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The Urban Vegan

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Dynise Balcavage is the author of The Urban Vegan, Celebrate Vegan, and 11 books for young readers. She has published recipes in VegNews, Vegetarian Times, Philadelphia Daily News, and Végéteriens, (France's first vegetarian magazine). She's been interviewed in the New York Times and International Herald Tribune, and has done cooking demos everywhere from New York to Paris. She lives in Philadelphia with her 3 cats, and tweets at theurbanvegan.

  • green street rescue really needs your help!
    "Will you be my forever mamma?" Cuddly, playful Mindy was found under a porch in Philly with her mom and siblings. She's being fostered at Green Street Rescue, waiting for a loving home.If you've been following my blog, you know I volunteer for Green Street Rescue here in Philadelphia. Through Green Street, I was able to trap – and then adopt Buttons (...more)
    15 Sep 2014 at 10:46am       

  • salad samurai by terry hope romero :: review and giveaway
    press sample disclosure :: I know Terry in real lifeFresh Fig and Tempeh Salad with Creamy Cilantro-Lime Dressing from Salad Samurai. class="Apple-interchange-newline">Salads. The ultimate vegan cliche, right? Fact is, cliches exist for a reason. I, for one, gobble up a humongous salad for dinner on average about 3 nights a week. I don't (...more)
    1 Sep 2014 at 9:36am       

  • vegan cuts double feature :: beauty and snack box reviews
    Press Samples for ReviewAmbassador Link Monthly subscription boxes are all the rage, and there seems to be a box for everyone. Birch Box [a beauty product box], Bark Box [treats and toys for cats and dogs] and Lullubee [kits for crafters] to name a few. In fact, a co-worker friend recently enticed me to sign up for StitchFix and (...more)
    27 Jul 2014 at 3:45pm       

  • how to be vegan :: review and giveaway
    Press sample for review Want to give veganism a go but not sure where to start? First stop, How to Be Vegan: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Cruelty-Free Eating, Living, Dating, Travel, Decorating, and More penned by plant-based "it" girl and former VegNews editor Elizabeth Castoria. I was lucky enough to meet Elizabeth at the very first (...more)
    12 Jul 2014 at 1:28pm       

  • vanilla macadamia-cashew whipped cream
    Summer means bundles of juicy berries. Inherently sweet and dairy-free, a dollop of nut-based whipped cream is the perfect complement to the tartness of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, plus it fortifies your snack with an extra hit of protein, iron, fiber and minerals. Since nut-based whipped cream is an excellent pie topper, I included a (...more)
    3 Jul 2014 at 5:56am       

  • tofurky pockets and quiches
    Press Sample Tofurky Sausage and Veggie Quiche with a shaved fennel, orange and onion salad I threw togetherA few months ago, the nice folks at Tofurky sent me samples of their then-new Tofurky Pockets and Pies to review.  I guess they figured since I had just written a vegan pie cookbook I'd have a strong opinion. I'm not a frozen dinner (...more)
    26 Jun 2014 at 4:54pm       

  • dollar store dal :: $25 vegan dollar store challenge part 2, update
    Dollar Store DalApologies again for my absence. F-stop has been home for 3 weeks now [yay!] after 6 weeks in the hospital, but he's still on the mend. When your honey isn't feeling well, you don't much feel like cooking or blogging. But happily, F-stop getting better, slowly but surely, save for some occasional setbacks. Today, I needed a (...more)
    14 Jun 2014 at 6:15pm       

  • kite hill vegan cheeses :: review
    press sample Vegan, nut-based cheeses by Kite Hill.Vegan cheese is not an oxymoron, and it's not new news. But it's confirmed: vegan cheese is the new black:My introduction to non-dairy cheese came many moons ago when I discovered Jo Stepniak's breakthrough The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook probably before most of you were even a twinkle in your (...more)
    24 May 2014 at 9:02am       

  • vegan finger foods :: giveaway!
    press sample Apologies for my absence from the Interwebs. Poor F-stop spent the last 5 weeks in the hospital and is now recovering at home – much more fun than healing in a hospital. Thank you all for your kind wishes. Keep sending them! Since F-stop, work and sanity-saving running have been my focus over the past few weeks, I haven't (...more)
    17 May 2014 at 7:30am       

  • where i've been...
    Bossa Nova [back] and Pablo, missing F-stop.Apologies for my recent absence from the blogosphere. My sweet F-stop has been in the hospital for the past 3 weeks. So, as you can imagine, my mind is on things far more important than cooking and blogging. Please send F-stop healing vibes. I'll be back as soon as I can. xx (...more)
    26 Apr 2014 at 6:24pm       

  • $25 vegan dollar store challenge :: part 2
    A relatively healthy, abundant grocery haul that cost less than $25I learned a lot by participating in the first $25 Vegan Dollar Store Challenge. The concept in a nutshell:  how healthily and frugally can you eat using a $25, shopping only at the dollar store? Family Dollar Haul: Raisins, oats, almonds, lentils, navy beanbrown (...more)
    13 Apr 2014 at 3:14pm       

  • bobby flay stoneware lasagna pan review
    Press sample for review I received a gorgeous, stoneware Bobby Flay Lasagna Pan to review. It's a real eye-pleaser with its dark base and a deep sangria color. I also love the fact that the pan has handles on either end, although they look like they could break after some wear/tear and clumsiness. It's an oversized lasagna pan – 9.5 x 14.25 (...more)
    5 Apr 2014 at 4:00pm       

  • creamy-dreamy vegan butternut lasagna
    Press samples [Bobby Flay bakeware, Daiya, Beyond Meat] vegan butternut lasagna – creamy, dreamy comfort foodI love-love-love lasagna. But since putting it together can be a time-sucker, I haven't made it in literally years. When I recently received a snazzy stoneware Bobby Flay lasagna pan to review [in red, my favorite color], (...more)
    29 Mar 2014 at 1:08pm       

  • tutorial :: peeling garlic in a cocktail shaker
    Shake your money maker.I love garlic, and I eat quantities that would strike fear into the hearts of vampires. When you routinely use 6 or 7 cloves in a recipe, that adds up to a lot of garlic peeling. Although I adore cooking, for some reason, peeling garlic is one of those culinary chores I dread. For me, it's akin to folding fitted sheets. I am not (...more)
    23 Mar 2014 at 1:47pm       

  • prepara herb keeper and oil mister review
    Press sample for reviewIf you've been following my blog/books for awhile, you know how much I hate clutter. I'm of the "A place for everything and everything in its place" ilk. The few kitchen gadgets I opt to keep in my smallish city kitchen are there for good reason. So when Prepara asked me to choose two of their products to review, I felt (...more)
    16 Mar 2014 at 7:20am       

  • a picture is worth a thousand words
    Spaghetti, defrosted homemade marinara sauce and Trader Joe's Vegan MeatballsBeen super busy with work, feeding feral kitties and running. Toss in some traveling and that hasn't left much time for much cooking or blogging. Mostly, I've been defrosting my freezer stash and have been indulging in some of my favorite vegan Philly haunts. Here are a few (...more)
    28 Feb 2014 at 5:11pm       

  • running broad street run 10-miler for charity
    Me, aka Sweaty Betty, at the end of last year's Rock and Roll Half-Marathon. Finished in 1:41:24, okay for an old lady.The Broad Street Run is a 10-mile race here in Philadelphia that has grown wildly popular. I ran it the past three years. [Finished last year in 1:16:06.] In 2012 upwards of 40,000 runners registered, making the race crowded to an almost (...more)
    17 Feb 2014 at 12:30pm       

  • gingered split pea soup
    Yesterday's warming lunch: Gingered Split-Pea Soup with a Daiya Grilled Cheddar Cheese on Udi Gluten-Free Bread with spinach.A whopping 13 inches of snow, on top of snow, on top of ice. The biggest snowstorm Philadelphia has seen in ages. I'm not a fan of this weather – and I worry about the two feral cat colonies I help care for [I'll tell you more (...more)
    16 Feb 2014 at 2:41pm       

  • review :: 100% pure products
    nothing to disclose: purchased product Just as I think it's important to scrutinize the ingredient list in the food you consume, I also think it's important to discern the ingredients you rub into or onto your body. Most of the cosmetic and personal care products that you find in mainstream drugstores and supermarkets are manufactured by huge conglomerates (...more)
    9 Feb 2014 at 5:42am       

  • two-for-one recipes :: almond milk and almost-raw snowballs
    Almost-Raw Almond SnowballsMy parents were raised during the Great Depression. So when I was growing up, waste was not an option. My parents knew how to stretch a dollar. We "got what we got and were lucky to get it." By osmosis, I inherited that frugal mindset. Case in point, last week, when I made almond milk and was left with a mass of (...more)
    29 Jan 2014 at 4:19pm       

  • my kitch'n :: paris restaurant review
    Jennifer Eric, owner of and head chef at My Kitch'n in Paris When I was in Paris for Paris Vegan Day, my friend Aurelia told me about her friend's wondrous little vegan restaurant, My Kitch'n, located in the market in the up-and-coming Batignolles neighborhood. Jennifer Eric is the brainchild behind this plantalicious gem, emblazoned with (...more)
    19 Jan 2014 at 11:38am       

  • green beans, 12 ways
    Green Beans with Spanish Smoked Paprika SauceI love green beans because they're so versatile. On their own, they're packed with flavor: slightly sweet and grassy, but in a good way. Steam them for 4-5 minutes, add a little salt, pepper and a spray of olive oil and you're good to go. That's the easiest recipe. But add a sauce and you can easily (...more)
    4 Jan 2014 at 2:04pm       

  • top 5 puerto rico moments
    F-stop and I needed a warm winter getaway and a dose of vitamin D, so we flew down to Puerto Rico last week for a few days of R and R. It's a quick, direct flight from Philly – about 3.5 hours. I must have been a Puertoriqueña in another life; Inexplicably, this Polish chica has always gravitated toward salsa music, salsa dancing, and Puerto (...more)
    29 Dec 2013 at 2:56pm       

  • thin-mint hot cocoa and so delicious giveaway
    DIY Thin-Mint Vegan Hot Cocoa. ALl you need is non-dairy milk [I used So Delicious Vanilla Coconut Milk], a bunch of fresh mint and some cocoa powder [I used Ghirardelli Unsweetened Cocoa ]Sorry for the absence. I was in sunny Puerto Rico – photos and recap will follow soon. Contrast the sunshine to the fact that it snowed last week in Philadelphia. (...more)
    20 Dec 2013 at 5:16am       

  • holiday gift ideas for pie bakers [and contest winner]
    I don't know about you but the older I get, the harder it is for me to shop for others [On the other hand, it's getting easier and easier to shop for myself!]. I've seen holiday gift lists popping up all over the Internets, and since I just discovered Polyvore, I thought I'd put it to good use and create a list of gifts for the pie baker in your (...more)
    10 Dec 2013 at 5:18pm       



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