November 2012 VegNewsletter
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Awesome Autumn
It's time to get your feast on!
Around this time of year, our well-meaning friends and relatives invite us to Thanksgiving dinner, asking the inevitable question, "So what can you eat?" Instead of being relegated to sad side dishes, offer to bring a delicious centerpiece such as Sweet-Potato Poblano Lasagna, Smokey Butternut Mac 'n' Cheese, or Vegan Lasagna Cupcakes (yes, you read that right). If cooking isn't your thing, bring along one of these five faux turkeys for a compassionate dinner. Even better, show up with an over-the-top dessert that wows even the most skeptical omnivores (may we suggest this Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake?). And if all else fails, you can always share the adorable story of Dale, a turkey at Maple Farm Sanctuary who loves eating blueberries and spending time with his turkey friend, Daphne. Happy Thanksgiving!
V in the News
Veganism Goes Mainstream in Southern California
According to New York Times columnist Jeff Gordinier, veganism is mainstream in Southern California. Thanks to big name diners such as Kathy Freston, Ellen DeGeneres, and Portia de Rossi, mainstream restaurants including Craig’s are now offering vegan options such as grilled eggplant caponata and vegan chicken parmigiana, the latter being made with Gardein at the request of DeGeneres. Restaurateurs are finding that vegan celebrities are frequenting meat-free establishments such as Café Gratitude (where paparazzi can be found camped out waiting for photos), and want in on the action.
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New Study Reveals That Vegetarians Live Longer
The ongoing results of a new large-scale study illuminate the health benefits of a plant-based diet. A current study by Loma Linda University’s School of Public Health released some findings from its Adventist Health Study-2, which follows roughly 96,000 Seventh-day Adventists with a variety of dietary habits. The results reveal that vegetarian Adventist men live to an average age of 83.3, 9.5 years longer than other California residents, while women live to an average age of 85.7, 6.1 years longer than omnivorous females. Beef-eating men were more than twice as likely to die of heart disease, and women with a diet high in meat and cheese more than double their risk of developing ovarian cancer.
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Happiness Linked to Plant-Based Diet
Researchers at the University of Warwick and Dartmouth College have published a study in the journal Social Indicators Research, wherein a group of participants' mental-well being was recorded in correspondence with their consumption of produce. The findings reveal that those who consumed approximately seven 80-gram servings of fruit and vegetables each day were happier than those who ate less produce. The 80,000 person-strong study took place in the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2010.
What's Hot on VegNews.com
You know what's hip? The internet. Here are our top five picks for hot VegNews.com stories you should check out right this minute.
1. 8 Tips for Surviving as a Small-Town Vegan These handy suggestions will have you feeling like you live in a vegan mecca even if you’re the only veggie in town.
2. 3 Rules for Stellar Homemade Vegan Cheese Artisan vegan cheesemaker Miyoko Schinner shares her tricks for making amazing dairy-free fromage at home.
3. 5 Must-Have Fall Vegan Nail Colors An array of awesome and cruelty-free polishes, gels, and wraps round out the season's trendiest colors.
4. The Ultimate Midwest Bucket List Explore the landmarks of America’s heartland and stop in at amazing vegan restaurants along the way.
5. 6 Staples and 6 Saving Strategies for Solo Meals We share our favorite money-saving tips for making dinner for one.
What's Up at VegNews
VegNews Twitter Chat: Thanksgiving Hotline
Wednesday, November 14 @ 6pm PT/9pm ET

It’s the biggest food holiday of the year! Our panel of vegan chefs—Allyson Kramer, Hannah Kaminsky, Nava Atlas, Robin Robertson, and Ayinde Howell—are on-hand to help you prepare the best meal possible to impress everyone at your table. Never participated in a Twitter Chat before? Don't worry. We have a handy guide to explain it all. Join us at the hashtag #VegNewsChat. You don't even need a Twitter account to enjoy the discussion.
Event Showcase
Farm Sanctuary’s Celebration for the Turkeys
Turkeys are the guests of honor at Farm Sanctuary’s annual Celebration for the Turkeys event. The beloved birds at the organization’s Acton, CA; Orland, CA; and Watkins Glen, NY locations will dine on stuffed squash, pumpkin pie, and cranberries on November 11 (Acton) and 17 (Watkins Glen and Orland). Guests will be treated to a vegan feast of their own, while speakers including Farm Sanctuary’s co-founder Gene Baur, Skinny Bitch’s Rory Freedman, and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone share recipes and holiday wisdom. Orland participants: be sure to say hello to VegNews co-founder Colleen Holland!
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Healthy Taste of LA 3
The Healthy Taste of LA 3, a Los Angeles event featuring healthy cooking, fitness, and a variety of presentations, is taking place November 3 and 4 at the South Bay Adventist Church in Redondo Beach, CA. Best-selling author Caldwell B. Esselstyn is the guest of honor at the Saturday night event—a plant-based dinner made by world-class vegan chefs. The weekend will cover the role of food in disease cure and prevention, preparing nutritious foods free of animal products, and lectures from physician Roger Gould, personal trainer John Pierre, and chef Ann Gentry. Registrants can also look forward to cooking demos, door prizes, and food tasting.
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11th Annual Green Festival
The 11th annual Green Festival is the organic food-lover’s answer to everything. The two-day show running in San Francisco November 10 and 11 and Los Angeles November 17 and 18 will feature bountiful organic food offerings, multiple workshops, and a unique marketplace of more than 300 eco-friendly businesses offering sustainable products and services. The show’s Good Food Stage will also host hands-on cooking demos and workshops alongside an organic beer and wine garden.
Get Cookin'
Cranberry Carrot Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
Instead of the traditional pumpkin pie, consider wowing your Thanksgiving dinner guests with this delightful take on carrot cake. Packed with veggies and fruit and topped with a rich maple-cream cheese frosting, this is a pastry that's a great ending to any meal. Nava Atlas shares this recipe from her latest cookbook, Vegan Holiday Kitchen.
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Serves 8
What You Need:
For the cake:
1 cup fresh cranberries
1/3 cup sugar
1-3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup applesauce
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons safflower oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup grated carrot
1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts (optional)

For the Maple-Cream Cheese frosting:
1/2 cup vegan cream cheese
3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons non-dairy milk

What You Do:
1. For the cake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, add cranberries and process until finely chopped. Transfer to a medium bowl and add sugar, stir well, and set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, flaxseeds, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, and cinnamon. Stir to combine thoroughly. Make a hole in center and add applesauce, maple syrup, oil, and vanilla. Stir until wet and dry ingredients are completely combined, but don’t over mix. Stir in cranberries and carrots into batter.

3. Into a lightly oiled 9-inch round cake pan, pour batter. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a knife inserted into center comes out clean. Let cake cool to room temperature.

4. In a small dry skillet over medium heat, toast walnuts until lightly browned. For the maple-cream cheese frosting, in a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Spread frosting over top evenly. Sprinkle evenly with walnuts, then cut into wedges to serve.

Photo by Susan Voisin

Want even more holiday dessert recipes? Try a few of our favorites:
Gluten-Free Cranberry Orange Ice Cream Pie
Easy Vegan Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake

Product Review
Holiday Drinks
Cheers! This winter season, fill up your glass with festive libations.
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We're fans of creative vegan drinks with a seasonal twist, so when So Delicious' three limited-edition coconut milk beverages—Pumpkin Spice, Nog, and Mint Chocolate—arrived at our office, we were ready with our mugs. The pumpkin flavor is chock full of cinnamon and spice and everything nice. Just imagine whipping up a warm batch of pumpkin pancakes using this drink (the recipe is on the carton after all)! Or cozy up with a hot mug of mint chocolate, dolloped with vegan whipped cream, of course. And if you've never had a sip of nog before, this rich recreation evokes the holidays in every sip (if you chose to add a splash of rum, we won't tell!). Enjoy these beverages, warm or cold, next to a roaring fire.
VegNews Store
VegNews Holiday Cookbook
Every recipe you need for the holiday season, from appetizers to desserts.
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Take the guesswork out of what you'll be making for friends and family with 35 editor-tested-and-approved recipes from the VegNews Holiday Cookbook. Everything you need for spectacular holiday feasts is right in this digital cookbook, which features delights such as Rich Landau's Pumpkin Soup with Cinnamon Oil, Tal Ronnen's Pumpkin Seed Battered "Chicken" with Cranberry Cabernet Sauce, Allison Rivers Samson's Roasted Vegetable Pastry, and Beverly Lynn Bennett's Pumpkin Cake with Vanilla Buttercream. Simply download and you're ready to get in the kitchen. Happy cooking!

Pumpkin cheesecake photo by Hannah Kaminsky

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In This Issue
V in the News
What's Hot on VegNews.com
What's Up at VegNews
Event Showcase
Recipe: Carrot Cake
Review: Holiday Drinks
VegNews Holiday Cookbook
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The 2012 Veggie Awards Issue
We wrap up another amazing year in veganism with VN's annual, much-anticipated Veggie Awards. Find out why 2012 is the year of the vegan athlete and which city —Los Angeles or New York City— is the winner of our ultimate Vegan City Showdown. Plus, chow down on three Thanksgiving menus that are sure to please any palate!
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