Saturday, April 26, 2008

Tip for Making My Vegan Cookies

I've updated my post on my Vegan Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookies to include a very helpful tip for placing golf-sized dough balls onto cookie sheets.

I'm making my cookies today for a vegan party tomorrow night, as everyone seems to love them.

Friday, April 25, 2008

New Vegan Cream Cheese Hits Shelves

Follow Your Heart, makers of the delicious Vegan Gourmet Cheese, have released Vegan Gourmet Cream Cheese!

The new vegan cream cheese hit store shelves not long ago. I was shopping at PCC, my local co-op, a few days ago and noticed the container right next to Tofutti's Better Than Cream Cheese. Tofutti is in for some fierce competition!

Here's how they compare:

Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese

Ingredients: Water, expeller processed natural oil blend (soybean, palm fruit and olive), maltodexterin, soy protein, tofu, nondairy lactic acid, organic sugar, blend of natural gums (locust bean, guar, cellulose, xanthan and carrageenan), vegetable mono and diglycerides, salt.

Price: ~ $3.50

Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet Cream Cheese

Ingredients: Filtered water, org. palm fruit oil, org. soybean oil, inulin (chicory root extract), org. soybeans, soy protein, org. agave syrup, sea salt, org. soy protein, lactic acid, org. rice starch, org. lemon juice concentrate, natural flavor, org. locust bean gum, xanthan gum.

Price: ~ $3.50

Notice the organic ingredients in Follow Your Heart's product. The Vegan Gourmet Cream Cheese is 76% organic.

The taste is very similar, though I think I may slightly prefer Tofutti because I've been eating it for years and am used to it.

Here are the reasons I'll be switching to Vegan Gourmet:
  1. Vegan company

  2. Organic ingredients

  3. No need to worry about hydrogenated oil (Tofutti currently sells one version with hydrogenated oil and one without...stupid)

  4. About the same cost

I highly recommend trying the new vegan cream cheese for yourself. Tofutti is not a vegan company and does not make the healthiest products.

If you can't find it in a store near you, you can buy it on their website.

I welcome Vegan Gourmet Cream Cheese and will be using it as my cream cheese substitute from now on.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Best Way to Store Veggies?

After many frustrating years of produce not lasting as long as I'd like it to, I'm seeking your help.

What is the best way to store vegetables in the fridge?

The best method I've found so far is using plastic bags, but that really isn't all too great for the environment. Granted, I reuse the bags, but I'd rather not use plastic at all.

I'm sure some of you out there have some great tips. I'd love to hear them.


Friday, April 18, 2008

Green Festival Report

The Green Festival was great. I spent about three hours there on Sunday.

I met some of the guys from Temptation vegan ice cream. I found out that not only are they vegan, but they're also drug-free! I had a ton of fun just talking with those guys. I hope to meet up with them if/when I'm in Chicago again.

I also went by the VegNews table. My fiancee and I entered their raffle. Two days later we received a package in the mail. She won the huge basket of vegan cookies! Thanks VegNews!

The Green Festival was full of so many cool booths: biodiesel, solar power, eco-friendly home furnishing, etc.

Also, on top of it all, we got in for free. I scored some free coupons at the community center in my neighborhood.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

On a More Personal Note

Today marks the one year anniversary of the shootings at Virginia Tech.

UPDATE: Here's a story about one of the survivors.

This really hit home when it happened, as I went to Virginia Tech for college. My brother did as well. Seeing pictures and footage of the campus and students was very upsetting. Blacksburg was my home for over four years. I loved that little town. I have a lot of memories there.

It's crazy to think that something like this happened at Virginia Tech. Blacksburg is an extremely safe town. I'm thankful my brother had graduated. I had a friend still in town and made sure she was alright.

The end of 2006 to the beginning of 2007 was a very tough time in my life. Those five months were the worst of my life.

In November of 2006 my fiancee's mom died suddenly. On New Year's Eve my best friend's mom died of brain and kidney cancer. In February of 2007 my mom died of leukemia. Then, in April the massacre at Virginia Tech happened. Everything happened at once. I was on emotional and depression overload.

I miss everyone so very much. Linda, Joan, and Mom: I miss you all every day.

I treasure my life and my loved ones. Life is very special. Enjoy your time with the ones you love. You never know what each day will bring.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

An Awesome Vegan Cake

Katie at Chocolate Covered Vegan has blogged about an awesome vegan cake she made.

She poses a question in her post: why are guys so fascinated by cars?

I was never interested in cars until I bought my 1999 VW Jetta TDI. It's a diesel so I run it on biodiesel. It's clean-burning (78% reduction in CO2), I get 41 mpg city and 49 mpg highway, it's renewable, and it's domestic (no war required).

Maybe I should do a post about biodiesel.

I'm excited about going to the Green Festival tomorrow!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Green Festival Coming to Seattle

The Green Festival is happening next weekend in Seattle! This is the first year it will be held here.

The event takes place on April 12th and 13th at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in downtown Seattle.

I'm really excited. I've been to the Green Festival twice, both times in Washington, DC. The last time I went I had three acai bowls. It's dangerous when Sambazon is there.

For those of you going and interested in avoiding the $15 entrance fee, the Phinney Neighborhood Association has free passes on the table inside.

Has anyone else attended a Green Festival? Are any of you planning on going to this one here in Seattle?

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Cheezly Vegan Cheese

Have you tried Cheezly yet? If not, you definitely should!

It melts pretty well (better than Follow Your Heart).

It tastes really good. It sort of reminds me of dairy (it's been over six years though), but not enough to gross me out. I think I'd say I like it more than Follow Your Heart, although I do like Follow Your Heart as well.

You can't buy it in stores yet, but you can buy it on Vegan Essentials. However, if you live in or near Seattle, you can buy it in person at Sidecar.

Pros: Taste, melts, non-hydrogenated

Cons: Price (about $8/pack), not organic

Have you tried Cheezly? What do you think?

The people who make Temptation soy ice cream have created a vegan cheese: Teese. I'm thinking of ordering a sample. I've heard good things.

UPDATE: I just ordered two pounds of Teese!

What is your favorite vegan cheese?