July '09
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V in the News
VN.com Roundup
Event Showcase
Black Raspberry Ice Cream
Product Review
VN Summer Sale!
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It's baaaaack! That's right—it's time once again for our annual Veggie Awards Survey! This is the largest survey of its kind and features nearly 50 categories of vegetarian people, products, places, and more.

Oh, and did we mention that by voting you'll be entered to win some utterly fabulous prizes? Um, could anyone use a tropical vacation right about now? Yes, that's the grand prize, and yes, all the VN staffers are crushed that we're ineligible to win! Polls will be open only for the month of July, so don't miss your chance to get your opinion counted. Click here to get voting!

 V in the News

Gone to the Dogs
This weekend's holiday means two things: a fantastic yearly excuse to run around recklessly with sparklers, and barbecues. Hot dogs are just about mandated at 4th of July cookouts, which fits perfectly into National Veggie Hot Dog Month. For the fourth consecutive year, Compassion Over Killing has turned the meat-industry-declared "National Hot Dog Month" into a cruelty-free celebration of meatless dogs. Bring an extra pack to your next barbecue, and share the joy of veggie eats with friends and family.

Earth Day, Minus Meat
If you've ever felt slightly incongruous attending Earth Day celebrations that focus on meat, you're not alone. Dennis Kucinich, vegan politician extraordinaire, officially inaugurated June 21st this year as the first annual Vegan Earth Day. Congrats to the esteemed Congressman for championing his eco-friendly, cruelty-free lifestyle.

 VN.com Roundup!

Wondering what's happening over at VegNews.com? Wonder no longer! Here are five fabulous items we're sure will be of interest.
1. Business Tips from Inder Bedi. Matt & Nat's founder gives us the goods on creating a successful, ethical business.
2. Authentic Indian Cuisine. Put down your curry powder and revel in the flavorful world of masala.
3. Ethical Eating. What impact does a veg diet have on workers worldwide?
4. A Trip to Tokyo. There's a delicious world of Japanese cuisine and culture to be found in translation.
5. Sweet Giveaway! Who doesn't want a signed copy of the new Babycakes cookbook and a dozen cookies?

 Get Cookin'

Black Raspberry Ice Cream

Now that it's officially summer, it's officially time to make as many kinds of homemade vegan ice cream as you possibly can. Thanks to Wheeler del Torro's recently released tome, The Vegan Scoop, all the heavy lifting of creating flavor combinations is done for you. If black raspberries aren't readily available, this recipe also makes a stellar strawberry scoop. Don't miss the full review of The Vegan Scoop in the September+October issue of VegNews!

Makes about 1 quart

What You Need:
1 cup soymilk, divided
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
1 cup fresh black raspberries, divided
2 cups soy creamer
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla

What You Do:
1. In a small bowl, mix 1/4 cup soymilk with arrowroot and set aside. In a blender, purée 1/2 cup raspberries, soy creamer, remaining 3/4 cup soymilk, and sugar.

2. Transfer mixture to a medium-size saucepan and cook over low heat. Once mixture begins to boil, remove from heat and immediately add arrowroot cream. This will cause the liquid to thicken noticeably. Add vanilla extract.

3. Refrigerate mixture until chilled, approximately 2 to 3 hours. Freeze according to your ice cream maker’s instructions. In the last few minutes of churning, add remaining 1/2 cup raspberries.

 Event Showcase

Pig Out!
Yes, we mean this both literally and figuratively. Join awesome animal advocates at Animal Acres' annual Pignic on July 4 in Acton, Calif., and enjoy veggie dogs, quality time with pigs, and a chance to share your love for animals.

For those bi-coastal readers, you can celebrate whether East or West at Farm Sanctuary's annual July 4th Pignic. Bring the kiddos to enjoy half-pint entertainment, yummy vegan food, and, of course, quality time with the piggies.

AR 2009
The Animal Rights National Conference returns to Los Angeles July 16 to 20, and promises to keep up its tradition of interesting speakers, awesome exhibitors, and annual activist awards. Stop by the VN booth and say hello!

Looking to amp up your activism? Then attending Taking Action for Animals in Arglinton, VA., from July 24 to 27 is a must. This annual conference provides laughs, lectures, and loads of people you should know, not to mention excellent eats.

Looking for more must-attend veg events? Don't forget to check out VegNews.com for all your social-calendar updates!

 Product Review

Lazy Dog Designs Farmer’s Market Bag

Visiting your local market this summer just got a little easier with Lazy Dog Designs’ sleek and innovative Farmer’s Market Bag. This surprisingly stylish find has the functionality you crave when stocking up on seasonal produce. Tuck away your favorite fruits and vegetables in the roomy main compartment, which is big enough for an entire week’s worth. Keep fresh berries—or other fragile foods—out of harm’s way with a smart “berry pocket,” designed to help easily crushed containers stay upright. The whole shebang sits comfortably on your shoulder, even when fully loaded, thanks to an extra-wide sturdy strap. With eco-chic details like an organic cotton body and coconut shell buttons, this handmade bag is sure to simplify your weekly shopping.

 VN Summer Sale!

It's summer, and that means any day now you'll be headed to the beach. So, what does one need while relaxing in the sand? Of course, you'll want a handy tote bag for your towels, camera, sunscreen, and reading material. Speaking of which, beach reads are a must, as are seaside snacks. Hmmm, now where can you find all of these things? Why in a VegNews gift pack, of course! Cookies, magazines, and a T-shirt come bundled in an ever-so-chic VN signature tote. Even better, gift packs are on sale all this month!

 Preview: August VegNewsletter

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