Jazzy Vegans – We’re ALL the Rage!

I started watching the Jazzy Vegetarian shortly after the first air date back in September 2011.  I was immediately taken in by Laura Theodore’s effervescent personality, and easy-to-prepare recipes.  Oh, and one of my favorite musical genres is jazz.

So, when

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Lemony Maple-Cranberry Muffins – A Jazzy Vegetarian Review and Recipe

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.

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

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.

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

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.Thanks to the brillance of Miyoko Schinner

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My Love Affair With Cheese