Meatless Monday - Betty Goes Vegan

The vegan community has been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Betty Goes Vegan by Annie and Dan Shannon, and happily it hit bookshelves last week. The Shannons' veganization of the classic 1950s red Betty Crocker cookbook has been wildly popular on the couple's Meet the Shannons website, and they were recently featured in a spread in Vegetarian Times magazine. The even made an appearance on the Today Show last week, cooking up vegan dishes with Kathy Lee and Hoda.
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Meatless Monday at Trend Coffee and Tea House

While I don’t make it down to the east end of Bloomfield Avenue very often, it seems every time I have been down in that direction Trend Coffee and Tea House has had a “closed for renovations” sign in the window. With no indication that anything was actually going on inside, I was sure they had closed their doors for good. (In fact their page on Yelp says it has closed.) A friend’s recent Facebook post cued me in to the fact that they had reopened, so I decided to check it out.
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Vegan Classes at the Montclair Adult School

Hot From the Kettle's Meatless Monday columnist Dianne Wenz (that's me!) will be teaching three classes at the Montclair Adult School this spring. Registration starts online on Monday, February 4th, and these classes are expected to fill up quickly so don't delay!


Veganism 101

Monday, March 11th 7:00 - 9:30, $29

Learn the ABCs of a healthful and delicious vegan diet. Substitutes for meat, eggs, milk and cheese will be discussed.

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Meatless Monday - Guaca-Verde-Mole

I'm not really into sports, but I've been told that Superbowl Sunday takes place this coming weekend. I recently read that about 53 million pounds of avocados are consumed on this one particular Sunday annually. While I'm not really a fan of football, I am a big fan of avocados. In this recipe, I've altered everyone's favorite guacamole dip but crossing it with salsa verde and coming up with a salsa-guacamole hybrid. Despite the two jalapenos, this salsa-mole doesn’t have much heat to it, so if you like things spicy, add more of them, or use something hotter, like habanero peppers. This recipe makes a lot of dip, so there will be plenty for all of your friends at your Superbowl Party this Sunday.
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Meatless Monday at Red Eye Cafe

Over the weekend Veggieguy and I were talking about how we wished there was a place we could have simple no-fuss vegan sandwiches for lunch. Cinanci on Church Street used to be our favorite lunch spot, but sadly it closed its doors a while ago. I suddenly remembered that a few people had recommended Red Eye Café to me, so we decided to give it a try. I know, I know… Red Eye Café opened last May, how has it taken me this long to try it? I really have no excuse.
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