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Our far-flung group

We have four new upside-down teardrops on our map----our 4 new cooks are adding 4 new cities and 2 new countries to our email circle! A warm welcome to Leonie Baldwin in Borris, Ireland, Susan Hadler in Washington, D.C., An Khanh in Hanoi, Vietnam, and Kevin Hearth in Poole, United Kingdom!

Leonie, our second member in Ireland, says, "I come from a sangha here in SE Ireland - Anam Cairde (Soul Friends) Sangha - who laughingly call ourselves the Gourmet Sangha! because our monthly mindfulness days are graced with wonderful shared lunches."

The "Rice-bucket Challenge" and a few other things

My joyful cucumber plant has been giving us foot-long cukes in abundance, inspiring me to find cucumber recipes. These two surprised me-------Cool White Bean and Cucumber Soup and an even more novel idea----a refreshing salad dressing made from pureed cucumber!---both posted below. Does anyone else have cucumber ideas? We discovered that almond butter and cucumber sandwiches are delicious.

Around the world with the intrepid culinary adventurers

This week's recipe comes from Betsy, who made Miyoko Schinner's Sun Dried Tomato and Basil Cheese. Besides providing the recipe, Betsy kindly wrote an account of her experiences with the book, Artisan Vegan Cheese, for our Active Discussions. Scroll down below the map for the Active Discussion on Artisan Vegan Cheese and then look over on the right under Recipe of the Week for the tomato-basil cheese recipe.

I know there is a lot of interest in Miyoko's book. Sigrid in Portland sent this....

A book, a movie and success with soy yogurt

We have two more cooks joining our email circle this week----Denise Levesque in Bolton, Massachusetts (a new state for us!) and Shana Groseclose here in Portland (whom I met at Donna's showing of Cowspiracy). Welcome, Denise and Shana! We hope you will join the conversation----send us your thoughts and your favorite recipes. If you have any kitchen questions, there are 129 of us now and I'm sure someone will have an answer.

"Social Danger" and other potluck talk

Last Monday we celebrated our 19th potluck in Portland. Inspired by Jana's picnic in the Netherlands, Susan planned our first-ever picnic in a park, and it was a great success! Nancy prepared her potluck dish on the spot: tomatoes from her garden, sprinkled with Blackened Spice. She kindly ...

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