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Portland farmers market obsessed crazy cat lady with a penchant for pickling, DIY mixology and SE Asian curries. My sporadic personal blog is over at
Hey UK! GOOD Hemp Hamper Giveaway

Hey UK! GOOD Hemp Hamper Giveaway

And the winner is….Erica!

WHAT: Now, if you live outside of the United Kingdom, please feel free to gaze and contemplate polyunsaturated essential fatty acids on your own, but if you reside within the United Kingdom, simply leave a comment with a link to your favorite recipe that uses hemp – doesn’t have to be your own, just something you’ve tried – and you’re in the running to win a GOOD Hemp Hamper (£50.00), which includes their fancy hemp oils, hemp milk, hemp seeds and you guessed it – hemp protein powder.

Image from the GOOD facebook

HOW TO WIN: Leave a comment with a link to your favorite recipe that includes hemp, and I’ll pick my favorite tomorrow morning over my morning hemp milk latte!

Let me know in the comments by 9am PST Tuesday and I will pick the UK winner then (who will in turn, send me Cheezly, right?!)

SERIOUSLY: Please make sure you leave an email address that you check! We ask that you respond within 24 hours. Hemp is serious.


Find out more about GOOD hemp products on their facebook.

Spooky, Spooky Halloween Round-Up

Spooky, Spooky Halloween Round-Up

Howwwwwwwl, MoFo! I know, I know, lots of folks won’t have their Halloween-themed posts up til tomorrow – those lazy bones – and perhaps some folks don’t care, but even I put on a half-assed, last-minute costume, so how could I resist making my final round up of the month Halloweeny?! There was just no way. The odds were stacked!

First up, who needs to go trick-or-treating when you’re the Three and a Half Vegans and now own a vast, edible Candyland set.

There’s an ice cream cone castle and a gingerbread house and marshmallow clouds and a colorful path and and and!

I know I’ve included this site before, but I can’t resist.

Oh, Ladycakes ends the month with an entirely appropriate, spiderweb adorned, chocolate pumpkin tart. I mean, how do you not decorate everything like this until Thanksgiving? Seriously, how do you resist?


A bunch of bloggers were organized by Snarky Vegan for a Halloween-themed cocktail round-up, and JenoJune really, really caught my eye with her spooky Graveyard Smash. Look at that glass! I’ll take one.

Now, the beet-based Shots of B+ on Raw for $10 a Day (or Less) are even more terrifying, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like one for breakfast tomorrow. It just may haunt my nightmares, no big.

Fork and Beans plates up a legitimate test tube of tomato soup and a friendly monster-faced grilled cheese accompanient:

2 more friendly Halloween pals from Easy Vegan: Casper style mini pizza. I heart them! I heart pizza! I miss Follow Your Heart!

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Back to endearing ghosts and Snarky Vegan, can you even handle her wonderfully spooky take on Allison River Samson’s veganized classic, the Ghoulish Shepherd’s Pie?!?

One of my favorite blogs to catch up on, Meet the Wikos, has been having a stunning month that concludes with a culinary visit home for a veganization of Adelaide’s infamous pie floaters:

And that now concludes my I-can’t-believe-it’s-only-Monday night round-ups….for now! It’s been an incredibly inspiring month, and I’m suddenly finding it very strange that I didn’t have anything with pumpkin today.

More to come, MoFoland. Indeed.

Monday Night Round-Up Time

Monday Night Round-Up Time

Good evening, MoFoland! Time to round up some pretties from the blogroll…

First up, the glorious Spinach Hummus Pancake Sandwich from Spabettie:

Pure gourmet from Vegan Homemade with Fines Herbes & Dijon Crusted Tofu with Braised Leeks & Pea Puree:

The new Notzarella vegan cheese from Australia is featured on In The Mood for Noodles and gets high marks – very intriguing!

Vegan for the Win has a scrumptious first Soy Curl experience with Smokey Soy Curl sammie:

The Vegan Chickpea shows off some pretty Strawberry & Cashew Cream filled gluten-free crepes for French week:

The PPK Pear Frangipane Tart, all picture perfect on Northern Veg:

I leave you with “Prawn” Pad Thai from Munchin’ Mochi, because, whoa. I think I want to try this…

Monday Night Round-Up.

Monday Night Round-Up.

Sometimes a clear theme doesn’t jump out to me across the MoFo feeds, or it’s too ridiculous to put in a post title (aka, The Adorbs Round-Up!), so it’s time for the golden rule of round ups: to throw in some of one’s bookmark-able favorites from the day.

Up first, a post I’m in awe of of: Raw Caramel Chips from Vegan Culinary Crusade. They’re dehydrated and contain an ingredient you may or may not find yourself googling (I totally did).

Next up, perfect little Pumpkin Hand Pies from Oh, Ladycakes. Tis the season!


Moving on, Kelly, The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur, constructs a root beer syrup-flavored UNICORN CAKE. That is all. Just look at it!

Fresh Young Coconut shares some charming Apple Spice Parfaits. Again, tis the season for….please let me wake up and see this on my kitchen table for breakfast.

Milkweek is simply on an enamoring artistic streak – continue on to the post for Coconut Banana Cream Pie making photos! I can’t resist…this is all so adorbs.

Lastly, a quick break from sweets for more breakfast flare: OMG Veg! makes the Biscuits and Creamy Sage Gravy and Herbed Breakfast Sausage Patties, both from Julie Hasson’s Vegan Diner. After this appetizing post, they are so on my to-make-soon list.

Biscuits and Gravy with Vegan Sausage Patties

See you guys next week!

Happy VeganMoFo HUMP DAY!

Happy VeganMoFo HUMP DAY!

Congrats, MoFo-land! We’ve now made it to the halfway point of VeganMoFo, and vegan blogging continues to be unstoppable. YEAH, WE’RE NEVER GONNA STOP.

In celebration of this amazing month, vegan wonder-woman Leslie Hall is here to share a little song.

Get ready to break out the gem sweater and shake some booty, y’all.





I eat the finest cuisines, in the finest of places  Stuff my mouth full and always say thank you.  But if it’s raised in a cage, and it can’t even move, if it’s hormone filled and in a bad mood.  I’m gonna pass on that.  Reach for something better.  The only milk I’ll drink comes from the nipple of a soy bean. Veggies make you live forever, and they seem to taste much better. when they’re cooked and grown with love.  So give a chef who knows what’s up a hug. Momma just can’t seem to get it, Papa he just rolls his eyes. When I tell them I’m much healthier, they just say that it’s all lies.  But beans, nuts, fruits and veggies can really fill the belly.  Get you vitamins you need, shiny hair and extra speed.  Don’t take that meat-wich any further, I want a marinated, deep fried, hand-tied mushroom burger.  I like it!  We gotta stand strong for our feathered furry sometimes scaly animal friends and their little babies.  ‘Cuz I wouldn’t want to live in a cage in a dark warehouse killed at an early age.  Pumped full of hormones, sleeping in my feces.  Never met my mother, raised by machines.  Never get sunshine never get green, but that’s just me.  [That girl loves fruit leather.]  So ask us what we’re eating.  Delicious and repeating, fruits and veggies are so nice.  With a slice of tempeh,  yes, I’ll have that twice.  Don’t forget the legumes!

Image by Kittee Berns.

Sunday Round-Up: Warm & Cozy

Sunday Round-Up: Warm & Cozy

Hello, MoFos! Jess here, swapping places with Gabrielle today. My favourte Canadian is out foraging wild mushrooms or knitting cat sweaters while on a ferry, or something else that sounded that adorable.  It’s been a misty fall day in Portland that just makes me want to simmer soup, hug biscuits and warm up under a blanket on the couch with a cat or two. I wouldn’t mind if any of the following bloggers were my personal chefs today, they seem to really have the warm & cozy autumn theme going on…

First up, a South American-Style Hot Chocolate from Bryanna Clark Grogan, as part of her Holiday Brunch Menu. Decadence!

Next up, Fancified Tator Tots with black truffle oil, inspired by Violetta , by Emma Kat. Gourmet tots for the win.

What better way to spend a chilly afternoon than a cooking project? As usual, Julie knows what’s up, and has some awesome looking Quick Dill Pickles to share:

Another great project is some fiery homemade Sriricha, ala Olives for Dinner. Bonus points for cutest hot sauce photo ever.

AstroNOMZ welcomes fall with a PUMPKIN tofu scramble. Enough said!

Fall brings forth Oktoberfest and I am digging the German vegan blogs – check out think. care.act.’s celebratory meal and stop in Bavaria, featuring homemade pretzels:

Over at Thoughts of Life and Dark Chocolate, Steffers heads to France for inspiration on this warm bowl of Seitan Bourguignon. I can practically smell it, warming on the stove…

I’m one of those crazy people that prefer ice cream in the colder months, and this creamy, fall-spiced Pumpkin Ice Cream from Vegan Fazool fits the bill perfectly:

Lastly, Cook.Vegan.Lover reminds us that we’re vegan, and therefore, kale is always in season.

Good night!

Monday Round Up: Simply Bookmark-able

Monday Round Up: Simply Bookmark-able

Hi MoFoville! Jess here, heading into the first week of MoFoville with a corny post title and straightforward round up. I simply wandered the grand RSS Feed throughout the day, and bookmarked what I super duper liked. I mean, some of these things could wind up on the menu at my next dinner party. Some may inspire an obsession with a certain cuisine for the next month. Others, I just may dream about. They were all simply bookmark-able.

First up, the method for Emergency Oven-dried Tomatoes over at The Radioactive Vegan.  I totally want a batch!

Thank you to Vegan fuür Anfänger und Fortgeschrittene, because I had no idea Roulade with red cabbage and Semmelknödel was missing from my life, and I want to sample this warming German dinner:

Kudos to Boom Boom Legume’s tv talk and blood-glazed cupcakes for the season premiere for Dexter. Smart.

I can practically smell these savoury Herbivore Cheese Scones (I’m a sucker, ok?), fresh from the oven, over at Vegan Chicks Rock.

Dynise, aka Urban Vegan, has a catchy post title and handy sauce-making method in how to succeed at spaghetti sauce without really trying. Follow her lead and taste those tomatoes, folks!

Scissors & Spice shows off a saucey spoonful of some delicious sounding October Fest Maple BBQ Sauce. What a great shot. Of course, I totally agree that maple is the best BBQ sauce sweetener, ever.

Love the look of Andy’s Velvetty Collards Soup with a swirl of hot sauce over at In My Vegan Life. Hello, fall. Hello…I want a bowl for lunch tomorrow.

Lastly, let’s finish up and share Grumpy’s homemade caramel apple over at Vegan CineGrub. There are 6 more candy-coated apples and a caramel making tutorial, as well.

Keep up the greatness!

The Moving on from Leftovers MoFo Roundup

The Moving on from Leftovers MoFo Roundup

The vegan internet is slowly seeing the end of leftovers from that American Thanksgiving hoopla last week (I want more seitan roast!), and while I’m not sick of seeing and eating squash just yet, I’m heading there. That being said, let’s bring on some tempting treats and restaurant fare from today in MoFoland!

How refreshing is this? Gluten Free Frozen Margarita Pie from K & Toby on In the Mood for Noodles in Melbourne.

Bring on the spice and the ‘fu! Stephanie of the Milwaukee Vegan Bake Sale blog shares a hot & saucey looking and sounding recipe for Three Cup Tofu:

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Tracy of Columbus Vegan rocks some simple yet surely irresistible Pesto Pups:


Okay, note that for the upcoming holidays!


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It's Time for Another Giveaway: More Cookbooks!!!

It's Time for Another Giveaway: More Cookbooks!!!

And we have our 2 winners!!

Asian Fusion goes to:

Crystal: Speaking of Asian, I have fallen in Korean-love with Mapilee’s Alien’s Day Out blog. She is the perfect combination of all things Asian, Arty and Vegan. My fave post of hers this week (although I am in love with all things she posts) is where she highlights the difficulty of this Vegan MoFo challenge honestly but makes up for it with so much amazing KOREAN food. Plus her rabbit bunny is sooo cute!

Becoming Vegan goes to:

Libby Patterson Smith: “I absolutely loved Yu Ming’s post on raw-bento about bibimbap! I just discovered her blog along with many others on the Vegan MoFo site and I cannot stop reading all of the wonderful vegan foodies’ dishes. Yu Ming has a fresh perspective and is a relatively new raw foodist and I love hearing about her experiences in Tokyo.
Oh my I just want to rub my face in this dish!”

Please email with your name and address. Thanks for commenting!


Vegan MoFo keeps giving!

Attention: Newbie vegans (think Level 1 and 2) , Asian cuisine lovers, health fanatics, cookbooks addicts, and vegans with bare shelves: 2 cookbooks are up for grabs today!

Thank You to The Book Publishing Company and the authors for this donation!

First up is another copy of Asian Fusion by Chat Mingkwan. Chat’s recipes journey from Japan, India, Laos, Korea, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Sri Lanka!

Asian Fusion

Next up is Becoming Vegan by Brenda Davis, R.D. and Vesanto Melina, M.S., R.D. Wavering on veganism? Not sure how to go about it? This book is by two experienced dietitians and discusses the health benefits of going vegan in-depth, including athletic performance and family matters.

Now to enter into the contest just tell us which VeganMoFo post has made you happy this week!

Post a link in the comments and tell us why you loved it, and we’ll pick two winners at random, tonight at around 4pm PST.

Please note that this is limited to folks in the domestic U.S.


Vegan MoFo Round Up: The Crazy Awesome.

Vegan MoFo Round Up: The Crazy Awesome.

Hi MoFoland! Let’s get to the point: today’s round up features photos from the blogs that blew my mind with Crazy Awesome veganness.

First up, it’s no surprise that we have my fellow MoFo organizer and PPKer, Mo of Mo Betta Vegan, with her “Meat”Cake.

Just look at the layers and colors in this masterpiece!!!!!!!!!

Next up, we have Épinards au Jambon, or Spinach with “Ham”, from Affectionknit on The Vegan Version, because her plating style is crazy adorable:

This is one of countless blogs I’m glad MoFo has brought into my life.

The next one is from The Betty Crocker Project on Meet the Shannons. Crazy good looking & sounding Baked Mac & Scheese & Daiya Cups. Totally food porn that jumps off the screen and I want on my desk for lunch.

Moving along, we have Chocolate Covered Katie and her crazy coconut oil roasted “candy”, aka brussel sprouts, from her post I Ate Candy for Dinner. You confront those scared of vegetables, Katie!


Frozen mango chunks are one of my favorite snacks ever, so Christie’s ca-ra-zy frozen and raw recreation of a Mango Weiss Bar on Follow Your Bliss really caught my eye:

This news on Doug’s Cooking Blog about Allston Cafe in Boston closing (formerly Herrell’s) was just crazy sad. Ah, college memories.

In happier, vibrant news, the Jamaican BLTS on Vegan, Today! are indeed, crazy awesome, I’m sure:

Kudos on the toasting job!! And addition of sprouts!!

Holiday “Ham” Test Run from Vegan in the Sun. Seriously, Taymer, Seriously! This just may be the epitome of crazy awesome.

Finally, we have Binklesworth’s recent NYC visit on Adventures in Veganism, because I’m crazy jealous of their vegan ice cream choices of Peaches & Cream, Cardamom Pistachio and Maple Walnut at Stogo:

Happy Friday MoFos! If I missed your crazy awesome post today, you should totally leave a comment.

<3 jess