So, you want to be a vegan?

So you want to be a vegan? Whether you are seriously considering it, kicking the can around, or have a friend or loved one who is considering it I decided to write an article to tell you everything you need to know. I am providing tips from my own experiences to keep you from failing.

When I made my decision to be vegetarian and eventually vegan I didn’t take it lightly. It was a time of my life when I was still cooking in restaurants and I was heavy and wanted to lose weight. Cows and pigs were in my mind the most fatty things I was eating except for deserts so that is what I decided to cut out of my diet at first. I did a lot of research on nutrition, and this was in the early to mid 90s when the internet wasn’t around, I didn’t have a computer or anything, so a lot of it was going to the library, and subscribing to newsletters and magazines. As well as my culinary knowledge. Over the next two years I slowly cut out other animals out of my diet as I learned more about how the animals were treated and at the same time I was finding out more about myself and rejecting things that were taught to me in my childhood like religion, while finding my own beliefs. click to read more

Eggplant Caponata

Today I am going to be making eggplant caponata. This is something that I have been wanting to make for a long time. This reminds me of the years I worked in Italian restaraunts, and will be a favorite dip, appetiser, or snack. It is really easy to make as well!


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Chocolate cream pie with graham cracker crust – Pi day 2017

Today is another pi day and it is time for another one of my really yummy pies! This time I am going to make a chocolate cream pie with a graham cracker crust. This really yummy pie will be gone in no time, so you might as well double the recipe.

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Vegan chicken and dumplings

Winter is in full swing here and the cold weather has me craving for warm rib sticking comfort food. Today I am making another one of those cravings I have been having. Vegan chicken and dumplings. This wonderful flavorful dish will be a hit for your entire family.

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Country biscuits and gravy

Today I am going to make something that I have been craving for a long time. I am going to make vegan biscuits and sausage gravy from scratch. This is one of the things my grandma used to make, so it brings back memories of her.


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Something just slightly different

Sooo….

I am going to talk about something a little unusual today. Something a bit off topic if you don’t mind. It is related to veganism in a way, in a way that we try to have less of an impact in the environment. For those of us that drive, and it is unavoidable for those of us who live in smaller cities and towns that don’t have a great public transportation infrastructure, there are certain things that are unavoidable for maintenance. Oil and tire changes, replacing brakes, and replacing your air filter. The thing is, replacing your air filter is avoidable. How you might ask? Well there are air filters that are cleanable. I personally have one, made by K&N.

Now the main drawback is there is a bit of an upfront price. $40+ (USD) to buy the filter, and you also have to clean and reoil the filter every 50,000 miles. The cleaning/oil kit costs $14 a piece, however they will last for 2-3 cleaning cycles. However if you compare it to the cost of a regular air filter that you are replacing every 10,000 to 20,000 miles, it is a lot cheaper in the long run, plus you are not throwing away an air filter either.

For the data people out there, let’s compare. Currently my car has 150,000+ miles on it, so I will use it as an example.
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Vegan beefy pumpkin soup

Today I will be making a really nice, creamy and rib sticking soup. Winter is coming and temperatures are cooling in the Northern Hemisphere and I have been craving pumpkin and warm food, so this vegan beefy pumpkin soup really hits the spot.

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Tomato bisque

Today I am going to make a really good rib sticking soup that is perfect for the cold weather. This time I have a couple of helpers to help me make the soup. Grab some crusty on the outside, soft on the inside baguettes to dip the bisque in and the watch as we make a creamy, tomato bisque.


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