Carbs & Rec: Bonus Materials!

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Everyone knows this song it’s amazing.
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OMG, I can’t believe that VeganMoFo has come and gone ALREADY! I had so much fun this year, I almost don’t want it to be over. But I’m out of posts and on the verge of an epic blogging hangover, so maybe it’s for the best. For what it’s worth, though, I still have so many Parks & Rec themed food ideas that I think I could continue Carbs & Rec for another season. 2015, maybe? (Also, thanks to my fellow mofos for all the excellent suggestions. I can’t believe I forgot about Mulligan’s Steakhouse!!!)

I bookmarked so many amazing posts this past month that I just have to share. In this roundup you’ll see some of my favorite themes; super-awesome posts; and recipes that I’ve added to my to-do list, with subsets involving butternut squash and apples, because I have a ton of each. (But apples especially. Did I mention that I have five apples trees? I know right!) Also: a few gifs and videos that didn’t make it into the previous posts. (Some are so out there that I just couldn’t find them any other home, yo!)

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This year I made the official roundup twice (for pizza both times: french fry calzones and the deep dish mac & cheese pizza; thanks, Jojo!), and my tumblogs fuck yeah vegan pizza and fuck yeah vegan ice cream (twice!) got shout-outs as well. I also won a copy of Vegan Tacos from Zsu’s Vegan Pantry (yay!).

Speaking of which, Vegan Heritage Press is currently hosting a pretty awesome taco photo contest – and don’t forget to enter VeganMoFo’s downright epic Beyond Meat giveaway, which ends tomorrow night. (Pro tip: the quiz isn’t nearly as impossible as it seems at first glance.)

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Without further ado, I give to you the Carbs & Rec bloopers, outtakes, and bonus materials.

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B is for Best of: My Favorite Posts of Vegan MoFo VII!

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Vegan MoFo 2013 Mosaic

With Google Reader dead and buried, I was wondering how I’d manage to navigate the hundreds (thousands?) of Vegan MoFo posts this year. As it turns out? Not very well. Haphazardly at best. I tried using randommofo at first, but it seemed to run rather slow for me. (Though my own internet connection could very well be to blame; dog knows it’s seen better days.) Instead I used the blogroll at VeganMoFo to hop from blog to blog. Functional but not very efficient. Hopefully Shane can come up with something better for next year. (If you’re reading, Shane, get on it!)

So anyway, this list is as sad and scrappy as my Vegan MoFo travels – so feel free to add to it in the comments! Is there a recipe you’re itching to try? A blog whose theme had you loling? A post so epic that you just have to share? Do it! I’m afraid I missed out on way too much this year.

Even so, it was fun. Let’s do it again in ten months, shall we?
 

Recipes (aka, Kelly’s To-Do List)

  • Mo Betta Vegan represents with the bacon cheddar cheeseburger to end all bacon cheddar cheeseburgers (vegan or not!), lustily dedicated to the one, the only (well except for when he was cloned by a shapeshifter!), Dean Winchester. Mine looks like health food in comparison.
  • AfroVeganChick gave me a new way to use up some garden-fresh tomatoes (no small feat, considering how many years I’ve been growing them!): Warm Roasted Tomato & Spinach Pasta Salad. Now that I’m done with my Vegan MoFo cooking, this one is moving to the front of the queue!
  • Speaking of tomatoes, this Roasted Tomato Soup from Vegan Urbanite looks tasty as heck.
  • These Apple Butter Donut Holes sure would make history class more interesting.
  • File this one under “Why didn’t I think of that!?!”: Sweetcorn Ice Cream, courtesy of Hasta La Vegan. (I’m not gonna lie, I’m slightly in love with zher’s choice of graphics.)
  • Someone make me these One-Bite Salted Brownie Cookies & Caramel Frosting Sandwiches? Pretty pretty pleeeease?
  • Irish Coffee Whoopie Pies & Whiskey Frosting, aw yis.
  • I pretty much love everything Tuxedo Cat ate this month (we have the same taste in junk food!), but I’m especially intrigued by the No Mayo Potato Salad. So healthy I can eat it by the gallon!
  • Purple Yam Buns, what!
  • Cooking from Bake and Destroy: Good Food for Bad Vegans (another one for the wishlist!), Jess at Get Sconed! put Shepherd’s Pie on a pizza. Yup, I’m definitely doing that.
  • I usually prefer cookies over cake, but I’d make an exception for this Double-Layer Chocolate Cake with Coffee Buttercream from hell yeah it’s vegan!.

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  • Eat to the Beat: The Best of Vegan MoFo & Survivor

    Thursday, November 1st, 2012

     

    The song: “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor – with an extra-special performance by Jensen Ackles (lyrics)

    The foodstuff: My favorites!

    The connection: These mofos took to the tubes and rocked the internets. Or something.

     

    Vegan MoFo 2012 Favorites

    Thirteen of my favorite foods from the month. (Just thirteen!?!)
    Jump to the bottom of the post for links and stuff!
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    In Vegan MoFos past, I sometimes did a link roundup, usually once a week as a sort of cheater-slash-filler post. (Which, weirdly, always required more time than making an actual meal. Go figure!) Since it didn’t quite fit in with this year’s theme, I decided to scrap the roundup – but not altogether. No way! This year’s Vegan MoFo feed saw some pretty amazing creations – and why not share the love?

    So behold! My mega-supersized-gargantunormous Best of Vegan MoFo link roundup. Set to “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor, because I WILL NOT BREAK THEME! And, hello, does a more kickass song exist?

    As per my mini Supernatural sub-theme, at the end of this post you will find a video of Jensen Ackles, playing Dean Winchester, who is lip synching/leading a full choreographed rendition of “Eye of the Tiger,” to hilarious comedic effect. (P.S. Dean has dermatitis due to ghost sickness, hence the still.) Don’t say I never did anything for ya.

    Also, stick around for the Vegan MoFo B-Sides, which I’ll be posting in the next few days. After which time I shall collapse into bed with the shades drawn and not cook or bake or so much as mash a potato for the next month. (Joking! I’m already planning my menu for Vegan MoFo III. YOU HAVE CREATED A MONSTER!)

     

    Recipes (aka, Kelly’s To-Do List)

  • VerRAWnica’s “Unfried” Green Tomatoes wins for being the very first recipe I bookmarked. (Spoiler alert! I already tried it! The post is in the queue.)
  • Two words: Macaroni Pie. Jenny, will you marry me?
  • Two more words: Speculoos Pudding. DYING.
  • Eyeball Salsa, Coffin Sandwiches, and Witch Fingers, oh my!
  • Kalamata Olive, Garlic and Celtic Sea Salt Focaccia Bread via mama et de bébé hawk. You had me at “Kalamata,” but the “Focaccia” sure doesn’t hurt any!
  • Also from mama et de bébé hawk: Butternut Squash Doughnuts with Apple Cider Glaze. They were featured in a Vegan MoFo roundup, so you know they’re quality.
  • Veganosaurus dined on Spaghetti and Neat Balls. Mmmm, balls.
  • Didya see Snarky Vegan’s sweet & savory ball roundup? There are enough recipes to keep a vegan in balls clear through Christmas!
  • This Sun Dried Tomato Macadamia Nut Ricotta from The Naked Kitchen sounds like it’d go great with sourdough bread. Which is good, ’cause all my home grown tomatoes are gone. (No more garden-fresh bruschetta, boo!)
  • Scare your kids with Dirt Cake! I don’t have kids, but this one’s still going on the to-do list.
  • Vegan Bailey’s! The husband is all over this one.
  • Veggie Fixation made a “Bloody Horror” Halloween Cake for zher boyfriend’s birthday. October birthday, want!
  • Rhea at the “V” Word had fun (delicious, delicious fun) imagining what celebrity chefs might make if they were vegan. My favorite concoction? Bobby Flay and The Eggplant Crunchburger. Ugh, I’m salivating on my keyboard just thinking about it.
  • The Sweetest Vegan made a Double Bacon Cheeseburger with a homemade Vegan Black Bean Burger Pattie Recipe. Sign me up!
  • Who put broccoli in my cheesy casserole? Just joshing, this Cheezy-Creamy Broccoli Casserole at Vegan4One makes my tummy rumble.
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles. I can do this! CAN AND MUST.
  • Homemade Chai In [Amanda’s] Vegan Garden. Don’t mind if I do!
  • Also at In My Vegan Garden: Pizza Night! This one doesn’t have a recipe, but I love it just the same.
  • Nach-yo-average Nacho Dip. KZ Cakes, you slay me. Let’s get together and eat cupcakes and and make hilarious food puns all day?
  • Nanaimo Bars! I’d never even heard of these before today, but now I don’t think I can live another moment without them. HALP!
  • Peanut Butter Blondies with Homemade Almond Paste! Wing-It Vegan, you are an evil vegan junk food genius. (No, seriously. Check out her Halloweegan recipes!)
  • In a very special edition of Two for Tuesday, Just the Food shares recipes for Buffalo Mac Salad AND Beefy Cheesy Mac. This might be the carbs talking, but I’m swooning over here.
  • Yet another mac & cheese imma hafta try: Baked Bacon Mac & Cheese from The Unintentional Vegan. You people are killing me!
  • Vegan pumpkin spice caramel popcorn – Note to self: remind me to whip up a batch of this magic the next time we go to the drive-in.
  • Talk about yer savory brunch foods! I’m dying to try the Garlic Basil Waffles with Roasted Tomatoes dreamed up by Muffin Topped. (Also, awesome blog name is awesome.)
  • Vegan Spaghetti-Os! I never had these in my omni days, but I’m def gonna try them now.
  • Vegan Redskin Potato and Kale Gnocchi in a White Wine and Sesame Reduction. I can barely say it, let alone make it. That doesn’t mean I can’t try though!
  • Apple Sticky Buns! I’d say you had me at “buns,” except that’s the last word in the title.
  • Vegan Sparkles lives up to her name with a recipe for Melting Moment cookies. I’ve never heard of them before, but now I can’t hear enough.
  • Smoked Almond Dark Chocolate Turtles, courtesy of Baker Betty. All I can say is WOW.
  • leaves & flours made Caramel Stuffed Mocha Cookies. Caramel on the brain, I has it.
  • Allyson at Manifest Vegan claims to have discovered THE ULTIMATE Fudgy Brownie Recipe. Challenge accepted!
  • These Knishes sound delicious. (See what I did there?)
  • Sea Salt and Vinegar French Fries with Double Double Drive-Thru Burgers with Special Sauce, WHAT. Whaddya think, can I justify buying a whole cookbook just for two recipes?
  • Pasta with Lemon-Basil Cashew Cream Sauce, why you look so good?
  • Pumpkin Cinnamon Buns! In the crock pot! You will de-virginize my slow cooker, new favorite recipe.
  • Speaking of crock pots: Robin Robertson, author of The Vegan Slow Cooker, shared her recipe for Lasagna Primavera. YUM!
  • Applesauce in the slow cooker! Will wonders never cease?
  • It’s beginning to feel a lot like Corn Chowder weather!
  • Snowballs! The yummy kind!
  • For Ladies’ Night, Vegan Fling served up Soft Pretzel Bites. Hey I just met you and this is crazy, but let’s watch Mallrats while you feed me Pretzel Bites maybe?
  • No? How about some obscenely naughty looking milkshakes then?
  • KZ Cakes made some cozy looking tortellini. BY HAND! Where are all these awesome crafty vegans and why aren’t they in my kitchen?
  • More pasta, this time in salad form. I’d like to see Kramer make a Gemelli Giamatti, mkay. THEN I SHALL CONSUME HIM.
  • AGAIN with pasta! (But this recipe from Snarky Vegan? Too good to pass up!): Baked Ziti with TWO cheeses and kale! TWO cheeses! That’s, like double the cheese!
  • Vegan. Butterfinger. Candy. hell yeah it’s vegan!
  • Lisa at Vegan Culinary Crusade made the most adorable Peppermint Stars to put in her hot chocolate. Cue: cuteness coma.
  • Raw Apple Pie @ the Real Meal! This is perfect for me because apples!
  • The Veggie Girl has a healthy apple crisp that I’ve GOT to try.
  • Your Mom’s A Vegan (I wish!) comes bearing sugar apples. Simple and (I’m sure) delicious. Two more apples down, five boxes to go!
  • Bite me, I’m vegan Apple Fritters. THE END.
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    vegan nomz roundup!: pizza ed.

    Saturday, May 14th, 2011

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    Make pizza, photograph pizza, eat pizza, blog pizza, repeat.
    THE ONLY TO DO LIST THAT MATTERS. LIVE BY IT!
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    Lately I’ve been all about food and furkids. More specifically, pizza & ice cream and cats & dogs. It’s my own form of escapism, yo. (Burnout, who me?) So, while it might seem like I haven’t been up to much lately – particularly to those of you who just follow me here – the truth is that I’m still blogging, just in other spaces, including a few new places.

    For instance: fuck yeah vegan pizza and fuck yeah vegan ice cream. I started these sister blogs on tumblr after realizing that my food self can basically be boiled down to these two foodstuffs. (And further realizing that posting mouth-watering photos of gooey, oozy, melty, cheesy pizza slices and delightfully decadent frozen desserts is worlds more fun than beating my head against the twin walls of speciesism and misogyny that encircle the feminist and animal advocacy communities. End: rant.) If you’re on tumblr, please follow and submit! (Photos, not yourself!) If not, sign up. I need you!

    Also, I’ve been cooking up a storm in my real-world kitchen too, experimenting with new pizza and ice cream recipes, some of them developed by my own bad self. (Which would explain why I’ve gained ten lbs. since x-mas, but I digress.) Possibly you might be wondering where in the worlds I’ve been hoarding these delicious new dishes? Though I’ll save the ice cream not-porn for another day – this post is called “vegan nomz roundup!: pizza ed.” for a reason, peoples! – today I’d like to talk about some of the many pizzas I’ve made so far this year. All of the recipes are available on the PPP blog. (ETA: I also post uber-adorable photos of adoptable animals every Friday! You’ve been warned!)

    (Certainly you remember the Perfect Pizza Press, yes? It’s a pizza cutter-esque kitchen utensil that Shane invented in ’09. He hired a welder to make a prototype based on his design and, when it proved a success, we decided to sell it online. While the website has been functional for months now, the presses are not yet available for purchase. Obtaining samples from local manufacturers has proven slow-going, and my recent health issues haven’t exactly sped things along. During the limbo we’ve been feasting on vegan pizza – for the blog/business, of course – so it’s a wash I guess!)

    Possibly you’ll find that some of these pies are a repeat; if so, this is only because they rocked so hard the first time that they could not be denied an encore!

    Listed in reverse chronological order; if you do nothing else, you simply must scroll through for the awesomness that is the Garbage Plate Pizza! Look for it in the middle.

    And yes, I realize that these are all terribly unhealthy, over-processed, fat-laden dishes; again, see: my recent unexpected weight gain. (Unexpected? What did I think would happen when I bought Daiya in bulk? Play with fire much?) The good news? Now that I’m overhauling my diet to include pizzas with less or no cheese; thinner crusts topped with more fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds; and dough involving a greater variety of flours, future dishes will (mostly) be on the healthy side. Consider this the junk food pizza roundup.

    Personal Pita Pizzas!

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    Tweeting Mother’s Day (Again!)

    Monday, May 9th, 2011

    A vegan vanilla cupcake topped with vanilla buttercream and
    shredded coconut. Staked in the middle is a cute, pink and yellow sign
    wishing the nom-er a Happy Mother’s Day!
    CC image via flickr user mishl982.
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    In honor of Mother’s Day, I spent much of yesterday tweeting about veganism, motherhood, and the exploitation of female bodies in animal industries (with an obvious emphasis on agriculture). In fact, those of you who follow me on twitter probably saw your feeds flooded by my steady stream of tweets! (Sorry for that, y’all!) In comparison to last year, I planned ahead this time: the day prior, I queued up a bunch of tweets using Hoot Suite, so that they’d begin posting while I was still snuggled up, all warm and cozy in bed (under a dog pile several layers deep, no doubt). Once I awoke and was reassured that it was working correctly, I scheduled the rest of the day, with a tweet going out every five or ten minutes until nearly 11PM. Way easier and more consistent than doing it by hand throughout the day! (Also, possibly less obnoxious, though only slightly so.)

    After the jump you’ll find a digest of all of yesterday’s tweets (minus the ones for which I used twitter’s built-in RT feature. For some silly reason, those don’t make it into the list. Sigh.) If you compare this to last year’s round-up – which I totally don’t expect anyone to do! – you’ll find that I recycled many of 2010’s tweets, but also added quite a few new ones as well. This is partially due to laziness on my end, I admit. But also, when I went over last year’s list, I had a hard time trimming it down: so many of the posts, articles, photos, pamphlets, etc. were that compelling. I hope you agree!

    I’m already working on a list of resources for Father’s Day (June 19) so if you have a blog, post, idea or theme you’d like to suggest, I’m all eyes!

    Smooch!

    “Smooch!: Both Tommy (left) and Freedom (right) were rescued from slaughter. Tommy is an Angus, raised for meat consumption. Freedom is a male Jersey, a dairy breed. Male dairy calves are unwanted and sent to auction and raised for veal or backyard slaughter. Now both live at Animal Place and obviously Freedom loves Tommy!”
    CC image via Marji Beach on flickr.
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    Disaster Relief in Japan: Animal Rescue & Vegan/Animal-Friendly Resources

    Thursday, March 17th, 2011

    Last updated on 4/18/11 @ 11:15 AM CDT.

    Jump to:

    1. Introduction / Choosing a Charity
    2. Human-Centered Disaster Relief, Vegan & Non
    3. Animal Rescue & Disaster Relief
    4. Vegan Fundraisers
    5. Armchair Activism
    6. News & (Somewhat Vegan) Views
    7. Newsletters & Dispatches

     

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    Before and after the quake, Arahama in Sendai. This image shows one continuous landscape across the rectangle–at center, see the roadway sloping slightly upward from left to right across the black bar. In the original, dynamic version of this image, the black bar can be scrolled left and right across the landscape.
    Credits: Google, ABC, GeoEye
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    It’s a startling picture of how dramatic and destructive Friday’s massive earthquake actually was.

    The quake, which has upgraded to a magnitude 9.0 by the Japan Meteorological Agency, may have shifted the position of Earth’s axis about 6.5 inches, Richard Gross, a geophysicist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told the Los Angeles Times. The quake likely sped up the Earth’s rotation, shortening the day by 1.8 microseconds, Gross said. Also, the main island of Japan appears to have moved 8 feet, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey told CNN.

    To help illustrate the damaging power of the quake and the ensuing tsunami, Google has compiled a collection of high-resolution before-and-after satellite images that depict the areas affected most by the devastation.

    “We’re working to provide this data directly to response organizations on the ground to aid their efforts,” Ryan Falor, Google Crisis Response team, said in a Google Lat Long Blog post. “We hope this new updated satellite imagery is valuable for them as well as everyone else following this situation to help illustrate the extent of the damage.”

    ABC News has created a presentation of the images, overlaying the before and after images for each specific area for a more immediate representation of the quake and tsunami’s devastating effects.

    (Source: cnet.com)

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    Intersectionality ‘Round the Interwebs, No. 25: Vegan nomz & Bowl-a-thons!

    Sunday, March 6th, 2011

    Vegan cookies are distributed

    Vegan cookies are distributed at a Prop 8 rally in Riverside, CA, circa 2008.
    CC image via Flickr user lierne.

    For this edition of Intersectionality ‘Round the Interwebs, let’s start with some shiny happy news for a change, shall we? Namely, cross-movement bridge-building with vegan nomz and bowl-a-thons!

    (Take note, carnists and defensive omnivores: vegans are not, in point o’ facts, all single-minded activists who prioritize nonhuman over human animals. Also: we are quite capable of multitasking, thankyouverymuch.)

    Vegan Protest Fuel: Feeding the protesters in Madison, WI

    Vegan Protest Fuel is the first of two projects I’d like to share with y’all (and, if you happen to have a little extra scratch laying around, encourage you to contribute to). Started just last week in response to the ongoing protests in Wisconsin, the good folks at Vegan Protest Fuel deliver vegan food to peaceful protesters defending their rights – because “Everyone Needs to Eat.” Naturally, their first campaign is feeding “the tenacious heroes in Madison, WI, who are fighting to preserve their precious collective bargaining rights and for economic justice in their state against a radical conservative governor and assembly.” Over time, they hope to expand their program throughout the United States and, possibly, the world.

    Powered by tofu: it’s not just a slogan on a tee, yo.

    See also: Food Not Bombs, Food for Life Global, HIPPO, A Well-Fed World and Ample Harvest.

    Team Vegan Vixens: Bowling for abortions in the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon!

    Team Vegan Vixens needs your support in the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon! Held throughout the month of April,

    The Bowl-a-Thon is a nationwide series of local events that allow community members (you!) to captain your own bowling team, participate in a kickass national event – and raise money to help women and girls pay for abortions they couldn’t otherwise afford.

    Abortion Funds are local, grassroots groups that work tirelessly to help low-income and disadvantaged women who want an abortion and do not have enough money to pay for it. Abortion Funds help women pay for their abortions, help them buy bus or plane tickets, and even offer women a place to stay when they have to travel for an abortion. Abortion Funds make a difference in women’s lives…and you can join them!

    With $236 raised so far, Team Vegan Vixens is currently the top fundraiser for the Chicago Abortion Fund, which ranks #8 overall. Help Team Vegan (Vixens!) represent by pledging your support. Or sign up to participate your own bad self!

    Fuck yeah, pro-choice vegans.

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    Privileged White Vegetarian Bingo: Loud, Clueless & Proud

    Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

    Some of you may recall the animal rights bingo cards I made last year, namely: Defensive Omnivore Bingo II (inspired by Brian VanderVeen’s Defensive Omnivore Bingo, of course!), as well as the vegan-feminist Speciesist Feminist Bingo and Anti-Feminist Vegetarian Bingo cards. (No? Well, here they are!) Around the same time, I started working on a card dealing with racism and classism in the animal advocacy movement: Privileged White Vegetarian Bingo. A year later, give or take, and I finally filled in the few remaining squares!

    Unlike the other cards, I feel as though PWV Bingo requires more of an introduction – but every time I sit down and put fingers to keys, the words that appear on my computer screen seem trite, inadequate and lacking in eloquence. So rather than keep struggling along, instead I invite you to read this FAQ by Tim Wise, as well as “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Backpack,” by Peggy McIntosh – the first few paragraphs of which I’ve excerpted below:

    Through the work to bring materials from Women’s Studies into the rest of the curriculum, I have often noticed men’s unwillingness to grant that they are over-privileged, even though they may grant that women are disadvantaged. They may say they will work to improve women’s status, in the society, the university, or the curriculum, but they can’t or won’t support the idea of lessening men’s. Denials which amount to taboos surround the subject of advantages which men gain from women’s disadvantages. These denials protect male privilege from being fully acknowledged, lessened or ended.

    Thinking through unacknowledged male privilege as a phenomenon, I realized that since hierarchies in our society are interlocking, there was most likely a phenomenon of white privilege which was similarly denied and protected. As a white person, I realized I had been taught about racism as something which puts others at a disadvantage, but had been taught not to see one of its corollary aspects, white privilege, which puts me at an advantage.

    I think whites are carefully taught not to recognize white privilege, as males are taught not to recognize male privilege. So I have begun in an untutored way to ask what it is like to have white privilege. I have come to see white privilege as an invisible package of unearned assets which I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was ‘meant’ to remain oblivious. White privilege is like an invisible weightless backpack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, clothes, tools and blank checks.

    For me, filling in the 24 squares of the PWV Bingo card was an exercise similar to that performed by McIntosh – that is, recognizing the many ways in which my racial and ethnic makeup help me navigate the world of veganism and animal advocacy, unhindered and unmolested. Whereas – as a woman lacking in gender privilege – I was able to complete the two feminist-themed cards with relative ease, it took me – as a vegan benefiting from race and class privilege – months to finish the PWV Bingo card. In short, it’s much easier for me to identify sexism, misogyny and anti-feminism, since I’m marginalized by them; harder still to identify racism and classism (particularly less overt examples of each), since I’ve been taught to take white privilege for granted – to see right through it, as though it doesn’t even exist. An eye-opening task, and one I highly recommend – no matter the privilege in question: race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, gender identity, nationality, dis/ability…species, even. No, not even – especially.

    Additionally, I should note that while I use the terms “racism” and “classism” in conjunction, this isn’t to suggest that they’re interchangeable. Related, yes – inasmuch as people of color are disproportionately represented among the poor and working-class, and a number of variables, structural and otherwise, work to perpetuate the status quo – but not the same. However, rather than make a card each for racism and classism, I decided to combine the two in one for simplicity’s sake. All forms of oppression are intertwined, and sometimes it can be next-to-impossible to separate all the tangled threads.

    Also, I almost named this card “Cluelessly Privileged White Vegetarian Bingo” – since recognizing one’s privilege doesn’t automagically dispense with it – but decided against it, seeing as “Privileged White Vegetarian Bingo” is already quite the mouthful. I specifically chose not to call it “Racist Vegetarian Bingo,” as labeling one a “racist” tends to shut down civil, productive discourse in a way that “speciesist” (and even, to some extent, “sexist”) does not. Plus, racism isn’t an either/or proposition; as Wise explains, we’re all socialized and/or programmed to be racist – to think in terms of in group/out group membership – to some degree. The challenge, whether you choose to accept it, lies in using our oversized primate brains to overcome these outdated, retrogressive, lazy ways of thinking.

    As with the previous cards, I’ve included a plain-text version of PWV Bingo after the jump. At the time of this writing, most of the squares contain links to refutations and debunkings; for those that don’t, I plan on either finding an appropriate response or writing my own in the (hopefully near) future – so check back often!*

    In addition to the articles by Wise and McIntosh, I also highly recommend that you check out the resources linked to in the plain-text version of the card. Vegans of Color, The Vegan Ideal, The Food Empowerment Project, The Sistah Vegan Project, L.O.V.E. – all have been instrumental in challenging and shaping my views on race and class privilege (etc.), particularly in relation to the animal advocacy movement. Many of the squares were directly inspired by things read and seen on the pages of these blogs and websites.

    Of course, PWV Bingo is equally applicable to vegans as well as vegetarians. Sad but true, people. Sad but true.

    Privileged White Vegetarian Bingo

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    A Dozen Ways to Serve a Sweet Potato (A Photo Essay)

    Saturday, November 27th, 2010

    Fry's Vegetarian - Sweet potato

    Regular readers know that I’m no stranger to pop culture analysis. (In fact, I watch so much television that it’s only a matter of time before I start to resemble the potato above. But at least it’s sweet!) Well, for my next VeganMoFo trick, watch while I dissect the above advertisement – and then refute it with some super-hot vegan food (not-)porn action. Shall we?

    A large, rather symmetrical sweet potato (Seriously, when’s the last time you’ve seen such a beautifully proportioned sweet potato? I would love to peel the hell out of that baby!) occupies most of the real estate in the ad above. The potato is dissected into six discrete pieces by a cartoon-like, white dotted line that’s been superimposed over it, thus evoking the look and feel of old-timey butchers’ posters. You know the kind: hanging in Sam the Butcher’s storefront, such posters helpfully illustrate the different “cuts” of meat one can obtain from the body of a murdered and dismembered nonhuman animal. (Google, for example, “cuts of beef”. This is an image that PETA seems fond of mimicking/parodying, with debatable success. But I digress, and dangerously so!) Other images in the series depict a zucchini and eggplant carved up similarly.

    Because every “cut” of the sweet potato is identical to the others, the ad seems to be suggesting that such visual analogies are ridiculous; humorous, even. Compared to “meat,” plant-based foods are boring. Monotonous. Lacking in variety or diversity. Undifferentiated masses of blah. In other words, being a vegan/vegetarian sucks balls.

    The most interesting aspect of this ad series is that it’s promoting – wait for it! – vegetarian food (!). Specifically, Fry’s Vegetarian Foods, which specializes in meals heavy in mock “meat.” Though I’m disappointed to see a vegetarian company engage in the negative stereotyping of plant-based foods, I can’t exactly say that I’m shocked, given the context.

    I know, I know; it’s all in good fun, right? Except when it’s not. The consumption of animal flesh and secretions is largely a choice in Western cultures – and one category of “reasons” (excuses, really) that carnists commonly use to justify their dietary choices involves societal mythconceptions and prejudices concerning cruelty-free options, i.e., that any foodstuffs that do not contain animal by-/products are necessarily boring, bland and monotonous. Rather than cater to these harmful stereotypes, we should actively challenge them.

    Which brings me to the VeganMoFo Photo Essay portion of this post. What follows are twelve gorgeous, creative, yummy dishes that incorporate sweet potatoes as a primary ingredient. (I might have just as easily executed this project with zucchini or eggplant, but hey, ’tis the season, am I right?) The tip of the proverbial iceberg, these photos and recipes demonstrate that vegan foods are anything but boring.

    Now grab a knife, fork and potato peeler and dig in, MoFo-ers!

    1. Roasted Sweet Potato Salad With Black Beans and Chili Dressing:

    sweet potato salad

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    tweeting thanksgiving

    Friday, November 26th, 2010

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    In this someecard, a woman sits at a dining table, seemingly ashamed as two older men berate her. The remnants of the night’s meal, including what looks like a bird corpse, scatter the tabletop. The caption reads, “Your Tufurkey has brought shame to this family.”
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    As with several holidays past (most notably, Mother’s Day), I spent some of yesterday sending out Thanksgiving-related tweets. Most of these focused on the 45-48 million turkeys who were enslaved, slaughtered, dismembered and consumed in order to “show thanks” for [insert your irony here: friends? family? freedom? life?]. A few also addressed the racist and colonialist origins of the holiday. (Such a Debbie Downer, I am. Errr, make that Kelly Killjoy.)

    For those of you who don’t follow me on twitter, I’ve included a digest of yesterday’s tweets. There’s lots of interesting reading there – some of which I linked to in yesterday’s edition of Friday Food – so enjoy!

    Perhaps you’ll join me in tweeting the next problematic holiday or observance? It’s a surprisingly satisfying – and relatively simple – form of protest, though I’m not sure whether it has any practical effect beyond the personal. But hey, it made me feel a teensy bit better. That counts for something, right?

    Oh, and at the end of the digest is a snarky little video from Sarah Silverman and the folks at Funny or Die: Sarah Silverman’s ThanksKILLING Special. “God bless America, and its greedy, self-righteous heritage.” Definitely check it out, even if you’re already familiar with the story of how Silverman became a vegetarian.

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    Friday Food (on a Thursday Holiday): Season Finale!

    Thursday, November 25th, 2010

    Friday Food…on a Thursday, you ask? Yes, ma’am! I shall be too busy chowing down on frozen pizza and pie – not to mention catching up on The Walking Dead – to bother with a “real” post today. And it’s the veganmofo Friday Food Season Finale, at that. How exciting!

    (Seriously, the husband and I are opting/lazing out of the traditional Tofurky and mashed potato feast this year. But feel free to visit ghosts of meals past, mkay? See, e.g., 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006.)

    Whether you choose to observe the holiday or not, may your Thanksgiving day be a gentle one, friends.

     

    Feed the Turkeys ceremony at Animal Acres Thanksgiving!
    They got pies, salad, and stuffed squash!
    CC image via Flickr user prideandvegudice.
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    Food, delicious food!

    Caramel Apple Pie from Apryl Knight @ Vegan Etsy

    Vegan Lemon Bars from I Eat Trees

    Chocolate Chestnut Tart from The New Vegan Table

    Chocolate Covered Potato Chips from Manifest Vegan

    Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers from Cooking at the Pacific Outpost

    Cornbread Casserole, Dirty Dumpling Soup and Coconut Fudge from bite me, I’m vegan.

    Smokey Maple BBQ Beans from Vegan Guinea Pig

    Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes from Sweet Treats and Vegan Eats

    Hindbærsnitter from Seglare in Copenhagen

    Lentil Walnut Pate Lettuce Wraps from thefrenchvegan

    Garlic-Glazed Green Beans and Candied Sweet Potatoes from the vegan crew

    Thousand Island Dressing from Our Veggie Kitchen

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    Flax seeds: Go on, hug your colon!

    Sunday, November 21st, 2010

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    tablespoon of flax seeds” – CC-licensed image via Flickr user sean dreilinger.
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    I’ve been using flax seed oil in dog food recipes – peanut butter balls, mostly – for several years now. The stink of the stuff has never appealed to; it’s always made me gag, in fact.

    Which is why, when I read that flax seeds are helpful for those who suffer from IBS, I cringed a little. As some of you may know, I’ve been struggling with (what I suspect is) IBS for about five years. Mostly it’s under control, but when I eat the wrong foods or stray from my routine, I’m basically thumbing my nose at the digestive gods.

    So it was with more than a little trepidation that I decided to add a few tablespoons of flax seeds to my nightly routine. Or try, anyhow; based on my aversion to the oil, I remained doubtful that I’d be able to choke the actual seeds down. I started with the ground stuff, purchased relatively inexpensively at a certain evil box store, and…they were okay. No, not just okay; good. Kind of yummy, actually! Cue: pleasant surprise.

    They made a noticeable difference with my IBS symptoms, too: no more bloating! (Well, assuming I stay away from problem foods; I’m not brave/foolhardy enough to test flax seeds’ efficacy under such risky conditions.) And girl, does that shit keep you regular! Way more effective in that arena than anything I’ve tried, fiber supplements included.

    When visiting my parents, I switched to whole, roasted flax seeds because – luck of luck – they just happened to have a bag on hand. (Two, actually; I brought the other home with me in my second suitcase – i.e., the one I use to collect and carry “my haul.”) Super, super yummy.

    And great in recipes, too!:

  • Blueberry Flax Seed Muffins @ (Vegan) What’s for Dinner?
  • Blueberry, carrot, and flaxseed muffins @ veggieburgh
  • High Fiber, Lower Carb Maple Morning Muffins @ Goodbaker.com
  • Hermit Cookies with Flax Seed @ Fatfree Vegan Recipes
  • Vegan Oatmeal-Flax-Spelt Cookies and Vegan Blueberry-Flax Granola @ No Meat Athelete
  • Ruth’s Flax Seed Balls @ Food.com
  • Raw Flax Seed Crackers @ About.com
  • Olive Oil Flax Seed Vegan Challah Bread @ Cookies and Candids

    Of course, either kind is helpful to have on hand, as ground flax seeds mixed with soy milk is commonly used as an egg substitute in baking!

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  • Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (Friday Food)

    Friday, November 19th, 2010

    Another week, another veganmofo wrap-up! Entering the home stretch, I cannot adequately express the sense of relief that comes from having started my mofo blogging a month in advance. Because, lemme tell you something – I’m 26.5 posts down with 3.5 left to go (the .5 being a book review that’s 99% finished, but just needs a quick spit & shine before publication), and I am forking exhausted. As in, ready for an 18-hour nap followed by a week-long vacation. And I haven’t even done that much cooking!

    mashed cauliflower

    “mashed cauliflower: This Mashed Cauliflower recipe (which I make in place of mashed potatoes) is perfect for a gluten free, Paleo Thanksgiving.”
    CC image via Flickr user elena’s pantry.
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    Food, delicious food!

    Mashed Cauliflower, Carrot French Fries and Vegan Pumpkin Ice Cream from Elena’s Pantry (pictured above and below)

    Vegan Butterflake Rolls from Inspired Eats

    Best Vegan Pecan Pie from My Vegan Cookbook

    Twice-Baked Colcannon from Miso for Breakfast

    Thanksgiving “Pie” with Variations and Spiced Two-Apple Tart with Cider Crème from Vegan Planet

    Vegan Green Bean Casserole from Vegan Etsy

    Vanilla Bean Cupcakes With Chocolate Ganache from Isa @ the PPK

    Tasty cream horns from vegalicious

    Graham Crackers from VeganYumYum

    VEGAN Battleship Chocolate Bundt Cake with Sour Cherry Compote! from Terry Hope Romero @ vegansaurus!

    Quick(er) Pierogies from Vegan Nom Noms

    Vegan Peppermint Stick Ice Cream from I Eat Trees

    Chocolate Hazelnut Spread from Musings From The Fishbowl

    Buckeye Candy (with a Hint of Cardamom) from Manifest Vegan

    Beer Breaded Garlic Mushrooms from Lustrous Musings

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    Friday Food: Sharing is Caring!

    Friday, November 12th, 2010

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    Miss Hash Brown – my parents’ beagle/terrier mix-breed dog-kid – tries to sweet-talk me into sharing a piece of my sun-dried tomato bagel with her. And by “talk” I mean “kiss.”
    Needless to say, she had me at *sad eyes*.
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    It took me a good six hours, but I finally finished working through this year’s veganmofo blogroll earlier this week. Everything looks so nice and neat and sorted now! Of course, this means that I have even more Friday Food to share with y’all! Enjoy the links, and try not to drool on your keyboard or, worse yet, lick your monitor (it’s not real, it’s just an illusion!).

    Before we get started, though, I have got to direct you to the following blogs – or, more to the point, blog titles, which tickled me every shade of pink whilst browsing through them. Most are rooted in pop culture, which is totally my thing.

    bite me, I’m vegan | http://bitemevegan.blogspot.com
    Duchess Of Kircaldy | http://duchessofkircaldy.wordpress.com
    It Ain’t Meat, Babe | http://www.itaintmeatbabe.com
    It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Cooking…) | http://imonlycooking.blogspot.com
    meansoybean | http://meansoybean.com
    Meatless in Seattle | http://meatlessinseattle85.blogspot.com
    No Murders in the Rue Morgue | http://nomurders.wordpress.com
    Thyme Bombe | http://thymebombe.com
    Vegan Dance if you want to. | http://vegandance.blogspot.com

    Also be sure to visit Seitan Said Dance, who’s cooking up comic book themed dishes all week. Totally awesome. Bonus smiles: Mozilla recommends that I change “Seitan” to “Satan.”

     

    Oat Pumpkin Pancakes

    “Oat Pumpkin Pancakes” (recipe here). CC image via digiyesica on Flickr.
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    Food, delicious food!

    Tempeh Roulade en Croute from VegSpinz

    Sweet Potato and Apple Bake from megatarian

    Mint Chocolate Shots from Lustrous Musings

    The (vegan) Soup Post! and Molasses Ginger Cookies! from Healthy. Happy. Life.

    Cappuccino Muffins and Vegan Apple Hand Pies from Vegan Nom Noms

    Rooibos Chai from Vegan Junk Food

    Dad’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Bon Bons from In My Vegan Life

    The Vegan Nacho from Unhealthy Vegan

    Vegan Pizza Bites from Toast and Tofu

    Braised Maple Tarragon Carrots from The Elizavegan Page

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    Thank dog it’s Friday Food!

    Friday, November 5th, 2010

    As promised, today I bring you a monster link roundup of all the yummy recipes I bookmarked with delicious during the past week. Though the series title is shamelessly lifted (“borrowed”) from Stephanie, this Friday Food is different in that it includes recipes published at any time in the history of the intertubes. I do a lot of browsing and surfing – even more so given the massive Vegan MoFo blogroll and RSS feed bundle – and thus, not a little backtracking. Most of these recipes are newish – many posted just for Vegan MoFo – but don’t be surprised if you stumble upon one from 1999. In which case, par-tay like – well, you know the drill.

    And also, I am a junk food junkie. Judging from the unhealthy bent of this list, even more so than I realized. Problems, I got ’em. Sigh. So many sweets, so little time.

     

    Chocolate-coconut truffles (recipe here). CC image via floridecires on Flickr.
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    Food, delicious food!

    Homemade Tofurkey with Brown Rice Stuffing Recipe from Chow, by way of vegansaurus!

    White Trash Tater Tot Casserole with Daiya, Mac ‘n Teese® Cheese Casserole, and Cranberry Apple Crisp with Maple Syrup from SnarkyVegan

    Blueberry and Earl Grey Scones from Cookin’ Vegan & Jessica @VeganFood

    Vegan Black Bean Tostadas with Corn Relish from Veggie Terrain

    Vegan Sweet Potato Naan from Cook’s Hideout

    Kelly Beth’s Vegan Deviled Eggs (a.k.a. Potato Angels) from Vegan Etsy

    Chocolate Coconut Truffles (above) from Veggie Wedgie

    Super Fudgy Brownies (AKA Crusty Fudge) and Chocolate Viennese Whirls from Not a Rabbit

    Chocolate Cake with White Chocolate Mousse, Berry Compote and Almond Milk Ice Cream and Fried Lemon Pie and Salted Caramel Ice Cream from vegansaurus! (and Project Just Desserts guest-chefs Melisser and Bianca)

    Black Bean and Chipotle Dip from Wednesday Food Blogging

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    The Return of "Frugal Vegans…" & delicious-ness, Hoarded

    Thursday, November 4th, 2010

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    During last year’s VeganMoFo, I launched a new series about how to live frugally as a vegan. The idea was to both offer helpful tips for those vegans looking to save money, while also providing a counterpoint to the idea that veganism is necessarily expensive. Loosely titled “Frugal Vegans…,” the series unfortunately fizzled and died with October, in part because I don’t do a whole lot of food blogging outside of VeganMoFo. But hey, look on the bright side! VeganMoFo is back, baby! And with it, “Frugal Vegans…”

    As a sort of refresher course, here are the topics we covered last year:

    (I also have an entire category dedicated to frugality, though it’s mostly comprised of the posts listed above.)

    Today’s tip is short and sweet: hoard your deliciousness. By which I mean…well, go see for yourself: http://www.delicious.com/easyvegan/recipe

    easyvegan's delicious tags (recipes)

    Now look. I’m all in favor of supporting one’s favorite vegan cookbook authors and chefs (especially those who are also vocal advocates for oppressed animals, both human and non!). And you can and should support them by purchasing (and promoting) their cookbooks (and blogs, podcasts, appearances, etc.) when possible. But not everyone can afford to buy a new book every week, month or even year. Libraries rock – and, imho, borrowing cookbooks from the library, thus increasing demand for these titles, counts as support – but not everyone has ready access to a library or library services.

    Luckily, there are plenty of recipes and ideas to be had for free online, as is amply evidenced by VeganMoFo. (Speaking of which, have you seen the tragically awesome RSS feed bundles yet? You will never leave the house again!) Just search for “vegan recipes” (over 4 million hits on Google!) – or hop on over to my blogroll of vegan foodies for a more whittled down version – to get started.

    But how to keep track of all this vegan nom? delicious to the rescue! With delicious you can bookmark, tag, sort, share and comment on your favorite links.

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    More mofo vegan ice cream – and an ice cream machine review!

    Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

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    Yesterday, I reviewed Wheeler del Torro’s The Vegan Scoop, otherwise known as MY FAVORITE COOKBOOK OF ALL TIME. (It’s a must buy for all ice cream-loving vegans. In other words, all vegans.) Since most of the recipes contained within require an ice cream maker, I thought a review of my own machine might be fitting.

    In Christmas 2008, my lovely mom gifted Shane and I an ice cream maker. Specifically, a Cuisinart Ice-45 Mix-It-In Soft-Serve 1-1/2-Quart Ice-Cream Maker. It retails for $185 on Amazon, but at the time of this writing, you can score your very own for just $87.95 (with free shipping!).

    When it comes to purchasing an ice cream machine, you have several styles from which to choose:

    Manual vs. Electric:

    [Manual] machines usually comprise an outer bowl and a smaller inner bowl with a hand-cranked mechanism which turns a paddle, sometimes called a dasher, to stir the mixture. The outer bowl is filled with a freezing mixture of salt and ice: the addition of salt to the ice causes freezing-point depression; as the salt melts the ice, its heat of fusion allows it to absorb heat from the ice cream mixture, freezing the ice cream.

    This type of ice cream maker is inexpensive, but inconvenient and messy as the ice and salt mixture produces a lot of salty water as it melts, which the user must dispose of, and the ice and salt mixture has to be replenished to make a new batch of ice cream. […]

    [Electric machines] have an electric motor which drives either the bowl or the paddle to stir the mixture.

    Counter-top vs. Self-freezing:

    Counter-top machines use a double-walled bowl which contains between the two walls a solution that freezes below the freezing point of water. This is frozen in a domestic freezer for up to 24 hours before the machine is needed. Once frozen, the bowl is put into the machine, the mixture is added and the machine is switched on. The paddles rotate, stirring the mixture as it gradually freezes through contact with the frozen bowl. Twenty to thirty minutes later, the solution between the double walls of the bowl has thawed, and the ice cream has frozen. The advantage of this type of electric machine is low cost, typically under $100. The disadvantage of the pre-frozen bowl approach is that only one batch can be made at a time. To make another batch, the bowl must be frozen again. For this reason, it is usually possible to buy extra bowls for the machine, but of course these take up a lot of freezer space. […]

    More expensive, and much larger, machines have a freezing mechanism built in and do not require a bowl to be pre-chilled. The cooling system is switched on, and in a few minutes the mixture can be poured in and the paddle switched on. As with coolant-bowl machines, ice cream is ready in twenty to thirty minutes, depending on the quantity made. These machines can be used immediately with no preparation, and any number of batches of ice cream can be made without a delay between batches.

    As you’ve no doubt already surmised, the Ice-45 is an electric counter-top model. Keep this in mind while reading my ratings, since each is in comparison to other electric counter-top models – versus, say, a high-end $1,000 self-freezing machine.

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    Vote, mofo’s, vote!

    Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

    Rock The Vote - Empower Yourself - Take Part In Democracy

    An important reminder for all the lovely American mofo’ers out there: please, if you can, remember to vote today! No matter your age, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender identity, religious beliefs or party affiliation, it’s your responsibility as a citizen to participate in the democratic process. Globally, many people are denied this right; and, for many U.S. citizens, voting is an only recently-won right. Even if you write in Dennis Kucinich or your bestest dog friend in every race, vote! Abstention is interpreted as apathy, not protest; only by voting will your voice be heard.

    FYI: according to Wiki, the following states offer some form of same-day voter registration: Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Wyoming and Washington DC. If you live in any of these states but are not registered, show up at the polls anyhow, and register to vote on-site. If you’re not registered and thus not eligible to vote in this election cycle, register to vote today so that you’re prepared for the next election, “large” (national) or “small” (local).

    Also, know your rights! Hit up the ACLU for a handy-dandy state-by-state guide to voting rights: http://www.aclu.org/voting-rights.

    And your polling place! MoveOn.org has a polling place lookup (along with links to voting ID laws and contact info for legal help), but if you’d prefer something less partisan, Google Maps to the rescue!

    Finally, a few personal pleas:

    Arizona residents, please vote NO on PROP 109;
    Arkansas residents, please vote NO on ISSUE NO. 1;
    South Carolina residents, please vote NO on AMENDMENT 1;
    Tennessee residents, please vote NO on CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 1.

    All would establish fishing and hunting as constitutional “rights” in each state’s respective amendment. How fucked up is that?

    Missouri residents, please vote YES on PROP B, which would improve conditions for some dogs enslaved in MO puppy mills. It’s far from perfect, but it’s an improvement.

    North Dakota residents, please vote YES on MEASURE 2, which would make canned hunting illegal.

    California residents, please vote YES on PROP 19, which would legalize marijuana in the state of CA.

    For a full list of all 2010 ballot propositions, see Ballotpedia.

    Is there something I’m forgetting? Tell us in the comments!

    Please and thank you (and now back to our regularly scheduled VeganMoFo).

    Updated to add: vegansaurus just published a pretty comprehensive, state-by-state ballot measure guide that you should totally check out! Also, if you happen to reside in CA, Marji’s Mina has a few suggestions for you, too.

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    Intersectionality ‘Round the Interwebs, No. 24: Three months o’ links!

    Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

    Considering I haven’t posted a link roundup in more than three months, this one actually isn’t all that long. What can I say; I’ve used what little free blogging time I’ve had to prepare for the upcoming Vegan MoFo madness. Speaking of which, brand spanking new graphics and an up-to-date press release are now available. Go grab some and spread the word! 400 participants and counting – let’s make it 500, kay? Come November 1st, you can follow the fun on Twitter (VeganMoFo, #veganmofo), the (new!) PPK forums, and Vegan MoFo Headquarters International. See y’all then.

    Joel Burns tells gay teens “it gets better”;

    Stephanie @ Animal Rights & AntiOppression: “You Coming Out or What?”; and

    The Bullies Suck T-shirt

    In the wake of a spate of suicides, committed by gay teenagers who were each the target of homophobic bullying, the LGBTQ community and its allies celebrated National Coming Out Day on October 11. Together, these events have focused attention on movements to prevent bullying – particularly those aimed at LGBTQ (or perceived LGBTQ) youths – including the It Gets Better Project and The Trevor Project. The former invites members and allies of the LGBTQ community to upload encouraging videos to its website, the message being that “it gets better”; the latter operates a hotline for LGBTQ youths and young adults in crisis, and also provides resources to parents and educators.

    As part of this anti- anti-gay backlash, a number of celebrities and public figures have shared their own experiences publicly – including Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns, whose heartbreaking speech went viral and was aired in full on various media outlets, including CNN (where I first saw it). I’ve embedded the video above; even though it’s rather long, clocking in at almost 13 minutes, I urge you to watch the whole thing. It will bring you to tears.

    And, while you’re already a sobby, snotty mess, head on over to AR&AO, where Stephanie shares her own “coming out” story. These issues – homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, and the like – are relevant to animal rights activism simply because so many activists belong to marginalized groups; nonhumans are not the only animals exploited and mistreated en masse, for no reason other than the simple fact of their birth. All oppression is bad oppression, and all forms of oppression harm individual activists, as well as social movements and the beings for whom we advocate. These are not “special interests,” to be addressed only after the “important” work is done; these are our interests, to be tackled in concert with other “isms.”

    To this end, Ari Solomon of A Scent of Scandal, Josh Hooten of The Herbivore Clothing Company and Jennifer Martin of Ink Brigade created a line of t-shirts to show solidarity with the victims of anti-LGBTQ bullying. Called “Bullies Suck,” the tees are available for purchase through Herbivore (just $20, with kids’ sizes, to boot!); all proceeds will be donated to The Trevor Project.

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    The Season of the Vegan: VeganMoFo, Halloweegan & Birthday Kisses

    Saturday, October 9th, 2010
  • If you’re vegan and on the internets, then probably you already know all about the awesomeness that is VeganMoFo. But a reminder never hurts now, does it?

    Vegan MoFo IV logo banner

    VeganMoFo is a month-long celebration of all things vegan food-related, in intertubes carnival form. Throughout the month of November, vegan bloggers the world over pledge to post about the joys of vegan food once a day, with the goal of generating at least 20 posts for the month (weekends are optional!). Topics run the gamut, from original recipes to theme days and photo essays to contests and giveaways. Last year, over 500 bloggers participated, yours truly included. (You can browse an archive of my VeganMoFo contributions here.)

    If you’re interested in being a MoFoer – in blog or in spirit – check out VeganMoFo Headquarters International, where a team of MoFoers will be recapping all the hot, sticky, NOMy vegan action in real time. You can also follow them on Twitter (@veganmofo), where you should totally share your own #veganmofo links – tagged according, natch. For the Flickerites among us, there’s even a VeganMoFo group; join and share, mkay?

    The sign-up deadline to be included in the RSS feed / “official” list of participants is 11/2, but you can jump in at any time! (Sign-up sheet here.)

    Last year, there was a push to garner media coverage for the event; I don’t know whether something similar is planned for 2010, but you should definitely keep an eye on the PPK forums for more. If necessary, last year’s sample press release can easily be reworked for VeganMoFo IV.

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  • Not being a PPK regular, I initially thought that, as in years past, VeganMoFo IV was scheduled for October. But, not so much. Luckily, October is home to its own brand of awesomeness: Halloween!

    Wing-It Vegan is leading the Halloween festivities with a month of Halloweegan treats. (Halloween + vegan = Halloweegan, silly!) Spider Cupcakes, Vampire Cookies and Veggieloaf Coffins, oh my! You can browse an index of her Halloween-themed recipes here; she’s helpfully included links to other vegan creations ’round the interwebs, too. And if you’re on Flickr, join her newly-birthed Halloweegan group so you can get in on the fun.

  • Similarly, the good folks at VegWeb.com have assembled a dedicated Halloween page. Hit ’em up for Halloween-themed recipes, costume and party ideas, leads on yummy vegan Halloween candy and more.
  • Last Thursday was Kaylee and Jayne’s adoption day (four years) and observed birthdays (twelve and six years, respectively). I meant to at least mention it on the 30th, but happily we were too busy celebrating! At nine days past due, you’d think I’d just accept that the moment has passed, and maybe it’s silly, but…I feel a little remiss if I don’t at least give the kids an on-blog shout-out. Guilty, even. I know, I know, I’m such a mom.

    Anyhow, Shane and I drove the girls to nearby Smithville Lake, where we took a leisurely stroll along the water (2.11 miles in 53 minutes!). Kaylee is a naturally slow walker (she doesn’t walk so much as meander); whereas Jayne, possibly owing to abandonment issues, won’t walk more than five feet in front of you without stopping and/or retreating back, presumably to confirm that you haven’t ditched her while she wasn’t looking. It’s rather sad, actually. But it was a beautiful, shiny day and I think we all were happy to get out of the house.

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