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Well-Read Wednesday: Dominion

October 15, 2013

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago … in the year 2003 … a book was published. This was back in the days when our cell phones weren’t intelligent (heck, we were just happy they had become somewhat smaller and lighter than bricks) and many of us still had dial-up. Vegetarians and those… Read More ›

Classic Southern Low Fat Sausage Gravy Biscuits (Vegan)

Chances are, if you grew up in the American South, you grew up loving sausage gravy biscuits. Homemade buttermilk biscuits smothered in rich, creamy gravy with flecks of sausage were a staple at family holiday breakfasts. And those big, nasty, salty, greasy sausage gravy biscuits from McDonald’s?  They were a rite of passage for many… Read More ›

Southern Split Pea Chowder

A thick, creamy soup that’s dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, fat-free, and, of course – meat free? YES! This vegan green split pea soup is simple and inexpensive to make since it uses only common pantry ingredients. Potatoes, onions, carrots, and dried split peas.  Basil adds a touch of sweetness, potatoes add a little texture, and carrots… Read More ›

Cornbread With Turnip Greens & Hot Peppers

This is an interesting variation on the Southern tradition of hot peppery cornbread eaten with greens … greens baked right into the cornbread! This recipe is inspired by the inimitable Raghavan Iyer and his newest book, “Indian Cooking Unfolded.”  In it, he has a recipe for mustard greens stirred into cornbread batter and baked in… Read More ›

Introducing – Frugal Fridays! Vegan Couponing Part 1

Introducing another new VegCharlotte feature – Frugal Friday! Featuring ways to live vegan AND save money by: Couponing and related strategies. Shopping at alternative stores. Planning meals wisely. Cooking from scratch instead of relying on processed foods, restaurants, and take-out. Making makeup choices that are budget friendly as well as animal friendly. And in many… Read More ›

Easy Cheesy Vegan Sausage Fritatta

YES, you read that right. It’s cheesy. It’s sausage-y. It’s spicy. It’s low cal and low fat (at least compared to a real sausage, egg, and cheese fritatta!) You can make it the night before and pop it into your oven the next morning for an easy breakfast. And … yes … it is VEGAN…. Read More ›

Spicy Sweet Potato Soup

I have to admit, for years I hated sweet potatoes, because the only way I’d ever had them was … well, “sweet”.  Drenched in brown sugar and maple syrup, often cooked in casseroles with marshmallows on top. Then, about 15 years ago, I had an epiphany.  What if I cooked sweet potatoes just like …… Read More ›

Waking Up

For the first time in a long time … this morning I wake up. I mean, I “just” wake up.  I don’t go whole-tilt full-throttle from sleeping to frenzied adrenalized activity. I don’t fumble frantically for my cell phone (Oh, gawd, did I hit the snooze button in my sleep AGAIN?  How many times? SIX?… Read More ›

Vegan Creamy Springtime Pasta

Vegan Pasta with Creamy White Wine Sauce, Baby Asparagus, and Sauteed Mushrooms

I was so thrilled to find that being vegan didn’t mean giving up creamy pastas forever that, after my first successful creamy pasta attempt (a vegan primavera alfredo sauce)  I couldn’t wait to create another pasta dish. A more elegant pasta.  An adult pasta.  Something light and fresh, with baby asparagus, sauteed mushrooms, capers, and… Read More ›

Vegan Spinach Artichoke Quiche

My life has been full of happy acts of serendipity – making wonderful discoveries when, in fact, I had started out looking for something else. Latest case in point:  this low-cal, egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free Artichoke Spinach Quiche. It was supposed to be an artichoke spinach dip, from Alicia Simpson’s book Quick and Easy Low-Cal Vegan… Read More ›

A Perfect Cup of Vegan Chai

When my partner decided to go vegan, giving up chai was his biggest hurdle. Amrik is a boy who loves his chai.  Very early in our relationship, he taught me how to make the spiced, milky tea.  I honestly believe that if I hadn’t been an apt pupil, he would have shown me the door,… Read More ›

Eureka! 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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