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Upton’s Naturals Wrap-Up (0)

April 16, 2014 • Product Reviews

About a month ago, Upton’s Naturals sent me some free product coupons in exchange for honest reviews and developing a few recipes.  I, of course accepted, enjoying the chance to try a new vegan product.  And recipes – I love to cook! – how hard could coming up with a few recipes be? The experiment… Read More ›

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Vegan Beef Stroganoff (7)

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  BEEF STROGANOFF! With its rich sour cream sauce, marinated beef and mushrooms, and hearty egg noodles, it’s classic omnivore comfort food, perfect for winter or these final chilly, damp nights of spring. But like my mother’s spaghetti with meat sauce, beef stroganoff has proved another dish difficult to veganize.  Leaving out the “meat” entirely… Read More ›

Product Reviews »

Upton’s Naturals Wrap-Up (0)

Tiger with mustache

About a month ago, Upton’s Naturals sent me some free product coupons in exchange for honest reviews and developing a few recipes.  I, of course accepted, enjoying the chance to try a new vegan product.  And recipes – I love to cook! – how hard could coming up with a few recipes be? The experiment… Read More ›

Restaurant Reviews »

If You’re Vegan, Don’t Eat At Tupelo, Honey! (17)

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Tupelo Honey is a rock star of a restaurant, one of those that inspires a cult following.  The original is located in Asheville (vegan and vegetarian capital of North Carolina) and offers “Nuveau Southern cuisine.” (Their misspelling, not mine.) Tupelo Honey has seven locations in North Carolina and Tennessee, two cookbooks, and a huge reputation… Read More ›

Book Reviews »

Well Read Wednesday – How To Pick A Good Indian Cookbook (5)

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Many of my non-Indian friends (who have eaten home-cooked Indian meals at my house) and my cooking students have asked, “How can I find a good vegan Indian cookbook? Most of the time, when I try to cook Indian at home (except for the recipes you taught me) it doesn’t turn out well!” So!  On… Read More ›

Charlotte Veg*n News »

A Very Vegan Valentine’s Day – Dining Options in Charlotte, NC (2)

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Valentine’s Day.  Hearts.  Flowers.  Chocolates.  Perhaps a little bling.  And of course … nice romantic dinners for two. But where does a vegan go for a romantic dinner for two in Charlotte, NC – the city of bankers and BBQ? This year, you have quite a few options! First up, Fern, Flavors from the Garden…. Read More ›

Frugal Friday »

Frugal Friday – Vegan Gift Giving: Cosmetics and Bath (0)

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(Originally I wrote this post in early December for my frugal vegan holiday gift-giving series; however if you’ve been reading my blog you know I was sidelined from blogging from being beaten by a bouncer from Dandelion Market.  But I think the beginning of the year is still an appropriate time to discuss this; after… Read More ›

Indian Cuisine »

Super Speedy Chana Palak (Indian Chickpeas with Spinach) (9)

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Today  we’re going to do a non-traditional, slightly subversive take on an Indian dish – Chana Palak (chickpeas and spinach). My partner maintains chana palak is not traditional Indian cuisine anyway.  He swears he never ate it in India and first learned about it when he dined in Indian restaurants in the US.  He claims it’s an… Read More ›

Living Veg »

Vegan Blogger Gets Beaten Up By Bouncer At Dandelion Market … Or, What It Feels Like To Be a Victim of Racism and Bigotry in Charlotte, NC (157)

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3:30 PM:  You’re let off of work early so everyone has time to prepare for the company Christmas party at Dandelion Market in Charlotte, NC.  You’re feeling excited – you haven’t been uptown or had an opportunity to dress up for awhile.  You take a shower, wash your hair, and redo your makeup.  You even… Read More ›

Yogurt »

Eureka! Homemade Vegan Yogurt! (41)

Homemade Vegan Yogurt!

I did it!  I did it!  I DID IT! As some of you may remember from a previous post, yogurt has been the hardest thing for me to give up.  I tried a number of alternative yogurts – soy yogurt, almond milk yogurt – before finally discovering a yogurt compatible with savory, not sweet dishes… Read More ›

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