How to Eat Vegan on a Carnival Cruise

October 4, 2016
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Cruising can be intimidating for vegans, but if you follow these 9 suggestions, you’re guaranteed to have a great vegan cruise. Crusing is scary for most vegans. We’re used to being in complete control of what we eat, and the idea of being trapped on a ship and at the mercy of its cooks prevents […]

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My Unexpected Diagnosis

October 9, 2014
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[Update: I wrote this in October of 2014. It’s been over two years, and I’m still doing great. Thanks to all of you who continue to check up on me and wish me well!] It was February 5th, my mother’s birthday and a month before the 20th anniversary of my becoming vegan. I was sitting […]

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Loki Unleashed

April 23, 2014
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I’m usually all about the food–check out the hundreds of recipes in my Recipe Index–but I received so many requests for photos of Loki that I couldn’t say no. I think a few of you are almost as obsessed with Loki as I am! Loki is an indoor cat who is determined to be outside. […]

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Non-Recipe: Loki and Leo and a Box Video

March 5, 2014
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I’ve been having so much fun following our new kitten, Loki, around with a camera that I haven’t cooked anything new this week. Instead, I’d like to show all of you fans of Loki a side of him you haven’t seen yet. In most of his photos, he’s staring soulfully into the camera, the picture […]

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Introducing NewsBites!

December 11, 2013
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I’ve been spending less time in the kitchen lately because I’ve been creating something I hope you’ll like, the first FatFree Vegan newsletter called NewsBites. NewsBites will keep you up to date on everything that’s going on on–from my own new recipes here on this blog to new reader-submitted recipes on the “main” site […]

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My Homemade Treadmill Desk

September 12, 2013
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Today I have a different kind of recipe for you…a recipe for health. [Cue the echo chamber and the dramatic music.] All melodrama aside, a few months ago I read an article that scared me. A current study shows that the more you sit, the more likely you are to die. Yes, not become obese […]

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Black-eyed Peas and Greens for a Healthy New Year

December 30, 2012
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Black-eyed peas and greens are the traditional New Year’s Day meal in the South. Supposedly, the peas bring you good luck and the greens bring you money in the coming year. Or maybe it’s the other way around. Either way, I think it’s a great tradition because beans and greens are about the healthiest thing […]

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A Plant-Based Slow Motion Miracle

October 28, 2012
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I am thrilled to announce that there is a new blog in the FatFree Vegan family! Many of you know my friend Maria from her frequent comments here as “Moonwatcher.” If you need to make a recipe of mine without gluten or soy, Moonwatcher’s comments are the ones to watch. What you might not know […]

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Cute Critters and Mountain Views: Our Second Colorado Vacation

August 10, 2012
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It started out with altitude sickness and ended with food poisoning, but my family and I still had a great time on our trip to Colorado. Here, in mostly photos, are the highlights:

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Wild About Greens Giveaway

June 18, 2012
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Thank you for the overwhelming response to this giveaway! A winner has been chosen–scroll down to the end of the post for details. Instead of one recipe today, how about an entire book? Because I took the photos for Wild About Greens, Nava Atlas’ brilliant new cookbook, her editor was kind enough to send me […]

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My Get-Healthy Plan to KISSS in the New Year

December 31, 2011
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I seem to have started eating for the holidays sometime back in September. Though I had spent much of the early part of the year watching what I ate, exercising regularly, and losing around 25 pounds, a sinus infection in late August coupled with a quick trip to Portland (vegan Mecca) threw me off balance. […]

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Waterfalls and Crutches and Bears, Oh My! — Our California Vacation

July 14, 2011
Crutches in San Francisco

On the second day of our summer vacation, our daughter E fell and broke her foot while hiking on a rocky trail in a remote part of Sequoia National Park.  We were about half a mile away from the trail head on our way back, and we hadn’t seen one other person on the trail […]

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My Favorite FatFree Vegan Recipes of 2010

January 3, 2011
My Favorite FatFree Vegan Recipes of 2010

I don’t usually write “best of the year” posts. The one time I tried, I divided the year into two posts and never got around to writing the second half! That was for 2006, the first year of this blog, when I was posting almost every day. In 2010, I adopted a much slower pace, […]

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My Top Ten Kitchen Gift Ideas

December 10, 2010
Holiday Basket

Lately I can’t check my email or login to Facebook without being bombarded with titles like “Gifts That Make Ladies Go Gaga” or “Give Like Santa, Save Like Scrooge” (two actual emails now in my trash folder).  So when I had the idea of writing about my favorite kitchen tools, I nearly vetoed it, figuring […]

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June 9, 2010

Summertime, and the living is…steamy!  While it may not be summer according to the calendar, my internal timetable says that summer starts the first time I have to turn on the AC in order to be able to sleep. I passed that milepost several weeks ago here in sultry Mississippi, but I’m really not complaining.  […]

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New Beginnings and Old Recipes

April 16, 2010
Tamarind, Green Onions, Ginger, Jalapeno, Red Pepper

It’s done!  My blog has “moved” without really moving.  It’s still at the same URL, all the old recipes are here, and thanks to a hardworking site designer who carefully followed my directions to “make it look the same,” it looks so much like it used to that I’ll bet 90% of you won’t notice […]

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April 11, 2010
Sweet Olive Flowers

Trees are sporting new leaves, kittens are turning into cats, and this week, my own little girl is becoming a teenager. With so many natural changes going on, it seems fitting that this blog is about to go through some changes of its own. I wanted to let you know what’s happening, and while I’m […]

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Veganstyle Cruising

December 1, 2009
Guatemala from the ship

I’m back! Sorry to leave you without new recipes for so long, but I have to admit that I needed a vacation. Now that I’m home and Thanksgiving is over, I have lots of plans for new recipes. Unfortunately, right now they’re just plans, so in the meantime, let me tell you a little about […]

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A Thanksgiving Tradition

October 8, 2009
E and Friend

My daughter E had her first turkey when she was in preschool. Her class was learning about Thanksgiving, coloring pictures of turkeys and folding paper into pilgrims’ hats, and her father and I decided to start a family tradition so that when it was time for her to stand up and tell the class about […]

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Little Creatures

August 7, 2009

A quick trip to my parents’ house in the country means three things: a time to catch up on family gossip, an opportunity to feast on my mother’s vegan lasagna, and a chance to tour my Dad’s garden with my camera in hand. My father, a retired horticulturist, has two gardening passions, azaleas and cacti. […]

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No Recipe but Some Begging and a Cat Photo

July 1, 2009

Fatfree Vegan Kitchen is nominated again for a Veggie Award from VegNews magazine. Last year I admit that I felt a little guilty to be nominated two years in a row, but this year…you know what…I want to win! But the competition this year is fierce, with lots of excellent blogs nominated, so if you […]

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Everyday Vegan Foods by Erik Marcus

May 6, 2009

If you’ve been thinking of going vegan but have struggled with the question “What will I eat?” Erik Marcus, publisher of and author of The Ultimate Vegan Guide, has the answer for you. In today’s guest post, he suggests three simple foods that can make your meals quick, easy, and delicious. For anyone who […]

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They Won Our Hearts

February 14, 2009
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With 34 delicious entries in this year’s Vegetable Love contest, it was anybody’s game. To me, all of the recipes were winners because I would love to have any of them as part of my Valentine’s meal. I think you voters agreed: 897 votes were cast, and every recipe had its fans. But very early […]

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Vote for Your Vegetable Love

February 11, 2009
Vegetable Love

This year, thirty-four bloggers stepped up to the challenge to create a romantic, vegetable Valentine’s Day dish, and the results are impressive. The entries are all so creative, delicious-looking, and downright sexy that I’m certain that I could never pick a favorite. Fortunately, that’s your job. Please do these contestants the honor of visiting their […]

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Vegetable Love 2009

February 1, 2009

Update: Check out the entrants and the winners! Valentine’s Day is less than two weeks away, so you know what that means. No, not hearts and flowers (though possibly some chocolate). I’m talking about Vegetable Love, my annual challenge to my fellow bloggers to create some hot, sexy, vegetable-filled Valentine’s recipes, the kind of dishes […]

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Happy 3rd Birthday, FFVK!

January 9, 2009
Birthday Grapefruit

Three years ago when I started this blog, I had no idea that it would gradually become not only my preoccupation but my occupation as well. Over these years, the subject of food–buying it, preparing it, photographing it, and writing about it–has infiltrated every part of my life and home. Our dining room is no […]

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December 14, 2008

First of all, thank you for the outpouring of compassion so many of you have shown over the loss of our Leda. My heart goes out to those of you who have lost pets yourself, and I appreciate your sharing your stories with me. Now, I have a prize to give away. says… …the […]

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December 14, 2008

Later today I’ll have a winner to announce, but right now I want to apologize for not having posted any new recipes this past week and to tell you a little about what’s been going on in my life. Those of you who follow me on Twitter will have heard about this as it happened: […]

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A Winner…and Another Contest!

December 12, 2008

Congratulations to lucky number 343, bebe21310, winner of an autographed copy of The Ultimate Vegan Guide: Compassionate Living Without Sacrifice by Erik Marcus. Eric or I will contact you soon so that we can get your book to you before the holidays. Thanks to all 449 of you who entered. It was a joy to […]

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The Ultimate Vegan Guide Giveaway

December 9, 2008

If you’re a new vegan or are looking for a gift for one, you’ll be excited to hear that I’m giving away a signed copy of The Ultimate Vegan Guide: Compassionate Living Without Sacrifice, the brand new book by renowned vegan author Erik Marcus. As the title indicates, this book is a comprehensive guide to […]

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What to Do With Leftover Pumpkin

November 30, 2008
What to Do with Leftover Pumpkin

I’m willing to bet that immediately after Thanksgiving, Google sees the number of searches for “leftover turkey” skyrocket. A comparable search for vegetarians would have to be “leftover pumpkin,” though having half or two-thirds a can of leftover pumpkin after the holidays is certainly not a strictly vegetarian problem. Many recipes call for just a […]

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Making Tofu and Soymilk Q&A

October 5, 2008

Several of you had questions about the process of making soymilk or tofu, and rather than answer them in the comments, I’ll try to answer them here. In no particular order… What form of soybeans do you use? in the pod, shelled or…? Because when you said you remove the skins by rubbing, I really […]

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A Necessary Change

September 25, 2008

After a lot of thought and deliberation, I’ve made a tough decision that will change the way a lot of you read this blog. As of the next post, those of you who read the blog in a feed reader, such as Bloglines or Google Reader, or who subscribe to the email version of the […]

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Sunday Garden Blogging

September 21, 2008

I’ve been outside a lot lately, enjoying my garden and taking a few photos when I can remember to bring the camera out with me. As it turns out, when I look closely enough I find that I’m not the only one enjoying the garden. I was admiring my basil, which is just now hitting […]

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Desserts Magazine Vegan Edition

September 9, 2008

I just found out that the latest edition of Desserts Magazine is out, and it’s all vegan! There are mouth-watering recipes and photos from some of your favorite vegan bloggers, including Dreena, Emilie, Hanna, Isa, and, well, me. You can learn the secrets to making the Chocolate Walnut Muffins from Mäni’s on Fairfax, sample the […]

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Making the Transition to Veganism

July 24, 2008

I get a lot of email from people who have questions about veganism, and one of the most common things they ask is how they can make the transition from an omnivorous diet to a vegan one. I do my best to answer but, to be honest, it’s been a long time since I became […]

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Any Excuse for Kitten Photos

June 22, 2008

My parents arrived for a visit with a surprise–the newest member of their household, a small, gray kitten who has yet to be named (my mom’s considering Stormy and Smoky now but is waiting to get to know the kitten better before deciding). Since I had a few non-recipe things I wanted to mention, I […]

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VegNews, McDougall, and Searching in the Right Places

June 14, 2008

I’m very excited to announce that FatFree Vegan Kitchen has been selected as one of the 21 best blogs in VegNews magazine’s first annual VegBloggy Awards. This blog and 20 others–several of my favorites as well as a few that are new to me–will be featured in the July-August edition of the magazine, available on […]

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Catching Up

June 2, 2008

For those of you who haven’t been following my Twitter posts, it may come as a surprise to you that I’ve been away on vacation for the last 8 days. Since I write this blog under my real name and location, I’m uncomfortable announcing when I’m going to be away from home, so I deviously […]

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Family-Friendly Recipes Class

May 10, 2008

I have some huge news…and a favor to ask. A few days ago I received an email from Mary McDougall of the McDougall Program asking if I would be a part of their Celebrity Chef Weekend. Well, after I checked a few times to make sure that a) she hadn’t misaddressed the email and b) […]

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The Lucky Winner

April 25, 2008

Thanks to all of you who took the time to share your favorite recipe. What a goldmine of recipe resources! With thousands of vegan recipes in books and on websites, it’s hard to tell the great ones from the just okay ones from the truly inedible ones. Cooking something new is always a gamble, but […]

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Top 10 Recipes and Earth Day

April 22, 2008

Erik Marcus over at has polled the top vegan cookbook writers to come up with the Top 10 Recipes of 2008. He started by compiling a list of ten of the best recent vegan cookbooks, including two that I’ve reviewed here in the last couple of months, Vegan Express and Vegan Fire and Spice, […]

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Happy Birthday to E!

April 15, 2008

E. at Eleven It’s hard for me to believe that it’s been eleven years since I gave birth to this amazing person who, though smart and sensitive… …is just about impossible to get to hold still or be serious for the camera! Happy Birthday, E! Now, come help me make your birthday cake pie!

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Unexpected Storm

April 8, 2008

Friday morning started off like any other. After my morning coffee, I took the dog for a walk around the neighborhood, both of us glad to be out on such a beautiful day. When we got back to our yard, I grabbed my camera to take a shot of the first blooms on one of […]

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March 26, 2008

New recipe coming up! In the meantime, I wanted to point out that I’ve added something to the right sidebar, a little box entitled “what am I doing.” I’ve signed up with Twitter, a micro-blogging service that lets me send little updates throughout the day telling you (or anyone who’s interested) what I’m doing right […]

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What I Did on my Spring Break Vacation

March 20, 2008

Warning: Photo-heavy post. No food. Much water. I have food for you, a St. Patrick’s Day dish that is actually two recipes in one. Making it took up most of the day on Sunday, and I’d hoped to get it posted in time for the holiday itself. What I forgot to take into consideration is […]

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Robins: Harbingers of Spring or Winged Nuisances?

March 2, 2008

The dog’s been barking non-stop, the cars are splashed with lumpy purple and white gunk, and the cats are afraid–yes afraid–to go outside. Is it the invasion of the body snatchers? No, it’s the return of the robins. They’re everywhere. Drawn by the berries in the huge hackberry tree in the front yard, they’ve descended […]

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We Have a Winner!

February 12, 2008

Well, actually we’re all winners because we got to “sample” so many great entries in this year’s Vegetable Love competition. With so many delicious looking dishes, I knew I’d never be able to pick just one, so I let you do it for me. 415 people voted, and every entry received multiple votes. In the […]

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(Vegetable) Love is All Around

February 11, 2008
Vegetable Love

I asked for it, and I got it: 23 of the most delectably enticing dishes featuring vegetables. From asparagus to zucchini, these recipes prove that vegetables can be as romantic as chocolate truffles and champagne (though I’m not saying that your Valentine’s dinner can’t have all three!) All the wonderful entries are listed below in […]

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Friendly Reminder

February 10, 2008

It’s a gorgeous weekend here, much like the one in the photo above, which was taken exactly a month ago. I haven’t had a chance to enjoy today’s beautiful weather because I’ve been taking care of E, who was officially diagnosed with the flu this morning. It’s the first time she’s ever had anything serious, […]

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Vegetable Love 2008

February 4, 2008

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and I thought it’d be fun to celebrate the occasion with a repeat of last year’s Vegetable Love food blogging event. Last year I asked food bloggers to post their most romantic, most seductive vegetable recipes…something suitable for a cozy dinner by candlelight…something that says “I love you, and I […]

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A Taste of Things to Come

January 22, 2008
Apple-Berry Skillet Crumble

Sneak-preview photo from Vegan Express I’m holding in my hand an advance copy of Vegan Express. Those of you who have been following this blog for a while have surely heard of this latest cookbook by Nava Atlas–primarily because I took the photos for it (and haven’t stopped bragging about it!) I’m thrilled about the […]

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Happy New Year!

January 1, 2008

Happy New Year to everyone. I certainly hope your 2008 is going better than mine. We woke up this morning to find that our heater and other large appliances weren’t working. Looks like we’re going to need an expensive new breaker box which we won’t be able to get until tomorrow at the earliest. So […]

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My Sweet Vegan Holiday

December 30, 2007

Just before the holidays, I was asked to review My Sweet Vegan, the new cookbook by Hannah Kaminsky. I was warned up front that the cookbook wasn’t even close to fat-free, but since it was close to Christmas and I was looking for some decadent vegan recipes to bring to my family’s celebration, I agreed […]

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Food Blog Awards and Other News

December 17, 2007

I just got word that FatFree Vegan Kitchen has won the Food Blog Award for Best Theme. I’m stunned, I’m excited, but above all I am so grateful to all of you who voted for this blog. It’s a joy to be recognized for something I love doing, but I wouldn’t be doing it at […]

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Food Blog Awards

December 11, 2007

I have some great news: FatFree Vegan Kitchen is a finalist in the 2007 Food Blog Awards in the category of Best Food Blog-Theme! Thank you so much to the judges and especially to those of you who nominated FFVK. I’m up against some tough competition, so please take a minute and vote. The polls […]

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Still Not Cooking, but Not Completely Unproductive Either

December 7, 2007

I’ll be honest with you. I haven’t cooked anything new worth writing about since the Chocolate-Orange Cake. Several days ago, I attempted baby eggplants stuffed with tofu ricotta, and they tasted good but not noteworthy. Besides, by the time they finished cooking, my family was too famished to wait for me to photograph them; we […]

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Get Clicking!

December 6, 2007

I’ve been asked by the multi-talented Bee and Jai to be a judge in this month’s Click competition. If you’re not familiar with Click, it’s a photography contest that focuses on a particular theme each month. This month’s theme is… {drumroll please} …Show us your NUTS! Now, I know that there are a lot of […]

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Post-Thanksgiving Miscellaneous Edition

November 25, 2007

We had a good Thanksgiving visit with my husband’s family in New Orleans, but I’m glad to be back home. A couple of people wanted to know what Bryanna’s Soy and Seitan “Turkey” was like, so I thought I’d post our impressions along with a couple of photos. Here’s how it looked just after it […]

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November 14, 2007

Congratulations to everyone who entered for making the contest so difficult to judge that it took us all day! Honestly, all of the entries were so good that every single one of them was in the lead at one time or another. They each had qualities that we liked, so narrowing it down to one […]

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Save-This-Recipe Round-Up

November 13, 2007

A couple of weeks ago, I asked my readers to help me fix my recipe for Thai Pumpkin Croquettes by making them themselves and using something other than pumpkin, which I felt was out of place in the recipe. At the time, I was a little afraid that no one would rise to the challenge, […]

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Last Call for Recipes!

November 11, 2007

Just a reminder that you have about 18 hours left to put your personal touch on my imperfect recipe. Entries are due by midnight tonight (or before I wake up tomorrow morning, if you want to know the truth). So far we have about 15 incredible versions of Thai Croquettes, but I know there are […]

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Come On, Get Cooking!

November 4, 2007

The “Can This Recipe Be Saved” contest is in full-swing. We now have three entrants: Carla, Liz, and Kristine (who emailed me her recipe for Thai Lentil Croquettes). But there’s still a week to go, so you have plenty of time to get your scrumptious creations posted. Act now and you can use the nifty […]

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Can This Recipe Be Saved Contest

November 1, 2007

It was a good idea and I ruined it. I was all set to veganize a recipe for Thai fish croquettes using chickpeas and wheat gluten, but for some inexplicable reason I decided right at the last minute to use canned pumpkin instead. Maybe it’s because it was Halloween and I hadn’t made anything remotely […]

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Flowers and Bees

October 7, 2007

It’s a sure sign that I haven’t been doing much cooking when I start posting non-food photos. For the next week we have house guests, so I probably won’t be doing much experimental cooking for a while. (I tend to stick to tried-and-true recipes when other people’s meals are at stake.) In the meantime, here […]

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Holiday Recipes and In the News

October 5, 2007

I’m putting the finishing touches on a recipe I’ll be posting very soon, but I wanted to point out a couple of additions to the blog that you might have missed, especially if you view it through a feed reader. First of all, with Thanksgiving approaching I thought it’d be helpful to have the links […]

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Springtime in Mississippi

September 29, 2007

Of course, it’s not really springtime in Mississippi, but try telling that to the flowers! I’ll be posting a new recipe soon, but in the meantime, I thought you might enjoy a look at the local color. This is one of my “Katrina survivor” spider lilies. After the hurricane, huge pine trees littered my parents’ […]

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Vegan Express

September 5, 2007

[Update: Thanks for the amazing number of votes! A winner has been picked and will be announced soon.] I’m so excited! Nava Atlas’ latest cookbook, Vegan Express, is now available for pre-order from Amazon! Why am I so worked up? Well, besides the mouth-watering recipes, there are the 8 pages of color photos…which I took! […]

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It’s All About ME!

August 23, 2007

Well, that’s kind of how this post sounds, and for that I apologize, but I’m just so excited that I had to tell you… Liz Crain, of the online food magazine Culinate, interviewed me a couple of weeks ago for her column Blog Feed, and that interview has just gone up on their site. Please […]

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FatFree Vegan Pigs Out in Chicago

August 2, 2007

“Chicago: Seitan maker for the world.”–updated Carl Sandburg There’s so much that I left out of my last post about the BlogHer conference. Like…I saw Amy Sedaris practically hijack a session about craft blogging, and I heard Elizabeth Edwards make candid comments that I can’t imagine any other spouse of a presidental candidate saying. I […]

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Food Bloggers Eat Up Chicago

July 31, 2007

View of Chicago from a tour boat I’m back from Chicago. I had a fantastic time at BlogHer, so crammed full of interesting people, experiences, and food that I’ve been unable to process it and put it into words. Being the technical geek freak that I am, though, I have been able to process some […]

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Calling All BlogHers…and BlogHims!

July 13, 2007

Maybe you’ve noticed the “I’m Speaking” button in my sidebar and have wondered what that’s all about. I’m very honored to have been asked to take part in the Art of Foodblogging Panel at the BlogHer Conference coming up in a couple of weeks in Chicago. It’s a great opportunity for me to get to […]

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Hot and Tired but Glad to be Home

July 12, 2007

Whew! I’m still tired! Thanks to the generosity of my parents, we’ve just returned from a whirlwind cruise to Cozumel, Mexico, with my mom and dad, my sister and her family, and my brother and his wife. There were 12 of us in all, and I think I’m safe in saying that we all had […]

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Keeping it Light and Cool on the Fourth of July

July 1, 2007
Strawberry-Blueberry Tapoica Parfaits

[2013 Update: Check out my Vegan 4th of July Pinterest board for more delicious suggestions.] I can’t remember ever celebrating the 4th of July when I was growing up. Perhaps the holiday blended into other summer days of swimming and picnics so that now I don’t remember it as anything special, but whatever the case, […]

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The Very Hungry…Hornworm?

June 30, 2007

Subtitle: What’s Eating Susan’s Tomatoes If you grow tomatoes, chances are you’ve had to deal with these pesky creatures. The tomato or tobacco hornworm starts life as tiny larva, but very quickly it can grow to 4 inches long and as thick as your index finger as it munches through your garden. One hornworm can […]

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Questions and Answers

June 8, 2007

A friend of mine called me last night, saying “You haven’t blogged all week.” “Well,” I answered without thinking, “I haven’t eaten anything all week!” Of course I have been eating. What I meant was I haven’t eaten anything new or anything interesting. I’ve mainly been eating plain fruits and veggies in an attempt to […]

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New Orleans, Part Deux, and a Little Biloxi

May 31, 2007

[Click here for Part Une] For dinner on our second night in New Orleans, we decided to get in our car and leave the French Quarter for a little Chinese restaurant uptown, August Moon. The Chinese restaurants here in Jackson are sadly lacking in the vegan (and taste) departments, so D. and I were really […]

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New Orleans, Part Une

May 29, 2007

In my last post I mentioned that I was looking forward to taking a break, and this past weekend, I got one. To celebrate our 11th anniversary, D. and I dropped E. off at his mother’s house and headed across town to a hotel in the French Quarter: While E. was spending time with her […]

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It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

April 29, 2007

It’s too beautiful today to stay inside and cook, so I spent the morning taking photos in my backyard. Here are a few of my favorites: Leaves of Grass After the brown lawns of winter, simple green grass is always a pleasure. Surprise Visitor I was taking a shot of this ivy leaf and didn’t […]

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A Couple of Recent Meals

March 31, 2007

Most of the time I cook plain, ordinary food without a thought of writing the recipe down since it’s so ordinary that a recipe would hardly be necessary. This first meal fits into that category: This is Tempeh Bacon, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, and Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms. The tempeh is simply my Cajun Tempeh […]

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Weekend Country Photo Blogging

March 25, 2007

I spent most of the weekend at my parents’ house and came home with a few edible goodies in a cooler and a full Compact Flash card in my camera. Here are a few photos from southeast Louisiana, where the trees are bigger than the buildings: This is my parents house, dwarfed by the giant […]

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Home Again

March 16, 2007

Every Spring break, my parents, my sister’s family, and my family gather at a state park either in north Louisiana or in south Arkansas. My sister and brother-in-law and their three kids drive in from Austin, Texas, while our parents come up from southeastern Louisiana. We try to pick a location equidistant from all of […]

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What is It?

March 8, 2007

I’m not talking about that thing in front, which is a grain of long-grain brown rice that I put there for size comparison. What are the things behind the rice? Be as specific as possible. Hint: There’s a similar food that’s popular right now, but this isn’t it. Hint #2: The two “balls” are not […]

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Hand Blender Alert!

March 5, 2007

Update March 19, 2007: It’s back! I’m beginning to think they put this on sale every Monday! For those of you who were disappointed when the price went up on the KitchenAid Hand Blender I recommend, a reader just wrote to tell me it’s down to $24.99, after a $5.00 rebate. The price tends to […]

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Happy Mardi Gras!

February 20, 2007

We had a great weekend in New Orleans. We drove in on Saturday morning and spent the rest of the day out on the street watching parades until about 9:30 that night. I didn’t want to risk breaking or losing my good camera, so I brought my old one and managed to get only a […]

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Vegetables for Valentines – The Vegetable Love Round-Up

February 13, 2007

Last week I challenged my readers to come up with the most sensuous, delicious, and romantic vegan Valentine’s dishes they could imagine. The only catches were that they had to be low-fat, and they had to use vegetables. Well 17 of you (and counting) rose to the challenge and cooked up some fabulous meals. Thanks […]

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My Favorite Recipes of 2006 – Part 1

February 10, 2007

I was asked by Virginie, of the wonderful French blog Absolutely Green, to join her in posting my top 10 recipes of 2006. Well, I gave it my best. I started with January, copying and pasting links to recipes that I remembered as being my favorites, but when I got to June I noticed that […]

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Vegetable Love

February 7, 2007

Had we but world enough, and time,This coyness, lady, were no crime….My vegetable love should growVaster than empires, and more slow.An hundred years should go to praiseThine eyes, and on thy forehead gaze….~~Andrew Marvell, “To His Coy Mistress” Valentine’s Day is just a week away, and cooks all over are busy planning intimate, romantic dinners. […]

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Veggie Heroes

January 31, 2007

Last June, Jill Yarnall at New Heritage Cooking started a great series of interviews with vegetarians called Veggie Heroes. I’m very honored to have been chosen for her latest installment. So, if you’ve ever wondered why I became a vegetarian or whether I prefer tofu or tempeh (I bet you can guess), check it out. […]

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Serious Cat Photos

January 28, 2007

Well, I did it. I finally changed this blog over to the New Blogger. It seems to have gone well, but I couldn’t be certain until I’d actually posted something. And since I don’t have a new recipe for you, I thought I’d show you photos of my third favorite photography subject (after family and […]

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Please Help Me Choose

January 12, 2007

Each month there’s a photo competition for food blogs called Does My Blog Look Good in This?—or DMBLGIT? for short. It’s a fierce competition with some excellent food photos. In fact, they’re so good that I’ve been too intimidated to join in, until last month when I submitted this photo of my Stuffed Tofu. It […]

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A Year in the Life of a Kitchen

January 9, 2007

For me, 2006 will always be remembered as “The Year of the Blog.” I started writing here a year ago today with practically no experience in reading blogs and none in writing one, with no plan other than to keep a record of what I cook. My purpose, as far as I had one, was […]

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Weekend Photo Blogging

January 6, 2007

Thank you all for your get-well wishes. Yesterday was the first day I felt like eating again, and I still don’t feel like doing much cooking, so I’m sorry to say that I have no new recipes or food photos to post. Since I hate to have no new content on the blog, I’ve decided […]

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Veggie T-Shirt of the Week #2

December 2, 2006

My daughter E. caught me looking at this shirt on the computer a couple of weeks ago and said she just had to have one. It seems some boy at school calls her Veggie Girl—and she kind of likes it. (I’m picturing scary teenage times ahead, folks.) When she wasn’t looking, I ordered her one […]

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Post-Thanksgiving Edition

November 27, 2006

We had a great Thanksgiving with D.’s family in New Orleans. It was a short trip, but we got to visit with a lot of family members. We had plenty to eat at Thanksgiving dinner, with the highlight being my sister-in-law’s vegan cornbread dressing. Of the dishes I brought, the two big hits were the […]

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New Search Engine for Veg Blogs

November 6, 2006

I’ve just added a new feature to my Blogs List that should be a big help for those of us who read a lot of vegetarian or vegan blogs. It’s a Google Custom Search Engine designed to search only veg(etari)an blogs. So, if you want to find a recipe that you noticed sometime last spring […]

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Tomatoes and Flowers

October 13, 2006

I’m afraid that the title does not refer to a recipe! I’ve been in a “cooking slump” lately and haven’t created anything new (other than credit card debt for repeated runs for take-out). Since I haven’t had any food to photograph, I’ve had a little time to take photos of other things around my house, […]

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Name That Food

October 8, 2006

Just a photo to let you know that I’m still alive and cooking. Here’s a close-up of what I made today. Mmmm, it was so good that we ate the whole thing in one afternoon. Then D. looked at me and said, “So, are you going to make another one now?” Name that food.

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A Surprise Breakfast

September 30, 2006

I was able to sleep gloriously late this morning, and when I woke up, I was told in no uncertain terms that I was barred from the kitchen. Why? My daughter E. was cooking up a surprise for me, and my husband D. was not allowed to give away the secret. I could hear lots […]

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Southwestern Yellow Split Pea Soup

September 26, 2006
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Southwestern Yellow Split Pea Soup with Red Jalapeno Peppers and Scallions UPDATE: The recipe is here! I made a new soup a couple of nights ago, but I’m afraid I don’t have a recipe for you. While the whole family loved it (E. said it was her “favorite spicy food ever” and took the leftovers […]

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Odds and Ends

September 22, 2006

[Note: Updated remarks about photography are at the end of this post.] I don’t have a recipe to post today, but I did want to share a few things with you. First, it’s apparently already Fall here because yesterday our local farm stand was filled with rows and rows of different types of winter squash […]

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September 16, 2006

(I haven’t taken any photos of spinach, but have an apple instead.) More information has come in about the contaminated spinach, so I wanted to point you to a couple of web pages. First, this article at CNN has a list of all the affected brand names (see below). And this Time Magazine article explains […]

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Thanks and More Thanks

September 7, 2006

First of all, big thanks to all of you for your warm birthday wishes. It was indeed a good one thanks, in part, to the delicious vegan cheesecake made by my husband. Thanks go to him for making it (he was very conscientious about following the recipe because he didn’t want to screw it up!) […]

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Weekend Cat and Blog Blogging

September 2, 2006

Meet Leda, queen of our household, pictured here sitting on her throne, where she can be found most of the daylight hours. (At night she can be found sleeping in her favorite warm spot–on my pillow just above my head. Though she sleeps well, I don’t!) Leda is over 10 years old, but she’s still […]

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5 Foods to Live For

August 28, 2006

I’ve been tagged for a meme. Now, before you worry that I should get my shots updated, let me explain that a meme is simply something that all the cool kids are doing, and being “tagged” for it means that I’ve been asked to join in. Sort of like, “If all your friends were jumping […]

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Weekend Dog and Blog Blogging

August 26, 2006

I wanted to share with you a couple of blogs that I’ve been reading, but since no blog entry is complete without a photo, I thought I’d break my own “food-only rule” and post a photo of my dog, Jazzy. I managed to get her to stand still long enough to take her photo yesterday–a […]

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A Hint of Things to Come

August 18, 2006

I’ll post the recipe soon, I promise, but for now I just wanted something a little prettier than that eggplant (delicious though it was) at the top of the page. Call me vain (at least about the blog)! Tags: vegan recipes vegetarian cooking food fat-free

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Fatfree Tip #2: Corn on the Cob

June 29, 2006

I love corn on the cob, but I avoided it for a long time after I gave up oils and margarine because I didn’t know what to put on it. Then I discovered a combination that I actually like better than margarine: Lime juice and spicy seasoning. The tanginess of lime juice is a perfect […]

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The Wandering Vegan Returns

June 12, 2006

View from the Juniper Tree Guest House, Crawford, CO I’m back from vacation, and I actually do have a recipe and photo to post, a dish I cooked our last night in Colorado. I’ll post it a little later, but first I wanted to reply to a few of your comments and say a few […]

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June 6, 2006

Those of you who guessed Colorado as the answer to the question in my last post were correct. We’re in Rocky Mountain National Park, or rather in Estes Park, just outside the park. The photo yesterday was taken at Emerald Lake, and the hike to get there involved picking our way carefully over lots of […]

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Mystery Revealed

June 5, 2006

Well, you are all just too good at guessing! Here’s the full picture: A baked potato with sauteed red bell pepper, portabella mushrooms, broccoli, and chickpeas. And though I took the photo without it, I did in fact add some cheesy sauce just before serving. So many of you guessed correctly, with varying amounts of […]

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Mystery Dish

June 2, 2006

I’ll be taking a break from blogging for a few days, but I thought I’d leave you with a little guessing game. Tonight we had a “clean out the fridge” meal to use up several perishable items; I combined them all in one very common meal. Can you guess it from looking at this extreme […]

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May 25, 2006

I’m sorry for the lack of posts lately and if you’ve emailed me, I apologize for taking so long to reply. It’s been a very busy week here–the last week of school, and my daughter is “graduating” from third grade. On top of that, I’ve been having some back trouble that’s making it hard for […]

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Fatfree Baking Tip #1

April 14, 2006

Normally I don’t do a lot of baking, but this week I found myself baking banana bread in addition to the most important thing I bake all year–my daughter’s birthday cake, which is in the oven even as I type. This year, I decided to reduce the fat in my traditional recipe a little by […]

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Home from Vacation

March 17, 2006

Just a short note to let you know that I’m back from vacation and will be posting some recipes soon. We had a great time at Lake Ouachita State Park near Hot Springs, Arkansas. The weather and the scenery were beautiful. We did some simple cooking in the cabin, but nothing to write about. The […]

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Korean Grocery Store Finds

March 2, 2006

It was exactly a week ago that I was lamenting my inability to find the stoneware bowls to make Dol Sot Bibimbab (aka Bibim bap, to some spellers). Well, I lamented too soon! Last weekend I had the chance to visit the only Korean grocery store within miles of here, and I was amazed to […]

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Chickpea Gumbo Now Playing at a Blog Near You…

February 20, 2006
Chickpea Gumbo

Guess who’s doing a guest post over at A Veggie Venture? I am! Hop on over there to check out my Chickpea Gumbo! And thanks to AK for all her Veggie Evangelism!

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February 18, 2006

Thanks to for featuring my recipe for Vindaloo Vegetables. And thanks also to alert reader Barbara for pointing it out. 🙂 Tags: vegan recipes vegetarian cooking food fat-free

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An Empty Plate

February 15, 2006

Okay, one more Valentine’s themed post, and then I’m over it! Here’s an odd fact about me: I collect unmatched pieces of dinnerware. Usually I find them cheap in thrift stores or on clearance tables, but I’ve got a few pieces from independent potters and artists. My husband and I went out for our V-Day […]

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Short Break

February 10, 2006

Just wanted to let you all know that if you don’t “see” me here for a couple of days, I haven’t fallen off the earth. My daughter has been out of school the past two days, so I’m hanging out with her and her friends. I will leave you with a couple of photos and […]

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Catch-up Time

January 30, 2006

I’ve just come off a very loooonng weekend, one of those when everything seems scheduled to happen at once. To top it off, my husband was out of town most of last week so everything fell to me to get done. Fortunately, he’s back just in time to salvage what’s left of my sanity. I’m […]

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What’s Cooking in…My Garden

January 25, 2006

Last night my daughter and I ate leftover Ethiopian food and Vegetable Couscous, so I have nothing exciting to report from the kitchen. I thought I’d use this space today to show you what tonight’s supper looks like about 10 hours before it’s cooked: The great thing about living in the south is that you […]

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Welcome to Moe’s!

January 11, 2006

Well, here’s a sorry way to begin a blog about cooking. Last night we got take-out. From a fast food restaurant. How, you say, does a vegan on a low-fat, whole-foods diet do take-out? And I say, welcome to Moe’s! (Link warning: Don’t click on it unless you’re in a place where loud noises and […]

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The Obligatory Test

January 9, 2006

I’m a complete blog novice, so I’ll be spending some time setting up the blog and getting used to how it works. Then I’ll be posting about the new recipes that I try, particularly from the Fatfree Vegan Recipes site. Should be fun!

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Search Results

December 1, 2005
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Blogs I Like / Veg Blog Search

December 1, 2005

Search over 900 vegetarian and vegan blogs! If you have a veg blog and want to be included in the search engine, just send your URL to admin (at) vegblogsearch (dot) com and I’ll hook you up. Blogs must be 100% vegetarian to be included. Add the Veg Blog Search to your Google Homepage:

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Just the FAQ’S

December 1, 2005

Email Me Hi, and welcome to my frequently asked questions! If you don’t find the answer to your question here, feel free to email me at kitchen (at) fatfreevegan (dot) com. While I appreciate every email I get, I regret that I’m not able to answer every one, but I’ll try to help if I […]

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Press, Awards, and Publications

December 1, 2005

Publications Photography for Wild About Greens by Nava Atlas, Sterling, 2012 Photography for Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava Atlas, Sterling, 2011 Photography for Vegan Express by Nava Atlas, Broadway, 2008 Articles Eat.Drink.MISSISSIPPI magazine. Feb.-March, 2013: Susan Voisin is no stranger to the food blog world. In 2006, she launched her blog–Fatfree Vegan Kitchen–as a supplement […]

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