Help Vegan Mashup (TV Show) and Food Blog South Recap

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I keep telling you how warm it’s been this winter and you can see some of the proof above.  Those usually come up in late February or March, not in January! It’s a mixed bag. On the one hand it’s awesome to be harvesting Swiss chard from my garden, but it leaves me wanting all the Spring produce instead […]

Slow Cooker Indian Spiced Chickpea Quinoa Stew

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As promised, here is the ridiculously easy and tasty stew I mentioned over the weekend. I seem to be on a streak of ugly but packed-full of flavor recipes this month. I guess the veggies that are available in January aren’t quite as flashy as some of the summer ones. That, and well, stews aren’t […]

Book Signing and Tasting This Tuesday, Jan 31

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Mark your calendars and join me this Tuesday at the Regulator! I’ll be bringing snacks ; ) The Regulator (An Independent Bookstore) Tuesday , January 31, 2012 7 to 8 pm 720 9th St Durham, NC 27705 Join us for a warm wintertime snack with Durham blogger and cookbook author Kathy Hester who will discuss […]

Vegan Creamy Pear Cardamom Cocktail

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Continuing on my fancy drink exploration – this cocktail combines fresh pear with vanilla vodka and amaretto all tied together with the slightly floral flavor of cardamom. If you can’t find any vanilla liquor you can make your own. Check on Barnivore to make sure the base vodka you use is vegan and then you just need vanilla […]

Quick and Easy Vegan Winter Squash Pasta Sauce

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Sometimes I leave the house without dinner in the slow cooker. For days like that this pasta sauce is easy to put together and tastes like you really put a ton of effort into it. In fact, it’s good enough to serve at your next dinner party! Tip: Hate trying to carve a giant winter squash? Worry […]

Slow Cooker Sugar Cookie Hot Toddy for 2

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Sometimes you need a treat. A soothing, winter treat that can warm you up. That would be me last night. It’s finally feeling like winter and it’s all too easy to get the blahs. I’m making a warm slow cooker drink or dessert every night to keep my spirits up. Feel free to use natural […]

Indo-Chinese Vegan Cabbage Manchurian with a Spicy Sauce

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Last week I was talking with my friend, Kalpana, about “Indian Chinese food”. I had eaten Manchurian dumplings/patties before but wasn’t a huge fan because it was deep-fried and the ones I got were pretty greasy. After hearing her talk about them I really wanted to give them another chance. So, I did what any […]

Slow Cooker Spicy Southern Chickpeas and Grits

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For those of you not familiar with Southern food this is my (vegan) version of Shrimp and Grits. Traditionally it’s base is a spicy tomato based sauce with bell peppers. I’ve used chickpeas because they don’t break down as much as pinto beans or the like. Of course there’s bacon in the original version, and doubly of course I […]

Tasty Bite Vegan Yumminess – My Favorite Last Minute Dinner

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You may (or may not) wonder what I’m eating when there is a lull here at the blog. Sometimes it means a recipe is being developed and isn’t quite ready to show the world and other times I’m rushing around catching up on housework, bills, and writing. As much as I want to cook every […]

And the Winners of Last Week’s Giveaways Are…

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Happy Monday everyone! Here are the winners of last week’s giveaways: The That’s It giveaway goes to Janet Wei. And Linda Watson’s book, Wildly Affordable Organic, goes to Wendy of Healthy Girl’s Kitchen. Have a great day! More recipes and reviews are coming soon.