Ethical Consistency for the Vegan

When animal lovers learn about the cruelty and killing that are rampant in U.S. shelters, and that national animal protection organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) defend these shelters and thwart efforts at reform, the first and the most logical question they ask is: Why? Why are organizations which are supposed to protect animals the biggest defenders of the very shelters that systematically abuse and kill them? Over the years, shelter workers have buried animals alive, starved Read More

Grease is Good

We’ve always loved pizza. When Nathan and I met, we regaled each other with our youthful excursions to the local Shakey’s. Me, Friday nights with Mom and Dad listening to “Fly Like an Eagle” blaring from the jukebox, wiping my greasy hands on my Chemin De Fer jeans. Him, shoving entire slices in his mouth while cutting school, his greasy fingers from the pepperoni coating the joystick of the Asteroid machine. Grease is good. We still like pizza, but we miss the orangish-red oil that used to seep out of the pepperoni and flavor the pizza with spice and tang. Read More

Liberté! le véganisme! crêpes!

Vegan chocolate and carmelized banana crêpes. Or as the French would say, chocolat végétalien et caramélisés crêpes banane. We admit, they are not very “All American,” but they are vegan. They have all the American essentials: chocolate sauce, whipped cream and some fruit after it has been drenched in maple syrup. And their deliciousness will amaze, astound and inspire your non-vegan family and friends. Vive la France! Makes 8 crepes (Serves 4) INGREDIENTS Banana Filling: – 2 cups diced bananas – 4 Tbs. Margarine – 2 Tbs. Maple syrup Crepe: – 1 cup flour – 3 tsp. egg replacer powder (Ener-G Read More

Declare Your Independence

As much as these words from the Declaration of Independence have shaped American history, they will continue to shape its future. Because while the war for political independence they sparked may be long over, the battles for liberation which they continue to inspire are not. There are still billions of beings who do not yet have the rights we demand and accept as “unalienable” for ourselves. There are still billions of beings who—though they may differ from us in some ways—share the things which, as the Declaration proclaims, are the things that matter most: the desire to live, to be Read More

A Memorial Day Feast

All American Vegan-style Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer. But we’re not ready to give up monster portions of delicious food so we can develop our summer beach bodies. It’s time for one last fling. Recipes for fried no chicken, apple pie, potato salad, coleslaw, vanilla ice cream, and gel-oh! parfait are in the book. Product recommendations for hot dogs, potato chips, soda pop, and if you’d rather buy than make/bake, ice cream and apple pie are on our website. Happy humane eating! And let freedom ring…. for all of us!   —— Buy the book: All American Vegan Join the discussion: Read More

ASPCA Donates to Kill Chickens

The ASPCA defends animal shelters that kill animals despite readily available lifesaving alternatives. The ASPCA itself sends animals to their deaths at the city pound where it is located. When animal lovers try to reform their high-kill shelters, the ASPCA often fights them, siding with those who neglect, abuse, and kill animals in shelters. When activists in a Florida community complained that their local shelter killed despite empty cages, the ASPCA stepped in—not to help reform the shelter—but to use donor funds to buy them a new table on which to kill animals. And when legislation is introduced to stop Read More

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