Thursday, July 16, 2009

and the winner is...

Lucky #19, Sara Beth! Sara Beth, please email me at and give me your mailing address and I'll get Bryant Terry's Vegan Soul Kitchen mailed out to you!

Everyone else, thanks for playing and... yes, watch this spot for more giveaways this month!


Monday, July 13, 2009

another give-away! Vegan Soul Kitchen

Some of you might remember my review of Bryant Terry's Vegan Soul Kitchen cookbook a couple of months back. Now that summer is at its peak, these recipes will be even more of a joy to experiment with. Think fresh watermelon, mint, tomatoes, garlic... you get the picture! Well, once again, I am thrilled to have a copy to give away on this blog! If you want a chance to win this book, just leave a comment! Deadline for comments: Wednesday, 15 July 2009. Winner announced Thursday, 16 July.

* Note- I announced KimberlyNE as the winner of Ani Phyo's Raw Desserts book. However, I have not heard from her. If I don't hear from her soon, I will hold a second drawing and announce a new winner.

Thanks for participating!


Friday, July 10, 2009

and the winner is...

Lucky comment #68, KimberlyNE!! KimberlyNE, please email me at and give me your address and I'll ship Ani Phyo's book right out to you!

Everyone else, watch this spot for another exciting giveaway in the next couple of days...


Tuesday, July 07, 2009

ani phyo's raw desserts review and give-away!!

I was so excited to get a chance to review Ani Phyo's newest cookbook, Ani's Raw Food Desserts. This is the perfect time of the year to dive into a world of fresh, raw desserts while taking advantage of all the gorgeous produce on hand. While this book contains many simple recipes that shine the spotlight on a single ingredient such as watermelons or peaches, Ani Phyo's fans know that there is going to be much more. There are recipes for cupcakes, cheesecakes, even tiramisu. I was introduced to new ingredients (such as mesquite powder and lecithin), and also enjoyed reading Ani's tips for health, beauty, and green living throughout the book. There are even recipes using wine- Ani is a chef after my own heart!

So far, my favorite recipe that I've made from this book is the strawberry kream cheezecake (p. 57) (I subbed fresh blueberries for the strawberry sauce). Raw or not, vegan or not, this is by far my favorite cheesecake ever! Daiku and I are obsessed with it- it is creamy and tangy and has just the right texture and taste. I can't wait to try variations of it... hmmm, I went strawberry picking today...

Thanks to the generosity of the publisher, I have a copy of Ani's Raw Food Desserts to give away! If you'd like a chance to win this book, just leave a comment here. I will randomly pick one winner from all the commenters. Deadline for comments: Thursday, 9 July 2009, 11 p.m. EST. Winner announced: Friday morning. Good luck!


Thursday, July 02, 2009

jojo visits!

Ok, ok, I promised cute animals, so I'll start with the post that will give you all the cute critters you can handle! Back in May, Daiku and I were so happy to have a visit from Jojo. She and I met when we visited Brighton back in November, a meet-up I wrote about here. When Jojo decided to come visit New York, I decided to try and lure her up to Syracuse with milkshakes. It worked!

The first night, I decided to go for a home-cooked comfort meal of mac&cheese with cut-up hot dogs. (New Farm mac&cheese recipe). As you can see, we tried to "health up" the meal with some peas and tomatoes.

Of course, no trip to Syracuse is complete without a visit (or 2) to Strong Hearts Cafe. Above, you have Jojo's chocolate/mint cupcake- how gorgeous is that?

Milkshakes, of course.

A favorite of both of us, the Egg Trick Muffin. This little sandwich is so savory and satisfying- a nutritional yeasty tofu egg, melted Teese mozarella, and sausage, all on a toasted english muffin. Yum.

One of my new favorites from the Strong Hearts menu- on the outside it looks like a huge but innocent stack of french toast.

Only to reveal peanut butter, jelly, and bananas hidden on the inside! So good, and enough for 2 people, seriously.

We took a road trip to Farm Sanctuary. We saw lots of cute animals there! But wait, just a little more food first, ok?

We went to ABC Cafe in Ithaca, where Jojo and Daiku ordered veggie burgers, above.

I went for the tempeh arizona sandwich, grilled marinated tempeh topped with heaps of avocado and a fabulous lemon-tahini sauce.

Somehow, we managed to save room for dessert! Above, you have Jojo's brownie, full of yummy walnuts. It was dense and fudgey, and she prefers a more cake-like brownie... which means yours truly scored a bunch of leftovers! ;-)

Daiku and I shared this gigantic slice of carrot cake. It was so moist and full of carrots and raisins, and the frosting was a pleasant surprise- coconutty and sticky and mmmmm.

All in all, Jojo and I got to enjoy several days of vegan heaven- and Daiku and I miss her! Ok, if you've read this far, you deserve some animal photos as a reward! Here are some of the residents of Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen. Enjoy!