… …and slept in this morning like it was our job. We had a fabulous vegan, Italian feast which I will share with you next week.  Here’s a teaser: This was just the nosh! More later. This week’s Vegan Links and News This week I learned about a new game/app for the iPhone: My Food Fight. In light of a new Yale study, which recently concluded that kids […]

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Upton’s Naturals Seitan Tamales {Vegan}

Last August at Vida Vegan Con we were dazzled by the food vendors.  Many of us fell in love with Upton’s Naturals, a Chicago-based company that produces gourmet seitan. I have read on many blogs that Upton’s is making its way into stores across the country but I have yet to see it in New York. Of course, I’ve been busy making my own seitan… …anyway… A few weeks ago Spencer’s Market (who, like Vegan Cuts, offers weekly deals on vegan products) offered an Upton’s Naturals deal that I could not pass up: Spencer’s Market is offering 6 different seitan […]

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Vegan Cookbook Review {Quick-Fix Vegan} + GIVEAWAY!

I have two Robin Robertson cookbooks in my library: 1,000 Vegan Recipes and Party Vegan.  I love them both.  As a new vegan Robin’s recipes have exposed me to how easy and delicious eating vegan really is.  When I was offered the opportunity to review her latest book, Quick-Fix Vegan:  Healthy, Homestyle Meals in 30 Minutes or Less, I jumped at the chance. Robin Robertson has written an impressive number of cookbooks and Quick-Fix Vegan is a continuation of her tradition to offer tantalizing plant-based recipes in context: to all who extend the circle of compassion through a vegan lifestyle. […]

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Three ways to use Vegan Pepperoni Sausage (Tofu Scramble & Sausage, White Beans & Rice, and Pepperoni Pizza)

Monday I shared my homemade vegetable broth recipe.  Yesterday I offered up my first vegan pepperoni sausage recipe. Today? Three meals, using the spicy seitan sausage recipe! BREAKFAST:  Scrambled Tofu & Kale with Sausage LUNCH:  White Beans and Rice DINNER:  Vegan Pepperoni Pizza Scrambled Tofu & Kale with Sausage

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Vegan Pepperoni Sausage (Seitan)

Yesterday I shared my basic homemade vegetable broth recipe and promised to reveal the very first thing I made with the stock – vegan sausage (seitan)!  But first, a little background on the base recipe. Recently I shared my very first seitan recipe.  As one of a zillion food bloggers in the universe I realize that far more people will read my recipes than make them.  Occasionally I get some feedback (tweets like “I tried your chili, loved it!”) and it brings me joy.  I’m not writing this blog for me – I write it for people who are on […]

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Basic Pressure Cooker Vegetable Stock Recipe

These days I begin my weekend bulk cooking with a homemade vegetable broth.  I love dipping into the 8 – 10 cups of hot, fresh stock on the counter as I make seitan, beans, soups, and more. Many of you, via comments and email, have asked how to make your own broth.  Finally, after making it just about every weekend for the past couple of months, I think I’ve got a formula down that works perfectly, for me. Basic Pressure Cooker Vegetable Broth

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NYC Veg Fest, Vida Vegan Con Blogger Meet-Up, and Vegan News You Can Use (3/4/12)

Good morning!  I slept in today and it was delightful!  Why so tired? I had an action-packed Saturday!  I went to the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival. It’s going on today (Sunday), too, so if you’re in NYC get on over there! This year I bought a VIP ticket to avoid the long line and waltzed right in- $20 well-spent!  My first order of business was to find Gena for some girlfriend time.  We grabbed two chairs, found a fairly quiet corner and got all caught up. Later, I wandered the aisles (I didn’t take pictures – bad blogger!) and gobbled […]

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Soy Curls in Spinach, Mushroom and Tomato Sauce

Thursday night I got home from work and was plain ‘ole tired and lazy. I grabbed soy curls out of the freezer, and spinach, mushrooms and marinara sauce out of the refrigerator. Dinner! Soy Curls in Spinach, Mushroom and Tomato Sauce

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Butternut Squash Breakfast Salad

I bought a digital steamer. I know, I know but Mariann and Jasmin have been going on and on about their steamer and after listening to this podcast I did what I always do when easily influenced by others…”add to cart.”  Listen you know how I feel about cooking.  If an appliance can make cooking quicker and easier I’m in.  Need I remind you of my pressure and rice cooker obsession? I’ve been eating a higher raw breakfast of late, mostly on the savory side, and the steamer, and some squash in the refrigerator, inspired me. Butternut Squash Breakfast Salad

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Vegan Cuts Market!

I hope you enjoyed my recap of dinner at Sacred Chow. I’m still dreaming about the black olive seitan! Today’s quick post is simply to share some wonderful news! My friends Jill and John, the geniuses behind Vegan Cuts, have stepped things up a notch. The vegan weekly deal concept has morphed into an online vegan market!  In one place you can find great deals on vegan eats, treats, clothing and more.  I cannot wait to shop at the Vegan Cuts Market and I hope you will, too! Check out the press release below and support this great resource for […]

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