Witchery: Plant-Based Dinner and Fire-Side Tales

Food, frolic, and scares! It’s all happening on November 7 when AASPCA presents Witchery: Plant-Based Dinner and Fire-Side Tales. This 4-hour culinary experience will offer guests the sumptuous creations of 2 chefs during a 6-course barn dinner, as well as local ghost stories & lore, bonfire, and a little bit of magic! Truly a unique… Read more »

Get the Dirt: Transition to Veganic from Organic Gardening

Blood, bones, fish guts, milk powder, animal poop, and feathers. Yup, it’s ALL part of organic gardening. All of those animal ingredients and more get churned into the earth for reasons of soil balance, fertilizer, and disease prevention. But let’s be real, you don’t really want to embrace the chemicals, genetic modification, and the other… Read more »

What You Don’t Know Hurts Them

International Respect for Chickens Month, National Duckling Month, and National Egg Month were all wrapped up into the spectacular month of May! To celebrate these worthy individuals, let’s take a closer look at the world of chickens and ducks: The Chicken Industry Chickens make up approximately 98% of land animals raised for food with around… Read more »

Foraging for Dandelions

Recently I got the privilege of being featured on the Animal Advocates You Tube channel to talk about foraging, another of my outdoor passions. If you want to check it out, here’s a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JxHeyR-svI&t=114s In the video, I promised to post a recipe for my Walnut-Dandelion Veggie Burgers. I always keep my promises… Who… Read more »

Compassion Continues

The past year has changed so many things, but one thing remains as true today as it has ever been: Too many animals are needlessly suffering and dying. I don’t want to dwell on the devastating statistics about the numbers of animals killed every second. You can do a quick Google search and find more… Read more »

Companion Animals

Why Are You Vegan?

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I get a lot of questions as a vegan. I really appreciate this opportunity to help inform people. That being said, I understand that this might be overwhelming for some vegans. What do I say, and how do I say it without offending someone? Because of… Read more »

Why Do Vegans Need a Garden?

There’s a lot to say about gardening. Any gardening—whether you select ornamentals, herbs, or fruits and veggies. The simple act of putting seeds or bulbs in the dirt connects you directly to the planet. Think of it… you are not just scurrying about, rushed and unaware. You are slowed down enough to literally reach into… Read more »

TVP – It’s What’s for Dinner!

You remember that old advertising slogan for beef, right?  How about an updated, plant-based version that is cruelty-free and easy on your wallet!   TVP, short for textured vegetable protein, is a protein-packed, high-fiber soy product that, when rehydrated, resembles the texture of ground beef.  Those commercial ground crumbles are good, too, but they tend to… Read more »

Plant-Based Business: Cinnaholic and Veronica Risser

A vegan cinnamon bun? Vegan cream cheese icing? Vegan chocolate chip cookie dough? It was like a dream come true! I am used to more plain and simple options when it comes to vegan desserts, so I could not wait to try these! There are so many different icing flavors, like coffee, strawberry, and cake… Read more »

Shark Fin Soup, A Barbaric Practice

We regularly, and rightfully, hear about the plights of common farm animals abused in factory farming practices, be it pigs, ducks, or cows. Less frequently do we hear about the suffering of aquatic animals harmed in the foreign and domestic seafood trade, especially the devastating impacts on the environment and the creatures it slaughters. In… Read more »