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Being vegan in Texas: the chili solution

This week's recipe comes from Texas, the heart of cattle country, where being vegan means running against the tide (or the herd?) Luckily John S. is there, changing the world one bowl of chili at a time. Here is his account:

A holiday treat, and some thoughts on eating meditation

Last week Suzanne and I had the fun of attending a cooking class together, taught by Betty Rawker, aka Andrea Wyckoff, who aspires to be the Betty Crocker of raw food. She's a free spirit who has a good time whipping up one delicious combination after another, while we get to chop things and taste everything. This class was about recipes for the holidays, and I was especially pleased to learn about her Brazil nut cheese ball. I may be hosting a holiday party this year, for the first time since going vegan. This tasty recipe is giving me confidence that I can do it:

Even more veggie haggis, and thoughts on satiety

I'm still working my way through my new slow cooker cookbook," Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker" by Robin Robertson. Here is another tasty discovery, Black Bean Chili and Sweet Potato Casserole. It even includes a cheese sauce made with cashews and nutritional yeast:
Black Bean Chili and Sweet Potato Casserole

Haggis?? Really??

I'm exploring the recipes in Robin Robertson's "Fresh From the Vegan Slow Cooker." Imagine my surprise when I found a stuffed squash inspired by haggis, that notorious Scottish "pudding" made from the internal organs of sheep, wrapped in the sheep's stomach! I assure you, the plant-based version is really tasty . I'll never know first-hand how it measures up to the original, but it does satisfy the description in Larousse Gastronomique :"...an excellent nutty texture and delicious savoury flavour".

Our worldwide community, and a tempeh question

We have two more joining our email circle, including our second Mystery Cook, Kathleen. The mystery is----where she is in the world! I wonder why people are getting shy about this. We have a little community going here and I think knowing where we all are helps us visualize our group. And it's fun to know if someone is chiming in from Singapore or West Virginia, Colorado or Germany. I keep a map of the world with stickers showing where we all are. Most of the time it is only those of us who gather for potlucks in Portland who get to see the map and sense the scope of our project.

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