Vegan Diner

August 24, 2009

Florence’s very own Cafe Evolution had their 2nd Vegan Diner event  This time, the focus was on Southern food. The highlight…the blue cheese sauce!  Heres what we had: biscuits and gravy, southern-friend tofu, Buffalo tempeh with blue-cheese sauce, corn fritters with spicy onion sauce, peach melba (or something like it). I would have liked to try the pecan pie, but enough was enough.

Help Save One

August 19, 2009

This is Nicole talking on this post. I have good news today. The beagle we fostered this summer is doing well in her new home. Please see her success story at the following link http://www.underdogresq.org/AdoptionCenter/Default.asp

It was a goal of mine to foster a dog this summer. Fostering helps make room in shelters for other incoming companion animals waiting to be adopted.  Fostering potentially saves two lives, that of the foster animal and the one allowed into the shelter in the foster’s place. As a foster, one acts as a shelter, caretaker and adoption agent. The experience was tough but rewarding. Huge parts of me wanted to keep the dog, but keeping her would have meant an end to our fostering  as we already have two rescue dogs at home. I’m happy to report that the little beagle was adopted quicly and now spends her days in her forever home with two adults and two beagles (just think of the noise in that house!).

This post is a plea to anyone who reads it. There is much that we can do in order to save unwanted dogs from loneliness and eventual euthanisia. Please consider the following:

Foster (if possible)

Spay or neuter your pet

Donate to or volunteer at a rescue organization or ocal animal shelter (Underdogresq, Throwaway Pups, Hep Save One…)

Adopt from a shelter or rescue organization!!!

Spread the word

Perhaps the most important issue here is the issue of adopting a pet and not going to a breeder. The choice of going to a breeder is a selfish act and one that serves the human far more than it does the animal. If there is a certain dog that you want, believe me, you can find it through a rescue group or shelter. Want a puppy? Go to Throwawaypups.org or Petfinder, there are many available. Consider this: every dog bought from a breeder is another dog needlesly put to death. Also consider the female dogs who are forced into pregnancy only to have their babies taken from them. It’s a business, an ugly one in my opinion.

I am so excited about our fostering experience and feel fortunate that we have the space and willingness to do it again soon.

More Fun With Tomatoes

August 18, 2009

As mentioned in the previous post, we made a great tomato-basil salad and tomato sauce (with cherry peppers, onions and olives) to go with polenta, greens and panko-crusted zucchini and eggplant. And last night, Nicole made stuffed Cubanelle peppers with onions, tomatoes, soy mozzarella, tofu sausage and quinoa. A lot of the veggies we used were from our garden.

Tomato Time

August 17, 2009

You know summer hits when the tomato harvest comes. It was a terrible growing season, but most of our tomatoes have survived, and we’re trying to cook a lot with them. We made a kale salad and had chick pea fries tonight. Some of the sauces we made had a tomato base (onion chutney and tomato-caper-parsley sauce). In addition, we made a tomato-basil salad (which we’ve been doing frequently for lunch), and tomato sauce to go with polenta, greens and panko-crusted zucchini and eggplant.

Philadelphia vegan

August 10, 2009

Patrick and I visited Philadelphia this past weekend for a friend’s wedding. We were very excited to visit Horizons vegan restaurant. Our meal was incredible. My mushroom ravioli were possibly the best ravioli (vegan or non) that I have ever had. There’s a part of me that wishes we lived closer to Horizons and a part that doesn’t. We’d certainly be spending a lot of money there if it wasn’t six hours away. They do vegan food very well (as the photos demonstrate). We also checked out a vegetarian fast-food place called Maoz, which had great falafel, fries and an unbelievable, extensive and free falafel topping bar.

Garden

August 10, 2009

Here are a few photos from our garden. Today, I harvested a few potatoes. We’re eating well, and it’s such a pleasure to go out to the yard rather than the store to pick dinner. Current choices are broccoli, kale, rainbow chard, collards, mesculn, cauliflower, basil, many typers of tomatoes, round zucchini, cucumbers, peppers and various herbs.