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Easy Peasy Vegetarian Recipes: Broiled Zucchini and Potatoes with Parmesan Crust

So here’s a really simple recipe that I saw on Giada De Laurentiis‘ show, Everyday Italian Episode: Kids Cooking Class.

What You’ll Need:
4 small new potatoes (red or white, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter)
2 tablespoons butter (or vegan margarine)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
2 small zucchini, cut in 1/2 lengthwise (about 1-inch wide by 5 inches long)
Pinch kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan (or vegan Parmesan) Read the rest of this page »

The Thing About Social Activism

Photo by Jason Howie via Flickr

Photo by Jason Howie via Flickr

It took me a week to figure out the videos that were being posted all over Facebook and Vine were for raising awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, “a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.” I remember leaning over to a friend siting next to me to tell her what these Ice Bucket Challenges were all about after finding it out myself to which she responded, “Huh? What is ALS?”

The Ice Bucket Challenge goes like this: People are asked to make a video of themselves dumping a bucket of ice water on their heads, post it a social media site, and then challenge three friends to do the same within 24 hours or donate $100 to ALS.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge went viral in the hopes of raising awareness through social media, and although it has come to be a great way to inform people about ALS, it didn’t exactly start off that way. Read the rest of this page »

Automechanic by Jenny O.


Jennifer Anne Ognibene, or Jenny O., is an singer-songwriter, originally from New York, who is now based in Los Angeles, California. Jenny O. started off touring in the US and Europe in 2013 opening for or Mexican-American psychedelic-folk musician, Sixto Rodriguez. She also joined Chuck Ragan‘s Revival Tour, performing alongside Ragan, Rocky Votolato, Dave Hause of The Loved Ones, and Tim McIlrath of Rise Against.

She released her debut album “Automechanic” on February 5, 2013 (Holy Trinity Records). It was produced by Jonathan Wilson in Echo Park, Los Angeles. The cool and easy-sounding recordings feature Jenny O., Wilson, James Gadson, Jake Blanton (of the American rock band The Killers), and Benji Lysaght.

She has performed her songs “Seashells” and “Automechanic” on Last Call with Carson Daly, and contributed a cover of the song “1941” to the compilation album, This Is The Town – A Tribute To Nilsson (Volume 1), released February 4, 2014 on Royal Potato Family. Jenny also recorded the song “Lucky” by singer-songwriter Kat Edmonson for a Coca-Cola commercial, which aired during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

Easy Peasy Vegetarian Recipes: Chunky Tomato Potato Soup

After the removal of my wisdom teeth I was left with enough tomato soup to feed the entire state of Maine. I had made way too much tomato soup and it was on the verge of going bad. However, pared with potatoes and other veggies, my new tomato soup diet doesn’t have to be so bland. So here’s a veggie-friendly chunky tomato potato soup recipe that you can try at home.

Chunky Tomato Potato Soup

Chunky Tomato Potato Soup

What You’ll Need:
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
2 onions, chopped
4 cups peeled, cubed potatoes
1 1/2 cups chopped celery
1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
2 cups soy or almond milk
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 (14.5 ounce) can tomatoes
1 1/4 cups vegetable broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
salt and pepper to taste Read the rest of this page »

What Brings Us Together

Sweet P Loves DThe sun beamed down overhead as the cool ocean breeze lightly brushed away the summer heat. I had taken my ballet flats off and let my toes wiggle around in the warm sand. It would have all been enjoyable if I hadn’t been crouching down behind a long sand embankment in the attempt to hide from a friend that was about to get proposed to, but I’m forever glad that I was able to get stuck hiding in the fetal position on a beach in Santa Barbara with some new friends.

Being a part of the surprise proposal, which took place over the weekend, has been one of the most rewarding things that anyone has ever asked me to participate in. For one, I was trusted with a secret of not telling the future bride, and secondly, because they invited me to be a part of their special day. Read the rest of this page »

Goldroom


Los Angeles DJ, Goldroom‘s, music has been spreading like wildfire ever since the release of his first single, ‘Fifteen.’ The song has been played over 300,000 times on Soundcloud, it was the top spot on the Hype Machine charts, it was featured on Pitchfork, Spinner, MTV, as well as on BBC Radio 1. Goldroom has since toured all over the world, released his sophomore EP, ‘Embrace,’ and continues topping the charts with soulful summery rhythms.

Check out, Till Sunrise, below.

Easy Peasy Vegetarian Recipes: Slow Cooker Vegan Bowl

 Slow Cooker Vegan Brown Rice Mexican Bowl with Black Beans, Bell Peppers, and Poblano-Avocado Salsa

So here’s a slow cooker meal that I found on Kalyn’s Kitchen. It makes six servings and it’s pretty tasty. All you need is a slow Crock-Pot Cooker that can hold at least 3 quarts. and the following:

Slow Cooker Ingredients:
1 cup long-grain brown rice (I used Uncle Ben’s Brown Rice)
2 cups vegetable stock (I used a can of vegetable broth and a little water to make 2 cups)
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 red bell pepper, chopped small
1 green bell pepper, chopped small
1 can (4 oz.) diced green chiles plus juice (Anaheim chiles, not jalapeños)
2 cans (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed well and drained
salt to taste

Salsa Ingredients:
1/2 cup diced tomato
1 large Poblano pepper, very finely diced
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 large avocado (or 2 small avocados) cut into cubes about 1 inch
1 T + 2 T fresh lime juice (I used my fresh-frozen lime juice)
2 T extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. ground cumin (or more, to taste)
salt to taste Read the rest of this page »

Living As A Light

光. Light by Pan via Flickr

光. Light by Pan. via Flickr

I’m sure by now you have heard about the passing of actor and comedian, Robin Williams. Williams, who was 63, was found unconscious and not breathing inside his home in Tiburon, California, on Monday, August 11, 2014. He was pronounced dead of suspected suicide. Since then an outpouring of mourning, remembrance and sadness has been flooding every media outlet. It’s become apparent that Robin Williams wasn’t just an entertainer, but for the many people out there in the world, he was an inspirational light that has touched so many with his kindness. Read the rest of this page »

Eastern Conference Champions


I’m definitely digging this band right now. A friend recommended the band, Eastern Conference Champions, to me a little while ago and I haven’t stopped listening to their stuff since.

The Los Angeles based ECC members, who were originally from Philadelphia, consist of Joshua Ostrander (vox, guitar, piano), Melissa Dougherty (guitar, keys), Greg Lyons (drums, synth), and Phillip Munsey (bass).

The band has been touring and self producing wonderful music, videos and artwork while awaiting their sixth album release.

Listen to “Carolina” by Eastern Conference Champions here.

And listen to my favorite song from Eastern Conference Champions, called “The Box,” here. Read the rest of this page »

Easy Peasy Vegetarian Recipes: 3 Vegan Smoothies

Getting your wisdom teeth removed is absolutely no fun at all. Your mouth is too sore to chew anything, and many people spend the rest of that week sitting in bed with swollen cheeks and gums. However, it doesn’t have to be all bad. It’s totally acceptable to eat ice cream for dinner, but it gives you an excuse to experiment in the kitchen with tasty smoothies.

This week I spent my time sipping on a variety of interesting smoothies in between eating mashed potatoes and oatmeal. Here are a few good ones below to try.

“The Valentine Smoothie” by Cook Republic

Serves 2

Ingredients
2 cups chilled soy milk
1 cup frozen raspberries
2 small fresh figs
1/2 cup cashew nuts
2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1 teaspoon maca powder
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 tablespoon maple syrup
fresh raspberries, to serve (optional) Read the rest of this page »

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