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 »

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 »

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 »

Plant-Based Business: The Vegetable Hunter and Kristin Messner-Baker

The Vegetable Hunter is a “revolutionary Plant-Based Cafe and Boutique Brewery showcasing vegan comfort food, creative vegetable driven quick dishes, magical elixirs, and small batch beer made with unique and fresh ingredients. Located on Restaurant Row in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in a comfortable and eclectic atmosphere.”  Kristin Messner-Baker is the owner and creator of The Vegetable… Read more »

Veganuary 2020 Tips

First of all, we are half way through Veganuary! If you made it this far, congratulations! You should be very proud of yourself. If you are just going vegan for Veganuary, beginning your vegan diet for your New Year’s resolution, or you are just a new vegan who’s struggling to stay vegan, this is for… Read more »

Why I Skipped Thanksgiving

I decided not to visit my family for Thanksgiving (or Christmas) this year. Ever since I started my transition to a vegan diet, almost 4 years ago, I have been struggling with backlash from family, friends, associates, doctors, nurses, babysitters, register clerks, librarians, random people at the park…. When I decided to go vegan, I… Read more »

Vegan in the Dominican Republic

“Soy vegana.” I learned that phrase prior to my trip to the all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic in June of 2018. I got confused looks from staff members and they incorrectly tried to correct me by saying, “Aaahhhh. Vegetariana” Sigh…. “No, soy vegana. No come huevos, leche, carne, pollo, pescado, o mantequilla.” Knowing that… Read more »