Thursday, November 27, 2008

Buy Nothing Day Press Release

Buy Nothing Day is upon us tomorrow. Here's a little more info :)
BUY NOTHING DAY ORGANIZERS CONFRONT THE ECONOMIC MELTDOWN HEAD ON
Now in its 17th year, Buy Nothing Day is celebrated every November by environmentalists, social activists and concerned citizens in over 65 countries around the world. Over the years, Buy Nothing Day (followed by Buy Nothing Christmas) has exploded into a global movement, inspiring the world’s citizens to live more simply and buy a whole lot less.

Designed to coincide with Black Friday (which this year falls on Friday, November 28) in the United States, and the unofficial start of the international holiday shopping season (Saturday, November 29), the festival takes many shapes, from relaxed family outings, to free, non-commercial street parties, to politically charged public protests, credit-card cut-ups and pranks and shenanigans of all kinds. Anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending.
Featured by such media giants as CNN, USA Today, MSNBC, Wired, the BBC, The Age and the CBC, Buy Nothing Day has gained momentum in recent years as the climate crisis has driven people to seek out greener alternatives to unrestrained consumption.

This year, Buy Nothing Day organizers are confronting the economic meltdown head-on – asking citizens, policy makers and pundits to examine our economic crisis.

"If you dig a little past the surface you'll see that this financial meltdown is not about liquidity, toxic derivatives or unregulated markets, it's really about culture," says the co-founder of Adbusters Media Foundation, Kalle Lasn. "It's our culture of excess and meaningless consumption — the glorified spending and borrowing of the past decade that's at the root of the crisis we now find ourselves in."

Economic meltdown, together with the ecological crisis of climate change could be the beginning of a major global cultural shift — the dawn of a new age: the age of Post-Materialism.
"A simpler, pared-down lifestyle – one in which we're not drowning in debt – may well be the answer to this crisis we're in," says Lasn. "Living within our means will also make us happier and healthier than we’ve been in years."

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

More Humane Thanksgiving Ideas

These days, I rarely subject myself to the numerous videos detailing animal cruelty/mistreatment/etc. I have seen enough to last a lifetime (namely, mine). I choose to focus most of the time on positive ways to make an impact, such as cooking and eating vegan, supporting animal welfare organizations, shopping with companies whose values I trust, and even just caring very much for the animals (and people!) in my own house.

That being said, I would really suggest watching this Compassion Over Killing video on the turkey "industry." It's graphic, but purposefully so. It reminds me why I choose to live the way I do, and why I will never put another animal or animal product in my mouth. It may sound cliche', but those little turkeys wiggling around and blinking their eyes look the same way to me that my dog does, or my cats for that matter, and I would never eat them!

Here are a couple of recipes from Compassion Over Killing's holiday archives. I have tried lots of COK recipes and haven't been let down yet. Enjoy!!



Savory Stuffing
Serves 6 to 8
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup diced onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
4 cups soft bread cubes
1 cup chopped apple
1/3 cup raisins
1/4 cup cranberries
1 cup vegetable broth
salt and pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon oregano
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
In a large skillet, heat the oil and then sauté the onion and celery until tender, about 5 to 7 minutes.
Pour the sautéed vegetables into a casserole dish. Add the remaining ingredients, bread cubes through seasonings. Toss well, making sure all of the bread cubes are soaked in the vegetable broth. Bake for 45 minutes.

Chicken-Free Gravy


Makes 4 servings
3 tablespoons soy margarine
1 cup flour
1 cup nutritional yeast*
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning**
1 teaspoon onion salt
dash of pepper
2 cups vegetarian broth or 1 vegetarian bouillon cube dissolved in 2 cups boiling water
Melt the soy margarine in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour, nutritional yeast, and seasonings, stirring quickly with a whisk.
Add the broth, stirring until blended. Continue cooking and stirring for 5 minutes, or until thick.
* Nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast rich in vitamins and minerals, with a wonderful cheesy flavor that can be found in most natural foods grocery stores. It can be easily added to soups, stews, casseroles, or in place of cheese to make any dish creamier.
** Poultry seasoning—a mixture of sage, thyme, marjoram, and other herbs—can be found in nearly every grocery store.

Happy Un-Turkey Day right around the corner!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Iron Cupcake: Cranberry

This month's Iron Cupcake ingredient is Cranberries. I have had my eye on Ani Phyo's raw cobblers and pies for a while, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to give a raw dessert recipe a go. I have to say, I have surprised myself with how good the finished product tastes. I am skeptical of healthy desserts, but this raw cupcake has met my sweet tooth head on and is waving a little victory flag as we speak. To make this dessert even more enjoyable, it was the first thing I prepared using my "new" little vintage Pyrex dishes, perfect for showing the cross section of my raw cupcake. Yay!

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Without further ado...Raw Cranberry Apple Cupcakes with Clementine Date Syrup!




I based my recipe on Ani's All-American Apple Pie in
Ani's Raw Food Kitchen, but adjusted the ingredients a fair amount.

For the crust (delicious and I will using this in all manner of recipes now that I have discovered it!):

2 cups of almonds, dry
1 teaspoon of sea salt
2 cups of pitted dates

Process in a food processor or blender until nuts are in small pieces. Don't overprocess, chunks are good! Press this mixture into the bottom of the cupcake molds, tin, paper liners, etc. I used small glass ramekin-type dishes, which would be really pretty for a party.

For the filling:

5-6 apples, peeled, seeded, sliced very thinly (I'm thinking next time I will use the spiral slicer to get tiny strings of apples)

1 cup cranberries (I used dried)

2 T ground cinnamon

Layer sliced apples over crust that you have pressed in already.

Toss the cranberries with cinnamon, and sprinkle the cinnamon-covered cranberries over the apples in cupcake molds.

For the syrup:

1/2 c pitted dates
1 clementine, peeled
splash of water as needed

Process/blend the dates, clementine, and water if needed to thin syrup.
Spoon this syrup into cupcake molds.

Top with a few cranberries. Voila! Thanks for reading!

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Holiday Recipe: Sweet Potato Bisquits


Hi all! Here again with another yummy holiday recipe that's easy on you and the animals.
1 cup mashed cooked sweet potatoes (2 small baked sweet potatoes)
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup all-purpose or whole wheat pastry flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground nutmeg
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Coat baking sheet with cooking spray or use parchment paper or a silicone mat.
Combine sweet potatoes, oil, syrup, vinegar and salt in large bowl.
Sift in flour, baking powder and nutmeg.
Cut dry ingredients into sweet potato mixture with fork until mixture comes together.
Stir in 2 to 3 Tbsp water, or enough to get the dough to hold together.
Drop golf ball-size rounds of dough onto prepared baking sheet.
Bake 15-17 minutes, or until tops are lightly browned and firm to the touch.
Serve warm.
Following the recipe, you should get 12 drop biscuits.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Spooky Cookie Ooooky!

Check out the neat ideas on this site!

Pixiepine Holiday Food Alert: Cookie Extraordinaire!
Yesterday I got in a magically wonderful flat rate USPS box full of zines and goodies from Microcosm Publishing. One of the treasures within was a copy of Soy Not Oi! I relaxed with this cookzine for some nighttime reading, but I got so excited about the recipes that I hopped back up and baked some late-nite cookies!

Behold the Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies ( I may have gotten that out of order!)
This dough was out of control! Tons of it!


In progress on my oogly boogly ugly cookie pan:
The beauties when done!

These cookies would be perfect for packaging and gift giving!
Also, here is the product of one of my wacky craft schemes. The lovely man brought home some horribly icky cast-off Halloween decorations from work. They were plastic-metal torture man skeleton head things. I gave them a makeover and came up with these Dia De Los Muertos party lamps! Yay!!

Shine on!!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Bloggy Tag

I've been tagged by Bianca of the fabulous Vegan Crunk to participate in a meme. So here goes.

Link the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself.
Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links.
Let each person know that they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Stuff about me:

1. I am contradictory in all sorts of ways. Love my Jeep & my bike. Would die without both herbal tea and Dr. Pepper. Will totally eat organic raw all day and then have Taco Bell for dinner. Grossed out by consumerism, have an Etsy addiction. I am lovable in all my crossed wires!

2. Obsessed with avocado. Drooling over the possibility of making this.
3. I live with a Mister, two Junior-ettes, a girl kitty, a boy kitty, and a boy doggie. I would say that everyone in the family is extremely smart, attractive, and rather spoiled. We like it that way. Come over and ride bikes, play extreme Uno, or eat some cupcakes with us.

4. I love pigtails of any kind. I enjoy viewing the bona fide item attached to cute little piglets, but I take my admiration a step further and can be found on more days than not sporting some variation of pigtails on my own head. Give 'em a shot and see if you don't automatically feel cuter and there by seem to have more fun at everything!

5. I love zines. There is just something about a zine that is special and exciting. People even have events all for zines! I also heart cookzines for my kitchen needs. I have a buncha shiny fancy cookbooks, but I have totally been digging into my cookzines lately. Soy Not Oi, Papa Tofu, Please Don't Feed The Bears, and Hot Damn & Hell Yeah/The Dirty South are in heavy rotation right now, but I have several more that I need to explore further.
6. I grew food for the first time this year! At any given point since the beginning of summer, we have eaten tomatoes, bell peppers, banana peppers, eggplant, basil, thyme, rosemary, chives, dill, and oregano from the garden. Yay!!!!

7. I'm going to San Francisco next week.WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!


Okay, so I'm tagging the following folks:

Kittee @ Cake Maker To The Stars

Jessy @ Happy Vegan Face

Mandee @ Cupcake Kitteh

Barbara @ My Vegan Spoons

Innochka @ Inna Minute

Jenn @ Vegan Dance If You Want To

Lindyloo @ Cleveland Vegans

Have fun!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Cozy Snacks

This is my first full winter being a vegan like I mean it! I was really bummed this year when I figured out that most store brands of cocoa have milk* in them. Boooo! I was excited to find the Ah!Laska brand which is vegan and organic. Yay! I also got my hands on some Vitasoy Peppermint Chocolate soymilk at my local health food store. I have been having some amazing cocoa!

I made vegan s'mores for the first time too. I have eaten Sweet & Sara's s'mores and love them!
I figured I needed to learn to put some together my own s'mores in case of a winter snack emergency! This is what I came up with! It looks cozy, right?! I found grocery store graham crackers that didn't seem to have anything funky in them. I used Sweet & Sara's individual marshmallows and some Dagoba dark chocolate bars that I got on sale at my health food store for 93 cents. Whooo!! This snack was delicious...and yes, there was even a crackling (ok...gas log!) fire while I was eating them. Mmmm!!

P.S. Here are some tips on living dairy-free from Milksucks.com.

Instead of Butter:
Sauté in water or vegetable broth, use lemon for dressing, or switch to vegetable margarines and oils.
Instead of Ice Cream:
Try frozen desserts like Soy Delicious, Tofutti, Rice Dream, fruit sorbets, and ices. You'll never want to go back to the cholesterol and saturated fat of ice cream.
Instead of Milk:
Try chocolate, vanilla, almond, and plain soymilk. Excellent for cooking, on cereal, in coffee and hot chocolate -- use it any way you'd use milk. Comes in low-fat varieties, too.
Instead of Cheese:
Check health food stores for soy cheese, which is great on pizza, on sandwiches, and in sauces. You can also make a great, creamy "cheese" sauce using nutritional yeast flakes.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Organic Consumers Association Quiz

I was perusing the Organic Consumers Association today and found this neat quiz on saving water. I got an 18. How about you?

Take This Quiz to Find Out if You are a Water Waster or Saver
Atlanta Journal Constitution,
Posted June 25, 2008 Straight to the Source

With a single flush, you put as much water down the drain as an average person in the developing world uses all day.Where does the water piped into our homes go? The average American uses about 100 gallons of water a day. The French and Germans use about 60 gallons a day per capita, and people in some tribal communities use fewer than 10. Can we reduce our water usage? We can, perhaps, avoid unnecessary waste. A leaky toilet, for example, can pour away 200 gallons of water a day, tripling usage.A change of habit or two can also save the precious fluid. To find out whether you're a water-sipper or a water-slurper, take the following quiz. Then scroll below to rate your own water footprint. Answer the following questions to see where you rank on the water-conservation meter:

1. How much time do you spend in the shower every day?
a) 5 minutes
b) 10 minutes
c) 20 minutes
d) I take a bath

2. How many times a day do you wash dishes?
a) Once a day or less in the dishwasher
b) Twice a day in the dishwasher
c) Three times a day in the dishwasher
d) Once a day by hand in the sink
e) Twice a day by hand
f) Three times a day by hand

3. How many times a week do you wash a load of clothes?
a) Once a week
b) Twice a week
c) Three times a week
d) Every day

4. When you brush your teeth, shave or wash up in the sink, do you:
a) Turn the faucet on and off as needed for rinsing or washing up
b) Leave the water running

5. How soon do you fix leaky water pipes or garden hoses?
a) As soon as leaks are noticed
b) Within a week
c) Whenever I get around to it

6. In summer, how long do you water your lawn and/or garden?
a) Less than 10 minutes a day
b) 10 minutes a day
c) 30 minutes a day
d) 60 minutes a week
e) 60-120 minutes a week
f) 120-210 minutes a week
g) More than 210 minutes a week
h) never

7. How much of your property is xeriscaped (covered with water-efficient, indigenous vegetation)?
a) More than 50 percent
b) 30-50 percent
c) Less than 30 percent
d) None
e) None, I don't have a yard

How did you do?Score yourself: Add up the points from each of your answers.
1. a) 1 point; b) 2 points; c) 5 points; d) 2 points;
2. a) 1 point; b) 2 points; c) 5 points; d) 1.5 points; e) 2.5 points; f) 3.5 points;
3. a) 1 point; b) 2 points; c) 3 points; d) 5 points;
4. a) 1 point; b) 5 points;
5. a) 1 point; b) 3 points; c) 5 points;
6. a) 1 point; b) 2 points; c) 5 points; d) 3 points; e) 4 points; f) 4.5 points; g) 6 points; h) 0 points;
7. a) 1 point; b) 2 points; c) 3 points; d) 5 points; e) 0 points

Determine your water use rating
If your total is ...
• Between 5 and 11: Congratulations, you are a real water saver!
• Between 12 and 19: Well done, you are water conscious and may become a real water saver some day.
• Between 20 and 29: You're using too much water for your actual needs, which makes you, unfortunately, a normal water user. Try cutting back on the number of loads of wash per week (full instead of partial loads) and on the length of time you shower; save dishes for one big wash per day in your dishwasher, or, if you wash by hand, do so in a basin, and turn on the tap only for rinsing; cut down on lawn and garden watering.
• A score of 30 or more, you're a water waster. Put a plug in it! (source of quiz: National Wildlife Federation).Learn more about how to conserve water at home here

Monday, November 10, 2008

Incoming: Buy Nothing Day!!

The holidays are gearing up, as I'm sure everyone is aware. I was reading a blog the other day describing one woman''s feelings about shopping for Halloween candy under the gaze of a giant Christmas Reindeer decoration already up on the top shelf of the store in October. It's a discussion that's been had a gazillion bazillion times.

I like to observe Buy Nothing Day every year. Buy Nothing Day is "a loosely organized event encouraging not shopping at all on the day after Thanksgiving, the 'first day of the Christmas shopping season.'"

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy consuming. I like buying organic food, pretty dresses, red wine, presents for my friends, and so on. I do not, however, like that feeling of panic and disgust that hits me when I am in big box retailers seeing unhealthy, stressed, and depressed people purchasing overpriced and poor quality items with money that never seems to stretch far enough.

Some people, and more power to them, advocate for a drastic cessation of consumerism. All or nothing! I admire people who can drop out of the system and create a happy, functional life for themselves while doing so. That possibility is a little less feasible for many people who have family, pets, health issues, commutes to work, and a plethora of other extenuating circumstances that would make shunning corporate America as a whole quite an impossibility. Moderate change is still a very powerful tool!

I've compiled some info from Buy Nothing Day resources to share.

Which is better for the planet?

A. for one day nobody buys anything (next day they hop in the car and head off to the mall as normal)
or
B. Everybody buys a bicycle on that day.
So my take is we expand the message: Buy Nothing Day(ngerous to the planet)
- buy something from a thift store
- unwrapped, preloved
- buy a subscription to CSA organic produce box
- buy membership to a car share network
- buy local- buy organic, recycled, non toxic, reused, durable, functional
- buy carbon credits for the family's travel for the past or upcoming year
- buy solar panels
- buy a composting toilet
(Pixiepine adds:
-handmade items
-local produce & food
-Goodwill wares
-used books from library/charity sales
-garage/estate sales)

Black Friday is also an important day for our eco-gift maker friends. The holidays is the time when they get to show their stuff and make the money they need to get through another year of competing in this crazy Walmarket. " (Yay ETSY.com!!)


"...Critics of the day charge that Buy Nothing Day simply causes participants to buy the next day, Adbusters states that it "isn't just about changing your habits for one day" but "about starting a lasting lifestyle commitment to consuming less and producing less waste."

While everyone else is chasing the sales on Black Friday, you can relax and, well, buy nothing. If you do choose to buy, buy local, organic, hand-made, and so on.


Happy Not-Shopping!

For videos, slideshow, downloads, and links, check out Adbusters.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Holiday Cooking Manifesta

R-e-s-p-e-c-t. Gobble gobble gobble.

Disclaimer: I appreciate the respect of others towards me and my lifestyle choices. That means conversely, that I will always offer respect to others in their lives. Let's hold hands!!

That being said, I'm gonna make it my fun during November and December to offer lots of animal-free recipes that will be shining stars at festive gatherings! Even if you aren't big on vegetarian or vegan anything, these recipes will be impressive, tasty, easy to prepare, and not to mention...way easier on the waistline than traditional holiday goodies. Try one or two (or all!) out this season.

Save the turkeys!
xo, Leslie



Today's recipe is:

Vegetarian Pate en Croute




1 onion, minced

2 Tbsp. margarine

12 cups minced mushrooms

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, minced

2 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, minced

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

2 1/2 cups dried bread crumbs

1 pkg. frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed

• In a large pot, over medium heat, sauté the onion in the margarine for a few minutes.

• Add the mushrooms and garlic and sauté 20 to 30 minutes until the liquid has evaporated. The mixture should be somewhat dry.

• Add the parsley, rosemary, lemon juice, and bread crumbs and mix well, forming a sticky ball. Allow the mixture to cool slightly or store in the refrigerator overnight.

• Thaw the puff pasty sheets for 30 minutes.

• Preheat the oven to 400ºF.

• Place one sheet of dough on a floured board and roll it out into a large square. Spread half of the mushroom mixture over half of the dough, leaving a 1-inch space along the edges. Fold the other half of the dough over the half with the mushroom mixture, pressing the edges together with your fingers, then crimp with a fork to seal. Make three slits on top, then place the pasty on an ungreased cookie sheet and put it into the refrigerator while you prepare the other sheet of dough in the same manner, using the remaining mushroom mixture. Put this on the same or another cookie sheet and refrigerate for a few minutes.

• Put the tray(s) into the oven and bake for 20 minutes, until the dough is puffed and golden.

• Cut into bite-sized pieces. Makes approximately 32 pieces



Image credit: http://cagle.com/news/SaveTheTurkeys/

Blog link: soychick.com/food/?p=155

Friday, November 7, 2008

Kelpy!

After reading through Ani Phyo's website and "uncook book, " I was really curious about kelp noodles. I ordered some from the Interbot and whipped up one of Ani's yummy recipes.

Here is my rendition of Pistachio Pesto with Kelp Noodles. I added in extra avocado and used a blend of pistachios and cashews.

Here is the shot of Ani's dish from a piece in the Huffington Post.

Here's me trying my first kelp noodles!

They have a new taste and texture for me. They smelled crazy right out of the package. I liked the prepared dish, but I forgot the bed of greens! I will try that today with my leftover .
Here is the bonus shot for today. A local bank was knocked down, and here sits the lonely vault. Crazy, huh?

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Odds, Ends, & Metal Hands

After our delicious Dirty South breakfast the other morning, I decided to use the leftover gravy in a creative way. I mixed up a packet of Road's End Chreese sauce and added it to the leftover gravy. I cooked some nice organic broccoli and elbow macaroni, then mixed the whole shebang together. It was so good! Perfect for when you just want plain, good food.

Then came the real fun!! The Cake Maker To The Stars bestowed upon me a copy of Please Don't Feed The Bears, which Brad and I have read from cover to cover since. There's even a heavy metal crossword in there! The recipes all look amazing. My first adventure was Chef Sluggo's Cheezesteak. I made some chicken-style seitan from YRR, but used vegan Not Beef broth to make it work with a steaky kinda recipe. I love this seitan recipe and will be forever devoted! The leftover broth is so excellent in gravies and sauces too. A no waste kind of recipe, as you can even compost the veggies and spices when you strain the broth. Score!!

Here is the booty-kicking sammich dressed with Vegenaise and Tofutti singles. There is a yummy side o'broccoli (same organic broccoli as mentioned above. Ms. KMouse's ideas on using what you got and using it smartly have gotten me thinking).

For the second round of sammiches the next day, I made some simple broccoli coleslaw with Vegenaise, brown sugar, and white vinegar. Perfect crunch for the tender goodness of the Cheezesteak.Brad gives Please Don't Feed The Bears the ultimate thumbs, er...fingers, up! Buy this zine for sure!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Surly Pirate Weekend Redux

Last week was kinda rough and tumble, and I was feeling more "arrrrgh" than I would like to. To remedy this regrettable situation, Brad and I went on an evening adventure Saturday night in Shreveport, La. and had a nice Sunday together back home. Here's the photographic proof.

We lollygagged around a big faux-glitzy casino giggling at crazy gamblers and drinking miniature free drinks. Look at these stressed out just faces crying out for fun!!!!
We found some fun street art in Shreveport. Brad was trying to be an advocate for animals by plugging this poor pig's runny nose.


I liked this wonky little doggie.



We ate dinner at The Noble Savage Tavern. While I would most certainly not recommend this place in terms of vegan food, it was a neat venue! I ordered a tempeh salad, which the place gets bonus points for offering. However, the very "noble" attempt at tempeh salad was so gross I made 3rd grader gag faces and was tempted to fling a big forkful of the syrupy cold spaghetti portion of the dish at the other patrons. It did make me think of the chocolate syrup spaghetti in Elf, so I guess it wasn't all bad. On a wonderful note, the Bloody Mary, er, Mary(s) plural, were killer, Brad's Reuben sammich and delicious sauerkraut melted in his mouth (yep, direct quote, ask him!), and the people were super nice.

Sunday morning I got out my super fave dirrrty cookzine and whipped up some yum-yum Bisquits and Gravy for breakfast. Look at that!!

Sadly the dang veggie bacon has all kinds of evil stuff in it, which I discovered when I unearthed it from the freezer. It does make a nice picture though, doesn't it? I ended the weekend feeling much happier and not cut-throaty and piratey at all, unless you count my natural sassy-ness, which will always reign!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Decor & Delights

Good morning (or afternoon, or evening) to everyone. Today's post involves two subjects. First, I am excited because I bought the print below for our garishly fabulous 1960's gold & white bathroom. Yay! It's been my get-ready station lately and I decided to capitalize on the glitz in there and make it a very fun place to primp. Hopefully Audrey here will inspire me on cute-ifying the rest of the loo.
Now on to the goods: food! I made Sesame Kale Soba from Jae Steele's Get It Ripe, and it was delicious! She gives suggestions on alterations to the recipe, so I just let loose and threw in a little of this and that. I topped it with some gomashio and a little extra soy sauce once it was done. It was very tasty! I'd recommend it as a side or a light meal. Some extra stir-fried veggies added would round it out well as a main dish.

I made a yummy salad to go with it. Just a normal bunch of greens and chopped vegetables, topped with sesame orange dressing, sunflower seeds, and a pinch of ground flax seeds. Yummmy!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Kitchen Witch Cook Books

Even though the witching month is over, cooking months are here! On that note, I thought I'd share about a neat cookbook store I found on one of my adventures in New Orleans. I give you: Kitchen Witch! It's a neat space chock full of all manner of cookbooks and books about food.

As a bonus, the atmosphere and proprietors are great! Warm, cozy, fragrant, and complete with two adorable sleeping dogs nestled among the tables and shelves. That's my kind of store!


I loved this display set on an old oven. Cute!

I left with a stack of books and a bottle of Kitchen Witch seasoning. Yum! I bought Maple Syrup recipes, an old San Francisco ladies group cookbook, an International Pantry book, and some cookbook gifts for family. Co-founder Debbie Lindsey also shared with me that a vegan Cajun cookbook is usually in stock (they were out the day I visited), so if you're around and interested, check it out.

Debbie & Philipe also ship so give them a call at (504) 528-8382 or email at mailto:%20kwitchen1@aol.com if you’re looking for something special.

Kitchen Witch
631 Toulouse Street
New Orleans, LA 70130