check out that blogroll…

I just listed all the people taking part in VeganMoFo. I’m more than intimidated right now. Some of those people are my idols and the rest are probably just idols I don’t know yet.

Quick, I should say something interesting and impressive! Go check out their blogs.

What Fresh Hell is This?

Oh yeah, it’s Saturday. The weekend is usually a good thing, right? Well, tonight we are going to a local Induction Ceremony for a high school Hall of Fame. Not so bad. Not my choice of how to spend the evening, but I’m happy for the honoree we know and he asked us to come.

The bad part: it’s a banquet. I’m perfectly happy to eat before we go anywhere, but dread the idea of pushing the iceberg lettuce around on my plate and pretending it’s appetizing and exactly what I wanted to eat. And that I’m sure will be better than then entree. Combine that with the deluge of questions, and I’ll actually be glad when dinner ends and the speeches start. Fun, huh?

To put ourselves in the mood for the event, we’ll be enjoying Salt and Pepper Tofu, braised broccolini and rice before we leave.

Were you wondering when I was going to get to dinner last night? Now is the time. Oh my God. It was the Penna a la Vodka from Chubby Vegan. And it was sensational. I made a 1/2 recipe of the sauce and used some extra garlic and regular penne, but otherwise no changes. We tried to save some of the sauce to have on a pizza, but when we had leftovers for lunch today I ended up being a saucy wench and using it. It is so good that it made me want to make every Friday night Pasta Night. That with a fire in the fireplace, a glass of merlot…. perfection!

Whew… I’m so glad that first post is out of the way! And thanks to Dorothy Parker for stating my mood so concisely for this morning.

Post #1

So I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for a while now. Isa from the PPK posted about VeganMoFo… and it made me think harder… which made me actually do something about it. Combine that with the fact that the PPK is down (which rarely happens) and I have some extra time on my hands. Some of that time is going to be dedicated to writing about vegan food.

Let me warn you that I am not exactly computer savvy. In fact, I pretty much suck at computers and leave all that stuff to my husband. It may take a while to get the hang of this. Enough excuses. On to the cooking stuff.

Since Veganomicon came out, most of my cooking has come from that. But tonight we’re having Frecklefoot’s Penne a la Vodka and I feel a little bit like I’m straying. But I’m ok with it. We’re just talking recipes. I’m constantly amazed at all the great recipes that I’ve been able to lift from blogs! Sometimes I think people blog recipes just to keep themselves organized, rather than trying to round up all those scraps of paper that have hieroglyphics on that we call recipes. The idea of sneaking into another vegan’s kitchen and getting to raid their recipes from states or even countries away, makes my mouth water. Thank you to all of you who share!

Now, just to make your mouth water, I plan to start posting pictures (including testers from Lolo and a new cookie book from Autumn Vegan and Garrick at the PPK), and even a pic of an idea I actually did steal from a PPK’er named Super Carrot. (Hint: it’s not a recipe). Thanks, Carrot!

Thanks to Katie of Don’t Eat off the Sidewalk for the cool banner. Her second zine is out and she even bothered to reprint the first one for the slackers who were too slow. Get them both while you can.

It’s on, VeganMoFo! ( I think I always wanted to say that. Or something like that.)

P.S. This was actually posted yesterday, before I changed my blog name. But on this new blog, it shows today. You get the picture.

About Me

Being a vegetarian in the Midwest for over thirty years, and vegan for many of those years, cooking has become a way of life for me. This blog and my cookbook, American Vegan Kitchen (Feb. 2010, Vegan Heritage Press), contain some of my kitchen creations. I’m currently at work on my second book, Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day, and my third book, Grills Gone Vegan! See the Books page for details.

My approach to cooking is to combine wonderful fresh ingredients, proteins, and aromatic herbs and spices to create bold-flavored dishes. Food is nurturing and a vegan diet is the most compassionate choice for both the planet and all who live on it. Delicious food is one of the most persuasive aspects of a vegan diet, and I enjoy sharing that with others, like you.

Besides this blog and my cookbooks, I also enjoy spreading the vegan word as a contributor to several other sites. Follow my writing about vegan wines at One Green Planet. For recipes, be sure to see my articles at Go Dairy Free and Veg Kitchen.

If you’d like to email me, my address is

Thank you for stopping by Vegan Appetite!



Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day (Published by Fair Winds Press, July 2013) is my second book. Fabulous food photographer (as well as wonderful cook), Celine Steen is the co-author. This book is packed with recipes for around the clock sandwich feasting. Just released! 

As with any book, there are bound to be minor errors. Please check here for our errata page for Vegan Sandwiches, and accept our apologies.
American Vegan Kitchen (published by Vegan Heritage Press, February 2010) is my first book. Filled with classic comfort foods and home style favorites, these 250 recipes are sure to satisfy. From breakfast to dessert, you’ll feel like you’re back in Mom’s kitchen. If she were vegan, that is.

Whole Grain Vegan Baking (to be published by Fair Winds Press 2013) with Celine Steen is full of whole-grain, no vegan butter, healthy, nurturing and nourishing recipes that will take on white flour and white sugar any day. And win.

Grills Gone Vegan! (to be published by Book Publishing Company) will be my third book. Chock-full of grilling recipes for both indoor and outdoor preparation, these easy recipes make great family meals, and will make casual entertaining extra easy.