November 2016

Learning Vegan 101 - Part Four (The Nitty Gritty on Some Sneaky Ingredients)

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Vegans don’t eat meat, fish, eggs, or dairy. This is an easy concept for those of us who choose a plant-based diet and an easy rule to follow for an omnivore trying to prepare a meal for a vegan friend or family member. Easy, peasy. Right? Maybe not. Obviously, I wouldn’t go out and pick up a steak or […]

Happy Day after the Day We Give Thanks

Good morning! I hope you all enjoyed a happy & healthy day of thanks with your favorite people! We’re having an excellent time hanging out for a few days in a place we rented in upstate New York. It’s an old stone chapel that’s been converted into an open-concept, studio-type home… super cool, eclectic, perfect for kicking back, […]

Kindness Care Packages

I live in a small town in Southern Maine where a lot of people from all over the country and beyond come to enjoy beautiful coastal vacations and spend their money on shopping, fine dining, sailing, spa retreats, even on enviable second homes. A good portion of the people who live here full-time are also affluent and live […]

Vegan Pumpkin Pie!

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Vegan pumpkin pie coming atcha. Creamy, smooth, delicious, perfectly spiced, homemade-crusted, no-dairy-no-egg-required PUMPKIN PIE! Until last Thanksgiving, I had never tried my hand at making pumpkin pie. I had thawed a few out from the grocery store, and I had tasted slices of someone else’s… but I never made one from scratch myself. So when my first attempt […]

Let's Talk Turkey-less Roasts

Here we are – 10 days away from Thanksgiving, and I’ve already had my fill of turkey-less turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy. Seriously, I think I’ve put on a pound just sitting here thinking about what I’ve eaten in the last couple of days. It’s all been in the name of research, though… for us AND for […]

Maple-Glazed Roasted Root Veggies

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Now that our country’s presidential election is over, let’s all get on with the business of… Thanksgiving! (I say that hoping we’ll start by GIVING special THANKS today to our veterans.) If you were busy waiting in voting lines on Tuesday and missed my post, here’s a link to check it out. It was all about the […]

Carving Thanksgiving Kindness

Believe me, growing up in an Italian family, I understand how food brings people together and can be the centerpiece of any gathering on any given day. But it’s the Thanksgiving meal – I think we can all agree, no matter our heritage – that’s steeped in more tradition than any other meal of the entire year. So how does […]