October '10
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Autumn Boo-nanza!
V in the News
What's Hot on VegNews.com
Event Showcase
Perfect Pumpkin Bread
Maple Leaf Cookies
VegNews Book Club
Festive Fall Finds
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Autumn Boo-nanza!

Now that autumn is officially in full swing, we’re spending most of our free time baking pumpkin bread and sipping apple cider—two of the many reasons to love October. Yes, the month between leaves changing colors and falling away from tree branches is one of our favorites, not least because of all the exciting vegan treats and eats abounding during this time of year. From hosting vegan Halloween parties complete with cruelty-free candy to snacking on veggie dogs and vegan marshmallows at autumnal bonfires, there’s no part of October that doesn’t leave us feeling fantastically festive.

 V in the News

Meat-Free Politicians
It began with speculation that Chelsea Clinton’s wedding cake was vegan. While that turned out to only be a rumor, it was only a few weeks later that President Bill Clinton shared with The Huffington Post and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he had adopted a mostly plant-based diet, and as a result, had dropped 24 pounds. While the Clintons stirred media attention around eating a vegan diet, several high-profile politicos have based their careers on Capitol Hill around their compassionate ethics. This week, VN contributor Mat Thomas reports on five of the most prominent veg politicians making change for animals.

Ellen Helps Turkeys
This year, Farm Sanctuary announced that vegan talk-show host and animal advocate Ellen DeGeneres is the 2010 spokesperson for its Adopt-A-Turkey Project, which began October 1. The annual event has been helping save turkeys since 1986 by creating alternatives to killing birds for Thanksgiving and holiday meal traditions. During its 24-year run, the campaign has saved more than 1,000 turkeys from slaughter through finding the animals compassionate homes and educating the public about the cruel living conditions that turkeys endure before slaughter. Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Bauer says that DeGeneres is the perfect face for the campaign, as she exudes positive energy and a zest for life.

Study Urges Meat Reduction
Researchers predict that by 2050 if livestock production continues at current rates, farm animals will occupy the majority of humanity’s “safe operating space,” according to a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. The study also says that livestock production is accelerating climate change through methane emissions, the harmful fertilizers, and destruction of natural habitats. To counteract these devastating environmental effects, researchers urge cutting global meat consumption by 19 to 42 percent in order to slow effects.

 What's Hot on VegNews.com

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

1. Halloween How-To Don’t miss VN’s comprehensive guide to All Hallows’ Eve, complete with vegan treats, eco-conscious costumes and decorations, and award-winning Jack-o-Lanterns!

2. Apple Picking Guide While fall weather is still sunny and crisp, set aside an afternoon to roll up your sleeves and delight in some good old-fashioned apple picking! Then, of course, use the fruits of your labor to bake an incredible vegan apple pie.

3. Vegan Candy Guide Take the guesswork out of candy label reading with VN’s definitive vegan-friendly candy compendium, from Airheads Taffy to YummyEarth lollipops, and everything in between.

4. Early Fall Foods Early fall yields some of the richest, heartiest in-season roots and veggies, so why not take advantage of the season’s bounty by preparing roasted root veggies or a slow-cooked butternut squash stew.

5. Cruelty-Free Fashion On the heels of New York Fashion Week, The Discerning Brute founder Joshua Katcher gives an insider’s look at the fashion industry’s burgeoning compassionate side

+Bonus! This Week’s Giveaway: Divvies Dessert Box

 Event Showcase

Walk for Farm Animals
Strut your stuff in Berkeley, Calif., on October 16, and support the life-saving work of Farm Sanctuary at its Walk for Farm Animals. Raise awareness, get some exercise, and win prizes (if you're among the highest fundraisers)! And if you're not in the Bay Area, find a walk near you, as they are happening around the country throughout the month.

NYC VegFest
Don't miss the second annual NYC VegFest happening in the Big Apple on October 23. Um, do you really need more than free admission, awesome vegan food served in Union Square Park, and fantastic veg speakers including vegan cookbook author Terry Hope Romero and vegan fashion designer Elizabeth Olsen? Yeah, didn't think so.

DC Green Festival
Want three reasons to head to our nation’s capital for a weekend full of green fun on October 23 to 24? How about Ralph Nader, Amy Goodman, and the chance to eat your weight in awesome vegan eats and treats? We don’t know about you, but we’re sold.

Boston Veg Food Fest
Let's face it: being vegan means eating tons of great food. Celebrate the 15th anniversary of the festival fun this year at the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival, which will be serving up amazing fare for the masses. Come to Beantown October 30 and October 31 for great eats, and don’t forget to drop by the VN booth and say hello!

 Get Cookin'

Perfect Pumpkin Bread

This generously spiced pumpkin bread has subtle notes of orange and ginger, making it the perfect breakfast companion to seasonal spiced lattes, or a complementary treat with apple cider on chilly October evenings. Crafted by VN Dairy-Free Desserts columnist Beverly Lynn Bennett, this fluffy, flavorful bread makes a tasty snack for Halloween party guests, or a lovely gift for friends, family, and neighbors.

Makes 1 loaf

What You Need:
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds, toasted
1-1/2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
2/3 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup canned pumpkin purée
Juice and zest of 1/2 orange
1/4 cup filtered water
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup dried cranberries
3 tablespoons crystallized ginger, finely chopped

What You Do:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly oil a loaf pan.

2. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add pumpkin purée, orange juice and zest, water, and oil, and stir gently to combine all ingredients.

3. Stir in cranberries, ginger, and 2/3 of the toasted seeds. Pour batter into prepared pan, sprinkle with remaining seeds and press into top of loaf. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

 Product Review

Maple Leaf Cookies

In spite of these treats’ sweetness, there’s no sugar-coating our feelings: Trader Joe’s Maple Leaf Cookies might be the most addictive, maple-y treats we’ve ever indulged in—we’re talking taking down three boxes in four days. A generous layer of rich maple-flavored créme takes its place between two crisp, sweet cookies, delivering perfectly spiced fall flavor. Superior in créme quantity to any of its sandwich-cookie competitors, these are the perfect dessert for anyone with an insatiable sweet tooth. Sit back, relax, and enjoy—a box of these beauties will surely disappear faster than you can say, “O, Canada.”

Join the VegNews Book Club

Dust off your library cards: it's time to dive into the latest tome in the VegNews Book Club! Just in case you're not already a member: We are reading and discussing both fiction and non-fiction works, hosting discussions, and chatting with superstar authors. We'll read one book a month with a new discussion each week, and build our knowledge of the lifestyle we all know and love! This month, we're delving into the compassionate pages of Animal Camp by Catskill Animal Sanctuary Founder Kathy Stevens. Pick up a copy today and join in the discussion! Next month we'll tear through our second work of fiction, My Year of Meats by Ruth L. Ozeki. Jump in now and say hello to Lyndsay, our fantastic book club hostess.

Festive Fall Finds

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 treats, but also stellar gift packs, limited edition issues, and top veg books. Stock up on vegan marshmallows for s’mores-making during fall bonfires, reserve a box of vegan candy bars for trick-or-treaters, and grab a bag or two of vegan peanut butter cups to satisfy your own Halloween sugar high. They're selling fast, so grab yours while you can! Once you’ve corned the market on autumn vegan treats, get an head start on the holidays by ordering a box of adorable, eco-friendly VegNews Holiday Cards.

November Preview

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