Tuesday, September 29, 2009

It's coming...

October is going to be the 3rd annual VEGAN MOnth of FOod! It's not too late to get your blog into the game- visit Kittee's blog for more info.
VeganMoFo is overwhelming, but so so fun! Email me if you want more information!
If you want to see what my previous mofos have looked like, check out:

October 2008 (from all over Europe)
November 2007 (I actually managed to post 30 times that time- woah!)

Here comes VEGANMOFO III! Are you ready...?


Thursday, September 24, 2009

a debate of great importance

sometimes, you think you know someone. you think you know them well. and then you find that you have deep, fundamental differences. this is how I felt when I found out that some of my closest friends ... (gah. it's so hard to even write about this)... DON'T like raisins. poor, sweet, delicious, nutritious raisins. nature's candy. a huge part of any trail mix. sigh.

but this gets even more personal when this irrational aversion to raisins messes with the childhood tradition known as ants on a log. (most Americans are familiar with this treat: celery sticks filled with peanut butter and topped with raisin "ants").

Here's me and Pandacookie battling over whether to go with TRADITIONAL, COMFORTING, HONEST ants on a log or blaspheming them by excluding raisins in lieu of chocolate. (um, thereby turning this nutritious and innocent snack into a den of caloric inequity). But I digress. Being the diplomatic vegans that we were, we made both.

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celery, PB, and...

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

because it's still summer, dammit!

Ok, I'm seeing too many fall-related blog posts lately! People, it's still summer until this coming WEDNESDAY. I don't want to hear about your pumpkins and squash and Halloween costumes and hot cider! It's summer! I refuse to give in to fall until I absolutely have to!

So in that vein, a little flashback post from last summer...

What do you do when you come across some insane heirloom tomatoes in the Downtown Syracuse Farmers Market? Like the big buddy above, weighing in at around 4 pounds?

How about a tomato focaccia?

How about letting them play the star role in the meal? Doesn't a nice fat tomato drizzled with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and fresh basil look so much better than some big roasted dead thing?

Oh god, I am do damn vegan...


Thursday, September 17, 2009

a perfect work lunch

I have a good reason why I haven't blogged in a little while- for the past 5 weeks, I have been working for a mayoral candidate leading up to the Sept. 15th primary. How did we do? Let's just say that Syracuse is well on its way to having its first female mayor- woo! Now that the primary is behind us, I will be back to cooking, eating, and blogging more seriously. While I was working, the above photo was a typical lunch- wheat crackers, Follow Your Heart cheddar cheese, and a fruit leather. Great, however not the most blog-worthy meal.

However, in the next few weeks, we have ... my trip to Finland and Austria with some awesome fellow vegans, the 3rd installment of VeganMoFo, the start of Fall and Autumnal foods galore, in other words, blogging bonanza!