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Our group and our recipe collection -- both growing

Our circle is growing ---- George in Pennsylvania is starting a new effort in the Earth Holder Sangha to promote plant based eating and now we have three more Earth Holders joining us: Marge Wurgel in San Diego, Heather Mann in Charleston, South Carolina, and Joaquin Carral in Willimantic, Connecticut. I'm looking forward to learning what plans they have for inspiring more people to eat this way....Laura Raine in Vancouver decided to join us after coming to our recent potluck in Portland, and Joanne Barrett is joining us from New York City. Welcome, everyone!

Positive steps all over the world

My husband made homemade sauerkraut last fall and we are down to the last bottle. It will be hard to wait for the kraut cabbages that only ripen in October. Believe me, homemade kraut is way better than the store-bought kind! For the sauerkraut lovers among us, here is a tasty way to enjoy it:
White Beans with Mushrooms and Sauerkraut

A movie, a call for compassion, and thoughts from Thay

First of all, I want to say hearty thanks to two Helpful Cooks, Cathy and Tom here in Portland who are helping me with the website! Cathy has already posted two things --- a movie recommendation for "Vegan Everyday Stories"--- and the last recipe from our April potluck, Brooks' Roasted Cauliflower with Chickpeas, Tomatoes and Spinach. You will find both on the Home page: the movie description is on the left, under Active Discussions, and the recipe is on the right, under both Newest Recipes and Recipe of the Week: http://mindfulcooking.org/

Crocodiles, sauces and thoughts on fat-shaming

Our circle is growing ---- Sue Dibbs is joining us from the Northern Territory in Australia. She says "I’m a vegetarian of many decades standing, primarily because of love of animals - love gardening, retired but involved in garden and local pet welfare activities. We live in Darwin, right at the top of Australia. Full tropical climate and gardens. Closer to SE Asia than to the south of Australia. Looking forward to some interesting recipes."

Beans for Beef

I'm just back from a trip across several states by train, returning by plane, which brought me up to date on the state of the food situation for traveling vegans----and I'm pleased to report that it's better than expected. Amtrak had vegetarian options at every meal (we had to bend on eggs and dairy) ---and Alaska Air offered a box of vegan-gluten-free-kosher items --- the first time we have seen the word "vegan" on an airline menu. We didn't need the box but almost bought it just to show our appreciation! We don't travel much but came home with renewed sympathy for those who do.

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