First of all, I’d like to thank everyone for the positive and supportive emails. If you would like to post a comment on this page, just click on the title of the blog post and complete the response fields.

Many of you have suggested cookbooks and recipes. Thank you! As I come across good finds, I will share them. However, I am more of an off-the-cuff cook, and exposure to my friend who is a professional chef - caterer  has only improved my skills in the kitchen. I would say that what I ate today is reflective of my general preferences:


Big bowl of hot oatmeal with almonds, walnuts, raisins and a sliced banana. I skipped my green tea because I was running late for a meeting.


Soy chai. It was tasty, but soy is something I am supposed to avoid for allergy reasons, so I must take it in moderation.


Beans and rice (cheating style): I cooked brown jasmine rice on the stove top. I opened and rinsed a can of black beans. When the rice was done, I tossed in the beans and half a jar of Frog Ranch mild salsa. Stir until blended. Tada! It’s not exactly cooking, but fast and nutritious.


Sautéed mushrooms and kale with sesame-ginger dressing.

Later on, I just might have a hot apple cider. I like mine with a splash of orange juice. And whiskey. Perfect for a single-digit night with howling wind!


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    "The Year of the Vegan" is a diary of my challenges and triumphs during 2010 - a year in which I will not consume any animal products. This commitment is motivated by my disgust about the hidden and externalized environmental, social and societal  costs of our nation's food network. Join me considering what we eat, and why.

    This year is also a year of personal transitions - from graduate student and freelance writer living in rural southwestern Virginia to fully-employed DC resident.


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