Kids win Michelle Obama’s Healthy Recipe Contest with vegan food!  »

Back in May, Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move organization (initiative?) announced a “Kids’ State Dinner” competition, in which kids from across the country would submit original recipes for consideration by a group of chefs, nutrition writers, the Epicurious editor in chief, and representative of the USDA and the Department of Education. 

The contest received over 1,200 entries. Recipes were based on “nutritional value,” “perceived taste,” “creativity and originality,” and “affordability,” as well as undergoing a a preparation and taste-test. Then the judges chose one winner from every state, plus five territories and poor old D.C. The most important thing to us: Nevada’s winner, by nine-year-old Alexea Wagner, was “vegan sloppy joes and kale salad.” Alexea! Congratulations, you wonderful person!

Check out the full list of winners (a number of which are clearly veg, though only one is explicitly vegan), and look for a free, downloadable cookbook with all the recipes after the winners attend a Kids’ State Dinner at the White House on Aug. 20. Happy Veggie Kids are now recipe champions!

[Photo by the U.S. Department of Agriculture via Flickr]


Two Thanksgiving recipes from accidentally vegan Epicurious!  »

If you get a CSA box in the Bay Area, it’s probably currently full of potatoes, leafy greens, apples, carrots and butternut squash. Maybe tomatoes & cilantro, too. And butternut squash. Let us marvel at its beauty.

In a recent search, I turned up not one but two (2!) delicious vegan recipes utilizing almost the whole box of produce, on Epicurious, a site that could also be named “Dairycurious with a Pork Garnish.”

Let me show you it.

Wild and Brown Rice Pilaf with Butternut Squash and Dried Cranberries

  • This one used apple, carrot and lots of butternut squash. 
  • I added pepitas (recommended!)
  • The house still smells of delicious curry.
  • A++

Garbanzo Bean Soup with Saffron!

  • This one used potato, tomatoes, and squash, but I threw in bonus carrots and chard. It worked out well. 
  • The saffron flavor is amazing, I would recommend using more. Yes I know it’s like $1 per strand. Live a little.
  • The spices really elevate this soup from boring vegetable soup to exotic fragrant getaway.
  • A+

These are both perfect for Thanksgiving—the rice dish would make an excellent stuffing alternative.

And, we still have half a butternut squash, despite it being the dominant ingredient in both recipes. I never realized how much fucking squash is in one of those things.

[photo by Vancity Allie]


Hunting produce with flash, eating street food with a ‘stache, making Cuban yucca mash: awful rhymes AND MORE in this Friday’s link-o-rama!  »

TONIGHT, Friday Aug. 7 at 7:30, the Street Cart people are having another get-together, this one mustache-themed. I don’t know, to me a lone mustache is either a sign of being a dad (good), or having a lot invested in your ability to grow facial hair (bad/creepy). You can check I Love Street Food’s twitter for the location. Also, 7x7 magazine wrote a little guide matching bars with the nearest available food carts, maybe you want to check it out?

Epicurious created an “interactive [read: all-flash] map" that allows you to look up the current fresh produce "in your area [read: state], plus find ingredient descriptions, shopping guides, recipes, and tips." Of course, when I clicked on one of California’s August-ripe items, figs, none of the recipes was vegan and maybe three were even vegetarian, so perhaps that section isn’t as useful. The guide to determining a fig’s ripeness and quality was helpful, though.

Get ready to get crazy because there is something happening in Petaluma. Yes! On Sunday, Aug. 16th at 7 p.m., the Aqus Cafe will show the 2008 documentary Processed People as part of the Petaluma Film Series. The film runs 40 minutes, and concerns the extreme costs attributed to consuming “fast food, fast medicine, [and] fast news.” The Farm Animal Protection Project will sponsor this screening.

Laura had the good pleasure of meeting and eating the cupcakes of (NOT LIKE THAT PERV) the delightful Tessa Strauss of That’s One Tough Cookie at the delightful VegNews office. Please check out her blog and marvel in the beauty of her creations and let her know that you would jump at the chance to buy some for weddings and funerals and stuff. They taste AS GOOD if not BETTER than they look. Also, CHAMPAGNE CUPCAKES WHAT BRING IT. Anyway, awesome. I’m not sure if I’m even able to communicate in English anymore.

The adorable Megan of The (adorable) Sisters Vegan is testing out recipes for Terry Hope Romero’s new cookbook Vegan Latina (Amazon calls the title Latin Vegan, not sure what’s up with that), and her tester photos are driving us FUCKING CRAZY with anticipation.

Are you going to SF Chefs. Food. Wine.? Don’t forget your Vegansaurus event guide! Here’s an interview with Jamie Lauren about making a hot dog. Huh.

Surprise, surprise: Epicurious previewed a new cooking game for the Wii, and the participants got to make steak! And hamburgers! There’s nothing in the article that explains what would happen if you fed the game’s judges undercooked meat—but as it’s sponsored by the Food Network, the answer is probably not “cause them to die of e. coli poisoning.”

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