December '10
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In This Issue
Seasons' Eatings
2010 Veggie Awards
VegNews Holiday Store
VegNews Holiday Cookbook
V in the News
What's Hot on
Event Showcase
Holiday-Spiced Créme Brulée
Peppermint Soy Candle
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Seasons' Eatings

Guess what? It's officially the most wonderful time of the year! Yes, the five weeks between December 1 and January 1 might just really be our favorite. From all the leftover(s) excitement of Thanksgiving to the vegan cookie baking and holiday gift-giving, December is one downright exciting, magical month. And, what better way to celebrate the season of compassion than by whipping up festive vegan eats and treats, whether fit for a family feast or as a gift at your best friend's holiday party. Or, simply prepare a batch of Spiced Holiday Biscotti to serve with a frothy mug of Vegan Soy Nog for you and a loved one to enjoy by the fire. Basically, if January never comes, we won't be that broken up about it—as long as the biscotti and nog remain plentiful.

2010 Veggie Awards

They're back, bigger, and better than ever! The 2010 Veggie Awards have arrived in style, showcasing the créme de la créme of all things veg. We spent the past 12 months with ears to the ground, determined to discover the greatest innovators, movers, shakers, and newsmakers in the wide world of vegetarianism. The result? A jam-packed list of the hottest people, products, and more, taking their rightful places in the plant-based spotlight. We have 19 editors' picks and 44 reader picks, all of which deserve a hearty round of applause. Without further ado, here they are, the 2010 Veggie Award Winners!

VegNews Holiday Store

There's a small chance that we're slightly biased, but the VN Holiday Store is pretty much a one-stop shop for all your needs. Throughout the holidays we're offering sweet (literally) deals on vegan chocolate, gift packs, calendars, and even peppermint lip balm. And, after last year's wild success, VN is offering the cutest holiday cards on the planet. No really, they are adorable. Don't believe us? See for yourself, then send them to everyone you know.

VegNews Holiday Cookbook

Here at the VNHQ, we look forward to spending the holidays with our families, and years of veganizing beloved family recipes has left us with quite the collection of tasty holiday recipes. So, in the spirit of seasons' eatings, we've compiled the VegNews Holiday Cookbook: 35 Festive Recipes to Delight & Dazzle. This volume of VegNews editor-approved holiday recipes includes everything from savory starters and sides to tempting entrées and decadent desserts with contributing cooks ranging from vegan celebrity chef Tal Ronnen to cookbook author extraordinaire Robin Robertson. Paired with VN's Holiday Cookie Collection, it's our hope that these marvelous holiday meals will make menu planning a breeze.

 V in the News

Israeli Animal Activists
In November, Israeli animal-rights group Anonymous for Animal Rights installed a spy camera in an egg-producing factory farm, broadcasting the images of confined hens online in real time. The streaming video upset Israeli egg farmers, but at press time the camera had not been compromised, as there is not enough detail to pinpoint which farm the footage is being fed from.

New Native Foods
On November 15, Los Angeles-based vegan restaurant Native Foods Cafe celebrated the opening of its newest location in Culver City, Calif., making it the chain's seventh restaurant in Southern California. The new locale will feature the same extensive menu offered at other Native Foods locations, including Nuevo Native Nachos, Native Chicken Wings, Reuben sandwiches, and tacos, in addition to a selection of vegan cupcakes, beer, and wine. Native Foods was founded 15 years ago by vegan chef Tanya Petrovna.

7-Eleven Goes Vegan
Convenience store mega-retailer 7-Eleven recently announced that it will now sell specifically vegan options at six of its New York City locations. Josh Balk of the Humane Society of the United States, who worked with 7-Eleven on the project, reports that sales of the new options are doing well so far.

 What's Hot on

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

1. Holiday Eats & Treats Don’t miss VN’s must-have holiday recipes and products including whoopie pies, Snickerdoodle ice cream, and our guide to festive holiday nogs.

2. Holiday Tree Solutions Fir or fake? Get all the info you need to make a great decision about your holiday tree.

3. Holiday Traveling Guide Between shopping for gifts and penciling in holiday parties, the last stress you need during the bustling holiday season is navigating vegan options at the airport. This year, allay annoyance at flight delays by noshing on these totally vegan airport options.

4. DIY Veg Gifts Spending mucho moola not your idea of a happy holiday? These DIY gifts are totally green, totally affordable, and totally more special than store-bought alternatives.

5. Holiday Gift Guide Finally! An online version of our popular gift guide, just in case you need an idea or two—or some vegan chocolate fudge to power through all that last-minute gift-wrapping.

+Bonus! This Week’s Holiday Giveaway: $100 Susan Nichole Shopping Spree

Event Showcase

MFA Holiday Party
Want three reasons to attend Mercy For Animals festive Hope for the Holidays cocktail party on December 11? How about tasty treats from Pattycake Bakery, complimentary organic wines, and tons of awesome vegans to mingle with? We don’t know about you, but we’re sold.

Power Storming
Need a little guidance as the holidays get going? Join Kris Carr on December 15 for a group counseling session, and get your mind clear—before the guests arrive and you're as busy as an elf.

Sublime Celebration
High-end restaurant Sublime is celebrating its fourth anniversary, and you get the presents! The Ft. Lauderdale restaurant is offering discounts and set menus during December, just as a thank you to its loyal fans.

 Get Cookin'

Holiday-Spiced Créme Brulée

Right in time for holiday tables, Chef Chloe Coscarelli shares her recipe for vegan, gluten-free créme brulée. Guests will be delighted to crack into this flavorful, spiced classic, making it the perfect way to end a festive meal with friends and family.

Serves 6 to 8

What You Need:
1/4 cup non-dairy milk
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 14-ounce can coconut milk
1/2 cup sugar + extra for brulée
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

What You Do:
1. In a small bowl, thoroughly mix non-dairy milk and cornstarch with a whisk and set aside.

2. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, heat coconut milk, 1/2 cup sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and salt until just boiling. Turn heat down to medium-low and slowly drizzle cornstarch mixture into saucepot, whisking continuously. Continue whisking until mixture thickens, about 1 to 2 minutes. Turn off heat and whisk in vanilla.

3. Pour custard evenly into créme brulée or custard dishes. Let cool for 10 minutes, then chill in refrigerator for 4 hours.

4. Remove créme brulée about 1 hour before serving so it reaches room temperature. Sprinkle about 2 teaspoons of sugar onto each ramekin, then shake to spread evenly. Do not use brown sugar as the molasses will burn.

5. Hold torch about 2 to 3 inches from sugar and melt sugar until it bubbles and turns slightly golden. Be sure to move the torch back and forth continuously so that it evenly coats without burning. Once there is no more visible dry sugar, let créme brulée sit for 3 to 5 minutes and serve immediately.

Note: Want to see Chef Chloe prepare this recipe before your eyes? Check out VegNews TV!

 Product Review

Peppermint Soy Candle

What's better than the smell of freshly-baked sugar cookies wafting through the house? The sugary scent of cookies mingling with the festive aroma of fresh peppermint, of course! Turn your home into a winter wonderland to rival Santa's workshop with these hand-poured Peppermint Soy Candles infused with peppermint and vanilla sugar. Whether lighting up your home with holiday cheer, delighting loved ones as stocking stuffers, or acting as the perfect partner to a much-needed hot bath, these long-lasting candy cane candles are sure to bring cheer to you and everyone on your gift-giving list.

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