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April Pupdate

I haven’t taken many food shots lately, but with the new love in my life – my Canon 5D Mark III – I can’t wait any longer to post some photos. My last post on my dog Rupert was pretty popular, so I thought some of you animal lovers might be interested in a little pupdate on the most charming member of the Kuby family.

Rupert’s as goofy as ever, and though not quite as badly behaved as he was in his younger days, we still find his snout in the wine bucket from time to time…

I’d love to regale you all with stories of Rupert’s triumphs and adventures since the last time you saw him, but honestly, all he really does is lie around the house in various odd locations for shamelessly long amounts of time.

…But does he ever look cute doing it!

Nora Kuby Photography for VegNews

Anyone who knows me knows that I am my own toughest critic, so when I say that you don’t need to tell me it’s been an embarrassingly long time since I last Pride & Vegudiced, I mean it. In Jane Austen’s own words, “Oh! do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch.” :)

No, but seriously, my life’s been a bit of a roller coaster since last June. I’ve experienced a few hard knocks in my personal life (but have lived to tell the tale and would like to believe I am stronger for all of it!); I left my wonderful job at DrWeil.com to return to school at ASU to take pre-med classes with the possible goal of becoming a nutritionist, naturopath, or integrative doctor myself (I want to be just like Dr. Weil, but less hairy and more vegan!); I finally left my parents’ house and moved in with my good friend Allison near campus; and, in December, I began working at my favorite restaurant (literally, my favorite restaurant in the entire world, and, as an English minor, I never misuse the word “literally”…), Pomegranate Café. It’s organic, almost entirely vegan, and so gosh darn lovely that it deserves its own post, so you can look forward to that!

Some other things I’ve been up to since we last spoke include getting a haircut I severely regret; dressing up as Hermione and waiting 20 hours in line with my sister and good friends, Laura and Bear (dressed as Dobby, Bellatrix, and Luna, respectively) for the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, where I simultaneously experienced unadulterated joy, communal paroxysms of grief, and the end of my childhood; meeting my hero, vegan author and inspirational speaker, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau of Compassionate Cooks, when she came to speak at ASU (thanks to my mom’s event planning); playing lots and lots of soccer; finally upgrading to an iPhone 4S from my sad, sad EnV2 (a.k.a. the glorified calculator); shooting my first wedding (for my beautiful friend Lindsay!); completing the giant, full-spread, 700+ clue Thanksgiving crossword almost on my own; spending ten days in Jamaica with my dad’s side of the family; and not caring about the Super Bowl for the 24th time in my life.

Also since we last spoke, both my mom and little sister have joined the vegan wolf pack! (My sister actually revealed to me that she was going vegan by adapting the famous “wolf pack” speech from The Hangover to refer to her joining my vegan wolf pack  – it was hilarious and I will have to post the full transcript at some point…) Having two of the people I love most in this world adopt the same joyful lifestyle that has shaped me into the person I am today is extremely gratifying; it also taught me that leading by example can be more powerful than vegangelizing. I love that they came to veganism on their own once I stepped down from my vegan soapbox. I’m so proud of them!

As cute as my mom and sister are, I know you’re all here for the food porn. I’m happy to inform you that, despite not blogging for eight months, I haven’t quite abandoned food photography. In fact, quite the contrary: I’ve become a recipe photographer for everyone’s favorite vegan publication, VegNews Magazine! I’m currently working on my fifth assignment for the magazine, which will appear in this year’s May-June issue, but I thought I’d share my first four published photos with you all, just in case you’re not all avid VegNews subscribers!

My first (and I must say, favorite) published photo was Robin Robertson’s Thai Lettuce Bites in the July-August 2011 issue. The flavors and colors were poppin’…

Next up, Gena Hamshaw’s Vanilla Almond Milk, featured in the September-October 2011 issue. This vegan’s made plenty of almond milk in her day (I actually own a black and white shirt that says, “Got nut milk?”), but this recipe was quite possibly the best.

For the November-December 2011 Holiday Issue, I whipped up another Robin Robertson creation: Classic Fry Bread (click for the recipe!).

Finally, the most recent (March-April 2012) issue of VegNews features my photo of Allison Rivers Samson’s Fresh Mushroom Ceviche:

That’s all I’ve got for now, folks. Thanks for sticking with Pride & Vegudice despite my extended absence – I will try to post at least once a month from this point forward, especially once I get my greedy little hands on the imminent Canon 5D Mark III. If that doesn’t motivate me to photograph everything in sight (including food), I don’t know what will!

Spent on Rainy Days

I wish I saved up for rainy days
because they’re the hardest to stay dry.

I got no self control,
I’m always begging into telephones.

I think I’ll print it in the personals that I’m looking for a match–
Someone to light me up,

…Someone to burn the proof of the things that I’ve done.

It’s an extreme dark chocolate day. As in, Endangered Species 88%.

Lyrics by Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes.

A Little More Hamilton Love

First of all, I wanted to thank all you guys for your incredibly nice comments, especially on my last post! I really want to take a photography class, but so far I’ve just been teaching myself, so it means a lot to hear that I’m doing something right! You guys made my day.

Consider this post “part two” of my fall break visit with my sister.

I think “part one” adequately conveyed how beautiful Colgate’s campus is, so I think I’ll focus on how delightfully adorable the town is.

The town basically consists of a café, a chocolate shop, a movie theater, and an apothecary.
Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but still, they have an apothecary!

So getting back to how I lied, there are two coffee shops in town. My sister’s favorite is the Barge, and being the coffee shop connoisseur that I am, I must say that I approve her choice.

Not only is the Barge super cozy, with tons of tables and squishy armchairs, and a wide selection of tea (including desert sage!) but they have vegan sandwiches and vegan cookies!

I didn’t get one, but aren’t they cute?

We spent a lazy Monday morning studying there–Liv reading, and I thesising.

And alongside my cinnamon-cardamom tea I had two brown rice cakes with a packet of Justin’s Classic Almond Butter and a sprinkling of nutmeg. Perfect.

The chocolate shop I mentioned is called Maxwells. It’s your classic candy shop & soda bar. It even had vegan milkshakes (chocolate and vanilla!), though, again, I didn’t have the pleasure. Sorry!

That night we saw Where the Wild Things Are at the Hamilton Movie Theater.

It was a long, cold walk to and from our 8:45 showing, and I may or may not have looked like a wild thing in my ridiculous–yet beloved–Betsy Johnson faux fur-trimmed velvet coat, but I enjoyed reliving a childhood classic with my little sister, even if it couldn’t possibly capture the book’s magic.

Speaking of magic, I thought this house on the way into town looked like it was full of it. It’s like my Victorian-inspired dream haven.

And now I want a pink house. With a blue door.

Pumpkin for My Pumpkin

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies for my little sister, that is!

I’m currently visiting my favorite person in the world. She’s a sophomore (and DI soccer player!) at Colgate University in the charming town of Hamilton in central NY. It’s my first time here, and I’m loving it.

Of course I couldn’t come empty-handed–I’m her big (wonderful vegan baker) sister, after all! I had to make something seasonal, and having my own fond memories of my mom sending me pumpkin chocolate chip cookies in October of my freshman year at Pomona, I decided that was the route to take. Good decision, I think.

I used this recipe from the PPK, subbing 1 cup of chocolate chips for the walnuts and raisins because, um, which would you prefer? I added the optional flax seed as well because, in my book, chewier cookies always take the cake. (Uh oh, mixed metaphor!)

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to try them (still doing elimination diet stuff, so no sugar or gluten for me at the present!), but my friends and Olivia all seemed to love them! From making and at least smelling them, however, I got the sense that they weren’t quite pumpkin-y enough. Liv said the molasses kind of overpowered the pumpkin (I think maple syrup would be a better option), and my mom thought they could use a bit more spice. Still, they’ve all been wolfing them down nonetheless, so I’m marking them as a win, even if I would probably try a different recipe next time!

So far, the weather’s been surprisingly mild (for NY in October…). We’ve been enjoying the brisk and sunny autumn days to the fullest, an enjoyment that necessarily includes playing in the leaves:

Please notice the heart formed by the leaves around Livers. She’s so talented.

The novelty of foliage to an AZ girl who goes to school in SoCal.

Can I switch schools, please? Freezing 98 percent of the time must be worth a month or so of this kind of magical.

Don’t quote me on that. ;)

Autumn is for Foodies

1. Favorite non-dairy milk? I’ve only had it once, but that one time might have been enough to convince me that the creaminess of oat milk can’t be beat. Almond milk is my everyday favorite though.

2. What are the top 3 dishes/recipes you are planning to cook? Pumpkin Baked Ziti with Caramelized Onions and Sage Crumb Topping (Veganomicon), Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls (Don’t Eat Off The Sidewalk), and Pumpkin French Toast (Vegan Brunch). What’s wrong with me?

3. Topping of choice for popcorn? Can’t remember the last time I had popcorn, but I think I’d go with Earth Balance, nooch, salt, and maybe some dill.

4. Most disastrous recipe/meal failure? Well, I tried to make the Mushroom-Pecan Burgers from The Everyday Vegan, but I halved only some of the ingredients, while putting in the full amount of the rest. I also puréed the mushrooms instead of chopping them by mistake. It was gross and I was about to give it to Rupert before I realized that even he didn’t deserve that.

5. Favorite pickled item? Not big on pickled items, actually. But the pickled ginger I used to make peanut sauce this summer was pretty darn good.

6. How do you organize your recipes? Whenever I get a new cookbook, I go through it, and post-it note every recipe that I’m especially drawn to. Sometimes it’s only a couple, but others–um, Vegan Yum Yum–end up having almost every single recipe marked. For online recipes, I have a hierarchical bookmark system. E.g. under “Baked Goods” is “Bread,” “Muffins,” “Rolls/Buns,” you get it. Since I view Veganomicon as the vegan bible, and since it contains such a wide variety of recipes, I used a lot of Isa and Terri’s chapter labels to guide my bookmark scheme (like “One-Pot Meals and Stove-Top Specialities”). Then I have a lot of recipes from magazines, newspapers, and pages I’ve made copies of from cookbooks I don’t have. Those will eventually make it into a binder. Someday. Maybe. Probably not.

7. Compost, trash, or garbage disposal? Compost bin when I have one (I don’t when I eat at the dining hall, sadly, though some of our dining hall waste gets brought to Pomona’s farm). I think running the garbage disposal is kind of fun though–Is that embarrassing? However, I have to say that one of my biggest fears is someone turning it on when my hands in there trying to get out a mischievious spoon or the like.

8. If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 foods…what would they be (don’t worry about how you’ll cook them)? Peanut butter, sweet potatoes, and the banan-oat-chickpea. What, you haven’t heard of that vegetable? Well, I guess I’ll have to go with the banana for my third, then. :(

9. Fondest food memory from your childhood? Matzo brei! I’m dying to try the Vegan Brunch one.

10. Favorite vegan ice cream? So Delicious Coconut Milk Cookie Dough. Though I don’t love it so much that I’m not open to other contenders. If there was a cookie dough flavor that incorporated peanut butter, my heart would melt faster than a pint of Rice Dream on an Arizona afternoon.

11. Most loved kitchen appliance? It WILL be my Vita-Mix when I get it someday. Okay, lame answer. Food processor, for sure. I need to make hummus and tofu-based mousses, don’t I?!

12. Spice/herb you would die without? Cinnamon! It goes with sweet and savory!

13. Cookbook you have owned for the longest time? My first vegan cookbooks were birthday presents from my dear parents a month or so after I went vegan: Vegan with a Vengeance, The Joy of Vegan Baking, and Vive le Vegan! One from each of my three favorite vegan chefs: Isa Moskowitz, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, and Dreena Burton!

14. Favorite flavor of jam/jelly? Raspberry–it’s the perfect combo of sweet and tart.

15. Favorite vegan recipe to serve to an omni friend? So far, chocolate chip cookies have always been my best bet. Or banana bread.

16. Seitan, tofu, or tempeh? Tempeh. It’s the closest to its whole state, has the best texture, and who doesn’t love that rich, fermented taste? Plus, um, tempeh bacon. Duh.

17. Favorite meal to cook (or time of day to cook)? Brunch! Doink.

18. What is sitting on top of your refrigerator? My Magic Bullet blender, cinnamon, nutmeg, carob powder, a tea cup, avocados, coconut oil, and Rawmesan (a raw parm substitute made of walnuts, nooch, sunflower seeds, and sea salt–I keep it in my purse to spice up dining hall meals). Oh, and this isn’t all just on top of any fridge. It’s on top of my dorm room Micro-Fridge, which consists of a microwave, super intense freezer, and a refrigerator.

19. Name 3 items in your freezer without looking. A shit ton of frozen fruit (pineapple, cantaloupe, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and mango), carob chips, and vegan candy bars (the Mahalo and Twilight by Go Max Go!).

20. What’s on your grocery list? Raw oat groats (to make oatgurt!), almond butter, and more dates (for smoothies and snacking).

21. Favorite grocery store? Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. And Food Fight! in Portland!

22. Name a recipe you’d love to veganize, but haven’t yet. My mom’s sour cream chocolate chip banana bread.

23. Food blog you read the most. Or maybe the top 3? My three favorites are have cake, will travel, Another One Bites the Crust, and Vegan Crunk. Celine, Nicole, and Bianca are all lovely people, each of whom I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know a bit, and their blogs are full of gorgeous photos, exciting recipes, and adorable rambles.

24. Favorite vegan candy/chocolate? Uh, Sweet ‘n Sara S’mores?

25. Most extravagant food item purchased lately? Artisana Cacao Bliss! Worth every penny of the 7+ dollars! Haha, for a tiny-ass jar too. Still, amazing.

26. Ingredients you are scared to work with? Agar agar. Also, though I’m not afraid of it, I still haven’t worked with yeast!

Dessert (and Tacos!) in the Desert

Hey guys! Long time, no blog! This post is one of the final installments of my effort to stretch my pre-college food adventures into my already-begun-senior-year life! From this point on, posts will be a bit more sporadic and infrequent. I’m sorry, but I have a one-semester Environmental Analysis senior thesis and English senior seminar among many other stressors and responsibilities. I’ll do my best though. I am baking for the Motley, Scripps College’s coffee house, and heading up the 5 College Vegan/Vegetarian Association (VIVA), so hopefully I’ll have some future posts relating to those activities…

Anyways, I drove up to school last Saturday, and one of my favorite things about the drive is my tradition of stopping at the Native Foods on the way! By the time I reached the Palm Desert location around 6:30, I was famished! What does a starving vegan with a penchant for Southwestern fare order? Um, the Tijuana Tacos, duh?!

Soy taco meat, salsa fresca, Native Cheese, shredded romaine lettuce, and guacamole in grilled corn tortillas! Yes, please! The “Native Cheese” was really good – it tasted like some sort of noochy white-bean paste. I haven’t had tacos in a while, so these hit the spot, not the least because it was pretty warm out and these were fresh and light!

I can’t go to Native without getting the Peanut Butter Parfait. I just can’t. I’ve tried.

Creamy peanut butter blend with crumbled Boogie Bars! (Boogies are Native’s glorified banana bread, complete with almonds, oats, coconut, and chocolate chips!) The menu at Palm Desert actually had a typo and said, “Creamy peanut butter bland,” but I can assure you the parfait is anything but bland!

One day I’ll have to try another dessert there, but for now, I’m good.

Also, I said that going to Native was one of my favorite things about the long, steady drive on the I-10 West from Phoenix to LA. My other favorite thing is the stark, yet beautiful scenery: