Hump Day is here! Today is Wacky Weiner Wednesday. That’s right. It’s not just your plain old vegan hot dog on a bun with some mustard and sauerkraut. Not that there’s anything wrong with that dog, because every now and again I get me a real hankering for one of them that I succumb to. But, let’s expand our horizons a little today.
Yippee! The weekend is here. I know…you’ve been running errands all day and the last thing you feel like doing it heading into the kitchen. You could reach into the pantry for one of those vegan canned soups…but honestly, (at least in my humble opinion) I’ve never eaten one of those things and subsequently raved that I just devoured the most wonderful, delectable soup.
I have another solution for you…homemade soup, made easy!
Are you or someone you know thinking about transitioning to a plant-based diet and not sure where to start? Starting today, and for the next six days, I’ll be writing about simple and easy ideas based on the day of the week that will aid in coming up with menu ideas.
Today being Thursday, it’s Toss ‘n’ Tumble Thursday.
“All beings tremble before violence. All fear death. All love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt. What harm can you do?” Buddha
Today, November 2, would have been Jay Dinshah’s 83rd birthday. If you haven’t heard the name, Jay became a vegan advocate embracing the concept of dynamic harmlessness after touring a slaughterhouse in 1957. Subsequently in 1960, he founded the American Vegan Society (AVS). Unfortunately Jay passed away in 2000; however, his tireless dedication and commitment to educating people about the practice of nonviolence and the benefits of adopting a vegan lifestyle are no less mirrored by his wife, Freya Dinshah, as the Executive Director of AVS, and his daughter, Anne Dinshah.
Today is World Vegan Day and the first day of World Vegan Month. As I paused a moment to acknowledge this day, it brought me back to that infamous day in November, 1997, when I was thrust into transition because Freya Dinshah, Executive Director of the American Vegan Society, recommended that I read the book Skinny Bitches (written by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin) to learn more about what it means to adopt a vegan lifestyle.
Did you really think I’d let the Fall season pass us by without any mention of this amazing vegetable, the pumpkin! No, it’s not for carving this year. This year we are baking it up and making a savory pumpkin sauce that is as versatile as it is delectable.
I’ve always had a love for cooking and read cookbooks and cooking magazines the way other people read books. They inspire me to create my own recipes and have taught me the ‘science’ of cooking, most especially baking.
Julia Child (definitely nothing veg about her, but probably the greatest skills technician) and my maternal Italian grandmother, Mary, were my first mentors. With the advent of the celebrity chef and abundance of television cooking shows, inspiration continued to be placed before me. Food, its preparation with love, and the creativity it sparks within me, became a passion of mine.