Three Things You Should Go Look At Now

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Since I’ve been a slack-arse blogger again and have fallen so far behind on cookbook reviews it’s embarrassing, I thought I’d toss something up here for you to read. A few things I’ve seen recently that I think you should see, as well:

1. Deb’s Lemonade

Don’t be scared by the picture of a yellow liquid in a jar sitting on a windowsill! This is just a simple recipe for not-to-sweet lemonade. I’ve been looking for a good sour lemonade recipe and this one just about fit the bill. I used freshly squeezed lemon juice and used just a touch less than a 1/4 cup, but I think I may want to go just a touch more than a 1/4 cup next time. It’s really nice to have a lemonade that’s not completely sweet.

2. Vegan Butter Recipes

Still trying to throw off the Earth Balance shackles? Give these recipes a shot. They look pretty good. (via Sheryl, I think)

3. King Oyster Mushrooms

Anyone know where I can find these penis mushrooms? I really want to make some Baked King Oyster Mushroom Calamari.

Zizania

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I’ve been meaning to post about her business for a while now, and with this recent feature on a local news broadcast, it’s as good of a time as any:

Dominique is a former co-worker of mine who was pescatarian when she worked with me and went vegan shortly after she left the company. She now owns her own business, Zizania, where she teaches people in the Northern Virginia area how to live, eat, and cook in a healthy way through veganism.

It’s so exciting to see a former co-worker go on to do such positive things. Rock on, Dominique!

AR and Anti-Oppression

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Today, Stephanie Ernst announced that she was stepping down from her role at Change.org where she headed up the Animal Rights section of the site. During her 1+ years at Change.org, her blog became one of my favorite daily AR reads. I think I sent links to her articles to family and friends more often than any other blog. Her posts were thoughtful, compassionate, and gave me a glimpse of the best our movement has to offer.

Thankfully, Stephanie’s not leaving us hanging. Instead, she’s moving over to work on a new group blog, Animal Rights & AntiOppression at challengeoppression.com. She’s blogging alongside Deb Durant from Invisible Voices, Mary Martin from Animal Person, Kelly Garbato from Easy Vegan, and Marji Beach from the Animal Place Sanctuary blog.

I’m super excited about this new project of theirs — one that I didn’t know anything about until Stephanie’s announcement today (well done keeping the secret!) — and I think it will prove to be one of the must-read blogs of 2010. What’s funny is that I had long thought to myself that Deb, Stephanie, Mary, and Kelly should start a group blog together, but never mentioned it to any of them. So, hey, I’m glad y’all read my mind like that.

The blog’s mission statement is simple and clear: “Challenging oppression and injustice, against nonhuman animals, humans, and earth — one vegan, environmentalist, feminist, social-justice-loving, all-around-progressive post at a time… That’s right, trolling conservatives. It doesn’t get more liberal than this. Brace yourselves.”

It’s enough to make Glenn Beck throw up in his mouth a little.

A Vegan Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving can be a rough time, particularly for new vegans that still celebrate with meat-eating family. It’s not easy sometimes to handle the chides that come with eating differently from everyone else at the table. And, especially the first time, it can be hard to resist the comfort food we remember from our childhood. There’s been a lot written about how to do a vegan Thanksgiving, but hey, there can always be a little more, right?

So, here are some ways to help get you through the holiday season stuffed and happy.

Get to cooking!

Whether you’re spending a quiet Thanksgiving at home or braving an evening of stupid questions and taunts from 20 family members, there are some great resources online to help you get cooking and make sure that you not only have something to eat, but something to wow the rest of the family as well.

I got a peek at Nava Atlas’ significantly updated version of A Bountiful Vegan Thanksgiving e-book and it’s mighty impressive. It features 65 recipes in all, including Nava’s own as well as contributions from all your favorite veg cookbook authors and bloggers (among them: Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Dreena Burton, Jill Nussinow, and Bryanna Clark Grogan). The e-book sells for $8.95 and all profits go to “humanitarian charities concerned with hunger, microfinancing for women in developing countries, and the alleviation of human trafficking.”

Then, over at Vegan.com, there’s a guest post from Robin Robertson (author of many cookbooks, including the new and massive 1,000 Vegan Recipes). A full Thanksgiving menu is presented. The Triple Cranberry Relish and Ginger-Dusted Pumpkin Cheezecake sound mighty good. (Last year’s guest post is also still available.)

Go to a real Thanksgiving…

And by that, I mean a celebration that doesn’t involve killing turkeys. Why not hang out with some turkeys instead? Sanctuaries around the country have vegan Thanksgiving get-togethers. The one at Poplar Spring is my favorite event of the year — imagine a vegan potluck with 300 people bringing dishes. Hot damn.

Below is a sampling of sanctuaries and their Thanksgiving events.

Vegetarian and Vegan organizations also tend to do Thanksgiving meals on or around Thanksgiving, so check in with your local groups to see if there’s any thing to get involved in.

Read Things

This is a good time of year to dig into More than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality by UPC’s Karen Davis (here’s a Google Books version). The level of detail is impressive — you’ll learn something. Trust me.

Feel free to share your favorite vegan Thanksgiving events, recipes, or books.