Tasting is Believing: Win a Shipment of Artisan Vegan Cheeses!

Did you know that November was World Vegan Month? In celebration of this, I have an exciting announcement to make. If you’ve been wondering what my cheeses taste like when I make them, here’s your chance to find out! I am partnering with Vegan Mainstream and Book Publishing Company to bring to you over the next 7 days an exciting photo contest and book give-away. And the grand prize is– guess what? An artisan vegan cheese sampler made my me and delivered to your home! Get ready to pull out that big platter and decorate it with cheese, fruit, olives, and crackers, and invite a few friends over for a wine and cheese party! There are lots of other prizes, […]

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Hooray for Cooking Shows (Vegan Ones!)

I’m a Dexter fan, and while I look at the clock a dozen times on Sunday night in anticipation of 9 o’clock, when I plop down on the couch,  I can never remember what channel Showtime is. Is it 736 or 543 or 536 or 576…and it’s inevitably a couple of minutes past 9 by the time I find it, just when he’s slapping the mosquito on his arm in the fabulous open. But Food Network and Cooking Channel – I can’t get those numbers out of my head. I know exactly what they are (747 and 182), and I don’t skip a beat going back and forth at commercial breaks.     Now, I’m talking actual cooking shows, not food […]

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Just Two Little Words: Chocolate Mousse

The Musing: Chocolate Mousse. Two words that speak to just about everybody, across all ethnic groups, dietary proclivities, age groups and religious beliefs. No one complains about having to eat chocolate mousse. It’s practically a unifier. Serve chocolate mousse, and red and blue cross over to make purple.  The Recipe: So I jump back in after months of not blogging (never had a good track record for blogging consistency, anyway) with these two little words. Why? Because they need no explanation. But also because blogger Miso for Breakfast recently asked about my recipe for the Chocolate Dream Mousse I published in the New Now and Zen Epicure 10 years ago, and I thought it was indeed a great subject.       […]

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The Politics of the Coop

Snookie (left) and Ugly Betty forage off of the kitchen Most people think of eggs and chickens as commodities, packaged neatly in cartons or plastic and enjoyed as omelettes or with fried with a crispy coating. We think of them as pets. Last year, my husband, who has been evolving from lawyer to gentleman farmer, decided to get chickens. At first, my reaction was, “Great. One more thing to take care of.”  Don’t get me wrong – I love animals. But with my life as crazy at it is with two cats, a demanding dog, and even more demanding kids, I wasn’t sure I wanted to take on one more responsibility. He ignored me and went ahead and built a large […]

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Intensely Cooking

So, after a week of whipping up buttercremes, stacks of cake layers and tarts galore, I embarked on a week-long culinary journey with nine brave students, four of whom had gone through the baking intensive the week prior. On the first day, we tackled stocks — not just your ordinary vegetable stock, but a chickenless chicken stock and a “seafood” stock (yes, sea vegetables are food from the sea, and hence “seafood”) from which we made bouillabaisse, the famous saffron-laced French fisherman’s stew.   I introduced uses for ingredients such as yuba, the skin that forms on soy milk when heated, that can be transformed into “meaty” textures like vegan fish and chicken, all without using isolated soy protein or […]

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