Category Archives: Book Reviews

Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health For Dogs & Cats, 4th Edition, Out on Shelves 3/21/17

The year was 1995. At that point, I had been a lacto-ovo vegetarian for twelve years and still had no idea about the cruelty associated with companion animal breeders. My stepson was allergic to cats; and I very dearly missed living with feline companions, so someone suggested that I purchase sphynx cats from a breeder. The Austin Powers movies had yet to be released, so sphynx cats were still something of an anomaly. Breeders were hard to find; but eventually I was able to find one. Cleo arrived shortly thereafter, and was immediately diagnosed with cardio-myopathy, a heart disease which would prove to be fatal. Not having any experience with homeopathic care, we went the traditional veterinary route, providing care through a cardiologist veterinarian. Cleo survived for four years, far longer than was expected had he not received specialized care. I was devastated when he passed away; so very shortly after his death, I embarked on the journey of finding/selecting two new Sphynx cats to join my family. Continue reading Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health For Dogs & Cats, 4th Edition, Out on Shelves 3/21/17

Cookbook Review: JL Field’s “Vegan Pressure Cooking”

“Vegan Pressure Cooking” by JL Fields

So, yes, I have to admit that I am one of those people that have been terrified, and I do mean terrified, for years at the sight of a pressure cooker. Visions of it exploding on the stove, dousing ceiling to floor with the pressurized contents gone awry abound aplenty.

It wasn’t until about ten years ago, when a dear friend introduced me to using a pressure cooker to make Daal, Indian lentils, that one of those contraptions made its arrival into my kitchen arsenal. What a score! I embarked on my journey of using my pressure cooker, albeit still somewhat trepidatiously, cooking a variety of beans. But, alas, my journey pretty much stalled at that point….well, that is, until JL Fields’ “Vegan Pressure Cooking”. A whole new world of culinary skills and delights entered my gastronomic sphere. Continue reading Cookbook Review: JL Field’s “Vegan Pressure Cooking”

Taco Tuesday – November 8, 2016

taco-tuesday
Taco Tuesday

Hola, Amigos!

So, today everyone is familiar with tacos. We devour them at those readily-recognizable fast food chains and savor them at the family-run local Mexican restaurant.

Typically, a taco is a corn (maize) tortilla that is used as the vessel that is folded around a filling.  Ahhh, but is has become so much more! Continue reading Taco Tuesday – November 8, 2016

My Love Affair With Cheese

Fresh Mozz atop spagetti and black truffle pate
I love being vegan. The lifestyle is in alignment with my belief system. I can walk in this world authentically embracing and practicing AHIMSA. That being said, however, my yearning for my former favorite food group (cheese) had gone completely unsated…that is, until now. Continue reading My Love Affair With Cheese