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Autumn at Trader Joe’s

It’s finally Fall (on the calendar, at least) which means … It’s time for Trader Joe’s!  I admit, I am not as big a fan of Trader Joe’s as I once was. When Trader Joe’s opened its first Charlotte store in 2007, it was one of the few places to find vegan products and affordable… Read More ›

A Vegan’s Adventures in Uptown Charlotte – Week One

This Monday I started work in Uptown Charlotte. I cannot say I was thrilled. The commute time, the traffic, the parking, the expense, the homeless people sleeping on the streets in the morning and begging for money in the evening. Not to mention I had loved working in Ballantyne, and knew all the vegan-friendly places…. Read More ›

Bombay Grille Channa Masala

A Vegan Gori’s Adventures in Indian Restaurants

My first “official” date with A. ten years ago was at an Indian restaurant – Maharani. At the time, I wasn’t familiar with Indian food. Charlotte was not very diverse then and there were only a few Indian restaurants. Truthfully, I thought the food seemed strange … cauliflower and potatoes and peas? Umm, didn’t sound… Read More ›

Burger 21 Restaurant Review (The Plant Based/Vegan Options)

Yesterday, my work team decided to treat our boss to lunch for her birthday. The chosen location was Burger 21, a fast casual a.k.a. “counter service” restaurant in Ballantyne. As you’d expect from the name, the joint specializes in burgers. Mostly beef burgers, but also chicken burgers, turkey burgers, tuna burgers, and shrimp burgers. They… Read More ›

Everything You Need To Know About The Impossible Whopper

Here’s What You Need To Know About Burger King’s Impossible Whopper: It’s Really Good. No, it doesn’t taste quite as good as the Impossible Burgers you would get at a sit-down restaurant like Quackies (my nickname for Duckworth’s), but it’s still good. Keep in mind Burger King is a fast food place – mass production… Read More ›

An “Impossible” Situation

It was a dark and stormy Wednesday, and I was all alone, working from home. Well – not exactly alone. My cats were somewhere, doing their mysterious little cat things, and my Jack Russell and my Jack Shit were causing mayhem in the kitchen. From the sound of things, they were getting into the recycle…. Read More ›

A Magic Vegan Bag … Or, How To (Sort Of) Enjoy Dining In Non-Veg-Friendly Restaurants

In a previous post I wrote about how I earned the nickname, “Mary Poppins.” (You can read the post here.) I was dining out with friends – and their friends – at an upscale, American-style restaurant with few vegan options. I made the best of my limited choices by bringing my own vegan condiments. My… Read More ›

The Mary Poppins Effect

I was not only my mother’s daughter; I was also my father’s sun, and he taught me the Boy Scout Motto: Be prepared. So when I dine out with coworkers or “acquaintances” at places I’m not too sure about, I don’t just do a little online menu research. I also take a big purse and… Read More ›

Strawberry Meal Salad

In my last post, I shared a “template” for what I call a Strawberry Dessert Salad. It’s a classic salad with berries, nuts, and sweet poppyseed dressing that I eat after a meal, as a healthy “dessert”. Or, on hot summer mornings I will sometimes eat it for breakfast. But what if you want something… Read More ›

Strawberry Dessert Salad or Breakfast Salad

Spring may have finally sprung in Charlotte! Only a few days after a freak April snowstorm, Charlotteans are running around in shorts and flip flops and blasting the air conditioning. I’m driving home in daylight, even when I work late. There are lots of baby birds and bunnies and … insects. Not to mention pollen!… Read More ›

Healing Pumpkin Curry Soup

  One item that should be on your annual Autumn bucket list … cook something with pumpkin! Most of us think of pumpkin as something sweet – pumpkin pie or pumpkin spice latte – or Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Rolls.  But pumpkin is actually a winter squash, and can be taken in a savory direction… Read More ›

Palak Shorba (Indian Cream of Spinach Soup)

“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves … We have had our Summer Evenings, now for October Eves!” – Humbert Wolf On my Autumn bucket list: Make soup! There is nothing more comforting as a bowl of hot soup on a chilly day. Ok, maybe a bowl of hot soup… Read More ›

Halloween Smoothies

“What do you give a ghost for breakfast? A BOOBERRY Smoothie, of course!” – Great Aunt Martha My Aunt Martha was always the pun-ny one in the family! She was also a very imaginative cook – especially when it came to making food for children. She understood the value of “playing with your food” and… Read More ›

Five Easy Baked Sweet Potato Variations (That Require Zero Cooking Skills)

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me; fluttering from the Autumn tree.” – Emily Bronte Ok, so yesterday I showed everyone how easy it is to cook luscious, inexpensive, healthy sweet potatoes in my post Perfect Baked Sweet Potatoes. And today, I’m going to give you five easy ways to modify a basic sweet potato. The… Read More ›

Perfect Baked Sweet Potatoes

“You say witch like it’s a bad thing.” – Unknown So far this Autumn, I’ve spent a lot of time writing about pumpkins and pumpkin spice. However, there are other Autumn favorites that are on my Autumn bucket list as well – such as sweet potatoes! I was a late convert to sweet potatoes, because… Read More ›

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