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Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet…

…give me something good to eat! Halloween is right around the corner. Before you pick up your goodies, check out this list of vegan treats courtesy of Farm Sanctuary.

If you want to skip the sugar, pass out fun stickers instead. Don’t be afraid to be different. It’s good practice for being vegan.

Happy Halloween!

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Animal Ingredients List for your iPod

The list of animal ingredients in food and beauty products is extensive, overwhelming, and can seem like a foreign language at times.

For example: Civet is an unctuous secretion painfully scraped from a gland very near the genital organs of civet cats.  Used as a fixative in perfumes. Alternatives: labdanum oil (which comes from various rockrose shrubs) and other plants with a musky scent. (from HappyCow’s Animal Ingredients List A-Z.)

Ughhh. No need to despair. Of course, you can go old school and buy the book, Animal Ingredients A-Z, Third Edition

Better yet, try this electronic version (Save some trees!) that can be downloaded to your iPod. Check out Animal Ingredients List A-Z for iPod. It’s simple to download and includes short instructions for loading to your iPod. The site sources happycow.net and The Vegan Society for the information. Download it today and the next time you are at the supermarket reading food labels, you can whip out your iPod to check questionable ingredients. Very convenient. After all, it’s easy being vegan!

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Easy Gift Ideas for Anyone with a Sweet Tooth

How about sending some sweet treats to anyone (not just vegans) on your holiday gift list? Check out these online stores:

1. Alison’s Gourmet is a great place to shop for the holidays. You can buy baked goods, candy, and nuts. She also offers gift baskets and cookie or brownie of the month clubs.

2. Some of the best vegan chocolate can be found at Endangered Species Chocolate. Not all of the chocolate is vegan but is labeled as vegan when it is. Try the chocolate mint. It’s delicious!

3. Everything at Sticky Fingers Bakery looks awesome. I want to try the Little Devils or Cowvin Cookies. Yum! Be sure to read the descriptions carefully–not all products can be shipped. [UPDATE: Friends brought both of these treats to a committee meeting for Spotlight Humane Chicago. OMG....yum. The Cowvin Cookies were my favorite. Again, yum!]

4. Temptation Vegan Ice Cream is now selling online, a home vegan ice cream mix. What a fun gift!

 Happy shopping!

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A Vegan Thanksgiving Feast

This year I was fortunate to be invited to a friend’s for a vegan Thanksgiving feast and it was delicious!

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This is my plate of food above. Yum. Yum. Yum. It was so nice to sit at a table eating vegan food on Thanksgiving with a fellow vegan, vegetarians, and omnivores. With the exception of the main dish, it was a fairly traditional meal. Here’s what we ate:

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1. Traditional stuffing
2. Maple squash with toasted pecans
3. Macaroni & “cheese”
4. Roasted brussels sprouts with garlic (recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance : Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock)
5. Puff pastry stuffed with mushrooms & Tofutti “cream cheese” or a spinach/tofu mixture
6. Apple pie served vanilla soy “ice cream”
7. Pumpkin chocolate chip cupcakes with cinnamon icing (recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule)

I’m still full but that may be because I ate leftovers first thing this morning! ;-)

Hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving too.

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The End of Cheese as You Know It

Vegan Cheese That Melts

Do you think it would be too hard to give up dairy?

I felt this way for years until a friend of mine pointed out the link between the dairy and veal industries. (Thanks, Megan.) I knew right then I had to make the change. For more information on what’s wrong with dairy, click here.

I use to live on cheese. So if I can give it up, anyone can give it up. 15 years ago the soy cheese options weren’t so good. They didn’t melt and many actually included casein, a milk-by-product.

But now we live in 2007 and there are great vegan cheese alternatives. My favorite is Follow Your Heart brand. It tastes delicious and it melts! It comes in cheddar, mozzarella, nacho, and monterey jack flavors. You can buy it at Whole Foods, Wild Oats, and many natural food stores. If you don’t live near a store that sells this product, you can buy it online. See how easy this is?

You can use it on pizzas, sandwiches, nachos, anything really! For instance to use it on a pizza, you would put the pizza under the broiler for the last minute or two to melt it. Yum! Try it and let me know how you like it.

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