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I don’t know if you know this….but were kind of a big deal in Washington State right now…Yeah, we’re making headline news….for the weather!  We got over 8 inches of snow in some parts and now we have freezing rain.  While the mixture is quite dangerous (especially without the proper snow equipment), it sure is BEAUTIFUL!  So, to honor our first blizzard or “snowpocalypse” of 2012, I decided to bust out some pretty tasty chili.

The recipe comes from a great book called “How It All Vegan“.  Catchy isn’t it?  The actual recipe is called “Sarah’s Delicious Chili”.  Frankly, Sarah knows what’s up because this Chili is AMAZING…and really easy!  Here’s the drill:


1 medium onion, chopped

2 medium carrots, chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

3 1/2 cups cooked or canned kidney beans

1-28 oz can diced tomatoes (3 1/2 cups)

6 oz tomato paste

2 1/2 cups cooked or canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans)

8-12 mushrooms, chopped

1 12 oz can of corn (1 1/2 cups)

3/4 cup rice (I used quinoa instead)

1-3 tbsp chili powder (I think 1 tbsp is too mild, even for people who can’t handle spicy food…like my husband)

1 tbsp pepper

2 tbsp curry paste (i was fresh out, so I used curry powder…feel free to up the ante)

2 cups vegetable stock or water


In a large pot, saute the onions and carrots in oil on medium-high until the onions become translucent.  Add the remaining ingredients and stir together.  Simmer on medium-low for 40-60 minutes, stirring occassionally. Serve with fresh bread.  Note: you can also add any other veggies you have kicking around; peppers or zucchini work well.  Makes 6-8 servings.

For bread, I opted for the Trader Joe’s corn bread mix that comes in a box.  When it’s that good, I can’t justify making it from scratch…especially when there is snow to play in :)  The box called for oil, eggs, and milk…Almond milk works fine and so does the egg replacement “Ener-G“.  Easy Breezy I tell ya!

The icicle was Patton’s touch….He’s probley going to kill me for calling him out…but isn’t that little guy adorable!?!?!

Before I leave you with some wintery images, I want to send some warm welcomes out to my newest subscribers….

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So….. how is the weather in your neck of the woods?

Happy Winter!


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The Flying Apron

It wasn’t the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Qwest Field, or  Safeco Field that excited me most about moving to Seattle…It was The Flying Apron Bakery.  You see, coming from the South it really is difficult to find a place to eat out.  Often times, I’d have to “pregame” by eating a vegan meal before we went out to dinner with friends.  It wasn’t their fault, we just happened to live in an area that was surrounded by BBQ joints and eating iceberg lettuce just didn’t fit the bill in my vegan lifestyle.  So, through word of mouth I heard about The Flying Apron Bakery in Seattle, and I was beyond excited to check this place out!  Unfortunately, when we first moved to Seattle we didn’t have the time to scope out this gem, but one day fate brought me one block away….

I just walked out of an appointment thinking I was about to eat my arm off…I used my an app on my iphone called “Vegan Steven” to scope out some Vegan restaurants in the Fremont area.  The beauty of Seattle is that I had about 5 to choose from within a one mile radius!  Just as I was about to head into a salad place a car alarm went off…I turned to look and there it was…The Flying Apron!  Overly excited by this point, I basically told my life story to the girl at the register about how hard it is to find a vegan restaurant in the South and how this very restaurant was the top of my list of Seattle must sees!  Think Will Ferrel talking about traveling through the “seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel” kind of story…. A little over the top….Yeah, probably!

The sun was out – a very rare occurrence…So I sat outside, eating my vegan baked good and along comes a group of guys…who start yelling “The Flying Apron” really loudly.  I begin to smile as I think we are sharing the same appreciation until it dawns on me that they are mocking all vegans….and by that I mean me…the only person outside.  Now, I would’ve expected this in the South…but in Seattle…Fremont area of all places….the very very very left winged dominant area…And they are harping on me for what I eat!

I did not let them rain on my parade…I let it be a reminder that the fact of the matter is that for some reason, people get offended by what other people choose not to eat….in this case animal products.  I’m opening this up for discussion….Please feel free to leave comments.  If you choose to lead a vegan lifestyle, you will encounter these situations….more often than not, it will be from family and friends.  I’m just sayin…..

The Flying Apron is not only Vegan, its also completely gluten free and organic so you have to hand it to these guys..They’ve really put some effort into their shop….Its very inspiring and delicious!  So, if you are ever in the Seattle area…look me up…I’d love to introduce you to this Seattle MUST SEE…In my opinion that is :)

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