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VegKitchen’s Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas!

Lagusta's Luscious fair trade vegan chocolates

Lagusta’s Luscious fair trade vegan chocolates

Admittedly, this holiday is a bit of fluff, but for many, it’s a way to show love and appreciation in a small and sweet way. If you’re looking for a fun and frugal token of your affection, here are some of VegKitchen’s featured products that would be appreciated by the sweeties in your life:  more→

How to choose a slow cooker

Hamilton Beach slow cooker

Hamilton Beach slow cooker

Contributed by Kathy Hester, author of The Vegan Slow Cooker* and Vegan Slow Cooking for Two (or Just for You*)One of the things I’m frequently asked is how to choose a slow cooker. I have favorites that I’m happy to recommend, but there are a few questions you need to ask yourself to determine what’s best for you . more→

Gardein Vegan Savory Stuffed Turk’y

gardein vegan turkey substituteFull disclosure: I’m not personally a big fan of meat substitutes, but I can fully understand why other vegetarians and vegans like them. I grew up with meat as a child, and one of the reasons I went vegetarian as a teen way back when was that I simply didn’t like it. Fast forward to my own kids, who have never tasted meat, and they really enjoy meat substitutes. I’m sure it’s the satisfying texture and heartiness that appeal to them, as they have nothing to compare the taste with. more→

Jacob Bromwell Old-Fashioned Popcorn Popper

original popcorn popperIf you’re a popcorn fan, here’s a kitchen (or fireplace) tool you’ll enjoy using. Microwave popcorn might be a smidgeon easier, but it doesn’t compare with the deep, delicious flavor produced by this old-fashioned popcorn popper. Made by Jacob Bromwell, the oldest cookware company in the U.S. (founded in 1819), this popper is composed of a simple metal box with a ventilated lid and a long handle.  more→

Forks Over Knives

forks over knivesWhen the documentary film Forks Over Knives* premiered in New York City this past spring, I was honored to be invited to speak on a post-screening panel. Now this important film about how plant-based diets can prevent as well as reverse disease is available on DVD. The “stars” of this film are Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, known for encouraging former President Bill Clinton to adopt a vegan diet, and. Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of the groundbreaking book The China Study.For anyone interested in how a vegan diet can reverse heart disease and other life-threatening illnesses, this is a must see film. Here’s a description from its producers:


Tofu Xpress: A Thumbs-up review

tofu xpressIf you use two to three tubs of tofu per week, you are going to love the nifty little kichen tool called Tofu Xpress,* described in this review. Figuring out how to press tofu is a quandary faced by tofu lovers everywhere, who bemoan the wasting of so many paper towels. Tofu Xpress is basically a plexiglass box with a spring-loaded lid that presses excess water out of tofu. It works particularly well with firm and extra-firm varieties that come in tubs.  more→

Cool Kitchen Gadgets

Immersion blenderSome 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.


Lagusta’s Luscious – Fine Handmade Confections

lagusta's luscious chocolate barsNew 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. more→

Olivado Avocado Oils

Olivado Avocado OilsOne of the perks of being an extremely famous (LOL!) cookbook author is that companies start sending you all kinds of cool books and food products to review. I will only review and endorse products I like, and this is certainly true for the quartet of delectable Olivado Avocado Oils I received a couple of months ago. more→

Raw Crunch Bars

raw crunch barsI was recently sent a box of Raw Crunch Bars to sample. In all honesty, I’m not much of a bar enthusiast—they all taste pretty much the same to me, so I kept my expectations modest. I was pleased to find that these bars are made of seeds and dried fruits that you can actually see. I’m crazy for seeds, and so these bars couldn’t have found a better audience. more→

Daiya nondairy cheese

daiya nondairy cheese

Daiya vegan cheese is ideal for anyone who is allergic to dairy, soy, or nuts, as it contains none of these ingredients! Its primary ingredient is cassava root, (from which tapioca is derived), yet it melts and stretches better than any other nondairy cheese I’ve ever had. more→

I Love My Vitamix!

vita-mixSome time ago, I got all excited about acquiring a juicer, having read about the benefits of freshly made fruit and vegetable juices. The excitement lasted all of about 3 weeks, after which cleaning the godforsaken thing and wasting so much pulp (no, I don’t compost) got old very quickly. Night after night I talked myself out of using it until somehow the contraption found its way back into its original box—and then into storage. more→


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