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An Obsession with All Things Handmade and Home-Cooked

An Obsession with All Things Handmade and Home-Cooked
Old Man Winter sure doesn’t fight fair, unafraid to hit below the belt and then kick you when you’re down. Dirty tricks are just half of the relentless assault, adding in mind games that could soften anyone’s resolve to the consistency of over-boiled ramen noodles. Surely, one would think that by the last day of March, spring would have been able to fend off this attack, but the snow currently accumulating on top of the delicate, freshly sprouted crocuses would say otherwise. The month is going out like a lion, indeed. Beaten and bruised, I officially accept defeat. Winter can continue its reign of terror as long as it doesn’t stop me from dreaming about spring.

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Blog Index A confession: I've been going through a lot of changes as a person these last few months. Part of it stems from finishing my 5th and 6th books The Happy Herbivore Guide to Plant-Based Living and Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings (out next month and this November). When I signed my first book contract, I had no idea what would happen... would that be it? One book turned into a contract for two more, and then three more for a total of 6. WIAW My honey had a birthday! The first of his that we celebrated together, which made it a very special birthday indeed. And it just so happened that his very favorite band, from way back in college, who had been broken up for like, over 15 years, had just announced out of the blue a few [...] This time of year, the pink Jasmine is blooming all over my yard and all over the city, and so I bring sprigs inside every few days, sprinkled around the house so we can live jasmine-scented lives . . . The other night I went reading back through the archives here on this blog, which [...] This is what I get to look at on my walk from my classes to lab meeting.

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25 Plant-Based Foods That Will Turn Anyone Vegan We guarantee that these recipes can make any skeptic gain a new appreciation for the delicious decadence vegan food can offer us — and perhaps even never look back again! From breakfast to dinner, this list has it all; here are 25 plant-based foods that could turn anyone vegan! 1.Strawberry Pecan Stuffed French Toast You don’t need eggs to make this vegan french toast.

Vegan Appetite: Iron Chef Challenge for Vegan MoFo: Apple Peanut Butter Fritters You can probably guess the special ingredients: apples and peanut butter. Everyone knows that dipping an apple in a peanut butter is a quick and easy snack, but for this challenge I drew on one of my childhood favorites, apple fritters. These are super easy and can be adjusted for however many you want to make. Here’s the basic recipe. Apple Peanut Butter FrittersMakes 16 fritters2 large McIntosh apples2 – 3 tablespoons peanut butter1/2 cup all-purpose flour plus 1 tablespoonPinch ground cinnamonPinch salt1/2 cup soy milk1 tablespoon maple syrupconfectioners’ sugar for sifting, maple syrup for servingoil for deep fryer or skillet Heat the oil in a deep fryer (or skillet) to about 365 degrees.

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