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Hot Off The Press!!! – Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook & Holiday Vegan Brunch

The Cookbook!

Victoria Moran (author of many books, including The Main Street Vegan, and JL Fields (author The Vegan Air Fryer: The healthier Way to Enjoy Deep-Fried Flavors” and soon to be re-released Vegan Pressure Cooking) have collaborated with over 100 Main Street Vegan Academy Lifestyle Coaches and Educators to create The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook, which is not only an extraordinary repertoire of mouthwatering vegan dishes but is also a celebration of what it means to live a vegan lifestyle, not just eat a plant-based diet.  Regardless of where you fit in with a vegan lifestyle, I promise you will find this elegantly-illustrated, information-packed book more than just your ordinary cookbook.

Holiday Vegan Brunch

To celebrate its much-anticipated arrival on the shelves (and just in time for Holiday gifting, I might add),  I did a Holiday Vegan Brunch at the Whole Foods in Sedona, AZ this past Saturday.

In addition to delighting 27 guests to Vegan Eggs Benedict Florentine with Air-Fried Rosemary-Scented Home Fries, I performed a culinary demonstration, showing them how they can create, with ease, the English Muffins (with all those very same nooks and crannies that the well-known store brand is known for), vegan eggs, Hollandaise sauce, creamed spinach, and air-fried home fries.  All five recipes are my own original recipes.  The recipes for both the English Muffins and Hollandaise sauce appear in The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook, on pages 50-51 and page 65 respectively.

Since the event took place in the restaurant area, at least another 25-30 people joined us as observers of the demo.

Let’s Talk More About the Cookbook …

Two other original recipes of mine, the Divinely Decadent Chocolate Stout Cake and Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Cookies, are also included in this most valuable resource that should be in everyone’s kitchen.

The book starts with Jane Velez-Mitchell’s Forward.  Book-ending the luscious chapters of delectable recipes are chapters covering all aspects of living a vegan lifestyle.

In addition to a plethora of plant-based, vegan recipes (there’s more than 100 recipes), the book abounds with Coaching Tips, from guidance/clarification regarding ingredients, to kitchen hacks, to Sustainable Fashion Choices, to name only a scant few.

And the photos!!! Oh my! Jackie Sobon’s deftness with a camera has the food jumping right off the page, aiming straight for my five senses.

This book is definitely destined to become one of those go-to, always have at the ready, resources for anyone and everyone interested in preparing delicious vegan food.

Victoria Moran MainStreetVegan.net

JL Fields JLGoesVegan.com

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To Purchase the Book:  Amazon

VEGANIFICATION – (Linda Voorhis)

Linda’s Recipes

Find me on the following pages of The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook

  • Linda’s English Muffins – recipe & tip – p.50-51
  • Veganification Hollandaise – recipe & tip – p.65
  • Divinely Decadent Chocolate Stout Cake – recipe p219-220, photo pgs, 202, 218, 272
  • Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Cookies – recipe p.214
  • Meet Your Coach – p. 268

Gratitude – And Taking Stock -100th Blog Post

Today, I take a diversion from my typical blog post.  It’s a rather auspicious day.  Today marks my 100th Veganification blog post!

So, instead of talking about food, which I always seem to do, I’m going to shift gears a bit today.  As I sat here contemplating what to write about, I kept coming back to how much I have to be grateful for and about.  I’ve been doing quite a bit of ‘taking stock’ recently, which resulted in making some significant decisions regarding how I will be allocating my time in 2018.  I was able to let go of some tasks which truly no longer serve but I had been continuing more out of a sense of obligation (and probably some ego involved in there as well).  All good!

But, it also brought the acknowledgment that there are many things in my life that do serve and that I hold dear in my heart.  People, places, things…and also the two cats with whom I have the pleasure to reside.  The two girls are Tasha and Maizie. Continue reading Gratitude – And Taking Stock -100th Blog Post

British Afternoon Tea

Channeling my Julia (as in Child and faux pearls)

Before I start telling you about my recent culinary demonstration, I must clarify a frequent misnomer about the event which we have come to refer to as ‘High Tea’. It actually isn’t a true ‘High Tea’ at all. In fact, High Tea is something quite different from the regal British tea, properly referred to as ‘Afternoon Tea’. Continue reading British Afternoon Tea

The Predicaments With Prickly Pears

For those of us who remember Star Trek, The Trouble With Tribbles provided figurative thorns in Captain Kirk’s side. Not to dissimilar is the predicament with prickly pears, except that they provide literal thorns.

Prickly pear cacti, a member of the opuntia genus, abound here in the Southwest. The cactus itself is a paddle with spines. In the summer, they first burst with beautiful flowers, and by mid-September, they are bearing the most fascinating fruit, aka Indian fig. When ripe, its skin is a vibrantly-rich maroon thick exterior ensconced with even more spines. These spines are hair-like prickles, the smaller ones almost invisible to the naked eye; and the more mature ones looking like barbs ready to strike. Touch one, and those almost invisible spines will not-so-politely remove themselves from the prickly pear and insert themselves into your penetrable skin. And that’s when the fun begins. Ah, but I am getting ahead of myself. Continue reading The Predicaments With Prickly Pears

Easy Entertaining — Dinner Party Soiree Made Easy

Charuterie Platter

 

 

 

I absolutely adore entertaining and feeding people. But I also want to enjoy their company when they arrive rather than being held captive in the kitchen, thus missing out on all the lively conversation.

If you’re like me, I have just the answer for you! A vegan charcuterie platter and a make-ahead entrée. Continue reading Easy Entertaining — Dinner Party Soiree Made Easy

Indigo Ruby Tomatoes

On the Vine

Last year, Richard and I built a raised bed garden structure out of pecky cedar. We choose that wood because it is untreated, and thus, was in alignment with our desire to have an organic garden. We built it ourselves and had some much fun in the process.

There are 36 3-foot rebar, some inside and others on the outside of the lumber, holding the structure together. Six ton of what was supposed to be organic garden soil was delivered and dumped into the raised bed, whose inside measures 8’x16’. We had irrigation lines put in to ensure adequate and consistent watering, even when we would be out-of-town.

Now, I’m sort of getting ahead of myself here. I should tell you that I am a Jersey Girl, born, raised, and lived the vast majority of my life approximately 12-20 miles outside of Manhattan. Richard, on the other hand, is from Washington State. And here we are now in Northern Arizona, where the climate is dry, the air is hotter, and there are pretty much two growing seasons. Geez, were we (and still are) on a huge gardening learning curve. Continue reading Indigo Ruby Tomatoes

Memories of a July 4 Weekend with a Dear Friend, Her Cake Pan, and Dark-Chocolate Black-Bean Fudgy Cake Squares

Terri’s Cake Pan
Time to Sample!

My friend, Terri, passed away more than several years ago. Like me, she had a love for vegan cooking and an equitable adoration for kitchen gadgets/equipment/tools. One of the beautiful items she left to me was this 9’x13’ metal cake pan with a green lid, with “Vegan Goodies” and pinecones/leaves etched into the top. It’s beautiful; and whenever I pull it out to bake in it, I am immediately brought back to fond memories of Terry.

As a sidenote, I’ll share one of my favorites with you. In 2010, we took the 7 hour drive up to Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York for their July 4 Pignic. It was an idyllic weekend communing with all the beautiful farm animals that have been given a second chance and the ability to live out the remainder of their lives in peace, knowing love and compassion and no terror…a very different life from whence they came, factory farming. The weather was warm with a cooling breeze. We spent two full days on the farm and enjoyed their vegan barbeque and a couple of talks given by their more-than-adept staff. Continue reading Memories of a July 4 Weekend with a Dear Friend, Her Cake Pan, and Dark-Chocolate Black-Bean Fudgy Cake Squares

Eating Our Way Through Key West – Part 3 – The Final Chapter – Unexpected Delights

Walking up and down Duval Street, live music abounds, pouring out of restaurants, clubs, and dives onto the streets. The joint that we seemed most drawn to, however, was Willie T’s. It was an open-air, outdoor patio with some of the tables under an overhang. The genre seemed to be predominantly, if not exclusively, solo guitar rock / sometimes margaritaville-like male singers. Each evening, we’d stop and stand on the sidewalk, taking in the sights and sounds. We quickly came to a consensus regarding our favorite—John LaMere. His shtick was classic rock band covers. Geez, could he ever pull of a Mellencamp (as in John Cougar, John Cougar Mellencamp, now John Mellencamp)! It was not uncommon for me to break out in dance right there on the sidewalk! So, after our nightly sidewalk voyeuring, we decided that we would eat our final dinner at Willie T’s and arrive at the beginning of John LaMere’s set that evening. Continue reading Eating Our Way Through Key West – Part 3 – The Final Chapter – Unexpected Delights

Eating Our Way Through Key West – Part 2 – Hits & Misses

We awoke one morning, ravenous and deciding that we wanted to forego the vacation-standard, go-to, made in the room, smoothie. What to eat became the question. It was the only rainy day, at least it started out as such, so we decided to take a trek over to the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum, located in the Historic Seaport neighborhood. We fell into Two Friends Patio, one of the few remaining original Old Towne restaurants, established in 1967 and still family run. The place was hustling and bustling. Cutting straight down the middle of the restaurant, however, is an open walkway, so they had to close off some of the tables because of the rain. No one seemed to care, even those patrons who were graced with the occasional spray of rain. It really didn’t matter to us because, even though we had our all-weather jackets on, we were fairly damp already from the walk. We were hungry, that’s what mattered. And, they had a table with only about a 15 minute wait. Worked for us. Continue reading Eating Our Way Through Key West – Part 2 – Hits & Misses