Animal Free Contest/Giveaway Winners!

Jewels reading In Defense of Food summer 2008
Two things provoked this “meat and potatoes” Midwesterner into observing meatless Mondays; the first came when I read In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan (highly recommended book). I learned why a more plant based diet would be… Keep Reading »

Contest/Giveaway for an Animal Free 2011

Well not completely animal free – we couldn’t live without our pets, and animals are pretty lovable. They just don’t always need to be our dinner.

Tatjana makes an adorable new friend

I’m going to be completely honest with you – I am not vegan or vegetarian,… Keep Reading »

“What Have You Got to Lose?” Love Affair

I certainly found the last few lessons of A Course in Weight Loss much smoother sailing. The letters to and from “Thin Me” really opened my eyes to why I carry the excess weight, and I’m not entirely sure a part of me isn’t still… Keep Reading »

A Vegan Holiday Feast

Some of you may remember last year when I did a series of posts called The Conscious Chef Challenge written after attending the book launch party for Chef Tal Ronnen‘s The Conscious Cook. What started out as a fun party led to several enduring friendships,… Keep Reading »

Vegan Banana Rum Cheesecake Heaven!

Now I’ve been throwing dinner parties most of my adult life, and professionally for eight years, but this is the only dessert I have served that a guest has not only asked for seconds, but returned to my home ten minutes after departing to request… Keep Reading »

Pop Stars, Yachts, and Whirlwind Romance

Julie Anne and Nick Rhodes
You know the saying “if you can remember the sixties, you didn’t live through them.” Well my memory of the eighties (and it’s decadences) are like shards of light through Swiss cheese. More come into focus when I meet up with… Keep Reading »

The Conscious Cook Challenge: Pasta!

Paola, George, and Julie Anne
If you had invited me for a vegan meal 6 months ago, I would have crinkled my nose and made a semi-polite excuse not to join you, but if you invited me for pasta… no problem. The fact it might be… Keep Reading »

The Conscious Cook Challenge: Basics

I’ve had so much fun learning the techniques for cooking delicious vegan food, and get so excited about the recipes that I keep skipping over the basics… so here is a quick primer (not as glamorous as The Conscious Cook recipes, but important).

Major secret ingredient… Keep Reading »

How Does Your Gardein Grow?

Julie Anne Rhodes
Are you contemplating a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle? Maybe you’re an omnivore like me, and just want to lighten your meat intake by 1-2 meals a week, but find it difficult to plan meals without protein being the main attraction? Garden + protein… Keep Reading »

A Perfect Match

Pricilla Philips and Julie Anne Rhodes

A completely unexpected, but highly appreciated perk of doing The Conscious Cook Challenge has been that both Gardein and Match alternative meat companies have sent me samples of their products to experiment with. I can barely contain my excitement as… Keep Reading »

Dollymop Pop-Up Shop, How the Chic Shop

Julie Anne Rhodes for Jill magazine, Paris

I normally have my Christmas shopping done by August 1st, because I break out into a cold sweat at the very thought of braving the dreaded Christmas shopping crowds. Ask Tatjana, I won’t go anywhere near a mall this… Keep Reading »

Are You a Food Bigot?

Nick & Julie Anne Rhodes pulling the “ick” face

I have a theory that we all suffer from a little food bigotry. I’m sure it stems from being forced to eat vegetables we didn’t like as children, or being served a particularly heinous preparation of a… Keep Reading »

The Conscious Cook Challenge Week IV

I just can’t help myself… I lurve to entertain. Fellow blogger and deliciously eccentric friend, Amanda Eliasch swanned into LA for a few days which gave me the perfect excuse to test my new vegan skills from The Conscious Cook on some sophisticated palates. I… Keep Reading »