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Archive for September, 2008

Kashi’s Free Cookie

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

I caught the TV spot for Kashi’s new line of TLC cookies tonight. They’re offering a free sample of the oatmeal chocolate chip flavor on their website. A couple things you might like to know:

  1. It turns out they’re NOT VEGAN as they contain nonfat dry milk and eggs as the last two ingredients on the label, and honey as a featured sweetener.
  2. The “steal a cookie” game is FUN!

About that game… I didn’t realize it was timed until I was quite a ways in, so I won’t be challenging you with my pathetic score. But, it’s a cool little logic puzzle that’s worth playing, even if you don’t take them up on the cookie. :)

Lemon Cucumber

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

This interesting and beautiful variety of cucumber (Cucumis sativus) caught my eye the other day at the farmer’s market.

At first glance, I thought I was looking at a yellow heirloom tomato. Nope! It’s a lemon cucumber.

Tastes as you’d expect a cucumber to taste, though perhaps a little more portable. ;)

Richard Wright of Pink Floyd

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Richard Wright, original keyboardist — as well as songwriter and sometime vocalist — for Pink Floyd, has died at 65 years of age after a short bout with cancer. :(

David Gilmour, who’s new 2 CD/DVD set Live In Gdansk features Wright, had this to say on his website,

“He was such a lovely, gentle, genuine man and will be missed terribly by so many who loved him. And that’s a lot of people. Did he not get the loudest, longest round of applause at the end of every show in 2006?”

Vegan Desserts

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

How cool is this? The latest issue of Desserts Magazine is devoted to vegan baking! And you don’t even need to be a subscriber to view the whole thing (or download it as a PDF, if you prefer).

Normally, I wouldn’t post about such high-fat fare. However, just as with Zenburger, it’s exciting to see veganism break into the mainstream in any guise, even if it’s just in case “you ever run out of eggs, butter, [or] milk.” We can educate people about making it healthier once folks have gotten past that first leap of faith. ;)

On-line version:

Desserts Magazine – VEGAN Issue

Featured cooks, with recipes from their books, include the prolific author Dreena Burton:

the new kid on the block (literally), Hannah Kaminsky, the well-known Isa Moskowitz with her cupcakes, and others like Jeff Rogers and Fran Costigan, respectively:

Then there’s Ania Catalano, a name I’d not heard before, with some vegan recipes from her non-vegan cookbook:

And, to my mind, we have the star of the show, the respected and beloved vegan blogger, Susan Voisin. Why the star? Because she’s pretty much the only one of the bunch who contributed low-fat treats! :)

Maybe someday she’ll write a book. In fact, I’d be happy to help her — or any of my readers — get their first ebook up on-line.

Lastly, a reminder. As you flip through the pages, you’ll come to a center section of vegan products used in the recipes. Many of them are available at Vegan Essentials, for which I recently posted some coupon codes, good until October 4th. (And for those who’ve expressed distaste for Amazon, you might want to take Buy.com up on their claim to take 10% off Amazon’s prices.)

By the way, I have to laugh about putting Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World on the blog. The hype surrounding it actually supplied a good deal of the impetus for me writing Vegan Done Light. In fact, I mentioned it by name during my interview with a local paper.

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