Product Guide

George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Grill – a review

George Foreman Indoor/outdoor electric GrillSome time ago, I wanted to develop some new recipes for grilling veggies and plant-based proteins for the summer entertaining chapter of Vegan Holiday Kitchen.* When I first developed grilling guidelines for Vegetarian Celebrations, many more years back than I care to admit, I had a somewhat basic charcoal unit. When it came time to retire this barbecue, I found myself less willing to stand over hot flaming charcoal—and even less willing to putter around with a gas unit.  more→

Global Gardens California Olive Oil and Apple Ginger Balsamic Vinegar

extra virgin olive oils

One of the nice perks of running VegKitchen is getting delicious products that are kind to the earth to sample, right at my doorstep. It’s truly heartening to see that there are food artisans out there that are making products with integrity and craftsmanship, that create domestic jobs, and that do no harm to the land. One of those that I had the pleasure of meeting recently is the owner of Global Gardens, based in California. more→

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:

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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→

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