On March 19, 2018, my friend, Lana, and I attended the Vegan Community Dinner, which is held at Community Cuisine, Kitchen Sharing, 2245 E. Washington Street in Phoenix, Arizona.  

So, exactly what is a Community Dinner, you ask? 

Food insecurity is a global issue; and here in

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Community Dinner – Amazing Pay-as-You-Can Meal Gathering in Phoenix

My Love Affair with A French Chef

My love for watching cooking shows started with my love affair with The French Chef (aka Julia Child) back in the early 1960’s.  I would race home to catch an episode on PBS at every opportunity.  I loved her juxtaposition of

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A Love Affair with A French Chef – and Other Cooking Show Greats

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

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

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.

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Gratitude – And Taking Stock -100th Blog Post

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.

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The Predicaments With Prickly Pears