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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Product Review: Vege USA® Vegan Lamb Vindaloo & Vegan Chicken Tikka Masala

Handy little discovery can make mealtimes quicker, easier and tastier. You're running late, so hungry you don't want to cook, and it was a rough day. Some comfort food would be...well...comforting. If only you had something you could heat in... Continue Reading →

Ice Cream Review: Is coconut milk ice cream worth $1 more than soy?

Maybe I'm the last to notice but Turtle Mountain now has their fabulous pomegranate chip flavor available in both regular soy and coconut ice creams. I've always been a huge fan of the pomegranate chip soy ice cream but stopped... Continue Reading →

A vegan is coming! A vegan is coming! Holiday Field Roast, Roasted Veggies with EZ Gravy for omnivores in need of a quick solution.

OMG you've got a vegan coming to Christmas dinner. What the hell are you gonna serve? Let's assume that in the spirit of the holidays, you want to make sure the vegan feels welcome. You do right? Ok, so go... Continue Reading →

Vegan MoFo: Gooey yellow cake with chocolate frosting and melty doodads.

Behold! The gooey-est, yummiest, chocolaty-est yellow cake ever! I don't know about you but I LOVE that classic yellow cake with chocolate frosting! If the yellow cake has that old-fashioned caramel flavor, all the better. I will sniff this stuff... Continue Reading →

Vegan MoFo: EZ & Quick Chik’n & Dumplings

In my quest to find quick and easy vegan dinners to make in a short amount of time, I've revised my grandma's chicken and dumplings that she made when I was a young'n. Here are the changes I made: replace... Continue Reading →

Vegan MoFo: Gardein Burgundy Trio Product Review

I picked up this little box on a lark at my local run-of-the-mill grocer partly because I was curious and also because I knew it'd come in handy when I was: in pain with lower back issues tired from a... Continue Reading →

Vegan MoFo: Beer Biscuits with Daiya® Cheddar Cheese

This is the easiest thing in the world, short of opening a banana of course! But a little background first: I suck at making biscuits. I can't emphasize this enough! In fact, my biscuits can be used a weapons. They... Continue Reading →

Vegan MoFo: (Review) Vegan Fast Food Indonesian Peanut Noodle Saute

One of my favorite places for fast vegan food is Noodles & Company. Until today I thought they only had one vegan item on the menu but the cheerful cashier chick handed me this handy card that outlines several vegan... Continue Reading →

Vegan MoFo: Broccoli shot with iPhone vs. Canon Powershot

No recipe tonight as it failed and I didn't want to post something that I felt was icky. BUT, I've done a comparison of 2 cameras I used to shoot Korean broccoli I ate at Dragonlady Lounge. Sue at Dragonlady... Continue Reading →

Vegan MoFo: Mac ‘n Teese® Cheese Casserole

Most of the time I just make macaroni all in one pot by boiling noodles and dumping in a bag of Daiya Cheddar but it's always lacked that creaminess of the kind mom used to make. So, in my quest... Continue Reading →

VeganMofo: Review of Tofurky® Vegan Frozen Pizza With Daiya® Cheese

Confession time: I haven't been in Whole Foods since their CEO came out against universal health care, so it's been a while and I've missed a few things. Like the extended array of Chicago Diner desserts in the cake case... Continue Reading →

Halloween Projects: Gothic Gardening with Rusty Steel Sculpture

Rusty Steel Garden Sculpture from Steel Heart Ltd. Nothing is as cool as rusty metal, especially if it's creepy. Steel Heart Ltd. offers some fabulous Halloween sculptures including spiderwebs, witches and pumpkins. These are so cool, I'd leave them in... Continue Reading →

Halloween Projects: Gothic Gardening with Black Petunias

If you're in a warm enough zone, having black petunias in your porch planters can create just the right Gothic look that's interesting yet not too threatening. If I didn't live in zone 5, you bet I'd be planting these... Continue Reading →

Halloween Projects: Gothic Gardening with Spooky Wire Topiary Forms

I love love love Halloween and cackled with delight when I saw Glamos' skeleton topiary form at the Independent Garden Center Show in Chicago this year. But you'll need to start earlier than I did if you want some creepy... Continue Reading →

Halloween Projects: Gothic Gardening with Skeleton Flamingos

The classic (yes, I said classic) pink flamingo gets a new twist for Halloween as Skel-a-flamingos from Pink Inc. You can order these online direct from the manufacturer and they're a very affordable way to incorporate Halloween into your garden.... Continue Reading →

Halloween Project: Creating a TERROR-arium from an H. Potter Wardian Case.

Have you ever walked across a marsh, up a seemingly innocuous grassy knoll under a big gnarly tree, then noticed you're standing in the middle of an ancient cemetery? Then the sky darkened and clouds started tumbling and suddenly, the... Continue Reading →

Functional Art for the Garden.

Last week, I attended the Independent Garden Center show in Chicago hoping to find 3 – 5 cool new products to review for 2011. I thought I had everything I needed when I left Thursday to stand in line for... Continue Reading →

Hipster Pete Bilts a Garden One Chip at a Time with Troy-Bilt.

In April, I was approached by Troy-Bilt to see if I’d be interested in reviewing one of their products. Since I’d had such a good experience with their tiller last year, I said “Absolutely!” I hate being put in a... Continue Reading →

P. Allen Smith’s iPhone App for Everyday Gardeners

UPDATE: I just realized this app will be a free download. You can get it at the P. Allen Smith website and Bonnie Plants starting Wednesday (tomorrow). I just got a sneak peak at a new iPhone app from the... Continue Reading →

Belated Review of the Delisi’s Vegan Cheese Smackdown

Loooong overdue (yeah yeah, so I've been busy, what with clients and starting seeds for Spring and holidays and all, jeeze, give a girl a break ;-), herein is my review and observations from the Delisi Vegan Cheese Smackdown in... Continue Reading →

Snarkyvegan’s Holiday Gift Guide

I'm sure this won't be the end of my holiday gift list, I'll add more as they occur to me or as the sales are announced. For your favorite gardener: Ethel® Gloves has launched a Bamboo Glove in time for... Continue Reading →

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