October '09
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Back to Basics
V in the News
What's Hot on VegNews.com
Event Showcase
Peanut Butter Cookies
Product Review
Web Store Sneak Peek!
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 Booya and Boo!

We are thisclose to announcing the winners of the 2009 Veggie Awards (hence the booya!), and the suspense is just about killing us. Of course, suspense and coming close to death are appropriate for October, what with Halloween right around the corner (hence the spooky boo). Don't miss our Halloween How-To, coming soon to vegnews.com. Here's a little something to read while you wait for the big announcement of the winners!

 V in the News

Baltimore's Veg Pledge
The Baltimore public school system recently became the first in the country to adopt the Meatless Monday program, and will only serve vegetarian options to its roughly 80,000 students on Mondays. For the effort, PETA is bestowing a Proggy Award on Baltimore for "Most Progressive School District 2009." Kudos!

Beef with Beef
A front-page story from The New York Times is making headlines around the country with the horrifying account of a young woman who became paralyzed from the waist down after eating a hamburger contaminated with E. coli. The sad story clearly illustrates the dangers of meat production, and brings national attention to the horrors of the meat industry.

Human Rights
Often, animal activists are perceived as being single-issue focused. A recent report on the conditions of meatpacking plants in Nebraska showed that increased line speeds has led to an increase in workers' injuries on the job. Adopting a veg diet is an easy first step to protect not only animals, but also workers from these awful conditions.

 What's Hot on VegNews.com

You know what's hip? The internets. Here are our top three picks for hot VN.com stories you should probably check out right about now.

1. Vegan MoFo Returns It's time to get your blog on with the return of this annual, online, month-long celebration of awesome vegan food.

2. Ethical Sex In case you weren't aware, there's a hefty dose of "passion" in "compassion." Heat things up indoors as the weather cools down—ethically, of course.

3. Must-Have Movie Snacks Going to take in a film? Don't forget this handy list of veg-friendly movie snacks—including the ones you have to smuggle in your bag.

4. Fall Menu Check out our fabulous soups, stews, appetizers, and everything else you could hope to eat as the seasons change.

5. Your Dance Card Need something fun to do this weekend? Don't miss our list of must-attend veg events!

 Event Showcase

Chicago VeganMania
Check out the first installment of what is sure to be a great festival on October 10. Tons of yummy food, awesome speakers, and great music make this VN-sponsored mania a must!

DC Green Festival
Want three reasons to head to our nation's capital for a weekend full of green fun on October 10–11? How about Ed Begley, Jr., Dr. Cornel West, and the chance to say hi to some of your favorite VN staffers?

NYC VegFest
Don't miss the first-ever VegFest in the Big Apple, happening October 11. Um, do you really need more than veg food in NYC with Masta Killa from Wu-Tang Clan? Yeah, didn't think so.

Walk for Farm Animals
Strut your stuff in San Francisco on October 24, and support the life-saving work of Farm Sanctuary. Raise awareness, get some exercise, and win prizes (if you're among the highest fundraisers)! And if you're not in the City by the Bay, find a walk near you, as walks are happening around the country throughout the month.

Boston Veg Food Fest
Let's face it: being vegan means eating tons of great food. For the 14th year, the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival will be serving up amazing fare for the masses. Come to Beantown October 31 and November 1 for great eats, and don't forget to say hi at the VN booth!

 Get Cookin'

Soft & Simple Peanut Butter Cookies

In case you somehow missed the fact that October is Vegan MoFo (aka, Vegan Month of Food), we're here to help. In honor of the online fun, we chose this month's recipe from Allyson of Manifest:Vegan. We've got cookies on the brain here at the VNHQ since we're at work on our first-ever Holiday Cookie Collection, and these peanut butter cookies look incredible.

What You Need:

1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup non-hydrogenated margarine, cold
1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
1 tablespoon vinegar
3 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

What You Do:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, cream 1 cup sugar, peanut butter, and non-hydrogenated margarine together just until mixed. Add vinegar, water, vanilla, salt, and baking powder. Mix in flour until well blended.

2. Roll dough into 1-inch spheres and place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Using a sugar-coated fork, make an “x” on the top of each cookie, gently pressing down to flatten it as you do so. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes.

 Product Review

Coconut Milk Creamer

As you might or might not already know, the VNHQ is mostly peopled with coffee drinkers. OK, "drinkers" is putting it mildly, we are downright obsessed with our morning brew, and don't tend to function well without it. Turtle Mountain's new line of Coconut Milk Creamers puts some "fun" back in "function." Available in Original, French Vanilla, and Hazelnut, these rich mixers make the most out of our morning mugs.

 Web Store Sneak Peek!

Ever wonder what kind of loot the VN editors would use to stock our homes? Hundreds of new products pass through our office every month, and we've hand-selected some of our all-time favorites for inclusion in our totally revamped web store, which will launch right in time for the holidays. Our sister site, vegweb.com, has a similar store that's open right now, so go ahead and check it out for a tiny taste of what's to come!

 Preview: November VegNewsletter

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