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VegFest 2016! A Big Success!

Big crowds came out to enjoy great food, informative presentations, and cruelty-free shopping!  

Attendees browse the many unique vendors

The Best Mac and Cheese in Michigan from Detroit Vegan Soul

The Best Mac and Cheese in Michigan from Detroit Vegan Soul

John Salley talks about living a better life.

John Salley talks about living a better life.

Let them eat cake!

Free cake samples! Yum!

The Carnival Room was fun for the kids!

The Carnival Room was fun for the kids!

Baked Acorn Squash Wedges

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Baked Acorn Squash Wedges

  • 2 medium acorn squashes
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 4 tsps. vegan butter spread

Using a sharp knife, cut each squash lengthwise in half and remove seeds and stringly membrane. Cut these in half for a total of 8 wedges. Sprinkle flesh side lightly with salt and pepper. Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Place squash wedges, flesh side up, in a large roasting pan. Spoon a tablespoon of the brown sugar mixture, followed by 1/2 teaspoon of vegan butter into the cavities of each. Cover the roasting pan with foil and bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour. Remove foil and serve.

Thanks-Living Stuffing Casserole

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Thanks-Living Stuffing Casserole

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup cashews, finely chopped
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond or soy milk
  • 2 cups seasoning dry stuffing (Pepperidge Farm brand is fine)
  • 1 tsp. poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet and saute’ celery and onion until softened. Pour into a large mixing bowl along with the rest of the ingredients and combine well. Spread evenly into an oiled 9″ x 13″ baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Cranberry Chutney Salad

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Cranberry Chutney Salad

  • 1  12-ounce back fresh cranberries, rinsed
  • 1  18-ounce jar orange marmalade
  • 1  8-ounce can crushed pineapple with liquid
  • 3/4 cup turbinado sugar 

Place cranberries and marmalade into a food processor and pulse until you get a course texture. Do not over-process into a sauce. Pour into a bowl and stir in the pineapple and sugar. Cover the bowl and allow to chill a day or two before serving. (Do not serve right away after preparing it – the flavors need time to develop).

AMBROSIA FRUIT SALAD

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AMBROSIA FRUIT SALAD 

· 2 cups cubed fresh pineapple
· 1 naval orange, peeled, sectioned and cut into bite-sized pieces
· 1 ½ cups chopped organic strawberries
· 1 cup organic green grapes, halved
· 1 cup small vegan marshmallows (e.g. Dandee brand)
· ½ cup flaked coconut
· ¼ cup chopped nuts (almonds, pecans or walnuts)
· 1 6-ounce container vanilla Coconut Bliss yogurt
· 1 Tab. confectioners sugar
· 1 banana, sliced
 
Combine all ingredients together.
 
Chill before serving for best flavor.  Add bananas just before serving so they don’t turn brown.

SMASHED SPLIT PEA AND BARLEY SOUP

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SMASHED SPLIT PEA AND BARLEY SOUP 

  • 3 Tabs. olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 2 cups sliced celery
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp. tamari
  • 1 Tab. dry white wine
  • 2 cups dried green split peas
  • 1/3 cup dry pearl barley
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper

 Saute onion, carrots and celery in the olive oil until softened.  Add garlic and cook another 30 seconds.

 Add rest of ingredients and bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until everything is tender.

 Remove bay leaves.  With an immersion blender, “smash” half of the soup to make it creamy but leave some texture.

Mango Pineapple Frappe’

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(Definition of FRAPPÉ: A frothy drink made with fruit and ice cream or sorbet; chilled or partially frozen beverage)

1 carton mango sorbet, softened a bit
2 cups cubed fresh pineapple
1 ½ cups vanilla almond or coconut milk

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until creamy smooth.
Serve chilled.

PINEAPPLES

Pineapples are some of the most popular tropical fruits in the world. They are sweet, juicy, and delicious. More importantly, they are very healthy and nutritious. It is no wonder many people who want to have a healthy lifestyle include these fruits in their diets. Here are some of the many health benefits of eating pineapples.

1. Packed with Vitamins and Minerals
Pineapples are loaded with vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. It is also rich in fiber and calories. On top of it all, this fruit is low in fat and cholesterol. All the nutrients it contains promote good health.

2. Prevents Cough and Colds
Since pineapples are rich in vitamin C, it can fight off viruses that cause cough and colds. Even when you are already infected with such ailment, pineapples can help you. These fruits have bromelain, which is effective in suppressing coughs and loosening mucus. Eating pineapples while taking the right medications prescribed by the doctor for your sickness can help you recover more quickly.

3. Strengthens Bones
Pineapples are also popular for their ability to build and maintain strong bones. This is because these fruits contain manganese, which is a trace mineral that your body needs to build bones and connective tissues. In fact, if you consume a cup of pineapple, you can already get 73 percent of your total body requirement for manganese.

4. Keeps Gums Healthy
People are always very concerned with their teeth that they sometimes fail to give importance to the gums, which are equally essential since they hold the teeth in place. If a person has unhealthy gums, his/her teeth would be in bad condition, and eventually will fall out. Eating pineapple will strengthen your gums that will help keep your teeth healthy and strong.

5. Lowers Risk of Macular Degeneration
Pineapples are known to prevent different kinds of ailments. One example is macular degeneration. This disease, which is the primary cause of vision loss in adults, is caused by damage to the retina. Reading, recognizing faces, and doing daily activities can become a lot more difficult because of this problem. Including pineapple in your diet can lower risk of this disease by as much as 36 percent. This is because this fruit contains beta carotene that is good for our sense of sight.

6. Alleviates Arthritis
Since these fruits have anti-inflammatory qualities, eating pineapples can greatly alleviate the pain of arthritis while at the same time improve the condition by strengthening the bones. Apart from arthritis, it can also improve other similar conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome and gout.

7. Improves Digestion
Bromelain found in pineapples work to neutralize fluids to ensure that they are not too acidic. It also helps regulate the secretions in the pancreas to aid in digestion. Apart from that, since bromelain has protein-digesting properties, it can keep the digestive track healthy.
How to Pick out a Good Pineapple
When picking out a pineapple, choose one that is plump with a bright green crown, golden yellow body, and a strong, sweet aroma at the stem end.
While you should avoid pineapples that are green, have bruises or soft spots, dry-looking leaves, or a fermented aroma, a fragrant fruit is the most reliable way to detect ripeness.
Pineapples flown in from Hawaii are generally tastier and in better condition than those arriving via truck or boat from Latin America. Because pineapples from Latin America generally have a longer commute time from farm to market, they are often picked before their optimal state of ripeness, which can result in bland, fibrous fruit.

BLUEBERRY COBBLER

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Filling
3 pints of organic blueberries
3/4 cup turbinado sugar
3 Tabs. cornstarch

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and set aside while preparing the cobbler topping.

Cobbler Topping
1/4 cup Earth Balance vegan butter
1 cup flour
2 Tabs. turbinado sugar
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup almond milk

Cut the Earth Balance into the dry ingredients until mixture looks like coarse sand. Add the almond milk and stir with a fork until mixture forms a sticky dough.

Pour the filling mixture into an oiled 8-inch glass or ceramic baking dish. Drop the dough by spoonfuls onto the top of berries. Don’t make the cobbler biscuits too large or they will not bake all the way through.

Bake uncovered at 450 degrees for 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to 300 degrees and bake another 10 minutes or until blueberries are soft and bubbling and the cobbler topping is golden brown.

The whitish “bloom” that gives fresh, plump blueberries a powdery appearance is a good thing. It’s a natural protective coating and should not be washed off until you’re ready to eat them. Refrigerate them right away in a covered container that is not made of metal.

Strawberry Shortcake

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Shortcake
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Ingredients
  1. 1 ½ cups unbleached flour
  2. ¾ cup organic turbinado sugar
  3. 2 tsps. Baking powder
  4. 1 ½ tsps.. Ener-G Egg Replacer Powder
  5. ½ tsp. salt
  6. ¾ cup almond milk
  7. 2 tsps. Vanilla
  8. ¼ cup canola oil
Instructions
  1. Combine the dry ingredients together, then add in the wet ingredients. Stir until just combined. Do not over-stir. Pour into an oiled 8-inch square baking pan. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. When cooled, cut into squares; slice each square open to serve.
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Strawberry Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups fresh organic strawberries, sliced
  2. 1/3 cup organic turbinado sugar
Instructions
  1. Combine together and chill overnight.
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Chive Kitchen Bar

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Chive Chili Cheese Fries

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Ann Arbor 4th of July Parade @ Downtown Ann Arbor
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Ann Arbor 4th of July Parade @ Downtown Ann Arbor | Ann Arbor | Michigan | United States
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