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Happy Pi Pie Day

Mini Raw Mixed Berries Cheesecake

Seeing as I’m just as bad in math as I am in baking, the only way to really celebrate Pi Day (3/14) is to make the easiest kind of pie, no-bake Mini Raw Mixed Berries Cheesecake.

Chocolate Galaxy Banana Cheesecake

Deliciously easy as well is the Chocolate Galaxy Banana Cheesecake from Vegan Pie in the Sky and that one is baked. And yes, I like to make my pies mini. It’s sorta like built-in portion control.

Patxi's Chicago Pizza Palo Alto Review

Prefer something more savory and don’t want to cook? Patxi’s Chicago Pizza got you covered with a vegan deep dish pie with a whole wheat crust, fresh spinach, garlic, red onion and Daiya cheese.

California Pizza Kitchen Review

Or California Pizza Kitchen. The pizza I usually ordered used to be called Vegetarian with Japanese Eggplant, now it’s named California Veggie. But it’s basically the same – baby broccoli, eggplant, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, corn, and red onion. Get it with no cheese on their crispy thin crust.

Any way you slice it, this is my kind of math. Happy Pi Day!

This post contains an Amazon link, I get a few coins tossed my way if you click on the link and make a purchase of anything.

Bye-bye Reader

If you’re like me and get your blog feeds on Google Reader, time is about to run out. As of July 1st, Reader is going bye-bye. Also like me, you probably procrastinated switching over to something else since first hearing the sad news months ago.

My excuse: I thought it would be a chore to find a new service and re-subscribe to all those blogs again. It’s actually pretty easy to make the transfer with these options as they just grab the feeds from Reader and import them for you. Bam, you’re done, no more excuses.

A more image oriented option and with all the scrumptious photos on food blogs, it’s very nice:

Free Vegan Cookbooks, Free Cupcakes, Oh My!


While browsing for new books to read on a Kindle, I somehow ended up looking at cookbooks. Imagine my surprise to see some going for the princely sum of $0.00. Yeah, it’s the electronic version, but hey, it’s free.

And they’re weren’t all the “I-never-heard-of-this-cookbook-before” kind either. Vegan Junk Food is one I’ve been meaning to pick up. As of this posting though, it’s back to its regular price. I don’t know how often or when the prices change.

If you have Amazon Prime, you can borrow for free from your Kindle right now, Vegan Desserts and The Everything Vegan Cookbook to name just a couple. And it’s not just cookbooks, there’s free e-books in lots of categories.

Since the screen on the Kindle isn’t all that big, I downloaded the e-cookbook to my computer. So you don’t even need a actual Kindle, just download the Kindle program or the Kindle app for mobile devices. The directions are right there on the product page.

As for the free cupcakes, Sprinkles is giving them away between 12pm and 2pm on May 2nd, 13th, 18th and June 17th and 26th as part of a promotion for the movie People Like Us. Just whisper “People Like Us” for a free cupcake of your choice.

Normally, I like to personally vet everything before posting but I didn’t have time to go today. I have reviewed their Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes before and I’m looking forward to stopping by on one of the other dates. For more information, check out the People Like Us Facebook page.

This post contains Amazon links, I get a few coins tossed my way if you click on any of the links and make a purchase of anything.

Another Fork in the Trail Giveaway Winner


The winner of the Another Fork in the Trail cookbook is number 15.

Congratulations to dana! Please email me your mailing address and let me know if you would like a signed postcard to use as a bookmark from the author, Laurie Ann March.

Thank you everyone for playing!

An Angry Bird Apple A Day

An Angry Bird Apple A Day

I’m sure you’ve seen Angry Birds by now. Some of them are red with a very angry expression on their face. They’re slingshotted at green pigs, who apparently, stole the Birds’ eggs.

One of them showed up in my kitchen. I told the little bird, “I ain’t got your eggs. I never had your eggs; I’m no green pig.” I offered a snack of fruits and nuts but the bird disappeared without a word.

The next day, there was another red Angry Bird. “Look, it’s like I told the other one, there’s no eggs here.” And the bird was gone, just like that. I’m unsure how long this is going to go on but I wouldn’t be surprised if a green pig showed up at some point.

An Angry Bird Apple A Day
More of a method than a recipe

For the body, pick out a small to medium size apple that has a nice, deep red color. I used an organic Jonathan apple from the local farmers market. With a very sharp knife, score an arc across the lower half to create the white belly. Use the knife to peel off the skin.

Make a small cut where the outside corner of the eye would go, to break the skin. Using a stainless steel 1/4 measuring teaspoon, scoop out what would be the eye. Make the other eye the same way.

Make a few cuts at the top of the apple being careful not to actually cut the pieces off. Lift up the pieces for the feathers on top of the head.

The eyebrows are strips cut from a piece of nori. The pupils for the eyes are hole punched from the same sheet of nori. The juice from the cut apple will hold the pieces of nori in place.

The beak is a slice of carrot, cut a “V” in the side and attach with one end of a toothpick. If serving to small kids, remember to take out the toothpick for them.

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Vegan Desserts Giveaway Winner


The winner of the Vegan Desserts cookbook is number 32.

Congratulations to Karmalily! Please email me your mailing address and I’ll get the book right out to you.

A big thanks to everyone for playing!

Ani’s Raw Food Asia Giveaway Winner


The winner of Ani’s Raw Food Asia cookbook is number 21.

Congratulations to Nib! Please email me your mailing address and I’ll send the book right out to you.

Thanks everybody for playing!

Wildly Affordable Organic Cookbook Winner


The winner of the Wildly Affordable Organic cookbook is number 9.

Congratulations Sarah S.! Please email me your mailing address and I’ll send the book out to you.

Thanks everybody for playing, more stuff coming soon!

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