Today, we’re going to learn to make authentic vegan ravioli from scratch, starting with growing our own artisanal wheat. Just kidding, of course! There are quite a number of yummy delicacies that I love, but that fall into the “life is too short” department when it comes to from-scratch cooking. One of them is vegan ravioli (followed closely by sushi).
Which is why when the mood strikes, we get a package of these dumpling-like cuties from the frozen foods section of our natural foods store. Then we’re well on the way to a hearty meal that only needs a salad to complete it. A can of pink beans gets us close to the finish line, then all that’s needed is a good sauce and a sprinkling of fresh basil and nooch (aka nutritional yeast) or vegan Parmesan. Let’s get started! more→
I’m happy to announce that my friend and colleague Victoria Moran, vegan advocate extraordinaire (and occasional VegKitchen contributor), is one of the 5 female finalists in PETA’s “Sexiest Vegan over 50” contest. No matter what you think of PETA (or contests), this is an amazing platform for the winner to spread the word on the benefits of a plant-based, cruelty-free diet.
Here’s a fun, useful, and luscious giveaway especially for VegKitchen readers, brought to you by my friend and talented colleague, Laura Theodore, also known as The Jazzy Vegetarian. One fortunate reader will receive The Best of Jazzy Vegetarian 3-DISC, DVD Set — fans of this highly successful series know that vegan chef Laura Theodore can turn any meal into a delicious special occasion.
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I’m officially in love with anything pumpkin flavored, though I admit I’ve only recently started cooking with pumpkin … and I’ve been missing out. Luckily, that dry spell is over. This recipe is great for the waffle maker. Most vegan pancakes tend to be dense and the waffle maker gives it a bit more of a fluffy texture. I left out baking powder on purpose from the recipe because you can make them taste great without it. Add any fruit or maple syrup that you have on hand as a topping. Recipe and photo by Sophia Dubrovsky from Plant Based Made Easy.
Plant Power by Nava Atlas was just released a couple of weeks ago, but lots of great coverage will let you sample the book around the web — the easy, colorful, and healthy recipes highlighted in these posts are but a mere fraction of the content of this 376-page book. Plant Power gives you everything you need to know for a delicious plant-based life, gloriously photographed by Hannah Kaminsky. There are still 3 giveaways open: more→
With exploding interest in plant-based foods, a VegKitchen.com app is being planned. Help us make vegan meals easier and more fun for even the busiest of cooks! Visit our Indiegogo campaign for details. Cool rewards at every donation level. more→
This giveaway is now closed … thanks to all for having entered! Are you interested in helping your mom — or wife, mother-in-law, grandmother, aunt, or esteemed friend (or even for yourself!) — enjoy a more plant-based diet? Here’s a giveaway featuring three books that will help immensely to that end. And even if it’s someone who doesn’t want to go full-on vegan, these books will help them achieve a healthier lifestyle. more→
Unlike this past spring, when I traversed the US from one end to another, this fall’s talks and appearances will keep me close to my slightly upstate NY home. I’ll be wearing all my various hats for these events — nonfiction writer, vegan cookbook author, and artist, so I’m really looking forward to that.
Friday, Oct. 4 – 26 – Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY – Opening reception for I Do? — a group exhibit about marriage equality. Alas, I won’t actually be at this opening, but it promises to be a fascinating exhibit exploring this hot-button issue. My most recent limited edition book, Why You Can’t Get Married: An Unwedding Album, will be part of this exhibit.
Saturday, October 5 – Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Saugerties, NY – CAS’s annual Shindig will be filled with farm animals, food, speakers, demos, and lots more. I’ll be demonstrating how to tame kale, from Wild About Greens at 2:30.
October 14, 2013 – February 21, 2014 – University of Washington Libraries, Seattle, WA: “Under the Wings of Artemis: Scholars, Artists and the Places Between.” This beautifully titled of exhibit of artists’ books from the U of W special collections will include one of my signature pieces, Sluts & Studs,which will also be discussed in a book that accompanies the exhibition. I don’t know if there will be a formal opening for the exhibit, but, since I’ve already traveled to the west coast twice this year, chances are I won’t be attending.
Friday, November 1 – Oblong Books, Rhinebeck, NY – A reading by several of the contributors to the anthology A Slant of Light: Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson Valley. I’ll be reading my essay, “Self-Acceptance: A Hard-Fought Battle.” I believe this event begins at 7:00 but please confirm at Nava’ Fall Speaking and Exhibit Schedulecloser to the date.
Sunday, November 3 – Pine Plains Library, Pine Plains, NY – This will be my only solo talk this fall; an in-depth but fun demo of recipes and tips from Wild About Greens. The event runs from 2pm to 4pm.
Saturday, November 9 – Millbrook Winery, Millbrook, NY – Sip & Sign, a local author booksigning event. Sample local wines, and get a little tipsy while exploring books by Hudson Valley authors. I’ll be there with several of my titles, including Wild About Greens, Vegan Holiday Kitchen, and The Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writing Life.
I was invited by the wonderful and prolific Robin Asbell to participate in this game of cookbook author tag, in which we each choose a few of our colleagues and answer the same questions about our foodie lives. Such fun to be in this great company! Aside from working on a new cookbook, I’m also traveling around like a crazy person, still promoting my previous two cookbooks, Wild About Greens and Vegan Holiday Kitchen; working on some juicy art projects which include my limited edition artist’s books (I’m excited and honored to be speaking on the subject at Duke University’s Perkins Library later this month); I just relaunched The Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writing Life web site; and when I’m finished with my next cookbook manuscript I want to get back to an engrossing nonfiction project I’ve been working on forever. more→