In defense of VEGA

Considering all the health articles in books and magazines touting the benefits of animal products, one might think vegans are setting themselves up for failure. Something like only 2% of the population is vegan, or at least self identifies as such. For all that literature, for all those people, meat-eating doesn’t appear to be any golden ticket to health. If I paid attention to most magazines, I’d feel inadequate. Likewise, if I listened to the people who listen to these magazines. One of the recurring questions I get is, ‘Do you take supplements?’ It’s posed as a question, but it … Continue reading In defense of VEGA

Rosemary Baby

Recently, I’ve been treated to some yummy goodness with a spice I’m not used to being front-and-center. Rosemary always seems to play second-fiddle to other herbs and spices. Today pretty much solidified my growing love for it, though. The ball got rolling a couple weeks ago when a friend offered me cookies with rosemary…and wow were they good! At Veggie Galaxy, the fries came topped with rosemary and sea salt. Now, today, I did no trick but was treated to a lovely Rosemary Caramel at Lagusta’s Luscious in New Paltz. Rosemary is carving a new place in my spice rack. … Continue reading Rosemary Baby

There’s no shortage of PB cups

Growing up, I looked forward to Halloween. As a child, I loved dressing up and heading out with my pillowcase. Our mom and dad would take my sister and I around our little neighborhood. As we got older, we were allowed to roam with our older brother. We were ambivalent to the filling of our bags. We loved getting the candy but knew the weight of our bounty would eventually put an end to the night…even before the late fall, northeastern chill. When we returned home, we’d plop ourselves down in the family room, and assess the . ‘They were … Continue reading There’s no shortage of PB cups

Get Down with Some Slutty Brownies

Earlier this year, A Tablespoon of Liz tackled Slutty Brownies from The Londoner. I hadn’t seen these previously, so I probably should have heeded Liz’s advice and made them asap. Finally, though, I decided to make these as a pre-Halloween treat for my friends and coworkers. Slutty Brownies consist of three layers: chocolate chip cookies, chocolate creme cookies, and brownies. The Londoner’s original recipe uses prepackaged cookie and cake mixes. Not many pre-made mixes are available for vegans. No matter! The recipes are nearly as easy to make from scratch. Since I was pretty confident that Liz’s recipes would turn … Continue reading Get Down with Some Slutty Brownies

There’s a Vegan Treat waiting for me at the end

Today was the inaugural Runner’s World Half Marathon. The course weaved through the streets of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, home of the once booming Bethlehem Steel factory. Bethlehem is also the home of Vegan Treats, which (no lie) was one of the major draws for me. Back in the late winter, when I registered, I was running the treadmill at my local gym. I’d still not completed my first goal of running Central Park. The inaugural half marathon held by a prominent running magazine in a town home to my favorite bakery seemed like a pretty worthy goal. It also gave me … Continue reading There’s a Vegan Treat waiting for me at the end

Get Out and Walk for Farm Animals

Tomorrow, Farm Sanctuary will have their NYC Walk For Farm Animals. The organization holds walks in several cities around the U.S., including Atlanta, Boston, and Portland. Walkers for NYC have already raised more than $65,000 to help Farm Sanctuary promote their efforts on behalf of animals. For all the years as a vegetarian, and even when I initially became vegan last year, I had no idea farm sanctuaries existed. The first two I visited were Catskill Animal Sanctuary and Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. Check out my albums on Facebook for Woodstock and Catskill! In August, I got the opportunity to … Continue reading Get Out and Walk for Farm Animals

J’aime Croissants

Recently, I’ve treated myself to a couple of vegan croissants. Not typically what I order in bakeries, when the brownies and cupcakes are staring me down. Blame it on the Amélie. The light, buttery breads are still an indulgence, but if you’re looking for a treat without the sugar overload, they’re magnifique. Try you’re hand at croissants with this recipe from Lagusta’s Luscious.     [Left: Blossom Bakery. Right: Lagusta’s Luscious.] Continue reading J’aime Croissants

Kale Yeah

I first tried these about 6 weeks ago. They we’re “on sale” at $7.99 a package. (If you audibly gasped, it’s cool.) Kale is such a widely praised commodity these days, I figured I should give some of the products a try. Sadly, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked them. Prepackaged, they’re expensive, but worth the splurge every once in a while. Mission: Add some kale to your world. Continue reading Kale Yeah

My Morning Smoothie

Typically, I consider myself a fruit purest; loving fruit in its whole form. However, I ate in moderation. So smoothies were a big no no. All those calories packed into a likely quick consumed liquid, ugh, the thought. Since my friend Lo Vee, over at Vegan Radio, did a one month stint as a fruitarian, though, I grew a little less fearful of fruits. Coupled with reading Kathy Freston and Rich Roll, I’ve come to embrace fruity beverages. Continue reading My Morning Smoothie