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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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5 Croquette Recipes

November 12, 2007
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Spinach-Sun Dried Tomato Hummus Croquettes by Jule I’m busy compiling a complete round-up of all the Can This Recipe Be Saved Contest entries. But before I could do that, I needed to give the recipes that were emailed to me (rather than posted on blogs) a place of their own on the web. So here, […]

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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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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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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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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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Surprise Gyoza

September 23, 2006
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What surprise lurks in the heart of this Japanese gyoza dumpling? Surprise! It’s peaches and pluots. And it’s my entry in the Sugar High Friday Surprise Inside event, which Alanna was sweet enough (get it?) to let me enter late. This one’s easy; in fact, taking the photos took much longer than making this simple […]

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