What is the Value of a Life?

The Skeletons in Jennifer’s Closet Excerpted from All American Vegan. I used to work in a specialty cheese shop. I was surrounded by cheeses from around the world and I knew the unique history and characteristics of each of them. Blindfolded, I could tell the difference by smell and taste. At the tender age of 20, I was a gourmet, a bona fide connoisseur of artisan cheeses. Every day, I lived, breathed, ate, and according to my roommate, smelled like cheese. I was proud of that at one time. Even after becoming vegan, I pined for cheese. At least, I Read More

Vegan Seasoned Popcorn

Looking for a perfect snack to serve during the Superbowl? Try our easy to make seasoned popcorn. The lime juice adds tang, the nutritional yeast the flavor of “cheese.” Combined, they make this popcorn addictive. Great for family movie night, too! Serves 4 Ingredients: 1/2 cup popcorn kernels (when popped, approximately 16 cups) 1/4 cup melted Earth Balance vegan margarine* 2 Tbs. lime juice** 1/2 tsp. dill weed 1/8 cup nutritional yeast flakes 1/4 tsp. salt (or to taste) *If corn is popped in oil instead of an air popper this amount may be reduced by amount of oil in Read More


Ingredients Filling: 2 1/2 Granny Smith apples (peeled, cored, quartered & cut into 1/8 inch thick slices) 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 cup granulated vegan sugar 1 tsp lemon juice 1 Tbs corn starch Crust: 4 sheets vegan phyllo dough, thawed (Fillo Factory Organic Fillo Dough) 1/4 cup melted vegan margarine (Earth Balance) 1/8 cup granulated vegan sugar Icing: 1/2 cup vegan powdered sugar 1 Tbs plus 1 tsp vegan non-dairy milk To Prepare Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine apples, cinnamon, sugar and lemon juice in a bowl and toss to coat. Sprinkle with lemon juice and toss to coat Read More

It Doesn’t Have to Be This Whey!

Excerpted from All American Vegan It has been said of vegans that we practice our diet with the fervor of religious conviction. And, as in any religion, we have our rituals. One of our most important observances, of equal significance to the “Grilling of the Waiter” sacrament, is the one we ceremoniously perform whenever we encounter a new or unfamiliar product at the grocery store—the “Reading of the Label.” We need to know: vegan or heretic? No ordinary experience, the “Reading of the Label” has all the gravity of a search for hanging chads: sweat pours off your brow, eyes Read More

Buggin’ Out!

Garage sales provide a cheap and easy way to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Elections keep this the land of the free and the home of the brave. New bands playing at our favorite watering holes keep us dancing and young at heart. But they are not without their dark side: the signs. The copious, zealously taped signs! Pointing down this street and up that one to lead us to an estate sale, telling us to vote no on this proposition and yes on that candidate, or inviting us to drink beer while listening to the next big band, too often such signs Read More

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

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