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VeganMoFo: "M" is for Moo Shu Vegetables with 5-Spice Pancakes

The “V” Word continues its celebration of VeganMoFo, the month of delicious Vegan food, with the other 25 letters of the alphabet. Today we hit the half-way mark with the 13th MoFo post. Our letter of the day is “M” which stands for Moo Shu Vegetables with 5-Spice Pancakes. I have to confess to a quirk […]

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VeganMoFo: "K" is for Kale, Apple and Parsnip Stuffed Squash

The “V” Word continues to celebrate VeganMoFo, the month of delicious Vegan food, with the other 25 letters of the alphabet. Today “K” is for Kale, Apple and Parsnip Stuffed Squash. Autumn is the most colorful season. The leaves are turning shades of beautiful jewel-tones. These are my favorite colors – the reds, oranges, browns, […]

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VeganMoFo: "F" is for Fried Buttermilk Tofu

The “V” Word celebrates VeganMoFo, a month of Vegan food, with the other 25 letters of the alphabet. We are up to the letter “F” and what better word for the letter “F” than my one remaining vice – “Fried.” Today “F” is for Fried Buttermilk Tofu. Along my journey, I have eliminated a lot of things from […]

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Vegan MoFo: "B" is for Baby Bok Choy and Mushroom Fried Rice

For this month of VeganMoFo, The “V” Word is celebrating the delicious world of Vegan food with the other 25 letters of the alphabet. Today is the letter “B” which stands for Baby Bok Choy and Mushroom Fried Rice, a healthy and hearty favorite amped up with two of my favorite vegetables. When you think […]

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Extreme Vegan Makeover: Indian Eggplant in Chile-Yogurt Sauce Edition

Growing up, I didn’t have a very sophisticated palate. In fact, I knew no other foods besides my mother’s cooking and the occasional restaurant outing. The only “ethnic” foods I ate were Italian and Jewish, both cooked by my mother (and exceptionally, I might add). I guess you could say I was a very picky […]

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Extreme Vegan Makeover: Tofu in Spicy Pepper Sauce Edition

While I believe everyone in the world should see the light and go Vegan, I have a list of certain celebrity chefs that I especially wish would turn their talents to cruelty-free cooking. Heading that list is Rachael Ray. I have to admit I have a special place in my heart for Rachael. It’s because […]

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Extreme Vegan Makeover: Scallion Corn Cakes with Black-Eyed Pea Salsa Edition

For the past couple of weeks, I haven’t been able to go to the Farmer’s Market and I am going through withdrawal really bad! I am missing all the booths, all the color, all the choices, all the new and different vegetables you can’t find in a regular supermarket. What to do? It’s times like […]

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Extreme Vegan Makeover: Indian Vegetable Stew and Chickpea Scallion Crepes Edition

After several recipes that involve frying, it’s time for some healthier, figure-friendly ones. After all, it is summer and there are no jackets and sweaters to hide under. When I began my weight loss journey, there were a few recipes that were sure-fire “eat-this-and-the-scale-will-smile-upon-me” dishes. My scale, by the way, is named Pandora. I chose […]

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Extreme Vegan Makeover: Gluten-Free Spicy Italian Sausages Edition

Please note: there is a new and improved version of my Gluten-Free Spicy Italian Sausage recipe at this link http://thevword.net/2012/06/gluten-free-spicy-italian-sausage-part/ If I ever thought it was challenging to go vegetarian or Vegan, it was nothing compared to going gluten-free. Actually, being gluten-free is pretty easy when I’m doing the cooking. It’s no big deal to […]

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Extreme Vegan Makeover: Spinach Tofu Gnudi Balls Edition

And since we were just speaking about balls and word origins, it seems only fitting that the next recipe be for my Vegan Spinach Tofu Gnudi Balls. Yes, I said Gnudi Balls. Laugh all you want and keep your mind in the gutter if that’s where it’s most comfortable but Gnudi Balls are melt-in-your-mouth delicious. […]

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Extreme Vegan Makeover: Tempeh "Crab" Cakes with Horseradish-Dill Mayo Edition

When I was growing up, my dream was to live in City Island.  It wasn’t really about City Island, per se. I loved the water, the boats and the marina and City Island was the only place I had ever been that had those things. Having grown up in the South Bronx where swimming in […]

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Extreme Vegan Makeover: Baked Eggplant Parmigiana Edition

There are so many things you don’t understand or appreciate about your family until you are older and can see them from a different, wiser perspective. I’ve been thinking a lot about my mother lately. Probably it’s because Mother’s Day is coming up and I miss my mother terribly. And because I am always thinking […]

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Extreme Vegan Makeover: "Fish" N’Chips Edition

Every year at the end of the Spring semester, my colleagues and I would attend the commencement ceremony for our College. Graduation is always held at Madison Square Garden with the marquee congratulating our students, the College’s name up there alongside those of celebrities and athletes. We find, press and then dress up in our […]

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Extreme Vegan Makeover: Colcannon Deconstructed: Cheezy Potato-Okra Corn Cakes with Cabbage and Collards Edition

Today is St. Patrick’s Day and I supposed that meant I should cook something green. But I eat green food every single day so I decided to celebrate by trying a green food I’ve never eaten before. Okra. I had never tried okra although I’ve wanted to. But it looks strange and I had no idea what […]

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Extreme Vegan Makeover: Vegetable Lo Mein Edition

Lately I’ve had a lot of cravings for Chinese food. I miss going to my favorite places and getting takeout. I miss the cartons (and what’s happened to those lately? Too many plastic tupperware containers. That SO takes away from the Chinese food experience), the chopsticks, the fotune cookies. I even miss the dozen packets […]

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Extreme Vegan Makeover: Tofu Nuggets and Raw Kale Salad Edition

In the old days, during the 20th century P.V. (pre-vegan), I ate a TON of fast-food. In fact, I’m quite embarrassed to say here just how much fast-food I ate but given that I’ve lost over 110 lbs., I guess that’s no shock. One of the foods I had absolutely NO willpower around was Wendy’s […]

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Extreme Vegan Makeover: Gyoza and Vegetables with Spicy Soy Sauce Edition

It’s summertime and that means fresh fruits and vegetables. We wait all year for our favorite sweet and succulent flavors to come back into season. Some of us get to grow our own vegetables, some of us go to farmers’ markets, and some of us enjoy the better selection at the grocery store. But what […]

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