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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.

  • $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       

  • weekend mishmash and dollar store challenge round up #2
    I made these green beans and mushrooms using a recipe from Betty Goes Vegan - retro-licious.I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving, Today, I'm sharing a few shots showing what I've been doing and eating lately. As a cookbook author who is continually coming up with new recipes, I find it relaxing to try other people's creations. Pictured (...more)
    7 Dec 2013 at 6:33am       

  • $25 vegan dollar-store notes and frugalicious recipes :: ridiculously easy modular vegetable soup and pineapple pumpkin muffins
    Comforting vegetable soup made with dollar-store fodderI am still using up my first dollar-store haul which I purchased on November 12. Supplemented with my CSA veggies, I am astounded at how far my $25 expenditure has lasted – and I have had to freeze leftovers from just about every dish I've made [which I'll appreciate when I'm too tired (...more)
    1 Dec 2013 at 7:51am       

  • om-nom-nom vegan cookies :: overdue review and giveaway
    Press Sample for Review Om-Nom-Nom Vegan CookiesAwhile back, the nice folks at Om-Nom-Nom Cookies sent me 6 vegan treats to sample. They are also offering a giveaway: one mix-and-match pack for one lucky US reader. [Details below.] They sent me 6 varieties to sample: Cranberry Walnut Oatmeal: Very chewy and comforting; (...more)
    30 Nov 2013 at 7:12am       

  • chocolate-bourbon pecan pie
    Photo © 2013 Paul RunyonWhat kind of pie are you baking for Thanksgiving? Try this classic from my newest cookbook, Pies and Tarts with Heart: Expert Pie-Building Techniques for 60+ Sweet and Savory Vegan Pies and indulge all your vices—sugar, booze, and chocolate—in one handy pie. Infused withcaramelly bourbon and dark chocolate, this (...more)
    22 Nov 2013 at 3:49pm       

  • quickie red beet soup :: $25 vegan dollar store challenge
    I grew up eating loads of barszcz, or red beet soup. It's a common Polish and Jewish [aka borscht], comfort food, famous for its stunning magenta hue. If you don't like beets but want to incorporate them into your diet, red beet soup is a good choice, because the broth you use waters down beets' inherent earthy taste – which I happen to love. It's (...more)
    21 Nov 2013 at 4:22pm       

  • news flash :: white art museum kittens caught!
    Caught and safe, at last!The elusive Lloyd Hall "kittens" turned out to be one petite mama and one kitten. Remember the white kittens I was trying to trap and wound up with Punkin instead? Another cat rescue girl managed to trap them – bless her kindness – and they turned out to be a very petite mama and kitten. As luck would have it, they seem (...more)
    17 Nov 2013 at 7:33am       

  • Ginger-Spinach Pâté
    Pâté lunch sandwich. Doesn't exactly sound like Dollar Store cuisine, does it?Here's my second recipe from the $25 Vegan Dollar Store Challenge. Faced with a mountain of beans – and feeling slightly rebellious – I wanted to create a spread to rival the highbrow concoctions that Whole Foods sells at ridiculously inflated prices. I came up with this (...more)
    16 Nov 2013 at 11:10am       

  • bean-based sloppy joes
    Here's the Bean-Based Sloppy Joe recipe I created inspired by the $25 Vegan Dollar Store challenge. I based this loosely on the Sloppy Joe recipe which appeared in my first cookbook, The Urban Vegan. I hope you'll try it and adjust the proportions and ingredients to make it your own. Remember, you can use any kind of bean you like. You (...more)
    16 Nov 2013 at 10:45am       

  • dollar store cooking round-up
    As you know, I've followed the good lead of my pal Melomeals, and have taken the $25 Vegan Dollar Store challenge. This is the Dollar Store haul I've been working with and I also allowed myself a $5 produce outlet bonus. I am still shocked by the amount of food I was able to purchase. It's been about 5 1/2 days since I went shopping. (...more)
    16 Nov 2013 at 10:20am       

  • $25 vegan dollar store challenge
    Bossa Nova inspects my Dollar Tree haul.When one of my long-term blogging pals, the uber-talented Melomeals, announced she was starting and taking the $25 Vegan Dollar Tree Challenge, I knew I had to join in for a number of reasons: Food prices have risen and for many, eating healthily on a budget is a real challenge. This is Melody's (...more)
    12 Nov 2013 at 4:55pm       



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