Cooking Class Review: Flavors of Southeast Asia by Fire and Earth Kitchen (Seattle)

When I found out that we were moving to Seattle area, I got very excited: this city in the Pacific Northwest is well-known for its vegan-friendly vibes, which is quite different from what we were used to living in the Deep South. (As Rob recently described the typical Southern restaurant fare, ‘It’s hard to find a salad that doesn’t have a rack of ribs in it.’ Okay, that’s not always true, but you get the point.) What’s even better, there are lots of opportunities in and around Seattle to enjoy delicious vegan food while socializing with like-minded people without going to a restaurant. Case in point: vegan cooking classes! This past Sunday, May 18th, Rob and I enjoyed a cooking class by Renee Press of Fire and Earth Kitchen, a Seattle-based personal chef business that Renee runs with her partner Nick. Renee offers a variety of cooking classes, as well as food coaching … Read the rest of the post

10 Tried-and-True Plant-Based Recipes that I Make Over and Over Again

Hi everyone! For today’s post, I’ve put together a list of 10 tried-and-true plant-based recipes that I’ve made many times, and truly enjoy every time I make them. Also, the winner of the most recent giveaway is announced at the end of this post. When I first made a switch to a plant-based/vegan diet, I was a little overwhelmed by the necessity to replace all of the recipes in my pre-vegan dinner rotation with a completely new recipe lineup. Thankfully, I soon discovered that Pinterest was a great place to look for new recipes for a newly vegan cook like myself. I was amazed by all of the vegan deliciousness that already existed in the blogosphere, and before long, making dinner didn’t sound overwhelming to me anymore 🙂 Fast forward to this day, I am quite comfortable between all of my vegan cookbooks and Pinterest to decide what I’m making for … Read the rest of the post

How to Make Vegan Sausages at Home: a Recipe Review from Happy Herbivore Cookbook

Today I’m going to do something I haven’t done previously on my blog: I’m going to review someone else’s recipe, namely the recipe for Spicy Sausage from The Happy Herbivore Cookbook: Over 175 Delicious Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes by Lindsay S. Nixon. I’ve mentioned this cookbook a few times before for a good reason: I’m a big fan of Lindsay’s simple and tasty recipes that call for everyday ingredients, and the layout of her book is very user-friendly, from the detailed table of contents to a very convenient recipe index. This was one of the first cookbooks I bought when I switched to a vegan diet, and it saved my day many times on occasions when I didn’t have any ideas about what to make for dinner. The Happy Herbivore Cookbook is the first cookbook Lindsay published (in 2011). Since then, she released three more cookbooks that I would love to get at some … Read the rest of the post