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Of Whales and Old Women: It’s No Fluke (and Confetti Coleslaw)

March 11, 2015

My meals have become so simple that I hardly think of them as something worthy of blogging about. Mostly I live on combinations of the four plant-based food groups: vegetables, fruits, grains, and beans–tossed with a little seasoning, sauce or dressing– into a bowl. The longer I do this, the less I feel like developing […]

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Seeds of a Sea Change

February 28, 2015

A while back someone on McDougall Friends started a thread asking how long or how many times others had been exposed to information about a plant-based diet before taking the plunge. Lots of people had a simple answer such as “after I saw Forks Over Knives.” Another remarked that it happened both all at once […]

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Luscious Oat Bars with Orange, Kale and Carob Fudge Topping

February 19, 2015

Years ago when I read Dr. Barnard’s book Foods That Fight Pain I remember learning that food intolerances can change. That seems to be very true in my case. When I first started eating this way 7 years ago I couldn’t eat garlic or ginger. Now I eat them every day. Several winters ago, as […]

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It Takes a Vegan Online Village: Two Simple Meals Plus Salad and Dessert

February 12, 2015

  January was a tough month around here. As you may recall from my post Before The World Changed, we had a terrible shooting tragedy here in Moscow, followed up by me getting a splendid case of the flu. Both murder and fever wipe a sense of continuity clean. It was hard to know where […]

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Stitches in Time

February 7, 2015

The year of my diagnosis, I began learning to quilt. A friend and colleague made beautiful quilts, all by hand. Besides being a fantastic writer about life in the west, I knew she loved to sit in the evenings, listening to classical music and sipping bourbon, as she stitched one lovely stitch at a time. […]

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Quick Chew Your Smoothie Salad

January 29, 2015

My English teacher during my sophomore year in high school once told me in exasperation that I was an “agitator.” Perhaps she is right. But it wasn’t until I was in grad school that a close friend of mine described my style of “agitating” to a tee. Her description went like this: “Maria, it’s as […]

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Before the World Changed: Teff Pancakes (Gluten Free)

January 17, 2015

The world I walk around in every day here in Moscow changed forever last weekend when 3 people were shot and killed and another critically injured by the adoptive son of one of the victims. I didn’t know anyone involved in the shooting directly, but Moscow is a small town, and, I used to like […]

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Vegan Versions: PB2, Cranberry-Fruit Sauce and Other Tasty Odds and Ends

January 7, 2015

Since I moved about a mile or more northeast, the shortest distance to a grocery store puts me at a market that has surprised me with its abundance of great organic produce and a section called “Huckleberries” within it that duplicates much of what I can get at the co-op. On icy days or second […]

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Vegan Versions: Gluten Free Korean Style Red Pepper Paste

January 1, 2015

One of the most fun things I learned after discovering Fat Free Vegan Kitchen nearly 7 years ago now was the custom of eating black-eyed peas and greens at New Year’s time for good luck in the coming year. If you haven’t had your black-eyed peas yet and are wondering how to fix them, here’s […]

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Vegan Versions: Millet Raisin Scones

December 22, 2014

Serendipity is one of my favorite words and experiences. As a word, I love the story Joseph Campbell told  Bill Moyers decades ago about its etymology. It seems there was a family on their way to a place called “saran dweepa” (“the island of silk” now known as Ceylon) who had all kinds of adventures […]

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