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30
Dec

Mushroom Corn Tortillas

Mushroom Corn Tortillas are plant-based soft corn tortillas filled with meaty mushrooms and topped with a tomato and avocado salsa that has been seasoned with scallions, cilantro, chipotle powder, salt, and pepper. Easy to make – less than 15 minutes – and delicious, the Mushroom Corn Tortillas are also wholesome and nutritious.

The key to the quality of this recipe is in the tortillas. Buy fresh corn tortillas made with stone ground corn, water, and lime for the best flavor. All of the ingredients can be purchased at Trader Joe’s which makes the shopping easy and economical. The recipe can easily be doubled to serve 4. Read more »

28
Dec

When in Philly, Go To Vedge

On a beautiful street lined with 4-story brick brownstones in downtown Philadelphia is one of the best restaurants in the city, if not the state or for that matter, the eastern seaboard. That the restaurant only serves vegan food is all the more surprising because fans of Vedge are an eclectic group of eaters:  carnivores, paleos, vegetarians, vegans, and more.  The common denominator is the shared passion for incredibly great tasting food which is what Vedge delivers consistently. Read more

26
Dec

Whole Grain Blueberry Flax Bread

Blueberries are not often paired with bread unless the fruit is in the form of jam but the combination of whole grain and bread flour blended with ground flaxseed, walnuts, cashews, coconut flour, pecans, dates, vanilla bean, and freeze-dried blueberries makes a wonderful loaf of bread that isn’t just for breakfast.  With no added sweeteners, Whole Grain Blueberry Flax Bread is a nutrient dense no-knead loaf that is wildly different and wildly delicious owing to a 1.75 ounce packet of instant hot cereal (Wildway Blueberry Flax Instant Hot Cereal) that gives the bread a subtle blueberry but robust grain flavor and moist texture. Read more »

24
Dec

Life Among the Savages

Sometimes a book reminds readers that our lives never really change despite the outside factors that seem to change daily. We write but the computer has replaced the typewriter, we raise children but the social norms change; we drink milk but we buy the containers at the grocery store instead of having them delivered; and we drive cars but with seat belts and air bags. Yes, progress allows us to do things differently but it doesn’t take away the core aspects of our lives: to grow, learn, love, procreate, work, eat, survive, struggle, and die. Life Among the Savages is just that book. Read more »

22
Dec

Chunky Broccoli Soup (Non-Dairy)

Traditional broccoli soup contains milk or cream but this creamy, delicious version replaces the dairy with unsweetened macadamia milk  (“Milkadamia”) so you can enjoy all the richness without the dairy in a soup that looks like a chowder.

The base of the soup is made with low sodium vegetable broth and a 5 ounce packet of Frontier Soups Broccoli Cheddar Soup Mix, which contains brown rice, potatoes, broccoli, carrots, onion, curry, yellow pepper, and spices. Note: the mix contains the word cheddar because the directions suggest adding cheddar cheese but no cheese is needed. The non-dairy milk adds the richness and a fresh bowl of chopped steamed broccoli turns the soup into a thick delicious vegetable filled meal in minutes. Read more »

20
Dec

Sunny Paris Penne with Vegetables

Put the word “Paris” on anything and I’m there, especially where food is involved. Paris conjures ups thoughts of perfectly seasoned shallots sautéed in a copper sauce pan which is almost exactly what Sunny Paris seasoning by Penzey’s Spices adds to dishes.  A blend of purple shallots, chives, green peppercorns, basil, tarragon, chervil, bay leaves, and dill week, Sunny Paris takes the work out of properly seasoning a dish. Read more »

18
Dec

John Kelly Dark Chocolate Bars

Our solid chocolate bars are a testament to our belief that the best chocolate can only be achieved with a dedication to artisanal techniques and attention to detail.That’s why each bar is packaged in a beautifully designed box. And each bar is made with fair trade chocolate and all-natural ingredients. They are all non-GMO, soy free and gluten-free.

John Kelly Chocolates of fudge bar fame has branched out into some seriously good dark chocolate bars in four dairy-free varieties: Read more »

16
Dec

Living in the Moment

It seems that every time I turn around, someone is trying to sell me a new way to stay connected or to connect some aspect of my life to technology and I’m not having it. Blame it on my age (baby boomers are reluctant followers) or simply stubbornness, but living in the moment means I interact with friends and family without having to pull out my i-phone to take a selfie and post it on social media so everyone can see what a great time I’m having with the other beautiful people in my life. These moments really are more meaningful – happy or sad – than any photo reveals because I’m living them. Read more »

14
Dec

Brooks Brothers, Golden Fleece Foundation Charity, and St. Jude’s

During the holiday season, Brooks Brothers puts a big effort into convincing customers to contribute to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and other charities at the point-of-sale and through promotions for the Golden Fleece Foundation Charity, a 501 (c) (3) exempt private foundation that supports many non-profits. Read more »

12
Dec

Milkadamia

A nut grown under makes for a milk above the rest.

Milkadamia is one of the newest and most creamy non-dairy nut milks on the market. Made of filtered water, macadamia nuts, calcium phosphate, pea protein, natural flavors, locust bean gum, sea salt, sunflower lecithin, gellan gum, and vitamins A, D, and B12, Milkadamia has all the good ingredients and none of the bad stuff. Read more »