November '10
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In This Issue
Fall Festivities
2010 Veggie Awards
VegNews Holiday Cookbook
V in the News
What's Hot on
Event Showcase
Linguine with Purple Cabbage
Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows
Hot Holiday Deals
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Fall Festivities

The weeks between Halloween and New Year’s Eve might just be the most exciting, fun- and food-filled part of our year, and now that it's here, there's only one thing to say: hooray! From veganizing the perfect Thanksgiving feast to stirring batches of cozy Vegan Soy Nog on chilly December nights, we revel in all the spiced, seasonal traditions whirling around this time of year. Let’s get the season of warm greetings and over-eating started in style with these festive fall events, treats, and helpful holiday tips and tricks.

2010 Veggie Awards

They're back, bigger, and better than ever! The 2010 Veggie Awards have arrived in style, showcasing the créme de la créme of all things veg. We spent the past 12 months with ears to the ground, determined to discover the greatest innovators, movers, shakers, and newsmakers in the wide world of vegetarianism. The result? A jam-packed list of the hottest people, products, and more, taking their rightful places in the plant-based spotlight. We have 19 editors' picks and 44 reader picks, all of which deserve a hearty round of applause. Without further ado, here they are, the 2010 Veggie Award Winners!

VegNews Holiday Cookbook

For two magical months, the holiday season stirs happiness and excitement, getting us all too amped for our favorite festive traditions. Here at the VNHQ, we especially look forward to spending the holidays cooking with our families, and years of veganizing every family recipe in sight have left us with quite the collection of tasty holiday recipes. So, in the spirit of seasons' eatings, we've compiled the VegNews Holiday Cookbook: 35 Festive Recipes to Delight & Dazzle. This volume of VegNews editor-approved holiday recipes includes everything from savory starters and sides to tempting entrées and decadent desserts with contributing cooks ranging from vegan celebrity chef Tal Ronnen to cookbook author extraordinaire Robin Robertson. Paired with VN's Holiday Cookie Collection, it's our hope that these marvelous holiday meals will not only make menu planning a breeze, but will also add new traditional dishes for all your holiday tables to come.

 V in the News

Animal-Abuse Registries
On October 12, authorities in Suffolk County, NY, established the nation's first animal-abuse registry. Officials from the Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals will manage the database, which requires animal abusers to register on its website and provide up-to-date contact information including their address, a photo, and other identifying details. The registry marks the first government mandated and administered list of animal abusers, but groups such as the Animal Legal Defense Fund are lobbying for similar legislation across the country.

COK Subway Campaign
In October, animal-rights group Compassion Over Killing (COK) launched a new campaign titled We Love Subway, encouraging sandwich chain Subway to add more vegan options, such as meat-free deli slices, to its menu. COK praises Subway for its vegetarian-friendly, easily-veganized Veggie Delight sandwich, and insists that vegan customers would enjoy noshing on heartier sandwiches stacked with meat-free turkey, chicken, or ham slices. Supporters of COK's campaign can voice their opinions by leaving encouraging comments on the group's website.

Jillian Michaels' Endorsement Deal
Recently, Jillian Michaels, fitness coach on NBC's The Biggest Loser, became the latest celebrity to endorse Turtle Mountain's So Delicious Coconut Milk. Michaels was asked to participate in the advertising campaign after posting positive comments about the product on her Twitter account. Representatives from Turtle Mountain then contacted Michaels, who said that the company's coconut milk offers numerous health benefits. While Michaels is not vegan like her Biggest Loser co-star Bob Harper, she avoids eating chicken and beef because of slaughterhouse practices.

 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 this minute.

1. Thanksgiving Tips Don’t miss VN’s must-read tips and tricks for veganizing the ultimate Thanksgiving dinner for friends and family.

2. Conquer Cold Season Adjusting to dropping temperatures can throw your body off, so when the first signs of a cold creep up, it's essential to fight off illness with one essential healer: food. Yes, from garlic to greens, these foods are surefire cold season cures.

3. Canadian Thanksgiving Take a page from Canada's book and prepare a comforting traditional Canadian Thanksgiving dish or two—gravy included.

4. Great Pumpkin Guide Here at the VNHQ, we look forward to autumn for one, delicious reason: pumpkins galore! From toasted pumpkin seeds to fresh pumpkin pie, there's pretty much an excuse to incorporate pumpkin into every meal.

5. Vegan Blog Takeover Right in time for Vegan MoFo's four-year anniversary, VN catches up with event founder Kittee Berns to talk vegan zines, blogging, and cooking for a cause.

+Bonus! This Week’s Holiday Giveaway: $100 Vegan Essentials Shopping Spree

Event Showcase

SF Green Festival
Don't miss the VN crew at this year's San Francisco Green Festival. This annual two-day, eco-friendly event runs November 6 and 7, and features all the best green eats, speakers, and products. Stop by the VegNews booth to purchase a subscription or vegan candy bar!

Northeast Florida Veg Fest
Want three reasons to head to the Northeast Florida Veg Fest on November 6? How about the chance to meet Mercy For Animal's founder Nathan Runkle, companion animal adoptions, and all the tasty vegan eats and treats you can stomach? We don’t know about you, but we’re sold.

Lonestar Veggie Chili Cook-Off
Did you know that on November 7, the totally vegetarian, totally awesome Lonestar Vegetarian Chili Cook-Off celebrates its 22nd year of veg competition? Whether you compete for first prize or just want to sample the selections, this is a can't-miss event in the heart of Texas.

Farm Sanctuary Feast
Counteract cruelty with kindness by spending the season of compassion with rescued turkeys at Farm Sanctuary's annual Celebration for the Turkeys on November 20. The holiday festivities will be happening at both Farm Sanctuary locations, in Orland, Calif., and Watkins Glen, Ny.

 Get Cookin'

Linguine with Purple Cabbage

Nothing warms us up on chilly autumn evenings quite like a comforting bowl of pasta, and thanks to Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s latest cookbook Color Me Vegan, whipping up a warming bowl of noodles is tastier than ever. While perusing the color-coordinated recipe collection, released just this week, we fell in love with this simple, soy-free recipe for garlicky linguine.

Serves 4

What You Need:
1/4 cup olive oil
2 medium red onions, thinly sliced
6 large garlic cloves, minced
8 cups red cabbage, thinly sliced
1 pound linguine pasta
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts

What You Do:
1. In a large sauce pan over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Add onions, cover, and let cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and transparent, about 10 minutes.

2. Add garlic and cook for about 3 minutes longer, uncovered, stirring periodically. Add cabbage, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until cabbage is tender, about 20 minutes.

3. In a large pot of boiling water, cook linguine according to package directions. Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup cooking water. Return pasta to empty pot.

4. Add the cabbage and onion mixture to the pasta in the pot. Pour in reserved pasta cooking water and toss well to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowls, sprinkle with pine nuts, and serve.

 Product Review

Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows

We used to think there was nothing better than biting into a vegan s'more on a crisp autumn evening, until we bit into a vegan s'more made with Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows. Oh, life will never be the same now that Sweet and Sara's latest confection has come into our lives. These lightly-spiced, flavorful marshmallows are infused with all our favorite seasonal spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and of course, pumpkin, making them the perfect fall treat. Whether stacked between blocks of rich dark chocolate and crunchy vegan graham crackers or paired with a warming cup of chai, these fluffy, tasty treats are a must-have seasonal sweet.

Photo courtesy of Hannah Kaminsky.

Hot Holiday Deals

There's a small chance that we're slightly biased, but the VN store is pretty much a one-stop shop for all your holiday needs. Throughout the holidays we're offering sweet (literally) deals on vegan candy bars, gift packs, limited edition issues, and top veg books. And, after last year's wild success, VN is offering the cutest holiday cards on the planet. No really, they are adorable. Don't believe us? See for yourself, then send them to everyone you know.

December Preview

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