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VeganMoFo 2009

Two of my favorite things in the wintertime are chili and chocolate…so here’s a delicious way to combine the two! I don’t know if it’s purely for the love of things spicy and love of things sweet, or if it’s because in Texas we never actually had cold winters (and hot soup with windows open just seems wrong) – and here in KC I can actually use soups to warm me, cuddled up under a blanket (or dog)! This would be excellent followed up by a cup of Double Chocolate Diablo – if you’re having a wicked chocolate craving 😉 A little bit about mole (pronounced mole-ay, not like the animal or spy)… During Dia de los Muertos, mole is a popular offering to dead loved ones, because of its many ingredients. Since mole is eaten on special occasions, many see it as a fit offering – and we all know that is coming up, right after Halloween!! This recipe makes about 4 servings.


4 C veggie broth
1 small can tomato sauce
2-3 TBSP canola oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 C diced golden potatoes
1.5 C cooked chickpeas (or 1 can, drained and rinsed)
1 tsp minced ginger
1 TBSP cocoa powder
2 TBSP chili powder
1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne *optional
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp coriander
1 tsp salt
fresh black pepper, to taste


1. Warm the canola oil over medium heat, in a large stock pot. Dice the onion.
2. Add onion and minced ginger to warmed oil, and cook about 3-5 minutes, meanwhile dice the potatoes.
3. Add in spices (cocoa powder, chili powder, cayenne, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper), and stir. Add in tomato sauce, potatoes, chickpeas, and broth.
4. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, and cook for approximately 15-20 minutes (until potatoes are cooked through). Serve with cornbread, tortillas, or tortilla chips. Enjoy!

chili mole1

**I would also recommend adding in some diced tomatoes, just to round out the tomato flavor!

Happy Cooking!

On This Day In History: Casper the Friendly Cupcake!

ghost cupcakes


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Here’s a cute little way to make some monsters for a Halloween party – but beware..these are packed with frosting, so they may not be for the faint of sugar 😉

1. Make Jo’s chocolate chip cookies (or your favorite cookie of choice). Make Buttercream frosting. You can either choose to color the frosting, or leave it white for the face of the monster. Separate out some frosting to color for the eyes and hair.

2. Place a large dollop of frosting on top of one cookie, going heavier on one side than the other.


3. Top with another cookie, so it sits at an angle.


4. Using a #233 Wilton tip, make two dots for eyes. Place a chocolate chip, or white chocolate chip, in the center of the dot for the eyes.. and place another one as a nose.


5. Using a #233 or #199 Wilton tip, make fun hair – wild and crazy, soft serve-esque, whatever tickles your monster fancy.


Happy Halloween!


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Happy World Go Vegan Week!

Hello Primate followers! This is going to just be a quick post to wish you all a Happy Go Vegan Week! I’ll be posting a recipe later today…but I wanted to share these well-wishes with you now! So let’s spread the vegan love, and help others go vegan!

Happy Vegan Week!

batcakes colony

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VeganMoFo 2009

Thank you GoDairyFree.org (via Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet Blog) for declaring 2009 as the Year of the Coconut! Ok, so maybe she’s not the UN (see Year of the Potato)..but there are some health benefits to consuming coconut and coconut oil – even if this title isn’t globally recognized 😉

For one thing, coconut is rich in protein and the ‘meat’ of the coconut is excellent at destroying intestinal parasites that you get from eating infected foods. Drinking coconut water is an excellent way to cleanse the kidneys and bladder during times of infection. Additionally, coconut milk is wonderful source of iodine (to keep that thyroid in check), eases constipation and flatulence, and has been reported to soothe sore throats and intestinal ulcers. On the external side of things, coconut oil has been shown to heal cuts, scratches, burns and sunburns. You want to remove wrinkles? Coconut oil has been recommended as a facial massage to reduce those wrinkles! And the consumption of 2 TBSP virgin coconut oil each day has been reported to reduce your daily Vitamin E requirements!

As all Primate followers will know, we love us some coconut milk, coconut yogurt, coconut cocoa…anything! And it goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway – Turtle Mountain So Delicious is one of our favorite choices for all things coconut: CM Beverage for our teas and such, CM Yogurts for our frozen treats or just for breakfast/snacks, store-bought ice creams..you name it! Here’s a run-down of our favorite coconutty-recipe goodness!

Coconut Curried Chickpea Soup

If you’re looking for a savory main entrée, check out these babies:

Coconut Curry Chickpea Soup

Vegetable Curry (similar to an Aloo Gobi)

For the sweet-tooth, try:

white chocolate gelatoPiña Colada or French Martini Frozen Yogurt

Mint-Chip Ice Cream

White Chocolate Gelato

Vegan Pastry Cream

Lemon Cream Popper Pies

And of course, some drinks include:

Devil with a Blueberry Dress On or Bananarama Smoothie

Both Iced and Hot Chai Tea

And our most recent, and quite popular, addition: Double Chocolate Diablo!

chaiteaIced ChaiDouble Cocoa Diablo

Happy Coconuts!


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VeganMoFo 2009

Sorry I don’t have anything new for you today (well, it may be new to some)…but here’s what I posted a year ago on this date: Tex-Mex Pizza Verde.  I’m working on some really nummy treats, so bear with me… For now, let’s reminisce about days of pizzas past.

texmex pizza4

Happy Cooking!


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VeganMoFo 2009As we know, maybe all too well…that Halloween can be a taunting time for vegans. With all the chocolates and various other candies swirling around in our faces (that make us go, “ugh, why can’t they be vegan?”), who could blame us for wanting candy?! Well, unless you have the wherewithal to make your own peanut butter cups (which I certainly do, mostly because they are one of my favorite chocolate treats and I’m not going to let anything get in my way of enjoying them while maintaining my compassion) and candy corn…you may wonder what candies out there pass vegan inspection! Now, if we could only get all the houses to give out only these candies – or better yet, make all the candy companies turn vegan – it might be a step towards Candyland Peace (awww…). Ok, so here’s a list that PETA has comprised of vegan-suitable mainstream candies. <– I linked to the entire list, but I’ll only list the ones that are mostly Halloween-appropriate. Enjoy!

  • Airheads Taffy
  • Big League Chew Gum
  • Blow Pops
  • Brach’s Cinnamon Hard Candy
  • Brach’s Cinnamon Hard Candy
  • Brach’s Orange Slices
  • Brach’s Root Beer Barrels
  • Brach’s Star Brites
  • Bubble Tape Gum
  • Charms lollipops
  • Chew-ets Peanut Chews (Original)
  • Chick-o-Sticks
  • Chocolove Dark Chocolate bar
  • Chocolove Orange Peel (Dark Chocolate Bar)
  • Cracker Jacks
  • Cry Babies
  • Dem Bones
  • Dole Madarin Orange Fruit Gels
  • Dots
  • Dum Dums (these are my candy of choice to hand out at Halloween…and eat myself!)
  • Entenmann’s Fudge Delights Fudge & Mint Cookies
  • Everest Gum
  • Famous Amos Sandwich Cookies (Chocolate)
  • Famous Amos Sandwich Cookies (Oatmeal Macaroon)
  • Famous Amos Sandwich Cookies (Peanut Butter)
  • Famous Amos Sandwich Cookies (Vanilla)
  • Ferrara Wafer Swirls With Chocolate
  • Fireballs
  • Food Lion Animal Cookies
  • Food Lion Ginger Snaps
  • Food Lion Oatmeal Cookies
  • Food Lion Sandwich Cookies (Assorted)
  • Food Lion Sandwich Cookies (Chocolate Creme)
  • Food Lion Sandwich Cookies (Chocolate Fudge)
  • Food Lion Sandwich Cookies (Double Creme-O’s)
  • Food Lion Sandwich Cookies (Duplex)
  • Food Lion Sandwich Cookies (Mini Chocolate & Vanilla Cremes)
  • Food Lion Sandwich Cookies (Peanut Butter)
  • Food Lion Sandwich Cookies (Vanilla)
  • Food Lion Snack Crackers
  • Food Lion Sugar Cookies
  • Fruit By the Foot
  • Ghirardelli Twilight Delight Intense Dark
  • Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews (Original)
  • Grandma’s Peanut Butter Sandwich Cremes
  • Hubba Bubba Bubblegum
  • Hubba Bubba Gum
  • Jolly Ranchers (lollipops and hard candy)
  • Jujubees
  • Jujyfruits
  • Keebler Animal Crackers
  • Kool-Aid Gels
  • Kozy Shack Jammin’ Gels
  • Krispy Kreme Fruit Pies
  • Lance Choc-O Cookies
  • Lance Sugar Wafers (Strawberry Creme)
  • Lance Sugar Wafers (Vanilla Creme)
  • Lance Toasty Crackers With Peanut Butter
  • Lance Van-O Lunch Cookies
  • Mambas
  • Mary Janes (regular and peanut butter kisses)
  • Munchos
  • Murray Butter Cookies
  • Murray Cinnamon Grahams
  • Murray Coconut Bars
  • Murray Southern Kitchen Iced Oatmeal Cookies
  • Murray Sugar-Free Vanilla Wafers
  • Nabisco Double Delight Mint’n Creme Oreos
  • Nabisco Ginger Snaps
  • Nabisco Halloween Oreos
  • Nabisco Iced Oatmeal Cookies
  • Nabisco Oatmeal Cookies
  • Nabisco Oreo Chocolate Ice Cream Cones
  • Nabisco Oreo Cookies
  • Nabisco Oreo Thin Crisps
  • Nabisco Original Graham Crackers
  • Nabisco Teddy Grahams (Chocolate and Cinnamon)
  • Nabisco Uh-oh Oreos, Spring Oreos, Chocolate Creme Oreos
  • Nature’s Path Deep Chocolate Cookies
  • Nature’s Path Ginger Spice Cookies
  • Nature’s Path Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies
  • Nestle Double Chocolate Thin Mints
  • Now and Later
  • Orbitz Gum
  • Pure De-Lite Coconut Bars
  • Ring Pop lollipops
  • Smarties (U.S. version only) – another personal fav
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Super Bubble
  • Tropical Source mini chocolate bags
  • Utz Puffed Caramel Corn
  • VeganSweets marshmallows
  • Velamints Mints
  • Zotz

Happy Halloween!

Update: I found another list of vegan-friendly candies through Farm Sanctuary…check it out at Veg For Life! It’s got some repeats, but also some that aren’t on PETAs list.. 🙂

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VeganMoFo 2009This chili recipe is known throughout the Underworld, and revered as the quintessential ‘Red Ribbon’ (since it’s hot down there, they don’t have blues..they have reds) Chili – and would you expect anything less from Persephone – the wife and Queen of the big man himself, Hades!? Of course not.. So here is a chili that is hot enough to burn the tongues of those banished to the Underworld, such as The Titans or Tantalus, not to mention those who choose to inhabit it, such as Charon or Cerberus. So take a temporary little trip to fiery hell, without actually going there 😉 The heat of the jalapeños won’t linger, so don’t be afraid. However, if you can’t take the heat….reduce it to 1 jalapeno. And only for the bravest of souls, adding a bit of cayenne will banish all those demons back to the hell they came from…


1/3 dry C each of 4 beans, soaked overnight and cooked (or use about 3 cans of beans: black, pinto, and kidney or cannellini)
1 med onion, minced
4-6 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 jalapeños, minced
2 TBSP chili powder
1tsp each garlic powder, cumin, oregano, salt
1 8oz can tomato sauce
4 C broth


1. Soak and cook the beans.
2. When ready to make the chili, heat 2 TBSP canola oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Mince the onion, garlic, and jalapenos. Add to the hot oil, and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook about 8 minutes, until the onions begin to soften.
3. Add chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, and salt. Stir to combine (it will become very dry at this point). Add the tomato sauce and broth. Stir to combine, and bring to a simmer.
4. Simmer for 30 minutes, serve sprinkled with cornbread, and enjoy!

Persephone's Chili

**I’ve been known to serve my chili with cornbread (as above) or tortilla chips, but my personal all-time favorite accompaniment to chili is a flour tortilla, rolled up so I can dip it into the chili! Oh, it’s sooooo good!

Happy Cooking!

On This Day In History: Veggie Sushi



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