February 2017

The Not-So-Stylish Side of Leather

I feel confident in assuming that anyone reading this blog agrees with me that wearing fur is one of the worst “fashion” atrocities there is. But what about leather – why doesn’t wearing or lounging on or carrying a bag made out of a cow’s hide elicit the same negative response and bad press as […]

Crispy (Crazy-Easy-to-Make) Kale Chips

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In my experience, I can either spend about six bucks on a small package of pre-made kale chips (if it’s kale chips I’m after), OR I can pay half that amount for a fresh bunch of kale and then just bake my own chips at home. If you like kale chips, OR if you’ve never tried […]

Orangutans, Rainforests, and Rapid Deforestation - Here's why Palm Oil is a Problem

Palm oil comes from palm fruit and is primarily sourced from Southeast Asia. It grows on trees, so – clearly then – it’s NOT sourced from animals. This means it’s vegan-friendly, right? NOT SO FAST! Sure, palm oil isn’t an animal or animal by-product. However, because palm farming very severely impacts rainforests and therefore the lives of animals who call those […]

Three Bean Chili (otherwise known as your next protein-packed winter dinner)

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It’s cold and snowy up here in Maine right now. Just in the past two weeks, we’ve had a blizzard and several other major snowstorms come our way. I’m not complaining… it’s very beautiful – like a wintery wonderland… but the situation does call for a warm bowl of something, that’s for sure! We’ve been […]

Learning Vegan 101 - Part Five: Stocking Your Vegan Pantry (with a little help from this friend)

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Every vegan is bound to have a slightly different list of pantry must-haves, but – generally speaking – the basics are the basics are the basics. Here you’ll find the fresh, frozen, dried, canned, boxed, bagged, bottled… etc… foods, spices, condiments, and beverages I make sure our kitchen is always stocked with (or at least […]

Curried Chickpea Salad with Cranberries, Capers, and Walnuts

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This chickpea salad is a fantastic, quick and easy alternative to tuna, chicken, or egg salad. You can make it plain with just a little (vegan) mayo or dress it up with some goodies like I have today: CURRIED CHICKPEA SALAD WITH CRANBERRIES, CAPERS, AND WALNUTS Ingredients:  1 large (19 0z) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1/4 […]

Cereal Bowl Sunday - How my Favorite Sports Fans Celebrate the Biggest Game of the Year

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Ever since Owen was old enough to stay up to watch the Super Bowl, he and Dave have celebrated with a buffet of cereal – hence the title that ceremonial night has been given at our house: The Cereal Bowl. This has been going on for years. They buy a bunch of cereals (the sugarier the […]