A Swinging Vegan New Year’s Eve

Why wait for January 1 to start your New Year’s resolution to go vegan when you can start the night before? And we’re going to make it very easy by veganizing the most popular American cocktails and giving you a host of vegan hors d’oeuvres. So pop that cork and start the celebration of the new vegan you. Cheers! Not all beer, wine, champagne, and cocktail ingredients are vegan as many are processed using animal products. To find out if your favorite booze fits the bill, click here.

Vegan Lime Meltaways

Ingredients: ¾ cup vegan margarine (Earth Balance or Soy Garden), softened 1 cup vegan powdered sugar, divided (Whole Foods Organic Powdered Sugar) 2 Tbs. lime juice 1 Tbs. vanilla 1¾ cups plus 4 Tbs. all-purpose flour 2 Tbs. cornstarch ¼ tsp. salt To Prepare: In a large bowl, whisk together margarine and ½ cup powdered sugar until pale and fluffy. Add lime juice and vanilla, and stir to combine. Separately, mix together flour, cornstarch, and salt. Add to margarine/sugar mixture, and stir until just combined. Divide dough in half. Place each half on an 8-by-12-inch sheet of parchment paper. Roll in parchment to Read More

A Happy Vegan Hanukkah

Nathan is Jewish. But he’s not a very knowledgeable one. Whenever I ask him about Jewish traditions, he just shrugs his shoulders. When I ask him why he doesn’t know, he tells me he’s never really been a good Jew, reminds me he married a Goy, and that I should look it up online. When is Hannukah? He doesn’t know. How do you spell it? He’s not sure. What is it a celebration of? He mumbles something about the candles burning for 8 days. He once described the Maccabees as Macadamias. But when being Jewish serves him, he’s devout. Like Read More

Vegan Scottish Shortbread

Our daughter, Riley, loves pie. Well, technically not pie, but pie crust. When she eats pie, most of the pie filling is scraped off to one side and ignored. That is why she loves shortbread. “It’s like pie without the filling,” she says. With a rich, “buttery” taste and a flaky, crumbly texture, shortbread is pie crust that has declared its independence from filling. So if you love someone who claims to love pie but really couldn’t care less what you put in the middle of it, save both of you the trouble and make them shortbread instead. Ingredients: 1 Read More

A Free Vegan Guide For Grandma

Are you a vegan who dreads spending another holiday at Grandma’s house eating salad or plain pasta? Or are you a non-vegan hosting a holiday celebration who is at a loss about how to feed the vegan you have invited? If so, then The Proper Care and Feeding of Vegans: A Handbook for Non-Vegans is just what you need! This guide has it all: how to use substitution to veganize any recipe, meal planning tips, shopping advice and suggested meat, egg and dairy alternatives. Fun, engaging and friendly, this guide helps non-vegans easily accommodate the vegan in their life. A Read More

Holiday Stocking Stuffers

If it’s your job to stuff that stocking for a vegan, you better make sure it’s a big one! This year, your choice of vegan candies and other sweets is enormous!  From chocolate Santas, truffles, peanut brittle, English toffee, mints, fudge, Hanukkah gelt and chocolate covered caramels, to candy canes, nougat, fruit chews and holiday-themed lollipops, our tour of the best vegan sweets is sure to put the “happy” in your holidays. To order: For the Natural Candy Store’s vegan holiday option, click here. For Rose City Chocolatier’s vegan treats, click here. For Sjaak’s vegan chocolates, click here. For veganstore.com, Read More

Peanut Butter Pie

From the pages of All American Vegan, this could be your dessert: creamy, delicious peanut butter pie. Or you could choose peanut butter cups which a book reviewer called “a perfect vegan alternative to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.” You can choose what a reviewer called “a lovely Banana Cream Pie with Chocolate Sauce… Creamy, silky banana with smooth and decadent chocolate sauce.” Or apple pie, cherry pie, chocolate chip cookies, New York cheesecake, vegan “Twinkies,” chocolate pudding or so much more. That’s just a small sampling of the over 90 recipes for traditional American favorites in the book. ————- Follow on Facebook: www.facebook.com/allamericanvegan Read More

Inside Out Cookies

There is a scene in one of our favorite movies, Ratatouille, in which Remy describes why he loves to cook. He explains how when one delicious food meets another, it sometimes creates something even more delicious: a new, exciting flavor –  a match seemingly made in heaven. And so it is with peanut butter and chocolate; both wonderful on their own, but when paired, taste as though they were destined to be together –  a culinary Romeo and Juliet. In our cookbook, we have a veganized version of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups that we think is pretty darn near perfect. Read More