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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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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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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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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Cherry Snack Cake and a Non-Recap of Vida Vegan Con

September 2, 2011
Cherry Snack Cake

Sweetened only with fruit juice and maple syrup, this moist, vegan cherry cake makes an excellent breakfast or dessert. Jump to recipe. Overwhelming. When people ask me how Vida Vegan Con was, the first word that comes to mind is “overwhelming.” Imagine a room filled with over 200 people who, at first glance, seem to […]

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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 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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Cucumber Hummus

August 12, 2010
Cucumber Hummus Recipe

Monday afternoon I got back from vacation with a suitcase full of dirty laundry, four camera cards full of photos, and an injured hand and rib.  The short story on the injuries is that after tiptoeing around for a week on Maine’s rocky shorelines and mountainsides, terrified I’d either break an ankle or wind up […]

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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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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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Fat-free Vanilla or Blueberry Waffles

September 4, 2008
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What a week! On Sunday, our house became temporary home to an extra 5 people, two dogs, one cat, and a bird when my mother-in-law, my sister-in-law, and her three children had to evacuate New Orleans because of Hurricane Gustav. This is not a big house, and things were a little cozy. Some of the […]

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Cumin-Grilled Tofu with Papaya Salsa

July 5, 2008
Cumin-Grilled Tofu with Papaya Salsa

I know that some of you are eager to hear how the McDougall Celebrity Chef Weekend went, but I’m sure others couldn’t care less and are just waiting for the next recipe to be posted. So, in the interest of being all things to all people (a character flaw of mine), here’s a quick summary […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Strawberry Shortcake

May 17, 2007

When my parents visited this past weekend, they came bearing a box full of the last Louisiana strawberries of the season. (My parents never visit anyone without bringing a sample of whatever fruit is in season. This makes them very welcome in my house.) I’m a little prejudiced about strawberries, but I think that late […]

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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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German Chocolate Birthday Cake

April 16, 2007
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What a non-stop weekend we had! It began on Thursday, with E’s friend J. coming to stay with us for the weekend while her parents were out of town, continued Friday night with an emergency trip to the optical shop to replace E’s glasses (which the dog chewed up), followed on Saturday with an overnight […]

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White Bean and Garlic Stew

April 11, 2007
White Bean and Garlic Stew

This week I had a request from my husband to make an old favorite that we haven’t had for a while. This stew is different from anything else I make because it uses a whole head of garlic. Now, if you’ve tasted my baba ganoush, you know I can tolerate some garlic. But even I […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Roasted Tomato Bean Dip: A Garden Update and Recipe

July 7, 2006
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I’ve been having to race against birds this summer. Not a flying race, of course, but an eating one. They want to eat all the best tomatoes in my garden just before they’re completely ripe, and I’ve had my heart broken several times when I’ve gone out to harvest the biggest, reddest tomato only to […]

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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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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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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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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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