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ZEL'S COOKING CLASSES
IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Toll Middle School, 700 Glenwood Rd., Glendale, CA 91201
Held in Room 1206
Cost: $35 plus $20 for food and recipe handouts
Contact: 818-240-1000, Ext. 5015
Saturday June 8, 2013
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Topanga Library, 122 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290
Held in the Meeting Room
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Saturday June, 22, 2013
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Where: La Crescenta Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd,, La Crescenta, CA 91214
Held in the Community Room
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Glendale Student Chefs Join Zel for a Fabulous Feast
A Healthy Life begins with healthy food. Join us for an exhilarating evening of fun hands-on cooking and discover how delicious vibrant health can be. The menu features a dazzling array of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables students will assemble into tantalizing dishes for the delicious vegan feast that follows.
Super Bugs Invade American Supermarkets
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are now common in the meat aisles of American supermarkets. These so-called superbugs can trigger foodborne illness and infections that are hard to treat. An analysis by the Environmental Working Group has determined that government tests of raw supermarket meat published last February 5 detected antibiotic-resistant bacteria in:
Pork Chops -- 69%
Ground Beef -- 55%
Chicken Breasts, Wings, Thighs -- 39%
These little-noticed tests, the most recent in a series conducted by the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System, a joint project of the federal Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of Agriculture, found that supermarket meat samples collected in 2011 harbored significant amounts of the superbug versions of salmonella and Campylobacter, which together cause 3.6 million cases of food poisoning a year.
Go All Out for Mom by Preparing a Lavish Feast
Whether the family celebration is simple or lavish, keep Mom in the spotlight and spoil her just a little. Ask her how you can make her day memorable. Just this once, she may ask for a lot, but she knows it's only for a day.
If dinner at a restaurant seems too hectic on Mother's Day, why not create the perfect vegan meal at home. Begin by setting the table with a tablecloth and cloth napkins, and create a warm ambience with candlelight. Then, enjoy a Vegan Mother's Day Dinner by dining leisurely and savoring every course that celebrates Mother Nature's best offerings.
Celebrate Deliciously All Year Long
Zel Teaches 2 FREE Hands on Cooking Classes in June
Join us for an exhilarating afternoon of fun hands-on cooking to discover how delicious vibrant health can be. The menu features a dazzling array of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables students will assemble into tantalizing dishes for the delicious vegan feast that follows.
Call 818-258-5313 now to make your reservation for the La Crescenta class.
Chef & Dietitian Create Cooking Classic
Cooking Vegan is much more than a cookbook. It is a basic guide for approaching the vegan lifestyle sensibly with an emphasis on sound nutrition. By combining their knowledge and skills, Vesanto Melina and Joseph Forest have created a cooking manual that can be used as a foundation by someone new to the vegan path. The easy-to-prepare recipes and the health information make this book a boon to all vegans.
Osaka Ablaze and Sky Tree Greet Diners at Shojin
Eureka! Shojin Culver City has created that dining haven and we've experienced it! Shojin's Little Tokyo location set the bar very high, but their Culver City restaurant pushed the bar to an even higher level when it opened March 8, 2013.
Shojin is a trend-setter and the first Los Angeles vegan restaurant to create the backdrop of mystique surrounding its secret, underground Culver City hideaway. If this evokes your curiosity, then here's your clue to finding this cozy oasis.
Watch Frank Frankly Transform His Life
Frank Ferrante was not the type of person anyone would have wanted as a husband or father. The 54-year-old Brooklyn-born Sicilian was addicted to drugs and alcohol. His medicine cabinet was filled with numerous prescription drugs, and he was estranged from his family and constantly exhausted and depressed.
Ferrante's life changed when he befriended three young men in their twenties while dining at San Francisco's Café Gratitude. After numerous visits, one of his servers, Ryland Engelhart, asked him, "What's one thing you want to do before you die?"
Aunt Nettie Knows a "Scrumshous" 'Tater
When She Sees One
I noticed hardly nobody complains 'bout eatin' 'taters--why, ever'body jes loves 'em! I heard tell that 'taters isn't good fer ya, but that jes ain't true. No sir, not true! Why there's nearly 8 grams o' protein an' almost 5 grams o' fiber in one big 'tater. Betcha didn't know that good news!
I'm a-gonna make some "Scrumshous" Stuffed 'Taters tonight. Let's have 'em together an' it's OK if'n tomorrow is better for ya. 'Taters is jes fine any time.
VeggieTaster Returns with Four New Vegan Delights
See VeggieTaster Ratings for More Info.
Grilling Does Not Mean Burned Animal Flesh
After achieving success with Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day and American Vegan Kitchen, where does author Tamasin Noyes take her further cooking adventures? To the grill, of course! And what an adventure she offers her fans in her newest cookbook Grills Gone Vegan.
Motor Avenue Not Just a Farmers' Market;
It's a Community Event
Who could resist watching and listening as the children showed off their music and dancing skills in performances by the Bollywood Dance Team, Las Palmas Grupo Folklorico, and the Palms Elementary Orchestra. And to add to the mix, they brought plants from their school garden to sell to the market goers.
The Motor Avenue Farmers' Market has been in operation for six months and shows signs of robust success. By involving the local schools, the market attracts more visitors who relish the kids' entertainment and then stay to make purchases from the farmers. Everybody wins.
Gather Some Revolutionary Ideas
for a Special Vegan Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
For your own fiesta, bring a myriad of colors to the table with a bright tablecloth, napkins, and flowers. Decorate the room with large, brightly colored paper flowers, and don't forget the music. Perhaps you might even find your feet moving as soon as you hear La Raspa or La Cucaracha, two well-known folk favorites.
Enjoy a banquet of vegan recipes in the Mexican and TexMex style--muchas comidas (much food) to share with family, friends, and even neighbors. With each household contributing a dish, a neighborhood party may be an ideal way to celebrate the holiday and enjoy tasting a large variety of dishes.
Utah Woman Films Animal Cruelty;
Prosecuted under "Ag-Gag" Law
When the slaughterhouse manager came outside and told her to stop, she replied that she was on the public easement and had the right to film. When police arrived, she said told them the same thing. According to the police report, the manager said she was trespassing and crossed over the barbed-wire fence, but the officer noted "there was no damage to the fence in my observation."
Meyer was allowed to leave. She later found out she was being prosecuted under the state's new "ag-gag" law. This is the first prosecution in the country under one of these laws, which are designed to silence undercover investigators who expose animal welfare abuses on factory farms. The legislation is a direct response to a series of shocking investigations by groups like the Humane Society, Mercy for Animals, and Compassion Over Killing that have led to plant closures, public outrage, and criminal charges against workers.
Honor Lee Fulkerson and Brian Wendel
Co-recipients of the 24 Carrot Award
Since its initial release in the spring of 2011 Forks Over Knives has brought the message that a whole-foods, plant-based lifestyle has so many health benefits, especially helping to reverse chronic diseases. The film has been a game changer in the health of so many who have viewed it and heeded its advice.
Zel Goes Chocolate for a Delicious Entrée
Molé is a Mexican stew emboldened with an unexpected ingredient not usually found in an ordinary stew. Chocolate is what gives the stew, or guisado, its unique character and adds full-bodied flavor along with satisfying aromas. I've also added tempeh to boost the heartiness of the dish. A refreshingly different take on traditional molé, this version has a sauce lighter in color but certainly not lighter on flavor. Sometimes molé is sugar sweetened, while at other times it's served as a savory dish.
Vegetarian Diet Improves Quality and Length of Life
The new link between meat consumption and heart disease, discovered by Dr. Stanley Hazen of the Cleveland Clinic, is just the latest evidence linking meat consumption to killer diseases that cripple, then kill, 1.3 million Americans annually. Hazen's study showed that carnitine, an amino acid contained in all meat products, is a major factor in heart failure. Similarly, an Oxford University study of nearly 45,000 adults in last January's American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that vegetarians were 32 percent less likely to suffer from heart disease than people who ate meat and fish.
Early Vegetarians Were Really Vegans
This website is called "Vegetarians in Paradise," and I do hope that Zel and Reuben keep it like that, and do not change it to "Vegans in Paradise"--but to explain that I have to go back about 170 years.
We now know that the first people to call themselves "vegetarian" were, in every respect, what we now call "vegan." Before they invented the "V word," the most common phrase was the "vegetable diet"-- but that included fruit, nuts, grains, etc. The word "vegetable" had a wider meaning in those days (think of "animal, vegetable, or mineral").
Meatless Monday: An Initiative We Should All Support
If we are judged by the company we keep, we are in good company. Vegetarians in Paradise bedfellows turn out to be an impressive group of organizations interested in public health.
The roster of organizations includes Columbia University Mailman School of Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications. They're all on board to promote Meatless Monday, a campaign to improve national health and benefit the environment. We would like to urge our readers to join us in bringing this message to the attention of the public.
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