September '10
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Awaking Autumn
V in the News
2011 VegNews Vacations
What's Hot on
Event Showcase
Comforting Corn Chowder
Natural Hair Care
VegNews Book Club
Savvy Shopping
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Awaking Autumn

The seasons, they are a'changing! From traffic jams peppered with yellow school buses to chilly weather signaling the start of sweater season, September ushers in all the gorgeous sights and sounds of autumn. We love watching the leaves change color while sipping on mulled apple cider, and as the month edges along, we rejoice as fall flourishes into full-swing. Whether helping youngsters pack vegan back-to-school lunches or jet setting off to Prague for an autumnal escape, we simply can't get enough of the fairest of seasons.

 V in the News

Veg Festival Evolution
Ever wonder how veg festivals across the country got their start? As fall festival organizers gear up to host another season of compassionate conferences, VN investigates the history and growing impact of vegan-friendly festivals.

Denny's Vegan Burger
Tired of settling for a side of fries when catching a late-night bite? Thanks to the new, vegan-friendly burger at Denny's restaurants, you no longer have to relegate your diner dining to starchy carbs. Recently, the chain added Amy's Kitchen vegan burgers to its menu at locations across the US. Worried that the veggie patty isn't accompanied by a cruelty-free bun? Never fear, as the sesame seed burger buns are 100-percent vegan.

Egg Recall Outrage
In August, Iowa-based hatcheries Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms issued a recall of more than 500 million eggs distributed throughout the US after a salmonella outbreak was linked to egg shells. News outlets across the country reported on the large-scale recall, scrutinizing the egg industry, and within two weeks, the US Federal Department of Agriculture (FDA) launched an investigation into Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms.

2011 VegNews Vacations

Looking to take the trip of a lifetime? Join VegNews Vacations and experience international travel like never before! This October, a group of VegNews readers are heading to India for an incredible vegan-food-filled, two-week journey packed with adventure. This first trip sold out in just 6 days, so we've added three more for 2011! Without further ado, we present you with the full lineup for upcoming VegNews Vacations:

VegNews Great Adventure to India, February 2011 SOLD-OUT
VegNews Exotic Getaway to Laos, May 2011
VegNews Food Lover's Tour to Thailand, September 2011

We hope you'll join us on an upcoming trip, but you must reserve your spot quickly! Don't miss your chance to travel the world with VegNews.

 What's Hot on

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

1. Vegan Smartphone Apps Whether you're a die-hard iPhone fan or just love customizing your pocket-sized smart phone, VN's handy guide to the best vegan-friendly apps is a must for meat-free mobiles.

2. Excellent Egg Replacers We don't know about you, but we're pretty big fans of cooking delicious vegan food and avoiding salmonella. That's why we whipped up this handy guide to easy, vegan ways to replace eggs in a pinch.

3. Veg College Campus For compassionate college kids, the sound of school bells means more than just "get to class"—it's a call to action. Students looking to enrich their college experience can learn how to help the animals with VN's comprehensive college veg guide!

4. Vegan Wedding Planning Whether you're a bride-to-be or need tips on how to help out your engaged best friend, VN's how-to guide to throwing the perfect vegan wedding offers all the info you need.

5. Sweet Sanctuary Stories If hearing about the adorable daily adventures of furry, compassionate critters is the kind of thing that warms your heart, don't miss VN's interview with Catskill Animal Sanctuary founder Kathy Stevens.

 Event Showcase

Animal Acres Gala
Don't miss the chance to cuddle with cows, pigs, and other adorable sanctuary animals at the Animal Acres Gala on September 11. Enjoy the humor and compassion of honorary chair Bill Maher, indulge in a rich, gourmet vegan dinner, and help save the lives of rescue animals.

Toronto Food Fair
Are you ready for the 26th annual, VN-sponsored Toronto Food Fair? From September 10 to September 12, enjoy more than 100 exhibitors, cooking demos, and samples galore at the largest veg food festival in North America. Make sure to stop by the VN booth to say hello to office manager extraordinaire, Lyndsay, and renew your subscription!

Portland VegFest
As if dominating the vegan food scene wasn't enough, Portland had to go and create the mother of all Northwest festivals, Portland VegFest. This VN-sponsored event runs from September 18 to September 19, and includes free vegan food samples and veg headline speakers such as Milton Mills. Pick up a free tote bag with every subscription at the VN booth—and say hello to our very own Colleen Holland and Lara Bradley.

 Get Cookin'

Comforting Corn Chowder

Warm chilly September nights with this silky, savory corn chowder courtesy of Jon and Robin Robertson's new cookbook, Vegan Unplugged: A Pantry Cuisine Cookbook and Survival Guide. Combining hearty, crunchy vegetables including potatoes, corn, and celery, this satisfying chowder is one of many easy-to-make recipes featuring simple staple ingredients.

Serves 4

What You Need:
2 15-ounce cans corn kernels, drained
1 15-ounce can diced white potatoes, drained
1 tablespoon dehydrated minced onion
1/4 teaspoon celery salt
2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup non-dairy milk
1 tablespoon cornstarch combined with 2 tablespoons water
Black pepper
1 2-ounce jar chopped pimentos, drained (optional)

What You Do:
1. In a large pot, combine the corn, potatoes, onion, celery salt, and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.

2. Add the non-dairy milk and return to a simmer. Stir in the cornstarch mixture and stir until thickened slightly. Season to taste with pepper.

3. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with pimentos, if using.

 Product Review

Neuma Shampoo & Conditioner

We're big into all-natural beauty products here at the VNHQ, so we were all pretty much thrilled when a shipment of vegan beauty products from Neuma recently arrived. We loved how soft, shiny, and manageable the Moisture Shampoo and Moisture Condition left our locks, and since Neuma's sustainable serums are free of synthetic fragrances, sulfates, parabens, and hard-to-pronouce chemicals, we aren't left asking questions. These plant-based hair protectors use organic extracts, its production is 100-percent wind powered, and it's packaged in 85-percent post-consumer recycled bottles. Now if you'll excuse us, we'll be practicing our 80's-style music video hair flips.

 VegNews Book Club

Dust off your library cards: it's time for the VegNews book club! We are reading and discussing both fiction and non-fiction works, hosting discussions, and chatting with superstar authors. We'll read one book per month with a new discussion each week, and build our knowledge of the lifestyle we all know and love! This week, we're diving into The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. Pick up a copy today and join in the discussion! Next month we'll tear through the compassionate pages of Animal Camp by Catskill Animal Sanctuary founder Kathy Stevens. Jump in now and say hello to Lyndsay, our fantastic book club hostess.

Savvy Vegan Buys

When it comes to the best veg goods, we know a thing or two. At the VN store you'll find not only our favorite vegan gear, from must-have lip balms to the best vegan candy bars, but also stellar gift packs, limited edition issues, and top veg books. Soaking up the last sun-filled days of September? Get yourself some deliciously vegan Dandies for end-of-summer picnics and early autumn bonfires. They're selling fast, so grab yours while you can.

October Preview

Satisfy your between-issues cravings with this complimentary supplement, featuring exclusive product reviews, musician, artist and event spotlights, slammin’ recipes, giveaways, plus the lowdown on how vegetarianism is bettering the world—one delicious bite at a time.

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