- Listen to the November 8, 2011 show (or download the archive):
Kitchen Activism: Jen Molica is not really That Pain in the Ass Vegan; Christy Morgan & her spiritual path towards vegan macrobiotic cooking & Blissful Bites
In today’s food-focused show, we reminisce about our favorite vegan Thanksgiving foods. We also bring you a couple of interviews from Vida Vegan Con, a vegan bloggers conference that we attended in Portland in August 2011. And, as always, we highlight and dissect news from the Vegan Frontier, let you know about vegan related happenings in and around Central Oregon, and more!
We talk with Jen Molica, of the That Pain in the Ass Vegan blog, about how she used her art degree and creative cooking skills to win a contest that sent her to VidaVeganCon, food blogging, feeding her family on a budget, and how not to be that pain in the ass vegan. As she says on her blog, “I don’t want to preachy-preach. I want to cookie-cook, and share my journey.”
As a FoodBuzz Featured Publisher, Jen’s goal is to increase traffic to her blog so she can pass monetary contributions to local charities, specifically Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, a food pantry which has a special significance to her family and to her Bloomington, Indiana community.
We also sit down with Christy Morgan, the Blissful Chef, to hear all about her unique combination of vegan and macrobiotic cooking, beautifully demonstrated in her new cookbook, Blissful Bites: Vegan Meals That Nourish Mind, Body, and Planet.
Christy shows readers how to make healthy, delicious meals—without animal products and without a lot of effort. Blissful Bites has 175 of Christy’s inventive recipes that work with seasonal produce and multiple diets (including raw and gluten-free). Christy runs the successful blog theblissfulchef.com; contributes to ChristinaCooks.com, MeatlessMonday.com, & HappyCow.net; and teaches regular vegan cooking classes in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas area.
Vegan Bite, recipe of the month:
Curried Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup
(recipe coming soon)
See theblissfulchef.com for other recipes, and more.
Jason Stackhouse Po Boy (Tofu Catfish)
(recipe coming soon)
See thatpainintheassvegan.blogspot.com for the full recipe with photos, and more.
Veg Out ‘N About (in Central Oregon)
The Victorian Cafe has many lunch items that can be made vegan, but their specialty is breakfast. You can substitute tofu for eggs in any of the scrambles. Victorian Cafe is located at 1404 Northwest Galveston Avenue (the corner of Galveston and 14th). For more information, stop by or call 541-382-6411.
Unfortunately, The Savory Vegetarian Grill (food cart) we featured last month has had to shut down for a while. They hope to start up again soon.
News from the Vegan Frontier
- Happy World Vegan Month! World Vegan Day, November 1, marks the start of World Vegan Month every year, commemorating the coining of the term, ‘vegan’ and the founding of The Vegan Society of the UK in November 1944.
- 100-year-old Fauja Singh sets world record: Oldest runner to complete a marathon
- Going Vegan: ‘Jazzy Vegetarian’ host Laura Theodore brings plant-based cooking to public television
- Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi to Open Vegan Restaurant in Los Angeles
- The French Government Outlaws Vegetarianism in Schools
- Eat less meat to help double world’s food supply: study
- Can Eating Fruits and Veggies Outwit Bad Heart Genes?
- Should the Ohio Exotic Animals Have Been Shot?
- The ‘miracle dog’ that survived the gas chamber
- Cat survives gas chamber at Utah animal shelter twice
- PETA Sues SeaWorld for Violating Orcas’ Constitutional Rights
- Mercy For Animals’ Pro-Vegetarian MTV Commercials
- Compassion Over Killing’s National Pro-Veg Ad Campaign Serves a Side of Truth!
- Doctors Ask Congress to Revamp Dietary Priorities
- In California, Going All Out to Bid Adieu to Foie Gras
- Irvine City Council Votes to Ban the Sale of Retail Dogs and Cats, Wild Animal Circuses and Rodeos!
- Make Your Outdoor Space Wildlife-Friendly
- Ellen DeGeneres Wants You to “Adopt” a Turkey This Thanksgiving
News around Town:
Talk by Will Potter, author of Green is the New Red, Pacific University in Portland, Thursday, November 10th, 7p, as part of their In Your Face lecture series.
VegNet Bend monthly meeting and potluck: Annual Vegan Thanksgiving, 6p, November 16, The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas, Bend. Bring a vegan holiday dish, your recipe, and a place setting.
Gourmet Vegan Thanksgiving, 6p, November 20, Common Table, 150 NW Minnesota, Bend. Reservations required by November 16.
The film Forks Over Knives will be shown Saturday, November 12 at 2nd Street Theater in Bend. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn as they examine the country’s three leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, and stroke, and a host of other degenerative diseases. Admission: Free! Matinee 3:00 p.m., Evening 7:00 p.m. Enjoy healthy and delicious food samples courtesy of VegNet Bend and Whole Foods Market, 30 minutes prior to each viewing. Stay for an open discussion following each viewing.
Reserve your free tickets at: forksoverknivesbend.eventbrite.com
For more information on any of these events, see VegNet Bend on Facebook or vegnetbend.org.
Theme song and musical clips courtesy of Paul Seymour. To learn more about Paul or his music, please visit paulseymour.com.au.
All Things Vegan airs on KPOV, Bend Community Radio.
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