Archive for August, 2011
Some time ago, I polled readers to find out what are some favorite kitchen gadgets. It turned out to be a treasury of great ideas. One of my personal favorites is an immersion blender. We’re not huge fruit eaters in my family (we prefer our veggies!), so making smoothies most days of the week is not a big deal with this hand-held gadget, and ensures that we get our requisite 2 servings of fruit per day (of course making fruit smoothie and green smoothies is a snap with the Vitamix see below and other high-speed blenders, but those are quite an investment compared with this under-$30 item.Print This Post
New Paltz (a funky college town in New York’s Hudson Valley, just 90 miles north of Manhattan) is very lucky—it’s the home of Lagusta’s Luscious, a cornucopia of sensuous pleasures for the palate, mainly centered around chocolate. Read More→Print This Post
My newest cookbook will be available on Nov. 1. Learn more about it here:
Event: Reading and discussion at Barnes and Noble, Poughkeepsie
I’ll be reading and discussing The Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writing Life on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 at Barnes and Noble (2518 South Rd.) in Poughkeepsie, NY. Hudson Valley readers, please come to this event, which benefits the Elting Library in New Paltz, NY.
Gorgeous home with attached studio for sale!
I don’t usually pitch real estate in this newsletter, but my home in Poughkeepsie, NY is for sale. We rented it out for a couple of years and now we’d like to sell it. If you are in the Hudson Valley region of NY, or from NYC looking for a weekend escape (or know someone in the region who is looking), this house offers privacy along with suburban amenities. A unique feature is a beautiful, skylit attached studio. I wrote several of my books there! Here is the full info.
Time to think about school lunches…
From VegKitchen’s traffic reports, I see that tons of visitors are coming for the school lunch recipes and ideas. Some of these are great for brown-bagging grown-ups, as well. Not all of these are new, but many are improved. From someone who packed lunches every school day for 14 years (and so glad I no longer have to!), here are lots of useful tips and easy recipes.
- Leftover Heaven: Ideas for School and Brown Bag Lunches
- Making Lunch? Make it Nutritious! Make it Waste-Free!
- Sandwiches and Wraps—Easy Ideas for Vegans and Vegetarians
- Vegan & Vegetarian School Lunch Recipes and Tips
- Vegan Kids and Lunch at School: Helping your Child Fit In
The latest Meatless Monday Musing by Ellen Kanner:
- Vegan Boursin®-Style Spread
- Italian Baked Fruit-Stuffed Peaches
- Bok Choy Salad with Snow Peas and Red Cabbage
- Mimi Kirk’s Raw Cookies (Video)
- Raw Sweet Potato and Kale Salad with Coconut-Lime Dressing
- Butternut Squash and Mixed Mushroom Lasagna
- Arugula Pasta with Salsa Cruda
- Southern Lima Beans
- Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad
- Green Pea and Vegan Cheddar Cheese Salad
- Kale Salad with Cherries and Lime Dressing
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This variation of Raw Sweet Potato and Cabbage Salad with Coconut-Lime Dressing was inspired by Ricki Heller of Diet, Dessert, and Dogs. She took my aforementioned recipe and varied it by using raw kale. The combination of raw sweet potato and raw kale (two veggies more commonly eaten cooked) is amazing. A small amount of red cabbage is added for color and crunch. Read More→Print This Post
If you need fresh ideas for making healthy school lunches for older vegetarian or vegan kids or teens with open minds and even more open palates, you’ve come to the right place. If you’re looking for fare for grown-up tastes beyond sandwiches, these ideas are for you. Admittedly, your first-grader may not relish this style of lunch fare (for him or her, see Vegetarian and Vegan School Lunch Recipes and Tips) but your high schooler—or you—might find these ideas appealing. Read More→Print This Post
With more than 200 mouthwatering recipes, Vegan Holiday Kitchen is your go-to resource for recipes and menus for major holidays. Vegans can at last celebrate the holidays with gusto and enjoy every course of the meal—from appetizers to desserts. What’s more, these lovingly crafted dishes will satisfy everyone who loves great food, no matter what their culinary preferences. There’s no reason to wait for a special occasion to enjoy these recipes—they’re healthy and uncomplicated enough for everyday fare. Read More→Print This Post
A dairy- and tomato-free lasagne, this deceivingly luscious dish makes a special fall meal. It also makes a terrific vegan main dish for Thanksgiving dinner. Read More→Print This Post