Getting vegan food into cafeterias

November 15, 2010

Hannah left a comment last week where she mentioned working with her school’s cafeteria to get more vegan options, so I asked her to share some of her best tips: Here’s the part I missed in this video: the whole reason I reached out to Hannah in the first place was how she put it, [...]

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Pomegranate Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

November 12, 2010

As I promised in this week’s newsletter, here’s my new recipe for pomegranate balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing – I know, it seems like salad dressings are all we do for recipes these days (see tahini miso dressing here!), but what can I say that I haven’t already said? I really like salad! Here’s what you’ll [...]

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Veganism in the media doesn’t matter as much as you’d think

November 11, 2010

This is part 4 of this week’s discussion about media mentions of veganism (you can watch part 1, part 2, and part 3 first if you want, but the order doesn’t matter that much.)  Today we’re going into almost everything I’ve learned about how the news works in my 9+ years of covering vegan stories [...]

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Making the most out of media mentions

November 10, 2010

When a big vegan-themed story breaks in the media, it doesn’t mean we’ve won a victory; it means that we’ve got a small window for dialogue and we need to get to work: There’s an old joke about a guy who prays and prays to win the lottery, and when he finally dies, penniless, he [...]

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Lessons from a bookstore

November 9, 2010

Continuing our story from yesterday’s video about media coverage and the general public’s typical reaction to it, here’s a recap of a lesson I learned a long time ago that helps me put things in perspective: What about you? Do you remember a time when you thought you’d been exposed to “Secret Knowledge” that later [...]

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Dealing with media frustration

November 8, 2010

The New York Times just published a big story about the US government’s role in promoting dairy. It’s kind of a big deal on a few fronts, but… I already knew most of it. Like, I’ve known for years. Even if you don’t go to the (surprisingly fun) parties I go to, there’s probably been [...]

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Tofurky, can you ease off on the sodium?

November 5, 2010

Admittedly, some of this is because I can’t enjoy really salty foods (for flavour, not nutritional reasons) but c’mon Tofurky, isn’t “less than what’s in potato chips” a good benchmark to shoot for at least? Here’s the data: Ruffles potato chips have 160 mg of sodium per 160 calories, and Tofurky has 620 mg per [...]

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Here’s how (and why!) I do big salads

November 4, 2010

From the comments in yesterday’s post about giving salad another chance, it looks like not everyone in the vegan community is anti-salad, which is cool, and for the rest of you, what are you waiting for? An idea?  OK, here’s one: here’s why I started eating salad again.  By the quart: Pro tip: sometimes I’ll [...]

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Rethinking salads – what’s not to love, really?

November 3, 2010

I’ve seen too many vegans with internet usernames and blogs that mock salads. Maybe it’s because I think they’re wrong, but maybe I feel guilty about my past salad-hating days: What’s your take? Do you love salads or refuse to have anything to do with them? Cast your vote in the comments so I can [...]

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Want to learn some new ingredients? Vary your beans!

November 2, 2010

Seriously, this is one of the easiest ways to learn new ingredients, and it works for beans better than anything else I can think of (I wouldn’t try it with spices, for example) – even the deadest of palates is going to learn something from this with relatively no risk: If you want a great [...]

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