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Autumn Succotash

Autumn Succotash 2 diced, roasted yams, seasoned with sage & olive oil 1 bag frozen shelled edamame 1 bag frozen corn, (roasted fresh corn is better if you can swing it) 3 cups chopped kale 1 batch dijon maple dressing... Continue Reading →

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Halloween Planter Ideas

One trip to the dollar store and it's very easy to add scary to your indoor and outdoor gardening. So, yes, I keep a box of plastic Halloween body parts in the basement. You never know when you'll need a... Continue Reading →

Chicago Institution, Eli’s Cheesecake, Launches Vegan Cheesecakes!

I'm in heaven! The last time I had a really good cheesecake was before 2004, before I was vegan. Sure, I've tried a few at various restaurants and you know what? They really didn't cut it for me. But that's... Continue Reading →

Book Review & Giveaway of Kiss My Aster: A Graphic Guide to Creating a Fantastic Yard Totally Tailored to You

Amanda Thomsen (aka Kiss My Aster on Twitter and Facebook) is what I’d call a punk landscaper and garden designer if we’re using the broader meaning of punk. The punk ideology is really about doing it yourself and doing it... Continue Reading →

Hoecake Florentine

Hoecakes Florentine There are 4 components of this hybrid version of vegan eggs Benedict and eggs Florentine: Hollandaise sauce (can be made ahead and refrigerated) Kale Florentine (can be made ahead and refrigerated) Baked tofu (can be made ahead and... Continue Reading →

Gingerkale, in case you want to pretend your ginger-ale is actually healthy ;-)

Gingerkale 1 can chilled spritzer 2 ounces ginger syrup (get a recipe for ginger simple syrup in my kale martini post) 1 ounce kale juice Pour the spritzer first then stir in the ginger syrup. Last, add the kale juice.

Curry Kale Balls

Curry Kale Balls 1) Pulse the following in a food processor until evenly ground but stop before it gets gummy: 1 t. curry powder, Madras style, hot 1 cup pistachios, shelled, I prefer roasted and salted zest from 1 lemon... Continue Reading →

Quick ‘n easy BBQ kale chips

Quickie BBQ Kale Chips Curly kale, washed and torn into chunks, no big stems. Curly kale is the better choice due to its perky nature and the ability of its curls to hold the sauce. Your favorite BBQ sauce, I... Continue Reading →

Green Meanie Martini

Making a Green Meanie Martini Make the ginger syrup and kale juice ahead of time and refrigerate until needed. 1 ounce ginger syrup (recipe below) 1 ounce kale/apple juice (how to do this in a blender below) 2 ounces limoncello... Continue Reading →

Smokey Kale Hummus

Smokey Kale Hummus 1 clove garlic (more if you have a stalker) 1 can chickpeas, liquid reserved juice from one lime 1/2 of one chipotle pepper in adobo sauce 1/4 teaspoon chili powder 1/4 cup chopped cilantro 2 tablespoons tomato... Continue Reading →

Veganic Gardening: Information about earthworms and how to avoid harming yours.

Reviewing Troy-Bilt's Lithium-Ion Cultivator got me to thinking more about the impact of invasive gardening techniques on our friends, the earthworms. So I started digging :-P Here's what I found: It depends on who you ask but there between 2700... Continue Reading →

Product Review & Giveaway: Troy-Bilt TBC57 Cordless/Battery-Powered Cultivator

Oh baby, yeah. Power tools! Nothing like an efficient tool to make gardening a little easier, right? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-cbe4A3oW8 Troy-Bilt rocks a winner, again. The TBC57 Cordless/Battery-Powered Cultivator is a new item from Troy-Bilt for 2012. The lithium-ion battery enables you... Continue Reading →

Vegan Fertilizer Review: yep, there is a fertilizer that does NOT contain animal products! And it works!

Vegan gardeners!! I have great news! There IS a veganic fertilizer now available, it works, and is named Grow Veganic. If you're impatient to order, go here: http://www.growveganic.com, otherwise, read my review below. What is a veganic fertilizer? Vegan +... Continue Reading →

Restaurant Review: Karyn’s on Green (4 beans out of 5)

When @JLgoesVegan came to Chicago yesterday and asked if anyone wanted to go to dinner at Karyn's on Green, I jumped at the chance. See, I have a hubby who doesn't like to eat out and so I don't really... Continue Reading →

Review of Hannah Kaminsky’s book: Vegan a la Mode, and the strawberry ice cream.

OMG! My life has changed. Yep. I've always wondered if homemade vegan ice cream could really be different than store-bought. There have been recipes on the internet for some time but I never really took them seriously until Hannah wrote... Continue Reading →

Snarky BBQ Tater Tot Pizza!

It doesn't get much better than this. Except maybe for those Tater Tot Nachos I posted a few days ago. Yeah, those are good too ;-} This tater tot pizza is my contribution to the recent tater tot pizza craze... Continue Reading →

Tater Tot Nachos, yeah baby!

Need a last minute nacho platter for the big game? Something to impress the guys? Something to hoard and not share with anyone? This is perhaps my favorite use of tater tots so far! Yeah, I think this tops the... Continue Reading →

Making a miniature terrarium from Apple mouse packaging.

You know how some companies, like Apple, tend to over package even the tiniest gizmos? And then you're left with this package that could withstand a zombie apocalypse? And there's NO recycle logo anywhere on any of the plastics so... Continue Reading →

100% Whole Wheat Bread Using The Blendtec! Yeah Baby!

Ok, game over. Blendtec = magic! Yep, I really think so. As everyone within tweeting range already knows, I've been on a quest for a great, VEGAN, 100% whole wheat, no-knead bread recipe! Well, I think I've found it. About... Continue Reading →

EZ cashew alfredo pasta-a work in progress

Ok, folks. This is too early to post but I'm searching for ideas. Below is what I did and I just felt it was a little sweet for an alfredo. DRAFT: EZ cashew alfredo 3-4 cloves garlic 2 heaping cups... Continue Reading →

Holiday Spirit: Squirrel Christmas Song and Google’s Let It Snow

Not in the xmas mood yet? I've got two tricks under my Santa hat for you: 1. Get your rhythm going with Peter's 2011 Squirrel Christmas song, The Family Tree. 2. And if you're the silent type, head over to... Continue Reading →

Holiday Giveaway: amazing chocolate confections and baked goods from Allison’s Gourmet!

Anyone who knows me knows that my favorite confections are from Allison's Gourmet. Allison has mastered the art of making vegan caramels, brittle, toffee, truffles, cookies, fudge, bark candy and more. And you know how hard it is to find... Continue Reading →

SnarkyXmas list: What to get that vegan gardener on your Christmas list.

[UPDATE: After reading Colleen's excellent post on the relationships between corporations and bloggers, I felt the need to update this post since it is a gift guide that lists products I am recommending. My update is at the end.] Buying... Continue Reading →

Vegan MoFo 2011: Fettuccine Afraido! A perfect kid dish!

We're huddled in the house with the lights off because there are toooooo many trick or treaters! And they're BIG! So I thought I'd make one more of Allison Rivers Samson's VeganizeIt! dishes from VegNews magazine. Luckily the kitchen is... Continue Reading →

Vegan MoFo 2011: Ghoulish Sheperd’s Pie

Ok, so I'm on a ghost roll. I love Halloween and just couldn't come up with any other ideas for the mashed potatoes on Allison Rivers Samson's Shepherd Pie recipe printed in her award-winning VeganizeIt! column in VegNews magazine. Of... Continue Reading →

Vegan MoFo 2011: Creepy Halloween Martinis

When I was  initially toying with the idea of Halloween martinis, it seemed overwhelming. There were too many various combination of ingredients possible and where would I find the time to test them all? Unlike trying various ingredients in food,... Continue Reading →

Vegan MoFo 2011: Spooky French Onion Soup!

EZ Comfort Food for Tired Wenches This recipe is by Allison Rivers Samson and printed in her award-winning VeganizeIt! column in VegNews magazine. Because this recipe is still currently in print—in fact, it's from the Sept/Oct issue—I can't reprint the... Continue Reading →

2nd contest this week: win a free bottle of The Olive Mill’s chipotle olive oil!

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of The Olive Mill in Geneva Illinois. They have the most amazing and affordable balsamic vinegar I've had. Love love love it. So when they accidentally shipped me two bottles of chipotle... Continue Reading →

Vegan MoFo 2011: Italian Frittata, Healthy and OMG Yummy!

EZ Comfort Food for Tired Wenches Two quick announcements before we get to  Allison Rivers Samson's frittata recipe: Allison won the 2011 Veggie Award for Favorite Column in VegNews magazine! Yep, voters really dig her VeganzeIt! recipe column and if you... Continue Reading →

Vegan MoFo 2011: NOT your hippy aunt’s vegan meatloaf ;-P

EZ Comfort Food for Tired Wenches Remember those souless lentil loaves from the 70's pretending to be healthy meatloaves? No? Well, let me describe one for you: brown, pasty, tasted like cardboard, squishy, gross and h-e-a-v-e-y. Yeah, that one lentil... Continue Reading →

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