February '11
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Fabulous February
V in the News
VegNews Twitter Chats
What's Hot on VegNews.com
Event Showcase
Warm Hazelnut Scones
Roasted Seaweed Snacks
Vegan Valentine's Day Sale
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Fabulous February

Can you believe it's February already? This year has kicked off to a great start. Our January+February cover girl Kris Carr is on the NY Times bestseller list, Oprah spent a week as a vegan, and Kathy Freston's Veganist hit #1 on Amazon.com. With love in the air, this is the perfect time to enjoy great eats, good friends, and celebrate more fabulous news to come.

 V in the News

Oprah's Vegan Episode
Oprah Winfrey and 378 of her staffers went vegan for a week with the help of Veganist author Kathy Freston, even creating a Vegan Starter Kit. On February 1, staffers shared their experiences, ranging from an 11-pound weight loss in a week to a producer trying to curb her fast-food addiction. Oprah talked with Freston and author Michael Pollan about the merits of a plant-based diet, and reporter Lisa Ling ventured into a slaughterhouse and followed cattle from field to slaughter.

Pen Pal Program Launches
The group L.O.V.E. Collective (Living Opposed to Violence and Exploitation) has launched a Vegan Pen Pals program to help connect vegans all over the world. Vegans or aspiring vegans commit to writing a letter every month to share recipes, support new vegans, and discuss activism. The letters are routed through a central PO box in the US, so participants' mailing addresses are only shared with the program moderators, not with other participants.

US Dietary Guidelines Recommends Plant-Based Diet
On January 31, the USDA released its Dietary Guidelines for Americans, advocating for a more plant-based diet. Written in the guidelines was the suggestion that a vegetarian lifestyle was healthier. The Guidelines state, "Vegetarian-style eating patterns have been associated with improved health outcomes—lower levels of obesity, a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, and lower total mortality." These new guidelines, issued every five years, are the road map for most federal school lunch programs. Two pages of the guidelines were dedicated to explaining how to be healthy on a vegan or vegetarian diet.

 VegNews Twitter Chats

We know vegans love to chat. Join the VegNews editorial team for our first-ever VegNews Twitter chat with NY Times bestselling author Kris Carr, who will discuss her latest book, Crazy Sexy Diet. Join us on Tuesday, February 22 at 6pm PST/9pm EST. Simply search for #VegNewsChat and tag your tweet with the hashtag #VegNewsChat to talk to @Kris_Carr live! New to Twitter chats? Here's a helpful guide. Every month, our editors and a special guest will host a new chat so we can connect with fellow vegans from all over the world and learn about the latest veg trends. Tell your followers and get your veg tweet on!

 What's Hot on VegNews.com

You know what's hip? The internets. Here are our top five picks for hot VegNews.com stories you should probably check out right this minute.

1. Social Media How-To Vegans are taking over the internet with blogs, tweets, and Facebook. Not sure how to dive into it all? Don't worry. We have you covered.

2. Top Detox Foods Need to detox post-holidays from all the delish vegan desserts and Tofurky? Look no further than our list of the top detox foods to get you back on track. Thank you, ginger.

3. Guide to Non-Dairy Milks With all the wonderful milk alternatives out there, how does a healthy vegan decide between coconut, hemp, almond, soy, oat, or rice milk? The only real choice is what cookie to dunk.

4. California's Vegan Getaway Doing a little freezing right now? Come to beautiful California, and explore one of the best vegan bed and breakfasts on the planet. Go ahead, book a plane ticket.

5. Fuel-Efficient Cars We're lucky to be able to bike, walk, and take public transportation to work, but for those of you need who need a set of wheels, we picked out some sweet earth-friendly rides for you.

Event Showcase

Raw Latin Food
Raw tacos, verde salsa, and sour cream made out of coconut milk? Where do we sign up? The Discovery Center is offering a raw Latin American food class on February 12 in Chicago to make a healthy, festive Latin meal. And when you're done taking the class, how about telling us about those raw tacos? Yum.

Vegan Valentine Bake Sale
In Seattle on February 12, head to the Vegan Valentine Bake Sale at a local vegetarian restaurant to help benefit Action for Animals. If you're interested in baking for the event, check out the event page. If you're just interested in eating scrumptious baked goods, we're right there with you.

Vegan Book Club
Discuss the VegNews Book Club February selection Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer in Las Vegas on February 13 at the Vegas Veg meetup. Hungry from all that talking? There will be some vegan doughnuts on hand.

Looking for more fun events this month? Head to VegNews.com for full listings of hip happenings.

 Get Cookin'

Warm Hazelnut Scones with Fruit Salsa

Whether you're digging out from under a pile of snow or just need a nice warm treat this winter season, try this quick and delicious scone recipe from author Amanda Grant's Fresh and Fast Vegan cookbook.

Serves 4

What You Need:
1 cup hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
2 cups flour
3 tablespoons non-hydrogenated margarine, softened
1-1/2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons soymilk

For the fruit salsa:
1 cup raspberries
1 lime, zested and juiced

What You Do:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and grease a baking sheet. In a heavy frying pan over medium heat, roast hazelnuts until golden.

2. In a bowl, sift flour and mix in margarine with your fingertips. Stir in sugar and salt, then use a knife to gradually mix in the soymilk. Lightly knead the mixture into a soft dough.

3. Roll the dough on a floured surface to 3/4-inch thick. Use a 2-inch round cutter to cut out about 15 scones, and place them on the baking sheet.

4. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden brown. In a large bowl, mash raspberries with lime juice. Break open freshly baked scones and spoon salsa inside. Sprinkle zest over salsa, and sandwich the scones back together.

Looking for more scone recipes? Try out these favorites:
Chocolate Orange Scones
Blackberry Almond Scones
Blueberry Scones

 Product Review

Roasted Seaweed Snacks

The VN staff agrees that we could easily eat our own weights in these light-as-air, superstar snacks. In fact, we might have inhaled Annie Chun's Wasabi Roasted Seaweed Snacks the second we opened the package. We loved the punch of wasabi and the salty savory taste of these roasted Korean seaweed sheets. Packed with antioxidants and tons of B vitamins, we think seaweed snacks could be the new potato chip. Just sayin'.

 Vegan Valentine's Day Sale

Go beyond the heart-shaped box of chocolates this month with vegan peanut butter cups, delectable vegan marshmallows, vegan candy bars, and chocolate marzipan. And in case the chocolate goodies go over well, we have vegan condoms, too! We've collected all our best treats into one go-to Valentine's Day section. Add our 2011 Go Vegan! Calendar (on sale!) to your Valentine's Day swag for the ultimate gift.

March Preview

Satisfy your between-issues cravings with this complimentary supplement, featuring exclusive product reviews, musician, artist and event spotlights, slammin’ recipes, giveaways, plus the lowdown on how veganism is bettering the world—one delicious bite at a time.

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