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The Top Most Inspiring Vegan Recipes and Cooking Blogs

Greetings one and all!

Welcome once again. I hope that those of you who are with our Vegan Mentor Program have been able to continue on your path either on veganism or working towards it. One concern that some of you have mentioned is in finding vegan recipes that are not only easy, but also inspire you to be in the kitchen to cook. Popular food blog The Kitchn has compiled what they feel are the top 10 most inspiring vegan cooking blogs, with appealing layouts, beautifully presented photos that make you hungry just looking at them, and humor and character from the authors.

And The Kitchn has been featuring quite a few vegan recipes on their own, and they’ve also compiled what they feel are the top 25 vegan recipes from their own archives, from breakfast through dessert.

Take a look around and I guarantee you’ll find something which will inspire you to zip into the kitchen and break out those pots and pans! Happy cooking!

Give vegan cooking a kickstart!

With the start of 2011, NARN has rolled out a new campaign that we are excited about, the Vegan Mentor Program. Much effort has been made by many people to spread information and increase the awareness of the benefits of a vegan lifestyle, but there has to date been very little done to ensure that once people go vegan, that they stay vegan. So that’s where the Vegan Mentor Program comes in; once you pledge to be vegan, we will match you up with one of our Vegan Mentor volunteers who will give you personal one-on-one support on the practicalities and principles of veganism. They will give advice, lend an ear, and give you direction to resources that will help you overcome the inevitable hurdles along the way. Through this blog, we will also offer other hints and tips to help you stay vegan as well. They will be filed under the category “Vegan Mentor Program” to the right, so you can go through all the other posts we will create.

Now, obviously, the first concern of people who are new to veganism is what to make. In the kitchen, you’re likely accustomed to certain recipes, techniques, and habits, and cooking vegan meals may seem hard to plan for. Well, some of the hard work of figuring out what to make has been done for you! The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has a 21-Day Vegan Kickstart program with easy recipes, shopping lists, and tips that you can use so you don’t have to fret about what to make each day. After the 21 days, you will have acquired a new routine of cooking vegan meals and you can be more confident branching out with planning your own meals, trying out new recipes, and experimenting more with a wider array of ingredients you’ve never had before. So check it out, and have fun in the kitchen!

9/19 Demo to Oppose Primate Research at the UW

Despite the rainy weather, the Demo to Oppose Primate Research at the UW went forward as planned on Saturday. Armed with 5 signs and 2 banners, I got to the corner of NE Pacific and Montlake just before 11am. I knew that the rain might keep some protesters away, so I found a spot just off of the sidewalk that gave me a good view of people walking by, and made me visible to passersby. While I waited for the other activists to arrive, I held a sign that read “Cruelty is Criminal” above a picture of a monkey looking through cage bars. Plenty of people walking by looked at my sign, and I couldn’t help but think they must have thought it was strange that I was the only one standing there with a sign.

After 15 minutes or so passed, no other activists showed up to join me, and I thought about leaving, but a middle aged man came up to me and said “I support what you are standing up for”. This comment pleasantly surprised me, and the rain had tapered off, so I decided to stick it out. Before too long, another man – a guy some might refer to as looking like a stereotypical football fan – approached me and said that he was glad that I was out there. I had been out there by myself for 30 minutes and the only reactions I had gotten so far were positive ones.

By the time 12:20 rolled around, I had distributed numerous leaflets, had a woman tell me that she worked near the UW’s Primate Research facility on Western, and my sign had been seen by hundreds of people. I truly felt that my time had been well spent, and despite the low turnout for the demo, it had been effective. One person can in fact make a difference.

I’ll be out there for the next UW Husky Football home game, to greet attendees with my sign and information about the horrible research that goes on behind closed doors at the UW. I hope this time others will be able to join me.

Work Party to Precious Life Animal Sanctuary

On Saturday August 29, a group of about 15 people who love animals took a trip to the Precious Life Animal Sanctuary in Sequim, Washington.  The Sanctuary, which is run by two dedicated animal lovers, Ralph and Caryl Turner, is the happy forever home to many animals.  The group of volunteers included families with children, a few dogs who enjoyed a day on the farm, and many hard-working folks who enjoyed the fresh air and outdoor activity.

We made sure the barn for the sanctuary’s only pig was clean and prepared with fresh hay. The kids and adults played with the newly rescued “baby” cow, who is already bigger than he thinks he is and when he rubs the top of his head on the legs of the volunteers, some of us had trouble staying on our feet!  But he was playful and gentle and clearly loved the attention.  We fed carrots and apples to the group of horses and shaggy burros, many of whom first required the humans to earn their trust.  Once we did, the beautiful animals rewarded the humans with affection and they allowed us to rub the soft parts of their noses!

The treat of the day was reconnecting with the 90 rabbits who were rescued from Greenlake and Woodland Park by Carrie and Mark.  The rabbits have a fortress of security to protect them from other animals, and they safely and happily ran and played in the thistle and grass while the workers tidied up their space and left carrots for their later enjoyment.

Thanks to all the volunteers and to the hospitality of Ralph and Caryl who provided an abundant lunch to all the volunteers!

Precious Life is often looking for volunteers to come up for a day and NARN will likely host another volunteer work party soon.  More information on the sanctuary may be found here:

www.preciouslifeanimalsanctuary.org



















Seattle Hempfest 2009

On August 21 and 22 marked the return of Seattle Hempfest, the largest cannabis policy reform event in the world. Now in its 18th year, the “protestival” attracts tens of thousands of people each day to listen to Hempfest’s reform messages amidst a festival atmosphere marked by music on multiple stages and numerous vendors. The picture-perfect day in a park setting overlooking the  blue waters of Elliot Bay and backed by the sun-glistened downtown Seattle skyline meant this year’s Hempfest was one of the busiest in recent memory.

NARN was right in the thick of it, spreading the message of extending compassion and self-determination to non-human animals, with a booth well-staffed by many talented and determined volunteer activists like Franziska, Isa, Ted, Rabbit, Chuck, Meredith, Nick, Dominique, Claudine, Shelly, Pete, Margaret, Michael & Wil. In the course of two days, we were able to distribute a personal record amount of vegan literature, restaurant guides and starter kits (over 2500!) to provide Hempfest attendees with the tools they need to transition to an animal-product-free lifestyle.

Thanks to our volunteers for the hard work they did in making this event a huge success!

Foie Gras Die-In, August 7

On Friday, August 7, The Northwest Animal Rights Network held a special edition of its continual campaign against the extreme cruelty of foie gras by flexing their ability with street theater. Chef Scott Staples was a particular target due to his stubborn stance in supporting animal cruelty despite our efforts on educating him on the egregious conditions that ducks are forced to undergo for a particular delicacy sought out by “foodies.” This Friday involved us staging our action at a sympathetic business, Healeo, a new place on Madison Ave that features conscientious food such as their popular vegan soft-serve ice cream. They were supportive of our prepping of signs, costumes, and more, in the midst of their space, and for that, we give them props.

After the preparations, we were ready to head out, with the flock of ducks that suffered under the cruelty that was imposed by a Scott Staples look-alike, brandishing a knife and an attitude that animals were his to use as he saw fit.

Just to show who’s boss, Chef Scott Staples look-alike menaced the tortured ducks:

After arriving to Quinn’s, the area where they offer the diseased engorged liver of ducks,  we staged a die-in, showing the public the the callous attitude towards animals that Quinn’s exhibits with a graphic reminder that the animals were once sentient beings that underwent horrible treatment before they ended up on the plates that garnered gourmet prices.

Thankfully, there are conscientious souls who recognize the cruelty that ducks go through to undergo the rarefied dish called “foie gras” and held a vigil for the souls that were sacrificed for it:

Granted, the scene was not pretty on the outside, but neither is the scene hidden from public view, the scene where ducks were made to undergo horrible cruelty in the name of gourmand tastebuds. One has to wonder whether the horror that the animals go through is really worth the momentary pleasure the flesh provides when it passes by the lips in mere seconds. People passing by were shocked at the scene, and shocked even more upon learning that area restaurants such as Quinn’s were supporting the kind of cruelty that people had thought had been extinguished in today’s modern age.

We encourage everyone to contact Quinn’s and let them know that their offering of foie gras is cruel and unnecessary, and it reflects badly on them their continued support of such an archaic product.

Summer Vegan Outreach: Folklife, U-District Street Fair, Furry 5k

NARN President Mark distributing literature while Chuck, Rabbit, Ted and Claudine staff the NARN table

Thanks to our fabulous and dedicated activists, NARN distributed over 2,000 Veg Restaurant Guides and Gudies to Cruelty Free Living at the Folklife Festival, the U-District Street Fair and the Furry 5k benefit for Seattle Animal Shelter.

Chuck leafleting like a pro at Folklife

At the NARN table, we had signs for our free Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurant Guides and many people excitedly came to us asking: “where is that Vegan Guide?  I want the vegan restaurant guide!” It’s always nice to know we’re helping people find delicious, cruelty-free dining options in Seattle – and helping animals in turn.

Kami and Heather holding down the fort!

Other passersby were excited to see the Free Veg Starter Kits, or to have the opportunity to pick up information for their son/daughter/niece/friend that has been a vegetarian or just turned vegan. And of course, the kids always love free stickers!

Mark and Carrie risking sunburn to give info to an interested passerby while Bryan looks on

We also parted with a good number of animal services guides, particularly at the Furry 5k. What a great way to reach people who already love their companion animals! Mark also ran the course in a jersey that read “Vegan Athlete” and NARN’s logo, then carried a sign for VegSeattle through the finish!

El Presidente Mark and the NARN van

It is very rewarding to have people thank us for being out there, and to feel as though we are providing a valuable service. It’s also a lot of fun to hang out with others devoted to promoting compassion for all animals.

This weekend, the fun continues at the Fremont Fair, where NARN will have a table in front of PCC. Come say hello!

Mark and Carrie pose while Rabit tries to look inconscpicuous. Sorry Rabbit, the glasses can't hide that shirt!

Foie Gras Campaign Update: Why is Quinn's Afraid of the Truth?

Several weeks ago, when NARN first began campaigning against Quinn’s Pub, Quinn’s owner Scott Staples told us that the foie gras he serves comes from Hudson Valley Foie Gras. In fact, he even said that he had personally visited the farm. But when confronted this week with a New York Times exposé about how Hudson Valley Foie Gras exploits its workers, Quinn’s story changed. Its sister restaurant, Zoe, also owned by Scott Staples even changed its website, which up until Sunday said that it served Hudson Valley Foie Gras. When there is a news story about the terrible conditions at Palmex, the supposed new supplier, will Quinn’s change its story again?

Foie Gras Campaign Update: Hudson Valley Lacks Sympathy For Its Workers, Too.

Scott Staples, owner and chef at Quinn’s Pub, has told us that he does not take issue with gavage, the cruel practice of force-feeding ducks to produce foie gras. If he has no compassion for animals, we hope that he will drop foie gras from his menu after reading the shocking exposé about how Hudson Valley Foie Gras–Quinn’s foie gras source–mistreats its workers. According to a New York Times column, Hudson Valley‘s workers are “gruesomely exploited,” forced to work long hours with no paid overtime, no paid vacation or sick days, and barely any time to sleep. Hudson Valley‘s owner, Izzy Yanay said of his workers, “This notion that they need to rest is completely futile. They don’t like to rest.” It is unsurprising that someone with no sympathy for his employees would have no compassion for animals either.
The U.S.’s other major foie gras producer, Sonoma Foie Gras–which Lark’s foie gras is sourced from–is in hot water as well. After several years of pretrial motions, a defamation trial against it is scheduled to begin next week. Sonoma will have to defend its false claim that animal rights activists staged the investigation at its California facility–which found horrid conditions–before a court of law. Best of luck to Bryan Pease, founder, director, and attorney of Animal Protection and Rescue League, in bringing Sonoma to justice!
In the meantime, there is still time to register for our foie gras demo competition. Please email Jenn at jenn[at]narn[dot[org] for more information or to register for the chance to win a pizza party at vegan pizzeria Pizza Pi!

Foie Gras Campaign Update: Quinn's Pub Desperate to Sell Foie Gras

The scene at Quinn’s Pub on Friday nights is vaguely reminiscent of a forlorn going-out-of-business sale. At 1001 E Pike St, foie gras appears to be on clearance. Not only does Quinn’s owner Scott Staples offer to donate 10% of foie gras sales on Fridays to charities to boost sales (the first four weeks’ worth of contributions were rejected), but now he is even attempting, rather unsuccessfully, to give it away. As free samples sit untouched outside the Pub’s door, Scott Staples’ desperation to sell the engorged livers of force-fed ducks is almost pitiable. Meanwhile, thriving protests continue at Lark, where NARN supporters educated diners about the cruel methods of foie gras production three times last week.