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August 2011

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Former President Clinton is Vegan*

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His diet has come a long way from what it was when he was president.

As described in a CNN article:

By the time he reached the White House, Bill Clinton’s appetite was legend. He loved hamburgers, steaks, chicken enchiladas, barbecue and french fries but wasn’t too picky. At one campaign stop in New Hampshire, he reportedly bought a dozen doughnuts and was working his way through the box until an aide stopped him.

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Making Whipped Cream, Considering a Juice Cleanse, Buying Vegan Cheese

This Week on Food Sense

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Earlier this week, I picked up a potted basil plant at Trader Joe’s for a moment. Could I grow it in my apartment on the 8th floor of a high rise building in downtown Philadelphia? Deep down, I think I wanted to recreate the experience of my mom’s garden in Florida. I love cooking at my parents’ house. As I’m mixing up a bruschetta topping, or making panini sandwiches for lunch, I can walk outside and pick fresh basil to toss into my dish. There is something so fulfilling about picking and using things from your own garden - something I just can’t get from pulling...

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What’s it like to go on a juice cleanse?

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I am, of course, a big believer in plant-based eating, but here’s what comes to my mind when I hear the word, “cleanse.”

So, I was intrigued when I heard that three members of the Serious Eats editorial team, “just curious about the experience,” were going on a juice cleanse this week. They were wondering many of the same things that we all wonder about juice cleanses.

Just juice—for three days—could we do it? How would it feel? What do these juices taste like, anyway? Are they super vegetal? Bright and refreshing? Is it enough food, or do you feel spacey, shaky,...

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A Definitive Guide to Vegan Cheese

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Giving up cheese was probably the hardest part of going vegan for me. In fact, as I’ve talked with others for our Monologues series, that is a common theme.

And, if you think about it, it makes sense. Because, (set aside where cheese comes from and focus on the food itself for a moment), cheese is smooth, gooey, and salty. It’s a key ingredient in a lot of comfort foods, foods that we positively associate with our childhood (grilled cheese), get-togethers with friends (pizza), and rainy Sunday afternoons (mac and cheese).

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How to Make Vegan Whipped Cream

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I don’t think I can say it any better than this:

Who doesn’t love whipped cream? It turns a slice of pie into a celebration, a scoop of ice cream into a sundae, and simple bowl of berries into a fabulous dessert.

Sure, you can buy non-dairy whipped cream in a can. But, Lee Zalben’s piece for Serious Eats is informative, entertaining, critical, and yes - it will make you want to whip up a dessert that you can top with his cashew-based cream.

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10 Lunch Ideas

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I couldn’t agree with more the underlying theme of today’s featured round-up from the kitchn:

Have your go-to dishes, and vary them up using sauces and spreads.

If you’re like me, you try to pack your lunch every day. But, planning for lunch isn’t like planning for dinner. Whereas there’s limited time to cook dinner, there’s even less time to prepare lunch. It has to be something easy - and for me, that means either a) a dish I don’t have to think that much about (read: a sandwich), or b) leftovers.

Now, while I can go through a week eating a sandwich every day, I am...

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Alicia Silverstone’s Quick Date-Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal

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I’ve always been a breakfast person.

Not that it has to be anything more than a bagel or oatmeal, but I’ve never been someone who could skip it. (Seriously - if I don’t eat within 45 minutes of waking up, I will start to develop a headache. My husband used to jokingly wonder if he should put a box of cereal on my nightstand so that I could start eating upon waking up.)

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